Onred on Red Hill Lookout


On Friday night Bron and I dined at Onred on Red Hill Lookout. We’ve dined there before and enjoyed the experience. This time was no different. The restaurant is at the top of a hill with a great view of Canberra. I imagine dining in summer in the early evening is more spectacular with the changing light conditions of sunset to view. At the end of May though, even with a 6.30 reservation, the sky was black and all of Canberra’s lights could be seen ūüôā

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This year’s birthday fun


It was my birthday this week (Thursday 1 May) and I made sure I had as much fun as possible. I have quite a few friends who take the day off on their birthday but I always like to be at work because my work friends are the best ūüėČ

On Thursday I woke up early and decided I’d have a classic breakfast of bacon and eggs. The image is a special birthday image because I wanted to continue playing with exposure bracketing and create a high dynamic range (HDR) image. For more detail please click on the images and then use the back button to return to the blog.

Birthday bacon and eggs with avocado in HDR.

Birthday bacon and eggs with avocado in HDR.

I also added a little avocado. Doesn’t that bacon look good. I wish we could share the smell of bacon on the blog.

On arriving at work I noticed my work area had been decorated. This must have happened after I finished work on Wednesday. My work friends had decided to rev me up by using colours and images of footy teams I do not support. For some reason that morning I decided to wear my Brisbane Broncos neck tie which was a good move given the Canberra Raiders, NSW Blues and Collingwood Magpies images and colours surrounding me all day.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues. Yes the baby is me at about six months old.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues. The biohazard sign is always there given the food I eat and the fact I have IBS. TMI? Really?

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., black and white for Collingwood.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., black and white for Collingwood.

I turned on my laptop and noticed Google knew my birthday.

How did Google know it's my birthday?

How did Google know it’s my birthday?

For lunch I wanted something light because Bron was taking me out for dinner to a surprise venue. I elected to buy some shaved lamb and tabouli from Mavi. I was also given some Canberra Raiders lime milk for my birthday from ¬†a work mate. I needed to ensure my team, i.e., the Brisbane Broncos were in the frame too ūüėČ

Shaved lamb with tabouli and humus. I was given a Canberra Raiders lime milk for my birthday. That meant I needed my Brisbane Broncos can cooler in frame too.

Shaved lamb with tabouli and humus. I was given a Canberra Raiders lime milk for my birthday. That meant I needed my Brisbane Broncos can cooler in frame too.

For dinner Bron took me to The Boat House by the Lake.¬†I decided because it was a special occasion I wouldn’t capture images but I did keep the menu for the evening as a momento.

The Boathouse menu from Thursday 1 May 2014

The Boat House menu from Thursday 1 May 2014

I ate the ocean trout pastrami, the scallop, the beef fillet and oxtail and finished with the Nitro valrhona dulcey caramel cheesecake. Every dish was delicious. Every dish was delicately created. In many ways it reminded me of Sage¬†which is one of our favourite restaurants. If you want another Canberra blogger’s perspective I suggest reading Tara’s post.

While every dish was delicious, the other highlights included the view of the lake and the bread. Given it was my birthday I let myself off the low carbohydrate life style and indulged myself in the amazing bread and butter. If given a choice between the bread and the view, I’d recommend the bread every time. I definitely want to return so I can capture images.

Okay so Friday wasn’t my birthday but I was going out to dinner again so I treated Friday as an extended birthday too.

Cheese omelet and avocado for #breakfast

Cheese omelet and avocado for #breakfast

After a big dinner, the breakfast had to be relatively light ūüôā

So after a day at the hospital Bron and I went out with five other friends to Hangari Kimchi in Dickson. This was our first Korean barbecue experience. It didn’t disappoint.

The following is a series of images from the night. Basically you can order meat for barbecuing as well as things like hot pot. We had¬†both a hot pot and barbecue. For meat we¬†concentrated on beef and pork. The meat was fantastic very thinly cut Wagyu and prime rib plus streaky fatty pork. The kimchi was very spicy but really tasty as was the hot pot. I’d like to return and enjoy some of the other meats.

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson bathroom

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson bathroom

For dessert we went to the Dickson Cold Rock Ice Creamery. I had passionfruit and mint flavoured freddo frog.

Cold Rock Ice Creamery passionfruit with mint Freddo frogs

Cold Rock Ice Creamery passionfruit with mint Freddo frogs

It’s been a great birthday and I’m grateful to Bron and my friends for helping me celebrate.

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A really hot night at Morks Restaurant | Ping @morksrestaurant


This week has been warm in Canberra. Finally some decent weather. If only it was more humid. This week would have to be the best week I’ve ever experienced in Canberra weather-wise. We’ve had maximum temperatures in excess of 40 ¬įC on some days and in the high 30s on others.

I can’t get over how good I’ve felt this week compared with last week when every morning I woke up feeling almost depressed.

So tonight Bron and I went to Morks for dinner. Bron was hoping they had air conditioning given the heat. Regular readers will know that Morks is one of our favourite places in Canberra. The food is always good. The service is fantastic. The Morks team, especially Benn are just so friendly. The new restaurant in Kingston is going great guns and tonight it was packed inside and outside.

We were greeted as always by Benn and his big friendly smile. We had a really great table next to the window so we could see in and out of the restaurant and have a water view.

The menu has changed a little but some of the classics are still there. I was conscious that I need to lose some weight so this week I’ve been minimising my carbohydrate intake and made choices accordingly.

For an entrée Bron asked for the zucchini fritters and I asked for Morks signature entrée, viz., the Angel Prawns.

Friday 2014-01-17-19-20-30 AEDT Angel Prawns: Six sublime, sizzling king prawns coated in a kaffir lime leaf and coconut based sauce, served in an earthenware dish

Friday 2014-01-17-19-20-30 AEDT Angel Prawns: Six sublime, sizzling king prawns coated in a
kaffir lime leaf and coconut based sauce, served in an earthenware dish

The prawns came out sizzling hot. I took the ‘hats’ off all of them so they wouldn’t over cook on the plate. They were perfectly tender and the flavours were out of this world.

For a main meal Bron asked for the Pork ribs with caramelised sweet and sour soy glaze with round beans and mustard leaves, served with jasmine rice. Sadly the ribs were off the menu tonight. So Bron then asked for Hunter‚Äôs plate which consisted of Fried spatchcock with young chilli relish, fried beef ribs with nham jeaow sauce, sticky rice. Bron shared with me some of her beef ribs. Oh boy, they were really good. I’m eating that dish next time.

I asked for one of my favourite dishes, viz., Braised pork belly with crackling, English spinach, boiled quail eggs served with five spice pork reduction, chilli and garlic relish and rice fried with basil and chili.

Friday 2014-01-17 19.43.12 AEDT Braised pork belly: Braised pork belly with crackling, English spinach, boiled quail eggs served with five spice pork reduction, chilli and garlic relish and rice fried with basil and chili

Friday 2014-01-17 19.43.12 AEDT Braised pork belly: Braised pork belly with crackling, English spinach, boiled
quail eggs served with five spice pork reduction, chilli and garlic relish and rice fried with basil and chili

This dish never disappoints. I love it. The pork is so tender. It’s not too salty some pork belly can be. The crackling is perfect and the quail eggs amazing.

If you want to try contemporary Thai food, try Morks. I know I’ll be back.

Morks can be found at 18/19 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore. The telephone number for reservations is 02 6295 0112.
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The receipt from our meal