“I am not afraid to admit I am a huge fan of the ham and pineapple pizza. And I can assure you there isn’t a guy from wikipedia lurking in this pizzeria.”
“Two bridge railings symbolize two people supporting each other through life’s journey. But when one railing is missing, it is like one half has gone away.”
~ Chopinand, co-author of ChopinandMysaucepan
Mysaucepan is a devout fan of anything French. Actually she’s a Francophile if you will. Her heart swoons at the mere mention of Paris although I should also declare my heritage is anything but French.
“The view of the sea is so beautiful that words are not necessary.
The music in my mind conjures a poetry of the sea before me”
~ Chopinand, co-author ChopinandMysaucepan on Rachmaninoff’s
Etudes-tableaux Op. 39 no. 2 in A minor
Coffee lovers must be having it good these days judging by the sheer number of artisan roasters jostling among cafe and restaurant strips in urban neighbourhoods.
These days, Sydney’s Thai restaurants are as plentiful as the bikini-clad women on its beaches in summer.
But then again, there are Thai restaurants in Sydney and there is Khao Pla. And likewise, there are Thai chefs in Sydney and there is Pla Rajoratanavichai.
It’s easy to see the fascination with dumplings hitting Sydney at the moment.
After all, when dumplings are discussed around a dining table, most people think jiaozi (the Mandarin term for the more common Cantonese gow gee), steamed xiao long bao or Shanghai soup dumplings and boiled wontons.
“There is a seductive Italian in town” M tells me.
“Well, I know you’re absolutely in love with Monica Bellucci but there’s only two things about Italy that generally excite me and that’s food and opera, although I like to gaze at beautiful Italian women … occasionally” I reply.
“In that case, I think you will like Popolo ‘coz it has one of the three” M says.
What do you get when you throw together good, wholesome French food in a casual bistro with water views and excellent table service?
You get a nice cafe, of course. In the case of my lunch with some lovely friends, it Cafe Nice (pronounced “niece” as in the French provencal city of Nice).
“We have to have the omelette, it’s really ooh la la!!” Fiona says.
Sydney’s dining scene is already trending towards a casual tapas style experience where diners can share a variety of dishes. It seems a distant past that my friends and I have gone out for a 3-course meal where each of us had our own entree, main and dessert.
“I can take all the madness the world has to give but I won’t last a day without you”
~ Paul Williams & Roger Nichols, composers of
Carpenters‘ hit single I Won’t Last A Day Without You
Backed by a colossal technique to tackle the most conflict-ridden passages with amazing soundness, Ingrid offered a substantial reading, filled with musicality and life, of one of the most splendorous piano concertos of the Romantic era.
~ La Nacion, Argentine daily
It is often said that one should do what the Romans do when in Rome. I am definitely a fan of embracing the best of what a place has to offer when travelling.
Update: Woolwich Pier Hotel was recently awarded Best Hotel for Dining by Sydney Morning Herald’s Pub Food Guide 2014.
Being a harbour city, there are countless bay, reefs, coves, peninsulas and inlets around Sydney’s foreshores and seascapes.