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Fine Spirit Expo 2015 - Gin & Vodka Edition | Sydney

Fine Spirit Expo 2015 - Gin & Vodka Edition | Sydney

When it comes to the strong stuff, whiskeys and spiced rums are usually my drink of choice these days, but with vodka being a past staple in my drinks cupboard (we've all been there) and gin making a spirited revival (mind the pun) in the last few years, there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity to check out the inaugural Fine Spirit Expo, held over two sessions on 30-31 October in Sydney.

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Kujin | Elizabeth Bay, Sydney

I used to work with a guy who was an absolute fitness machine. He competed in ironman competitions (that's a 4km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run - non stop...) and 24-hour solo mountain bike races, and even fought in amateur MMA competitions. I went and watched him fight once, just after he'd grown a beard, and without his shirt on he looked exactly like Wolverine, but without having had any photoshopping (no offence Hugh Jackman, I know you're pretty ripped too!). Oh, and he was in his mid-40's.

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Mother Chu's Taiwanese | Haymarket (Chinatown), Sydney

Mother Chu's Taiwanese | Haymarket (Chinatown), Sydney

Sometimes, particularly towards the end of a long week or a busy day, going out for dinner just seems like too much of a hassle (yep... even for me!). Which is a bit silly, because - really - where's the hassle in someone narrowing down your list of food options, cooking it, putting it down right in front of you, cutting it into bite size pieces (if you ask nicely... maybe), and then cleaning it all up for you?

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Ramen O-San | Haymarket, Sydney

Ramen O-San | Haymarket, Sydney

From a young age, if you're anything like me, you made lists of your favourite things in your head (and no, this isn't a The Sound of Music reference!), maybe even sorted into the order of how much you liked them. Things like your top 5 chip flavours, TV shows, and friends; and later on, your favourite actresses (not necessarily because of their acting skills...), clothing brands (essentially anything that General Pants stocked), and Hugh Grant rom-coms (About A Boy, thanks for asking). I guess when we're young, these things help us define ourselves (albeit superficially) and help us make sense of the world. Having said that, I still have a list of my top chip flavours, so I guess I haven't grown up that much yet...

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Sushi Train | Neutral Bay

Sushi Train | Neutral Bay

Sushi train... sushi-go-round... kaiten-zushi... whatever you like to call it, we're all familiar with the wonderful concept of sitting in front of a conveyer belt, watching plates of sushi pass before our hungry eyes, and picking off the ones that look the best before someone else down the line gets a chance. If I could sit at a sushi train instead of waiting at the baggage carousel for my suitcase every time I took a flight, I'd be a happy man - it's far more delicious and much less likely to result in me having to invoke my travel insurance to buy a new pair of socks and a new toothbrush!

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