Monday, February 23, 2009

Adora Handmade Chocolates, Earlwood

We've been looking at properties a lot lately, particularly in Marrickville. One major draw card in the area for me is a little chocolate shop and cafe called Adora Handmade Chocolates.

Little shop-front - blink and you'll miss the goodness!

Gift baskets made of chocolate - filled with more treats.

Ohhhh nom nom nom!

Pralines and orange peels and nut clusters, oh my!

Cute little box we took home.

Filled with unimaginable delights!



Adora Handmade Chocolates
10 Homer St
Earlwood, NSW
(02) 9323 5948

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day

I don't usually care much for Valentine's Day, but falling on Saturday this year provided the opportunity for me and Alec to spend some quality time together.

We started in Bondi, hoping to go to the bagel store Glick's. However, Glick's is closed during the day on Saturdays, so we wandered up the road to this quirky cafe instead for a huge brekkie.

Three Steps Cafe, Bondi. Home of the all-day breakfast as well as a host of other treats.

Extensive menu, including about 20 types of breakfasts.

Very quirky interior. Loved the Greek people serving us - they were so friendly and fast!

No menus at the table - instead the menu was printed on huge posters on the walls.


My vegetarian breakfast - including hot chocolate - was a bargain at $9.90.

Alec manfully tackles his giant breakfast.

This was all I could eat!

We then drove down to Bondi Beach even though it was cold and wet. Turned out to be a great idea, as the weather kept all the tourists away - score! I've never seen the beach so empty.


Unrecognisable without the hoards of tourists.


Stormy weather made for a moodier beach scene.


Since outdoors was not looking positive for the day, we set off for the Museum of Sydney to see an exhibition called Tails of the City - the story of pets in Sydney. I've never been to the museum before - I didn't even know where it was! It's a nice little museum on the site of the first Australian parliament house.


On the travelator at the Domain car park.

A trip to that part of town isn't complete without stopping at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. I always get the same thing - the chocolate milkshake - so opted for the ice chocolate instead ($7). It was exactly the same as the milkshake though, which would have disappointing if I didn't love the shake so much :)

Yuuuuum!

Alec and his ice coffee. Sluuuurp!

We shared the Passion dessert - it was fruity and perfect! ($12)

Alec pulling faces. He enjoyed himself, I swear!

Booty from the cafe - the loose Lindt balls were free because we spent over $30. Score!! We selected flavours we hadn't tried before like raspberry, peanut butter and cookies and cream.

Three Steps Cafe,
113 Bondi Road,
Bondi

Lindt Cafe
53 Martin Place
(Cnr Phillip Street), Sydney
tel (02) 8257 1600

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Vicini Pizza @ Annandale

After viewing some houses in the area, we stopped in at Vicini to get a feel for the area and try some pizza.

The sign out the front said it was rated highly in the Sydney Good Food Guide, so we had to try it out.

Show me the food!

A la carte menu - we stuck to the pizza however.

We ordered a pizza each after seeing a pizza on the table next to us. It turned out however it was a children's sized pizza, and when ours came out we were pleasantly surprised at how huge they were!



My Margherita, tomato, bocconcini and basil. Soooo delicious! Hand-rolled dough, the perfect amount of cheese, a little bite of heaven! At $19 it was a little on the pricey side, but tasted so good it was worth it.

Alec's Sandro Special: salami, ricotta, rocket, truss tomato, chilli ($22).


Vicini
37 Booth Street,
Annandale, NSW.
Ph: (02) 9660 6600

Tues-Thurs 11am - 3pm, 6pm - 9:30pm
Fri 10am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sat 9am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sun 9am - 3pm

Sunday, February 8, 2009

52 Bessings - Week 6

I need to say a quick thank you to modern medicine here. I was born very short sighted and had trouble with my vision until I was diagnosed at age 11. Until then i didn't realise that everyone else could see details around them like the leaves on trees. I wore contact lenses from the age of 13 to 27, when my eyes started to reject them. The last two years of wearing contacts irritated my eyes, getting progressively worse, to the stage where I knew I couldn't wear them any more.

Thankfully, I was a prime candidate for laser eye surgery. It was a quick, very uncomfortable procedure that I had done at the end of 2007, and for the first time in my life I had perfect eye sight without any aids. It was magical. No more itchy, uncomfortable eyes, being able to open my eyes open water, little things that most people take for granted.

Thank you skillful doctors for fixing my eyesight!

Dad's Birthday

We went out west today to celebrate my dad's birthday. Our original plans of driving down the coast were halted due to the extreme heat. It was about 40 degrees out west and my doggies weren't coping at all.

The birthday boy cuts his cake!


With my very hot little Buffy.

Kahlua is so hot she is barely awake.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Narrabeen & Counter Burgers

On this beyond hot day, Alec and I took a trip to Narrabeen to cool off.






Afterward we meet Matt and Lisa for dinner at Counter Burger, Crows Nest.







We ended the night at Matt and Lisa's place watching Scrubs.