This week we’re out and about in the north and east of Sydney, and I’m taking more than from Jim to inform you what’s been taking place. We’re also swapping roles at house also, with me stepping into the kitchen to attempt a new recipe that I believe you will really like also.

I hate karaoke.

I do not get pleasure from singing. I can not carry a tune and do not even sing in the shower or car or truck. In college choir, I would mime. I’m good at lip-synching, but you can not drag me to karaoke.

That is why on this day, it was accurate proof of friendship that I willingly went to karaoke (at 5pm – totally sober!) to celebrate my buddy Sharon’s birthday. She’s a accurate Japanophile and we flipped the usual order to do karaoke early and then get pleasure from a banquet at Toko restaurant in Surry Hills.

The handful of instances she has dragged me to a karaoke bar, I sense impending doom. Not only from the singing, but the rooms really feel like death traps. Generally underground, karaoke bars are a warren of tiny rooms filled with dodge electrical gear and flickering lights.

I’m convinced that we’re a single spark away from dying of smoke inhalation even though we attempt and come across the exit. A bit morbid, perhaps, but just a further cause not to do karaoke.

But then we went to Goros.

Goros is a tiny bar in Surry Hills that is not that tiny. Karaoke rooms are totally free to book, and there’s a mix of spaces to drink and dine also.

And I under no circumstances believed I would say this, but karaoke was enjoyable!

The employees had to come in twice to remind us our session was more than – of course it would be when we had been all singing the Spice Girls. Who knew I could have a great time in a karaoke bar?! Thanks Goros, for altering my thoughts.

For the genuine celebrations, we created our way up to Toko restaurant on Crown Street, and settled in for a banquet.

Dining with a massive group can be a nightmare. Who decides what to order? The awkwardness more than who pays what at the finish! It can be also a great deal.

The banquet menus at Toko are astounding and even although we sat down starving, we couldn’t finish it all. It is a great notion not to rush this meal as you will be exhausted following so numerous courses.

We had been stuffed… and then desserts arrived.

Of course we had to attempt them all – the fondant and the crumble had been my faves. My photographs do no justice to the meals, but the lighting is just suitable for date nights and flattering selfies.

Sydney Harbour

Following a good evening out with Sharon and co in our old neighbourhood (Jim and I lived in Surry Hills for more than 10 years!), it was time for a ladies’ lunch with a further beautiful buddy across the bridge.

If I hadn’t just hopped off the Circular Quay ferry, I could have believed I was in Paris at Bistro Mosman. This French bistro is tucked behind the The Buena pub in Mosman and is fantastic for a date or a extended lunch.

Raising a glass to toast our buddy Steph and I’m reminded how amazing it is to take time out with your close friends. If you haven’t accomplished it lately, it is time to book a table and make it come about.

Thanks to Madeline and Cherie for placing nowadays collectively. I nonetheless need to have to come across out the name of the florist who developed these amazing arrangements. They’re just stunning.

I ordered the greatest steak frites with Cafe de Paris butter, but I nonetheless had meals envy as I looked down this table.

When you come right here, preserve area for desserts right here. This fondant is EPIC. The meringue spheres are Instagram heaven and taste as great as they appear also.

Thanks for bringing us all collectively, Steph! What a beautiful lunch and can not wait to do it all once more quickly.

There’s a strange sight out our window tonight: Sydney has disappeared! An eerie fog is crawling more than the city and a strange glow has replaced the city lights.

Evaluate it to the fireworks we saw from our window the evening before…

I guess it is a sign that summer season is just about more than right here in Sydney. Possibly it is time for us to head to the northern hemisphere to chase the summer season?

Possibly inspired by the colder climate, I’ve decided to find out how to bake.

I saw a recipe for condensed milk cookies on Facebook and I believed, “I can do that!” and prior to I knew it, I was cooking.

Typically it is Jim that is additional inventive in the kitchen, so I shocked us each with these peanut choc-chip cookies. Thoughts you, these are not totally outdoors my realm of baking. One particular of my other favourite recipes is this a single for five-ingredient gluten-totally free peanut butter choc chip cookies. They’re insanely great.

One particular issue I must have checked is the quantity of cookies as this recipe tends to make about 80! I sent a cookie jar complete to a unique client and shared them with our beautiful neighbours also.

I’m consuming a single as I create this now also!

And following all that cooking, dinner appears like also a great deal operate, so I go back to a usual fave: grazing platters and cheese!

We really like a platter and have strategies on how to make the fantastic platter right here.

On this board, the stilton is a standout and I picked up a new cheese to attempt at Woolies – Truckle Bros Dutch cheeses from the UK. They’re not kidding about this chilli version. It is actually hot. It goes good with the fresh bread Jim created nowadays also.

And to see us out, we opened up The Pointer Chardonnay that we purchased at Cupitt’s Winery even though we on the South Coast. This is not only a amazing winery, but also does extraordinary beer and, at the threat of sounding like I have a dairy addiction, the greatest cheese we’ve tasted in ages. We speak a bit additional about Cupitt’s right here.

We hope you have a scrumptious week ahead, and try to remember that if you do not really feel like cooking, cheese and wine can be dinner.

Appreciate – Christina &amp Jim xx