Saturday, November 4, 2017

Eating My Way Around Sydney, Australia

I'll never know what I did right in this lifetime to have been so lucky to fly off to Australia, even if it was for work! My visa application was approved in a breeze, and days flew too quickly, that I almost didn't have enough time to pack and prepare. You know how women bring truckloads of luggage for an overnight trip? Imagine my dilemma of trying to squeeze the world everything into my luggage for a 2-week trip. Regardless of my packing problems, I was supremely looking forward to getting lost, pigging out and falling in love with a whole new experience that is Australia.

I stayed at Novotel Brighton Sydney, which was just by the beach and within walking distance from my office. During my first few days, I wasn't that familiar which restaurants or cafes opened early, so I defaulted to the safest option, the hotel's breakfast buffet. The price is indeed on the steep side, 35.00AUD per person. Good thing that the hotel staff generously informed me that I could always buy discounted vouchers for 25.00AUD, which was great!

I'm a creature of habit, so this spread was almost always my go-to breakfast pick. I start off with some toasted multi-grain bread with butter and jam, mixed cereals with full milk. I liked my eggs either scrambled or in omelette form, with a side of sauteed mushrooms, protein, and hash browns. I always try to load up on kiwi or other local fruits for dessert, since those babies are hella expensive back home. 

I fell in love with Blüm Bar. It's this quaint and lovely cafe that opens fairly early, and is just literally about 5 minutes away from my hotel and office. I found myself skipping the hotel breakfast buffet and braving the cold morning to eat breakfast here. Some of my favorites include their full strength, skip the meat, and their sinful hot chocolate. I guess what made me come back regularly aside from the food was the staff hospitality and customer service. They were really friendly and you couldn't help but feel at home.

They literally were so nice, that they even offered me to borrow an umbrella one day when it was lightly drizzling outside. That's Australian hospitality for you.

The Asian in me couldn't pass up the chance to dine in the neighborhood's Japanese restaurant, which was situated right across my office building. They make legit and comforting ramen bowls, I'd also recommend you to try their sushi and sashimi offerings served on a conveyor belt! I only decided to try it on my last night, and regretted doing it only by then, because their grilled scallop sushi is freaking delicious!!! Yes, it definitely deserves 3 exclamation points. It was sweet, melt in your mouth goodness, and simply heaven on earth. The staff are also very prompt, professional and courteous, too.

Aside from my usual go-to places, I was able to try new eats when I went touring during the weekends around Darling Harbour and inside Sydney Opera House. Not included in the pictures was the beef ribs I ate from Pancake on the Rocks, which 10/10 would recommend. It was fall off the bone fantastic. It doesn't even hold a candle to the ribs I had at Hurricane a few nights after.

2 weeks and a few pounds later, I have immensely fallen in love with this city. I wish I could have stayed longer, but there will be a next time! Until then, see you on my next pig out session!

Your pig out buddy,

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