Today is the last day in the office, finished it off with a chorizo, cheese, and pickle bagel from the A.P. Bakery that opened up right around the corner from the office, and hot damn was it good. I got a croissant to have with my coffee and that was delicious as well.
Nothing exciting to report food-wise yesterday, but today's paid-for-by-work food was dinner at Meccah Bah at Darling Harbour (https://meccabah.sydney/functions-and-events/).
Because there were 39 of us all up (!) we did the $79 set menu. The starters were the bread and trio of tips, falafels, lamb sigara boureks, and North African meatballs, we could choose which main we wanted (I got the spiced halloumi pizza) and then we got a selection of desserts to share.
The whole meal was absolutely incredible and I am stuffed to the gills right now. I also had my first margarita because several people expressed surprised that I'd not had one before. It was... fine, but definitely reinforced my stance of not paying for cocktails if I'm paying for it because MAN are they not worth it. 😛
Awww yissss, made Nagi's tuna mornay (https://www.recipetineats.com/tuna-mornay-casserole-pasta-bake/) with the sixteen year-old and it was GOOOOOOOOD.
I really need to look up how to make white sauce without it taking an eternity though, because jesus christ it was seriously half an hour of non-stop stirring and we ended up cheating and putting corn starch in anyway.
New sunglasses day!
I know this ordinarily would be completely unremarkable, but these are replacing the ones I've had for almost fourteen years that I bought on my very first trip to visit @yayKM when she was still living in the US. They were broken from a small child stepping on them when I was over playing music at my friend's house a couple of weeks ago. 😭 The original pair were the style "Dash AF" style from Native Eyewear which has since been consumed by the horrible massive conglomerate Luxottica but I managed to find an alternative (thanks to Reddit's r/sunglasses in fact) that looks almost identical and the company is still independent, "Parallel 2" from Smith Optics.
We are in Canberra!
First order of business was lunch at Brodburger. Pretty delicious, though not the BEST burger I've had.
We went to check in at the Hyatt and they weren't able to give us the room we asked for, and also they weren't ready for early check-in like they said it should have been so we went to the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. They were both pretty dinky, and fully half the National Gallery was closed. I took a handful of photos which I've uploaded to Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualwolf/albums/72177720309063596), and I loved this little whale sculpture by Horace Wikmunea. The Portrait Gallery was actually significantly more interesting, though still far smaller that I was expecting.
Then we got back to the Hyatt and waited for ages for someone to actually come to reception to check us in, got our room key and went to the room, and realised it was directly overlooking the breakfast area despite us having specifically requested a quiet room. 🤦🏻♀️ Went back to reception and got moved to ANOTHER room, this one actually quiet, and now we're killing time until we head out for dinner with @[email protected].
Part three of The Weekend of Deliciousness is bread, for the first time since March! The yeast I've been using expired in June last year so I've just slowly been increasing the amount that I use and it seems to be fine. Lunch was mushrooms cooked in sage, rosemary, thyme, and garlic on top of cooked tomatoes on the bread.
And the SECOND I start slicing the bread Beanie is in the kitchen like a shot because he knows there'll be crumb fallout, and he always gets a little end piece of bread when I'm done.