When we travel, we often take a very laid back attitude. And that often means getting up late in the morning and taking lazy breakfasts. This almost always ends up in us leaving the house or hotel just before lunch or even after. On this relatively free day, it was decided that we should make it to Bondi Beach – Australia’s most popular beach. From our AirBnb flat in Lane Cove North, we took the bus to the Sydney City Centre and walked a few blocks to catch the bus going to Bondi Junction.

Sydney, Australia (March 2016)

Despite Bondi Beach having a number of things one can do, like walking along the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk or shopping, as outlined in this guide, we didn’t do anything. We tried our best to make selfies though to relative success.

Sydney, Australia (March 2016)

Sydney, Australia (March 2016)

Sydney, Australia (March 2016)

To be honest, we were quite unimpressed. The sun was almost setting and Fabio was anxious to go visit a friend and have some good food. The bus rides we took on this day were interesting due to the fact that it was the day of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and everywhere we went, we saw people, kids and adults alike, dressed in costumes. Some were participating in the parade while others were spectators waiting by the side of the road. Sydney was certainly colorful and interesting that day.

There is a restaurant in Sydney called Milano Torino. According to its website, it is named after “a cocktail, first served in the 1860’s, made by equal parts Campari, the bitter liqueur, from Milan (Milano) and Cinzano, the vermouth, from Turin (Torino).” Although to me, it is named such because the owner’s last name is Milano and he is from Torino. Dario Milano also happens to be a good friend of Fabio’s. That’s why we had to go there even if it was located mostly out of the way out there in Epsom Road in Rosebery. In the first week that Fabio was in Australia, I had booked him a flat in Manly but he had been taking the ferry everyday to get to Circular Quay and heading to Milano Torino for dinner. He didn’t even explore Manly Beach. He said he wanted to explore it with me.

Milano Torino serves “Northern Italian cuisine with a focus on regional food from Piedmont, and Vermouth Bar. Their philosophy is seasonal, organic and fresh food, using only the the best produce available on the market, including many goods imported directly from Italy.” Click here to view the menu.

It is a fairly small and private restaurant good for couples, friends, and families with kids. Making a table reservation is recommended.

Sydney, Australia (March 2016)

Needless to say, the food is superb! Fabio wanted to go there with my sister’s family for dinner but they had to decline our invitation because of its distance from their house in Macquarie.

I had the Squid ink fettuccine with home made bottarga, zucchini, chilli & pippies, and another dish that was not on the menu.

Sydney, Australia (March 2016)

Sydney, Australia (March 2016)

For although the restaurant has a regular menu, it also prides itself in having a dish or two that is dependent on what’s available on the market and the chef’s inspiration.

We were invited for drinks after the restaurant’s closing but I had to decline. We had a date with my sister’s family the next day and I knew I needed to have enough sleep and be in tip top shape. My sister then had two daughters aged eight years and 20 months, and was also pregnant, and I knew she would need help getting around. They got me an Uber to take me home while Fabio stayed behind. They were off to celebrate the Mardi Gras.

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