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Monday, June 19, 2006

Sydney Foodbloggers High Tea at Crossroads Bar, Swissotel

big biscotti
High tea spread... all calorie-free of course

One of my favourite aspects of hanging out with other foodbloggers is the whole novelty factor of watching someone else take endless photos of their meal. As I watched someone frame a shot, eyebrow furrowed, intense concentration evident as they tweaked that plate just a leetle bit to the left, I thought: Omigod. Is this what my dining companions endure every meal?

Hellooo.... that, and worse, my consicence reminded me.


We must have presented a bemusing scene yesterday as twenty assorted foodies and foodbloggers descended on Crossroads Bar at the Swissotel Sydney. It was a convention for the food papparazzi and an opportunity for many of us to finally put a face to the monikers of the websites we know, read and love.

I was excited at the prospect of finally meeting the real Pickles, ChocolateSuze and VeggieFriendly. It was also a chance to chat with new bloggers like Kevin and Sweet Treat and Nicbiccie. I caught up with Rebecca, I met Melody, I met sydneycafes.com.au and I discussed buffets and maternity jeans with a throng of foodblog readers (apparently it works brilliantly).

And then of course there was the food... which was eaten after each person had taken a photo. Ain't no-one touching their cutlery until a photo had been taken. *sigh* It was so nice to feel normal and sane in like-minded company.

mini crème brulees
Mini creme brulees

chocolate fountain
Chocolate fountain

chocolate fountain hostages
Marshmallows, fruit, fruit cake and chocolate cake
for skewering and dipping in the chocolate fountain

plate number one
Plate number 1
(the pecan tart was the highlight)

Should I mention I had only had an apple for breakfast or am I just making excuses?

plate number two
Plate number 2
(the Paris-brest was overwhelming in almond essence)

All this was of course washed down with the tea of your choosing. Having reviewed the options, there was only one that seemed appropriate:

And lift. And flex. And stretch. Again.

The spread of sweets was definitely much more varied and abundant than the last time I visited, although this was no doubt due to the large number of bookings they had for that day.

Sandwiches were the only disappointment for the day--strange creamy fillings when a simple cucumber sandwich would have been divine. But otherwise there was a plethora of sweet options, all neatly presented and in bite size lady-like portions (except proper ladies don't go for thirds apparently).

mango pudding

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High tea at the Crossroads Bar
Swissotel Sydney

Level 8, 68 Market Street, Sydney(above Myer)
Tel: +61 (02) 9238 7088

High tea available Saturdays and Sundays 2pm-4pm
$25.00 per person or

$32.50 with a glass of sparkling wine

Updated January 7, 2009

High tea buffet available Saturdays and Sundays 2pm-4pm
$35 per person or
$44.50 with a glass of Chandon

High tea available on a tiered tray Monday to Friday 2pm-4pm
$30 per person

Related GrabYourFork posts:
High tea at the Swissotel Crossroads Bar (Jan09) , (Nov06) and (Mar05)
High tea at the Observatory Hotel, Globe Bar
High tea at the Sofitel Wentworth (Sep08) and (Dec06)
High tea at the Victoria Room, Darlinghurst
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