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My annual catch up with school friends

fullsizeoutput_2a7I left school ‘many’ years ago and for the past fourteen years a few of my school friends and I catch up annually.  This year  with my friends Belinda, Lianne and Michelle we went to Sydney to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the iconic Capitol Theatre.



 It was an extremely funny musical and the costumes were amazing but of course no photos allowed during the show so took one of the stage before the musical started and the classical statues wearing feather boa.fullsizeoutput_284fullsizeoutput_260We laughed pretty much non-stop for two hours after which we popped into a local bar for a cocktail before heading back to our Airbnb.fullsizeoutput_25fWe decided to walk back towards our apartment and on the way found this fabulous Thai restaurant where we enjoyed satay tofu, salt and pepper tofu, curried vegetables (and tofu) and my friends ordered two meat dishes.  I think we were ‘tofued’ out at the end of the evening but we all said the food was exceptional.

The next morning Belinda left very early to get home (her train journey was over two hours) so Michelle found a great local cafe on-line called Concrete Jungle that served vegan dishes.  Great find!!fullsizeoutput_283I started off with a pot of peppermint tea and the girls ordered coffees, followed by poached eggs on sourdough toast.  This came with a side of avocado (more than anywhere else we have seen – half an avocado!).  I ordered a vegan dish of coconut feta and quinoa fritters with coconut labne, avocado, fatoush salad and hazelnut dukkah – oh my goodness I have never tasted coconut feta but it was the best and the rest of the dish was amazing!!IMG_1861fullsizeoutput_282fullsizeoutput_2a6When we finished I wanted to walk through an alley I had seen the previous evening –  Spice Alley – what a great find.

fullsizeoutput_286fullsizeoutput_2a3We wished we had eaten there the previous evening with its gorgeous coloured lanterns, wooden stools and seats and a large range of Asian restaurants.  But we decided we were more than happy with our Thai choice.fullsizeoutput_28afullsizeoutput_290fullsizeoutput_28fSpice Alley is quite small but definitely worth the visit to see its paved pathway, colourful signs and street art…fullsizeoutput_28bfullsizeoutput_289fullsizeoutput_293fullsizeoutput_292fullsizeoutput_296And vibrant posters of Asian women and lovely rooftops above the restaurants…fullsizeoutput_29afullsizeoutput_29efullsizeoutput_285fullsizeoutput_28dIt was so lovely walking through mid-morning as the restaurants were just in the process of lunch preparation so no-body was around.fullsizeoutput_291fullsizeoutput_2a0We finished our walking tour and stepped onto another slightly wider paved street that runs parallel to Spice Alley which has more lovely restaurants and an actual Tuk Tuk parked on the kerb.  fullsizeoutput_2a2fullsizeoutput_2a1We walked a little further to Central Railway Station through the country train station which is rather lovely with a beautiful clock hanging in the grand concourse…fullsizeoutput_2a4fullsizeoutput_2a5And time to depart once more until we meet next year!