Micro brewery in Botany @ One Drop Brewing co

Botany is a developing area and is seeing new cafes and shops. This has now extended to a local and independently owned brewery. This micro brewery has opened in Erith St, an industrial area behind the main strip of shops.

We went during the first weekend it opened and it has a good vibe about it. Plenty of people having a beer or two, bar snacks and sitting around on the makeshift wooden pallet type seats and tables. It’s family and dog friendly and there’s couple of old school video games to amuse your kids.

In terms of the beers on tap, there’s IPA, a Botany Bay lager, sour, passion fruit sour (with nice fruity notes), a pale ale and a double IPA (watch out it’s 9%)

Food wise, they sell chips and pork crackling snacks and will have food trucks provide beer food. When we were there, they had a Schnitty van out the back on the lawn by “wholly Schnitt”. Unfortunately on our visit they were sold out.

Last Sunday they were roasting an XPA basted beast (ie a full pig on the spit) by Mr Wolf BBQ.

Worth checking it out if in the area.

5 Erith St Botany NSW 2019

Three Blue Ducks @ Rosebery

The Three Blue Ducks concept began in Bronte and they’ve since expanded with stores now in Byron Bay, Rosebery and Brisbane. They also host weddings and functions and you often see them at other events off site. With a big team of staff, you will note one of them is an ex-Masterchef contestant.

Stores vary in look and menu, however their approach is the same. We went to the Rosebery store which could be described as an open kitchen, large dining space and rustic decor. The store also sells some homely products like chopping boards, keep cups and cookbooks.

The restaurant group likes to use ethically sourced and organic produce and generally from local suppliers, ensuring the menu has fresh food, and as such the menu continues to evolve.

We were pleasantly greeted, taken to our table and perused the menu. Entrees, larger plates as well as the weekly sandwich special (this day was a smoked lamb) and even a bottomless brunch are on the menu. We were visiting mid week so unfortunately a bottomless brunch wasn’t on the cards for us, perhaps another time.

We ordered the oysters, which were beautiful. served with a shallot and red wine mignonette, the flavour was very refreshing. The lamb kofta was incredibly tasty, served on a spread of romesco, parsley and accompanied with a flatbread. This was a very good dish, but probably a little pricy at $19 for the size.

The other dining partners chose the poke bowl, with the addition of kingfish. A good serving, quite fishy with all the seafood and kingfish too, topped with a poached egg. Again, a lovely meal, but well above your typical price range for a poke bowl ($27).

We also had the wood roasted kingfish. Perfectly cooked, with a crispy skin and served with charred broccoli and a macadamia cream, pickled chilli and anchovy vinaigrette ($35). Flavours worked really well and the wood roasting enabled the natural fish flavour to be retained.

Other menu options include BBQ prawns, porchetta, sticky chicken, pumpkin salad and a buttermilk chicken burger (to name a few).

The bar has a range of boutique beers and ciders, cocktails and a wine list, as well as tea and coffee.

It is a lovely place to dine, staff are warm and welcoming and service was prompt. The food was extremely delicious, but it’s probably a little overpriced. We would recommend this for a special lunch. There’s a brunch menu too which we’d be keen to try at some point.

Three Blue Ducks

1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018, Australia

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BBQ Baleout Nov 3-4 @ Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

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The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park is hosting this BBQ BALEOUT, this weekend, 3-4 November. It has been transformed into a homestead with plenty of stalls to occupy guests. The Barbecue Alliance are not only cooking up some amazing smoked meats, they are doing it for a good cause.

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This is a collaboration between Black Bear BBQ and The BBQ Alliance to raise money for our farmers and rural communities across Australia, doing it tough this year. Whilst we love a good deal of sun to invoke those rays for a bit of a tan. As you head to the beach, spare a thought for the farmers, whose crops and livestock suffer with a lack of rain causing drought, severely impacting the livelihood of our nation’s farmers.

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There is plenty of live entertainment for all ages; there is music, a petting zoo, jumping castle and more. Music performed by Volky, Taya Chani Trio, Sweet Jelly Rolls and CK & the 45s.

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It is a carnivore’s heaven, with the likes of Parilla Argenchino and BlackBear BBQ doing what they do best, cooking meat! There is plenty of quality BBQ meat on offer. American style, low and slow smoked meats from Black Bear BBQ were mouthwateringly good. Try their beef brisket, pork belly, wings, beef ribs and more.

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The hot weather was also conducive to a few beverages, the beer supplied by Six String Brewing Co.

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Be entertained by the 2018 Kingsford Invitational BBQ Competition – the richest BBQ competition in Australia with $40,000 in cash, prizes and trophies. Stop by the Kingsford Charcoal pop up, grab some BBQ supplies and have a crack yourself. Sunday is The state vs. state butchery challenge with butchers Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria battling it out for bragging rights.

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While enjoying a great day out and all that is on offer, spare a thought for the farmers and donate a bit of coin to the Bale charity bucket. A little support can make the world of difference.

Be sure to pop on down!

BBQ Baleout

The Entertainment Quarter

122 Lang Road

Moore Park

NSW 2021

Thanks to Menatwork Communications for arranging media passes.

Comfort food @Broadway Crown

Broadway on Crown is a pub and dining space which can be found in the busy area of Broadway, Chippendale.

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Only a stones throw from Broadway shopping centre, Chippendale precinct, Sydney University and the CBD, you will find this place buzzing with crowds. Uni students and young people enjoying an after work drink and the food and drinks menu caters to this crowd well. 

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The pub has a large bar with fully stocked drinks and special cocktails. There are plenty of interesting cocktail concoctions. We tried the ‘White Chocolate Passionfruit’ of Passionfruit Syrup, cake infused vodka topped with white chocolate drops. We loved the sweetness to this drink – a must for dessert lovers.

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We also had the light and refreshing ‘Vera Green’ and you can recharge with the fresh cucumber, aloe Vera, gin and limoncello.

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On the menu is the ever popular ‘Fairy Floss Martini’ made with Raspberry and Vodka and topped with Rose Fairy Floss. There is also the ‘Smashin Passion’ – Amaretto and Rum & Passionfruit  & a ‘Blood Orange Margarita’ – a zesty twist on your favourite – 100 % Agave Tequilla, Vanilla and Blood Orange Syrup. 

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Broadway on Crown also has your regular favourites such as espresso martini’s, aperol spritz, mojito, negronis and the much loved old fashioned.

The cocktails are reasonably priced at $16 or if you can get in for happy hour on Monday -Friday from 4-7pm, the cocktails are reduced to $12. 

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Food wise, the menu is packed with crowd pleasers like chicken wings, wedges, pizzas, burgers, pastas and schnitzels! Your ultimate comfort food and the perfect food to accompany a night of drinks!

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We tried the fried cauliflower starter and a different take on the chicken parmigiana – a huge chicken schnitzel topped with chorizo, melted cheese and hash browns! We managed to defeat it extremely satisfied by the end! We appreciated the side salad of rocket, cabbage and tomato as well as roast veggies. 

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We also enjoyed a grain fed sirloin steak (250g) with thick fries and side salad.

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Probably one of the more quality steaks we’ve had in a pub. 

This pub hosts events and set menus from $39 pizza parties – $49 sit down meals – book online for events like Melbourne cup!

On Mondays, $21 for a Parmy and a pour (425 ml schooner if cricketers arms) and there’s plenty of other deals so check out their website. 

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Central Restaurante @ Lima, Peru

There’s a reason why it’s in top 50 restaurants in the world. Especially top 10. Because it is downright amazing, that’s why.

Our reason for visiting Lima was so that we could stay overnight so we wouldnt miss our next flight out of Peru. Upon our journey through South America, it was bought to our attention that Lima was not just a stop over, it was a Gastronomy standout in South America with numerous restaurants featuring amongst the best in the world.

Whilst on a surf adventure in Northern Peru, we met a Spanish gent who worked in the mining industry and lived in the trendy Lima suburb of Barranco and discussed the dining options in Lima. Central was one of his recommendations, it turned out to be ranked the sixth best restaurant in the world. We did not have a booking and the last seating was at 1:30 pm, which was the time we arrived.

The restaurant pretty much had a welcoming committee, who thankfully advised that we were not too late to dine somewhere ons ite. The site housed two restaurants and a bar. One being the Vergilio Martìnez Véliz restaurant Central, the other a restaurant Kjoller created by his wife Pía and the bar called Mayo. We were politely advised the lunch was fully booked and opted for a seat at the bar to look at the menus of both Kjolle and Mayo. The cocktails on the drink menu sounded pretty inviting and whilst milling over what to eat, I thankfully decided on the ceviche at the bar. Thankfully because the Bass cevice, with clam, citrus juice roasted white onion chips happened to be best cevice we consumed on the whole trip. The cocktails were also amazing.

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The ceviche had arrived, and the waiter had obviously heard our strong desire to eat at Central, and advised that there was a cancellation and there was the possibility of us dining in Central. He disappeared for a short moment and returned with news that the stars had aligned. There was a fair amount of luck involved, but that is how we walked into one of the worlds top restaurants without a booking. We highly appreciate the staff member going out of his way to help us!

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We have already established the cocktails were good, the espresso martini was one of the better versions we have sipped on. They also had some cool beer on the menu, can’t say that I’d ever thought there would be a home brew on the menu at a fine dining restaurant. Anyway we don’t mind a beer, a pale ale is usually the beer of choice. The Blur home brew pale ale, was ordered. It had plenty of hop and a unique spice, a great pale ale.

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The ethos of Central and chef Véliz is to display local ingredients, the biodiversity of Peru and put each of the microclimates on a plate. We have been fortunate enough to dine at a number of fine dining restaurants,  including a few in the top restaurants list. Central is by far the best fine dining meal we have enjoyed to date. The 12 course dining menu was flawless. NOTE – there is a 17 course menu, but we only had time for the 12. This place amazingly reflecting Peru on a plate, with some out there and unusual ingredients and creative plating.

We outline the dishes below for your perusal:

1 A great start, the main ingredient was clam, the dish looked like little orange pillow sitting on a rock with flowers on top. This morsel exploded with citrus and clam once bitten into.

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2 Contrasting textures of Catctus fruit, root veg crisps and the urchin roe with citrus mousse. The texture and flavour of the urchin roe and citrus mousse was sheer decadence.

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3 Yellow mushrooms dish had a flavour that remined me of toast with butter. The black mushrooms were served on a sweet blackened cruton with pickled mushshroom, sour cream and chives, this dish had perfect balance of flavours and a great contrast to the yellow mushroom dish.

 

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4 The duck leg tartar was nicely spiced served with a citric cream, the knife skills were very impressive, the duck carved into minuscule cubes. Using Jungle potato to make bread which was grey in colour and serve with a cacao butter with cacao and a butter made with 3 types of jungle tomatoe.


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5 A refreshing dish of Pepino melon scallops, a creamy citrus ceviche, with mild melon flavour that had a nashi pear like texture. A great palate cleanser.

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6 The oco tumbo, made with a legume cheese. This dish was a bean dish that was gnocchi like and server with tranparent crisps. The dish had a nice sweetness and earthy flavour.

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7 Another light dish of avocado and river prawns that were very juicy and melt in your mouth, served with toasted black and orange corn, the savoury prawn broth providing a big hit of flavours.

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8 The pirahna dish! This was the scariest and coolest plating we have come across. The crisp pirahna skin with juka, extravagantly plated atop of 5 pirahna heads. Eat or be eaten.

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9 The Octopus had a sweet flavour and was very tender and served with sea lettuce that was prepared like kale chips

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10 Slow cooked baby goat with olluco, which had a subtle caramel flavour, the goat amazingly tender. The goat flavour infused in to every item in the dish.

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11, Mountain rain, choc clay, coca leaf granada and powder, gel, thick chocolate paste. As you can imagine this dessert nicely following on from the goat with rich, bold flavours and texture.

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12 A palate cleanser that is a medicinal plant drink, containing algae from a high altitude lake. This was very refreshing and a great end to the meal.

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This degustation is a perfectly orchestrated dining affair. Each dish compliments the next. This meal was a food journey through Peru in one sitting. Highly recommended if you are intending on visiting Lima. Make sure you book well in advance.

Central Restaurante

Avenida Pedro de Osma 301, Barranco, Lima 15063

Poultry, Sultry, Booze and fun when Whirly Bird turns one!

Whirlybird is the name and fried chicken is their game. This bar and restaurant specialises in poultry, booze and a touch of sultry.

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Whirlybird recently turned one and we learnt that they can also throw one hell of a party. Their large Cabaret styled venue accomodating a large crowd embracing the celebration.

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With a large number of people congregating around the bar, the bar tenders were on point keeping up with demand. Their fully stocked bar busily pumping out a range of beer, wine, champagne and a range of quality cocktails.

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There was also some incredible chicken to nibble on, served with some tasty sides. There was a disappearing act with the mini burger pyramid stacks. They were crazy popular, now you see em and now you don’t.

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The food and drinks were perfect for this party, allowing you to take in the entertainment and socialise. There were plenty of food and lifestyle folk enjoying what the evening had to offer.

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The entertainment was going off, the band did a good job to engage the punters. Having said that they were upstaged by the Burlesque performance, the ladies putting on a classy striptease that drew the crowd in with a magnetic like pull.

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Good news – the venue transforms into the Birdcage on a Saturday night, with an adult’s only evening filled with fun, food, booze and burlesque.

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Whirlybird and the Society Group sure know how to throw a party. A great night had by all, enjoyed in cool venue, with drinks flowing and some finger lickin chicken. Check into this sultry, poultry, bar and restaurant.

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Whirly Bird Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Where to find the best locally brewed beer in Darling Harbour? All hands Brewing

Open since December last year, not sure how we’ve missed this spot at destinationsville – Darling Harbour. There’s a nice Inner West kind of vibe to this place which is uncharacteristic of the standard King Street Wharf venues.

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A growing mainstream awareness of craft beers, they offer a unique and rare experience joining local mircrobreweries, Endeavor Tap Rooms at The Rocks and Circular Quay’s Squire Landing.

There are five permanent taps with another four that alternate depending on the demand. Despite production having to rely on demand, it provides a creative space for Head Brewer, Sam Clayman and his team to refine and retweak seasonal releases. This is a win for beer lovers, enabling Sam to experiment with different yeast strains and play around with fermentation temperatures.

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The microbrewery acts as a backdrop to the bar entry housing five vessels which can produce over 5600 schooners. Exposed piping and mesh gating accentuate the timber setting giving an urban edge to a casual night out.

For the laymen out there like myself, the IBU measure indicates the hop content in the brew – impacting flavoring and stability of the beer.

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We lined up 7 from their taps. It was like a rainbow of beer showcasing some very distinct styles of lager and ale:

From Left to Right (man that was hard work):
HUMP DAY I.P.A. (Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV • 45 IBU)
It’s an inviting copper toned schooner of trickery. iThe artist paints and you see exactly what they want to express, one of the more abstract styles in the All hands repertoire, if you’re bitter – this one’s for you! They tell me it’s an acquired taste for the refined palette.

WOOD DUCK CREAM ALE (Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV • 18 IBU)
It’s the signature and crowd favorite. It uses nitrogen to replicate the foamy tops of a cask ale but there are other carbonating/oxidising factors to it also. The only thing you need to know is there’s a nice comfortable sweet spot of vanilla and speckles of spice that come through.

BUNNY HOP LAGER (Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV • 30 IBU)
It’s a radiating straw colored brew that answers the legacy of the original Pilsner. Crisp, bitter, snappy with a backbone and is always a good safe choice.

LONGNECK BEST BITTER (Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV • 22 IBU)
The deep amber elixir with its caramel malt, coppered toast and spicy rye. Using two species of Hop plants for stabilization there are whispers of conflict in each sip of citrus and spice that are quite alluring.

IRISH SPORT STOUT (Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV • 51 IBU)
We enter the realms of fruity-dry, top fermenting ale with this basic black concoction. It’s thick, it’s dry with punch packing hues of coffee and chocolate. It’s their unique house blend and not for the light hearted.

This was recommended in a pairing with the Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye also on offer during the event from their pop-up station. Surprisingly, one of the most memorable of the evening.

HOUSE CIDER – This golden wheat beer of cloudiness sits on the fruitier side if you’re after something light and easy.

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SCORCHER IMPERIAL SUMMER ALE (Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV • 25 IBU)
It sits on the fruitier side with hints of passionfruit, lime, papaya and berries. It’s the strongest in terms of alcohol content in their repertoire and dangeorously smooth.

KING’S TIPPLE KOLSCH (Alcohol Content: 4.6% ABV • 16 IBU)
Light copper tones of pear and apple which is where I comfortably sit in terms of beer.

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It’s a southern style menu put together by Group Execuitive chef Graeme McLaughlin and chef Michael Acevedo. It takes the casual pub menu up a notch with a focus on sharing plates, smoked meat, with a strong focus on locally sourced seafood both in their salads, mains and platters.

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Unlike many around the harbour, All Hands provides a very different experience to many of its neighbours and definitely worth a visit. For a family catch up, birthday celebration, or an after work drink, it’s the perfect venue.

All Hands Brewing House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Where to go for a drink and tapas in Surry Hills – Sugar Ray’s

Sugar Ray’s Bar in Surry Hills occupies a prime location on Cleveland Street, at the Eastern Distributor end. A lot of foot traffic passes through after a sports game at nearby Moore Park, so this place is bound to get busy. Brought to you by Dan and the team at Salt Vine (Crown St), it is hardly surprising that the food would be just as good.

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A sophisticated bar and tapas menu with a great range of drinks including craft beers, a top mix of wines and in particular, some beautifully crafted cocktails to get that party started. On a more low key day, come and sip over your drink on a lazy afternoon.

The space takes you back a few eras with its dark painted walls full of framed images, leather couches and Persian Rugs, blink and you could be in the Jazz era. This makes for a super cool environment and the background music gives it a relaxing ambience.

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The bartender whips us up a cocktail ‘the Wild lady’ as well as a mocktail of their concoction. Extremely skilled and knowledgeable, you will be happy with any drink ordered here.

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The food menu is primarily tapas/bite size style, perfect for a nibble with your drink. The menu is just droolworthy! Salt and Vinegar fries, mac and cheeseballs, southern fried chicken, and pork belly puffs just to name a few. It’s clear there’s a strong Southwest American influences here. On this visit, we chose their mini sliders, but with a modern touch of duck as the meat.

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We accompanied this with Cleveland greens, pumpkin, baby carrot, chimi churri and pecans and parmesan to flavour.

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There’s also South American influences, evident through their barramundi tortillas. These were so interesting, with the barramundi atop some beautifully coloured beetroot crispy tortillas, topped with guacamole and trimmings.

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If you’re still hungry and up for dessert, they have an ever popular pannacotta with chocolate, bourbon and pecan!

Get in soon to try this cool bar and top notch menu.

Sugar Rays Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Where to go in Niagara in less than 48 hours (from the Canadian side)

Your best bet is to head from Toronto to Niagara. Go online and buy a bus ticket to Niagara Falls. A regular bus (which takes about 4 hours and only $16) or a Greyhound (approx 2 hours and $40 round trip) and make your way there. The bus seats are comfortable, having charging devices and supposedly wifi (though it didn’t really work). Bus drivers are friendly and departed on time.

The town 

It is like a mini Las Vegas with its hotels, strip mall, entertainment quarter and larger than life concept.

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On Clifton St you’ll find a barrel of activities. Whilst we didn’t engage in any of the activities there, if you’re in Niagara with your family, there is mini golf, go karting, Ripley’s believe it our not, wax celebrities, mini golf, haunted houses, bowling and more.

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Food wise, don’t expect anything too special, Niagara is primarily chain restaurants or cafes. Most of the food is fast food, like Ihop, Wendy’s, Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse, ice cream shops, fudge shops and more.

Where to stay

It is a big tourist town, so naturally there’s plenty of hotels from holiday inns to the Hilton. We chose to stay at an air bnb – the host John runs a bnb called Archie’s bunker. It is a short walking distance to the falls and is a great location. John and wife Trish are so hospitable and were super good communicating with us prior to coming. When we arrived, the Australian flag was flying high. Our room was the Oh Canada room and it was dressed with all Canada themed decorations. Kitted our with towels, cups, gowns, slippers, a kettle and more, all you need for your stay. We liked the special touches of a chocolate by the bed, 2 souvenir pins and a bunch of brochures to read on the area. He also prepares breakfast and it was an amazing spread of granola, yoghurt, fruit, pastries, juice, coffee and he made us eggs Benedict! We loved this. What a marvellous place to stay. Only $100 a night, it is a bargain.

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At Niagara Falls 

Walk along Niagara Parkway and you see two parts of the falls. The horsehoe falls is the most spectacular.

In the evening the falls are illuminated and the colours change. It is super impressive. Fireworks also take place from 10pm, be sure to get in early for a prime spot.

Mist Rider Zip line 

The zip line is super fun to do. This is $60-$70 depending on whether you go at day or night. We did the night version at 9pm where you get a light up wrist band and zip line when all the falls are lit up with coloured lights. It’s a bit of an adrenaline rush and we enjoyed it! They have fireworks at 10pm so you can also see those!

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Journey Behind the falls 

For an experience in the tunnels below and behind the horseshoe waterfalls themselves. Pay your $25 entrance fees and head down in an elevator (about 35 metres below). You’ll be up and close to the falls in the two viewing platforms and behind falls when traversing the tunnels behind. You will get wet – but they will give you a recyclable poncho.

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Hornblower Niagara Cruise 

We booked one of these cruises to get close to the falls. It is $25 plus tax for the trip including the poncho. Line up and you’ll find yourself herded down to the deck to board. They pack it to the brim. The boat round trip takes about 30 Mins and you get close to the horseshoe falls. It’s worth it for the view. You will get wet. Very wet. Be sure to wear that poncho.

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Skylon tower 

Perfect for an awesome view of the city and above the falls. Pay your $15 entrance fee and get the lift to the top. Once you’re there, walk around and get your view of the entire city. Take your photos and that’s about it. They do have a revolving restaurant and buffet if that takes your fancy.

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Where to eat

The food in Niagara isn’t great. It’s mostly a mix of chain restaurants focusing on big and greasy: think burgers, wings, ribs and more. If that’s your thing, you’ll be sorted. We found it hard to find somewhere to eat. We ended up at a Turkish restaurant for a salad and meat skewers to share just to stay healthy.

Apparently the buffets in the casinos are good value and you can also eat in the revolving restaurant in the tower.

Queen Victoria Place Restaurant 

A large restaurant with a great view of the falls. In the evening there’s also music playing on a stage nearby. The restaurant serves western food, relatively healthy with entrees, mains and desserts. They’re quite pricy but the food looked really good, like antipasto, salmon and risotto to name a few. We had drinks here only – a beer paddle and a local wine paddle to sample a few of the variations. We enjoyed sampling these. Service was a bit varied. When we ordered, the drinks came out fast, but it was hard to get the waiters attention. Despite this, I’d recommend visiting here because a drink with this view is worth it.

Hope you have fun if you visit Niagara! We did!

Wayward Brewing Co team up with The Oaks

What an absolute pleasure to experience an event of Wayward Brewing Co teaming up with the Oaks Hotel in Neutral Bay for a four course meal matched with beers. With our foodie friend where_do_i_eat_pete, this was sure to be something right up our alley. This is a great venue in the Oaks, a comfortable space indoors with a beautiful outlook on the iconic oak tree.

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Wayward head brewer Shaun Blissett and beer brigadier Jackson Davey were fantastic in hosting and narrating the Wayward Brewing journey, as well as how each of their beers tasted on the evening were created.

Of the four beers, two of the beers were limited releases, and all of them matched perfectly by the sumptuous menu prepared by the chefs at the Oaks Hotel.

 The starter dish was the beef cheek slider with rocket and vegemite aioli, which matched with the Acre Pilsner with Yuzu. The slider provided a slight, however beautiful vegemite after taste, and I think it took only a few minutes to easily down the Pilsner. This Pilsner was 4.5% ABV (Limited Release).

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For entrée, we were served the irresistibly refreshing and delicious king fish ceviche with jalepeno, dried shallots, coconut cream, ponzu and lime, and this dish matched with the Sourpuss raspberry Berliner Weisse. If the ceviche were served at a fine dining restaurant, I would be very happy with it, even more so at a pub! The coconut and lime brought out incredible flavours. The sourpuss beer was interesting as it neither tasted like a beer or a cider, and with its low 3.8% alcohol content, made it a very easy drinking beverage. 

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The main dish was absolutely outstanding with the smoked lamb shoulder with roasted potatoes, heirloom carrots and brussels sprouts, shared amongst 4. Perfect for this style of event. This was matched with the Charmer India Red Ale. The lamb just melted off the bone, and the India Red Ale had incredible “hoppy” content with great flavour. 

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By the time dessert came, I was quite content and full, however there is always room for dessert, especially when it included Messina gelato and a soft centred chocolate pudding, matched with the limited release Slapshot stout beer. 

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A warm thank you to Amy Fourro at The Oaks for the invitation to attend this food and beer matching master class. As well as a big thank you to Shaun and Jackson of Wayward Brewing Co for hosting an informative and entertaining evening.

For those considering attending in the future, The Oaks always have superb events at good prices