Sydney Festival 2014

When: 9-26 January 2014

Website: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/

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The Sydney Festival has a lot of great events on in and around the city.

It is full of fantastic shows, theatre, dance, live music, art and much more, in locations such as Town Hall, Parramatta and Hyde Park.

One Thursday after work, a bunch of friends and I (including Kat-the-Cat and Kiwi Kompanion) decided to check it out.

We headed over to the festival village at Hyde Park around 6.00pm. At this time it was not too busy and we were able to walk straight in, without any queues. We heard later that there was a huge line to get in around 7.00-7.30pm, so we were happy we got there early!

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The festival village is full of great tents and stalls including Jafe’s Jaffles, Food Society, the ever popular Gelato Messina, Woofy’s Hot Dogs and Rekorderlig.

20140116_182616We enjoyed walking around and checking out what was on and the atmosphere in the festival was lively and happening, making it easy to relax and enjoy.

After stopping for a little while at the Food Society stall to check out the menu (the smells coming out of there were mouth watering), we decided to head over to Messina instead as the line for the Food Society was far too long.

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Some of the options available (all about $9.00 each) included the messinaweiner- gelato wrapped in a thin pancake, fried and topped with a berry sauce; and the Yeaahh dawg- a gelato hot dog with berry and mango sauce in a brioche bun.

I tried the messinaweiner and my friend tried the Yeaahh dawg.

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The messinaweiner was fabulous. The crunchy fried exterior was delicious and perfect with creamy gelato and a rich jammy sauce.

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The hot dog was a little disappointing as the ice cream melted easily and the bread was a little bland.  That said, it did look amazingly like a real hot dog!

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I also tried some of Kiwi Kompanion’s choc banana sundae, which was, well, a choc banana sundae!  Nothing too special here.

Kat-the-Cat tried the gelatoffee apples.

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She said it was interesting but a little hard to eat and tasted like a frozen, creamy apple. She did love the chocolatey exterior though and we all thought it looked pretty cool!

After checking out the Messina stall, we each grabbed a cool drink at Rekorderlig’s tent, where I was surprised to be asked for my ID (I will take that as a compliment!).

At $8.00 a glass or $20.00 a jug (much better value as you get less ice and more drink!), it isn’t cheap but it was definitely worth it on this hot summer day!

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I opted for a good old Strawberry-Lime cider, while the popular choice in the group was Passionfruit.

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All up, we had a very enjoyable evening and really liked the fun treats at Messina and the cool drinks at Rekorderlig.

If I get another chance to visit I would love to check out the amazing food at Food Society as well.

Definitely suggest checking out the Sydney Festival and at least the Festival Village while it is still open!

If you’ve been to the Sydney Festival, I’d love to hear what you saw and what you thought of it. Please post your comments below!

On Ramen @ Night Noodle Markets 2013, Hyde Park Sydney

Address: Hyde Park North, Sydney NSW

Website: http://sydney.goodfoodmonth.com/nightnoodlemarkets

Opening Hours:

October 9-12, 14-19, 21-26

Mon-Tue 5-9pm; Wed 5-10pm; Thur-Fri 5-11pm; Sat 4-10pm

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MC and I headed back to the Noodle Markets this week to check out another popular item on the menu, the Ramen Burger.

We got there around 5.45pm, and after grabbing a couple of delicious satay chicken skewers to snack on, we headed over to the Ramen Burger stall.

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Satay Chicken Skewers, $3.00

As you can see from the photo, the queue was quite long as it was a popular choice.

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Now there has been a bit of a buzz about the Ramen Burger recently since it was launched by David Yip from On Ramen in Haymarket.

The dish has been popular in Japan, since invented by a 35 year old New Yorker obsessed with Ramen.

Making the patty involves cooking noodle patties until al dente, then washing them under cold water, infusing them with a ramen sauce, freezing it in a container and then frying them hot until crisp to create a “bun”.

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The vegetables on the burger include onion, lettuce, tomato and corn, and the burger can be made with either tofu or beef.

It comes with a side salad which includes, interestingly, watermelon.

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Beef Ramen Burger, $12.50

Overall, the burger is delicious. I loved the mayo tasting light sauce, with the fresh and delicious watermelon. The patty is crisp and firm, without being crunchy and breakable, and the beef is of good quality, delicious and juicy.

I would highly recommend trying this innovative take on Ramen and definitely suggest getting it while it’s hot at the night noodle markets, open until the end of this coming week!

If you miss the markets, check out On Ramen in Haymarket:

Address:  4/181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket

Tel: (02) 9211 6663

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Night Noodle Markets 2013, Hyde Park Sydney

Address: Hyde Park North, Sydney NSW

Website: http://sydney.goodfoodmonth.com/nightnoodlemarkets

Opening Hours:

October 9-12, 14-19, 21-26

Mon-Tue 5-9pm; Wed 5-10pm; Thur-Fri 5-11pm; Sat 4-10pm

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Currently in its 15th year, the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park attracts about 200,000 people each year.

With over 40 delicious food stalls, which are mostly Asian, the Night Markets is a great way to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather with a drink and a quick and cheap meal with friends in beautiful Hyde Park.

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Rekorderlig Cider invited me down to the markets to enjoy a drink at their beer garden.

A short stroll from Darlinghurst, Chinatown, Circular Quay and the city centre, it didn’t take me long to walk up after work, and when I got there (around 5.45pm), the place was already starting to fill up.

I was impressed by Rekorderlig’s chilled out set up with a “May pole” covered in green vines and flowers, beautiful fairy lights, quirky white trees on the tables and funky tunes coming from the (very young looking) DJ. 

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Rekorderlig stall by day

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Rekorderlig stall at night

The signature red and white chairs, seen at previous Rekorderlig stalls, looked comfortable and inviting and provided a great spot from which to sit back and people watch.

We ordered some drinks from the bar in the tent near the beer garden.

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The staff were friendly despite the fact that they were probably dying from the heat that day as it was about 30 degrees in Sydney!

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I ordered the Mango Raspberry cider, one of my favourites!

As always, it was ice cold, perfect for the hot summer day. This flavour is one of my favourites so I really enjoyed the fresh, crisp taste.

In some interesting news, I learnt that one of the favourites, Strawberry Lime Cider is now on tap and will be heading out to bars across town soon!

I also got the scoop on some exciting new developments next week- stay tuned for more information!

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After checking out the Rekorderlig beer garden I met up with my lovely mum and we walked around the rest of the markets, looking at our options for dinner.

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The place was packed out and the background music, Chinese dragon shows and buzz of happy people chatting in the park made for an exciting and fun environment.

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The Night Noodle Markets are definitely a good place to take friends from overseas to, to showcase Sydney’s multiculturalism, or to enjoy a good meal after work from some of Sydney’s most popular Asian restaurants.

Some of the restaurants with stalls included East Ocean, Din Tai Fung, Jackie M Malaysian, Longrain and Zilver.

The Jackie M stall even has Ms M herself cooking at the front of the stall!

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After a bit of walking around, I decided on a delicious box of fried goodness from East Ocean ($12.00). It included pork ribs, salt and pepper octopus and delicious prawns.

The ribs were soft and delicious, easy to eat and tender with a tomato and BBQ styled sauce.

While I am not a big fan of octopus (I don’t like the tentacles). I didn’t mind this as the thicker parts at the top were easy to eat and the fact that it was fried meant I didn’t notice the suckers on the tentacles as much!  🙂

The prawns were well cooked through and were great with the hot chilli sauce.

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Mum decided to get a chicken curry with yellow rice from Chinta Ria, which she said reminded her of Sri Lankan biriyani.

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The chicken pieces were well-cooked and had absorbed the delicious spices from the curry. They were good pieces of chicken with plenty of meat on them.  The yellow rice was gently flavoured and had a slight sweetness from the sultanas.

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We both enjoyed our meals and had a great time out.

I will definitely be returning to try out some of the other foods available, perhaps even the Ramen Burger!

Product Review: Rekorderlig Orange & Ginger Cider

Product: Orange & Ginger Rekorderlig Cider

Available at: your local liquor store

For more information: http://www.rekorderlig.com/au/

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I am a bit of a Rekorderlig fan and was given the opportunity to review the new Orange & Ginger flavour when I was sent a couple of bottles to try.

Rekorderlig’s range of ciders have become increasingly popular among those looking for a more light and flavoursome alternative to beer and wine. I am not much of a beer or wine drinker unless it is a sweet wine such as Rose, Moscato or Verdi. Otherwise I drink mixed drinks such as Beer Chandy or Mimosas, or Vodka Lemon Lime Bitters etc. I really like drinks which taste nice as I don’t drink just for the sake of it, and this is why I enjoy Rekorderlig.

Source: http://www.beersofeurope.co.uk 

Orange & Ginger

When I heard that Rekorderlig had released a new Orange & Ginger flavour cider I was a little sceptical. Their other flavours have been so good (they have Apple, Pear, Wild Berries, Strawberry Lime, etc).

I reviewed the drink with my mum, dad and MC for more opinions on the drink.

The colour of the drink is a pleasant peach which is a little different to the brighter pinks of the other flavours.

The drink itself is quite ginger-y, and in fact tastes a little like ginger beer.. It doesn’t taste of orange at all. I found myself comparing it to those orange and lime mineral waters and diet drinks available in supermarkets.

MC wasn’t much of a fan (he said it was his least favourite Rekorderlig flavour) but my mum and dad really enjoyed it. My mum said it would appeal to ginger beer lovers, such as my dad.

Summary

In conclusion, while all Rekorderlig drinks are light and refreshing for summer, the Orange & Ginger flavour isn’t for everyone.

If you are a ginger beer fan I would definitely recommend trying it. If not, then the only way to find out if you will like this drink is to go out and try it!

Rating

I rated this drink 4.5/10.