5 May 2021

Where’s the beef?

The Back Page

It’s delightful to spot a pattern in anything.

This deep instinct probably comes from the ol’ evolutionary advantage of spotting the imaginary tiger in the long grass over not spotting the real one.

So it was irresistible to join the very obvious dots in this COVID-19 alert from NSW Health yesterday – certainly more fun than contemplating how the virus escaped this time or whether we’re facing another outbreak.

Bondi JunctionScreening of The Courier at Event Cinemas Westfield Bondi Junction  500 Oxford StreetFriday 30 April  6pm – 8pm
Rushcutters BayFigo Restaurant3/56-60A Bayswater RoadFriday 30 April 8.45pm – 11pm
SilverwaterJoe’s Barbeques & Heating142 Silverwater RoadSaturday 1 May 1pm –1.45pm  
SilverwaterTucker Barbecues138 Silverwater RoadSaturday 1 May  1pm – 1.45pm
Annandale Barbeques GaloreG1/212-220 Parramatta RoadSaturday 1 May  2pm – 3pm
Casula Barbeques GaloreThe Crossroads, Unit 12B, Parkers Farm PlaceSaturday 1 May  4pm – 5pm
MascotBP Mascot1077 Botany RoadSaturday 1 May  4.30pm – 5pm
Bondi JunctionThe Meat Store262 Oxford StreetSunday 2 May 3pm – 4pm

Unlike previous major outbreaks with lists of locations scattered semi-randomly over large areas, the places visited by Sydney’s single new case showed a laser focus – clearer than that of the inner west pub crawler back in August.

And, befitting the eastern suburbs, a little classier.

After watching the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Cold War-era thriller The Courier, our hero had dinner at the very nice-looking restaurant Figo. Here we suspect he may have been inspired by the tagliata di manzo – Jacks creek Black Angus Scotch Fillet Marble score 3/4, sautéed mix mushrooms, garlic and rosemary – to find the perfect meat-cooking machine.

This dedicated individual, we gather, spent the next afternoon driving around to no fewer than four barbecue stores, finally finding the model he wanted at Casula, and stopping to pick up a gas bottle at the Mascot BP.

The next day, having spent Sunday morning assembling the barbecue, he stocked up at The Meat Store.

His quest at a satisfactory end, he’s at least now well equipped for isolation, and will be well prepared to get his mates around when he’s through it.

Far be it from the Back Page to mock this bloke – we applaud him for getting tested without any obvious reason to do so amid such low case numbers, and we wish him well.

If you see something neat, say something neat … send recipes to felicity@medicalrepublic.com.au.

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