It’s due time we feature our friend Jodie Fox, one of the three founders of Shoes of Prey- a site allowing you to custom design ‘your perfect shoes’. Genius right!? Jodie’s racked up an enviable shoe collection- coyly stating that it’s in triple figures- and has built up a fantastic list of go-to places which she shares via Posse. Why? “Because the recommendations are totally curated and totally relevant for me. It’s the fastest way for me to figure out what I’ll love when I need to find a new spot for dinner – and more.
Here’s her A-Z:
My Surry Hills ‘hood
Gelato Messina- I have just one addiction at the moment – gelato. Check the daily specials for crazy new combinations, but my two staple flavours are: salted caramel and salted mango and coconut.
Toko- Great ambiance, divine cocktails, luscious super-fresh sashimi presented like artwork. Must try: truffle kingfish sashimi and the smoked miso salmon.
Billy Kwong Chinese Eating House- Rethink everything you know about Australian Chinese food. Light, fresh, not oily and ridiculously full of flavour. Casual, intimate vibe – highly recommend.
Spice I am- Cheap and cheerful, the best Thai mains in Sydney
Sticky Bar- Great cocktails, cool hidden-bar entrance that is kind of quirky and impressive. Head there on a Weds night for a roast and glass of wine for $15.
Shoes of Prey- Ok, ok, this is my business! Come and design your perfect pair of shoes
Desmond and Molly Jones- Elliot carefully trims my long tresses and Grace does a fab ballyage. Very cute boutique salon if you’re tired of cookie cutter salon service.
Reuben Hills- Cool decor. I love the cerviche for breakfast… and although I’ve never had it the salted caramel milkshake is a constant temptation. Coffee isn’t so good, service is fab.
Sydney City and the East
Grasshopper- Faultlessly flattering amber light, sweet cocktails and French brasserie upstairs. This local eating house has low ceilings and decor with a touch of worn love, perfect for a casual dinner or drinks in the Sydney city lane ways.
Venustus- The best facial I have ever had. Try the “celebrity” and be completely blissed out when part way through the dreamy treatment a second therapist comes in and massages your worries away.
Eau De Vie- Easily my favorite bar in Sydney. A secret speakeasy worth finding. Bartenders with style and drinks that you’ll forget have alcohol. Curl up here for an evening of pecorino and rosemary popcorn and some old French Absinthe.
Ananas Bar and Brasserie- Stunning step into art-deco Paris. Think blue velvet, gold trim, french champagne and oysters. incredible ambiance that’s totally date-worthy.
Kitchen by Mike- I have been known to come for breakfast and stay on for lunch. Fresh, simple, tasty food set in a converted warehouse. Interior design and chef perfection.
The Bitton Cafe- Gorgeous French cafe, child and pet friendly. The homemade baked beans are the best… as is the seasonal jam!
Jak’s (London)- Yummy healthy food, take away or dine in. Fast service.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters (NYC)- Best coffee I’ve had in the USA, hands down. And, their hot chocolate is so rich that it’s impossible to finish… just try… but don’t say I didn’t warn you! Take your coffee into the Ace Hotel lobby and flip open your Macbook Pro to get amongst the entrepreneurial buzz.
Sevva (Hong Kong)- Incredible city views and stunning martinis. Great to catch up with a small group or for a date.