Friday, November 29, 2013

Cocktail Wednesday (on Friday) yes I'm a bit slow

For the last few weeks Shay and I have been trying out cocktails that we pinned on Pinterest, just like the meals we tried out earlier in the year. I have a feeling that the cocktail hit each week is going to last longer than the meals did. We are really enjoying trying out "new to us" cocktails and enhancing our booze cupboards! Thea has also joined in with us and is planning the cocktail for next week.

This week it was my pick, and I chose Tiffany's Lemonade, purely because I liked the sound of the name and the colour of the drink.  I'm not a huge fan of lemonade but I thought the alcohol would mask the taste. It didn't.  I think if I was to make it again, I'd maybe try it with club soda instead of lemonade, as I like peach schnapps and blue curaçao, although the colour of blue curaçao looks very similar to toilet cleaner. 

I'd rate this cocktail as a 3 out of 5. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Last week I flew down to Canberra to meet up with my friend J. Dodging thunderstorms as we flew out of Brisbane. I stayed the night in Canberra, then we drove to Sydney for a girls weekend, except that it wasn't a weekend, it was a Thursday, and Friday night!

 This was our view from our hotel.

Of course, we had to have cocktails.   A Pear Martini.

Calamari for lunch.

A snapshot taken at The Rocks.

The weather in Sydney was good most of the time.
A trip to Manly

Frozen yoghurt inhaled. Love this stuff, we first had it in Hawaii last year.

Lunch at Hugo's Manly…fabulous food and fabulous view.
Crab and avocado salad

Pate, quince jelly, cornichons and pickled carrot.
Couldn't miss out on a Margarita for me, and a Cosmo for Julie

The weather was pretty good while we were there, we managed to miss out on the worst of the Sydney weather. We had one storm on the Friday night that was very spectacular. We were able to sit on the chairs in our room and watch the lightning display.  We had been sitting out on the balcony at first but it got a bit wild so scurried inside before we were struck by lightning.

Then I spent a few days in Canberra, not so many photos though as it was cold, and not quite as photogenic as Sydney.

A chai latte to ward off the cold

Parliament House, Canberra (under the flag pole)

I have had an Instagram account since Instagram started, but failed to see the goodness in it, so never bothered with it until I went away earlier this year.  I can not believe I didn't start using it sooner.  This is part of the reason I'm so quiet on this blog, also loading photos is driving me crazy on here, it seems to take forever, and I spend more time trying to fix the photos than I do writing the post. If you'd like to see what I'm doing on a more regular basis, you can find me at
mj_inparadise on Instagram.