Welcome to 2011!
It's hard to believe that another year has come has gone. Writing Grab Your Fork has been a huge part of it, and I'm grateful for the friendships I've made, the comments I've received, the opportunities I've been given, and the readers (yes you!) who stop by everyday.
In 2010 I published a total of 224 posts, all written after I've clocked off from my day job - I've yet to find a way to blog and pay the mortgage! It's been a busy year but a rewarding one, and I've relished every minute of it.
Here are some of my highlights from 2010:
Visiting Japan and making it to the Sapporo Snow Festival
Seeing the Robosaurus at the Sydney Royal Easter Show with Chocolatesuze
Revelling in the beauty of the 1m high roti tisu on a food bloggers feast across Malaysia and Thailand with Billy, Minh and Simon
Scoring my own Food & Drink column, Eating Out Of Town in Time Out Sydney
Celebrating Christmas in July at Billy's
Being approached to write the reviews for the Food Lovers Guide to Chinatown
Being wowed by the Bistro CBD dinner cooked by fellow food bloggers Fouad, Billy, Karen and Linda.
Discovering laschsschinken at the Adelaide Central Market, a cold smoked pork that tastes just like smoked salmon
Seeing my first ever Roller Derby match
Celebrating the arrival of spring with a food bloggers barbecue at Karen's
Making my first ever mole poblano - a chocolate chilli sauce for chicken
The smell of one hundred legs of jamon at Rodriguez Brothers, Yagoona
Feeling like I had been transported to Chile as I feasted on empanadas and lomito at La Paula, Fairfield
Being interviewed by the always affable Simon Marnie about the best food in Cabramatta live on ABC Radio 702 Weekends for the Crave Sydney International Food Festival
Biting into the crunchiest ever cassava chip at Boteco, Surry Hills
Taking turns to host a dinner party with a group of friends we call Stomachs Eleven
Savouring the tender veal tongue at District Dining, Surry Hills
Visiting the Philippines for the first time and discovering the joys of grated Edam cheese on sweet buns, shaved ice and in ice cream
Co-hosting the Sydney Food Bloggers Christmas Picnic for over 60 bloggers with Chocolatesuze
And now we embark on a new year, and a new decade.
I welcomed in 2011 at Dawes Point on Sydney Harbour where, once again, Sydney put on a fireworks spectacular. The Harbour Bridge featured heavily in the midnight celebrations, our beloved coathanger ablaze with a cacophony of synchronised fireworks.
Start of the midnight fireworks
Sydney New Year's Eve Fireworks
Thank you all for your support, emails, conversations and comments. May your year ahead be filled with new adventures, delicious eats, and an end to clothes mysteriously shrinking in the wash!
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