Jun 16, 2010

The Beautiful Game and the Beautiful Food, Darling Harbour.

I know these photos may open up recent wounds for my Australian readers but I think enough time has passed.  Together, we can leave the past behind and hope for the future - which I think is this Saturday just past midnight.



I did make it to the FIFA Fan Fest site on Darling Harbour at the weekend.  It is basically a closed off area where people can watch all the World Cup matches live at any time of the day.  The food and drink outlets in the area have been granted extended opening hours so that the crowds can have breakfast on their way into work after pulling an all nighter in freezing conditions.


Needless to say, security was tight and I was too eager to get to my hot chocolate to have to get through the check point walk around and then head out again.  The venue can accommodate 18000 and it filled up at 3.30am on the morning of our fateful slaughter at the hands of the Germans.


I was a woman possessed by this point in the evening.  It was cold, 8pm and I was out and about in the middle of winter.  For me, this means a hot chocolate and once I got the idea of the silky sweet hot beverage in my mind, I could not be distracted from it.  There were beers and coffee carts everywhere but hot chocolate was on my mind and hot chocolate it had to be.

The problem is, everyone else in Sydney that night seemed to have the same thing on their minds.  There was a line outside the Guylian in The Rocks store several metres long.  I applied Mr SSG's immortal words to the situation, "I.  Do.  Not.  Queue." and instead found myself at the Lindt store at Darling Harbour.


Where the love for the beautiful game and the beautiful food was being felt.


There are few things more beautiful to the human eye than a walk in wardrobe of shoes and handbags and well, this is one of them.  They sold my beloved peanut butter Lindor balls!!


Indulge your eyes, people - these are virtual calories, after all.  Forever on the screen and never on the hips.


What is it with youngsters and their wristbands?  Do they not realize that (some) older people look at those wrists and think 'Hospital ID band - must cut off wearer with scissors (cutting the band not wrists, I am not that old and grouchy, yet)?"  The real point of the photo is that Lindt do chocolate coated versions of their already chocolatey desserts.



Yes, there is Lindt ice-cream.


Being responsible servers of chocolate ice-cream, Lindt applies the principles of portion control too.  These are the takeaway single serves.



Macarons, a ubiquitous sight in Sydney at the moment.  They are the new cupcake but I have moved on to the blondie.


More of the good stuff.



And finally, my dark hot chocolate.  Large and with full fat milk.  Why do these things in halves?


Contented, I followed the police horses back down Darling Harbour and made my way home.


To hang up my Socceroo's gear ready for this weekend.


I can't finish my post tonight without expressing how excited I am that Nicole Richie has flown into Sydney.  I have no idea why she is here but after the whole Twilight people at Luna Park affair, it's nice to have a celebrity visit that I can sort of relate to.

In honour of Nicole's visit, I will devote tomorrow's post to shopping and clothes.  Your enthusiasm is palpable.  The final sitting of Parliament before a rumoured federal election is drawing to a close, the Obamas have cancelled on us and gosh darn it people, we need issues of national importance to discuss instead.

Take care and stay warm wherever you may be.  If you are in the Northern Hemisphere experiencing summer, I am jealous.

2 comments:

  1. hahahaha at
    'I can't finish my post tonight without expressing how excited I am that Nicole Richie has flown into Sydney. I have no idea why she is here but after the whole Twilight people at Luna Park affair, it's nice to have a celebrity visit that I can sort of relate to.'
    Funniest moment in post.
    Great pics :)

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  2. Hi SSG. I'm going in there on Saturday night for dinner. Then we're going to hang around and watch the game against Ghana. As it starts late I think I'll take a very warm jacket. Thanks for the tip on the hot chocolate. I'd go mad if I couldn't get a cup when it is that cold. Coffee is good but hot chocolate is even better when you are freezing. The things we do...

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