Beaches and shakes

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As I hinted at in the last post, I’ve been feeling totally stir crazy lately, and stuck in a routine, just going to the same places. Desperate to get out of town, with my sister visiting over the long weekend, we went down to the coast for a day trip. The day itself was nice (though I was beyond exhausted by the time we got back and have very much paid for it this week). It was so nice just to sit on the beach in the sun, to have my feet in the water and sand and to stop in the little towns along the way. At the beach I felt happy. The South Coast beaches are so lovely, and even on a long weekend they aren’t very busy – I know why Canberrans so enjoy their trips to the coast. It was also nice to have my sister around because I spent way too much time on my own these days.

Windy beach selfie

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The beach had a doggie lifesaver!!

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Not too shabby.

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Unfortunately the car did not enjoy our coast trip as much – it now needs to go to the mechanics as it is playing up. Hopefully it is only something minor and not too $$.

While my sister was here, we had a pretty chilled out weekend as the coast jaunt took up all of my energy, but we did manage some brunch. Fish and chips down the coast and fresh Clyde River Oysters were the highlight of the weekend’s eating, but Ona on the Lawns on Good Friday was also particularly pleasant.

Sister hangs for Good Friday @cynical_coffee

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Rainy day brunch hangs

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Delicious mushrooms with toast, labneh and more.

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Britt’s delicious hot cakes with pineapple, mandarin and more. @cynical_coffee

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Because it was a friend’s birthday, on Easter Sunday we also went with a group to Patissez – yes, that’s the freakshake place that went viral last year for its epic milkshakes. We both ordered a minifreak (the small size)  Britt had the nutella one, and I had a mint choc one. They were very photogenic, of course.

Britt’s mini freakshake – very Nutella!

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So we did the freakshakes – this is a ‘minifreak’. Yum but I couldn’t even finish the mini!

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The verdict? They tasted really good, but were just so decadent and over the top. On mine, I had reached satiety just by eating the icecream sandwich on the top of the shake, but obviously felt compelled to try to make a better effort than that. It tasted good but was super rich. I only managed to drink about half the small shake, and it did not react well with my metformin, later on I ended up super nauseous with an upset stomach. Britt’s was even richer, with a massive amount of nutella in the jar. It was quite an experience but I’m not sure I would order one again, especially since I was left with a sore stomach. And this was just the small one! We definitely did not need any easter eggs or chocolate after these. But now we can say we have tried the freakshakes!

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