A week in Sydney and a weekend in Brisbane

We’ve decided to take it pretty easy this week because we’ve got a feeling the weekend is going to be a big one.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - Title

With Australia Day on Sunday and our plans for spending it with my brother in Brisbane, we know it’s going to be a fun w/e.

Doubled by the fact that we’ve also got plans for a night out with Nikki from Styling You, I think it’d be a good idea to take our foot off the social peddle until we fly out on Thursday.

The title photo here is taken from our post about Capri this week. We didn’t know what to expect with this little Italian island but what started out as a nightmare day out from Naples turned into a dream trip in a millionaire’s hideaway!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 1 coffee coaster

I love Mrs Romance’s coffee coaster – probably more than she does! We decide this is the perfect prop for today’s Fat Mum Slim’s photo-a-day challenge. Today’s prompt is ‘To-Do List’!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 1aHR1 Mrs R's breakfast of pancakes at Jackie's Cafe

Mrs Romance heads to Jackie’s Cafe in Paddington for breakfast with a friend. She makes me very jealous by ‘gramming this pic of her delicious-looking pancakes.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 2 Date night

We decide to head to the cinema again tonight for this week’s date night.

We’ve got some more Gold Class tickets from Christmas to use. We love Gold Class and usually choose films to watch there based on duration, so we can spend as much time as possible in these incredibly comfy seats.

We decide to give The Hobbit a go – it’s almost three hours long after all!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 3 Trinity map of Surry Hill

Tonight we meet up for a drink and dinner with PK from MrAristotle.com. The Trinity Pub in Surry Hills is an institution. PK, Mrs Romance and I love it here. Great craft beers, excellent food menus and the decor all make this a great place to come. How’s this giant wall map of Surry Hill from years gone by?

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 4 lunch nasi goreng

There’s a great little Malaysian eatery in the lower level of the Hunter Connection I like to go to. Their nasi goreng is perfect for a busy work lunch. I always ask for extra spicy… but then that’s just me!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 4aHR3 Mrs R shows how she works

I come home this evening to find Mrs R setting up her studio for a special behind-the-scenes photo she wants me to take. The photo comes out pretty well.

The funny thing is it’s not until we look at this picture, and other people mention it, that we realise how good the views are and how nice it is to sit here and work. I suppose that’s normal though, isn’t it? It’s often easy to take the good bits of your life for granted.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 5 heading to Brisbane

It’s Thursday morning… let the weekend begin!

We’re off up to Brisbane to spend Australia Day with my brother and his lovely family.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 6 Brisbane here we are

Hello Queensland! It’s under an hour-and-half flight from Sydney to Brisbane. We’re so excited about our weekend – and now we’re here, we can’t wait to get in amongst it!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 6aHR2 pineapples in Qld

Nothing more Queensland that a pineapple. Mrs R spots these beauties and can’t resist a quick snap of them.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 7 meet Oscar, my bro's newest family member

My brother has convinced everyone in the family that they need a dog… well, when I say ‘everyone’ I mean himself and the kids. My sister-in-law isn’t convinced. But when my bro brings little Oscar home from the local dog rescue centre, her heart starts melting!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 8 our beer cocktail the Ozzie Sailor

On the blog today, we run our Australia Day cocktail. It’s beer based, which I found the idea of putting beer in a cocktail disturbing at first, but then I made the Aussie Sailor and I changed my mind.

Here’s our recipe and how-to for the Aussie Sailor. Well worth a try.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 9 Brisbane by boat

We head out into Brisbane city today on the river cat ferry. Views of the city from the Brisbane River are lovely.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 9aHR4 golden curtains at GOMA

We head to GOMA – the Gallery Of Modern Art. It’s great. There are some very cool free exhibits here. This is just a shiny curtain with a fan behind it on oscillate but the effect is mesmerising. I love this pic of it, but we both agree we should have taken a video of this one.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 10 strange instalation at GOMA

The White Forest is a load of columns covered in fluffy white fabric. I like the effect this has, but the ‘trees’ look a bit strange. I think some of you guys noticed this too!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 11 amazing GOMA project called Falling Back to Earth

The special exhibit on at GOMA is called Falling Back to Earth. There are four rooms, and this is the most spectacular of them. It has a lake in the middle surrounded by animals all about to take a drink from this surreal watering hole.

They’re all so realistic we think they’re real stuffed animals at first. Then we read the information on the piece and discover each animal is completely man-made. The fur is synthetic and the animals themselves are frames made by the artist.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 11aHR5 Mrs R's pic of the animals around the pool at GOMA

Mrs Romance takes a picture of this amazing installation – it’s such a spectacle we’ve got about  hundred pictures we want to publish, but we’ll leave it at one each… for now!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 12 a rainbow of wolves at the GOMA

In the next room is another incredible piece. 99 wolves strung up on wires in an arc flying through the air into a clear wall at the end of the room.

This is a bizarre piece – especially as you can walk around the wolves like you’re part of them. It’s a representation of the human psyche… I think. Better read the write-up on it again! Either way, it’s an amazing thing.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 13HR6 heading back from the city

We head home on the ferry. The temperature has dropped at last and the evening breeze is very welcome. It’s been a great day. 🙂

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 14 Styling You welcomes us

We head to spend the day and night with the wonderful Nikki from Styling You today. And Mr SY of course! Their house is a place of serene beauty. We’re honoured with a welcome from the Styling You lightbox too!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 15 beer festival at the Pig & Whistle

After breakfast, we all head off into town then split up. Mrs Romance takes to the shops with Nikki, and I get to hang out with the awesome Mr SY for a craft beer festival in the Pig n Whistle Riverside. This is our spiritual home. For $2 a ticket you get a 100ml taste of any beer you can find. We have a lot of tickets!

This place has lots of domestic craft breweries showcasing their work. We leave quite some time later, confident that we’ve tried all of the beers. Great fun!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 15aHR7 Mrs R hits the espresso martinis before shops Jamie's Espresso on James

Meanwhile, Mrs R and Nikki are straight into it with an espresso martini. They’re in James Street – in Jamie’s Cafe. It’s a cafe but with a liquor licence. When I see this picture, I wonder how our credit cards will be at the end of this day.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 16 reuben sandwich in the Tippler's Tap

Mr SY and I head to our next venue: the Tippler’s Tap is a new place in Newstead. It’s at the end of Masters Street and is a beer lover’s dream. The beers they have on tap off the neck are ALL new to us.

We decide it’s lunch time and order what ends up being the best reuben sandwiches we’ve ever eaten. Full of salted beef, sauerkraut, pickles and sauce, this is a sandwich for really hungry people. We were definitely two of those!

To the horror and amazement of our hosts, we also order a delicious bowl of chips and onion rings with a crispiness only panko can bring. Panko – so you know – is a Japanese breadcrumb coating. It’s very good!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 15bHR8 Mrs R finds flowers in Brisbane

Across town, Mrs R finds some flowers to photograph. Very nice, but are they world-beating reuben sandwiches? Are they panko crispy? I think not!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 17 reunited at Elixir bar

Finally reunited, we meet in Elixir Rooftop Bar on Anne Street, Fortitude Valley. Cocktails, champagne, a very cool environment and bloody great company!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 18 our turn for a Styling You Everyday Style challenge

It’s Australia Day morning and we get to take up the Styling You’s Everyday Style challenge with a well-placed cushion! Very on-brand, I think you’ll agree!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 19 banoffee pie on Australia Day

My brother’s Australia Day party is in full swing when I discover this banoffee pie. I’m pretty happy with this and eat as much of it I can without causing alarm or crowd anger. It’s delicious!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 20 Australia Day gets messy

Things take a step up towards the end of the night. My brother brings out the laser light display and smoke machine. The volume goes up, the drinks keep flowing and the dorky dancing comes out.

Thank goodness for that smoke machine!

How did you celebrate your Australia Day (or your January 26th if you’re not in Australia)?!

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


  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Sonia from Sonia Styling

    Looks like you guys had a fantastic time in Brisbane! We had a wonderful Saturday lunch in the Barossa Valley with the very foxy Andrea from Fox In Flats – a real treat! We spent Australia Day in the park at the end of our street with friends, the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown playing, drinks, a BBQ and of course cricket! It was a great day.

    • Reply January 28, 2014

      Mrs Romance

      Love that you two caught up the same as we caught up with Nikki! Next time we’ll all have to be in the same place at the same time 🙂

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