Benny boyd’s, Neutral Bay

Allpress coffee. At first glance, this appears to be a sandwich shop with some outdoor seating, but step inside, and you’ll see a fully-fledged café/sandwich bar with a peaceful, well-lit upstairs lounge and dining area.

Staff are friendly and efficient, food choices are healthy, and the place is equally suited to relaxing with friends, or a low-key business meeting.

Coffee takes a little while to arrive, but is pleasant and well made: I haven’t had an Allpress coffee for a while, and it’s good to be reacquainted with it.

Bar mokador, Pitt St, Sydney

Mokador coffee. Plenty to look at if you take a seat inside. A big range of pastries, and pasta choices for the lunch crowd. Staff are efficient, if not exceptionally friendly, and the service is fast, especially from the takeaway window. A couple of exotic beverage choive adorn the otherwise standard drinks menu: for example, an italian hot chocolate.

Coffee, though not fresh ground, is pleasant – certainly drinkable. Hot enough to drink immediately, smooth and without unpleasant afteraste. 7/10.

timbertown

If you’ve never been to timbertown, but you’re curious about what life was like in Australia in the 1880’s for people working in the timber industry (and let’s face it, who isn’t), then you owe it to yourself to make the journey over to Timbertown. Where else can you see actual bullocks dragging a big log around the oval: it doesn’t get any more Australian than that.

didn’t even notice…

For the first time in a while last week, I left work, and headed outside expecting to see daylight, but it was already dark. I’d been under the fluorescent lights for a long stretch, and just lost touch with what was going on around me.

A week later, and some much needed time out of Sydney has done me the world of good. High points of the trip were seeing Ben and Laura, visiting Timbertown, and spending time with my mother-in-law and her dog (and her ever-improving garden – some of which made its way home with me)!

Book: The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain De Botton.

Sometimes, someone lends you a book, and it so grabs you that you immediately throw everything else to one side, and finish that book, regardless of everything else you are reading. This was one such book.

Mostly about architecture, and a little about art and human perception, this was a book that tried to explain what it is about our environment that so affects our mood. Botton speaks eloquently about the possible reasons for a particular culture finding beauty in one style, but not another. An eye-opening read, and filled with photographs of the various works and buildings that it examines. Well worth a look if your job (or your hobby) is in any way visual.