Saturday, July 31, 2010

The iPhone 4 Line Up

Yeah, we lined up for an iPhone 4.  We're such dags. Graham had been there since 4.30pm and was 13th in line.  I didn't arrive until 10.30pm.  Kudos to Optus - they provided entertainment and food, and they set up the "yellow" carpet through the East West Cafe, so we had a table and a tv (but who wants to watch sports?).

They launched at midnight to much fanfare, but even at 13th in line though, it was 12.40am before Graham even got into the store, and 1.20am before he was finally all signed up and got his precious phone.  Apparently Optus were signing up over a web based system, which naturally couldn't handle the overload.

The papers reported that there were 600 people in the line.  I think they were probably close, so at almost 20 minutes per person to register...those people at the back were going to be there for a looong time.

The verdict?  Faster screen, beautiful resolution and finally a camera front and back with a flash.  Nice phone.  Not sure about $800 price tag though.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fame was Lame

We went to see Fame the musical at QPAC. It was terrible. Really terrible. We actually left at interval. I was so disappointed because I love the theatre and it's been a long time since I've been to QPAC. We felt like we couldn't connect with any of the characters because there were too many, and none of them had the spotlight long enough to develop a connection to anyway. The characters weren't at all likeable - sleazy and self centred...I guess, all just wanting Fame?

Oh well, there's always a silver lining and for us, we liked the set and the dancing was quite good.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lunch at Marmalade Cafe

Love a good suburban cafe find! Lunch today was a lentil burger with aioli and tomato relish on rosemary and olive sourdough at the delightful Marmalade Cafe in Oxley.

Friday, July 23, 2010

My Garden Basil

I can't wait to start my vegie patch in the backyard, but have been too busy with renovations and work. So in the interim, I grow herbs in a gorgeous timber planter box that Graham made me. This is the sweet basil. The smell is so intense you just have to brush your hand over it to release its beautiful herby aroma.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mini Masterchef

I love how Masterchef has inspired people back in the kitchen. Josh, my 11 year old, has always loved to cook. He loves making sushi and generally makes dinner once a week. This week, after a Masterchef inspiration, his "invention" was creamy fettucini with mushrooms, smoked salmon, spinach and garlic.

The spinach was fresh from our garden, and it all tasted divine. A la Masterchef, here's Josh's recipe:

  • 1/2 packet of fettucini
  • Tub of Philadelphia Cooking Cream
  • 1 clove of garlic, crush
  • Handful of button mushrooms, sliced
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • 150gm smoked salmon sliced into pieces

  1. Boil the fettucini in lots of boiling salted water until al dente. Set aside.
  2. Saute the mushrooms and garlic in some butter in a frying pan.
  3. Add 1/2 tub of cooking cream and stir until melted.
  4. Add the spinach and drained fettucini and stir to combine.
  5. Just before serving, add the smoked salmon


Sunday, July 18, 2010


Do you ever just have those moments when you truly realise the simplest moments in life are the best?

Josh had an hour guitar lesson on Saturday, so it was too short a time to go back home, and too long to sit outside and wait, so I bought the paper and had a coffee and a shortbread in a local cafe. Alone. Just me, a coffee, and the paper. It was soo nice and peaceful and I honestly couldn't remember the last time I'd read the entire paper in peace, drank an entire coffee while it was still hot, and ate a whole cookie on my own.

Simple things in life rock.

So does Wray Organics and their shortbread cookies. ;)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Most Favourite Oscar Dresses

Cate and Reese got this sooo right at the Oscars. These are the dresses I'll forever adore. If I ever get married (again), it will be in one of these.

Friday, July 9, 2010

My Online Bargains from Freez

I don't know why people complain about online clothes shopping.  No retail overheads = cheaper prices! You can shop at midnight (like I do) and it arrives at your doorstop pretty quickly.

I was sooo excited at the sight of my fat Australia Post Next Day Delivery bag, filled with my latest bargain goodies from Freez...

Junk Dress - $29
Junk Jacket - $59
Mink Pink Top - $25

One gripe I do have though, is that the delivery guy doesn't put it on the enclosed landing, where it would be safe, he just chucks it over the fence onto the front path. But they were there when I got home, and how cute are they??

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

8 desserts in 18 minutes!

I've driven past the L'Academie Hotel in St Pauls Terrace in Spring Hill a number of times, usually at night when the inside is lit up with warm lights and you can see the art deco wood panelling inside. I thought it was  a sophisticated inner city bar, but I found out it's a hospitality school.

Soooo....gather the family, it's time for another big eating night out!  ;)

The inside was just as I had expected, old world charm with a centre chandelier (I loooove chandeliers), high ceilings and floor to ceiling window panels.  The inside atmosphere was lovely.

They were having "Christmas in July" so the spread was your standard Christmas buffet - prawns, cured meats, roasts, soups. Can't say I care much for the meat side of things...I prefer to turn my attention to the dessert buffet.

And what a dessert buffet!!

A delectable selection of desserts so beautiful it was a credit to the student pastry chefs who made them.  There was plum pudding, trifle, pear franjelico, fruit flan, rum balls and a CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN! You wouldn't believe how much this excites me.  I had 8 desserts (3 helpings of creme caramel).  It was delicious!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Out with Mum in Darra

Want authentic Vietnamese? Gotta go where the Vietnamese are! It's been an unusually cold start to Winter here in Brisbane and with my Mum visiting from sunny North Queensland, I thought a piping hot, authentic chicken pho (soup) for her would be just the ticket.

Darra is a richly multicultural suburb about 14kms south west of the city. There's loads of Vietnamese restaurants, grocery stores and shops. Whenever I'm hanging out for Vietnamese food, I just look for the cafe with the dodgy neon sign and photocopied or handwritten menus up in the windows but packed with Vietnamese patrons and that heady smell of garlic and chilli wafting from the . Thanh Phu in Darra Station Road fitted that bill perfectly! I thought Mum could benefit from the MYO rice paper roll experience, and the serving was so large, we could have easily just had this as our main.

I looooove rice paper rolls! The combination of rice vermicelli, lettuce, mint, bean sprouts, carrot, cucumber, and in this case, prawns and pork is unusual, but fresh and tasty! $15 for 8 rolls is awesome value, I'm used to paying $12 for 3 in the city.

Mum's chicken pho was HUGE and just $9!!  She couldn't eat it all. I think it had been simmering for hours, cause it smelt delicious, and with a generous serving of chillis and basil, it was an authentic experience all round.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

All you Asians look alike ;)

If only I had a dollar for every person that said I looked like Poh Ling Yeow from Masterchef.  What do you think?