Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sydney Winter Festival



The Sydney Winter Festival was in full swing and there was lots of fun to be had.
Cut my skates on the ice rink under the imposing St Mary's cathedral and then
warmed up with a Max Brenner hot chocolate. Didn't quite take to Liesl's Ski Hut
(too much Oompa pa and meaty schnitzel).

The event was to support the Ted Noff's Foundation . Click the link to make a donation and feel extra warm and cozy inside.

Genie├čen Sie!



Friday, June 25, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Food Glorious Food

I love food. I love to cook and I love to eat out. I tend to eat at higher end restaurants when I go out as I don't like to order food I can easily cook at home. Below is a short list of my current favourites and what I love to eat there.

1. La Brasserie - A fantastic French brasserie at Darlinghurst. Wonderful atmosphere, great food, great wine, great people. The food is always superb and excellent value. I love the twice baked gruyere souffle. Avg mains $35

2. Tastevin- My second favorite French in Sydney. Good value and nice atmosphere. Food takes a little longer here but it's worth the wait. The fresh cooked bread and gnocchi a la parisienne are my constants. Avg mains $30

3. Blue Eye Dragon- Fine dining Taiwanese in Pyrmont. Always busy and lively, the atmosphere is sophisticated but can get loud on weekends. I dream about the calamari rolls with salted duck egg and Jade's Bloody Plum Prawns. Avg mains $30

4. Harbour Kitchen Bar- This is the best quality and value weekday lunch around. Situated in a beautiful location at The Rocks Park Hyatt midweek for $39 you can enjoy valet parking, one course and a lovely glass of wine. $59 will get you two courses and $69 three courses. The service is faultless. I love the lightly grilled tuna for entree and murray cod for main.

Bon Appetit!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Self Machine



"I'm not a human if you say I'm not.
I'm not a human if my engines lock.
And this motor that you call my heart,
Is another machine that will stop."

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Creepy

- Dolls with teeth
- Clowns
- The lights going out when you're in the shower
- Empty subway tunnels
- Being the only car left in a dark parking lot
- Huntsman spiders crawling into the car through the aircon vent
- Melanie Griffith's lips

Friday, June 18, 2010

Very superstitious...

While recently working on a story about superstitions it occurred to me just how many of them I actually obey. Not on purpose mind you but they have been so ingrained into my psyche that I just accept them as 'rules you do not break'. For instance I never open an umbrella inside. It's bad luck. I never walk under a ladder. Also bad luck. I would never intentionally break a mirror. That's seven whole years bad luck. If I spill salt I toss it over my shoulder. If a black cat crosses my path I slightly alter my direction. I'm not sure but I have a feeling I avoid walking on cracks because that wouldn't be fair on my mum. I never buy white lilies for a patient in hospital and I never take a photo of a sick person. It's amazing how many of these little rituals I follow when I really start to think about it. Do I really believe I can prevent bad luck by avoiding these seemingly minor acts? What is 'bad luck' anyway? Is it really possible to affect fate in such a way? While it's hard to comprehend that opening an umbrella indoors will really cause bad luck I still won't do it. It's almost impossible to find the logic or truth in any of these superstitions and yet I guess I still more or less believe them. Afterall who would want to cause themselves bad luck anyway? Following these superstitions seems like a small price to pay considering the alternative.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Ocean Doesn't Want Me Today

The ocean doesn't want me today
But I'll be back tomorrow to play
And the strangels will take me, down deep in their brine
The mischievous braingels, down into the endless blue wine
I'll open my head and let out all of my time
I'd love to go drowning
And to stay and to stay

But the ocean doesn't want me today

I'll go in up to here
It can't possibly hurt
All they will find is my beer and my shirt
A rip tide is raging and the life guard is away

But the ocean doesn't want me today.

© TOM WAITS

Smoke and Mirrors

Humming radiation breathes
Dead, stale life through the
Looming cement atrocities,
Housing the tired dull zombies.
They scurry like ants
Fondle the wallet in their pants and
Hollowly fulfill their "dreams".

© JULIETTE GILLIES

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I Blame Coco

Coco is in the process of releasing the soundtrack to my life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9LAEf-EGdQ

She's an absolute star. Complete rare, raw talent.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Nauseate

Feels like I'm dying again today.

My throat strangled by the lies
I yell at myself in the mirror,
You placed on the ceiling.

Setting light to my tears
I can't feel the flame,
Just the burning inside.

I'm just a hollow shell
Stumbling over my bed and
Falling hard onto yours

Your sweet words so timed
Your caresses so calculated
All bent over and swollen and the gag.

Can't believe you'd treat me this way
I need another pack of cigarettes
And a bottle of pills to empty

If you cared enough to spit on me
At least I could get some water.

© JULIETTE GILLIES

The Call of the Wild