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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!

rain rain go away

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.

holiday grin

So what were the snacks there and back?

OJ
OJ or water was offered both ways – tea and coffee is dependant on turbulence, which that was a crapload of on the way up

macadamia short bread
Yummy bikkies at morning tea

almonds and soy rice crackers
Not so yummy crackers and nuts in the evening.

Alright so we got there, with a bumpy landing due to the storms….

storm landing gold coast

Got the bus and the (very new) tram, and arrived to check in at the QT Gold Coast.

lemonade qt gold coast
Lemonade in the lobby on arrival

cute girls in the lift
Cute swimsuit girls in the lifts.

1106 gt gold coast
1106 – Hinterland views, King bed

So, the room…..

WAS AMAZING!!!!

Let’s start with the bed. The bed that sucked us in for early nights….

king bed qt gold coast

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 door bathroom
beach towels and bathroom doors

cane chairs
cane chairs

pinapple candles
Pineapple Candles and tealights

hello cocky light
hmmm the nightlight is a cocky, that I can buy for $100 from the gift shop!

mirrors qt gold coast

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!

minibar

The minibar is stocked with essentials…. vodka, gin, underwater camera, condoms…

minibar

and thongs!

thongs in string bags

hair bands

AND a hairband with your shower cap!!!

For sure.

Everything came with a price if you wanted to take it home. $110 for the robes, $10 for the hair dryer’s bag…

beach shower room

tied up doorhangert
Much loved DND hanger

So, we spent much time listening and watching MAX, discussing religion and politics, and having sexy times…

cossie

We managed to make it to the pool once, though we stayed for not so long

pool bar QT

Didn’t drink in the swim up bar though…

But what about the food, Fiona??????

OMG we had some AWESOME food while there

First up? Cocktails and pizza at the Stingray Bar

stingray rain

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…

cocktail

cocktail

margarita!

pollo chicken pizza qt stingray

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!

tea

JUICE!

european breakfast QT hotel

my selection

yoghurt, bircher muesli, cranberry juice

euro selection

yoghurt, croissant

DIY omelette
My made to order omelette

What else did we do?

well, we drank a lot, made use of the HOT water in the shower,

Got Room Service:

fish taco $7
$7 fish taco

caesar salar

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And had this amazing cheese platter

cheese platter QT

bruce octopussy

Gawd I love getting away!!!

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Bahn Mi

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!

Scrambled Breakfast - Belmont 16ft sailing club

Breakfast Bruscetta Custom Espresso

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).

Noodle soup

Pizza

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

Mezza - Badde Manors

And also on the veges – this Mezze Platter from Badde Manors in Glebe :)

Had anything pretty to eat today?

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Custom espresso

Organised a family brunch shortly before Chrissy at Custom Espresso, which is walking distance from my parents’ place and their new regular coffee joint.

custom espresso

We got to relax over some great food, and got to meet my sister’s boyfriend :)

custom espresso

custom espresso

custom espresso

custom espresso

custom espresso

Look at me eating eggs!!!!!

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To Bowral

September 24, 2014 · 0 comments

Bowral Station sign

Went on a bit of an adventure (or epic journey) on Monday to go to Bowral for a job interview.

Train Ticket Bowral
ZOMG check it out, it’s a paper ticket!

Reasoning with myself that the $8.60 in train fare was about half of what the TOLL ROADS would cost me to get there, let alone petrol and having to stay awake for the journey, I got to Fassifern before 6am for the three trains there and three trains back.

Trainlink NSW purple train carriages to Newcastle

Settled in for a nap on the first leg, hoping all my connections would line up – which they did! Including the revelation that “Panania” is a place, and that people get excited to be getting on diesel trains, especially oldies on their excursion tickets who ignore the “quiet carriage” signage.

NSW Trainlink Cityrail diesel train at Bowral station

The interview was a couple of kilometres walk from the station, but as you see my feet were prepared (with heels to slip into on arrival!)

Daffodils Bowral

Springtime has certainly hit! With the gardens and wildflowers (weeds! and wanderers!) blooming

Daffodils Bowral

Wild flower bowral

flow bowral

red flower bowral

I got a tad pink from the sun, but it was lovely to be out :)

train board bowral clock

I had a latish lunch at Janecks Cafe and Bar

Courgette and Haloumi Breakfast fritters

Courgette and Haloumi fritters (all day breakfast menu – $17) and a lovely local Riesling!

All fuel for the epic journey home…

Janeks Cafe and bar
4/14 Wingecarribee St Bowral NSW 2576
(02) 4861 4414

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Product Talk by Nuffnang

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

I was sent a couple of boxes of Uncle Toby’s Quick Oats Sachets via Nuffnang to have a try of and tell you about.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets
Creamy Honey. With extra sugar cos they weren’t for me

I’ve been eating oats in winter forever. I’ll put it up front, that I prefer just getting plain oats or plain quickoats and doing them in the microwave with milk and (preferably brown) sugar. But since the world is all about convenience, I’ve had these sorts of things sitting in my draw at work for a post gym breakfast or a warm afternoon snack.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

So, what do I like about these and their flavours?

I like the built in measuring cup on the sachet! No more guesstimating or rummaging for a certain cup measure to add the milk with. After that you only need to stir and whack it in the microwave for 90 seconds. Easy peasy.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

Apple and Cinnamon was my favourite flavour. But then, cinnamon is great, right?

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

The apple and honey was the boring one… it needed way more apple to be able to notice it under the honey. If I’d had apples on hand, I probbly would have put half an apples worth of slices on it.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

The raspberry highlights in the last one was a pleasant surprise.

So, how do you cook your oats? Does something easy like this appeal to you?

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Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cutest Babycinos Ever ($1 each)

Went for a late lunch /slash afternoon tea with the family for my birthday. Cupcakes and babycinos for the kids, cake and coffee for my Mum and sister, and meals for B and I because I couldn’t face cake, and hadn’t had lunch…

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cute Cupcakes

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
My awesome chicken burger – $18

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado

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Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Go Bombers!!!

Hippo Espresso
468 The Esplanade,
Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0800

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Caught up for Brunch with my Mum the other week, and I have to say I love places that do an all day breakfast menu. This meant I could get these wonderful fritters after midday when Mum was ready for a wrap :)

bella beans
Corn fritters with roasted tomato, guacamole and sour cream, $13

bella beans
Turkey, cranberry and avo wrap with nummy chips, $13.

Top that off with some really yum coffees. :D

Bella Beans
450 The Esplanade, Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4947 4999

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Slowly slowly, cafes and restaurants on the Central Coast and Newcastle and venturing beyond having a single vegetarian item on the menu, and giving options for those who don’t want meat in every meal. Admittedly, most are still full of cheese and/or mushrooms (which is okay until your vegetarian date doesn’t like mushroom, or your friend is vegan) but they are getting there.

Here are a few (cheesy – so glad I’m back on the dairy, though my waistline might not be) vego options I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.

The Spot, Beaumont Street HamiltonThe Spot, Beaumont Street Hamilton

From The Spot on Beaumont Street, Hamilton: Corn and Feta Fritters with Mushroom, spinach and tomato relish. Oh so yum!

Vege Nachos

From Cafe Pennoz in the Tuggerah Business Park: Vege Nachos. I had time to kill at work one day so I treated myself.

vegetarian pizza , hungry wolf, Terrigal

From Hungry Wolf’s Pizza, Terrigal: Dom’s Special (Cheese, tomato, mushrooms, onion, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olives, garlic and chilli (optional) – minus the mushrooms and chili. It’s always a nice little delight to get artichoke on something. Way back when I worked in Tuggeranong (not to be confused with Tuggerah), there was a cafe downstairs at Homeworld that sold an amazing vegetarian foccacia with roast Mediterranean veges which I loved… and made me realise that I did like artichoke (from a jar anyway!).

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Friday night dinner – Santorini, Terrigal

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Souvlaki!!!!

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Moussaka

Saturday Breakfast – Caffe Jam, East Gosford

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Bacon and Egg Roll – simple just good

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Mushroom “bruschetta” – maybe too much mushroom!

Saturday Dinner – Tali plate at Royal Sweets Blacktown

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Sunday afternoon tea – Chocolates del Mondo, Burwood

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Tropical Sundae – with mango and passionfruit icecreams :)

Sunday Dinner – Cafe Bello, Westfield Burwood

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HUGE seafood marinara.

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Vege burger

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Saturdays are for Eating

October 20, 2012 · 5 comments

Breakfast at Hippo, Warners Bay

Hippo Espresso Warners Bay

A surprisingly nice combo of fruits – no kiwi to pick out!

Hippo Espresso Warners Bay

Spanish Omellette

Hippo Espresso Warners Bay

Hippo Munch

And lunch at Bella Natural Food Co, Terrigal

Bella Terrigal

Gorgeous rice salad

Bella Terrigal

Quinoa, lentil and chick pea salads

Bella Terrigal

Dips with Turkish Bread

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