Saturday, April 7, 2012

The week of decadence...

Due to Easter, Passover and a wedding we are starting April with 4 days off from work. The holiday week of decadence began with our first trip up to the Hunter Valley, wine country about 2 hours north of Sydney, for the wedding of our friends Alex and Esther.

With a temperature that stayed in the high 70’s, we arrived Wednesday and went straight to Tempus Two Cellar Door for a quick bite to eat and some wine tastings. The food was good as was the wine. It was a very modern cellar door and the lady who served us told us stories about the original owner who was a lesbian and bad business woman and so has decided to stick to just wine making.

At 4 O’clock we head off to Woolshed Estates where the wedding was being held. We ate, we drank, we danced, we painted and we all celebrating together under the stars on this special occasion. It was a beautiful wedding, very intimate with rolling hills and vineyards as our backdrop. Plus, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Next day began with group breakfast back at The Woolshed. Biggest take-away was.. Nutella is good but its a lot like eating cake for breakfast. Goodbyes were said and we headed off to Bimbadgen Cellar Door for some good wine and tips from the viticulturist. Later we met up with some friends, Jacinta and Lincoln, for a very long lunch and wine at The Muse Kitchen at the Keith Tulloch Cellar Door. It's really great food in the perfect setting; in fact it was so perfect we ended up closing it down around 5pm. After parting ways, Adam and I headed to Amanda's On The Edge for a delicious dinner that wasn't too expensive. I would recommend it if you are headed in that direction.

After another night in the Hunter Valley we headed back to Sydney around 11am. We ended the evening having dinner at Jamie Oliver’s  new restaurant in Sydney with a group of friends. It was good but I have had better Italian. The best part of the night was the view from Orbitz, a highrise spinning bar that gives you a 360 degree view of the entire CBD.

With still 2 more days off from work, we have a Passover Seder, a mini road trip and some more relaxing to do. Overall, a very good break.

Happy Holidays!

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