Hold up a minute. Look up, look around. You see that? That’s the world rushing by and you’re missing it because you’ve got too much on your plate and mind. It’s time to stop and smell the rosé. Yes, rosé, as in the wine. Sniff before you sip people – it’s all about using your five senses to experience every moment including eating and drinking. Ok, while you’re at it you might as well stop to smell those roses too.
It’s time to take a time out and enjoy the little and big things in life. Here’s our guide to appreciating nature’s big wonders in small, simple ways.
Food with a view
There is no shortage of great views here in Sydney, especially when it comes to restaurants. They have prime real estate and the best news is, everyone’s invited to take advantage. From the waterfront views at Flying Fish down at Pyrmont, the Opera House and harbour views from Opera Bar or the long stretch of beach and ocean views from Bondi Icebergs, there’s no excuse not to get out, grab a good feed and stare at Sydney’s natural beauty.
Nothing to wine about
There’s very few things better than coming home after a long day at work and popping open a bottle of wine. Except maybe taking that glass of wine outside onto your balcony, verandah or back door step. A little nature is always a good thing. Our pick of the bunch? We’re all about Stoneleigh’s Marlborough grapes that have been ripened by the stones in an ancient river bed – the stones in the soil there absorb the sun’s heat, which is released at night and produces lovely ripe grapes that are a delight to drink. Try the tropical fruit flavours with a citrus hint in the crisp, vibrant Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, $17.99 or if you’re a red lover then you can’t beat Stoneleigh’s Marlborough Pinot Noir, $19.99 – the chocolate and berry aromas will send you to a place of decadence. All in your backyard. While in your pyjamas. #nojudgement
Walk nature’s trail
Breathing in some fresh air is the cure for a cluttered mind. If you’re the adventurous type, get out of Sydney’s hustle and bustle for the day and hike 26km along the Coast track from Bundeena to Otford. That ocean breeze and the breathtaking views are worth the sweaty glow. You may even get to spot a whale or two if the season’s right.For something a little more beginners (read: laidback), we love a day out on Cockatoo Island. Exploring the abandoned warehouses, walking all over the island and taking in those stunning views from the highest point is a must-do for every Sydneysider. As is finishing the day at The Island Bar before you jump on the ferry home.
Ok so maybe hiking isn’t your thing. But we know you’re going to be all in for this one. A natural spa. Scratch that. A six star luxury organic spa. At Pañpuri Organic Spa you get to lie down, forget about your troubles and indulge your skin in nature’s goodness with a massage, facial or any one of their wonderful body treatments. That’s right, the products used in this spa are made only with organic ingredients. Only nature’s best for you.
Flavour in its most natural state
Farm to plate is such a huge thing in the foodie world these days. It’s pretty easy to find a restaurant that’s sourcing the best produce Mother Nature has to offer. The Hill Eatery in Bondi is all about going beyond the city’s boundaries to find the best produce, and you can really taste the difference. Even something as simple as their burrata with heirloom tomatoes, basil oil, and fried bread crumbs packs a serious flavour punch. Then there’s Bread & Circus in Alexandria who are constantly updating their menu to reflect the finest produce they’ve been able to get their hands on that day. It’s the way of the future, and we’re all in.
See, appreciating nature goes beyond putting on your hiking shoes and sleeping under the stars. When there’s food and wine involved, there’s really no excuse not to get on board.
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