Blanca Bar & Dining

"I've heard mixed reports", the barman at a nearby venue told me when I mentioned I was meeting a friend for dinner at Bondi's "Blanca Bar & Dining". "It's Mediterranean food, with "Japanese flavours", the waitress told us. And with a Finnish chef! What an odd combination, we thought. As you'll see from the photographs,…

Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen

"They're all very well dressed", Debra Lawrence said to the overlay, as we walked on to the set of "Hell's Kitchen", the celebrity cooking program that's screened on Australian television over the last few months. Even before the comment, she was our favourite, as we got down to the final four, ahead of the program's…

Måndag’s Views

Until I began to research this trip, I hadn't known of the "Backfika" phenomenon in Stockholm, where Michelin-rated restaurants often operate lower priced bistros. Last week, I visited "Oaxen" and today, I had lunch at a place called "Eriks Backfika", which in this case, is a close relative of Gondolen, the iconic Stockholm restaurant with…