During the month of October you can enjoy a taste of Korea for the bargain price of ten dollars at some of Sydney’s best Korean restaurants. I was hooked by a stone hot-pot of Dolsot Bibimbap, an excellent rice dish mixed at the table, full of beef, sautéed vegetables and egg. During my meal at Haemil I also tried Kimchi, a fermented pickled cabbage dish which most Koreans eat every day. It’s tasty and good for you, being rich in vitamins and acting as a digestive aid – available in a Kimchi Pancake too. Participating restaurants are listed at www.ilovekoreanfood.com.au plus there are prizes to be won, including a trip to Seoul!
Haemil, Shop 601, 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay (02) 9241 3317 www.haemil.com.au
Grow Your Own
Lots of Australian homes have a well-thumbed copy of Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion on their shelves. Stephanie’s latest book, Kitchen Garden Companion (RRP $125) is a timely and relevant testament to seasonality. Creating a kitchen garden is also an excellent way to make the journey from plant to plate even shorter! Pick up your copy from local bookseller Better Read Than Dead in the CarriageWorks foyer after the FREE book launch at 1.30pm.
Fair and ethical trade means more than just coffee these days. Last week I picked up a wonderful piece of recycling – a handbag made from recycled apple drink containers – crafted and signed by a Filipino artisan from Bodhi Books and Gifts. The range of inexpensive and well-made bags crafted from drink cans, recycled rice sacks and rolled-up newspapers range from $16.50 to $50. Items are especially selected to benefit artisans and struggling communities.
Bodhi Books and Gifts, 89 Enmore Rd, Newtown (02) 9519 8890
Fancy a frolick with the inner west foodie set at a cocktail soiree where all the produce is sourced locally? The 100 Mile Cocktail Party on Saturday 17th October signifies the start of Food Week, which runs in the Balmain-Rozelle area until the 23rd October. This is one of Sydney’s oldest areas, boasting a wide variety of gastronomic pleasures including modern Middle Eastern cuisine from Efendy and Rosebud, dining specials at a variety of gastro-pubs including the 3 Weeds, and hearty European fare from La Boheme, who’ll be knocking twenty percent off your bill for the whole month of October! More information at: www.balmainrozellechamberofcommerce.org.au
The Belvedere Hotel
Feathered fans, freshly shucked oysters and raspberry tea martinis featuring Belvedere Vodka greeted guests at the burlesque-themed launch of The Belvedere Hotel last week. The boutique three-level pub is nicely appointed with antique Louis Chairs and velvet chaise lounges. It’s the latest acquisition of the J & J O’Brien Hoteliers Group, whose stable includes The Marlborough Hotel, Jackson’s on George and Jordon’s Seafood Restaurant.
482 Kent Street, Sydney (02) 9264 1688 www.thebelvederehotel.com.au