A taste of inner west Sydney

Have you seen the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert? If not, I suggest that you do as it is an Aussie cinema classic made on a shoestring budget. If you have seen the film, the Sydney drag shows are shot in the front bar of The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville. Up until 2009 we lived a short stumble from the pub, spending many a happy hour with friends in the bars, show room and the basement nightclub.

Heading east along Erskineville Road you will pass The Floral Decorator on the left hand side, one of our favourite florists. The interior has a cave like feeling with flowers arching overhead. I like the way the window display appears to tumble onto the pavement.

A little piece of France
Proceeding further on into Alexandria the road becomes Copeland Street. Bitton is a frequent destination of ours. You can see the back of Frenchman, David Bitton wearing a blue polo shirt on the left of the picture. Great food with a French edge.

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The Imperial Hotel
The Floral Decorator
A Taxing Day

A taxing day

Yesterday trickled like water through my fingers. Our first job was to set up the dining table; the perfect surface to get everything together for the annual tax return. We sorted 12 months worth of receipts into categories ready for data entry and then the motivation to complete the task evaporated.

Spring’s just around the corner
Already the flowers on west facing magnolias are changing from magenta to pale pink while some maple trees haven’t fully shaken off their leaves from last year. Early flowing jasmine buds, tinged with pink look ready to set loose waves of intoxicating fragrance upon the streets of Sydney.

The beautiful blue skied sunny day typical for Winter in Sydney could not be wasted by staying indoors. Following a couple of false starts we walked with Stan from Lewisham, through the suburbs of Petersham, Stanmore, Newtown and Erskineville. We stopped briefly at parks and trees for Stan to mark and connect with our route.

Relief from the dusty road
After walking for five kilometres we were ready for lunch at Bitton, a French inspired cafe in Alexandria. An outside table and a bottle of Baron Edmond de Rothschild Les Laurets, Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion were the perfect accompaniment to slow roasted pork shoulder with fennel slaw and a salmon burger. We did not really need the bread and pudding with sauce Anglaise or rhubarb tart, but it is still Winter after all!

Following lunch it took just over one hour to walk home through Erskineville, Newtown, Marrickville and Petersham. An afternoon nap and the satisfaction of a ten kilometres round trip were the perfect tonic to ease my hot feet.

View toward Erskineville from Bitton Cafe.