11.46am, Wednesday 30th November, Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney, New South Wales
Morning, folks, and a very sultry morning it is here in Sydney, with a storm definitely brewing. Still, it’s going to be something like 35 degrees C and 95% humidity up in Cairns, so I’ll be breathing warm water in a few hours! But at least we’ll be doing it on the deck at Yorkey’s Knob Motor Boat club – great view of the ocean, and whatever is in the glass will be frosty cold!
All went well at The Manly Pavilion last night with our dinner event, and when I get back to the winery, I’ll put up some stories in detail – I have a backlog! – but want to include photos. Currently I can’t do that as I have to confess that I smashed my iPad to smithereens last trip when the cover slid back and I dropped the complete unit face down on the street! Yep – don’t believe them when they say that glass is virtually bulletproof – not so!
So getting back to The Manly Pavilion, it won Best New Restaurant for 2010, and I can see why. Location, food, the way the whole thing runs like an elegant ” no pretensiousness in sight” machine – and back to the food. The chef is ex Astral (the glass room on top of The Star City casino), and what he does with shredded celeriac, beetroot and rhubarbis pretty jolly special. I promise a proper review over the weekend.
And I can add a new limited language skill to the CV – Mandarin.
OK – “nee how ma?” is “how are you, and I am interested in how you are”. If you just want to more or less say g’day very casually, it’s just the “nee how”. Then ‘red wine’ – good term to have when Signature is a feature wine – is “ho tchow” Which probably needs phonetic spelling really to get that right. And for the last word of the evening, a nice goodbye is “syayy syayy”. You always get to learn new stuff every day in this job.
So now it’s off to Far North Queensland and tonight’s big Festive Season Opener at Yorkey’s Knob with the boys – the mighty Rash, Benny and Damien – our men in FNQ. And I think I’m ready. I have lots of new stories from the last trip to Ireland, England and Scotland – and we should be in for a seafood treat.
Talk to you later, when it’s from the steamy tropics!