Meatstock

Meatstock is held annually around the country and pays homage to all things meat and BBQ. The Sydney event was held at Sydney Olympic Park, which was well suited to this epic meat and BBQ festival.

There were many purveyors of top produce, including meat, sauces, rubs and much more. There was also plenty of quality hardware on display, and for sale including BBQ’s, grills and utensils including some cool Viking inspired gear from the people at Mjolner.

More importantly, there was plenty of mouth-watering food to sample along with refreshments. There were also many demonstrations running throughout the day and also the BBQ competition too.We scored a ticket from the guys at the Whisky List, one of our favourite websites at the moment, check them out! This site helps you find the best priced whisky in Australia.

Anyway, we were lucky enough to have a pass that gained access to the awesome Buffalo Trace installation, complete with plenty of refreshing cocktails and mixers. The guys at buffalo trace also teamed up with Flaming mongrels BBQ who expertly prepared a whole hog on the spit. The hog was cooked to perfection doing circle work above the hot coals, the spit giving the impression it was being turned by the wheels of a ute; the crackling beautifully crisp, the meat succulent and juicy, a definite highlight of Meatstock.We will definitely be back next year, an event not to be missed, add this to your calendar.

Meatstock

VIVID inspiring the Chroma dinner @ Mode Kitchen and Bar

With Vivid Sydney 2019 fast approaching, it is an exciting time of the year to be in Sydney. This gave us great pleasure to be a part of the launch of the Four Seasons Hotel Chroma Dinner Premiere.

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The Four Seasons are getting into the Vivid festive spirit by providing a unique culinary experience at their Mode Kitchen & Bar. The Chroma dinner includes a four course meal, with each dish designed to awaken the senses, and to take you on a culinary journey of colour, scent, sound and light. Inspired by the colours red, blue, green, they have been created to enhance the dining experience.

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As guests enter a newly created white room, you are suddenly transformed into a world of colour and a sensorial awakening. Prior to arriving to this dinner, the evening for us started in the Presidential Suite of the Four Seasons Hotel, and we were greeted with three rooms illuminated with the colours red, blue and green. The highlight room was the blue room with the spa bath filled with bottles of champagne, and glasses surrounding the rim of the tub, and overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House. A stunning hotel room with 360 degrees of the city, and we got to enjoy the room all whilst sipping wine and tasting some canapes.

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Following the walk around the Presidential suite, it was time for the dinner in the white room with the visual projections to enhance the food experience, by transporting guests into the middle of the jungle, under the reef or in a psychedelic world.

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The first course ‘fishing in the jungle’ (green) included the Hiramasa Kingfish with Aboriginal green ants, herbs chlorophyll and stracciatella. This came with a cocktail ‘green savannah jelly’

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The second course, the ‘reef promenade’ (blue), was served a spanner crab risotto, purple cabbage and scampi caviar. Brilliantly blue! Served with the Toji Junmai Ginjo cocktail

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The third course,  ‘The Devil’s Bath’ (red colour) included the ruby snapper with smoked strawberry gazpacho and radish. An absolutley delightful and beautifully presented dish, served with the ‘strawberry fields’ cocktail.

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Dessert, and certainly a highlight was the ‘sweet canvas’ –  this was white chocolate, vanilla and mandarin sphere served with blueberry, raspberry and pistachio which looked literally, like materials to create a work of art on the place, served with the ‘la vie’ cocktail.

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The chroma dining experience is available to try out during Vivid Sydney at the Mode Kitchen and Bar, from May 24th to June 15th at $145 per person

Blog written by contributor @where_do_i_eat_pete

Chroma Dinner

Mode Kitchen and Bar

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 Georges Street, The Rocks

NSW 2000

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Salt Beef Beigel’s @ Slyfox

Salt Beef Beigel has just opened at the SLYFOX in Enmore and they are serving an epic bite to eat using London’s infamous Brick Lane Beigel Bake recipe. If you haven’t been to London and are wanting to know what all the fuss is about, there is no better time than next week! There will be $1 Beigels from the 21st to 25th of May (usually $16) with the kitchen serving Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm onwards. Get in before they sell out!

Trust us, it is worth getting to Enmore to try this mouth-watering serving of classic slow cooked wagyu brisket on a beigel and a side serving of waffle fries along with one of the tasty dipping sauces.

If you are not meat inclined, there is also a chickpea crusted cauliflower beigel for vegetarians and vegans.

If that isn’t enough encouragement, the SLYFOX is also an entertainment venue, that frequently displays live music acts and stand up comedy shows. Enjoy a delicious beigel and settle in with a bevy, perhaps one of their cocktails, beer on tap, wine or something else.

Sly Fox

199 Enmore Road

Trail Hopper Hop on Hop off Tours, Adelaide

Do you plan on visiting Adelaide and are you looking to do some wine tours? We thoroughly suggest you do!

The hop on hop off tours offered by Trail Hoppers is the way to go. They are a great way to see the different regions surrounding Adelaide including; The Barossa Valley, McLarenvale the Adelaide Hills along, with the ever popular Hahndorf.

They run their wine tours a little differently, but this makes them better. The tour has a number of stops, and for the most part, they allow you to choose and provide flexibility.

The crew at trail hopper will pick you up from a city location right in front of the Stamford hotel. All you have to worry about is getting there on time and picking the places you would like to visit. They do run a tight ship so make sure you are ready for pick up at the specified time.

The Adelaide Hills wine tour was a great day out, touring the wineries of the area, with some great wine on offer, particularly Chardonnay. Shaw and Smith, and Petaluma were both highlights.

You will also of course need to eat along the way, with many wineries offering tasty platters of local produce. The tasting platter at Petaluma was particularly good and generously portioned.

If you are all wined out, you can also stop in the scenic German influenced town of Hahndorf. A great spot to stroll the streets, browsing the boutiques, visiting the local artisans or you can pop into one of the German restaurants or bars for a meal and or a drink.

The Barossa tour was also excellent, also with an Adelaide city pick up and also a pick up from the information centre in Tanunda. This tour is also very flexible, allowing you to choose the places you would like to visit. There are so many great wineries producing excellent wine in this region, particularly red varieties. St Hallet was a highlight, the ladies doing the tastings were lovely and very insightful with their product knowledge and the region. The red here was top knotch and what you would expect from the Barossa, a strong offering of shiraz.

On this tour you will also have the opportunity to visit Penfolds and can sample the famous grange for a fee, there is also a gin experience on site, and a craft beer pub, serving American style BBQ. The tour also allows the opportunity to visit Maggie Beer’s shop and sample her delights. A stroll around the heart of the Barossa, Tanunda is also available.

The hop on hop off tours are a great way to see the regions surrounding Adelaide. The flexibility of being able to select your itinerary sets trail hopper apart from the other tours. They have a good list of wineries to visit, with plenty of opportunity to have a nice meal along the way. As such, it is a highly recommended tour experience.
It is also super affordable at just $49 for a McLaren Vale or Adelaide Hills & Hahndorf tour, and $59 for our Barossa tour!

Book now!

Trail hopper

Dining and drinking – The Branksome

The Branksome Hotel, only only 1km from the airport is a great hotel for travellers, families and corporates alike. See our blog here for more details.

If you’re staying here, chances are you’ll need to eat and drink – you do that all here too. You can enjoy a meal at the restaurant, alfresco or order room service if you’d prefer to stay in. They’ve also got a huge rooftop bar where you can go for a few bites to eat and a drink or two.

Restaurant

Th Branksome has a restaurant and bar onsite, “Nate’s: east meets west dining” where we had both the buffet breakfast and dinner here.

The decor is bistro style with marbled tables and some Art Deco influences furniture.

The buffet offered cold and hot options; from fruit, cereal and cold deli items to western hot breakfast options such as scrambled eggs and sausages. You can also make pancakes and try a few baked goodies.

There’s a huge variety of loose leaf tea, coffee and juices to accompany your meal.

For dinner, we tried the new menu. The name of the restaurant is apt, since there are both eastern and western options. The food is quality and nicely presented. We shared three dishes including a Riverina Sirloin steak, Cooked to order and nicely seasoned. It came with a lovely jus and presented with julienne carrots and toast and sweet potatoes. This was a decent portion.

The quail was also a great choice, the tender meat was also flavoured superbly and served with similar sides to the steak.

Miso cod is also a favourite and the one here is particularly good, served with Hainanese rice and edamame beans. We really enjoyed this fish and it’s delicious glaze.

We were pretty full by this stage, but dessert wise, the sticky date pudding or deconstructed cheesecake would be our pick.

They have a good range of drinks on offer st the bar, including craft beer on tap, an extensive wine list and cocktails. The drinks are well priced and there’s also an early weekend happy hour.

Rooftop bar

They also have a lovely rooftop bar and outdoor terrace, perfect for an afternoon drink and you can also order food up there. Catch a glimpse of the amazing sunset with an unobstructed view stretching from the airport to the city skyline.

We enjoyed a networking event, which they have time to time, with heaps of food, drinks and live music.

IMG_6702.JPGThe space is large, so it could certainly host a number of events from parties to weddings or even fashion shows; it has a cool little stone walkway and plenty of tables and lounges to relax.

The Branksome Hotel & Residences

60 Robey Street

Mascot, NSW 202

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The Branksome Hotel and Residences – close to Sydney Airport

The Branksome Hotel and residences is a modern hotel, having been opened only a year, servicing plenty of travellers and corporate guests. It’s a great location as if you’re checking in from a flight, it’s only 1km from the airport. Probably not walking distance, but certainly a cheap cab fare.

If you’re looking for somewhere with plenty of facilities, then you’ve found your place to stay. They have 146 serviced apartments from studio – 3 bedrooms. This makes it ideal for families as well, since there are larger room options and amenities for children. You can find floor plans and images of the rooms on the hotel website.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with a lounge and dining area, fully equipped kitchen, with a coffee machine and an interior laundry. They also provide you with complimentary water.

It has a contemporary feel, with a range of technologies such as a digital concierge, and block out motorised blinds. If you’re working, there’s a study (and plenty of sockets for charging devices). You’ll receive complimentary wi Fi during your stay.

They also have an environmental conscience, encouraging you to re hang towels if you don’t need a new supply, rainwater is used for flushing toilets and there’s also a $10 fee if you don’t return your room key – a very good idea to save plastic!

Leisure

There’s a 25 m indoor heated lap pool and small kiddies wading area. It’s a great pool, super clean and we also loved the Indigenous art on the interior walls. It wasn’t hot weather during our stay, but if it were, you’ll find plenty of deck chairs to sunbathe.

Once you’ve had a swim, hop in the steam sauna to sweat it out and have a good detox. We certainly spent our time in here.

For the fitness enthusiasts among us, there is a fully equipped gym with a huge amount of modern equipment. There’s treadmills, a stepper, exercise bikes, hand weights and incline benches as well as plenty of other weight machines to get an overall workout. There’s TVs to watch during your workout and a water filter to re hydrate. It was a super quiet gym, even when the hotel was at 90% capacity so you might even have it to yourself.

If you’ve got kids, there’s plenty for them – an indoor wading pool, kids meals at the restaurant and even an outdoor park on site.

Corporate

This hotel is ideal for Corporates as there’s a few meeting spaces and a boardroom fit for 14 people. The larger areas can accommodate 120 people and there’s an outdoor space for breaks. The rooms have AV capabilities, screen projectors and white boards.

Restaurant

They have a restaurant and bar onsite, “Nate’s: east meets west dining” where you can enjoy a meal at the restaurant, alfresco or order room service if you’d prefer to stay in.

We had both the buffet breakfast and dinner here. The buffet offered cold and hot options; from fruit, cereal and cold deli items to western hot breakfast options such as scrambled eggs and sausages. There’s tea, coffee and juices to accompany your meal.

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For dinner, we tried the new menu. The name of the restaurant is apt, since there are both eastern and western options. Whilst there aren’t endless dishes to select from, the food is quality and nicely presented. We shared three dishes including a Riverina Sirloin steak, Cooked to order and nicely seasoned. It came with a lovely jus and presented with julienne carrots and toast and sweet potatoes. This was a decent portion.

The quail was also a great choice, the tender meat was also flavoured superbly and served with similar sides to the steak.

Miso cod is also a favourite and the one here is particularly good, served with Hainanese rice and edamame beans. We really enjoyed this fish and it’s delicious glaze.

They have a good range of drinks on offer st the bar, including craft beer on tap, an extensive wine list and cocktails. The drinks are well priced and there’s also an early weekend happy hour.

They also have a lovely rooftop bar, perfect for an afternoon drink and you can also order food up there. Catch a glimpse of the amazing sunset.

Only a short walk from Botany Road Mascot, where you can get a bus to the CBD. Or only 1 km from Mascot train station.

For those driving, there’s plenty of underground on site parking.

The staff are so kind and helpful and really do everything well and beyond to make your stay wonderful.

The Branksome Hotel & Residences

60 Robey Street

Mascot, NSW 202

Arthur’s Pizza – Maroubra

Arthur’s pizza is one of those staple Italian joints – your local where you can call up for that Friday night pizza when you can’t be bothered cooking (or on any night really) and you can always guarantee it’s tasty. They’ve been in the business for over 30 years.

Beginning in the 1970’z, they offered alternatives to the regular cheese and tomato options, they soon became popular with their creative flavour combinations. They’ve have continued to grow, and now have stores in a number of locations: Randwick, Paddington and now also Bexley, Maroubra, Glebe and Rosebery.

Arthur’s stores have a family atmosphere and super casual which makes it a comfortable place to socialise. That, in combination with reasonable prices makes for a good eat in or takeaway option.

We visited in a group so were able to sample a variety of things from the menu including entrees, pizza, pasta and salads.

Entree wise, we ate the saucy meatballs and garlic prawns – these were cooked and served in thick tomato type sauce so a lot of the flavour was retained.

Pizzas come in different sizes; small, medium, large and family. There’s plenty of flavour combinations, but you can pay a little extra if you want any additions. There’s also Gluten free options.

We had the following pizzas – all really good choices!

Campollo: Chicken Fillet, Semi-Dried Tomato, Red Onion, Camembert, Basil

Sassri: Lamb Fillets, Fetta Cheese, Red Onions, Sweet Potato, Mint

Nitro: Pepperoni, Onions, Capsicum, Bacon, Chilli

In addition, we enjoyed the creamy Bosciola pasta with bacon and mushroom and well as the super flavour some mushroom risotto.

With so many delicious carbs, we needed some salads to balance out or lunch and we tried the Greek salad and also a lovely rocket and Parmesan one too.

By the end of this we were super food but did a great job finishing it off. Unfortunately we were too full for dessert, but if you’re not, Nutella pizza or tiramisu would be my pick!

Arthur’s Pizza

35 McKeon St
Maroubra 2035

Phone: (02) 9315 5220

Thank you to weekendfoodesscapes and ompty for the invitation to dine.

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High Tea at Intercontinental, Double Bay

Whether it be for Mother’s Day, or to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion, what a better treat than to take your loved ones to a sophisticated and luxurious high tea. We enjoyed a signature high tea at Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay, located just 10 minutes from Sydney’s CBD. It is an upmarket hotel and it oozes class. This 5 star hotel pulls out all the stops to make for a wonderful experience.

Make your way upstairs to the lounge area of the stillery bar and you’ll find some high backed couches and an area reminiscent of an English tea room.

Afternoon teas and High teas are steeped in British tradition. History has it that ‘afternoon tea’ became the bridge between meals, since the real “tea” (or dinner), was not often eaten until late. This was often a light meal such as cake or scones and a cup of tea. This became fashionable by Anna the 7th, duchess of Bedford in the 19th century who invited friends over for the first ‘afternoon tea’. What we see here at the Intercontinental is an afternoon tea with a long history, and it has evolved into something that is still heritage based, but with some new additions like beautiful patisserie goods and even Martini’s.

Award-winning Pastry Chef, Chelsea Logan has curated sweet and savoury items to fill a three tiered stand for guests’ dining pleasure.

The bottom tier has the iconic and historic feature of high tea; freshly baked scones, both plain and fruit filled. Served with home made jam and cream, these scones were delightful. On this tier were also warm quiche with goats cheese and caramelised onion.

The second tier contains an assortment savoury bites including; fresh sandwiches of sage lemon poached chicken and watercress, as well as wild mushroom bruschetta with grilled leek and pecorino. Rounded out with blini’s topped with cold smoked trout with ricotta and black caviar. We always love a few savoury options with our high tea.

The piece de resistence or sweets level on the top was a plate full of delights. We all loved the Lemon Myrtle cheesecake with wattleseed crumble and Meyer lemon curd as well as an other tasty bites.

There was a special treat – a specially crafted macaron, that was designed like a work of art, sitting on an easel and a “chocolate” made canvas. The Mascarpone mousse and crab apple in a patisserie style piece was so cleverly crafted. There was a surprise inside – one was champagne infused, and the other caramel.

This experience was enjoyed with a glass of Champagne on arrival and later with your high tea, you can also order your preferred LDMT loose leaf tea or Vittoria coffee.

If you’re up for something a little different, you can have a martini high tea matching experience or even try the Oriental High Tea.

The Intercontinental also does a lovely peach blossom tea for something different.

High Tea is $69 per person with Champagne, $79 per person with three mini martinis and $59 per person with coffee and tea. 

Staff are attentive and absolutely delightful. This is a wonderful experience all round.

Available 11:00am – 4:00pm daily.

Intercontinental Double Bay

33 Cross St

Double Bay NSW, 2028

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The Rocks Teppanyaki

Kobe Jones is where it’s at if you want a Japanese banquet, and if you want added theatre to the meal, visit their their restaurant located at the Rocks, “The Rocks Teppanyaki”. This is not what you may experience at an American style Teppanyaki, where you spend half your evening dodging food all night, or trying to catch rice in your bowl, this is traditional Teppanyaki at its finest, where the talented Chef, Yumi Maeyama, hailing from Sapporo, Hokkaido prepares the meal right in front of you at the grill with care and precision.

We enjoyed one of their 9 course banquet menus that can be picked up for a good price on Groupon. All menu items were impeccably prepared on the grill and served straight from grill to plate. Not only a visual experience, the smells and flavours were great, with plenty of umami instilled into every dish. The chef also took her time to converse with us and make it a brilliant dining experience.

To start the degustation style banquet, we were brought out a short sip of Creamy cauliflower soup, with a velvety texture and plenty of flavour. With many more courses ahead, it was appropriately served in an espresso glass.

Following this was a delicious bite, maybe two, of the crab salad and avocado roll, wrapped in kingfish smothered in their rich creamy secret sauce and finished on the grill. We watched the chef as she purposely brought the grill plate to flames to nicely sear the outer layer of the dish.

Poke bowls are all the the rage at the moment, and were used as a palate cleanser in this instance. A fresh dish to mix it up it a little, more of a sashimi salad. With a mix of salad leaf, seaweed, raw kingfish and salmon, this was a nice touch before we got into the main courses.

Next, it is taken up a knotch with the superbly high quality lobster tail, served in half shell, with the chef’s skill evidently on display, busily working to perfectly grill and season this tasty dish, served in a sesame mornay sauce. Absolutely lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed this.

The Japanese are known to cook a good steak and are famouse for their Wagyu, with this restaurant seving many grades of wagyu from 5+ to 9+.

The banquet includes the sirloin cooked at high heat on the grill. Chef cooks it to your preference. This steak full of good oils, so juicy and full of umami, no sauce needed, but it is there if want; a vinegar, miso and teriyaki.

The fat from the sirloin is cooked into little crip pieces, to savour if you wish. The dish is also accompanied with rice crisps for added texture.

This is served with the obligatory bowl of miso soup, to cleanse the palate.

The meal is finished with their sapporo beer Crepe Suzette, a nice light desert to finish the banquet, flambeed in Grand Marinier the flames certainly provide some excitement, as does the orange caramel glaze served with the crepe.

This was a great interactive dining experience in the Rocks. At full price it is $169 for the degustation, but the food served uses premium ingredients and it is expertly prepared in front of you. If this is out of your price range, or you’re not in need of so many courses, A la carte is also available.

Staff were lovely, very friendly and hospitable. The restaurant is located in the heritage area of the rocks in what was once an 1800’s butchery. There is so much history here and they’ve done a great job to keep with the outdoor heritage and indoors, a modern homely style space.

The Rocks Teppanyaki

176 Cumberland St

The Rocks Sydney 2000

0292515430

LUNCH

Wednesday to Sunday 12pm until 3pm

DINNER

Monday to Thursday from 6pm
Friday to Sunday from 5.30pm till late

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