Sunday, 31 July 2011

Dinner & Show, Jupiter's Casino, Gold Coast, Australia

The best value meal on the Gold Coast can be found at Jupiter's casino.  Buy tickets for a show, add ten bucks and you'll get a two course meal as part of the experience.  I'm not saying the food is worth going for on its own but it sure is a filling meal for $10.  Pictured above are the pumpkin soup, Thai red curry soup, lamb shank and haloumi salad.  Currently showing is the toe tapping Stomp.
Jupiter's Casino
Casino Drive
QLD 4218
Jupiter's Box Office
+61  5592 8303

First Avenue, Robina Town Centre, Gold Coast, Australia

 Warm sunshine, glass windows protecting you from the winter breeze, open views and a damn good cup of coffee.
First Avenue

Level 3, Robina Town Centre
Gold Coast, QLD, 4230
+61 (0)2 5593 2533

David's Fine Coffees, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Locally roasted, David's Fine Coffees can be found at markets around Coffs including the Thursday local market in the main street and the monthly wine and gourmet food tasting in the industrial estate in front of North Coast Wines.

David's Fine Coffees
9/21-23 Hurley Drive
Coffs Harbour
NSW 2450

Saturday, 30 July 2011

The Windmill, Coffs Harbour, Australia

The Windmill was on the borderline of making it to The Yum List as the service received on our last visit wasn't very smiley. However, I've been assured by my more kindly mum that usually service is good and perhaps the "poor dear was having a bad day". So... giving her the benefit of the doubt and because the meals are huge and tasty The Windmill Restaurant in Coffs Harbour has made it to The Yum List. As just mentioned, serving sizes are generous. For the protein lover your needs will certainly be satisfied here. Probably the most popular local favourite is the Trio - a combination of steak, chicken and prawns topped with a creamy sauce and served with a potato bake and a few veges on the side. Beware - the pasta mains are big enough for two - I'd recommend going for a starter portion unless you are truly ravenous and convinced of your face stuffing ability. Housed in a windmill and filled with Dutch paraphernalia, The Windmill is a unique place to satisfy large appetites in Coffs.
The Windmill Restaurant & Motor Lodge
168 Pacific Highway
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Phone 02 6652 2933

Food of the Earth, Bellingen Markets, Australia

This wrap, from Food of the Earth at the Bellingen markets, could possibly be the most delectable meal I gobbled on this trip to Australia.  Seriously, I ate some exceptional food, and was guided by some well respected Aussie foodies, but this chartreuse nugget of a falafel spinach wrap, piled with FRESH salad veges and adorned with beetroot, hommus, chili and coriander sauces was the ultimate meal.  I've consumed a few falafels in my time but this was sincerely the freshest, lightest, tastiest version I've ever encountered. The steady stream of eager patrons, at the most popular stall at the markets, were greeted with super fast and friendly service so no-one had to wait too long, which meant lining up for seconds, thirds or more to take home was not a problem. Good for the earth, good for your body, glorious for your taste buds.

Food of the Earth
Bellingen Community Markets every third Saturday of the month
Bellingen Park, Church Street
Bellingen, NSW

Friday, 29 July 2011

Wainoni Farm, Bellingen Markets, Australia

The husband and wife team at Wainoni Farm grow their own non-sprayed bananas and berries to make homemade chewy dried bananas and muesli.  Another scrumptious treat found at the Bellingen markets.

Wainoni Farm
100 Pavans Access
Grassy Head
NSW 2441
+61 (0)2 65690408

Bellingen Markets, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Every third Saturday of the month local farmers, businesses and food producers get together at the Bellingen markets.  This idyllic setting with its greenery, live music and relaxed feel is a wonderful place to spend a Saturday morning mixing with the locals, grazing on some home made goodies and picking up some bargains.
Church St.
NSW Australia

Self Indulgence, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Australians really do their sweets… well… SWEET! Home made fudge from Self Indulgence in Coffs Harbour will surely give you your sugar fix for the next week or so.  Caramel, passionfruit, choc mint… how to decide? Find them in Coffs Harbour opposite the Ex Services club or at the monthly Bellingen markets.
Self Indulgence
Opposite the Ex-Services Club
Vernon St.
Coffs Harbour
NSW 2450
+61 (0)2 6651 2290

Thursday, 28 July 2011

North Coast Wines, Coffs Harbour, Australia

North Coast Wines, located in the Industrial Estate of Coffs Harbour is an inexpensive place to find decent wine.  With around 20 wines on offer sourced from around Australia you can try before you buy.  Tastings run from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am - 4pm.  A variety of reds, whites, dessert and fortified wines are showcased with prices ranging from $4.15 to $16.80 depending on the amount you buy. You can do your bit for the earth by buying the first bottle from them for $2 and then using the same bottle to come back for refills.  Just think you're helping the environment every time you return for a refill ;-) You can even add your own label to signify special events.  I'm in the process of creating a birthday label for an ambrosial case of port for hubby's 40th.  
North Coast Wines
92-98 Industrial Dr.
Coffs Harbour
NSW 2450
1300 318 549

Your Bru Microbrewery, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Your Bru takes the mess and time out of making your own beer.  With over 100 beer recipes you are sure to find a blend you like.  The concept is simple you come in by yourself or with a group of buddies. Taste some beers and discuss with the staff the type of beer you're after.  Make your selection and start mixing on site.  You can have as little or as much involvement as you like.  The staff will take care of the bottling process and you come back in a few weeks to collect your beer.  It's a cost effective (a bit over $1 a bottle), fuss-free and fun way to have a go at concocting your own. There's lots of cool equipment to marvel at on-site but my fav has to be the machine pictured above - a cross between a fridge and a keg to keep your beer at the perfect temperature - The Kegerator!

Your Bru
Unit 4
92-96 Industrial Drive
Coffs Harbour
NSW 2450
+61 (0)2 6651 4141

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Cafe Beachstone, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Busy, busy, busy! Cafe Beachstone is popular on the weekends. The huge open grassy spaces and playground make it an ideal location for families with young children. Mum and dad can enjoy a yummy all-day breakfast while the kids can go wild on the grass and play equipment. You don't have to have youngens to appreciate this cafe though. The food is fabulous, service is smiley and the open design allows you to take as little or as much sun as you please.  An effort is made to source local ingredients and the menu changes seasonally so you're always assured of a flavoursome meal.  Cafe Beachstone serves great breakfasts, coffee and treats AND the spectacular Northern NSW coastline is just a few metres away.
Cafe Beachstone
North Sapphire Road (off Split Solitary Road)

North Sapphire
NSW 2450

+61 (0)2 6653 6188

The Happy Frog, Coffs Harbour, Australia

The Happy Frog makes me happy too.  It's not only a healthy cafe serving some of the yummiest treats in town (think delicious caramel date slice) but also doubles as a fresh food market offering locally grown organic produce. Fruit, veg, herbs and even coffee that is nutritious for your body and ethical for the earth can all be found here. The Happy Frog is a comfortable place to gather with a few friends, check out the community notice board and pick up a few groceries.
The Happy Frog
16 Park Avenue 
Coffs Harbour
NSW 2450
+61 (0)2 6652 947

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Shearwater Restaurant, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Go for an early morning walk along the serene Coffs Creek and down to the boardwalk that winds through the tangled mangroves. Spy the tiny soldier crabs and be sure to work up an appetite as value $10 breakfasts await you at Shearwater Restaurant.  Drink, eat and be calm as you enjoy the peaceful views of the estuaries. Fresh juices, good coffee and spectacular surroundings - an amicable way to start the day.
Shearwater Restaurant
The Promenade 321
Harbour Drive
Coffs Harbour
NSW 2450
+61 (0)2 6651 6053
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Monday, 25 July 2011

Ex Services Club, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Located in the heart of Coffs Harbour, the Ex-Services Club is an indefectible haven for a family meal. Before we even get to the food, there is a fully supervised and gated Kids Club costing only $2 per child and a children's menu with all meals accompanied by fresh fruit, yoghurt and juice.  I'm sure that already has many parents making mental notes chalking the club up to the top of their lists.  For the rest of you however, the food is also infallible. Large portions and quality seasonal ingredients are matched with reasonable prices and efficient attendance. To whet your appetite the toasted Turkish bread with three dips, or Bruschetta made from home-style sourdough, semi-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar are gratifying options.  Pictured above, vegetarian (corn fritters with char grilled vegetables & asparagus, sweet potato chips & hollandaise sauce), gluten free (Thai green curry with melt-in-your mouth chicken chunks), carnivorous (400g t-bone steak with local Balmain bug garlic butter, potato, sour cream & chives) and pescetarian options (oysters kilpatrick) ensure that everyone in the family is satisfied.  Drinks are slightly cheaper than a pub and an ample number of wines are available by the glass or bottle. 
The Brasserie
Coffs Ex-Services Club
Vernon St.
Coffs Harbour
NSW 2450
+61 (0)2 6652 3888