Have you heard of Fika? It popped up on the scene across from the Manly Library entrance just over a year ago and specialises in Swedish fare, a first for the area. Fika is a Swedish word that translates as ‘taking a break for coffee and a bite to eat’ according to the rhetoric throughout the cafe. However, the team go on to explain it is more than that… “it’s a moment to relax, to catch up with your family and to laugh with your friends. It’s making up for lost time, or part of your daily ritual. A cosy escape, or a refreshing pause. It’s the time between meals, the place between destinations. I don’t know about you, but appreciating the definition of Fika, gives me the warm and fuzzies and total resonates with me. Oh the Sweds…they are so clever! I am a sucker for Scandinavian culture though and actually make a living promoting Danish designer furniture and Swedish lighting to Architects and Interior Designers. So for our Darley Days dinner this week, The Hubby & I were looking for that cosy escape and agreed it was time to try Fika. Continue reading :: Fika Swedish Kitchen :: a kindred spirit
… I’m going to try every cafe, restaurant and pub in town this year!? And then as the fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour bridge for another year, you realise you still have not even come close to making the rounds!?! Well, that is exactly why my hubby and I are kicking off this blog, we actually want to achieve it and by writing and reviewing each experience, it will make us accountable and keep us motivated to complete our little challenge.
Let me start by saying that we are not professional food critics, writers or even chefs. We are an interior stylist and plumber that live in Manly and who love and appreciate yummy-in-the-tummy food. We do love to cook too…the hubby is usually the head chef and I play the role of sou. We can whip up a mean meal, but we are a decade away from trying out for Master Chef or My Kitchen Rules. By the time Thursdays come around we are ordinarily ready to head out for a drink and dinner in town instead of cooking ourselves. I can count on one hand or maybe two – if I think hard enough – the venues that we frequent. So now Thursdays are never going to be the same again – or for a while at least – as hubby & I embark on our little mission. Plus, we are always eating out somewhere for breakfast, lunch or dinner on the weekends too so we plan to cover at least two reviews a week.
Did you know that according to HelloManly – Manly’s Visitor Information Centre, that there are 106 Restaurants & Cafe’s in our little slice of heaven? This little fact kinda blew me away…and excited me all in the same…there quite possibly is a new restaurant love affair on the horizon to shout out loud about. However, we also won’t be afraid to comment when an eatery is all about the tourist dollar and has forgot their local market (or perhaps we are not their market at all). Tourists are great for the local economy, of course…but so are the LOCALS 🙂 and Darley Days is all about local opinions for the community. Can I say local again??
In the next week, hubby and I will take our pushies and cycle down each street in Manly to make sure we have a complete list of all the eateries in town – we are making a list and checking it twice! I do love a good list..
In the meantime, let us know how many eateries you think you have dined at in Manly??