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By the sea

Sculpture by the Sea

The rather insane heat wave in the past week was an unwelcome reminder of how hot the Australian summer can be. Scanning through photos of last week’s visit to Sculpture by the Sea I wonder what will power prevented me from flinging myself into the sea rather than be jostled around by the thousands of visitors on the last day of exhibition. This year’s exhibition was bigger than before, stretching along from Bondi to Tamarama.

Sculpture by the Sea

I met up with Y and B at the beginning of the walk, before quickly losing them within the crowd of sight seers while waiting for T. While waiting, it struck me again how the setting managed to steal the thunder away from the many sculptures around the area. On a beautiful summer day, Bondi with its jeweled coloured sea and blindingly blue sky dominated the setting and it was almost easy to forget why I was there in the first place.

Wandering along the path, it was great to see some familiar work. Keid Moseholm was a regular exhibitor with his easily recognisable sumo like figures in bronze and granite.

Sculpture by the Sea

I loved Phil Price’s Morpheus, this wind driven sculpture danced with each breeze through a number of fluid, graceful permutation that was mesmerising to watch. Had they install this sculpture in the middle of the city, I would happily spend my lunch time watching it for hours.

Sculpture by the Sea

Other noticeable sculptures for me was the Big Drink (also known as the straw), Stephen King’s The Eight, Brenner and Medwell’s visual pun of Step by step, inch by inch…towards the precipice made out of sand shoes and Marguerite Derricourt’s delightful rat race.

Sculpture by the Sea

Ra

Sculpture by the Sea

Bondi Icebergs

Bondi sunset

Think of Australian beaches and Bondi immediately comes to mind. Although arguably not the best or biggest beach in Sydney, but it is probably the most famous due to quality entertainment such as Bondi Rescue. Popular with the eastern suburb crowd, it easily has the best dressed beach populace in Australia and Paris Hilton will not look amiss amongst the bronzed bikini clad beach bunnies.

Sadly, I have to confess I am not a big fan of the beach. A little dip here and a bit of sunbaking is all fine and good, but the idea of battling for a parking spot in order to enjoy a few hours of beach time does not appeal in any way. It’s actually rather ironic as my old university and everywhere I have worked at were within walking distance from the beach.

That being said, one would wonder what on earth was I wandering around Bondi with a few friends for?  Why for the food ofcourse.

icebergs

Part belated birthday celebrations as well as general catch up with friends we decided to have dinner at Icebergs  dining room and bar. Located on top of Icebergs swimming club  (an iconic building in itself), Icebergs the restaurant had was opened in 2002 with rave reviews for its mediterranean cuisine and view of the beach. It had always registered in my head as one of those restaurants I would like to visit, but decided to put off for later.

View wise, it’s rather amazing. Seated on a table next to the window meant that we were able to view the beach as the sun slowly set into the horizon and dipped the beach front with a golden glaze. Les impressive was the fact that they asked us to be out by 8.00 pm for a 6.30pm booking throwing any dessert plans out the window!

Nevertheless, the ambiance was lovely, service was quick and attentive and the food was as what we hoped for. The seafood offering was plentiful and absolutely delicious! A quick walk through the meal from top to bottom:

Scallops

Hand Dived Spring Bay Scallops, Tomato, Green Chilli, Garlic, Radish Salad

Dinner at Bondi Icebergs

Rainbow trout Carpaccio, Shredded Rocket, Basil, Boiled Free Range Egg, Lemon, Olive Oil (very light and one I would like to replicate for myself)

Dinner at Bondi Icebergs

Risotto “Nero”, Squid-ink Rice, Calamari, Chilli, Parsley, Lemon, Garlic

Would I go back, now that I have tried it? Yes and no. It’s a great place to bring visitors, but though the menu was excellent it was somewhat on the pricey side and I can probably get a similar offering somewhere else. I would probably visit their bar, but not quite convinced about driving all the way there and then only being able to have a drink or two before making my way somewhere else.

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