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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Everything I Learned in 2015


Happy New Year darlings! 😀 I hope you welcomed the year with open arms, ate delicious food and drank champagne! Although one should not dwell in the past, it is important to reflect on who we are as people and whether we have grown, and also so we don’t make the same mistakes. Here’s everything that I either learned, was reassured of or questioned last year:

You will lose friends and that’s fine – better sooner than later

When you find genuine people who hold no malice or other toxic qualities, don’t let them go

You can’t please everyone so don’t stress trying to

Why are they still called ‘guilty pleasures’, if it provides satisfaction or enjoyment, can’t they just be ‘pleasures’. As long as it’s legal – I ain’t judging

Classical music is really effective while studying

Cat calling has never and will never be okay. C’mon guys!

Never call/text/dm when you’re angry

Don’t expect anything from anyone – just because you’d do it, doesn’t mean they will

Black is the new black – it never goes out of style

Rock that bold lipstick you love

Cleopatra was a true QUEEN and not just because of her ‘beauty’

Actions speak louder than words but words are equally important

Disney keeps evolving – never ceases to amaze me

We still need to work on feminism for all races

Can we please get more leading roles to be people of colour, especially leading ladies and for Asians – not just the nerdy/business/Kung-fu stereotype

If you care or love someone, show it. If the feeling isn’t mutual, slowly remove yourself from the situation even if it means losing them all together

Don’t be afraid to fight for what you believe in

Sometimes the things you’d never imagine would happen to you will happen – not necessarily positive either

If in doubt, just be yourself and try your best

Pink is truly a beautiful colour

R E S P E C T all things living and inanimate, traditions and beliefs

Everyday is a great chance to start fresh – you don’t have to wait a whole year

You ARE stronger than you think

Don’t take anything for granted – be grateful and gracious


Stay fabulous ❤️

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(Left to right) Helena, Anastasia, Connie

What makes you happy?

“FOOD! Hahahaha!” 😀 “Food, fashion and music.”

Happiness is…

“Being healthy and being around great people.” 

“Being around people that you love – it doesn’t matter where you are as long as you’re around people that you love, you’ll be happy always.”

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 ❤

Why I’m Glad I Went To Schoolies

 

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Every year, something like 94% of Yr 12 graduates await the week long party celebrating the end of their schooling era. Some kids went overseas, on a cruise but many more either stayed or went to a schoolies venue – Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Airlie Beach or Bali. So, Schoolies weather forecast: hot and mostly sunny with a chance of peaking introverts, schoolies specials practically everywhere, and an influx at the nearest Dominos or McDonald’s of both those sober and not. 

Up until this year (senior year yo), I had no intention in involving myself in the temporary artificial party aesthetic. I wasn’t sheltered but I imagined heaps of drugs, violent/sexual confrontations and a mass of sweaty and loud teenagers unaware of sense and sensibility.  And when the news only portrayed Schoolies as a massive party where teenagers go wild and get arrested, I didn’t want to be part of the statistics. However, I went in 4/7 days and I’m so glad I did. I celebrated the end of 12 years of schooling at Schoolies with the best people and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

 

Schoolies Central GC

 
 Most school leavers don’t need a reason to go but if you’re not convinced, here are the best 4:

1. Beach parties are the funnest! From 7pm-12am, Surfers has a massive rager in the schoolies hub on the beach – 2 stages are set up on opposite sides and play some sick beats. But if that’s not really your scene, there’re always the club parties and hangs in apartments.

2. It really is a great way to celebrate with your friends.  It doesn’t matter whether you stay in for the whole week or just go in a couple days.  Whether you’re drinking and/or doing other things in your apartment, swimming in your pool or at the beach, shopping or eating out (who doesn’t like $3 gelato or sorbet on a hot day?), spending the week celebrating you and your squad is always a good time.

View from the Agean

3. There are heaps of people there to ensure your safety and well being – Red Frogs: operating at schoolies for 14 years, armed with Allen’s Red Frogs, these volunteers patrol the streets specialising in walks home, cooking free pancakes, and delivering mounts of red chewy sugary goodness, Schoolies Support Volunteers who are a friendly face and will help you with basically everything, Rosie’s providing the hydration station on the beach, and of course the police, who ensure our safety. The Queensland Yr 12s were given an A+ report, with a decrease in arrests by 60% since last year and no fatalities.

4. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity – that’s if you’re not a lame toolie or a vip (very impatient person aka Yr 10 or 11) – careful E, I’ve got my eyes on you. It’s not the time to #YOLO, honey no, but Schoolies only comes around once and if you keep your head screwed on, you’ll be able to have a really great time. I know some people that don’t remember much but know it was one of the best weeks of their lives.

Then again, schoolies isn’t for everyone but it is something you should consider. It’s all about experience so go ahead and live it up but you’re in charge of yourself so you do you, stick to your values, know your boundaries and don’t make decisions you’ll regret. So, how did you or how will you celebrate the end of high school?

With love and light, Monique ❤

We Are Sisters, We Stick Together 


I’m going to be honest, I love being a girl but it’s a difficult task.  I attended a conference exclusively for senior high school girls with the hopes of choosing the path to empowerment, boldness, resilience and beauty.

If you ever get the chance to listen to Vita Adam do a motivational speech, DO LISTEN! She’s a very inspiring lady whose vibe is just so energising. ❤ She reinforced all the very important issues and challenges we face and encouraged us to change the world.

To be BOLD is to be strong, confident, fearless but most importantly, courageous. Being bold in a society that’s constantly trying to confine us and push that we’re not good enough is a challenge.  If you want to try something, just have a go! If you want to try different hobbies or sports or food, just do it!  And don’t do it for others but for yourself. You can only fail if you don’t try.

Words are very powerful, especially names, and have either a positive or negative impact on us. The more they’re repeated, the more you believe them. I try to refrain from using negative and degrading language about other people both male and female, and also myself because it does nothing but make yourself look and feel bad. When asked to list the various good and bad things we call others and ourselves, I was honestly shocked by the amount of terrible and sad words girls call other girls, their ‘friends’, and themselves. I call my friends sugar, honey, babe, darling or just a nickname derived from his/her actual name.  Last year I also came to terms with myself and promised to only speak positively about myself, however not arrogantly. Even as a joke I really don’t see any humour in calling friends s1uts, b*tche$, id!ots or fat. Some people, maybe even some of you are thinking that I’m way too serious or can’t take a joke but that’s just proof of the belittling culture we live in. Why is it more common to find girls calling each other names with horrible definitions compared to kind positive names?

By us females calling each other certain names, we are also giving men permission to do so. We’re always trying to straighten up the guys and teach them to respect girls but we must start with each other. Like the Cheetah Girls said, “We are sisters, we stand together. We make up one big family, though we don’t look the same.” Girls, we have to look out for each other all the time.  Changing the world starts with you. Sure, the entire world isn’t going to change in an instant because we treat each other kinder but it’s a step in the right direction. No one is perfect and it’s natural to make mistakes but we need to practise a healthy culture, which includes a positive sisterhood, not only for ourselves but for younger girls – those who admire and look to us for guidance and as role models.

We are a beautiful specimen just as are males. Each one of us is unique, smart, and important. We must always remember to have courage and be kind.  It takes a strong wave to go against the current but we all have that power and can be amazing people. 

“Where there is woman, there is magic.” Ntozake Shange

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