Dave, Friends, Food, High Tea, Shopping, DVDs.

After an awful Thursday night, partly my own fault and partly some bastard who let Dave down, I thought we were in for a crap weekend. Thankfully, we sorted things out, and ended up having a great time.

Friday night

* Dinner at Bravo in Crows Nest
Dave and I hadn’t been to Bravo in months, and the food was better than before. We both had spaghetti – Dave’s was with meatballs, and I had a spicy sauce. Followed by gelato – chocolate & lemon for me, and chocolate, lemon & pistachio for Dave. Which was not a very good idea as it was damn cold (probably 11 degrees YUCK!). On leaving Bravo and venturing to the bus stop, we felt like we were going to freeze both internally and externally!

* Nothing that exciting
The rest of Friday night was spent doing various things including:
– Watching some shows we’d recorded during the week
– Dave playing computer games

Saturday
* High Tea at Lilianfels in Katoomba.

Met Mark, Helen F and Stephanie at Central to get the “fast” train to Katoomba. “Fast” is in inverted commas due to the fact that the trip from Central takes 2 hours, and probably 3 in total including getting to Central. I think driving takes about 1.5 hours from my place.

We were made a little late by a medical issue at Strathfield, so instead of getting to Katoomba at 12.29, we got off at Leura at about 12.45 and got a taxi.

I didn’t realise until I got on the train that the annual “Katoomba Winter Festival” (or “Feral Festival as our friendly taxi driver called it) was going on in Katoomba, which explained all the unusually dressed people on the train. Also, the inappropriately dressed, being that the maximum temperature in Katoomba was going to be 11 degrees, and a girl wearing only a t-shirt and a small skirt (I think) was spotted on our train. This was not a great thing to find out, as there were 12 of us going to High Tea, and it may mean it would be harder to find seating.

Well we all found seating, but not together at first. Unfortunately you can’t book High Tea in Lilianfels, so we were told that as we were having high tea at 12.30, instead of later in the day, we would be fine. I think they forgot about the “Feral Festival”. The staff were extremely flat out.

As soon as we got there, poor Karen and Sean had to take their little boys (Matthew and Benjamin) elsewhere, as they’d been there for an hour and the kids were running riot. But we got to chat a bit to Juliet, John, Amy and Dave Gi.

It wasn’t the fabulous service I got last time I had high tea there, but I think the problem was mostly that they had loads of people there at a time much earlier than usual. But I will go back again, and make sure it doesn’t clash with any festival!

* Shopping in Leura
Afterwards, Amy & Dave Gi went up to Katoomba to check out the “Feral Fest” and the rest of us went to Leura for some shopping. We only had an hour before the train headed back to the city, so we made our ways to the shops we liked best, and then met up at Leura Station.

As usual, the first stop was Megalong Books, where I found “A guide to modern + conetmporary Art in the city Paris” , and “Stalin’s Nose” by Rory Maclean, which looks like a fiction travel book of the eastern parts of Europe. Yes, I liked the Trabi on the front cover (it reminds me of Berlin) ;). I also mentioned on the way in that I’d found a really good Berlin book last time I was in there, and someone overheard me and asked where they could find it. Unfortunately I took the last copy.

Then it was off to “Leura Whisk” to decide if I wanted the tea cups I found a few weeks ago. I yet again decided that I already had too many tea cups, and continued up the road.

I went into a great gallery, “Michael White Art” where I found a print I really liked, but left with cards when I found out the cost of the print. There were quite a few lovely prints. I must go back there next time.

And then it was quickly through a few other stores, a quick farewell to Juliet & John, and off to Cafe Josophan’s to get a hot chocolate, before heading up to the train station.

Thankfully we only had to wait about 5 minutes on the incredibly cold train station. The train ride on the way back went very quickly. Luckily we got seats, and we also got to see more unusual costumes of people returning to the city after the festival.

It was a very nice way to spend a day with friends, just felt so rushed!

* Dinner, DVDs and no clubbing

On the way home I picked up some DVDs and dinner for Davo and I. I was too tired to consider clubbing (although I did want to see Heiko Laux).

We watched “Rendition” which we really liked, but I think the ending was a bit abrupt. I always like to see movies with Peter Sarsgaard and Jake Gyllenhaal, as I think they are quite good actors. Their looks help too 🙂 Dave reckons I like Peter Sarsgaard as he’s like the Andrew McCarthy of the present day. I hadn’t picked up on that before, but definitely agree.

And then Davo decided more computer games were in order, while I tried to watch “Sweeney Todd”. It was hard to decide whether I wanted to watch it. I tend to despise muscials. They really drive me nuts. But a great cast and the fact that the director also hates musicals changed my mind. It’s not that bad, but I haven’t had time to watch the last hour. Will finish it tonight.

By this stage, it was time for some reading and then sleep. I thought we’d watch “3:10 to Yuma” on Sunday, but that went out the window!

Sunday

* Breakfast at Epitome
Another place we hadn’t been to in ages – Epitome in Lane Cove. Was acutally a good experience this time. Food was great and service was quick. Haven’t had a big fry-up for breakfast in sooooooooo long.

* Shopping in Crows Nest

We’d seen a book in the window of “The Constant Reader” that we wanted to check out. So we went, found it, didn’t want it, and I ended up leaving with a book on Chagall. How surprising!

Then we just ventured around Crows Nest checking out some shops, but didn’t find anything else we really wanted, apart from more gelato at Bravo (even better than yesterday – yum!) so headed home. I had a short nap, and Dave played more of GTA4!

* Balmain

Dave, Rowena, Charles, and I met up with Monica in Balmain. We found a cafe and spent a good 2.5 hours there catching up. Charles had KB beer, which I took a photo of, but has somehow magically disappeared off my phone 🙁

Then we decided to have dinner, and ventured up the street to “La Boheme”. It has all sorts of food – Bavarian, Belgian, European, German, Hungarian, Vegetarian. I love the layout of the restaurant too. Dave remembers being there before with Rowena and Charles, but we think it was called something else.

We had a great time – the food was excellent and we had a lot of laughs. For entree, I shared Escargot with Garlic Sauce with Rowena (yum), for main I had Hungarian goulash & dumplings (more yum) and for dessert had Belgian Chocolate Mousse with Berries (excellent way to finish off the meal!). Also drank Staropramen beer, although most of that was finished by Dave (I rarely drink beer, and when I do it has to be extremely cold or I can’t finish it). Everyone else had wine, the first bottle of which was called “Vampire”. They all seemed to enjoy the Australian wine better 🙂

Monica and I were almost in shock when we realised we both liked Foals. In 20 years, Monica and I have NEVER agreed on any music. It was very distressing and we must never admit this again 😛

It was a very entertaining evening, including a drunken Dave when we got home. I don’t think anyone else realised!

* Home

It was so cold last night. I thought we’d freeze. We both did a few things on the internet, and time got away from us. I got more engrossed in my book, and didn’t get to sleep until 11. Which was early considering the last week, but I want more!

We had a great week, so much of it being spontaneous. Dave and I would like more weekends like that!

Monday

I woke up feeling crapulous. So sick of getting colds constantly. Erika went home sick after lunch – she didn’t look too good. Had auditors hassling me all day. I wanna go home!!!!

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