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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Using the Free-Wines app at Cove Bar and Dining, South Bank

Today is my husband's birthday and we are celebrating by travelling to South Bank, Brisbane South to dine at Cove Bar and Dining. Located on the Brisbane River it has great views and today there is a lovely breeze. #covebaranddining @covebardining #brisbane #brisbaneeats #brisbanefood #brisbaneriver #brisbanesouth #SouthBank #southbrisbane @ CoveBar and Dining-SouthBank CoveBar and Dining-SouthBank We arrive and take our seats at a booth and are greeted by our waiter who offers us a selection of waters. We choose sparkling mineral water and then peruse the menus he leaves with us. We have already been on Cove Bar and Dining's website and perused the menus at leisure so we already know what we have decided upon. We are both Librans and take a while to decide so the fore-planning was necessary. For starters we chose the Peking Duck Spring Rolls with Chinese style roasted Peking duck, vermicelli noodles, shallots, hoisin sauce wrapped in a light pastry. Cove Bar and Dining, South BankCoveBarDining-SouthBankPhilip chose the Massaman Lamb Shanks with massaman curry sauce, baby onion, roasted potatoes, kaffir lime leaf, fried shallots and roasted cashew nuts. CoveBarDining-SouthBank
I chose the grilled Barramundi with potatoes, kale and sun-dried tomato. CoveBarDining-SouthBankCoveBarDining-SouthBank I also chose the Zucchini Chips side dish. They were amazing! CoveBarDining-SouthBankAfter we had spent $100 on food we used the Free Wines app to select the bottle of wine we wanted. First we had downloaded the Free Wines App Untitled
 Next we selected the location.
  Untitled Then we clicked on Cove Bar & Dining Untitled Then we click on wine selection

  There is a choice of Red or White. The choice was either a Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot or Hahndorf Sauvignon Blanc. We decided to go with the white and clicked the 'Order' button on the Free Wines app. We then showed the waiter the app and that we had selected the Hahndorf Sauvignon Blanc wine using the Freewines app and he came back with the bottle in an ice bucket.
The Hahndorf Sauvignon Blanc wine was very refreshing. From their website:
 Sauvignon Blanc is the signature variety of the Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf's is made in the classic Hills style. Super crisp and racy with a refreshing splash of passion-fruit, guava, and distinct lime-peel. Perfect for that chicken BBQ or crispy pork medallions.
Philip made it through most of his lamb shank, which was a huge effort as it was a very large portion. Unfortunately I could only eat half of my fish and was told that I couldn't take it away with me as Cove Bar and Dining doesn't have a license to do that. I was disappointed as I hate seeing food go to waste. The same was said about the bottle of wine that we had only half-finished. Even more disappointed. We ended up drinking most of the wine and paid for the meal. Feeling rather sleepy after all the good food and wine, we walked across from the Cove Bar and Dining to the park with views of the Brisbane River and the Goodwill Bridge. I spotted some deck chairs available and moved one over next to the other free one and my husband and I had a nap in comfort. It was a lovely day, if a little warm at 34 o C.  After a while some council workers woke us up and took the deck chairs away and we made our way back to the South Bank train station, headed for home in Cleveland.
An enjoyable day with a free bottle of wine courtesy of Free Wines and their easy to use App that allows you to order a bottle of wine for free once you spend $100 in a participating restaurant. We will be using the service again, next time in a restaurant with a license that allows you to take home the bottle. Or be in a larger party than two so that the bottle can be shared. Cove Bar and Dining
River Quay, Sidon Street, South Bank 4101 PH: (07) 3844 3993 | E: info@covebardining.com.au Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30 – 22:00 Sat: 08:00 – 23:00 Sun: 08:00 – 18:00
We dined courtesy of Free Wines

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Relish Redlands Food Festival

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Funky Mexican Cantina Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

We were down at Raby Bay Marina (next to Cleveland Station) for the Twilight Makers Market which is held once a month. We were hungry and decided to have something substantial to eat and I felt like Mexican so headed for The Funky Mexican Cantina. Little did we know that it was Mexican Independence Day! A fantastic vibe with music from a Mexican band floating through the cantina.
  Mexican Independence Day at Funky Mexican Cantina, Raby Bay QLD 4163Funky Mexican Cantina Funky Mexican Cantina Once we were seated we ordered a Mojito Cocktail and a Corona beer with lime wedge. We are served a complimentary salsa with corn chips which we dig into hungrily.   Funky Mexican Cantina celebrates Mexican Independence Day We are seated outside, lucky to find a table as the others were already booked out. I took some panorama photos to show the interiors. I love the interior decor. Wonderful vibrant colours reminiscent of Mexico. UntitledUntitled Our waiters are dressed up in sombrero's and ponchos giving a great vibe to the night. Untitled Our Family Platter arrives and it is a feast! It includes Chicken, Calamari, Fish, Untitled I ask the staff to pose for some photos. Unfortunately the lighting was bad so the quality isn't the best. I just love her costume! Mexican Independence Day at Funky Mexican Cantina, Raby Bay We make our way back to the Twilight Makers Market and visit our favourite stalls 'Lik-Lik Creations' which sells jewellery and handcrafted items, and 'Woodrock Turning' that feature hand made wooden items featuring mushrooms of all shapes, sizes and colours. Below is a video I created showing some of the smoke rising from the chimney of the mushroom house. So cute! Woodrock Turning - Mushroom house with smoke from incense cone View previous food blog entries from Restaurants and Cafes located a the Raby Bay Marina click here  and previous Twilight Makers Market click here The next Twilight Makers Market at Raby Bay Marina is October 24th.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Cellulite spa treatment

I have purchased a Cellulite treatment which includes:
  1. Dry body brush
  2. Ionthermie Tonic Silhouette
  3. Ionthermie Formula A+B Ampoules
  4. Ionthermie Metasystems Slimming and Firming Cream

Natural Bristles Dry Body Brush 
Dry Body Brushing is a traditional natural health practice, which involves brushing over the skin dry and following with a shower or bath. Dry brushing exfoliates dead skin cells, improves lymph flow to removes wastes, and stimulates capillary circulation for healthier, smoother, more glowing skin. It also prepares the skin to accept the penetration of the active skin-care products.
Our Natural Bristle Body Brush is made of high quality Cactus bristles, with an extra long reach for your back. The brush head can be detached and the canvas hand strap fits neatly over your hand to brush the body. Simply brush upwards from the soles of your feet all over your body, avoiding sensitive areas. See our Dry Body Brushing Guide for full instructions.
Dry Body Brushing Melbourne

Ionithermie Tonic Silhouette 
This active vitamin enriched tonic is used to cleanse & prepare the body in order to receive the full benefits of the ampoules. It stimulates the circulation, while
calming and soothing the skin. Apply to a dampened cloth, mitt or flannel and wipe the skin in circular movements.

Formula A+B Ampoules  
The world-famous Ionithermie A+B Ampoules activate the body’s own cellulite-reducing process. This fabulous serum promotes the release of toxins from within the system, whilst increasing circulation and the body's ability to slim. It contain guarana extract and algae extract to promote thermogenis, and ivy extract for anti-inflammatory and capillary-reinforcing actions. Wrap a tissue around the ampoule top and carefully snap the top off, pour the contents into one hand and apply using upwards strokes to the preferred areas. Alternatively, shake and blend into the Metasysteme cream as you apply.

Metasysteme Slimming and Firming Cream  
This dual action cream aids in the firming and toning of the skin as well as slimming. Active ingredients include seaweed, red algae and pine oil. It works through stimulation of circulation, detoxification and elimination of body fluid, and the strengthening of connective tissue. The cream can help firm the body and improve the appearance of cellulite, scarring and stretchmarks. Apply a generous amount to areas using vigorous upwards movements. Massage in large, upwards, circular movements until the cream is completely absorbed. When the course of Formula A+B ampoules is finished continue to use Metasysteme daily.