Jimmy Wah’s

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Jimmy Wah’s

Address: 1724 Gold Coast Hwy,
Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220

Trading hours: Wednesday-Monday 12:00pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-9:30pm 

Phone: 07 5659 1180

VIETNAMESE | FINE DINING

Positioned in the heart of the beachside suburb of Burleigh, Jimmy Wah’s is a modern Vietnamese restaurant serving up good food and great service. It is highly recommended to book a table although walk-ins are most welcome. One of my favourite people took me here for a Wednesday dinner. A cool atmosphere with polished concrete floors, oak benches and tabletops, chairs padded in olive green and a large hand-painted Jimmy Wah from Good Morning, Vietnam planted with his signature grin.

Kingfish Sashimi

We began the night with the Kingfish Sashimi served with crispy fried onions, Thai basil, and a finger lime and coconut dressing ($16). This was THE dish of our night. It was amazing – flavours layered together carefully to create a delicate starter. Though we went for something modern to kick off our dinner, they serve the classic bành mi ($5/$12) and rice paper rolls ($10). 

For mains, we shared a main size Pho Bo ($10/14) a much beloved Vietnamese noodle soup dish, Jimmy’s version consisting of beef sirloin, brisket, oxtail stock, green onion, rice noodles, bean sprouts, coriander. It was very dark in colour though and not visibly appealing to the eye. It did however have a pleasant aroma and I did really enjoy this pho! Again with the layers – the flavours not muddled. 

We also shared a King Prawn Curry featuring shrimp paste, straw mushrooms, and snow peas ($34) with steamed rice ($4). This was unfortunately mediocre and even more so due to the spectacular sashimi.  We agreed it was tasty but had no wow factor.  My mother is a talented cook and anyone else who understands Viet/Thai curries would be able to make something similar if not the same curry.

Despite our criticism, I’d say it ticks the boxes for key components of Vietnamese cuisine: light, fragrant, not overly spicy and the balance between sweet, sour and salty – combinations co-owner and head chef, Jake Cooley learned during his Southeast Asian travels. 

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Pho Bo

Jimmy Wah’s would be suitable to most – much of their menu caters for those dairy and gluten free, but they do only have limited vegetarian options – more which can be done at your request however. The full menu can be found here. There are still a heap of great options so if you find yourself stuck, simply request the staff to “Feed me”, where a selection of Jimmy’s best menu items are put together for you for $59.

If the food isn’t enough to get you going, the cocktail list featuring traditional Vietnamese flavours just might.  It includes fun drinks like the Bubble Mai-Chai Tea ($15) – spiced rum, mango, coconut milk, tapioca pearls and the Pink Dragon ($16) – gin, grenadine, lychee liqueur, raspberry.

I wouldn’t consider the layout of the restaurant the most family friendly… However, it does its job as a modern fine dining restaurant and would consider it a quality destination for date night or a night with the ladies.  I’m a fan of the 60s and 70s jams that fill the space providing the soundtrack of the military during that time, and the staff dressed classily to the Vietnamese motif inspired by traditional rice field workers clad in white linen shirts and grey culottes.  You may not be able to greet Jimmy Wah’s ‘Good Morning’ 😉 but Good Evening, Vietnam.

Overall experience: 7/10

Photos: Jimmy Wah’s and Monique Pueblos

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A Walk in a Winter Wonderland


*We live in the sunshine state in the Southern Hemisphere thus faux snow ❄️❄️❄️

On December 10, Warner Bros. Movie World held their annual White Christmas Community Charity Night, that launched the beginning of White Christmas 2015, and I was fortunate enough to attend and bring along some company (ty Marina Mirage).

At admissions

 

 

Elf tip: Leave home early to arrive early, the traffic struggle is real!


It happened to be storming on our way there which was a little worrying but Mother Nature cleared the sky not too long after we arrived, just before 6pm.

O Christmas Tree

The gorgeous and ginormous Christmas tree greeted us as we entered the park – not even the rain could dull its light.  Colourful themed foil balloons and light sabers being sold on carts, the ‘snow’ falling gently all around and excited children and adults alike getting into the Christmas spirit. The entire Gold Coast SUNS Team also participate in the event; White Christmas being the the biggest community event of the year for them.  The event allows thousands of the disadvantaged on the Gold Coast and their families to enjoy free entry to Movie World for the night, a free meal, the chance to get autographs and take photos with the SUNS players.  I’m so glad I was able to go to this year’s Charity Night as you see how Movie World and their partners really give back to the local community; to those who need it most.

When the mascot has hair fetish?!

Okay, so maybe the regular White Christmas nights aren’t the same as the Charity night but there are still loads of the same cool things happening and mounds more to offer:

There’s heaps to see, such as the snow (don’t eat it, we’re not that advance just yet), the dazzling display of more than one million lights at 7pm, and the special themed parade at 8pm where all the Looney Tunes Charcters, The Gingerbread Man, Frosty, Santa’s little helpers and the big fella himself come out to play on spectacular Christmas floats and sing and dance to Christmas carols.

Elf tip: Grab a good spot for the parade, Santa’s helpers hand out sweet treats!

There are also heaps of magical things to do too which are included in your ticket: like visit the fairies in the fairy garden, take an Elfie, take awkward family photos with full on matching beanies, scarves and Christmas shirts – capturing the awkward is easier than expected, take pics with Santa and if you’re lucky, the Looney Tunes in their Christmas wear, and of course experience the best rides Movie World has to offer like the Superman Escape, Batwing Spaceshot, Scooby Coaster and the rides in WB Kids (weather permitting)!  For an extra $28 for adults and just $13 for kids, you can also enjoy a delicious Christmas feast at Rick’s Cafe for event nights before Christmas Day, which include a traditional roast and Christmas pudding.  You can also decorate a yummy gingerbread man for $6 – best part is you get to eat it and don’t have to clean up your mess! There’s also the Elf Club and the North Pole Pass that you can book! 😀

Elf tip: Go watch the Ice Age Christmas 4D adventure in the Roxy theatre – definitely one of the best 4D experiences.

Super Awkward Family Photo

Awkward fam photo round 2

 

Smiling’s My Favourite

Not now Arctic Puffin!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie World’s White Christmas began on December 11 and will continue on selected days until December 31. Pre-booked tickets are selling quick so book online to guarantee you get a hold of the experience.  For more information, check out their website here.

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Excuse me while I turn on the a/c, make myself some good hot chocolate and watch Polar Express. 🙂

Until next time, stay fabulous ❤

Jamie’s Italian Brisbane 

Jamie's Italian Brisbane

Jamie’s Italian Brisbane

Address: 237 Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Trading hours: Monday-Sunday 11:30am-10pm

Phone: 07 3144 3000

ITALIAN

Situated in a classic heritage building, Jamie’s Italian Brisbane is a marvellous split-level restaurant and bar. Although recommended to make reservations, walk-ins are more than welcome if tables are available.  On this occasion we went for lunch on a Monday and yes there was a queue.  As Terry Durack from Table Talk said a few years ago, Jamie’s Italian, regardless of the city it is located and the great or poor reviews it receives; it will continue to do well, because of the Jamie effect.  The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was paralleled.  We had a very lovely waitress, quite calm and cheerful, and it appears that all the staff knows the menu to a tee, they also explained the specials and could recommend suitable dishes.  But before you wrap your fork around your Al Forno or dive into your Fish in a Bag, try one of Jamie’s creative cocktails or a non-boozy refresher ($6.45): lemon, elderflower cordial, cranberry juice & lemonade. I hear the Espresso Martini, Pappa “G” and Jamie’s Grown-Up Iced Tea are just a few of the alcoholic hits.

Italian Nachos

Italian Nachos

We started with the Italian Nachos ($11.25) this time, deep fried, four-cheese filled ravioli served with arrabiata sauce, which were nice, innovative and fun but not amazing.  The Famous Polenta Chips ($9) however, are sensational.

Porcini Fettucini

Porcini Fettucini

Both in main sizes, I ordered the Porcini Fettuccine ($14.5/24.5): a superb combination of fresh mushrooms, garlic, lemon gremolata, Parmesan and herby breadcrumbs and my friend had the Rigatoni Carbonara ($15/25): Crispy pancetta, buttery leeks and a traditional carbonara sauce.  To end our lunch, we savoured every bite of the Creamy Panna Cotta ($8.5), topped with seasonal fruit compote, the crunch of the fruit complimenting the delicate melt-in-your-mouth vanilla goodness.  You don’t feel rushed to finish your meal which makes the experience that much better.  

Creamy Panna Cotta

Creamy Panna Cotta

Jamie’s Italian is suitable for just about everyone, with a wide range of vegetarian options and for every occasion: date nights, a drink and a snack with the mates, a family lunch; there’s an adorable and healthy kids menu. You can find the entire menu hereOverall, although Jamie’s menu consists of Italian food that is both genuine and not so much, the splendid taste of the food accompanied by great service and a cool ambience with that Jamie charm is more than enough to keep me returning.  Have you been to Jamie’s Italian?  What are the best Italian restaurants you’ve been to?

Food: 7.5/10

Overall experience: 8.5/10

A Day In Oz’s New World City

Spent a glorious day in Brisbane Central and Southbank with one of my best girls and here’s what went down:

#WokeUpLikeThis

#WokeUpLikeThis

8:20am  Train trip from Gold Coast to Brisbane begins. It’s an express airport train, so there weren’t too many stops #Yes!  We could not wait to wander around Brisbane! Train talk basically consisted of being grateful for no assessment to think about and being able to enjoy the beautiful day, discussing current affairs and university plans also happened. Tip: If going on a long train ride – go with a family member, a friend, or a few if you can – the trip seems to go way faster, and maybe you’ll have a break and be able to interact IRL in real life! 😀

Arrive at Central Station amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy working day and Denniscia and I maneuver ourselves towards Albert St and then Queens Plaza and Wintergarden

9:45am  We browse through stores of all sorts i.e. Longchamp, Topshop, Typo, Tommy Hilfiger, The Body Shop, Country Road, David Jones, Coach, Mecca Maxima, Shiek, and buy necessary things.

After walking around the same block a few times and asking a kind Starbucks barista directions, we finally find Jamie’s Italian – Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Brisbane and await it’s opening alongside a group of sophisticated senior citizens.

11:40am  The lady I’m assuming is either assistant manager or supervisor apologises for the restaurant’s tardiness and let’s the first group in who held a reservation for 8 followed by Denniscia and I.  By this time, the line outside was massive so we were glad we arrived early despite getting a little bit lost. We were seated by a friendly waitress at a corner table on the far side of the restaurant where we were presented with the menus and the specials of the day. Everything looked so yummy but we both settled for pasta. I’ll upload a review next week 🙂

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Rigatoni & Fettuccine

After satisfying our hunger and returning to the light, we walked through Queen Street passing through a couple stores including Forever 21 where we bumped into another one of my girls. She joined us and talked as we walked to the Queensland Art Gallery, where she made her departure. Denniscia and I basked in the intricacies of Indigenous art and admired the International and Asian pieces.

Island Currents

Island Currents

QAG

QAG

I felt all types of sad... Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

I felt all types of sad…
Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

Headed over to the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre where we went back to the land before time 😉 and walked with the dinosaurs and looked at animals that had visited the taxidermist…  The Gallery of Modern Art aka GOMA was our last stop on our day trip.  An appreciation for Queensland Contemporary Art was partaken. The exhibition features over 30 talented upcoming, mid-career and senior Queensland artists that all have their individual styles. We also browsed through The Painter’s Reach by Robert Macpherson, which is on display until October 18. This collection is one of my personal favourites, which combines various contexts: minimalism, abstraction, aesthetics and the everyday.

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#Mayfair by Macpherson

4pm  We take the train back to the GC and through other means of transportation, we have a brief afternoon tea at a little cafe before arriving back home with tired feet, but full stomachs, smiling faces, and happy hearts. Days filled with food, culture, history and fabulous company are my favourite kind of days.

No matter how many times you visit a place, you never see it the same way twice.  There are always new things to see, new cafes to eat at, and new places to go.  Also, if you have the patience, try your hand at exploring a new destination without the help of Google or Siri and just feel your way around the city or turn it into a game of 2 rights, 1 left then straight ahead – as long as it doesn’t put you in harms way.  Who knows? Your new favourite place could be just around the corner!

Images: Monique Pueblos and Denniscia Waight

Like Camp. But Nicer For Non Outdoorsy People!

Tyalgum Ridge Retreat View

Tyalgum Ridge Retreat View

Tyalgum Ridge Retreat View

Tyalgum Ridge Retreat View

After years and years of camp and not being particularly a fan of the outdoors, I was super excited for retreat! A fortnight ago, the Yr 11’s from my school ventured far away from our city/suburban homes to the picturesque Tyalgum Ridge, Northern NSW, Australia for the annual retreat.  The 1 and a 1/2 hour drive was kept entertaining with friends in front and at the back, you’ll see below a glimpse of the bus ride and Wendy and Adam successfully photo bombing Denniscia & I.  Never a dull moment!

2 pretty girls on the bus to Tyalgum.

2 pretty girls on the bus to Tyalgum.

Of course on a long ride, you could entertain yourself with a Nintendo as multiple boys did, listening to music, car/bus games like I Spy – as you could guess, this’ll work better with 2+ people, reading mags or novels or the best of all: talking to your friends! As it was a retreat, a lot of us tried to go electronic free with the exception of a camera including myself.  I think you get the most out of a camp/retreat without the distractions. The aim of the 3 day retreat was to connect with our peers and God as well as discovering ourselves.  Our facilitator was Chris Doyle and he was hilarious, he was the bomb! We talked a lot about positivity, wishing others a good life and different types of love – filos, eros, agape.  The whole event was very musical based which I personally really enjoyed, selected people such as my friends Joe and James played guitar – Joe did an epic cover of Oceans. I may have sung 😉

Savannah and Me!

Savannah and Me!

The 1st day was a heap of activities in small groups and the grade was still trying to feel comfortable. There was a lot of free time to do what you like each day so that gave me time to play on the piano.  We slept in cabins both nights and had access to hot water and real toilets! Woohoo!  The food was actually surprisingly really yum, so that kept us misfits happy! The girls in my cabin were fab, it was nice spending the nights with friends.  The 2nd day was even better, along with Chris talking, music and the small group activities, being Catholic we created a liturgy which was super cute. Went in the retreat’s pool with the girls during free time which was sweet!

I met Luigi, he's actually a girl with fabulous hair!

I met Luigi, he’s actually a girl with fabulous hair!

That night was the fancy dress/costume party which everyone really looked forward to. Definitely the highlight of the 3 days.  So much dancing and bonding! People dressed up as cartoon/gaming characters, athletes, professionals, superheroes and onesie characters to name the majority! We thought that it was like going clubbing on a theme night but substituting the alcohol with water. Geez it’s hot and exhausting, but heaps of fun!

TMNT. Turtle Power!

TMNT. Turtle Power!

Con, Mon, Steve <3

Con, Mon, Steve 🙂

The last day was a good finish, one on one bonding, group work, and we wrote letters to our future selves. It was great to get away from the city and from school for a few days and just think about us, our friends and God. It was a great trip for the soul! I’d highly recommend not bringing electronic devices unless it’s absolutely necessary.  If you dread school camp, this is so much better and definitely something worth doing if you have the opportunity at your school and if you like camp, well, you’ll still have great time with your friends!

We don't sweat, we glow!  We also wear pink on Wednesday's. (My Gem :) Had to put this in)

We don’t sweat, we glow! We also wear pink on Wednesday’s. (Gem ❤ Had to put this in)