I haven't really had a chance to cook anything new and exciting this week...so I though I would share with you some of the delicious meals I enjoyed while on the other side of the world...I wish I could tell you about them all...but there were just too many and some of them I didn't take pictures of...Do you ever feel weird about taking pictures of your food at a restaurant? I don't usually but when the restaurant is very dim inside...I feel kinda funny about it...so that is also why!
It all started in Beverly Hills. We had a ridiculously long layover at LAX, so I decided to hire a car and give us a quick tour of the LA area. It was about 2pm so we decided to have a late lunch and our driver recommended a fabulous Italian place called, Il Pastaio, and fabulous it was...and so was the people watching, but that's besides the point...They had quite possibly the BEST Carpaccio Di Tonno, tuna carpaccio, but it looked so delicious...I dug in before taking a picture even crossed my mind! Sorry!
|What remains of my Mezzelune aka lobster ravioli..simply divine!|
|Lunch at Cafe Andiamo, Degraves Street, Melbourne.|
We shared chicken Parmesan and vegetable foccacia with a lovely salad!
|Mint Chocolate Chip & Red Velvet Cupcakes|
The Cupcake Bakery, Melbourne
Seriously DELISH! Good thing these do not exist where I live...or I would be in trouble...
|Goat cheese stuffed zucchini blossom...I will be attempting these this summer when zukes are everywhere!!!|
ARIA Bar & Lounge
Belvedere Vodka & Hokusetsu Yura Yura Saki and shaken with fresh ginger and cucumber
Somewhere in Melbourne and many other places throughout the trip.
How adorable is the little heart?????
After Melbourne, we hopped on a plane and headed to Brisbane. We then drove down to Yamba. It takes about 3.5 hours total. So we stopped in Byron Bay along the way to have lunch...and do some shopping of course.
My first introduction to poached eggs on a salad. I have been in love ever since!
The Balcony Bar & Restaurant
Byron Bay, NSW
|It was SOOOO hot...so I had a Mint Julep to cool me off :)|
|Fish & Chips|
Flake & Squid
Yamba Fish Market
We wandered around and stumbled upon a really cute kitchen store, Kitchen to Table, where I saw this...
|Alas...the Big Brekky!!!|
2 poached eggs, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomato and 2 slices of delicious crispy toast
I have no idea what the name of this little joint was...but boy...was it good!
|Kangaroo Burger...yes sir...kangaroo! Slightly tough...and had a mild game taste to it.|
I cant think of the name of the restaurant....oops
Katoomba, Blue Mountains, NSW
And the last stop on our trip was Sydney...Oh Sydney...how you are my favorite city in the world. There is just something about being there that has a special feeling to me...anyways, we spent our last two days here...and savored every moment!
|My Mom had...|
Jordan's Seafood Restaurant
|And I had...|
Fried Soft Shell Crab with Asian Greens
Jordan's Seafood Restaurant
Darley's at our hotel in the Blue Mountains...stunning old house transformed into an amazing restaurant. We did the 3 course menu and it was worth every penny...I probably can't spell half of the things we ate...so I won't bother trying but think...rabbit & beef cheek.
The Cut in Sydney...After all the fish I had been eating, I was ready for a good steak. The concierge at our hotel recommened this place, it was a mere two months old but he assured us it would not dissapoint...and it sure didn't...I had the house specialty...Wagyu Standing Rib, sliced right in front of my eyes and ate almost every bite...best.i've.ever.had...and my Mom had the Wagyu Filet and for someone who doesn't eat much steak...ate almost all of it.
Check out the door handles in the bathroom...
|How COOl is that?!?!?!?!|