Tuesday, August 31, 2010

And the stars don't even matter

This song gives me this easy breezy feel, like when you're going for a drive late in the afternoon with all your windows down, and the wind is blowing into your face while you're recalling fun times with fun people. Not that I can drive ;) but sitting in the back would do it too.

Sam Sparro - Black and Gold

I found some awesome covers, too.

Another crazy cover of this song would be by Nic Henstridge, my favourite "street artist" (and soon to be radio artist) I love catching at the wharf on a Saturday night. Haven't seen him for a while though - gotta film him perform with Ben's bloggie some time.

I wanna be next to you... Black and gold.

Food and Fashion

Well it was the other way around (as in going to see fashion first and then have food), but Fashion and Food sounds lame.

So the other day Polina and I went to the Powerhouse Museum because there were quite a few fashion exhibitions, and like every other girl that's what we prefer to see at a museum. There was one with a few very unique objects, like the installation of the Opera House you can see above, and this wonderful set of drawers.

I'm gonna fix up something similar for my own place... some time in the far future.

Also there was this "Frock Stars" exhibition, which detailed everything that made up Sydney Fashion Week - from entry passes to goodie bags to runway commentators, to whatever went on behind the scences: after parties, design studios etc. Literally, only the people were missing.

Another amazing exhibition was "Creating the Look: Benini and Fashion Photography". Honestly I had no idea who they were, but the Benini couple were pretty damn gifted. The pictures boasted with vividness and inspiration - they just made me want to run around all day with my camera again.

The weather was lovely so we decided to end the day in the city with a fabulous meal. The first time Polly and I went out together was back by the end of term one, and we were just walking around in Sydney exploring things (I know, it sounds really sad). We got kind of lost in the Rocks, and fell in love with the Nurses Walk. To celebrate our friendship ;) we went there for a late lunch at Vintage Cafe.

It's a cute, cosy little cafe with the regular selection of cafe food you'd expect. We heard that at night it would turn into a tapas bar with live music - sexy... We were quite full after Polly's Caesar salad already so we couldn't enjoy our mains to the full, but we'll definitely be back to sit outdoors for a glass of sangria.

Polly's meat balls

My barramundi in lemon butter and baby spinach

We'll be back painting the town red again. Very soon.

Monday, August 30, 2010


At work, my department gets a "taste panel" - because we're phone operators and take room service orders, we get to eat one or two dishes every few shifts so we know what we're selling. My absolute favourite is the Chicken Avocado Sandwich: crispy toast with grilled chicken breast, avocado, shredded lettuce in mayonnaise, and - wait for it! - Brie cheese. It was so good that I had to make it at home for Polly and me. FYI: it's awesome hangover food too - quick, easy and really filling. It's the kind of sandwich that is floppy and falls apart every bite you take. But it's heaven.

In love with the sandwich (cuz there's no faster way to have a proper meal), I think I made a second one just one or two days after.

I call this the Healthy Beef Pattie Sandwich. I love mixing mince beef with lots of garlic and onion, bread crumbs, egg and paprika and store it in the freezer for occasional patties or meat balls. Here with thick slices of tomato, lettuce mix, melted cheddar cheese and a thin layer of mayo... yuuum.

Other sandwiches Polly and I love:
- Crispy sunny side up egg with cheese and sweet chilli sauce
- Peanut butter jelly

I guess we don't need pictures for those ones.