30 May 2010

City Hotel Kent Street Living Room: Chocolatesuze 27th Food Blogger Birthday, Sydney (29 May 2010)

347 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Happy Birthday chocolatesuze!

Beware of cheerleaders wielding long sharp knives with a big smile.

With 73 confirmed RSVPs on the guest list for this birthday event it was set to be Sydney's biggest food bloggers meet up — and it certainly was, with 59 confirmed attending roll call. The dress theme was BACK TO SCHOOL and the tempting prize for best dressed was a 2.26kg giant gummy bear. I arrived fashionably late at 4.30 pm as all unruly school kids would and ended up miraculously able to fit into my final year school shirt which I'd kept as a personal memento since leaving. Matched with a striking afro and Christian Dior nerdy looking sunglasses complete with backpack I thankfully didn't miss out on any of the yummy food provided by Nuffnang which was just starting to be served as I arrived. It was great to meet up with some familiar faces of the food blogging community and to also finally meet other food bloggers which I follow and read. Time went quickly (too quickly) and I wished I could have stayed longer to chat with many more of the food bloggers but hopefully next time in future events.

Drinks were purchased from the bar and my choice tonight was a refreshing Japanese Asahi beer ($8). The Kent Street Living Room seem to be producing some very nice party food at the moment and stand outs for me tonight were the Chicken Satay, Grilled Prawn Skewers and Salt and Pepper Squid. The Mini Wagyu Burgers had potential although unfortunately didn't quite match teppanyaki's very impressive looking and tasting version at Launch Into Merivale. I'm not sure who made the chocolate cake but it was massive and very noice. Chocolatesuze looked very comfortable and a little scary at the same time with the very large birthday cake knife in hand. If you'd like a copy of your photo in this blog post please drop me an email and I'll email a copy back to you :-)

So I'm wondering who won best dressed in the end?

Other visits to Kent Street Living Room:
15 Sept 2010 - Red List Vintage Burlesque Showcase
29 May 2010 - Chocolatesuze 27th Birthday
19 Feb 2010 - Launch Party

Other blogger reviews of the Birthday:

PROS: Nice venue, decent canape party food, friendly people
CONS: Was too short on time to meet up with everyone
MUST TRY: Prawn Skewers, Chicken Satay, Salt and Pepper Squid

Me and the Birthday Girl aka Cheerleader Chocolatesuze

Food bloggers unite to celebrate

Asahi Beer $8

The Party Food
Potato wedges

Salt and pepper squid

Cheese and spinach triangles


Chicken satay


Mini Wagyu Beef Burgers

Grilled prawn skewers

Chocolatesuze birthday cake

Chocolatesuze cutting birthday cake

Food bloggers
Laura (StarLoz) and Me

Sara (Belly Rumbles), Yee (Brunch, Lunch & Munch), Desmond (YaYa's Yum Yums) and Me

Rose (LesbianHam) as the chalkboard

Cathy X (Aficionado) and Me

Sheryl (One Bite More) and Me

Anita (NoRedMeat) and Me

Richard aka FFichiban (Here Comes The Food) and Me

Phouc (Phuocndelicious) and Me

Steph (raspberri cupcakes), Betty (The Hungry Girl), Leona (Pigged-Out) and Me

Lisa (Spicy Icecream), Simon (The Heart of Food) and Me

Jade (Pass The Peas), Yasmin (About The Food) and Me

Maria (Aamukahvin ääressä), Betty (Sugarpuffi) and Me

Billy (A Table For Two) and Me

Denea (Gourmet Rabbit) and Me

Fouad (The Food Blog) and Me

The sponsor
Sarah and David (Nuffnang) — So can you pay for my next birthday party too? :-)

29 May 2010

Slip Inn: Free Singha Beer Full Moon Party, Sydney (27 May 2010)

111 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Slip in to free fun

The wet weather came but this didn't deter a thirsty lot of punters enjoying another fun-filled free event in the Slip Inn Garden Bar which included free Singha beers, Chandon Sparkling and Thai-style nibbles of spring rolls, chicken satay and fish cakes served by friendly service staff with Thai-style friendly smiles. The weather finally cleared and the DJ pumped out club style music to keep the crowd warm and an engaging performance by dancers from So You Think You Can Dance including Robbie was well received (video snapshot below). These events are usually fully advertised in advance on posters around the hotel and bar or if you subscribe to the online Merivale newsletter you'll keep in touch with future events. After the free drinks and yummy nibbles had finished it was back upstairs to the quieter main bar for another shared bottle of sparkling and your standard stomach top up bar food of shoestring fries ($7) and pototo wedges ($7).

Other free events at Slip Inn:
18 Nov 2010 -
Slip Inn to Summer
12 Nov 2010 - Slip Inn to Summer (promotion)
23 June 2010 - End of Financial Year Drinks (promotion)
10 June 2010 - Winter Wonderland
3 June 2010 - Winter Wonderland (promotion)
27 May 2010 - Singha Beer Full Moon Party
11 Feb 2010 - Anti Valentine's Day Party

PROS: Free drinks, food, entertainment, music and party atmosphere
CONS: Wet weather permitting for the garden bar, Can get crowded so need to be quick and savvy to get the food being passed around before it runs out, It's on a Thursday making Friday mornings extra hard
MUST TRY: Spring rolls, Learning new dance moves

Chandon Sparkling and Singha Beer — complimentary

Orchids — noice touch!

Friendly service with smiles all round

Spring rolls

Chicken satay

Fish cakes

Dancers from So You Think You Can Dance including Robbie

Bar and crowds

Free Airbrush Tattoos by Tat Me Up!

Busy kitchen getting the nibbles ready

Islander dancers

Shoestring fries with aoili $7 and Potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce $7

The Singha branding police are out

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