It is acceptable to get pissed with your boyfriend… in Australia.
Friday, started off like any normal day… actually it wasn’t normal at all. I got all my work done from Monday to Thursday so I took Friday off. Although I didn’t really take it off because I ended up doing work anyway. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.
Ben did get home from work early, so that’s when I gave it a rest and dragged him outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.
We made Moscow Mule after Moscow Mule until almost the entire bottle of Grey Goose had been consumed. We were pissed. No, not at each other, pissed in Australia means drunk!
Our roommate offered to drive us to the grocery store to get dinner (it was only 7pm)…
So what do drunk two drunk adults get from the grocery store?
Two pizzas, garlic bread, steaks, a whole pineapple, and four kilos of bananas!!
We got home, and I had fallen asleep before the pizza ever made it in the oven. Happy Halloween to us!
“People don’t eat those things here, they have never tried.”
Saturday morning we woke up and debated for a bit if we should go see a movie at the Regal Cinema, or head to a farmers market that we had never been to before. The answer.. both!
We spent about an hour shopping around The Olive Tree Market, looking at different stalls, and discussing things that we would love to get for ourselves, and for our friends and family for Christmas.
What we ended up getting was breakfast and a bottle of cold brew coffee concentrate, which will be perfect for coffee smoothies now that the weather is heating up.
This muffin was honestly the best gluten free muffin I have ever tasted!! Banana, pineapple, cinnamon, and toasted coconut.. and the pineapple wasn’t chopped up, but instead had giant chunks baked right inside. Delicious!
Following the markets we drove to The Regal Cinema to see The Hundred Foot Journey. If you recall Ben and I had a very foodie weekend a few weeks ago when we watched Chef and The Lunchbox, and now we were able to finish off the food movie trio.
When we walked into The Regal Cinema Jo and George (theatre owners) had a gorgeous lunch set up of mini sandwiches, scones and jam, puff pastry, chocolate cake, coffee and tea. Jo walked around before the movies passing out mini meat pies as well – I just love this theatre.
Prior to the movie, George and his dog Frankie introduced the movie to us, chatted about the cast, and the town where the movie is set. George and Jo really make us feel like we are entering their home and they are sharing with us their favorite movies every time we see a film here. It’s a very personal experience and one you can’t get anywhere else.
The line that resonated with me the most from Hundred Foot Journey was when they were contemplating opening the restaurant and discussed that French don’t eat Indian dishes or curries. For me, prior to moving to Australia I had never tried Curry. Asian and Indian cultures have a big influence on Australian cuisine unlike in Florida where our foods have a very strong Spanish influence. I told Ben I didn’t eat those things, but in reality I had never tried. Now that I have I am hooked, and make curry at least once a week. I even snuck a bit of Ben’s curry dinner Sunday night.
Ben and I both thought that The Hundred Foot Journey was great; although I had trouble comparing it to the other two food movies as I felt that it was a complete story, unlike The Lunchbox.. but The Lunchbox had the best storyline, and Chef had the best looking food – hands down. I wanted to eat the screen. Watch them all, and see for yourself.
Photo via Hunter Hunter, it’s much darker at night and I wasn’t able to get a good shot despite my best efforts.
That night we went to Longworth House for tapas and cocktails. Longworth House is my new favorite spot in Newcastle. Set in a gorgeous building from the late 1800’s you feel as though you are sitting in someone’s house from the time period as all furniture, artwork, and marble fireplaces are period pieces. The food and drink were so yummy, and affordable. I can see it becoming our local spot.
“Why do girls dress like sluts on Halloween?”
Sunday can be summed up like this…
My Neck, My Back, My Netflix, and My Snacks.
I spent all morning in bed catching up on Pretty Little Liars (guilty pleasure) while Ben did his boy thing aka played video games. I mean all day, that’s what we did… and ate that second pizza from Friday night.
A little later in the day we hung out together, cause we do that sometimes, and discussed the movie had seen the day before, and contemplated becoming movie critics. After throwing that idea out the window, Ben decided our food eating talents would be best utilized as food critics by trying new restaurants in the city an documenting them on the blog. Now that’s an idea I can get behind.
After schooling him a little bit on the food photography class I took with Diane Cu and Todd Porter on Creative Live, I think he might be on board with helping me do a bit more on the website, especially when it comes to food, which is an area I have been sorely lacking in lately.
While deciding what to eat for dinner we flipped through instagram and Ben asked “why do girls dress like sluts on Halloween?”
“Well Ben,” I said, “I think that girls dress like that because it’s the one night of the year they can dress that way and no one will judge them.” He wasn’t totally convinced with me answer – he always thought that Halloween meant for scary not skanky, so we consulted google. The general consensus from google was that I was correct, and to watch Mean Girls… and that’s exactly what we did!
We rented Mean Girls, ate dinner, and enjoyed the end of the weekend.
Ben who had never seen Mean girls said it was okay, (although I saw him smile and laugh during the whole thing so I think he’s fibbing) and he now knows why girls dress like sluts on Halloween.
Street Art in Newcastle
Last week I found out about a huge art showcase going on in Newcastle, where over 25 street artists would be flying in from all over the world and painting the city red… and blue, green, purple, etc. as a part of the “Hit the Bricks” event. This year the street art extended into our suburb of Mayfield, and has really made a beautiful impact on our little neighborhood over the past two days since the event took place.
On Saturday morning we drove past as they were working on the wall at the end of our street.
And on Sunday night we went by again to check out the finished product.
All of the street art reminds me of living in Philadelphia and the Mural Arts program in the city. I think it’s beautiful, and I am excited for Newcastle to become a more artsy city. There are three other murals in our neighborhood we still need to check out and twenty more all over the city.
What did you get up to on the weekend? How was your Halloween? Let me know in the comments below.