Back to Sydney and the month of love

It’s recovery time for us as we try to wind down after an Excellent Australia Day weekend.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 1 title

Having spent the last few days enjoying the company and hospitality of my brother and of Nikki and Mr SY from Styling You, we’re expecting a quiet next few days.

The question is, will our expectations be met?

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 1a hair of the dog

With a resounding ‘no’ to that last question, we spend the last couple of hours in Brisbane with my brother and sister-in-law by the water at the Moreton Bay Sailing Club bar. Yes, this is a pint of Guinness. And no, it’s not the only one we drink. But it does help us relax… not that we need it!

It’s been a great morning, considering the amount of partying that went on last night! And considering we were up quite early to help my brother pick up the family’s new dog from the rescue centre.

And also after that we had the absolute pleasure of meeting up with Rachel from and Lisa from and their families for a spot of breakfast.

So it’s been a busy day so far!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 1bAB1 total bewilderment at a ferry sign in Bris

Completely obsessed, I prattle on about this sign I saw at one of the river cat ferry stops on the way into Brisbane the other day. Why would something like this need to exist? Has there been a recent spate of Segways hurtling fore and aft, starboard to larboard? Do their gyroscopes mess with the ferries’ navigational equipment? Is this the latest thing for pirates?

Apart from looking ridiculous, what harm are these unorthodox forms of ‘transport’ really doing? I’m fascinated.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 2 the flight home to Syd

Anyway, before long, we’re saying goodbye once again to the Sunshine Coast and all who live there. We’re flying Virgin, which – just so you know – serves complimentary beer and wine on domestic flights that depart after 4pm! Do we? Of course we do! And I have some cheese and biscuits. So there.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 3 gluten-free dinner

We arrive home to discover a bottle of white nail polish has opened in Mrs R’s handbag. It hasn’t made too much of a mess, but it scuppers plans of an early dinner while we clean up.

We decide something reasonably quick and reasonably healthy is called for, so I do my gluten-free spicy chicken nuggets and Mrs R knocks up a tasty corn, red pepper and pomegranate salad to go with it.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 3aHR1 Harbour views

Mrs R is up again at the crack of dawn to go for her run. I love this view and never get tired of it. Especially with a sky so clear and blue.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 4 another gluten-free dinner!

Tonight we negotiate a meal of gluten-free rissoles and warm sweet potato, zucchini red pepper and pomegranate salad (me on the rissoles, Mrs R on the salad). It is most satisfying!


Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 5 our windows

We love where we live. I think that’s important. Yes, it’s quite a small apartment, but the view and the light we get from the sun room, not to mention the 15-minutes-from-everywhere location, makes up for it.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 6 strawberry soda from Paramount Coffee Project

We catch up with our mate PK from this morning. We love It’s a site offering high-end experiences in Australia and all over the world. I reckon there are some good options here for a special Valentine’s for your fancyman or lovely lady. Serious brownie points to be earnt here!

We meet round the corner at the Paramount Coffee Project. It gives me an opportunity to try another one of their crazy tasty milkshakes. I have the Schnickers – a malt chocolate affair with bits of nut and chocolate chip in it – Paramount’s answer to a liquid Snickers. It’s good, but the peanut butter and jelly one is better.

Mrs Romance has this strawberry soda, which looks and tastes great!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 7 UK DIY beer tasting

Today’s post has made me very happy. It’s all about our DIY beer tasting we did when we were in England recently. It was a lot of fun, and best of all we had a good excuse to taste some very good British beers.

Here’s our post on our UK beer tasting.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 8 view from MCA for BuzzFeed AU talk

This afternoon we head to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s front lawn. We’re here to hear a talk about BuzzFeed coming to Australia. It’s an exciting prospect. It’s a great news site and getting some local coverage on it will be great.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 9 Tio's on a Friday kicks off!

We head to Tio’s in Surry Hills for a few tequila cocktails tonight. Great music and atmosphere, and the cocktails are pretty good too!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 10 delicious dips at Alpa's

We’ve carefully avoided breakfast this morning. The promise of lunch at Alpha Greek restaurant is first fulfilled by the dips served. The eggplant dip is tender and smoky but the taramasalata is a pot of genius!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 11 Yes, that's all haloumi

Our table soon becomes very full. The plate nearest to us us the baked halloumi cheese is exquisite.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 12 Greek salad at Alpha's

Then the Greek salad comes. Very good – and the slab of fetta cheese is so tasty!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 13 dessert at Alpha's is excellent too

There are several other dishes we enjoy – including a shoulder of lamb that is so tender it must have been roasting for about a month before serving. It’s awesome.

But eventually we come to dessert. The Turkish delight ice cream on little chunks of strawberry underneath and fresh raspberries on top and an almond filo cigar to finish… it was the end of all of us!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 14 breakfast at Paramount Coffee

This morning, Mrs R heads back to the Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills for a catch-up with a friend. She has another strawberry soda but adds on a bit of avocado and toast for kicks. Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 15 Darling Harbour's Month of Love

After her catch-up, Mrs R comes back home to pick me up to head to Darling Harbour. They’re celebrating the Month of Love during February. They’ve got lots of romantic things to do here – mostly starting from 6pm.

Floating on the water are these heart shaped icebergs – and you can hire a row boat to spend time on the harbour with your loved one. What a lovely thought!

We’re looking forward to spending a bit more time here over the next month. How about you? What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day?

 Images by Mr and Mrs Romance via Instagram: @MrAndMrsRomance, @HairRomance and of course @AngryBastard!


  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Nikki @ Styling You

    I think Sydney goes ok Mr and Mrs! Was such a fun afternoon/evening with you guys x

    • Reply February 4, 2014

      Mr Romance

      That’s true, Nikki. Sydney’s not bad at all. Still really enjoyed our time with you guys. Lots of fun! Jx

  • Reply February 3, 2014


    I love how everything is food related! I WANT THOSE CHICKEN NUGGETS LIKE NOW.

    • Reply February 4, 2014

      Mr Romance

      EVERYTHING can be related back to food somehow, Carly! Believe me, it can be done. The trouble is those chicken nuggets end up ruling your life when you’re as good at relating everything back to food as I am! 😉
      You’ll have to come and stay at some point. I’ll make ’em for ya! Jx

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Sonia from Sonia Styling

    Those chicken nuggets look seriously good! Care to share the recipe?

    • Reply February 4, 2014

      Mr Romance

      Of course, Sonia! Anything for you! Here’s my recipe in brief (and not very accurately):
      I use gluten-free flour to dust the chicken pieces, coat in seasoned milk egg mix and then crumb.
      The crumbs I use a gluten-free bread crumb mix and add polenta for extra crunch, quinoa flakes and sesame seeds.
      The flour, bread crumbs and quinoa flakes are the Woolies Macro brand. Pretty good. For quantities I just guess but from most to least it’s breadcrumbs then polenta then quinoa if you see what I mean. About a cup of bread crumbs should be plenty for 2 chicken breasts.
      Think I’ll do a full post on it though. I’m sure Mrs R won’t mind as long as she gets to eat the photoshoot at the end! Jx

      • Reply February 4, 2014

        Sonia from Sonia Styling

        Fantastic! Thank you so much. I would love to see a full blog post of this recipe and many more in the future – you guys sure know how to cook!

        • Reply February 4, 2014

          Mr Romance

          Ha ha! Thanks, Sonia. Okay, we’ll get on it! Jxx

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