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Old School Crew Reunion at Chi and Co.

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Juxtaposition! Chi and Co., a hip Asian restaurant with very ‘now’ branding and interior decor, but… in Canley Vale!

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Hey Papz! Eating here was Papz’s suggestion.

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Just like the good old days.

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Pakula bomb.

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Andy.

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Here’s cheers!

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Food was good! Tasty, punchy. I liked it.

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Pakula making it rain!

Mad catch ups with the old school crew the other night. Auto Salon magazine, IS Motor Racing, JDMyard, all the guys who inspired me to create JDMST back in the day. Time flies, but everyone still looks and acts the same. Lots of laughs as expected! Always great vibes when these guys are all together (which sadly is a real rarity these days).

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B’Day Dinner

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LOL decorations! Mum couldn’t help herself!

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Photos of Mum and Dad and I, from Mum.

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Spot that DTM car Miles?

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Yeah! Go Miles!

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Leo’s growing up so fast.

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So crazy cute too!

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Richie’s little oven thingy! So awesome!

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Looking and smelling amazing.

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My haul! Love the MAY 1975 Wheels Mag! Excited about the beer which I first/last had (and loved!) at Pork’d. Nougat too!

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Robot money box from mum.

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Pre dinner photos.

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Jamie makes the best salads.

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Richie’s chicken, served. SO JUICY!

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40! Fek!

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If Black Forrest cake wasn’t enough, there was also one of my fave desserts, baklava!

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Miles reppin’ Star Wars.

Has been a really chill B’Day weekend. Dinner and drinks at Richie and Jamie’s on my B’Day night was awesome. Lounging on the couch for most of Sunday before heading out to lounge on a mate’s couch all afternoon into night was great too. Haha.

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Elvis Burger at Brewtown Newtown

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Post shoot Elvis Burger at Brewtown Newtown with Emily. So late to the party! Ground beef, savoury cronut, Canadian bacon, gruyere and mayo served with chips and relish.

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Pho An

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It’s been a while!!! Catch ups with Jess, out West!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 5

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Morning ritual. A great coffee and brekkie surprise; today we had ricotta pancakes!

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Sun was up! So How Crew didn’t even bother with the boats today. All rods in and the guys pulled up a couple of legal sized brim and another flatty!

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Brimmy.

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Zi’s amazing tempura using freshly caught flathead, brim and squid with Sapporo beer batter!

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Then for our last dinner Colin and Mei served up Hiyashi chūka, a Japanese dish of chilled ramen noodles with various toppings, so healthy, so good!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 4

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Day 4 and the sun finally came out to play! Sausage and eggs muffins for brekkie!

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“big boat”! Boat No.2 at the ready!

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Before heading out fishing for the day Colin stuffed ribs in the smoker for tonight’s dinner!

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Willy on the water.

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Zi puling up a small squid.

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For lunch we had nem nuong, bit of a tradition on our Easter trips, except this time Colin and Mei actually made the nem nuong themselves!

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Julia and monster squid! Fishing after lunch until dark saw Zi pull up this decent sized squidy!

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We’ve caught enough for salt and pepper squid, which will be lunch for tomorrow!

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And tonight, we feast on smoked pork and beef ribs!!! My goodness we’re eating well!!!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 3

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So last night’s never ending jug of sangria saw a fair few of us get pretty pissed. Lots of lols were had. This morning I woke up to the sound of coffee being made, and then as expected, an amazing Colin and Mei breakfast, this time baked Spanish eggs!

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And grilled halloumi!

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Julia showing her awesome instincts putting baby Alyssa to sleep.

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Straight after brekkie Colin was prepping this coffee rubbed pork butt!

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And yeah, outdoing himself once again, this time he brought his own smoker!!!

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It’s raining harder than yesterday today, so, laptops out!

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Steve’s still rockin’ his Nanami Cowdroy Nuvango skin.

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For lunch Colin and Mei made takoyaki with the squid Stevey and Zi caught.

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And pancakes too!

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Then Zi, who was the only guy who was super committed to fishing for hours in the rain caught, caught this 80cm monster flatty off the jetty! Posing with Mei.

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Family photo lol! Done! He’s now got a great fishing story to tell, forever!

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Despite the neighbours on both sides urging us to keep the monster female Zi decided to let her go. A billion kharma points his way!

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So no flathead for dinner, but Colin’s smoked pork butt came out of the smoker after a huge 9hr stint, and amazing pork butt, slaw, crackling and BBQ sauce burgers were smashed, followed by the late arrival of Willie, who’s been unable to make it the past few nights due to food poisoning! He brought along boat number 2 and bottles of cognac!

Weather is looking up for day 4! Now that Willie and his huge tackle box has arrived… it’s game on!!!

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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 2

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Colin brought his entire coffee set-up from home, our private barista!

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Colin and Mei at it again. Corn Fritters for breakfast! Next level!

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Stevey taking photos of Alyssa.

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Stevey having a go at Alyssa in front of Mum Gloria and Julia.

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Boys setting up the boat.

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Then the skies opened up, but it didn’t stop us. In the water she goes.

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I stayed in the boot of Steve’s Tarago to take these shots!

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First catch! Zi with a little squidy!

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Colin’s pastrami has evolved since last time. It’s now fucking epic!!!

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Reuben Sandwiches for lunch!

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Best Reuben I’ve ever had in my life! I’m directing all my positive manifestation powers towards these guys to open their own cafe!

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For dinner, Beef Rendang!

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Traditional Indonesian yellow rice which always takes me back to my childhood.

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Pickled veggies.

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And Sangria!

The sun never came up on day 2. It’s been grey all day, and after an amazing breakfast (Mei and Colin made corn fritters!) it started raining. That didn’t stop the boys from fishing though. The aim was to catch squid for Jewfish bait. We all used squid jigs. An hour in we hadn’t caught a thing but then Zi pulled one up and it was game on. Zi ended up catching 3, Steve one, all on the one pink jig.

Back at the house Colin and Mei served up the best Reuben Sandwich I’ve ever! Damn these guys are so ready to open their own cafe. After lunch it really pissed down, which was cool as we all had food coma. Netflix, grandpa naps and more food in the form of dinner; an Indonesian feast of Beef Rendang, yellow rice and pickles accompanied by an evil jar of white win sangria!

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PORK’D

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The old Red Lantern on Crown St, now PORK’D!

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Oink! Nice logo Glen!

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Pauline had reserved an awesome table for Kimmy and I outside.

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Instructions!

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How could I go past the Sly Fox beer?! Was excellent!

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Tasting plate was the way to go!

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Happy times! Owners, Pauline Nguyen and Mike Bain (owner of the Royal Albert Hotel).

Last night Pauline Nguyen from Red Lantern invoted me to the soft launch of her new restaurant PORK’D (which has replace Red Lantern on Crown St. in Surry Hills).

The beer and food was AMAZING!!! Next level! I’m looking forward to their grand opening, these guys are going to absolutely kill it!

For more information, follow: https://www.facebook.com/Porkd

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Brunch at Coogee Pavillion

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Coogee Beach was more beautiful than usual this morning. The colour of the water was amazing.

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Vertically challenged Krysti and her bestie Zoe.

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Get your hipster on! Barber shop in the Coogee Pavilion.

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Pong on!

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Bowls even (and you can see the kids play area in the background).

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Brunch is served. Lobster roll, beef and chicken burgers and onion rings!

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Girly-go-round. We walked off brunch with a stroll to the far end of Coogee Beach where there’s a kids playground.

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Vertically challenged Krysti provided some more lols with having a hard time reaching ropes to climb haha!

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Faded! This thing used to be bright red when I was in high school, and it also seemed SO much higher back then!

Justin Hemmes’ people have done a pretty damn good job with the re-do of the old Coogee Pavilion, which was never an awesome place to go. As expected, it’s expensive, but at least the food is reliable and I like what they’ve done with the play area out the back (would be even better for families as kids can play whilst parents get sloshed!).

Not sure I’d go back for the food, but might go back during non-peak hours for some pong and beer action!

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