Thursday, June 4

Dinner was Gorge-ous!

Last night Tim and I ate out at the Launceston Gorge Restaurant for our 2 year anniversary. It was a beautiful setting - in fact, not actually the spot I'd pictured. I'd seen the building before but not realised it was actually the restaraunt in the Gorge!! It was lovely at night - lit up and surrounded by very wet and drippy trees!

The waiter with his slightly English accent was very helpful and frequently refilled our water glasses, attended to the wine glasses and looked after us well. The winter special was on so we got 3 courses for $40 which was a very good deal.

We got a bottle of wine - some WA one called Bandit, because it was one of the cheaper ones, but also because it had a grape called Tampranillo which we'd never heard of. We asked our English waiter, and he said he'd not tried it but the bottle was pretty and it had been very popular and it was possibly the last bottle left - so we got it! Reading the bottle told us that the Bandit label was based on a WA bushranger, Moondyne Joe who was caught drinking wine in the Houghton cellars in the 1860s.

For Starters, Tim had half a dozen natural oysters, and I had deep fried King Island Brie with tomato and peach chutney. We shared of course because I'm not sure how that much deep fried cheese would have felt later - but it was delicious!

For mains, Tim had Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon with Proscuitto and some herb butter or something, while I had confit of duck with shiraz figs I think. The duck was delicious! Tim's fish was tasty although he did confess to wondering how the steak (his other shortlisted option) would have been!

By dessert time, Tim was very full. Still, he pushed through and managed to eat all of his chocolatey swirly icecreamy thing (didn't look at the names as carefully) with kahlua and a meringue nest on top. I also enjoyed by duo of brulee's - although I believe they were different flavours and mostly I could taste creme and brulee! But I always love the crunchy top and the smooth stuff underneath!

Then we were done.. we finished up the wine, and had a quick play in the gardens! It was raining and late but while we waited for Tim's Mum we had a quick wander around the pogoda thingy!

Wednesday, June 3

2 Years

Tonight Tim and I are going to dinner at the Gorge Restaurant in Launceston to celebrate our 2 year anniversary! I'll hopefully report on the meal later but it should be good - it has a good reputation and is in a great setting.

This day 2 years ago, we didn't actually decide 'go out' or anything specific, but after a few more days we discussed that we must in fact be 'together' and Tim beng the sentimental fellow he is made sure we had some date to remember things by and the 3rd of June seemed as good a day as any! That day we'd been to the IMPACT Indian Night - and in fact, we both went again only a week and a half ago to the most recent one! Since then we have celebrated monthaversaries (?!) our first anniversary and Tim even knew the date of our first date and bought flowers to mark the day! In just less than 6 months we'll have another date to remember in the years to come - the 21st of November when we get married!

And now to make up for not blogging often, by posting lots of old pictures - starting from 2 years ago exactly, and working forwards though maybe not in order!!

Indian Night - the start of me bringing Tim to all sorts of global health events!

My 21st

Med Cocktail - one of the various dress up events we've been to!
Some friends of ours had a 'formal night' - a fun chance to dress up!

Falls Festival 2008
Cutting the cake at the engagement party.

And of course there are many many more events we've shared together - and in most cases with other close friends and family which we both enjoy. Long may it last!