Tiaraaaaa Local Star

I enjoy being out and about, nature and taking as many holidays as possible. I love shopping and grabbing a good bargain, sipping a good latte and generally being on the move. I love having the opportunity to review all my favourite businesses and the few not so nice, and hope that my reviews are useful to other people.

Joined 03 March 2008 Miami, QLD

  • Target

    Department Stores Runaway Bay, QLD
    Your standard Target store with the new modern logo, layout, open plan aisles and clear signage. I love the regular sales throughout the year especially the stocktake and toy sales. The products are quality items at reasonable prices, the location tops with ample parking within the Centre and less congestion of crowds for a more pleasant shopping experience. Clothing for the whole family, footwear, homewares, gifts, stationery, pet goods, toys, baby stuff - you name it they have it!

    The service is always friendly and efficient each time, the layby terms (so great that places still layby) are flexible particularly when they offer their no deposit layby (winning ;) Great location, great products and great service. What more can you ask for
  • Toyworld

    Toys & Computer Games Retailers Runaway Bay, QLD
    A refreshing alternative from the large scale chains with a good selection of quality toys including popular favourites from ABC Kids. The aisles are a little tight but stocked well and clearly priced for easy shopping. You can grab a real bargain with the clearance stock and it seems they are trying to keep their prices competitive with sales. The staff were not smothering and give you space to browse.
  • Big W

    Department Stores Runaway Bay, QLD
    Big W celebrates its Toy Domination sales this weekend offering the Pete t timing for me to pick up some presents for my favourite little people. Great specials on big name items such as Octonauts, plenty of Minions, Fisher Price, Peppa Pig and much, much more. Good product range across all age groups and no deposit lay by offers the perfect option for early Christmas shopping.

    Apart from toys there are plenty of quality homewares, clothing for the whole family, books, electricals, gym equipment and more. Easy to navigate store layout with clear signage. Friendly customer service although self service checkouts would assist in easing the congestion at the checkout.
  • Supercheap Auto

    Vehicle Spare Parts Mermaid Beach, QLD
    Convenient location right off the Gold Coast Highway with ample parking in the shopping complex (including a couple of speciality stores for a quick diversion if hubby takes a little too long). Well set out product range with clear signage for navigating your way directly to what you are after and helpful information guides to ensure you select the correct product for your vehicle. Treat your car to one of the many air freshener selections (let's face it she never misses a beat and gets you from A to B so she deserve a fragrance a little more classier than the supermarket selection) and the prices are practically the same, if not cheaper. Worker friendly trading hours for, friendly and helpful customer service, good specials and a bonus if you sign up for the Club Plus Loyalty Card which rewards you with credits to spend in store if any item you buy is offered on special at a later date. All your car needs in one place!
  • Dick Smith

    Home Entertainment Retailers Mermaid Beach, QLD
    Not often these days that you see stand alone department stores as most are situated within shopping centres these days, but not this Dick Smith. The location is simple to get to straight off the Gold Coast Highway offering the convenience for a browse or a quick stop. The range is standard across the board but the staff are willing to offer discounts if you are prepared to haggle the price. If you don't ask you don't get so it pays to let them know if you have seen a cheaper price elsewhere.
  • BP

    Petrol & Service Stations Stapylton, QLD
    A recent trip to Yatala led me to a stopover at this service centre for a fuel top up. There are plenty of bowsers to accommodate the travel rush, they are new and work efficiently (yay). Fuel gouging seems to be the norm these days particular in areas where service centres are the monopoly, but I did not feel 98 was priced any higher here than regular service stations on the Coast. Half a star lost on service. The line up to pay was out the door with one person on a register, a frustrating long wait later and suddenly three workers jump on registers to serve the now small line up - not very well thought out.

    A great stopover for travellers, particularly with kids as there are plenty of food options in the attached food court including McDonalds with a play area for the kiddies to burn through some energy while you enjoy a coffee and a break.
  • Subway

    Takeaways Tugun, QLD
    Nothing I can fault. The staff were very friendly and efficient with making my order, the ingredients fresh and inviting and the store itself clean and well maintained. I am a sucker for the Italian Herb bread and Old English Cheese which kind of questions the healthiness of my order but that is my burden haha.

    The prices are really reasonable, particularly if you select one of their $5 lunch meals and don't opt for extras. Highly recommend.
  • JJ's On Golden Four

    Takeaways Tugun, QLD
    Top location right near numerous beaches for a quick stop (although Golden Four Drive is in desperate need of some maintenance). Having been here a couple of times I was sadly a little disappointed with our order over the weekend. The service was friendly and warm which has always been the norm each time I drop in, but the ball has dropped a little on the food quality. The special of the day - Fisherman's Basket - regular selection of calamari rings, seafood stick, prawn cocktails, fish bites and chips - the seafood was overcooked and the chips pretty average :( The Works burger was okay but has definitely been much better on other days. Sadly I think I need to find a new burger place :(
  • Yatala Pie Shop

    Bakeries Yatala, QLD
    Sad to see so many bad reviews for this Pie Shop since it is so highly recommended by many Gold Coast locals and having last weekend trying them for myself, on the recommendation of friends, found my selection (your ordinary plain steak pie) was lovely. The servings are much larger than your regular bakery pies and reasonably priced at $4.80. I actually could have happily shared mine but hubby wanted his own haha ;) Gourmet specialities are slightly higher priced at $5.20+ or you can opt for a large takeaway family pie for $15.00. Recently they have extended their range from just pies to also offering homemade cakes and pastries (mouth watering) if you are looking for something a little more sweet. The original pie ovens are such a sweet touch honouring the history of the store and highlighting their emphasis on homemade products.

    It is very popular and does get very busy and the line up was out the door, although I too agree that they employ ample staff to keep up with the rush. There is a $10 Eftpos minimum so best to come prepared with cash if you don't want to spend over this amount.

    Ample seating inside or outside (watch out for the pigeons if you sit outside), plenty of truck stop style parking and located very close to the Yatala Drive-Ins for an easy stop over meal before the films.

  • Hungry Jack's

    Takeaways Ashmore, QLD
    5 stars HG's at Ashmore. A quick detour the other morning for breakfast left me highly satisfied with the faultless service, friendly staff and fresh order. The competitiveness between the fast food chains recently has seen the introduction of new cheap items for both the breakfast and lunch menus such that a small coffee (made to the perfect temperature so I could drink it straight away), a bacon and egg muffin and hash brown was less than $5. A bargain for today's prices.

    Easy to navigate location with drive thru facility. Clean storefront and facilities, friendly service and one of the best Hungry Jack's I have tried on the Coast. Next time I will try the lunch menu ;) Highly recommend.
  • Coles Supermarkets

    Supermarket & Grocery Stores Mudgeeraba, QLD
    Although frustrating to locate at first once you do it is a nice alternative to the busy large centres. Regular weekly specials, well stocked shelves and friendly village service which is always a pleasant change from the rat race.
  • The Crepe Cafe

    Cafes Surfers Paradise, QLD
    Not usually one to order savory crepes, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavours of their Hawaiian crepe. For the sweet tooth a the old favourites like Nutella crepes with fresh strawberries and cream is just sinful. Very friendly service with a little seating area surrounding the cafe to enjoy lunch.
  • Oz's Brothers Kebabs And Burgers

    Takeaways Annandale, NSW
    Oily goodness after a night out hits the spot with a kebab from Oz'a Brothers. Late night trading hours allow for Straight from the bus stop allow for a quick stop over for a juicy beef kebab with the lot and tasty chips on the side. The portions are very reasonable (maybe too generous).
  • Berry Bottle Shop

    Bottle Shops Berry, NSW
    The little village town of Berry is epic for finding something a little different and Berry Bottle Shop doesn't disappoint. Although small they offer a good reasonably priced selection and friendly customer service
  • Dusk

    Home Decor Retailers Broadbeach, QLD
    If you live beautifully scented candles, diffusers, homewares and gifts, you will love the range at Dusk. The store lighting sets the mood and the staff at Pac Fair are so friendly and helpful. There are plenty of information flyers offering more information on the candle scents. Beautiful selection of gifts perfect for family and friends or maybe just as honey new sparkle for your home ;) The recent Birthday sale at Pac Fair offered some great sales as do the stocktake and end of year sales.
  • Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar

    Takeaways Surfers Paradise, QLD
    Great decision to order the from Crust Gourmet. Having only ordered the standard large Seafood pizza I didn't expect too much but it was very tasty, cooked to perfection with fresh herbs and flavours and, although usually more a fan of pan crust, the thin crust suited this pizza to a tee. Perfect size for sharing, nice flavours, half a star off for slower than expected delivery but would definitely order again.
  • Sushi Moto

    Takeaways Broadbeach, QLD
    Although a little pricey for sushi train, the portions and sashimi are very fresh and it is a nice little place to enjoy a spot of Japanese cuisine in the heart of Broadbeach. Staff are very friendly and attentive and the location is within walking distance to the beach and the accommodations.
  • Social Eating House + Bar

    Restaurants Broadbeach, QLD
    On the recommendations of good reviews hubby and I dined here recently during a weekend stay in Broadbeach. The ambience is just beautiful with well placed lighting that just sets the effect for night of shared dining with also the casual buzz to chill out and enjoy a few drinks with clients or friends. From shared plates of slow lamb shoulder to pulled pork, oysters, bar snacks and tapas. The wine list and international whiskys offer a level sophistication appropriate for the revamp of the Oracle Precinct social setting. Great food and reasonably priced for a nice night out.
  • BWS - Benowa Tavern Sorrento

    Bottle Shops Bundall, QLD
    Nice little local bottlo in a great location straight off Bundall Road to drop by on the way home. Nice selection of alcoholic drops for all occasions and palettes. Good prices and weekly specials seen across the BWS franchises. Friendly service and good range.
  • PJ's Secret Garden Cafe

    Cafes Surfers Paradise, QLD
    A homely little cafe with traditional family cooking and friendly service. The name is fitting for this quaint little shopfront with a little courtyard out the back to enjoy a sit down casual lunch. Good sized portions, lovely location without the hectic rush of the heart of surfers, reasonably priced and great service.