Monday, November 25, 2013

Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic 2013

It was that time of the year again for Sydney’s food bloggers to unite and celebrate what we all have in common. Our massive love for food! This is the 5th annual Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas picnic that the awesome Chocolatesuze and Helen of Grab Your Fork has organised. Despite of the gloomy wet weather prior the picnic meet-up, these two stayed positive and fought through. They even organised tents for the humans and food just to make sure this celebration went on. As we finished setting up the tents (big props to Rosa for her girl scout skills!), the sunshine finally made its appearance like it never rained!

A giant box containing 25 kgs worth of Jurassic pork crackling shards courtesy of Mr Crackles was the first to appear at the food altar. People started to arrive and next thing you know, there was an abundance of food and drinks. After eating, drinking and mingling, we proceeded to do the traditional Evil Secret Santa event (one doesn’t like the present they have opened, one can steal someone else’s present).

Here are some of the people and food:
Lemper by Irene (of Irene's Getting Fat)
Macarons by yours truly hehehe 

Cheese, bacon and veggie slices by The Suz Chef
Honeycomb by Man Craves
Santa deco-roll by Absolutely Ayana
Choc fudge brownies with caramel by My See Food Diet
Pulled lamb by Jeroxie and homemade picnic bread by Crunchy Tiger
Pandan chiffon cake by Angie Lives to Eat
Just like Mel (The Adventures of Miss Piggy), we absolutely loved the pork cracklings!
White choc raspberry muffins from The Chronicles of Hilda and crab meat and cucumber sushi from My Hunger Will Go on
Fruit skewers by Corridor Kitchen
Love Swah's gorgeous coconut and pineapple cupcakes
Vegetarian marshmallows from Spoonfuls of Goodness

The most adorable attendee of the afternoon 
Scrolls cheesy scrolls from Penguin Says Feed Me

Ando's (The Lam Stock) sausage rolls got demolished coz they so good.
Evil Secret Santa begins!

I so wanted this until I found out I got a hamburger usb flash drive! Then this got stolen from Viv (of When The World Stops Spinning) 

Billy's presents got stolen a few times
I decided to keep this and not steal Viv's Superman apron

Thanks again Helen and Suze for organising another fab picnic!

Until next year folks! May the crackling be with you.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Three Williams, Redfern

Redfern is a rising café suburb. That's no surprise as it is just right next door to Surry Hills. The Milk Bar by Cafe Ish and The Ragland are amongst the places that has been providing Redfern’s locals and visitors with amazing food and coffee. Just right near the border of Redfern and Surry Hills is a newly opened cafe is about to add up to that buzz.

The newly Three Williams Cafe on Elizabeth Street is about to make its mark in this part of town. A very promising café restaurant with a team that consists of ex-Chiswick chef Tim Bryan and Glen Bowditch (former Sonoma and The Grounds Alexandria), the expectations are high. The place is spacious, stripped back by exposing the brick walls and the furnishing is kept minimal. In the last few weeks, all their social media food teasers got me very excited. I finally went to visit them on their first day of opening.
Piccolo latte

I had a piccolo latte ($3) to start off. They are currently using the paradox blend from beans Single Origin Roaster's. This was carefully prepared by their barista Adam with textured milk that had perfect temperature. It was smooth and had medium body. The taste was a bit on the sweet side with hints of spices that appears at the back of the palate.

Chips with aioli
The chips with aioli ($6) were all kinds of awesome! The chips had a crunchy outer layer and were well flavoured. The aioli had a balance of creamy, citrus, and garlic flavours. 

Beef short rib narnie

I had my mind set on trying on their house-made narnie. So I opted to have their narnie with glazed beef short rib, slaw, gherkins & chipotle mayo ($14). The narnie itself was delicious. The texture was somewhere between a pita bread and an Indian naan bread. The glistening beef short rib was very tender, flavoursome, fatty (the way I like my short ribs) and it had those amazing burnt bits. It worked well with the slaw, gherkins and chipotle mayo. I couldn’t stop thinking about this dish all afternoon!
French Toast with nuts, blueberries and yoghurt
The Merchant - bacon and egg in brioche bun
Pineapple and mint soda

I see a great future ahead of Three Williams. They’re a triple in terms of delivering great coffee, preparing great food and a service that is stellar. I just wish I lived close by to have their coffee and food more often.

Three Williams
613a Elizabeth St Redfern,
Sydney, Australia 2016
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