Win one of five Eating and Drinking Sydney 2012 guides!

by Forager on August 23, 2011

This is a momentous occasion as I have been published! Well, strictly speaking I’ve been “published” a few times in science academia before, so it isn’t a first time I’ve squeezed my name amongst others into print media. Nor is it the result of months of angst-ridden, neuron murdering, tear soaked soul searching self reflection – that dubious honour goes to one leather bound self published thesis, the result of one painful Honours year. Incidentally, I believe it was what they call in the industry, “a publication dud” as it has not been touched since its publication in oh, the early 2000’s.

But this, this, dear readers, is my most satisfying publication achievement to date. I was asked to contribute to the first edition of the Eating and Drinking Sydney Guide and it involved me visiting, eating, and reviewing restaurants, eateries, bars and pubs. And I was paid to do what I love. Happiness and satisfaction defined.

Eating Drinking Guide Sydney 2012

The Eating and Drinking Guide to Sydney features over 700 establishments across Sydney covering establishments in three broad categories:

  • Restaurants, edited by Elizabeth Merryman
  • Cheap and Cheerfuls, edited by Helen Yee, fellow food blogger from Grab Your Fork and
  • Bars and Pubs, edited by Anna Fedeles, fellow food blogger from Morsels and Musings

And because they deserve the plaudits for their stellar efforts in compiling, reviewing and editing their respective sections, here are their bios:

Elizabeth Meryment (Editor – Restaurants)

Elizabeth Meryment is Sydney’s only food critic in stilettos. Her irreverent restaurant reviews appear each week in The Sunday Telegraph and she occasionally ‘gets serious’ by writing old-fashioned, long-form journalism for the brainy likes of The Weekend Australian. In her spare time, she co-authors the much-loved Foodies’ Guide to Sydney and does yoga to ward off the evils of over-eating.

Helen Yee (Editor – Cheap and Cheerfuls)

Helen Yee is a freelance food writer who counts fried chicken as an essential food group. She writes a monthly suburban eats column for Time Out Sydney and is a contributor to the Foodies’ Guide to Sydney. Follow Helen’s eats on her popular Grab Your Fork blog.

Anna Fedeles (EditorBars)

Genetically cursed with a low tolerance to alcohol, this thirsty food writer overcame her disability and evolved into a bar-hopping butterfly with a penchant for Prohibition-era cocktails. Rather partial to cooking too, Anna has been blogging at Morsels & Musings since 2006.

As one of more than 40 contributors to the guide, my own task was not nearly as demanding as that of the editors and I was fortunate enough to cover a wide variety of establishments across the three categories, some were familiar haunts, others represented welcome little adventures into neighbourhoods previously unknown to me. As all reviews were a mere 100-odd words, they also came with a valuable inbuilt lesson in brevity – not my forte – but a necessary skill I am more than happy to nurture.

The book goes on sale on the 1st of September but thanks to the publishers, Hardie Grant, I have five copies of the new guide to give away to readers of The Gourmet Forager!

Eating and Drinking Syd Comp, Gourmet Forager

Win one of 5 Eating and Drinking Sydney Guides!

How do you get your hot little hands on one of these you ask? Well, to be in the running to win one of the 5 books, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post with your recommendation on an establishment you’d hope to see in this guide whether it be a restaurant, a cheap and cheerful eatery or a bar or pub.

Why, but of course there is fine print:

  • For entry into the competition – please include the name of the establishment and a short sentence explaining why it deserves your nomination (though preferred, recommendations are not strictly restricted to Sydney establishments – you’re welcome to recommend any Australian establishment)
  • Entries must include a valid email address to enable contact for prize and posting details (entry into the email field of the comment box is suffice)
  • Readers are permitted multiple entries as long as as entries are different but entry is only open to Australian residents (to save me from posting the books overseas) and each reader is only eligible to win one copy of the Eating and Drinking Sydney guide (c’mon share the love!)
  • Answers will be judged on creative merit
  • Entries close 30th September 2011 and winners will be announced in the next post thereafter and notified by email

Simple eh? Comment away and good luck to all entrants!


Eating and Drinking Sydney 2012 will go on sale on September 1, 2011 and will be available at all good bookstores (RRP $29.95) and for more information, you can visit the official Facebook page for updates and information.

Edit: The competition has closed and the winners chosen! Congratulations to Shaz, Erina, Vivian, Gaby and Emmanuel! I will be in touch shortly to send out your prizes!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 April@MyFoodTrail August 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

I’m not going to enter the competition, but I just wanted to say congratulations!! It is truly rewarding to see your hard work actually in a book and to have so much fun doing it :)
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2 Reemski August 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

Well done and congrats Trina!
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3 Sara (Belly Rumbles) August 24, 2011 at 11:40 am

Congratulations Trina, fantastic!
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4 Adrian (Food Rehab) August 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Congrats Trina! You’re an awesome writer, well deserved. :) Can’t wait to read it
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5 nic@diningwithastud August 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Congratulations :) such an honour!!
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6 shaz August 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Congrats Trina! Sounds like a fabulous guide. Might as well enter eh, never know if I get lucky? My reccomendation is Ju-Rin in Crow’s Nest for lunch. They do a great lunch-box bento that covers all the bases and then some.

7 Rosie August 25, 2011 at 6:21 am

Yoo Hoo! Well done, well done well done!!

8 Tina@foodboozeshoes August 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

Aww, congrats Trina!

I hope to find little hole-in-the-wall places in the book, especially ones in the Sydney CBD for cheap lunches etc.

9 erina August 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

Cannot wait to read the guide. Will come in especially handy when we move to a new area next month. My recommendation would definately be our local and little known gem “Classic China” on Manly Beach. They make the BEST hand-made northern style chinese food. Highlights would be the hand-made dumplings and noodles, and Shandong chicken, such quality at decent prices, and its situated above street level with sweeping views of the beach. We love it and def worth a visit!

10 Arwen from Hoglet K August 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Well done Trina! It sounds like a really fun excuse to try out some new restaurants and revisit your favourites.
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11 Vivienne August 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm

congrats girl on being published! i can imagine how satisfying this must be compared to your honours thesis 😛 (i’ve been there and 4 years later i dont even recall the title of it!)

hmm recommendations…i just went to cafe guilia in chippendale recently and loved the coffee and the gazillion breakfast options they have on the blackboard! def the best way to start a weekend 😀
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12 Vivian - vxdollface August 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I hope that Eau de vie shows up in the book! They have fabulous cocktail concoctions and hip jazzy music :) The bartenders are a whole lot of fun too and know how to start & finish the night on a good note! I love how it’s so hard to find since you need to walk through the ‘restroom’ door which makes it super confusing for first timer visits!

13 Vivian - vxdollface August 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I just realised you said short sentence.. um so I’ll condense it and say that Eau de vie is the perfect place for a night on the town!

14 mademoiselle délicieuse August 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Just wanted to say congrats – how great is it to actually enjoy what you do and feel validated for doing it! =)
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15 chopinandmysaucepan August 30, 2011 at 12:03 am

Congratulations, look forward to reading it and finding more hidden treasures around Sydney.
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16 Richard Elliot August 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Congratulations on being published! It will be an awesome feeling to see the book in shops, on friends book cases and have a warm glow inside.

I’d love to see Cafe Mint in Surry Hills in the book. Beautiful Moroccan food, lovely owners and one of the few places that has inspired me to try re-creating some of their dishes at home.

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17 Gaby August 31, 2011 at 9:07 am

Congrats, well done! When I want something bueno, bonito y barato (good, nice and cheap), option # 1 is Thai La Ong 2 on King St, Newtown. Lunch specials are $6.50 7 days a week, the curries and Pad Thai are particulary good, servings are huge and service is speed-light fast.
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18 Gaby August 31, 2011 at 9:09 am

… and option #2 is Dean’s Diner, also on King St (South side), they have cheap great-tasting old-style burgers and awesome hot chips (huge servings), plus they work til late so you can order your takeaway meal and head to the Sando next door for drinks.
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19 Emmanuel Yi August 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm


There is a (yet another) new Thai restaurant open on Campbell Street, Haymarket called Yok Yor Thai Food Factory. They open very late and is a great place for dinner, late supper or dessert after a show. The gimmick with this place is that all the staff (waitresses AND the chefs!) wears bright yellow hard hats and overalls to resemble construction workers.. quite charming really.

20 Nurm September 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

Congrats on getting published.

I’d love to see Mamak featured there for its beautifully flaky roti that is to die for. Good Nonya food is seriously foodgasm at its best.

21 spiceandmore September 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

Ooh a new food guide….can’t wait!
I’d like to see Din Tai Fung (World Square in the city) feature in the book for their fantastic dumplings. Not quite as sensational as the ones we had in their original restaurant in Taipei but mighty, mighty fine for Sydney.
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22 Forager November 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Hey April, Reemski, Sara, Adrian, Nic, Shaz, Rosie, Tina, Erina, Arwen, Vivienne, Vivian, Mademoiselle Delicieuse, chopinandmysaucepan, Richard, Gaby, Emmanuel, Nurm and spiceandmore – Thank you all for the kind words and for those that entered the competition.

The winners were announced on the Abalone foraging post at the beginning of October and congratulations again to: Shaz, Erina, Vivian, Gaby and Emmanuel! Enjoy your guides!

23 budget workwear April 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Hello :-) Just wanted to say thanks for writing a great article. It really helped me out. I’ve bookmarked you too so no doubt I’ll be back again soon. All the best.

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