The first two weeks of iso-life were ok; the whole Green St Property team busied themselves to move our operations to a distance. It was hectic, a bit unknown and scary, but it kept the days ticking along.
We took advantage of no commute. I had the four Aloupis kids at home with me and I was able to cook more, read more, sit more. The team adapted their lives to working from home, zoom meetings, listing properties, conducting inspections virtually. For us, like most, the world keeps ticking along, just to a very different beat.
Fast-forward to week four and the world seems to be climbing its own walls. The family is sick of home-cooking, or maybe that’s just me. We want to return to normal, but know safe distances are the best places to remain right now, so I want to remind everyone that there are other Newcastle businesses like ours who have risen to the challenge and have adapted their operations to suit the current times. And thank goodness for them.
These businesses have been saviours in a sense; none of us could imagine thirty minutes outdoors away from our house would hold such value. My daily dash for chai latte from the Culture Club on King Street is probably my, and admittedly probably my kids’, favourite half hour of the day. Here are a few other local Newy favourites for the Green Street Team right now. We are all missing the eating-out times and while we certainly look forward to seeing our friends and extended families again, we encourage everyone to try and support a local business as much as you can afford in these times, so that they are there for us when society returns to normal. Think of this as a virtual guide for a day of eating out across our town:
Start strong: The iconic Estabar, on Newcastle Beach was an early leader in innovative ways to adapt to restricted trade – they teamed up with High Tea With Mrs Woo over a month ago to start a breakfast delivery package. It feels a bit romantic, old-worldy even, to have a cloth-wrapped (by HTWMW) breakfast hand delivered to our door.
Leisurely lunch: With breakfast/brunch covered, we recommend making lunch plans with One Penny Black on Hunter Street. They’re running daily specials from their Facebook page, making it easy to menu plan from the comfort of your own home. Check it out.
Afternoon pick-up: An afternoon tea can be sourced from many of the cafes along Darby Street -many have set up takeaway windows to make distancing easy. Try making a dash to the Autumn Rooms before 3.30pm, or Baba Yaga if you need something a little earlier.
When dinner calls, there have been a number of restaurants taking up the challenge of chef-prepared, plate-at-home fare. We’ve heard good reports for:
•Antijitos is offering kerbside pick up for their street menu. Lucky. Where would we be without their Chorizo Quesadilla!? •Mason have perfected fine dining in the home. Orders for their 2 or 3 course menu are phoned in for delivery to your car ready for you to plate up and serve just as the kids go to bed. Date Night Bliss. •Cranky Chef Catering are offering a wide selection of meals and sides as well as pre-dinner essentials delivered for FREE (no minimum) across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. •The Foghorn Brewery is bringing food and beverage back to reality, with packaged takeaways available and keg selections still possible. Phew. •Outside the three meals of the day, treat the kids to a cupcake from Cupcake Espresso at Adamstown, delivering across Newcastle daily.
These are just a few of our favourites to break up the weeks. Many other options and venues available, so perhaps once you’ve tried the Green Street Property gastronomic wander, you can create your own virtual eating tour using the Herald’s recent guide as a reference point. We can’t do without our local traders. I’m sure you can’t either.