Photo Essay: A Foodie’s Shopping Expedition

On an overly humid and wet Saturday morning, two foodies ventured over Sydney’s Anzac Bridge for a day of gourmet shopping.

Anzac Bridge

They visited the recently opened Essential Ingredient store at Rozelle. They remembered the heady days when they used to shop regularly at the Camperdown store. They examined the selection of condiments and cooking supplies on display and their passion for experimental cooking was reignited. They didn’t leave the store empty handed.

Essential Ingredient Essential Ingredient

They walked a few doors up to Herbie’s Spices. Seduced by the aromatic scents from the pretty little shop with Customer Barking, they ventured inside.

Herbie’s SpicesCustomer Barking at Herbie's

They took home a few herbs and spices and promised to return on their next visit to the area.

Herbie's Spices

They drove along Darling Street towards Balmain  and made a stop at Adriano Zumbo. They swooned over his latest selection  and left with a box of goodies and heart-shaped macarons for Valentine’s Day. (More delicious photos here)

Adriano Zumbo teaser Adriano Zumbo

One of them was lured by the capsicum, potato and chorizo sausage quiche.  Real men eat Zumbo quiche, apparently…

Zumbo capsicum, potato, chorizo sausage quiche

They stopped at the Sydney Fish Markets and stocked up on fresh seafood for the special occasion and for the coming week.

Whopper live lobsters Zumbo and Scallops in fridge

They strolled up to Simon Johnson’s on Harris Street for a good coffee and a few overdue purchases.

Simon Johnson

They nearly took home one of the cutest Easter chocolate from Caffarel. These ducks, chickens, roosters and geese makes animal sounds when you pick them up!

Caffarel chocolate animals

Later in the day at a local supermarket, they stifled a laugh when one of them picked up a packet of Girth Control… Chocolate.

Girth Control chocolate

Something that this sausage is inordinately proud of.


Previous Foodie Expeditions on Gourmantic

Adriano Zumbo
Simon Johnson
Sydney Fish Markets
Ultimo Wine Centre

List of Suppliers Visited

Essential Ingredient
731-735 Darling St
Rozelle, NSW 2039

Herbie’s Spices
745 Darling Street

Adriano Zumbo Pâtisserie
296 Darling Street
Balmain NSW 2040

Sydney Fish Markets
Bank Street
Pyrmont, Sydney NSW

Simon Johnson’s
181 Harris St
Pyrmont NSW 2009


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


    • Melissa: I’ve got a small collection of those! I was so pleased to see some of the old favourite products like escargots.
      We loved the look and layout of the new store and will be dropping in more regularly.

      Thanks for your visit and comment 🙂

  • What a fun experience.  I visited the Essential Ingredient in Crows Nest in July when I was home visiting and mum and I spent HOURS in there!  Also visited Zumbo and I was a great fan of Simon Johnson when I lived in Syd in 1994…  Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

    • Mardi: You mean there are more things we have in common? 🙂 In that case, I hope you’ll like the next post on Zumbo!

  • That Girth Control chocolate is brilliant!  I must try and find some online as I can immediately think of about 10 people who would love it! 😀