Archive for the ‘Cafe’ Category

There’s Kissing Points everywhere…
Fun fact: Historically, when a boat needed to have work done on the keel, the owner would float it up onto a sandy point at high tide and let the keel “kiss” the sand. Then when the tide went out, they could work on the boat.

We had to be up at Robyn’s work at Pymble on Saturday morning, so we had breakie atĀ the Vertical Espresso cafe at Kissing Point Rd in Turramurra and then went for a walk through Lane Cove National Park between Turramurra and North Epping.

Beautiful Sydney spring morning. Great start to the weekend.

Vertical Espresso

Vertical Espresso

Didn't realize how close to Epping North we were

Didn’t realize how close to Epping North we were

First time I've ever seen a beehive like this

First time I’ve ever seen a beehive like this

Hard to believe we are only 16 km from the Sydney CBD

Hard to believe we are only 16 km from the Sydney CBD

Hard to believe we are only 16 km from the Sydney CBD

Hard to believe we are only 16 km from the Sydney CBD

Hard to believe we are only 16 km from the Sydney CBD

Hard to believe we are only 16 km from the Sydney CBD

Yes, I know it’s a complete cop-out… but we had a lovely day in the Blue Mountains staying at my sister’s house at Hazelbrook while she’s away riding Route 66.

We did a few touristy things – morning tea at the Carrington Hotel at Katoomba

Visited the 3 sisters and Evans Lookout before High Tea at the Hydro Majestic at Medlow Bath.

They have done a beautiful job refurbishing this hotel – it’s obvious they’ve spent millions on the renovations and extensions.

Cold beer and champagne, beautiful live piano music in the background and delicious high tea.

Can highly recommend it. A great day out.

Morning Tea at the Carrington at Katoomba

Morning Tea at the Carrington at Katoomba

Views over Megalong Valley

Views over Megalong Valley

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

On a frosty Sydney winter’s morning, we went to Breakfast Point in Sydney’s Inner West for breakfast at Olive Kitchen.

Delicious šŸ™‚

I had theĀ Italian style baked eggs with tomatoes and other fareĀ in a cast iron pan – a difficult choice from a good menu.

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Back to the letter A again šŸ™‚

Westmead Kids’ Hospital (The Royal Alexandra Hospital for ChildrenĀ Hospital at Westmead, near Parramatta) runs an annual art competition for school children. From the thousands of entries, the best 50 are selected and framed and displayed on the walls of the corridors of the wards.

This has been happening for years, and as a result there’s hundreds of paintings that brighten the walls and corridors for the hundreds of sick kids and their parents, some of whom spend months and months within the confines of the hospital.

Even tough this year’s competition hasn’t been judged, we enjoyed what we saw from previous years.

http://bandagedbear.org.au/schools/operation-art/

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This gorgeous Panda is a collage pasted onto newsprint.

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My Daddy is a lady beetle

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Afterwards, we dropped in to Parramatta Park for a coffee at Lachlan’s Cafe.IMG_0703Crap coffee, nice spot though.

Right at the end of Harris St (no. 1 Harris), by the water at Pyrmont, is the ZebraĀ Lounge.

We had a beautiful breakfast there – delicious food and fantastic presentation. Coffees were a bit slow, but otherwise, can highly recommend it.

This Jackson’s landing area has been really nicely done so it’s a great place to have a wander afterwards.

This site has some history about the area, and its links to CSR, and there’s a fabulous photo gallery as well.

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The last few years we’ve gone to the World Press Photo Exhibition at the State Library in Macquarie St and enjoyed it, so we went again today.

Lots of confronting images of war, death, poverty , illness, mental health, disease and deprivation, as well as sport, science, politics and the like.

Such a reinforcement of how lucky we are to live in Australia, and how important it is to work to maintain the peace and freedom we so often take for granted.

It was also a great opportunity to catch up with Annie and Stephen McRobie after their fabulous Spain and Morocco holiday over breakfast at the Circular Quay Pullman Q Dining

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Great start to the weekend.

We’ve both been really busy with work this past week and needed to continue doing some more work over the weekend, so just a quick breakfast at a great little cafe in Surrey Hills before hitting the office.

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Reuben Hills, a funky little cafe in Surry Hills

A rustic warehouse conversion

A rustic warehouse conversion

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Delicious menu

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This weekend we found ourselves in Orange, visting our daughter Lauren who lives there.
Orange is absolutely beautiful in autumn, and our visit coincided with Orange Food Week.

We did a number of “P” things…

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A spot of wine tasting at Philip Shaw’s winery

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A spot of wine tasting at Philip Shaw’s winery

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Bought some Pink Lady apples at the markets in Cook Park

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And had a Pie at Pie in the Sky at Bilpin on the way home

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A great weekend šŸ™‚

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Don’t think we have EVER given an 11/10 for breakie before… and if our coffees came a little bit sooner, it would have been.
So 9/10

WOW! We both had the Arabian Eggs (from a very small menu)

They were sensational – best egg breakfast we’ve had in the past 3 years, probably.

This tiny cafe is right on the wharf at Kirribilli. Make a choice… catch a ferry or eat… decisions, decisions!

A tiny, but really interesting menu – see it here

It’s a great location, right next to Admiralty House

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Robyn had a red hot crack at re-creating Arabian eggs – damn good!

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After a fabulous wedding where Nic and Jo said “I do” we needed to head over to Erskinville to pick up a car that was left there in The Great Clear Family Wedding Car Shuffle. We made our way there, during Sydney’s terrific first day of autumn afternoon downpour, via Enmore for someĀ Ice cream.

There’s so many great Gelato cafes through the inner west, including a previous favourite,Ā n2 extreme gelatoĀ Ā Check it out – very cool how they just add liquid nitrogen to a liquid mix and create instant ice cream. We didn’t go there, however… time for something new šŸ™‚Ā Across the road from the iconic Enmore Theatre in King St is Cow and Moon, purveyors of THE BEST ICE CREAM IN SYDNEY. Yep, big claim, so check this link.

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A great range of amazing flavours. $6.50 for a medium cup with 3 flavours… that’ll do! Cointreau,Ā Hazelnut Roche, Afogato, Banana and Salted Caramel, Apple Lemon and Blood Orange Sorbet, Popcorn, Pistachio, Coconut and Hazelnut Roche, Hazelnut and Italian Nougat, Jaffa, traditional Lemon Sorbet, Mixed Berry and Chocolate Sorbet… bloody good!

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We wandered along Enmore Road while we ate, and washed our sticky hands under the dripping downpipe of the Enmore.

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So, on to J… no real thoughts at the moment!