Howdy doody all. Again, another absence. My apologies! I have been on the move a bit lately between work and a stint of work experience in Sydney. As it turned out, I interned for three days with the Weight Watchers magazine. I hadn’t specifically chosen that mag, but contacted Pacific Magazines in general to see about work experience and that’s where I ended up. It was really enjoyable and great to see how the mag land works. Working with a bunch of health conscious people was actually pretty cool. They weren’t intimidating or judgmental which was nice. I thought for some reason they might be death staring my lunch choices every day but there was none of that (not that they would have reason to!). We even ate cake together one afternoon. Yes! The people that put Weight Watchers magazine together eat cake! I saw them with my own eyes ! What a scandal! A handful of the ladies had baked some goodies including the most amazing carrot cake I have ever eaten. It was MOIST, cinamonny and simply delectable. And how can a cake with CARROT in it not be healthy? ;)
Being away from home can sometimes be challenging when it comes to finding good veggie food. Luckily Sydney has so much to offer us vegetarians and the fact that I was staying in the Newtown area was a great advantage. Aaah I’m such a hipster. On my first night I had the pleasure of the company of two of my school friends, Bri and Anna. We dined at ‘Moo Burgers’ where I enjoyed a red kidney bean burger (moo-free). It was incredible!
Dodgy photo but you get the idea.
The following day my eats included a toasted turkish sandwich with various roasted veggies from the cafe in the building where I was doing work experience (a hot spot for Aussie TV stars, the excitement!). That night we visited Broadway shopping centre where I got a small gnocchi in the food court which was pretty damn good as far as food court food goes. I then fell in love in the centre’s Coles were they had self serve salad bars (Newcastle is so behind). I filled up two containers. One with three different veggie salad mixes…beans galore! (for my lunch the next day)…and the other with yogurt, muesli and strawberries which made for an excellent after dinner snack.
After a very restless night on Monday I felt like a zombie at work experience on Tuesday. I honestly felt sick from tiredness and so getting all the salady goodness into me at lunch time really helped. As did a can of coke. Yes I’m a human too! I did not regret that purchase one bit (as I might usually when buying coke, a rare event for me) as it was like a magical potion for my body at the point in time making me feel like I could face the rest of the afternoon. Although I must admit hoping no one from Weight Watchers saw me with the coke hahaha.
Tuesday evening I again had some lovely company over dinner with my friend Alyssa. We went to her stomping ground, Leichardt, for some Italian (what else does one eat when in Leichardt? Italian galore!). I had some pesto spaghetti followed by some amaaazing panacotta gelato. Wowsers.
I am now home and happy to be able to cook again. But I haven’t even done that yet as this evening my lovely boyfriend surprised me by cooking up this incredible veggie lasagne. He had been slaving away in the kitchen all afternoon getting it ready and it was cooked by the time I got home from work. It was all kinds of delicious and I’m rather proud of him as this was his first attempt at lasagne! He definitely knows that the way to my heart is through my stomach.
Perfection! Oh and did I mention that I also arrived home to these?
Not edible, unfortunately. Just kidding!
And in other exciting news, I am getting my braces off tomorrow! New straight chompers for me!!!!
Will post some recipes soon once I get back into a semi-normal routine. I am heading off to Port Macquarie for the weekend and have been informed that Mum is cooking her little heart out for us. Such a sweetie :)
Have a good weekend friends :) Xo