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Barrio 2304

It’s birthday season!!! Last night I went for Tapas for Amanda’s birthday at Barrio 2304 – a Spanish restaurant on Maitland Road, Mayfield.

Barrio 2304 Olives

As we had such a group, we ordered to $35/head banquet. And were quite stuffed by the end!

Cheese puffs
Cheese balls

Labneh with eggplant
Labneh with Eggplant

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Delish Mushrooms

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Rainbow carrots and homous

SAUSAGE!
Chorizo mmmmmmmm

salmon
Salmon with pea puree

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Lamb and cous cous tagine

Almond, orange, dates
Orange, dates and almonds to top the Lamb

chicken
Chicken!

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Pork Tortilla

And then we found room for cake back at Amanda’s!

Raspberry Coconut cake
Raspberry Coconut Cake

and

Rainbow Jelly Cake
Rainbow Jelly Layer Cake

And we all rolled home. :)

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Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cutest Babycinos Ever ($1 each)

Went for a late lunch /slash afternoon tea with the family for my birthday. Cupcakes and babycinos for the kids, cake and coffee for my Mum and sister, and meals for B and I because I couldn’t face cake, and hadn’t had lunch…

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cute Cupcakes

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
My awesome chicken burger – $18

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado

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Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy

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Go Bombers!!!

Hippo Espresso
468 The Esplanade,
Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0800

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Nan's Dumpling House

OMG, so many dumplings.

One thing about being a food blogger, and it being your birthday this week, is that you can easily talk your friendship group into gorging them self on dumplings in the interest of trying the new dumpling house in town.

Nan's Dumpling House

We ate SOOOOOOO many dumplings over a two hour period.

Pork, vego, crab, chicken. Different shapes and sizes.

And wound up with a bill under $14/head.

Nan's Dumpling House

With a dash of rice for variety.

Nan's Dumpling House

And THEN for some reason, we were talked into utilising our dessert stomachs for coffee and cake at Cafe de Beaumont

Lemon Meringue

Yeah, I rolled to the car.

But I’m SOOOOOOOO glad for good cheap dumplings in Newcastle!!!

(and that they dealt well with my useless booking skills and constantly expanding table!)

Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont St, Hamilton
(behind EuroBar)
(02) 4961 6350

Cafe de Beaumont
70 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303
(02) 4962 3671

(PS since people keep coming here looking for the menu – here it is!!!)


Nan's Dumpling Time Hamilton Menu 2014
Nan’s Dumpling Time Hamilton Menu 2014

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bruise

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.

Chaddies french toast with bacon

Chaddies big breakfas

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.

big buck hunter

vodka and soda

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

te hana

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 ;)

neko reads

entree newtown thai

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 ;)

hot chip nachos marly

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.

bday breakfast pie and diet coke

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!

nacho schnitty

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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Queen soft sugar balls

So, I was sent a few packs of the Queen Soft Sugar Pearls to try out, because I am such an avid baker. Plus I love the idea of silver balls that won’t break a tooth. Think of them as Cachous, but they don’t have to be swallowed whole :p

Queen soft sugar balls

Having a few to eat on their own, they were soft (but not too sof), and kinda had the texture of jelly crystals eated from the packet, if you put too many in their at once. The rainbow ones also smell a lot like rainbow sugary popcorn, the sort that used to come in a carrot shape packet at the fete.

Queen soft sugar balls

Blurry shot. I love Basco packet mixes. They always work out well for me.

Queen soft sugar balls

Improvising. I have no bowl or electric mixer. Bowls are pots and containers. etc.

Queen soft sugar balls

See? Awesome Basco mixes.

Yay! They also have white, baby pink, baby blue, gold and silver. But the rainbow is best, right?

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Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

November 21, 2012 · 1 comment

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Gluten Free Sponge from Slice of Life. Yum!

A family birthday dinner in a Malaysian Chinese Restaurant in the suburb of Redhead. Seaview Malaysian was able to adjust our meals so all dishes were gluten free, and boy we were stuffed by the end of it!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Prawn Toast (not GF)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Short Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sang Choi Bao type Lettuce Wraps. This was my entree and it was awesome :D :D

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

So, Rish and I were starting to admit defeat after the entrees (I had only really had lunch at about 5pm too), but somehow, as the soft shell crab came out (no photos – way too yum in the salt and peppere gluten free batter!), and then the other dishes started to arrive we made an effort :p

(photos not included include the noodles, fried rice, honey chicken, tomato braised beef and probably one more dish!)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sweet and Sour pork was … sweet.

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Amazing lemon chicken. Nice tender chicken pieces, great sauce. I could have eaten this all myself!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
My order. Veges and tofu

There was room for cake, or in Rish’s case, Deep fried ice cream! He can never say no!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

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Hippo Warners Bay

Sometimes I can’t take a non-blurry picture.

Like when I’m out for coffee with a friend after a rough few weeks.

Her helping to get me laughing,

and telling me that there IS light at the end of that tunnel

even if I can’t, or don’t want to, see it right now.

Even if I feel like I’m running in circles.

Doomed to repeat the same mistakes.

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Rish's Birthday

No, I’m not for lunch.

Rish's Birthday

Nor were the flowers.

Rish's Birthday

More like it!

Rish's Birthday

Mmmmm.

Rish's Birthday

Rish's Birthday

Rish's Birthday

Time for Birthday Pie!!!

Rish's Birthday

Lemon Meringue

Rish's Birthday

Lime and Lychee

Rish's Birthday

Strawberry Marshmallow

Rish's Birthday

Ten a piece.

Rish's Birthday

Sleepy Caterpillar?

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Frankies Place

Caught up with @SawHole at Frankies for our first time actually getting together in the city we live in!!!

Frankies Place

Delish Almond and Pear friand for me, and a late breakkie for Lisa.

Frankies Place

While confusing the staff while talking blog-speak ;)

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Hello Kitty Earrings
Birthday present from the MIL. *bounce*

Busy busy 30th birthday weekend! Let’s recap in photos :) :) (photo heavy post ahead! Woo!)

Hello Kitty Cake!
I got a Hello Kitty cake!! :D :D

Birthday Weekend!

I babysat the kids so my sister and her husband could go see a movie. I have now changed nappies. And introduced Ez to the wonder that is Dolmades.

Birthday Weekend!

Stayed overnight in Sydney at the Sebel Surry Hills

Birthday Weekend!

$140 on Wotif as a Wot Hotel?

Birthday Weekend!

Rocked out to The Tea Party at the Hordern


Paint it Black Cover in the encore


Save me

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Four people back, front and centre :p

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Ticked over into my Birthday somewhere in Surry Hills.

Birthday Weekend!

Wore cat ears. And tights. But not jeans and a black tshirt, as was the uniform of choice for Tea Party fans.

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Had breakfast at Toast, Surry Hills.

Birthday Weekend!

Toby’s Estate coffee

Birthday Weekend!

Moroccan Breakfast for Rish

Birthday Weekend!

Mexican for me (minus egg). Corn fritters, avocado and halloumi under there.

Birthday Weekend!

Fought the kids for some biscuits.

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Took more photos for the collage at Ez’s 21st ;)

Birthday Weekend!

Dinner with the family

Birthday Weekend!

At the very Gluten-free friendly Zinc, On Darby Street.

Birthday Weekend!
Garlic Bread (gf)

Birthday Weekend!
Whitebait

Birthday Weekend!
Coq au vin (gf)

Birthday Weekend!
Beetroot Cured Salmon (gf)

Birthday Weekend!
Lamb Shanks

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Gluten free cake from Snows

Birthday Weekend!
Princess! With crown and Hello Kitty Earrings.

Birthday Weekend!

Yay!

Now back to normal, hey??


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