Penne 4 Your Thoughts

Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

Dining at Cecconi’s

The first time I went to Cecconi’s Flinders Lane in Melbourne was for breakfast. That early in the morning, there were just two other tables occupied, so I had unparalleled … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 14 Comments

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

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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

November 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cheap eats: Boon Cafe

What do you get when you combine a Thai grocery store and a cafe? Awesome Thai-inspired deliciousness in the form of Boon Cafe and Jarern Chai. Boon Cafe and Jarern … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016

I love coastal and bush walks in Sydney – the Captain and I even have two guide books about all the coastal and bush walks in the area. The Coogee to … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · 7 Comments

Brunch with a feel good factor @ Kinfolk

Like every second cafe in town, Kinfolk has great food and a focus on superfoods, local producers, and seasonal ingredients. What makes it special, though, is the feel good factor – the cafe donates … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cheap eats: Oregano bakery

Oregano bakery might not ring a bell for most Sydney-siders but chances are, you’ve seen some of their delicious scrolls at shopping malls and pop up stores at festivals like … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 6 Comments

Sydney Night Noodle Markets 2016

October is one of my favourite months in Sydney – it’s Good Food Month, which means a celebration of all things foodie. The Night Noodle Markets has become something of … Continue reading

October 29, 2016 · 9 Comments

Restaurant review: Pascale at QT Melbourne

  Pascale, if you believe Qantas’ inflight magazine, is the one of the hottest new restaurants in Melbourne. Part of the newly-opened QT hotel on Russell Street, Pascale is helmed by Executive … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · 5 Comments
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