Upper Crust Pies

Nothing says Australia like a good ol’ fashioned meat pie! After cheering on all the Big Swim participants, I stopped in at Upper Crust Pies in Collaroy. Green and Gold beckons me in, as does the savory smell of pastry. Tempting flavors fill the menu board and happy customers, who seem to know exactly what the deal is, stroll out the door looking gleeful.

We opt for a steak, cheese and potato pie and a butter chicken pie. Both were hot, full of flavor and filling. The steak cheese and potato pie had mashed potato as the top ‘crust’ and the saucy steak filling was held in by a solid pastry bottom crust. The butter chicken was really delicious, and a step above the other pie we tried in terms of it’s depth of flavor.

Steak, Cheese and Potato Pie

Steak, Cheese and Potato Pie

 

Butter Chicken Pie

Butter Chicken Pie

 

Upper Crust Pie is worth a visit when passing through the Northern Beaches in Sydney. Hit the beach then hit the Upper Crust!

Upper Crust Pies: Open Daily from 7 am-5 pm, except Christmas
1003 Pittwater Road, Collaroy, NSW, Australia
(02) 9971 5558

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Happy Australia Day!

 

Happy Australia Day! Being from away, I am not 100% sure what this means, but it always a great day full of community activities, sporting events and gatherings full of friends and family. This year I cheered on my friends Louise and Alex as they participated in The Big Swim as part of the inspirational Can Too program. So throw another snag on the barbie, crack open a VB and get amongst it Aussies!

The Big Swim

4 Pines Brewery – Manly

Manly is evolving from a surf town into a thriving scene to been seen. Surfers still rule and beaches dominate the lives of all who love Manly, but the food scene is on the upswing. 4 Pines Brewery has been an anchor in Manly, with a vibrant atmosphere full of locals and visitors alike. They brew their own beer, which is some of the best in Sydney, and have a great menu full of pub classics and seaside treats.

I frequent 4 Pines on a very regular basis. It is just down the beach from my house and it is all quality. They have their staple beers, with the Hefeweizen being my favourite and the ESB a close second, as well as a regularly changing special Keller Door series which has yet to disappoint. The food is far beyond the standard pub grub. They are serving up some seriously good pub food. The fish and chips are always great, the mussels perfect for dining next to the sea and the burger is, well, Mega! So head on down, grab a pint and enjoy some

Pork Belly

Pork Belly

Bouillabaisse with Stout Bread

Bouillabaisse with Stout Bread

Manly Mega Burger

Manly Mega Burger

Spit to Manly Walk

One of the best kept secrets in Sydney is the Spit to Manly walk, which goes from the Spit Bridge in Mosman to the wharf in Manly. Around 10 kilometres through bushland, beachfronts and hillsides, this 3-4 hour walk is a great opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Sydney. Start early to avoid the midday heat and pack lots of water and snacks since it will really just be you and mother nature out there! Bring along some sunscreen and your bathing suit so you stop off at one or more of the gorgeous beaches along the way. Check out the Manly Council site for more information and put your walking shoes on! You might make a few scaly friends along the way and be sent back in time via artworks in the rocks by the original people of Manly. If you need a reward besides swimming and nature to get you through the walk, there is beer and ice cream at the end! Explore Sydney!

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Petrol Restaurant – Potts Point

Morocco meets Asia. In Potts Point in Sydney. This is Petrol Restaurant. The menu definitely leads diners across several nations, almost leaving you tired from the journey before you’ve even ordered. Never the less, I visited for lunch with some lovely ladies and enjoyed some food, festivities and the outdoor seating. Convenient location and an extensive menu ensures everyone arrives happy and leaves satisfied.

WASABI GARLIC BREAD with cardamom Butter

WASABI GARLIC BREAD
with cardamom Butter

 

WARM CHICKEN SALAD

WARM CHICKEN SALAD

HALOUMI CHEESE AND ROCKET SALAD

HALOUMI CHEESE AND ROCKET SALAD