|Full rack of pork ribs with roast potato at Hurricane's Grill and Bar, Darling Harbour|
I won't be ordering a full rack again, unless at least one other pretty hungry person is sharing my main meal.
|Steak and ribs with chips at Hurricane's Grill and Bar, Darling Harbour|
It's not the best steak in town, but Hurricane's is certainly good fun when you collect bowls of bones, and the table ends up looking like a prehistoric feasting ground with sated cavemen reclining in chairs around the table.
|Kids table setting at a birthday party|
|Barbie birthday cake|
|Teddy bear birthday cake|
|Remnants of Ted - vanilla buttercake with chocolate frosting|
|Cupcake decorating toppings|
But with the recent turn towards all things food and cooking, it's no surprise that a cupcake-decorating station was a complete and utter hit with the kiddies and parents alike.
|Half roast chicken with salads from Madam Char Char, Crown Street, Surry Hills|
Free range Lilydale chickens are filled with a herb and spice stuffing, and roasted under a heady spice rub that bursts with cinnamon. The thigh is deliciously juicy while the breast is also tender and tasty.
From memory our selection of three salds includes exotic mixes like quinoa, roast eggplant, parsley, toasted nuts, mint and currents with a green tahini dressing; and pickled beetroot, chickpeas and pumpkin seeds with yoghurt dressing.
|Roasted vegies (potato, pumpkin, sweet potato) from Madam Char Char|
|Smoked bacon & maple syrup manhattan at Zeta Bar, Hilton Sydney|
Inspired by New York bar PDT's bacon-infused bourbon (via a fat washing method), Zeta's interpretation mixes smoky bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, cherry syrup, and sweet and dry vermouth. And best of all, it's garnished with a rasher of cooked bacon that I can nibble on while the bourbon eats my insides.
But it's not that bad. The cherry flavour does well in hiding the king-hit of the bourbon (and the maple syrup somewhat too), while excluding the garnish, there doesn't seem to be a strong bacon flavour. Nonetheless, it's certainly a drink to warm the senses; plus I know many people who would think that bacon improves just about everything.