A Sydney Visit

January 31, 2013

Did you all enjoy a nice long weekend? Mine was filled with a little chance and surprise, some wandering in the rain and an excessive degree of lazing and grazing. You see, I went on a little trip, myself. A trip to Sydney.

As I mentioned in my previous post, my husband, Ben, is currently working in Sydney for three months. Originally I was rather stubborn (who, me?) in proclaiming I would not visit, preferring to save my pennies for the USA leg of our upcoming adventure. That all changed when I found terribly cheap airfares – return for $89, how could I possibly say no? I couldn’t. And so I allowed myself to have a wonderfully long weekend in Sydney with my husband, the rain, my book and a happy, peaceful mind.

Let me share some Sydney snaps with you…

I had a few hours to while away after arriving Thursday afternoon, and so I headed to Klink. Here I spent a lovely couple of hours sipping on a latte and munching on one of my homemade cookies, unabashedly breaking into the stash I made for the boys and my brother (who drove me to the airport).
These cappuccino cookies are all sugar, all butter, all indulgent, all true cookie goodness. I got the cookie buzz good that afternoon and tore through quite a few pages of my book.
Early evening the boys helped me to surprise Ben at dinner. His sweet astonishment was heartwarming, as was his I-miss-you-so-much-we’ve-only-been-apart-for-two-weeks-not-even-that-long-get-a-grip-seriously embrace. Magic.


The next day, while the boys were at work, I walked to Alexandria for breakfast at The Grounds of Alexandria. I have long heard about this “Grounds” place, having seen many instagram pictures of deliciousness from local ladies and gents, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. Plus, “The Grounds” sounded like the perfect place to spend a few lazy hours after a keen morning walk.
After recuperating with a truly scrumptious meal of mixed mushrooms with fried egg and lemon myrtle butter over sourdough, as well as two lattes, I left to mosey some more, crunching leaves and appreciating the breeze as I walked on this very warm day.
Later on I visited The Book Kitchen for a spot of tea. The mint, lavender and fennel blend took my fancy, and so I sat and sipped while reading Whole Larder Love, a book which I wholly adore.
I then decided that Messina Gelato would be the perfect lunch, and devoured a lovely cone with peach melba and chocolate fondant.


Saturday morning, Australia Day, we rolled out of bed, sore from a night of dancing and patrón – not in that order – and headed to Everleigh Farmers Market. A market breakfast was in order.

The smell of farm-fresh eggs and bacon sleeping on the grill, smushed (truly, there is no other word to describe this assembly) between a soft white roll with a generous spread of relish is like. no. other. An egg and bacon roll, plus an apple, carrot and ginger juice was just the ticket on this morning.
Ben enjoyed his organic lemonade, ’twas zingy and refreshing. His steak sandwich was scrumptious also.

The rest of the day was spent lazing on the couch sipping restorative tea. And cookies, more cookies. I had also made and brought up these bites for the boys, a healthy cookie to balance all that sugar and butter. This time I added a keen amount of espresso powder and cinnamon to the mix. I am, quite clearly, addicted.

Roast lamb for dinner was a delicious obligation on Australia Day.

Cheese, crackers, olives and roasted mushrooms with goats cheese and prosciutto to start. Smoked cheddar…that’s all I need to say. I also made some raspberry vanilla lemonade which we proceeded to sip for the next few days.

Then we all tucked into slow-roasted lamb shoulder with Jamie Oliver’s perfect roast potatoes, roasted carrots and green beans.

Cookie ice-cream sandwiches for dessert. Cookies. Everywhere.


Sunday morning prompted another visit to The Grounds, where Ben and I shared trout with cucumber and egg, and ham hock with peas, preserved lemon and parmesan. It was perfection, so very wonderful and wholesome. As a side note, I need the kitchen at The Grounds, all of it. It’s huge and white and open and glorious.

Lazing back to Paddington, Ben and I spent a rainy day watching Harry Potter and eating Sonoma Bakery goodies for lunch (love this place). Rainy Sundays are for lazing, movies, bakeries and little more.


Monday morning I was on my own again, and so I spent another lazy morning at a cafe. We’re sensing a theme here, aren’t we? Lazing and grazing…Absolutely.

On this morning I visited Bill’s for a green juice and brown rice porridge with sweet miso, mango and coconut yoghurt. I’d woken up with a cold and this meal was perfection – wholly nourishing. Followed by a latte and more reading, naturally.

Later on I met two gorgeous ladies, Hannah and Laura, for a gelato date. This drizzly, mild day in January did not cry for chilled midday scoops, nevertheless we fought against instinct and indulged anyway. Persuasion wasn’t really necessary though, was it, ladies? I so appreciate you two for coming to meet me in the rain. On this occasion I chose salted coconut with mango and my beloved pistachio, not before trying a few tastes of other superb flavours, of course.

After our date, I walked home in the rain (Laura I should have grabbed that lift!!), got completely saturated, abruptly bought a pair of boots from Country Road, went home, showered and read in bed wearing said boots. It was snug and indulgent and awesome.

Ben came home soon after and we hung out, spending our last night together in Sydney just being together, lazing and grazing.

Heidi xo

Sydney Notes from a Melbourne Girl.

Be sure, I am absolutely not in the loop with Sydney eats. On this visit I frequented some places more than once and found a few new gems. I shall now list my favourites (including those I discovered during a visit last September). These are a tiny portion of what Sydney has to offer and are no doubt solely the popular, tourist spots. Recommendations for future visits are very welcome in the comments.

Sonoma Bakery (I’m still dreaming of that morning bun I didn’t get to try…)
Bourke St Bakery
The Grounds of Alexandria
The Book Kitchen
Bill’s (though I prefer the food at The Grounds. Bill’s is nice and bright, though rather pricey and touristy).
Reuben Hills I’ve also been told I should have tried this spot, darn it. I trust this friend and his food brain, so surely it’s delicious here.
Sean’s Panaroma
Bentley Bar – I have not visited, myself, but my good friend recommended this place and she is exceptional in taste and general fabulousness.
Messina Gelato

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  • Tori January 31, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Reuben Hills is fab! Put it on the list for your next visit. Glad you enjoyed our yummy city!

  • Ling January 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Oh my.. cookie ice cream sandwiches.

    More importantly -> return flights for $89!? Where?

  • Blithely Unaware January 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    SO glad you had a secret squirrel visit.

    Hope you plan another soon.


    p.s LOVE the boots!

  • Leah January 31, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful long weekend! LOVE Sonoma and BSB!! always go there 🙂

  • Heidi January 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Tori – kicking myself for not going now!!! Next time 😉

    Ling – Jetstar 10% price beat! Jetstar rock. They beat Tiger's fare, ughhh avoid Tiger when you can!!

    Blithely Unaware – thanks, lady, I'm fairly obsessed 🙂

    Leah – so many delicious eats in your city!!

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 31, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Oh you had such a good selection of Sydney Heidi! So glad that you got out and about and had fun 😀

  • The InTolerant Chef January 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    What a lovely surprise for Ben and a wonderful weekend of relaxing for you!

  • Terry Turtle January 31, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Ben is very luck for such a good surprise!!!
    I actually have a friend that just told me he's going to Reuben Hills tomorrow morning for a meeting – I'll ask how it is!

  • Hannah February 1, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Not the right Hannah 🙁

    You make me so happy, dear one. I'm so, so glad you went, and secretly honoured that I was in on the plan beforehand.


  • Heidi February 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Lorraine – thanks, lovely!

    InTolerant Chef – 'twas perfect 🙂

    Terry – he he he you do that. You crack me up xo

    Hannah – hehe oh lady, Hannah is clearly a great name & many great ladies are named Hannah. This is true. xo

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments February 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    What a blissful weekend! Sounds like a perfect break to me.

  • Ashley February 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    This is so perfect, I'm heading to Sydney for a weekend in March so will definitely be referring to this list!

    Sounds like you had an absolutely gorgeous weekend though, Brad has just come home after being away for 10 days and fairly minimal contact and I'm loving just having him around again even if we're just in the same room doing our own thing. 🙂

  • Joyti February 3, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Sydney's the only spot I've been to in Australia.
    It must be difficult, you and your husband being apart. I can see how you'd give in and go see him. Looks like you had a lovely weekend.

  • Miss T February 3, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Im guessing the boots were more than the air tickets. Totally worth it.

  • Heidi February 3, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Lisa – it was just lovely, thanks!

    Ashley – that's just it, really miss that… Have a fab weekend in Sydney!

    Joyti – next time you'll have to come to melbourne 🙂

    Miss T – oh totally more than the flights, how did that happen….?? ……..?? Yep, totally worth it 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Ohh how fun to go to Sydney! I absolutely ADORE Sydney and everything it has to offer 🙂 So fun that Ben is working there for 3 months, but you must miss him!

    Oh Oh Oh when are you going to the USA?!?! I'm super jealous!!!

  • Iron Chef Shellie February 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    you found such cheap flights on a long weekend? you lucky thing! I can't imagine how happy Ben was to see you, especially if it was a surprise! Sounds like a great weekend 🙂 x

  • Heidi February 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Daisy – in April! Super psyched 🙂

    Michele – it was lovely 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Heavenly Ingredients February 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    how did I miss this post??? no idea!
    I haven't been to half your Sydney recs – so embarrassing! We are heading to Bread & Circus tomorrow and I'm so excited to try it.

    So so good to meet you too Heidi xx