Do you remember Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? I have news for you guys... I AM Carmen Sandiego... or so my inbox would lead me to believe. Since being away I can not tell you how many emails and text messages I have received with the question- “Where in the world are you!?” ... Nine times out of ten I have no idea (ok thats a lie... but I do move around a LOT). Right now, as I write this, I am seated on a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne and the day before that I was in Sydney, before that I was in Auckland and before that London, and before that who can remember. All I know is that flying from London to Auckland/Sydney is A)The longest I have ever flown in my life! (two flights, one 14 hour, one 10 hour... woof!) and B) the jet lag after that is NO JOKE! Avoid it at all cost if you can... seriously, I didn’t sleep for 3 days and I am just now, a week later, learning what ‘real’ sleep is again... kind of.
I have found myself quite smitten with this hemisphere though. I would really love to experience it in the Summer though as it is WINTER here right now... how weird is that. I mean ok, if you live over here than it is normal for you to have cold weather in June, but my body wants it to be warm and sunny, not cold and over cast... Regardless, it is beautiful here, the people are lovely, and the coffee is fantastic!
Side note, remind me to tell you guys about all of my coffee adventures. If you follow me on Instagram I am sure you have gotten the idea that I kind of like coffee and I have maybe gone to one or two coffee shops since being on tour (or maybe like one hundred).
Let’s start with Auckland.
To be fair I didn’t see much of it... the whole jet lag thing really messed me up, but what I did see I really liked. There is this road, Ponsonby... and all of the cute things are off this road. There is a cafe called Craft Kitchen, Jeffrey, one of the owners was a brilliant man and one of the first people I chatted with in New Zealand. They served good coffee and paleo treats that I could actually eat! It was amazing. I had so many slices of their paleo bread in the short time I was there and I would have purchased more had time allowed. There was a great little spot called Ponsonby Central, it was a bunch of cafes, restaurants, shops, and a wonderful organic market where I bought the most divine avocados! Good One was probably my favorite coffee shop. They are a Supreme coffee roaster store front in a ware house tucked inside a really lovely neighborhood. Birds flew in and out through the open garage door and the sun streamed in through sky lights over head. I found a little shop with beautiful ‘burn bundles’ of foraged sage, cedar, and dried roses, not to mention the most wonderfully packaged bath salts I had ever seen! I ate dinner at Orphans Kitchen by myself, it was amazing. I sat tucked in the front window the glow of candles behind me, the world passing me by in front. I had a meal (I feel like) I will remember forever- baked fish with rainbow chard and a hazelnut crema, paired with the most incredible ‘sweet potato’ fries I have ever had ever... my mouth is watering just thinking about them.
Sydney was equally as dreamy (ok... maybe MORE dreamy). The opera house and harbor bridge really ARE all they are cracked up to be... seriously. One of the guys from the tour climbed the bridge and said it was unreal. I however, enjoyed the view from the ground, at the Opera Bar with a nice glass of white wine and roast chicken. The city is massive and spread out but easy to get around. I walked everywhere, as is my m.o. on this trip. Single Origin opened a new coffee stall that was brilliant. I sat at the bar there one morning and read while I sipped a lovely cup of Brazilian coffee. Bondi won me over (though I’m not really sure why). I had been out late the night before going out to Bondi and thought I was wasting my time as the weather was absolute shit-all. I decided to start the day with brunch and found a cute little spot that doubled as an organic market (they had Beanitos you guys, my day was made then and there!). Savory zucchini/ sun dried tomato paleo TOAST, cashew butter, egg whites and avocado... do you need more in life!? I got some treats for the road and walked from Bondi to Bronte along the cliffs. The water was navy and turquoise, raging against the rocks in snow white crests. Surfers bobbed like apples along the surface and gray clouds hung so low they kissed the brave souls heads.
*side note- while I was at the cafe in Bondi a friend of mine walked in... later that day I was getting coffee down town and another friend came into the shop right after me! How crazy is that? Here I am, half way around the world, I don’t know a soul, and I see two familiar faces in ONE day! I absolutely loved it.
Did I mention that I loved Sydney?
The next day I walked through the botanical gardens, along the water front, down and around to Potts Point. The Farm Whole Foods was my destination. I had found them on Instagram though I’m not sure how... I find a lot of places to wander to via instagram (tip for you travelers out there). Let me tell you what, it took everything inside of me not to purchase 12 of every item on the menu! I can’t tell you how amazing it is to be somewhere and be able to eat nearly EVERYTHING! It is so incredible, I think I nearly cried. My goal in going there was to get CocoWhip... and yes, it was absolutely worth it! Also, cocowhip is now my obsession in life and I will open a shop in LA just so I can eat it every day, forever and ever amen.
Brisbane was cute... I didn’t really see any of it as we flew in and out so quickly. I did however, have a brilliant cup of coffee and a stroll through the park so I can’t complain in the slightest.
I can not tell you how excited I am for Melbourne. Everyone says it is mecca... remains to be seen, I will report back soon in full detail.
Where do you want to go? What do you want to see? Let me know in the comments below.
*p.s. I am now (as I post this) in Melbourne... and everyone was right... it IS mecca!