Pizzateca

 

Adelaide’s pizza game is going strong. We have been to Pizzateca few months ago after hearing amazing reviews from multiple people. It’s located in Mclaren vale, which is little out of the way for us however we love spending a day in Mclaren vale anyway that we were happy enough to drive there. In fact, Pizzateca is only open during the weekend and booking is essential (although if you go by a group of two and if you get really lucky you can drop in and get a table).

 

There are plenty of parking, and both outdoor and indoor seatings are available. I thought it would make a beautiful venue for a group lunch/dinner, especially if you have little kids in the family as there were plenty of space for them to run around.

 

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Nu Thai

I do have number of my go-to Thai restaurants in Adelaide as I love Thai food. However over the past few years few of the ones that I’ve been going to must be under new managements as they have completely disappointed me on multiple occasions. So we’ve been on a lookout for a good Thai places to go to for a while, then we came across Nu Thai.

I believe they were originally on Gouger for a while but I never got to try them back then. We went on a Friday evening and the place was packed with many large groups.

 

Between two of us we had ordered:

 

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Green papaya salad
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Thai dumplings
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My fiddle leaf fig tree

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.

 

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Photo credit: The Marion House Book

 

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.

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Vinter’s Bar at Grill

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.

Asian style steak tartare, puffed jasmine rice, celery & chilli
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Ballaboosta

 

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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.

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Holiday in Hamilton Island

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!

 

Accommodation

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.

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We definitely enjoyed the bird’s eye view from our balcony on the 17th floor!

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