That feeling when you step outside for a last minute grocery run, and the tissue paper crowns too small for your head, slides off and lands on the back of your neck, giving the exact sensation of a hundred unseen spiders crawling at once.
Double Roasters. 2-4 Canley Vale Ave, Canley Vale. On the edge of Canley Vale, close to its train station, lies this newly opened cafe with a focus on delicious, instagram-friendly food.
The inside is reminiscent of Blackwood Pantry in Cronulla, with lots of light timber and white walls. It’s a beautiful space, and they’ve made the most of the space they have – fitting in as many tables and chairs as they can, but still with the airiness of the high roof.
They managed to spread the colour around, and provide views into the kitchen.
Coffee is quite good – it’s a double roasters. My espresso is gone in a single gulp.
The flat white is even better than the espresso; balanced, with a rich mouthfeel.
We tried quite a bit of the food, but the standout was the fried chicken burger. Just a hint of chilli, good balance, and Brasserie Bread soft bread roll.
If you’ve never been to Canley Vale, now might just be the time to try it out.
We watched this 2003 Will Ferrell movie with the kids. It’s G-rated, though has a few scary moments in it. Many laughs, though. Ferrell was in fine form, and Jon Favreau did a solid job on the direction.
Netflix: Killer Elite
I was looking for a simple popcorn flick, and lured in by knowing this was a Jason Statham film, and by Clive Owen’s terrible moustache on the poster. It was actually more nuanced and interesting as an action/drama. Lots of well-composed frames, and oddly lots of Australian actors.
Movie: The Founder
Decided to see this knowing precious little about the movie except (broadly) the subject matter, and that it was a Michael Keaton film. It’s a biopic of a man with a lot of drive, and a lot of flaws, and has some scenes (notably the marriage sub-plot) that will stay with me for a long while.
Movie: Doctor Strange
Another visit to the Marvel universe. Visually spectacular, owing much to “inception”. Has a car crash which was a genuine jump moment (even though I knew from a review that it was going to happen). Running time is a bit long, but it creates its own world effectively and has enough laughs to be an entertaining piece.
Hell or High Water – watch it for a Jeff Bridges performance, or a character study, or an indictment against the treatment of the working poor in Texas – it’s a dark, violent-in-places story of an anti-hero and a law-man.
Movie: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
The opening scene of Jack Reacher 2 – which is in the trailer – pans across the aftermath of a hand-to-hand fight, while the eponymous aggressor Tom Cruise sits in a nearby diner, waiting for law enforcement to arrive. Rather than starting with an action scene, we start after it. This seemed – in the trailer – a clever device, but is more the talisman for an action movie that feels a little phoned-in.
I wanted to enjoy it, but despite moments of cleverness and amusement, it wasn’t stand-out enough for a Tom Cruise movie.
Di Lorenzo Coffee. 14 Hartill-Law Avenue, Bardwell Park. I’ve driven past this place a few times, and when I was due for a late lunch, I thought I’d call in. There’s a lot of Pinocchio-themed toys and artwork on the walls and around the coffee machine, and the menu is even inside a Pinocchio storybook.
Tasty and generously portioned caesar salad ($12.50) and flat white ($3.50), with still water in an italian soda bottle (free). It’s a good quality, suburban cafe that makes an effort to make its customers welcome.
In this podcast interview with Moira Weigel surveying the landscape of dating apps, and looking back at the history of “dating” – how women joining the workforce changed the nature of courtship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one idea in particular stood out to me.
We are trying to make everything into a kind of work. We measure exercise and movement, calorie intake, all in an attempt to make our lives better.
The notion of the “side hustle”, where your hobby is converted into another way to make money; what is left that is just for enjoyment?
But it was this quote (which I listened to at 2.5x speed after checking my Fitbit) – “…we track our sleep now to optimize it.”
Maybe because I was aware of more specifics than “I’d had a restless night”, and that “I slept 3:47 last night” instead.
Sleep becomes fuel for health and wellness, not something that is a part of life to be enjoyed.
I’m fairly confident that the things I’m doing are worthwhile, and so optimising them is a good idea.
But I don’t want to lose the joy of the activities in the quest to make the most of time.