The weekend was sunny and inviting us to get out take a walk and breathe the fresh air. We headed down south to Coolangatta / Tweed Coast and did a bit of walking followed by ice-creams and fish and chips.
We had the good fortune to attend a demonstration by Samantha Gowing the guru behind Food, Health, Wealth a ‘wellness solution company’. Sam does really interesting food that is genuinely healthy. Her creativity is evident when you listen to her talk and combine a range of foods to get the optimum combination of texture, taste and health.
The day we were there she was cooking a buckwheat and vegetable warm salad. Fresh mushrooms (four types), ginger, asparagus, seaweed, were all combined to make for a stunning healthy lunch. A delicious tahini dressing topped it all off.
The demonstrations are on every Thursday and Saturday at 11am and 1pm (but do check the The Kitchens site just in case – and there is a short break in demonstrations over Christmas week) and it’s free. Lots of tips and ideas for what you can do at home.
We headed up to Brisbane for a visit and, as usual, we had to stop by and have a nice cup of coffee. We stopped by a cute little cafe – Marchetti and took advantage of some lovely almond biscotti that were on offer.
Next we did a little bit of shoe shopping. Actually we went crazy!!
To “wash it all off” (yoga speak), we headed to Big Gun Restaurant, Underwood (Brisbane outer suburb). Yum Cha was the order of the day. We had some great service and tasty food. It was just a quick stop on our way home but I am sure you will agree we managed to select some pretty tasty and photogenic yum cha! We want to head back here very soon.
Wow, looking back at these photos makes us hungry for yum cha. Love this experience.
After a good night sleep we thought we better make a reasonably early start and head out for breakfast. We walked along the streets and came across a little place – Intelligentsia (http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/location/venice-coffeebar) that seemed very popular making coffee. We went inside and the coffee aroma was pretty good so we decided to give it a go.
We ordered two soy cappuccinos and a spinach roll. The coffee was strong and tasted okay and the spinach roll was satisfactory.
The atmosphere was funky and the service, well, was average. No friendly smiles or encouraging words but it was relatively efficient.
Arriving off our flight from Australia and landing at 6 AM, we had to
manage to stay awake for the whole day so we thought we should take the opportunity to explore a little bit of downtown LA.
After a long walk, a long bus ride, and a long train ride we finally arrived downtown on a mission to find Grand Central Market. We had read a brief reference about grand central market in an article written by Chef Neil Perry when we were on the Qantas flight. Since it sounded interesting and we were in need of some lunch we thought we would make our way there.
Once we arrived the place was absolutely buzzing. We walked around looking at all the different food outlets and examining which ones have long queues. We decided by far the most popular was a place with a pretty unusual name called Eggslut. The queue stretched right around the food stall out into the street that must’ve been at least 30 or 40 people lined up waiting to place an order. They seem to focus mainly on egg products, especially an egg burger done with bacon and cheese – that seemed to be the thing that most people were buying.
Not being meat eaters we had to pass this one up and go in search for something else. After wandering around for half an hour or so we settled on a Ramen noodle place. Ramen Hood offers vegan dishes, and we went for the spicy chilli and mushroom Ramen noodle soup dish. It was really delicious very tasty with a little bit of Nori seafood on the side.
We struck up a bit of a conversation with our neighbour who was
sitting next to us at the bar. It was very pleasant to have the
opportunity to talk to someone from LA and get some inside gossip
especially on the interesting politics at present. She came from Santa Monica so next we decided to head on out to her neighbourhood and do a bit of shopping . We did a little bit of shopping purchased a few gifts and then headed
down for a later afternoon snack at a Mexican bar.
That pretty much finished off the day before the long walk home to our hotel. All up we managed to walk 14 kms eat a couple of meals, do a bit of shopping, and have a lot of laughs – it was a great day despite the fact that we were super, super tired.
Multicultural events are great – you get learn a lot about other people’s cultures and taste some truly fantastic food. The Gold Coast in Queensland is home to an annual Multicultural Festival usually held at the Evandale Parkland. This year it was held on 1 November. Are some fantastic drumming by a Japanese team from great dancing and wonderful singing including some Italian opera.
Of course we can’t go past the food!
We walked around the park to check out all the different food vans to see what they had on offer. It was really exciting because there were Brazilian flavours, Dutch Proffertjes, Indonesian Tucker, Organic Drinks, Little Manila, Greek Street food, Kranksy Brother sausages, Kono Pizza (pizza in a cone!) and Persian food (Koobideh).
We love nature, exploring and getting out and about. We love the beauty of food including cake. This project will take 26 weeks of creative fun. Sharing with you a new cake every week in a location/place that matches its name. Are we going mad? Maybe but what discovery we will have along the way. Here’s a bit about the project
Passion for cake – it’s just a quirky idea
This quirky idea is for our blog and is in honour of cake! Our plan is to take a photo of a cake or a slice in a different location each week and cover every letter of the alphabet (Apple cake, Carrot cake).
But there’s more… We want to match our cake name to a place or something special. Think, banana cake in Brisbane – who knows where our cake will appear? That means our challenge is for 26 weeks of passion for cake! We will be starting in Spring and running throughout Summer. Can we do it? Hope so.