Paper Boy – Concord – Brunch time!

Coffee, coffee coffee time!

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I learnt about Paper Boy from one of my go to baristas at Left of Field. He was moving over there to support the café opening it in its early days. If he was moving there, there was bound to be good coffee. After chatting about the place, I got my usual takeaway and mulled it over. I got out google maps and realised it was a car trip. This was a bit too far for an excessive walk (Says the man who jogged to the city). I brought up the menu and saw a variety of tasty things. I was soon won over by the idea of tasty food and coffee. Coffee, I’m there. New or interesting food, I’m there.

Now to win over my Missus.

My Missus wasn’t too sure about the idea at first if they used the same coffee. Sadly she doesn’t like the taste of the coffee blend at the Left of Field. But I quickly explained Paper Boy would be using the paradox blend, which whilst from the same supplier, is more of an Italian style coffee blend she loves. I then started listing off menu items. Missus won over. Check.

That Sunday, we piled into the car and went on our expedition. With a warm welcome, great coffee and tasty food, it was an amazing success. I mean although it requires driving there, for me, I don’t mind. I would drive to the ends of the Earth for good coffee.

 

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Milk Bar Burger and the dreaded chip thief caught in action. Joking aside, it normally comes with egg, but they kindly left that out for me. 

 

 

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The Ruben Cuban

 

Another awesome thing is Paper Boy do their weekly specials, something I would love to see available on weekends.

Anyway, my Missus and I left happy and this has become a go to place for us. Definitely well worth it.

Paper Boy – Concord’s website: http://paperboyconcord.com.au/#pbmenu
Paper Boy – Concord’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperboyconcord/
Address: 18 Tennyson Road, Concord, NSW, Australia.

(I’m not associated with Paper Boy or any staff in anyway. All thoughts are my own personal view.)

 

Amber Room – A little bit of Hong Kong

I have never been to Hong Kong. I don’t count passing through the airport twice in my life as a visit. However, if the food is like the Amber Room in Wentworth Point, I’ll pack my bags now. There is a great culinary experience to be had.

I didn’t know what to expect at a Hong Kong style restaurant, but the Amber Room delighted me. There is a diverse mix of Asian and European dishes on the menu, with some great daily specials on their blackboard. To add to this joy are also many interesting drinks to try. What I love beyond the diversity of food is the portion sizing. The food serves are a generous amount. I have never left a hungry man or gotten home and gone to my fiancée; I am hungry again (Haha the usual response being we just had dinner).

All the staff are welcoming, attentive and friendly. It is really relaxing just sitting out the front with a cool breeze off the river in warm weather and inside with the cheerful vibe of the restaurant. I have been to the Amber Room quite a few times since it opened and am enjoying exploring its menu. I can easily say I will keep coming back.

Here is some of that yummy food:

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Satay Beef Sub – From their specials menu
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Curry Beef Brisket on Rice
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Singapore Noodle
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My Fiancée and I have also had other dishes like the Katsu Curry and Pepper Noodle. I really love how the Katsu Curry came with a side of steam vegetables, it really rounded off the dish. Haha, have you had your two fruit and five veg? A must mention also is their soups are really yummy! Their soup of the day is a great add on course to your meal.

Anyway I had a lovely time eating here (Writers do eat, when not writing). Feel free to like or comment. If you have you been here too, I would love to hear your experiences.

Links to the restaurant if you want to check them out:
http://the-amber-room-restaurant.business.site/
https://www.facebook.com/amberroomonpierside/

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https://thenailchronicle.com/
https://twitter.com/NailChronicle

Gosang’s Tunnel and Mermaid Inlet

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So here we are on a journey to Gosang’s Tunnel and Mermaid Inlet. This is about a 2hr 20 minute trip, south of Sydney, along the coast. A great daytrip or if your like me and want a weekend away, a great point for when you are holidaying at Jervis Bay. I’d pack a water bottle and perhaps give someone the heads up on your plan. The area is bush tracks and some of the amazing areas I saw, it was nothing but dirt, rocks and wild. So pack some good shoes, as there are actually a lot of places if you have the time to explore.

From that sign, it is a two second walk to where the tunnel starts.

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As you can see it starts off pretty open mouthed, but you are quickly confronted by this.

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I am about 6 foot, leaning towards 6 foot one. I found myself quickly in a crouch and almost hands and knees. In the end I gave up about half way and opted for a spider crouch crawl with my hands. Oh yea, watch your damn head! There are some pretty low hanging odd shaped bits of rock jutting about. I didn’t hit my head, but I am sure there are plenty who have in the past.

Crawling, crawling, oh wait the end. Oh look, I have secret travelling companions.

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You are suddenly confronted with a choice. Which side you gonna choose, left, right or down crevice.

Let’s look a little to the left.

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And now a jump to the right.

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Here we have out the other side and the sea cliffs.

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(These 3 pics were taken by my Fiancée, her webpage is https://thenailchronicle.com/)

That concludes the tunnel part, but I think worth a mention is also Mermaid Inlet. It’s a little walk on from the entrance of the tunnel. The track goes along the side of a bit of a sharp cliff face and is a bit more rugged, but well worth the journey.

Here is on my left.

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On my right a bit of a drop.

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But now we come to the water.

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Look at that view. Looks like someone really big has just come along and snapped it off. Would not like to have been flattened by it or caught down there in the water. It really is amazing. Like you are in the bowling alley of some deity.

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Looking back, here is a bit of an idea of the track taken.

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It is definitely a bit rugged to say the least. The wind was whipping along there. Still that said it wasn’t face to a cliff left foot right foot business. On another note, here is a map of the tracks and area. I found it along the way.

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I well reckon its worth a trip to go see this part of N.S.W. I mean even if you are just visiting Sydney, hire a car an off you go. Have you done the trip before? It would be great to hear what you thought of it. If you found this useful feel free to comment below.

*Please don’t use this as a guide to gauge the safety of the journey. This is just my own experiences. I strongly advise you to do some research before you set out on a journey.

 

The Quest for the Barbecue Pork Bun

Where to start with food. Well I’d say there are plenty of places to start with food, especially in Sydney were there are so many places to try new and wonderful things. For me though, I’d have to say I want to start with the barbecue pork bun. This for me had been an elusive treat, that I was starting to miss. I’d moved to Sydney in 2013,  I couldn’t find them anywhere. You’d naturally think perhaps they could be found at Chinese restaurants, but there was none to be found.

Somewhere along the line, I found there to be a source in a take away joint. However they didn’t live up to what I remember back in Perth. Back in Perth there used to be a lovely little dim sum restaurant called the Green inn (Think it’s the New Moon now), were the pork buns were always light, fluffy and full of nice pork. Haha nothing like I could make at home or whip out of the freezer. Sadly, I found a good source in China town. There was a Dim Sum restaurant, but it’s a bit pricy to go there for a barbecue pork bun. Especially if that was all you wanted.

One day I was exploring Sydney. My fiancée and I were exploring the Bondi junction. In a little alley way, that was a little bit rough round the edges, but full of lovely smells amongst the hustle and bustle of people we found  a little dim sum shop. I think after a few years of hunting for a great barbecue pork buns, here it was. I wasn’t even looking for them at the time.

The China Dim Sim Kitchen is amazing. The pork buns are delicious and great priced. The only shame is the long hike from home to Bondi Junction, at an hour (Haha and the rest sometimes). It’s really become a tradition. Whenever I’m in the area, I grab pork buns from there.  Saturday was a hot one, of almost 43 degrees and being stuck inside with the A.C.  Sunday was great to get out and about again finally. It was the perfect time to finish the weekend on a feast in barbecue pork bun heaven.