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Ah, another weekend done, another week begun.

Friday Night: Dinner at Prego of course! Pizza bread with Aioli to start, entrée of Roast Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart and for my main I had the Steak.. yum! The kids just love going there, and finding a restaurant that gives them crayons is always a bonus (although surely they must be getting too old for this soon?). I love how they always need to take a trip to the bathroom (even though they probably don’t need to go) just like I did when I was a kid… I guess some things never change? I think it is probably a rare thing that a restaurant that my parents took me too when I was 10 years old (and I went to every year on my birthday) I can now take my son too. Thats kind of special when you think about it!Wallet

Saturday: Ben and I headed off to the city to purchase Mr Fletcher’s Fathers Day present. I had already decided that I was going to buy him a new wallet as the one we had purchased together in Thailand was starting to look a bit worse for wear (no surprises there). We headed to Smith & Caughey first, even though I had pretty much made up my mind about where I was going to buy the present. Of course Ben dragged me to the childrens section up stairs but they seemed to have stopped selling toys (thank goodness for that) but they do now have Burberry for Children! Not sure I can justify spending $300 on a dress for one of the girls however! But S&C still had a lot of clothes left over from their sale so I bought a skirt for each of the girls (Elle & Trelise Cooper Kids) and Ben got this great jacket that he just loved… (I have no idea what his obsession with suits is about). So $200 later we headed down Queen Street… down to Mont Blanc. I don’t know why Mr Fletcher and I love Mont Blanc so much but between us we now have… 1 wallet, 1 watch, 2 bracelets and 1 necklace. Talk about loyal clientele! So after the purchase of the beautiful leather wallet there was nothing left but head to the Warehouse so Ben could get his crappy toy fix. OoOo Tamagotchi Version 5!! He was spending his own birthday money and it made him happy.

Sunday was Fathers Day and Mr Fletcher celebrated it in style. This means: feigning appreciation of the children’s homemade cards and breakfast, going for a walk, having a long bath, reading the newspaper, laying around playing video games, watching TV, having a long nap, and going out for teppanyaki. Not a bad day huh? The kids had never had teppanyaki before though so they thought it was great when the chef almost light himself on fire… brilliant! In fact Ben must have been inspired because he turned to me and told me he might decide to become a chef when he grows up (so long as he doesn’t become a pyromaniac).

Want a beautifully designed book, filled with gorgeously reproduced photos and written about an obscure subject you didn’t know you were interested in until you picked this book? Welcome to Taschen.

Anyone who knows me probably knows that I have an addiction to books that borders on the unhealthy. I look at them, I read them and I buy them (then I usually stack them). I’ve always been drawn to Taschen books, the subject range usually overlaps with my ever-changing interests… from Alchemy to Pop Art. There are probably very few Taschen books I wouldn’t read or appreciate. They do a fantastic range of design books including illustration & art.

My most desired book would have to be the limited edition title about the Japanese photographer Araki.

Everything about this book drips with beauty and seduction, just like the photos of Araki himself. If you are not familiar with his work you will soon want to be, although certainly his photography is not for everyone and some of it is definitely not safe for work.

This is an extremely high production volume limited to just 2500 copies and each individually numbered and signed by Araki himself. What a shame they cost £2000 each… I guess I will just have to make do with the Abridged Budget Version for £40 instead.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to join Mr Fletcher in Sydney for the weekend as he was already over there for work. We had grand plans: hit the shops, wander through the art galleries, make fun of the bats in the botanical gardens and chow down in Three Hat restaurants.

It started well, I was flying Emirates and was lucky enough to get upgraded so I spent 3 hours lying back, relaxing and sipping Moet but when I arrived, Mr Fletcher’s plane from Melbourne had been delayed… for an hour and a half! As you can imagine, my champagne buzz wore off pretty quick.

But even better than that was the fact that Mr Fletcher had come down with a very nasty flu [man flu] leading us to spend 75% of the weekend in the hotel room while Mr Fletcher moaned, groaned, coughed and sneezed. Perhaps this was some kind of karmic revenge for the time I went to Melbourne for the weekend and got the flu BUT at least I dragged myself out of bed to go out to dinner 3 nights in a row, this time I had to suffer the indignity of 2 nights of mediocre, hotel room service.

Mr Fletcher did manage to redeem himself on the Sunday night with cocktails at the Opera House and dinner at Aria Restaurant. Yes, it IS one of the most expensive restaurants we’ve dined at and probably not one you would choose for a random, sunday, early evening but the food WAS amazing & the wine outstanding. Lovely warm, inviting dining room with a fantastic harbour view and looking right at the Opera House. Starting with an amuse bouche of Sweet Potato Soup topped with Parmesan foam which was divine, followed by my entrèe which was an amazing variation of the traditional Caprese Salad but with Buffalo Ricotta, Jamòn & toasted Focaccia… this dish was just incredible.. with its use of tomatoes and herbs it managed to transport me to a sunny summer afternoon. For my main I had the Lamb Loin which because of its tender, juicy texture I will venture to say was probably sous-vide cooked, and was accompanied with deconstructed ratatouille, this dish was great but after the mind-blowing entrèe it had too much expectation to live up to and suffered just a little because of that. We had asked the sommelier to recommend an Australian chardonnay for us, as our knowledge of Australian wines is still only limited to an (excellent) handful. Instead he actually pointed us in the direction of a Montrachet which was beautiful but sadly I can’t remember the name of. My only regret that we were too full for dessert, what a shame.

So yes, it was a rather disappointing holiday and probably a fairly large waste of money but at least I had one very memorable meal and that is definitely, always, worth something.