Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wonderful New Year, Everyone!

The family and I had a great time in the Gold Coast and Brisbane.  Out of the 14 days we were there, it rained for about 9 days!  However, we were not deterred from having a good time.  Check out my jewelry blog to see some of the highlights of our trip.  On this blog I'll post the food stuff!

We had heard quite a few good reviews of Cav's Steakhouse so decided to go there.  Very interesting concept because we had to order our own entrees at the counter and choose our own uncooked meat which they cooked up for us.

This was a huge piece of rump steak with black pepper sauce which was really juicy done just right.  The baked potato had real bacon!

We also had a medallion fillet which was melt-in-the-mouth.  Absolutely no fat but juicy and tender.  Can be compared to filet mignon.  The prawns were absolutely delicious.  Tasty, sweet and aromatic.  Best prawns I've ever had.

Our young man in the family opted for the mixed grill which as you can see is HUGE!  He ate everything and tried food from our plates as well!

We enjoyed our steaks so much we went back to Cav's on our last night in Australia.  Alethea with her pork ribs kid's meal!

This was at Tambourine Mountain after our 4WD tour of the Hinterlands.  The birds were not shy and one even sat on my head while waiting for the others to finish eating!

I thought you might want to see the different sizes ants come in!  Apparently the small ones hurt the most.

This was on Keng Mun's wishlist.  The last time we visited a winery was more than 20 years ago.   Sirromet Winery is quite big in Australia with several vineyards.  We visited the one on Mt Cotton.  We also had a wine tasting session and the children joined in as well.

On our way up, we saw some grapes on the vine so jumped out of the car to take photos.  In the background was a kangaroo who hopped away discreetly.

We had a quick lunch before our 12noon tour.  The children had their first taste of guacamole, sour cream, beef, nachos and cheese.  As usual it was a large serving so the two shared the meal.  I think they liked it because they stopped talking for a while!

Behind Keng Mun is the winery.  The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed the fresh air.

This rack was used by the French when they let the wine sit in the leaves for months and months.

On Christmas Day, all the shops were closed but we found this Chinese cafe tucked away in a corner and decided to have lunch there.  This was Alethea's tom yum noodles.  It was too sour for me!

Singapore laksa!  Tasted nothing like the one back home.  They added cabbage and egg noodles (like wonton noodles).

We visited the Tropical Fruit Farm and here's Keng Mun and Alethea cracking macadamia nuts for our morning snack.  They are really hard nuts to crack.  Loads of fun though! 

Well, so much for our Australian escapade.  Thanks for joining me today.  As for baking, I'm not sure when I will heat up my oven this year.  I've lots to catch up on and lots of new assignments on my plate.  Check back once in a while though but do check more often for new jewelry designs.


Shionge said...

Greetings Rebecca!!!! Happy New Year to you and the family.

Are you baking for CNY?

Rebecca Yam said...

Hi Shiong Yee! Happy New Year to you and your family too!

This year I won't be baking (not even for our own family, sigh) because I don't have the time. As you can see, I've not even started work for this year!