Meat & Wine Co., Circular Quay
Meat & Wine Co. Circular Quay is tucked away inside Sydney's Intercontinental Hotel. When you step in, the dim lighting and booth seating makes the restaurant feel more intimate than its Darling Harbour counterpart. We were seated near the entry, but the bathroom was located right at the back. To get there we had to walk past fridges of raw meat . . . Not the most appetising imagery!Witlof Salad
Green and purple witlof, Milawa Ceridwen ash goats cheese, toasted walnuts, cherry tomatoes, fresh orange and shaved fennel with a caramelised fig & pepper balsamic dressing
It's presentation like this that reaffirms my belief that food definitely is an art form. Unfortunately, for $19, the salad was sadly lacking in substance. I know I'm paying for more than just a meal when I dine out, but if I had closed my eyes and eaten this I would have never believed it was worth as much as it was. The produce was beautiful, but I can only describe it as insubstantial. Perhaps a larger portion size would have made it more worth it.
Palmer & Co is an adult bar. The type with a glaringly obvious absence of gyrating of sweaty bodies in skimpy outfits and/or the cringeworthy sexual tension. Instead there are the small groups of well-dressed yuppie types sharing a bottle of wine over cheese boards. There is live music. Most of us have just left teen-hood, and I don't know about my friends but I felt far too young and immature for a scene like that! Maybe eight years later I can return and actually know how to enjoy wine.
There was a Gelato Messina stand at Vivid Martin Place! To my disappointment none of the gelato combinations were perfect for any of our tastebuds ("Meh"ssina ha ha . . .) but we took a chance anyway. Service was charming, though!
How lucky I am to have so many friends to love. Happy Wednesday, lovers x
These photos were from a 36 hour rendezvous to Melbourne that a few of my very good friends and I took during the summer holidays before the first month of 2014 was over. It was disgustingly hot, but we had lots of fun. (Most of it was recorded on Snapchat, saved, and then uploaded to a private Whatsapp group conversation later.)
After landing, travelling to our hotel during wretched morning peak hour and throwing our things into our hotel room, the only thing we were thinking about was grabbing a bite to eat. To Degraves Street we went! Melbourne brunchers were up and at it already. All we wanted was simply a place to sit and something to eat.
Walking through Center Place. . . This is honestly a foodie's dream.
It was monday mid-morning by this time, but it held at its heart the eternal atmosphere of a lazy Sunday brunch.
Waffle On (urbanspoon)
Shop 9 Degraves St, Melbourne
This busker was not singing. She was crooning into the microphone, gracing it with her Spanish song. (I don't recall if it was Spanish exactly, but it wasn't English.)
After breakfast, we half-heartedly walked the streets of Melbourne's CBD. We were too exhausted to do very much but stagger back to our hotel room (which far enough that it was a 15 minute walk, but close enough that no taxi drivers wanted to take us back). I don't recall a better, more peaceful nap in my life; naps are so much better with friends.
Ground Floor, Crown Casino
(website / urbanspoon) When we all woke from our naps, food again was the only thing on our mind. There were certain destinations we wanted to visit, and Crown Casino was one of them. The buffet at Kitchen Workshop cost a fortune, but there was pretty much everything food imaginable. We sat there for ages to get our money's worth, of course.
This entry has taken me far too long to write! That's about as much energy as I have for now... I need to turn my focus elsewhere. Like I said before, life gets in the way. . . But hopefully it won't be too long before I make my next post. :) Have a happy weekend, everyone! Lots of love and kisses. xo