A bowl of edamame soy beans and a masquerade mask. Not something that you would normally associated with each other. However, when chocolatesuze is involved, anything is possible.
For those of you who don’t know her, she’s is one of the more popular, well connected and high profile food bloggers in Sydney. So, when she decides to celebrate her birthday with fellow Sydney food bloggers (a masquerade-themed party no less), you know it’s going to be one hell of an occasion!
Thirty food bloggers gathered in a 25 person capacity private room at Wagaya, a Japanese restaurant located in the Chinatown area of Sydney. It was a bit of a tight squeeze but we all managed to get along and enjoy the evening all the same.
Oh. My. God. Ohmygod! That was my initial reaction when seeing how some of the photos had turned out.
As you can see, I was a little excited!
If you’re wondering why the quality of pictures have jumped up dramatically compared to my usual posts, all I have for you are four letters – D, S, L & R. That’s right, DSLR, as in a digital SLR camera.
Sushi roll, which seemed like a deconstruction of a Californian roll.
The camera for this shoot (Canon 5D mkII, 24-70mm F/2.8 L series zoom lens & Speedlite 530ex flash) was a loaner from a photographer friend of mine. Unfortunately my stock camera, the Canon G10 digital compact, had its lens take a bit of an oil bath during my first attempt at a Daring Cooks challenge. Needless to say, it’s somewhat out of commission.
Lucky me… :)
Anyhow, getting back to the awesomeness of the 5D mk II + L Series lens, though I’m under no obligation to do so, following is a free plug for his photgraphy company 247 Studios, whom he runs in partnership with another close friend.
Photo courtesy of 247 Studios.
Here endeth the plug :)
To finish up on the DSLR tangent and get back to the party, for the bloggers at the party that asked how much the camera weighed…
… it was this much.
The infamous sushi roulette.
Aside from the decently delectable delights indicated previously, and the touch screen menu ordering system (not pictured), one thing that Wagaya is known for is the sushi roulette.
For those of you who are not aware, the sushi roulette is a take on the sadistic game of Russian roulette. In this case, rather than being shot with a bullet if you lose, instead you’re hit with sushi bomb that is pack with as much wasabi as can be concealed within the rice. I think it works out to be the equivalent of a heaped teaspoon of sinus searing pain. Not a pleasant experience for the unlucky victim that comes across the “bullet”.
The dichotomy of the sushi roulette. One blogger throws his hands up in victory (and perhaps relief) while the blogger to his right feels the burn of defeat.
Believe me, I know first hand how it feels to be “burned”. However, that’s material for another post.
Another noteworthy thing to mention of Wagaya is its prompt service. Generally you’ll be serviced with your order in around 5 minutes, depending on how much you’re ordering and how busy it is. That’s rather speedy service! However, imagine if you will the following scenario:
You’ve just been the unlucky victim of the sushi roulette. You need a drink fast but all you have around you are empty cups. You quickly decide between the oolong tea and Coke Zero but which do you choose…?
It worked out on the night that oolong tea won hands down to Coke Zero with regards to speed of service, with a best time of 63 seconds. Coke Zero’s only managed a best time of 200 seconds.
If speedy service is a must, I know what drink I would choose. :)
Towards the end of the night, presents were handed out to the birthday girl and, well, presented for lack of a better word. However, no one at the party missed out. Not only did the birthday girl bring gifts of candy necklaces and lollipop rings for everyone but Trish from sugarlace was thoughtful enough to make personalised cake-pops for all attendees.
Thanks Trish :)
I’m not normally a fan of carnage aftermath shots but when it involves a cute girl, how can I refuse.
Either this is the result of a 30 food blogger birthday party or Betty (pictured with the purple scarf) was a really hungry girl!
Towards the end of the night, whatever food bloggers were still around gathered together to take a group photo. As food bloggers are generally are a camera-shy bunch, in homage to this group photo I present to you…
The above “photo” includes all of the the attending food bloggers for the night, including the ones that weren’t around for the group photo.
Recognise anyone? Might be a little difficult with the above image. So…
Meet the bloggers!
From top left to bottom right: Ellie, Billy, Betty & Richard, Suze, Karen, Howard & Minh, Tina, Eden, Trina, Helen, Richard, Reem, Jen, Pete, Lorraine, Grace, Shez, Belle, Jenny, Leona, Lili, Mel, Steph, Trish, Betty, Chris & Tim.
A big thanks to chocolatesuze for organising a great party, the attending food blogging party goers for making it a very enjoyable night, the guys at 247 Studios for the loan of the most awesome camera I’ve ever had the pleasure to use and to Wagaya for the venue and food.
Happy Birthday Suze. Hope you had at least as much fun as I did! :)