Friday, 29 April 2011

mothers day sorted

Just in case you had forgotten, with all this Royal Wedding pillava, it's Mother's Day next week. And yes, while it's true that you shouldn't have to wait for one day a year to show your mum that you care, it's kind of fun to spoil the old lady from time to time.

High Tea at The Gunner's Barracks

Nothing says 'posh' quite like tiered cake stands, finger sandwiches, tiny cakes, tea and Champagne,  frankly. Get frocked up or suited and booted and take mum to high tea with a view at Mosman's Gunner's Barracks. Served on 'the good china' (that is, Royal Albert), the view from the barracks is pretty extraordinary, even for a jaded Sydneysider.

Featuring homemade scones, jam and clotted cream, in addition to the aforementioned terribly cute sandwiches and cakes,  prices start at $40 per person. Bookings essential.

The Gunner's Barracks
End Of Suakin Drv
Mosman NSW 2088
(02) 8962 5900

Cloudy Bay Fish Co.

They didn't have food courts like this, when I was growing up. If you're taking mum shopping for Mothers Day and you happen to be in the city, make time to stop, refuel and recharge at the very chic Cloudy Bay Fish Co. in Westfield's growing CBD fashion slash food mecca. Tucked away in the corner, grab a seat at the bar (where it's licensed) and sip on a glass of chilled rose while you tuck into a seared sashimi of marlin, with white mustard, a few oysters and a clam chowder. The produce is sourced mainly from the pristine waters of Marborough Sounds in New Zealand, although there is some cracker local produce to be found too.

Paddock to Plate tour - The Essential Ingredient

Who says you have to leave the city to get a bit of paddock to plate experience? The Essential Ingredient are running a cooking class and tour on Saturday the 7th of May, featuring a special guided tour of Pyrmont Growers Market, meeting local producers and farmers. There are tastings along the way, and then you get to take what you know (and buy), back to The Essential Ingredient's HQ in Rozelle to cook it. Chef de jour is Robert Hodgson, head chef at La Grande Bouffe, just across the road - so you know what you learn to cook will be tasty.

Bookings essential. Find out more here.