Sister + balloons.
I love taking time out and walking around the city – which I think everyone has established as being my all-time favourite pastime. It’s even better when you get to do it while in the company of your sister – which is exactly what I did after her working one day. Meeting my sister after work can swing towards being arduous and time-staking, and I waited for a good while until she was finished – but given that we both work in unpredictable fields, I wasn’t at all miffed – however, I had taken to waiting in the Women’s Hospital even though my sister was working the in the Children’s. Now, this doesn’t seem to be incredibly ground-breaking news to the uninitiated – but to those in the know, the Royal Brisbane Hospital is about as easy to navigate as Melbourne’s backstreets under a thick curtain of fog with extra whiskey in your system. In no way is the hospital friendly to those without an iota of spatial awareness. With this is mind, I made the weary trek to the Children’s Hospital, packed down like a Sherpa.
10 Minutes, 3 lifts, 1 wrong turn, 2 overpasses and 1 kilometer later.
Once in the presence of my sister (and her car), we made our way out to James Street. To say that we are unfamiliar with the area is a gratuitous understatement. We really didn’t know where we were, but hell’s bells, we were going to find something delicious to consume. But before stuffing ourselves, we stalked out a handful of shop windows. The James Street area has a few qualities that are unique to it – located about 2 kilometers north-east of the Brisbane GPO, the James Street Precinct is stuck in the heart of the “Urban Renewal precinct” of Fortitude Valley. In other words, a previously (and still quite) shady district trying it’s best to be upper class. Which means – DESIGNER WARES AND CLASSY-DRESSED FOLK X STREET ART.
So after meandering about for a while and with me demanding that my sister stand in particular poses – we decided to partake in dinner at (how original) the James Street Bistro. I know. Original, right? Not feeling conventionally hungry and spotting the $6 special for Peroni Nastro Azzurro beers, we clamored for seats and were treated to great service and delicious food. We opted to share a grazing plate, pizza and salad. I’m going to be honest with you, this is the first time I’ve ever had a green salad with pear gratuitously spread through it.
JAMES STREET BISTRO
39 JAMES STREET
QLD 4006 | (07) 3852 5155