Home, Pyrmont

I’ve moved around a lot since I left home in Darwin at the ripe age of 18. I’ve lived in university campuses, slept on friend’s couches and floors, and have had my fair share of numerous apartments – all shapes and sizes. But the one move that was the best out of the lot was moving to Pyrmont with my husband. Pyrmont is one of those suburbs that I never thought I’d live in. I remember telling myself before, when I earn enough money I will move closer to the city. I’ve always been a high achiever of sorts – it’s my best and worst trait I suppose. I’ve had to consciously teach myself to be content in what I have, and I must say, I’ve seen a change (and an improvement!) in my own growth and maturity. If you ask me 2 years ago what I value most, I would probably say career, financial stability, and professional development; now, it would be God, marriage and a work-life balance. See? Growth and maturity.

Pyrmont has the best of both worlds: village and urban life. It’s pretty much a stone’s throw from the city, with beautiful water views, parks just right outside our doorstep, and that lovely village-y community that reminds me of New York. But, this is my beautiful city of Sydney, and this is my home in Pyrmont. After moving here, Mr J and I became instant locals and Pyrmont Local Growers Markets regulars. One weekend, I took my camera out for a spin at the monthly markets, and just started snapping away of my beautiful backyard. I hope you fall in love with my beautiful suburb, as much as I have. ­čÖé

Pyrmont Local Growers Markets runs every first Saturday of the month (except January)
Pyrmont Bay Park
Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont

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White Taro, Surry Hills

Viet skewer chicken with green papaya and herbs in a black brioche bun with chips.

A few months have passed since my last post because you know, life happens. Christmas, family from overseas were over, a few mini holidays, the occasional bump on the road, and good ol’ work work work. All powered by caffeine, whisky and carbs, of course.

It’s probably fitting to come back with a blog post about our brunch today with some girlfriends of mine. Oh you know, the type of friendship where you don’t see each other often, but when you do there’s a mutual respect and understanding that things have been busy, I haven’t forgotten you or neglected our friendship, I appreciate the love and commitment, and let’s see each other again in 6 weeks’ time. Because that’s the kind of mature friendships that in this age, I cherish more and endeavour to invest my love, time and effort. All my girl friendships are a fruit of love, commitment and most especially, investment. The plastics and mean girls have no place in my life – this is the real, raw stuff and I love each and every one of them.

Back to brunch.

White Taro is a lovely little nook in one of my favourite Sydney suburb, Surry Hills, where parking is easy to find, the coffee is amazing, and the food is exciting. One look at the mango, papaya and prawn salad and you know it’s the perfect summer meal to have with friends.

Green papaya, mango, herbs, and prawn salad
Crispy skin salmon in a black brioche bun
Chook in a broth – grilled chicken in a spiced broth with mushrooms and egg
Waffles with salted caramel bacon, egg and oat ginger crumbs

White Taro
67 Albion Street
Surry Hills Nsw 2010
Open Tuesday – Sunday 8am – 4pm


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Los Vida at The Canteen, Barangaroo

Mexico is one country I would love to visit in this lifetime. Because I mean, who doesn’t? The food, music, festivals, and the people are all so lively and colourful, it would be a beautiful sensation overload and one trip that I know will go down the books.

In the meantime, I was privileged to be invited to Los Vida’s newly opened branch at The Canteen, Barangaroo precinct. Oh you know, just those three towers rising from the construction site off Kent St in the city. The┬ásite where a promise of glitz and glamour looms in near future, where apparently we shall find (in the next few years) ‘the greenest global residential, shopping and business centre in the world’. It was a lovely walk from my office to the middle tower, where the food court aptly named ‘The Canteen’ can be found brimming with take away food counters (and hungry office and construction people alike). I genuinely loved the buzz of lunchtime people walking around, thinking of what to eat, and the shops eagerly preparing for the massive hungry exodus.

We were greeted by Ulysees from Los Vida at the extremely busy Los Vida counter, and we pretty much just let him decide what our Mexican fiesta lunch would be. He excitedly gave us a quick whiz around the exciting menu and the unfamiliar Mexican fare that, after sampling them, pretty much changed my views of Mexican food. I initially had ideas of nachos and tacos of the Tex-Mex kind: covered in cheese, sour cream, avocado, salsa and jalapenos. What Los Vida offered was more of a refreshing, light, and extremely tasty Mexican affair. I was worried that I would trot back to the office feeling sluggish, heavy and sleepy, but I lasted the rest of the afternoon feeling full but content, as the whole meal packed a lot of flavour, and yet satisfyingly light and tasty.

Thanks to Los Vida for the invitation, and the colourful Mexican workweek lunch! Trish and Mr J dined as a guest of Los Vida at The Canteen, Barangaroo.

Tuna and scallops ceviche
Tequenos – South American cheese sticks with chipotle mayo
Gorditas – corn dough filled with beef picadillo and serve with green sauce
Jarritos soft drinks – more sugar than the normal Coca Cola! Definitely reminds me of the softdrinks from the Philippines in flavour and sugar content!
Tacos – chipotle beef, guajillo lamb and beer batter barramundi. Extra credit for the fried jalapenos and the chipotle mayo, because these soft tacos were AMAZING!
Chilaquiles – corn nacho chips in the adobo spicy beans and mushroom topping, topped with guacamole, cheese, sour cream, salsa verde, and queso fresco. Served with three types of chilli sauces (that chipotle sauce is a winner through and through, but the habanero also packed a mean punch!).

Los Vida, Barangaroo
Tower 2, The CanteenBarangaroo South, Hickson Rd
Open Monday – Friday from 11am – 3pm

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