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Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar Review

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

Toyota Hilux Precision Driving Team Do Their Stuff

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. :)

Free Bike Motorcycle Stunts At Adelaide’s Royal Show

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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Esplanade Hotel Brighton

It was Sunday, it was a beautiful day and so I thought I would take my family out to lunch. Because it was such a beautiful day we decided to drive down to Brighton which I covered briefly in the the post titled The Arch Of Remembrance And Brighton Wind Chimes. On that occasion we just had an ice cream but this time we wanted a proper sit down meal. Rather than eating at one of the many cafes I thought we should give the Esplanade Hotel a go.

The hotel itself is quite impressive sitting there right on the esplanade on the corner of Jetty Rd. commanding a great view of the Jetty and surrounding seascape. The staff were very friendly and the menu had a lot to offer.

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Eating Experience At The Esplanade Hotel

I decided on the Gnocchi Genovese because I haven’t had a good plate of gnocchi in such a long time and also because I’ve never had it Genovese style. The menu described it as “potato dumplings tossed with pan fried pancetta , roasted garlic, burnt butter and sage”. The burnt butter of it sounded a bit weird but I just figured they were using a chef’s poetic licence or something. When the gnocchi arrived I was positively salivating.

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It looks good doesn’t it? Unfortunately the experience ends there. Rather than having a explosion of exquisite taste once I sampled my first morsel I was bitterly disappointed. It’s not that it tasted like shit or anything it just didn’t taste like anything. It was beyond bland, it had no flavor at all. It was like I had lost all my taste buds. I immediately looked at my meal a little closer. Rather than pancetta it looks like the chef substituted common bacon. At least the bacon had some flavor and so I wrapped what bit of bacon I had with the gnocchi so that I tasted something at least. Unfortunately I ran out of bacon pretty quickly and was left with tastless dumplings which I proceeded to eat, as I did pay for it after all.

Oh well, at least the rest of the family enjoyed their meal. The moral of this story is, if you plan on eating at the Esplanade Hotel in Brighton, stay away from the Gnocchi Genovese!

Even Aussies Can Make Money On The Web

I know this blog is all about Adelaide, but every now and again I come across a unique opportunity that I want to share with my readers. But before I get to that and because this blog is a photo blog about Adelaide I’m going to tell you a little about the Adelaide Central Markets. Officially opened in 1870 the Adelaide Markets has been the central hub for fresh produce. Not only does it fulfil the needs of thousands of South Aussies it is also a major tourist attraction. It is colourful, full of beautiful aromas and brilliant colours. Whether you go there to do a bit of shopping or to relax, have a cappuccino while enjoying the bustling surroundings you definitely have to drop in.

I took my cousins who were visiting from Italy there and they loved it. I’m sure the stall owners loved them too because they dropped a bit of cash at the souvenir stalls as will as the sweets and fruit and veg stalls.

Adelaide Market

How To Make Money On The Web

This is a question that hundreds of thousands of people have been asking each and every day. Just so you know I’ve been blogging for years and I’ve seen hundreds of schemes that promised bullet proof ways of making heaps of money on the net, but that’s all they were, schemes to get money out of unsuspecting people who wanted to change their lifestyle.

Truth be told you can make money online but it’s not as easy as everyone wants you to believe. What I’m about to reveal to you will make you money but the amount you make all depends on what you put into it. The site is called SkimLinks and what they do is they open the doors to over 1800 merchants. I’m talking big name merchants too. Let me list a few so that you get an idea of the quality of merchants they are affiliated with.

  1. Sears.com
  2. ebay
  3. Target
  4. Nordstrom
  5. Canon
  6. Macy’s

As part of the SkimLinks Team, not only can I offer for sale products from any of their 1800+ merchants there is great potential for me to make sales by sending people to their stores. It would be like you bumping into someone in the streets and in the ensuing conversation you told them about the great deal you got on a digital camera at Target. On parting they shook your hand thanking you for all your help and in doing so you imprinted a code on them so that when they went to Target and bought something you would get a commission for it. It doesn’t even matter if they bough a huge LCD TV instead of a camera you would still get paid. This is Target’s way of thanking you for sending them to their store.

This is exactly what will happen if you’re a SkimLinks Team member and someone clicks on a link on your blog or website. Take the 6 examples I left above. Each of those links are normal everyday links that link to the respective sites. Once someone clicks on one of them though a cookie is placed in their browser so that the store knows that you sent them there. If they make a purchase you get paid your commission. You can’t get better than that.

If you’re looking to monetize you’re blog SkimLinks is the way to go. Leave a comment if you have any questions and I will try my best to give you an answer.

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