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Unite in Yellow

Unite in Yellow Lunch

I am blessed with amazing friends in my life and through Poppy, I have met even more amazing women who I love spending time with.  We have  children who are similar ages, who all go to the local schools in our area and where we bump into each other at school drop-off, Pilates, coffee catch-ups and play dates.

On Friday, a bunch of these gorgeous friends donned their heels, frocked up and caught the ferry out to Mona to attend the Unite in Yellow Lunch for Cancer Council Tasmania.

Unite in Yellow Lunch

Same Cause.  New Colour.  Yellow is the new Pink!  This event remains focused on raising awareness and funds for women’s cancers.  Donate to the Yellow Daffodil – our symbol of hope – ensuring all funds stay in Tasmania to support Tasmanians.

Denise Scott will be bringing the laughs this year. MONA will again serve up the finest gourmet food and wine in Tasmania and we are working on providing the best items for you to peruse in our famous silent auction.

We enjoyed a beautiful lunch, laughed at Denise Scott’s wit, raised money and caught the ferry back, where we continued on at Grape in Salamanca.

We stayed out way past our children’s bedtimes and it was such a pleasure to be surrounded by a group of women that are so lovely, supportive and truly beautiful.  Xx

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Crazy : Busy

I thought this time of year was supposed to be a quieter time of year, a time to retreat indoors with the fires blazing, Ugg boots on whilst the soup is bubbling on the stove?  There has been no soup bubbling on my stove, as I have had an unprecedented busy schedule for the past month.

I love being busy but I have definitely been burning the candle at both ends at the moment.  I have been working my normal three-days per week, plus guiding trips with Tourism Tasmania hosting International buyers to the state prior to the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) that is happening in the Gold Coast this week.  ATE is Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event.

Last weekend I hosted Emily who hadn’t been to Tasmania before but fell instantly in love with our beautiful food, wine and scenery.  She promotes Tasmania as a destination in the luxury Chinese market.

We spent an afternoon at Josef Chromy with a private tour of the winery followed by a delicious lunch and wine tasting.  The highlight of her trip was actually meeting Josef himself, who joined us at our table for a chat.

We still had room to eat more beautiful food at Geronimo Aperitivo Bar & Restaurant on a rainy Launceston evening.  The next morning we drove to Hobart where Emily spent the afternoon at MONA, before dining together at Peacock and Jones.  A delightful experience to complete her Tasmanian journey.  Xx

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The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

On Wednesday night we went to The Golden Hour at Mona with Nick’s Family:

The Golden Hour

Communal dining at Mona, brought to you by our Executive Sous Chef Vince Trim. Soak up sunset courtesy of James Turrell’s rooftop spectacular, Amarna (2015), then retire to the Wine Bar for some top-notch tucker and flirty banter with the stranger on your left.

You arrive at 6:45pm to a glass of bubbles to compliment your oysters, before you are seated at a long communal (marble) table in the Wine Bar.  Followed by introductions to our neighbours on either side – a Climatologist from Hobart and a bunch of his friends from the States and on the other, a Frenchman with his Singaporean bride in Tasmania on their honeymoon.  An adjacent table were hosting a film crew from China, so the evening certainly had an international flavour, reminding me once again of the ‘Mona Effect‘ and the drawcard this museum in the northern suburbs, has become.

After an amazing entrée of Moo Brew Stout-cured and smoked ocean trout, asparagus, freekah & pickled basil we were ushered, drink in hand, to enjoy James Turrell’s light installation on dusk.  Sitting on the heated seats and marveling at the changing colours above us, we huddled back inside to enjoy the rest of our amazing meal.

It really is a fantastic concept – one where you feel you are having a private dinner party, meeting new people and eating fantastic food, yet without the worry of washing up!  It truly was a ‘Golden Hour’ … or two or three!  xx

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Seafood Seduction

Wowsers – another week has passed and I have been so flat-out, I have barely had time to scratch myself!

Last weekend I worked again with Tourism Tasmania, hosting a group of six Indonesian VIP’s from the Bank of Asia, Clara Magazine – a gorgeous glossy for the stylish Indonesian woman, and two representatives from Tourism Australia.

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The aim of their visit was to experience Tasmania with the hope of enticing more Indonesian’s to our State in the future.  After meeting the group at the airport on Friday morning, they were whisked out to Mona in the Posh Pit where they enjoyed the museum, a beautiful lunch at The Source and then a wine tour and tasting with my friend, Dan.

A drive to the top of Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) bought many ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’, followed by another beautiful meal at the Wrest Point Revolving Restaurant.

The next morning, we blitzed the Salamanca Market (where I quickly found out than Indonesian’s certainly love their shopping) but the highlight of their trip however, was Rob Pennicott’s Seafood Seduction Tour.

Seafood Seduction

Enjoy oysters shucked straight from the water, rock lobster and see your guide dive for abalone and sea urchin.  Be delighted as your catch is turned into a delicious seafood feast accompanied by gourmet local produce and Tasmanian wines, boutique beers, ciders and juices.

Hopping on a boat in Kings Pier, our wonderful guides – Ido and Kate hosted the perfect day, despite the lumpy conditions in the Channel.

Seafood Seduction

I will let the photos speak for themselves but it was the ultimate trip for our international guests – combined with professional yet laid-back guides and amazing seafood including the freshest oysters you will ever eat.  The highlight for the group was experiencing Ido and Kate don their wetsuits and actually dive for our lunch, where they caught fresh sea urchin and abalone.

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As we rolled off the boat, full to the brim with seafood we then had dinner (and more seafood) at The Glass House on the Brooke Street Pier.

I waved the group off at the airport the next morning and I am sure we will see many more of their counterparts coming to Tasmania in search of our amazing seafood and beautiful scenery.  xx

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MONA Amarna

Mona James Turrell

On Mothers Day we popped out to the MONA Rooftop Plaza to see that ‘light thingy‘ (as my husband described it) which was indeed, very apt.

What we experienced was the James Turrell installation – Amarna:

Turrell harnesses the numinous potential of light and space; kind of like what God would do if He decided to build a gazebo. We see Amarna as an elevation of the museum’s hitherto subterranean ponderings of the human condition. If that sounds vague, that’s because Turrell‘s art must be seen to be believed; or, perhaps, not seen, but believed nonetheless.

It was truly amazing.  I will be back … especially for those heated seats!

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C’MONA

MONAI took Poppy and James out to MONA for the last day of the C’MONA Community Centre yesterday where we met Sam and Scarlett, who were also wearing stripes!

The kids loved playing in the Children’s play area and after we wore them out, we came up for air and had a cuppa with a stellar view.  Gotta love a stylish play-date!

The Stripey Girls

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Yum : Art & Soup

MONANo time for cooking when there is a world-class museum in the neighbourhood!

I met Annabelle and her daughter Lilly at MONA yesterday, where we introduced James to contemporary art.  The little fella wasn’t that enamoured with the artwork or installations as he fell asleep for the most part.  He did manage to squeeze out a few smiles for Lilly however!

After our wander through the museum we enjoyed a delicious Thai Pumpkin Soup at the wine bar.  A lovely day out.  Xxx

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Lilly, Annabelle & James

Lilly, Annabelle & James

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MONA : MONA

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It was a double whammy MONA weekend for me this weekend, frequenting Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday was my beautiful friend Aimee’s Hen’s Lunch.  It was a very stylish affair – with some ‘bridey chintz’ thrown in for good measure.  We all met for a wine tasting (mmm … my water tasted nice) followed by a long lunch at the MONA Wine Bar.  It was so lovely to spend the afternoon enjoying beautiful food, good conversation and reminiscing about past follies with old friends.

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Sunday morning was quite miserable, and after an early walk on the beach with Nick, Poppy and Maisy we ventured out to MONA to visit the museum.

Poppy did very well in the pram, whilst Nick and I tried to appreciate the ‘Theatre of the World’ exhibition.  At one stage, I did have to pull out the saviour – Peppa Pig on my iPhone to keep the peace!

We then had a quick lunch at the Wine Bar again.  As nice as it was, it wasn’t quite as relaxing as the day before!  Poppy practically gulped down her baby chino – leaving the tell-tale signs of chocolate residue behind!

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FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

Hi, my name is Larni and I suffer from FOMO! Even though I am at the most settled part of my life and cherish my days with Poppy and Nick, sometimes that little FOMO tug pulls a little too hard. For example, I was driving home at the sensible hour of 4:30 pm on Friday

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