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A few Drinks in Gosford

Gosford is a bit of a hidden gem (And my dear friend Bronwyn who I met for drink there last week would probably like to keep it that way!).

At the north of the Brisbane Waters, and an hour train ride from either Sydney or Newcastle, it doesn’t exactly evoke memories of a beautiful waterfront. With its abandoned or decaying (but, to my relief, revitalising) shopping centres. I don’t know, it never struck me as a destination as a young adult.

shiraz at the coast bar gosford

It was a grey, drizzly day, and while that dulled the shimmering blue waters, it didn’t change our destinations. Starting with a club-priced wine at the very busy Gosford Sailing Club, we discussed gender politics and popular themes, along with South Park, transphobia, the downfall of marriage, and Germaine Greer.

the coast bar pizza kiln oven

The Coast Bar (formerly known as the Ignuana Bar of NSW policial fame for Pizza, nibblies and wine.

the coast bar vegetarian pizza

the caost bar antipasto platter

Last but not least was a Margarita at Reviver on Mann St, a cocktail bar situated in the herse parking garage of a former funeral home. Of course. Dark, with hipster beers, and people in suits, it’s only going to get more popular with the relocation of public servants from Newcastle and Canberra…

Reviver Margarita Gosford

What places surprise you after you haven’t been there for years?

Better Homes & Gardens Live (coming to Sydney and Perth)

yeah joh griggs
Mama isn’t a Joh Griggs fan, but since she sponsor for me for LIPTEMBER mum is cool with JGriggsy

better homes

Fiona was invited to the launch lunch

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Yeah, I know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but…..

chocolte, hey?

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I’ve been getting seriously good use out of my pensioner Opal card lately. $2.50 to travel all day on Newcastle and Sydney trains, buses, ferries and light rail, that’s awesome! And yes, you may be jealous, but I have it because they reckon I can only work 15 hours a week when I DO get a job, and so they give me some perks like cheaper meds to keep me less crazy, and cheap travel so I can apply for jobs and be able to jump on a train to meet awesome people and eat delicious food and consume great wine in the blink of an eye.

a vroom ford

So, this vroom of a classic blue Ford Falcon belongs to Jason Hodges, who bought it 21 years ago for $3k, but claims it is worth $30k now.

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I’m also perfecting my “snoozing on the train” technique. It’s helped when I wear a beanie, so I can rest my head on the window, and my cardi of choice is more of a poncho / knitted wrap. So I curl up, and tend to miss half the trip. It’s wonderful.

See:
travel gear
Totally travel ready.

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So, one of the things I’ve got to with my awesomeness ticket, is off to The Greens, which is right next to North Sydney Oval. I went there to be fed, and to be informed about all the awesome stuff at the Better Homes and Gardens “Live” weekend expos that are happening in Perth in October and Sydney in November.

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An amazing lunch, though I think “dill” was the herb of choice

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A delightful Shiraz

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And some chocolate making to ice to ice the cake

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better homes
A Ms Johanna Griggs also Sponsored me for Liptember!

If you wanna go to the show, the details are:

Perth
23-25 October, 2015
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets from $18 for adults for a day pass!

Sydney
13-15 November, 2015
Sydney Showground (catch the train!)
Tix from $18 GA, $38.50 for the high tea, more for masterclasses.

BONUS! use my code: M109830 and get 30% off your tickets!

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Friday Drinks – Margaritas!

Margarita Ingredients

This week we have the margarita… We used tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a ratio of 2 – 0.5 – 1 (4-1-2 for 2) as I’m not too much of a fan of the sweet stuff. We also mixed it up with limes and lemons because limes are freakin’ expensive at the moment, and friends and family keep giving us free lemons!

Margaritas

Orgran Gluten Free Products

This, along with a chicken caesar salad using the yummy gluten free Orgran herbed quinoa croutons fueled a night of Guitar/Band Hero shenanigans.

Chicken Caesar Salad with Gluten Free Croutons

Guitar Hero Avatar

Aren’t I sexy? ;)

Amazing Weekend at the QT Gold Coast – So retro, much hipster, so fun

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.

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Lemonade in the lobby on arrival

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

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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…

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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!!!

Friday Drinks! Moscow Mule with Buderim Ginger

Moscow Mule

I was sent some ginger beer and ginger refresher from Buderim Ginger to try, and I HAD to do moscos mules. Vodka and lime from Aldi (fresh limes were $1 each, so pass!) and the bitey ginger from the beer can, or like below and bitey-er ginger if you use the ginger refresher and soda water. (or less bitey, but I like more!!!)

Moscow Mule

What’s to drink at yours tonight?

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