Here's some of the high points of the year in food, booze and events, including highlights from contributors Hendy, Janice and Kath & Mark.
|House charcuterie at Nomad, Foster Street, Surry Hills|
|Mac and cheese at Miss Peaches Soul Food Kitchen, Missenden Road, Newtown|
|Insalata Caprese at Cipro - pizza al taglio, Fountain Street, Alexandria|
|Mussels.... at Three Blue Ducks, Macpherson Street, Bronte|
|Club Limbo at Pinbone, Jersey Road, Woollahra|
|Anchovies and fish pate at Bodega, Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills|
Argentinian tapas produces the likes of a creamy fish pate served alongside pickled anchovies, loud music and unmissable rockabilly style.
|Fried chicken with chilli powder at Hot Star Large Fried Chicken, Liverpool Street, Sydney|
|from the 'A Taste of The Dairy' at Intercontinental Sydney, Phillip Street, Sydney|
|Carbonara from Roscioli Deli and Restaurant, Rome, Italy|
|Grilled octopus and white beans at Alpha, Castlereagh Street, Sydney|
Kath: Alpha was a highlight for bringing a modern twist to traditional Greek food. The highlight of the menu for me was the melt-in-the-mouth pickled octopus with cucumber and sun-dried olives.
|Bacon aioli and bread at Bishop Sessa, Crown Street, Surry Hills|
They had me from the bread course which was served with a smokey bacon fat aioli that was probably a nutritionists' nightmare but dreamy on all other counts.
|Pork cutlet bun at Chefs Gallery Wynyard, Metcentre, Margaret Street, Sydney|
|Long lunch for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival at Red Spice Road, Melbourne|
|Strawberry caipirinha from Flavours of Brazil dinner at Bridge Street Garage, Bridge Street, Sydney|
|Atura Blacktown, Cricketer's Arms Road, Blacktown|
|Chauffeur pick-up for Tanqueray Bar Hop for Good Food Month 2014, Sydney|
|Table of 10 dinner at OzHarvest HQ, Maddox Street, Alexandria|
|Carrots with organic yoghurt, black olive crumb from Sustainable Table dinner, Studio Neon, Raglan Street, Waterloo|
|Dîner en Blanc Sydney 2014, McKay Field, Centennial Park|
As the year comes to an end, I'd like to send a huge thanks to my team of contributors - Hendy, Janice, Kath & Mark - for their inspired food-eating and photographing efforts this year. It's been loads of fun, sharing the passion for food and booze (perhaps less so the shoes?).
Thanks also to all the readers and followers over the past year, and the five years before it. It's been a year of change, some stress and new responsibilities - and always plenty of food, booze and shoes - thanks for joining me and the team along the way. See you around in 2015!