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It’s Sunday afternoon about 1.30 pm and we had nothing to do so I said to the wife why don’t we try out that new Jamie Oliver restaurant in Adelaide. “You mean Jamie’s Italian Adelaide,” she said. “Whatever,” I replied. “Well, you can’t just walk into Jamie’s Adelaide! You have to book and they say there is a month long waiting list.”

Even though we didn’t think there was much of a chance getting in we went for a drive anyway. There wasn’t any street parking available so we parked it in the Myer car park which had a $14 maximum cap on Sundays.

So, we walk into Jamie’s Italian Adelaide, a small lineup, and asked if we could be seated. Even though we didn’t have a booking the lovely young lady said a spot would be available in about an hour. Coo! We grabbed it, Gave her our number and went down the Mall for a walk.

They rang at 3 pm to say there was a cancellation! Man, how lucky are we. We headed on over and got seated immediately.

Jamie’s Italian Adelaide Review

I have to say I was impressed with what they did to the old heritage listed Westpac Bank site. Being heritage listed they had to keep the integrity of the old building so I’m sort of wondering how much of the interior was actually changed.

Anyway, back to the food. We decided on a couple of entree’s, the Crispy Arancini and their famous Polenta Chips. While the Arancini was really tasty I found that the rice was slightly overcooked. Because if that it lacked the texture that would have made it perfect.

As for the Polenta chips, man, they were to die for. I didn’t know what to expect but what I got was these scrumptious cubes of home made polenta that must have been baked in the oven or something. It was tasty and very morerish.

The we hit the mains. I went for the Truffle Rissoto and the wife had the Vongole Taglionini. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know how much I love my risotto! You also know about the bad experience I had at the Brighton Hotel. Not so at Jamie’s Italian Adelaide. I’ve never had truffles before but I can safely say their Truffle Risotto was the best risotto I’ve ever had. It had the ‘wow’ factor that the Arancini lacked. The rice was perfectly cooked and it was full of flavour.

I asked the wife about her Vongole Taglionini and at first she said it was ok. Then she remembered to mix the pasta a little to soak up the juices and then her face virtually lit up.

For dessert we had the Tutti Frutti Lemon Meringue pie, complete with limoncello & crunchy pistachio brittle. My, oh my what a taste sensation that was. It made me wish I ordered my own instead of sharing it with the wife.

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OK, so the food was great. The atmosphere was good as well. It did not have the noisy background that one would normally get in cafes. I found I could easily talk to the wife without having to scream to be heard. The only downside was they didn’t have the three beers I requested so I settled for a freshly squeezed orange juice.

All the staff were extremely friendly but I personally thought it took them longer than it should to bring the drinks. Other than that I had no complaints. I was so pleased with my experience there that I can’t wait until my next visit.

Something to keep in mind is that they do allow room for walk-ins. So, if you happen to be in the area just pop in and I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s Jamie’s Italian Adelaide menu. Here’s a link to some of the work done to the old Wespac building to make it what it is today.

One last thing, don’t forget to take the time to take a leak because those loos are a real talking piece.

My dad has been suffering with dry eyes for years. He’s tried almost every eye drops under the sun but to no avail. If anything he’s found that the thing that worked the best was the saline solution that mum makes for him. But even that was short lived.

My brother did some research and he came across a very interesting site. A site that offered a product that could possibly help my father. The site offered a product designed to alleviate the dry eye problem. We had tried everything else so we thought we may as well give them Dry Eye Glasses a go.

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My dad is the guy on the right wearing his new glasses. The guy on the left is David Aulert, the Goggleman. Dave was so friendly and helpful that after trying several pairs of glasses we settled on the one that suited dad the best. Even so David said if for whatever reason we weren’t satisfied to come on back for a replacement or refund.

I rang dad a couple of days later and aced him how his new glasses were working out. He said they were great. Since putting them on he hasn’t had to use any eyedrops whatsoever! Amazing!

The reason dad was getting the dry eyes was because his ducts no longer produce enough lubricant and whatever lubricant was being produced was sucked dry by the environment. That is where the new glasses did their job. They create an air shield which protects his eyes from the environment. Wearing the glasses stops the wind and surrounding environment from drying out his eyes thereby alleviating the problem.

The Goggleman sells a lot more than just the AirShield glasses. You can see some of them in the image above. But they are just a few. The Goggleman also sells..

Prescription Motorcycle Glasses & Eyewear, Prescription Dirt Bike Goggles, Prescription Road Bike Goggles & Glasses, Prescription Snow Goggles, Prescription Sports Goggles, Prescription Surfing Goggles, Prescription Kite Surfing Goggles, Prescription Military Goggles & Eyewear, Prear, Prescription Car Racing Goggles and all associated Accessories.

They even specialise in Scuba Diving and swimming. Honestly, if you need a specialised prescription glasses you should seriously give the Goggleman a call.

Oh, did I forget to mention that you could get prescription lenses for most, possibly all, the glasses that the Goggleman sells?

Apart from finding them online you can also find them at Unit 5, 368 Main South Road Morphett Vale SA 5162

Phone 08 8326 1121

Mobile 0432970349

It was my wife’s birthday and I wanted to give her a treat, so I thought it would be a great idea to take the family out to dinner. After a little discussion we settled, by we I mean the wife and daughter ;), on Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar. This cafe can be found at 94 Frome St, Adelaide and you can ring them on ph 8224 0004 to make a booking.

Even though it was a Friday night we found a car park just around the corner and so  figured the fates were smiling at me and we were in for a good night. Upon entering Andre’s I found a bustling little cafe filled with what appeared to be happy patrons. Perhaps a little too happy as I found all the chatter a little loud, so much so I found it somewhat difficult to listen to our charming waitress, Still, I suppose you have to expect that in a cafe these days.

Being a special occasion, I actually married my wife on her birthday, her choice ;), we decided to go for their  menu Fisso at $59 a head. A bit pricey perhaps but like I said, I felt the fates were on our side and I was prepared for a real treat. This is basically a shared menu where they bring out a selection of foods for everyone on the table to try. This menu can be seen here, be patient it’s a little slow in loading. Thankfully this can’t be said of their service. The meals were delivered promptly and the staff were both knowledgeable and friendly. I reckon Andre’s time on Master Chef taught him a thing or two. Read the rest of this entry

In my last post I told you about that remarkable Stunt Motorbike crew that wowed the crowd with their freestyle motorcycle prowess. While those guys were truly remarkable the video clip I’ve posted here today is just as remarkable. It’s about another four blokes only this time they’re on four wheels and not two. They’re driving hi powered utes, specifically Toyota Hilux’s

These guys are all about precision driving and I’m sure they had to practice as much as the guys on the motorcycles did, although they probably didn’t suffer as many broken bones as stuff if they got it wrong. Except maybe if they hit each other when they did those particular manoeuvres at high speed, as you’ll see in the clip.

The Toyota Hilux Precision Drivers

Like I’ve said before, there is so much to see and do at the Adelaide Royal Show! Don’t forget, if you liked this post, please share it with your friends. If you liked the video please head on over to YouTube and give it a thumbs up to show your appreciation. :)

I wrote about the Adelaide Royal Show some time ago when I posted a video about the Sheep Shearing Demonstration and I may also have mentioned how there’s always so much going on which is why the Royal Adelaide show is so popular with both the young and old. That being the case I thought it would be a good idea to do several posts showcasing just a small portion of what actually goes on at the Show Grounds during the Royal Show.

Today’s post is about something that I found to be truly spectacular. It happened in the show grounds Main Arena and it featured four guys on motorbikes. It was the Freestyle Motor X Team and the flying stunts they pulled on their bikes was bloody amazing. There were times when the only contact they seemed to have with their bikes was from their fingertips. They say that the pen is mightier than the sword and a picture paints a thousand words but I’m telling you that a great video leaves them both for dead as far as expressions go. Check this out.

Freestyle Motor X Team At Their Best

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