6 more days in Sydney

Funnily enough it’s been a week or two since we got back from Sydney and I haven’t updated you (because of course you’re so interested) about the last few days of the trip. So here once again is my pictorial view of the harbour city, because sometimes words are really that great at trying to describe places and feelings and meals… although it’s mainly because I’m feeling lazy and really can’t be bothered typing too much.

On with the show. Oh, and if you’re reading this is a RSS reader, sorry for the oddness earlier, I had some issues with a plugin, and please click through to the site so you can see the photos properly in the gallery view.

Day 4

– Breakfast at Uliveto Cafe in Kings Cross, average coffee, great eggs.
– Walking the streets of Paddington, checking out as many boutiques as (um) we could.
– I take a break and check out the Australian Centre for Photography where the Head On exhibition is being shown.
– More shopping
– Break for a refreshing lemon lime and bitters at The London Tavern.
– I bought a Holga from the Lomography shop in Paddington.
– Walk back to Kings Cross from Paddington… See Hugh Jackman’s wife in a restaurant along the way. Ponder that she must find it annoying that noone remembers her name ever since she married Hugh Jackman.
– Dinner at Opium Den in Potts Point… much less opium than expected, but plenty of great Thai food.

Day 5

– A walk around Elizabeth and Rushcutters Bay to build up an appetite
– Breakfast at Bills in Darlinghurst. The ricotta hot cakes and scrambled eggs were great, I just can’t understand
why they use Vittoria coffee, which was terrible as per normal.
– Take the train out to Bondi Junction, and a bus to Coogee beach.
– Walk around the rocks from Coogee to Bondi, run across a bikini photo shoot and an old guy who lives on the side of a cliff… interesting juxtaposition.
– Dinner at Billy Kwongs after a stroll around Surrey Hills. Fantastic meal highlighted by the crispy skin duck in orange sauce, and scallop wontons… Didn’t see Kylie out the back cutting onions, but I guess she didn’t know I was coming ;)
– Dessert at Max Brenner chocolate in Paddington. Despite being stuffed from dinner, we figured exorbitant levels of chocolate would be a nice way to end the night. Max Brenner obviously knew I was in town, because he made a personal appearance in the shop that night, much to the suprise and delight of the staff, and anyone else who recognised the bald man with the earring.

Day 6

– Coffee at Toby’s Estate in Potts Point (take away double flat whites… not particularly great, but better than average)
– Wandered around Pott’s Point, towards Woolloomooloo
– Had one of the famous pies from Harry’s Cafe De Wheels, as well as a hot dog… and then another pie.
– Went to the NSW art gallery to see the Osamu Tezuka (creator of Astroboy) exhibition.
– Dinner at the very funky Jimmy Liks in Potts Point with the lovely Jules of Stone Soup, and Sue & J from Noodlebowl, and unfortunately not Deborah and LJ due to car troubles.
Highlights from dinner were crispy pork hocks, the massaman veal shank, the coconut fried banana and ice cream, and the wonderful company :)
– Said goodbye and thanks to Keong for his hospitality and went to Sue & J’s place.

Day 7

– Made it to Mecca Espresso in the city. Had an extremely tasty macchiato and flat white made on their lovely modded Mistral.
– Caught up with my Dad in the city for lunch, marvelled that we need to meet on the other side of country these days to catch up.
– Did some quick shopping for dinner in preparation for cooking for Sue & J.
– Whipped up a tidy little paella with some prawns and the closest thing to chorizo I could find ( a rather generically titled “hot Spanish sausage” ). Entree provided by Sue in the form of deep fried eggplant with sesame and honey. Wine choices by J including a rose, and red and a white that I forget.
– After dinner chocolates from Haighs
– Much fawning by Sharon over Nugget the wonder dog
– Pulling some shots of coffee on J’s kick ass Giotto and Mazzer Mini setup with some beans that I roasted for them.

Day 8

– Back into the city for more coffee at Mecca, laughing at business people running around in the rain while I sit inside drinking coffee.
– My first visit to Krispy Kreme… I ordered the original glazed and the cinnamon apple filled one. The glazed one was nice, the other one was nasty. All in all I can’t understand why anyone would line up for these things… but the world is a strange place, and people are gullible. Why else would George Bush get elected twice ?
– More wandering around the city, Sharon convinces me to try Krispy Kreme again because they are “So much better when they’re hot”. Sadly this store only sold cold ones as well… So I guess we’ll never know. But unless these things magically change flavour when heat is applied, I can’t see them doing it for me.
– Back to Sue & J’s place to go out for dinner.
– Catch a taxi to Enmore with the coolest taxi driver in Sydney. He was getting calls from his mates wanting him to come out to a Vietnamese karaoke club where they have competitions, but wasn’t sure if he would make it.
– Get out of the taxi and go into the Sly Fox for a drink before dinner. Realise that we have left one of the bottles of wine in the back seat of the taxi, who has now driven off.
– Have possible the worst cocktails ever made (chocolate flavoured ice magic on top of Sharon’s was a classy touch) before leaving to go to dinner.
– Walk outside and who should pull up next to us but our taxi driver, who had been driving around looking for us, and calling the number from the booking service to try and find out where we were… Amazing ! We got our wine back (a superb 2005 Malbec from Oakover in the Swan Valley) !
– Dinner at Emma’s on Liberty for fantastic Lebanese food. Highlights were the fried haloumi, arak prawns, spicy sausage, turkish delight, and cardamom Lebanese coffee.

Last Day in Town

– Finally get the meet the infamous Deborah and LJ for breakfast at the Fairtrade Coffee Company in Glebe.
– We talk a lot and I do my best to annoy and embarrass people with incessant photos, all of which were quickly vetoed.
– Wander around the streets of Glebe and head to the Broadway shopping centre where Deb shows us the Harris Farm markets.
– More wandering and shopping in Broadway, Deb gets me into the ladies lounge for more fitting room photography shenanigans.
– Say bye to Deb and LJ, head to Balmain to catch up with friends of Sue’s for drinks at an Irish pub, and then on to the 3 Weeds in Rozelle for more drinks, Anzac day rosemary branches pinned to our shirts, and two up inside the pub !
– Back to Sue & J’s to packup and head to the airport. Kisses, hugs, pats for Nugget, and off we go back in time to Perth.

All up it was a great time, we ate well, drank well, talked a lot, walked a lot, laughed a lot, took many photos (this is nothing compared to what I didn’t upload), spent time with old and new friends, and experienced a little slice of Sydney that we’ll remember for a while to come.

13 thoughts on “6 more days in Sydney”

  1. Oh, we were at Bills about a week and a bit ago… I don’t suppose it was you guys that accidently got our ricotta hotcakes? Someone at another table had the hotcakes I ordered as there was some mixup with the table orders.

    Looks like you guys had a feast while you were over here! I have perpetual bad luck at Billy Kwongs where evrytime we try to get a table they are booked out, so I am envious of you and that duck.

    And it appears to me that every wonderdog is named Nugget, and is somehow always a Jack Russell…just an observation.

    Great pics as always.

  2. tsk, tsk – some of us have been waiting y’know… especially for all those photos of you waiting while Sharon is happily shopping!

    Needless to say, the meals all sound great too.

  3. Hey jenjen,

    I don’t think we stole your hotcakes… but then there were so many of them coming out of the kitchen that they may as well have called it Bill’s House of Pancakes…

    We did indeed eat it up, and once I got used to the whole “We don’t take bookings” deal, it wasn’t too hard to just put our names on the door and hang out in bars nearby and wait for a call… which is how Billy Kwong’s worked out.

    Hey cin, yeh sorry, I’m always the lazy one… although I think the photos of me waiting for Sharon were a lot more for my benefit than anyone else’s, but I’m glad you got some satisfaction out of them :)

  4. Thanks Nugget… Sharon sends her best wishes… and you know what… I think you need to start a blog to keep people up to date on all your wonderdog activities… I think someone as internet savvy as you would have no trouble keeping it updated too :)

  5. Ahhhh you lucky bastard! I should have guessed you’d go to where the Lomoss are. I have been after one of those for years – and the Holga in a nice piece of work in its own unique way.

  6. A brilliant visual display of Sydney Matt…Fantastic shots as always.

    Krispy Kreme is an unusual phenomenon. Whilst I secretly admit to having visited them a few times, nothing beats my Womes’s Weekly recipe for donuts!!!

  7. Grendel, the internet is your friend mate… You can pick up a Holga on ebay for next to nothing these days… I needed the impulsiveness of stumbling into the Lomography shop to spur me into action… but a good last minute ebay purchase would be just as effective :)

    Peter, Krispy Kreme are indeed a phenomenon… but the day I start praising massive franchises for their contribution to cuisine will be a sad day indeed. Lets keep fast food and junk food in perspective… bring on the home made stuff :)

  8. Matt, your website is a welcome find. I feel like you’ve lived my life in your 7 days in Sydney. I am a Perthite that has lived in Sydney for 3.5 years (and London for 3 before that), first in Rushcutters Bay, then Erskineville. All the places you mention are close to my own heart- even Harris Farm, Broadway where i buy my fruit and vege each week! Alas I am moving back to Perth this week – and am terrified i will be bereft of the amazing choice you are spoilt with in Sydney. your site has given me some hope. Thanks!

  9. Hmm Max Brenners. We overdosed on their chocolate when we were in Manly.

    Your entries about Sydney makes me want to go there again :p. Btw, have you tried Oporto’s?

  10. Hi Gem,

    Glad to hear that our sampling of Sydney was a true enough experience, even from a Sydney siders point of view :) Perth isn’t as bad as it seems… Yes we do miss out on a lot, but I’ve recently discovered a few great places that I never knew existed… Which I suppose I should blog about :) So hope is not lost :)

    Hey Jean, Max Brenners was intense… that much chocolate on one menu should come with a health warning… And we did try Oporto’s once in the city and my impression was… “This is better than Nando’s”. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment… but it wasn’t bad.

  11. matt,
    great post about your trip. was great to meet you and sharon. I went back to jimmy liks last friday and the massaman curry was just as good as remembered.
    totally agree with you about krispy kreme

  12. I’ll take that as a compliment ;) Another friend reckons Oporto’s is better than Nando’s too.

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