Friday, December 14, 2012

Ethnic Christmas

A tradition since the 80's has been our Ethnic Dinners, exploring the huge range of cuisine offered in Melbourne. A group of 6 women friends getting together every 6 weeks and taking it in turns to organise the restaurant. We occasionally ran out of ideas, then we would get a surge of new immigration and new foods would pop up.
At one point we travelled through the range of Chinese cuisines as we got stuck, but were able to move on to the African choices. Admittedly we have now run out of new cuisine, so we try new restaurants with fusions cuisine trends or specialities.
Betty and Sue 
Last night it was my turn and I had been trying to get Celia to a duck restaurant in Port Melbourne (her favourite dish) but we never made it, so I booked it for our Xmas meal and they put Christmas Duck on the specials for us. Roast Duck with pumpkin and Cherries.
Wendy and Carolynn
Wendy explored the wine wall to select our tipple and chose well.
We had a great evening, enjoying the meal and company, watching The Spirit leave for Tasmania in the mist left from warmth and rain, and walked out to a balmy evening at the bay's edge.
Not taken on our night but a locale shot .
While the meal was $75 each incl. wine Betty and I we were comparing it to the incredibly cheap meals in Europe (30E for a five course dinner! )
Elaine and the misty Bay 
It was especially good as this was the first outing Sue had managed with us since her leg surgery .It was great to see her on her feet, and as she pointed out in shoes not a surgical boot!!
Sue up and about dangerously in the Bike lane!

I had decided to wear a dress i have not worn often (a sleeveless tunic style when I don't like sleeveless tops), and I was pleased with the choice of  silk undershirt and scarf.

I tried to get a picture of it on the self timer and had many chopped off, sliced and back views before I gave up on the full view and went for the portrait shot!

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