Sydney : Rose Seidler House

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The name Harry Seidler brings up a bit of controversy in Sydney. He was born in Austria in the 1920s and moved to England, Canada, the USA and finally Australia where he spent the majority of his life. He has made a pretty massive contribution to the face of Sydney and designed some impressive and innovative buildings, including my favourite; the Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga 23km outside of the Sydney CBD.

Harry Seidler designed the Rose Seidler House for his mother. When she died it was turned into a living musuem, as part of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales along with some pretty impressive and historically important buildings such as Vacluse House and Elizabeth Farm.

Rose seidler house sign

The building is amazing, it’s practically untouched since her death in 1991 and full of original furniture. The kitchen still has original appliances the building itself is still visually striking and original, sixty years on.

As the Historic Houses Trust website states “Bored with the monotony of suburbia? So was Harry Seidler when he arrived from America in 1948.”

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Sydney : Newtown graffiti

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Newtown is probably our favourite Sydney suburb, it’s got a great vibe and it’s almost a bit Londony. I know I made that word up, but it’s as close as Sydney gets to having that kind of London vibe, it’s full of students and a bit alternative. It’s pretty trendy; lots of coffee shops, bars, beards and most pertinent to this post – Graffiti.

Sydney has an excellent graffiti scene, there’s so many areas where people can paint, and the inner west is flooded with great art; Newtown is no different.

I know graffiti is a controversial subject, and people are never go to agree on whether or not it’s art, or vandalism or whether it should be legalised but it’s here to stay and pretty well represented in Sydney.

 

 

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Australia street food : Meat Pie

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I took the opportunity, at the beginning of our foreign jollys to create this space as a place to write about the food of the world and a few assorted travel tales. That was the idea.

We had a lovely time all through India and South East Asia, eating almost anything we laid our eyes upon; taking photos of it and trying to articulate it in blog form. Then we arrived in Australia and as anybody who reads this with even slight regularity (hi mum) will know, we haven’t been writing about anywhere near enough food, because Australia isn’t really about ‘Streetfood’.

We could write about places we eat, but we normally find out where to eat from established, and excellent Sydney food blogs – usually just the guys at streetfood – So we’ve mostly just resorted to documenting our travels with photographic joie de vivre.

This must and will change, and we will soon ( not that soon) embark on new travels to distant lands where strange and unusual foods are cooked on street corners by cheery looking ladies, who only ask us for a dollar for morsels of explosive flavour and joy.

What is more Australian than a meat pie?

mmmmm…. pie.

Meat pie is an iconic dish of Australia, NSW premier John Carr described it, in 2003 as the “national dish” and Holden produced an amazing advert in the 1970’s which claims Australian people like “football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars”. You have to see it to believe it.

Harrys Cafe de Wheels is, seemingly a bit of a Sydney institution. It’s been around since 1945, and has now franchised out all over the city with several other stores. Wooloomooloo is the original, although not on wheels anymore.

The original pie, a ”Tiger” named after Harry, the owner is served with a mound of rich creamy mash, mushy peas and gravy.

Over the years Harry’s has served plenty of the rich and famous, and many of their pictures are displayed on the outside of the caravan including Anthony Bourdain, Frank Sinatra, Richard Branston, and Harland ‘colonel’ Sanders of KFC fame. Crazy.

This is, I’m ashamed to say our first visit to Harry’s and I’m pleased to announce we shall be making the pilgrimage again. Also, from the tight travellers point of view it’s about as cheap as you’re likely to find in Sydney – $6.20 for a feast.

 

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Instagram, our week in pictures 1st – 7th June.

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It’s June!? I can’t believe it… Summer is (possibly) in full swing in Europe, and winter is starting to kick in here.

This week was mostly filled with more eating, and another visit to Vivid Sydney.

On her day off, whilst I was busy earning a crust Jessica took herself off to Taronga Zoo with her friend, Lee. I have already been on two previous occasions so was pretty glad for someone else to tag along. I think the giraffes here have a better view than most people in Sydney.

We also took (another) visit to possibly our favourite place in the whole city, Gelato Messina.

They take gelato making to another level and get a bit crazy with the flavour combos. This week we tested the apple pie flavour, apple flavour ice cream, with real apple pie pastry, caramelised apple chunks and cinnamon. So nice. They also have an ice cream cake shop and sell a ‘Royale With Cheese’, miniature burger made from ice cream and other sweet creations. Step aside Heston.

We also managed to find somewhere that sells decent Vietnamese pho. Winning week.

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Instagram, our week in pictures 25th – 31st May.

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another week has disappeared and we are fortunate enough to say the Sydney rains haven’t joined us, yet.

Weve mostly been trying to get a chance to check out the Vivid Sydney events. During the cooler off season Sydney puts on a great sensory spectacle of lights, music and installation art – It was pretty good; even with a million people camped out with their tripods taking picture after picture of the Opera House.

 

 

Sydney had been in the grips of fog from the start of the week, and I took this picture of the Westfield tower from our break room at work, i’m pretty lucky to have a view over Hyde Park at the best of times, but with the fog it was awesome.

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The fog

And just some general, everyday pictures of us doing hipstery things such as taking pictures of our food at a ‘Vietnamese tuckshop’ and checking out some art & galleries in Sydney.

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Instagram, our week in pictures 18-24th May.

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This morning, whilst I was taking the dog for a spin I took some pictures of Autumn, I noted to myself (and the dog) about what wonderful photos I had taken this week and as such declared (again, to the dog) I should create a slot in this little online place for a weekly Instagram update. We both love Instagram (Jess and I; not the dog), it’s fun disposable photography. I don’t have to carry a camera around everywhere and a don’t have to faff about on Photoshop, I can just put a cool little treatment on it and instantly it’s out there in the hipster world…

So partly as a way to make sure we create a post at least once a week (I’ve been very slack in Australia) and as a bit of a ‘here’s what we’ve been upto this week’ kind of thing, mostly for ourselves because it’s nice to look back at photos. Also, I’ve not been writing my travel diary in Australia either; page after page of ‘I got up went to work, ate a sandwich and came home to look a memes and watch re-runs of Criminal Minds’ is really quite uninteresting.

Here is my compromise.

'Extreme Gelato'

‘Extreme Gelato’

So last weekend like typical tourists we went for ice cream in (nearly) winter. Went went to N2, to eat ‘extreme gelato’. It’s a pretty crazy science themed place in Chinatown where the staff were lab coats, and all the ingredients are stored in conical flasks. The ice cream is made to order using kitchenaid’s and some sort of nitrogen – it’s quite the spectacle when the nitrogen is poured in and it looks like some fifities b-movies with fog everywhere; or a Top Of The Pops in the nineties when they had so much dry ice you could never see below anyones knees. The flavours are pretty left field too. We had earl grey caramel & buttered popcorn (with actual popcorn in it!) basically, I can’t recommend this place highly enough. Nomnomnom.

We’ve been very pleased to (finally) find one of our favourite Asian snacks in Sydney. Tao Kai Noi, spicy seaweed snacks are unfortuantely not 20 Baht. Weep.

Lastly very pleased to announce Jessica, the future Helen Levitt of Sydney has had one of her photos featured on the City of Sydneys Facebook page. Riches and awards are to be bestowed upon her forthwith.

The money shot

The money shot

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Sydney’s best markets.

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Sydney has a great market culture, and so much great stuff can be found at them, whether you’re after fresh produce, second hand clothing, artwork, jewellery, books, home wares or something else chances are you will find at one of Sydneys markets.

These are some of our favourites within walking distance of the city.

Paddington

Paddington markets focus on hand made goods. Like Paddington and the surrounding Oxford street areas it’s pretty trendy, young Australian designers and photographers gather to sell their wares.

Things available in Paddington include photographic prints, hand made bags, Jewellery and clothing items. There are also a few food stalls and an indoor café area. The market focuses on the local designers and community aspects. Their website proudly states “You will not find these Australian designed and crafted products in any shopping mall and many of our products are exclusive to Paddington Markets”.

It’s well worth a walk up Oxford Street from the city, there are excellent coffee shops, cafes and book shops on the route and takes around twenty five minutes from Hyde Park/Town Hall area. There are also some excellent Galleries near to the Paddington markets.

Paddington markets are at 395 Oxford Street, from 10am on Saturdays. 

Glebe markets

Glebe Markets showcase a lot of Sydney’s artistic types. Glebe is home to plenty of Sydney’s uni kids and general trendy types so expect to find quirky jewellery, second hand clothes and artworks or home decorations. I’ve been to Glebe Markets several times over the last five years and always find new young T-shirt designers there. Also worth a look, Glebe Point Road also has some excellent cafes and restaurants, and is only a short walk from central station. There is also a good selection of  food stalls.

Glebe markets are every Saturday at Glebe Public School from 10am. 

Sydney Fish markets

The fish markets are never quiet, but whether you’re just after a browse around, some delicious lunch or some produce it’s a great place to people watch. It’s usually pretty packed, and very popular with the tourists. It’s especially busy on the weekends, and make sure you either walk from the city (ten minutes from Darling Harbour) or catch public transport because parking is limited and almost always full.

Sydney fish markets are open every day, from 7am to around 4pm.

Kirribilli Markets

Kirribilli has two monthly markets; the General Market on the fourth Saturday of every month and an Arts and Fashion Market held on the second Sunday of each month. They are both held at the Burton Street Tunnel next to Milsons Point train station. We’ve read that it’s a great place for the fashion concious Sydneysiders as designer bargains can be found here as well as the occasional designer on the way up. There’s loads of clothes stalls on both the Saturday and Sunday markets as well as great food options and live music with harbour views.

Located at burton street tunnel, closest station is Milsons Point but also accessible by walking  north from the city over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. General Markets 7am-3pm & Art/Fashion Markets 9am-3pm.

Chinatown Night Markets

On friday nights Dixon Street in Chinatown turns into an open air market; reminding us of being in South East Asia. There are many open air kitchens selling meat on stick and Asian food treats. There are also stalls selling jewellery, anime USB sticks and Pokemon socks amongst other bits and bobs. The usual hustle and bustle of Dixon street is multiplied by the market browsers and all the usual restaurants being open to entice the shoppers in. Nice lively atmosphere.

Chinatown Markets are on Dixon street, Haymarket from 4pm every friday.  

The Rocks

The rocks market is right in the centre of the hotels area, and as such the stores are generally aimed at the tourist markets.

You can buy all the usual tourist rubbish, wooden kangaroos, boomerangs, mass produced ephemeral items, paintings and drawings of the Sydney Opera House. There are a few basic food stalls and craft sellers but most sellers are focused on souvenirs and the tourist markets.

The Rocks markets are located under cover on George Street, in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge & in the pedestrianized section of Argyle Street. Open Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm.

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