NIBBLES: Cafe with the sweet touch

IT was a manic seven days for husband and wife Chris and Samantha Olsen, but the duo opened Sweet Bean Cafe, New Lambton, just a week after taking over the property.

The cafe, which serves Peaberry's Gourmet Coffee, is open seven days, serving breakfast, lunch and more.

Chris told GT they took over Edgeworth's Sweet Bean Cafe 14 months ago, adding New Lambton to their stable in December. The couple's daughter, Courtney, runs the Edgeworth outlet.

Chris, a self-described New Lambton "boy at heart", said that in the few weeks since opening before Christmas, locals had embraced the cafe, which serves fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, turkish sandwiches and more.

Sweet Bean New Lambton is at 116 Hobart Road, New Lambton. It is open 6.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 7am to 11.30am, Saturday and Sunday. Visit

The right ingredients for kids

GET kids into the kitchen with a range of cooking classes at The Essential Ingredient, Cooks Hill, this month.

Tomorrow's class is Sponge Cake Mastery Advanced Teens Class (ages 12 and up) at 2pm, $50 per person, class includes take-home samples and recipes.

Friday's class is Asian Made Easy (ages seven and up) at 2pm, $45 per person, class includes take-home dinner and recipes.

Beautiful Butterfly Cakes will be held on January 22 for teens (ages 12 and up), $45 per person, includes take-home cakes and recipes. Easy Italian, One Pot Wonders for kids (ages seven and up) will be held on January 24, 2pm, $45 per person, class includes take-home dinner and recipes. Make the most of Australia Day with the Aussie Kids class on January 25, 10am, for kids aged seven and up, $45 per person, class

includes take-home treats for Australia Day and recipes. All classes are held at The Essential Ingredient, Cooks Hill. Bookings on 4926 1991.

Rosey look to top wines

LOOK at things through rose-coloured glasses this month with the Rose Soiree at Fox Bar, Maitland.

The event celebrates the dry rose and coincides with the Rose Revolution campaign (

Organised by McLeish Estate, the event will feature 20 roses to taste, including the release of the McLeish Estate 2012 Dwyer Rose.

Join the Rose Revolution celebrating dry rose at Maitland's Fox Bar, January 31, 4pm to 7pm. Tickets $30 per person on 4934 6446 or

Visit to learn more about the winery's rose wines.

Coffee lovers rate cafes high

TWO Newcastle cafes have made it into the top 25 cafes from the Beanhunter blog, a popular resource for coffee lovers to find the best coffee across the country and the world.

The blog also has its own Android and iPhone apps. Newcastle's One Penny Black in Hunter Street Mall was the highest ranked Novocastrian haunt at number 17 while Wickham's hidden gem Dark Horse Espresso ranked number 25.


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