The Weston Eatery, Canley Vale

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.

Weston Eatery - exterior

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.

Weston Eatery - coffee machine

 They managed to spread the colour around, and provide views into the kitchen.

Weston Eatery - front counter

 Coffee is quite good – it’s a double roasters. My espresso is gone in a single gulp.

Weston Eatery - espresso

 The flat white is even better than the espresso; balanced, with a rich mouthfeel.

Weston Eatery - flat white

 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.

Weston Eatery - chicken burger

If you’ve never been to Canley Vale, now might just be the time to try it out.


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Movie: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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.

cafe pinocchio, bardwell park

Pinocchio cafe, Bardwell Park

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. 

Cafe Pinocchio, Bardwell Park

 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.

We track our sleep now

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. 

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I’m back, yet again, to rewatching the West Wing now that there’s a podcast about it from Josh Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway (who I had heard of from his other podcast Song Exploder (try this episode about a Long Winters song “The Commander Thinks Aloud”).

This watch has been another level of insights. For a show made and written in 1999-2006, it’s a time capsule. The computers, the reach of the internet, the way that news breaks, the way that different genders interact in the workplace all seem quaint, even after only 10-15 years have passed.

And I’m spending a lot more time laughing out loud while watching.