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Darrell Lea Chocolates(CLOSED): Incredible Chocolates
Darrell Lea is a chain of chocolate stores. Darrel Lea is owned and operated by the Lea family since 1927. This Australian confectionery producer has several delicious treats such as
hard center chocolates, caramels, rocky road bars, liquorish, chocolate bars and jelly beans. The store has that Yum smell as soon as you enter the door....it is the heaven smell of chocolaty sweets. If you have a sweet tooth you'll definitely find something here to treat yourself to.
We picked up a few boxes of chocolate for the family & friends back home as well as a box for us, a couple of rocky road bars and some Toffee. Liz was in heaven over the Toffee and I loved their Rocky Road bars.
What to buy: Anything for a sweet tooth.
What to pay: The boxed chocolates were $16.99 for the hard and soft centers. The cherry cordial boxes were $11.99. The Rocky Road bars were $7.99 for the large size. The Toffee was $3.99 a pack.
Baroque: Tasty Macarons
Baroque is a Patisserie as well as a restaurant. They have delicious macarons in a variety of flavors and fillings. Several years ago Liz introduced me to macarons during our Paris trip in 2008 and since then I have been hooked. Several times during our trip in 2010 we stopped at Baroque for some sweet treats. The display case in filled with an array of colorful macarons and they have nice boxes to pack them up to go. Baroque's sister store La Renaissance also sells macarons as well.
My favorite macarons were the Strawberry, Rose and Jasmine macarons. Liz loves the Rose and the Jasmine flavored as well but her favorite is the Salted Caramel.A box of six was $20.
Our most recent trip in 2012; we stopped in for some macarons to take with us on our plane to Perth.
Herbie's: For the love of herbs and spices
For folks hunting for spice and herb specialties, check out Herbie's, located on the western side of the city in the area called Rozelle. Immersed yourself into the heady and seductive aromas of warm spices and cradling herbs. Find exotic items here such as the up-and-coming argan Oil of Morocco, to the ever-familiar basil, thyme and sage.
Meet and chat with the shopowners, the Hemphills...provided that they are around and not on a tour, bringing folks closer to the action in such places such as the Middle East and India.
I was glad to meet Mr.Ian Hemphill, the owner of the shop, and we chatted up a storm over the intricacies of spices and herbs.
Herbie's is open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Herbie's is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
What to buy: Besides herbs and spices, the Hemphills had written quite a few books on the topic, ranging from the academically-heavy encyclopedias to light-for-reading travelogues.
What to pay: Depending on what you are buying and how many you are buying
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Australian Wine Centre: Ship some wine home
Consider buying a case or two (or even just a bottle or two) of some of Australia's renouned nectar of the vinyards.
If you don't know just what to choose, the sales staff will give you advice. With a few days in Sydney, you might try stopping by this wine cellar to buy a bottle of a couple of types, try them out during a picnic lunch, and go back to order whatever one(s) appealed most to you.
Stop by on Thursdays and Fridays in the late afternoon to sample featured wines.
What to buy: Wyn, Вино, Wine, Vin, Fion, Wein,Το κρασί, Vino,
ワイン , Vinho, Şarap, ײן
If you must come to Sydney and think about shopping make sure to compare prices very carefully.......just about every item is imported into Australia and the prices reflect that !!! Stick to items made in Australia and you'll be OK !!!
What to buy: Buy Australian wines and beers and stay away from ordering an imported wine or beer believe me you'll pay dearly for it !!!!!
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Fishermans Fine Wines: Grabbing A Bottle of Wine for Lunch
This shop is located right inside the fish market and sells beer and wine. The beer is by the bottle, can or pack. The wine is by the half bottle or full bottle. We decided to buy a bottle of Sauvingnon Blanc from Tyrrell Wineries. The clerk supplied us with plastic wine glasses for us to drink from. The wine was nice and light;perfect for our seafood lunch.
What to buy: Any type of wine or beer.
What to pay: The full bottle of wine was $12...very inexpensive.
Supermarket: Tim Tam
It's not a joke. I'm here telling you to buy some Tim Tam from a supermarket. Though you may also be able to buy Tim Tam at home, I'm sure the flavours you can find in Sydney are the most comprehensive. Hmm... I got some Blackforest Cherry, Tirimisu, Cappucino and of course the Original! Tim Tam is the best snack particularly after freezing. Oh man!!! YummY!
Sydney Fish Market: The City of Seafood within Sydney
Well, Where can I start.. Perhaps, the biggest fish market you will ever see in the world (I've heard there might be a bigger one in Japan, not sure) is in Sydney, Australia.. It is the Seafood lover's Paradise with its many many different types of fresh fish, octopus, crabs, prawns and you name it, they have it there.. They are open very early in the morning, I believe at 7 am but for more complete information, please visit their website.. The website is as impressive as their market. If you have some time to spare, give it a try and visit the market.. If you end up coming home empty handed, I guarantee you will stink like fish but for free hehehe
You will have to pay for parking and it can get pretty expensive (check the website for parking rates) or you can take public transport if you don't mind sitting in the train holding 5 kilos of king fish in your hands.. Public transport info is also on website..
Check out the website, all you need to know is there..
Ultimo Wine Center: Find good australian wines
This store carries a great selection of both imported and Australian wines from $10 - $999 a bottle. The store keeper is keen to give you advice if you do not know what to get. They can also pack the wines in bubble wrap if you ask.
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Goin' Grocery shopping in Australia: SUPERMARKETS: WOOLIES & COLES ARE THE BIG ONES
The largest and most well known supermarkets in Australia are called Woolworths and Coles. There is also Aldi, Bi-Lo and IGA as the other big name supermarkets.
I know, when I first heard 'Woolworths' I thought of the cheesy ol five and dime stores that used to be in the USA. Only the name is the same!
Woolworths, or "Woolies" as the locals refer to it is a large supermarket chain across Australia, similar to Safeway in the U.S. It's clean, bright and well stocked, and seems to be constantly understaffed as the long lines would indicate.
They have a large fruit and veg section, bakery, meat and seafood, dairy, health, beauty and toiletries as well as almost all the basic foods you could hope for. Some pharmacy items have to be bought at a separate 'Chemist shop' depending on what it is.
The beer, wine and liquor is a separate store attached to Woolies.
It is common to go to a meat shop to buy meat and chicken, and a seafood shop to get the freshest catch. Then there are almost always separate shops to purchase fruits and veggies as well. Everyone seems to have their own personal favorite supermarket, butcher shop, seafood shop, fruit & veg market and chemist. It's a little more challenging to go shopping than the one stop shopping available so readily in the USA
Coles is Woolies competition, and has a little different variety and in my experience seems a bit higher priced for most (but not all) things.
Weekly flyers highlight the special buys of the week.
Online shopping is also available here:
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the Oak Barrel: Great wine, awesome prices !!!!
As you walk by this wine store...or Bottle Shop like they call it in Sydney, it's very deceiving.......but it's a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered.....just a block down the street from Hyde Park on Elizabeth St. This wine store has it all.......from your every day wine to your ultra premium wines.....The owners are always on hand, and very much wine experts......
What to buy: Cape Mentelle-Semillon Blanc $23 AU......$80 AU in a high end restraunt...or $45 US in the states !!!!!
What to pay: whatever amount you desire...from $4.99 bottles to $5,000 bottles !!!!!
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The street of Sydney
Along Sydney street, you will come across lots of little shops along the street selling all kinds of stuff, street wear, branded goods like nike, reebok,etc.....................
What to buy: Special items, macadamia nuts, nuggets, oh ya also try the sesame ice-cream. And ladies maybe you can try the local facial cream, it works great for me.....................
The Origional Macadamia Nut Shop: For the Macadamia Nut addict!
The macadamia is the only major commercial food crop that is native to Australia.
In this great shop you will be able to buy anything which is related to the Macadamia Nut, like:
* Macadamia Nut Butter;
* Macadamia Nut Cookies;
* Macadamia Nut Dip;
* Macadamia Nut Glossy Gift Bags;
* Macadamia Nut Tourist Boxes;
* Kiwifruit Macadamias;
* Macadamia Gourmet Oil;
* Macadamia based cosmetics;
For the die-hards there is a Macadamia Nut Addicts Pack!
What to buy: See the list above.
Some more examples are:
* T.J's Nutcracker;
* Bonk Cracker.
What to pay: It's a specialty shop. Some more popular products are cheap. But the more specialized products are more expensive.
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Belle Fleur Chocolates: Chocaholic's Paradise (Yes Demonia you'd love it!)
What makes it so special? Duh....., the chocolate of course!!!!!!!!
This is some of the best tasting chocolate you will taste anywhere! I couldn't find any better in Paris though I certainly tried lots to compare!
Quite apart from that are the stunning displays that occupy the front window. For the cricket buffs amongst you (I know that rules out virtually all Americans - both Nth & "Sth ,Europeans & Asians) there was a brilliant display of Don Bradman at the crease. I could only marvel at how many hours & kg of chocolate this would have taken!
What to buy: My own favourites are the 'Peach Melbas', a peach flavoured soft centre covered with milk chocolate.
My wife's favourite are the 'Strawberries & Cream which tasted just like that, but covered in delicious chocolate.
For overseas visitors especially they do a range of Australian native flavours such as 'Wattleseed' and about half a dozen others whose names elude me at the moment.
Really, it's up to you. Talk to the staff. They are nice and helpful too. The owner is a Belgian guy, but you don't see him out the front. However, often you will see his wife, a lovely blonde Australian lady sort of middle aged.
What to pay: Quality like this does not come cheaply! This really is a case of paying for what you get. But you can still buy a little prepackaged box for $10, $15 or $20 Australian. Good value for you European, American & Japanese visitors while your currency is so much stronger.
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Fiish Market: Seafood in Sydney
This is where many fishermen called "fishos" dump their latest catch in Sydney. The seafoods are fresh and plentiful. Great place to buy large cooked prawns and then take them with you to the beach park for a picnic
What to buy: Prawns, oysters, mussels, lobsters, fish
What to pay: Reasonable compared to retail shops
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