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Google #CityExperts “Sampling Sydney” Event

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

So, Google managed to lure me out of hibernation and down to Sydney for one of their #CityExperts events last week at the Cell Block Theatre.

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

I’m fairly certain the main idea is to liquor us up, have some fun, and get us posting reviews through Google plus so that we can help pad out their reviews list.

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The West Winds gin cocktails – I think they were with grapefruit which made for a very citrussy evening! You can get the less premium one at Dan Murphy’s for about $55 a bottle.

Which they successfully did, with Gin, Beer and Cider sampling, getting to know you networking bingo, and the fun of making a jar of preserved lemons to take home and show off.

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling SydneyGoogle #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

The lemon preserving was offered by Cornersmith which is a picklery and cafe in Marrickville. They offer courses in preserving fruits and veges, breadmaking and more.

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

Google #cityexperts event - Sampling SydneyGoogle #cityexperts event - Sampling Sydney

There was also sampling of their pickles throughout the evening…. I was fascinated with the sweet spiced pickled grapes – very much the taste of your sweet spiced gherkins, but with a grape texture! I’d love to give these a go one day!

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Geddit? Sydney-Cider? :p

We were provided with foam letters to exchange for cider and beer from Sydney Brewery…. to me, this meant much cider – it was actually bottled that DAY!

All in all, I had a fun evening, I think I’ll try to get my review numbers up on Google so I get invited to another day or night out, but we’ll see how far my enthusiasm extends!

Til then, I can’t wait for my lemons to preserve so I can use them in my Moroccan Lamb!

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31 – a rolling celebration of eating, drinking and being merry


I actually don’t have too many photos from my birthday celebrations, as I had a number of late nights, where my phone battery died before meal or home time. I can say it’a been a lovely week of turning 31, and surrounding myself with people who are awesomeness.


Let’s start with a couple of days before, my dear chronically Femme Bronwyn was selling her Galaxy Tab….. and since I couldn’t find a reason not to (aside from my current financial situation) I bought it from her. She offered me Gin and Tonic, and a pillow unicorn as sweeteners to the deal…


Couple of days before my birthday, I had some plans fall through, so ended up watching Seven Psychopaths with Mic, and going out for a lovely brekkie at Chaddies in New Lambton Sunday morning.

Chaddies french toast with bacon

Chaddies big breakfas

Next was the Newtown Drinks version of my birthday – Drinks on the roof at Zanzibar, till it got too cold and we had to shift inside to the deer hunter room with the pool tables.

big buck hunter

vodka and soda

Somewhere in there, Neko started reading to us, and demanding we head for Thai for dinner.

te hana

I did question where one was to actually find a Thai restaurant in Newtown, because there is NOWHERE to get Thai, or frozen yoghurt for that matter, on King Street ;)

neko reads

entree newtown thai

Six of us ended up at Newtown Thai, selected the basis of them being quiet and wouldn’t mind us stuffing around while we waited for a couple of extra, but delightful, boys to show up ;)

hot chip nachos marly

Next stop, the Marly (Marlborough) which has this weird indoor garden, complete with fake grass, remodel thing going on. The above nachos made with hot chips were consumed, and hugs and smiles exchanged.

Sleep was found,a nd my birthday breakfast of a meat pie and diet coke found around midday at Macquarie University train station.

bday breakfast pie and diet coke

Sadly, i left the gift of a Hello Kitty shower cap behind in Macquarie Park, but my habit of leaving things behind just means I need to find time to see people again :)


Where next? Off to Hippo to have coffee and cake with my family and with Bron. The kids ran around like crazy, I got more hello kitty gifts…



Including some of the VERY newly released Hello Kitty for Target underwear!!!


From there, it was off to Schnitzel night at the Warners Bay Hotel…. mine had Nachos!

nacho schnitty

Aside from that, there’s been bikkies from my boss, and <3 arm warmers from Stu... and well as many hugs and general awesomness. bikkies


Thank you to everyone who made turning 31 utterly awesome. xoxox

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