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It feels like it has been a long week. Last week and the week before were relatively short in the sense I was travelling for work.
It was also a big week in other respects. I attended a dinner to farewell a very senior colleague and the same night the mighty Queensland XXXX Maroons defeated the New South Wales cockroaches in the second game of this years State of Origin series. Given Queensland won the first game this means another series victory for the Maroons and this time on home soil at Lang Park. It was hard not to wear a smile on my face for days. I’m still smiling.
I’m very grateful to my friends and family who kept me updated via text messages throughout the evening.
I also voted yesterday. The election is next week but I thought I’d get it over a week early to avoid the crowds and queues. The only thing I missed out on was a sausage sizzle and cake stall. I enjoy voting. I take my time and ensure I mark every box, I don’t just mark the easy options along party lines.
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I’ve had an interesting week. Work has been busy and on Wednesday I flew to Perth for work. I heard from Ms18 that the Queensland state gymnastics competition has been going well. She did well on the first day and I’m hoping her second day of competition finishes with even better results.
In terms of sleep, it hasn’t been great. Despite my CPAP machine I seem to be going through a period of early waking and an inability to return to sleep. My tinnitus has been worse and I’m not sure why. I’m quite careful not to expose myself to loud sounds and before bed I try to observe good sleep hygiene. I guess I should try to do more exercise. That always seems to be a good option.
So this week I’ve enjoyed some nice food.
On Monday I had leftover slow cooked beef, speck and spam for lunch
For Monday dinner I enjoyed some greens with a piece of baked salmon
Tuesday breakfast was scrambled eggs Gordon Ramsay style
Tuesday lunch was leftover corned beef congee
Tuesday dinner saw me flake some baked salmon and enjoy it with noodles
I had sugar and cinnamon doughnuts for Wednesday breakfast
My Wednesday lunch was a repeat of Monday, this time with different reading material
A friend at work likes to share with me when Urban Bean Espresso Bar is selling really nice cheesecake. This photograph shows three things I really like. A Queensland flag, a photograph of a FA-18 Hornet which was a gift from the CO RAAF Tindal and Squadron 322 and of course a caramel almond toffee cheesecake.
I was in Perth on Thursday morning and stayed at the International on the water hotel.
On Thursday night I had room service for dinner
Friday night was an easy one with leftover corned beef quinoa rice congee
On Saturday I had a leisurely breakfast of cheese and chives scrambled eggs with a cup of coffee
Saturday much was tinned pink salmon with an avocado on Vita-Weat with cream cheese
A family photograph at Oriental Yum Cha as we finish lunch!
My youngest daughter turned fifteen last week and I have spent this weekend in Brisbane celebrating with her.
First things first breakfast. Getting close and personal with a Queensland nut (Macadamia) tart served with too much cream from a can. The base was a little too thick and dry making the eating experience difficult.
I spent the morning with Ms20 shopping for birthday invitation stationery for her 21st birthday party.
Around lunch time I fought the Westfield Chermside traffic to pick up Ms18 and Miss15 from Gymnastics training while Ms20 drove my parents into Fortitude Valley so we could meet at Oriental Yum Cha.
When we arrived we were taken to a large table up the back. Mum was worried it may be too far out of the main area for trolleys to visit. At first things were a little slow but it picked up and we really didn’t have to worry.
It would have been nice to be on the upper deck but that was pretty empty.
So on weekdays you get the all you can eat option. We visited on a Saturday so we paid standard rates. We also took heed and did not waste food.
In fifty years of eating this was the first mango and cream omelet I’ve eaten. I need to go back for more them. Truly delicious. A must have and equal to custard tarts IMHO.
So what did I think about Oriental Yum Cha? It was my first time but my daughters and parents had been there a few times before. They reckon it is consistently good. Not the best they’ve ever eaten but always good. I’d agree it was good. The food appeared and tasted fresh. The flavours were good. The service was friendly, helpful and easy going. We were able to get some things cut with scissors and if something was in short supply we could ask for more to come out. The meal was also reasonable in terms of price. It didn’t break the bank and my wallet didn’t suffer a knock out punch. I’d be happy returning and eating more Oriental Yum Cha
We spent the afternoon recovering and trying not to move too much. I was charged with cooking dinner so I went simple and baked some salmon with some kale coleslaw and avocado. Mum made a hazelnut chocolate cheesecake which she served with salted caramel ice cream.
Have you been to Oriental Yum Cha? What did you think?
Happy Spring everyone. If only the subzero temperatures in the morning would stop and it would become warm and moist. Sadly that won’t happen anytime soon. Apparently this year has seen a net reduction in the population of Canberra (Australian Capital Territory). There’s lots of speculation on talk back radio with much of the blame being sheeted home to the increasing cost of living. I reckon it’s the weather. I’m not about to leave yet. I love my job, I like the people, I like that Canberra is a small quiet well laid out country town with no traffic and good restaurants. I hate the weather though and I’ll happily retire somewhere warmer closer to the ocean.
So for Spring breakfast I ate a plain bagel with vegemite and marmalade.
For lunch I was meant to eat Courtney with a mate but he was called away at the last moment so I ended up eating smoked salmon and salad leaves and then had a nutella cheesecake for lunch dessert.
For dinner I made baked Parmesan salmon on a slab of potato and served with some potato chips and steamed honey vegetables.
What I ate on the first day of Spring | Vegemite, smoked salmon, baked salmon and cheesecake
We went to Ricardo’s Cafe for lunch hoping for a Reuben sandwich
Bron, Max and I recently went to Ricardo’s cafe for lunch and noticed they had a Reuben sandwich on their specials menu. We went back today hoping for two things, viz., a Reuben and a pulled pork sandwich. Unfortunately the Reuben was off today’s specials menu. We ordered croque madame and the pulled pork burger and Max ate the hot potato chips that came with the burger.
I am happy to say Ricardo’s cafe makes the best caramel thick shakes anywhere.
The pulled pork had a Vietnamese sauce/dressing which had a really nice spicy kick to it. We’d happily eat this again (and possibly again and again).
The melted Gruyére cheese, smoked ham, dijon mustard sour cream just added amazing flavours to this late breakfast dish. The salad was also very yummy.
I couldn’t finish this. I shared some with Max. So rich and so good.
Bron enjoyed the golden gaytime cake.
Max loved his salted caramel mousse.
Bron and I marvel at how good Ricardo’s Cafe is as a local casual dining establishment. Hidden away in a suburban shopping centre. It’s popularity is growing but I hope it doesn’t change.
If you want to know where it is, just search for Jamison Plaza in Macquarie. If you’re afraid to leave the south side (you know who you are) that’s fine, more for us north siders 🙂
After lunch I walked home. Correction, I waddled home. There was nothing low carbohydrate or low calorie about our lunch. As I walked I noticed along the lane between Belconnen Way and Catchpole Street about seven shopping trolleys from Woolworths, Coles and I assume Aldi. It made me think of Tara and her quest to control abandoned shopping trolleys in Belconnen.
No walk would be complete without saying hello to Mr Owl and his alter ego, viz., #pubicart
Rather than not share some images I thought I’d also mention that last night we had dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison
I had the smoky sirloin steak
Max had the crumbed calamari
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