06 April 2010

a gourmet day

Following the release of Australian Traveller's "100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences" I felt it was my job, nay my duty to experience each and every one.

How incredible that would be, I thought, to go through this list formed by a team of experts, Australian geniuses such as Maggie Beer, Matt Moran and Jacques Reymond and indulge.

Dreaming got the better of me I must say, which it often does and time and money weren't even a thought, I could and I would do it all.

But thankfully I have realists in my life, who do understand that my appetite gets the better of me. I've been told more times than I can count that my eyes are bigger than my stomach (not just metaphorically either- they're big).

These "realists" care a lot about me, one in particular who whisked me away on a foodie adventure. He does the research, the driving and pulls out the cash, what a man!

The adventure began with number 4, a meal so simple - Fish and Chips on the beach. So we set out in search of THE beach and because I couldn't make it all the way to Phi Phi island with Rainbow Trout and vinegary hot chips - customs would be a nightmare, we opted for Balmoral, officially my favourite fish-and-chips-on-the-beach location.

A yummy salad, the smell of vinegar and the crunch of a great battered fish - perfection.

Mosman's newest deli Fourth Village, was the next stop a delicious foodie haunt complete with deli, bakery, fromagery and cafe. A bit of brie, some antipasti and fresh bread and we were off, not quite sure where our adventure would take us next.
Well actually, I was very sure we were off to Woollahra, home to number 2 on the list Victor Churchill. Known as the Bvlgari of Butchers, this up-market meat market lives up to the hype.
The set-up is amazing, their cut of the day is under constant surveillance inspired the 2008 Louis Vuitton window display. But you need to experience it for yourself. A delicious Croation style smoked prosciutto and Calabrese salami with paprika and we were to home to feast on our goodies.

I knocked two off the list day, 98 doesn't seem so impossible.


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