Veg-o-rama vitality – Veggie Patch Diner (Sydney)

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The Big Salad, made famous by Seinfield, has certainly stepped up a level or three, with the Veggie Patch Diner turning the tables on the once bland iceberg and tomato chunk duo. This café serves up an exciting, ever-surprising ‘hipster’ mish-mash of quinoa, kale, beetroot and chia… and then some!

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‘Loco-making me hungry’ – El Loco (Sydney)

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Mexican Vietnamese infusion is el-funko at El Loco. It’s Mexico City meets Hanoi. Tortillas meet lemongrass. Despite their oceans apart, the native fare from these two far-flung countries seem to work. The freshness of the Vietnamese coriander, mint and lime, lightens up and puts a spring back into what can sometimes be heavy Mexican dishes.

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ANDDDD…they’re off and racing – Eagle Farm Markets (Brisbane)

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Eagle Farm, Brisbane… Andddd, they’re off and racing to get in the front gates. The people, not the horses (they’re Saturday). This market always draws a crowd each Sunday, so I know that if you want to minimise the jostling action and get ahead of the field, your best bet is to aim for a 8ish start while the pram-goers are still trying to organise the troops at home.

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Greek greatness! Lefkas Taverna (Brisbane)

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West End never disappoints. From the grungy pubs to the hipster cafes through to the mass of ethnic based restaurants. With these eateries you can always count on the real deal. One of which is Greek family-run Lefkas Taverna. It hasn’t just sprung up overnight, with a strong backbone of over 20 years in business – a sure fire sign it’s a place of authentic, well-loved food.

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