Sunday, November 11, 2012

Secret Foodies & Al Carbón Party

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'

Boo! Guess who? This was my get-up for a particular post-Halloween Day of the Dead party I attended last week. I've mentioned before that I work at an events agency, Secret Foodies. We throw underground dining events - pop-up dinners which happens in secret locations. This particular one was our Día de los Muertos, a pop-up warehouse party for Day of the Dead.

We had our partners Al Carbón, who are Sydney's newest food truck on the road, on board. Their truck was parked and set up Transformers-style in the parking lot of the warehouse, serving legit Mexican street food all night. There were tacos filled with various meats from the open-flame grill and fresh toppings ands condiments, soft and cheesy quesadillas, chargrilled chicken wings with a delicious fiery sauce and tangy pickled vegetables. The pop-up bar provided the social lubrication, with Coronas, margaritas, homemade sangria and of course, tequila.

Guests received a text message one hour before the event began, with directions to the secret location of the event. They made their way to a random warehouse lot in St Peters to turn the corner and find Mexican decorations everywhere, marquees, music from a live mariachi band, face painting, a bar and giant Mexican food truck. With costumes, music, eating, drinking and dancing, we partied late into the night.

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'
A warehouse lot in St Peters

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'
Al Carbón food truck

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'
Face painting!

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'
Mariachi band

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'
Pop-up bar

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'
Tacos overflowing with toppings

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'
Meat and pineapple on the grill

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'

Spicy chicken wings, quesadillas and pickled vegetables

Secret Foodies & Al Carbon 'Dia de los Muertos'

Secret Foodies

Al Carbón
Streets of Sydney
0416 061 974

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ms G's, Potts Point

Tucked away behind the seedy strip of Kings Cross is Ms G's, an industrial-chic Mary Poppins purse of modern Vietnamese cuisine. Forgive me the lack of posts lately but I've needed some time off to restablise my life, this post is from a few months ago and I think they may have changed the menu since.

Corn, Ms G's
Ms G’s grilled corn $4 (each)

Something so simple yet good. Ms G's grilled corn is topped with a blanket of cheese and coriander. 

Tartare, Ms G's
Vietnamese steak tartare $18

This was my favourite dish, Vietnamese steak tartare mixed with fresh scallions, crisp fried onion and a raw egg yolk. The prawn crackers were perfect vessel for this Asian version of tartare.

Prawn Toast, Ms G's
Prawn toast $14

Ms G's
Braised wagyu beef shin, Taiwanese style - with green tomatoes and Thai basil $29

Fish, Ms G's
Roasted sambal barramundi $26

San Choy Bao, Ms G's
DIY sang choy bao $26

Fried Chicken, Ms G's
Fried baby chicken $16 (half, 4 pieces)

The fried baby chicken is soft and encased in a deep-fried moreish coating. The kimchi mayo just makes it all that better.

Lemon Pie, Ms G's
Ms G’s lemon tart $12

Simple appearance-wise, Ms G's lemon tart is actually a wonderful deconstructed dessert of lemon curd, streusel, lemon granita, mascarpone sorbet. It's cool and refreshing with a buttery base of biscuit crumbs.

Ms G's
Dirty Passion $12

The dirty passion was amazing, with really lovely flavours and textures. I tasted something that felt like sliced golden kiwi fruit hidden in the passion fruit custard but couldn't be sure, the choc crisps and dark chocolate dirt were a wonderful topping and the unusual coconut sorbet was fragrant and unsweet in a surprisingly enjoyable way.

Stoner's Delight 2.0, Ms G's
Stoner’s Delight 2.0 $12

I'm pretty stoned right now so the famous Ms G's dessert, Stoner's Delight (2.0) is looking pretty good to me, a canvas of doughnut ice cream, peanut butter, raspberry jam, candied bacon, potato chips, Mars Bar slice and banana fritter.

Ms G's
155 Victoria Street, Potts Point 2011
(02) 8313 1000

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