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Monday, July 15, 2013

5 days and counting...


In just under 5 days I will be on a plane heading for the trip of a lifetime. I will be in Paris this time next week. This blows my mind. I am so so so excited for this journey to start!


You can view a map of my travels on Travelerspoint. Also, follow me on my travel Tumblr - Black Peony Travels. This will be easier for me to update than this site. I'm sure I'll also be active on my Instagram




I'm so excited to enjoy the beautiful smells, sounds, sights, and eats of Europe! I can't wait to share my trip with you all! xx 


Friday, July 12, 2013

Boulcott Street Bistro.













Last Saturday when my parents were in town to give me Birthday Wishes (hi, 24 today, yes, feeling old(er)) and fare-welling me on my trip, we had a delicious dinner at Boulcott Street Bistro. You can't book here for dinner, and it's extremely popular. We came into the gorgeous little cottage-Bistro and were ushered to the bar for a drink while we waited for our seat. I ordered a Pimms Cup while dad perused the menu for a good red wine. 

We were seated after a very short wait and given menus. As we were still quite content from lunch, we just went with mains and desert. Mum went for the fish, and dad and I went for the Fillet Bearnaise (the meat eaters we are!) with sides of broccoli and brussel sprouts with chestnuts and honey (yummy!). The Fillet Bearnaise was also served with homemade fries and a red wine jus to die for. 

For desert my dad and I always go for Crème Brulée. Mum went for steamed chocolate pudding with peanut brittle icecream (which was topped with delightful candyfloss!). 

It was a very content evening and super delicious! If you get the chance to go there - I definitely recommend it! Great service, the barman has mad skills, and is pretty funny to top it off. Also, that coffee machine is in working order and makes delicious coffee! 

(Also, doesn't my new 35mm lens make beautiful bokeh?). xx 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sweet Mamma.










My parents have been up this weekend visiting me before I go away (and before my birthday next week). Yesterday we spent the morning wandering around the Andy Warhol Exhibition at Te Papa. It was pretty cool to see his iconic works in person! You could do video art like he did of yourself. It's pretty hard staring into a camera for 4 minutes! You can see mine here.

We then went to Sweet Mother's Kitchen, a well known Wellington New Orleans-style creole food eatery. I ate my fish tacos so quickly that I forgot to photograph them! The curly fries vanished pretty quickly also. But you can see my dad's seafood chowder and Lindsay's salad. Also featuring my empty plate. Even though we were stuffed, we opted for pies for desert! Sweet Mother's does amazing American style pies - we ordered a chocolate hazelnut pie, a peanut butter pie and a pecan pie. So good! 

After lunch, we went to see Phantom of the Opera in the gods. I hadn't seen the musical live before (just the movie) while the last time my parents had seen it was in Melbourne in 1991 with Rob Guest (who I then saw as the Wizard in Wicked before he passed away). I absolutely loved Phantom - it was a very good performance! A little disappointed they didn't do the chandelier swing/crash, but I'm guessing logistics went into play there. 

I will have another blog post in a few days showing you the rest of my weekend! Hope you all had a good weekend and weren't trying to get over a cold like I was! xx