Yesterday: Instead of going to a magazine Christmas party (what is this old-age-sick-of-wanky-types-prefer-a-good-meal-with-good-wine-and-good-conversation bullshit?), N and I went to (and stayed at) Five Ways for pizza and wine
. Oh, pizza just as I like it, there are few things better. Thin, with minimal toppings. A la
Italia. Five Ways in Paddington is one of my favourite areas in Sydney. Packed tightly with little eateries, pubs and designer shops (as well as some of the prettiest property), it really does feel like a slice of Europe. Disclaimer: I'm never one for cliches like "a little slice of (insert quaint country)" - in fact, I'm usually repulsed by these kinds of unimaginative comparisons. But last night there was something in the air, or maybe it was my mood, and everyone was out and the weather had a slight coolness and on our way to the magazine party we passed a restaurant called Tapenade
("tapas and clay pot specialties") that oozed charm and Spain and golden hues and drew us in. That, and the creme brulee specials on the blackboard. Tucked away in the courtyard N had the white chocolate and I the dark chocolate and they were served in flat clay pots and were a bit too rich but it was so damn charming. Must go back for a proper meal. Must.
Today: Today is N's birthday and it's the perfect day for a birthday: blue sky, sunny, warm. There are one dozen long stem red roses heading her way because she deserves them. She is a great friend. Tonight we are going with her mum and aunt to the infamous Little Snail
for dinner. It's a Sydney institution and I've never been, so am looking forward to it.
Tomorrow: A cleaning day thanks to my new washing machine (it has funky buttons - I'm excited) and a plant-buying trip on Sunday (need to scrub the balcony, could be interesting). In the evening N and I are going to watch the football/soccer (Sydney FC vs Perth Glory) and with this week's AMAZING result of Australia qualifying for next year's World Cup (!!!) we are hoping for a huge turnout and party atmosphere.
And the day after tomorrow: I have been invited to A's nephew's Christening (what do I buy as a present?!) which should be interesting. His other ex will be there (she's best friends with A's sister, I know, complicated) but I am looking forward to catching up with his sister, mum and grandmother, for whom I might wear my new Guccis. She loves my shoes - what a woman and what taste!