Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A life of one street

At one time or another a significant event in my life has occurred on the 1 street. Technically 2 as this particular street covers 2 municipalities...

Old South Head Road and Oxford Street. Old South Head Road commences at Watson's Bay peninsular is travels through Vaucluse, Rose Bay, North Bondi, Bellevue Hill and Bondi Junction where there's a name change to Oxford Street. Oxford Street, Woollahra, Centennial Park, Paddington and Darlinghurst. It terminates at the Sydney City edge.

Born: Paddington Woman's Hospital - Oxford Street, Paddington.

Resided: (1982 - 1988) Old South Head Road, Vaucluse

School: (1990 - 1996) Vaucluse High School - Old South Head Road, Vaucluse

Work: (2003 - 2005) Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

Fitness: Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

Shopping: Westfield Bondi Junction AKA WBJ (substantial entry to come) & Oxford Street, Paddington

Night life: Paddington Inn. Oxford Street, Paddington (I'm there unless at the Robin Hood)

Many times I have though of moving out of the area. My life is here, my friends and family are within walking distance - why would I relocate?

Friday, October 14, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald article on "my local"

"Is anything better than a cold beer coupled with a good steak? Well, yes, actually - when that steak carries a $5 price tag.

The price of petrol, ice-creams and houses may have soared in Sydney over the past decade but we can still dine cheaply at most local watering holes.

Steak-lovers don't have to go far to find a good pub offering a full meat dinner for just $5 (with drink purchase).

And most offer a choice, so those not inclined to pump up their iron levels don't have to miss out on the bargain meals.

The Robin Hood Hotel at Waverley is one such place. With a massive range of foods on its $5 menu, it's cheaper to eat and drink there than DIY at home.

As well as the obligatory steak (a 250-gram rump steak with your choice of chips or mash, plus 50 cents for sauce), there is a chicken breast schnitzel, char-grilled pork spare ribs, soup of the day, lightly battered fish and chips, bangers and mash, spaghetti bolognaise, steamed vegies, mixed garden salad, rocket and parmesan salad or a bowl of chips. Quite a find for any bargain hunter.

It's also an unpretentious, chilled out, relaxed pub in the normally high-brow eastern suburbs. When we visited on a Tuesday night, the mixed crowd was dominated by a mostly young, casual set, with almost all taking advantage of the bargain food. Retro music from the 1980s and '90s pumped through the venue but at a level low enough so you could still keep up a conversation.

It's all a good recipe for a good night out."