Convenience Food

Food News – Fresh Fodder

Dips sure have come a long way since my Mother used to greet guests with a jar of corn relish stirred through a carton of sour cream. Fresh Fodder, coming out of Orange in Central NSW, recently sent me a hamper, convinced it’d change my mind about Taramosalata [RRP $4.50/200g].

Food News – Snack Food

While most of my time is spent in restaurants, everyone snacks sometimes. This week I’ve been getting into Duck Creek Farm Macadamias, grown and hand-packaged in the beautiful Byron hinterland.

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Joining the fast food line-up on George Street is a little stealth vegetarianism, crossing over from south of the border. Lord of the Fries (who have eight Melbourne-based stores) dish up hand cut fries, special sauces (my pick is the Canadian poutine) and burgers with LOTF patties rather than meat.

Santa Barbara

Ousting trainee shock-jock Sandilands and his colourful Kings Cross mates, The Piano Room replacement is somewhere you might actually want to drink. The crowd’s young, but mostly attitude-free; the booths are fast to fill.

Yebisu Izakaya

Lately Regent Place has been edging out Westfield Sydney as my preferred spot for a fast city eat. This week I’ve been snacking Tokyo street style at this Japanese izakaya. It’s a drinking house – but don’t take that as an indictment on the food – just fair warning the beverage list is epic.

Umi Sushi Express

With my last week spent scouring the Sydney Film Festival’s foreign films for exotic foods, I have to admit my meals tended towards fast festival eats. These days though, the George Street area has quite a bit to offer, including this, the third outlet in Jessie and Terence Chau’s popular Umi chain.

Ipoh on York

Don’t dive into this subterranean York Street space looking for fancy décor or a quiet lunch. Instead you’ll find a cool Malaysian drink station serving up sweet milky Teh ($3.50) (tea) and Kopi ($3.50) (coffee). It fronts a lively lunch space with excited chatter reverberating off clean white walls.

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Two venues that are firmly holding onto the idea of the endless summer are North Bondi Italian Food and Neild Avenue. To help us all believe, they’re offering up four-buck Campari and Aperol cocktails with free snacks each Saturday and Sunday from 4-6pm. They’re calling this happiest of happy hours the hour of the sun - Ore Del Sole. Dedicated to ensuring you only drink the best cocktail, I’m road testing this one myself on the weekend. Stay tuned…

The Soda Factory

Happy Days are here again with the retro-styled entrance to this venue hiding behind a take-away hot dog joint. I was almost fooled into thinking it was a new twist on fast food until the fridge door revealed a very cool bar in the old Mars Lounge site. The Soda Factory takes on the incognito chic of Stitch, Button and Pocket to create a venue that’s already causing queues on weekends – so much so management send out containers of the rather excellent Mac and Cheese ($6) to stop the queue rioting.

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Last week the cream of the music industry gathered at the Beach Road Hotel for the 2013 Rolling Stone Music Awards. The awards were sponsored by Patrón Tequila which ensured the crowd were dazzled with an abundance of killer drinks, from the opening Patrón Perfect Margarita presented in a jam jar, to the buzzy Xpresso Martini made on Patrón Café XO coffee liqueur. As Owl Eyes took to the stage, the crowd was treated to cucumber foam-topped shot glasses of Bloody Maria Cabillitos. With Bondi Ink also in residence, one guest took home a (free) tattoo of the Patrón Tequila bee. Here’s hoping it wasn’t a big surprise in the morning…