This weekend I was treated to a wonderful day of food, design and fashion with B in Sydney. She put together a fabulous day for me and I enjoyed every moment.
We started early with a trip to the Eveleigh Market at the heritage listed Eveleigh Railyards, an inner-city area including the emerging Carriageworks arts and cultural precinct. I was particularly excited to see the Anna Schwartz Gallery there too. The markets have been operating since February 2009, and by all accounts are garnering more and more support each week. It was really lovely to experience a staple ‘Melbourne’ activity for me, in Sydney. Billy Kwong is represented there by his sister Kylie serving moorish dumplings, organic vegetables, beautiful dips and cheese, Pukara Estate olive oils (my family’s favourite!) and colourful fresh flowers.
B was there to pick up provisions for her dinner party that night, so first stop was Mirrool Creek Lamb for some…surprise, surprise…lamb! Raised in the Riverina, the lamb is free range and dry aged for 6 days. Supplying to restuarants like Longrain, Table for 20 and Becasse, the premium lamb is, according to B, to die for. We stopped off for colourful organic vegetables, homemade hommous and bagel crisps, truffle oil and some stunning purple sweet pea flowers.
Next stop was the sister store of my all time favourite boutique, Lotus Pod. Called Eden on Crown, it stocks a well edited collection of your cheaper dresses, tops and costume jewellery. LOVE IT!
Just around the corner was the Bourke Street Bakery. My Sydney siblings have sung the praises of this little bakery and cafe in the past, even going so far as to transport lemon and chocolate tarts five hours into the country when visiting the family home. B and I lined up with about 20 other people and had a lovely piece of pizza and a chicken, celery and walnut sandwich, both washed down with housemade traditional lemonade. Yum! They were seriously pumping through the people, which I’m not sure the photos really illustrate.
Next stop was the Brett Whiteley Studio in a back street around the corner. Even though I know about Whitely’s work, I haven’t really seen that much in person, particulalry his more 3D pieces. The Brett Whiteley Studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist, Brett Whiteley (1939‑92). Whiteley bought the former warehouse in 1985 and converted it into a studio and exhibition space. He lived there from 1988 to 1992, the year he died in Thirroul. I found the gallery particularly moving and honest as I wandered through his art then upstairs to his studio where his personal effects still lie, including his graffiti speckled walls. When we went to leave, the gallery assistant said “Have you been upstairs yet?” to which we answered “yes”. He was genuinely disappointed to see that we had had such a brief visit.
Finally a trip to Tessuti to look at fabrics followed by a lovely glass of Rose at The Commons (who have a very cute website!) watching the heavens open with a massive storm topped off a wonderful day. I’m falling in love with Sydney!
243 Wilson St, Darlington, (Adjacent to Carriageworks)
Ph: 02 9209 4220
Eden on Crown
531 Crown St, Surry Hills
Ph: 02 96998260
Bourke Street Bakery
633 Bourke St Surry Hills
Brett Whiteley Studio
2 Raper Street Surry Hills
Tessuti Surry Hills
110 Commonwealth St Surry Hills
32 Burton St Darlinghurst