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.
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 (Editor – Bars)
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!
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!by