This has been a fantastic Easter weekend. For my non-Australian friends; in Australia we get the Good Friday and the following Monday as public holidays. It’s one of the best public holiday long weekends we have.
It all started on Thursday afternoon and coincided with my manifestation of #ManFlu I shared a classic YouTube video on #ManFlu in my Mamak in Haymarket post from a few days ago. Every time I get a head cold I end up with rigors and sinusitis and I feel like death warmed up.
On Thursday evening Bron cooked dinner.
Bron’s stir fry
This was delicious
Bron cooked hot cross buns on Thursday evening
Hot cross buns
I so wanted one that I pestered Bron to break one off and share one on Thursday evening
On Friday morning we had hot cross buns
Hot cross buns
On the drive to Sydney for the weekend we stopped at Goulburn for a toilet stop and a break
These won’t roll down the aisle of a picture theatre lol
On arriving in Sydney we had to work out how to find and park near our hotel. We chose to stay at the Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments (on 243 Pyrmont Street Darling Harbour NSW 2009). Originally built in 1883, The Oaks Goldsbrough was Sydney’s original Goldsbrough-Mort Wool store. Maintaining many historical features, such as the ironbark columns and tallow-wood flooring, The Oaks Goldsbrough Apartment Hotel combines the facilities and service of a modern hotel with the privacy and spaciousness of a fully self-contained apartment. At first I thought it was an old gaol but then tweeps were telling me about the building’s history.
Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments
I really enjoyed my stay here. It was a relatively quiet well appointed apartment. The kitchen is spacious and well equipped except there was no oven. The microwave oven was a little dated and old. The bathroom/laundry was pretty good too. A little more storage and bench space would have been handy. The lounge area was fine with a big screen television, cable television connection and a DVD player that also accepted USB drives. The bedroom was fine except there wasn’t a set of drawers just very tall wardrobes.
On Friday afternoon we walked around Darling Harbour and Chinatown. We’d decided to eat at Mamak in Haymarket and I’ve already blogged about that.
On Saturday morning we enjoyed the last of the hot cross buns
Hot cross buns
Bron’s butter with some bun
Bron claims this is a misrepresentation lol
The plan for the day was to go shopping in Rhodes and visit Ikea.
Morning iced coffee
I was feeling pretty poorly and thought a hot coffee would make me nauseated. The iced coffee alternative was not too bad.
I went in wanting to buy a cabinet for my kitchen equipment
I bought a heap of other things too
I also brought back a catalogue for a work mate
Of course no visit to Ikea is complete without a meal of Swedish meatballs, Lingonberries, mashed potato and gravy.
I chose a medium plate. Quite a number of tweeps and Facebook friends asked questions about horse meat. Ikea in Australia has declared their meat balls to be horse meat free.
I tried some Swedish festive drink. My #ManFlu was so bad I couldn’t tell it was sweet.
Enjoying a meat ball
In the evening as my #ManFlu was peaking at its worst we went to dinner at Rockpool on George. I blogged about this a couple of nights ago. It was an amazing dinner. It was so good. Rather than repeat the food images I’d encourage you to read the post. I’ll simply insert here an image of the afternoon.
Sydney Opera House
On Sunday morning I woke up feeling pretty ordinary. We had planned to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013. The tickets also included public transport. We got off to an okay start and caught a train from Town Hall station and alighted at Homebush. We should have alighted at Olympic Park. This created a slight delay and a delay in accessing caffeine which was our most pressing need. We eventually got to the show grounds and found coffee and food.
Bacon and egg roll with a coffee
As far as shows are concerned and for my USA friends these are like County fairs I imagine, my all time favourite is The Ekka http://www.ekka.com.au/ in Brisbane every August. The next best is the Royal Darwin Show. http://www.darwinshow.com.au/ The Sydney one is also pretty good and given its proximity to Camberra (3 hours drive) it’s a good option for me at the moment.
One of the best parts about any show in Australia is the wood chop. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_chopping
Wood chopping as a sport started in Australia. My favourite events are the underhand, tree felling and the relay. What we noticed on Sunday was the unusual number of competitors who failed to finish. We hope there wasn’t something wrong with them. Given Australian axe men are also known for the drinking, I just hope they were hung over rather than ill or not up to the competition.
At any show I love looking at animals, produce and cake decorating. Rather than spend the day capturing images we simply enjoyed walking around looking at things. Some things though did need to be captured.
This year’s biggest pumpkin (618 kilograms)
This years smallest pumpkin
Is that the best suit you’ve ever seen or what?
For lunch we had chair sui bao
Barbecue pork buns
We ate these while in the main arena watching moto-X
After lunch we went on the SkyView ferris wheel. It was a pretty good ride. I will be picky though.
Epic grammar fail
After the SkyView we went to the Flyball course. Last year in my Easter wrap up I mentioned our first Flyball experience http://garydavidlum.com/2012/04/09/my-easter-wrap-up/
We started feeling weary after the Flyball and decided to leave. The train journey into the city was uneventful.
For dinner we decided to walk around Darling Harbour and look for a place to eat. I had a hankering for some meat. We came across Braza Churrascaria and walked in. We were seated at a table and the protocol explained. This is not the sort of place that you can photograph everything. The wait staff walk around with trays of meat and serve it onto your plate. It’s basically all the meat you can eat.
Look at all that meat
This tasted pretty good. I’m sure Dr Offal would have loved it. http://droffal.wordpress.com/
The meal was pretty good. It was very meaty and very salty. I’d do it again but I’d want to pace myself better.
We needed something sweet after such a salty dinner
I also needed a stimulant because we were going to the movies at 2130 AEDT.
This was quite strong but very nice.
Bron and I shared this
This was quite heavy but delicious
While near Cockle Bay we visited the Lindt Cafe looking for macarons
We bought two salted caramel macarons
We took a walk across Darling Harbour after dessert. The lights are nice.
Later in the evening was went to the IMAX theatre and watched Top Gun in 3D. A great movie in terms of scenes of fighter jets and an aircraft carrier. The Darling Harbour LG IMAX theatre bills itself as the biggest and the best in the world. I have no idea if this is true.
On Monday morning we packed quickly and drove to Balmain to visit the Adriano Zumbo pâtissier for some more macarons
We ate breakfast at Fundamental Food Fresh Restaurant
The Eggs Benedict with Brie were fantastic. I just wish we had sharper knives for the really crispy Turkish bread.
On the road back to Canberra we had an uneventful drive. We even stopped for a macaroni break.
Lindt Salted caramel macaron
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Bye for now and happy eating
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Sydney Royal Easter Show http://www.eastershow.com.au/