After spending 10 days in Japan enjoying the beautiful foods, it was time to learn for myself. Last night, I headed across to Azusa's (it's so great to go to a friend's place for dinner, when you only have to go down the elevator, run 20 metres across to the next building and then up again!) to learn how to make sushi. Azusa was a great teacher, very patient and she made it look so easy - my sushi rolls were definitely not as neat as hers.
Saturday, 28 February 2009
Friday, 27 February 2009
This morning, Amy and I discovered what could become a new dangerous addiction in Wuxi - 4 course brunch at Uberfood! It was so nice to have a long, lazy brunch, while reading Sunday magazines and Vogue. We enjoyed a German pastry basket, poached eggs with smoked salmon, an antipasto platter, chicken and bacon salad and black forest cake - all spread out over a lazy three hour period. A perfect way to start a weekend.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
It was off to Uberfood last night to celebrate my birthday with lots of good food, good wine and good company. Most of us enjoyed the four course meal of sea bass with asparagus, salmon salad, beef with risotto and a selection of desserts - yum! All washed down with sparkling wine of course - bubbles on a birthday are a must, I say. Amy, Azusa and Tracy were very sneaky in organising a birthday cake, complete with sparklers, for me. It was my favourite Uberfood cake - mousse cake topped with strawberries.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
I'm not that excited about turning 28 - I feel like I should be a little more grown up. Everyone keeps telling me that 28 is a sexy age though, so maybe I have a good year ahead of me? As hard as it might be to be grown up, sexy and sophisticated here in Wuxi! I actually feel a little homesick today because I would normally be spending my birthday with family back at home. But the Davidson family are currently all over the world - Mum is in Jordan, Dad is in Canberra, Tom is in Melbourne and Rob is in the UK. What a well travelled family!!
So, because they are not here to celebrate my birthday with me, I thought I'd share them with the world by posting some pictures of them and indulge in a little 'I love my family/my family are great' rant! I know that I may be biased and that everyone thinks their family is wonderful, but mine really is, sure we're not perfect but we always have a good time together and support each other when we need it. There are so many things that I love to do with each of my family members - I love going for a walk with mum and then chatting over a glass of wine, talking to my dad on skype and seeing him with the dogs on the video, training in the park with Tom and going for a horse ride with Rob (when the horses were alive) and more recently travelling around China with him. All the Davidsons will visit me here in China at some point while I am here and I can't wait to share those special times with each of them. I can't forget my grandmother either - I love having chats with her on skype and receiving her packages of magazines and DVDs.
Monday, 23 February 2009
Since I began spending a lot of time at Anita and Ben's farm, 'Wild About Fruit', in Coldstream, some years ago, I learnt a lot about the production and selling of fruit. In particular, I learnt about the value of eating seasonal fruits and vegetables. Seasonal fruit however seems to be a little different here in Wuxi as the best fruits to buy at the moment are all summer fruits - pineapple, mangoes and strawberries. It certainly feels a little strange to be eating such yummy, juicy fruits when it is wet, cold and miserable outside!
I always visit the same fruit store, normally 2-3 times a week, and always after I've been to the gym. I have been trying to practise my Mandarin on the store owner and she is always so patient with me. We seem to be able to communicate successfully with a combination of poor Mandarin and a lot of sign language. She always thinks it's funny when I come in on my bike, with my face red and sweaty!
Sunday, 22 February 2009
It was with much excitement that the girls from Wuxi (and Changsha) headed to Shanghai on Saturday afternoon for a weekend of shopping, eating and drinking. First stop was to drop our bags off at Ashley's place where we met Ash's new housemate in a fairly awkward situation. So, it was quickly out of there to find the fabric markets and order some new clothes ready to be picked up tomorrow. The fabric market in Shanghai is so amazing, so many beautiful fabrics and different styles of coats, shirts, dresses etc.
Friday, 20 February 2009
Unfortunately, today my body sent me a pretty strong message that it was feeling the stress of the last few weeks - I woke up with horrible stomach pains and had to stay in bed for pretty much the whole day. I must have really needed the rest because I slept for most of the day! Chloe arrives tonight and I am so excited about seeing her. We met on my GAP year nearly 10 years ago and we're only seen each other once since then. We've both been really looking forward to this weekend for ages....look out Shanghai!