Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

In Food Bible's Top Ten; Blog Attracts Visitors and Locals Seeking out Culinary Delights in Byron

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

In Food Bible's Top Ten; Blog Attracts Visitors and Locals Seeking out Culinary Delights in Byron

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Byline: Hamish Broome hamish.broome@northernstar.com.au

FOOD bloggers are a dime a dozen these days but one Northern Rivers foodie has been able to carve out a niche writing exclusively about the cafes and restaurants in her local area.

Self-described "food tragic" Sarah McGrory's blog, Get Forked and Fly, has just been listed as one of the top 10 blogs of the year by food bible the Australian Good Food Guide.

The former journalist launched the blog a little over two years ago, initially as a food and travel guide.

It soon evolved into a specialised Byron Shire food, restaurant and cafe blog.

The page has growing appeal with both locals and visitors seeking "insider" details about food in the Byron Shire, which has a growing culinary reputation.

"Mine is really written from a personal viewpoint - a local's opinion about the local area," Sarah said.

"As far as I know, there is no one else doing what I'm doing."

Sarah said she was not the type of "critic" to write a harsh review after one visit.

"I'm not the be-all-and-end-all of opinions, I make sure I go somewhere at least three or four times before I even write about them because I think that's a fair way to gauge a place," she said.

"Subsequently it costs me a lot," she said.

"I've never had a free meal; everything I've written about on the blog I've paid for 100 per cent. …

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