Dumpling heaven, a stranger in the house and a killer Sunday breakfast

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The week after the Easter public holiday is always a confusing one. It’s a short week, which somehow ends up being even busier than a regular 5-day one, it’s right on the crux of seasonal changes, and, if you’re somewhere that has Daylight Saving, the clocks all change.

It’s a head-wrecker, no mistake.

Well, we’ve got plenty planned for this week… whether we’ll get through it all or not remains to be seen. Especially as we’ve got a little visitor coming to stay towards the end of the week. I think we might be distracted!

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First things first, it’s very important you get your regular serve of dumplings.

Mrs Romance did go to the shops today, but somehow we’ve ended up here: Sea Bay Dumpling House on Pitt Street. Not that I’m complaining of course. My bathtub sized bowl of hot and sour soup and a double stack of pork and spinach steamed dumplings makes me very happy!

Mrs R has ordered the wanton soup, which has taken a surprisingly long time to come out. It’s worth the wait though. There are a dozen wanton dumplings in her soup, which is excellent news.

It means she won’t be able to eat many of the steamed dumplings – which means I’ll have more. Yes, I’m a massive greedy dumpling pig. Sue me!

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Mrs Romance is busy busy busy today. Here she’s having a brunch meeting with the superb Viola from Project Sweet Stuff. Meetings always suck a little bit, but I think the company and the food have made up for it a bit.

The grub in Bread & Circus in Alexandria is both healthy and delicious. Not often you get that kind of a mix!

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Today on the blog, we’re taking a walk on San Diego’s wild side. One of the most loved of So Cal’s state parks is the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Not only is this place home to one of the only native species of tree in this desert region, the Torrey Pine is also one of the rarest pines in the world.

What’s more, the hikes that you can do through here are really special. Ours culminated in a stroll along this spectacular beach on our way back to the car.

Check out one of our best tips for what to do in San Diego – our hike through Torrey Pines Reserve.

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Finally, the end to a short but very busy week. We’ve been so busy in fact that we’ve realised now how little we’ve posted on Instagram this week.

The end of the week heralds the coming of our visitor – our stranger most welcome.

This is the inquisitive yet, laid back Jester. While our friends Jess and Rohan are away visiting family this weekend, we’re looking after him. We’re pretty excited about having this little chap around for the next few days.

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Things are going well with Jester. He seems to be happy enough – though the crash diet we’ve been instructed to maintain with him doesn’t seem to be very much appreciated. Lots of meowing and staring during our meal times. Lots of meowing and staring when he thinks it’s his dinner time too.

Luckily, Jester’s addiction to string distracts him away from hangry quite effectively!

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Someone’s got their eye on Mrs Romance’s Sunday breakfast… but I don’t fancy his chances much.

I think cooking breakfast is one of my favourite meals to make, especially when it all turns out well like this one. Very satisfying – almost as satisfying as eating it – not that little Jester here will know what either of these things feels like!

It’s been a real struggle for us not to turn into crazy cat people this week and just fill up our Instagram feed with cute kitty pics (believe me, we’ve taken quite a few!).

In the next edition of our Instagram Diary, we’ll be back to normal with some amazing food and travel pics. We’ll be visiting the picturesque town of Orange, NSW for the acclaimed Orange FOOD Week. So brace yourself for some mouthwatering shots of what Orange has to offer – both in food and its surroundings.

How has your week been? Have you had any furry visitors? What meal do you like making the most? Tell us in the comments!

Images by Mr and Mrs Romance via Instagram: @MrAndMrsRomance, @HairRomance, @Christina.Butcher – Mrs R’s Insta account and @AngryBastard of course!


  • Nothing beats a home cooked big breakfast except maybe dinner at Seabay. Dumpling Heaven indeed. Sea Bay is hands down my favourite cheap eat in the whole of Sydney!

    • Reply April 14, 2015

      Mr Romance

      It’s a cracker, isn’t it, Sam? Love going there. I don’t know why we don’t go there more often – it’s just down the road for us!

  • My husband makes the most awesome breakfasts at home. This weekend we enjoyed a crackerjack omelette with a side of crispy bacon AND haloumi. I thought all my Christmases had come at once!

    • Reply April 14, 2015

      Mr Romance

      I’m looking forward to our trip down to Rads even more now, Sonic. The potential for a special brekky from Mr SS! 😉

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