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Mother's Day Guide 2013

Drink, Eat, Food Guide, Play, Restaurants / May 6, 2013

With Mother’s Day only four days away (we hope you didn’t forget!) we’ve created the perfect guide for the perfect day. You could spend the day wondering around The Grounds markets, have a beautiful picnic, eat at the Botanic Gardens and we’ve got so many other ideas for you. And if you’re yet to buy your mum a gift, we’ve found some unique things she will absolutely love. Follow our guide and it really will be the perfect Mother’s Day. Well, it will be almost perfect, the rest of the day is up to you!

Where to go on Mother’s Day

Morena 

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Latin America Cuisine restaurant, Morena, in Surry Hills, is offering two great deals this coming Mother’s Day. Choose the lunch menu and you will receive some great sharing and individual Latin American meals.  Or take your mum out for dinner, which features a five course menu especially created to share, inspired by Morena’s Chef Saravia’s memories from his grandmother’s cooking. The lunch menu is $45 per person including complimentary sparkling on arrival. The dinner menu is $65 per person, also including complimentary sparkling on arrival.
14/425 Bourke St, Surry Hills, 2010
0405 902 896
http://www.morena.com.au

Bei Amici

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Italian restaurant, Bei Amici, in Darling Point, is offering a gorgeous three course menu for Mother’s Day. For $75 per person, for both the lunch and dinner menu, you’ll receive a shared entree, main and a dessert. Bei Amici is one of the Eastern Suburb’s best kept secrets and what better way to spoil your mum than taking her to this hidden gem.
2B Mona Rd, Darling Point
02 9328 0305
www.beiamici.com.au

Monopole

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If your mum loves a great wine, take her for a lunch or dinner to the new wine bar and eatery, Monopole, in Potts Point. Opening just last year by Chef Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt from the multi-award winning Bentley Restaurant & Bar in Surry Hills, Monopole is offering a great lunch menu for $65 per person. For dinner they will be running the full a la carte menu. So for a fabulous meal and some beautiful wine, take your mum to Monopole.
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point, 2011
02 9360 4410
http://monopolesydney.com.au/

The Pavilion

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And if you didn’t think you already had enough choice, why don’t you spoil your mum with a gourmet lunch at The Pavilion? You’ll receive a sparkling wine on arrival whilst you view the gorgeous grounds of the leafy Domain. At The Pavilion you and your mum or the whole family can enjoy a relaxed dining experience, right in the heart of the city.  For the two course meal it’s $65 per person, for the three course meal, $85 per person and for the children’s menu it’s $26 per person.
The Pavilion, 1 Art Gallery Road, 2000
02 9232 1322
www.pavilionrestaurant.com.au

Botanic Gardens Restaurant

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Burrowed in the extraordinary Royal Botanic Gardens is the stunning Botanic Gardens Restaurant. This charming restaurant boasts an exquisite open-air dining whilst you survey some of Australia’s most beautiful flora and fauna. There’s no better setting to treat your mum to a delicious three-course lunch set in one of Australia’s most renowned gardens. The offer also includes a glass of sparkling wine – perfect! Only $85 per adult and $25 per child.
Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Mrs Macquaries Road, 2000
02 9241 2419
www.botanicrestaurant.com.au

Where to go on Mother’s Day when on a Budget

The Grounds of Alexandria Organic Market

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If you’re looking for something that’s not too pricey, why don’t you head to The Ground’s markets. Experience an alternative to the traditional Mother’s Day lunch and wander around the markets, viewing all the great products artisan stall holders have to offer! Check out the Salt Meats Cheeses, Kakawa Hand Made choccies, some Organic Skincare, herbs and honey and loads more. It’s also a great place for some sneaky last minute gift purchases. It’s kid friendly too, with a baby animal farm (also fun for the adults, might we add).
The Grounds of Alexandria, Building 7A/2 Huntley St, Alexandria
8am – 3pm, Sat 11 and Sun 12th May

A Family Picnic

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One thing your mum will love on Mother’s Day is a family picnic. Pack some yummy nibbles, a bottle of wine, a comfy blanket and voila, your mum will be in heaven. Just make sure she does none of the preparation, it’s all up to you! What better way to thank your mum for everything she’s done for you than by dedicating a day spent relaxing as a family, reminiscing about the past while she gets teary-eyed about how quickly you’ve grown up. And for old times sake, you could even throw in some family albums. Try Centennial Parklands, Hyde Park, Nielsen park, Coogee Beach, North Bondi, or for an extra special view, you could even try nab a spot at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Museum of Contemporary Art Cafe and Sculpture Terrace

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Why not head on down to The Mueseum of Contemporary Art Cafe at The Rocks and indulge in some afternoon coffee and cake with your mum? Sit down, relax, and soak up the magnificent views that Sydney Harbour has to offer. Not really a coffee person? Treat your mum to a glass of wine, or two, or you know, a bottle. Once you’ve finished up there you can then stroll over to The Rocks Markets and immerse yourselves in local artisan produce, one-off jewelry designs, original contemporary Australian artwork and much more.
140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
Open daily 10am-4pm
02 9250 8443
http://www.mca.com.au/visit/mca-cafe-sculpture-terrace/
The Rocks
10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday
http://www.therocks.com/sydney-Shopping-The_Rocks_Markets.htm

Gift Ideas your Mum will Love

A Secret Foodies Voucher 

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A perfect Mother’s Day gift idea is a Secret Foodies gift vouchers!  If your mum loves food, meeting new people and trying out new and unique places, then you know this is the right gift for her. Vouchers are valid for 6 months and you can choose from the following value amounts: $60, $70, $80, $90, $100 and $150. Buy yours here.

Mamma’s Brandy Bomb Limited Edition Cheese from Salt Meats Cheese

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Whilst your roaming around The Grounds Market, think about buying this as a last minute gift for your mum: Brandy Bomb Limited Edition Cheese. It’s a French goat’s cheese wrapped in Calvados-soaked vine leaves (Fun fact: Calvados is a fine apple brandy from Normandy). Soaked for at least three days, it boasts a full and aromatic flavor. It’s quirky and edible. She’ll love it.
Cost: $13 (delivery extra) or $20 a gift pack (with dried figs, apricots, nuts and jam).

Oz Harvest Cookbook

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OzHarvest, Australia’s most famous food rescue charity, is launching its first cookbook. The cookbook features ‘food rescue’ ideas, with more than 120 recipes from 44 of the country’s most admired chefs, uncovering the top secrets for using left-overs. Some featured chefs your mum knows and loves are Maggie Beer, George Colombaris, peter Gilmore, Bill Granger and Neil Perry. Plus, for every book purchased, 60 meals will be delivers to those in need. We know our mum’s hate it when we leave food on our plates, but with this cookbook, she’ll be able to actually do something with those leftovers.
RRP: $59.95
http://www.ozharvest.org/index.asp

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