Friday, May 20, 2011

Sangria, Bubble Tea and The Mind, Body & Spirit Festival - A Great Friday

Today was a great day to end the working week. 


Started work early.


Finished work early.


Had a great team lunch which included a few jugs of sangria and some Spanish tapas. Love patatas bravas!


Feeling slightly merry from the 1 glass of Sangria and 1 glass of tempranillo I enjoyed with lunch ( Yep, it doesn't take much for me to become merry - cue the Cadbury chocolate slogan here ) we moved on to one of the pubs in the city. 


After a few sobering soda waters ( I drove)  I walked down to Darling Harbour contemplating a bubble tea at one of the thousand stores between George street and Darling Harbour. I stayed strong and didn't succumb to the power of the pearl.

Have you been on Sydney's version of  'The Eye' ??
After exchanging something at a shop in Darling Harbour, I noticed the Hard Rock Cafe! I instantly had memories of when it was in Crown Street, many years ago. I celebrated a number of birthdays there as a teen and it was fantastic. Think - funky staff, cool music, super thick shakes, burgers, buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce and celery dippers, apple cobblers. Wow. Yum! A cafe and merchandise store has already opened with a sign saying the restaurant will be opening soon. I may have to visit just for old times sake. 


Actually, scrap that.


I WILL be visiting when it opens.


I then walked past the exhibition halls and noticed that the Mind Body & Spirit festival was on and open until 7pm. 


Enter Erin.






I often find at these type of events I wander around aimlessly chopping and changing aisles and I always end up missing stuff so today I decided to approach each aisle with precision. Like one of those annoying snake queues at the airport.


I found some interesting gadgets a few of which I felt were snake oil type things, but overall everything was great. I sat down for a while and participated in a free meditation session and then listened to the gorgeous  tunes of Eve Goonan who was really amazing! She performed four of her songs and gave a brief intro before each song explaining her inspiration for writing. This was a great highlight!


I then wandered up and down each aisle, I chatted to a few people and sampled some gorgeous tea, honey, chocolate, vegetable chips and some Acai products. I also purchased a few items and will review them here soon, so stay tuned.


I then walked up through China Town, side stepped the other hundred Easy Way stores ( which I love by the way), walked past the long line at Mamak and considered buying Pete some BBQ duck and a few tasty treats from Bread Top but quickened my pace as we are trying to be good in preparation for our upcoming trip to Bali where we are sure to eat our way through loads of satay and other tasty Balinese treats.


We were going to head out for dinner, however Pete wanted to cook something simple out of my new LEON cookbook so who was I to argue with that? It smells great and I'm sitting here enjoying the Masterchef Masterclass.  Not sure about this trifle though.... nothing beats my Nan's traditional trifle with jam roll sponge, sherry, custard, jelly and peaches. Yum!


Heater is on.


Life is good.


Tell me, what are you up to this weekend? 


Hope you all have a great one xx




Find out more about Mind, Body & Spirit Festival on this weekend here


9 comments:

Maureen said...

I love the Hard Rock. I find a few things there that really remind me of home. Can't ever get past the pulled pork sandwich. (Freudian slip that I always type porn when I am *trying* to type pork and then I have to go bakc and fix it. Perhaps I'm bad to the bone.)

I saw the "eye" out my hotel window last week and thought I must go there one day.

Gypsywitch said...

Im off to the Appoin Bicentennial Fair...A country fair with sheep shearing, wood chopping, history displays and lunch at the pub.. Our ancestors have had a connection with Appin since they first settled in the Illawarra in the 1800's and moved acroos to Appin and ran the general store and ran a small coach service between Bulli, Appin and Campbelltown.. Im looking forard to a lovely day in the country I hope... :)

Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

I went to the Melbourne one a few years back. Loved it and I'm with you on the food tasting :)

Ellie @ Kitchen Wench said...

I've seen this festival advertised but never actually attended. Not much of a spiritual person, I do like the sound of the foodie parts of it - one can never have too much tea :)

The Food Mentalist said...

Maureen I'm loving the idea of a pulled pork sandwich!! Yummo.
Gypsywitch, hope you had a great time at the fair :)
Adrian & Ellie, the festival was great and I seem to find hidden foodie opportunities the most fun! Xx

Hannah said...

Aw, how lovely! Yay for short work days/weeks, with bonus alcohol!

wholesomecook said...

I haven't been to the mind and spirit festival, but like yourself I'm always mesmerised by the amount of gadgets, handy tips, free samples and classes on offer at exhibitions such as this. I can spend hours and hours walking around, smelling, tasting and learning. After which, I have no energy to even cook - lucky you!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I've never been to the MBS festival but my MIL is a big fan! I'm in Port Douglas this weekend enjoying the warmth. I don't want to come back to the cold :P

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