Jangling Jacks - Our New Starting Point

Jangling Jacks - Our New Starting Point

We are very excited to announce that Jangling Jacks is our new starting point on the Potts Point Dining Walk. JJ's has been on the small bar scene in the hood for the past 14 months and is the place to go for a high-spirited cocktail.

Co-owners Erin & Jon are very hands-on operators, welcoming everyone to their exotic green tassel lite and wood panel walled space on a nightly basis. They have a great range of high-end whiskey & gin labels and really know how to mix a fun and effective drink.

There are bar snacks and mains available on the Americano / Italian vibe menu, that please all tastes. We have a permanent crush on their honey fried chicken dish and love introducing it to our guests.

You can sit-up on a high stool at the bar and chat-up your favourite bar tender or relax into a dark and cosy booth with your current lover. The playlist is a great mix of punk, rock & roll and blues in keeping with the vintage record & concert posters that line the walls.

Check out their fun Insta feed for more images of the fancy drinks & music homage.

Leezair Launches

The Sydney Connection Founder and Chief Guide Maree Sheehan

We are very happy to announce that we have now listed with Leezair - the new Sydney based experience platform start-up.  Leezair (a play on Leisure), is a digital marketplace that allows you to discover unique activities and experiences. It was created for those who strive to explore the unknown and undiscovered both abroad and locally.

It uses geo-location tagging to bring your itinerary to life. Leezair allows you to explore what's around you when you're on the go. When something sparks your fancy you can view availability, book and pay for it anytime, anywhere.

Their plan is to build a fluid economy in tourism, by providing businesses and entrepreneurs a level playing field. They are creating a new marketplace in the tourism industry that reduces barriers to entry, while still improving high standards in the industry.

So TSC is very excited to be part of such an awesume idea! Check out their blog profile on The Sydney Connection's founder and Chief Guide Maree Sheehan here, for some inside knowledge on our business.

 

Saturday Night Bookings

Due to popular demand we have just released bookings for $375 for two on Saturday nights in Surry Hills! Ideal if you are traveling with a friend or your partner and want to get the lowdown on Sydney's food scene from a local and want the full attention of your guide.

 This price point is also available on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Summer Moments

We enjoyed some great moments over summer with a diverse range of guests on dining walks in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Potts Point.

Including visitors from San Diego, San Francisco, Atlanta Georgia, Paris and Montreal. We dined at ten different inner city restaurants, two small bars and two Gelato bars! Aged from 13 - 60 years and from many cultural backgrounds.

Thank you for allowing us to show you the locals version of Sydney!

#2016bestnine

It's always fun to see what pics are the most popular on our Instagram account over the past year. In 2016 there were a lot more people on our feed because we are doing more dining walks. You guys obviously love a smiling face with a full belly!

So thanks for the love and we look forward to posting more colourful, happy images of our guests, cool Sydney restaurant interiors and of course food in 2017.

Seasons Greetings

We hope your all getting through the Silly Season and looking forward to a great summer in Sydney. The Sydney Connection will be on holiday sometime in February. This means we are available for dining walk bookings during late December and January - except for the Public Holidays.

Thank you all for your continuing support of our now four year old business - be it as a guest at our table or hosting us in your dining room. We have enjoyed working with new clients on events for Double Bay Good Food Week, Glebe Tasting Trek and on regular events like Good Food Month and Kings Cross Festival. Look out for details on our plans for 2017 on the 'gram and FB page.

We are grateful for the good reviews that keep coming and the gorgeous and generous people we meet along the way. We wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday period with your friends and family (biological or chosen family).


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Glebe Tasting Trek Wrap!

Glebe Tasting Trek Wrap!

Now that the dust has settled on our recent Spring Glebe Tasting Trek, as part of Village Food Adventures for Good Food Month, we can tell you all about it!

 We felt very honored to have Clover's new Councillor Jess Scully launching the Trek at Staves Brewery. Jess welcomed everyone and spoke about her excitementof the different cuisines and events on offer for this year's Good Food Month festival. Despite a rainy start, with heavy traffic preventing a few guests from arriving on time, thankfully everything went smoothly for the rest of the evening.

Staves Brewery -- Photo Credit | Zoe Rollings

We cheated a little with our first two groups leaving in a Go Get and Uber to ensure we reached our furthermost venues Alfie & Hetty and Timbah in good time. Obeying the first rule of good restaurant etiquette: be on time!

My group was made-up of a crew of lovely young things who work for Woolworths in their innovative food department. Primarily food chemists & chefs this crew really knew their flavours and appreciated a good wine list.  Their boss had shouted them the tickets as a reward after a day at an innovation workshop. Nice guy!  Our other guests were a group of friends from Dural who saw the event in the GFM Guide and thought it sounded fun.

 

Timbah wine bar is often called the hidden gem of Glebe Point Rd,  nestled down the hill behind Glebe Liquor. Designed in a contemporary style with a unique use of rope to divide the cosy spaces and decorated with local artwork, including a few Reg Mombasa pieces. This bar is a treat for both the minimalist aesthetic and quirky wine list lover. Timbah also specialise in bush tucker on their short but good menu. Our fried chicken (TFC) with bush seasoning was crisp on the outside and soft & tender inside, complimented by a side of chipotle mayo .

Alfie & Hetty who serve Australian contemporary with a French twist menu, welcomed us into their grand old terrace next. We were seated in the upstairs bar & dining room area which carries the grandeur of a Creole princesses boudoir. Featuring heavy chandeliers and distressed walls with multiple mirrors over multiple fireplaces .

The menus salt & pepper squid was light and moreish - I ate way too many pieces - with a light spicy touch that titillated the tongue. Paired with a crisp white wine it was a nice way to continue our tasting escapade.

Flying Fajita Sistas - Photo Credit | Zoe Rollings

Next stop was Flying Fajita Sistas - a completely different style of Mexican from the usual expectation both in room design and menu. A slicked back look of black & white with touches of fun colour in the tortilla woven gloves and the artwork outdoors on the way to the courtyard garden. Vintage Mexican movie themed posters line the walls of the bathrooms

We LOVED the Banana & Chocolate Chimichanga accompanied by our choice of dessert flavoured tequila. We tried the Hibiscus and it was amazing! So light & delicate. Some of the other guests went for the chocolate flavour and said it was also a good match with the dessert dish.

Baja Cantina - Photo Credit | Zoe Rollings

Finally we all enjoyed a Mexican feast in the courtyard at Baja Cantina. Serenaded by the dreamy Victor on harp & guitar - a regular performer at the venue. That man can play anything! The food was tasty & filling which sometimes created a problem if you still had a few courses to go.Apparently some groups indulged in tequila shots all round but we stuck to the margaritas.

Our photographer Zoe Rollings captured all the action. and we are sure you will agree the images have a very different mood from our first trek. It's amazing how the differing atmospheres of the dining rooms change the vibe.

Thanks to all the participating restaurants, great guests, gracious guides and the team glebe.com.au for making it such a wonderful night.

Glebe Tasting Trek Menu

Glebe Tasting Trek Menu

So we have actually SOLD OUT for this event but hey you still want to know what everyone's eating right? So here is the delicious menu for the night!

 

 

 

Potts Cross Bar Hop Menu

Potts Cross Bar Hop Menu

Tickets are selling fast for our first Potts Cross Bar Hop!

But in case you need anymore encouragement here is the menu for the evening.

Good Food Month Launches!

Photo credit | Zoe Rollings

Good Food Month has launched in print and online!

We have two dining walk events included in this year's programme. One is a newbie for us and one is a repeat of a recent success. Yesterday was a very exciting one for us as we SOLD OUT for our first Potts Cross Bar Hop event! The good news is tickets are still available for the second walk on the same night.

We are also presenting, in conjunction with Glebe Chamber of Commerce, the spring edition of the Glebe Tasting Trek.  We have invited a new set of restaurants and bars to participate in the October edition including Staves Brewery, Alfie & Hetty, Baja Cantina, Flying Fajita Sistas and Timbah. We will start the evening at Staves for a bevvy of their brewed on premises craft beer then proceed to dine at all four restaurants situated on Glebe Point Road.

We are looking forward to meeting new and returning guests at our two events and discovering more fabulous restaurants and small bars. So come and join us on one during the month of October and toast this town's wonderful love of fine food, decadent cocktails and good times!

 

 

     

Eastside Sydney is a Thing!

Eastside Sydney is a new strategy group formed by our good friends from Darlinghurst Business Partnership , Potts Point Partnership and Surry Hills Creative Precinct Inc, to draw tourists attention to the other side of Sydney. Not just the Sydney of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House - we love them but hey there is more to us than two landmarks -  but to focus attention on the creative, independent and artistic side of Sydney.

Eastside Sydney held a Facebook Boost night at Darlo Country Club last week to assist memberships of the three business chambers in their Facebook marketing. Full of lots of good tips for increasing your audience, post etiquette and the importance of regular, image-filled, short and enticing posts. It was a good night to connect with the members of the three associations whilst enjoying a few drinks and small foods at the latest revamp of the old Victoria Room's location.

Their motto: Visit Sydney. Experience Eastside - is something we at The Sydney Connection believe in wholeheartedly. Historically the birthplace of the LGBTI rights movement, Sydney's red light district, slums and prohibition era razor gangs, Eastside is the place you come to get to know the people, not just the landmarks.

We look forward to seeing the results of their strategy in conjunction with the cool kids at Right Angle Studio. Go Eastside!