ask Gina about
cocktail bars • hidden bars • distillery • boutiques • beaches • ethnic food • hole in the wall
What do you do and why do you do it?
Advertising by day, Freelance writing on weekends, e-Commerce as a side hustle. If my plate is not full to the brim and overflowing just a little, I can't function!
Were you born and raised in Sydney? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Sydney?
I was born and raised in a crazy, amazing Greek family in Sydney!
What’s your current hood in Sydney and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I'm an "Inner-Westie" and absolutely love the local hood (Newtown, Stanmore, Enmore, Marrickville, Petersham, Dulwich Hill). I love the cultural diversity of the area that is reflected in all the amazing food you can find from Greek to Vietnamese to Egyptian. What's also great is that the hood has recently become home to many coffee roasters, beer brewers and produce growers - so our cafes, bars and restaurants are among the best in Sydney! The worst thing is the traffic on Saturdays.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
You'll find me getting down on any given dance floor (or in my kitchen) to Soulful House, Disco and Motown. Lately my Spotify list has also been rotating Goldlink, Kaytranada, J. Cole and Sampha. You will almost certainly not find me at an Iron Maiden concert.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Current fave: Master of None. Aziz Ansari nails single life in the city, modern dating, growing up with immigrant parents and other "right now" issues with honesty and humour.
Name some spots in Sydney that are good for a Tinder date.
For me, a good date involves great cocktails, good tunes, just the right amount of lighting and lots of good conversation. Palmer & Co (City), Earl's Juke Joint (Newtown) and the Dolphin Dining Room (Surry Hills) all offer just that.
Who’s your hero and where in Sydney would you take them out for a serious hang?
I'd love to show comedian Aziz Ansari around Sydney because he's hilarious and a total foodie. I'd take him on a trail of all my favourite local food and coffee joints. Of course he could just refer to my map, but I like to think I add a little something extra in person!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I'm a self-confessed online shopping addict. I also love checking out the independent boutiques around Sydney's inner city and of course, no overseas holiday is complete without splashing out on a special purchase or two (or ten).
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Anywhere unnecessarily fancy, too clean or without character.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Sydney has no shortage of places to learn new things and further explore your professional and creative interests. Short courses and day-classes (think pottery, gin blending or even dance classes) are a great way to learn new skills, meet like-minded people and just have some fun!
Where do you go in Sydney for a casual night out?
Enmore/Newtown is my area of choice for casual night hangs, which you can make as big or as low key as you like. I usually head to Cairo takeaway for a (very) casual Egyptian feast and follow it up with some gelato from Cow and the Moon and try to walk it all off with a stroll down King st (where I can probably be coaxed into grabbing a drink at one of the many bars on the strip).
Where would you go in Sydney to celebrate some freaking good news?
Sokyo for knock-your-socks-off Japanese food and cocktails to match. My credit card can only handle that one for particularly good news.
What’s your choice of transportation in Sydney and why?
If I'm not driving, then Uber, train and the Sydney light rail are all easy options!
What are the Sydney spots tourists should run from screaming?
Steer clear of Darling Harbour. Unless overpriced, average food and cheesy tourist cruises are your thing. Then you should definitely check out Darling Harbour.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Athens. It's the epitome of a city that gets better and better the more you get to know it. It's so much more than a 24 hour stopover before heading to Mykonos. Aside from the jaw-dropping historical sites around the city where dudes like Plato and Homer hung out, there is this exciting creative culture breeding in the city and no shortage of cool experiences.