Wonderful moments in Sydney

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Ferry
Sydney Opera House

I’ve been a little ‘out of touch’ this week as a result of choosing to minimise the number of gadgets in my carry on and only take my DSLR and iPhone to Sydney. Sure I could access the internet on my phone but I preferred to indulge in other activities on my week off.

One day was devoted to food and window shopping, although an Olga Berg handbag on sale did convince me to open my purse and hand over the plastic. Jamie Oliver has opened a restaurant aptly named Jamie’s Italian in Pitt Street, the reviews from friends and family were good, nobody was in the least put off by the fact that they had to queue because the restaurant doesn’t take bookings – the bar is a fine place to wait. My friend and I were there for lunch and we just beat the ‘business lunch’ rush so there was no waiting and we were directed to a tiny little table off to the side, the wall next to us was stacked with bottles of wine and kept in place with wire mesh. Bubbles being the drink of choice, we perused the overwhelming menu (overwhelming because we wanted to try a bit of everything and knew we couldn’t) and watched as tasty morsels of food were delivered to the tables around us. The food we ordered was heaven, a taste sensation that I hadn’t experienced for a while and with any luck I’ll be heading to Sydney again with a meal at Jamie’s Italian high on the list of things to do…again.

Jamie's Italian restaurant
Jamie’s Italian restaurant on Pitt Street
Green olives on ice served with tapenade and crispbread
Green olives on ice served with tapenade and crispbread
Italian Nachos - fried ravioli and arrabiata sauce
Italian Nachos – fried four cheese ravioli served with parmesan and arrabiata sauce
Bruschetta with grilled vegetables, bocconcini cheese and pine nuts
Bruschetta with grilled vegetables, bocconcini cheese and pine nuts
Truffle tagliatelle with a sauce of parmesan, butter, nutmeg and truffle
Truffle tagliatelle with a sauce of parmesan, butter, nutmeg and truffle
Jamie's Italian menu
Jamie’s Italian menu

A walk around Circular Quay to admire the Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art and to watch the buskers at work is always a pleasant way to work off the kilojoules consumed at lunch, especially if the weather is being particularly nice. At the moment all the gardens are in full bloom and the Jacaranda trees are covered with purple flowers, it is a spectacular sight and even though there are many similar photos in my archives I can’t help but take a couple more.

You wouldn’t think we would need afternoon tea following such a delicious lunch, but Laduree has also recently opened in Sydney and I was not leaving the city without purchasing some of their famous Macarons. We stopped off at David Jones prior to Laduree in order to see their Christmas window display, although not as good as Melbourne’s Myer Christmas windows it was still fun to see and listening to Christmas Carols always puts a smile on my face. Laduree is on the third floor of the Westfield shopping centre in Pitt Street mall, we were expecting a more of a Paris salon or high tea ambiance but the Laduree counter is adjacent to the escalators and the seating is in the open. Still, it was a nice way to enjoy a pot of tea with my friend and the raspberry and pistachio macarons were scrumptious even if they were imported frozen from Switzerland. The additional coffee, vanilla, chocolate and pistachio macarons I purchased were presented in a pretty paper bag and gently placed in my handbag, slightly squashed, they were later enjoyed with family.

Circular Quay and the Jacaranda trees
Jacaranda trees in full bloom, Circular Quay
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
David Jones Christmas window display
David Jones Christmas window display
Border Collie and sheep, David Jones Christmas window display
Border Collie and sheep, David Jones Christmas window display
Laduree, Sydney
Laduree, Sydney
Silver service tea at Laduree
Silver service tea at Laduree
Laduree macarons and merchandise
Laduree macarons and merchandise

And now for the real reason I went to Sydney…

Gorgeous baby girl
My beautiful little niece, Aleyah.

…my brother’s first child and my parents first grandchild was born in August, I had not yet had the privilege of meeting Aleyah and already she is 3 months old. This gorgeous little girl stole my heart with her easy going nature and smiley face, spending time with her was the highlight of my stay in Sydney.





20 thoughts on “Wonderful moments in Sydney

  1. elisaruland November 11, 2012 / 9:27 pm

    Sydney is a visual treat, thanks for taking me there. I loved your images!

    • twoblackdoggies November 12, 2012 / 4:41 pm

      You’re welcome Elisa, so glad you came along and that you liked the photos πŸ™‚

  2. Mollie November 11, 2012 / 11:49 pm

    Oh I’m having that cute baby, she’s gorgeous πŸ™‚ Jamie has opened his restaurant, near us in Brighton, we went there, so over priced.lol Thank you for taking us around beautiful Sydney πŸ™‚ xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • twoblackdoggies November 12, 2012 / 4:39 pm

      She is gorgeous and such a happy baby, hope she stays that way for Mum and Dad πŸ™‚ Jamie’s is pretty well priced here, there is an abundance of over priced restaurants in Sydney but thankfully his is not one of them – maybe you should come and visit πŸ™‚ So glad you like the pics of Sydney, it is quite a pretty city especially around the harbour.

  3. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom November 12, 2012 / 2:34 am

    Aleyah is a doll! And, your pictures are gorgeous! I could barely make it through the food ones… I’m drooling!

    • twoblackdoggies November 12, 2012 / 4:36 pm

      Thank you! I took hundreds of photos of Aleyah, she makes it easy to take lots of photos πŸ™‚

      The food photos are making me wish I was having Jamie’s for dinner tonight, yummmmmmmmm

  4. Doggy's Style November 12, 2012 / 6:18 am

    I can hardly live without internet for a day, let alone a week.
    The pics makes me really hungry 😦

    • twoblackdoggies November 12, 2012 / 4:34 pm

      It takes some getting used to, I still had my iphone but the tiny screen discourages me from using it much to access the internet and I was having so much fun with family and friends which makes it easier to be ‘offline’. Hope you got something yummy to eat after looking at the photos πŸ™‚

  5. restlessjo November 12, 2012 / 6:57 am

    I’m still sure I would love Sydney, Sam. Never done a Jamie’s but it looks delish. Jacaranda and a new niece too- fabulous!

    • twoblackdoggies November 12, 2012 / 4:32 pm

      Alot of ex-pats complain about Sydney (expensive and over-rated) but when you’re there on a holiday and the weather is good it is a fantastic city to visit. Jamie’s Italian was a good choice for lunch, it isn’t pretentious and the food is delicious. It was a really wonderful trip and now that I have a niece to spoil I will have to visit more often πŸ™‚

  6. This Sydney Life November 12, 2012 / 7:59 am

    How gorgeous is Aleyah?

    So glad you had a fab’ time in Syders. Next time I’m in Melbourne, I shall have to do a post on the goodies on offer… Eastern Market, Attica, Vue du Monde…. Oh – now I want to plan a trip!

    • twoblackdoggies November 12, 2012 / 4:28 pm

      She is a cutie and it will be fun spoiling her πŸ™‚

      Going to Sydney is always fun for me, some things change but much of it is the same as what it was thirteen years ago when I used to live and work there. Would like to see a post on Melbourne, no doubt you know all the good places to visit πŸ™‚

  7. megtraveling November 12, 2012 / 1:18 pm

    It looks like you had a perfect trip to Sydney! The weather looked lovely and what a treat to see flowers in bloom! Your lunch – and tea- sounded scrumptious, and I love the sheep and Border collie display. And your niece is adorable too πŸ™‚

    • twoblackdoggies November 12, 2012 / 4:25 pm

      It was the perfect trip, there was no rushing around and I still found time to do everything I wanted to. A short but sweet break πŸ™‚

  8. thelamstock November 12, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    Wow! Seems like had an exciting trip to Sydney πŸ™‚ Looking at your food pics are making me hungry! πŸ˜›

    • twoblackdoggies November 12, 2012 / 4:23 pm

      It was exciting, but in a quiet, modest way. Looking at the photos again also makes me hungry, such yumminess πŸ™‚

  9. Long Life Cats and Dogs November 13, 2012 / 2:13 am

    I have family and friends in Sydney – now I’m even more edgy to get over and visit them again.

    • twoblackdoggies November 13, 2012 / 4:54 pm

      It is a city I always enjoy visiting so I hope you make it over for a visit πŸ™‚

  10. gold price December 9, 2012 / 9:59 am

    Oh and the macarons at DJs food hall are by the same French pastry chef who does La Tropezienne’s goodies. Lovely! If only I’d known this before I went down there at lunchtime today! I will have a look next time.

    • twoblackdoggies December 15, 2012 / 7:15 pm

      Wish I had known about the macarons at DJs food hall, my friend and I usually spend alot of time checking out the goodies there but didn’t get around to it this time. Hope you like the macarons at Laduree πŸ™‚

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