Food Vans

The other night a friend of mine from my college days came back into town and we decided to head out somewhere a grab a bite. We drove into the south side of the city and started walking around the place looking for something interesting. We came across this food van event, a sort of festival for all the travelling food trucks in the city. They all gathered in this great big vacant lot and served their quick food. They really spent quite a lot of money on it as well, along with the various food vans (about 20 in total) there were also a few smaller stalls selling little trinkets, I saw one of the places was selling a very interesting looking dream catcher.   We started doing laps around the lot, struggling to decide what to get, we eventually both settled on some sort of South American burger. This smoked and shredded meat on a really crunchy bun with coleslaw, it was really great, could’ve done with a bit of sauce though. The great thing about food van food is that it comes in small portions, so we starting the laps again searching for something a bit different and we came across this really interesting sandwich place. The bread they use is very similar to the steamed buns you find at dumpling shops except the bread was moulded into a bun shape. We both had a pulled pork, peppermint and horse radish sandwich from there and it was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. After we finished eating we decided to grab a beer from the two brothers who were selling their home brewed stout. I’m not a huge fan of stout at the best of times but this was actually quite ok, it was very strong though, almost 12% alcohol volume in one glass. In any case, really great night out with a mate, food vans will be a tradition from now on.

Bayside Markets

I heard about some cool markets that happen weekly down by the sea a few minutes from my house so I decided to head down there yesterday. Probably one of the best Sunday mornings I’ve had in ages. My brother, his fiance and I were there until almost midday, checking out all the different food stalls and the wacky things that the vendors were selling. When we first got there, there was a street-long line leading to a very small lemonade stand. Thinking it must be brilliant if this many people wanted some, my brother and his partner stood in line while went off to get us some food. I noticed a stall selling what looked like (at first glance) pizza without the melted cheese, when I investigated further it turned out to be Turkish deep fried bread called Langos (pronounced LANG-GOSH). They were big too, so I bought 2 two of those and started the walk back to the lemonade stand. While I was gone my brother’s fiance had gone off to another stall where (as she told me later) they sold these very beautiful wind chimes.  After a total of 25 minutes in the lemonade line we finally sat down to trie the strange combination of deep fried bread and squeezed lemons. I really enjoyed both (especially the lemonade) but my brather was not keen on the Langos, he said it tasted like stale corn. After we ate we walked over to the stage area of the markets where there was a group of musicians preparing to play, they seemed to be beginners and took quite a long time to get all their sound equipment working properly but after they got going, they had a great sound. So for the rest of the morning we just sat on the grass listening to the young band (I think they were called The Cocoa Seeds) and my brother bough us a few beers later in the day to cap it all off. Brilliant morning down there at the markets.

New Pool, New Room

So we just began construction of a pool at our house. It’s much bigger than expected, it’s going to be around 10 metres when it is finished. I’m really looking forward to being able to swim any time of the day or night, going to the local gym and having to share lanes with people is a real annoyance. In the process of clearing the space for the pool we’ve had to knock down half of our shed, which was in desperate need of a clean out any way. There was years worth of stuff in there that no one was touching and we finally got rid of most of it. We’ve realised now that we don’t really need a full sized connected shed like we had, so we’re planning on building an external granny flat of sorts where it was. The idea is that it can act as a bedroom upstairs for my brother and an office downstairs for him too. We’re all very keen on designing the place and I’m especially interested in furnishing it. I’ve been really into modernist/minimalist furniture for a long time and now we’ve got a blank slate to really create something cool. I’ve been looking at picking up an Eames chair, one of the big leather and wood ones that reclines and comes with an ottoman. They’re really gorgeous pieces of design and you can find pretty faithfully constructed replicas here for under $500. I can’t get enough of this type of design, I think I’m a modernist through and through. Hopefully my brother doesn’t mind me commandeering his office to sit in the chair I’ve bought (or the desk or the lamps or the buffets which I will inevitably buy as well). Pretty excited about both of these projects, it’s already feeling like a new house around here. I’ll leave you with a video of the construction of an Eames chair, it’s a beautiful thing.

A Cinema Room

So what goes into a great cinema room, is it the size of the screen ?  Is it the sound system ? Is it the chairs you sit in to make it such a great experience ?  Well in truth its all of those things in complete harmony which creates a cinema room you just don’t want to leave.  Now that its time to redesign my own cinema room I’m starting to imagine how all of these things might come together, but first I need to assure you all that we certainly do need this room because for better or for worse my family just love their movies.  Ever since they were little my kids would scuttle into the rumpus room and build a fortress of blankets and pillows and watch all the kids tv show and especially tlots of animated films. Alladin, land before time, Mary Poppins, Dragon ball Z and a hundred others. So as they got older their love for movies grew ( although I can take some credit for nurturing this idea) and they started watching lots of the classics as well as almost anything modern with a good story and lots of action.  My daughter gravitates to musicals and romcoms while my son loves indie films and anything with Tom Cruise in it (no accounting for taste) as well as foreign films.  So our need for a good cinema room is probably greater than our need for a kitchen, and given how little we cook this is actually literally true.  At the moment we have a 50 inch plasma screen TV with a Yamaha sound system which barely gets going because the room isn’t that big.  What we really need is a bigger screen, I’m thinking one of those 70 inch bad boys, flat screen, LED, surround sound and internet connected.  Maybe one like this.

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All I know is that if I get a scrren like this I will never leave my cinema room and all the sons friends will take up permanent residence.  Now I just need the $8000 it costs to magically appear and it will be in for Christmas.