Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

New Feature – ‘Katie’s Weekly Bits and Bobs’ (strike 2!)


What a week, a really great one, I am in top form! :) (Note: Other than at 2am last night when for whatever reason unbeknownst to all human kind, this post just would not post up the way I wanted it to ~ I almost lost clumps of hair over it… Eventually and thankfully it is deciding to play nice and layout the way I asked it to…. *grumble*)

Anyway back to what I was trying to say last night… I had 3 great shoots this week plus 2 days shooting for the US post which I am finishing off this weekend, then writing it up; adding all the contributor pics and uploading (finally!) next week ~ I think we all deserve a bath in champagne for the wait and patience…

I’ll have exciting news next week of a wine giveaway (woohoo!) from one of Australia’s leading winemakers. Info to follow next week on that welcome news :)

So I have decided to add to the blog, a weekly list of bits and bobs, or odds and ends as one would say, which have ‘jumped out’ at me either over the web or in person from the previous week or just posts I’d like to highlight.

When I started What Katie Ate two years ago, I also started at the same time I secondary sister blog called ‘What Katie Saw’, I did this as I was still very dedicated to graphic and product design and basically just was very interested and aware of what was going on in the design field on the web etc. A lot of people have said to me I was mad to stop writing What Katie Saw but frankly, the more What Katie Ate grew, the less time I had to dedicate to anything other than one blog.

I’ll make this a regular feature updating every Friday or Saturday. Some are links to people, places or sites whom or which inspire me; others are things I would love to get my little paws on… and in general just little or lots of bits and pieces which have particularly ticked my fancy over the previous week… To start off I’ve gone a bit mad an included loads of stuff, some weeks I’ll have more or less content, but they will be something for you to have a gander over each week.

Please do leave a comment on this post letting me know what you think, I’m not sure if the readers of WKA want this sort of posting, so the more info I get from you guys, the more it helps me work out if it’s worth my while making these sort of weekly posts. Thanks.

I am always open to learning more about what stands out for you guys as readers to the blog, so please, mail me with any funky, interesting bits and bobs which you love. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend. x

Katie’s Bits and Bobs ~ Week ending Friday June 1st.



I love this UK company; Toast ~ having bought many a plate, duvet cover, towel and household item from them over the past year, these mango boards make for excellent props. I have one ~ the rectangular one, but very much spying that gorgeous darker round one – perfect for a cheese or bread shoot, or would look fantastic with a big rib roast sitting on it just waiting to be carved..


Shady Pines Saloon

One, if not THE coolest little bar in all of Sydney town: Shady Pines Saloon. I have been meaning to go for ages and finally pottered over on Friday last. It does not disappoint, my new favourite bar in the Eastern suburbs. Plus I had without a doubt, the best Sour Apple Martini ever ~ my No. 1 cocktail and one I find hard to get made properly. Watch this space for my take on the Shady Pines recipe (which includes all natural, freshly extracted apple juice ~ no sour pucker here). I am determined now to do a shoot at this bar, the detailing was nuts and in turn, I think pics here would be amazing. Watch this space!


Anka Zhuravleva

Slack-jawed and utterly inspired It’s rare I find work which engages me this much…


Morrison Clothing

One of my favourite Aussie clothing brands…


Lovely Package Beer and Wine Branding Selection …

A long-standing design site which I often peruse to see what’s hip, hop, happening in the food and general product packaging world…

These beer and wine bottles really jumped out at me during my most recent visit…

Better Half Beer as featured on, Industry City Distillery and


Current favourite book selection

The Edible Balcony by Indira Naidoo (One of the loveliest women and owner of the most talented green thumbs in Sydney).

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones by Kris Hoogerhyde, Anne Walker and Dabney Gough
Interiors by Martyn Thompson (one of my favourite photographers)
and after shooting some cocktails this week for the US post (uploading next week), I thought I must get my paws on a copy of Vintage Cocktails by Laziz Hamani for more inspirational ideas.


The Chiswick Restaurant

This is my next ‘must do’ Sydney restaurant. Located in Chiswick Gardens, Woollahra. Co-owned and operated by Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan, CHISWICK is a neighbourhood restaurant, where the menu is designed for sharing, reflecting the simplicity of great produce and changing seasons. The heart of CHISWICK is its kitchen garden where much of the produce for the menu will be grown. The approach is something altogether more natural, continually evolving, where the emphasis is on where the food comes from and how it is grown.


Terrain finds

Oh how I wish this company would ship to Australia…*sigh* Until that eventually happens (I hope) here are some items which tickled my fancy and if you’re in the US or Canada you’re a lucky duck. This pomegranate and sage candle I imagine smells divine and when I win the lottery, I’ll be ordering one of these stunning French tables for my kitchen. Bonnie herself sent me some jams last year and I can attest, they are fab! And finally the jars I use to keep all my herbs and spices in, they do the job wonderfully and look quite lovely on a big open wooden shelf all lines up beside each other.


Country Style

How sickeningly gorgeous are these houses in Country Style?! The make me feel so depressed and enthralled at the same time. Shot by the ever talented Sharyn Cairns, how stunning is this Wentworth Falls house?! Love it. There are just too many incredibly beautiful homes featured in this site.


Square Inch Design

These posters from Square Inch Design totally caught my eye when I spied them on my friend Rebecca’s Blog; Candepop (the Alice in Wonderland in particular is superb!). BTW, If you have a baby or 3 or a few ankle biters about, this site is a must for you. It’s all things and links kids and babies; Candepop.



Being a long-standing Wylie Dufresne fan, I ate at WD50 whilst I was in New York on my recent visit. No kidding, it was the best meal ~ or at least the best tasting menu I had ever had. I highly recommend it. The food is unbelievably good, in fact everything about the experience was 10 put of 10. I adored it and can’t wait to return. Next time I’ll muster up the courage to go up and actually say hello to Wylie as opposed to just sit there a tad star-stuck watching him at the kitchen entrance making sure all his guests were happy, fed and watered.


Office spaces

Beautiful office spaces as spied on The Style Files.


Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn

When I was in Williamsburg recently I had lunch at Marlow and Sons, there I met a really lovely waitress who mentioned to me next time I come to the area I should stay at the soon to be opened Wythe Hotel which the owner of Marlow and Sons has since by visit recently opened. The decor looks amazing and I look forward to checking it out next time I’m in Brooklyn.



Gorgeous interior goodies @ Gigi ~ and they have an online store *hurrah!*



Ok let’s back up here a bit ~ see No. 1 well no wonder I particularly love the most recent Toast photos ~ I’ve just discovered they were shot by the one and only, and my biggest inspiration or at least the no 1 photographer’s whose work I have consistently drooled over for the past 3 years… Ditte Isager. How utterly sickeningly stunning are these below shots?! As an ex-equestrian, horses and all things equine gets me every time. These photos are sublime…


Spiedo Restaurant and Bar

Spiedo is one of my favourite Italian’s in Sydney, and wonderfully headed up by the charming and all round lovely guy Fulvio Lancione (pictured below in some photos which I shot a few weeks ago) along with Alessandro Pavoni. Go on a journey to Northern Italy and enjoy a shared pasta main matched with a bottle of wine During June, diners can enjoy pappardelle al tonno (pappardelle with cherry tomato, tuna and capers) as well as a bottle of Val Trompia Pinot Grigio for just $30 for two people. For bookings phone 02 8072 9999 or email:


Fete Press magazine

Check out this gorgeous new all-Aussie online magazine; ‘Fete’, run by Jane Cameron (formerly of the beautiful Wedding Style Guide) and Annabel Kerslake.


Follow Studio

Need a bit of twine or simple stationery supplies? I happily discovered this company via Fete Mag above: Follow Studios…


Local is Lovely Blog by Sophie Hansen

Sophie Hansen is a women I met about a year or so ago when I visited her and her hubby’s Venison Farm just outside Orange about 4 hours North West of Sydney. We also worked on an editorial job together up in the Northern Beaches for a Sydney mag. Sophie is a gorgeous girl, a super experienced food writer and stylist and now runs an amazing blog called Local is Lovely, check it out for some drool-worthy recipes. 


Mash Design

My no. 1 design studio in Australia, I could stare at this work for hours and I challenge you not to click through all those links on their home page…


Instagram behind the scenes

I’m starting to notice how much readers love behind the scenes shots, so going forward on shoots and my blog pots, I’m going to snap a few piccies on the iPhone from the last week and stick up a few each week as part of this posting…


Quintessential Duck Egg Blue

This vintage interiors store is located across the road from my house, they stock incredibly beautiful items (with a very striking price tag to match) but their site and store is always worth a meander through. Quintessential Duck Egg Blue


Father Rabbit

I never heard about this site until now via Fete Magazine and I am smitten, I love, love , LOVE some of the items for sale on this site. They stock my favourite Grown Cosmetic products ( and also the little ‘Petit Fete de Lumieres’ jars which I had in abundance at my own wedding 6 years ago. I am thrilled to find a place to buy a few more as I’ve been searching for them or years. (Initially I transported 60 or so of them direct from Ireland where I bought them in a now sadly closed store which used to be called ‘Pia Bang’). Father Rabbit is a New Zealand based company, check out their site, it’s full of gorgeous goodies :) (I adore their logo and illustrations too!)



An important update on my What Katie Ate Cookbook

Well here are the final covers!! *Yay*!!! (obviously there’s a bit of text on the back and barcodes, publisher logos etc. etc ~ all the extra usual stuff ;-) I wasn’t going to mention them on the blog just yet, I was going to do so next month, but I felt I had to now due to this: Have a look here folks for some important info. on the book. I want to make sure you guys are all aware of ‘what’s what’ in regards to

pre-order. Thanksx

50 Responses to “New Feature – ‘Katie’s Weekly Bits and Bobs’ (strike 2!)”

  1. June 2, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I absolutely love posts like this — looking forward to many more of them! Thanks.

  2. June 2, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Gee thanks Katie for including us in your awe-inspiring line up. Now that’s a nice start to the day!

  3. June 2, 2012 at 2:52 am

    What a great round up of truly interesting bits!

  4. June 2, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I love this new feature Katie! Please keep them coming :)

  5. June 2, 2012 at 3:44 am

    So much amazing content. I’m going to have to hide my wallet :( . Great to see Ditte mentioned, you both are my favorite photographers!

  6. June 2, 2012 at 7:23 am

    oh my… drool. drool. drool. drool. drool…. thankyou for all that wonderful eye candy :)

  7. June 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I love Ditte´s work, almost as much as yours Katie. Is this your studio in the making of pictures?
    Greets from Germany,

  8. June 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for sharing, Katie, can’t wait to go through all those links! x

  9. June 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    agree very inspiring – do you have an instagram profile to follow for No.21 Instagram behind the scenes ? greetings from Denmark, Bente

  10. June 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Wow its a very good post. The information provided by you is really very good and helpful for me. Keep sharing good information..

    Thank you for post..

  11. June 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I always love reading peoples favourite posts! I got to the Local Is Lovely blog by googling it. But it seems your link is not working. The web address is
    Looking forward to more of these posts and LOVE the cover of your book. Especially the top one.

  12. June 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Wow! I am definitely looking forward to more posts like this! I am going to have to keep popping back to take it all in, because there’s just too much beautiful information to absorb in one go! (Not a criticism by the way!)

    Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  13. June 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    What a fun post! So many sites I want to check out that I likely never would have heard of otherwise. The book covers are beautiful, by the way. Thanks for sharing all of this good stuff!

  14. June 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Alright! This post was definitely fun! but, the ‘piece de resistance’ is your book cover – GORGEOUS!!!! One of the most irresistable covers I’ve ever seen. Now, how brilliant is that? (er, I’m enthusiastic about it. ;) =D)

    Now, please excuse me… there are a few things that you’ve mentioned, today, that I need to send on to my sister… =]

    I’m loving all of these posts from you – it’s like a week of Christmas!

    Katy =]

  15. June 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    A lovely collection of ideas gathered. Felt the need to share how much I *love* the sneak peek of the cover of your book. So rich and beautiful (my fav goes to the first one). Exciting times ahead!

  16. June 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    A lovely collection of ideas gathered. Felt the need to share how much I *love* the sneak peek of the cover of your book. So rich and beautiful (my fav goes to the first one btw).

  17. June 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks guys for all the amazing replies :)

    Kathreinerle some of the shots are taken in my studio from the instagram pics but the others are in a photographer friend’s new studio, I am looking at present to get one similar but they are hard to find and very $$$ in Sydney, until then I continue to shoot at my own studio art home and in rented locations.

    Katy Noelle, I adore your comments, you make it all worthwhile for me, honestly, every time I read your posts you make me smile. Thanks for being so enthusiastic and for following the blog. I really do appreciate it :) x

    Bea! Gerat to hear from you. I am going to do a feature on your book next Friday as post of my next ‘bits and pieces’ post. I just checked out your blog – LOVE the new look, its gorgeous! And Martha!! FAB! And hang on, you never told me, you were in Ireland! Am mad jealous now, you were in my hometown – I am so longing to go home for a few weeks… Hopefully soon xx

  18. June 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I love the idea of mixing some beautiful graphics and other interesting things in with the amazing food! I visit What Katie Ate for your beautiful photos and aesthetic, and that shines through both the foody posts and blogposts like this – so I am all for it!

  19. June 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I just adore your blog. Lovely post! Looking forward to reading more of these! xo.

  20. June 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I love the links you open my eyes to, and your cookbook cover takes my breath away.

    Absolutely brilliantly awesome.

  21. June 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    LOVE your bits and bobs. please keep it coming.
    and ‘woah’ to your book covers, i love the first cover and will be waiting for it. but i totally understand that the second cover will appeal to the american customers.
    great job, can’t wait for your book to come out.
    greetings from germany,
    xx Helene

  22. June 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Absolutely, would love to see more Bits & Bobs here!
    Isn’t this one of the reasons most of us started a blog in the first place – to share favorites & finds …

    Happy to see a local favorite on the book list (“Sweet Cream”) and love both “What Katie Ate” covers
    - will wait for US pub date to buy from my favorite cook book store though : )

  23. June 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Love this post. :)

    The cover/back-cover of your book is stunning.

  24. June 3, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Keep these posts coming! I’m always looking for new and interesting blogs to browse and this should keep me busy for the rest of the day!

  25. June 3, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous list of bits and bobs. I too am loving Indira Naidoo’s The Edible Baclony and have used plenty of her tips in setting up my own balcony garden!

  26. June 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I love the bits and bobs. Keep them up. Some of the things you listed I already knew about, but some I didn’t. Of the stuff I was already aware of it’s always nice to be reminded of all the amazing stuff out there. Thank you.

  27. June 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    What a great post. Totally love it..except you have made me sad that I retired from my career as a flight attendant last February! I flew to Sydney for many many years and loved it. Now I want to go to all those places you mentioned…I may have to go on holiday!
    I am also originally from Ireland and LOVED Pia Bang! Love going home to visit!
    Your book covers are beautiful!! My favourite is the first one with the muffins in the tin!
    Love this style of post!!

  28. Samantha
    June 4, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I love love love the post…yes please, keep doing this type of post! It is great to see where your inspiration comes from and helpful links for where to buy.
    I am decorating my new house in what I call “moody neutrals” which is the warm greys and french linen feel in item No.14 you posted so it is great to get some inspiration from this style of post. I am drawn to the warmth of your food photography so it is fantastic to get a little of the design from you too.

  29. June 4, 2012 at 6:10 am

    More than happy to read the ‘bibs n bobs’.
    It’s how I find new and interesting things on the vast web – it’s how I found your very enjoyable blog, too.

  30. June 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

    i don’t care which version, i just want whatever’s here the earliest!! :)

    bits n bobs section looks fine. i loved WhatKatieSaw, and i didn’t have a clue it was you! funny, huh?

    i do have a quick question – can you shed some light as to the reasons of choosing these specific different covers for american/non-american audiences? Chocolate and Zucchini’s book also had different covers, but their graphic choices were pretty self-explanatory. i’m curious about your covers. any insight?


  31. June 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    wow! congrats on the covers of the book! they look really amazing!!!

  32. June 4, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring Father Rabbit.. xxx very glad to have discovered you x mwah! clauds @ father rabbit.

  33. June 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Love your bits and bobs as much as I love your cooking and photography…keep it up!

  34. June 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Loving your bits and bobs Katie – very beautiful indeed! xb

  35. June 6, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Love the covers of your book, your photography takes my breath away. The weekly bits and bobs post is a winner look forward to the next one.

  36. June 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    ohh thank you for the plethora of lovely links!!

  37. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Really enjoyed this post, keep ‘em coming!

  38. June 7, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Wow, what a post! I love the tidbits and I love the cover and I want to congratulate you on being selected in the top ten Australian food blogs by :)

  39. June 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Brilliant, beautiful blog! I just discovered it.
    I have already put your cookbook in my cart on amazon. Yaaaah!

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  41. June 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    love it! As a current equestrian, all things horsey trips my trigger!

    Looking forward to reading your book…

  42. Anonymous
    June 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm

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  44. June 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Loving the new feature!! Beautiful post, keep them coming! xx

  45. June 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    What a great food blog! I love to read all of your blog post. Thnx a lot for sharing.

  46. June 10, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I love your food blog, but what keeps me a subscriber is the visual impact and and the extra bits too. I love the extra ‘spice’ in the mix.

  47. Nikki
    June 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

    absolutely love the new feature ‘Bits and Bobs’
    so awe inspiring!!
    can’t wait for the next one

    Nikki ~ South Africa

  48. June 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I like these dream like photos by Anka, especially with the rabbits.

  49. June 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Wonderful post!! Please continue these! :)

  50. January 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    How on earth could we say no to receiving fabulous roundups such as this one. Not sure which is my favourite..Please keep them going!

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