At Coco & Vine food blog, our mission is to curate only the best restaurants, cafes, food travel, and culinary experiences in Australia and internationally. Our passion is to help other food lovers find those special places that make the hunt for a great food experience worth the effort!
Coco & Vine are a team of Australian based food bloggers. Our cultural backgrounds makes our team a mini united nations with flavours from Singapore, Italy, Malaysia, North America, and Australia and many places in-between. Our tastes are varied and it is little wonder we have called Sydney our home with it’s melting pot of food cultures and innovative culinary landscape.
The Coco & Vine food blog represents our experiences sampling the very best food and drink both locally, domestically and when we jump on a plane and head overseas. We all have a grounded, positive outlook on life, and so our ethos will be focused on blogging positive experiences in the food, drink, events, and places we sample.
My first experiences with coffee date back to my teenage years. I recall going out with the parents after the obligatory Sunday church service, to the local doughnut shop for a frothy cappuccino. In my late high school and university days, many a long night were sustained with Nescafe binges. When I left Canberra in 1996 it was a city firmly entrenched in the second wave coffee culture and much the same could be said of Sydney at the time. Over the past decade though, I have enjoyed visiting cafes all around Sydney and seeing it transition to a third wave city where consuming coffee has become a sensory experience, where roasters and baristas embrace sourcing beans from sustainable sources. With Coco and Vine I look to relay onto you my experiences of tasting the very best cups of coffee, and combining my love of coffee with my passion for photography.
The café, coffee and food culture of a city, region or country is perhaps one of the most accessible and insightful windows into the essence of any society. My love of adventure is what fuels my passion for searching out the best every culture has to offer. As a traveler, photographer and filmmaker, I use food culture as one of my guides in capturing the authentic essence of a place. Whether it be the way the morning light spills through the window of a Paris patisserie or the neon glow of a Tokyo laneway that hides the planet’s best ramen, my urge to capture it all and share it with others drives me to explore.
Being born and bred in Singapore, I have grown up being exposed to a huge array of food, from Chinese to Indian, Malay and Western food. I am also the granddaughter of a traditional Hainanese coffee shop owner and have watched my grandfather make coffee the traditional Chinese way with a coffee sock since I was a baby. I lived in the US for 4 years where I learned and experienced American food culture and permanently move to Sydney, Australia in 2009. Currently, I am a working mom of 1. With my hectic lifestyle, weekday food is often simple food, sometimes on the go. Come weekend, that’s the time when I get to properly explore Sydney and beyond and expose my taste-buds to the wide array of cuisines that can be found in a city rich in diversity.
Being unconventional, I like to try different things and new food trends. Unlike most coffee drinkers, my favourite coffee drink is not a cappuccino, latte or flat white. Rather, I like my cold brew/cold drip. No milk, black, straight up, on ice, shaken not stirred! I look forward to sharing with you, my adventures exploring non-mainstream food trends and look forward to hearing from you if you have enjoyed it as much as I have.
Growing up in an Italian home, food and drink were a integral part of everyday life. Heated discussions around the family dinner table over who made the best Tiramisu or which deli sold the most authentic prosciutto would often wind their way into the wee small hours. Food is everything in the Italian culture and the most memorable moments in our family are often marked just as much by the tastes that accompany them. Experiencing my culture and its relationship with food has shaped the way I explore the world. My other great passion is travel, and getting to know each place intimately through its food culture has allowed me to bring my love of taste and adventure together.