Today is 2013/01/01 (YYYY/MM/DD this is the way I shorthand dates), the first day of 2013. It was also the last day we spent on the Gold Coast. I promised Miss11 and Miss15 a shopping trip in the tourist shopping centre, viz., Pacific Fair.
Pacific Fair Website http://www.pacificfair.com.au/
To start though we needed breakfast. We walked across the road to Bistro Blanc on Surf Parade on Broadbeach.
Bistro Blanc Website http://www.bistroblanc.com.au/
Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/2YeKg
First things first.
Miss11 and Miss15 both had bacon and egg on a muffin with a hash brown.
It was served “gourmet” style with barbecue sauce.
I couldn’t go past the Eggs Benedict with bacon.
This was done on a Turkish bread which was very nice.
Having spent more than a week away from home, I planned my 3G data usage to perfection.
Okay Pacific Fair with Miss11 and Miss15 meant lots and lots and lots of dress and shoe shops. It also meant looking at some novelties.
I never knew you could buy Plants v Zombies plush toys 🙂
I haven’t posted pictures of everything they looked at. I am fortunate that my daughters like looking and are careful when choosing to spend money, even my money. In the end everyone came away happy.
For morning tea, you guessed it, it had to be another vanilla slice.
This one I shared with Miss15 who reminded me that when we lived in Darwin every Saturday or Sunday morning I’d walk to the local pastry shop and buy them caramel tartlets and buy myself a vanilla slice or bee sting.
After more than half a day of shopping we needed some food before the drive back to Brisbane. We opted for a mall Chinese takeaway. This was a $10 plate of self service. It was awful. Truly disgusting. The worst I’ve ever had. The place is called Cathay Oriental at Pacific Fair shopping centre. Don’t do it is my advice. McDonald’s or KFC would be better.
It looks nasty. Tasted worse.
Miss15 and Miss17 needed new wrist watches. I bought them some very nice looking watches.
As we were driving home Mum and Dad were cooking dinner. Basically it was wonton soup without the wonton wrappers. Instead it was served with noodles.
Check it out. This was beyond awesome.
For previous entries on wonton take a look at this search query http://garydavidlum.com/?s=wonton&submit=Search
For my last night in Brisbane with my parents and two of my daughters, Mum made her “world famous” pavlova. One of the greatest Australian inventions ever (I write this to deliberately stir up my friends and family from New Zealand*).
This one had passion fruit, pitted cherries, banana and mango topping.
Okay, tomorrow, I return to Canberra. I have had a great little break in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
*For all I care, New Zealand can keep Russel Crowe and Richard Wilkins as their own. Pavlova is ALL AUSTRALIAN.
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