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Sydney to Batemans Bay road trip

Sydney to Batemans Bay road trip

With my kid brother (11) and Zen's nephews (11 & 9) in tow, Zen and I decided to kick off 2014 with an adventure down the NSW South Coast! We've babysat plenty of times...

New Year’s Day at Nan Tien Temple Vegetarian Food Fair

Happy new year! Thank you all JENIUS readers for your friendship, support, emails & comments, and for making 2010 a fabulous year! I spent this morning with the boy and his mother at the tranquil...

Zen Oasis vegetarian restaurant, Berrima

To drive an hour and a half for good food may seem absurd to some, but this is not uncommon for my mother and her friends. My Mum has forever talked about this little vegetarian restaurant, in the middle of...

Guide to the Gong

It is around this time of year that there is a feeling in the air; of holidays speedily coming and going, sunshine beckoning us outside and willing us to stop working and enjoy the...

Balinese Spice Magic, Wollongong + Traditional Corn Fritter Recipe

Indonesia celebrated Independence Day last weekend, and marked its 69th year since declaring independence from the Dutch. Indonesia is an archipelago made up of around 17,000 islands, (try saying that three times quickly - archipelago,...

The Hungry Wolf, Wollongong

Tucked away just off Crown Street, The Hungry Wolf café has just opened it's doors to the people of Wollongong. Little brother of Wollongong's best whiskey bar the Howlin' Wolf, the Hungry Wolf is...
Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong

Lunch at Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong

The Nan Tien Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere... so it has kind of become a tourist attraction for any visiting relatives. And depite the rain yesterday, it was no exception for my great aunt. The temple is gloriously tranquil, filled with the grandeur of giant monuments, fancy landscapes and rich chandeliers. The dining hall, too, maintained the airy and peaceful ambience, with Buddha statues, soothing chants in the background and staff whom were extremely quiet and courteous. The vegetarian lunch set menu is available on Tuesdays to Fridays, 11am - 2pm, and on weekends from 11:30am until 2:30pm.

A day trip from Sydney to Merimbula

With Zen being a massive plane enthusiast, and I being the keen traveler, we were both thrilled to discover that a dear friend's hubby flew his very own plane. Not as the pilot of...

Cino Caffe, Wollongong

Saturday morning was cold... and that's the best excuse for a big greasy breakfast. Zen and I strolled down the street to the Mall. Cino Cafe has plentiful seats outside which was already starting to fill up at just 10.30am. We decided to step inside, away from the breeze, and placed ourselves in round leather booth chairs. The tables were slighly high... but this could have been the result of my slouching posture. On my left was a glass cabinent full of delicious treats. There were portugese custard tarts, cakes of all sorts, pasteries and more. Mmmm..

Easter long weekend

April is awesome! How often do you get a 4 day weekend? I've always wanted to see a waterfall... so here was my chance. The Minnamurra Rainforest is a 2 hour drive south of Sydney. There are 2 fabulous walks which take you through elevated timber boardwalks and swinging bridges. Part of it was so steep... but the workout was definately worthwhile. The waterfall was amazing! And it was lovely to take in deep breaths of nature... ah....

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