20 October 2009

Simon Food Favourites: 1st Anniversary and SIFF 2009 (1 Oct 2009)

Dear Readers

I started food blogging 1 year ago back on 1 October 2008 coinciding with the first day of the SMH Good Food Month 2008. With 318 blog posts later the event has now become the Sydney International Food Festival and with so many foodie events on offer it's one of the most exciting times of the year for me to be in Sydney for food.

This post should have happened 20 days ago, but it's now the 20 October due to eating and photographing so much and not having enough time lately to do my posts so I'm now 32 blog posts behind. Better late than never I guess :-)

The usual food events I try checking out at SIFF are:

Enjoy a special lunch menu for $35: one main course plus coffee, and a glass of matching Brown Brothers wine, Coopers beer or a 500ml bottle of S.Pellegrino sparkling or Acqua Panna still mineral water.

Drop in for something sweet, plus a Brown Brothers dessert wine or Hennessy cognac from 9pm-11pm. Set price $20.

Sydney's mighty mixologists have been hard at work, creating their ultimate Belvedere Vodka cocktail. It's paired with a clever canape – and all for $20.
Note: For this event I go more for the atmosphere rather than the food which I usually find a bit overpriced for what you get.

The criteria was simple, as we asked photographers to 'shoot a chef'. It could have been a three hat chef, the local take-away cook around the corner, or perhaps their favourite or most interesting home cook.

I tried booking Quay for Let's Do Lunch a few days after the SMH released their official program on 12 September 2009 but it had already booked out for the whole month. My next option was Aria which I booked a table for 12 on 7 October — review coming soon.

I hope you find time to check out some of the events and how cool are those SIFF food flags they created!

Happy Eating
Simon :-)

SIFF Food Flags


chocolatesuze said...

happy blogiversary! here's to another year of tasty eats!

Shanks said...

Happy 1 year Simon. Keep up the great work!!

Betty @ The Hungry Girl said...

Happy 1 year! I've missed out on so much of the SIFF events this year, going to try harder next year!

billy@atablefortwo said...

you've been busy within the year, happy blogaversary mate! Keeep up with the eating! Well I am sure u have no trouble with that :)

Mr Taste @ tastedbytwo.com said...

Congrats! Keep up the great work Simon :) Don't stop eating!

Gemma said...

Congrats on your achievement Simon! I 'did lunch' at Aria with Lena and Anne a few weeks ago so will be interested to hear your take on the meal. Can't believe I made it to a food event before you did!! Keep up the good blogging and great pics.

Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary man! Keep it up ^^!

Jacq said...

Congrats on 1 year of blogging! Loving your posts and the gorgeous photos :)

Adrian @ Food Rehab said...

Congrats yo. Man, if you just think how much you've actually eaten and spent thus far... It's quite scary! LOL

Anonymous said...

Congrats and happy blogiversary!!!

YaYa said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging, many bloggy returns!

Simon Leong said...

hi chocolatesuze, thanks heaps, i'm sure there's plenty more tasty eats to come :-)

hi shanks, thanks for your support :-)

hi betty, i've missed heaps too because i've been too busy at work but hopefully will get to more next year :-)

hi billy, thanks mate and here's to another year of eating my way through Sydney :-)

hi mr taste, thanks for the positive encouragement :-)

hi gemma, what did you think of Aria? hoping to blog it soon — i tried the signature chocolate dessert which was on Masterchef too. hope you got to other events and thanks for the support :-)

hi FFichiban, thanks for the support, i'll be keeping the blogging up and the food down hehe ;-)

hi jacq, thanks so much for reading my blog and your support :-)

hi adrian, it's definitely a scary thought isn't it especially when you print it all out and make a mobile out of it http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com/2008/12/simon-food-sculpture-25-nov-2008-to-1.html but wouldn't have it any other way :-)

hi ellie, thanks so much for your support :-)

hi yaya, thanks and looking forward to many more eating and blogging days to come :-)

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