20140414-211951.jpgMy folks came to Sydney for just a day and night this weekend. A last minute trip to ring in my uncle's 50th with him, but enough time for a special lunch with their middle girl before-hand. I'd been wanting to take them somewhere nice for a while, to say thanks for being so all-round, spoil-me-rotten, loving and generous. I'd also been wanting to try North Bondi Fish for months. And since seafood is my dad and my favourite, and the day was a stormy, grey mess, there was really no better place for it. We'd booked for two PM and got the last of the late afternoon rain, some glinty sun on the rough waves and a few glasses of wine at a table near the window. It was stunning. I'd wanted somewhere special and well-done, but not too fussy or fancy, preferably with a view of the water. And Fish was just that and then some. The service was professional but relaxed (my favourite kind), the wine list easy and delicious, and the food - ALL OF IT - so very good. My dad and I started with oysters, a salty mouthful of the ocean, and then we all shared some smoky seared scallops. For mains we had barramundi, chilli and garlic clams and the kingiest king prawns I've seen in a while. We shared broccolini and a big pile of hot chips and my mum and I complained how full and happy we were for the entire 20 minute drive home.

I'd love to see them more often, but there is something nice about an excuse for a lunch like that.



LIKE MINDS 4Like Minds is my kind of thing. It's a little space we found up on the Central Coast, just before Avoca Beach. I suppose it's a cafe / bar, but it was something about the feel of the place that just worked for me. Beautifully paired-back interior with a photography exhibition, a few favourite journals (Kinfolk, Gather, Oh Comely, Saturdays) and other local wares for sale, a nice big shared table, and a team of very sweet and fun staff. We sat outside in what felt like the backyard, on a rug under the shade of a tree, and on picnic tables beside the veggie garden. The food was lovely, the coffee strong and smooth, and my pistachio affogato a total win for the weekend. Others shared lamb pies and ginger sodas, and there was a very sticky looking pineapple, lime and coconut popsicle that proved popular. I'm told they run short courses on permaculture and photography, and host different community nights. Like I said, it was really my kind of thing. Go say hello if you're on the Cenny Coast, eh… LIKE MINDS 5LIKE MINDS 3LIKE MINDS 2LIKE MINDS 6Gosh, would you check out these babes!