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Since I Left You

As unbelievable as it may seem, I have finished the first year of medical school! It was simultaneously the longest and shortest year ever; whilst it felt like classes would never end, the assessments just came rushing up one after another. Almost before I even realised, I was stumbling out of my final exams, absolutely drained after the 7-hour ordeal, and ready for some sustenance and a drink. Refusing to walk any more than absolutely necessary (I still can’t believe that Sydney is such a shocker to get around – I miss Melbourne’s trams heartily), I decided to make camp at Since I Left You, aka SILY, a rather hipster sort of bar hidden away between 3 heritage-listed storehouses in…

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Mr Crackles

Let me put this down on record so Chris can’t weasel out of it down the track: he has promised to bring me an entire sheet of pork crackling at uni. And where exactly does one get an entire sheet of pork crackling? Mr Crackles of course, the place where the name really does say it all. Having long-since held cult status in Sydney (and probably Melbourne too before long – they’ve just expanded interstate), Mr Crackles is a takeaway shop along a main street specialising in sandwiches stuffed with crispy roast pork. The setup is very much grab and go – with just a couple of rows of fairly awkward bench seating lining the walls, eating in definitely not…

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This meal at Alimentari is brought to you by K! The beloved foodie in crime who, if you’ll remember, gave me an awful recommendation for Kaneda. So this is his one big chance at redemption – let’s see if he’s earned his way back into my good books… Alimentari is the closest thing K has to a local café; Mondays see him grabbing a quick lunch from the ever-changing menu, before catching a movie at Cinema Nova. Of course, he is far from the only person for whom Alimentari is a regular haunt. Operating in the same location since 1998, there are many people who seem just as home here as they would be in their own kitchens.

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Chuckle Park Bar and Cafe

Ah summer. Despite the scorching days and muggy nights, it’s all worth it for those breezy balmy evenings. I had originally planned to have Vietnamese for dinner, but when I walked by Chuckle Park Bar and Cafe, the weather was just too beautiful to pass up a visit to this lovely little outdoor spot. To call Chuckle Park a Bar and Cafe is a bit misleading. Although that is essentially what it is on paper, in reality it is the tiniest and loveliest of beer gardens, squeezed into a tight crevice between two grey and dreary city blocks.

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Mason Dixon American Sandwich Bar

I love sandwiches, but I’m absolutely terrified of making my own. Though it’s easy-ish to make a delicious sandwich, the last thing I want to see is how much butter I’ve smeared onto the bread, or how many egg yolks went into that dressing. So I’m burying my head in the sand(wich); what of it? Anyway, it was with great relish that I hit up Mason Dixon American Sandwich Bar, which as it turned out, wasn’t a cafe like I had assumed, but a small niche in a relatively unknown corporate food court. Being approximately 10:30 and not-a-cafe, we were the only ones after some brunch sandwiches. I have however heard that the relatively new Mason Dixon has already drummed…

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Pho Nom

Having just had my other two wisdom teeth removed, I am currently strung out on a potent combination of oxycodone, diazepam, yesterday’s adrenalin, and a 40 minute struggle with a tooth that refused to come out. So brace yourselves, bad writing is coming. As far as I’m concerned, Emporium has two food courts – the one on the top floor, and the one at the back which extends vertically through all 6 stories. The options are definitely better than your run-of-the-mill shopping centre, with big names like Jimmy Grants, Dainty Sichuan, and Earl Canteen all making cameos.

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