Today, Local Sprouts (LS) interviews Katie Hatch (KH), the face behind the blog.
LS: Who are you? What makes you tick? Any special details Local Sprouts readers should know about you?
KH: I am am American loving life in Sydney. I love amazing adventures in my own back yard and thrilling tales of far off lands. I love getting people around a table to share a meal, their lives and to discover common bonds. I love to talk, talk, talk and have meet some of the most incredible people just by striking up a conversation in all sorts of situations. The next time a stranger chats you up, it might be me!
I am also the person behind Local Sprouts. I want LS to profile real people, family & friends, and share what local means to them. I really want it to be a space where people can learn about all the awesome definitions of local, and see what is happening in other communities from all corners of the globe. Hopefully, LS will inspire people to get involved, connect with each other & share a real in-person conversation or a lingering meal made with produce from their backyards or local farmers market.
LS: Where is your local community/neighbourhood and what do you love about it/how could you describe it?
KH: In Sydney, I would say my local community is wherever the food is! I love exploring new Sydney neighbourhoods and am often drawn to my destination by a farmers market, restaurant or community event.
I would describe Sydney as vibrant, friendly and happening. There is alway so much going on, from concerts and theatrical productions to classes and workshops, restaurant events and wine tastings and bike rides and fun runs. There really is something for everyone, every day!
LS: If you were showing someone from out of town around your local area, where would you take them?
KH: Sydney has such a great coffee & food culture, which I would really want to showcase.
On a Saturday at Eveleigh Market to stock up for the week, chat with local farmers and purveyors and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the neighbourhood. We would then head over to The Rag Land Cafe for breakfast and a chat with Dave about the latest and greatest in coffee.
If it were the first Saturday of the month, we would venture to Sample Coffee Bar for Black Saturday. I really love their dedication to ethically sourced coffee and the chance to experience a flight of coffee from a particular region or farm is such a great way to become more connected to the coffee you’re enjoying.
I would also want to have a BBQ or picnic so they could enjoy a great meal with some of the lovely people I’ve met over the past year, and enjoy some of the local produce we picked up at Eveleigh!
See: inside of the State Theatre
Opera House performance
Harbour Bridge from underneath on a boat
Do: Korean BBQ & Karaoke
Get on a surf board!
Walks in the Blue Mountains
LS: What does ‘local’ mean to you/your work/your family?
KH: Local to me means eating in season & purchasing from local farmers as often as possible to know where your food comes from, partaking in events happening in your community and venturing out for a walk to explore your neighbourhood. Get outside! You just never know what you’ll discover or who you’ll meet!
LS: Hidden local gem?
KH: One of my absolute favourite walks is from Mosman to Manly on a coastal path. Breathtaking views, sandy beaches, natural beauty and aboriginal art dot the path. It offers a fresh perspective of the city and allows you to feel miles away from the CBD. Garage Pizza and 4 Pines Brewery to give us enough energy to get home!
LS: Local person, cultural or food experience Local Sprouts should seek out?