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Now what?

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I know! Not quite sure how I’ve managed (probably the increase in coffee??? ) but my theory is, surely coffee is better for me than diet coke? Surely?

Can I make another three months? :D

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I actually don’t have too many photos from my birthday celebrations, as I had a number of late nights, where my phone battery died before meal or home time. I can say it’a been a lovely week of turning 31, and surrounding myself with people who are awesomeness.

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Let’s start with a couple of days before, my dear chronically Femme Bronwyn was selling her Galaxy Tab….. and since I couldn’t find a reason not to (aside from my current financial situation) I bought it from her. She offered me Gin and Tonic, and a pillow unicorn as sweeteners to the deal…

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Couple of days before my birthday, I had some plans fall through, so ended up watching Seven Psychopaths with Mic, and going out for a lovely brekkie at Chaddies in New Lambton Sunday morning.

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Next was the Newtown Drinks version of my birthday – Drinks on the roof at Zanzibar, till it got too cold and we had to shift inside to the deer hunter room with the pool tables.

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Somewhere in there, Neko started reading to us, and demanding we head for Thai for dinner.

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I did question where one was to actually find a Thai restaurant in Newtown, because there is NOWHERE to get Thai, or frozen yoghurt for that matter, on King Street ;)

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Six of us ended up at Newtown Thai, selected the basis of them being quiet and wouldn’t mind us stuffing around while we waited for a couple of extra, but delightful, boys to show up ;)

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Next stop, the Marly (Marlborough) which has this weird indoor garden, complete with fake grass, remodel thing going on. The above nachos made with hot chips were consumed, and hugs and smiles exchanged.

Sleep was found,a nd my birthday breakfast of a meat pie and diet coke found around midday at Macquarie University train station.

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Sadly, i left the gift of a Hello Kitty shower cap behind in Macquarie Park, but my habit of leaving things behind just means I need to find time to see people again :)

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Where next? Off to Hippo to have coffee and cake with my family and with Bron. The kids ran around like crazy, I got more hello kitty gifts…

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Including some of the VERY newly released Hello Kitty for Target underwear!!!

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From there, it was off to Schnitzel night at the Warners Bay Hotel…. mine had Nachos!

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Aside from that, there’s been bikkies from my boss, and <3 arm warmers from Stu... and well as many hugs and general awesomness.

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Thank you to everyone who made turning 31 utterly awesome. xoxox

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What? it looks like and energy drink? And it’s meant to CALM me down rather than leave me hyped up all night on the dancefloor? AND it has 50 calories per can (which is like eating an apple), I can buy it online and it tastes reasonable?

What?

Oh yeah, too hyper, let’s drink a can then finish this post.

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So, this drink has Valerian in it, which is a mild herbal relaxant and has anti-anxiety properties. Usually found in the vitamin isle, Valerian tablets have gotten me to sleep many a stressful night, whether by their relaxant qualities or from me getting up, moving around, having a glass of water then going back to bed. I was never sure. But it got a diet coke addicted girl through uni. The other ingredient include chamomile and passion flower which are also well known as calming. Tryptophan is an amino acid, which is needed for the production of Serotonin (ie happy relaxy brain chemicals). Seems the perfect drink for an overhyped, anxiety-prone girl like myself ;)

This drink has a small amount of fizz, more like the amount in Berocca rather than a fizzy drink. The taste isn’t very strong. Like a weak tropical cordial. Seems like a good drink to have if you want something cold but calming before something big, like an interview or hot date ;)

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PS One month til my birthday! Donate to the Steve Waugh Foundation for me?


Fiona’s turning 30!

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So.

I’m biting the bullet.

Aiming to tick off another Thirty before 30 item.

Elizabeth has dangled the carrot of a $50 donation to the Steve Waugh Foundation if I succeed.

I can do it right? No black tea, or coffees. Til the end of the financial year.

At least I’ve cut out diet coke already!!!

(and the chocolate)

And it’s for a good cause!


I’m aiming to raise $1000 for my 30th birthday for the Steve Waugh Foundation. They help fund things for kids (up to 25) with rare conditions that often slip through funding cracks. Awesome work.

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If giving up caffeine helps me get there, then so be it!

(I’m also “going dark” this weekend, when I head to Billabong Retreat!)

(and yes I do realise that this opens me up for challenges for sponsorship xx bring it!)

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Nara Thai

Ahh, Nara and Uncle Raja’s. Worked threre through uni, living off naan, butter chicken sauce and pad thai. Oh and bottles of diet coke.

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The two are combined now, so you can get a selection of Indian and Thai dishes in the one kitchen.

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So, pad thai, chicken madrass and lamb korma. A Malaysia style Laksa.

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And suggestive looking deep fried ice cream for dessert!

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The random chat-up

November 19, 2011

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I was loitering outside Central station, dm-ing a friend about being randomly chatted up, when a guy, with a Coke zero in hand, and alcohol on his breath came up to me…

“Hey can I tell you something?”
“Mmm?” I say.
“You’re beautiful, you look really peaceful there”
“Thanks”. (oh yawn)
“So, have you got plans tonight”
“No, school night”
“You look like a teacher”

etc. Til he picked up on my disinterest and went away.

How about you? Do you get randomly chatted up?

Sometimes it’s fun, but other times, I can’t be bothered with the banter!

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Eat Drink Blog 2011

Where does one begin on a HUGE day with lots of eating, drinking, photographing and meeting oodles of awesome people?

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With the macarons and balls from Lindt …. rather popular!

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How about I do what I usually do? Start at the start and see how distracted I get along the way? That’s my voice ;)

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A day at the Electrolux demonstration kitchen… Such a warm sunny day!

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The boys and girls from Toby’s Estate won our hearts with coffee at breakfast, morning and afternoon teas. Then they won our minds with chocolate coated coffee beans and Keep Cups in their swag bags ;)

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I got stuck into the juice the Breville girls were making fresh, and the fruit plates!

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Many of the others filled themselves with baked goods across the day from Brasserie Bread… (Including the lovely ladies from Impact :)

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(They even do Gluten Free baking courses!!! I’ll have to check that out one of these days!)

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Continuing on the theme of eating and drinking, I was completely taken by the range of mineral waters from Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co.. Particularly the ginger beer, as I was feeling rather off much of the day :\

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The upset stomach meant I couldn’t enjoy the lamb lunch as much as I would usually, but the bits I ate and kept down were great :) I did, however, go for a walk with a vegetarian, Laura during the lamb butchery. I needed air, people!!

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I suppose some of you also want to hear about the content of the day? And perhaps what I took from it?

I took oodles of notes during the talks. Loved the thoughts all of the speakers provoked, and was reassured that much of the message was “be yourself, do want you love, know who you are” oh and “don’t get sued”!! ;)

I think that while it was nice to hear about the legal aspects, again it comes down to being respectful, stopping taking photos if you are asked, and being sure to make sure your reviews are ‘reviews’ ie your own opinion, and not you being the next distributor of chef’s hats.

Aside from that I saw some awesomely huge lenses

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Asian girls with big cameras

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Oh and Jen had awesome shoes.

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The Crab Masterclass smelled divine… even though I know my tongue couldn’t handle it ;)

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And after a very long day program, it was off into Kingsleys for dinner. The Steak and Crabhouse, not the chicken shop, as I explained my confusion to Sarah the Kingsleys PR girl who gave me a lift to the restaurant and the home! Now that’s service! ;)

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A few of us went for cocktails on arrival while we waited for the real dinner time. Mine (above) is the Mint and Zen, while below is Tom‘s Cancun Splash

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The chef tempted our tastebuds with Black Pudding and Veal Sweetbread

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And salmon on a bed of rice

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The sun went down on a warm Sydney night :)

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For entree, we were brought Smoked Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio with pickled chilli and pistacio nuts. Oh yum! This was matched with a yummy yummy St Hallet Riesling from Eden Valley.

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Sarah had a teeny bottle of coke! (pictured next to my mini moo card holder!)

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The main was Slow roasted beef tenderloin, and Wagyu flat iron steak. Both melted in my mouth, and I got a lot of them because everyone else was still full from a day of cake!! This was matched with a St Hallet Faith Shiraz. Nice.

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The sides

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The onto dessert. I was presented with this gorgeous meringue with rhubarb and strawberries, while the others had cheeses..

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I’m told the Rose matched the chees well, while I had to separate it from the dessert ;)

Thank you SO MUCH to the organisers and sponsors for a wonderful day!!! I’ll twitter and blog stalk you all soon! xxxx

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Yummy Summer Drinks

October 29, 2011 · 2 comments

As the weather heats up, we’re all looking for something more interesting than water, but not coke, to quench our thirsts with. Here’s a few I’ve tried recently…

GC Raw Juices. All with less than 10g of sugar per 100mL, these aren’t just ordinary fruit juices. They have veges too, without that vege taste :)

My fave was the Berry Burst with its sneaky beetroot juice (great for blood pressure), which I downed after a hot and humid run. Rish went the Citrus Crush which was a little like a breakfast juice, while my flatmate felt the Pine Punch was best served on a Friday afternoon with ice and vodka ;)

Coconut water

Next up, we have the box of C Coconut Water that arrived last week. A Sydney based company, bringing this drink to us, with no added sugar. Not to my taste, but Rish has been guzzling it!

Herrljunga apple and pear cider

Lastly, Herrljunga’s +46 Apple and Pear Cider. From sweeden, and for only $12 for a four pack from BWS this week, goes down a treat!

So tell me, what are your summer refreshments of choice?

The juices were received from Soup to review, the Coconut water was won, and the cider was bought on a whim

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For Rish’s belated birthday, I promised him Yum Cha. And on recommendation from a workmate, we headed to Mr Chai Seafood at lunchtime Sunday. A short walk from home (yay!) a good way to kick off a Sunday after a sleep in.

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mmmmm bbq pork buns.

Skipped the cue of groups waiting for large tables, and got our table for two. Then proceeded to our usual orderings of steamed goodness…

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The lady with the broccoli saw me eyeing her off, and brought some over :)

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Prawn parcels

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The highlight because at times these can be too stringy… yum! spinachy, prawny, mushroomy balls.

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And, at request, prawn rice noodles.

Add in a coke it was $42. We’ll be back!

(spent the rest of the day wandering around Kogarah. Sore legs from that!!!)

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