Bali!

Arriving in bali it wasn’t long before we were confronted with the heat, humidity and South east Asia. The driver of the Tarmac bus swerved to miss a suitcase that fell off a luggage carousel which was promptly picked up by a guy on a bike.

After an uneventful trip through customs, we were picked up by our transfer driver and trekked through the streets in our air conditioned mini bus. Watching all the usual Asian behaviours – cars everywhere, whole families on mopeds, mopeds sharing the footpath with pedestrians. Aussies wandering the streets adorned with bintang singlets, Balinese men sitting on the sidewalks, hawkers selling everything from handbags, clothes, knives, dildos, Viagra and tasers. When we arrived at our resort (after a search by the gate security) in legian, it really was a haven.

The Padma resort is a highly recommended sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. We dumped our bags and headed for the beach so I could ‘earth’ myself – I need to get my feet in the water and reconnect with the ocean ( this was not as pleasant in queenstown in winter as it was in bali!). After a swim in the pool and a few (!) free cocktails in the VIP lounge, I realised why Aussies flock here – it’s paradise in its own right. Anything goes, we can do and have anything we want here.

Today we have dedicated to a bit of shopping – but here is a taste of my favourite topic – breakfast! It’s as interesting as I hoped. Western breakfast is there, but so are the curries and noodles and tapioca porridge and tropical fruits ( yellow watermelon!) and soups and I suspect anything I would care to dream up, they would get for me. So here is some pics from this morning! Yes I had curry and pancakes on the same plate and yes this is corned beef hash – I know I was excited too!

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How to make Leslie happy on Saturday morning

This is one of the easiest recipes you will ever read.

Ingredient 1 – sleep in (7am is a sleep in right – or is that when you know you are a grown up?)

Ingredient 2 – coffee

Ingredient 3 – breakfast

This is the most exciting part. Prep with lovely fresh ingredients AND serve:

Ingredient 4: plans with loved ones for the rest of the weekend!

What’s on your agenda this weekend?

Breakfast, Dinner or Breakfast for Dinner?

Mince on toast? Come on people Dinner or Breakfast – I’m confused. Its leftover mexican mince – does it change if I add sour cream or avocado? I think I will call it Breakfast for dinner and I WILL love it. Yes its cooking as we speak (by cooking I mean heating in the microwave (the one at serendip doesn’t spin – interesting I know!).

In other interesting news – we are off to the movies tonight. Its a leaving the house with no makeup kind of night. And yes, I may or may not have napped in the clothes I’m wearing. B tells me nobody will know – so don’t tell anybody 😉

Yes, its that kind of saturday…

Things I love #5 Sunny saturday mornings

I haven’t posted for a while. I could make up a long list of excuses which could include breaking nails, contracting life threatening illnesses or even getting caught up saving the world. The truth is, I’ve just been too darn busy enjoying myself. But more on that later.

First and foremost I’m absolutely loving this beautiful sunny Saturday Morning I’m busy having. A nice sleep in, a big coffee and leftovers for breakfast (yes I had roast veggies for breakky – remember no food is off limits). I’m in the loungeroom with all the windows open, the sun streaming in, the birds are singing outside – but wait it gets better – I’m still in my Jammie’s with new posts from my favourite blogs waiting for me AND a new magazine waiting to feast my eyes on.

Right now, it’s difficult to imagine anybody being sad…ever. Even the noisy indian family yelling at their kids next door does not take even one tiny it of happy away.

The beautiful sunshine reminds me of a moment not so long ago when I was very busy enjoying myself on my recent holiday to the stunning and amazing south island of New Zealand. It was definitely not the land of the long white cloud as we travelled along the mind blowing road into Milford Sound in Fiordland. Here is a couple of snaps 🙂20120825-104039.jpg20120825-104130.jpg

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The Corner store and the Circus.

Wow – what a weekend that was. A long weekend to be precise (and yes it did include a cocktail named that too).

B took me to the circus. Not just any circus though, THE circus – Circ de Soleil! Ovo to be precise. And it was amazing. a very sweet little number about bugs, complete with many gymnasts doing interesting things with fake kiwi fruit and men walking up the walls. Like I said – AMAZING. Even after a few cocktails at Byblos Bar Hamilton. Their number is all about interesting cocktails, complete with rasberries, blueberries, Mt Tamborine lavender liqueur, Green Fairy Absinthe, rose petals and other amazing beverages (their full cocktail menu is on their website too!). Then, we found our way down to the tent.

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So, after all that excitement, its very lucky that B and I had this morning off to recover. We trotted off to a new (to us – old to you perhaps) breakfast haunt – The Corner Store Cafe. This place was busy, even on a  chilly Brisbane Monday morning. Its a lovely little outdoor dining area – very modern and clean and white and cute – so far all the things I like in a breakfast place. It was complete with many middle class diners, a few uni students and a very delicious looking menu. Although there was many worthy options, there was no choice but to order the Corned Beef Hash. If I could break one writers rule (and I promise I will break many more in the future) I would re-use an already over-used word in this blog  – AMAZING.

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It was as good as it looks – possibly even better. BUT it beat me – just.Image

No surprises, after all that – I’m off to the gym now.

Happy Monday 🙂

Things I love – entry #2

BREAKFAST!

I think I could have a whole blog about how much I love breakfast. I’ve loved breakfast for as long as I can remember. As a tiny little 20kg primary school-er I would try and eat as many weet-bix as I could – it could have been a dream, but I am pretty sure I got to 12 once. Mum wasnt impressed, because I used up most of her milk.

It could be because I’m not the best morning person getting around, combined with my love of food and my general dislike for planning, that breakfast saves me every day – things seem so much clearer after its over.  Take this morning for example. I wake up, no reason to get out of bed.. so I hang about thinking about what I could do on  this particularly stunning day on the Gold Coast. So I (eventually) start thinking I need some breakfast (can I emphasise the word NEED – breakfast is not optional in my world). I decide its sunny, so I will hop on my bike and pedal to the nearest cafe – Koncubine Espresso Bar. Lucky its lovely and there is a perfect little position in the sun  where I can have a nice big coffee, some breakfast and ponder the rest of the day. I order and by the time my big wonderful mug of delicious merlo coffee arrives I’ve started blogging – success I’ve officially started my day.

My breakfast arrives and my happiness barometer goes through the roof. Here I am with my bike, in the sunshine, with coffee and yummy breakfast – I’m considering myself to be the happiest person here (and with a number of runners who just finished the GC Marathon that is a tough competition).Image

What do I love more than breakfast?

♥  Going out for breakfast. Particularly with loved ones. Its like a bonus time – you have the whole day left to use after catching up.

♥ Leftovers for breakfast – especially savory mince and my grandma’s corned beef fritters.

♥ People who eat non-breakfast foods at breakfast time – especially my work colleague who has fish and mash and curry and all sorts of facinating things – no food is off limits to her in the mornings

♥ Breakfast for dinner – at Serendip (more to come on this in later posts) when we have catch-and-kill dinner – I am in heaven because I can have breakfast for dinner.

Is it time for lunch yet 😉