Eat + Drink: the Sydney edition;

The Bucket List, Bondi Beach

Since it’s been two years since my last Sydney trip, my list of things to do & places to go was HUGE. My last trip was all about the coast; catching the ferry across to Manly and going to the beach where Home & Away is filmed. This time, it was more about the food and the bars. Even though I covered a lot, there’s still so many places I would love to check out. Next time huh?

Here’s a list of the places I visited AND I would highly recommend:

EAT:

– Kelly’s Bar and Grill, Bondi Junction (Tasty ribs with an amazing view)

Bavarian Bier Cafe, Bondi Beach (good priced food that you can eat by yourself or share)

Bondi FM Cafe, Bondi Beach (good breakfast spot)

Bona Fides, Sydney CBD (good breakfast spot)

Cafe Sydney, Sydney CBD (good for lunch, over looking the harbour bridge)

Icebergs Bistro, Bondi Beach (good lunch spot with a view over the beach)

DRINK:

The Bucket List (looking over Bondi beach as pictured above)

Since I Left You, Sydney CBD (small little laneway bar, good for after work drinks)

Hemmesphere, Sydney CBD (sushi & cocktail lounge with a very impressive wine list, the photos on the site don’t do it any justice!)

Blu Bar on 36, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney CBD (go here at 5:30pm to watch the sun go down)

Fat Freddy’s Shack, Bondi FM Cafe

Icebergs Bistro, Bondi Beach

The view from Cafe Sydney

Breakfast at Bona Fides, Sydney CBD

Do you have some places I should add to my list for next time?

Reunited in Bondi;

My best friends ❤

No matter how many days I schedule for Bondi, it never seems to be enough. I spent 4 days in Bondi this time but I’m starting to think I’ll need a few months to feel satisfied. Waking up to that gorgeous bay could never get tiresome (just ask Eugene, who takes photos down there every single morning!)

My friends started arriving Saturday afternoon and before long, we had a bucket of sangria in our room that was all polished off (solid effort!) We stayed on the main strip so we just had to walk outside to get something to eat (we went to a Bavarian cafe that had yummy meals and plates to share which were also really well priced).

The weekend was spent eating, drinking, checking out new places and just being around each other as much as possible. Nothing about the weekend was planned other than our accommodation and it was nice to be able to just take our time waking up, eating breakfast around noon and laying on the beach on Sunday afternoon with no rush to go anywhere.

One friend left on Sunday night and the rest of us parted ways on Monday. The tears weren’t there this time (for anyone) and I guess it’s because we’re all one plane ride away from each other and the time between catch ups will never be too far apart. As one friend talks about stopping by Perth later next year, another two friends are just waiting to announce their moving dates (to Australia). Yeah it sucks not having your best friends by your side when all you want is a cuddle but I sometimes forget how far away they are with the amount of text messages, skype calls and phone calls that are exchanged between us.

It’s been nearly six years since I moved across the ditch but as we have gotten older, it has gotten easier to arrange these trips now that we’re all working full time. The next trip seems a while away but if the past year is anything to go by, it’ll be here in no time.

I’ll never get sick of this view!

Pre-breakfast walks along the coast

 

Sangria: backpacker style!

Coming up: a post about places to eat and drink at in Sydney & Bondi 

Bucket List: Flying over Sydney;

On my list of 25 things I want to do before my 25th birthday, flying over Sydney was one of them (Eugene, a Bondi- based photographer may have had something to do with it). I chose ‘Heli Experiences‘ who are based near the airport. We flew into the city, around the harbour bridge and then out to North Bondi and down the coast to Cronulla and then back to the airport. Most rides go for 20 minutes but we were lucky enough to get 25 minutes (we couldn’t fly into the airport for 5 minutes because of other planes/helicopters). It’s my favourite way to see a city!

You can contact Heli Experiences: here

Forty seven;

Now that I’m back in Perth, it’s time to make the most of the days I have left before I begin summer school in January. It’ll be an intensive 11 weeks jam packed into 4.5 weeks and I’ve had a few wide eye responses when I said I’m going to be doing two units (you’ll know if I survive or not mid February).

Until then, I’m packing my days full of wake boarding, paddle boarding, walks/runs along the beach, catch ups with friends, picnics and finishing as many books as I can.

Are there some books you can recommend? 

November good reads;

A girl can dream right?

[Image source found here]

I’m currently reading ‘The Happiness Trap‘ by Russ Harris which was recommended to me around the time I really struggled with mindfulness (you can read some great mindfulness posts here). So this months ‘good reads’ will be based around this idea of mindfulness and happiness.

Four articles I’ve recently enjoyed:

– “What’s your strategy for Happiness?” via Huffpost (Healthy Living section)

– “Happiness is uncovering what you already have” via the Zen Habits blog

– “Achieving Happiness: Tips to repairing a blaming relationship” via Capital Gazette (Lifestyle section)

– “Self esteem & the mind: 5 behaviours that destroy self esteem” via the Complete Self Esteem blog

Do you have any articles you’d like to share? Or good books you’ve recently read?