I went down to Canberra the other week for a reunion with my former workmates. With the NDIS coming in, some of the public services are winding up down there while NGOs are private practices pick up the client and contracts. It was a great chance to catch up, reminisce and to just BE in Canberra!
Of course, I caught a Murray’s bus from Central – There’s USB charging in all the seats! A quiet ride there and back with no-one next to me. Lovely.
After a fun night, and quite a nice sleep at the YHA, it was off for brekkie with the internet old guard of Karen, Stu, Helen and Sean.
Good Company, but a disappointing breakfast at Shorty’s (where Milk and Honey used to be in Garema Place)
After that, off to the bus home, then train.
I am SO looking forward to being back there in a week for Eat Drink Blog!!!
Well, this is something different to try on your toast this winter – a ginger based marmalade with hints of lemon and lime. It certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the texture is great, and there’s no scary lumps of ginger in their, waiting to make your eyes water!
It was certainly enjoyed on toast in this house, though I’m sure on thick white toast it would go down even better :)
So, I won a trip to the QT Gold Coast, with air fares and stays in the “Hinterland View” (not beach) room with a awesome King bed from a “Mardi Gras recovery” weekend comp from Star Observer – obviously I’m queer enough and gave the right answer as to my NEED for such a trip!!
Where do I start?
Oh, the trip there!
Did you know that Virgin Australia now gives you a little snack and drink on their flights? (you can still buy booze and cheese if you choose to of course!). They also have an app to download before your flight so you can access “free” entertainment. Warning : Take VERY good headphones, because the drone of the 737 is insane and will drown out anything you try to listen to.
So what were the snacks there and back?
OJ or water was offered both ways – tea and coffee is dependant on turbulence, which that was a crapload of on the way up
Yummy bikkies at morning tea
Not so yummy crackers and nuts in the evening.
Alright so we got there, with a bumpy landing due to the storms….
Got the bus and the (very new) tram, and arrived to check in at the QT Gold Coast.
Lemonade in the lobby on arrival
Cute swimsuit girls in the lifts.
1106 – Hinterland views, King bed
So, the room…..
Let’s start with the bed. The bed that sucked us in for early nights….
Oh my, what a comfy bed. No wonder Bruce was out by 8pm after good food and drinks! King Bed (two singles together, so that ridge in the middle) with hard and soft pillows, a bolster and a perfectly weighted cover for sleeping under an air conditioned sky.
They made it up the second day and placed my bunny, Costy, right in the middle for me :D
So… the rest of the furnishings…
There was a lot of keeping with the 60s beach theme
beach towels and bathroom doors
Pineapple Candles and tealights
hmmm the nightlight is a cocky, that I can buy for $100 from the gift shop!
Mirrors are a theme, I’m told. Mirrors and glass are abundant, and there was a lighting guy associated with the original design of the building. It really shows throughout – the space seems expansive… in an enjoyable way!
The minibar is stocked with essentials…. vodka, gin, underwater camera, condoms…
AND a hairband with your shower cap!!!
Everything came with a price if you wanted to take it home. $110 for the robes, $10 for the hair dryer’s bag…
Much loved DND hanger
So, we spent much time listening and watching MAX, discussing religion and politics, and having sexy times…
We managed to make it to the pool once, though we stayed for not so long
So, while we were rained in on the first day, we went for some cocktails, wine and beer at the Stingray bar. We were sheltered, and watching the rain as you see above, which only got worse, to the point of calling off international rugby league games…
And a delish chicken pizza
So, What about the included breakfast?
The breakfast at Bazaar is $29/head and SOOOOOO worth it!!!
There are selections from all over the world: Congee and rice for Asian palates, cold meats and cheese for Euros, cereal, yoghurt and so forth, an bacon, eggs, and MADE TO ORDER omelletes for those wanting to endulges.
There is also coffee, tee, and a selection of juices, smoothies, milks and so forth!
My made to order omelette
What else did we do?
well, we drank a lot, made use of the HOT water in the shower,
Newcastle seems to be slowly embracing the Vietnamese Pork Roll, aka Bahn Mi, and this yummy one above is from the Cardiff Bakehouse in the main street of Cardiff – fresh crusty rolls and tangy soy make it divine for $6. They also do a Mega Egg and Bacon Roll for $5.50 with two eggs and heaps of bacon to keep the tradies happy!
I’ve had a few breakfasts out lately, and these two were great – the scrambled breakfast at the top from Belmont 16ft sailing club and the Breakfast Brucetta from Custom Espresso Speers Point (sans eggs).
Back on the Hello Fresh boxes recently, with a number of Asian recipes like the udon noodle soups to keep my nose running, and the pizza to keep to vege count up! You can still get $35 off your first box by using my referral code R3CDUQ :D
And also on the veges – this Mezze Platter from Badde Manors in Glebe :)