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What’s in Watson’s Bay?

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To be quite truthful,
The answer is : Not much!

It’s said to be one of the oldest fishermen villages in Sydney, & with only a short ride on the ferry you are there in no time.

The ambiance is content, it has definately a small town feeling.
There is something amazing but the feeling of being out of the city , an instant calmness surrounds you. Looking from the beach you can see the silhouette of Sydney- it’s quite the view!

Best thing about Watsons Bay is the view from ‘the gap’. Walking up a set of stairs and peering over the railing you are hanging over the most beautiful cliffs crashing into the sea. It’s spectacular!

My advice would be not to rush there but if you have some time to take a ferry and relax for the day then Watson’s Bay would be a great port of call.

TJ x x

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A little Quirky

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Last night we got invited out for dinner in Manly- which is a quick 30min ferry from Circular Quay near the Opera house- Manly has such a laid back atmosphere with beautiful beaches, and a sub-tropical feel it is an awesome place to spend the day lazying in the sunshine.

The Artichoke Gallery Cafe’ , just off the main beach street, is in a quaint Victorian style house with tables both inside and in the courtyard out front. Low lighting and wooden floors, it has a romantic yet quirky feeling.

The menu is diverse, you can eat anything from meatballs tapas to haloumi or a delicious stir fry, everything we ordered was tastey and fresh.

As well having a great atmosphere they have regular gigs.
Last night was jazz and the talent was endless.

This is a spot that anyone visiting Manly should go check out,
a hidden gem just out the hustle of the city.

17 Central Ave. (Raglan St.)
Manly, NSW

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Angel Place

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If you’re strolling through Angel Place in Sydney, Australia, make sure you look up:

a canopy of 110 birdcages hangs above the alleyway, filtering an otherworldly soundtrack of birdcalls to the streets below. Originally commissioned as part of the temporary Laneway art program in 2009, Michael Hill’s “Forgotten Songs” proved so popular with Sydney residents that the city’s Public Art Advisory Panel recommended that the installation become a permanent fixture.

It’s such a special place, feels magical and whimsical with one very important message,

look after your planet

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TJ xxx

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Health cookies from the Health Emporium

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Serves: Makes 20 biscuits
Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup wholemeal spelt flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut sugar
1 pinch Himalayan sea salt
225 ml coconut oil
2 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
2 tbsp boiling water
1/2 tsp bicarb soda

Preparation

Preheat oven to 170 degrees and grease or line two baking trays.
Put the two flours, desiccated coconut, coconut sugar, rolled oats and salt into a large bowl and mix. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over gentle heat, then stir in the maple syrup.

Mix the boiling water and bicarb soda together, mix them into the saucepan.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together.
Roll into balls and the n gently flatten onto trays using a rolling pin, spaced about 3cm apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
Cool on wire racks.

For more great & healthy recipes check out :
www.thehealthemporium.com.au

xxx TJ

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Oh Messina!

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Oh!!! If there’s one thing I adore it’s a good ice cream &
last night I must have had some of the best!

Walking into Messina was like arriving outside a night club- there was a queue snake-ing out the door and down the street…as soon as I saw that I thought

“damn this stuff must be tastey”

We all got different flavours – best way to try them all – but choosing was tough, there are a number of amazing flavours which the apparently are reinventing all the time.

So I went with an apple pie flavour ,
literally tasted like an apple crumble cake – amazing !!!!

The winner of the night must have been the salted caramel- white chocolate ,
decadent and smooth. This place gets two thumbs up.

Average cost: $10 for two cups

Location, location:
1/241 Victoria St. (at Liverpool St.)
Darlinghurst, NSW

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Here’s some of their suggested combinations:

Coconut and Lychee & Mango Sorbet
Poached Figs in Marsala & Gianduia
Dulce de Leche & Apple Pie
Italian Nougat & Tiramisu
Pandan Coconut & Passionfruit
Vanilla & Chocolate Fondant
Salted Caramel with white choc chip & anything we do with Peanut Butter
Coffee & Hazelnut
Chocolate Sorbet & Raspberry Sorbet
Pear and Rhubarb & Chocolate Fondant

xxx TJ

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Coluzzi Bar = Hot Spot

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One of Sydney’s oldest coffee shops, they make an excellent machiato (stained coffee) and the room is covered in old boxing memorabilia like Muhammed Ali posters.
They also make a mean chockie milkshake. You’ll see lots of old Italian men sitting on the squat little wooden stools outside smoking and eyeing off the ladies!

As I walked in to place my order a very upfront Italian man started showing me pictures of himself on the walls – him boxing, with famous celebrities-
I’m sure if I sat around for a couple minutes or hours I would have heard many interesting tales!

I will definately be back :)

If you want to go visit :
322 Victoria Street (Liverpool St) Sydney, Australia

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Hom Yoga

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Since I have arrived in Sydney I have been on the search for the best yoga studios- there are many here!

I have signed up for a month trial with Hom Yoga (http://homyoga.com.au/)
The ambiance is gentle and inviting, & the teachers are great & experienced.

Walking into my first class I expected a similar practice to what I have become accustomed to at Yoga Life , except the heat was some what different. As I lay waiting for class to start I noticed the heat almost permeate into my bones- a dry heat. A feeling I wasn’t used to.

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The heating system they use is INFRARED HEAT and apparently the benefits are endless.

So I did some research and here is what I found:

How Does Infrared Heat Work?

Infrared heaters convert light directly to heat, warming nearby objects without raising the air temperature. This allows a student in an infrared class to absorb heat while the surrounding air does not. This type of heat is most like natural sunlight. In fact, 80% of the light that makes it to Earth is infrared, making it a form of light that is easily processed by our bodies. Since the air itself does not get hot with infrared heat, it is suitable and tolerable for students especially those with respiratory issues who find it uncomfortable or even risky to go in a heated yoga class. Additionally, infrared heat does not recirculate air thereby reducing the circulation of dirty air and bacteria.

Hospitals use infrared heat to keep premature babies warm.

Infrared heat differs greatly from, say, a heater that heats the air in a room, because it actually is absorbed by the skin and has a greater effect on increased circulation, muscle flexibility and detoxification. As your body absorbs infrared waves, molecules begin to vibrate, causing them to start to expel the toxins, fat and impurities from your cells into your blood stream. These will then be released from your body in the form of sweat. The result is an incredible cleansing effect at a cellular level. Your muscles and internal organs will be gently warmed. This form of heat is perfectly safe. Hospitals use infrared heat to keep premature babies warm.

As you walk into our Studio you will feel a gentle heat that will increase as students move through class. Also the Studio is virtually silent as the heating system makes absolutely no noise. This allows the students to concentrate on the teacher’s instructions and their practice.

Added benefits of Infrared Heat:

Yoga in our Infrared Studio will give you more than just an amazing workout. There are numerous added health benefits that come along with practicing at our infrared heated studio.

Detoxification of the Body
Increased Circulation
Strengthening of the Cardiovascular System
Improved Skin Appearance
Enhanced Collagen Production
Strengthening of the Immune System
Reduction of Joint Pain
Reduction of Cellulite

If you are looking for studios in Sydney check out :
> Hom Yoga
> Bodymindliving Yoga
> Power Living

If you’re in Cape Town get to Yoga Life and join the 30 day challenge! Check their website for dates.
http://theyogalife.co.za/

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Sydney wine & dine

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Last night we went out on the town to experience a little of what Sydney has to offer. We were definately not disappointed.

Our first stop was to Palmer & co. As soon as you step off the cobbled side alley through the doors you are transported to The Gatsby era.

Waiters are dressed in Gatsby theme and the venue itself is buzzing with an old vintage feel. Live smooth music playing in the background and delicious cocktails. It really is a place like no other. The feeling is decadence & charm. For anyone visiting or living in Sydney it is a must see.

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After drinks we went in the convenient gold vintage lift up one floor to Mr Wong’s
This restaurant is big but FULL!
Literally a honey pot- buzzing with people everywhere. The venue is like a big industrial warehouse but still classy keeping up with Palmers downstairs.
The food!!!! Wow! Absolutely incredible-
I’ve put the menu below for you to swoon ;-) not the entire menu ,
enough to make you excited to try it yourself!

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Both come highly recommended from many around Sydney
& now most definately by me!!

TJ xx

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The beauty of Ayurveda

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On my yoga teacher training I learnt about Ayurveda, I found it incredibly interesting and so true. There are a number of websites where you can discover which Dosha you are and how you can create a lifestyle which is balancing and harmonious.

I’ve put a little description of what Ayurveda actually is below-
check it out:
Enjoy! xx

“Ayurveda is India’s ancient system of health and healing. The word Ayurveda has been translated in many different ways including: “knowledge of life,” “science of longevity” or “art of living.” Ayurveda is very complex but many of us associate Ayurveda with the doshas, Pitta, Vata and Kapha. Ayurveda teaches that each individual possesses certain characteristic physical and mental traits that are fixed at the moment of conception and persist throughout that individual’s existence. One’s constitution is expressed in terms of these three doshas. Most of us are bi-doshic: the one dosha that influences us most strongly is followed closely by a second dosha whose affect is almost as pronounced. The constitutional type is an expression of the organism’s energy-flow strategy, in all realms of existence.” ~ Dr. Robert E. Svoboda

Along with diet and lifestyle, the practice of yoga asana can help bring balance to the doshas. Ashtanga brings warmth and fire to the Kapha constitution to increase energy and reduce lethargy. It brings heat and sweat to the Vata constitution to allow the release of toxins through the skin and foster stability of mind. Ashtanga brings breath awareness to the Pitta constitution to cool the raging fire and bring peace to the mind. For all doshas, asana practice compliments the positive aspect of each dosha, while at the same time, teaches us what we need to do to come into balance: breath awareness, stoking the fire, slowing down, getting stronger, getting more flexible, doing more, doing less, realizing we are all the same, and that there is no difference…

Shortly after arriving in Sydney I have found a number of health stores stocking Ayurveda teas :)
Lets see how they work!!

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Flying Qantas

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I must give to enthusiastic thumbs up to Qantas!
It was an amazing experience flying with them to Sydney!!

The service was excellent & the food was so tastey
(compared to the usual flight food we get)

Choices were:
a braised honey/mustard chicken dish with Roasted sweet potatoe and beans , or…
A madras curry hake & rice with cinnamon butternut & peas!
Simple yet delicious dishes = one happy lady :-)

To finish off my thanks, we arrived in Sydney, safely with Qantas!!!

More news from Sydney soon,
<3 TJ xx

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