My week in Instagram | Darwin

Since returning from Brisbane I had a day at work in Canberra and then travelled to Darwin for work meetings.

Monday morning

Lemon butter in ample quantities on toast. You may recall from my weekend in Brisbane that Miss16 made me lemon butter on toast with just a smear of lemon butter.

This is how I like my toast ‘smeared’.

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Strong coffee at work

10 strength. I really like my Aldi Expressi coffee maker.

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Lamb, red wine and rosemary meat pie

This is a new pie for the Urban Bean Espresso Bar. It was pretty nice.

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Spicy salmon and Chinese sausage noodles

I think I may have overdone it with the chill flakes. My mouth was on fire.

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The last of the Tim Tams

It’s true I bought a packet of double coat Tim Tams on Sunday afternoon and these were the last two. I swear they don’t put as many biscuits in a packet as they used it.

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At the airport Tuesday morning

QANTAS does a nice line in yoghurt with fruit, nuts and shredded coconut

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Airport coffee

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Breakfast on QF872 CBR to SYD

I ate a few bites and finished the spinach. It was quite salty.

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On QF842 SYD to DRW they had iPads available

I didn’t look at it. I used my time (4 hours) to reread my meeting papers and think about the meetings.

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Lunch on QF842 SYD to DRW

This salmon and potato salad with some beetroot was very nice. I didn’t eat the potatoes.

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This brownie was quite tasty

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The view from the window on QF842 somewhere between Sydney and Darwin

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There was also Maggie Beer ice cream

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Darwin is where I spent nearly 12 years. I finished my specialist training in Brisbane in 1995 and started a new job in Darwin at the Royal Darwin Hospital in 1996. I left in October 2007. It was a great time. The weather is almost always good even when a tropical cyclone was brewing and the monsoon was set. The place is so friendly. People live in Darwin are special, in a really good way.

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After doing some work in the hotel I walked to the Stokes Hill Wharf for dinner

This boat looked nice moving on the water | This is a short Instagram video

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I had crumbed barramundi, chips and salad

It was a little disappointing. When I lived here it was much nicer. There are almost no locals who have lived here most of their lives running the food joints.

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Just look at that

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I went back for a piece of battered barra

This was better

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When I got back to the hotel I posted this to twitter for the fun of it

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You can check out the details of the walk here http://runkeeper.com/user/garydlum/activity/224364120

RunKeeper Map of my walk

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Wednesday morning

Darwin is fairly west in its time zone. The sun doesn’t appear until late in the morning.

This image of the harbour was captured at 6.30 am

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I’m not that keen on hotel breakfasts and while The Coffee Club is a chain, it’s not too bad

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This mushroom, feta and spinach omelet was okay

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I felt a bit delicate after a day of meetings and going bush for a bit. I reckon the crumbed barra may have been a bit dodgy. It was a bit tough and old. I should have started with the battered piece. I got that from a different vendor.

The Arnott’s Ginger Nut biscuits are amongst my favourites. That said, Darwin sources them from Adelaide and the Adelaide Ginger Nut biscuits are different and not as good as the ones from Brisbane. The Adelaide ones while crunchy are a little flavourless, the Brisbane ones are crunchy, full of flavour and really good dipping into a hot drink. It’s really what you get used to and grow up with that makes the difference. I reckon people from Adelaide probably think theirs are the best.

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“Like a boss” as I walked in the mornings I checked in to various sites.

I become mayor of my favourite restaurant in Darwin :-) The Hanuman

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Thursday was a beautiful day for an early morning walk.

This is the relatively new Darwin Conference Centre. It was built after I left Darwin in 2007.

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The sun rises quickly, this was captured a few minutes later and is of the Darwin waterfront precinct.

The water was nice and still

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Stokes Hill Wharf in the morning

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You can check out the details of the walk here http://runkeeper.com/user/garydlum/activity/225308988

RunKeeper map of my walk

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Another coffee

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French toast with maple syrup and fruit.

Okay okay, it was fruit compote which was once fruit but has had so much sugar added it’s more like soft mushy lollies

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I went to Pee Wee’s on Thursday night for dinner and felt like eating a double barrelled shot of pork

Pig cheeks

Belly pork

The cheeks were amazingly tender. They were so good. The pork belly was lovely. The long piece of crackling though was a little too salty. I was thirty all night.

Peewee's at the Point on Urbanspoon

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Friday morning. Need I say more.

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An early start on Friday means a cup of instant coffee and Arnott’s Ginger Nut biscuits

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Barra (barramundi) burger for lunch

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My last night in Darwin I dined at my favourite Darwin restaurant, viz., the Hanuman

You can read the Hanuman story at their website

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This is what greets you on entering

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Tropical punch for the non-drinker…me :-)

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Hanuman oysters are their signature dish

They used to serve Japanese oyster meat but once they had Norovirus contaminated meat. It made a lot of people ill. The NT News interviewed those who were affected and many of them said even though they were sick they could come back for them again. Hanuman now sources their oyster meat from South Australia.

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Duck red curry

This was really nice. The lychees and pineapple really gave it a sweetness. It was also a boneless meat dish so very easy to eat without making a mess.

Hanuman on Urbanspoon

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The flight back to Canberra was via Sydney and left Darwin at 1.45 am. I used to catch this red eye flight often when I lived in Darwin. It meant I could leave Darwin at the beginning of a day, attend a meeting in Sydney or Canberra and then return on an evening flight out of Sydney. I could complete my business in less that 24 hours.

Darwin airport really isn’t that flash. I miscalculated my timing and got there about thirty minutes before it opened up for the red eye flights. When I checked in some yobbos were making sufficient nuisance of themselves I had to move from a nice comfy waiting spot. I shouldn’t complain they weren’t locals they were from Sydney. They didn’t know any better.

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Saturday morning

Obligatory boarding pass shot

Those little pies were awful. Never again.

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QF829 DRW to SYD was ‘short’ at only 3 hours and 39 minutes. We had very favourable tail winds pushing us. This often happens on the red eye flight. So much so that if the winds are very strong we have to sit on the tarmac in Darwin for extended periods rather than take off and head for Sydney. This is because of the 6 am curfew in Sydney. It’s more economical to calculate the wind and time of flight and take off at a time to match a 6 am landing. Even then air traffic control can put the flight in a holding pattern for half an hour. I reckon I slept for three hours with intermittent stirring. Apparently the entertainment included the Top Gear River Nile special and Iron Man 3. I remember hewing Jeremy Clarkson’s voice and waking up to the credits of Iron Man 3.

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My next flight was QF787 SYD to CBR and it didn’t board until 8 am. That meant I had time for a snack and coffee (I did not eat or drink on QF829…I know wonders will never cease).

The yoghurt had chunks of pineapple and hint of ginger in it. It was refreshing and perfect for a groggy traveler.

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Breakfast on QF787 SYD to CBR

This was a nice plate of bacon, tomatoes and an egg and spinach tart

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It’s been a good week. I missed being in Canberra and seeing Bron. The warmth of Darwin though was enjoyable. I just hope I can get my iPhone sorted out.

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Non-food ratings http://yummylummy.com/restaurant-non-food-ratings/
Pee Wee’s at the point
Napkins. Pass. They were cloth.
Dunny. 3/5 I had to use the disabled dunny because the bloke’s one was locked. Pathetic air dryer. Well lit.
Waiter étiquette. Pass.

Hanuman
Napkins. Pass. They were cloth.
Dunny. 3.5/5 Spacious, well lit, well appointed wall mounted urinals. Pathetic air dryer but good paper towels.
Waiter étiquette. Pass.

Pee Wee’s at the point http://peewees.com.au/
TripAdvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255066-d756726-Reviews-Pee_Wee_s_At_The_Point-Darwin_Top_End_Northern_Territory.html
Pee Wee’s at the Pointmore info‎
LOT 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive
East Point NT 0820

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Hanuman Thai | Indian | Nonya http://www.hanuman.com.au/hanuman_darwin.htm
TripAdvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255066-d725493-Reviews-Hanuman_Restaurant-Darwin_Top_End_Northern_Territory.html

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Royal Darwin Hospital

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zQdAw-OVEi_M.kA3Tp83_tzd4

While in Darwin for our meetings we were moved in a bus by Phil. He also has hire cars too Darwin People Movers

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