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  1. Actually, I was not actually 'game' (sic) enough to eat emu/croc/kangaroo but I only went in for a coffee anyway. I have eaten kangaroo and it was nice but I could not help thinking I was eating an Aussie icon! Same with the emu as they both appear on the Aussie coat of arms. I will go back and try something daring however. Redfern is getting cooler and cooler too. Purple Goanna Megan Johnston February 21, 2011 Bush tucker doesn’t often appear on the Sydney cafe scene but at Purple Goanna it dominates the menu. Since Koori woman Suzanne Grech opened the cafe about a year ago, she’s tapped into the wild-food market with dishes such as wild berry pancakes ($10) and the big bush brekky with kangaroo or crocodile, tomato sauce and Tasmanian native pepper ($15). For lunch, we’re keen to try the kangaroo burgers with chips ($12) but on the day of our visit stocks are running low due to the floods so we order a barramundi burger with chips ($12) and crocodile risotto with cream, spinach and garlic ($15). We steal a spot by the huge open window and our Philosophy coffees soon arrive, hot and strong. Next comes lunch: a crusty bread roll with tender fish in a tasty lemon myrtle dressing and a rich and aromatic risotto with big chunks of gamey croc. Regulars arrive and chat to waitresses, before cosying up along the wooden side bench or at airy outdoor tables. We stay for a massive bowl of lilly-pilly ice-cream ($6) topped with cream. It’s a subtle musky-flavoured concoction we resolve to come back for soon
  2. Elsewhere, someone was criticising two of Sydney's 'gems'! Well, nobody would ever call Parra Road pretty but it is Sydney's historic route to Parrmatta, going back over two hundred years now. I would never enjoy driving it in the rush hour but outside of that it's not unpleasant to travel and you certainly get to see a lot of Sydney. I think you'll find that all the big cities have their own version too. Redfern? I used to say that I would not venture there after dark without an armed guard but it has much changed over the last few years. There were always some pleasant historic terrace-lined streets - George and Pitt - the same George & Pitt in the CBD - and the narrow streets in between. You can't beat a location so close to the City and to Sydney Uni & Technology Park. I got off the train one Friday night about 9pm, stopped for a meal in Redfern Street, then carried on walking back to Surry Hills. There's a new & trendy little quarter around the corner of Chalmers & Redfern Sts - pubs, cafes, restaurants. I often do my supermarket shopping at Woolies opposite Redferen Oval beacause it's the one supermarket where I can park right outside the shop. Maybe I just look at Sydney through those rose-coloured binoculars and I'm looking from the wrong end. I've said it before - it's Australia's 'Big Apple'!
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