31 October 2011
Not in Australia though. All manner of things that will indeed bite you. Even though they may in another life be your food. Therefore in this instance dinner=predator.
This guy was funny - this part of his act called "Man Eating Croc"
28 October 2011
In terms of food, pretty good really, although we didn't go mad and eat at the VERY best places. Cairns had a big harbourside destination - rather large, strings of restaurants side by side and sitting under cover while torrential rain fell was rather nice.
Tha Fish at the Pier was the chosen place, and Jules arrived on her very birthday. What a fab way to have a holiday - invited to join some very special people on their big birthday trip.
Then Hervey Bay scallops with braised pork belly, orange, coriander and master stock glaze
Black bean, chilli and seafood wontons with house made sweet chilli sauce
Then Fish of the day - Barramundi
and BBQ tiger prawns with avocado salsa and blood orange vinaigrette
Then Pear and cinnamon frangipan tart with vanilla bean ice cream.
Fortunately during the day Stew had found a way to exercise.
14 October 2011
SISTER ANN REVIEW Lovely roast veggie salad and the coffee is top rate. Browse the store for quirky little interior pieces…from craft to art. I ate the salad before I remembered to photograph it but had not completely mutilated the coffee- so photographed that instead. Mum had bacon and egg kitsch (kitsch?! Where did this woman get her food knowledge - out of a McDonald's bag??! Make that quiche...) and as she proclaims her bacon and egg pie is the best in the world, her approval is worth something
11 October 2011
SISTER ANN REVIEW Christine and Stewart were down at Miriam and Norman’s bach for the semi finals. Great rugby. Great backs and really terrific handling and…um…something about a front line. Yes- well I haven’t been employed for a rugby critique. I said the All Blacks are so poetic on the field and was told by Brettt -never to say that again. Eh? Wha!? But the food was Gor-Jus. Christine …. a classic Kiwi roast …mmmm…yams….Awww shucks thanks! and Julie made the best carrot cake I have ever tasted!!! It didn’t look that brilliant after the culture vultures attacked it…but it was sublime. Miriam’s afghans were just melt –in- the- mouth -moments! Great company! Cheers Julie and Brett. Nanna was there-put that gin down, you’ve had enough!
08 October 2011
LONE STAR forever
SISTER ANN REVIEW While in Palmy Luke and I went to his favourite restaurant. Chris, you are going to hate the fact I reviewed a ‘chain restaurant’, but it was too good to ignore. I didn’t take the camera, so I have added a few cowboy star stock photos off the net…oh and a lovly one of Audry Hepburn. If Luke had had his way, we would have been there every night. I had the fish,grilled, and it was superb-with a French accent . Luke had meat …it was big and Lone Starry. He went “mmmm’ a lot! So it was good, but he has had to eat food I cooked, for 18 years, so he is grateful to be able to eat what is on his plate. I joke. It looked fabulous and I am not that bad a cook (and Lone Star deserves better). Alexia was amazing as are all the Lone Starf (get it? Lone Star-f) But hey that’s what you get when you train people to be experts in customer service.
TRUE GRIT Script excerpt (or is that Wyatt Earp)
Rooster: I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned, or see you hanged at Fort Smith at Judge Parker's convenience. Which'll it be?
Ned: I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!
Rooster: Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!
ATMOSPEHERE 9 FOOD 8 SERVICE 8
Brekkie in Palmy
SISTER ANN REVIEW . I was inPalmerston North for a 3 night break to see younger son Luke and we saw a terrific looking café called AQABA. It seemed to be an Egyptian theme on secondglance, but on first glance it appeared a more expansive version of ‘Lone Star’. I am thinking it is a pretty fab bar at night. My plate was wonderful. I had a basil, tomato,pesto stack(with eggs) ; like an eggs benny, with the hollandaise, without salmon or ham…very very nice. Luke had the Big Breakfast (getting predictable Luke)
ANN ; ”How’s that?”
LUKE ;” Hash browns are pretty damned good”
ANN;” How’s the bacon?”
what did I expect? Overall opinion Luke?
LUKE; “It’s food- I don’t care!”
It looked tasty to me.
The till/billing system was particularly awful. The menus were on the table so you sit down, and after a little light reading, discover a line of copy,at the top of the menu;
‘pay for meals at the kitchen’. Luckily I stopped by the bar, as we were expected to pay for coffee at the bar, and then traipse 500m (it seemed) down to the back of the HUGE hall-like restaurant…. (HELLO HEllo hello-that’s the echo) …to pay for the meal at the kitchen counter. Not! Good! Enough! The staff were clawing their way to average. oh no…just missed that benchmark.
ATMOSPEHERE 8 FOOD 8 SERVICE 1