Flashpacking in Sydney (and more Food Porn)

Due to the fact that when I told people I was leaving I got several monetary gifts from family and friends and awesome tips from customers I’d like to show that your money went to productive things so I’m dubbing some of you sponsors for excursions I may not have otherwise been able to afford.

Thank you Kaufu & Kaumu.  While I’m pretty sure you don’t approve of a number of things I’m doing on this trip, I’m know you appreciate the necessity of a good meal.  Thanks a bunch, miss you all!

I decided that while in Sydney I wanted to go to a really nice dinner, budget be damned.  Accordingly, we decided on Universal Restaurant for lunch which was nominated as one of the world’s best new restaurants when it opened.  Plus the chef has her own wikipedia page which is usually a good sign.

Excited at the opportunity to wear my super practical and not at all space eating 6 inch heels I put on a dress and my heels and we walked over the very hilly streets of Darlinghurst to the restaurant.  When we arrived, the place was closed.  Well mostly closed, the chef and manager were both there and took our reservation.  They also assumed that since we had come all the way from New York that we were chefs, or at least wealthy foodies and asked for the number for our hotel.  “Oh, actually we’re staying at a hostel and we don’t have a phone.”  I’m pretty sure the note in the reservation book said something like “Keep an eye on this table for dine and dash, I don’t think they can’t afford to eat here.”

Now lacking plans for the afternoon I suggested a stop at the Museum of Contemporary Art and maybe a tour of the Sydney Opera House.  Yay tourism!  Actually, I thoroughly enjoyed the Contemporary Art Museum which incidentally, is one of the best way to spend $0 and see some awesome local art.   The Opera House….ehhh I’d rather save my money, take a picture in front and call it a day.  Especially when I already walked from Darlinghurst to the Museum, spent 2 hours in the museum and then did the entire “Writers Walk” around the Circular Quay in 6 inch heels.

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Loved this shot especially combined with the story in the text

Loved this shot especially combined with the story in the text

Anish Kapoor disc outside the museum

Anish Kapoor disc outside the museum

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I would rather be ashes than dust, a spark burnt out in a brilliant blaze, than be stifled in dry rot...For man's chief purpose is to live, not to exist; I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them; I shall use my time - Jack London

Australia 101

Clearly not made for walking

Clearly not made for walking

After going back, showering and massaging my feet for a while, I put those evil fuckers back on and walked back over to Universal for attempt two – but at least this time we had a reservation.  Unsure of what to order, and having each server tell us a different favorite dish we decided to completely fuck the budget and order over half of the menu.  Don’t ask what the bill was, just know I was thoroughly satisfied with everything we ate and thrilled to have a really good martini.  The chef, Christine Manfield, also came over and talked with us for a little while about travel and even sent us a dessert on the house.  Maybe not the most efficient use of a backpacking budget, but sometimes you have to live a little.

woodbridge smoked trout, tea smoked oysters, morcilla, apple and radish salad

woodbridge smoked trout, tea smoked oysters, morcilla, apple and radish salad

coriander lamb brain wontons, white pepper broth

coriander lamb brain wontons, white pepper broth

hiramasa kingfish sashimi, sweet grilled eel,  pickled seaweed, shiso, and finger lime salad, yuzu jelly

hiramasa kingfish sashimi, sweet grilled eel, pickled seaweed, shiso, and finger lime salad, yuzu jelly

Sichuan spiced duck, seared sea scallops, asparagus, lychee and smoked eggplant sambal

Sichuan spiced duck, seared sea scallops, asparagus, lychee and smoked eggplant sambal

honestly...don't remember but it tasted like an upscale version of the steamed seabass with ginger and cilantro you have a Chinese banquets

honestly…don’t remember but it tasted like an upscale version of the steamed seabass with ginger and cilantro you have a Chinese banquets

rare roasted venison, beetroot & horseradish spelt risotto.  Goats cheese cigar.

rare roasted venison, beetroot & horseradish spelt risotto. Goats cheese cigar.

soy braised organic pork belly, squid, smoked bacon, mushrooms, gremolata

soy braised organic pork belly, squid, smoked bacon, mushrooms, gremolata

Gaytime Goes Nuts

Gaytime Goes Nuts – basically crack.  Think homemade Ferrero Rocher but better, and with honeycomb ice cream

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

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2 comments

  1. In truth your blog is very interesting! Very often it is read, thanks to the author for his work.

  2. yum!!

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