Monday - went to taste James Squire beers with master_flea, which was fun. All the food was by Justin North from Becasse, including yummy little venison burgers on brioche rolls, and the beer matches weren't bad either! I might contact them regarding a review, especially as I heard my favourite Maitre de, Justin Wydeman has moved there too...
Tuesday - did a review at a steakhouse called Mumu Grill in Crows Nest - interestingly they will be starting up a jamon bar in the near future... one to look out for!
Wednesday - had a review to die for at Sobo on Campbell Parade in Bondi. Fell in love with Coffin Bay Pacific Oysters, and a new cheese called Artavaggio from Italy. It went particularly well with dates. I am now on a hunt to see where I can buy it...
Thursday - Started off the evening at the Avant Card Awards in the glittering tent below at the edge of the water. Opera Point Events did a good job with the canapes, including a great new one, a tiny cup of sweetcorn soup with a piece of marinated goats cheese on a toothpick over it, and the wine was well chosen - the 2006 East Pinot Gris.
Then I went and saw an excellent show - Headlock at The Studio. This show is quite an amazing depiction, using a wrestling ring and physical theatre, to show what the first 24 hours in gaol are like.
The opening is reminiscent of The Boys - playful masculinity with a menacing edge. Fabulous lighting design and huge, eerie soundscape plus a countdown timer ala an episode of 24 all aid the performance. The performers knocked your socks off too - hot bodies, great skills... even a bit of trampolining!
The conclusion made me cry - perhaps for me the whole show was a little too reminiscent of visiting too many good friends in prison.
This show was designed with The Studio in mind, so the ring and set up work a treat in the space. It is worth taking your teenager to if they're bitten by the bad seed and may end up in gaol one day - a worthy preventative. Plus if you've even known anyone who has been to gaol, this helps understand what the experience is about, with very few words, but the heavy meaning is extremely well conveyed.
There's still a chance to see it tomorrow night, if you're keen (and I HIGHLY recommend it) go here (it's $30, or $22 concession): http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/headlockstudio.aspx
Friday - The S.O. and I went to farewell Thomas Johns and Pello, which closes for good tonight night. Had a wonderful $100 9 course degustation. He blew my head off with his creme brulee pre-dessert. Sooooo rich, so decadently buttery... truly the best ever!!
There was also a fabulous amuse bouche (raw ocean trout, carmelised popcorn, a sweet corn puree and shimeji mushrooms) and a divine quail dish (quail crepinette with parsnip puree etc). I am very sorry to see this restaurant go, and I was very happy to return as a paying customer for an excellent meal.