Friday 5 December 2008
It was a recessionista party in honour of the 30 year old birthday boy and the very hard to avoid Global Financial Crisis. So the hobos turned up to the party and drank champagne while eating canapes, made by the chef in the kitchen and served by the very good waiters. Rather than looking at this as a little insensitive of the times, we'd rather aimed for irony.
The chocolate, siena and gold balloons decorated the room while posters saying "We want to be citizens, no transients" covered the walls. A projector displayed huge images from The Great Depression on the walls. More pictures from the night are on Giles' flickr page.
Saturday 1 November 2008
October 2008 really was Good Food Month in Sydney.
This year I experienced the Noodle Night Markets multiple times on the way home, two Let's Do Lunch events and one amazing dinner.
The Night Noodle Markets are always my favourite part of Sydney's Good Food Month. The atmosphere reminds of markets in Darwin where we ate asian food and sat under the stars with hundreds of other people. Thing is, I think more people visit the Noodle Markets in the two weeks they were on this year than live in Darwin. I still rate the Darwin market food better - certainly the sticky rice and mango.
No matter what kind of food you like, you will find it here as long as it has noodles in it :) There are also dutch pancakes, yum cha, wine, beer and good desserts. Don't plan to visit on one night but make a habit of it over the time they run. G and I walk home through them every night so we stopped there three times. It was a lovely scene.
Lastly, I can't forget the fabulous night we had at Bilson's. Bilson is best known as the guy who taught Tetsuya what he knows and this dinner was certainly a homage to European style Japanese food.
Going to Bilson's is always perfect with it's large tables, amazing food and disappointment at the fact that I won't be eating just like this for a while again. In Good Food Month, it's even worse since you know that they will never be putting on this spread ever again. At least I got to be one of the few to experience it.
The wine was very very good with the food but my night was topped off by the discovery (yes, I'm slow) of freshly grated horseradish. There is pretty much nothing nicer of a piece of beef than that.
If you choose one thing to go to next Good Food Month in Sydney, choose Bilson's.
Monday 27 October 2008
If you've followed my blog for a while or even for only a few months then you will know that I like to take pictures of everything. Of late, that has not been the case. It all started when G got his brand spanking new camera. It's slightly better than mine and produces pictures that make my old IXUS 40 look like a 1930s folding camera.
You should check out G's photos because they are awesome. It's also nice to appear in some photos once in a while.
As for my photos, they will continue here and on flickr :)
Tuesday 30 September 2008
People always ask about what I'd recommend in Surry Hills. They ask because Surry Hills is my home and a place I love to be. There is something for everyone in Surry Hills. Next time you are here, this is what I recommend you try...
Thai Food: Spice I Am - 90 Wentworth Avenue
Pub: The Clock Hotel - 470 Crown Street
Bakery: Bourke Street Bakery - 633 Bourke Street
Cocktails: Longrain - 83 Commonwealth Street
Tapas: Bodega - 216 Commonwealth Street
Pizza: Pizza Mario - 421 Bourke Street
Theatre: Belvoir Street Theatre - 25 Belvoir Street
White Table Cloths: Marque - 355 Crown Street
Breakfast: bills - 359 Crown Street
Mexican: Mad Mex - 241 Crown Street
Indian: The Nepalese Kitchen - 481 Crown Street
Turkish: Erciyes - 409 Cleaveland Street
Communal Dining: Table for 20 - 182 Campbell Street
After Dinner Drinks: Sticky Bar - 182 Campbell Street
Saturday 20 September 2008
I paint cats a lot because there are around and such good subjects - sitting still and staring at me. Mixing colours is my latest challenge and I'm trying lots of different things at the moment to discover where colours come from and how to represent light.
This allows me to use a different part of my brain than I do every day. It's also lovely to have an idea and create something tangible. So different to my usual work output.
Monday 1 September 2008
Yes, you read it wrong. It was in fact my 32nd birthday and in the tradition of birthdays in G + my lives, we had a whopping big party. It was the closest party I've ever had to a rap video. There was barely standing room, lots of champagne and it went for a very long time. To some this may be a problem. As my friend Alice says "these are what we call Champagne Problems" and of course, she is right.
The invitation said to bring a flower for entry and that was interpreted by my lovely friends as "bring Damana lots of flowers" and they did. Again, not complaining. All the presents were delightful. Now I remember why birthdays are so much fun. Thank you, beautiful people!!!
Here are a bunch of awesome photos taken by Giles. You can find better quality ones on his flickr feed.
Saturday 2 August 2008
Tuesday 29 July 2008
This is a coastal walk that meanders along the seaside down to Coogee. It was a cold day but the forcing yourself up and down the stairs makes you warm up quickly. G was kind enough to take some photos and let me share them with you.
Wednesday 23 July 2008
In the early noughties, G + I spent a far too brief five weeks eating our way around Italy. We Australians pride ourselves on our access to fresh produce and the Mediterranean influenced food resulting from the influx of immigrants in the 50s for the Snowy River Dam project. Eating in Italy brought us a different flavor of Italian food that we are only now starting to see appear in Sydney restaurants. North Bondi Italian Food is one of those very places, right here in Sydney.
Binky suggested this as the perfect place to fuel up before walking the Bondi to Clovelly seaside walk. If carbs were what we needed then she was certainly right.
Between the four of us we tried a good portion of the menu, including:
- warm mortadella ($16);
- mixed olives with sage and chilli ($9);
- zucchini, asparagus, peas, beans, mint, waxy potatoes and air dried ricotta ($17);
- pappardelle, pork, veal ragu 'Marchiagiano' style ($27);
- spaghetti arrabbiata, crab, cooked in a paper bag ($28); <-- my very good choice
- la tagliata, chargrilled hereford/angus ribeye, rocket, green peppercorns, chilli, spring onions ($29);
- a delicious mussels dish that I simply can't find on the menu; and
- a dessert of 'Dolce della nonna' chocolate gelato, masala(~$14).
The view out the window of North Bondi Beach is uninterrupted, which makes you feel pampered and special as you sit there eating and people watching. Be warned, the place gets busy early. We arrived 20 mins before it opened and were 10th in line. With the popularity and the hard surfaces, you get the typical deafening venue that is authentically Italian (at least in this country). They could use more staff too but as a full package, this is the best Italian in Sydney and I'll stand by that recommendation.
There is no longer a need to complain. Dr. Evil has finally got walking directions for their maps and they are pretty good.
To find walking directions using Google Maps:
- Go to Google Maps;
- Click on the Get Directions tab;
- Enter the Start Address and End Address;
- Click Search;
- When the directions and map appear, click Walking in Directions: By car - Walking;
Here is one I prepared earlier for the easy walk from Town Hall Station to my work...
Sunday 20 July 2008
Monday 30 June 2008
Friday 20 June 2008
The opening night of the Sydney Apple Store
You couldn't walk down George Street at more than a trickle through the crowd. King Street was covered in people so there was no point trying to get in to the store when I turned up at 4:45pm. People came from around the world to camp out in line and be the first in to the store. I'm sure they didn't smell too nice.
I can't say I understand the hype but it's a cool building and the scene were worth experiencing.
Sunday 15 June 2008
With the same concerns that I have heard voiced by others, I went along to the performance at the Sydney Opera House hoping that it would still work without Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Tim Burton.
The story had been changed slightly but did not ruin the flow in any way. It stayed true to the original telling in spirit. Don't worry, the changes were tiny and surely had a lot of do with the medium of dance and everything happening on one stage.
There was dancing and a really damn good score along with amazing props, costumes and performers. Only one slow moment brought me back to reality. It was the ice skating on rollerblades which I blame Eurovision for. Ice skating just does not work in story telling or European pop contests, even if they do win. The rest was very very very entertaining and heartbreaking.
I don't recommend seeing any other live performance - dance, music, opera, bands, whatever - until you see this. It is the best show I have seen in a long time and didn't disappoint in any way.
Go see Edward. We did. He's going well.