Manicure: Violet filigree

Manicure: Violet filigree

I think it’s time for another manicure post. I feel like I haven’t done one for a while, despite changing my nails at least twice a week. I just get so restless with my nails that change is inevitable. I was sporting some white ones earlier in the week that I captured on Instagram, but it felt odd against my tanned skin so I promptly changed to a light lilac.

I stamped with a Bundle Monster series 3 plate. I used the filigree design.

BM 314

I used Essie She’s Picture Perfect for a base, and stamped with a dark purple Konad polish that my brother kindly brought back for me from Taiwan. Not sure what the name is as it was a tiny bottle.

Essie She's Picture Perfect

It’s such a pretty and delicate filigree pattern. I think it might work better with a statement metallic colour. That’s an idea for next time… Overall I’m happy with how this one turned out.

Essie konad manicure

Of course you can’t really go wrong with purple on purple. Slowly getting through the different patterns of my BM set. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get through all of them

Essie konad manicure

Friday Musings

Friday Musings

  • Excuse the negative-nelly rant, but people who just use other people really annoy me. Seriously. I am a firm believer that you should make your own way up to where you want to be. I’ve prided myself in doing things for myself to get where I am today. I don’t take advantage of anyone and I’m proud of it.
  • I started watching Hart of Dixie today. I’m a bit unsure about how much I believe Rachel Bilson is a doctor. We’ll see how it plays out. I’m also a bit skeptical as to how long this show will last. I think Jamie King is so pretty, but she is a complete bi-atch in this series. She kind of reminds me of Brittany Snow’s character in Hairspray. I forget her name.
  • I still need to post my photos from Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea. I need to edit them first I guess. I’ve done a couple. Debating whether to do one or two posts so I can knock it over. But, I’m just not feeling like blogging much these days. That, or I just lack the time.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Baths

  • Someone asked me yesterday what I’d be wearing to the Christmas party next week. To be honest, I haven’t even thought about it, but now I am and I don’t know what to wear.
  • I have come to learn that eBay is a place full of retards. Don’t leave me negative feedback without contacting me first. I mean, that is just silly. I would have offered you a complete refund, or at the very least made a conceited effort to locate your supposedly lost parcel (the Australia Post website claims that it has been delivered). Retard.
Degustation Dinner: Glass Brasserie at the Hilton

Degustation Dinner: Glass Brasserie at the Hilton

After having a Sugar Hit at the Glass Brasserie last month, we decided to go back and sample some of the food. I saw a few dishes come out to other tables that night, and it looked too good to not come back.

We opted for the degustation, and I gotta tell you, it isn’t for the faint hearted. We did order an extra side of parmesan truffle fries which may have pushed us over the edge. But I think it was worth it.

Glass Brasserie at the Hilton

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Etch Restaurant by Justin North

Etch Restaurant by Justin North

I purchased one of those group deals for Etch Restaurant a while back. I’ve always been curious about this restaurant, created by Justin North, who also happens to run Becasse and Charlie and Co. Kind of knew that we couldn’t go wrong. The deal was for two people, with a set menu. It was a limited menu compared to the usual, but I didn’t think anything (in terms of quality) was sacrificed. It felt like good value for money.

Etch by Justin North

The interiors were lovely. I mentioned in another previous post, I thought it was very country chic. It had a very French vibe about it, so naturally we had to get some French wine. Everything from the wallpaper, to the metal rooster statue that held the salt flakes. There are a few photos, so I might put it under a cut.

Etch by Justin North

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SIFF 2011: Food and Wine Fair

SIFF 2011: Food and Wine Fair

Today was just an absolutely gorgeous day for the Sydney International Food Festival’s Food and Wine Fair. It was most certainly an interesting day as I’m sure L will attest to. They predicted potential thunderstorms, but they never developed. It started to briefly sprinkle, but nothing that threatened the day. I admit I am a bit of a veteran of these fairs, and I gotta say, this year the stalls seemed to have halved, and the turn out wasn’t as large as previous years. Nevertheless, we were determined to enjoy the day.

There was still a good variety of restaurants on show, everything from Asian to Australian and everything far and beyond. We ordered the lamb chops and BBQ beef ribs from Outback Steakhouse. I’m a giant fan of their tender juicy steaks (not to mention their bloomin’ onions). It certainly didn’t disappoint. Giant chunks of succulent meat with potato salad is always a winner with Carnivore N.

La Mint has been a regular at F&W since I can remember, offering traditional Vietnamese cuisine, I find it difficult to pass up the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly. It comes as a generous serving on a bed of rice that soaks up all the sauce and its goodness. I opt for no chilli on my pork as I am not as adventurous as some.

The arancini is something I couldn’t pass up. The rice bran oil (which claims to be a much healthier alternative) was cooking up some arancini balls. With four on a skewer, you got a combination of wild mushroom and tomato. Both were as delectable as each other, and left me wanting more.

There were a few options for dessert. A couple of stalls offered dishes at one coupon. Too hard to resist! The first was this Arabic ice cream dish from Booza. It was beyond anything I expected. It was more like little sorbet scoops coated in a variety of different ways. One was sort of like a creme egg, and another in caramelised nuts and pistachios. Pashmak was an obvious must and went delicately well with it all and added a dimension of texture.

Another sugar hit I regretted was Catalina’s chocolate and date tart. I was pleased to find it on offer at the Food and Wine Fair today. It was rich and thick. That is all I have to say about that really.

Until next year!!

Summer is slowly creeping in.

Summer is slowly creeping in.

Although it technically is still Spring, yesterday was the most glorious weekend I’ve encountered in quite some time. I had no real plans this weekend. We pondered what to do on Saturday, and decided it would be best to laze around at home in the garden. H and I tended to the herbs. As empty and shallow as it is to say, it feels quite rewarding seeing plants flourish. I know it isn’t my doing, but more rather the fertiliser that propagates growth.

Sunday was somewhat impromptu. I knew I had to pick up my laptop from work during the day. We decided to have a last minute picnic at Watson’s Bay. It really is deserving of its own post, so I’ll leave it there for now. I wish I was on vacation again. I’m feeling like being transported back to Tasmania amongst the purple richness of the lavender farm. A girl can only dream.

Sugar Hit 2011: Glass Brasserie at The Hilton

Sugar Hit 2011: Glass Brasserie at The Hilton

I booked Glass Brasserie for Sugar Hit very early. It was one of the definite go-to places on my list this October. Again, we had dinner at a Japanese restaurant. Something about Japanese just makes it easy to share amongst a large group. I can’t explain it.

In any case, the target this week was well anticipated. I’ve been meaning to go to Glass for lunch or dinner, but regrettably never have gotten around to it. The advertised Milk chocolate bavarois, tonka bean creme brulee, caramel sorbet and salted beans was intriguing.

Milk chocolate bavarois, tonka bean creme brulee, caramel sorbet and salted beans, Sugar Hit 2011, Glass Brasserie

The dessert wine was served very promptly. It was light, delicate and sweet, and described only as a “Patricia” dessert wine. I’m not certain if it was a Brown Brothers wine as our waitress was a woman of few words and did not elaborate further.

Dessert itself followed soon after. The tonka bean creme brulee lived up to its name, tasting quite creamy. The peanuts sprinkled on top added to the overall texture. The caramel sorbet was sweet and salty. It really was perfectly balanced.

Overall nothing negative about the dessert itself. I have to comment that my group felt a bit rushed by our server (read: we were given the bill without even asking AND whilst members of our party were still enjoying their wine). I admit I was intrigued by the other dishes that came out from the kitchen and onto the tables surrounding. I’d gladly return to sample some in the near future, sans the sour service.