Sheraton Grand Mirage, Gold Coast

During the recent school holidays we had an opportunity for a quick mini-break on the Gold Coast.  My brother-in-law who lives in Los Angeles had to fly to the Gold Coast for a business trip.  As he was coming out with his family, we all decided to join him – but not for the business […]

Pappardelle with Porcini Mushrooms

Semester 1 of my degree is now behind me.  Just another five to go!  It ended with five exams then three weeks of clinical experience.  I finished my final exam at 4pm on a Friday and 6.45am Monday morning I was in the lock-up dementia unit of an aged care facility where I spent the […]

Vivid, Taronga Zoo

I’m a little late with my post as Vivid has now packed up and left town for another year, but this was such a lovely night out, I’ve decided better late than never. The reason for my tardiness is that for the last few weeks I have been working in an aged-care facility caring for […]

Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise

For years I’ve been visiting the Gold Coast and sadly, always come away disappointed with its food scene.  Time and time again we’ve had disastrous dining experiences with over-priced and dated food served on paprika dusted plates.  But the times they are a-changing. Having just returned from a recent trip to Surfers Paradise, excitingly, along […]

Peppers Soul, Surfers Paradise

Last month Drew had to attend a conference on the Gold Coast.  He would be away for two nights and rather than sit at home staring at the amount of overdue domestic duties, I decided to join him.  Not for the conference, but for the two nights of R&R in a resort at Surfers Paradise. […]

Pelican Rocks Cafe, Greenwell Point

A few weeks ago we had a night in Greenwell Point, a town of just 1,200 people in a fairly unknown part of the NSW South Coast.  After waking up in the caravan park we looked for somewhere to have breakfast.  Being in such a small town our expectations were low however, we were very […]

Mother’s Day

How was your Mother’s Day? I know I’m a bit behind in sharing mine but it’s been a little frantic around here.  The day after Mother’s Day, first thing in the morning I had a clinical exam, where I had to perform a number of tricks in less than 20 minutes.  I can only liken […]

Angler’s Rest, Greenwell Point

Last weekend Drew had to be on the South Coast for an appointment.  Rather than battle the two-three hour drive there and back in one day, he suggested we have a mini-break and enjoy a night away. Drew’s appointment on the Sunday morning was in Nowra so it made sense we stay either in Nowra […]

New Beginnings

‘Forgive me Father, it’s been eight weeks since my last post’. I never intended for there to be such a hiatus. It’s just that in January I found out my nursing qualifications have been binned.  I worked long and hard for my registration so I wasn’t happy.  It’s a long story but basically, my registration […]

Biota, Bowral NSW

Biota is a stunning two-hatted restaurant in Bowral in the Southern Highlands.  I was fortunate to enjoy lunch at Biota after spending the morning picking blackberries at Montrose Berry Farm. I wasn’t actually sure whether or not I would write a blog on my experience at Biota for several reasons. The restaurant was closed to […]