Friday, May 22, 2009

Day 3: Sydney (no shopping) Report


Pic of the chandelier, which is encased in a tube in my hotel room

Purchases: Nil (fashion-related).

Today's outfit: Willow Safari coat-dress (purchased on Day 1), Leona Edmiston Pins in Onyx & Havaianas Slim in champagne (nothing like Havs for comfort when walking several blocks), Chloe Ava bag in Mocha, Ditta Addict sunglasses.

Stores covered: Chanel (Castlereagh St., City), sadly, no purchases.

Breathtaking moments: Eating the most amazing chocolate tarte and strawberry & vanilla bean brulee tarte looking at the Sydney Opera House & Sydney Harbour...Seeing the Riedel glass chandelier at the Rockpool Bar & Grill (where our friend works as a sommelier to a restaurant that boasts an incredible wine menu, including a bottle going for a mere $89,150.00, we didn't order that one, that's almost 9 Birkins!).

Food: Brunch at The Book Kitchen, a cute little cafe in Surry Hills (255 Devonshire St), which has two bookshelves filled with cook books you can peruse whilst at the restaurant. Hubby had organic scrambled eggs with smoked ham hock, spinach, persian fetta & asparagus, and I had a beautiful blue swimmer crab cake with tomato, avocado, salsa verde; oh and then I polished off a berry smoothie (yum!).
Walking out of The Book Kitchen I spotted the Boulangerie my cousin had also recommended, The Bourke Street Cafe (cnr of Devonshire St & Bourke St), being too full from my (very) large brunch, I only took away two tarts: chocolate and strawberry & vanilla bean brulee ($4.40 ea.), which I later ate at the Sydney Harbour, and were absolutely to-die-for! The pastry was beautifully light, flaky & crisp (I though it'd be a shortcrust pastry, which I love, but this was even better!), the chocolate wasn't a heavy ganache, but deliciously light in texture as well, and the brulee...incroyable! How I wish I had bought more of them and brought some home! There were several other cakes & tartes to choose from, will definitely go back when I next visit Sydney.

Pics 1 & 4 are from The Book Kitchen's website, other photos are my own






42 comments:

  1. ou i like that dress youre wearing.
    and that chandelier is magnificent!

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  2. is there anything more comforting than eating in a cafe surrounded by books?!

    love coat dresses. look how gorgeous you are. :)

    sharon xx

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  3. Thanks H! Yeah, that chandelier was so cool! When I first walked into the room, I asked hubby: why on earth is there a wide metal tube here? Switched the lights on, and wow! That shot is taken from underneath :)

    Sharon - Aw, you are too kind! I was hoping the Sydney Opera House would distract from the fact that the photo isn't flattering at all, must've worked! :) And yes, being surrounded by amazing cookbooks (and flicking through them while waiting for my food) was great!
    xx

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  4. WOW you look great in your coat dress! i would like to see your Haviana too..too bad cant see it in the pic hahahha

    you took really nice pictures of the food too...I am so exciting about my Sydney trip in end of June.

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  5. the first pic stunned me greatly and everything looks beautiful in the above pics, you must have a marvelous time there :)

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  6. the book kitchen is indeed a lovely cafe! that shot you took of the glasses and the books is just beautiful. I love your dress too, it's a great champagne colour. I'm watching a cardigan in a similar colour by phillip lim on ebay, not sure yet if i want to take the plunge haha.

    it was lovely meeting you last weekend! next time you come to sydney we have to do it again, and if i come to adelaide haha. I have a friend who goes to uni in adelaide, so it might not be that much of a stretch :)

    XXX

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  7. Oh you are so pretty on your outfit.And those foods made me hungry..Arghh..=) Thanks for sharing.Looking forward on your next post.=)

    A Writers Den
    The Brown Mestizo

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  8. Hola Brigadeiro.
    Me encantan tu vestido y las fotos. Que disfrutes!

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  9. You look gorgeous! and all that food is making me hungry!

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  10. hope you're having so much fun. with your wardrobe at home, it'd take something pretty special to stand up to the competition!

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  11. Oh you made me hungry on those foods..=)
    thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos.=)

    Travel and Living

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  12. Sydney looks so awesome, too bad its that far away

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  13. It sounds like a wonderful holiday, the last pic looks so cute! Love the capuccino:-) Beijos!

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  14. how beautiful pics!
    I just love your new coat and with the Chloe bag...no comments :) just great!
    XXX

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  15. the chandelier is beautiful. the food pics look yum...and you look stylish as always.
    Hanh,

    www.life-in-travel.blogspot.com

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  16. Great pictures, chandelier, food, architecture and outfit [smile is perfect] :)

    Thank you for your comment, and answering the question about Phillip Lim & Koi Suwannagate dress: I may actually wear it this weekend [if I figure out the shoe situation, or rather "no shoe"] so I will take some pics - I own the black tee version... White is a so beautiful, perhaps there will pop up a chance to find one..?

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  17. Gorgeous photos, especially the chandelier and the cappucino... You look lovely too!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  18. wow these photos are stunning!!! i can't wait to take a trip to australia myself.. hopefully in a year or two!

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  19. Nossa, que legal!!!
    Me fez querer tbm ir a Sydney! Tudo é muito lindo e as comidinhas, nossa!, um show à parte! Amo abacate, então o prato abaixo me deu àgua na boca!!!

    Mil beijos e abraços,
    Bom fim de semana!!!

    Kira

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  20. Lovely lovely day! I love your outfit and all that food porn!

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  21. OooO you have ANOTHER Willow item! Am very jealous. I love that chandelier.

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  22. I loved this post. I literally drooled the whole time while reading it. The food images were almost too much to handle....YUMMMMM :-)

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  23. That chandelier is so pretty. Looks like lots of yummy food too. :)

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  24. haha, i love how you calculated how many birkins went into that bottle of vino! :)

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  25. ahhhh food porn!!! this post makes my mouth waters :p

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  26. I must pay The bourke street cafe a visit next time I'm in Sydney. Those tarts look delicious!

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  27. what a stunning chandelier, the food images are yummy! what a gorge post and you look amazing.
    muah x
    marian

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  28. Hi, Brigadeiro! I love your photos. The leaf design in the latte is insane. And I love the composition of the chandelier photo.

    Your blog is fabulous. Would you mind visiting mine/adding me to your blogroll? It's called À la Mode; go to hannahserenaballerina.blogspot.com.

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  29. Hi Brigadeiro- The photos are beautiful!!!! all the food images are so yummy!!! I'm so glad you love the new photos :) Have a nice day love,
    Nini

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  30. love the book kitchen and love bsb! you made two great finds! next time, be sure to try their potato bread, lamb and harissa sausage rolls , their lemon tarts and all of their muffins!

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  31. Bourke Street Bakery is sooooooooo what I truly miss about living in Sydney. Amazing bread that came with a kitsch tote bag for the walk home. As well as the Lemon Tarts and the Dark Chocolate and Sour Cherry cookies.

    Your blog is always such a pleasure to visit Brig.

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  32. I was there 3 years ago when I was pregnant and It's amazing love love sydney and you looks happy and cute so cute, aiiiiiiiii que recuerdos maravillosos, A MUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA thanks thanks thanks

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  33. the avocadoe meal looks so tasty !
    i love the 2 last pictures, especially the very last one, you look gorgeous !!!

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  34. Hey,
    yes I made the dress, glad you like it:)
    ooh byron was lovely, no rain at all, lots of sunshine. Enjoy your time there, its such a beautiful place.
    camille x
    p.s great blog, you look gorgoeus here

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  35. Have you tried shopping at the Sydney Airport? You should ^__^ There are a lot of items to buy from cosmetics to various kinds of technology, and the people are very friendly and helpful, too!

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