In my short trip back to Australia I was able to squeeze in a trip to Rushworth (in between my busy sleep schedule). Here are some photos:
1. One of the most compelling reasons to squeeze in a trip to Rushworth
2. On Saturday MJ, Benj and I did some burning off. Here we pitted the barrel against the pile-of-stuff-bonfire. Both have their strengths: the barrel is more efficient, but the bonfire can handle some of the larger or more unweildy items.
3. It turned into night very quickly
Burning stuff, then it gets dark
4.On Sunday the girls came to Rushworth and Em took me for a spin on this monster
Emily on the quadrasaur
5. We also did more burning, and cleaned out the wash house, finding little treasures like this:
Sarah's art from grade Prep. I hit the peak of my talent shortly after.
6. In the evening it was time for marshmallows
Abby toasts marshmallows
Abby eats marshmallows
7. And I made a cake! We fed it to people the next day and it got rave reviews. But then when I told them I made it from a packet (obvs) I got chastised! What!? Since when are packets evil? Without them there would probably be 90% less cake in the world.
I made lemon cake!
Holidays start later today! I’m at work with my very heavy suitcase and I’m charging up the pod readying myself for departure. SO excited about this trip! I woke up at 5.30am I was so excited!
Last night, instead of working until a-million-o’clock or devoting unnecessary amounts of time to packing, the lovely Khun Rae invited me and some colleagues over for REAL INDIAN FOOD! This invitation came about because intern Sara and I eat Indian food at the canteen most days. One day at lunch we were speculating about where to get the best Indian food in Bangkok so we asked Khun Rae, who is about 15 generations Thai-Indian. Her answer: “My house!” So we set a date for dinner.
Khun Rae lives far away from the office. The other day it took her FOUR HOURS to get to work! But last night, with Nut’s car and the traffic on our side we were there in 45 mins! Bangkok, you make no sense sometimes.
Khun Rae knew what we were all about, so there was food on the table almost as soon as we arrived.
Close up please…
Augggghhhhhhhhhhhhh, the appetizers were so damn tasty. I forget what the first dish was called but I think it’s my favourite food in the world. Seriously! The second dish, Samosas. Home made. You’re jealous.
And this is what my plate looked like a short time later! Hellooooo deliciousness. Yes, I ate too much, and yes my table manners could have been better – but the other guests were similarly afflicted with food lust so it was OK. Best moment of the night: Nut sees a delicious dish and starts loading up his plate: “Ohhhhhhhh I LOVE this!! I LOVE Indian food!”. Khun Rae: “Nut, it’s a Thai curry”.
The star of the evening was Khun Rae’s son, Ankit. This photo makes him look like a sweet and charming little boy. That’s part of his sneaky game plan. We know the truth…
Nut being tortured by Ankit. He only beat up on boys. He respectfully screamed at the girls. Cutest moment was when Khun Rae said something to Ankit in Hindi and he went from running around manic circles to dead quiet. “What did you say Rae?” “I told him that if he doesn’t behave I won’t invite people from the office ever again” Awww, he loved us!
Last Tuesday Lara and I decided to declare the State of Emergency “Over” or perhaps “not something we care about anymore” and went out for a night-before-my-birthday/Lara’s-last-night-in-town dinner. Keen to take advantage of the vertical strengths of Bangkok we went to Longtable on the 25th floor of some building over near Asok BTS.
Bangkok skyline - the view from our table
Lobster, papay salad, fried rice and morning glory. Even more delicious than it looks!
The city of Bangkok was lit up behind us but my clever camera holding means you can't really see it.
A regular lunch in the office
Today’s fancy conference lunch
- creme brulee
- chocolate mousse.
note: this is just what I ate, and a small sample of what was on offer… helloooooo belly.
For my final post on our trip to Chiang Mai, I am going to share with you that delightful city’s greatest delight.
Gianni de Burchio Italian restaurant.
Gianni de Burchio Italian restuarant Chaing Mai
Yes, yes, temples, markets, Thai food. All part of Chiang Mai’s endless charm. But Gianni de Burchio…well.
MJ and I stumbled across this place on our first afternoon in Chiang Mai and pizza sounded pretty tasty. Oh how I underestimated Gainni de Burchio! The pizza was sensational! Maybe some of the best pizza I’ve…ever…eaten. I know, I’m as shocked writing that as you are reading it.
There are a surprising number of pizza shops in Chiang Mai, and I believe I saw two that claimed to have the best pizza in town. I wonder if it could have been better than Gianni de Burchio? I can’t tell you because when we felt like eating pizza again…we went straight back to Gianni de Burchio.
Our second lunch was quite a bit lengthier and involved much more alcohol (and very strong coffee). In the interest of full disclosure, Gianni, who runs the restaurant with his wife, plied us with booze while feeding us things like homemade ricotta and lasagne that, you guessed it, was some of the best lasagne I’ve ever eaten. No offense to the people in my life who make delicious lasagne (you know who you are), but this was….almost as good as yours!