※ O N E Y E A R W I S E R ※
June 1st marks the first day of winter in Australia and summer in Norway. It is also my 23rd birthday and I’m very excited for another year in my twenties. What a great feeling! As we just came back from a trip to North Queensland the day prior, I didn’t really had much on the agenda. I’m not really the person who treats celebrations as a big deal. I’m very low-key and much rather go out and dine instead of throwing a massive party. However, when we arrived back in Sydney I decided to spontaneously ask my friends to join me for breakfast at my favourite brunch place. Not only did I receive flower bouquets from my friends Nisheli and Sha May, but my mate Luke decided to treat the entire table in honour of my birthday. How sweet?
After a quick finance class at the university we also booked tickets to see Wonder Woman. It was by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I felt confident, empowered and utterly amazed by the Wonder Woman kick-ass character. It was the perfect ending to my birthday and has certainly inspired me to be more optimistic and ambitious this year.
※ H A C I E N D A ※
Before the movies, I also visited Hacienda for lunch. Hacienda Bar is inspired by the architecture of Cuba mixed with the luxurious modern vintage hotels of Miami. We had the most stunning views to the Sydney Harbour bridge and Circular Quay. A day with good friends, amazing food and a variety of cocktails, is always a day well spent.
※ WHERE? ※
HACIENDA SYDNEY. Level 3, 61 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
※ ALEXANDRA’S BIRTHDAY DRESS ※
※ SEEN ON TSUTSUMI ※
Reunited with our girl, Melanie from The Tia Fox <3 Our friendship started on a recent trip to tropical Cairns. Mel is based in Melbourne, but traveled to Sydney for work so we met up! Hacienda just happened to be the perfect spot for our festivities.
Reading up on some literature in Hacienda’s quirky corner.
※ Y U M – T I M E ※
Our favorite dish was the Popcorn Chicken served with smoked chipoto-lime sauce. It was so delicious that we ended up ordering another one! Next on our list was the Shoe String Fries and Beef Kibe. The Beef Kibe was filled with guacamole and sour cream, in other words; the best combo.
※ C H E E R S T O T H E W E E K E N D ※
The weekend is up, and so are we. We ended up ordering a couple fresh cocktails and fruity mocktails from the bar. The drinks menu draws inspiration from Cuban drinks and the lux-vintage hotels of Miami. A must-try is the Pina Princessa cocktail.
Oh, and a funny story; Because it was my birthday, Hacienda decided to make me a personalised dessert greeting. However, to our amusement – I couldn’t be more irrelevant on my own birthday. As we received the dessert my name was nowhere to be seen. I quote: “Happy Birthday from Tia Fox, Tatsumi and…. Al.” Not only did I receive a new nickname it was also smudged and covered with cheerios. The waitress said that it was a gift from Melanie and Tsutsumi hence why its their name on the platter and not mine? It was beyond hilarious and we had such a good laugh about it. Ah.. I keep thinking back on the awesome time we had here. Will have to come back ♥
The day was absolutely fantastic and we were blessed with lovely sunshine, blue skies and a warm cozy atmosphere. I’m beyond happy that I got to spend it with my sister as I feel at home whenever I’m with her. I am so grateful for the life I have and couldn’t ask for anything else. Lots of love from me to you!