Sydney Adventures – Bondi Beach

For the last couple of months Sydney has been enjoying a beautiful, balmy autumn of sunny days and only slightly chilly nights. As an avowed summer lover, it made me very happy to get away with only wearing a cardigan for warmth. It’s called denial – “if it’s warm like this, maybe winter will never come”.

Well, that was last week. This week winter has truly set in, with cold grey days and rain.

I’m so pleased that I enjoyed the last days of autumn with another Sydney adventure – last week it was to Bondi Beach.



My friend and I had a specific mission in mind – to go and see the amazing graffiti mural of Staffys on the Bondi Beach promenade. As a long time lover of these wonderful dogs, I was thrilled to discover on facebook that an amazing artist, Mr G. had painted a mural of 3 ‘Happy Staffys’ which promotes the work of Staffy Rescue. As soon as I found out, I knew we had to go for a visit, and we weren’t disappointed!







As you can see, Mr G did a magnificent job of capturing the joyous spirit of the Staffy! And promoting Staffy Rescue is such a worthy cause as they do such important work. If you want to find out more about Mr G, his facebook page is:  and Staffy Rescue:

While in Bondi I also had in mind another mission – a pie mission. I had heard great reviews about Bondi business Funky Pies, and their delicious vegan/vegetarian pies, so obviously, I had to pay a visit 🙂 I decided to take home some ‘Funky Chunky’ pies which I promptly devoured for dinner that night – this was a welcome alternative to a meat pie with mash – the Funky Chunky is chunks of shiitake mushrooms, with a layer of mash inside the pastry. And it went down an absolute treat!



If you are nearby and need to stock up on other vegan/ vegetarian items (I noticed they also stocked the Tofutti range and also various faux deli meats), this is the place!

Funky Pies is at: 2/144-148 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach 2026  or




Sydney (food) Adventures – Marrickville

One of my favourite ways to entertain myself on limited funds (as I’m not working while I finish up my thesis, these are even more limited than usual) is to go on, what I like to call, a Sydney Adventure.

Basically this just involves spending time checking out various suburbs, usually involving food. This is particularly fun if you don’t ordinarily spend a lot of time there.

I must admit, I am biased when it comes to my own suburb. I love wandering around Marrickville, and could spend hours doing so. Particularly if I allow myself to stop for food and/or coffee along the way.

Today I had an even more legitimate reason for doing so, when my friend Miss A. said she was coming to Marrickville. Obviously I needed to take her to my favourite Vietnamese restaurant (anywhere, not just Marrickville – a huge call, I know!) Old Thanh Huong.

There are many reasons why this restaurant is amazing, not least of which the variety on the menu. This menu is literally one of the largest I’ve ever seen, easily running 15 pages. And it is not just Vietnamese food here, they also do a full range of Thai and Chinese dishes too. If you have ever dreamed of eating Emu or Crocodile in your favourite Asian dish, this is the place for you! On weekends it is always packed, and Friday and Saturday nights you are likely to have to wait outside for a table.

Going for lunch mid week was a rare treat, but after talking this place up, we felt up for the challenge of deciding what to order. Whenever Miss A. and I are together, we tend to order a. lot. and today was no exception:



We went with some of my personal faves including the vegetarian rice paper rolls, Vietnamese pancake, vegetable and tofu pho and veggie spring rolls. As usual, it did not disappoint and we both left groaning under the strain of our bulging bellies, and having to adjust our pants (in the best possible way!).

Follow this up with a visit to either the Hellenic Bakery or one of the nearby cafes, and you are in for one delicious, belly busting afternoon, that is relatively light on the ‘ol wallet 🙂



If you want to try the deliciousness for yourself, Old Thanh Huong is at 356 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville. Ph: 9558 0863.