Ethan Andrews

About my Newsletter

Each week I eat at and review a different fast food chain. Of each newsletter, about 25% is writing about the food, service and ambience, another 25% is sentimental reflections on what the chain meant in my childhood and what it stands for today, and the other 50% is a personal journal entry. Recurring themes include housing affordability and finding work/life balance as a freelancer.

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That lack of culture in my food is something I often find myself lamenting. It is no such problem in Italy. I rarely, if ever, consumed native ingredients growing up so don’t feel any connection with Australian fare. Further back, my lineage served up the stock standard meat and three veg dishes that got my Irish and Scottish ancestors through the Depression. My grandmother died in 2011 and I don’t know if she ever ate pasta. She was always cooking for the entire family though, so I guess that is as close to Italian as you can get while preparing corned meat with white onion sauce.

Family, and its importance in Italian food is something that gets overlooked by most quick service places, but not by Criniti’s. The dine in restaurant has something quite special about it. There aren’t many chains that could seamlessly blend in at Wolloomooloo Wharf, but it does. Even more impressive than that feat is the chain’s mammoth menu. I’ve already made it clear that I’m not a fan of multiple page menus, but at a place so dedicated to decadence, it is just another part of the experience.

My favourite Criniti’s dish is the metre long pizza. I can’t think of a family activity I’d sooner undertake than gorging myself on 50+ slices with my immediate bloodline. Such an experience brings even strangers together, combining acts of generosity and community with an undying love of cheese, sauce and carbohydrates.



I started sending out emails as an exercise in writing. I already had a mailing list, but it was purely promotional, for gigs and podcast appearances, but I felt like it was being wasted. I set myself a challenge, thinking it would help me get into a good writing practice and maybe even generate some new material for stand up. Surprisingly, it kind of went the other way and opened my eyes to the possibility of freelance writing more.


I don’t Tweet a lot because I feel like I’m a bit of a rambler so the newsletter-writing community has become where I feel most at home. This is the medium I feel most comfortable writing in right now, and I really like the intimacy of it all. A reply email feels way more special than a fave or RT. I’ve heard of other comedians refer to them as written podcasts and that’s kind of how I treat my newsletter. It’s a great place to experiment and the readers are very supportive of failure.


Hold yourself accountable. Make a promise to your readers that you will send out content regularly (tell them how often!) and follow through. Regularity doesn’t seem like a big thing, but for readers it can be the difference between an open and unsubscribing. Writer’s block and other commitments will always be a factor, but getting in a routine can help overcome that.

Ethan Andrews is a stand up comedian and writer from Singleton, New South Wales. He has performed at festivals including Bondi Feast, You Are Here and the Adelaide Fringe and has written for Splitsider, The Cusp and Pilerats. He was a 2017 receipient of the NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship and was selected to participate in Tantrum Youth Arts’ 2016 Trajectory Residency.