Monday, September 29, 2014

Five Random Thoughts...


1. I'm trying to figure out a good balance between eating healthy and having as Cassey calls it, 'YOLO' foods. I do really well for my breakfasts and lunches, but after a long day at work all I want is to order some takeout (if I don't have dinner planned) and indulge in some chocolate..or ice cream! Any tips on how to get past this? 

2. Speaking of YOLO, I'm really missing my brother in Mexico.  We used to say YOLO with a spanish accent, accenting the O, so saying it became really funny. I loved being able to spend a week with him on his territory with him showing me the ropes. It was a week I'll never forget. 

3. Speaking of Mexico, check out that gorgeous dress I'm wearing in the photo above! I bought that in Mexico City in one of the outdoor markets. I'm absolutely in love with it, and am so glad the sun is out and I can finally get some summer dresses in my wardrobe rotation. 

4. I've been re-watching season 1 of One Tree Hill. Oh my gosh, I forgot how dramatic it was! I haven't watched it since 2003 when it premiered, so I'm loving reliving the Lucas, Peyton, Brooke, Nathan, Hayley love... pentagon? haha 

5. Halloween is on my brain too! I want to be something original this year, but as per usual, I'm stuck! The resources for costumes in Australia aren't the best, so I'll definitely have to DIY something.  Plus it's on a Friday this year, so it will be cool to do something different than normal. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Night at The Opera... House!



Feeling like royalty in 'Siam' for the night. 
For my Mom's birthday this year, I treated her to dinner and a musical at the Sydney Opera House.  We had a sweet little dinner right on the Quay at The Eatery By George.  I definitely recommend the place based on their food -- I had lamb shanks, the special of the day for $22 -- but their service was spotty at best.  At some points we had all the waiters vying for our attention, at other points no one was in sight, leaving me waving madly at them for attention. They're a relatively new restaurant though, so they're probably still working out the kinks. 
The amazing view we had during dinner. 

Still, Mom and I had a really great time enjoying the view and ambiance of the place. Sitting outside as the sun set while watching the ships pass really made us feel like we were enjoying a special night out.  
Blurry (quick!) photo of the stage from our seats. 

After a pretty leisurely dinner, we went in to get our seats for the show.  We were there to watch Rodger and Hammerstein's The King and I.  Being huge fans of this musical duo, Mom and I were super excited to watch the show.  

As we were ushered to our seats I saw 'Thai monks' walking up and down the aisles with incense. Seeing them really helped us get into the mood of the play. 

We were seated in row q in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Originally I thought it might be a bit far back, but the theatre is actually so small that no matter where you sit, you'll generally have a good view of the stage.  Next time, I go to a show at this theatre, I'll definitely go for the cheaper seats with this in mind. 

Finally the big gong crashed and the show began.  

Each scene was directed with care. It was obvious the amount of work that the cast and crew put in to the beautiful design of the set, the superb choreography of the dances and the great acting by the cast.  Lisa McCune who planned Anna, did a fantastic job as was expected.  

The only thing that irked me was the accent of Teddy Tahu Rhodes who played the King of Siam. I found his version of the King's accent to be too forced and fake. I guess this is expected of an Australian attempting to have a Thai accent, especially since the majority of the cast was of Asian decent.  However, in the original Rodger and Hammerstein's movie, the actor who played the King was Caucasian as well, so they may have been trying to pay homage to his horrible accent too. 

Some could find the movie or production racist, but at the end of the day, my only problem was the accent. Every other part of the production seemed to be culturally sensitive, so I'm not complaining too much. Still, every time the King opened his mouth, I cringed just a bit. 

Overall, I had a great time at the show and a fantastic night hanging out with my mom.  Would I recommend spending hard earned money to watch this production of The King and I? Ehh, probably not. I'd say save your bucks for Les Miserables which is due to come to Sydney this March! 

Have you seen a play recently? I'd love to hear your recommendations! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On things I post on Pinterest

Praxis: I love food more than I love weddings -- did you know that? 

Miguel: no... But I believe you. 



Friday, September 12, 2014

Sydney Spotlight - Pablo and Rusty's.

This morning I was woken up unusually early by my alarm. I stumbled out of bed, hopped in the shower with a rumbly in my belly.  I had been fasting from the night before because in the morning I had a doctors appointment to *shudder* get some blood work done.  I've never had my blood tested before, but I have donated blood a few times in the past.  From that experience I knew I would be lightheaded and slightly dizzy after the appointment, so needless to say I was nervous.

BUT for being a tough woman about it all, and going to the appointment alone, I promised I would reward myself with a really good breakfast after it was all over.

So after a quick google search, I found myself at Pablo and Rusty's.

Pablo and Rusty's Interior. Image via
Pablo and Rusty's is a gorgeous coffee shop in the middle of Sydney CBD. The place is surprisingly large and decorated quite well.  I loved the warm tones carried throughout the room and the rusticity of the place. Wood grain was a common theme that carried from the walls to the table and chairs to the serving plate, and yet with all that wood not once did the room ever feel too dark or too kitschy.

When I walked into the cafe the waiter immediately sat me on a stool in front of a large glass window.  At first I was annoyed to be seated at a counter instead of a table, but a quick look around and I saw the entire place was packed to the brim with even more people lining up for takeaway coffees. After two seconds, I started to love my window seat, as I was able to people watch instead of stare at my smartphone.

After being seated for a minute or so,  a waiter came and took my order.  I was particularly excited about this because their coffee beans are "traceable, sustainable and ethically produced." Not only was I going to be able to taste a single origin coffee, I was also not going to feel guilty about where it came from.  Pablo and Rusty take pride in sourcing their ingredients from suppliers who have holistic, sustainable views about their products, so you know that the food and coffee that you're having is guilt-free and clean.
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I ordered a flat white coffee and heirloom tomatoes, goats cheese, chimi churri and pomegranate seeds on sourdough toast. (pictured below)  OH MY YUM.  I don't even know where to start. The coffee tasted great, so great that I considered ordering a long black (coffee sans milk) next time I was there just so I could taste the coffee more. It was silky and warm and perfect.

Still drooling over this. 
The toast was a masterpiece.  The goats cheese and avocado were so soft that I intentionally savored every bite of them.  The pops of pomegranate seeds were unexpected and refreshing. The toast was crunchy on the outside but soft in the middle, just the way I like it.

And for a meal made completely out of vegetables, grains and cheese, I never felt like I was missing out on anything. There was no need for the typical soft boiled egg normally served with toast. Again, it was perfection. Mouth watering perfection.

So do I recommend visiting Pablo and Rusty's? Hell yes! Do I recommend going between 8-9 am on a weekday? Probably not. The cafe gets really busy, but if you don't mind the crowd or can go a bit later in the morning, definitely give this place a shot. You won't regret it.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Currently...

On top of a Pyramid near Mexico City!

I'm not even going to bring up any excuses as to why I've been missing from this blog. I just have. I'm not sure I myself even know why.. except for maybe I feel that life is slightly repeatative so I have nothing new to say. 

I missed writing though, and this little blog has been on my brain. So lets start off easy with a 'Currently' post. 

Are these even in fashion anymore? HAH

Reading:  A book about the Kings Cross suburb, which is very close to where I live. The author does this really cool thing by telling us the history of particular stores/streets and then juxtaposing it with what the places are like now.  He seems to know all the stories of the cross from drug dealing to murder to suicide to gentrification. It's crazy, a little bit scary, but definitely interesting. 

Listening to: Jhene Aiko, Beyonce and all things on pop radio. Arriana Grande's 1 Less Problem kills me EVERY TIME... 


Thinking about: My cousins. Since I've come back from my trip overseas (I went home to California and quickly to Mexico for one whole month!) I catch myself thinking about moments I'm missing out on with the cousins and memories I could be making with them as they grow up.  Some of them are in their early teens and it kills me to know I'm not around. Thank God for Imessage. Seriously. 


Watching: A LOT of youtube. I recently found my old youtube account with the people I used to subscribe to... so I started watching all of their channels again. Youtube is a crazy thing. Like Blogging, people start with enthusiasm, divulge bits and pieces of their life and ultimately disappear after some years have passed. I think its the whole getting bored with doing the same thing over again thing, but the people who are able to reinvent themselves or do different things with their channels/blogs while staying true to their personalities end up being the most successful. Tyler Oakley anyone? He's such a prime example of this. I've been watching him since 2008! 


Loving: this. I just posted a blog for the first time in forever, and that is something to truly love. WOO!