Recent excursions and events, Sydney and Wollongong

First was this:

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Helen, nee Christison, is my cousin. See also Christmas snippetsSELRES_8d6fe2a9-ce01-4673-a6a2-e64ec2c4fd0eSELRES_b76d63f3-9187-468d-be70-81f364309127SELRES_1d83624b-0146-499c-b430-c81f28033597SELRES_1d83624b-0146-499c-b430-c81f28033597SELRES_b76d63f3-9187-468d-be70-81f364309127SELRES_8d6fe2a9-ce01-4673-a6a2-e64ec2c4fd0e. It was a delightful day. There were some there that I had not seen since that wedding in Caringbah in 1968!

Yesterday to Sydney for Yum Cha with M and Nicholas Jose. M is off to Shanghai then S-E Asia at the end of this month. He will be away for two months.

Yum Cha was at Zilver:

To Chinatown and back

Great day yesterday, complicated only by Chris T just missing the 9.47 express to Sydney which departed with me aboard spot on 9.47. Chris T was in the lift descending to the platform at that moment, but he caught the next an hour  later and eventually found us in Zilver.

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On The Brewery again

As I said in the last post, I ventured into The Illawarra Brewery again on Friday last. Here are a couple of earlier visits:

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Yesterday began in the lower register – damp and coldish. A shame, as one of M’s housemates, Max, was coming down to Wollongong from Sydney. I had at the Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills a few weeks back sold him on the “best Chinese food this side of Sichuan” at the Red Dragon in the Steelers Club and on the wonder that is Illawarra Brewery.

Max’s train arrived and fortuitously a Shellharbour bus was waiting at Wollongong Station, accelerating our progress down Burelli Street at far as IPAC – appropriate given Max is an actor. Then at Steelers Chris T, my usual Wednesday lunch companion, joined us.

Red Dragon lived up to its reputation. The two-for-one deal meant we could have four dishes and we did: Sichuan spicy lamb chopsMao Family pork 毛氏红烧肉; Kung Pao chicken, and a garlicky/sesame oil stirfry vegetables to balance the heat of especially the lamb, which is very hot. All for just $12 a head….

Then on to Illawarra Brewery, the weather having improved, where we partook of the medal-winning craft beer Apocalypso.

The Illawarra Brewing Company’s beers have picked up more accolades, winning three medals at the recent Australian International Beer Awards.

Held in Melbourne [in May] during Good Beer Week, the AIBA judges beers from all over the world.

Illawarra Brewing Company’s Dave McGrath said they sent down four beers to be judged, three of which received medals.

They won a bronze for their porter and kolsch and the Apocalypso IPA picked up a silver…

We spent the afternoon in conversation and also wonder at the nature and light show going on before our eyes. As you may see…

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Alas, the Red Dragon has long gone…

Called in at The Illawarra Brewery — 2

Before being interrupted by the bushfire posts I was telling you about last Wednesday

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Always a nice place to sit. Rather funny, given the grimmer predictions about today – and yes it is hot already – what they have called the seasonal beer.

The barman also gave me a taste of the current seasonal: Apocalypso. “It is made from the pale malt and new Hop varietals from the east and west coast of the USA. Calypso, Mosaic and El Dorado are added the whole way through the brew process, with the Calypso shining through presenting tangerine citrus and lychee on the nose and palette.”  Now that was very good indeed! Next time I’ll have that one.

Did I mention I saw whales? And no, they really were out there. I only had two halves of beer.

One good reason to take Apocalypso in half-pints is that it is 7%!

 

Food, glorious food…

Saturday with Chris T: returned to Taste of Xi’an: see Taste of Xi’an Wollongong and A week of multicultural yums. New item that pleased Chris was a spicy beef dish — very hot!

Then we checked out Wollongong’s latest offering, opened just last Thursday: Bon Appetit: David Jones turns to food halls to spice up sales. Well, it was certainly working last Saturday! The place was packed.

Upmarket department store chain David Jones has thrown open the doors to its next generation site at GPT Group’s Wollongong Central, featuring a new David Jones Food concept, which will be rolled out across the country.

Customers started queuing at 2am to be first in the store, which has a mix of local and international brands across fashion, beauty, accessories, home and kids. It includes 25 new brands, many of which are exclusive to David Jones in the Illawarra.

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Tomorrow when the war began…

Um, such a shame to have a loudmouth idiot in the role of #POTUS, especially given the juvenile lard-arse that “runs” North Korea! Let’s hope the Donald doesn’t get his nightmare!

US President Donald Trump has warned North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it continues to threaten the United States.

Key points:

  • Mr Trump made comments a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left door open for dialogue
  • President’s press briefing was supposed to be about opioid addiction
  • Washington Post says Pyongyang has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery

But within hours of Mr Trump’s threat North Korea’s military said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike the US Pacific territory of Guam with missiles.

Mr Trump’s comments, delivered to reporters at his New Jersey golf course, came after Japan said it believed North Korea could have developed the technology to miniaturise nuclear warheads — which would enable them to be put on an inter-continental ballistic missile.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Mr Trump said during a briefing which was supposed to be about the problem of opioid addiction in the US….

Meanwhile, I have been away as I am getting used to the new version of Windows 10. I find myself forced to use Edge, which I don’t really like, as weird things are happening now with Google Chrome since the Windows upgrade. For example, “log in to Twitter” on Chrome simply vanished every time I tried to link to it, but no problem in Edge. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

And further to the burger question. I am at Illawarra Leagues and can attest that the following is rather good.

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And I did get my mouth around it! Just!

The search for the perfect burger

A while ago the Illawarra Mercury published Wollongong’s best burger joints – as voted by you. Yesterday Chris T and I road-tested one of them: Dagwood Bar and Kitchen. A very good burger.

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But also well worth visiting for the bar offerings and the rest of the menu.

Chris T and I do however find the Bush’s Plate burgers even better. And cheaper.

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I might also add that last week I tried a burger from the Illawarra Leagues Club: House made beef patty, baby cos, onion rings, melted cheddar, garlic aioli and truss tomato relish on a house made milk bun. Served with a side of hand cut chips. Highly commended. Here is another item from their menu:

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Bangers and mash. Must try that one day. On Friday I had a really tasty fish chowder there. This is similar:

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Finally, the good news is that Fuku has reopened at last, in Corrimal Street in the new building that has arisen from the old Oxford Hotel site. The internet doesn’t seem to have caught on to the new venue yet, or its name change to Fujiyama. Chris T and I plan to check it out next weekend.