Canberra, Thank You For A Lovely Weekend…

Last weekend we had a lovely time exploring and researching our soon to be new hometown. Here’s few picks to sum up the joy we found…

I have to admit to forgetting my camera on a couple of occasions so some things weren’t captured on film so to speak…like my perfect manicure at Zaija, beautiful brekkies, a to-die-for dinner at the Artisan, a walk along Lake Burley Griffin after visiting the Old Bus Depot Markets, Manuka cafes, shopping and I’m sure much more that has slipped my mind from what was a non-stop weekend!

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

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Solar Eclipse from behind the Canon 5D

Hello and Happy Sunday everyone,

As promised here are some photos I took of the Solar Eclipse with my Canon 5D.  I used a solar filter for these.  The sky was A-MAZING!  Just click on one of the images to look at it full size and scroll through in a carousel on your screen!

Click here to see what I took with my Fuji x10.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

Solar Eclipse from behind the Fuji x10

Hello and Happy Sunday everyone,

I’ve been going through the photos I took on the morning of the solar eclipse back in November…here’s some from my Fuji x10.  The Canon 5d edition is on it’s way.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

Snapshots of Canberra

A big hello to everyone,  I thought I’d share a few snapshots from my trip to Canberra back in June…enjoy!

Cream cafe for breakfast

Cream Cafe

including the best espresso

espresso form Cream Cafe

The national art gallery

The National Art Gallery

reflections

Exhibition Reflections

afternoon traditional (for Andrew) and chai (for me) hot chocolates

koko black

at koko black

koko black

beautiful sunset skies

Canberra sunset

And lovely trees at night

Manuka Tree

Until we next meet…let yourself be inspired and enriched by all the delights that surround you ♡

Dee xxx

Dine And Wine at Harrisons Port Douglas

13 years of marriage warrants a pretty special night out don’t you think?…and we certainly weren’t disappointed with our choice of restaurant.  The service and the food were superb, not to mention the atmosphere.  I’m even willing to go out on a limb and say it was the best meal I’ve had in a Port Douglas.

The night kicked off with a glass of bubbly on a comfy lounge…is there a better way to begin a celebration?

Then we were taken to our table for two on the front verandah.  Harrisons is an open colonial style house with wide verandahs…perfect for a warm tropical night.

The entire menu was enticing and so hard to decide.

We were treated to an appetiser of sweetcorn and ginger foam with fresh chilli popcorn.  The flavours were perfectly amazing.

sweetcorn and ginger foam

For entree Andrew had an Eclair of truffle mascarpone, mushroom duxelles, celeriac puree, brussel sprout leaves, roast hazelnut & honey vinaigrette…I tasted it, well I had to make sure it was ok didn’t’ I?  It melted in my mouth…lots of oohs an aahs going on!

For main we had the slow roasted lamb for two.  I don’t tend to eat a lot of meat but it just sounded so delicious so I when I suggested it to Andrew we decided to order it. Let me tell you, it was TO DIE FOR!  Slow roasted for 14hrs, served with a spiced pumpkin and feta gratin, cucumber and mint salad and roasting juices.  Is your mouth watering yet?

slow roasted lamb

All of that deliciousness was accompanied by a bottle of Grenache…not a drop left over!

Spinifex Grenache

Oh, and I forgot to take a photo of dessert..but the empty plate gives you an idea of how delectable it was!  Spiced Date Savarin – Pedro Ximenez, crispy date, pistachio crumble served with spiced ice cream.  Again, TO DIE FOR!

spiced date savarin

and Andrew devoured the Knickerbocker Glory – a chocolate sponge, strawberry jelly, chocolate mousse, Chantilly cream and almond brittle.  He assures me it was every bit as tasty as it sounds.

Topped off very nicely with coffee.

espresso & spiced sugarWe left with big satisfied smiles on our faces and plans to return very soon.  If you’ve been to Harrisons you’ll know what I’m talking about, if not then call them now to make a booking.

A big THANK YOU to Paul and David for looking after us and to the wonderful creators of our meals.

Harrisons Restaurant Port DouglasHarrisons Restaurant is located at 22 Wharf St Port Douglas.

Call them on 4099 4011 to make your booking.

Or visit them on facebook.

Until we next meet…let yourself be inspired, enriched and delighted by life’s little pleasures ♡

Dee xxx

Dine And Wine at Zinc Port Douglas

Last week we went to Zinc for dinner.   I’ve always liked the atmosphere there.  They have a great bar and on one side is a casual seating area for coffee or drinks and tapas that we’ve indulged in once before.  The restaurant is on the other side.  And of course there is the famous tropical fish tank that is the wall between and in the male (so I’m told) and female toilets.

Zinc Fish

This was our first dinner visit and my birthday – 21 by 2, but let’s not dwell on that!!!  We started the evening off with a glass (or 2) of Moet with some very dear friends before heading into Port Douglas to enjoy what turned out to be an absolutely beautiful meal in every sense.  The BEST company, great service, excellent food, a divine bottle of red and a sparkler in my dessert!!! followed by coffee and frangelico.  What more could a girl ask for?

Here’s some pics that I captured on the night…let me know what you think in the comments below.

Merlot…

Merlot

Salmon…

Salmon

Apple and rhubarb crumble…

apple and rhubarb crumble

Espresso and Frangelico…

Espresso and Frangelico

Frangelico on ice with lime…

Frangelico

Happy Times ~ Andrew and me…

Happy Times

Zinc Fish on GlassTo find out more about Zinc Restaurant Port Douglas

visit them on facebook

or check out their website

or call them on 4099 6260.

Until next time…let yourself be inspired, enriched and delighted by lifes little pleasures ♡

Dee xxx

Dinner For Two At The Urban Pantry

As some of you know my husband, Andrew, and I had a little break in late June that included some time in Canberra.  I can’t remember the last time I spent more than an hour or two (having coffee or lunch on our way to the snow) in Canberra but this time we stayed for a few days and it was fabulous…nice hotel, sunny days, shopping and LOTS of eating out!  The Urban Pantry was just one of the fabulous restaurants we went to…

The atmosphere here was just superb and the service matched it.  Rob looked after us on the night and he, along with all the staff were happy, friendly and obviously loving their jobs.

And the menu – it was sooooo hard to choose!

I ordered the braised duck pappardelle and Andrew had coq au vin from the specials board…not much talking going on once they arrived at our table!

Funnily enough there was still room for dessert, after we enjoyed finishing our wine and let our tummys rest!  Frangelico affogato for me and traditional dutch apple dumplings for Andrew.  Delish!

Have you been to the Urban Pantry?  It’s a must do if you live in Canberra or next time you’re passing through make sure it’s on your to-do list.

They are opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner…check it all out on their website and facebook page.

Until next time…let yourself be inspired, enriched and delighted by lifes little pleasures ♡

Dee xxx