We were lucky enough to score an invite to FCBA’s 2 year anniversary at Taisho Japanese Restaurant in the East Village Zetland. What an exciting way to celebrate. If you don’t know FCBA, they are a wonderful community of Food Critics and Bloggers (and Instagrammers and general lovers of food) that have regular meet ups to bring like-minded people together. They hold events at different cafes and restaurants, where members are in a draw to secure a spot at one of these meet ups. We chat all things food, take photos, feed them to Instagram and all our social pages.
It is a wonderful community to be part of and we have been involved for almost the same amount of time they’ve been operating. We have had the joy of meeting so many passionate foodies, making new friends and enjoying some wonderful food together. This 2 year anniversary was to celebrate all this community that Cecilia, Sophia, Erica, Eugene and Melody have developed and sustained over these years and bring everyone together.
We met for a wonderful lunch at Taisho Japanese Wagyu Restaurant in the East Village, newly opened (and one of our new favourite cuisines) which is essentially a Japanese BBQ where you cook yourself at group table, perfect for sharing.
All the food was outstanding: gyoza, salad with lotus chips, extremely fresh sashimi, sushi platters were provided to start. Then we tried a range of different beef cuts, vegetables and corn to cook on the grill. The meat was extremely good quality and short rib was without a doubt the favourite. Great service provided by the staff and kudos to the superstar chef.
The wine was supplied by Nocton Vineyard. This wine, hailing from Tasmania has been produced in a region known for its cooler climate, rainfall and pleasant seasons allowing the wine to retain its acidity. We had the opportunity to sample a range of the wines including the chardonnay, savingnon blanc and pinot, which they are well known for. We can’t decide what we liked the most. We even won a bottle of wine so we were very pleased about that.
It was a birthday, and what would a birthday be, without a cake. A beautiful three tiered Golden California Girl Drip Cake made with Lemon Vodka was a visual feast of macarons, lollypops and cupcakes. Thanks to Black Velvet for supplying this amazing treat!
With a range of games and lucky door prizes, vouchers were provided by the lovely sponsors Flour Drum Newtown, Loluk Bistro, Entertainment Book Au. We were all lucky enough to go home with a goody bag filled with vouchers by Hsin Shih Tang and Haven Specialty Coffee and some delicious treats for later: brownies and fudge made by Sugar Rush Desserts.
A great venue, great food, great prizes and overall a great event! We enjoyed the party and socializing with our foodie friends and celebrating this supportive community. Thank you for having us and to all the sponsors.