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.

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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

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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!

Sydney for yummy Chinese BBQ, rice noodle dumplings and fire alarms

Okay, so we really went down for Cirque du Soleil Ovo, but the highlight of any Sydney trip is gorging on decent Chinese food… mmmm…. At two of the Emporer’s Garden locations, and yummy as usual :D

Chinese BBQ
BBQ Duck and Pork

Chinese BBQ
BBQ Pork with rice noodle

Yum cha dumplings
Garlic and Prawn

Yum cha dumplings

Yum cha
Cha sieu pao

Yum Cha coconut jelly
Coconut Jelly

Yum Cha tea
Contemplating my tea

Aaron's Hotel Haymarket

We stayed the night at Aaron’s hotel, Haymarket, which I think about $120 for the night on Wotif. An older hotel, with a rickety lift, step in odd places, a skylight in the room that let light in WAY too early, and a fire alarm that got us all out of bed before we wanted to be because it goes off sometimes with the steam from the showers.

Aaron's Hotel

But the shower was hot and the bed very comfortable.

Aaron's Hotel

Aaron's Hotel

Aaron's Hotel

I’d stay there again, it’s amazingly located right next to Market City, but this time with an eye mask. And maybe earplugs so the fire alarm wouldn’t wake me :/

Sydney Good Food and Wine Show

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I received my ticket to the Good Food and Wine Show from Chobani. It is, like, the most awesome Greek yoghurt out there. Seriously.

I was supposed to go with friends to the Good Food and Wine show. But they were sicked with the cold that’s been going around, and only let me know an hour before we were meant to meet *sadface* So, I was left to wander and sample on my own. Here are my thoughts…

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Ahem…. Maybe I don’t share my thoughts on that pic ;)

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Skinny Girl Cocktails were vamping it up, with skinny girls in mini skirts, and offering samples of their cocktails and also massages (not that I could be bothered waiting!). The Margarita was good. Ready to drink, with some rimming salt ;)

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I dabbled in some Avocado oil. Hmmm… Think I’ll stick with Olive for the price…

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There was a crapload of cider for sampling. Of which I tried none :(

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I had a good chat to the people of Rowie’s Cakes about how great it was that they were supplying to the Qantas QFML and VGML range :) And their ANZAC bikkies were awesome.

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Mmm Sake.

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333s Gherkins and I go way back….

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Can I have the Ritter Sport Bag?????? Please???

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Then there was a stand that made me miss Hannah :/

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Mmm Conscious Chocolate…

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And coffee… Sweet sweet coffee…

Planning out my week

How is this not a plan? I have a few trips to the Central Coast and Sydney for appointments, Lady Gaga, and the Good Food and Wine Show… and maybe even seeing Ms Glowless to boot :) Do some running and bootcamp in there, then fly to Hobart for the Speech Pathology Australia conference, armed with gloves, hats and scarves, and running shoes, to find my speechie mojo and to see the lovely Foale ladies :)

Poker Face
Karaoke – Poker Face :)