For a runner, I think the Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk is a tough track for training. It’s such a battle with the hills. I’ve run it a few times, but never actually took my time to walk the course. Since Moses is leaving for Nigeria in a few days, and he’s never done the walk before, we thought it wouldn’t be a bad thing to cross this one off his list.
It was early enough so we decided to brunch at Brown Sugar on Curlewis. I always walk past this place every time I go to Bondi, but I’ve never actually stopped in. They have outdoor seating but the sun is usually on the opposite side during breakfast time so it’s excellent for people watching. The food always came out well-presented and you could smell the kitchen from outside – I find that that’s usually a good sign.
I’ve been craving pancakes for 6 months and finally satisfied myself when we ordered some buttermilk banana pancakes (to start!) – I really like that it wasn’t soggy (even though it was drenched in maple syrup), just a little doughy for some heft, but otherwise just right =)
And it’s real bacon! Not ham that poses as bacon. And since it’s brunch… we gotta have eggs so we opted for the Moroccan Eggs – a little spicy, with chorizo sauteed in green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Oh… and I used to wonder what made the perfect poached eggs. Is it when you can cut through the yolk, but it doesn’t run out immediately? MMmmmMMmm…
I think the only thing I didn’t like about Brown Sugar was the service… it was a bit slow, but I don’t blame them – they just switched computer systems (apparently) so they were probably just struggling to keep up with the customers. I also thought it was weird that they took back our bill so quickly – I was still in the process of tipping and a different waitress came by and just took it away. Funny that – since it took forever for the food to come out, but it’s like they were rushing us to go. No matter. It was still a good meal.
Moses and I took about two hours to cover most of the walk, but we were running out of time so we couldn’t finish it. At least we found a nice cliff to snap a few.
I’ll miss Moses… I remember when we first met and I told him I have no idea how I’ll survive without a social life in Sydney. Then he asked me what my plans are for ANZAC Day and I said, I’m attending a Rugby Union game tonight and doing a British Pub crawl tomorrow. Apparently, I’ll be fine. And so will he.
He’ll be in London for 3 days starting next Wednesday then traveling on to his final destination. He won’t have our beaches, but he’ll have family and his friends from home. He said if he ever comes back, he’ll definitely live by the beach. And for a non-beach person, that’s a very big deal.