The last few months have flat out, and a trip away was just what the doctor ordered. My husband was able to secure two days off, and it also happened to be over our wedding anniversary, 5 years married (WHAT!!!). My parents were visiting from America as well, so they tagged along and we had a very memorable weekend away.
Our plane took off before the sun rose on the Friday and we returned very late Sunday night. Sydney is a spectacular, vibrant city that celebrates two of my favorite things: food and the sea. That's all we did the entire weekend: hike, explore and eat our way through the world's third most livable city.
We truly lucked out with the weather which was outstanding on Saturday, 20C and clear. We took the ferry to Manly, a place I've never been before. I'd done some research into the best places to eat, and I came across an American BBQ joint that was highly rated. I didn't think American BBQ in Australia sounded appealing whatsoever, but we decided to give it a go after stalking a few videos of renowned chefs chatting about it on YouTube.
The place was called Papi Chulos, and it was out of this world good. Located on the wharf at Manly cove, we sipped beers and fruit infused teas while watching the boats putter by and the wild, aquatic bird sunned themselves. There was a DJ playing jams from the 60's and 70's and the decor was so cool, it felt like we had traveled to some quirky little cafe in South America.
Since we are avid Masterchef fans, we made a reservation for dinner at the Bridge Room the moment Ross Lusted graced the TV screen. He was awarded 2014 SMH Good Food Guide Chef of the Year and the Australian Hottest Chef in AUS. It was great to see him in action in the kitchen and we had a delicious meal, including his signature dessert which was voted the best in Australia in 2014.
The meal that took the cake was our anniversary dinner at Aria. My husband actually said that his tastebuds died and went to heaven! Matt Moran has really hit the nail on the head here, boasting an outstanding trifecta: five star food, unbeatable location and ambiance.
We stayed at the Westin in the CBD, walking distance from The Rocks and the Sydney Harbour. For those of you looking to see more of the coast or Bondi, you could still stay here and use public transport, but is it about a 15 minute cab ride.
For you history buffs out there, make sure you check out Susannah Place in The Rocks. It's only $8 and the tour efficient, detailed and well executed. The museum features four attached homes that were built in 1844 and had occupants until 1990. You learn about the history of The Rocks, immigration, poverty and the ever changing times of neighborhood. It's truly fascinating and I highly recommend it.
Until next time Sydney! I can't wait to return during SUMMER!