February…

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Queenstown

February was dominated by Queenstown and the Routeburn Track- something I’d been training and planning for 6 months for. Five weeks out from departure, I blew my calf muscle, so February was also characterized by some heavy duty physical therapy to get it right in a limited time…but get it right, I did.

Madame Woos, in Queenstown
Madame Woos, in Queenstown

Anyways, without further ado, here is February- in all it’s glory:

What I was blogging

I was still persisting with:

The show

John Water’s Looking Through a Glass Onion at the Opera House. This is the second time I’ve seen this one, and I’d go again.

It was hubby’s Christmas present from me, so we made a day of it, and had lunch at the Opera Bar before the show.

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Best family day out

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King St Wharf

A ferry from Meadowbank to Circular Quay and lunch at Mr Wong’s.

This city on a blue blue day is seriously dropdead gorgeous in a ‘hey you- are you looking at me, why aren’t you looking at me?’ kind of way.

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Best Breakfast

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Every single one at Vudu in Queenstown.

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Youeni at Castle Hill was a close second.

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The coffee might be good, but it can’t compete with the view out the back door at Vudu.

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Best Meal

This is a tougher one to choose.

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Rata in Queenstown was, like last time, worth the advance booking. Josh Emett’s food is close your eyes fantastic. Especially the goats cheese profiteroles.

IMG_5549 Closer to home, there was a yummo dumpling lunch with a girlfriend at our Sunday family fave Taste of Shanghai in Eastwood,

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and the best drunken chicken ever at Mr Wong’s…not to mention melt in the mouth roast pork…

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Not the drunken chicken

The award for best side dish goes to the bowl of corn cobs with coriander and chilli lime salt at the Opera Bar.

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Madame Woo

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So good it gets its own category. In fact, probably one of my top 5 best eats all year.

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The vibe is great, the setting is casual, the food is inspired by Asian hawker markets,

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and the cocktails inspired.

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What more could you want? Just don’t tell anyone about the barbecue duck rice paper roll and beer happy hour specials…ok?

The walk

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My final get ready for Routeburn walk was the Cook’s Park Trail around Botany Bay.

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The recipe

Like I had time to cook?

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a photo of the photo in the book…

I did manage a few home cooked meals… The most popular was from Adam Liaw’s Two Asian Kitchens. Laksa Lemak with homemade curry laksa paste. Too good.

What I read

Aside from Peter Temple’s Truth, it was mostly chick lit: Red Dust, by Fleur McDonald, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, by Marian Keyes, The Unpredictable Consequences of Love, by Jill Mansell. Oh, and I re-read Desmond Bagley’s Snow Tiger. It’s about an avalanche in the South Island of NZ. Sure it’s about 40 years old, but it’s a great read.

Routeburn Track and Queenstown

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What can I say? I love this town and as for the walk? It’s one of the best things that I’ve ever done….one of the hardest, yes, but oh so rewarding.

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You can read all about it here.

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What else I ticked off my bucket list…

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someone else zipping line 4

Routeburn Track was a bucket list item…tick.

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But I also knocked off another two: Shotover Jet and Zip-lining. Both in Queenstown, both incredible experiences. I’ve done jet boats before, but this one is different.

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If you get the chance, you have to.

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What about you? How was your February? Can you remember?

Comments

3 comments on “February…”
  1. Zohra says:

    Jo,
    LOVE your writing voice. Feel like we’re sitting in towers having a coffee at that place we always go to!
    I can’t even remember my February!!

    1. Jo says:

      Awww thanks Zohra…I miss our coffees…but I really truly am going 4 days a week…soon!

  2. Deborah says:

    Lovely! But I can’t believe that was so long ago…. Argh!

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