Sydney Trip 2012

The Grounds

Donna Hay General Store

We started off on Tuesday morning with breakfast at this fantastic cafe called The Grounds.  The food and coffee were delicious, the interiors gorgeous with beautiful details, after breakfast we had a stroll outside they have a veggie patch and a garden..really worth finding if you’re going to Sydney.

The next stop was the Donna Hay General store in Woollahra..such a beautifully styled store with alot of the props they use for styling in the magazine for sale.  They were very kind to let me take lots of photos.

Around the corner  and searching for lunch we found the best hot chicken rolls with gravy and salad at Chargrill Charlie’s.  The store was’s healthy grab and go food..rotisserie chickens with no steroids, no chemicals and no hormones, gourmet salads, roast vegetables, curries, burgers and rolls.

Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills

My daughters fav bakery ever..The Bourke Street Bakery, you can smell their sausage rolls (pork & fennel and lamb & harissa) from metres away as you approach the shop and there is always a line out the door..the shop is so tiny it can only fit half a dozen people in there at a time.  They’ve had a cookbook out for a long time with all their recipes so might think about finally getting it.  Surry Hills is such a fantastic area…so much going on from funky stores and cafes to bars and nightclubs.

Kitchen By Mike

Kitchen By Mike is newly opened and was AMAZING..the food fresh and so tasty, seasonal ingredients selected from the market each morning by Mike and turned into these delicious dishes you see above.  They bake their own bread and there is also a big homewares store as part of the complex called Koskela which sells furniture and lots of different things for your home.  They also stock a big range of Falcon Enamelware products which is what they use in the cafe.

Sydney Harbour

It was so good to spend some time on Sydney Harbour.  Catching a ferry to Watsons Bay and having fish and chips at Doyles is what everybody does..we caught the bus back to the city so we could drive through the eastern suburbs of Double Bay, Rose Bay & Edgecliff.

Glebe, Rozelle & Balmain Saturday Markets

There are markets on every Saturday in Sydney that sell vintage clothing, homewares and the like.  We started off at Glebe Market and then caught a bus to the Rozelle Market then walked to Balmain Market.  Having lunch in between at Rosebud..their Angus Beef & Andouille burger with manchego cheese, peppered bacon & onion jam on brioche bun, served with fries was really good and filled us up until dinner.

I hope you enjoyed seeing photos of my week in Sydney..this is the longest post I’ve ever done and really enjoyed taking lots of photos to give you a taste of Sydney.

I’ll be back soon with a  recipe from Bill Granger.  My friend Linda who lives in Sydney and is a beautiful, generous cook said this recipe is really good and lots of people have asked for the recipe.

Catherine x


  1. tina

    Oh Catherine, this was such a treat, such feast for the eyes!!!
    What a great time you had!!

    I LOVED all photos and Sydney looks amazing. I've never been but always wanted to go to the city where eating healthy and well is so easy!!

    I LOVE 'The Grounds' I could hang out there all day. Gosh, I want those huge jars with spouts/taps for my daily water with lemon

  2. Lauren

    Oh wow! Wonderful post! I loved following along on your Sydney trip, and I think you did a great job juxtaposing photos and text to bring us along with you. Really beautiful. My favorite was Grounds, but I'd have to try one of those sausages! Sounds like well worth the weight!

  3. noreen

    hello catherine – i think i gained weight from reading your post. what wonderful places to eat! that burger sounds just delicious, and the veggies and homemade bread from "kitchen by mike" – i'm not even hungry and i'm hungry. don't you love traveling? joy to you, n

  4. Angie Browning

    A stunning set of photos Catherine! The colours of the food are incredible – so fresh! Wow if I could only eat with my eyes *sigh*. This makes me want to come back to Sydney so much – if only for the amazing Donna Hay store. LOVE!! Hope you had a great time! Angie xo

  5. leah of sang the bird

    Wonderful post!! I used to live in Glebe, and the markets were one of my favourite places to hang out. This post actually has me missing Sydney…
    The glass jars with the citrus in them are beautiful. I'd love one on my kitchen bench. And koskela is on my wish list to visit next time I'm in Sydney. Your time away looks amazing xx

  6. Anastasia

    oh what a great post – you did a lot!!! some great eateries….we have a Bourke St bakery near us, their Marrickville site – i love going there for fresh bread and chocolate tarts! yumm!
    the markets are always fun! sounds like an awesome weekend!

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