This post covers some of the more interesting dishes I have cooked in the past two weeks.
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I love a long weekend. Apart from J playing golf on the Monday, we had nothing planned, so it was perfect for relaxing and pottering around the house. And trying out some new recipes!

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After a great weekend in Sydney, it was a bit depressing having to go to work on the Monday, my actual birthday.

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As mentioned in a previous post, a lot of the restaurants we wanted to try in Sydney do not open for lunch on the weekend. We weren’t sure what we were going to do until we saw Alessandro Pavoni, head chef of Ormeggio on Masterchef.
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Sunday morning in Sydney and it was a gorgeous day. We hopped on a busy ferry to Manly (we didn’t realise the Manly food and wine festival was on) and enjoyed the sights from the water.
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Saturday night in Sydney and it was time for Tetsuya’s! We had a late booking and when we stepped out of our hotel it was raining. This made it harder to get a cab. When we did, traffic was the worst I have ever seen, anywhere.

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J and I had enjoyed Japanese food for a while before heading to Japan for a belated honeymoon at the end of 2008. We now LOVE Japanese food, and have a mission of finding the best Japanese food outside of Japan.

 

So far, in Australia, Sake is coming out on top. J has also had excellent Japanese while in Nelson, New Zealand and in San Francisco. These were work trips and I was not with him, so therefore missed out. :-(

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Our first stop on our foodie weekend in Sydney was Bill’s in Woollahra. This café is tucked away in a courtyard off Queens street, and we selected this Bill’s as it was in the same area as the Victor Churchill butcher that we wanted to have a look at.

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Back in September 2010 J spotted cheap fares to Sydney and decided to book us flights to spend the weekend before my birthday in the harbour city. The idea being we would try and get to some of the restaurants in Sydney we want to try.

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I had the urge to bake something a few weekends back and decided to have a crack at scones. I have never made them before.

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I like MasterChef and am not ashamed to admit it. For those of you who don’t know, Masterchef is a reality TV cooking competition, and the Australian version is currently about half way through its third season.

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Fifty-three was another restaurant in Singapore where we thought lunch would be a good option. We booked it for 2pm (last seating) on our last day before we flew home that night.

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Iggy’s is Ignatius Chan’s restaurant at the Hilton hotel on Orchard road. It is currently ranked 27 0n San Pellegrino’s list of top 100 restaurants. We decided to try a lunch seating as the dinner menu was very heavy on seafood.

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Waku Ghin is Chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s Singapore restaurant, opened in late 2010. His other restaurant, Tetsuya’s, is in Sydney.

 

After booking flights to Singapore this was the next thing we booked. We knew we were going to Tetsuya’s in Sydney in June and really wanted to also experience Waku Ghin.

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