ask Susannah about
japanese food • karaoke • cocktail bars • gluten free • hole in the wall • hidden bars
a bit about Susannah
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a Digital Producer and I do it because I love it. Technology is always evolving which means I'm constantly learning and being challenged. I love puzzles, collaborating with people and creating something that's useful, effective and beautiful.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
They might see this so I'll keep that to myself. I'm feeling traumatised just thinking about it (o_o) Let's just say, one of the most important things for me in any job is having a supportive and switched-on manager.
Were you born and raised in Sydney? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Sydney?
Yes, I was born in a hospital in Darlinghurst - not far from where I live now. I walk past the Greek cake shop every day where my mum would buy sweets when she was visiting the obstetrician. I was raised in the lower north shore near the Zoo. Sometimes I used to hear the lions roaring at night. I went to the school in the Eastern suburbs and married into a family from the Inner West, so I've explored a lot of Sydney. Sometimes Sydneysiders can live in a bubble.
What’s your current hood in Sydney and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
Kings Cross. The best thing - aside from the central location - are the amazing restaurants and great small bars. I also love that whatever you need is only a few metres from your door. The worst thing? Kings Cross streets are pretty grimy after years of excessive partying - and I've seen enough condoms on the streets... well, the point is you wouldn't want to touch it with your barefoot, let alone your face. In the morning, this council men use power hoses to spray down the streets and water bounces off the filthy pavements and flies everywhere. They don't stop when people walk past so you can get a face full of pavement water - gross!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
My tastes are pretty old school - I grew up on jazz and blues and I love 50s, 60s rock and Brill building pop. That said, I also love K-Pop - especially when I'm working.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
My last breakup was a long time ago but I remember playing Kate Nash's Foundations a lot. I'd probably play a lot of Ella Fitzgerald too - You Turned The Tables On Me, Black Coffee, Little White Lies
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
W - It's a Korean Drama that is an incredible crime thriller/romance. The story line is extremely clever and it has incredible visual effects. It's about a web comic's protagonist who becomes self aware and a cross-over between that world and reality. It's brilliant - go watch it now! Also Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace (great crime anime that uses traditional theatrical techniques to create a powerful story), Erased (brilliant thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat) Assassination Classroom (hilarious and kooky in a good way), Psycho-Pass, Attack On Titan, Death Parade, Gangsta
Name some spots in Sydney that are good for a Tinder date.
Anywhere with a door close to an exit. But seriously, I'd choose Jangling Jack's - great wines, amazing food and it has a friendly intimate vibe
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Well he is getting roasted every day... but Trump. Because it's still enjoyable every time and he just has some much material.
Who’s your hero and where in Sydney would you take them out for a serious hang?
Hayao Miyazaki - probably a simple Australian pub like the Four in Hand in Paddington or I'd take him to The Theatre Bar At The End Of The Wharf. It's on the harbour (obviously at the end of the wharf) that has wide open spaces and great food. It's a great place to relax and chat in the afternoon (and into the night).
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Thank you! I mostly buy online but I have a million pairs of Spring Courts which I buy from their Macleay Street store.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The beach - I really don't enjoying going to the beach. I'll look at it but I'm not inclined to spend hours on the sand.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Where do you go in Sydney for a casual night out?
Jangling Jacks - their wine and cocktails are always delicious. They do the most amazing fried chicken and it's never too jam-packed.
Where would you go in Sydney to celebrate some freaking good news?
Porteno, a mouth-watering Argentinean restaurant or Apollo for amazing Greek. Basically a place where the meat is rich and tender and restaurant design is beautiful!
What’s your choice of transportation in Sydney and why?
My legs - I prefer to walk everywhere. My favourite public transport are the ferries. It's so relaxing sitting outside in the fresh air gliding along the water
What are the Sydney spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Obviously you need to see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. I'd enjoy it by visiting Opera Bar or having a picnic in the Botanical Gardens
What are the Sydney spots tourists should run from screaming?
Centre Point Tower. It's just a tall tower with a view. A waste of money and very boring!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Sydney. How do you spend it?
Breakfast culture is massive in Sydney. If it's Saturday, I'd go to the Kings Cross markets and grab some Korean Tacos or Pho and enjoy them in the sun. Otherwise I'd head to a cafe with my friends and enjoy a long breakfast. Then I'd go for a walk - maybe the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte. Then I'd go for lunch at Apollo or Farmhouse (if it's Sunday). I'd sleep it off lying in Beare Park then I'd walk via the city to the White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale. I'd head to Freda's for drinks and dinner and then continue to party until dawn in Newtown.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Tokyo - no matter how long you're there, there is always more to discover.