November 20, 2012

Christmas Outfits

Christmas Outfits

With Christmas only 34 days away now is the time to start thinking about my Christmas wardrobe! What do you think of the above items? The theme for my work Christmas party is Sparkle so I need a sparkly outfit, I need an outfit for dinner and drinks with friends, an outfit for church and Christmas Eve and an outfit for Christmas Day! If all else fails I guess I could look in my wardrobe : )

November 18, 2012

Christmas tree take 2

Not satisfied with yesterday attempt to replicate a mini Christmas tree made from buttons I decided to give it another go. I also made a cute green snowman using wooden beads, one button and ribbon, isn't he cute! I can't wait to hang him and my mini Christmas tree on my Christmas tree on December 1!


Fizzy-pink-lemonade xo

November 17, 2012

The last 24 hours

Hello lovelies, I hope you are all having a great weekend! So far mine has been good. Last night I went to the city, first I caught up with a friend for a drink, our plan was to go to Palmer and Co a whisky bar just behind Establishment however when we arrived we were disappointed to see a line which didn't look too appealing in the rain, so we ended up popping into another bar.

Sliders and Schnitzel Baguette - Bar 100

After a drink and a chat I headed to Bar 100 (at The Rocks) for a friends birthday. It was great, the vodka was smooth, the sliders and schnitzel baguette were great and the music took me back to my early high school days with mid 90's hits.
My healthy breakfast

Today has been a typical Saturday meaning one word "busy", I didn't make it to my weight watchers meeting, feeling guilty I made sure I had a healthy breakfast consisting of museli, yoghurt and fruit. Unfortunately I wasn't so good and had lunch at Pancakes on the Rocks!

Later this afternoon I went to IKEA, I haven't been to IKEA since I was 10, I couldn't believe how many items they stock and the prices! I ended up buying various items including some Christmas presents. As I left I had to stop myself from buying a 50c ice-cream, how amazingly cheap!
 
 

For the past week I have been wanting to make a Christmas ornament I repinned on Pininterest. Tonight I finally got the chance make the ornament, unfortunately when I bought some buttons earlier this week I couldn't find the exact buttons, so my Christmas tree doesn't really look like a Christmas tree, haha, I think I may have another attempt and remove the green bead, stay tuned!



Fizzy-pink-lemonade xo


November 13, 2012

Ricotta, spinach and zucchini spaghetti


If you are a busy person like me and don't have too much time to cook mid week than this is the recipe for you which I managed to prepare and cook within 30 minutes!

Ingrediants:

10 cherry tomatoes
2 zucchini's
250g frozen spinach
200g lite ricotta
200g dry pasta, spaghetti
1 brown onion
2 cloves garlic
Sprig of parsley
Salt and pepper

Method:

1. Place a pot of salted water on the stove to boil.
2. Thinly slice into long strips the two zucchinis, finely dice the onion, crush the garlic and dice the cherry tomatoes.
3. Spray a fry pan with olive oil spray and add the zucchini, once golden remove the zucchini and add the onion and garlic and saute.
4. By this stage the pot of salted water should be boiling, Add the pasta and cook for approx 10-12 minutes.
5. Add the frozen spinach to the sauteed onion and garlic and stir. Add 3/4 of the diced cherry tomatoes to the fry pan. Note: you may need to thaw the frozen spinach in the microwave for 1 minute.
6. Once the pasta has been cooked to your liking, drain the pasta. Add the drained pasta and cooked zucchini to the fry pan and mix. Fold in the ricotta. Once combined pour into a large serving bowl.
7. Top with the remaining diced cherry tomatoes, parsley and add salt and pepper.
8. Enjoy.

November 11, 2012

Stitch Bar, Sydney

Located on 61 York St, through a small entrance with hanging shirts and down some stairs you will find Stitch Bar.

Old school kitchen

Last week in between dinner and a movie, to kill time we went to Stitch Bar and boy do I wish we had more time to kill! Stitch Bar is a unique, small, dark bar which plays tunes that you wouldn't usually hear and offers a great choice of alcoholic beverages.

We arrived around 7pm on a Saturday night, it wasn't too busy so were seated immediately, once seated we were asked for our credit card to start a tab and I guess to prevent us from leaving without paying (not that we would ever do that).

The decor was quite interesting, think 1930's Southern America. I am sure in it's past life the table we sat at  was a sewing machine table. For larger groups there are two small rooms one set up to look like an old school southern american kitchen (funnily enough I have the same spoon holder that was hanging up on the wall) the other looks like a parlour room.

The menu consisted of burgers, hot dogs, tacos, curly fries, a number of cocktails, wine, scotch and whiskies. We ended up ordering a rose and the cocktail of the month - Prudence. The drinks were nice but were quite pricy, cocktails average around $18.

Cocktail of the month

Overall I rate Stitch bar 9/10, I plan on going back to try either a burger or hot dog and maybe a cocktail or two!

November 7, 2012

Koh Samui - Thailand

I have now been back for a week, fully recovered from the suspected food poisoning, back at work and unfortunately feeling like my holiday was a lot longer ago!

 After 3 days in Bangkok we travelled to Koh Samui. We were warned that it was the wet season, we were told that rain had been predicted for the rest of the week so it was no surprise that it was cloudy and wet when we landed.

Koh Samui airport is very small and cute, it reminded me of Nadi, Fiji airport. We caught a little bus from the plane to the baggage terminal to pick up our bags before walking a few meters to the pick up point where our transfer for the Mantra Samui was waiting.

View from room at the Mantra


The Mantra Samui is located approx 20 min from the airport, near the Bophut fisherman's village, it is located on a steep hill. Being some distance from the beach and so high on the hill the view is fantastic, if you are looking for a beachfront resort the Mantra Samui is not your resort, regardless of the location we had a good time, the staff were friendly, the view from our room was amazing, food and drinks were reasonably priced (what you would expect to pay in Australia), the pool and gym was quite good too.

We visited several attractions, below are some photos and some information if you are planning on travelling to Koh Samui:

Krua Bophut
Treetops - Chaweng
Elephant ride
Bophut Fisherman's village
Anathong National Park
Anathong National Park
  • Krua Bophut - A Thai restaurant located in the Bophut fisherman's village, it is located along the beach, unfortunately the weather wasn't great so we sat inside however there are tables and chairs outside and along the beach. The food was fantastic, the best Thai food I ate whilst in Thailand.
  • Bophut Fisherman's Village - We visited the Fisherman's village several times, there are a number of resteraunts, bars, some tailors and market stalls within the fisherman's village. If you are in the area on a Friday night the locals set up stalls where you will find make up, wallets, bags, clothes, shoes, food, drinks the list goes on.
  • Mr Ung Magical Safari - This is a tour defiently worth doing, the tour was reasonably priced, we spent a full day travelling around Koh Samui we visited several attractions including the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, an elephant park, waterfall, a magical garden, the mummified monk and the big buddha.
  • Treetops - Chaweng - An amazing restaurant in Chaweng, I was advised to go to this restaurant by several people on tripadvisor. The restaurant isn't cheap however it is worth every cent, each table is spread along a long boardwalk amongst the trees, we sat at the furthest table which had ocean views, the staff were attentive, polite and friendly, we were given a demonstration on the different types of salts they had on offer and which ones they recommended with our mains, there was even a selection of knives to use during the main course. We were given complimentary breads and a small dish and sorbet between the entree and main to cleanse our palate. The food was unbelievably good.
  • Chaweng - A tourist area containing shops, restaraunts, bars and the beach. Along the beach is Ark bar a bar where you can relax on the lounge chairs facing the beach, by the pool or in the restaurant, we visited Ark bar in the late afternoon, it is an ideal place to unwind with a cocktail whilst listening to the DJ playing some tunes. Another bar worth visiting in Chaweng is the Ice bar, the bar and furniture in it is made out of ice, there is an entrance fee, it is cheaper to purchase drinks before entering the bar. The shots were great,my favourite was the Mars bar, it is a small bar, we didn't spend long in there however it was a good place too cool down, try a few nice shots/cocktails and take some photos of the ice sculptures.
  • Anathong National Park - A must visit, we did a day trip to the national park which included pick up from hotel, 1.5 hour boat ride, a hike up a mountain for fantastic views of the national park, lunch, optional kayaking and snorkelling. Don't forget to take your camera and decent walking shoes if you climb up the mountain.

November 2, 2012

Bangkok - Thailand

Hi lovelies after spending 10 amazing days in Thailand I am back home.

My husband and I spent 3 nights in Bangkok, 6 nights in Koh Samui and 1 additional day at Bangkok airport hotel thanks to a bad case of suspected food poisoning.

Having never been to Asia I wasn't too sure what to expect,  prior to the trip images of the Hangover 2  would often come too mind. We purchased a package from deals.com.au so we didn't have a choice when it came to selecting the hotel. In Bangkok we stayed at the new Sofitel So near Lumpini park.

The Sofitel So was fantastic, the hotel design was magnificant with different 'element' themes spread over the floors. I loved the staff uniforms designed by Monsieur Christian Lacroix, the Red Oven where breakfast was served was delicious, the rooftop bar had great cocktails and an amazing view, the pool area was great and the staff were extremely friendly, they even picked us up from the airport in a BMW with gourmet chocolates, iced tea and water to enjoy.

Sofitel So pool
Red Oven

 Below are some places we visited and some tips if you are planning on visiting Bangkok:

At the temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Chatuchak Markets - A weekend market which is one of the largest markets in the world, you can find almost anything here from pets to massages, clothes to food, bags to mobile phone covers, craft items to baskets the list goes on. We arrived early in the morning before it got too busy and too hot. We spent at least 3 hours purchasing many items as well as enjoying a 30min foot massage which cost approximately 150baht ($5AUD).
  • MBK shopping centre - A large shopping centre which sells affordable clothes, luggage, bags,jewellery, suits and food. We purchased several suits from one of the many tailors in MBK, I also treated my finger and toe nails to a french manicure which was extremely cheap.
  • Cabbages and Condoms - A restaurant which promotes and provides an understanding on the use of condoms. The restaurant is quite quirky with various displays made from condoms, family planning information and some funny safe sex posters. The food was great and relatively cheap.
  • Temple of Emerald Buddha - Located within the grand palace grounds is an amazing temple, our taxi driver dropped us off on the side of the grounds where we were greeted by a number of people telling us the temple was closed, this is a scam it is open you just have to find the right enterance which isn't too hard if you follow the crowd. You will need to cover up, if you are not wearing suitable clothing i.e. short shorts or singlet tops you can hire some clothes outside the gates. We were approached by a man who offered to taking us on a tour around the grounds he didn't charge much and was very friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Siam Paragon - Another shopping centre, here you will find many designer stores such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Rolex etc, there is also Zara, Gap and Coach which are a little more affordable.
  • Tuk Tuk/Taxis - When it came to transportation we opted for taxis over the skytrain, taxi's are relatively cheap, a 15 min trip if the meter is on will cost approximately 150baht, you can either negotiate a price or ask the driver to use the meter. Tuk Tuk's are more expensive, however it is worth trying a Tuk Tuk at least once, they are slower than taxi's so you may not want to travel too far in a Tuk Tuk.
  • Lumpini Park - A beautiful green park, we didn't have time to go to the park but could see it from our hotel room, you can hire bikes and ride around the park. We constantly saw people running around the park and doing tai chi in the morning.
  • Money exchange - You shouldn't have any problems finding a place to exchange money, they seemed to be everywhere, we found the rate at the airport wasn't as great as the rate on the street.
Cabbages and Condoms
At the temple of the Emerald Buddha