An attempt at recapping Eat. Drink. Blog. (2011) Wish me luck?

November 7, 2011 · 22 comments

Eat Drink Blog 2011

Where does one begin on a HUGE day with lots of eating, drinking, photographing and meeting oodles of awesome people?

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With the macarons and balls from Lindt …. rather popular!

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;)

How about I do what I usually do? Start at the start and see how distracted I get along the way? That’s my voice ;)

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A day at the Electrolux demonstration kitchen… Such a warm sunny day!

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The boys and girls from Toby’s Estate won our hearts with coffee at breakfast, morning and afternoon teas. Then they won our minds with chocolate coated coffee beans and Keep Cups in their swag bags ;)

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I got stuck into the juice the Breville girls were making fresh, and the fruit plates!

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Many of the others filled themselves with baked goods across the day from Brasserie Bread… (Including the lovely ladies from Impact :)

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(They even do Gluten Free baking courses!!! I’ll have to check that out one of these days!)

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Continuing on the theme of eating and drinking, I was completely taken by the range of mineral waters from Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co.. Particularly the ginger beer, as I was feeling rather off much of the day :\

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The upset stomach meant I couldn’t enjoy the lamb lunch as much as I would usually, but the bits I ate and kept down were great :) I did, however, go for a walk with a vegetarian, Laura during the lamb butchery. I needed air, people!!

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I suppose some of you also want to hear about the content of the day? And perhaps what I took from it?

I took oodles of notes during the talks. Loved the thoughts all of the speakers provoked, and was reassured that much of the message was “be yourself, do want you love, know who you are” oh and “don’t get sued”!! ;)

I think that while it was nice to hear about the legal aspects, again it comes down to being respectful, stopping taking photos if you are asked, and being sure to make sure your reviews are ‘reviews’ ie your own opinion, and not you being the next distributor of chef’s hats.

Aside from that I saw some awesomely huge lenses

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Asian girls with big cameras

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Oh and Jen had awesome shoes.

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The Crab Masterclass smelled divine… even though I know my tongue couldn’t handle it ;)

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And after a very long day program, it was off into Kingsleys for dinner. The Steak and Crabhouse, not the chicken shop, as I explained my confusion to Sarah the Kingsleys PR girl who gave me a lift to the restaurant and the home! Now that’s service! ;)

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A few of us went for cocktails on arrival while we waited for the real dinner time. Mine (above) is the Mint and Zen, while below is Tom‘s Cancun Splash

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The chef tempted our tastebuds with Black Pudding and Veal Sweetbread

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And salmon on a bed of rice

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The sun went down on a warm Sydney night :)

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For entree, we were brought Smoked Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio with pickled chilli and pistacio nuts. Oh yum! This was matched with a yummy yummy St Hallet Riesling from Eden Valley.

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Sarah had a teeny bottle of coke! (pictured next to my mini moo card holder!)

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The main was Slow roasted beef tenderloin, and Wagyu flat iron steak. Both melted in my mouth, and I got a lot of them because everyone else was still full from a day of cake!! This was matched with a St Hallet Faith Shiraz. Nice.

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The sides

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The onto dessert. I was presented with this gorgeous meringue with rhubarb and strawberries, while the others had cheeses..

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I’m told the Rose matched the chees well, while I had to separate it from the dessert ;)

Thank you SO MUCH to the organisers and sponsors for a wonderful day!!! I’ll twitter and blog stalk you all soon! xxxx

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{ 22 comments }

1 Simon @ the heart of food November 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I’m glad to see that you enjoyed the day :)

I think you did well with the dessert at Kingsleys, all things considered. Depending on which table you were on, you may have gotten a lot of jealous looks :)

2 Fiona November 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I was stoked with the meringue :) Just took me a few bites and sips to realise the two didn’t really do together with the wine :) hehe

3 Kazza the Blank One November 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Wow looks amazing! So much food, so little time!! :)
I’ve been meaning to go to Kingley’s in Canberra to try the Wagyu beef .. must organise a date night with the sweetie :)

4 Fiona November 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Was a full on day!!! :) but so fun and some lovely people there :)

5 Simon Food Favourites November 8, 2011 at 1:36 am

great to see the photos of the day. that’s a funny photo of the bloggers with their mouth full eating hehe

6 Lisa November 8, 2011 at 7:59 am

you had me at ‘macaron tower and lindt balls’ *sigh*

7 Fiona November 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hehe I think many there were like that too!

8 Lau@CorridorKitchen November 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

Wow, you got some fab photos. *sigh* I wish that day never had to end…

9 Fiona November 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

Thanks! Not bad for a beaten up canon ixus and my xperia arc

10 Hannah November 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

I just went to Kingsley’s in Canberra, and had an amazing caramel cheesecake with peanut praline. However, that does nothing for the envy I feel reading this! Hating Canberra right now!

But glad you had a lovely time xoxo

11 Fiona November 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

Soon you will have some breathing time

12 Veronica November 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

It looks absolutely amazing. I want to go to a conference like that!

Also, more conferences and places should have ginger ale for people. I’m sick of wanting to vomit during sessions.

13 Fiona November 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

It was also fully sponsored :) yay! :)

And yes, the ginger beer was great. plus it tasted awesome.

14 Sefie November 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Oh, so that’s what the amuse bouche were! Darn, missed out on finding out what sweetbreads actually taste like. Nice write up, and I especially love the picture of everyone stuffing their faces with macarons!

15 Fiona November 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I had two, because they brought them to use twice and called it different things!!!

16 Vivian - vxdollface November 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Oh how much fun was the day! Can’t remember if we ended up meeting in person, I’ve forgotten so many names/faces by now ^^”

Haha that’s hilarious with the chicken shop, didn’t even know that existed – good thing Sarah was there to help you out :)

17 Fiona November 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

It’s a bit of a blur, isn’t it? :)

18 Christina @ The Hungry Australian November 12, 2011 at 1:09 am

Great post, Fiona and fab photos of all the food and drink.

I can’t believe I didn’t get one decent shot of the macaron tower! Although it was mainly because they’d mostly been eaten by the time I mosey over there :)

I loved the pics of Jen’s shoes, and of the Asian girls with big camera lenses – I had serious equipment envy that day :)

19 Fiona November 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

Thanks hun!

Yeah, I can’t see myself carrying around a dslr *heh* I’m still gonna stick with my phone and ixus for now.

20 Glowless November 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Dammit! Now I’m hungry. And I want a teeny tiny coke.

21 Fiona November 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I think it was 185mL

22 Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups November 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

OMG How totally amazing does all that food look. Totally jealous! :) xx

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