A beach wedding, a meat fest and a Greek feast


I believe the ideal factor about life is how weird it can be. You by no means know what the new day will bring. This previous week is the excellent instance of that.

This Weekly Edition is fairly the medley. From the romance and elegance of a beachfront wedding to the homely opulence of a new Greek restaurant to the grunt, smoke and beats of Meatstock – the ultimate barbecue and music festival in Sydney, we run the gamut.

What a fantastic begin to the month of May well!

We hope you delight in this Weekly Edition. Jim &amp Christina x

These days is one particular of these specific days that will be tough to neglect. Our pals ‘D’ and ‘O’ are finding married. We’ve decided to make the most of the day and travel by ferry as far as we can to get to the venue at Balmoral Beach.

Christina’s fairly pleased with her hair right now – hold an eye open for this shot on her alter ego site Hair Romance!

Sydney’s seriously turned the day on for our pals and their wedding day. We’re pleased for them, but also a bit jealous. It pelted down so tough on our wedding day, the rain got by way of the balcony canopy of the venue and shorted out our celebrant’s microphone!

The Baths on Balmoral Beach make for a gorgeous photo for our friends’ wedding. We want them all the luck and appreciate in the planet.

We’re also excited to be right here for their wedding due to the fact the food’s fantastic! The Public Dining Space does outstanding seafood – exhibit A: these grilled scallops!

The vibrant sophistication and elegance of the meals right here reflects completely the ambience of this stunning venue. And with its place ideal on the beach, you cannot seriously ask for far more if you are soon after a Sydney wedding place.

The Public Dining Space also tends to make for a superb romantic dinner spot, so hold this one particular in thoughts for your subsequent anniversary, dinner date or major birthday.

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon

In utter contrast to the delicate finesse of the wedding, right now Christina and I are at Sydney’s Olympic Park to verify out the carnivorous spectacle that is Meatstock!

This meat mecca draws crowds of thousands every single year to each the Sydney and the Melbourne two-day events. This year, after once more, has sold out. In truth Sydney’s tickets all went more than a week ago.

Almost everything meat-associated is right here. Barbecue competitions, cooking and butchery demos, meals trucks and stalls, low-and-slow meat smokers, spice shops and gear stands are all right here. There’s even a vintage auto show in the key hanger.

To go with all this meals and entertaining, the music stage is pumping out reside rock, nation and blues music from some major names in the sector also.

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon

But most significant and ideal of all is the Buffalo Trace Spit Pit and bar.

Buffalo Trace is my favourite bourbon – and not just mine. It is the world’s most awarded distillery, and this bar is turning out some classic cocktails to delight in with your slow-cooked ribs. You can obtain Buffalo Trace bourbon from Dan Murphy’s and BWS across the land for $59.99RRP by the way.

Anyway, even though they’re delivering the bourbon, Buffalo Trace have brought with each other a barbecue pit dream group to build the most significant spectacle of the complete festival:

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Creating up one particular half of the complete, Gold Coast-primarily based award-winning barbecue nuts The Flamin’ Mongrels have come up with the concept of spit-roasting an whole buffalo!

Powered by a 2002 Holden Commodore Ute, this mechanical marvel gradually rotates this huge animal at just the ideal speed and temperature.

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon - Big Moe Cason

The other half of the group is this man. Barbecue legend, man mountain and Kentucky regional (just like the bourbon), Major Moe Cason is functioning tough to turn this monster into a meal.

You may well recognise him from such Television shows as BBQ Pitmasters and BBQ Pit Wars, exactly where he’s won substantial acclaim. He’s also sharing his secret bourbon meat basting recipe with us, so watch this space for that.

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon

As the meat cooks, Major Moe, checks the ‘bark’ that types – that scrumptious crust that low and slow barbecue meat has – and begins to hack off chunks for the crowd.

Though he’s carrying out this, Major Moe has fortunately place down his customary cigar (I think he’s a fan of Romeo Y Julietta No.two!) and is functioning closely with the Flamin’ Mongrels to carve up a storm with one particular of the most significant knives I’ve observed.

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon - Big Moe Cason

In among cigar smokes and machete strokes, Major Moe is functioning the crowd, producing his baste and speaking to folk at the Buffalo Trace bar.

I appreciate finding backstage, but when it is areas like this, it is even greater. It reminds me of the time we went backstage at Cirque de Soleil a even though ago – in truth we went about back stage x3 with dinner with the performers and a peep into the kitchens there also.

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon

The other factor I appreciate about getting back of property is there’s normally a spot exactly where you can get away from every person for a second. This is a sell-out crowd at Meatstock, so the masses of men and women everywhere is awesome.

Interestingly sufficient even though, there are nevertheless a lot of areas to locate a seat and the queues, though extended, look to move seriously rapidly. I believe that is to the credit of each the occasion organisers and the men and women staffing the stalls.

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon

As we discover the rest of Meatstock, we take in the sights – and there are a lot of. Let’s begin with ‘Jolene’ – a four.five tonne, five.3m extended offset barbecue smoker from Broke, NSW.

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon

And then there’s my spiritual house: Burger Alley! There are so a lot of burgers on provide down this side street of the festival, I’m practically regretting consuming so significantly buffalo!

Meatstock Sydney - Buffalo Trace Bourbon

And then there’s the Wars Stage, exactly where we get to see a lot of the competitions taking location. Almost everything from International Sausage Linking Wars and Pork Ribs 101 to International Butcher Wars and Beard &amp Mo Wars – as you can see, it draws a crowd.

We’ll surely be searching out for ticket dates for subsequent year’s Meatstock.

And do not neglect to verify out our post coming quickly on Major Moe’s Buffalo Trace bourbon meat baste recipe… and we may well have a cocktail to show you also.

Greek Door restaurant, Balmain East

Taking the pace down a notch, tonight, Christina and I are meeting up with our mate Steph for dinner at a newly opened restaurant in Balmain East.

Greek Door has only been open because the begin of May well ’19, but is currently a regional institution.

The vibe right here is welcoming, genuine and friendly, the meals is fantastic and the service is sincere but pleased. Greek Door fits this neighbourhood completely.

Greek Door restaurant, Balmain East

We get items began with some homemade pita bread (hot, tender and scrumptious), warm marinated olives and a bowl of the tastiest taramosalata I’ve ever had. Christina’s sister Mary has just found this dip – I cannot wait to bring her right here.

Greek Door restaurant, Balmain East

We also delve into the closest the restaurant has to spanakopita – their ‘wild weed pie’. It is a superb mix of wilted leafy greens, feta and shortcrust pastry. We didn’t know what to anticipate with this one particular, but placing our trust in the beautiful employees right here has paid off.

Greek Door restaurant, Balmain East

For sides, we go for a fresh but satisfying salad of ancient grains, pomegranate, cauliflower and mixed herbs, which has so significantly flavour and texture. We also order in a portion of Greek chips, which come with the fluffiest feta cheese and a sprinkle of herbs.

The chips are great, but I would have loved it if they’d been far more like a lamb fat roasted chat potato.

Greek Door restaurant, Balmain East

The king of the evening is the eggplant dish even though. Like Greek Door’s version of spanakopita, this is the closest you will come to a moussaka – and this is surely greater.

It is named papoutsakia and is a even though eggplant cooked till it is wealthy and tender, then split open and filled with sumptuous slow-cooked and pulled lamb and a béchamel sauce. Then the complete thing’s covered in cheese and grilled.

It is a perform of art and one thing I’m surely ordering once more the subsequent time we’re right here. Since we are coming back.

Greek Door restaurant, Balmain East

Dessert comes and after once more we’re thankful we’ve place ourselves at the mercy of the employees suggestions. This is bougatsa – phyllo pastry parcels of semolina custard that remind me extremely significantly of the sfogliatelle you can locate in Naples. They’re exquisite and crumbly, and the berry sorbet is a great match for the dish.

Greek Door restaurant, Balmain East

For one thing entirely distinctive and far far more aromatic, these sticky apricots stuffed with cardamon cream on a bed of light granola and sprinkled with crushed pistachios hits the spot. The sorbet for this also has a cardamon flavour to it, but far from overdoing the flavour, it brings it with each other.

This is an uncommon dish and one particular I possibly wouldn’t order if the beautiful ladies taking our order hadn’t reassured us. When once more, I’m glad we listened.

Greek Door restaurant, Balmain East

Greek Door is an immediate favourite with us and we’re searching forward to our subsequent meal there. Owner/head chef Matina Spetsiotis has come a extended way to this point, from teaching Greek at TAFE to functioning kitchens all more than Sydney, this is her initially restaurant enterprise.

It is not generally you see men and women get a restaurant ideal initially time, but I believe Matina may well be onto one thing right here.

We hope you have enjoyed this Weekly Edition.

Cheers – Jim &amp Christina xx

We attended Meatstock as guests of Buffalo Trace.


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