After weeks of unseasonal downpour the clouds parted as another of my dearest friends, the always fabulous Melissa Reid, stepped off the plane from New Zealand. As a Sydney virgin it was my job to show her a good time... what a pleasure!
First stop, some food tourism! For those of you that don't know, food in Australia is something else. It could be the combination of great fresh produce, the melting pot of cultures or not being stifled by old fashioned cooking traditions. I'm not sure but the Aussies have something they can be even prouder of than their sporting accomplishments! To top it off, it is really cheap to eat out. So we headed to Newtown's Barmuda cafe for some serious fuel to start the day with. We shared ricotta pancakes with berries and potato stacks with aubergine, roast tomato and perfect scrabbled egg...
So delicious we had to restrain ourselves from licking the plates!
Newtown is a bit like London's Camden if i could compare it to anywhere. Its full of street art, cafes, vintage shops and some seriously good second hand home shops (they are so good in fact, that whenever i think of them i feel regret in the pit of my stomach that i could not give all the treasures a home)
For our final stop of the day it was onwards to a Sydney icon, Bondi Beach. In my childhood this famous beach used to be a bit run down and dirty but over the years it has evolved into the perfect city beach. The sand is golden, the water crystal clear and the waves perfect for playing in. It has a very laid back atmosphere and with the relaxing of licensing laws some great little local boozers are starting to pop up (finally). And don't even get me started on the eye candy, because it is a visual feast!