Cafe Paci @ Darlinghurst

FriendsAt $85 per person, the meal at Cafe Paci was worth it. There were a number of dishes to try and it was good enough. However, I just felt something was missing after the dinner. Can’t exactly put my finger to what it is. Maybe I needed a dish that had a bit more meat?

The service weren’t very attentive, as our glasses of water were empty quite often without anyone filling them up.

Anyways, when you read the menu, it would be quite confusing because there appears to be some savoury dishes AFTER dessert.

SnacksSnacks

Fried Barramundi Skin, Asparagus with lemon curd & poppy seeds, tacos, rye bread with shaved cheese & rose petal.

I don’t mind having more of the barramundi skin. It is cripsy and kinda like having salt & vinegar chips. Overall, I quite liked all of these.

Tomato, Sashimi prawns, raspberry, sour creamTomato, Sashimi prawns, raspberry, sour cream
The prawns were in 3 ways; sashimi, prawn oil and something else (can’t remember). I don’t like to eat tomato raw, but combined with all these ingredients, it was quite nice. It didn’t seem like I was having tomato. There was a taste of like ‘dried shrimp’.

Veal tartare, smoked bone marrow, broccoli, anchoviesVeal tartare, smoked bone marrow, broccoli, anchovies

..maybe it’s not smoked bone marrow, but just onions

This was probably the least favourite of mine. Tasted quite raw/meaty, but it got better as I ate more of it.

Bacon lettuce BonitoBacon lettuce Bonito

Cos Lettuce, bacon crumbs, bread crumbs and bonito sauce

This would be one of the dishes that I quite liked. Bonito is used to make the sauce and the overall taste is quite nice and pleasant. Maybe a piece of steam beside it would be awesome!

PhotatoPhotato

Potato noodles, raw beef, watercress, lemon, mushrooms

I’m not fond of mushrooms, so gave it away. Ate the rest. The potato noodles have this slight crunch to it and was cold and refreshing.

Carrot Yoghurt LiquoriceCarrot Yoghurt Liquorice

Dessert time

I couldn’t taste the liquorice, which is good. The others could. The orangey carrot in the middle made it look like an egg.

Malt Banana ParsleyMalt Banana Parsley

Malt covered chocolate mousse, parsley sorbet(?), banana sauce

Eating each of these by itself is overpowering and don’t taste nice. You gotta mix all three ingredients and eat it as a whole. Because of this, the dessert was quickly finished.

Hi-Chew DessertHi-Chew Dessert

Sorbet made from Hi Chew

This was quite sweet. I haven’t had Hi-Chew before and it feels like gum. So, I asked if I could swallow it. (This was a free dessert)

Corn and ButterCorn and Butter

 

It does taste like pop-corn! I like this.

Pork & FennelPork & Fennel

Pork Crackling coated in chocolate and fennel seeds

Well well well. So, this is a dessert. I would’ve like the pork crackling to be a bit more ‘crackling’. And those macaroons were called ‘rockaroons’ (that was what I heard). I wasn’t mistaken, I think, because they were quite hard to bite into.

The Shed @ Mosman

Lunch finally with some colleagues at Mosman. This is the first time we’ve had lunch outside of the office are and it sure was refreshing and very lovely.

Decided to go to The Shed for lunch and have burgers. $15 lunch meal came with a burger, chips and a soft drink

Chicken BurgerThe Federation BurgerThe Shed Burger

Franco Franco @ crown st

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Nice pasta. The snapper had aloof of bones, but quite a nice tasting sauce. Abit fishy.

Julian to Sydney

Welcome to Sydney, Julian.

It was fun. Haven’t had such laughter in a while; your comments and words are just funny. All the best when you’re back in Brisbane. I will come visit for sure.

Big DogPancakes on the Rocks

Hiding the food

I’m irritated. I’m irritated by how the restaurant put the chips. They put it in a cup and then the paper wrapping goes all the way up. It’s not like the chips are filled up as well.
I felt soooo relieved when Sharon ‘unwrapped’ the chips so we could see and pick the chips easier. Then others followed suit. It felt like a burden had been taken off my shoulders.

BeforeAfter

Sculpture by the Sea 2013

I went to see sunrise and also take photos of the Sculpture by the Sea…mostly, to take photos…and the sunrise helped. I’ve been in the last few years and might as well continue. This time, however, no one wanted to go.

There didn’t seem to be as many people as previously, but more cameras and more groups of people.
It was interesting enough. And I should actually listen to what each art piece is about.

Sculpture by the SeaOne of the first pieces that I saw. It was early. My eyes were playing tricks. I thought it looked quite nice with the ‘man’ on top of it, enjoying the view. Then, the ‘figure’ moved…Dammit. it’s someone who has climbed on top of the sculpture!

Sculpture by the SeaISpent most time trying to take a sunrise photo with this in the foreground. Thankfully, there weren’t too many selfish photographers in the way. I moved on from this sculpture when this runner decided to stand someone further in front, and admire the sunrise. Many annoyed photographers!

Sculpture by the SeaWas there one similar to this in the previous year? Anyways, Mr kookabara was so kind to be a model at the end of the sculpture.

Sculpture by the SeaIThis glass sphere seemed to be a favourite among many. It reminds me of a much smaller glass sphere that I kept inside of my fish tank in New Zealand. I remember buying it in Dunedin.

Sculpture by the SeaThe stairs. Made a nice photo, I have to say. Maybe not the best, but quite interesting.

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Happy Halloween

It’s actually quite fun to carve a pumpkin. My first time and yeah, it is a bit hard to get started. First, cut off the top, and then scoop out the insides.
Then with a curved knife and some other stuff, we got to work. I would’ve liked to design and cut one fully myself. and also, a brighter light inside of the pumpkin would give more opportunities to be creative.

Not everyone liked it when I put boogers coming out of jack-o-lantern’s nose. It was fun.

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pitter patter on car

While driving on kangaroo island on fine days, we hear pitter patter sound on the car. And no, it is not raining. It’s just the bugs hitting the car and windscreen.
And they are hard to get rid of (open the photos to see).

Stains on windscreenView from inside carBugs on Bumper