Seafood buffet brunch on every Sunday @ Hyatt Regency, Sydney

Sailmaker Restaurant can found on the ground level of the Hyatt Regency Sydney. Pass through the grand lobby with marble floors and high ceilings past the bar and up the stairs.

The Hyatt is an expansive hotel, just off Sussex Street on the CBD side of Darling Harbour. Under the Hyatt banner for approx 2 years, it is a sophisticated hotel with amazing dining locations including Sailmaker restaurant and also Zephr rooftop bar. Sailmaker, named after the original purpose of the building, creating sails for boats in the 1800’s has a long history in the area and we love that whilst dining, you can look out over Darling harbour and all of the boats. Sailmaker restaurant has a large open dining area sectioned off into two areas.

Sailmaker Restaurant are offering a new Sunday Seafood Brunch with limitless Chandon sparkling wine. It is available every Sunday from February 3, from 12pm – 2pm for $78 per person. There was also some great live music adding to the ambience, with the duo playing an excellent selection of songs.

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There was a great spread on offer. The cold seafood bar immediatly took our interest, it was stacked high with amazing oysters, mussels, marinated baby octopus, smoked salmon and fresh prawns to gorge on. The seafood accompanied by a variety of dressings. This is certainly somewhere you can get your seafood fix.

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They have a egg station with the staff cooking made to order omelettes, with additions of your choice including prawns and crab. They also do a great salmon benedict.

For those with a sweet tooth, the chefs can also make you waffles and pancake to order and there are also plenty of delicious pastries on offer.

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It’s not all seafood, head over to the main buffet, for an impressive selection of hot food to insatiate your appetite; A huge succulent roast pork was pefectly cooked with crisp crackling and the impressive lamb pie is a must.

Fill up your plate with some of the roast vegetables and fresh salads; eggplant and bocconcini, kale or cauliflower, as well as bacon, hash browns and more.

There’s an overflowing cheese platter, charcuterie and breads, honestly we were in food heaven.

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We thought we were finished, there was the dessert buffet to explore, we did have to channel our dessert stomach. The offering on display included; Brownies, lemon tarts, marshmallows, coconut slice, macaroons, a few beautiful cakes and a fruit platter.

It’s honestly best to try everything! Accompany this with a coffee and it’s the perfect end to a fabulous meal.

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We would like to thank the Hyatt Regency for the invitation to dine and the hospitality provided.

Sailmaker at Hyatt Regency

161 Sussex Street, Sydney New South Wales 2000

Phone: 02 8099 1234

 

 

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Fighting for a cause @Corporate Fighter

I (Sarah) took a short hiatus from eating out, drinking and blogging to train for 12 weeks in a boxing program called Corporate Fighter.

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I had been seeing pics and posts pop up on Instagram  and Facebook for a while now about Corporate Fighter, possibly because it is the internet’s way of connecting you randomly to things that would potentially interest you based on what you follow. Given I’ve been in the boxing and Muay Thai world for a while, I’m not surprised. Or the universe was telling me to get on board. Whatever the case, I entered one of their competitions stating in 25 words or less why I’d want to join. Amazingly, I was selected as a winner to join the 12 week program as part of Corporate Fighter 31. I was pumped to start! 

When you join, they request you to explain why you are choosing to participate. For many people, it’s about a personal challenge, they want to lose weight or get on the straight and narrow. For me, it was about wanting to set a good example of perseverance and determination to achieve a goal. I’d long been wanting to put boxing training into action.

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The concept is, that, any individual can apply and, once accepted, sign up at rough cost of $795 for a 12 week training program that includes 4 training sessions a week, headgear, gloves, shirt and a bag and at the end of the 12 weeks, participate in a boxing bout vs someone else in the program. It is also a charity fundraiser – for this program, it was raising funds for Team Rubicon (supporting war veterans). The charity part of it really appealed to me.

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The idea is that most people are inexperienced and have never fought before and over the 12 weeks you learn basic technique, footwork and eventually sparring, incrementally increasing the intensity as the weeks go on. 

Wednesday’s were a minor form of punishment for me; this was cardio evening – think mountain climbers, planks, sit-down/stand ups and those dreaded burpees. These sessions were to make you fit for fight night and whilst you might hate it at the time, it really is fun and extremely beneficial. 

The trainers; Florian, Danilo, Andrea, Jemma, Tanya and Kurt are wonderful, extremely passionate and organised great routines each night and also available for extra personal training sessions. The gym also has other classes you can join like shadow fighter, technique and sparring sessions. 

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 A special thanks to Jemma – she is an outstanding individual who is so dedicated to the sport, and offered in her own time to have “girly fight club” or special sparring sessions for the women from CF 30 and 31 to get more experience. This, we are truly grateful for. 

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Fight night is incredible – 14 bouts of fights on our night, in front of over 500 people, held at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney. We warmed up, came out to an entrance song and fought our hearts out.

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Winners are chosen and trophies awarded. Throughout the night there are auctions and further fundraisers to generate more money for the charity. Afterwards, we change and party with our support crew.

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Fighters are expected to sell two tables of supporters, and they get to watch the event with a two course dinner and unlimited alcohol. There’s photobooths for fun with your friends! It’s a top night out for all. I’d like to thank my friends, family, workmates and blogging crew for coming along! Special thanks to Kurt for putting up with my boxing talk all the time and giving me endless encouragement.

 Although I didn’t win, and I was extremely disappointed, I need to remember that winning is not what it’s about. It’s a charity fundraiser and most people wouldn’t dare step in the ring at all, and I did it. I also said I wanted to participate to prove determination and perseverance and that I did, fighting 1 week after recovering from a neck injury and with bronchitis. I completed the fight, fought respectfully, and with good technique. I desperately want to give it another go at full fitness to prove my real capabilities. 

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 Along the way, we made a new bunch of friends, made possible by the community environment it is, Facebook groups to discuss advice and the group catch ups to the Commonwealth Games trials, rock climbing and post the event; the pub! I’ve made some lifelong friends from this, which is amazing given the competitive nature of the sport and the fact we punch each other’s face at the end of it all. I must also thank my lovely opponent Jess for a great job in the ring.

 

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It also wouldn’t be what it is, without Carla Kassab. She is an A *** organiser, support network and friend to all. Her tireless work and care for everyone certainly didn’t go unnoticed and she made it all run so smoothly. It’s a tough job and one we admire.

I would like to say it’s an incredible experience, that I can’t speak highly enough of. I miss my weekly CF training, FB notifications and words of encouragement from the group. Whilst it’s over for me for now, hopefully you’ll see me again in the future. 

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Thanks to all involved. If you’re interested in signing up, see Corporate Fighter on the link below.

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