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Eleebana Lake Macquarie Fishing Trip – Day 5

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

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!


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

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

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

“big boat”! Boat No.2 at the ready!

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

Willy on the water.

Zi puling up a small squid.

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!

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

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

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

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!

And grilled halloumi!

Julia showing her awesome instincts putting baby Alyssa to sleep.

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

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

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

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

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

And pancakes too!

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.

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

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!

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

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

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

Stevey taking photos of Alyssa.

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

Boys setting up the boat.

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

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


First catch! Zi with a little squidy!

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

Reuben Sandwiches for lunch!

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!

For dinner, Beef Rendang!

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

Pickled veggies.

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

Oink! Nice logo Glen!

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


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

Tasting plate was the way to go!

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!

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Brunch at Coogee Pavillion

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

Vertically challenged Krysti and her bestie Zoe.

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

Pong on!

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

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

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

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

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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Box of goodies at my doorstep!

What planted the H2Coco seed.

I’m VERY late to the Coconut Water movement. A little while back we sponsored a young race car driver by the name of Trent Grubel (we still support him today), we got his race car wrapped in some crazy graphics by James Jirat, and he won the series last year (you can see photos of his car here).

At the time Trent was raving on about coconut water. I love coconut juice as much as the next guy, and sure I’ve been drinking the super sweet stuff from Asian groceries for years, but never knew that coconut water was a healthy rehydrating drink (because the stuff I’d been drinking was full of sugar!). Enter that fatal morning when I was so hung over I needed more than water, and I grabbed a coconut water which somehow went down damn nice (tastier than an electrolyte drink IMHO) and also made me feel a lot better soon after.

Now I’m hooked and going through the stuff like a fiend!

This box wont last me long (can they please send me a box weekly?!). For more info, visit:

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Beer & Clam night at Red Lantern

Willie the Boatman’s beers were awesome. Fruity, hopsy and quite complicated.

Hand dived scallops with a green mango and shrimp salsa matched with Foo Brew Golden Ale. Such an awesome way to start!

Thrown into the mix, Red Lantern’s amazing signature battered chilli salted squid with fresh lemon and white pepper dipping sauce.

Juicy diamond shell clams and Vietnamese herb salad matched with Todd’s Trailer Ale.

Vietnamese style clam chowder was a great twist on Chinese congee, matched with The Bulger.

Tea smoked SA blue mussels with roasted red peppers and chilli matched with The Crazy Ivan Pale Ale. So hearty.

Corong Pippi’s in Thai basil, chilli and lime matched with Old Salty Gose (my fave beer of the night!).

Happy diners!

Tonight a group of 6 of us experienced Red Lantern on Riley’s Beer & Clam night with Willie the Boatman. 5 amazingly delicious courses of Sydney’s freshest shell fish, washed down with awesome craft beers from Willie’s local Sydney brewery.

Such a great intimate night with the chef and brewer educating us along the way from behind the Red Lily cocktail bar. Red Lantern are hosting these semi-regularly now, so be sure to book yourself in to one. At $60/head it’s awesome value, you won’t regret it!

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Coogee Bite

Ham Eggs Benedict at Coogee Bite, still my fave eggs benny in Sydney!

Cacia went for the Salmon. Food orgasm in her mouth, she says!


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Marrickville Market

My mate Leo’s shop at the markets! I love this man! Double Denim! Just do it!

Almond Milk. I can’t refuse it!

FUH! Finally had this pho in a cup and damn it sure didn’t disappoint!

Spotted on the dash of a rusted out Combi.

Spotted this piano at Reverse Garbage. It was in tune too! I was so tempted to buy it…

The chi stand was suuuuuuper chill.

Spotted in a pawn shop window. The only 2 pedals a rock/metal guitarist ever needs (I have both and used them when playing live all those years with my old band).

Loved this Dodge. What a beast. Amaze!

Newtown, as Melbourne as Sydney gets.

Mojito! Quick refreshment stop at the rooftop bar at Zanzibar.

So awesome!

Couldn’t resist a spinach and ricotta pastizzi from the Maltese Cafe (and of-course their amazing tomato and garlic sauce!).

RPRSNT! So much love!

Dropped in to Dan Murphy’s on our way home and splurged on a box of 2008 Wynns Coonawarra Cab Sav, aw yeah! AW YEAH!!!

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