Chows Eating House

chow’s eating house, surry hills

In the left corner we have the bakery bloggers. By day they are accountants and web designers, by night they  create Pinterest boards of beautiful baked goods. Their steady hand, their incredible talent, beautiful photography and the child like wonder that’s created by their cake and cookie creations.

In the right corner we have the professional food writers. They’re all professionally trained and well travelled with their finely tuned palettes and their connections in the food industry and their big words ;)

And then there’s me. Someone who thinks because she’s eaten her whole life is somehow qualified to comment and write about food. And there are thousands of us. Filling dimly lit dining rooms with flashes of photography, savouring mouthfuls and swapping plates to get an expansive fast tracked sample and using online thesauruses for alternate words for ‘delicious’. Continue reading

American Pork Ribs & Apple Slaw

american pork ribs

There are many things I would never do on a first date and pork ribs is one of them. Call me old fashioned but finger lickin’ food consumption is something best saved for that familiar more settled stage in the relationship.

Lucky for me my relationship has graduated from those impressionable early days to the sleep in your eyes Sunday mornings ‘staring-at-the-papers’ stage so seeing each other up to our elbows in ribs is the least of our problems ;)

In fact for the established relationship, this hearty, sticky, Flintstonian style meal might just be a perfect primal heart starter for when the romance side of things may be showing some signs of wear and tear. Continue reading

Pulled Pork with Mexican Rice

mexican pulled pork

I’m not a massive fan of leftovers. As a general rule I love to enjoy a meal on the day and am ready to move on to a brand new culinary day. Of course, ‘they say’ that many meals are even better the next days curries in particular. This is true, but as someone who enjoys the cornucopia of eating and drinking, I’m ready to head to a different country, protein and rarely eat the same thing two days in a row. Continue reading

Scallop Ceviche

el topo, bondi junction

Back in the late 90s lamenting about the lack of Mexican food in Australia was one of the favourite whines for every food lover we  who has spent any time at all in America.

It was such an obvious, gaping hole in our culinary offering and given the very addictive and moreish nature of great Mexican food, we had every right to complain about not having access to a half decent burrito and accompanying margherita. Continue reading

Bandito Roll with Roast Pork, Chicken Parfait , Serrano Ham, Chilli & Pickled Vegetable

the carrington, surry hills

If you’re lucky enough to work in Surry Hills you have some pretty terrific options for lunch. Not necessarily the plethora of food court options that you might get working in the big city, but some tasty cafes and pubs that if you manage to get an hour out with your colleagues, you can park talk of excel sheets, technical hoo-ha or the latest office drama. Continue reading

Sang Choi Bao

mahjong room, surry hills

It’s Friday night. I’m two weeks into a new job where I have been a little sponge learning new factoids, ingratiating myself to new colleagues and undertaking market research on every café in the vicinity in the pursuit of the perfect coffee spot.

By dinner time, I want a swift glass of vino and a fabulous meal with minimal effort, in fact I don’t even want to think. Some meals you go out for because the restaurant is your favourite place with very specific favourites and sometimes you are trying new places where you want to approach the evaluating and selection of food from the menu like a treasure hunt. Continue reading