Week 11 - Adelaide is still alive...

Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
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Trip End Dec 27, 2013


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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ever since I arrived in Adelaide, it's inhabitants have warned me that the city goes to sleep after 'Mad March' and the festival. Well, I'm not ready to give up yet and I'm still finding plenty of quirky Adelaidian events to keep me entertained.

One highlight of this week included meeting Anja, Ada and Pam for drinks after work on Thursday on lovely Leigh Street. In addition to its many cosmopolitan cafes, bars and bistros spilling out on to the precinct, the street was also hosting an evening of live singing from three different musicians. I arrived in time to catch the last one, who had a decidedly Bob Dylan-esque tone. With the balmy warm autumn evening, impromptu dancing, good company and a crisp glass of Pinot, what could be better?

On Friday night I provided the entertainment, in the form of an over-adventurous Indian banquet dinner party. In spite of prepping a lot of the dishes the night before, I had clearly still bitten off more than I could chew! Melissa, John, Craig and Nel joined me for my first official dinner party in Ascot Park.

Knowing the stakes were high (having eaten 'chez Ferris' and regularly listening to Craig wax lyric about the many elaborate meals he cooks), I opted for a British-Indian theme, starting with Pimm's, then pappadums, prawn puri, chapattis, Zanzibar chicken curry (I appreciate not Indian, but who'd know), almond basmati, sweet dhal, and a sweet potato, spinach and chickpea curry, finished off with rhubarb and custard fool. Evidently, the homemade naan were just a step too far, suffice to say, we did not eat naan.

Between Craig's range of local SA beers for us to sample, my very English Pimm's and gin, and the Ferris' Clare Valley wine from their recent visit, we were certainly well provided for.

Having stayed the night, John, Melissa and I headed into the city on the Saturday morning for another one-off Adelaide pop-up event; a Mini-Makers Fair. This seemed to be a Mecca for the geek; between the 3D printers, the smoke ring machine, the Doctor Who paraphernalia and android exhibits, there drifted the most wonderful collection of oddballs and misfits! Having fully satiated my desire for all things nerdy (it didn't take long!), I relaxed outside on the lawns of Light Square next to the Veggie Velo man, basking in the 28 degree afternoon autumn sunshine ;)

After a stroll up Hindley Street, stopping off at a fantastic little bookshop, we ended up on Ebenezer Place at Sad Cafe, a cool little cafe/retro clothes shop/barbers, truly a one stop shop!

But this wonderful place continues to delight... On the walk back to get the bus home, I came across the reopened Depot; a pop-up Fringe venue made of recycled shipping containers in the old bus station and now a temporary home to a collection of bars, BBQs, cafes, vintage clothes shops and musicians. I passed an hour or so catching up on postcards, reading The Adelaide Magazine, sipping jasmine tea, and listening to the beautiful clear honey tones of local musician ? before I was joined by (the clearly young at heart) Pam. We stayed to hear a couple more acoustic musicians before heading off for the Hills.

Sunday was an equally beautiful day. In the morning we went for a walk around the Mount Lofty botanical gardens and then passed a lazy afternoon discovering delightful Rieslings at the picturesque Bird in Hand winery. Later on we stopped at the nearby Murdock Hill winery, apparently gate-crashing a private art party. Not that this seemed to bother the two brothers who owned and ran the place. They gave very generous half-glass samples (even after I protested that Pam had had more than enough - as evidenced through the vine post that got in the way of her car) and then sent us home with a free bottle and bunches of Shiraz grapes, how kind ;) Driving back down through the foothills past Belair, we stopped at Windy Point Lookout to take in yet another awe-inspiring sunset; this country certainly does put on a superb evening show.
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