Penne 4 Your Thoughts

Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant in Lakemba

Look around and you might think you’re no longer in Sydney. Women are garbed in flowing black burkas, with nothing visible but their eyes. Men are in white robes, with … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet. At least that was Shakespeare’s logic, but I would beg to differ. … Continue reading

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Ambience

Coming home after a long day of work to find dinner on the table, hugs from the Happy Gwailo and this for a view. Now that’s what I call ambience.  This … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

Anticipation

As we sit down to dinner – more often than not at the coffee table in preparation for whichever Netflix series we are hooked on at the moment – Leo … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Dinner at the Little Snail, Sydney

Where has the year gone? I can’t believe it’s December already. After a whirlwind trip back to Malaysia for a family event, the Happy Gwailo and I are settling in … Continue reading

December 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

New horizons

For the past nine months now, I’ve been working with a client in Melbourne. Since I’m based in Sydney, that means weekly travel to and fro. It’s been… not ideal, … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 5 Comments

Relax (aka the perils of owning a boxer dog)

Loving my new neighborhood. A photo posted by Penne Cole (@colepenne) on Jul 18, 2016 at 4:18pm PDT There’s no better way to relax than walking our dog Leo around … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 9 Comments

Joo Hooi Cafe: Best one stop shop for foodies in Penang

Ah Penang, Malaysia’s tourism jewel. It’s certainly been widely recognised as a great place to visit, featuring in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 list, the Huffington Post‘s list of … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 9 Comments

It’s not this time of year without Christmas markets

Nobody does Christmas markets like the Europeans. The Germans, in particular, have it down to an art form. Which is why, four years ago, when I was a carefree student … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 11 Comments

Foodie’s Guide to Newtown Part 2

Newtown, with its proximity to Sydney University, is decidedly a student and hippie town. But in recent years, it’s also become a foodie’s dream, with great offerings up and down … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 11 Comments

Foodies’ guide to Newtown – Part 1

Newtown was once known as a rather cheap part of town overrun by students and hipsters, and every second shop was a cheap Thai joint. The students are still there, … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

Tramsheds at Harold Park, Sydney

It’s official – our wait for Belles Hot Chicken is over. The Southern fried chicken sensation from Melbourne appeared in Sydney months ago, but the Happy Gwailo and I were … Continue reading

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