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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Guess who has their own column in Time Out Sydney



Hello, I'm a food blogger and I now have a monthly review column in Time Out Sydney.

I know. I know. It's crazy, huh?

Each month I'll be writing a review piece about an untapped culinary Sydney gem. The idea is to focus on out-of-the-way places, providing a brief snapshot of places serving interesting food in the suburbs of Sydney.

My first review appears in the May issue which is out today in newsagents. Rest assured, I'll be publishing a full copy of the review tomorrow, along with bonus photos.

Do you know a suburban dining secret that has amazing and unusual food? I'm looking for dishes that most Sydneysiders haven't seen before. Drop me an email and let me know - there are too many fantastic restaurants in Sydney that don't get the exposure they deserve!

Send your emails to grabyourfork@yahoo.com.au - I'd love to hear from you!

Updated: 10.15am 28 April 2010
Just grabbed my copy of Time Out Sydney. Here are pics of how it looks in the magazine - and how appropriate that my first column is in the Cheap Eats special! Check back tomorrow for an online copy of the review with all the photos...





Time Out Sydney reviews:

375 Congee & Noodle House, Chatswood - Congee and Teochew cuisine
Akash Pacific Cuisine, Liverpool - Fiji Indian cuisine
An Lac Vegan Vegetarian Restaurant, Cabramatta - Vegan Vietnamese
Aria Persian Fast Food, Merrylands - Brain and tongue sandwiches
ATL Marantha, Kensington - Indonesian fried chicken with edible bones
Balkan Oven, Rockdale - Macedonian burek
Bamiyan, Five Dock - Afghani cuisine
Battambang, Cabramatta - Deep fried pork intestines and Cambodian cuisine
Beschico, Epping - Korean fried chicken
Brot & Wurst, North Narrabeen - German sausages, deli and bakery
Camel Kingdom, Lakemba - Camel, alpaca and venison burgers 
Charlie's Pizza, Canterbury - Lebanese pizzas, pies and saj flat breads 
Cyprus Community Club Aphrodite Restaurant - Roast baby goat 
Dos Senoritas, Gladesville - Mexican street-style tacos
Durban Dish, Baulkham Hills - South African cuisine
Everest Kitchen, Marrickville - Nepali cuisine
Fika Swedish Kitchen, Manly - Swedish cafe

Good Kitchen, Hurstville - Hong Kong cafe
Gyradiko, Bexley - Greek chicken and pork gyros
Hai Au Lang Nuong, Canley Vale - Vietnamese banana leaf charcoal chicken
Hawa, Granville - Lebanese charcoal chicken
Hijazi's Falafel, Arncliffe - Lebanese breakfast
Indian Chopsticks, Harris Park - Indian Chinese cuisine
Island Dreams Cafe, Lakemba - Christmas Islands cuisine
Jambo Jambo, Crows Nest Ethiopian curries and injera bread
Kambozza, Parramatta - Burmese cuisine
Kebab Abo Ali, Fairfield - Iraqi sheeps head
Kreta Ayer, Kingsford - Singaporean cuisine
La Paula, Fairfield - Chilean empanadas, lomitos and sweets
Mario Tokyo Pizza, Strathfield - Bulgogi Korean pizza
Mie Kocok Bandung, Maroubra - West Java Indonesian noodles
Misky Cravings, Fairfield - Peruvian cuisine
Nonna Maria's Place, Parramatta - Old skool Italian trattoria

Pandesal Bakehouse, Beverly Hills - Filipino sweet breads and desserts
Poplar Central Asian Cuisine, Crows Nest - Uighur charcoal lamb skewers
Olka Polka Bakery & Deli, Campbelltown - Polish cheesecake and rye bread
Rhinedorf German Restaurant, Beverly Hills - German pork knuckle
Russian Club, Strathfield - Russian piroshki and pelmeni dumplings
Sea Sweet, Parramatta - Lebanese sweet kashta cheese burger

Step-A-Side Diner, Cabramatta - Burgers and waffles in a train carriage
Sugarloaf Patisserie, Kogarah - Empanadas and dulce de leche churros
Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe - Filipino pork hock crackling
Taipei Chef, Artarmon - Taiwanese smoked chicken
TeaPlus, Burwood - Taiwanese plant milk tea
Tehran, Granville - Persian cuisine
Tuong Lai, Cabramatta - Vietnamese sugar cane prawns
Via Napoli, Lane Cove - One metre woodfired pizza

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 4/28/2010 02:48:00 am


80 Comments:

  • At 4/28/2010 4:22 am, Anonymous Andrea said…

    I've always loved your restaurant reviews. Congrats!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 5:23 am, Blogger Gourmet Chick said…

    Helen that is the most brilliant news - WELL DONE YOU!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 5:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Congrats, Helen!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 5:40 am, Anonymous Andy Hayes | Sharing Travel Experiences said…

    Congrats, Helen! Well deserved.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 7:25 am, Anonymous Chookpea said…

    That's fantastic news Helen, massive congrats and hope it goes well!

    Will keep an eye out for some interesting places worth checking out.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 7:55 am, Anonymous Yewenyi said…

    Well done Helen, look forward to Reading it.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 7:57 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    awesome! congrats dude!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:15 am, Blogger Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said…

    Congratulations Helen! This is an awesome awesome news.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:17 am, Blogger Ibyang said…

    congratulations!!! i'm a follower of your blog for sometime now and i would just like to say that i love how you share your love for food thru writing.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:22 am, Blogger Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said…

    Congrats dudette!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:36 am, Blogger uberannie said…

    that is fantastic! Congratulations, you are definitely my favourite food blog and it is exciting to be sharing you with the Time Out readers :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:39 am, Anonymous billy @ a table for two said…

    Congrats Helen! Your writing skills truly deserved recognition, no one writes food as delicious as you Helen!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:46 am, Anonymous Zina @ tastedbytwo said…

    Congratulations - looking forward to following your column!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:47 am, Anonymous ladyironchef - Singapore Food Blog said…

    congrats helen! happy for u :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 9:06 am, Anonymous Minh said…

    Wohoo! Congrats helen!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 9:24 am, Blogger K said…

    That's totally awesome! Congratulations! Looking forward to reading the column. :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 9:24 am, Anonymous The Extra said…

    And so your quest for world domination begins! Congrats to you - looking forward to the inevitable book deal which then gets turned into a movie.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 9:35 am, Anonymous Tina said…

    No way! That's awesome! Congrats - looking forward to the reviews...!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 9:39 am, Blogger OohLookBel said…

    Helen, this is the perfect gig for you! Can't wait to read your reviews.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:08 am, Blogger Betty @ The Hungry Girl said…

    Congrats Helen! That's great news :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:29 am, Blogger joey@FoodiePop said…

    Fantastic work Helen, congrats! I love Time Out magazine!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:30 am, Blogger Stephcookie said…

    OMG Helen! That is freakin amazing, you will do an awesome job for sure :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:35 am, Anonymous shez said…

    That's brilliant! I'm so happy excited for you :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:35 am, Blogger harrip said…

    Great work Helen :o)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:38 am, Anonymous kewpie said…

    hey helen! congrats! good to see your work in print...

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:41 am, Anonymous Yiu said…

    That's fantastic! I've been following your blog ever since I stumbled across it. Congratulations!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:46 am, Anonymous Emily said…

    hello remember me?
    Just wanted to send you a massive congrats!! What a long way you have come.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:48 am, Blogger Phuoc'n Delicious said…

    Congrats Helen! What a fantastic achievement! All the best!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:57 am, Blogger mei said…

    Woohoo, awesome work Helen:) Did i mention i met one of your fans on Sunday after Cafe Ish - she reads your blog on the bus home after work all the time!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:57 am, Anonymous Leona said…

    YAY CONGRATS HELEN!!!! Very excited for you! Well deserved for all the hard work you've done throughout the years!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:58 am, Anonymous Maria said…

    Congratulations Helen! That's excellent news! Look forward to reading your articles!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 11:41 am, Blogger Energetica said…

    Congratulations, Helen! Fabulous achievement. :) Now even more people will be able to relish your reviews!
    All the very best for this new role.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 11:49 am, Anonymous Adrian @ Food Rehab said…

    Wowzer! Congrats yo! After so many years of blogging, it was about time you got paid some real dosh for the efforts LOL

    Woooot!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 12:26 pm, Blogger bowb said…

    that is great news! onya!!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 12:35 pm, Anonymous Yas (aboutthefood) said…

    That is so awesome! It's so suited to you. Congratulations!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 12:39 pm, Blogger e_ting / e 婷 said…

    Congratulations! Will be sure to pick up a copy when I'm next in Syd!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 12:46 pm, Blogger cafedave said…

    Congratulations! Does this mean the food journalists will be kinder to you at wine evenings?

     
  • At 4/28/2010 1:01 pm, OpenID debbii said…

    That is just plain awesome!

    Congrats Helen!!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 1:34 pm, Blogger EvilHayama said…

    Congrats! It isn't the same without a thousand food porn photos however :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 1:44 pm, Blogger nomnomnibblies said…

    WOW! congrats!! that's awesome! :D

     
  • At 4/28/2010 1:53 pm, Blogger mademoiselle délicieuse said…

    Yay, how cool is this! Congratulations and may there be much more in this vein to come =)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 2:10 pm, Blogger Yas @ hungry.digital.elf. said…

    This is soo cool, congrats Helen! I'll make sure to grab one ;)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 3:13 pm, Blogger Betty said…

    congratulations Helen :O)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 3:31 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Congratulations! That's so exciting - and well deserved. Might I ask, did they approach you about this, or did you approach them? Completely fine if you don't want to answer :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 3:46 pm, Anonymous Jacq said…

    Congrats Helen! How exciting to be writing a column in Time Out - can't wait to read it!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 4:06 pm, Anonymous NADZ said…

    WOOOT WOOOO!!! Congrats to you Ms Helen. I am sure your stoked as one can be. I can not wait to read and take your advice... good luck!!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 4:14 pm, Blogger Bean Sprout's Cafe said…

    wowwwwwww... I just bought the cheap eat issue just now.. haha.. Congrats !

     
  • At 4/28/2010 4:21 pm, Blogger Karen @ Citrus and Candy said…

    Omg congratulations x 1000 Helen! So happy to see your years of hard work have finally paid off. Next stop Gourmet Traveller yes? :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 6:02 pm, Anonymous cyberiagirl said…

    That's great! Your restaurant reviews have always been my favourite posts, good to see them getting a different kind of readership!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 6:57 pm, Anonymous mika said…

    That's fabulous news. I can't wait to buy a copy tomorrow. I'm a huge fan of your foodelicious reviews. Sales will hit the roof ;)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 7:14 pm, Blogger missklicious said…

    YAY! Congratulations Helen!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 7:35 pm, Blogger YaYa said…

    Time Out today, SMH tomorrow, you go girl! Congrats!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:10 pm, Anonymous Mrs Pig Flyin' said…

    Congratulations! Looking forward to more of your wonderful writings

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:44 pm, Anonymous ChibbiestChan said…

    Congrats. I know you will do a great job

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:45 pm, Anonymous Veruca Salt said…

    That's tops. YaYa took the words right out of my mouth.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:46 pm, Anonymous Speedy said…

    Congratulations, I can't wait to read your first article

     
  • At 4/28/2010 8:59 pm, Anonymous mrs ed said…

    congratulations helen!! if you need eating buddies dont forget me and mr ed ok? hahaha!! :)

     
  • At 4/28/2010 9:04 pm, Blogger arista said…

    That's great news, well done!!!!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 9:15 pm, Anonymous advance web said…

    Wow. Well done! Congratulations! This is great news! I will definitely watch out for you in Sydney

     
  • At 4/28/2010 9:24 pm, Anonymous Andrea said…

    Well done on your new gig!

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:44 pm, Blogger FFichiban said…

    Congrrattzzzz!! Another excuse for a celebratory dinner ;)?

     
  • At 4/28/2010 10:50 pm, Anonymous penny aka jeroxie said…

    Congras!! From web to print.. good work.

     
  • At 4/28/2010 11:12 pm, Anonymous Mr. Taste said…

    Very cool! Congrats!

     
  • At 4/29/2010 9:09 am, Anonymous noodleboy said…

    I knew it was just a matter of time. Awesome Helen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • At 4/29/2010 11:28 am, Blogger Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said…

    Congratulations Helen! This is fantastic news! Good luck and best wishes!

     
  • At 4/29/2010 11:37 am, Blogger Lara said…

    Congratulations Helen!

    I'd love to see you do a review of the Taj in Harris Park (Wigram Street). Excellent dosas, Pani Puri, Thali, and the Samosas (try the Samosa Chat) are awesome. Every time I see Harris Park mentioned, it's all about Billu's, but IMHO, the Taj is consistently good, while Billu's goes up and down...

     
  • At 4/29/2010 5:16 pm, Anonymous Craig @ What We Ate Today said…

    Congrats Helen, the column looks awesome. Can't wait to read it!

     
  • At 4/29/2010 7:50 pm, Blogger Laura said…

    Congrats Helen! Very deserved :)

     
  • At 4/29/2010 9:22 pm, Blogger Y said…

    How fabulous! Congrats! :)

     
  • At 4/29/2010 10:29 pm, OpenID katlo said…

    Congrats Helen! Come and do a review for us south sydneysiders... I walked past this new place opening near my area called Pastizzi Deli, of the Pastizzi Cafe in Newtown fame!!! Let us know if you need help in sampling their dishes, we'd love to tag along. :) It's located on Carwar Avenue, Carss Park (off Princes Highway)
    xox Katrina

     
  • At 4/30/2010 5:12 pm, Anonymous Arwen from Hoglet K said…

    Exciting news Helen! Congratulations, and I love your choice of the out of town theme.

     
  • At 5/01/2010 2:39 pm, Blogger Lannae said…

    Wow! Congrats to you! May you have a wonderful readership! I love your blog, and I am sure all those in Sydney who do not read your blog now, will love your column! Good job!

     
  • At 5/01/2010 6:29 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Andrea - Thank you. Hope you enjoy reading them.

    Hi Gourmet Chick - Thanks so much. It's been amazing.

    Hi Anon - Thanks!

    Hi Andy - Thank you. That's so lovely of you to say.

    Hi Chookpea - Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to giving a little more attention to Sydney's suburban secrets!

    Hi Yewenyi - Thank you. Hope you enjoy it.

    Hi chocolatesuze - Thanks dude :)

    Hi Ellie - Thanks, and yes, it's an exciting turning point :)

    Hi lbyang - Thank you and I'm so glad you appreciate my celebratory sentiment for food.

    Hi Angie - Thank you :)

    Hi uberannie - Aww thanks so much. I'm happy to be sharing with as many readers as possible - the more the merrier, I say!

    Hi Billy - lol. Thank you, you don't do too badly yourself. PS. Your cheque is in the mail :)

    Hi Zina - Thanks, and hope you've had a chance to read my my first article.

    Hi ladyironchef - Thank you :)

    Hi Minh - Thanks! It's quite nice seeing your words in print!

    Hi K - Thanks for your support - you can now read my first article too.

    Hi The Extra - lol. I wish! Not sure about world domination but I'll take world digestion :)

    Hi Tina - Thank you. Hope you enjoy reading them. First one is here.

    Hi OohLookBel - Thanks so much. First one is up here.

     
  • At 5/01/2010 7:06 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Betty - Thank you. It's so lovely to have the warm support of fellow food bloggers :)

    Hi Joey - Thanks, and yes Time Out is such a great mag isn't it? We used it regularly in London.

    Hi Stephcookie - Thanks so much, and aww I appreciate your confidence :)

    Hi Shez - You and me both :) Thanks!

    Hi harrip - Thanks Pete :)

    Hi kewpie - Thank you. It's very rewarding :)

    Hi Yiu - Thanks and so lovely to hear you've been reading the blog for so long. Reader interactions are what make blogs so unique and fun!

    Hi Emily - Of course I do! Thanks so much. It's been a long journey but a good one!

    Hi Phuoc'n Delicious - Thank you. It's pretty cool!

    Hi mei - Thanks and lol, that's so funny :)

    Hi Leona - Thank you. It does go to show the importance and value of food blogs. Long may we prosper!

    Hi Maria - Thanks so much. I hope you enjoyed reading them.
    First one is up here.

    Hi Energetica - Thank you. It's an exciting new venture.

    Hi Adrian - lol. Not sure that it'll pay the mortgage yet, but it's definitely a step in the right direction!

    Hi bowb - Thank you. It's all very exciting.

    Hi Yas - Thanks, and I agree, the column suits me perfectly. Am looking forward to uncovering lots of Sydney dining secrets.

    Hi e_ting - Thank you and you must let me know when you're next in Sydney so we can catch up!
    Hi cafedave - Thanks and lol, touche!

    Hi debbii - Thank you. It's pretty awesome indeed.

    Hi EvilHayama - Ahh yes, I think that's why everybody loves food blogs!

    Hi nomnomnibblies - Thanks. I'm certainly enjoying the ride.

    Hi mademoiselle delicieuse - Thank you and yes, I'm hoping this is only the start of things to come :)

    Hi Yas @ hungry.digital.elf - Thank you and you can check out my first piece here.

    Hi Betty - Thank you :)

     
  • At 5/01/2010 7:07 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Hannah - Thanks so much, and Time Out approached me. It was a most welcome surprise.

    Hi Jacq - Thanks. Hope you enjoy reading it.

    Hi NADZ - Thank you and yes, it was a lovely thing to be standing in the newsagency buying a mag with my byline :)

    Hi Bean Sprout's Cafe - Thanks and yes, I love the timing of the issue theme too!

    Hi Karen - Thank you and haha, we'll take things one step, I mean, one bite at a time. lol

    Hi cyberiagirl - Thanks so much, and yes, it's great to be reaching a new audience.

    Hi mika - Thanks and lol, I appreciate your confidence. Hope you enjoy the column!

    Hi missklicious - Thank you :)

    Hi YaYa - lol. We'll see!

    Hi Mrs Pig Flyin' - Thank you so much. It's an exciting new step.

    Hi ChibbiestChan - Thanks :) I appreciate it.

    Hi Veruca Salt - Aww you are too kind. Looking forward to more fooding adventures with you.

    Hi Speedy - Thanks, and you can read it here..

    Hi Mrs Ed - lol. Duly noted!

    Hi Arista - Thanks so much :)

    Hi Andrea - Thank you!

    Hi FFichiban - Sounds good to me!

    Hi Penny - Thanks, and yes, a new noughties trend!

    Hi Mr Taste - Thanks :)

    Hi Noodleboy - Aww so lovely to have so much support. Thanks!

    Hi Peter G - Thank you so much. Only a matter of time before I see your work in a bookshop soon? :)

    Hi Lara - Thanks and thank you for the tip. Will definitely look into it :)

    Hi Craig - Thank you. I hope you enjoy it.

    Hi Laura - Thanks :)

    Hi Y - Thanks so much. It's very exciting.

    Hi katlo - Thanks and thank you for hte tip. I do love my pastizzi - will have to check it out soon!

    Hi Arwen - It's a great fit isn't it? And thank you. The support has been overwhelming.

    Hi Lannae - Thank you. It's exciting to see a new readership developing :)

     
  • At 5/02/2010 6:23 pm, Blogger Simon Food Favourites said…

    congratulations! i look forward to reading about all the cheap eats you find. i love cheap eats. i remember voting for my cheap eat for Time Out and mentioned Jasmin as my favourite so it's great to see it on the list. i also mentioned Mamak and Chat Thai would most likely be voted as well as these places are possibly the most blogged cheap eats in Sydney.

     
  • At 5/05/2010 4:25 pm, Blogger Anna said…

    totally deserved.

    and they couldn't have found more of an expert to do it.

    congrats!

     
  • At 5/10/2010 8:25 pm, Anonymous Jen (jenius.com.au) said…

    I only just opened my copy of Time Out today after leaving it in its plastic all last week and was both surprised and proud to see your name on the article! Massive congrats! Can't wait to see the next issue ;)

     
  • At 7/02/2010 3:26 pm, Blogger mb said…

    Congrats!

     
  • At 7/04/2010 2:21 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Simon Food Favourites - Thank you. My column won't be focussing on cheap eats specifically, but I'll be uncovered suburban eats which tend to be cheaper anyway. And yes, Jasmin has always been my #1 favourite feed :)

    Hi Anna - Aw thanks! It just goes to show you never know where blogging can take you!

    Hi Jen - lol. I think the shock I experience when I was first asked to write the column was greater, but yes, likewise it was a lovely surprise!

    Hi mb - Thank you :)

     

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