Thursday, 31 March 2011

Priceline Freebie - A bag full of beauty

So thanks to the lovely girls at Vogue Forums, I found out about this promotion that started at Priceline today. You spend $50 on any of the participanting brands and you get this goodies bag:

And it's quite easy to spend $50 in Priceline! The participanting brands are:

Australis
Ecotools
Gaia
Hollywood Fashion Tape
Lee Stafford
Manicare
Nair
Neutrogena
Nude
Palmer's
Prestige
Protech Salon
Revlon
Rimmel
Sally Hansen
Schick
Sukin

Inside the goodie bag - I was pretty impressed! They are quite good freebies, so get in while you can - there were quite a few girls getting this tonight, the shelf ended up empty and they couldn't restock it in time.

I picked up these from Sally Hansen as part of my $50 haul, and stocked up on some necessities - like wipes, razors and nail polish remover etc

Although I have to say, I probably don't need the goodie bag - I have so much stuff I need to use up, I'm going to do a Project Pan and try and use it all up! 

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Burn



This post isn't as sad as it seems.

I went to the Usher concert last night (last show for Sydney) and he was awesome! I had sooooo much fun.

I had the DJ Fallin' in Love VIP tickets which included the sound check and pre-show drinks and canapes. I had too many champagnes and pretty much sang my lungs out. Hahaha

It was just what I needed!

Plus no hangover today either. Bonus!

Monday, 28 March 2011

The End

Word of warning: This is mainly a vent/complaining/angry. I'm just basically venting to make myself feel a little bit better.

So we finally called things off.

Although we were on the brink of it on Saturday, we 'made up' as we always do, but today I just realised this is stupid, and I should stop pushing something that obviously isn't working, and said so.

Even though I was the instigator of this, I have to literally force myself not to go and try make things better.

Anyway, I'm giving myself tonight to feel sorry for myself - and tomorrow is a new day. It's not worth wasting time and feelings worrying over something that never was.


Friday, 25 March 2011

Belated birthday lunch @ Watersedge - Parkes, Canberra

So today I had a small birthday lunch at Watersedge, which I was quite excited to try. Opened in 2004, it is one of Canberra's well known restaurants and part of the trio including Courgette and Sabayon.


Waters Edge Restaurant on Urbanspoon


I finally got around to wearing my new polka dot Alannah Hill skirt <3

The weather was glorious and we had beautiful views of the lake and the War Memorial

Amuse bouche - Peking duck consomme 

Atlantic salmon with seared scallops served with crushed potato, pea puree and beurre blanc sauce

This was very good - you definitely cannot go wrong with salmon and scallops!

Snapper served with ratatouille, courgette flower filled with Lobster mousseline and Nero sauce

Pre-dessert - peach sorbet, this was fantastic and made me so keen for the desserts to come

Cherry souffle with sour cherry jus served with coconut sorbet

The sour cherry jus was brought out in a little jug and was poured in the souffle at the table. The coconut sorbet was amazing! Jam packed full of coconut flavour - actually all their sorbets were amazingly good!

Peanut butter mousse served with milk sorbet, chocolate jelly, peanut brittle and peanut butter foam

This was a fun take on peanut butter, the mousse was very rich (imagine digging a spoon into a jar of peanut butter!) but was perfect when paired with the milk sorbet and the rest of the elements on the dish. Loved this! 

A much needed coffee completes a leisurely lunch

Petit fours - cute little lemon meringue tarts

I loved Watersedge and will definitely be back.  The service was friendly and impeccable, and they are also open for lunch on the weekend which is a bonus, as I find most fine-dining places tend to not open for lunch.

40 Commonwealth Place
Parkes ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6273 5066
info@watersedgecanberra.com.au

Thursday, 24 March 2011

All that glimmers

I spotted these gorgeous cuffs at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston and they had to be mine.

It was jewellry day and they had quite a few stalls that aren't usually there, I finally decided on these two:









Forgot what difference the SLR makes! Must use it more often. I've been using my iPhone as a camera too much...

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

24

I'm 24 today!  

It feels pretty uneventful this year, mainly due to it being mid-week, and having to work too.

Some early birthday treats for breakfast - including those macarons I mentioned on Twitter (they were my birthday breakfast!)

Tartlets from the Canberra Southside markets - cherry and almond, pinepple, and choc macadamia

Dream Cuisine raspberry tart - OMG, I loved this! The raspberries were so juicy and sweet. Yum.

Dream Cuisine strawberry tart

And they had this savoury tart which I thought I'd give a whirl - goats cheese and capsicum, was very good!

And of course, I've mentioned before that I think Dream Cuisine makes the best macarons:

They have the most adorable mini macarons, which are exactly the same as their bigger versions. One of each, please!

They were all fantasic. I can't pick a favourite....

Had a lovely birthday morning tea too, with white chocolate and raspberry mud cake


And made the trip back to Canberra, got in at around 9:30pm and was so exhausted!

A surprise cake waiting at home, from the Flute Bakery of course, and another white chocolate and raspberry cake! topped with gorgeous macarons

This was soooo good <3

So it's been a quiet one, and non eventful, though I am going out for a birthday lunch on Friday at WatersEdge, so that should be great!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse - Civic, Canberra

After recently trying out Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse for the first time in a previous post, it was a fail safe option for a weekend lunch whilst I was down in Canberra a few weeks ago.

It never seems to be that busy during the day. I guess people prefer to have their cafe big breakfasts and brunches during their weekend days.

I'll definitely be back for the Alaskan crab leg, it sounds so tempting!

Strawberry Daiquiri 

Slow roasted Berskhire pork belly with braised baby savoy, spiced apple fritters and soy & honey glaze - the crackling was heavenly! <3


Eye fillet with chips - the way the chips are stacked remind me of Jenga!

North Quarter 
Canberra Centra
Bunda Street ACT 2600



Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse on Urbanspoon

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Afternoon Tea Buffet @ Sheraton on the Park - Sydney

I quite enjoyed the contemporary high tea stand at the Sheraton last year, and was very tempted when they started bringing out the food for the afternoon buffet.


Well, I finally got around to trying it! My mum came up to Sydney last week, so it was a good excuse as any for some afternoon tea. I like the fact that the Sheraton is open pretty much all day, and there's no need for a booking - just pop in anytime for lunch, cup of tea or one of their high tea options.

Afternoon tea buffet - a nice selection of bite sized sandwiches, wraps, desserts and fruit

My first plate - some kind of vegetarian wrap, with lettuce and chargrilled veggies such as capsicum, baguette with ham, cheese and capsicum - they had quite a selection of different fillings with the sandwiches and wraps

I enjoyed the cone - it was filled with salmon and cream cheese. Yum!

The high tea buffet comes with one drink of choice - I needed a coffee fix so I got a latte which came with a pretty heart <3

Onto the sweets! Creme brulee, pisatchio mousse cake, and mango jelly. I had plenty of fruit in between too - made it seem more healthy!

Strawberry mousse cake and raspberry yoghurt cake which was very good!

Starting to get full at this stage but pressing on... The scones were not that good. Maybe they had been sitting out for a while.

Overall it was a nice afternoon tea, and it's a great place to laze away a Sunday afternoon :)

Sheraton on the Park
161 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Holy Basil - Canley Heights, Sydney

Continuing on the Canley Heights theme, Holy Basil is definitely the most popular restaurant out of the whole lot.  I've read heaps of great reviews on this place, and it was flagged as a must try, even though it is a bit out of my way.

We arrived pretty early on a Friday night (just after 6) and managed to avoid the queues, as they don't take bookings.

Holy Basil is one of the nicer restaurants along Canley Vale Road, and feels like it would be right at home somewhere in the City.


Picture menu for the win!

Holy Basil iced tea - very fruity and refreshing!

Seafood tom yum soup - I really liked the fact that you could choose how spicy you wanted your food. Great for non-spicy eaters like me

Red duck curry - I really liked this dish, though I'll definitely order a sticky rice to go with it next time!

Soft shell crab

Fried rice

Grilled ox tongue 

And the grand finale...

Holy Basil's take on deep fried ice cream

sooo good!

Holy Basil
233A Canley Vale Road
Canley Heights NSW 2166