Delhi By the Way – Sydney Restaurant Review

Delhi By the Way – Sydney Restaurant Review

Delhi by the Way is a relatively new Indian restaurant in Sydney’s Pott’s Point.
When I looked up the address, 42 Kellett st, I remembered that it is in this restaurant 7 years ago my husband and I met for the very first time.

It was a memorable experience for us then to visit the new restaurant which now exists at the same address, in the same building. The same charm and warmth that was present nearly a decade ago.

Dehli By the way sydneyPopular Kellet st location in Potts Point

The staff were lovely and we were seated on the ground floor. The venue also has quite a large upstairs area so can handle a few people.

When it comes to discovering menus, it’s good to go with a tasting platter style. We opted in for a banquet and it became a bit of a feast for us.

Dehli By The Way Restaurant Sydney

A true feast at Dehli By the Way

Before attending Delhi by the Way for dinner, I read a few online reviews and many people recommend the onion fritters (Onion Bhaji) and so we started with that dish (not included in the banquet) and the Chicken Tikka Masala (which wasn’t very spicy by the way, I am a fan of milder food options) + vegetarian samosas. All the entrée dishes were very generous in serving and delicious.

VegSamosa

Beautiful vegetarian samosas

I didn’t expect that we would have so much food but as the menu suggests, a banquet really does warrant what it promises.

In combination with the mains comprising of the butter chicken (Murg Makhani) and Saag Paneer (Creamy Spinach and Indian Cheese dish) + naan bread, we had a lot of food and ended up taking some away. I couldn’t let the thought of this kind of food going to waste.

As the restaurant has a full bar, you have an extensive choice of drinks on the menu and that part of the venue remains unchanged as I remember it 7 years ago.

The restaurant manager offered some desserts to us and recommended that we had the Mango and Raisin Kulfi and the Honey and Pistachio Kulfi/ ice creams.(Delhi Ki Sardi) Both really flavoursome and sweet in their own way. The ice cream was actually a perfect way to finish off a big meal, even though I really had to switch on my dessert stomach at that point.

HoneyPistachioKulfi

Honey and Pistachio Kulfi

Staff were professional and friendly throughout the night, however the service was a little slow and the dinner took approx. 2 hours. (This was a Wednesday night). If you’re not in a hurry, and we were simply enjoying ourselves, the atmosphere is ambient, the staff polite and pleasant and the food homely, hearty and in generous servings. Promise you will not go home hungry! The wait staff also did apologise for the service taking a bit too long so we thought that maybe it was a certain night or the kitchen was particularly busy that night.

Overall my verdict is very positive. The food is delicious and atmosphere ambient. This venue would suit someone going out for a family meal and perfect for date night.

Delhi by the Way

Address: 42 Kellett St, Potts Point
Contact: (02) 9368 0123
Website: http://www.delhibytheway.com.au/
Opening Hours:
Saturday 5–11pm
Sunday 5–11pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday 5–11pm
Wednesday 5–11pm
Thursday 5–11pm
Friday 5–11pm

 

*Article by Julia Kim Murphy (Founder of LIVESHOPTRAVEL.com)
LIVESHOPTRAVEL were invited to dine with Dehli By the Way for an honest review.

 

 

6 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Looking White

6 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Looking White

There is no better accessory than a smile and if you’re wondering on the best way to keep your teeth dazzling white, below are my recommended tips on maintaining a healthy, bright white smile.

1. Watch what you eat and drink

Try to keep staining foods and drinks such as coffees, teas and red wine to a minimum. All the darker liquids that you drink will stain your teeth as over time the top layer of your teeth the enamel will absorb the colour. Beetroot, berries, balsamic vinegar, soya sauce,amongst others can cause staining to your enamel. The solution, keep the hard staining foods and drinks to a minimum. Too much coffee and too many glasses of red wine are not great for you anyway, so keep to a reasonable daily dose. We still want to enjoy life so regular rinsing and brushing after consuming these are a great way of keeping the stains at bay!

Smoking is definitely something that’s not great for your health in general, and just another reason to quit – keeping that white smile bright!

TIP: Drink your coffee at cooler temperatures. Apparently the hotter your coffee, the higher the chance of staining due to little fractions in your teeth that are formed by hot drinks – these then attract staining components.

2. Brush, Floss, Rinse

Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day, not forgetting to also floss. Flossing really helps prevent stains and keep your teeth whiter so if you get into a habit of flossing and brushing after drinking coffee, you may just see positive results.If you don’t have a toothbrush on hand give your mouth a good rinse with warm water. There are many mouthwash alternatives now on the market with whitening properties. Finding a toothpaste which has whitening benefits may also help in combination with brushing twice a day, flossing regularly and using a good mouth wash.

3. Try alternative methods

There are so many other methods of whitening teeth out there if you're into trying alternative new things: Coconut oil, salt, baking soda, you name it. Remember these items will not dramatically whiten your teeth but can help get rid of built up stains from beverages and food. There are many pros and cons on using yet another social media elevated beauty method, but I will leave it up to you to judge. Personally have not tried any of the things listed except for baking soda. Baking soda is already an active ingredient in many whitening toothpastes, so it's something that has proven to work. (or at least not cause harm).

4. Whitening strips

Whitening strips were always dominant in the US while the market in Australia hadn’t really seen these properly until a few years back. Now brands like Oral B and Colgate have all sorts of weird and wonderful whitening products, including strips. I used Crest whitening strips when I returned from my Canada trip and found them ok, but I never got into the habit of using them regularly, which is what you need to do to get the claimed results. They cannot provide exact all over coverage and therefore not all teeth are whitened evenly.

5. Bi-annual dental check ups

It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and no better way to do that than go in for a dental check up at least every 6 months. I am going to be honest and say that I probably miss the bi- annual check up on a regular basis and make it a more annual frequency instead. That I am getting better at, promise! When I am in the dentist’s chair, I opt in for a full check up and a clean.

There is nothing like a professional dental clean with an extra dose of fluoride to keep your teeth squeaky clean and with an added bonus of shine. Most importantly, your dentist will be able to see if you need any dental work or if you're in need of any treatment, which like any medical issue is best treated early. Having regular examinations and cleaning appointments make sure you dont have big dental problems and contributes to you having overall great health.

6. Professional teeth whitening

The quickest and most foolproof method is always going to be professional teeth whitening at the dentist. Only a dentist can get your teeth their whitest. I’ve tried take home treatment with trays before and that can be quite costly but worth the investment if you’ve got a big life occasion such as a wedding or a big birthday or just want to look your best. The down side of the professional take home kits are you must use them daily for 14 days or more to get a noticeable result.

Recently I’ve tried the brand new Philips Zoom Quick Pro Whitening, which takes 30 minutes and whitens teeth up to 4 shades whiter the first time. A repeat treatment (recommended within a few days) can whiten teeth up to 6 shades.

If you’re interested try Pitt Street Dental Centre  one of the leading and most experienced dental practices in Sydney.

Additionally to get the ‘Wow’ Factor and 8-15 shades whiter teeth in 90 minutes try the World’s most requested professional in-chair whitening system, Philips Zoom White Speed. The results are instant, fast , safe and very dramatic. Look years younger instantly. These two professional systems work on everyone provided you have your own natural teeth. NB: Teeth whitening products cannot change the colour of porcelain crowns or veneers.

If you’re located anywhere else, ask your local dentist about options for quick whitening solutions.

TIP: If you have sensitive teeth, tell your dentist and they will find a more tailored solution. My teeth are generally very sensitive but I didn’t feel any discomfort with the new Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment.

OFFER:

Pitt Street Dental Centre are giving my readers a special offer – Call and mention this article to get the Philips Zoom White Speed at $595 including a free dental check up and dental show bag with some great sample products to try!

or

Philips Zoom Quick Pro Booster Treatment at a special price of $220 – Call and mention this article. (“LIVESHOPTRAVEL BLOG”)

Philips Zoom whitening

 

MediTrainean – a Cool Spot to Dine in Crows Nest

MediTrainean – a Cool Spot to Dine in Crows Nest

Looking for a cool new spot to catch up with a few friends, either for lunch or a Friday nights tapas style dinner over a few glasses of vino?
The recently opened Mediterranian style kitchen “MediTrainean” just might be the spot for you. The restaurant is both licensed and BYO and operates from Tuesday to Saturday until 10pm.

 

MediTrainean Crows Nest
Crows Nest Location – MediTrainean Restaurant

 

We dined at MediTrainean on a Friday night. The tables on the left hand side of the, you guessed it, moving train with entree dishes and dips, accomodate 4-5 people and the other side is a bar that gives you easy access to the gliding plates.
For a late Friday night dinner the place was bustling, full of young professionals, mostly in groups, with their own bottles of wine, ready to share a small feast and chat away into the night.
The interior is very casual and hip. The bar is covered in kitchen tiles and bar stools are wooden and rustic looking. The place reminds you of a friendly kitchen with a busy vibe where you can enjoy a quick meal.
The way the dining experience works is you start with entrees and dips from the conveyor belt and order main dishes from the grill and also drinks with the wait staff. Dessert can also be picked up from the train at the end of the meal.

 

Meditrainean Crows Nest Menu
The spread from the train and grill menu

 

The cuisine is mediterranean inspired, the dips have favourites such as hummus and yoghurt with mint.
Slices of flat bread are also circulating on the train for you to pick up and enjoy with the dips.
We get seated and grab some bread, dips and a fattoushe and also a Pearl Cous Cous salad from the train. A waitress comes around and we order some arancini,  lamb skewers, the chicken with lemon, parsley and garlic sauce plus some drinks.
The arancini and the lamb came out first, 2x porcini mushroom and rice balls and 2x lamb mince skewers – well marinated, and grilled. I liked the grilled chicken – the smell of garlic was divine but perhaps due to the busy time, the 2nd meal came out a bit cold.
At the end we decided to seal off the dinner with a serving of baklava.

 

Meditrainean Sydney Food
Food options available at MediTrainean

 

Other items on the conveyor belt which looked interesting – vine leaves, muscles and of course the cheesecake dessert.
This restaurant is by no means gourmet, but if you are an area local, I am sure it will become a regular, cozy catch up spot for you and your friends on weeknights and even lunches for a quick bite and good company.
For menu information and booking options go to the MediTrainean website.

 
 
 

*Article by Julia Kim Murphy (Founder of LIVESHOPTRAVEL.com)
LIVESHOPTRAVEL were invited to dine with MediTrainean for an honest review.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Kobo 7 Day Reading Challenge – Reading Books is All the Rage this Winter!

The Kobo 7 Day Reading Challenge – Reading Books is All the Rage this Winter!

It’s the middle of winter. The Sydney weather is not anything to complain about but we are having a fair share of rainy and gloomy days. All I want to do day in and day out is stay home, curl up with a favourite cup of tea or hot chocolate and read a good book.

I can’t remember the last time I visited a library, there hasn’t been much time in my schedule to do that lately, so I’ve been reading books electronically. It’s super convenient and most eReaders store up to 3,000 books on one easily portable device.

Today I want to talk about the Kobo eReader which I am using as a part of a 7 day reading challenge.

Mine was sent to me as a part of a blogger reading challenge this winter and I wanted to give it a review in this post.

The model I have is Kobo Auro H2O. Why did I choose the H2O version? As you may have guessed it’s a waterproof design.

Kobo Aura H2O Reading Challenge

When I heard of this model it was the first time I ever heard of a waterproof eReader.

How many times did you wish you could take your iPad to the edge of the pool or a warm bath and not worry about damaging the screen?

I think for me that’s a feature that I can’t go past. I am sure this eReader will accompany me to many beach/pool locations in the future. For now however, I have already tried my Kobo in the bathtub. Some light reading on a Sunday afternoon, in a bath full of bubbles. Super relaxing!

When I do take my Kobo on holidays, I can read it by the pool, in direct sunlight and the screen is still like ink on paper, with no glare or eyestrain.

Kobo aura H2O blogger review

A recent news report said that so many kids and adults are now suffering from early on sight of eye problems due to continuous screen exposure. If you are guilty of excessive screen use(I know I stare at some kind of a device, mostly my mobile, for more hours than I spend awake), consider giving your eyes or your kids’ eyes a break and reading on the Kobo. You can also read web articles on the device, again helping your eyes relax while reading.

As with any reader app, the Kobo app lets you continue reading on mobile or tablet for free. That’s also very useful because there are a lot of things I do on my mobile phone, including reading books and articles.

Beginning of the Challenge:
The book I am currently reading on the Kobo is Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic”.

Kobo Aura eReader Book

It’s so interesting that I can’t put it down. Elizabeth Gilbert, if you haven’t heard of her, wrote the infamous book “Eat, Pray, Love” which was then made into a motion picture starring Julia Roberts as the main character. This book is about the power of creativity and how it all happens. Elizabeth believes that a creative idea comes to you when you least expect it and it then hangs around waiting for an acceptance. If the idea is ignored long enough it seems to move onto someone else. I think that is exactly how creativity works as to this day no one has been able to explain in scientific terms, what actually happens in our brains when we get creative.

Kobo eReader Back

End of the Challenge:

It’s been a week and I’ve carried my Kobo with me everywhere, it’s so neat that it fits in my handbag and as it’s waterproof I am not scared to take it with me anywhere. It can happily perch on a cafe table, dining table, couch and accompany me when I take baths.
My eyes usually quickly get tired when reading on a bright screen device like a mobile or iPad, but the Kobo screen has a very gentle backlight and so I don’t get the glare or the same eye strain when reading on this eReader.

Kobo Aura Blogger Review

I’ve been reading a lot of reviews on the Kobo and a lot of people are really getting into this eReader and have a lot of positive things to say. I like having the Kobo in my handbag for company, because instead of staring at my phone every day or when I have a few minutes of downtime, I pull out my eReader and get through another chapter of a really good book.

If you have a Kobo and haven’t signed up to the store yet or just want to read through the Kobo app on your device,

I have a special offer available to my readers, giving each new person who signs up a $5 credit to use in the Kobo e-store.
CLICK HERE for your $5 credit on Kobo.

Oh and if you’re a creative person, you must check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic”, it’s a great read!

 

 

 

Vaniday Beauty App to Book a Facial in Sydney + Get $20 Off Your Booking

Vaniday Beauty App to Book a Facial in Sydney + Get $20 Off Your Booking

I used the Vaniday Beauty App to book a facial recently. It’s a new beauty booking app and site with a variety of salons and wellness centres under Australia’s biggest, booking platform. Bookings can be made, paid for and completed within 2 hours of the desired appointment time.
There are over 500 salons throughout Sydney on Vaniday!
I quickly found a salon I wanted to go to near me and booked a Classic 75 minute facial. The services span across all beauty requests you might have – including spray tans, hairdressing, manicures, masages.
I was happy to see that so many spas and salons were able to book me in on the weekend and at such short notice. I booked only a couple of days in advance for a midday Saturday. Initially I thought all those would be booked out.
The Vaniday app is kind of like an Uber. When you think it’s too hard to book appointments, it is now at your fingertips and can be done at the click of a mouse.
Here are my booking details:

Salon:  Alysium Spa by the Hilton
Appointment Time: 12pm
Day: Saturday
Spa duration: 75 minutes
Cost: $175
There are a couple of bad reviews for Alysium Spa at the Hilton hotel. I googled them again before I went in for my appointment. I have tried a massage there a couple of years ago and must say I wasn’t that impressed. Not with the quality of the service, but the ambience and the location of the spa itself. I believe the negative reviews also came through around the same time I went to Alysium Spa for the first time. My first impression, like other reviewers as well, was that the entry to the spa via a health/fitness club where you had to sign yourself in and walk through the gym was a bit un-spa like. It started the experience off on a wrong note. There is no entrance to the spa off the street so you have to get led in via a scan pass only lift. This creates a bit of confusion. After reading those reviews, I wasn’t sure what to expect any more, but it seemed no one was really complaining about the quality of service but rather other aspects of the spa such as the entrance, not being offered a drink on arrival and not being served quick enough in some instances.
When I arrived for my facial, I approached the concierge at the Hilton and he called the spa so that someone could come up and collect me from the lobby. The lady that came up to take me through was very nice and friendly. This time we didn’t go through the gym and I didn’t have to sign in as there was a separate entrance to the spa by-passing the fitness club. This is a much better outcome and I was offered a tea on arrival. (It is my understanding that before, there was some issue with the separate entrance and therefore people had to use the gym entrance temporarily).

 

IMG_2318

 

The facial was incredibly relaxing. The products used were Payot skincare. I enjoyed the full 75 minute facial with a neck and head massage included. My skin felt amazing afterwards and I really recommend booking yourself in for regular facials. It can be a bit costly but it is an investment into your skincare regimen. I have started thinking a lot about skincare recently and for me the most important thing is that my skin stays well-hydrated and preferably out of the sun. After the facial I was asked to take my time getting dressed and ready to go out again. I was offered water or tea at the end of my treatment and I left with glowing skin and beaming , feeling very relaxed and happy after my facial.
I would recommend the Classic Facial Treatment at Alysium Spa – the price is actually quite reasonable for 75 minutes and I would go back again.
If you’re interested in booking, please Download the Vaniday app – or visit www.vaniday.com.au today. Use the special code I received below to try whatever treatment you fancy with $20 off.

 

LiveShopTravel CODE-VANILOVES-JULIA

Let me know what you think of the app and your beauty appointment :)

 

 

 

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Study in Sydney

4 Reasons Why You Should Study in Sydney

Sydney is one of the most well-known cities in Australia. It combines the relaxed beach life with bustling streets, and it has an array of things to do. If you’re a student, considering a university placement in Sydney could be your true calling. Below are some great reasons why you can’t go past this dynamic location for your degree.

1. Luxury Living

collage Iglu

For most people, when you picture student accommodation you think about images of box-style dorm rooms, uninsulated walls, and mouldy bathrooms. Studying and living in Sydney offers so much more! Companies such as Iglu (who offer student accommodation in Sydney) provide modern facilities that make you feel more like you’re in a nice retreat or hotel. These types of accommodation are also built specifically for student living, meaning you can move in as soon as you’re ready. On top of that, they also have friendly staff helping out and even regularly organise events for students.

2. The Lifestyle

bondi beach

The big city means it is always bustling, but the juxtaposition with the beach creates this almost ‘mellow’ atmosphere that you can’t help but be affected by. Mostly sunny year-round, the beach lifestyle never gets old. Also, Sydney in particular promotes a healthy lifestyle. You will find people enjoying the outdoors every day, whether it’s running, yoga on the beach, boot camp or going for a swim. Being around people who enjoy living their lives like this is infectious, as healthy leads to happy, and who doesn’t want to be surrounded by happy people—it will help to keep you in the best frame of mind for studying.

3. Location, Location

Sydney-Blue-mountains

Sydney is perfectly situated along the east coast of Australia, and is in driving distance to a number of other beautiful locations. Practically in its backyard is the stunning Blue Mountains, which for those people that like a bit of nature with their city-living, is something you can’t pass up. Every student needs to know when to take a break, and driving north—or south—will also mean spectacular coastlines as you hit places like Wollongong, Kiama, Ulladulla, or further up to the Central Coast; and it could all be done on a weekend or day trip, so classes won’t be missed.

4. Social Centre

20-cities-that-you-should-see-at-night-artnaz-com-6

To live the life of a university student, you have to remember it’s not just about sitting in the library until all hours of the night; it’s also about meeting lifelong friends, gaining life experience, and simply having a life—and Sydney is the perfect place to do this with its buzzing nightlife. This city offers a variety of clubs and bars, whether you’re after underground or rooftop. Boat cruising through the harbour with friends is also a popular choice, as are the never ending number of festivals and events all year long.

Sydney is a vibrant mix of people and personalities, and is welcoming to anyone and everyone who wants to become part of this community. So if you’re looking for somewhere to study that is fun and filled with endless opportunities both during and after your degree, then you can’t go past this beautiful city.

What is it about the idea of Sydney that you love the most? Leave your answers below.