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Strathfield Good Food Guide : Food Guide 2010
October 2010 | 7 Welcome to the United Nations of Good taste Maeve O’Meara SBS food broadcaster Maeve O’Meara is a huge fan of Strathfield and its vibrant, multinational food scene. Interview by Natalie O’Brien. ward-winning food author, journalist, and broadcaster Maeve O’Meara has travelled the world discovering food, butsayssheisabigfanof Strathfield’s culinary delights. The Sydney-based foodie and host of SBS TV’s popular Food Safari television program says the inner-west suburb is one of the jewels in the city’s culinary crown. “ The wider Strathfield area is one of the most vibrant parts of Sydney,” O ’Meara told the Food Guide. “We spent a fair bit of time around the area ... there are so many different nationalities, fantastic shops and great restaurants.” O’Meara is the co-author of a dozen books on food and also co-created the Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia. Maeve was the Food Presenter on Better Homes and Gardens for five years and has won major international awards for her television work. She also created the food adventure company Gourmet Safaris which runs guided tours, both walking and by bus, around Sydney, Australia and overseas. As part of her on-going research into Sydney’s food scene O’Meara regularly visits restaurants and food suppliers across Strathfield and Homebush and beyond – one of the city’s most cosmopolitan areas. One of things that O’Meara likes so much about the region is that the cooks, suppliers and customers all live in close proximity which means that “you are getting authentic and fresh food”. “ There are several culinary destinations in the Strathfield area I would crawl over broken glass for, and there are some unusual spots to be discovered,” she says. Among her favourite shopping spots around the area is Spiceland, the large and well- stocked Sri Lankan emporium on Henley Road, Homebush West, where you can find many hard-to-source products. In her Sri Lankan Food Safari O’Meara also features the Janani Restaurant in Burlington Road which regularly gets rave reviews. She also runs a Spice Safari tour around the wider Strathfield area visiting an Indian spice emporium, cooking demonstrations and lunch at the well-known Indian restaurant Abhis’s in North Strathfield. Apart from offering a stunning range of national cuisines – Korean, Russian, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Pub Grub, Thai, Malaysian and Japanese – what really attracts this globe- trotting chef is Strathfield’s dynamism. “ The food scene in the area is changing,” she says. “ There is always something new and exciting to discover. I love coming back.” To find out more about Maeve O’Meara’s Gourmet Safaris visit: www.gourmetsafaris.com. au. Food Safari screens on SBS TV. O’Meara’s best selling cook-book and DVDs of her Food Safari and Italian Food Safari TV Shows are now available for purchase through gourmetsafaris.com.au Internal Pages.indd 7 15/10/10 6:31 PM
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