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Oprah comes to town

Boarding passes ready for the Oprah show! The Oprah Press Conference at the "Oprah" House

 

Oprah at the Opera House

The stage is set for...Oprah at the Opera House

 

Here’s a few snaps from Tuesday December 14, the day Opera came to the Sydney Opera House. Shame  I can’ t align properly!

It was sunny, the rain stayed away, everyone wore brightly coloured clothing and had a jolly good time. And got either a pearl or diamond necklace.  And no, I was at the first show and did not get to see Hugh Jackman’s spectacular entrance!

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I can see a rainbow

I can see a rainbow

 
While backing up an SD card from last year I stumbled across this photo taken in July, the middle of winter in Australia.
 
It was actually a double rainbow but this is the only one I had of the whole rainbow.
 
I love rainbows. Not unicorns, though 🙂
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunset, Perth, Summer 2010

Sunset, Perth, Summer 2010

 
I also came across this photo taken as the sun set over the Indian Ocean on West Coast Drive, around North Beach. I’ve often tried to capture the sun setting on my iPhone while a passenger, usually with little success.
 
This time I actually pulled over and took the time to take some photos on my camera and enjoy the view.
 
It was a moment for quiet contemplation; my family had left for Tasmania for a week, my dog had just been dropped at my sister’s and I was , having only just recovered from bronchitis bordering on pneumonia, getting ready to head to Sydney to see Oprah.
 
My photographic skills are average, my eye for a photo and composition is ok and my camera is probably below average but I never leave home without it.

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According to an email I received from WordPress at the end of 2010, my blog is doing really well based on traffic/stats. That’s pretty amazing since it hasn’t been updated in about five months.

So whoever has been visiting (Twitter followers?) I thank you.

If I did an audit on the number of blog posts and tweets about food versus television or entertainment I think food might win.

On that note, I’d like to post a photo of a macaron from the famed Adriano Zumbo –  “Patissier of Pain” as he came to be known on MasterChef Australia.

macaron from Zumbo, Rozelle, Sydney

Salted caramel macaron from Zumbo, Sydney

The Rozelle cafe outlet is much smaller than I imagined. It sells a selection of hot pies and sausage rolls, the ubiquitous macarons, tarts and assorted pastries like croissants. There are perhaps eight to 10 stools to perch at while having a nibble and a coffee. As a bonus, there are windows into the commercial kitchen where the macarons are being made. And yes, Adriano was at work the day we visited.

There were perhaps a dozen flavours on offer the afternoon of our visit including peach tea, apricot and rosemary, raspberry licorice, banana but alas no chocolate. Actually the macaron pictured may have been salted butter caramel.

I’m looking forward to the documentary series Zumbo coming to SBS next month where Adriano sets out to create 60 flavours.

Zumbo macarons

Zumbo macarons, a little worse for wear after flying Sydney to Perth!

I also hope to return in search of a chocolate or hazelnut macaron to benchmark it against my favourites in Perth from Choux, Rochelle Adonis, Jean Pierre Sancho and Globe.

The best bit about the Zumbo macarons is they are only $2 each – in Perth most are anywhere from $2.30 to $2.80 and I’ve even heard reports of $3.50 a pop!

It was a relief to finally try the real deal, having grabbed a macaron from a Sydney cake shop in October that was oversized, too sweet and ended up in the bin. Ditto the one I picked up on the run at a Sydney wine bar/cafe last month, which was more like a meringue.

Last but not least, here’s a hazelnut macaron with banana icecream from the dessert menu at Rockpool Bar & Grill. No, I didn’t order it.

Hazelnut macaron wiht banana ice cream filling

Hazelnut macaron with banana ice cream centre from Rockpool Bar and Grill

What did I order you might ask.

Well, there are two things I Tweet about a lot.

Macarons

and

Donuts.

Voila:

Donuts for dessert

Dessert donuts at Rockpool Bar and Grill, Sydney

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