Riley Wilson

food + travel + lifestyle writer

assistant editor, melting butter - nyc
digital producer, sydney morning herald - australia
writer, broadsheet media - australia
editorial experience, gourmet traveller & walkley foundation - australia

contributor to various local and international publications
acorn mag | mindfood magazine | unsw australia | salt & wind

Portfolio

food + travel

Bringing Back the '90s at Mug Life
Behind a heritage-listed building in Pyrmont, posters of Tupac and Biggie watch a basketball hoop. The hoop is part of the theme at Kristi and Geoff Bannister's recently opened...
Restaurant Find: Lucky Suzie Sydney
Zacharay Tan has a talent for synthesis. At Lucky Suzie Sydney, he combines the best of his other venues (Devon Cafe's cosiness, the style and creativity of recently-closed...
4 Pines Underground Opens in Manly
As part of three new openings over the coming months, the dining-focused 4 Pines Underground opened in the site formerly occupied by Out of Africa restaurant. It's directly...
A Cocktail Bar and Restaurant Opens in Crows Nest
In April, MediTrainean - a tapas train on Crows Nest's Alexander Street - opened without fanfare. In October, Blue Caboose opened behind the train in a flurry of blue tones,...
The Best Things to Eat at the Newtown Festival
Newtown Locals, which blossomed three years ago out of dissatisfaction with the culinary offerings at the annual Newtown Festival, returns on Sunday to represent the suburb's...
The Culture of Collaboration
Melbourne-based independent fashion label Pageant didn't foresee having a capsule collection of unisex athletic-wear, including a piece with padlock-printed pants. But that was...
Restaurant Hotspot: Bistrot Gavroche Sydney
Let's skip straight to dessert. It's worth considering the art of the Paris-Brest: a crunchy, sweet ring of pastry, filled with a hazelnut cream and its centre occupied with...
New Shanghai Westfield
PROFILE: A taste of China's best, inside a shopping centre. Believe it.
The Lion and Buffalo
PROFILE: Refined cafe food at a reasonable price.
The Rise of Cans
Thanks in part to the rise of craft-beer culture and improved canning technologies, the idea that canned beer is lower quality seems finished. How did it happen? Jaz Wearin of...
Azuma Japanese
PROFILE: Exquisite sushi and sashimi since 1996.
Republic Sandwiches' Soft Shell Crab Sandwich
According to Joe Kitsana, owner of Darlinghurst's Republic Sandwiches and Salads, deep-fried soft-shell crab belongs between two slices of bread. "It's not sacrilegious!" he...
Five Wines to Try at Mental Notes #2
Jake Smyth (owner of Mary's and The Unicorn) isn't interested in comparing the astringency or expressiveness of Cab Sauvs. As the co-founder of Mental Notes (with DRNKS and...
A Yoga Studio for Everyone
We've all been to that yoga studio. The one where you feel totally out of your league; you realise your active-wear isn't as on-trend as everyone else's; or you're suddenly...
Zambo Opens at the Ex-Marque Site
Matteo Zamboni didn't plan to stick around in this city. But after working at Ormeggio and Pilu at Freshwater, he realised he should plant his roots here. "I kept thinking, day...
Saint Peter Opens in Paddington
A white plate is carried from the kitchen to a table at the front of the long, narrow restaurant. On it is a spanner-crab shell, resting on a block of salt. The shell has been...
A Weekender's Guide to Spring in the Southern Highlands and the South Coast
Download some podcasts and pack your favourite snacks: it's the perfect time for a road trip. The Southern Highlands is just over an hour away from the city and rich with...
Restaurant Find: Bills Bondi Sydney
Sydney's brunching status could have something to do with the mostly-great weather or the volume of outdoor locations. It could be because of the national demand for avocado...
4 Pines Expands on the Northern Beaches
Are you ready for a barrel-aged brewery? What about beer-yeast bread? 4 Pines, the brewery born on the Northern Beaches, is adding three new locations in Manly, Newport and...
Republic Sandwiches
After working in some of Sydney's best South East Asian eateries, Joe Kitsana is now producing chilli-paste-soaked chicken sandwiches; noodle salads; and takeaway breakfasts for...
Devon Opening at Barangaroo
After serving cult-status cronuts and truffle-laden dishes for two years, Devon on Danks will close on September 12. It's not a loss, though, with the team preparing to open at...
Five Dishes to Try at the Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival
What can we expect from the fourth year of Sydney's biggest Italian food festival? With more than 200 wines and a move to Town Hall's upper sanctum, this year's Sydney Italian...
Kerby Craig Unveils Bar Ume
You can now eat one of the much-loved Ume burgers any time you like. The cherry-blossom branch is still painted onto the wall. Bottles of sake are still the focal point above...
The Rise of Boutique Tea in Sydney
As Sydney prepares for its third annual tea festival, we take a look at what's new, what's trending and what to expect. The Sydney Tea Festival is a daylong tea market with...
T-shirts to Make You Feel Good
Two best mates decided to launch a surfer's dream clothing brand. Mitch Proctor and Danny McGowen (both 21) grew up in Crows Nest together. They surf together and now they work...
Glazed and Bemused
Doughnuts have never been as available, or as over the top, as they are right now. What is it about this particular pastry that's making Australia crazy? For most of us, it...
Salt Meats Cheese On Sydney's Deli Scene
Two cousins are shaping the modern deli scene, in "the farthest place from home". It's an admirable story, that of Salt Meats Cheese, the family-run business founded by Stefano...
Revitalising Rutland Street
Sean McManus of Neighbourhood and Rita Caldwell have partnered to open three shopfronts on the same strip. First was Neighbourhood, recently opened is Rutland Street Sandwiches...
Recipe: Morris's Green Minestrone
Anne Cooper and George Woodyard have a thing for soups. The duo behind Scout's Honour in Redfern opened Morris in March, and have made soups a regular part of the menu. The...

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