No doubt there will be changes next year - some, not really that big a deal; others, massive and life-changing. There will also be some changes to Food, Booze and Shoes following its half-decade milestone earlier this month, so keep an eye out.
But before I get ahead of myself, here are my food, booze and events highlights from 2013.
|Bocata de buey – air baguette, Rost Biff wagyu, Tocino de Cielo, pickled and black garlic from MoVida Sydney, Surry Hills|
The fitout, the vibe and the menu at MoVida Sydney are all incredibly spot on, but particularly the memorable air baguette crisp, draped with stunning wagyu beef and topped with garlic - easily one of the best tapas I've ever had the pleasure of encountering.
|Deconstructed cassoulet from The Owl House, Darlinghurst|
I may have rolled out of there but I certainly remember the very delectable, homely but fancy deconstructed cassoulet of a white bean stew, confit duck, braised pork shoulder and sausage. Matched with one of several cocktails, it's a guaranteed winner of a night out.
|Trout jerky from Biota Dining, Bowral|
Destination dining at its best, Biota's seven course degustation was impressive yet fun, and started with an absolutely banging amuse bouche: air dried, jerky style ocean trout that was dreamily smoky, chewy and salty.
|Pan fried fish dumplings from ShanDong Mama, Melbourne|
A simple eatery in a Chinatown arcade, the north-east Chinese offerings include these home-made dumplings with an airy fish, coriander and ginger filling, wrapped in thin, chewy skins pan fried for hot, crisp bottoms.
|Ash grilled duck, Jerusalem artichoke, prunes in Banyuls, potato horns, truffle from The Bridge Room, Sydney|
My favourite was his ash grilled duck dish, cooked then grilled over binchotan white charcoal and served most artistically with a jerusalem artichoke puree, prunes, potato skins and black truffle shavings. So special and utterly mouthwatering.
|Roasted oysters from Ester, Chippendale|
Plump and shell free, these lightly warmed oysters served with diced eschallots and vinaigrette were oyster eating heaven.
|Crispy pata from La Mesa, Haymarket|
|Salade Niçoise from Cafe Nice, Circular Quay|
|Chilli fries from Beach Burrito, Newtown|
|Spiced school prawns & smoked chilli mayo from Anatoli, Bondi Junction|
Crunchy without too many sharp prawn head bits, the spice was just right on the fresh little crustaceans which were served with a chilli mayonnaise - possibly also Sydney's new favourite condiment.
|Banoffee tart from Cafe Sopra, Alexandria|
It's a glorious construction of biscuit base, gooey caramel, whipped cream and thin slices of fresh banana. With a bit of everything in each mouthful, it's an orgasmic tart with a perfect balance of sweetness and textures.
Booze and events
|Plan-ting cocktail from The Lobo Plantation, Sydney|
With complimentary plaintain chips and an excellent bar menu, I love perching at the bar while working through the cocktail list and watching the fun, friendly bartenders doing their thing.
|Dita von Teese for Cointreau at The Victoria Room, Darlinghurst|
|Opera on Sydney Harbour's Carmen, Sydney Harbour|
(Photo by James Morgan, courtesy of Opera Australia)
|Mike McEnearney of Kitchen by Mike at Taste of Sydney, Centennial Park|
This year we said farewell to:
Albion Street Kitchen (which turned into the wildly-popular Chur Burger), Alio, Aseana Food Village, Cara & Co, Claude's, Concrete Blonde, Danks Street Depot, Duke Bistro, Guerilla Bar and Restaurant, North Bondi Italian Food, the monorail, Restaurant Atelier, Roxanne, Selah, Spiedo, The Alibi, The Falconer, and soon, Guillaume at Bennelong.
On the other hand, there have been plenty of new openings that have made 2013 an exciting year in Sydney food and drinking.
I know I'll look back on 2013 fondly in years to come. Thank you to all my readers and followers for all your support and kind comments throughout the year here, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Here's to another great year - I'm looking forward to sharing exciting news, and amazing Food, Booze and Shoes with you in 2014.