28 7 / 2014

My Sunday consisted of a lot of food and a lasting headache.
Twin and I met up with the Uni Crew (BFF, IT Guy and Family Girl) and we lunched a Papi Chulo. We ended up with leftovers of half their Cuban sandwich, most of one basket of curly fries, some meats from the BBQ meat share platter and half of their cauliflower. 
I would have eaten more if my headache wasn’t in the way. IT Guy was sporting a hangover and BFF had Japanese BBQ the night before. So much for bringing our stomachs for this lunch! We decided that we couldn’t do dessert and took a short walk around Manly beach. 
We were considering the Aroma Festival but ultimately we all said no. What we did end up doing was catching the ferry to Circular Quay. I’m that fond of boats but this ride was mostly fine. Did get a little choppy between the headlands but I survived! 
We did a few quick stops here and there (more Nespresso pods for BFF and a cupcake for me from The Cupcake Bakery so that I could down another painkiller - something sweet for my mood). Our main goal and our final stop of the day was the Apple Store.
Twin finally made her decision and bought an iPad mini. So envious right now. It is so pretty and shiny and 128GB….yep. Pretty jealous.
And to start the grind again tomorrow…
Hope you all had a good weekend! I’m glad I got some nice Winter sun today!

My Sunday consisted of a lot of food and a lasting headache.

Twin and I met up with the Uni Crew (BFF, IT Guy and Family Girl) and we lunched a Papi Chulo. We ended up with leftovers of half their Cuban sandwich, most of one basket of curly fries, some meats from the BBQ meat share platter and half of their cauliflower. 

I would have eaten more if my headache wasn’t in the way. IT Guy was sporting a hangover and BFF had Japanese BBQ the night before. So much for bringing our stomachs for this lunch! We decided that we couldn’t do dessert and took a short walk around Manly beach. 

We were considering the Aroma Festival but ultimately we all said no. What we did end up doing was catching the ferry to Circular Quay. I’m that fond of boats but this ride was mostly fine. Did get a little choppy between the headlands but I survived! 

We did a few quick stops here and there (more Nespresso pods for BFF and a cupcake for me from The Cupcake Bakery so that I could down another painkiller - something sweet for my mood). Our main goal and our final stop of the day was the Apple Store.

Twin finally made her decision and bought an iPad mini. So envious right now. It is so pretty and shiny and 128GB….yep. Pretty jealous.

And to start the grind again tomorrow…

Hope you all had a good weekend! I’m glad I got some nice Winter sun today!

28 7 / 2014

Walking Cupcake Tour Part 5

Lastly, we went towards The Rocks for our last cupcake and non-cupcake destinations. The third cupcake stop was at Mini Monet Cupcakes. It is so called Mini Monet because the icing on these cupcakes is reminiscent of Monet’s paintings of haystacks. And it does! We all got to pick a flavour and weren’t allowed to eat it before we got a group shot and did a little promo “We love Mini Monet Cupcakes!”. One lady on the tour muttered “Well we hope so!” after the shot because we hadn’t even eaten them yet, so how would we know? But they were delicious. I picked french vanilla and Twin picked chocolate. 

We then made our way to our last stop at Sticky which makes rock candy! We hoped we’d be lucky enough to see them at work pulling and rolling and cutting the sweet, sticky stuff, but we were not in luck. What we were able to do was sample the last batch of the day (I think it was for a special order) and it was still a little warm when we all popped a piece in our mouths. We were then able to pick one 100g bag and take it. I had a very tough time choosing mine and settled for watermelon.

After all that walking, Twin and I sat down for a while and appreciated the darkening sky (I thought the colours very pretty).

Random fact on the tour: The Rocks was nearly the end of the early English settlers because the tried to grow crops there. It was not a smart idea because most of it was sandstone. Some of the sandstone was actually used to build the buildings that were erected in the area (some might still exist today).

Hope you all had a sweet Saturday! 

28 7 / 2014

Walking Cupcake Tour Part 4

Next stop was Lorraine’s Patisserie and we were getting a little nervous as it was very close to 4pm and they close at 4pm!

Because there was so many of us and they have a very small space at the front we queued out the door and we became the whole queue and made others queue behind us, too!

While we were waiting I spied gorgeous chocolate cakes in the window and I’ve promised myself that I will go back and try some another day! A lady was standing outside waiting for her friend to buy something and she had a little dog with her. So cute!! Small, fluffy white thing, although I don’t know what possessed her to give it that cut while we’re in winter, the poor puppy.

We asked her about the breed (Pomeranian) and how old was it (6 years!). So cute! I got to pet it a little.

When it was time, we were given an option of 3. I went with the toffee vanilla choux puff. It was like a profiterole without the chocolate and had a toffee slab on top. The cream inside was delicious and so yum! Twin was nice enough to let me pick that as it was the last one (the others before us, most of them picked it too), so Twin decided on the passionfruit truffle. She said it was very good. I can’t wait to go back! 

Random fact on the tour: The Queen Victoria Building (The QVB to locals) was built because Australia was in recession at the time and it was to help create jobs. It was in danger of being torn down many times before it was converted to retail shops (did not fit in with the ‘modern’ look of Sydney). The sandstone used for the building all comes for Pyrmont - keeping it local!

27 7 / 2014

Walking Cupcake Tour Part 3
Our next stop was The Cupcake Bakery on George Street opposite Wynyard Station.  This was started in 2006 by a husband and wife team and their ambitions were to have many, many franchises around. They have expanded to many places but some have not survived the expansion (i.e. Event Cinema on George St).
I picked red velvet as this was the only cupcake place so far to offer it and what makes this brand famous. Yum!!! Twin picked carrot cake and I was sneaky enough to get a bite (she didn’t want my red velvet!) and that was very good too!
Random fact on the tour: The Unknown Soldiers Shrine in Martin Place is placed there because that is where conscriptions used to took place. It has seen more memorials for soldiers than the War Memorial in Canberra. Also just next to it is Angel Place and the bird cages hung there is to symbolise the Vietnam War.

Walking Cupcake Tour Part 3

Our next stop was The Cupcake Bakery on George Street opposite Wynyard Station.  This was started in 2006 by a husband and wife team and their ambitions were to have many, many franchises around. They have expanded to many places but some have not survived the expansion (i.e. Event Cinema on George St).

I picked red velvet as this was the only cupcake place so far to offer it and what makes this brand famous. Yum!!! Twin picked carrot cake and I was sneaky enough to get a bite (she didn’t want my red velvet!) and that was very good too!

Random fact on the tour: The Unknown Soldiers Shrine in Martin Place is placed there because that is where conscriptions used to took place. It has seen more memorials for soldiers than the War Memorial in Canberra. Also just next to it is Angel Place and the bird cages hung there is to symbolise the Vietnam War.

27 7 / 2014

Walking Cupcake Tour Part 2

This is not actually cupcakes but it still made it onto the list of destinations for the tour.

This is Laduree. This is a French bakery/patisserie that is famous for one thing in particular, and that is macarons. We all got to pick one each and I got a coffee flavoured one. Twin picked rose petal. Their most popular flavour at the moment is…salted caramel! I was wondering if it would be making an appearance on this tour like the last one.

Laduree became famous for its macarons from the grandson of the original bakery owner back in Paris and this store is the only one in Australia. 

Random fact on the tour: The Centrepoint Tower/Sydney Eye/Westfield Tower is 309m tall, the second tallest in Australia and the tallest dining spot in Australia.

27 7 / 2014

Walking Cupcake Tour Part 1

Twin and I decided that a quick stop to Maccas would ‘balance’ out the sweetness we were about to endure on the Cupcake Walking Tour. While we were there, a man walked in with a really, really big dog. I’ve seen them around especially between Myer and Westfield but I’ve never gotten an unobstructed view this close before. 

Our tour guide was a young man named Hugo and he was full of historical facts about Sydney. The meeting place and first stop of the tour was Cupcakes On Pitt.

This shop is about 20 years old and the oldest cupcake store in Sydney (Australia? I can’t remember - the tour is a blur now). The creator wanted to have creations that brought to mind the fun things from when we were young. 

Twin chose the lemon meringue and I chose the tiramisu. They were handed to us in these cute cupcake holders (cardboard with a hole cut out). The cupcake was delicious and moist and I wanted moarrrr!

Random fact on the tour: The largest cupcake ever made was over 2 million calories. Woah!

26 7 / 2014

Today admin got busy deciding what proposals to put together for the office Christmas party. This includes a main activity, games (if we can stir the crowd) and the dinner and get it all within the budget.

Most of admin want to look into Bubble Soccer. Look it up. It is a thing. I would go just to see if the big boss tries it, he is very tall and big and probably won’t fit inside the bubble.

Of course no one could stir themselves after the last training session for Xero yesterday, so today I had lots of glasses, cups and saucers and other things to clean. The challenge was to find somewhere to put all the nice new things.

Tomorrow is finally the day Twin and I get to discover the cupcakes in Sydney and I’m going to Bondi for an early morning adjustment. Let’s get my back cracking!

25 7 / 2014

More free food today as today’s training sessions had less people and there were still little cakes leftover from yesterday’s last session and sandwiches from lunch today.

The co-worker that give me lifts home and I snuck a piece each of the little sweets and when our admin boss later complained that yesterday’s people hadn’t put the cling wrap back on properly - we both shared a look. None of us were game to say that we had eaten some!

It was nice to put faces with names to clients and I got to see a client who used to be a news reader awhile back. I won’t say that age has gotten to her but she looks different from her news-reading days because she didn’t have any make-up on. So that was my small brush with ex-fame.

One more day until the weekend! Cupcakes and BBQ awaits!

24 7 / 2014

Today was busy. There were about 20 clients in today for the training sessions for Xero. I was busy making coffees and rinsing the plates and cups. Over and over. There were three sessions, but the last one finished after 5pm. So, no doubt there will be dirty cups for me to wash tomorrow morning.

The upside was that there were lots of leftovers. So admin were sneak and had first crack before putting it out on the communal table for the rest of the office. There were sandwiches, fruit and some muffins and banana bread.

I read something amusing today. A property in Kings Cross was for sale. Asking price minimum $2 million. Specs? 10 bedrooms with 10 bathrooms, industrial-sized laundry. And the best part? No windows. One guess as to what the premises was used for. Hahahaha! 

Unless you were to continue with the same business on the property, it would be very difficult to escape the past, unless you raze it to the ground and start over… Even with parts of Kings Cross being gentrified, I guess it really would be a case of Tidy. Rinse. Repeat.

23 7 / 2014

Much excitement today. The admin team were preparing for tomorrow and the day after as we’re hosting some training sessions for our clients who are interested/have signed up for Xero which is some software/application that is accessible from a laptop or even iPad to make accounting easier!

My admin boss got into the spirit and went out and bought new cups and saucers and glassware and even teaspoons! I don’t know if the big boss was aware of the buying spree…and I wasn’t here last year when the same training days occurred, but they had coped somehow.

I am glad that we have new glassware and teaspoons, though. I’ll have to hide the new stuff after the training sessions. Why hide? Because the spoons, especially will dull with repeated use so I’ll save them for the sporadic client and the old spoons will be more accessible for staff. 

The white cups and saucers do look very nice with the blue serviettes (paper napkins).

On a completely different note, I was glad to see the neighbour’s white cat this evening as I got home, it’s been too cold lately for her to stay out at night. She was sitting on top of a car that must have been recently parked because it was still warm. She allowed some cheek rubs and was disappointed when I left, but the hood of the car was too toasty warm for her to move.