Published in the City Hub and City News.
For North-Bound Foodies
The roti canai at Mamak number amongst my favourite dining experiences, so it’s with particular pleasure that I tell you they’re now available in a second location! The second Mamak is in a new dining precinct in Chatswood called Eat Street, mere meters from the bus and train. With an ‘East meets West’ theme, expect to find everything from Malay hawker dishes to Japanese hot pots to European Schnitzel, and lots of al fresco seating. I’ve already eaten in three of the restaurants myself, so keep an eye on my reviews!
For the Foodie Shopaholic
I always leave my Christmas shopping until the last minute, but not this year! I have a date with the new $1.2 billion Westfield Sydney planned, and my mouth is already watering at the thought of one of Justin North’s tasty wagyu burgers from Charlie & Co, followed by clam chowder at John Susman's Cloudy Bay Seafood Company and then maybe a wagyu salt beef Reuben sandwich at Eat Deli Kitchen by celebrity chef Michael Moore. It’s going to be hard to fit in any shopping.
For the Inner West Foodie
Community fairs can be a goldmine of good foodie experiences. I enjoyed suckling pig, jugs of sangria and tornado potatoes at the Norton Street Festa last weekend. This weekend I’m off to the 2010 Glebe Street Fair on Sunday 21 November 2010. Expect to see a whole lot of umbrellas as you wander from snack to snack – they’re trying to break the current world record for the most umbrellas open at the same time in one location, which will be particularly handy if it rains!
For the Ethical Foodie
When you don’t have time to visit farms yourself to ascertain that the animals are treated well, ethical providores like Grant and Laura Hilliard are the next best thing. They’re so sure about what they sell at Feather and Bone, they’re having an open day on Saturday 20 November. You will be able to meet the farmers from Wildes Meadow, Gundooee, Melanda Park, Burrawong and the folk from Organic Ways who produce my favourite eggs. As well as asking questions about the produce and farming methods, you’ll be able to taste wine and cider, watch butchering and sausage making, and of course eat ethically produced meat. Rozelle neighbour and like-minded seafood wholesaler Martin’s Seafood will also be there - I had an excellent meal at their Neutral Bay restaurant Fine Fish last month. This is where I buy my meat!