September 15th, 2007

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Sunny Day at the Willoughby Street Fair

After doing a review breakfast in Bondi at the Blue Orange, we decided to continue enjoying the sun at the Willoughby Street Fair. A quick nip under the harbour in the tunnel got us there in record time. We discovered over 120 stalls, and lots of quirky entertainment - including a small rock-climbing tower:

There was also a lot of radio presence - Nova 96.9 were handing out new summery flavours of Tic Tacs (Tropical Acerola and Mango) and had a giant blow up madman:

2NSB-99.3 were broadcasting out of this cute little radio-station:

Like all Labor-loyalists, we shook hands with the ex-weatherman local candidate Mike Bailey who had a stall (pictured). The sitting candidate is the awful Joe Hockey... Craig goaded the men at his stall with: "Going down, down down..."

But you know what we were there for don't you? Yes food - hawker food, street food, free samples and wine tasting. And yes, all these urges were satisfied! The best was these amazing new Asian sweet/savoury pancake sandwiches. We tried the Cheese Pancake ($2), which rocked - texturally amazing with a crisp outside and a soft, cheesy centre!

Here the stall-holder is pouring in the batter into rows of little holes... there are chocolate ones at the front, and green-tea ones at the back. I'm guessing that the whole idea must be based on the Dutch Poffertjes model of market stall food!

The second best food was Japanese balls of Prawn and Crab ($6 for 4) from this stall:

We also bought some strange pork jerky stuff ($4), which was amazing cold - sticky and sweet like Chinese BBQ Pork. Here they are cooking it on the grill:

On the way back to the car, I also got to introduce Craig to my favourite drinks from EasyWay. They make amazing Lychee Blended Ice with Lychee and Coconut Jelly Topping ($4.80) and they have cool heat sealing machines that put a plastic film over your beverage. Then you get a fat straw and stab through it. The straw is fat so the cubes of jelly can be sucked through it. These are very cool Asian drinks indeed! Here is the EasyWay store, and the machines that heat seal are the groovy yellow things on the counter:

And in this ad, you can see the jelly cubes in their fruity drinks:

My final moment of joy came at finally getting to a BreadTop store... oh my God Becky... they had so much strange bread-y goodness I was in heaven. Think Pork Buns ($1.80), Pork Floss Buns, Milk Custard ($2.60), Green Tea Swiss Rolls, Spring Onion Buns ($1.60), Coconut Tarts, Cream Cheese Puffs... I could go on. There is another of this chain at Broadway near the office for The City Hub. I think I will frequent it regularly! Needless to say, we got some take-home snacks... but we ate them before I could take a picture. Oops.

A fun day out in the beautiful sunshine - we even bought hats! Craig got a debonair black hat with a red band that makes him look like he should be in a jazz band; and I got an ideal 'restaurant critic' black floppy sun-hat!

Willoughby Street Fair


300A Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067
Ph: (02) 9419 2699

304 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, NSW, 2067