As swimmers dart up and down the pool, I can’t help but be amazed at their aquatic awesomeness…As pole vaulter’s vault, sprinter’s sprint, hurdler’s hurdle and gymnast somersault…I want in on the action.
The early morning tv sessions ( the time difference between London and Sydney is a killer), the dedication taken in reading up on athlete’s bio’s , studying the tv guide, preparing meals in advance so as not to miss a minutes sporting action …This Olympics gig is only for the elite viewer, the dedicated, the passionate , committed.
That folks isn’t me…I don’t mind the odd bit of Olympic action…but it isn’t really isn’t my cup of tea…So to amuse myself at a time when only sport seems to matter, I have turned my attention to something I excel at….eating food….And I have hosted the 2012 Food Olympics…and I can’t wait to tell you who was awarded the Gold, Silver and Bronze.
The July edition of Sydney’s Time Out Magazine has to take the credit for this blog post. They encouraged readers of the July edition, to forgo elite athleticism, to leave it to the experts…ordinary folk should focus on what they do best…and in Sydney, that apparently is eating.
I took the message literally, and with the help of the restaurant reviews from previous Time Out editions, I have eaten my way around town.
Though there are still a few days to snare gold in London, both my waist line and wallet have requested that I hold the award ceremony early.
Spencer Guthrie’s, 339 King Street, Newtown
Spencer Guthries, a new restaurant on the famous King Street strip. A restaurant committed to sourcing produce ethically, reducing their carbon foot print and all that jazz…
They had me at hello, or was it welcome?
The restaurant is small, around 8 tables, the atmosphere, intimate, our waiter, attentive.
But it is all about the food….Flavour, flavour, flavour….delicate portions, plated to perfection…balance and harmony in my entrée of wild mushroom, main of steamed leather jacket and dessert of chocolate ( all things for that matter)
Water and wine and the finest of companions…a friend I have had in my life since the age of 5 ( Gold medal is almost a given!!)
Spencer Guthries…..Gold, yes baby, you are gold.
Hartsyard, 33 Enmore Road, Newtown
Oh so close….think James Magnusson 100 metre freestyle final closeness…
The only was to separate the winner in the 2012 Food Olympics was to ask myself, ‘ How soon could I return to eat at the establishment’
To that question I answered ‘ Spencer Guthrie’s…tomorrow’, ‘ Hartywards…..next week’
Hartsyard seems to be the new hipster hangout in the infinitely cool Sydney’s innerwest.
A New York chef, meets Aussie girl….they fall in love and she brings him back to Australia. The result, Sydney gets an injection on NY coolness…and I could not be happier.
This meal is shared with a friend I have known since I was 3 years old ( another reason why this Silver is really like a gold in disguise) It was the perfect meal to accompany our friendship…fun, full of laughter and shared childhood memories of sea and sun.
Southern style crunchy golden fried chicken, the French Canadian inspired dish Poutine with beer gravy…We shared both mains…the dishes left us feeling full and completely satisfied.
At the time I remember thinking ‘ I am eating Elvis Pressley’s final meal’…and then out came our dessert.
Peanut butter and Banana Sundae….and it was then and there that I died and went to heaven…I had never eaten anything so indulgent, so heavenly, so divine…the salty chocolate fudge sauce, the donut balls, ice cream that bubbled and burst with creamy goodness at the touch of a spoon.
Hartyard is awarded a silver only because I want so much to return…and return I will…I would go there for dessert alone…but with summer round the corner, my thighs and buttocks are wary…this restaurant is in a category almost entirely of its own….‘ special treat’ territory…returning to soon could very well clog an artery.
Oh the temptation!!
Rueben Hills, 61 Albion St Surry Hills
It had to be you, Rueben Hills…you are the gracious recipient of the 2012 Food Olympics bronze medal.
I love that you open at 7am-4pm, Monday through to Sunday, enabling me, to pop in on my way to work and indulge in the type of breakfast fit for a King or Queen.
I have dined in your company twice over the past few months, I like the mid-week visits, I have heard you are super busy on the weekend, crazy busy, and pre-work breakfast means that I get fast and fabulous service, and can make the tough decision of what to eat in relative silence…your innovative breakfast creations can make this very hard!
Breakfast number one was a breakfast trifle, berries in orange syrup w honey&orange blossom yoghurt , breakfast number two a spice grilled chicken fillet, Tomatillo salsa, cheese, pickles & chipotle aioli on brioche. On both occasions I doubted my choices…Was this really breakfast food?
I should have trusted your menu….turns out they are probably two of the most memorable breakfast meals of 2012.
Your café, the décor, the music, the food, the coffee…you are the real deal…the perfect inner city café, for breakfast for one, lunch for five or coffee on the go.
In a nutshell, you are just cool, I have a café crush on you…even more so that you have been awarded a bronze medal!
For more wonderful restaurant recommendations, check out a blog I stumbled across recently, The Adventure of Miss Piggy, for all things food and fabulous…..
So go on, host your own 2012 Food Olympics….get out there and award your favorite eating joint a GOLD medal for awesomeness….