With more food…

I clearly remember that when I was in my early 20s that birthdays meant excessive drinking and subsequent hangovers. I don’t really remember most them as a result.

I do remember my 27th was a nostalgic night out in Newcastle and a combined farewell as we were flying out to London the week after. My 28th I was 5 months pregnant and we had a picnic in London’s Hyde Park. I kicked a football around in flipflops. But mostly I remember the food. I ate so much!!! But that was a big feature of my whole pregnancy.

Last year was a low-key midweek birthday too. But I did have dinner and drinks with the girls a few weekends after. It was probably my first big night out since having Charlotte.

Last night D and I had a Special Dinner. Before you have kids these kinds of dinners aren’t that special, you can have them anytime you want. But, post-baby, the organisation required in the lead up to a Special Dinner is so labour-intensive you tend to avoid Special Dinners.

So D’s special treat for me was organising Charlotte for last night. I had no idea what was happening. This was pretty hard for me. I’m a bit of a control-freak about some things and I like knowing that everything has been organised. So it was good for me to let go for a time and knowing I can trust hubby to sort it all for me.

So I left work at 5 on the dot and enjoyed a super quick bus trip home to an empty house. I was suspicious. But I had to jump in the shower and shave my legs for the first time in 4 years. Don’t worry, D hasn’t been sleeping next to gorilla-legs for our whole marriage, I’m a waxer. And I remember why. The effort of shaving legs in a smooth-sided shower is ridonk. But one does not wear Louboutins with hairy legs.

D saunters in at 6.30 sans daughter and I’m like WTF? What have you done with our child? He’s all, relax, she’s safe. It was infuriating. Finally it’s revealed that she is staying with her Aunty and Cousin and had a great afternoon playing. Sneaky bugger! So, not only did we have a proper Special Grown Up Dinner but we also got a sleep in! I think that was almost the better present!

Anywho! We went to Pilu at Freshwater. I was decidedly over-dressed for a Friday night:


You may remember this Charlie Brown dress from every after five event I’ve been to since having C. That’s because it’s black and stretchy. And it goes well with sparkly, designer shoes.

Sorry about the random pose; Australia’s Next Top Model I am not.

Here we are looking excited about our night ahead:


We started our meal with one of the best dry martinis I have ever had. Hendrix gin and Sardinian olives combine well.

I took only one photo at dinner because I’m old-fashioned like that.


This is the degustation menu. We had eight courses as we started with a Sardinian flat bread and honey-ricotta aperitif at the recommendation of our host. It was a great start to the meal and went really well with the martini. But gosh I was full by the end of the night.

I love tasting menus with wine pairings. This menu was particularly well done. I enjoyed all the wines by themselves but at each course I found that the food brought out the best in each wine and vice versa.

Having spent some time in Italy, we were really interested to know more about Sardinia. Our sommelier gave us a great overview of the island, the different regions within, the wine-growing conditions and cultural influences on the cuisine. Everyone in the restaurant was very knowledgeable about the foods and wines. We felt our service was equally wam and welcoming. It was a lovely evening.

I’m meeting a group of friends at the pub later today. So the celebrations continue.


I was truly spoilt yesterday with birthday messages and surprise presents.

I forgot to post this photo yesterday. My mum surprised me with a silver locket when I saw her on the weekend.


I’m wearing it today too. It’s the perfect length. I’ve been needing to print photos for a while. Hopefully a locket will be a good motivator.

Today’s outfit:


Zara blouse
Supre singlet
River Island jeans
Faith boots (purchased in the UK for the bargain basement price of £50 from their closing down sale)

I’m also wearing a belt with jeans which is unlike me. I found it in my cupboard. I think it came with something but I’m not sure what. Meh! Talk about shopping my wardrobe.

So back to last night. I got home early enough to spend lots of time with a tired and cranky Little Girl. She didn’t want to give me hugs or kisses. She wanted to read her books. All 500 of them! 😦 She went to bed early as she was rubbing her eyes and couldn’t stop yawning.

I received a lovely surprise box that was waiting for me when I got home. My friend Nat had called earlier to say that something was delivered and they’d left it inside the foyer. Thankfully I have very honest neighbours. Inside the box:


The roses are giving off a gorgeous scent and they really gussied up the table:


After polishing off my bottle of Veuve, a dozen oysters and some seafood risotto I was completely stuffed. Still managed to find room for a cheese course and some Terra Felix Shiraz Viognier:


All in all I had a fantastic birthday!

WARNING: absolute narcissism and princess-like content to follow.

I’m absolutely overwhelmed with all the love I have already received this morning. I have some truly wonderful friends and family!

Received some beautiful cards and a nice orange box:


Received breakfast in bed and lots of spontaneous kisses from the Little Girl.

Got dressed up


Took some photos with my ‘gifts’ including a sparkly pair of red-soled shoes:


And enjoying the sunshine on the bus to work.

Happy hump day to all!

Feeling better

I’ve heard the weather in Sydney on the weekend was gorgeous. We wouldn’t know as we decided to be together as a family in sickness.

Little Miss C has been on the mend but was being dosed every three hours and crashed out early both days.

Poor D was at death’s door! He really tried on Saturday and we had shifts watching the Little Girl. But Sunday he was worse. I had a terrible start to the day and we were out of tissues, drugs, juice and fruit. So I nagged D to go to the shops. I couldn’t tell he was struggling and I feel awful about it now. Eventually I cracked it and went to the shops with unwashed hair in a slept-on plait, uggs, ratty grey trackies and my cashmere jumper! I looked like I had the plague and people took a wide berth.

Although I must say it was the most successful shopping trip. I got some juices including pineapple which sorted my throat out, D replenished his blood sugar with some tinned fruit and we both felt better from some panadol and tea. By Sunday night he was even well enough to stay up and watch the F1.

So I hope everyone had a much nicer weekend than we did.

D stayed home yesterday as the Little Girl was still not herself. C insisted on helping daddy with work:


Notice the MacBook doesn’t have a space bar?

Thankfully we’re all much better now besides the associated sniffles, coughs and croaky voices.

Meals in pictures

Little C is not well. I’m feeling very guilty and heading off to work this morning was really hard! My only consolation is that she is in good hands with her Daddy who is not cheap with the cuddles and kisses. Hopefully three more days at home to rest will be enough to have her on the mend.

In other news, I have a backlog of food photos. One of the joys for me of working in the city is access to an abundance of good lunch options. I declared yesterday that I would happily eat Japanese 5 days a week. It’s true!

If you’ve ever been to Nazimi on York Street you would know how good this was:


I wouldn’t say it was a budget lunch choice at $18 but it came with miso and salad.

On the Saturday of the long weekend I cooked a laksa for lunch:


Just cos. I didn’t make enough soup so it’s a little chunky. Also, our pasta bowls don’t really cut it volume-wise. I just haven’t found the right noodle bowls yet and I’m not 100% sure where I have space for them in the cupboards.

Another great lunch option, Home Thai on Clarence St toward China Town. Pad see yew:


I can’t recommend this place enough! Most meals are under $10 and I love the open kitchen! Our lunch club at work go every week, no joke.

Another favourite is Menya Noodles next to the Shelly on the corner Kent and Market. They do a great chilli beef ramen!

Despite being quite good at writing my blog on the bus, I’ve been a bit slack lately. Sorry about that!

This week the Little Girl has been really sick. D stayed home with her on Tuesday and I worked from home on Wednesday. We thought she was ok this morning; her temp was fine, she was a little quiet but mostly back to herself. And she must have been ok most of the day because I didn’t get a call from daycare until almost 5pm. They were pretty panicky and gave D a fair bit of attitude when he finally was able to pick her up. We took her to the dr but by then her temp had dropped. She’s obviously not well but the crazy attitude of the people at daycare was ridiculous! We were made to feel like bad parents because it took us 45 minutes to go and get her. As if I don’t feel guilty enough!

Here she is having a bottle last night:


I was doing the matchy matchy thing again. It was fun!

I have some cute photos from happier times. Here she is eating dinner with Daddy:


She has a lovey now; a soft dolly that came with pram she got for Christmas. It’s so cute. She takes dolly to bed with her and carries her around during the day.


This was obviously taken on the weekend prior to not feeling so well:


She was showing off blowing raspberries on the inside of her toy box because I was taking photos.

Excuse the bathrobe and a bit too much of my thighs in this next one – it was taken on Sunday morning. More showing off after the raspberries:


Hopefully, she’ll get some good rest tonight and D will stay home with her again tomorrow. I’m umming and ahring about going to the footy with my team tomorrow. Not sure how much fun I’ll have if I’m worried about the Little Girl. 😦

Can’t wait for the weekend! Hope everyone has a good one!

C has started getting really good at the whole fork/spoon thing. Apparently this has been going on for a while but with my commute I usually miss dinner time. It’s very cute.


And in it goes!


The weather has been gorgeous in Sydney lately! I love the combination of sunny days, blue skies and a bit of a chill. It’s got to be my favourite weather. Don’t like the cold, dark mornings though. It’s awfully hard to get up when it’s pre-dawn and so comfy under the doona.

I don’t like to post photos of C with a dummie in. She’s started being really devious, finding them hidden in her room and willfully refusing to give it up. I’m thinking about weaning her off it but don’t have the energy right now.

Anyway, I couldn’t get her to give up the ‘mimi’ for this photo.


Cool as a cucumber.