The other night the kids were off doing their own thing so I said to the wife that we should go out for dinner. She jumped at the chance, not having to cook and all, and we decided to give The Pickled Duck a try.
Upon entering The Pickled Duck we were hit with a muted roar of the patrons who were obviously all enjoying themselves. By the time we were taken to our table I got somewhat accustomed to the noise and, thankfully, we were able to enjoy a conversation without too much trouble.
The modern/industrial decor was quite pleasing and the menu wasn’t that bad. We both decided to try their “Pickled Duck” gourmet burger, which at the time was priced $14.90. The Pickled Duck Burger comprised of pulled spiced duck leg, onion marmalade, lettuce, aioli, and a sweet bun garnished with pickles. Thankfully I also ordered a serve of fries. I say thankfully because while the burger was quite tasty, it wasn’t what I would call satisfying. If it wasn’t for the fries I would have gone home hungry.
The Pickled Duck Burger looked satisfying enough, but after picking it up the burger seemed to condense into a skinny sandwich. It was weird.
While the staff at The Pickled Duck were very friendly it took some time to get to place my order because there was only one girl taking them. Then once I got to place my order I had to line up again to order drinks!! They must have learned this technique from Primo’s! Never liked it there and I don’t like it here either.
On a positive side the meal was delivered promptly.
Would I go back again? Probably as it’s close to home and I won’t mind giving them another try. If you’re thinking of trying them out and order the Pickled Duck Burger, make sure you order something else with it. 😉
I kinda liked the undulating wooden slated seats leading up to the jetty. I’m not the only one either as heaps of people were relaxing on them as we walked by. The water feature in the centre of the Henley Square was also very popular.
After a bit of a look around we decided to grab something to eat and decided to give Stella a go. Like I said it was Australia Day and there were heaps of people around. Even so we were lucky enough to get a table outside. It was cleared quickly and the menus arrived soon after. Once we placed our order the drinks arrived in a timely manner. Unfortunately the food was another matter. It took almost 45 minutes and the beer was warm before the meal arrived.
Like I said though, it was Australia Day and I reckon because of the penalty rates they were probably understaffed. Once the meals arrived I have to admit I was shocked at the presentation.
As you can see in the image above it was a tiny burger with a smattering of fries on this huge plate. If the burger wasn’t tiny enough it looked dwarfed when placed on that plate. I’m sure a smaller plate, perhaps a rectangular or oval one, would have done the meal a lot more justice.
That aside the burger was delicious and the fries were cooked perfectly. Apart from the tardiness in receiving the meal we had no complaints. The staff were very friendly, knowledgeable.
We wouldn’t have a problem frequenting Stella again and I’m sure we would receive our meal in a prompt manner once penalty rates were not an issue.
Speaking of penalty rates, my recommendation to those places that choose to open on public holidays is to not scrimp on staff. Even if means you run at a loss it’s better to do that than to give customers a bad experience. Consider it as part of your advertising costs, as great service can only lead to more business. Poor service on the other hand can prove to be quite detrimental.
Ages ago I wrote about Morialta Falls and about how beautiful it was. Lately I’ve been exploring some other great walking trails in our beautiful Scenic Adelaide. The sudden urge to get fit was brought upon by my Fitbit Charge HR, a birthday gift from my kids. More about the Fitbit later on in the post! This post is about another great place for walkers and cyclists alike. The place is called Cobbler Creek Recreation Park and its full of different trails. My favourite is the Porosa Trail.
According to South Australian Trails the Porosa Hike is about 6.5k’s should take about 2.5 hours. All I can say is they must have taken it pretty easy to have taken them that long. I walked the Porosa Trail the day after Christmas because I wanted to burn off some of those Christmas calories. I took some highlights of my walk of the Porosa Trail which you can see below.
Porosa Hike Perfect For Burning Calories
The Porosa Trail comes with a lot of different routes. The video shows the one that I prefer which leads you to Teakle Ruins, down to the creek bed past the Trevalsa Ruin and then back to the Smith Rd car park. At the end of the video I reveal some stats of my Porosa Hike cutesy of my Fitbit app. It also shows you the exact route I took. Because of some backtracking and adding on another little track I walked a total of 11.17 k’s and I did it in a little over two hours.
I did the walk again today and this time I didn’t stop to take photos and stuff and as you can see from the image below I walked even further and did it in under two hours.
You’ll also notice from the video that a lot of the times I was huffing and puffing and that’s because I believe you’ll burn more calories by going beyond the leisurely walk.
In the video when coming to the creek bed I crossed it to continue my walk. In todays Porosa Hike I decided to take the track to the right of the Creek bed. Man, all In can say is that a lot of the track is more suited to bloody mountain goats than hikers 😉 As you can see from the image it took me almost to Green Valley Drive before turning away. It was a pretty arduous addition to my hike but I don’t regret it at all because the views made it worthwhile. I intend to do the same route again on future Porosa Hikes.
Fitbit Charge HR A Great Motivator
If you’re wanting to improve your health then walking is a great way to do so, not to mention it can also improve your fitness level. If you’re laking motivation the I suggest you get your hands on a Fitbit. My Fitbit Charge HR also monitors my heart rate as well as having other great features. This includes telling the time, monitoring my sleep giving a whole lot of statistics via the Fitbit app on my Smartphone. During my walk it will give me an update every kilometre telling me how long it’s taken and my average pace. As I like to keep my pace under the 10k’s per second I will pick up my pace whenever it gets too close to that goal.
You can also compete with other friends who have a Fitbit which is another great motivator.
If you’re looking for a new place to take more than just a leisurely walk then I highly recommend tackling some of the great trails, like the Porosa Trail, at the Cobbler Creek Recreation Park. The park is named after William Peddler III, one of the early settlers in the region. William happened to be a shoemaker, also known as cobbler, ergo the name.
The Teakle Ruins below is definitely one of the highlights.
Have you done the Porosa Hike? If so what did you think of it?