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It's been a week of media frenzy with die hard fans lining up around the block to get a first touch, and look at the iPad. It does seem curious how something as sensory as food has found such popularity in technology. We can look but not touch; we can listen, but not taste.
Regardless, it seems food and screens of all sizes are best mates in Sydney this week.
iPad - Order up big
So you didn't queue for 30 hours to get a first look in at the iPad? Well, if you want to try before you buy, here's a tasty way to do it. At North Sydney's Mundo Global Tapas restaurant, you can order your meal on Apple's latest phenomenon. 'Mundo' in Spanish means 'the world' and that's exactly what you'll expect to find on this menu. From Peking duck pancakes, truffled mac'n'cheese and Mexican-style empanadas, the menu starts at $6, so you don't need to shell out the big bucks to take the iPad for a spin.
Mundo Global Tapas Restaurant, 54 McLaren Street Sydney NSW 2060 - (02) 9965 5123
Television - Iron Chef
On a slightly larger screen (and a slightly larger budget), this weekend fans of the Japanese version of Iron Chef can get up close and personal with Iron Chef French, Hiroyuki Sakai and Iron Chef Chinese, Kenichi Chen while they battle it out at the Hilton, Sydney this weekend. For $385, Iron Chefs have collaborated with local Japanese chefs including Hideki Okazak from Darlinghurst's Rise restaurant to bring diners a six course degustation. A snip, really. If you don't have the cash, I'm sure they'll be hanging around the Hilton, so perhaps hanging out at Zeta bar might bag you a glimpse.
Hilton Hotel Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 - (02) 9266 2000
Film - Food Inc.
If you want to know more about the food you buy at the supermarket, prepare to be confronted. Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the writers of The Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation, which were adapted to film by Food Inc's Richard Linklater. The film takes you from farm to factory (and are they the same thing?), to supermarket floor - it's a comprehensive look at both sides of the fence when it comes to the business of feeding nations. Eye opening.
Showing at Palace Verona, Dendy Newtown, Cremorne Orpheum