Monday 24 March 2008

Easter in Canberra

Happy Easter everyone :)

G + I spent Easter Saturday in Canberra. We visited my Dad and had a delicious BBQ. I also finally found the secret ingredient to the best marinated chicken ever! It's been 20+ years but I finally know - tumeric. That's it.

Canberra weather is already getting cold. It was 19 degrees max while we were there. Woden shops were packed with people buying dozens and dozens of hot crossed buns.

Next time, I promise to catch up with everyone else.

Dad cooking while I wait to eat the lamb chops and chicken

Sunday 16 March 2008

Table for 20

Last night's dinner felt like having 40 friends over to hang out in a funky Surry Hills apartment, eating good food and drinking wine that we all brought. What it actually was - dinner at Table for 20 on Campbell Street.

It's an original and odd little restaurant with the idea behind it being to make Sydney a little less cold by sitting a bunch of 2010ers around two long tables for 20 (so 40 total) with a set 3 course meal and a guy playing a guitar in the corner. You share food from the same plates and break bread together. It works fabulously.

If you can find it, be sure to try it. Make sure you txt the owner to let him know you'll be there by 5pm on the day you want to go so he'll make enough food for you. Dinner is served at 8pm. Try the fabulous Sticky Bar upstairs which specialises in sticky wines and comfy couches.

Big Shopping

There are giant shopping bags on show in Martin Place, Sydney. At night they are lit up and the effect is awesome. It gets me imaging what you'd buy to fill them up. Maybe a car.

Monday 10 March 2008

Singing kitties

This is so cute.

Licorice doesn't taste like meat

Almost every day, I grab lunch from a very good vegetarian and vegan Thai place on King Street called Peace and Harmony. The food is great and the serves are a good size with steamed rice. Today they mixed up my order for the first time in 2.5 months and I ended up with another woman's chicken cashew nut stir fry. There were not cashew nuts in it but I was happy to finally get a chance to try the fake chicken. Yeah, I could have taken it back but I often see these opportunities as life's lucky dip and a chance to get to try something else. It's like when someone buys you a book for Christmas that you might never buy yourself and you love it.

The fake chicken was nice but it had no basis in chicken. Everything tastes like chicken but this did not. It was salty and had an aniseed after-taste. It must be hard to get vegetables and legumes to taste like meat so I appreciate the effort. I just thought someone should share that licorice doesn't have a meaty taste and vice-versa :o)

Wednesday 5 March 2008

Tuesday 4 March 2008

The Beautitul People!

There is no bigger Surry Hills party than the annual Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras!

This was my first year to attend and I can tell you that it was worth enduring the freezing 17 degree C evening, the crazy bag-wielding Japanese tourists and the fence of people on egg crates and $2 plastic stools (bought at $10 from a guy with a trailer) to see the fabulous parade. TV can not do it justice. The vibe is amazing. The crowd is happy. It's the most fantastic celebration I've seen in a long long time.

Here is what I caught on bits...

The Mounties were represented

It was musical

There were angels in white

Clover has a float - yay!

Every man and his dog got prepared in Hyde Park before the parade

There were people on patrol

There were people on buildings

The view from business class

Flying the flag

There's a story there

It looks like people are hearing about GGD.

Sunday 2 March 2008

Geek Girl Shaves Off ALL Her Hair

This pretty lady and geek girl friend of mine, is shaving off her locks for the World's Greatest Shave on the 13th of March in support of the Leukemia Foundation. To support Cathryn Chamley, donate to the cause. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

I'm going to see how scarred she is from this and might do it myself next year.