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Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

Best cheap eats in Cambodia

Cambodia is relatively cheap – you can get a really good meal for a few dollars. Pay more than $10 a meal and you’re starting to treat yourself; if you’re … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · 2 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

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

Cheap Eats and amazing smoked chicken at Taipei Chef

I’ve been on a quest to eat at every one of the SMH Good Food Guide’s top 50 Cheap Eats in Sydney. So far, I’ve been to just under half … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · 3 Comments

Best cheap eats ever: Yang Guo Fu Ma La Tang

Yes it has a somewhat unpronounceable name (unless, of course, you know Chinese). But with a bowl of noodles this delicious, everything is forgiven. Yang Guo Fu Ma La Tang … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cheap eats: Crunchy fried rice @ Lao Village

Lao Village is out of the way. 45 minutes’ drive from home out of the way, to be exact. And Fairfield was just named as Sydney’s most dangerous suburb – four murders … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 4 Comments

Cheap Eats: Osteria dell’Orsa in Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy, is a student town, so cheap eats are abundant. But there’s something special about Osteria dell’Orsa. A peek into its windows reveal long wooden tables crammed with people. … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Restaurant reviews: Dorfschanke in Heidelberg, Germany

When travelling to tourist hotspots, finding a restaurant with great local food, a place where the locals go, where there isn’t any of the touristy kitsch is like finding the … Continue reading

June 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

Cheap Eats: Chez Ma Cousine in Geneva, Switzerland

Switzerland is a notoriously expensive place. On my road trip from France to Italy through Switzerland, I found that everything, from the accommodation to the food, and even the petrol, … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Restaurant reviews: Trattoria Corrieiri, Parma, Italy

We are on our way to Bollogna from Lake Como and there is no time for anything but a quick pit stop in Parma, Italy. It seems like the rest … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

Cheap Eats: Pho at Le Bambou in Paris

Search for the best cheap eats in Paris and Le Bambou invariably pops up, both in print (e.g., in Alexander Lobrano’s excellent book, “Hungry for Paris”) and in the blogosphere … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cheap Eats: Focaccia in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, Italy, being the famous tourist destination that it is, I expected prices to be high and quality to be the opposite. Instead, to my surprise, prices here are … Continue reading

May 4, 2013 · 6 Comments

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