Monday, January 26, 2009

$1b plan for tunnel and new Spit Bridge - National -

SMH.COM.AU - January 26, 2009

$1b plan for tunnel and new Spit Bridge - National -
A $1 BILLION-plus tunnel linking the Warringah Freeway to a new, elevated Spit Bridge is being discussed by Macquarie Bank and State Government officials in an attempt to solve the perennial problem of traffic congestion on the North Shore.

Backers say it could be funded mostly by the private sector, with a toll to recoup costs.
It's quite possibly the last thing the area needs... More roads & tolls.

Why not build a 'metro style' train that hooks up with North Sydney station?? Now that would be a sensible proposal...

But then again, it's yet another 'proposal' that will be presented and then in 6 months, it will be scrapped.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Long Time no Bento

Wow this has been a while! I was inspired by Bilsons, and got creative enough to delve back into the Bento making i started up a few months ago.

Todays bento was only for Ed. Steph was sick with the flu, so he wasn't going to work.

It consisted of Brocolli, from last nights dinner, Meatball Snowman with BBQ sauce. Lasanage with Sweet Potato car and Seafood Stick Shredded Road. A Square Onigiri with tomato heart. and two Silverside Onigiris wrapped in gladwrap.

Lots of food for a hungry boy.
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday Roast

Steph does a mean silverside.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Pappardelle Perfect

I think I've found my new favourite pasta :) It use to be rigatoni, but now its Pappardelle - its basically thick fettuccine. But it has more bite to it.

Ingredients: Pumpkin, Pappardelle, Sage Leaves, Garlic, Mushrooms, Pinenuts, Butter, O/Oil, S&P

While waiting for the water to boil, peel and thinly slice the pumpkin into wedges, or thins. When the water boils, throw in the pasta, then let it come back to a boil before you throw in the pumpkin. Because you've thinly sliced it, it will cook by the time the pasta is done.

Then to the sauce. Chop up some sage leaves, mushrooms and in a hot pan, a bit of olive oil a good knob of butter (about 200gm) stir to melt the butter, add a good spoonful of garlic, add the sage, mushrooms & pine nuts. add a splash of wine, Stir while bringing it to rapid boil. Taste, add S & P. then when the flavours are right throw into the pot with the pasta & pumpkin. Toss & serve as is or do the JO thing and drizzle with olive oil & sprinkle some fancy smancy shaved parmesan on it.

Results: Wasn't much left over for Bentos the next day. So Steph got Rocket Ham Rolls

Cafe Bitton - Breakfast

I have found the BEST scrambled eggs in Sydney! They have excellent service, grabbing your coffee order before you've opened the menu. and then perfect service with a lovely smile. And the coffee, yum! It isnt flavoured milk that most sydney people love, its a rich, tasty brew that blows your socks off.

Bitton Cafe & Grocer
37A Copeland St, Alexandria, NSW 2015
(02) 9519 5111
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Friday, January 09, 2009

Cool Funky Jap Shop

I love this shop!

I go almost weekly to get my "strange product" Jap fix.

Today I got Cottonbuds. You might think boring! I can get those anywhere... But my friend. Can you get them in Black? Yes! As in colour black! My gosh I never knew you could get them in that colour!

They are soo cool! So Calling all Goths Now you can now have stylishly clean ears too!

A bit about the store:
The shop has 2 parts, the basement is full of japanese food products. And the top half has a $2.50 store, there use to be a travel agency there but they have moved out.

Shop Details
Yumehiroba Convenience Store
Basement 283-285 Clarence St Sydney
02 9267 0888
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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Hint hint?

Looks like the Wii Fit Board gives relationship advice...
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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Tank Makeover

New layout, new soil, new fish

Come meet our new children

Pizza Boy (Pigeon Blood Discus)

Melon the Melon! (Super Melon Red Discus)

Pizza Boy is the lowest on the pecking order. :( but hes faring well. We'll keep a close eye on them for the next few weeks

And the little tank got a makeover too
It recieved the large piece of driftwood which was in the big tank, and the spare anubis plants.

Originally we tried straining the nile sand to remove the red amano clay... but 4 strains later and wet clothes concluded that didn't work (still murky), so the tank is now clear of soil for now.