About a week ago, Super Boy and I ventured out into The City after work. I was hoping to check out some of the events on for the Sydney Festival and he was interested in going as well. However, due to last-minute planning, we didn’t have much of an idea on where to go. Instead, we just ambled around The City, trying to stay as dry as we could on this rather dreary evening.
We decided that if we were going to see one thing from the Sydney Festival, we’d go and see Ephemeral City, the city made out of cardboard boxes (and sticky tape). It was at Barangaroo, one of Sydney’s newest and largest developments taking place. I’m not sure how I feel about Barangaroo. It’s a nice-enough-looking place, though we found it difficult to navigate around. We eventually got to where we wanted though…
BOXWARS was where kids could contribute to making a cardboard town. We weren’t allowed to walk through it, but I imagine I would feel like Godzilla if I did. There were so many buildings and details to take in. That robot is my favourite. Kids are just so darned creative.
Ephemeral City is the city made out of cardboard. Super Boy and I wandered through in awe at how well-made these buildings were. More daring people could use the flying fox for a different view of this cardboard city. People were invited to help build it, but it may be a little unsatisfying knowing it will be demolished at the end of the festival. After our wander through, we decided to walk through Barangaroo Reserve and along the harbour to The Rocks for some dinner.
Super Boy and I walked and chatted about random things — our thoughts on the Barangaroo development, how beautiful Sydney is, million-dollar homes we’d never be able to live in, and places we’d like to explore. Eventually, we found ourselves in The Rocks and realised it was time for a late dinner. I think Super Boy wanted to eat at one of the pubs, but they make me feel really uneasy, so we agreed to go to another restaurant. That is, until he spotted a cute little place with a few people queuing for a table.
I have never noticed Zia Pina Pizzeria before. Despite how busy they seemed, the waiter found Super Boy and I a small table in the corner. We both ordered a pasta and a glass of Italian Merlot. I’m not a wine person, but I thought it was really nice. The pastas we ordered were good too, although they took a little while to come out, but that was expected given how busy they were.
There’s something about hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and red-checked tablecloths that makes this place feel so welcoming and homely. Although there is an upstairs dining area, seating is still limited and tables are small, which made eating dinner here feel very cozy and, at times, intimate. Or is that just the red wine talking? After our leisurely dinner, we went to the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café for some take-away dessert.
Super Boy ordered an iced coffee and I ordered the chocolate brownie. I couldn’t resist the sparkly gold on top. It’s not the best photo, but it’s definitely one of the best brownies I’ve eaten. It’s not overly-sweet and perfectly rich. Super Boy and I found a bench just outside the MCA to sit and enjoy our dessert while chatting away. Eventually, it was time for us to head home.
Long-time readers may remember that Super Boy and I once dated for a while, but we are now just friends. This night out certainly wasn’t a date. It was just two friends hanging out. While we did talk about our past, we also talked about our futures, and we both enjoyed the night out for what it was. I had a really fun time and it was nice to explore a bit of Sydney at night.