Monday, December 21, 2009
We went to the Robert De Niro Restaurant at the Crown Casino the other evening, and I am afraid to say , for me, it was an underwelming experience.
It serves contempory Japanese food which I must say lives up to the reputation Chef Nobu Matshisa has created...deliciously exotic.
The Food, yes the food was great, however at the risk of sounding whiney, I do not particularly enjoy "a share the plate" sort of degustation menu where you only get one slice of albeit the most beautifully delicate flavoured raw tuna you could ever imagine. You can order a personal meal but we went with the waiter's suggestion of 6 courses and a dessert.
Below: Outside Nobu from the walk along the Yarra River.
Below: Inside the restaurant. The restaurant is in the basement and therefore has a very low ceiling...could I imagine Robert de Niro walking amongst the tables smiling at the customers....No.
and the noise, I know, I know I've been in noisy restaurants before and can shout comments to my fellow diners with the best of them.....but this took noise to a whole other level. The wall of hanging river stones was intriguing.
Below: The tables do not have a table cloth and while I am sure the wood is a wonderful and rare Japanese Fir, still it is a polymer finished surface on which the food is served. This decor has met with approval in 20 or so restaurants worldwide, so I guess it is just a quirk of mine that I like a crisp white table cloth.
Below: Raw Salmon.
See Post below for more dishes.
Below: Sliced Wagyu beef with a Wasabi sauce. Magnificent.
Below: One member of our party, darling B. is 7 months pregnant and so the faultless service provided that when the main meal was a raw fish meal, she was given her own serving of a cooked fish version of the dish.
Below: Blacken Cod, the most delicious fish I have ever had.
Below: Dessert for Four. Chocolate filled buns, green tea ice cream and chocolate puddings.
Next door is this restaurant which caught my eye. I could see beautiful white table clothes and the ambiance was perhaps more to my liking. I would like to visit Bistro Guillaume below.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I would have liked to have photographed the whole delicious meal that followed but I was too busy chatting to my darling friend T. who was in Melbourne visiting from L.A.
Managed to photograph the dessert though...no I didn't have any...too much cream for me at the moment.
Below: Ian' s speciality ...Beef curry, beans, rice, yoghurt and papadoms
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I first found this shop in the early 1980's after returning to Australia having been living in Spain for 18 months. There was a sort of longing, a homesickness for all things Spanish so where better than the Hispanic end of Johnston Street.
This fabulous shop sure tugs at the old Spanish heart strings.....paella pans, genuine tasting chorizo, cheeses, olives, prized Spanish Jamon, olive oils, paprika and of course Polvorones. Polvorones are rich, crumbly almond cakes/biscuits that are especially popular in Spain around Christmas time....these explode into airy deliciousousness in your mouth.
Oh and I nearly forgot they sell those oil soaked little fish that are a perfect tapas.....and Portugese custard tarts and Spanish pasties and pies... Oh stop it!!!
Below... Paella pans, lots of ceramics
Really the main reason I go there is for the genuine Spanish tasting Chorizo.....once tasted never forgotten. ....and of course the Jamon.
Monday, November 23, 2009
The below baked snapper turned out a little dry but the fishcakes I made from the coral trout were OK. ( but no photos )
Below Coral Trout showing the amazing colours
Monday, November 16, 2009
We were lucky enough to be able to stay there a few nights at the end and got to say a proper goodbye to the house and surroundings. Luckily, we even managed to bid Ma Poss farewell with a tasty pear to remember us by.
As I cleaned and gardened for the last time I was, as I thought, matter of fact and even quite cold hearted about leaving this land we loved. Right up until the very end that is, when the flood gates opened.
We will remember the wonderful times we have had here. I feel very privileged that a city girl such as I am, who has lived in many parts of the world, finally was able to have even this small experience of the culture of the Australian bush.
This blog TreeChangeCallignee will evolve into the next adventure Ian and I get ourselves into, but meanwhile I will continue to post snippets of our foodie interests, gardening pursuits and our life back in Melbourne.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Lamb Steak with Couscous (below)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I don't know why. It just came to me one day while I was at work sitting at my computer.
Now that the pressure is off about Callignee I was day dreaming (as you do) about the wonderful times we had there and this just poured out.
At first I thought it was just going to be something written down, but then the rhyme and rhythm sort of happened. Year 12 English at school many years ago must have lingered in this brain.
I used to dream of trees and ferns and streams
A small house on a few acres, mainly green in my eyes
Far enough away from trouble and rush
To make friends with birds and native animals
To embrace the wilderness and the bush
It did happen and so beautiful
I was stopped in my tracks and had to sit
Amazed and admiring the stillness and hush
To appreciate the undisturbed tranquility
The gentle muted colours of the bush
I had to let it go in my mind
It is no longer there to marvel in awe at sounds not heard before
The fiery tongues came to crush
To terrify with an urge so strong to flee
To create black of the surrounding bush
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Even that wasn't without it's final upset of a weeks extension to the financial clause in the Contract of Sale, but now, yes it's SOLD.
Did I say a trying year. Yes it's been quite a year.
There are many who perhaps think we should have stayed at Callignee and seen the return of the trees and bush. To have repaired the charred gardens, but for me it would have been torture as I no longer "love it" there....it's barren and cold where once it was green, bright and vibrant.
Just compare the vibracy between these two before and after photos.
The house does not have sloping walls, they are a result of the wide angle lens on my camera
See what I mean
I do realise many people were affected by the bushfires far greater than we were and my heart goes out to them. Their year would have been worse than ours and I do respect that.
Monday, October 5, 2009
It's probably old hat... but I hadn't seen this edible photo printed onto a celebration cake before ...Great Idea.
The meal below we had last week...one of our stir fries but this time with Chinese mushrooms which makes all the difference
Below: Snacks on Grand Final day. Go Cats
Below: Platter at the lunchtime birthday restaurant.
Below: Lunch Al Fresco at Gipsy. Wonderful Food...The soup was divine (forgot to get a photo but I'm going back there on Friday just for the soup again)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
However there are still a few of these beauties around the neighbourhood.
This Japanese Wisteria with the longer racemes is growing on an old garage door and making a good impression.
The below is a relatively young Wisteria (only been there 2-3 years) but it too is making a strong impression along the verandah top. Note: This one is the Chinese Wisteria having the smaller racemes.
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