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Mihana Dining & Bar – Neutral Bay

Had a nice date night out with sushi, fried oysters and jelly umeshu!

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Oui Oui Paris!

The last time I visited Paris (also the only time) was 7 years ago. It had a wonderful charm and was best admired at your own leisurely pace. But Paris…

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Grappa Ristorante e Bar, Leichhardt

There are days where you crave carb like no other…then, there’s me. Carbs all day, errrrrday. Having been on an Italian food binge for the last few days, I thought it fitting to up the ante and have a girls night out in Leichhardt. There’s no shortage of options in Leichhardt, but for an intimate group of friends who long for hearty Italian in a beautiful, elegant dining space, it had to be Grappa.

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678 Korean BBQ

We love a good Korean BBQ. One that usually involves grilling marinated meats and vegetables, lots of appetising side dishes, great service and a relaxed atmosphere. Upon hearing that 678 Korean BBQ have opened up in a huge spacious lot in Eastwood, we gathered a group of family friends and our healthy appetites to give it a try.

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The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild

As a video game novice, playing Breath of the Wild is my first immersive experience into the world of Zelda, and boy, what an experience it has been. Before the release of this game on the new Nintendo Switch (aka “Zelda machine”), my partner has been talking his head off about this game. And it wasn’t just him, the whole gaming world was raving with excited anticipation. So, naturally, I became curious.

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Chinese New Year – Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year. What does it mean to celebrate Chinese New Year in Australia? Well, let me start with what it doesn’t mean…

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Gourmet Destination: Hobart

Jase turned the big 3-0 recently and as he’s usually the one spoiling me, I knew I had to pull out all the stops for his birthday. I wanted to keep the birthday weekend under wraps so I booked everything in secret until we were literally boarding the flight at the gate. Hobart, Tasmania. That’s where we were headed for the birthday weekend extravaganza.

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The Source Restaurant, MONA Hobart

The Source utilises seasonal local produce to create fresh and delicate flavours and textures in every dish. In fact, the menu is so seasonal that it changes daily, at the whim of executive chef Vince Trim and his team of culinary masters.

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Urban Bites, Newtown

Urban Bites has been around for a long time and I remember visiting the cafe back in my uni days. Back then I was the eager, fresh-faced student hoping to find a cosy place in between lectures for a piccolo to go with my course reading. Fast forward a few years later, returning to this somewhat iconic Newtown hub for a casual business meeting, it summoned a wave of nostalgia.

Ryos Ramen
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Ryo’s Ramen, Crows Nest

Every time I visit Ryo’s in Crows Nest, there is a queue outside the bright orange double-doors. I suppose that is the way life is now in Sydney, if you want something authentic and delicious, you just have to join the queue. A quick glance up and down the line and you can see all the ramenous patients experiencing withdrawal symptoms, restless and eager to get their fix.

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Gourmet Destination: Melbourne

This holiday season, we decided to pack up our bags and appetite and travel to sunny (ha!) Melbourne for a change of scenery. We were there only for a few days and although the weather wasn’t especially kind to us, we still made the best of our time eating, drinking and frolicking amongst some of the best Melbourne have to offer. Here are some of the best snaps we’ve captured during our visit!

Four Frogs Creperie
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Four Frogs Crêperie, Gateway

I remember when I first visited France six years ago. The memories that stick out vividly are morning rituals of boulangerie-hopping and trying to eat my weight in pastries. The lazy afternoons drowned in wine, cheese and the sound of accordions along the Seine. The one thing I regretted not having a lot of was crepes. Luckily for me, four Frenchmen has decided to bring the authentic French crepes and galettes to Sydney! Hurrah!

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Chicken & Sons, Chatswood

Chicken & Sons is clucking good. Check out The Motherclucker and The Signature burgers.

Tramsheds Harold Park
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Butcher and the Farmer, Tramsheds Harold Park

According to its chef Jared Ingersoll, the philosophy is simple: a farm-to-table approach that delivers simple, honest food that honours the produce and where it came from. When the food arrived on the table, that is exactly what I felt too.

Bondi Pizza
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Bondi Pizza, Macquarie Centre

The people at Bondi Pizza set their priorities straight when they designed the brief of creating ‘thin pressed’ base pizzas topped with fresh, innovative ingredients and unique sauces. Tonight, with my girlfriends in tow, we explore just how good Bondi Pizza is.

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Cream Espresso, Naremburn

It’s about time Jin & Jase did a review of Cream Espresso Cafe in Naremburn as we’ve been there a handful of times now. This cosy little cafe in the leafy North Shore suburb of Naremburn is open every day of the week, ensuring a great feed and much needed caffeine for those required.

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Return visits…

This weekend I made return visits to 2 of my favourite places that have been reviewed on Jin & Jase: The Wooden Whisk and Hu’s Inn.
I’ll let the photos do the talking…

Final Fantasy XV
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Final Fantasy XV – A Food Blogger’s Quest

They say “you eat with your eyes first”. This rings true especially when your inner food blogger comes out as you play Final Fantasy XV, or as I like to call it Final FanTASTY XV. (oh, yes!)

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Salt & Pepper Calamari w. Chips, Salad and Chilli Tartare @ Quince Cafe Artarmon

Visited this cafe on several occasions and have not been disappointed once. Here is one of their lunch specials – only $16.90 for this massive plate of succulent calamari and crispy thick-cut chips.

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Hu’s Inn Taiwanese Cuisine, Chatswood

My inner Asian got the better of me here and I couldn’t let go of a good deal. For just under $10, I got the braised pork shaved noodles, a small plate of salt & pepper fried chicken, a side dish of sesame seaweed and a housemade ice green tea. My lunchtime companion today is Mama Jin, who ordered the adorably-named “silly noodle” with shredded pork and a side dish of silken tofu with century egg.

LOT.1
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LOT.1 Sydney Media Lunch

Today, I was privileged enough to attend a unique event thanks to Food Critics & Bloggers Australia (FCBA) and LOT.1 Sydney – LOT.1’s Summer Menu Tasting. It was a fantastic opportunity for executive chef Adam Swanson and head chef Ricardo Cavuoto to showcase their 2016/2017 summer menu, matching seven signature dishes with Italian wines. But let’s rewind back to the start when we first arrived at this beautiful venue.

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The Wooden Whisk, St Leonards

It is one of life’s simple pleasures to sip on strong hot coffee whilst reading the paper. And this is exactly what I got to do for 10 minutes before Chuck Norris made its grand entrance.

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Burger Project, Macquarie

If you have ever visited the Jin & Jase Instagram page (and you absolutely should!), you will know how much I appreciate a good burger. It usually comes down to personal taste, but for me, I’ve always been more partial to the American-style cheeseburger with the soft smooth buns, a decent sized beef patty (cooked medium rare), melty intense cheese, pickles and not a whole lot else. I suppose this is why I just had to give Burger Project a go.

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Escarpment Tapas Restaurant, Blackheath

Living and working in Sydney, sometimes you can’t help feel a little bit claustrophobic. So for the weekend, we decided to run away to the beautiful Blue Mountains.

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Song Nhi Vietnamese Restaurant, St Leonards

Song Nhi, 56 Chandos St, St Leonards / Vietnamese cuisine Ordered: Prawns & pork crispy crepe, Special hot & spicy fried rice, Rare beef pho ($40 for two) We are…

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Gourmet Destination: Japan

Is there a special place, be it a town, city or a country, that you just LOVE? You’ve been once and you simply cannot wait to go back. Or perhaps…

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Bistro Hulu, Crows Nest

Bistro Hulu, 90 Willoughby Rd Crows Nest / comforting Chinese cuisine Ordered: dumplings, baos, pancakes and hot pot ($54 for two, no drinks) Specs: 1) Xiao Long Bao – 6pcs 2) Pan…

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Mr. Bao, Sydney CBD

Mr. Bao, 56 York St Sydney / Quick dinner Ordered: Crackling Pork Belly Bao ($6) & Tempura Prawn Bao ($6) Specs: 1) Crackling, pork belly, signature hoisin sauce, lightly pickled cucumber & coriander 2)…

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Curly Swirly Cocktail

Here at Jin & Jase HQ, we love creating classic cocktails and putting our spin on it. As classics go, you just can’t go past a good Gin & Tonic….

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Ippudo, Macquarie

Ippudo Macquarie Park / Lunchtime rush Ordered: Akamaru Shinaji $16 with flavoured egg ($2 extra) Specs: original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso pastes and fragrant garlic oil. Served…