June 25, 2012

Good Food and Wine Show

Yesterday as part of my busy weekend I spent the day at the Good Food and Wine Show at Sydney Convention Centre.

It was fantastic, I had a great time visiting the various number of exhibitors and sampling lots of nice food, alcohol and watching live demonstrations.

I watched live demonstrations by Manu Feildel (My Kitchen Rules) and George Calombaris (Masterchef).

Manu's prepared three dishes during his demonstration 'Am I really French'. A baked scallop entree, Coq Au Vin main and a Bread and butter pudding for desert. Manu was quite funny, his dishes were ideal for a dinner party, I can't wait to cook Coq Au Vin.

Manu Feildel
George Calombaris demonstrated a number of different dishes inspired by his life hence the name 'The Tree of Life', George dishes were quite interesting - Liquorice carrots and Fried pig nipples to name a few. George showed the audience how mash is made in the kitchen, it was shocking to see 500gm of butter added to a bowl of mash! No wonder most chef's have a belly!

George Calombaris
My favourite exhibitors were:

Chobani Yoghurt - Chobani makes greek yoghurts, at the Chobani stand you could choose a tub of yoghurt of your choice (the most generous sample out of all the exhibitors). I choose the mango yoghurt and had a spoonful of the blueberry yoghurt, the mango was good however the blueberry was fantastic!


and

Skinnygirl Cocktails - Another generous exhibitor, at this exhibit you could sample the Margarita and the White Cranberry Cosmo. The sample sizes were generous and if you made a purchase you received an express manicure or pedicure. I am not a fan of tequila so I didn't like the Margarita however loved the Cosmo, I will definitely be picking up a bottle next time I am at the liquor store.




June 24, 2012

The Block Live

I am so exhausted I have had an incredibly busy weekend, I feel like I didn't even have a weekend, I hate this feeling, it's like going on a holiday and needing a holiday from the holiday.

Yesterday I attended The Block Live at Sydney Olympic Park with some friends. The Block Live was okay, I was slightly disappointed as I thought there would be more stalls and displays. My favourite stalls were La Maison (furniture/homewares), Shack (furniture), Wall Candy Wallpaper and Unique Fire Pits.

Ezyline a portable pegless line was popular with my friends. At 12:15pm we watched the current contestants of The Block decorate a cubbyhouse.


 Sophie and Dale won the challenge, their cubby house, the blue one below had a beach theme.


I wasn't a fan of the red cubby house - Candy theme. I thought the green cubby house was perfect for boys and the yellow was perfect for girls, I was surprised that neither of them won, as I believe they were both quite good.

June 20, 2012

Boohoo.com

Happy Wednesday, well what is left of it, only two working days left for those of us who work Monday to Friday.

The week has been flying, this weekend I am going to The Block Expo at Homebush and The Good Food and Wine Expo at Darling Harbour, I can't wait!

Yesterday I was browsing boohoo.com website as my work offers 7% cashback on all purchases through an advantage program.

I am loving the low prices, believe it or not I have never purchased any clothes online as I am scared the items won't turn up, the post office closes before I arrive home and I am worried the items won't fit or will look silly - I love change rooms!

I love the Sundae Girl collection - http://www.boohoo.com/collections/sundae-girl/icat/sundae-girl/

Followed by Garden Party - http://www.boohoo.com/collections/garden-party/icat/garden-party/

I hope the quality of the material used is okay, if anyone has ordered items from boohoo your feedback would be greatly appreciated!




June 16, 2012

Last night at Chateau Marmont


Yup you guessed it another cold, wet weekend. I think there have been more rainy days than sunny days this year. The only way to enjoy a wet cold day is to stay inside wearing daggy comfortable clothes, wrap up in a blanket and watch movies or read a book.

I have just started reading 'Last night at Chateau Marmont' by Lauren Weisberger the author of 'The Devil wears Prada'. I haven't read 'The Devil wears Prada' but like most women have watched the movie. I wonder if the book is better than the movie? Three years ago I read 'Chasing Harry Winston' also by Lauren Weisberger, it was an easy read.

I have just finished the first chapter, so far so good, the plot focuses on Brooke a late 20's/early 30's (I'm not too sure how old she is) woman who is married to a struggling musician, as per the blurb her husband becomes an overnight success which changes their lives. A scandalous picture hits the front pages and Brooke's world is turned upside down.

Like most books I am sure it will be easy to guess what happens.  I guess I will finish the book within the next week or two, unlike the novel 'Emma' by Jane Austen which I have been slowly reading over the past seven months!

June 11, 2012

Rainy Day

Today I spent the Queen's Birthday public holiday in the city, the weather has been shocking, I don't think it has stopped raining since midday yesterday. Gum boots seemed to be the footwear of choice, after walking around in wet flats I am considering buying a pair of gumboots.

Pitt St Mall was buzzing with mid year sales, unfortunately the jacket that I want to buy from Marcs (see previous post) is still full price, it looks like I have to wait till they have a sale on their full priced items : (

The only item I purchased today was a skirt from Forever New. The skirt was reduced to $50 with a further 40% off, bargain!

Skirt from Forever New
Current reduced sales that are worth a mention are:

Jigsaw - 40% off all sales items.
Portmans - 30% off reduced items.
Cue - 20% off reduced items.
Forever new - 40% off reduced items.

For lunch I went to Makanai for sushi, the sushi was nice, however I have tasted better sushi.

As a little treat I bought two chocolates from Bon Bons Fine Chocolates, the chocolates were amazing, milk chocolate with caramel ganache and a hint of chilli and dark chocolate with a raspberry filling, yum!

June 10, 2012

Casa di Nico, King St Wharf


Last night I celebrated my birthday with my friends at Casa di Nico. Casa di Nico is an Italian restaurant located along the King St Wharf promenade in Sydney. It is a part of the Nicks seafood group.

The trip into the city was a nightmare, our reservation was at 8pm we didn't arrive till 9:15 pm. The shuttle bus broke down a few houses down from my home luckily the battery was able to be jump started. Once we were over the harbour bridge we hit traffic, the streets were packed, I have not seen so much traffic on a Saturday night, I assume the long weekend, fortnightly fireworks and Sydney Vivid festival was the reason for so much traffic.

Casa di Nico entertainment book voucher offers you and your guests 25% off the total bill up to $45 value.

Following the large meal I ate on Friday night I controlled myself and did not over order.

To begin with I ordered a brushetta. I would rate the brushetta a 6/10, unfortunately the brushetta lacked olive oil.

Luckily my main was better I ordered the roasted snapper fillet almond crusted with wood roasted capsicum and tomato mash. The snapper was nice however the winner was the mash it was fantastic. I almost didn't order the snapper as I didn't like the sound of tomato mash. I am so glad I ordered it, I would love to find a recipe to create the same mash at home.

Once again I was full however I controlled myself and only ordered fruit for desert. The fruit plate consisted of strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, kiwi fruit and grapes - nice fresh and healthy!

The overall experience was a 7/10, the company was great, our waitress was very friendly and recommended two great wines - Baby Doll (white) and the Cockle Bay cab merlot. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, the octupus entree which a couple of friends ordered looked good and the tiramisu which  I tried was very nice.

Roasted snapper sitting on wood fire capsicum and tomato mash.


June 9, 2012

L'etoile, Paddington

Happy long weekend everyone, so far the weekend has been good I had a cut and colour today and after a 20 year absence I now have a fringe.

Yesterday was my birthday, to celebrate I went to Manu Feildel restaurant. It was a surprise so I didn't have my camera with me, I took some photos on my phone (a very old Nokia) unfortunately the photos did not save to the usual folder so I don't have any photos to post : (

L'etoile is at Paddington, it is a small cosy restaurant. When we arrived Manu was at the bar speaking French to his staff, I was very surprised to see him, I was to shy to say hi and ask for a photo.

For entree I ordered the Cauliflower soup with Roquefort Tortellini. The soup was surprisingly large, it was a creamy soup. Unfortunately it was a tad too salty for my liking, the three roquefort tortellini's floating on top of the soup were beautiful!

The main I ordered was the Kingfish with parsnip puree, mushrooms and crushed hazelnuts and chestnuts. The fish was divine, the sides worked well with the fish. My husband ordered the rabbit. The rabbit was fantastic. We ordered a side of peas with bacon which was quite nice.

After the entree and main I was stuffed but could not say no to dessert. I love Creme brulee, the portion of Creme brulee was reasonable there was enough to share, I struggled to eat half of it.

Service was good, our glasses of wine and water were continuley topped up. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was buzzing. Overall I would rate the entire experience an 8.75/10.

Tonight I am off to Italian for my birthday celebrations with my friends, can't wait!