Saturday, October 15, 2016

Food Adventures Tramsheds Harold Park

You know that as a family we love our food adventures, so when I saw that there was a new food precinct opening in Sydney it went to the top of the lists to visit. So last weekend, whilst we had chores planned, we decided a great reward to work towards was a late afternoon/early dinner at The Tramsheds was it.

Little did I know that perhaps a little planning might have been needed... but we were lucky. The website link shows that they are open from 10am till late. We left home at 4ish. so next time we know that the dinner service doesn't start till 5.30 but that's OK we headed to Forest lodge near Glebe and visited the most amazing restoration style converted Tramsheds that were originally built in 1904, filled with awesome Eye feasting food vendors... That you can literally watch create your meals... this was the baker at Dust working the sour-dough loaves just seeing the amazing stone ground mills was awesome - Then the Chef at Flour Eggs Water, creating some Pappardelle, that we soon ate.

So even at 5 o clock on Saturday evening, there were still quiet a lot of people just wandering around checking out the building, coffee was available and so was wine. 
The venue line up for meals was amazing...

Belles Hot Chicken
Bodega 1904 with a climate controlled wine room Just eye candy
Butcher and the Farmer
Chambers Cellars (Mitch and Dylan were in awe at was available here - Dylan did pick up a tipple)
Fish and Co
Flour Egg & Water ( we dined here)
Gelato Messina
Medical Centre
Mama's Buoi
Moe & Co
Naked Foods
Osaka Trading Co
Sir Chapel
and a Boxing Gym

After a stroll around, and eyeing off doughnuts that were a take home treat, Dylan's tipple that he couldn't resist and just watching the chefs through the glass into kitchens that sparkled. It was all just amazing... of course we soon realised that booking was a must... but lucky for us we managed to nab the last 5.30 booking at Four Egg & Water... oh my!!!

After a little wait and some more watching of the ravioli being made.. .time went quickly, we were not the only ones not too book thought and few people were disappointed at missing out. 

NOTE - book next time or just take fates hand a eat where you can get in... everything looked amazing.
Sitting down to the long family style table, we were greeted with a little plate of the most deliciously fluffy focaccia bread with chilli oil, whilst the waitresses were very attentive and helped us recommending the on tap featured wine from italy that would perfectly complement the Pappardelle, and coming by the glass or in 2 different sizes, it works out well for those sharing. The Pappardelle which Bianca, Mitch and Dylan couldn't go past was the softest pasta served with slow cooked lamb ragu. Yep it really was amazing and well worth its $33 price tag.

Brian had Penne with Beef Cheeks and I had Linguine Nero with Calamari - the softest ever.. just delicious.

Although we had decided on the doughnuts and a coffee to go home with... the waitress did her job and recommended the most popular dessert - seems she did her job well. We only shared 2 between 5 but oh my we could have all eaten one on our own... it was just amazing.

This simply presented dessert known as the Cremino was the cappuccion that it appeard but an amazing layered dish, of Chocolate Hazlenut ganache, salted caramel ice-cream, crushed amaretti biscuits and then finished with Italian meringue, which from our seats we could see being constructed and torched. at only $15 its the most amazing sweet treat.
Shoot the Chef exhibition was on, this was a great one for us to look at, as Dylan's Apprenticeship chef, actually was in this exhibition a few years back and Dylan's arms featured in the photograph that was taken in the end - lots of photo editing created a great result. The Exhibition is on display till the 17th October.

So we will be back, and we will remember to book, GPS doesn't register the address, seems The Crescent is the street you want not Dalgal Way, to get to the parking. Although paid parking was available we managed to fluke street parking.
The Tramsheds 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge NSW Open 7 days 10 am until late

Friday, October 14, 2016

A visitor 3rd October 2016

I am thankful to the internet, over the years I have made many friends and it's very nice that we now catch up in real life. 

Googy Girl (a.k.a. Trish) came down from Newcastle, for the day. We chatted, we ate, we chatted, we ate, we stitched a little... poor LUCY she didn't grow much... but we certainly had a great day. And shockingly we didn't do much snapping of the what we did do... but I did cook an awesome banana bread... recipe coming soon.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Social Soup # SpringCiderSessions

Well it's Social Soup time again, this time I received Two 6 packs of Spring Cider Co Cider. One of the above photographed Apple and Pomegranate and the other just straight Apple. It sat in the fridge for a few days getting cold, then after a day of washing cars and painting parts of the house, I rewarded the family with a bit of a BBQ, chill out and ciders... the reviews.

We all enjoyed the lightness of the Apple and felt it was like drinking a light beer. the Apple and Pomegranate however was just too sweet for us. 

At about $16 for a six pack its not bad sensible summer beverage that combines apple cider with soda water to create a crisp and refreshing cider and only half a standard drink per bottle is great when drinking responsibly.

Thanks Social Soup and @springciderco #SpringCiderSessions 

Adventure Always

Sometimes, we learn the simple things in the most weirdest of places. A simple Roadtrip to collect some vintage items to flip for our coming markets, ended in a wonderful overnight adventure with my daughter and her boyfriend. Lots of hours in the car together, led to loads of laughter and bonding.

Bathurst vintage buildings {heart}
This man drives my heart and fills my life with pleasurable moments.

When you find out that your daughters boyfriend shares some of the similar quirks her father does.. makes my heart smile... oh and MOOO

The Treasure trove of Molong... lots of rusty pieces where purchased and returned home on the roof of the car... future posts will reveal all.
Beautiful green countryside!!! 
After a lovely lunch in Orange, a few beers in Bathurst, an early night in the pub... we were up and decided a quick trip to Milthorpe and then home... lots of pretty things to see.

Can't not take another photo here.. love this location. Lithgow!!
Time for a spot of lunch, The Hydro Majestic.. a glass of wine and some cheese yes please... accompanied by dragons and dumplings... that would be the moon festival... 

sneaky photos of Luke Nguyen at his book signing
Enjoy life... ALWAYS!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Running Away

So after a great weekend in Bathurst, I had to travel home, but on the journey home the rain came down in such torrents... that it was so hard to see. So I decided that a diversion was needed... I ran to my mums... well drove very slowly... and enjoyed being spoilt by my mum.

Then I decided to have brunch with my sister, and that lead to a couple of days in her company... and well as I was really into avoiding reality and my home.... we ran away to Bowral for a few hours and smelt the flowers... well we did enjoy them... 

Note to self... running away for a few day is OK and very good for the soul!!!

Bathurst Bloggers Retreat - 16-18 September 2016

That winter flu had me really struck down, having spent most of the week in bed, I really didn't think I would make it. Brian was seriously worried about me heading off on my own. But as I pointed out I was over the worst, the tiredness was what was getting me - but if I travelled sensibly and then even if I spent most of the weekend in bed. I was going to come back rested if not better.

So I was up and on the road by 5am, determined that travelling avoiding the traffic was a better trip. And I was right. I arrived in Bathurst by 8.30am and enjoyed a nice hot breakfast and a coffee in a regular breakfast cafe.

Then I hit the shops, browsing, and lucky for me I picked up a few extra clothing items... but more on that in the next post.

I caught up with Kylie, and we did our shopping for the nibbles for the weekend... we made this great Greek 7 Layer Dip - which was enjoyed each afternoon. Not that Vicky didn't keep us fed enough with her awesome catering. We really love the tinkle of her little bell.

Although the weather wasn't that amazing, it certainly has left the venue and surrounding areas lovely and green. Which for me it also made it very peaceful and relaxing.

No Bathurst retreat would be complete without our Make it, Fake it or Bake it swap, and since that very original foils fun 3 years ago... we keep the tradition, laughter and fun alive too with our Foil swap. Thinking up fun ways of rewarding people whilst they create over the weekend is always a challenge, but usually its the simplest things that make the laughter the greatest.

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE - ALWAYS and thanks to Simone and Deb (or should I say Statler and Waldorf ) the laughter really made my weekend.

Some great shares of completed and almost completed projects is always inspiring.

No trip to Bathurst is complete without a little shopping in Anni's Shop and of course she really spoils us with our little something just for retreat. - these are the makings of a little needle keep/phone wallet - I really must get to on it.

Some of my goodies, that I purchased and I received over the weekend, oh and there was another larger item.... oops forgot that one big metal cake tray, you are bound to see it in some food style shots coming up.