A Brisbane check out, a paella lesson and a Harbourside Story


Following final week’s trip to Melbourne, Christina is back on the road on a different hair odyssey with Samsung and Optus – this time in Brisbane. 

Not only was the launch of the new Galaxy 10 in Queensland a results, Christina’s also brought house some good recommendations on exactly where to consume and exactly where to keep in Brisbane.

We’ve also got some exciting news on the Sydney Fish Market’s new place from Basic Manager Bryan Skepper, some hot recommendations on how to make a regular seafood paella and a new harbourside show that is not to be missed.

Hope you appreciate this Weekly Edition.

Cheers – Jim &amp Christina xx

My hair tour of the east coast is just about more than and I have had a fabulous time in Brisbane.

Brisvegas adjustments so significantly that I hardly recognise it every single time I go back. There’s generally so significantly to discover and never ever sufficient time.

Hilton Hotel Brisbane

This check out I’m staying at the Hilton Brisbane, which is positioned appropriate above Queen Street Mall. I picture when it was constructed, the Hilton would have been astounding. Although the rooms are just fine now, what definitely got me this time was the service.

The employees from concierge and the front desk couldn’t have been far more useful and friendly and definitely produced my keep.

View from Hilton Hotel Brisbane

I do not have a lot of cost-free time up right here in Brisbane, but I have managed to attempt some new locations to consume, which I definitely advise you attempt when you are subsequent in Brisbane – or if you are fortunate sufficient to reside right here of course!

Exactly where to consume in Brisbane

Long Time Restaurant, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Extended Time does not take bookings so we do not threat it and arrive early and handle to nab the final table for two.

I am going to with my buddy Stacey, who’s moved from Sydney to Brisbane and is missing some very good Thai meals. I didn’t definitely assume about it, but – as a broad brushstroke – Sydney definitely does have some of the greatest Thai meals in Australia.

We have been speaking to a buddy from Melbourne, who described how Sydney’s Thai meals is far better than in Victoria. It is uncommon for Sydney to score a compliment when a Melburnian’s comparing their hometown, so there have to be a thing in that.

Anyway, Extended Time does a quite very good job at allaying Stacey’s Thai meals requires, so maybe Sydney’s benefit is below threat!

Long Time Restaurant, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Long Time Restaurant, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Sadly I do not have Jim with me to create a right critique. But if you are going to head there, I very advise you order the brief rib. and the eggplant green curry is outstanding – such a wealthy, smoky flavour.

But almost everything we have is scrumptious so I doubt you can make a negative selection on this this menu.

When searching for cool new locations to consume in Brisbane, I generally turn to my very good buddy Nikki Parkinson of Styling You.

Donna Chang is a modern day Chinese restaurant situated in the most stunning constructing on iconic George Street. Complete of pastel pink tones (to match my hair) and with a handful of Seinfeld jokes thrown in also.

Donna Chang Restaurant, George Street, Brisbane

Donna Chang Restaurant, George Street, Brisbane

Donna Chang Restaurant, George Street, Brisbane

Donna Chang Restaurant, George Street, Brisbane

The service is impeccable, the cocktail list is intriguing and I am nonetheless considering about that scrumptious spanner crab fried rice.

Remain for dessert and you will enjoy the Seinfeld themed fortune cookies – as you’d count on from a spot referred to as Donna Chang’s!

Brisbane’s Hair Romance

My styling sessions up in Brisbane are going so nicely and I have had some of the loveliest girls in my chair.

Hilton Hotel Brisbane

It tends to make my year when my beautiful nieces come to check out also. They’re each taller than me now, which sort of tends to make me a bit sad, but they are so stunning I’ll get more than it. It is beautiful to catch up with them even if only briefly.

My stunning sister-in-law has also came to appear immediately after me and take me out for dinner and we have such a laugh. We go way back, and it is so very good to catch up and reminisce.

And immediately after a crazy busy weekend, I have to give a massive shout out to Dyan Copeman. Dyan is an absolute star, so if you are searching for a hair and make-up artist in Brisbane, absolutely attain out to her.

As I leave to head back to the airport, the heavens open more than Brisbane and I wonder if my flight going to be cancelled. But I arrive back in Sydney just in time to make a Paella cooking class with Jim.

Back in Sydney – at the Sydney Fish Market…

Sydney Fish Market

Christina’s back from Brisbane just in time for us to get the hot news:

With a delegation of fellow members of the ASTW, we’re upstairs at the Fish Marketplace to understand about the maybe greatest improvement right here considering the fact that it was established in 1945. Basic Manager Bryan Skepper meets us to inform us all about it:

The markets will be moving from their existing position about the bay to a larger and fully modern day place.

In reality the constructing, which from the appear of the architects’ plans appears far more like an airport terminal than a fish industry, hasn’t been constructed however. Improvement has began even though, and has been in course of action considering the fact that July 2014.

Bryan has higher hopes for the architects – Danish firm 3XM. As Bryan says: “Danes delivered on the Sydney Opera Property and we have good expectations that they will once again.”

View the architect’s style drawings right here.

The ground floor, which will nonetheless act as a port for industrial fishing vessels, will be the wholesale trading zone and have glass-clad bidding area. The 1st floor will be house to the retail and restaurants, but there’ll also be locations exactly where you can appear straight into the operating machinery of the fish industry.

The aim is for a “community marketplace constructed on a wholesale industry, keeping the authenticity of a operating fish industry,” Bryan explains.

Certainly, it is getting billed as far more than just a fish industry. The new constructing and its 3000 sqm of outside public space will be an “urban connector”. It’ll definitely enable far more space for the three-million+ guests a year – the very same quantity of all vacationers going to Western Australia!

Even in its existing premises, the Sydney Fish Marketplace is in reality the second most visited spot in the nation immediately after the Sydney Opera Property and receives twice as lots of persons annually than the Excellent Barrier Reef.

Sydney Seafood School at the Fish Market - paella lesson

Following the briefing, we’re ushered into the Sydney Seafood College right for a cooking demonstration by the beautiful Fiona. She’s displaying us how to make regular seafood paella with blue swimmer crab, squid, mussels, vongole and prawns.

And we have to spend consideration, due to the fact we’ve got to go away immediately after this and make our personal!

Sydney Seafood College is such an astounding resource a lot of locals almost certainly do not know about. It is incredibly nicely-run and has so lots of classes to take. Verify out the SSS web page to see all the cooking classes you can do.

Sydney Seafood School at the Fish Market - paella lesson

Following our demo, we move into the kitchen and group up, prepared to chop crab, muscle mussels and attain ‘socarrat’ – the very-prized crispiness at the bottom of a paella.

Sydney Seafood School at the Fish Market - paella lesson

Christina is on squid duty. It is not as simple as she’s creating it appear!

Sydney Seafood School paella class Fish Market

I’m on stirring duty, which is as tough as I’m creating it appear. In reality, the challenge is actual right here. Stirring the pot – my favourite previous time – is what stops the socarrat from forming. I repeat my new mantra ‘I have to not stir. I have to not stir.’

Sydney Seafood School at the Fish Market - paella lesson

Group Paella in force! Left to appropriate, Francesca Baldi from TravMedia, Keren Lavelle, me, Christina and Tracey Croke. Our paella is going nicely and is just about prepared. Which is just as nicely – we’re hungry!

Sydney Seafood School at the Fish Market - paella lesson

Not a negative job – the best two of are our teacher Fiona’s masterpiece. The bottom two shots are of our paella. The reality that Fiona did hers in about half the time, fully on her personal and teaching all of us at the very same time shows you just how very good she is.

Nonetheless, now we’ve had a crack, the subsequent paella will be just as spectacular. In reality, watch this space for the recipe we’ll be sharing extremely quickly.

Sydney Seafood School at the Fish Market - paella lesson

Lastly! Lunchtime. From the kitchen, we take our creation round to the dining area to feast on our efforts. And the Grenache rosé from Dandelion Vineyards in the Barossa is the fantastic drop.

Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens and the city in the background

This evening, Christina and I are creating our way by way of the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens on Sydney Harbour to see a extremely specific show.

In the extremely spot that the Open Air Cinema was displaying films a week ago, the stage is now set for Opera Australia’s most current venture.

Far from Madame Butterfly or Nessun Dorma, Opera Australia‘s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour are performing a rendition of West Side Story!

Westside Story on Sydney Harbour - Handa Opera

The setup about the stage and arena is astounding. There are numerous bars and 4 various meals outlets, such as an oyster and champagne cart. Enjoy this quiet garden spot persons can sit and appreciate a drink prior to the show.

Westside Story on Sydney Harbour - Handa Opera

And higher above the stage, searching out more than the harbour is a different bar. We cease in for a glass of bubbles – and a photo of course!

Westside Story on Sydney Harbour - Handa Opera

Although we appreciate our champagne, the performers warm up and mingle prior to the show. The stage is not only elevated above the water, it is at an angle so the audience can see almost everything that is going on. It is an astounding set.

Beneath the stage, the orchestra gets prepared for a tough musical to share with operatic style.

Westside Story on Sydney Harbour - Handa Opera

As the sun goes down, punters take their seats. From our spot, we’ve got the fantastic view out more than the harbour and – far more importantly – onto the stage.

It is an astounding functionality with all the favourite songs from the show and the film. We’ll have far more information and facts about the show later this week.

West Side Story by Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is on till 21st April 2019. Make certain you get your tickets quickly even though – this will absolutely sell out.

Westside Story on Sydney Harbour - Handa Opera

It is been a good week – yes, all this in just a single week – and we’ve got a feeling there’s far more very good stuff nonetheless to come!

Cheers to that – Jim &amp Christina xx


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