I just had the most crazy 24 hours on the weekend. I found out that Qantas had picked me as one of the ambassadors for its new social media brand Hooroo. It was all a bit secretive as the brand was still under wraps on the weekend and doesn’t actually launch until 18 July but I am now able to write about my 24 hours of living a little bit like a rockstar. MTV and I flew to Sydney where we were followed around by a photographer and flitted around from restaurant to bar to boat to beach. It was tough.
|The sun sets over the Sydney Harbour bridge and Opera House|
1pm: Arrive Sydney
2pm: Lunch at The Apollo
If you want a real feast you can’t go past the “Full Greek” at The Apollo which opened a few months ago in Pott’s Point. Sure you can order dishes individual but $55 buys you plate after plate of fabulous food. To start there’s bowls of shiny olives and triangles of pita bread with blush pink taramasalata.
|Saganaki heaven at The Apollo|
The saganaki is sticky with slightly savoury Greek honey and a shoulder of lamb is slow roasted until it falls off the bone with crunchy roast potatoes and garlic. Of course there’s Greek Salad as well but there’s a whole lot more shade and depth than is found at your local taverna. The Apollo isn’t cheap but it’s great value for the quality of the food you get and the quantity. It was the perfect place to settle in for a long lunch.
|Devouring the slow cooked lamb shoulder at The Apollo|
Details: The Apollo, 44 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney NSW 2010
Damage: Pricey. The bill for two was $174.
|Walnuts, filo pastry and coffee cream for dessert at The Apollo|
4pm: Cruise around Sydney Harbour
9pm: Dinner at Jimmy Liks
After a little bit of a bar crawl (all for the purposes of research) we tried to get into Ms G’s for dinner but they were shutting up early as it was a Sunday night. Instead we headed down the road to Jimmy Liks. Diners at this dramatically lit restaurant sit at one long communal table as they dig into spicy chicken betel leaves with eggplant chilli ($4.50) each and the hot salmon salad ($29) with chunks of watermelon laced with ginger. It’s Thai food, but all grown up.
Details: Jimmy Liks, 186-188 Victoria Street, Potts Point, Sydney 2011 (Ph: 02 8354 1400)
Damage: Reasonable. The bill for two was $65.
8am: Jog around the Botanic Gardens
9am: Breakfast at Hotel Blue
|Fruit salad topped with honey and yoghurt from the breakfast buffet at Hotel Blue|
10am: Visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art
12pm: Walk from Clovelly to Bondi Beach
|White wine by the beach at Bucket List in Bondi|
1pm: Lunch at Bucket List in Bondi
Bucket List is another new opening as close to the golden sands of Bondi as you can get while not actually sitting in the surf. It’s a casual place with the name coming from the service of most meals in a bucket. We loved soaking up the winter sunshine outdoors along with a glass of crisp pinot grigio ($9) and a bucket of fat, juicy prawns ($25).
|Bucket of prawns at Bucket List in Bondi|
Details: The Bucket List, Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach, Sydney, 2026 (Ph: 02 9365 4122)
Damage: Reasonable. The bill for two was $75.
2pm: Leave Sydney
|Farewelling Bondi with a white chocolate and caramel ice-cream from Gelatissimo|
Gourmet Travel Tips
- I flew to Sydney with Qantas. Flights start from $133 one way.
- I stayed at Blue Sydney in Woolloomooloo. It’s incredibly glamorous, located in old wool warehouses on a pier set over Sydney harbour. From the rooms you can see yachts bobbing on the harbour with Sydney’s botanic gardens framing the city. Essentially this is a location that cannot be beaten. There’s a great bar in the lobby which serves excellent cocktails although staff can be a little bit too cool at times with their wireless headsets which make it hard to tell if they are talking to themselves or you. It was all a little bit Madonna like and unnecessary. Abandon the headphones and put free wifi in the rooms and this could be the perfect hotel.
- I’m back in Sydney in a couple of weeks to do the City to Surf. Any tips for things to do?
|Hotel Blue – not a bad location|
Details: Blue Sydney, 6 Cowper Wharf Rd Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 (Ph (02) 9331 9000)
Damage: Pricey. Rooms start at $218 a night.
Gourmet Chick was sponsored by Hooroo for her 24 hours in Sydney.
Thanks to everyone who entered the Gourmet Giveaway for a De’Longhi Coffee Machine, the winner is Alicia Pavlovic.