Its difficult, I know. Life.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, things find a way to fall apart people find a way to disappoint you. Love finds a way to break your heart and nothing seems to be good enough.
In times like this, stand up, smile, be strong, pray for better days. Believe the best is yet to come. Appreciate the good things. Life has a way of finding what's good for you. Have some faith & put a smile upon your face!
Now to put that into practice...
Friday, 30 November 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
In an attempt to try some of the new places, we look to the Entertainment book to provide some new restaurants to try. Tommy's Beer Cafe, a European beer cafe with the standard eastern European fare - think hearty options such as schnitzel, and even a one metre long sausage!
Pork knuckle with sauerkraut, horseradish, mustard, pickled selection and continental bread
Hunter schnitzel - crumbed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, creamy herbed mushroom sauce and salad
This certainly hit the spot on a cold wintery night, with the voucher making it a really good deal, plus they had a beer happy hour - $5 premium Czech beers between 5-7pm.
Saturday, 24 November 2012
My recent holiday to NZ was a bit of a whirlwind trip - flew into Auckland, drove down to Napier and back, stopping along the way at Taupo and Rotorua.
Lake Taupo panaroma - trying out the new iphone 5 function!
Lunch on Ken's birthday, along with his parents, was at Elephant Hill, a lovely restaurant and winery in Hawkes Bay
The restaurant overlooks a water feature and the vineyards
Complimentary house baked bread with olive oil and whipped butter
It was a weekday lunch so, other than a handful of other tables, we pretty much had the whole restaurant to ourselves!
Prawn & portabello open ravioli, pancetta & picada sauce
Was debating what an open ravioli would look like, but it worked well as you could see all the ingredients. The juicy prawns worked well paired with the salty pancetta.
Akaroa salmon, roasted beetroot, Persian feta rocket and mustard hollandaise
Tried a little bit of this dish and really enjoyed the sweet roasted beetroot
Juniper crusted venison, short loin, butternut mousse, cauliflower couscous
This was my dish - the confit duck, smoked mushroom creme, local baby vegetables
The smoked mushroom was very interesting, it had a dehydrated texture and was intensely smoky in flavour.
Fancy salad :)
After lunch we went on our way to find 'The longest name place', but before that we stopped at this little fruit shop with the aim of picking up some strawberries
The shop had a cute little resident beagle, who was eager for a pat
But I think the ultimate goal was to try to score some food hehe
Before we went to lunch, we detoured to Bluff Hill lookout
Giving the panorama feature another workout :P
Driving around the north island of New Zealand is not unlike any long distance drive in Australia, though it is much more lush, green and mountainous.
We were never short of scenic lookouts to stop at, and this one was a bit of a surprise - we found a waterfall!
On the way to the longest name place, we chanced upon a sheep herding session right next to our car - definitely a memorable moment!
The longest name place... I won't even attempt to pronounce it!
Beach literally across the road from Ken's parents place. I use the term beach loosely as the 'sand' is just tiny black pebbles that probably wouldn't be the most comfortable to sit on. It sure is pretty and photogenic though!
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Lunch one day in Macau is in the Wynn complex, more specifically at Wing Lei, the two Michelin star, luxurious Chinese Restaurant.
We went quite early on a weekday lunch, and only just managed to get a table without a booking. Even though it didn't seem overly busy, we saw people being turned away, without a booking, as we were leaving.
Scallop and vegetable dumplings
Har gow prawn dumplings
Char siu or BBQ pork rice noodle rolls
Deep fried glutinous dumplings with goose liver
These were my favourite - baked abalone with roasted chicken
Dessert - fried taro cake
Checkered red bean and coconut jelly
Wing lei, unlike the typical yum cha joint, has an extensive list of teas on their menu
The prices are comparable to what yum cha would cost in Australia, though obviously by local standards, it is quite expensive. I enjoyed the more unique dishes, but I think some of the fun and charm of yum cha, is sitting in a bustling and vibrant restaurant surrounded by carts.
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Sculpture by the sea is held annually, showcasing sculptures from artists all around the world. The sculptures are dotted along the coastline from Bondi to Tamarama in October and it's an event I always look forward to every year.