Tuesday, July 26, 2005

When it can't get any bigger...

Our friends at Carlton and United Brewing, release the Carlton Draught Big Ad.

Definitely a little more creative than some of the other adverts I've seen for beer of late.

Something to brighten an otherwise sad day.

Mind you, some of the Boags advertising is pretty sharp.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Aroma Coffee Festival 2005

Its on!!! This Sunday!! Everyone forget beer and wine! its all lattes and expresso.

The annual Sydney Coffee Festival is on!!!

The largest coffee festival in the Southern Hemisphere makes its home in The Rocks once more. In its eight year, coffee lovers flock to The Rocks for its annual Aroma Coffee Festival to celebrate all things about the bean.

Coffees for $1 buck!!!! I managed 6 coffees!!! how many can you take?

How do you have your coffee? I always have a extra strong latte with 2 sugars. I find that a regular latte is just flavoured milk for me. But the $$ for the extra shot makes caffine hits very expensive. But if you are yawning ever 3 minutes, you have no choice but to dose up!

Unfortunately Steph doesnt drink coffee, so taking him along would be akin to him dragging me through a Computer server shop. But hes lucky, this weekend I'll be in Tassie visiting family.

For more information go to the Rocks Website

Pear and Walnut Salad

I made this! it was so yum!

One pear - peeled and thinly sliced (i cheated and shaved the pear with a peeler)
1 handful of walnuts, toasted
Lots of salad Greens
1/2 Lime
Tomato, cut into thin wedges
1/2 red onion, thinly cut into 1/2 moon rings

raspberry wine vinegar
salt and pepper
olive oil

Toss it all together and serve with Steph's pan fried Salmon Steaks!!!


Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Eva the dramatic wordsmith

im rather proud of this penning of mine....

"...because I think emails in full caps is a sign of uncouth barbaric,
ill-mannered upbringing. Which is a clear indication of the level of
courtesy of the sender..."

i was just proud of my scathing retort and thought I would show you guys how well I can write with contempt :D

Monday, July 11, 2005

Give me a Scotch!

Its only 2 hrs into the working day and already i need something to dull out my pain.

Monday Saying: Do not blame me for your incompetence.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Once in a near lifetime...

Better late than not at all...

The Live8 concerts covered some pretty impressive ground with co-ordinating 9 concerts around the world;
  • UK - Hyde Park, London
  • France - Palais de Versailless, Paris
  • Germany – Siegessäule, Berlin
  • Italy – Circus Maximus, Rome
  • USA – Museum of Art, Philadelphia
  • Canada – Park Place, Barrie
  • Japan – Makuhari Messe, Tokyo
  • South Africa – Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg &
  • The Russian Federation - Red Square, Moscow

Unfortunatly I only managed to catch the closing hour or so of the concerts early Sunday morning via the web casts, after hearing a TXT from Serge, my younger brother who has been camped out in London for the past 2 years, at approx 7am last Sunday (02/07/2005) with what seemed to be a very excited message after reading about an hour later...
Steph! Wake Up! Turn the TV on.. Pink Floyd are back together for the Live 8 concert and will be performing!

Much to my dismay, the phone was down stairs, and I slept through the performance! Luckilly Channel 9 in their infinite wisdom, even though last weekend was 12hrs after the concerts finnished and advertising that they were "live live", showed a reprisal of last weekend's concerts this evening and managed to catch Pink Floyd playing one of their all time classics, "Comfortably Numb" from "The Wall" album.

What was more amazing about their performance, was that the entire band was back together for Live 8, and when I saw them all together, it definitely brought a tear to my eye, I don't think that Roger Waters has played with the band for at least 20+ years, and was amazing to watch them play, it was just purely amazing!

Just a "thankyou" to Bob for asking Pink Floyd to perform at Live8! Serge & I are huge fans of Pink Floyd, and would probably donate an arm, leg or even an organ to see Pink Floyd perform live again!

Thankfully, I managed to find a copy of their performance online and after listening, I want more!

For the record, they performed;

01 . Breathe - Dark Side of the Moon
02. Money - Dark Side of the Moon
03. Wish you were here - Wish you were here
04. Comfortably Numb - The Wall

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Hildegarde - a movie better on a dish than on the screen

Well the duck was okay really but the director and the producer should have been shot, stuffed, and roasted Peking Style.

The story consisted of a single mum that commuted to the city for work, leaving 3 kids to mind their own time. Their pet duck Hildegarde, lays eggs and gets kidnapped but local bird poachers. The story runs around how the kids get on and get their duck back. The kids have their moments, but the singing in the car would drive anyone bonkers, and the flashbacks Jeremy has made absolutely no sense at all. The adult actors were hopless, and the plot died 5 mins in.

Thank god the rental of it was free...

Thursday, July 07, 2005

FoodBlog - Black Cherry & Cardamom Pudding

My first recepie from the GFWS last weekend...

Black Cherry & Cardamom Pudding

125 g self-raising flour
60 g castor sugar
1 1/2 tbs McCormick Orange, Cardamom and Vanilla Flavoured Blend
40 g butter, melted
1 egg
1/2 cup of milk
1 x 825g can black cherries, drained reserving ½ cup of juice
2 tbs raspberry or plum jam

Pre heat oven to 180°C.

1. Sift flour, castor sugar and McCormick Orange, Cardamom and Vanilla Flavoured Blend into a large mixing bowl.

2. Mix together butter, egg and milk then pour into flour and beat until mixture is smooth.

3. Mix cherries, juice and jam then spoon into baking dish. Evenly and gently spread the pudding mixture over the cherries.

4. Place into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Eva's Version: Hrm... how do they make it look so professional!? But very yum. Pity Ive started off on a health kick :(

What a relief!!!

We are relieved to say that all our friends and loved ones residing in London are safe and sound. Lulu and Denzil are safe, Serge (Stephs younger bro) has just gotten in contact with the family.

And Marti is also safe and sound, sipping Sangrias in Spain :)

We are very relieved!!!

I hope your friends and loved ones were also spared *fingers crossed*

When IT support becomes a game...

Had a call from a rather perplexed, yet happy young lady this evening after nearly 10 hrs on the job.

Conversation went a little like this:
AEU: Hi, I've run out of space in Notes and can't remember the word you use to make my capacity smaller
Steph: Would "compact" be the word?
AEU: Yeah! thats it... They did that for me last time this happened, don't tell me how to do it, I remember!! (almost like she was beating her chest or something... Tarzan imagery required).
Steph: Ok... I won't tell you
AEU: ummm... ahhh... umm... workspace, errr
Steph: Are you sure you don't want me to tell you how it's done??
AEU: Yeah... ok
Steph: Blah blah blah... fix fix fix
AEU: waaah! You so good lah! (or words to that effect).
Maybe it's just me, or is IT a Sport or something?? Maybe it's just time to go home! 10 hrs too long!

Over and out!!

AEU = Affected End User

The French slur on Olympic cusine - Bites Back!

The last couple of days its been all over the news, how the French President Jacques Chirac's cusine comments have fired up the Anglo-French feud - a cold war over cusine.

The French President was quoted as saying "We can't trust people who have such bad food," and of course the British Tabloid have taken it one step further...

"Don't talk Crepe, Jacques!" - The Sun.
"Chirac's bad taste jokes on Britain plunge relations into the freezer," - the Daily Mail.
"A man full of bile is not fit to pronounce on food." Egon Ronay (food critic)

But its over, and the french have to eat their hats. Already the jokes are coming in.

Being a food blogger i would have to say that i dont know any French chefs! We all know the English ones, Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein, Nigella, etc.... The only French one I know is Anthony Bourdain, but he works in his own Brasserie Les Halles, a bistro? in NY.

Anyway... Sucked In froggies!

of course this entry would have never happened if Australia was in contention for another olympics...

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Marching to the beat of their own drums...

The Question asked below shows how much agents live in a world of their own...

Plot: Agent and Csm were having an open at a property on the Princes Hwy (one of the main throughfares to the south) and quite busy....

Agent: Is there any way we can lessen the traffic for our open?

Assistant: Sure, i'll just go the Shire council and ask them to put blockades up and if they cant do that- i'll ask the traffic police to halt the traffic for an hour.


Sunday, July 03, 2005

And to top off a great foodie weekend

We enjoyed a dinner with friends at Thai-riffic on Blues Point Road in North Sydney!

Organized by my favourites, Pep and Nisara, we enjoyed contemporary Thai cuisine in a gorgeously and very tasteful atmosphere.

We cracked open one of our bottles from McLaren Vale, the 2003 FoxCreek Grenache Shiraz which was perfect compliment with the spicy exotic food. I even got to see some of the ex-pats from work!

But it was not all fun and games. I had to sing for my supper, and Pep had asked me to write some copy for the restaurant...

so here it is...
"Come and sip Martinis in the Jungle…

Classic and sensual, the smooth, mood-lit surroundings are full of promises and sultry secrets, mixed with sleek décor and natural perfumes. Using pure and untouched flavours, with warm purring spices, let us sweep you away, let us tantalize your senses… Stir up your passions. Rejuvenate your wild side. Join us. Our offerings are bountiful and tempting. We await your presence, our patience is boundless..."

what do you guys thinks? Im pretty stoked I came up with that!

The food is top-knotch the wrapped chicken and its honey glaze sauce is "ta die for"! As is its curries and BBQ beef. if i get some photos i will post up. :D

Saturday, July 02, 2005

The Good Food Show @ Darling Harbour

Steph and I have just returned from the Good Food and Wine show at Sydney Exhibition Centre

Together with a gazillion people we sampled Food, Wine and Beer, it was cramped, it was crowded but we had a wonderful time!

A few of the highlights

  • The wine from Beelega their White Shiraz was delicious!
  • Cab Sav from Angroves Long Row range – very smooth and drinkable there and then
  • Beez Neez – honey flavoured beer – for a girl that doesn’t drink beer this one was edible!
  • The cocktail show by Woody White Velveteen with vodka, frangelico white cranberry juice and lime  bloody fantastick
At this point I would like to mention that Steph and Eva got rather tipsy…
  • Running into Chris and Rob – Chris had dye her hair a lovely autumn shade, and it was a pleasant surprise seeing them there too!
  • The pickled onions with dried chilli - My mouth was on fire!
  • The sakata stand – the snooty crackers are very yum!
  • Mersey Valley sharp and crumbly Cheese Classic – so yum!
  • Cheese! Cheese! Cheese!
  • Jelly Bean Stall
  • Donna Hay Stand
  • Pizza Performace (tho we missed most of this as we were hunting down alchol.

We came back with so many showbags, and the goodies can be seen below.

<-- Stephs favourite was the sushi show bag

Mine would have to be the MasterFoods Showbag

Other showbags we got included

Tasmanian Heritage ShowBag - one of the more $$$ ones but gotta support Tassie!!!

Good Taste Showbag This had the spray on Olive oil (something ill never Buy on my own)

McCormick Showbag - i got some dinky icing stuff in this... god knows why!!!

Ayam ShowBag - with curry powder, oyster sauce, a groovy pen and a receipe book (this one was the cheapest @ $5)

At this point I would like to point out that when I'm Tipsy i have no control over my wallet!!!