James and I like to go away in the Winter holidays to somewhere warm, but this year we didn't have time so we decided to have some one-night minibreaks instead. Yesterday we went to stay in the city at the Metro Hotel on Pitt. I didn't take pictures but it's a good hotel and our Superior Deluxe Queen room was very nice.
I met James on the train and we travelled to the city together. First stop was Cupcakes on Pitt!
James had Jaffa Orange and I had Raspberry. I hadn't tried this flavour before but I loved it so much, I will definitely get it again.
After we checked in we went to the Shark Hotel for a $3 drink. I don't know what people have against this place - it's quite nice inside and the drinks are decent. We had gin & tonic.
We were planning to have dinner at Lucio Pizzeria in Darlinghurst, which we just love, but unfortunately it is closed on Tuesdays! Noooo!
But instead we went to Menya for delicious noodles, so I wasn't really sad. I love Menya. We had gyoza too but I forgot to take a picture so just use your imagination. Or Google Images, if you need to.
Our first trip to Menya was in about 2009, when James took me for a surprise birthday date. Back then everyone who ate there was Japanese and the staff didn't really speak English. James heard about it from our Japanese friend Yuto (hello if you're reading!), who worked there. It's right near Town Hall and costs about ten bucks for more food than I can even eat, so we've been back many times.
Afterwards we walked to the Lindt Cafe in Darling Harbour for dessert, but it was a bit expensive and also not very enclosed, so I thought it would be too cold. We walked all around the harbour looking for somewhere to go, and ended up at Pancakes on the Rocks.
We shared this Macadamia Madness - maple syrup, macadamia nuts and icream. It was really delicious. I will try to make it at home.
We got the Bed and Breakfast package at our hotel, which was $30 extra and included a buffet breakfast, a 2 for 1 drinks voucher at the hotel bar and a bottle of wine. Naturally we stuffed ourselves at the buffet.
Most of the food was really good but as you can see above, one of my pieces of bacon turned out to be a piece of SPAM! Ugh! I didn't eat it.
After checking out we strolled around Myer, then went to Silks Cafe for a Cola, where we were overcharged.
Then we went to visit my lovely friend Sarah E (hello if you're reading!) in her and Matt's new flat. It was really nice! She had a couch delivered while we were there.
For lunch we had been hoping to go to Malibu, an awesome sandwich shop, for a late lunch (because we were stuffed from breakfast, and because they are super busy at lunch time). Just before we hopped on the train I looked up their opening hours and realised they had closed at 2.30, and it was already 2.45!
We had both been really excited for sandwiches so we were pretty down about that. We decided to go to Jamie's Italian instead though, and fortunately we didn't have to wait at all.
We both had the same thing, the burger. It was really delicious, with lovely tomatoes (I don't eat tomatoes so if I enjoy them, you know they're good), garlicky mayo and other nice burger fillings. It was pretty giant and cost $19.50.
We also had these "Funky Chips" ($5.50), with garlic and parsley. V tasty.
And James had a coffee with this cute coffee art.
Then we came home on the train. Thanks for a fun trip Jimmy!