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

  • Burleigh Tropicana

    Takeaways Burleigh Heads, QLD
    One of the best takeaways on the Coast offering everything - really! The takeaway menu offers something for everybody at reasonable prices - double cheeseburger and chips, burgers with the lot, beautifully battered dory fillets for that traditional fish and chips dinner on the beach, roast beef rolls, sandwiches and much more.

    With plenty of tables to eat in there are dedicated roast nights (Mondays) and Pasta nights (Wednesdays), a liquor licence or enjoy a cold beer or sneaky wine with your lunch and right across the road from the beach or opt for takeaway.

    Great prices, great menu, convenient location and quick service.
  • Burleigh Heads Newsagency

    Newsagents Burleigh Heads, QLD
    Well stocked newsagency offering your regular services - lottery, scratchies, gifts and stationery plus a huge selection of touristy items - beach towels, flip flops, hats, key rings - all the little bits and pieces popular for the beach environment and holiday makers.
  • 7 Eleven

    Convenience Stores Mermaid Waters, QLD
    Convenient location for a fuel top up offering good quality Mobil fuel and variety - 98, 95, 91, diesel, etc. a good number of pumps means you are not queuing for too long and the prices are competitive in a gouging market.

    The store is well stocked with regular deals commonly know as "epic deals" where you can grab a quick bite for $1 or $2. Everyone loves a slurpee, especially when it tops 37 degrees and at the moment 7Eleven is offering a variety of flavours 30% off if you download the app or purchase a $1 wristband.

    Generally your regular service station stop with quick friendly service, well stocked shop, ATM and plenty of parking and restaurants within the vicinity.
  • AEC Animal Emergency Centre

    Veterinarians Varsity Lakes, QLD
    Recently had to use the AEC for an emergency tick incident. Sadly the place was packed but the staff were caring and quick to respond but expect to pay through the roof for the service.
  • Aquariums Alive

    Aquariums Nerang, QLD
    Nice selection of mostly tropical fish - blue starfish, nemos, dorys, baby rays, coral and more. The prices are fairly reasonable and they have a great selection of aquarium accessories such as sunken ships, castles and plants for a fish oasis.
  • Hungry Jack's

    Takeaways Mermaid Waters, QLD
    Not unlike its many counterparts this Hungry Jack's offers good friendly customer service, plenty of parking within the small food village, a well placed play area for the kiddies and plenty of onsite seating if you opt to dine in. The menu has improved with 10 nuggets for the bargain price of $2.95 and great value chicken and beef boxes. The perfect pairing for a fresh to order weekend splurge.
  • Pizza Capers

    Takeaways Miami, QLD
    Deserving of a retag, a big thanks to the team at Pizza Capers for great customer service and a tasty alternative to cooking after a long work day.

    Recently they have introduced a Monday to Wednesday special of $10 for large pizzas. Although limited to 4 favourites for $10 it's a dinner bargain.

    The crust is a little thin but plenty of topping and great value for money. Also conveniently located within Miami One shopping centre where you can pop into Coles or Liquorland ;) while you wait.

    Fresh ingredients, PLENTY of yummy topping, great service and value. Highly recommend :)
  • Vinnies

    Used, Vintage & Consignment Clothing Retailers Burleigh Waters, QLD
    Newly established Vinnies within the Burleigh Court Centre. Lots of second hand and vintage clothing, bric a brac, deceased estates, hidden collectibles if you have the time to search through.

    The layout is quite modern reflected with the higher than expected prices on some goods, but a charitable organization none the less.
  • Groupon Australia

    Shopping Centres Sydney, NSW
    Of all the discount voucher sites I have used have never experienced any problems redeeming. I mainly purchase restaurants deals for the value they offer (perfect for dates nights ;) and they invite you to try restaurants you wouldn't usually otherwise consider. Prices vary depending on location and star rating but generally a 3 course meal for 2 would cost $29 and up or a seafood platter around $59.

    Having also purchased from the Groupon Goods range, I found the tracking information was communicated well immediately after purchase and all items arrived working and undamaged, my only gripe being the slower than expected delivery.
  • McDonald's

    Takeaways Salamander Bay, NSW
    Perfect stop for breakfast on check out from Oaks Salamander Bay (fave place to stay). Drive thru or dine in, tried both and the service has always been friendly and quick.

    Convenient location within the shopping centre but close enough to enjoy a cheap breakfast by the waters. Nowadays you can still enjoy a cheap mac as brekkie and a late checkout with all day breakfast.

    The menu options seem to expand each time I go there with now a selection of healthier alternatives such as muesli rather than a bacon and egg (sure ;)
  • Gold Coast - Local Studies Library

    Libraries Southport, QLD
    A large local library situated in the heart of Southport CBD. Southport is a busy precinct it offers peace of mind that the library offers 3hours free parking for patrons (otherwise parking can be very frustrating).

    There are a lot of facilities offered at the Southport branch including an onsite cafe, free wifi, plenty of computers for patron use, conference rooms, a large DVD library and plenty of books for all ages.

    The library catalogue is extensive with an inta-library service available between all Gold Coast branches and One membership card is valid for all the branches.

    Regular workshops, online courses and school holiday activities are available through the library free of charge.
  • Hungry Jack's

    Takeaways Coolangatta, QLD
    Hungry Jack's is always a savior when you arrive just that bit too early for your flight and the annoying hunger pang bites (I wasn't hungry at home ma, I swear haha).

    Similar to other chains although Customer service is a top priority and I have never had any issues with incorrect orders or bad food (the tight competition all around must contribute).

    From my experiences I have found nothing to fault other than wait times (expected at the airport).
  • Hungry Jack's

    Takeaways Dural, NSW
    Always a fan of Hungry Jack's tried out the drive thru on the way to visit friends. Faultless service and very minimal wait time. Food was served hot and fresh and no complaints all round. Recommend as one of the better ones in Sydney.
  • Harris Farm Markets

    Supermarket & Grocery Stores SYDNEY MARKETS, NSW
    A very welcome addition for the city worker with generous trading hours to allow for an after hours shop or lunch break, time permitting.

    I love the market atmosphere and the fresh and wide range of ingredients. Market prices, quality and range - one not to be missed!
  • Harris Farm Markets

    Farmers Market Ultimo, NSW
    Ohhhhh after being away for a while during a recent visit to Sydney I was glad to stop in at Harris Farm and collect a few staple items (cmon Harris Farm, open a Gold Coast store). Regular weekly specials and great bulk specials (particularly enticing during mango season).

    Occupying the bottom level of Broadway Shopping Centre on entry fresh flowers (if you are a green thumb you can pick up a bargain with the discounted flowers/plants that just need a revive).

    My favourite Ricotta ravioli is housed in the freezer fridges. An extensive range of sliced meats, olives, antipasto favourites and cheese can be purchased at the deli section.

    Gourmet cheeses, homemade dips, lasagnes and quiches, fresh from the farm milk, organic meat, vegetarian alternatives, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, international ingredients - I could go on and on but seriously this is one market you don't want to miss.

    Parking right at the door (if you are lucky) and I would recommend avoiding peak times as it can get pretty crowded manoevring a trolley through the right aisles.
  • Pacific Fair Newsagency

    Newsagents Broadbeach Waters, QLD
    Although not overly large, they do stock a number of gift ideas not seen in your regular department stores, particularly small sentimental gifts perfect for aunts and grandmas.

    The service is always friendly and not overly busy so no long wait times to purchase lotto or scratchies.

    Nothing unusual in the way of regular stocking of magazines, papers, stationery, cards, etc.
  • Carrara Pharmacy Care Of Cocos Food Fair

    Chemists Carrara, QLD
    The prices are regularly lower with regular lower prices on over the counter medications, weekly catalogue specials and discounted items.

    Great range of your regular pharmacy items - make up, household cleaners, vitamins, bathroom necessities, prescriptions and health care advice, etc.

    The service is friendly but there always seems to be a long wait for service of prescriptions and behind the counter medications regardless of the number of staff available.

    Convenient as located right next door to the medical centre with ample parking at the front door, although not one I would recommend if you are in a rush.

  • Giant Chemist - Pacific Fair

    Chemists Broadbeach Waters, QLD
    Certainly justifies its name with the enormous layout of the store. Easy to navigate aisles with simple signage so you are not wasting time searching for a particular item although the staff are very helpful if you do need assistance.

    They regularly discount items on top of their already generous catalogue specials and these items can generally be found towards the front tables.

    The range is extensive and the prices competitive. You can certainly stock up on everyday household essentials for a fraction of the cost at Giant Chemist.
  • 7-Eleven

    Convenience Stores Tweed Heads South, NSW
    This 7 Eleven is perfectly located particularly if heading northbound of the border and fuel is running a little low :/ Trading hours are convenient open late for passing travelers to make a pitstop. Partnered with Mobil, the fuel is good quality filters through the modern pumps and less fuel gouging between e10 & 98 prices.

    Well stocked store with full 7 Eleven facilities (drinks, confectionery, phone credit, cigarettes, slurpees, hot food), friendly service and onsite ATM.

    I just wish the 7 Eleven chain would make public toilets available.
  • Pizza Hut

    Takeaways Burleigh Waters, QLD
    Visitors arriving and not feeling up to cooking I stopped in for a takeaway at PH opting for a selection of pizzas including Supreme, Veggie Delight, Hawaiian and Pepporoni. The store was not busy so the wait time was minimal. The service was really friendly even offering suggestions from the menu. Happily my pizzas were cooked perfectly and served hot to go. The introduction of the value range is a great money saver, particularly for kids sleepovers and visitors with prices starting at $5.95.

    Convenient location with Dan Murphy's right next door ;)