Uber Eats Local Food Fest

Uber Eats is running Your Local Food Fest where every day they feature a cuisine with a big discount off Uber Eats for that cuisine. Tonight (June 23rd, 2020) it is Mexican with 50% off with the code SUPPORTLOCALMEX Each day until June 30th visit the link below to find out what cuisine is discounted…

Nourished Life – Spend $99 and pick your free gift

I love Nourished Life. It’s my favourite shopping destination for Clean Beauty products. For a short time, you can receive a FREE gift when you spend $99 – which is so easy to do! I ordered the Beauty Sample Subscription Box from Nourished Life. For only $25 each month you receive a beauty box delivered to…

Dinnerly

I recently signed up for Dinnerly which is a cheaper version of Marley Spoon. I used a voucher for $45 off the first 3 boxes. For my first box (including shipping) I paid $37.45 for six meals (3 days x 2 people). This week I chose the following three meals: Pan-Fried Gnocchi with Pumpkin, Feta…

T2 Tea Sale

Recently T2 Tea had a sale. I bought five teas for $54 including free delivery. The RRP is $116. I love a bargain! o Vanilla Mint 50g $5 (RRP $16) o Organic Earl Grey 50g $7 (RRP $12) o Gorgeous Geisha 100g $12 (RRP $16) o The Queen’s Peach 150g $15 (RRP $26) o Very…

The Anchor by the Bay

Our first time dining out since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted was at The Anchor by the Bay on Friday night. A lovely English themed restaurant located at Raby Bay Harbour’s dining precinct in Cleveland, Brisbane South-East QLD. It was once the site of the Funky Mexican Cantina – a favourite Mexican restaurant that closed its…

Malolo Poke – Hawaiian Food with an Asian Fusion Touch

Recently I discovered Malolo Poke Hawaiian restaurant on Uber Eats. Delicious food with a twist of Thai and Japanese cuisines. Located in Capalaba QLD. “Malolo is a Hawaiian inspired salad bar with an Asian fusion touch. We have sought to become a platform that could empower people to make healthier decisions by turning salads into a…

Well Naturally No Sugar Added Chocolate

I love the Well Naturally No Sugar Added Chocolate varieties. As someone with Type 2 Diabetes, I have to limit how much sugar I eat and usually avoid chocolate because of the sugar content. I love the Well Naturally No Sugar Added Coconut Delight Milk variety the most. It reminds me of Coconut Rough which…

Restaurants and Cafes that deliver in the Redlands QLD area

Below is a list of restaurants and cafes in Redlands Coast, Brisbane that offer delivery or take away options. 107 Cafe (Capalaba Central) 3 Tiers Cafe (Ormiston) Bang Bang Chicken (Birkdale) *Uber Eats Banjo’s Bakery Café (Cleveland) *Uber Eats Billy’s Bar B Que (Mt.Cotton)  Burgers with Bite (Capalaba Park) *Uber Eats Cleveland Sands Hotel (Cleveland)…

Australian Organic Meat Co

The Australian Organic Meat Co are based in Capalaba, Brisbane SE Queensland. They have an online store with home delivery on orders over $80 within the Redlands Coast area. My friend Patsy visits them often and after viewing her video on Facebook I asked her to pick up some Organic meat from them which was…

Supporting the Cleveland Markets stalls after temporary closure

Hi everyone, Now that the Cleveland Markets in Cleveland, Brisbane QLD is temporarily closed I will be doing my best to support the amazing stallholders and getting things home delivered. The first businesses I will be ordering from are some of my favourite produce stalls.

Surfmud™ Natural Zinc Tinted Covering Cream

BUY NOW AT NOURISHED LIFE $24.95 Designed for use by aquatic and outdoor enthusiasts, Surfmud™ is a natural, zinc-based cream developed by surfers to help guard their skin during long hours of surfing in rough ocean conditions. This long-lasting, handmade formulation offers protection from the damaging effects of the Australian climate by creating a physical…

English Tea Shop – Organic Book Style Advent Calendar

$23.95 $21.55 – 10% OFF BUY NOW AT NOURISHED LIFE   Ditch the chocolates for the delightful English Tea Shop Advent Tea Calendar. This pack contains a wide variety of seasonal tea flavours and classic favourites. This advent calendar has new packaging – the pyramid tea bags are recyclable and directly inserted into the gift box…

Gift Ideas: Michelle Worthington’s Children Books

LOCAL AUTHOR: MICHELLE WORTHINGTON Every Christmas for the last three years I have visited Michelle Worthington’s stall at the Twilight Makers Market at Raby Bay Harbour. The market is located in the park next to the Cleveland train station. Michelle is a local author to the Redland Coast in Brisbane and has a range of…

Kakadu Aussie Blue Off Insect Repellant

Kakadu Aussie Blue Off Insect Repellant is a unique “Top End” Natural insect repellent. Made in Darwin from 100% pure & natural Australian Blue Cypress essential Oil. The properties of this essential oil bug repellent are similar to DEET although Aussie Blue Off Original also can sooth the skin This fragrance is also emotionally calming,…

Yes We VIbe Chakra Love

I have been a fan of the company Yes We Vibe for several years now. An advertisement popped up on my Facebook feed and I fell in love with their bohemian boots, shoes, bags, clothing, home decor and more. My first purchase was a pair of Yes We Vibe Chakra Love boots. Not only do…

Love Juice Superfood Bar

  Love Juice Superfood Bar is located in Doig Street, Cleveland QLD and features a wide menu of acai bowls, fresh juices, smoothies, snacks and hot beverages. I love their Detox fresh juice (Beetroot, Carrot, Lemon, Kale. Ginger and Apple) with the addition of watermelon, which tastes amazing. “All our menu items are predominately vegan,…

Classic Meals in Cleveland, QLD

A few months ago I discovered Classic Meals in Russell St, Cleveland. They are located close to the Cleveland District High School, next to Cleveland Family Fare. I live nearby and love the convenience of picking up a delicious cooked meal, snacks, salads and more. Their Pork Roast meal is great value for money and…

50 Legendary Halloween Recipes

Tired of the same old Halloween recipes? Need some fun, wholesome Halloween recipes for everything from appetizer’s, meals, and fun for all treats? “50 Legendary Halloween Recipes – Recipes for All Seasons to Put A New Spin on Halloween” is perfect for any ‘creepy kitchen’ or ghoul-tastic’ gathering! We have you covered for breakfast, lunch,…

Revival Food Co. Gluten-Free Snack Balls and Brownies

Another of my favourite stalls at the Cleveland Sunday Markets in Bloomfield St, Cleveland QLD is Revival Food Co. Recently I purchased a Gluten-Free brownie and it was SO good! They also have some delicious “Brain Boost Snack Balls” which are amazing. Each one is GLUTEN FREE – GRAIN FREE – REFINED SUGAR-FREE – VEGAN…

Product Review: Mikey’s Awesome Biltong

I first tried Mikey’s Awesome Biltong at the Raby Bay Twilight Makers Markets on Shore Street, Cleveland and then at the Cleveland Sunday Markets in Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Mikey offers a good size sample of his biltong and always has a smile and is very friendly. It’s obvious he loves his product and enjoys sharing…

I adore J’Adore Les Crepes

Tonight I was at the Twilight Makers Market in Raby Bay, Cleveland QLD with my husband Philip. We were feeling hungry and looked at the many Food Trucks in the markets. One food van caught my eye – Jadore Les Crepes. Jadore Les Crepes have a range of crepes and the choice of Gluten-Free and…

Book Review: Ignite Your Life by Deborah Toussaint

Recently I read Ignite Your Life: 5 Core Principles To Transform Your Past, Present and Future  “Ignite your life” is not just a book, it is a system, workbook and way of life that empowers and guides you to heal from your past, transform your life and see your mind open up to your true…

Cafe Review: Brown’s Bakery Cafe

Brown’s Bakery Cafe has a great range of bakery products and cafe items with reasonable prices and a friendly smile. (Photo credit: TripAdvisor) They also make gluten-free items which taste great. Sometimes you need to order them in advance as they sell out quickly. Recently I noticed that they were selling bagels but they go…

Book: The I Love My Air Fryer Gluten-Free Recipe Book

175 gluten-free recipes for fast, delicious meals the whole family will love using the latest must-have kitchen appliance—the air fryer! It’s no secret why the air fryer is the hottest new kitchen appliance—it offers a quick and healthy cooking option for busy families, and its convection power makes it easy to cook a wide range…

Book: Vegan Air Fryer Cookbook

Ever since I bought my air fryer I have been reading air fryer cookbooks because I love cooking in it. In this summer heat, it’s great to cook and not heat up the entire room as the oven does. I found this book on Amazon and it has some amazing recipes. Some that I have tried…

Product: Good Earth Organic Kombucha Passionfruit & Lime

Good Earth Kombucha with Passionfruit and Lime. The blend of tropical favourites passionfruit and lime deliver a to zing to your palate. * Organic & Gluten-free * Australian made organic kombucha * Naturally fizzy and low in sugar * Tropical zing of real passion fruit and lime juice * Low in sugar Good Earth’s Passionfruit…

Product: Kintra Foods Lemon & Ginger with Makuka Honey Tea

Another item in our food hamper giveaway – Kintra Lemon & Ginger With Manuka Honey tea. This intense and delicious Kintra tea blends zesty organic lemon, organic slow dried ginger root, manuka honey and other herbs & spices to leave you feeling warm & cosy. Aside from being a delicious and refreshing beverage, the combination…

Product: St Dalfour’s Pineapple and Mango Fruit Spread

Another item in our Food Hamper Giveaway is St Dalfour’s Pineapple and Mango Fruit Salad. Made from an old recipe handed down through generations in the heart of the Loire Valley. St Dalfour spreads are free of added sugar and contain only the natural sweetness of concentrated grape juice. Also free from added flavours, colours,…

Product: Kintra Foods Turmeric Golden Blend

Another item in our hamper giveaway is Kintra Foods Tumeric Golden Blend. Turmeric (aka Curcuma Ionga) has been used for centuries as a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It’s been proven that when blended with black pepper, the ability of the human body to absorb the turmeric is increased by 2000%. Click Here to enter the competition to win the $50 food…

Product: Eskal Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate

One of the products in our food hamper giveaway is Eskal Foods @eskal.foods Dark Chocolate that is Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free. “Eskal Noble Choice is made with the finest quality dark chocolate that is completely 100% dairy free. With every bite of Eskal Noble Choice, it melts delectably in your mouth and it’’s perfect for satisfying sweet tooth…

Product: Melinda’s Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf

One of the products in our food hamper giveaway is Melinda’s Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf. We love Melinda’s GF products and this Gingerbread Loaf is amazing and easy to make. “A tasty blend of high-quality ginger and spices that can be prepared as a loaf, slab cake or muffins… Serve warm with butter or cream.” To…

Product: Matcha Green Tea

One of the products in our hamper giveaway is the @kintrafoods  Matcha Green Tea 🍵. Click Here to enter the $50 hamper competition Unlike other green tea that comes in tea bags,  Kintra Foods Matcha Green Tea contains the full leaves ground into a fine powder. So you consume all the health benefits of the tea. One cup of…

Air Fryer

I bought an Air Fryer from Crazy Sales recently and I am loving it! I bought some Spring Rolls and they came out crispy and delicious. I had some leftover pizza and garlic bread and heated them in the air fryer and the pizza and garlic bread came out crispy and hot. One of the…

Our 22nd Wedding Anniversary

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by aninstantonthelips.com.au (@aninstantonthelips) on Dec 16, 2018 at 6:56pm PST Recently my husband and I celebrated our 22nd Wedding Anniversary by heading down to the Cleveland Sands Hotel for Garlic Prawn 🦐 Pizza with olives and chilli 🌶 Then we came home and enjoyed a…

Beer Advent Calendar – a great Christmas present for the beer lover in your life

Buy something for the beer lover in your life. They will receive 25 Australian craft beer varieties in this well-presented box. Imagine their delight as they try a new beer every day. Currently $99  (down from $163.99) BUY NOW

Book: Gluten Free For Dummies

The easy way to live without wheat, barley, oats, rye, and other sources of gluten There’s more to living gluten-free than just cutting it out of your diet. This Second Australian Edition of Living Gluten-Free For Dummies helps you embrace a gluten-free lifestyle and make a smooth transition to healthier, tastier living. You’ll learn how to decipher food labels,…

Book: Thai Cooking Class

  Thai cuisine is becoming increasingly popular the world over. This cookbook contains a wide range of authentic Thai recipes that can be prepared successfully at home. The selections include a variety of main dishes, with and without meat, as well as three full Thai banquets. This book gives an illustrated glossary of ingredients, as well…

Shopping: Rockman’s 60% off sale

I just bought this top at Rockmans on special for 60% off – making it $15.99. You can buy Rockmans clothing on Amazon Australia now. Great prices for a limited time. BUY NOW Rockman’s Fashion on Amazon

Product: Marion’s Kitchen Coconut Sriracha

I saw this on Instagram and thought it sounded like an amazing product. Let me know what you think if you try it!   View this post on Instagram   WHERE TO BUY UPDATE! Pumped that some more of the BEST grocery stores in the USA have chosen to stock my new range! 👌🏼💃🏻🌶🔪🚀 I’ll…

Product: Brown Bag Cookie Art Carousel Shortbread Cookie Pan

I love making Butter Shortbread at Christmas. It makes great presents and the gluten-free recipe I use includes Rice Flour and a lot of butter, which makes it crumbly and delicious. I found this Brown Bag Cookie Art Carousel Shortbread Cookie Pan and ordered it on Amazon. I can’t wait for it to arrive! I…

Shopping: Nourished Life Offers

Australia’s Home Of Toxin-Free Shopping ALL CRUELTY FREE 91,216 PRODUCT REVIEWS NO “FAKE NATURAL” AWESOME LOYALTY PROGRAM FULL NATUROPATHY SERVICE ^Code must be entered for discount to apply. Discount cannot be provided once the order has been processed.*Codes MUST be entered correctly at checkout to receive discount. Discount cannot be applied once payment has been processed. Not…

Christmas Warehouse

  I found some great Christmas baubles / balls at the Christmas Warehouse. I’m going for a brown, gold and white theme this year. They have a great range of Christmas Decorations, Christmas Trees and Christmas Lights. I am choosing a snow-covered tree this year. This one looks fantastic. VISIT THE CHRISTMAS WAREHOUSE ONLINE  …

Tastebuds – Gifts from $39

Chocolate Bouquets & Gifts Hey! Did you know tastebuds offer FREE express next business day delivery, AfterPay and personalised add-ons galore?!   Get 10% off in their Black Friday sales! Just use the coupon code on Friday Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY Terms and Conditions: See website for full T&C’s Cannot be used in conjunction with any…

Crazy Sales Kitchen Bargains

Have you ever followed a recipe and needed exact weight of food items and just had to guess? These Digital Kitchen Scales are amazing. A large area to place your ingredients on. It has an easy to read measurements. You will be cooking like a pro with attention to detail and make the perfectly balanced…

Book: 30 Day Mediterranean Diet

The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook offers fresh, flavorful, and FAST recipes for lifelong health. Bowls of pasta, abundant seafood, roasted vegetables, bread dipped into olive oil, and even a glass of wine—the Mediterranean diet is easy to follow because it’s also a lifestyle. The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook makes it easier than ever to get your fill of the Mediterranean…

Book: Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients

I’m one of the many people who love Jamie Oliver cookbooks. This cookbook focuses on recipes with 5 ingredients and has a wide range of recipes sure to please. Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated – that’s why Jamie’s Quick & Easy 5-Ingredient Food is sure to become your new best friend in the kitchen.It’s all about…

Book: Children’s Cookbook: Delicious Step-by-Step Recipes

This great kid’s cook book features step-by-step photography plus mouth-watering pictures of each finished dish. Children are encouraged to think about nutrition throughout the book and each recipe can be adapted to suit individual diets or tastes. An illustrated glossary explains techniques and cookery terms. Ages 7+. BUY NOW

Good Housekeeping Kids Bake!

100+ Sweet and Savory Recipes Ready, set, BAKE! Featuring more than 100 simple triple-tested recipes, from Bacon Cheese Popovers to Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake, this is the perfect book for young bakers! From fabulous muffins, bread, and pizzas to yummy cookies, cakes, and pies, Good Housekeeping has a world of treats for kids to bake! This delicious…

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring (2nd edition)

125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap by INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US With the rise of grain-free and paleo diets, along with the increasing diagnosis rate of celiac disease, gluten-free prepared foods are more widely available than ever. Yet they are still expensive – as much as three times (or more) than their…

Book: The Plant Paradox Cookbook 

by Steven R. Gundry (Author) Published: 2 May 2018 Lose weight and heal your gut with more than 100 delicious Plant Paradox–approved recipes! In the New York Times bestseller The Plant Paradox, renowned cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry introduced readers around the world to the hidden toxins lurking in seemingly “healthy” foods: a class of plant-based proteins known as lectins. Found in…

Book: Maggie’s Recipe for Life

6 October 2017 by Maggie Beer and Prof. Ralph Martins To have a healthy old age you must act now, whether you are 30 or 50. I have two great passions – sharing my love of cooking delicious simple food and improving the health and nutrition of older people. I hope this cookbook does both but it’s…

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Just in time for Halloween, I have found a cookbook with Harry Potter favourites! From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory. More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike (Unofficial Cookbook) by Dinah Bucholz by Adams Media Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall. A proper cuppa tea…

Five Ingredient Cookbook

Easy Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Less! Are you tired of complicated recipes with hard-to-find ingredients? Are you looking for delicious and easy recipes with only a few simple ingredients? Now you can create amazing, mouthwatering meals for friends and family with simple and easy-to-follow recipes that don’t require hard to find ingredients that you will only use…

Book: Australian Fish and Seafood Cookbook

The definitive guide to cooking great fish. ‘The bible for seafood. The only book you’ll ever need on the topic.’ Neil Perry Written by the most respected authorities on seafood in the country, this landmark publication contains all you need to know about selecting and preparing over 60 types of fish and seafood, including catching…

Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bag

Our Silicone Food Storage Bags (reusable) replace single use plastic ziplock bags and have a multitude of uses in your home, kitchen (like meal prepping and sous vide) and activities like camping, boating and sports. Use our Slider-Bagz Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags to store your eco-baby wipes to stop leaking in your bag, take…

Product: KIDDO FEEDO Baby Food Freezer Tray with Silicone Lid

A friend told me about the Kiddo Feedo Baby Food Freezer tray with Silicone Lid – Perfect Container for Freezing Homemade Baby Food, Purées, and Breast Milk She loves that she can freeze baby food and her breast milk in an easy to wash silicone tray. I thought some of my friends with babies might…

New Product: ForLife Mango Powder

Mango, ‘the King of Fruits’, is packed with vitamins and minerals, and contains a large amount of antioxidants with health promoting qualities. It is regarded as an alkaline fruit and promotes weight loss, making it one of the super fruits. Mangoes have a pleasant unique flavor, fragrance, and taste. ForLife Mango Powder is all natural.…

New Product: Oakwood Products All in 1 Anti Bacterial Cleaner

Disinfecting surface cleaner with natural ingredients Kills 99.9% of germs; deters bedbugs & other insects Suitable for fabric and hard surfaces Product Description Oakwood All-In-1 Anti-Bacterial Cleaner leverages the nontoxic disinfecting power of eucalyptus and tea tree oil to kill bacteria such as e-coli, pseudomonas and salmonella with no danger to you or your household…

New Product: Abode Healthy Home Products Bathroom Cleaner Rosemary & Mint

Product Description Developed using genuine mineral and plant-based ingredients, this distinct formula is free from ammonia, bleach, d-limonene and other harmful chemicals. Tremendously effective with no nasty fumes, it has been created to successfully remove grime in showers and bathroom. Great for all surfaces (except timber). The health of your family is top priority, so…

New Product: Abode Healthy Home Products Tea Tree Toilet Gel

Product Description Toilet cleaning will never be the same with this product! Developed using only naturally derived plant and mineral based ingredients (most food grade), it does away with the concoction of dangerous chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, petrochemicals and betaines used in most common brands. Toxic fumes and VOCs free.  It contains organic Tea Tree essential…

New Product: Meadow & Marrow Bone Broth Concentrate Natural

Size: 260g Product Description Besides providing exceptional nutritional support for good gut health, this unflavoured bone broth concentrate is a versatile ingredient that heightens other flavours without altering them. It works equally well in sweet and savoury dishes as a more nutritious, tastier alternative to stock, and may also be drunk by the cup either…

New Product: Broth & Co Australian Beef Bone Broth with Beetroot Powder Pouch

Convenient powder form With beetroot for added flavour & nutrition Nourishing and all natural No added salt or nasties Product Description For a comforting broth beverage with the added nutritional benefits of Beetroot, add a heaped teaspoon of Beef Bone Broth with Beetroot powder to a cup (200ml) of boiling water. Once made up in…

New Product: 123 Nourish Me Magic Sprinkles for Kids

Organic Fun & tasty sprinkles packed with wholefood nutrition Product Description What if you gave your kids a shaker full of deliciously sweet sprinkles and let them shake it onto anything they wanted? Think they’d love it? And what if those sprinkles were full of organic wholefoods and all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other…

New Product: Ceres Organics Hot Cereal Paleo Grain Free

 Product Description Ceres’ new grain-free hot cereal contains only the good stuff!  No nasty refined sugars, preservatives or additives. Ceres have combined nutrient-dense nuts and seeds, including chia, coconut and LSA, for a healthy hot cereal full of organic lusciousness. Each serve supplies a wholesome dose of nutrients including protein, dietary fibre, magnesium, phosphorus, and…

The Gluten Free Meal Co

ABOUT “The Gluten Free Meal Co. is Australia’s dedicated, Coeliac Australia-endorsed home delivery service that fulfils the dream of enjoying a delicious choice of restaurant-quality gluten free meals. Family, foodies, and a quest to fulfil a dream For more than 20 years, the Gohil family behind The Gluten Free Meal Co. has been the pioneering…

Book: The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking

The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking: 80 Low-Carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss The first gluten-free baking book from legendary bread maker and James Beard Award-winning author Peter Reinhart, with 80 world-class recipes suitable for wheat sensitive, diabetic, and low-carb/low-sugar dieters.   BUY NOW

Nourished Life – Your Home for Organic Health

d I use Nourished Life Toxin-Free store because I care about what I ingest and absorb. These days there are so many chemicals and toxins that are in products and it is scary what health problems are caused by them Join up today to get 15% off – great savings!

Marley Spoon – making it easy to cook a delicious meal at home

Recently my husband and I enjoyed cooking meals from Marley Spoon recipe cards and ingredients. We were really impressed with the quality of the ingredients, all fresh and very tasty. I love that I don’t have to go shopping and everything is portioned and therefore no waste. It’s easy to use the app to order…

Get Ready For Summer with Light and Easy’s New Spring Menu

  Spring is a good time to lose weight and Lite n’ Easy makes that easy with delicious meals at a great price. “Lite n’ Easy delivers great tasting, healthy meals that make it easy to lose weight and manage your weight. It’s also a convenient solution for time-poor people who are too busy to…

15% off Revolution 6 Packs at Jumbo Pets

Overthrow the social order of your pet’s greatest enemies with Revolution. Fleas, lice, mites, heartworm and intestinal parasites are all covered by this monthly treatment, which utilises active Now you can get 15% off Revolution 6 packs. That’s a great savings!

Paleo Food From Aussie Health Products

Are you eating a Paleo Diet? Aussie Health has a wide range of food items in their Paleo Primal Pantry. “Find all the snacks you need to help you on your paleo journey. Aussie Health Products offer an extensive range of wholesome paleo and primal foods that are grain free, dairy free and sugar free.…

Dr Gundry’s Lectin-Free Pad Thai Recipe

This recipe is featured in Dr Gundry’s New York Times best-selling book, The Plant Paradox. \ Order it here: bit.ly/plantparadox  

Using the Free-Wines app at Cove Bar and Dining, South Bank

Today is my husband’s birthday and we are celebrating by travelling to South Bank, Brisbane South to dine at Cove Bar and Dining. Located on the Brisbane River it has great views and today there is a lovely breeze. We arrive and take our seats at a booth and are greeted by our waiter who…

Little Indian Palace – Tasty Tuesday – Madras Lamb, Butter Chicken, Garlic Naan, Papadums – Cleveland, Brisbane Australia

I was on Facebook and saw a post by Little Indian Palace It’s that time of week again…TASTY TUESDAY TIME! Spend $25 or more and get ONE meal COMPLETELY FREE when you share and comment on this post! *not valid with any other offer *one per table/take-away I phoned up my Aunt and asked if…

Freedom Foods Maple Crunch

It is rare that I find a gluten-free cereal that I not just like but love. Freedom Foods Maple Crunch is amazingly tasty, mostly due to the 2% maple sugar. It is crunchy and doesn’t get soggy in milk. I find myself munching on it at night, too. Yumm! GLUTEN FREE – NUT FREE –…

Sunshine on the Bay: Live Music, Pumpkin and Macadamia Soup, Tapas

I was on Facebook and saw a post by Sunshine on the Bay promoting their Tapas and Live Music night. The lovely Courtenay Heaton was performing her sweet music, soft and relaxing.  We perused the tablet-based menus and chose to start with Pumpkin and Macadamia Soup.  Afterwards we ordered some tapas, but my phone died so…

Thai Siam, Cleveland: Roast Curry Duck, Seafood with Oyster Sauce

It’s Friday night date night again and a visit to our favourite, the Thai Siam. The lovely Josh takes our order A firm favourite Thai meal is Red Curry Duck. It is just so flavoursome and hearty. I’ve eaten duck so many times you think I’d be quackers! Sorry for the pun.  Hubby chose some…

Redlands RSL: Ribs, New Orleans Cajun Seafood curry

Another Date Night, this time a Friday. We decided to go up to the RSL and listen to some live music and have a meal. It’s so hard to choose from the extensive menu but this caught my eye [ New Orleans Cajun Marinated Reef Fish, Scallops, Tender Calamari, Prawns & Mussels. . . .…

Thai Siam: Steamed pacific oysters, stir fry fish with ginger, chilli and basil

A Saturday night Date Night at the Thai Siam. I’m in the mood for oysters and Thai Siam has some of the most amazing steamed pacific oysters that are twice or three times larger than normal and delicious. Afterwards we ordered some stir fry fish with ginger, chilli and basil. Another favourite dish we order…

Thai Siam: Roast Duck Salad, Soft Shell Crab

I was craving Roast Duck Salad so we headed to Thai Siam in Queen Street, Cleveland. I just love this salad. The succulent roast duck and the zingy salad dressing, It’s delicious.   Hubby chose some fried soft shell crab but felt it was a little cold when it arrived so they heated it up for…

Cleveland Sands: New menu, Steak Sandwich

I saw a sign outside the Cleveland Sands hotel that said New ChefNew Menu I looked over the new snack bar menu. A lot of prices had gone up. No longer $7.95 and $8.95 meals. There was a greater range and some interesting menu items. I decided to try the Steak Sandwich. I thought it…

Fish On Fire: WIld Barramundi with Greek Salad and Chips

I was feeling hungry for some fresh fish and Fish On Fire sells some of the freshest fish in Cleveland, so we headed to their Middle Street store.  After browsing their fish on display I decided to purchase the Wild Barramundi meal which includes a salad of your choice (Greek salad, seafood salad or garden…

Kam Fay: Satay Beef, Beef Spare Ribs with BBQ sauce

Feeling hungry we headed to Kam Fay for a bite to eat. I felt like some satay, so chose Satay Beef. Always satisfying. The circle in the middle was alight when they served the dish. The beef was tender and the beans were perfectly cooked. Philip ordered Beef Spareribs with BBQ sauce. I had a…

Thai Siam: Moreton Bay Bugs, Cosmopolitan

Another date night at Thai Siam in Queen Street Cleveland. It starts with a Cosmopolitan cocktail from the bar. Delicious! Tonight I felt like one of the Chef’s Specialities – Morteon Bay Bugs done in a salt and pepper seasoning. Delicious. The salty morsels you pull out of the shells have a touch of five…

Kam Fay Chinese: Roast Duck with chinese mushrooms, Szechuan prawns

Another visit to Kam Fay Chinese restaurant. I was in the mood for roast duck with chinese mushroom hotpot. Yumm!   [ Duck with Chinese mushrooms hotpot ] [ Szechuan prawns ] To view more reviews of Kam Fay click here.Kam Fay Chinese RestaurantAddress Shop 3, 111 Queen StreetCleveland, Queensland 4163

Doug and Pearl: Oysters, Calimari and Tagliatelle

I had heard great things about Doug and Pearl in Middle St, Cleveland and was looking forward to dining there. I finally convinced my husband to give it a try and we were very happy we did.  [Exterior] [Interior] [ Interior ] [ drinks menu ]  [ menu]  [ baby calimari with rocket, lemon, saffron…

Brisbane: Kangaroo Point

After a visit to Carindale Westfields my Aunt and Uncle took me to Kangaroo Point in Brisbane, on the Brisbane river. There were a number of sculptures and features around, some of which I photographed.

Cleveland Sands: Lamb Shank, Seafood Platter for one

Another visit to the Cleveland Sands and a new $9 jar cocktail to try.  This time it is a Buckaroo which contains: Jim Beam, peach schnapps and apple juice We then visited the Bistro. Philip was in the mood for lamb shanks with mashed potatoes and gravy I enjoyed a seafood platter for one. Delicious. …

Redland Bay Hotel: Seafood platter

On my birthday I was whisked to the Redland Bay Hotel in Redland Bay. I was lured with the promise of a Seafood Platter for Two and I was so excited when it arrived that I forgot to take some photos!  A description from the Redland Bay Hotel website: Indulge yourself with 2 fresh sand…

The Sushi 79: Sushi 79 Roll

After visiting Apple Store in Westfields Carindale I went for a ride down to Raby Bay Marina and enjoyed the view and the breeze. I felt peckish so called into The Sushi 79 for some sushi. I decided to try another house specialty – Sushi 79 Roll.  Whilst I waited I took a photo of…

Sunshine on the Bay: Seafood Chowder, Barramundi and garlic prawns

A belated birthday dinner for my hubby Philip, we decided to dine at Sunshine on the Bay, in the Stockland Cleveland complex above Woolworths and other shops on Middle Street, Cleveland. . I love this restaurant, the food and the friendly staff. We ordered a mixed dozen oysters, with four Natural, four Kilpatrick and four…

Fiction Bar: Live Music, Scallops and Oysters

Live music on a Sunday Cloudy Head Apple Cider Fresh oysters – yumm! Scallops with potato mash Fiction Bar and Restaurant Seasonal food and terrace Raby Bay Marina Shop 9&10/152 Shore St WestCleveland QLD 4163 (07) 3488 2888 http://www.fictionbar.com.au Read more reviews of Fiction Bar and Restaurant

Funky Mexican Cantina: The Macho burger

A lovely spring day and a visit to the Funky Mexican Cantina on Raby Bay Marina.  I love the decor I chose the Crazy Mexican – Tequila, Grand Mariner & Lime Juice $13 The special for the month is the Macho Burger for $16.95 The Crazy Mexican – Tequila, Grand Marnier & lime juice Fish…

Thai Siam: Peking duck pancakes; seafood laksa

Another date night at Thai Siam. This time we feel like some Peking Duck pancakes. They were delicious!  peking duck pancakes Then I ordered a seafood laksa which was amazing as usual. I have never finished a bowl as there is so much content and soup. A bargain at $10.  seafood laksa To view more…

Thai Emerald: Squid rings, Satay chicken, Red curry duck

A night at home and a home delivery of squid rings and red curry duck from Thai Emerald in Alexandra Hills.  Squid Rings – tasty Satay chicken Red curry duck – my favourite  This is the third time I have ordered from Thai Emerald and the quality of the food is always top notch. It’s…

Thai SIam: Mud crab with salt & pepper and five spice

It’s pay day and we decide to head down to Thai Siam for some mud crab.  This time it was to share a mud crab between two people, last time we had one each. We order the mud crab cooked with salt & pepper and five spice, along with an entree of steamed dim sims.…

Photojojo – The Camera Cookie Cutter Set

Have your camera “and eat it too” with this set of three camera shaped cookie cutters. You get three different designs: an SLR, a classic rangefinder, and an old-school twin reflex camera. The set also comes with a dough stamp, perfect for stenciling out camera details with frosting and sprinkles (take that, Ace of Cakes).…

Taylor’s Aioli – a french-style Mayo with garlic

Taylor’s Aioli – a french-style Mayo with garlic.  Hubby came home with a jar of Taylor’s Aioli one day and I just love the flavour. The jar says that it is delicious with fish and chicken but there are so many combinations it works with. My favourite of late is ham, cheese, tomato and aioli.…

Taylor’s Aioli – a french-style Mayo with garlic

Taylor’s Aioli – a french-style Mayo with garlic.  Hubby came home with a jar of Taylor’s Aioli one day and I just love the flavour. The jar says that it is delicious with fish and chicken but there are so many combinations it works with. My favourite of late is ham, cheese, tomato and aioli.…

Funky Mexican Cantina Raby Bay, Cleveland QLD – Kids eat free on wednesday and thursday

Pa’ Los ChamacosMeals are for kids, 12 years of age and younger. All kid’s meals are garnished with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes and come with a complimentary kid’s ice cream. Kid’s Chicken Quesadilla $9.95Toasted flour tortilla folded with cheese and chicken. Garnished with shredded lettuce and diced tomato. Kid’s Chimichanga $9.95Rolled and fried flour tortilla filled…

Thai Siam , Cleveland – many return visits

I can’t count how many times I have visited Thai Siam since we moved to Cleveland three (3) years  ago. It’s just THAT good. We love our duck and seafood which is why the following menu items feature them.   [ Duck Salad ] [ Stir fry pork with oyster sauce ] [ Singapore noodles $12…

Funky Mexican Cantina – Raby Bay, Cleveland QLD – Two for One Fajitas

The Funky Mexican Cantina is offering Two for One Fajitas Tuesday. That’s right!  Buy one, get one free!  [ Prawn fajita – tortilla and salad not shown] Only $24.95 for two meals including sizzling plate of chicken, beef or prawn plus a basket of tortillas plus salad to go inside. Not to mention the sour…

Funky Mexican Cantina, Raby Bay Cleveland – $10.95 Burritos

The Funky Mexican Cantina is located on Raby Bay Marina, next to Hogs Breath Cafe. We have visited many times. Click here to read previous reviews. It is a bright and colourful restaurant that makes you feel happy as you walk in the door. [ The Funky Mexican Cantina interior ] This time we decided…

The Sushi 79, Raby Bay Cleveland QLD – Okonomiyaki, Gyoza and Dragon Roll

A new eatery at Raby Bay Marina strip of restaurants and cafes is The Sushi 79.  A sushi eatery that cooks everything fresh. You won’t see pre-made sushi going stale – it is all made to order [ The Sushi 79 – no pre-made sushi here ] As you walk in you pass a window…

Sunshine on the Bay, Cleveland QLD – Crab Mornay and Seafood Bouillabaisse

Another visit to the Sunshine on the Bay restaurant. I have arrived just as they open in the wild hope that they still have a crab mornay. I am in luck. The LAST crab mornay of the season. Hooray! I have had their crab mornay once before and I have fond memories. I wait happily.…

Kam Fay Chinese Restaurant, Cleveland – Schechwan prawns and Sang choy bow

It’s Monday night and we decide to go out for dinner. Our regular go-to restaurant Thai Siam is closed on a Monday so we go almost next door to Kam Fay Chinese Restaurant. I feel like having something spicy so go for szechuan prawns with vegetables. It was just what I wanted and very tasty. […

Thai Siam, Cleveland – rmixed entree and red curry duck

[ Mixed entree ] A wonderful selection of entrees including satay chicken, coconut prawn, spring roll and dim sim.  Next we order Thai Red Curry duck and rice. My favourite Thai meal. I can always count on the duck being succulent and the red curry sauce to make me feel warm all over. Delicious. […

Thai Siam, Cleveland – Jungle Curry pork

Another visit to Thai Siam and as usual we are welcomed warmly and seated.  We start with a serve Sang choy bow which includes two lettuce leaves filled with duck mince.  [ Sang choy bow ] Working my way through the menu at Thai Siam, I decided to try the jungle curry rather than red…

Mind Body Spirit Festival – New Products

New Products From organic skincare to spiritual CD’s, books for personal development, teas and more, see what’s new at the 2013 Brisbane June Festival! (Source: http://www.mbsfestival.com.au/newproduct.htm ) Gatsby – Sistaco The beautiful Gatsby, large black cuff, is a stunning piece to add to any outfit. It is a thick black arm cuff with diamante detailing on…

The Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

Article on the benefits of Wheatgrass juice by Vitality4life.com.au Wheatgrass is one of the most powerful Superfoods in the world and is so potently abundant with rich nutrients, vitamins and enzymes, enough so to being new youth and vitality to those who enjoy wheat grass daily or even weekly. To say it simply, 30mL of…

Shopping at Wray Organics

Hubby’s Disability Life Pension went in today and we spent $132 on the basics for living clean and gluten free. This includes makings for breakfast, smoothies, teas, snacks, lunch, dinner etc including: * Homemade baked beans* Gluten free pizza* homemade apple pies* Quinoa* Superfood nibble mix* Ketogenic smoothies* green juices* Lamb and Barley Soup Purchases: Eden Organic…

Redlands RSL, Sails on Shore bistro – roast of the day

To read more reviews of Redlands RSL please click here Hours Mon: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Tue – Thu: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 1:00 am Sun: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm Specialties Breakfast Lunch Dinner Coffee Drinks Services Walk-Ins Welcome Good For Groups Good For Kids Catering Waiter Service Outdoor Seating…

Mesa Sunrise cereal with Flax, Corn and Amaranth

One of the many quality items for sale at Wray Organics in Cleveland, QLD is Natures Path Organic Mesa Sunrise cereal with flax, corn and amaranth. The flakes look like corn but the texture is a little different. I found it became soggy very quickly so choose to eat it as a snack without milk…

Shopping: Gourmet items at IGA

I love new products appearing on the shelves of supermarkets. I visited the Cleveland / Ormiston QLD store last year and noted with interest some new products which I endeavour to try. Rice Bran Oil and Grapeseed Oil – both in my pantry Scrub those vegetables free of pesticides! [ Gluten-free flour aisle including Red…

Review: Kam Fay Chinese Restaurant, Cleveland QLD – roast duck and steamed oysters

My husband and I enjoy visiting new restaurants and we had often thought of visiting Kam Fay Chinese in Cleveland but had not visited until one night when we just decided to try something new.Whilst the restaurant was new to us it had many of our favourite meals on the menu including Roast Duck and…

My favourite treats – Good Earth Green Tea with Lemongrass

 One of my favourite treats of late is to squeeze a lemon into a cup of Good Earth Green Tea with Lemongrass.  It is decaffeinated and is full of antioxidants and is perfect for drinking with a meal. This blend starts with premium steamed green tea and is complemented with citrus flavors and lemongrass that’s…

Review: Thai Siam, Cleveland has moved!

I love visiting new places to eat and drink but sometimes you just feel like returning to a fond favourite. That’s what Thai Siam is for my husband and I. The restaurant was once located in Wynyard Street, Cleveland but has since moved around the corner to Queen St, Cleveland,  a short stroll from Coles…

Tastings: Melrose Almond with Chia Spread

Upon hearing that I had to give up Peanuts and especially Peanut Butter, I spent some time perusing the aisles of my local Healthy Life store and stumbled upon what would soon be my favourite spread. The most alkaline of all nuts, almond spread is a good alternative to peanut butter. Rich in Vitamin E…

Restaurants and Cafes in Redland CIty, QLD

Alexandria Hills Thai Emerald restaurant Capalaba i-Sushi – Sushi Train Cleveland, QLD CC Cafe and Deli Raby Bay Harbour Cleveland, QLD 07 3286 4340 Cleveland Sands Hotel Bistro Cnr Bloomfield and Middle St, Cleveland QLD (07) 3286 2466 Cloves Sri Lankan Restaurant Shop 7, 18-24 Middle St, Cleveland QLD  (07) 3488 2417Courthouse Restaurant 1 Paxton St Cleveland, QLD 4163 (07) 3286…

Sunshine on the Bay Seafood Platter

Hot and Cold Seafood Platter for 2 [ Selection of fresh prawns, sand crabs, moreton bay bugs, smoked salmon & your choice of 6 mixed oysters from the menu. Also includes crumbed prawn cutlets, sea scallops, calamar & catch of the day, crab mornay, chips, garden salad, selected sauces & lemon ] [ Hot and…

Little Indian Palace Restaurant

The first restaurant that I visited on moving to Cleveland, QLD in November, 2011 was the Little Indian Palace. My Aunty Josie (pictured in the photo above) suggested it and we were glad she did. I had hoped to dine inside the restaurant but my Aunt preferred to take the food back to her house…

Restaurant: French Table, Cleveland QLD

Ever since I saw the sign for The French Table I had been dying to look inside. I love French food. I had ever since the first time my Mother made Veal Cordon Bleu when I was 12.  My husband and I had been in Brisbane enjoying the Brisbane Festival and despite the fact we…

Greek Bouzouki night at Mambo Cafe, Cleveland

One of many hidden gems in Cleveland, QLD is the Mambo Cafe. Located on Bloomfield Street in the Cleveland House arcade. I had been fasting for a blood test and came out of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology with a craving for coffee and something sweet. My nose directed me inside Mambo Cafe and the amazing coffee aroma.  I talked…

Restaurants: Hogs Breath Cafe, Raby Bay Cleveland – Surf and turf, prime rib

A favourite dining location of my steak-loving carnivore husband is the Hogs Breath Cafe. If he has a choice of where to eat at Raby Bay Marina, Cleveland that would be it – each and every time. I think we have dined there five times in one year, so you know how good the steaks…

Recipe: Quorn Mince with hoi sin

Last year I saw an advertisement for Quorn mince in a magazine. It’s a vegetable mince made of Mycoprotein which is member of the fungi family (like morels and truffles. My young friend Siobhan is on a mainly-vegetable diet and I thought this would be a good high-quality meat-free protein to add to spaghetti bolognaise. It’s low…

Loving Earth – Rainbow Superfood Blend

One of the many supplements I take is Loving Earth Rainbow Superfood Blend. Loving Earth’s Rainbow Superfood Blend is a unique fusion of the world’s most nutritious raw foods. Includes Maqui (30%), AFA Blue Green Algae (10%), Camu Camu (20%), Acai (20%) and Gubinge (20%). Recently a new healthy food and drink store – “Rainbow…

Restaurant: CC Cafe, Raby Bay, Cleveland

C C Cafe is a lovely Bar / Cafe and Deli on Cleveland’s Raby Bay Marina. We had arrived back at Cleveland after a night in Brisbane. Most of the restaurants in Raby Bay were overflowing with people and I find the noise level difficult to process. I prefer to be able to hear what…

Wray Organics Store Tour and Tastings

On Saturday 8th of December my husband Philip and I went along to our local Wray Organics Market and Cafe for a ‘store tour and tastings‘ which had been announced on their Facebook page. Tastings included samples of their amazing organic products which included: fruit salad featuring jaw-droppingly delicious mango, watermelon, cherry, peach and some cream; next was sprouted bread…

Restaurant: Teppanyaki Bar, Cleveland QLD

Since moving to Cleveland my husband and I have been making our way through the many amazing restaurants and cafes in the Raby Bay Marina complex. My husband’s favourite meal is steak but my favourite foods include seafood and Asian cuisine. After much arm-twisting my husband finally gave in and suggested we go for Teppanyaki…

Hogsbreath Cafe, Raby Bay Cleveland – Lobster and steak combo

During the month of October and some of November, Hogs Breath Cafe offered a Lobster and Steak combo. My husband and I enjoyed this so much the first time we went back for another one! A full Lobster with steak, curly fries and salad all for $39. Bargain! To view more reviews of the Hogs…

Restaurant: Funky Mexican Cantina Raby Bay, Cleveland QLD – Funky’s combinado to share;Chimichunga;Camarones Al Chipotle

I love living in Cleveland, QLD. Just a short stroll to Raby Bay Marina and the many restaurants and cafes that share an amazing view. I had invited some friends from the Illawarra and Sydney to stay and we noticed the new Mexican restaurant, Funky Mexican Cantina. The interiors were bright and fun, using bright…

Grand View Hotel, Cleveland QLD

[ Grand View Hotel – photo by Beth Wode ] The Grand View Hotel is located in North Street, Cleveland. It’s a little way from the centre of Cleveland but definitely worth the drive. My husband and I caught a taxi. We had heard great things of their bistro and were keen to try it.…

Shopping Online: Quinoa Seeds from Armidale, New South Wales, Australia

QUINOA 1000 seeds grain GLUTEN FREE UNUSUAL vegetable Quinoa 1000 seeds This is a gluten free alternative cereal grain which can also be used like spinach.  The plant was a staple in the Inca diet and is now highly under utilised.  It can be used to make gluten free flour, is very high in protein and can be used in cereal or…

Shopping Online: Heirloom seeds by Eerene (nabu9)

Buying seeds online When shopping for local items on Ebay I spotted some very colourful seeds for sale bynabu9. I purchased ten packs of seeds from Eerene of Alexandria Hills, QLD and was given an extra ten pack of seeds based on the amount spent. I doubled up on some of the seeds as I…

Home Delivery: Happy Gardens Chinese Restaurant

Happy Gardens Chinese Restaurant Since moving to Cleveland, QLD (Brisbane’s SouthEast) I have rarely ordered food to be home delivered. Tonight we were due to make Gluten-Free Seafood Pizza but unfortunately the base was past its prime. Thus, we were trying to decide what to have for dinner.  I didn’t feel like having leftover spaghetti…

In my kitchen – Crofton Copper Base Cookware Set 4pc

Just purchased from Aldi for $79 5 year warranty. Made from high grade stainless steel with copper capsule base for superior heat distribution. Extra deep saucepans with riveted handles & internal graduation markings. Set includes: 14cm Milkpan, 18cm & 20cm Saucepans with glass lids and 24cm frypan. I love the feel of the saucepans and…

Thai Siam $10 laksa lunch specials

One of my favourite restaurants is Thai Siam. Their $10 lunch specials are great value. Chicken Laksa lunch meal $10 Beef with chilli and basil To view more reviews of the Thai Siam click here. Thai Siam Restaurant Food Styles Chinese Thai Price Range $$ (10-30) Hours Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm…

Local Food Heroes: Thai Siam, Cleveland QLD

Thai Siam – Cambodian and Thai Cuisine Since moving to live in Cleveland near Brisbane, QLD Australia I have enjoyed many meals at the Thai and Cambodian restaurant called Thai Siam. The staff are friendly and helpful, attractive decor and reasonable prices. Steamed Scallops with ginger and lime New Zealand Oysters with ginger and shallots…

Redlands RSL, Sails on Shore – seafood mixed grill

A visit to the Redlands RSL and as a seafood fan my eyes boggle when I see the seafood mixed grill on the specials menu. Crab legs, prawns,  fish, squid, mussels and more. Served with chips and salad. [ Seafood mixed grill ] To read more reviews of Redlands RSL please click here Redlands RSl…

Friday Five

Since making my own gluten-free pasta I’ve decided to invest in a Cucina Pro Fresh Pasta set. I have since found them cheaper online. It pays to shop around! Check out these great prices CucinaPro 178 Fresh Pasta Set Atlas Original Italian Stainless-Steel Past…  Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker with Spiral Bound F.P. Cookbook Norpro Ravioli…

Local Food Heroes: Italian Cuisine – Pasta Fina

Growing up in Wollongong  with Italian uncles Rocco Annechini and Carlo Dressino, I spent a lot of time being surrounded by European food including Lasagne, Canneloni and Spaghetti Marinara from Pasta Fina in Wollongong. You can now buy Pasta Fina products in many delicatessens and supermarkets throughout the Illawarra but if you can do so I…

Shopping: The Good Oil

It is so important to source the best ingredients you can. Sometimes this means you are paying a little extra. One of the investments I make each month is to choose a good  oil.  Often this is an Italian Olive Oil purchased in bulk from Mitchells Fruit for Less in Warilla Grove. They often have…

Sneaking vegetables into recipes kids will love!

Mummified Times Five asked:  Tell me, how do you get your fussy kids to eat vegetables? I quite often have fussy eaters at my house. As a kid I was a fussy eater myself and would take hours to finish a meal if it included brussell sprouts, silverbeet or zucchini. I hated them with a passion!…

New Products: Leggo’s Tuscanan Meatballs

I was reading through the Woolworths brochure and spied these Italian Style Meatballs with free sample of Leggo’s Tuscan Meatballs simmer sauce. I used to buy my meatballs from a butchers in Shellharbour Square but I decided to give these a try. Very nice! The meatballs were fairly lean and the flavours in the simmer sauce were…

Malaysian Vegetable Curry

Made at home from Master Tean’s curry mix with Spinach (Silverbeet), broccoli Bok choy, rehydrated Chinese mushrooms and seaweed, ikan bilis and celery.  Made from Master Tean’s curry mix that I won from a competition hosted by A Table For Two. Other ingredients include Spinach (Silverbeet), Chinese mushrooms, marinated mussells and broccoli p.s. I LOVE…

My favourite dining experiences in the Illawarra

On signing up for myTaste.com.au (a food and restaurant review site) I was asked to list my top 5 dining experiences. I have decided to share them here with some illustration as to why I rate them so highly. Top 5 dining experiences in the Illawarra Ocean Beach Hotel, Shellharbour Village I love this restaurant…

Food Review: Long Island Cafe, Windang

I have been living back in Lake Illawarra, NSW for a few years after living in Northern Wollongong suburbs and Tasmania and one of the things I really enjoy is a visit to Windang, a tourist town for fishermen and people that want to just slow down and enjoy the wonderful Lake Illawarra and nearby…

Gluten Free Eating Directory of Australia

After my previous efforts to find Gluten Free items I am happy to share that there is a directory of Gluten Free Eating in Australia. Welcome to the Gluten Free Eating Directory … a comprehensive gluten free guide dedicated to making gluten free eating easier across Australia! Our established free-to-use website provides detailed information about…

Illawarra Food Reviews at Shellharbour Markets

After much deliberation I have decided to hire a stall at the Shellharbour Village Markets, starting on August 9th and once a month on the second Sunday thereafter. I will be selling gluten free biscotti, (chocolate biscotti and biscotti with pistachio), my world famous butter shortbread and some cannoli with a sweet ricotta cheese filling.…

Rosemary Stanton eco diet for South Coast NSW

Renowned Kangaroo Valley nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton will today call for the clock to be turned back and a return to locally farmed, organic foods. But this time she won’t be using a healthier diet or wealthier bank account as an incentive. Instead she will argue that returning to sustainable food systems is also necessary…

My Chocolate Shoppe Kiama!

My Chocolate Shoppe has moved! I was really sad when a comment was made on this blog that my favourite chocolate shop had closed down. Luckily I’m a wiz at research and found a listing in the White pages for My Chocolate Shoppe in Kiama. Yay! Yet one more reason to make the trek down…

Pomegranate – the superfood

Ever since the news article on Pomegranates as a superfood I have been eating them or drinking the juice at least once a month. Several of my photos of pomegranates have been used in magazine and newspaper articles around the world. One such article is by Avocado magazine which featured my heart shape made out…

Sweet treats of the Illawarra

A guide to sweet treats found in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama cities. Queen Street Bakery, Warilla One of the best kept secrets of the Illawarra and they keep winning awards for their quality cakes, pastries, breads and other delectable treats. Make sure you try their pecan pie, individual lemon meringue pies, cheesecakes and their cupcakes…

Restaurant Review: La Marina Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Wollongong

One of my favourite restaurants of Shellharbour, La Marina Tapas Bar and Restaurant has moved to Keira St, Wollongong. If you like Spanish food then you’ll love La Marina. Below are some of the meals we enjoyed at La Marina when they were still located in Shellharbour. I hope to visit their Wollongong store very…

Chocolate shops of the Illawarra

The Chocolate Shop: Berry Unit 1, 70 Albert St, Berry, NSW, 2535Phone Number: (02) 44643318 The Treat FactoryOld Creamery Lane, Berry(02) 44641112http://www.treatfactory.com.au Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

A book review, Babycakes

BabyCakes: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery By Erin McKenna I have been cooking with gluten-free flour of late and decided to do some research into baking the gluten free way. I have a young friend (Siobhan) who due to cancer has had to remove gluten and most types…

Tutti in Piazza – Italian Day at Crown St Mall

Tutti in Piazza – Italian Day at Crown St MallSaturday, 30 May 2009 – 9am-4pmTo celebrate Italian Week, Crown St Mall will be transforming into an Italian Piazza on Saturday 30 May from 9am-4pm. Sample food prepared by the local Italo-Australasian Association originating from various regions of Italy including pasta, Italian sausage, coffee beans &…

Restaurant and Catering 2009 South Coast Awards nominees

Restaurant and Catering NSW have released their 2009 SOUTH COAST AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE NOMINEES LISTASIAN RESTAURANT Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant, Bargo Kings Chinese, North Wollongong Mango Moon, Kiama Mylan Restaurant, Wollongong Trang Vietnamese Restaurant, Wollongong BREAKFAST RESTAURANT Café Lush Pambula, PambulaDiggies Café, North Wollongong The Waterfront Café, Pambula BYO RESTAURANT Costa Azzurra Woodfire Restaurant, Fairy…

Jordans seafood restaurant

Australia Day lunch at Jordans was delicious. A seafood platter for two with a view of thousands of Australians walking past, enjoying the sights and sounds. Jordon Hot Platter for two – $105.00Deep fried perch fillets, salted spiced calamari, BBQ Octopus, spiced prawns, chips, spiced soft shell crab, baked scallops, kilpatrick oysters (we requested mornay…

Lolly Shops of the Illawarra

Lolly ShackPrinces HwyAlbion Park Rail NSW 2527(02) 4257 75112/ 243 Lolly ShopJindyandy Mill(02) 44470258 Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

Fish of the day ($21) at Ocean Beach Hotel, Shellharbour Village

Fish of the day ($21) at Ocean Beach Hotel, Shellharbour Village, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. It was such a lovely day it seemed a crime to spend it inside. We made our way down to Shellharbour village and enjoyed good food and a fantastic view at the Ocean Beach Hotel. With such a lovely…

Harbour View Thai – Shellharbour Village

Shellharbour is one of my favourite spots in the Illawarra. Only an hour and a half from Sydney (100km) and half an hour south of Wollongong, it has a lovely seaside village feel with gourmet food and speciality shops certain to please. It was my birthday and I was celebrating with friends and family. We…

My Chocolate Shoppe

Chocoholics unite! My Chocolate Shoppe is the place to go. You simply won’t be able to resist their selection of handmade chocolates. Relax at the Chocolate Cafe and enjoy a hot chocolate made from Belgian chocolate. My Chocolate ShoppeFormerly in Shellharbour Village, new address is: Shop 13/ 106 Terralong StKiama NSW 2533(02) 4232 4225mychocolateshoppe@hotmail.com Illawarra…

Rashays-Liverpool

Tasmanian scallops with mornay sauce Lunchtime special – Steak and chips $10 Seafood Platter for Two – $59.95 Rashays Cafe & Restaurant339 Hume Highway (cnr Atkinson st)Liverpool NSW Australia Phone 02 9601 0448 View Larger Map Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

Crooked River Winery Cafe

Today we visited a lovely winery just outside of Gerringong NSW Australia on the winery tour with club46 ( www.club46.com.au ). Our winery tour ticket included three wineries (Coolongatta Estate, Two Figs and Crooked River Winery), a sumptuous lunch including a starter of bread and semi dried tomato butter, a choice of four mains and…

Rump steak with dianne sauce from Warilla Sports Club

Rump steak with dianne sauce, served with vegetables, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. Can you believe this large piece of rump steak only cost $7? Alternatively, you could try the Rump Steak with salad. Warilla Sports ClubMcGregor Avnue,Barrack Heights Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

Seafood platter for one at Ocean Beach Hotel

Another birthday celebrated at Shellharbour’s Ocean Beach Hotel.This time it was my Sister’s birthday and since she loves seafood (like her big Sister) we decided to share the seafood platter for one. Luckily it is enough to feed three, as was evident when I ended up taking a third of it home with me. My…

Tandoori chicken salad from Emeralds

Tandoori chicken salad, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. TANDOORI TENDERLOIN SALAD $12.90Slices of Chicken Supreme Marinated in Tandoori Spices Tossed with CrispMesculan Leaves, Drizzled with Garlic Aioli Sauce and Mango Chutney I had spied this dish on the menu on my last visit and I was not disappointed. The tandoori marinade had lots of flavour,…

Windang Thai Gardens restaurant

Windang is a lovely little seaside and lakeside village on the border of the cities of Shellharbour and Wollongong. It is a popular destination with Sydneysiders who are attracted by the views and fishing spots. It is also the location of the Thai Gardens restaurant where we had a lovely lunch. Entrees included: Chicken Satay…

Wednesday night is Schnitzel night at Emeralds Restaurant, located at

Wednesday night is Schnitzel night at Emeralds Restaurant, located at Warilla Bowling Club, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. What a feast! Tonight I had Chicken Schnitzel with mushrooms and a creamy sauce. A glass of wine accompanied the meal at $13 price tag. The view from the window of Emeralds was stunning, overlooking Warilla Beach…

Shellharbour: La Marina Tapas Bar and Restaurant

A little bit of Spain in the seaside village of Shellharbour, an hour south of Sydney and one of New South Wales’ best kept secrets. La Marina spanish restaurant was the venue for Stan’s 51st birthday and Australia Day celebrations.   Free almonds   PARILLADA DE MARISCOS (Min. 2 persons) 36.00pp BBQ’d seafood platter. A…

Melbourne: Restaurant Review: Post Mao Cafe

Walking down Little Bourke Street in Melbourne is quite an experience. We were greeted by a hostess from the Post Mao Cafe, aka Chairman Mao’s Unique Chinese Cuisine. Specialising in Hunan cuisine, their chef‘s master chef is 93 years old and used to cook for Chairman Mao Zedong. The waitress showed us the menu, pointing…

Restaurant Review: Tandoori Junction, Shellharbour

The next time you feel like some scenery, why not head down to Shellharbour, just half an hour south of Wollongong, NSW which is home to a small beachside village where there is so much to see and do. We had just watched the matinee session of the musical ‘Hair’ put on by the Roo…

Warilla Sporties Bistro – Rip Tide

chicken schnitzel from Warilla Sporties, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. Having lived in Wollongong (Keiraville and Gwynneville) since 2002, I have recently moved back to Lake Illawarra and have enjoyed revisiting restaurants, bistros and cafes from my ‘old stomping grounds’. One of my favourite eating places is Warilla Sporties bistro ‘Rip Tide’ that has some…

Restaurant: Essence, darling harbour, sydney nsw 2500

essence restaurant, darling harbour, sydney nsw 2500, originally uploaded by Vanessa Pike-Russell. Tasting plate consisting of baked cauliflower custard with parmesan crisp, pressed braised pork cheek with apple chutney, pan fried dory fillet with confit cherry tomato and aubergine caviar and thai style duck salad wiith seared scallop and palm sugar dressing. ($35 including a…

Wine Review: Brown Brothers Dolcetto & Syrah

Almost a year ago I celebrated my birthday at the Night Food Markets of Hyde Park, Sydney. One of the many wine tasting tents included Brown Brothers, a wonderful Australian vineyard from King Valley in Milawa, North East Victoria. With the Good Food Month of October soon approaching it reminded me of the amazing Brown…

Collegians Wollongong – $5 steaks on Wednesday, Veal and Seafood Torino

$5.50 scotch fillet steak with chips and sald You just can’t beat the prices of Collegians Wollongong. Every day of the week they have a special lunch meal ranging from three to six dollars ($3-$6). Menu includes Chicken Schnitzel with chips and salad ($3), Sausages and vegetables ($3), Rissoles and vegetables ($3), Roast Chicken with…

Restaurant: Oriental Expression – yum cha – scallop and vegetable dim sim,

I was in the mood for Yum Cha so we headed down to a favourite restaurant of ours – Oriental Expression on Keira Street, Wollongong. Our first visit was on Valentines Day, for their set banquet menu and second on Chinese New Year, both very memorable experiences. Today would be no different. We were escorted…

Lemon and Garlic Scallops with squid ink pasta at Antics Restaurant,

Lemon and Garlic Scallops with squid ink pasta at Antics Restaurant, Wollongong NSW 2500 Australia, originally uploaded by Vanessa PR. Lemon Scallops $24.50 I had never heard of squid-ink pasta before this meal. I really liked it! After doing some googling I found out the following: Squid ink, which is also available from the Cuddlefish…

Crown Thai – Musman Curry

To celebrate the birth of my nephew my husband and I had lunch at Crown Thai.We ordered our favourite – the Crying Tiger with glass of wine $9.50 and a musman curry with tender beef and potatoes ($8.50) The beef was so tender it just melted in the mouth. The curry was flavoursome with potatoes…

Seafood Platter for Two ($40) from Addisons Seafood Restaurant,

On July 23rd, 2007 my nephew was born. The next day was my Mother’s birthday and we wanted to celebrate both events. After a late lunch at the Ocean Beach Hotel we made our way down Addison Street to the famed Addisons Seafood Restaurant. The weather had grown chilly and the warmth of the restaurant…

Cuisine: Mexican: Pot of Gold Mexican Cantina, Wollongong

Chimichanga with beans  ($16) “Enchilada combination – seafood enchilada, tako and chimichanga ($16)” Interior of Pot of Gold Mexican Cantina “Carafe of Sangria ($14) MENUS Lunch | Dinner Pot of Gold Mexican Cantina, Wollongong144-146 Crown StreetWollongongNew South Wales 2500 Illawarra Food and Restaurant Reviews http://illawarrafoodreviews.blogspot.com

Satay House, Wollongong

Back in March I visited Satay House, a small restaurant located off Wollongong’s Crown Street Mall in a side street near Camera House. I am a big fan of Satay food and I was not disappointed. I ordered the Satay King Prawns ($8.50), Curry Beef with rice ($6.50) and some green tea. Satay King Prawns…

Löwenbräu Schlachtplatte – a platter of German fare

We were visiting Sydney for the 75th Anniversary of the opening ofthe Sydney Harbour Bridge and stumbled upon a german restauraunt that I have wanted to visit. Our feet were sore and what better place to see the passing parade than with a stein in one hand and a fork filled with German fare in…

Metro Grill, Keira Street Wollongong

As an early birthday celebration I invited my Sister for lunch at The Metro Grill in Keira Street, Wollongong. We had read about their ‘buy one main get one free’ deal on the Rewards Club website and thought it was a great excuse to try out this new restaurant on Keira Street Wollongong, Opposite the…

chefs choice – steamed pippies in XO sauce, deep-fried tofu and pork ribs with sweet&sour sauce

On Friday March 9th I went back to Chefs Choice. It really is an amazing restaurant and the prices are the most reasonable in Wollongong. Every table receives a big thermos of green tea and most meals include free rice. Chefs ChoiceAddress: 166 Keira StreetWollongong 2500Phone: (02) 42284811Fax: (02) 42284811 Opening Hours: 10:30am- 10.00pm Mon-SunLicensed/BYO:…

Crown Thai in Globe Lane, Wollongong

Perusing the menu I chose the mixed entree. Philip selected Crying Tiger and Stan the Dear Crab Mixed Entree $6.50 Money bag, Thai fish cake, satay skewer, spring roll Dear Crab $6.50 Dear Crab – fried crabmeat with a delicious dipping sauce Crying Tiger – $6.50 You’d cry with joy if you tasted it! Strips…

Baan Krua Thai Restaurant

We decided on Banquet A for two people which included Mixed Entree (moneybags, satay sticks, curry puffs and spring rolls) followed by Penang Curry and Deep-Fried Soft-Shell Crab with a glass of wine or coffee. All at the low price of $26 each. At $26 a head it was very reasonably priced and absolutely delicious!…

chefs choice – Seafood laksa wonton soup, Chicken with chinese mushroom hotpot

One of the best restaurants in Wollongong is Chefs Choice. You cannot beat it for value. There is a large thermos of green tea on every table and unless your meal has noodles you will usually get a big bowl of free rice. There is something to please everyone here. My favuorite meal is the…

The Park restaurant

Located inside Wiseman Park Wollongong City Bowling Club is The Park restaurant. Being a local I really love it that a top class restaurant is so close by. Their chef is very friendly and will cater to those with low carb needs. I swear by his warm thai salad and the garlic prawns are amazing.…