Seafood platter

Fun food on the Sandgate mudflats at low tide

It’s been a quiet week. Last weekend I was down with a head cold, you know, ManFlu. I ended up working from home on Monday because I was really congested and coughing badly. I’m still coughing but at least I feel okay in my head.

Work was busy with a heap of small or medium sized tasks that just had to be done. Wednesday though was a bad one. Wednesday morning, I woke up at 1 am with something on my mind and I just couldn’t get back to sleep. Coupled with the head cold it meant I felt like a zombie while I was at work. I suppose it doesn’t matter in the scheme of things because Wednesday’s productivity across the globe was probably down slightly because it coincided with the US presidential election. Yummy Lummy isn’t a place for political commentary so all I’ll say is that I made sure I had a nice meal while I was watching the television reporting of the results including the victory and concession speeches.


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The highlight for me this week was flying to Brisbane on Friday night and spending the weekend with my daughters and my parents.

The flight from Canberra to Brisbane started well. I got a seat in the exit row and had a meal of meatballs and mashed potato.

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Meatballs with mashed potato
Meatballs with mashed potato

On landing the doors opened and a wave of humidity travelled backwards and hugged me like a child runs up to greet you at an airport and grabs you around your legs. Best feeling in the world!

Ms19 was working Friday night so after arriving at my parents’ place I suggested to Miss15 that we go see Ms19 and get ice cream. Ms21 couldn’t join us, so it was just me and Miss15.

I had a nice caramel condensed milk ice cream with a Ferrero Rocher crushed into it.

Caramel condensed milk with Ferrero Rocher
Caramel condensed milk with Ferrero Rocher

After a pretty crappy sleep (I don’t travel with my CPAP machine) we went and had breakfast at The Groove Train in Chermside.

I had a nice granola which I think did something to really stimulate my gastrocolic reflex because my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) went crazy. It’s a good thing I was close to a clean toilet.

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Now that Ms19 has retired from gymnastics we’re not totally bound to a sports schedule. Miss15 had a gymnastics evaluation from 2.30 to 5.30 pm and Ms21 was working so what to do between 11 and 1.30? We ended up taking a short drive to Sandgate and walking from the swimming pool to the big jetty and back. All up it’s about a 5 km walk. It was really warm and overcast and it was low tide. The sea breeze was really nice. The smell from the mudflats though wasn’t that good. In fact, it was pretty rank. That part of Sandgate with a view of the water and the sea breeze is really nice. The low tide smell though would make me think twice about living there unless I could keep the house fresh.

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After a pretty good walk, we went to the Sandgate fishmonger and bought some potato scallops with crumbed squid. Like most good shops, especially in Queensland, when you ask for some potato scallops you inevitably get n+1 with n being the number of scallops you ask for. These potato scallops were really nice. The crumbed squid was also really good. If you’re visiting Sandgate and want a nice takeaway deep fried meal, I can recommend the Sandgate Fishmonger.

Potato scallops and crumbed calamari
Potato scallops and crumbed calamari
Sandgate fishmonger
Sandgate fishmonger
Potato scallops and crumbed calamari
Potato scallops and crumbed calamari

After taking Miss15 to gymnastics, Ms19 and I had been thinking about going out for a milkshake somewhere. As it turned out we were pretty full from lunch and the weather put on a show which made driving less than ideal. Brisbane was treated to a really nice thunderstorm. The rain was heavy, the thunder was loud and the sky almost went black. I love this sort of weather. The rain lasted about 45 minutes and afterwards the air freshened and the heat was gone. Perfect subtropical weather. You can’t ask for better.

 

 

For dinner, we went to Thr3e Restaurant in the Kedron-Wavell RSL club. This is a cheap and cheerful buffet affair with upgrades. I had a nice seafood platter and Mum and Dad had a bucket of prawns.

Seafood platter
Seafood platter
Seafood platter
Seafood platter
Buffet plate
Buffet plate

We all went to bed feeling fairly sated.

Sunday broke with a brilliant warm and moist morning. Mum and Dad had planned a big breakfast. We had bacon, sausages, pikelets, fried eggs and cooked tomatoes. It’s always good having breakfast with my daughters and parents.

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Bacon, sausage, tomato, egg and pikelet at Wheller on the Park
#breakfast #yummylummy #foodporn #yummy #delicious #instafood #iphone #bne #brisbane
Maply syrup and bacon on a pikelet
Maply syrup and bacon on a pikelet
These plates are older than me
These plates are older than me

I’m now back in Canberra where it is cold, windy and wet. I wish I was back with my daughters in Brisbane.

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THR3E Restaurant | I should observe @NotQuiteNigella 3 bite rule

The words "all you can eat" are so dangerous especially with an upgrade

I’ve spent the weekend in Brisbane visiting Miss13, Miss17 and my parents. We have some activities planned and I’ve taken Monday as recreation leave so we could fit things in. I’m writing a series of short posts about the food we ate on this visit. 

On Saturday afternoon we spent the afternoon at Southbank Beach in Brisbane’s CBD. This is a fantastic venue for the residents of Brisbane.

Southbank Beach in Brisbane's CBD Apple + Pro HDR iPhone with iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/10000sec, ISO 32
Southbank Beach in Brisbane’s CBD Apple + Pro HDR iPhone with iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/10000sec, ISO 32
Brisbane River from Kangaroo Point Apple + Pro HDR iPhone with iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/8000sec, ISO 32
Brisbane River from Kangaroo Point Apple + Pro HDR iPhone with iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/8000sec, ISO 32
I love a Golden Gaytime Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/2200sec, ISO 32
I love a Golden Gaytime Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/2200sec, ISO 32


Here we are again at THR3E Restaurant, this time it’s not just Mum, Dad and me, we also have Miss13 and Miss17 with us. Sadly Miss19 is in Sydney with a friend after her visit to Canberra.

We weren’t here too long ago and this time we had the same thing. The buffet and the seafood platter plus a heap of dessert.

I ate way too much and I really regret my food choices. I need to stop. 

I’ve attached a series of photographs of some of the plates and dishes and bowls and cups of food I tried. I was reading Not Quite Nigella the other day and Lorraine mentioned her three bite rule, I think THR3E Restaurant needs a 3 bite rule 

Inside THR3E SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 2500
Inside THR3E SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 2500
Roast beef and gravy with a really tough piece of chicken thigh, fish bite, chicken nugget, coleslaw and Caesar salad SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 4000
Roast beef and gravy with a really tough piece of chicken thigh, fish bite, chicken nugget, coleslaw and Caesar salad SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 4000
Seafood platter with tiger prawns, calamari rings, squid twisties, prawn twisties, fish bites, oysters and mussels SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 10000
Seafood platter with tiger prawns, calamari rings, squid twisties, prawn twisties, fish bites, oysters and mussels SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 10000
Seafood platter with tiger prawns, calamari rings, squid twisties, prawn twisties, fish bites, oysters and mussels SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 8000
Seafood platter with tiger prawns, calamari rings, squid twisties, prawn twisties, fish bites, oysters and mussels SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 8000
Seafood platter with tiger prawns, calamari rings, squid twisties, prawn twisties, fish bites, oysters and mussels SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 5000
Seafood platter with tiger prawns, calamari rings, squid twisties, prawn twisties, fish bites, oysters and mussels SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 5000
Roast beef with gravy, potato bake, quinoa and soy beans plus a random fish bite SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 4000
Roast beef with gravy, potato bake, quinoa and soy beans plus a random fish bite SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 4000
Quinoa salad with a truly bad pork fillet in barbecue sauce SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 2500
Quinoa salad with a truly bad pork fillet in barbecue sauce SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 2500
Caramel mousse Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 125
Caramel mousse Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 125
Vanilla soft serve ice cream with lime topping served in a coffee cup SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 1250
Vanilla soft serve ice cream with lime topping served in a coffee cup SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 1250
Vanilla soft serve ice cream with lime topping served in a coffee cup SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 1600
Vanilla soft serve ice cream with lime topping served in a coffee cup SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 1600

Miss13 thought it was hilarious that I piped vanilla soft serve ice cream into a coffee cup. I thought affogato but then saw the lime green topping and thought, why not? I used to make myself lime milk shakes and the only thing that stops me now is the fact I’m not a fan of the Canberra Raiders and they have a thing with lime milk. 

Do you like lime green topping? 

THR3E is embedded in the Kedron-Wavell Services Club near Westfield Chermside. You need to be a member of the club which isn’t a problem. The membership is easily affordable and the club is very friendly.