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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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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 6/19/2006 11:14:00 pm


  • At 6/20/2006 9:13 am, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    hahha fab pics as usual! Now I can put a face behind the posts!

    Looking back now, I'm thinking 'gee there was all that food there??'

  • At 6/20/2006 10:05 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Great photos. Food looks good.

    Did they have any curried egg sandwiches?

    I feel like I missed out on such great day.

  • At 6/20/2006 12:18 pm, Blogger Su-Yin -Décorateur said…

    It's such a pity i couldn't make it! I was really looking forward to the foodbloggers meet up! *sigh* will definately be there the next time around!

  • At 6/20/2006 6:44 pm, Blogger Swee San said…

    ah! missed it! still in Malaysia. but i'll be around for the next foodbloggers meet up!

  • At 6/20/2006 11:37 pm, Blogger cherbe said…

    omg...looking at your blog always makes me feel hungry again- even if it is midnight!

  • At 6/20/2006 11:50 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Pickles - So many of mine were blurry I had to trash them. I think my hand was shaking at the glorious mirage of sugar that lay before me.

    Yeah the spread was quite impressive. Triple what it was when I was last there.

    Hi Veruca - Alas no curried egg sandwiches. I was looking for them too. Even an egg and lettuce would have sufficed.

    The food was quite good. You'll have to come to the next one!

    Hi Suyin - It was a pity you couldn't make it. I'm sure there will be another one soon. Just gotta wait until someone volunteers to organise the next one! =)

    Hi Swee - I'm sure there are plenty of tastier sweets in Malaysia. As mentioned there are plans to have these more often. Keep your eyes peeled!

  • At 6/21/2006 12:02 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi cherbe - lol. I know. I'm trying not to look too closely at that decadent dessert spread even as I type!

  • At 6/21/2006 1:01 am, Blogger Cat said…

    fitness tea burns all previously consumed calories without breaking a sweat. its a miracle! :) it all looks soo soosoo good

  • At 6/21/2006 11:11 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Catesa - I definitely felt really good as I was drinking it! Flushed, alive and buzzing with adrenalin!

  • At 6/22/2006 9:51 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    P23 of City Weekly alleges that it is a Lindt choco fountain.

  • At 6/22/2006 10:03 am, Blogger ChocolateSuze said…

    hi helen dude many thanks for organising! (dont you just love the chocolate squiggles on the edges of the plates???)

  • At 6/24/2006 11:15 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Veruca - There were no signs that indicated so, but then again, my choc-dipped fruit did taste pretty good!

    Hi chocolatesuze - Thanks for coming! It was so nice to finally meet you.

    Yeah I love the squiggles! Edible art... yum!

  • At 8/14/2007 10:42 pm, Blogger Joanna said…

    awesome pics!!! *Drools*

    do you happen to know if there are any parking places close by?

  • At 8/14/2007 11:00 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Joanna - Nearest parking is probably underneath the QVB.


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