Friday, 2 July 2010

christmas in july

If it's "beginning to feel a lot like Christmas", then you're probably from the northern hemisphere. With the 'retreat to the doona' weather upon us, in the coldest June/July Sydney's seen in 60 years - there's nothing like channeling your inner Santa and making the most of it.

Hi, Tea.   
The Loft
13 Lime St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9299 4770

The Loft have been championing their own version of high tea over the past year or so - theirs involves booze presented in tea pots. Considering how seriously The Loft take their cocktails, it's a sure bet that Christmas in July will turn up a few alcoholic gems. On the food front, expect fine finger sandwiches of turkey & cranberry, honey-roasted ham with mustard pickle, mince pies and white Christmas rum ball truffles.

Christmas Feast 
3 Weeds Rozelle
193-197 Evans Street 
Rozelle NSW 2039, Australia 
(02) 9818 2788

Cold climate Christmas is all about the feasting. Shiny glazed hams studded with aromatic cloves, roast turkey with stuffing and gravy, mulled wine and mince pies. It's a lot of work though, so hours slaving over ovens sounds like more than you can handle, leave it to head chef (and pub Porkstar) Leigh McDivitt. Including dishes like quail consommé with foie gras tortellini and slow cooked pork cheek with pork neck agnolotti with seared scallops and spiced pear purée, you'll chow down on six courses for $95 or $140 with matched wines.

When: Thursday July 22
Book: 9818 2788
More info here

The Mountain Heritage Hotel and Spa
Corner Apex and Lovel Street
Katoomba, NSW 2780

If one meal is not enough, The Blue Mountains is arguably the home of cool Yule. The Blue Mountains website has a host of events happening this July, but the pick of the bunch has to be The Mountain Heritage Hotel, where it all started. Expect feasting, open fires, carolling, candles...and cabaret. Yulefest may also be code for Cheesefest, but if you're a devotee of all things Christmas, then at least you don't need to wait until December to get your fix.
More info here

And finally, you really can't mention the world 'Yule' without talking about Geoff Yule Smith. Check him out...and fall in love.