Ladies and gents, normal programming can resume now. I do apologise for the absence, I’ve just been a little distracted of late with that little wedding thing I had to organise.
A post on our big day is in the wings of course, (well, I am a foodblogger), but whilst I wait patiently for my wedding photos to land – there is some other exciting news to announce here! Sometime last year I, along with 4 other Sydney based writers, had the honour of working on Hide and Seek Sydney: Feeling Peckish, a neat little guide featuring 30 hidden eating establishments in Sydney that span 5 categories:
- Rise & Shine – breakfast & brunch spots
- Midday Munchies – for whenever your lunchtime calling comes
- Sweet treats & specialty eats – a selection of places that are amazing havens for food lovers
- Tea time – experiences to dine out on
- Hungry Owl – to satisfy late night munchies
But you’re still hung up on my sentence a paragraph ago. “Hidden establishments? Come on!” I hear you snort in derisiveness. I can almost see you rolling your eyes. Sounds like an off-the-cuff throwaway cliche description? Well, no, really, hidden establishments. Drawing on my very extensively short experience as a “paid” writer (as opposed to a blogger), this was a writing assignment that I found to be so much more demanding than others. From the initial pitching of venues to owning the end to end process from making contact with the venue, gauging their interest for inclusion to interviewing and writing the review and even collecting the images – it was a very involved, labour intensive process and a fascinating little glimpse into what it must take to pull together a guide.
Most food-loving Sydney-siders will pride themselves on knowing a hole-in-the-wall find or two and will probably be familiar with some of those featured in this book, but for me other featured places were very pleasantly surprising and enlightening finds indeed. One such venue was Cafe Bones in Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west. Cafe Bones is a dog-friendly cafe hidden in Hawthorn Canal Reserve. We’re not talking hungry Labrador sprawled across the footpath of a trendy beachside cafe with its lead tied to a table leg type of dog-friendly, but a crazy melee of dogs bounding about off leash or noisily slurping down Pupaccinos. Yup – doggie cappuccinos. I guess as a non dog owner, it’s not that surprising that I had no idea that Cafe Bones existed but I have to admit I was a little (unfairly) outraged that somehow in my travels around the inner west with people who’ve lived in the inner west all their lives, no one has ever mentioned this place to me. Adding salt to the wound, I kid you not, the Co-pilot and I had been inspecting properties a stone’s throw from Cafe Bones, but with an imposing wall of greenery between the reserve and housing, it remained hidden from my prying eyes and I just didn’t think to question why there was a inordinately high proportion of dog owners walking their pooches along those streets.
So to celebrate the launch, along with Explore Australia, I’m giving away 5 copies of Hide and Seek Sydney: Feeling Peckish, so that hopefully, you’ll find places you had no idea existed either. (The part where you feel outraged upon discovery is entirely optional).
And to be in the running to win one of the 5 books, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and pitch your hidden find whether it’s in Sydney or another Australian city. And, for the predictable boring bit:
- 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 Hide and Seek Sydney: Feeling Peckish guide
- Answers will be judged on creative merit (hint: good alone doesn’t cut it, if it’s the darling of bloggers everywhere or just reviewed by a major news mast publication, that rules it out too)
- Entries close midnight 31st of May 2012 and winners will be announced in the next post thereafter and notified by email.
Comment away and good luck to all entrants!
Hide and Seek Sydney: Feeling Peckish was released in March 2012 and will be available at all good bookstores (RRP $14.95). It is the latest addition to the Hide and Seek series.
Edit: Announcing the winners of the competition! Congratulations to Anna, Nic, Erin, Tam and Lee for their winning entries! All winners will be contacted by email shortly.