Third Annual #Ozgiving Downunder - 2013

Third Annual #Ozgiving Downunder – 2013

We recently hosted 20+ close friends at our place for a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. This was our third Thanksgiving in Australia and per usual,…

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McEsther Engagement Drinks - We Have The Best Friends Ever!

McEsther Engagement Drinks – We Have The Best Friends Ever!

Thanks everyone who made it – what a wonderful day!

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In Non Food Related News...We Got Engaged!

In Non Food Related News…We Got Engaged!

It’s true! We’ve been in the states quite a bit since we’ve lived in Australia celebrating the nuptials of some fabulous couples… Elise and Elliot…

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Google Loves Gelato Event, Gelato Messina Appreciation Class

Google Loves Gelato Event, Gelato Messina Appreciation Class

I was luckily enough to attend Gelato Messina’s Gelato Appreciation Class for the second time thanks to Google Local Sydney. Disclaimer that I work for…

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Surry Hills Exodus and Other Sad Restaurant News

Surry Hills Exodus and Other Sad Restaurant News

We’ve heard lot’s of upsetting  food news recently – some of our favourites are either closed or relocating! Here’s the round-up: Missy K’s, our favourite neighbourhood…

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Acquus Zinga Bed & Breakfast, Great Ocean Road

Acquus Zinga Bed & Breakfast, Great Ocean Road

If you’re looking for a place to stay on your Great Ocean Road trip – we highly recommend Acquus Zinga. Their website just doesn’t really…

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Dolly Takes Sydney by Storm - Mom's Visit

Dolly Takes Sydney by Storm – Mom’s Visit

Mom was recently in town to visit. And it was fantastic! I miss her already…

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New Years Eve 2012 - Cockatoo Island

New Years Eve 2012 – Cockatoo Island

We were lucky enough to ring in 2013 at a fabulous location – Cockatoo Island. A quick ferry ride from Circular Quay – we had…

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Second Annual Thanksgiving Down Under

Second Annual Thanksgiving Down Under

I didn’t think it could much better than last year’s Thanksgiving celebration, but it can…and it was. I think it’s safe to say that everyone…

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Camping & Canoeing in Kangaroo Valley - McKay's Birthday Trip!

Camping & Canoeing in Kangaroo Valley – McKay’s Birthday Trip!

This past weekend was one of my favourite weekends since we moved to Australia. We celebrated McKay’s birthday with an amazing group of friends in…

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Sculpture By The Sea 2012

Sculpture By The Sea 2012

This Friday we finally headed over to Bondi to check out Sculpture by The Sea – an annual art exhibit which is exactly as it…

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Things We Miss

Things We Miss

We absolutely love living in Australia, but after over a year and a half here, there are a few (mostly ridiculous) items that we do…

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Top Things to Do with Guests in Sydney

Top Things to Do with Guests in Sydney

We’ve been lucky enough to host several friends and family since we moved to Sydney and we’re looking forward to many more visitors to come!…

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Australian-isms

Australian-isms

Sadly, we haven’t picked up the Aussie accent…But we have started to pick up  some words, phrases, pronunciations, and spellings from our time here so…

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Reflecting on 2011

Reflecting on 2011

_It’s hard to believe that we have been living in Sydney for a full calendar year.  The year flew by, but it’s because we were…

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Thanksgiving Down Under

Thanksgiving Down Under

While we miss our families back in the states A LOT, we were so thankful to be able to spend Thanksgiving with an amazing group…

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McKay's surprise birthday @ The Local

McKay’s surprise birthday @ The Local

Esther and our friends completely surprised me with a secret birthday party at Surry Hills’ best beer bar, The Local.   My Angry Birds cake…

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House on Hawkesbury River

House on Hawkesbury River

A few weeks ago we celebrated the lovely Sara’s birthday with a long weekend at the Hawkesbury River. Just an hour and half North of…

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We Went Sailing!

We Went Sailing!

…and it was awesome! Thank you Sara, Ryan and Joe for arranging. We rented the boat from East Sail leaving from Rushcutters Bay and they were…

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Part Three of Three: Once You Get Here

Part Three of Three: Once You Get Here

You’ve figured out where you are going to live and how you are moving all of your things – what next?! Part Three in the…

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Deus' First Birthday Celebration!

Deus’ First Birthday Celebration!

My nephew, Deus, turned one this past weekend so we were in Melbourne for the celebration! Not surprisingly…my brother and sister-in-law threw the best party…

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We Were In Design Quarterly!

We Were In Design Quarterly!

We’re totally famous. Not really, but we did get to go to the launch party for Great Dane’s Contract Division in Sydney a while back…

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AUD > USD

AUD > USD

…and I’m not just talking about the exchange rate right now. Australian currency is just much more practical, if only for the lack of pennies…

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Anton and Great Dane In Sydney Magazine!

Anton and Great Dane In Sydney Magazine!

Yup, that’s my brother looking fabulous in this week’s issue of The Sydney Magazine! He was featured in the Home issue at his shop Great…

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An amazing Australian game Americans have no clue about: Aussie Rules Football

An amazing Australian game Americans have no clue about: Aussie Rules Football

I had caught Aussie Rules Football (aka, the AFL) on TV a few times in the States. It’s one of those matches that are on…

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Let's Go Sydney Swans!

Let’s Go Sydney Swans!

Our terrible weather luck at footy games continues – we finally made it to a Sydney Swans game this Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground!…

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Sushi Making Party!

Sushi Making Party!

This weekend our friends, Ryan and Sara, hosted a sushi making party! The idea came about after they visited the famed Sydney Fish Market. I’ve…

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Ice Skating at Bondi Beach!

Ice Skating at Bondi Beach!

It was a little cheesy, but let’s be honest…we could not NOT go ice skating on the beach. From June 30 – July 17, the…

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Weekend In Melbourne Episode Two - Footy, Meat Pies & Adorable Kidlets...

Weekend In Melbourne Episode Two – Footy, Meat Pies & Adorable Kidlets…

We were back in Melbourne last weekend and despite the bone chilling cold weather (typical year-round weather in SF, freezing to us Sydney-siders), we had…

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State of Origin Rubgy

State of Origin Rubgy

I was very excited to attend my first big sporting event in Australia this month, the hotly anticipated State of Origin. The premise of these…

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Aussie Fact: Twist-off Does Not Equal Cheap

Aussie Fact: Twist-off Does Not Equal Cheap

Most bottles of wine here – the best quality as well as the cheap – usually have a twist off cap, not a cork.  In…

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Australia's promise: The next Golden State?

Australia’s promise: The next Golden State?

Great article from The Economist comparing Australia’s great potential to California’s. I’ve cut & pasted their article below: Imagine a country of about 25m people,…

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Tipping Not Neccesary

Tipping Not Neccesary

Just another FYI for you future expats or those of you coming out here for a visit – Sydney is EXPENSIVE. It’s crazy how quickly…

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Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

A very cool light show on the Sydney Opera House.  What’s fun is you can order a cocktail from Opera Bar and sit out on…

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Something I love about Sydney: Work emails happen during work

Something I love about Sydney: Work emails happen during work

I’ve noticed that slowly but surely the impulse to be constantly checking work emails 24/7 has gone away.  Why?  Because sending work emails at obscene…

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Aussie Fact #1: BYO Fridge

Aussie Fact #1: BYO Fridge

When you rent a place here in Australia, they very rarely come equipped with a refrigerator.  Tip: You have two options – either buy or rent…

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Weekend in Melbourne

Weekend in Melbourne

We had such a nice time this past weekend visiting Melbourne – a quick and easy hour and a half flight from Sydney. Though I…

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Surry Hills: Weeks 2, 3, 4, and 5

Surry Hills: Weeks 2, 3, 4, and 5

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been here a month. It’s been a whirl wind of mostly boring domestic chores that I’m rather ashamed…

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Tamarama otherwise known as Glamarama

Tamarama otherwise known as Glamarama

Just a quick update since we still barely have internet at our place…a post also for another time!We finally made it to the beach on…

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Sydney: Week One

Sydney: Week One

I’d really hoped our first post from Sydney would be loaded with photos of us on the beach, enjoying the sun – me with a…

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