The W Padstow RSL – Sydney

Foodie Finds

Where: The W, Padstow RSL, 24-28 Howard Rd, Padstow.

When: September 2019

Meal: Dinner

Cost: $25 each

I grew up in Padstow and although I don’t live local now, I was lured back to the area by Drag Bingo at the Padstow RSL Club. Currently they are running Drag Bingo once a month in the auditorium and you get a bingo book with every $5 spent at the bar and can purchase a bingo dauber for $3.

I must say, I probably wouldn’t have gone to Padstow RSL, nor the W, if it wasn’t for the bingo. But we thought we’d make a night of it and have dinner and drinks before the bingo.

The menu is quite big and includes all the usual ‘pub food’ staples such as steak, schnitzels, pizzas and burgers. We were in the mood to try a few things, so ordered from the starters, main and sides options.

From the starters we had the Salt + Pepper Squid ($14) and the Fried Pork + Prawn Gyoza ($16).

The squid was tender, but coated in a very thick crumb which is my not my preferred option and a fairly solid indicator it was just frozen food, deep fried. The gyoza were nice and crispy, tasty and well dressed with spring onion, sesame mayo and sesame seeds.

The Chilli Prawn Linguine ($24) was served in a tomato sauce and included 5 prawns, which seems to be the established standard in prawn pasta dishes. It had a great flavour, but was heavy in the tomato sauce.

Finally, the Steakhouse Chips ($6) were what you expect of a bowl of good pub chips.

Would I go back? I would go back again in the same scenario, alongside some entertainment, but I wouldn’t go just for the bistro food.

Would I recommend it to you? I absolutely would recommend going to Drag Bingo and whilst you’re there, yes, stop in to the W. Their specials often look really great on Instagram.

Paint & Sip Pop-Up Art Class

Adventure

Where: Night Noodle Markets, Hyde Park, Sydney. Australia.

When: October 2018

Duration: 2 hour class

Cost: $60, which included a glass of wine, canap├ęs from the market stalls and all art supplies

For a while now I’ve been seeing my Facebook friends doing art classes with wine. I didn’t really expect that I would be good at painting, but pretty much anything is better with wine right, so why not?!

When I saw an article on these pop-up classes at the Sydney Night Noodle markets it seemed like the right time to try it out it. On a beautiful warm night the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park are really fun. You grab some food, you find a table or a spot on the lawn and you listen to music underneath both the city lights and fairy lights, and soak up the atmosphere.

But Sydney was going through what felt like a flood. It has been raining for two weeks and Hyde Park was a swamp. Seriously, gumboots would have been the most appropriate outfit choice.

But, myself and two of my gal pals had booked the tickets weeks ago, so on the night we trudged through the park to find the Brands Laira wine marquee to get our creative juices flowing a.k.a get our wine.

Upon arrival we were shown to allocated seats in a very pretty little tent to the side of the Brands Laira tent. It was also a swamp inside, but there wasn’t much that could be done with the weather. Food was circulated as we awaited the full crew to arrive.

When the majority of the guests were there we were introduced to our host, an artist who would show us step by step how to create a specifically selected vineyard scene. She talked us through our equipment and how the session would progress. She also warned us that most people find placing the first bit of paint on the canvas the most nerve racking part. True, very true…

First we started with the sky, then we progressed to the grass, then added shadows where we would soon paint the vineyard trees. The initial stress of worrying about placing the horizon too high or low rapidly dissipated, perhaps aided by the wine, and we were soon relaxing and painting with ease whilst listening to a great retro playlist.

As I looked around the room I noticed that everyone’s work of art looked just a little bit different, including our teacher’s version versus the image we were shown when booking. Some look great, some probably only great at a distance, a far, far distance. But hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder right?

After filling in the trees, adding a wine barrel and perhaps the most difficult part, painting the delicate wine glasses, we were almost finished. The only thing left to do was to sign our masterpieces.

The 2 hour class went quite quickly, but I felt like we had plenty of time to get the painting done. We were also given tips on how to make sure it dried quick, particularly important on a Friday night class when we were heading off to a bar afterwards. After a quick group photo we were all off on our way.

Cork & Chroma have studios in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for classes and you can check out the event calendar on their website http://www.corkandchroma.com.au.

Would I do it again? Yes, I’m actually looking forward to visiting their studio in Surry Hills where the lighting will no doubt be better and the wine is BYO!

Would I recommend it to you? Yes, it’s the perfect night out with friends. Relaxing, yet social, with the added advantage of being able to drink wine whilst getting creative.