Monday, October 10, 2005
A mid week weekend.
Took off up to the Stanthorpe area last wednesday for 4 days, some great 4 wheel driving (at Girraween and Sundown ) and some great wines. No pics up loaded yet but soon maybe. The high light however the friday night dinner.
$80 a head included pick up and return from the local area (about 50k's in any direction)
It was a game masters dinner at Ballandean Estate winery in Ballendean (which is the town where all the Stanthorpe wineries are located)
The food first, it was a 5 course dinner + pre and post, and to warn you it was all game foods. I think most of whats below is right, things got more and more hazy as the night went on, I do have a menu somewhere... when I find it I will correct things.
Pre dinner nibblies was rabbit tourine (from memory) and I believe some form of testee ... i didn't know they were balls until after i ate them and went hmm they are nice then I found out, oh well c'est la vie then again I don't know maybe they were pulling my leg (I don't care it tasted nice)
Entree was quail sesame salad beautiful salad by itself, but the quail was awesome
1st main was roast duck, served with fresh roated asparagrass with white wine sauce
2nd main was venison lasagne with a great italian salad.
3rd main was walaby shanks (like lamb shanks but with walaby)
Desert was caramelised pear with homemade toffee
post dinner was coffee and hand made chocolates
All cooked by the vineyard owners wife and daughter, both Italians and both great cooks. Aparently they had other chefs apply to do the dinner from Sydney and Brisbane but the vineyard owner (Angelo) said in the past they haven't worked out. All I know is there was alot of food and it was all great.
It would be hard to pick a best dish of the night, very hard but I will go with the roast duck.
So yes, I ate bugs, tweetie, daffy, skippy and bambi ... but it was all delicious.
Now for the drinks... (also included in the $80)
Pre-dinner they had a bunch of museum wines out, and it wasn't a tasting they were bottles on a table and you poured as much as you did or didn't want and I didn't see a single spitoon out anywhere. These wines were for the most part fantastic, and some of them I would have thought would last that long, a 93 Rhine Reisling and a 97 Chardonay for example very old for whites and the reisling in particular was very nice. While some were amazing like the 93 Shiraz, 94 Cabinet/Mernoc/Merlot and the 88 Cab Sav.
Anyways they called us in for dinner and told us to take any bottles in with us we wanted to drink. Each course was then served with a wine and vintage the wine maker had selected particularly for that meal. And all of them were great choices.
If you ever come to Australia or live here already keep an eye out for that event.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Did a little 4WDing up at Ormeau on Saturday, and a little bit of beach running at Cooloola on Sunday. And managed to avoid damaging my car. All in all a good weekend.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Been ages since I updated this.
Bought a small 4WD, and a digital camera ... The results of that are up at http://obes.ausgamers.com/ .
Got my provisional black belt in Taekwondo.
And lots fo other stuff came and went.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Well I did ok, passed my gradding and only a little pain left in the hamstring now when I train. Met the class I will be instructing for the next 3 weeks while my Instructor is on holidays.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Last night was my first training session since tearing my hamstring 10 days ago. I had to basically go easy on my left leg. Its going to be frustrating, not sure how far I can go with it.
Friday, May 28, 2004
Been slack haven't been updating this (as was pointed out to me)
Training ... lots
Went in a tournament last weekend, fought up a division and lost, mainly becuase at the start I didn't think I could. First round 4-0, second round 5-2 final round 6-5 ... I am annoyed with myself beyond belief for not believe I can, but then again thats problem my one big flaw in everything, I believe I can't so I won't even try.
Down to 88.5kg ... sub 84 is looking closer. Tho it meant new jeans, down to a levis 501/502 33
Sunday, May 09, 2004
Mother's Day went well. She liked the flowers etc etc. The meal was ok. But to behonest the place (FM was called Full moon) is all location and not much on quality of food. At least they had a nice New Zealand Sav Blanc.
Got 2 new bits of time loot in EQ a neck and shurikens,magelo clicky. Started playing City of Heroes have to say that so far I think its a more enjoyable game then EQ every was. Yet another way to waste time between work and training.
- 4 km run