In early 2014, I fell in love with a tree that I randomly came across on an interior blog . It had beautiful shades of greens on it’s luscious, sculptural large leaves. I knew I had to have one. It looked like the one in the picture below.
At the time, I struggled to find Fiddle leaf tree (also called ficus lyrata) in Adelaide. After calling multiple places I found out that The Conservatory Garden and Home had couple of them left in stock. I had to put my name down and went there the very next morning.
To my disappointment, there was no tall fiddle leaf fig trees available in Adelaide back then. The tallest one I could found was the one that was only about 40-50cm tall, with a hefty price tag of $80. I guess even if they had a massive one that I wanted, it would have cost me more than $200.
I came home with this healthy looking (but small) tree.
Having a wine day at Barossa Valley is on the top of my list of favourite things to do. Over the years, I feel like we have done a pretty good job at discovering new cellar doors and finding the wine of our lives. However, despite knowing that there are some amazing restaurants in the region, we haven’t been to most of them. Perhaps we were too busy with the wine tasting.
Few weekends ago, we decided to go for a drive for a “light” wine tasting to stock up our collection, and decided to have lunch at Vinter’s Bar and Grill in Angaston. The space was set up elegantly with a good mix of timber, stones and modern table settings. We set on a table nearby a fireplace which was lovely.
We ended up ordering their two mains and three small dishes. Many of their dishes had a very slight asian touch to it and to me it worked really well as it made lot of the dishes really interesting with layers of flavours, instead of overpowering them and just turning the dishes into what can be the-awkward-asian-fusion-dishes.
Living in the city has it’s perks and I think one of them is having good cafes, restaurants and bars within a walking distance. Ballaboosta is located just off Hutt Street, and it looks like it is already becoming a local’s favourite. When we got there on a late Sunday morning, it was pretty packed. The first thing I noticed as we walked in was the statement on the wall, that “Ballaboosta” means “the perfect wife” and that they aim to provide delicious homemade meals in combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern style.
We returned from our holiday in Hamilton Island and as I’ve been going through all the photos and gopro footages, I can’t help but to wanting to go back there again. It was very peaceful and relaxing place to be. And we were constantly surrounded by beautiful scenery everywhere. Initially when we were planning this 1-week long trip few months back, we thought of going to Bali again – for their delicious food and daily massage sessions! But at the same time, I did not want to risk having zika, dengue and rabies, especially knowing that Bali is easy to get to from Australia anyway. So instead, we decided to go to Hamilton Island to explore The Great Barrier Reef and I’m really glad that we did.
We noticed we were one of many young couples, families (with and without little kids), people from overseas and honeymooners visiting Hamilton Island. But the biggest group that stood out from everyone else were number of pregnant women on the island, and I quickly realized that this would make a very attractive babymoon destination!
Hamilton Island has number of options for accommodation. You can get as budget-friendly as you want and stay at self-serving apartment units, or you can stay classy in Qualia or other luxury villas. We decided to go to The Reef View Hotel, and chose to stay in one of their Coral Sea View Rooms.
When we got there I found out that we’ve been allocated to be on the 7th floor. I wondered if there would be a room available on the higher floors. The front desk people were very accommodating and arranged to move us the same evening, which was great.
We definitely enjoyed the bird’s eye view from our balcony on the 17th floor!
Osteria Oggi is a relatively new Italian restaurant located on Pirie Street, popular for their delicious pastas and a beautiful decor. They are even listed as one of the world’s new restaurants to try on cnn.com. This time, as we were going in a bigger group of 5, we decided to finally try their banquet menu. Despite the fact that one of us was a vego and another friend didn’t enjoy seafood, the waiter informed us that banquet menu can accommodate all our dietary requirements and preferences which was great.
The Banquet menu started with beef and fish capaccio dishes.
Osteria Oggi specializes in pasta and they do them incredibly well. They are cooked perfectly with fresh ingredients with layers of flavours. There were four pasta dishes that came out for five of us. Spaghetti Carbonara has been absolutely delicious every time I had them. Tagliatelle (beef ragu, roasted bone marrow) and kale pasta was great too. All the vegetarian dishes that came out for our friend was also simply delicious.
I was really hoping that Ginza Miyako would be amazing. Located on the first floor of Stamford Hotel on North Terrace, it is a beautifully designed space on point with modern Japanese decorations.
We were craving for fresh sushi/ sashimi so we decided to try their chef’s special nigiri and an entree size tempura dish. The tempura consisted of fried prawn, eggplant, fish fillet, and pumpkin. The tempura was light and airy but just not crispy enough for me.