About three weeks ago, residents of the normally quiet and gentrified suburb of Rozelle in the Inner West of Sydney, were woken up by a mighty fire and explosion which took the life of three people, injured the presumed perpetrator and closed the main thoroughfare for over two weeks, destroying some very established businesses and forcing many other to cease or halt trading until this Saturday.
Some businesses have had their windows blown up or have suffered structural damage and are still hoarded up. Some like Darling Street Meats have lost $20,000 of stock due to the consequent power failure.
It will take months for some to be able to trade again, some have gone into receivership, and unfortunately more will probably follow suit.
A group of bloggers, Sydney Food Bloggers, on Facebook, have joined forces to do a little helping by doing a report on the area and being part of that group, I am very happy to contribute this story.
It will be my tribute to those who lost loved ones or their business in that terrible incident and hopefully will give you a taste of what's available in the area and will entice you to visit and spend some of your money to support these struggling business community and people. Some will be familiar to you, as I was a fan already, like my favourite patisserie C'est Bon, some other I have discovered walking around, which I seldom take the time to do. And that's how I discovered Rozelle Sushi and bought part of my daughter's birthday dinner there, and their sashimi in particular were scrumptious. It will be a chance as well for some shots taken at the famous Rozelle Markets, an institution taking place every week-end on the grounds of the local public school, where antiques, food stalls and musicians congregate for our pleasure and to entice us to "change the trash of some into treasures for others" I hope you will enjoy!
Et tout finit par des chansons...
Geoff has been a staple of food on television since 1992. He also runs a farm and cooking classes in Bowral. As we were talking about Bowral in our last post and reviewed Biota Dining not so long ago, I though it would be appropriate to talk about Geoff and his first appearance at the Everleigh Markets.
He is a very affable person and we had a great chat. I also got a taste of his mushroom soup: delicious!
But Geoff primarily makes preserves of chillies, tomato relish and capsicum jam and run cooking classes at the farm and is hoping to open a restaurant one day...In the meantime, he is preparing for a Culinary Tour in Morroco in November 2015 - click here for details and become a "gastronaute"!
SMH Pyrmont Growers Market
The stallholders population is quite stable at the SMH Growers Market in Pyrmont, so it is always a treat when we find some new people taking on the adventure of selling direct to the public.
Effendy's Restaurant in Balmain is featuring a range of Turkish sauces and dishes to tempt you to visit their already very well attended restaurant.
Pappardelle Pantry is a new venture of established restaurant Pappardelle, and proposes "authentic, organic and gluten free" Italian products online: Cook Italy, Eat Italy, Love Italy is their motto!
If it were not for the Anglo-Australian architecture and the typical country town thoroughfare, just wandering around the shops, cafés and antique shops, one could feel to be in St Germain-des-Prés!
There is definitely an air of sophistication and art de vivre in this small town a little over an hour south of Sydney. Mind you, the proximity of the big city has attracted a lot of wealth, second palatial residences, and hobby farmers, and that is before mentioning the serious business of making wine!
I recently spent a week-end there - courtesy of Biota Dining - and had not visited properly for several years. It was really interesting to measure the difference between having a good antique shop and maybe one nice coffee shop to an explosion of boutiques selling homewares and beautiful objects for decorating one's home, as well a very good patisserie, a few upmarket pubs and some fancy restaurants both in town and in the surrounding wineries or nearby Mittagong. We will be back!
The surrounding wineries
I could bore you all day by listing all the wineries surrounding Bowral...But I won't, as they are so many of them. Just as an anecdote to illustrate this, two of my clients, a dentist and an interior designer own wineries in the area: GrumbleBone Estate Vineyard and Far Ago Hill, the later producing an award winning Pinot Gris sold at many a hated restaurant in Sydney and at local Biota Dining, as well as at the Qantas Business Lounges. Unfortunately the owners were not around that week-end, so we went to two other near by: Centennial and Tertini.
Double Bay - Every Thursday
This market has been running for a while but escaped my scrutiny as it runs every Thursday. Luckily,
I have a couple of clients in the area and I recently got a chance to time my visits to them to coincide with the market...
It is quite a small market, but with a well heeled clientele - Double Bay is often referred to as Double Pay... - and the market is consequently quite "upmarket". A few familiar faces and a few new ones as well made the trip interesting and worthwhile. Here are a few photos to tell their stories.
Danks St - Waterloo - Open for three weeks Now - Saturday & Sunday
With about 5000 apartments having been built or in construction over the last ten years, and mostly occupied by young people, Waterloo and the food heaven of nearby Danks Street, made famous by Jared Ingersoll at Danks Street Depot and Fratelli Fresh who paved the way for many more, it was inevitable that another avatar of the "Organic Food Markets" empire would pop up here... Technically, it is not in the fancy bit of Danks Street but across the road towards the Eastern Distributor but conveniently located on a pedestrian strip lined up with Cafés and other food outlets. It is definitely an up and coming place and it will eventually attract more people than this second edition on a rainy day!
There is a good mix of stalls and one we know: Jean-Marc, aka Mr Saucisson, aka La Bastide was there "en force"!
Two chefs famous in Sydney and beyond at the opposite ends of the price scale, but both passionate about what they do, preparing honest food with the best ingredients available in Australia, graced us of their presence and showed us a few tricks of their trade over the last two episodes of the SMH Growers Market in Pyrmont. The weather was also at the opposite ends of the scale. It is still winter here!
Neil Perry - Spice Temple - August 2014
I had my first birthday dinner in Australia at Wokpool in 1997, the ancestor of Spice Temple in Victoria Street, Potts Point. The staff was amazed at my children, then aged 5 and 6, devouring this beautiful asian inspired cuisine, a total novelty for them at the time. They have both become experts at the various Asian cuisines available in Sydney and we went to Spice Temple for my daughter's 19th birthday, almost 4 years ago. We had a ball, and a few bowls...lol
Mike McENEARNEY - Kitchen by Mike - Septembre 2014
Away from the luxurious fanciness of Rockpool and al, Kitchen by Mike is a fancy canteen with a menu changing daily and advertised on Facebook. Set in a warehouse in Alexandria, sharing with the homeware king Koskelas, Mike McEnearney serves, often himself, honest and simple food made on the premises. I probably eat there for lunch once a month when visiting clients in the area. I recently had the "moules mariners" with Mike's famous sourdough and Pepe Saya's butter and just last week a gorgeous tajine of lamb, slowly cooked overnight and served with couscous and homemade harissa, a subtle and flavoursome alternative to the usually brutally hot commercial offering. I will be back...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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