Month: October 2009

Chefs, Video

Sydney food festival better than Melbourne?

Yu Bo’s Sichuan banquet at Sydney International food festival Is it possible to talk about Sydney and Melbourne without making a comparison of which is best? I think not. And so is the debate between which was the best food festival this year: the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival or Sydney. I went to both on freebies, although sponsored by NSW Tourism this trip was $$$$$$$$$$. I think Sydney wins for its focus and theming on Asia and perhaps reflecting […]

social media, Websites

Where to start on the internet?

The problem for most small and medium businesses is that they are too busy doing what they are good at to have time to become experts on the internet. This leaves them vulnerable to being sucked in to commissioning expensive but potentially useless or annoying websites featuring flash animation, graphics and little information that is useful to a visitor other than brochure copy. Here are some tips on where to start:

Chefs, Video

Finger-licking good: My short history of sex in cooking television shows

[youtube:] Only the other night gazing out at the opera house from Quay restaurant in Sydney I had the good fortune to sit at dinner with the new improved much, much larger than life Matt Preston. Not only was I subject to his advice on all things Myf Warhurst, his pony skin R.M. Williams boots and dressing-up box chic but his stagey sexy looks. The look that stuck in my mind is when his sultry eyes gaze towards what should […]

Restaurants, Sydney, Wine

My Sydney wine fix

Fix St James: Funnily enough very close to St James station, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000 +61 2 9232 2767 There must be something about Fix St James to make me return. During the last two of my trips to Sydney I have visited, three times – twice in the past week. And it is a place now popular with bloggers and twitterers @reemski, @felixexplody and @carmr. But also it is popular with the ACP crowd, including the editors […]


I Could Eat A Horse

From Pharlap to Makybe Diva, Australia loves its horses, but you might be shocked to discover how many horses from the sharp-end of breeding end up on the plate. The fact is that as food in most English-speaking countries horse meat is taboo, despite the fact that it is harvested and exported as a foodstuff. In Australia few people in the meat business want to talk about horse meat. There are two licensed abattoirs with a thriving but low-key export […]

Eat streets

I’ve seen the future of food and it’s in Collingwood (and beyond)

Reflections on Cutler & Co Arguably the Collingwood Fitzroy borders have everything. Almost every cuisine is represented and there are plenty of places for a friendly glass of wine, an outsized Hefeweizen or even a friendly neighbourhood Fog Cutter. Let’s not forget if you want to score drugs either. But what Collingwood also offers an insight to the future of dining. Sure regular cafes, restaurants – including the high end -and bars will be around for somewhile yet but there […]