Archive for December, 2010

“Get it done Automagically” haha

My itunes is so unorganised and all over to place and like most I can’t be bothered spending the time to do it myself. I have over 200GB of music which would take a lifetime to sort and clean.

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HAHAHA… this is classic.

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Die Antwoord

South African Rap… this shit is fricken awesome!! hahaha

I like the quirkiness of it all. … very very catchy!!

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Ok, so I stumbled across this site while trying to use my “Foodspotting” iphone app. But it seems that this app is only made for USA. I tired locating Australia on the map option, but nothing happens.

I got overly excited about the “Kim Chi Fries” pictured below;


Check out some of their other tantalising dishes on their menu below;

Chili Cheese Fries:
Angus all-beef chili made with beer and chocolate. Topped with cheddar cheese. Try it on top of sweet potatoes!

Rajas Fries:
Fire-roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions and shawarma-marinated steak with Jack cheese

Chicken Sweet Potato:
Free-range chicken in tomatillo-tamarind sauce over sweet potato fries topped with cashews.

The great thing about this food truck is that it runs off the fried oil that it cooks the chips in. So after a night of feeding the gluttonous, the tank is filled with the left over oil and along goes the food truck to its next location.


Love it!! Check it out here

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1. Cordero a la cruz  (wood-fired Suffolk lamb) from Porteno, $42

One of the most eagerly awaited openings of 2010, Porteno was also the most eagerly awaited opening of 2009. Yes, folks, it took a while. And it still takes a while, to get a table – reservations are only for six or more and the place packs out early. But the rewards are there, crucified on the open grill for all to see.  Those Bodega boys, Ben and Elvis – along with Elvis’ dad, Adan – serve up the sizzlingest asado-grilled meats this side of Buenos Aires. Every day, whole suckling pigs and pure-bred Suffolk lambs cook merrily away for six to eight hours over the open barbecue pit. The pork is great, but the lamb is outrageous. The skin is crunchy, salty and gorgeous, the  meat is soft, sweet, and smoky, and the whole thing comes without embellishment or ceremony, plonked simply on a wooden board. Put in an order as soon as you get there, because they always run out – and they can’t exactly throw another one on the barbie and get it out the same night. Ask for warmed plates to eat it from, too, or it will cool too quickly. While there, have some fun with Argentinian wines as well.

Porteno, 358 Cleveland Street Surry Hills,  8399 1440

2. Prosciutto, stracchino and rocket piadina at La Piadina ($14)

It’s nowhere near the beach, there’s barely room to swing a kitten, and there’s not much variety. But La Piadina is one of the nicest places to eat in Bondi. It’s all about the piadina, the flat, unleavened bread of Italy’s Emilia Romagna region. Damiano and Fausto Zizioli roll out the circles of dough until parchment-thin, lay them on the hotplate and strew them with anything from mortadella to soft ‘nduja salami to Nutella, before folding them in half. My fave is the classic combo of sliced-to-order prosciutto San Daniele, light Stracchino cream and lightly bitter, softly wilted rocket leaves ($12) which merges into a scorchy, toasty, steamy combination of crispness and melting softness. Only one thing would make it more civilized: an icy cold Moretti or tinkling Campari. Done.

La Piadina. 108 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Phone 9300 0160

3. Chocolate Forest Floor from Sepia (Part of $140 degustation)

Where do I start? A smooth sour cherry sorbet sits on a bed of dark chocolate twigs, crystallised fennel fronds and cherry brandy jellies, on a ‘ground’ of chocolate soil crumb, aniseed praline and green tea moss, over a ‘sub-soil’ of lavender custard, praline and chestnut cream, and soft chocolate mousse. It’s like walking through a woodlands glade, snapping twigs underfoot – only in your mouth.

Sepia, Darling Park, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney, Phone 9283 1990

4. Rich and noble lobster congee at Rockpool (Part of $145 four course dining menu)

In its 23 years, Rockpool has had its share of ups and downs, twist and turns, and the odd change of direction. But right now, it’s in a very good space, thanks to the synergy between Neil Perry and his gifted head chef, Phil Wood. Here they take rice congee, one of the humblest dishes in the Cantonese repertoire, and give it a complete makeover, lifting it effortlessly into the big time. With its combination of fresh local lobster, lobster stock, crunchy fried bread stick (yuo tiao), crisp-fried garlic, star anise-scented peanuts, and chilli oil, this is one of the true highpoints of a four-course tasting menu loaded with wows.

Rockpool, 107-109 George Street, The Rocks,  9252 1888

5. Pappardelle and boar ragu from Manly Pavilion $22

There are many variations of spag bol around town, but this is one of the most powerful combinations of pasta and ragu there is. Chef Jonathan Barthelmess learned a thing or two about Italian cooking during his days with Stefano Manfredi at Coast. He also learned not to do things by halves, so when he makes this rustic, stick to your ribs pasta dish, he starts by getting in a whole young wild boar to make the ragu, and, naturally, makes his own silky egg pasta from scratch. This gloriously restored thirties bathers pavilion also comes with spectacular water views right through to the heads. They’re going to have one huge summer.

Manly Pavilion, West Esplanade,  Manly Cove, 9949 9011

6. The Lucio from Lucio Pizzeria, $18

The debate raged on long after the(sydney)magazine ran my list of 10 best pizze earlier this year, with everybody having very strong opinions as to which pizza was great, which was tragic, and how much of an idiot I was to choose this or that one or miss out on this or that one. To quote Kevin Rudd, ‘I don’t, frankly, give a damn’, and so cast my vote for best pizza to Lucio Pizzeria, its Naples-born pizzaiolo, Lucio de Falco and its raring-to-go, wood-fired oven, originally built by David Cowdrill of Pizza Mario. His pizze can sometimes be a little oily in the middle, but they smell and taste very close to the ones I loved in Naples – which were also often a little oily in the middle. The crust is always bubbly, not over-burdened, and supple enough to be folden and eaten in the hands.  The big order here is the Lucio, one half a traditional Margherita pizza topped with mozzarella, basil and tomato while the other is a folded -over calzone filled with ham and ricotta. Great for people who can’t decide what to order.

Lucio Pizzeria, Republic 2 Courtyard 248 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst, 9332 3766

7. Schnitzel Holstein from Ad Lib $29

When Dietmar Sawyere announced that he was going to open a simple French bistro, everyone wondered what the twist was going to be. The twist is there is no twist. His steak tartare is steak tartare, unreconstructed and un-messed–about-with. The same goes for the onion soup gratinee, the classic duck leg confit and the old-fashioned  chocolate mousse, brought to the table and served from a large bowl.  One of the stars on the menu is this clever, classic schnitzel Holstein ($27), with its golden, finely crumbed organic chicken escalope topped with a perfect fried egg (runny yolk) and buttery drizzle of anchovies and capers.

Ad Lib, 1047 Pacific Highway Pymble,  9988 0120. Also at 21 Bay Street, Double Bay, 9988 0120

8. Ginger-infused game consommé, beef tendon, savoy cabbage roll, black fungi, chives, from est. $41

Peter Doyle’s cooking isn’t flashy, or look-at-me, or dependent on high tech whiz-bangery. It’s all about getting the most flavour possible out of the best produce available. Case in point is this refined, aromatic consommé, with its gelatinous beef tendon, tiny cabbage roll and lightly crunchy black fungus, with every mouthful tasting intense but fresh.

est., Level 1, establishment, 252 George Street, 9240 3010

9. Sticky rice and salted duck egg cakes from Universal, $23

Surely this is the quintessential Sydney dining experience: you’re sitting in a courtyard, sun going down, cocktails shaken, walls aglow. Smart staff bring a zeitgeisty wine list and a spice-laden global snatch-and-grab menu that’s a great mix of the casual and the serious, from Spanish-influenced spiced duck sausage with seared scallops and morcilla; fragrant Korean-ish pork and kimchi consommé; or Japanese-inspired sansho venison tataki. All this and you’d expect a chopsticked, bare-tabled, mod-Asian, attitude, but Universal has the most exquisitely pressed-and-ironed tablecloths in town; a beautiful riposte to those who think they have to ditch tablecloths in order to be modern. This is modern. Top dish this year was this Thai-influenced dish of snappy, crackly, poppy, golden rice balls ($23), drowned in a mouth-tingling, wine-mugging, sour, sweet, hot, fragrant dressing.

Universal, Republic 2 Courtyard, Palmer Street, Darlinghurst . 9331 0709

10. Orange granita and sweetened cream from North Bondi Italian Food, $14

Happiness is sitting out on the front deck of NBIF (some things just don’t acronym well) on a summer’s day with a platter of multi-tasking chef/co-owner Robert Marchetti’s own freshly sliced salumi and some bread and maybe a salad or two, then following up with one of the most refreshing summer desserts ever invented. Think tangy orange granita on top and rich, creamy vanilla-scented zabaglione cream below. Tirami su is dead in the water.

North Bondi Italian Food, 118-120 Ramsgate Avenue North Bondi. 9300 4400


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An evolution of Youths…

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200 Years in 4 Mins

Very interesting video on the world and the changes for the last 200 years.

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