Bella.Blue Local Star

London born raised on the streets of Inner-West Sydney, Ella Bee is passionate about finding a bargain wherever it is! A keen eye for excellence in both products & services, she, insists - nay, demands - both, from street eats to fine dining venues, public transport to limousine services. She loves shopping (mainly the window type!), eating out and checking out the local gig scene.In fact she loves it so much and looks forward to sharing her local knowledge with you all!

Joined 14 July 2008   Kings Langley, NSW

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  • Lolar Park Hot Bread
    Bakeries    Lalor Park, NSW

    I'm not sure what puts me off more: the stale bread or the unfriendly staff. Either way, when you're desperate for a loaf you could try grabbing one from Lolar Park Bakery. The multigrain loaves are actually bleached, white loaves with a few grains tossed in for aesthetic purposes. Staff are so ridiculously dismissive and would probably only give you any attention if you walked out with a loaf or two!

  • Kildare Road Medical Centre
    Medical Centres    Blacktown, NSW

    Since the Director and Founding Practitioner of Kildare Road MC left, the practice really has gone downhill. That or they are not great at managing their time. I used their online booking system to make an 11.15am appointment and had a 12pm appointment for my child at another practice. I arrived at 10.45am, checked myself in and was told there were 2 patients ahead of me. At 11.30 I'd seen my doctor already see 2 patients so I assumed I was next. Not so. I decided to check with the desk staff and was told it wouldn't be long. Come 11.55 I had still not been seen so I decided to check out, briskly (read franticly) walk to another clinic on Kildare Road, have my child examined and then get back in the hopes that they would then be ready. Nope. Nearly 2 hours later they were ready to see me. Needless to say I will not be returning to KRMC. So disappointed as in the past, it was a practice I would recommend to friends & family, without hesitation. Not so now.

  • Blacktown Aquatic Centre
    Swimming Pools    Blacktown, NSW

    My partner and I have been frequenting Blacktown Pools for years, mostly early in the morning to do laps. In summertime it can get ridiculously crowded and people forget that the lap-lanes are for, well laps. The Learn to Swim programme runs here also and infants to seniors can be seen learning how to float or tread water. However, I do have three gripes: 1) the family change rooms are almost always full of school kids during school swimming classes. Complaints don't seem to deter them. 2) the family change rooms do not have baby change tables, so if you do decide to go for a dip with a babe, don't plan on taking a shower. 3) Staff here (mainly female) all seem to be on their cycle at the same time, with permanent attitude issues. It's a real shame because many locals petitioned that this facility would not be closed down, only to be spoke to and treated with such indifference and disregard. If there was a closer option to us I would relocate our swims there, but for now, we have no choice but to put up with it.

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  • Bella.Blue Local Star  reviewed Omega Service Solutions
    Basically, we had a blockage which cost us $400 for them to locate the find.
    We were later told that it would cost a further $1,400 for some pipe section (underground about a metre deep) that the council either forgot to close properly (or was knocked out by nature) that caused the pipes to collect debris over time and therefore blocked the pipes. Then they added another $4,400 because apparently the piping leading out of the house to the main was broken (down where they dug a hole???). But of course it wasn't there fault - it was a tree root dangit!
    To further put pressure on us, they told us that the actual job was not $4,400 but $6,200. They then did the old car-sales-pitch: if we had the tree root cleared and replaced the pipes job by 5p.m. on that day, they would waive the initial $400 and $1,400 we'd already paid for the first two jobs, which would then bring the job down from $6,200 to extra $4,400. Thanks guys. How noble of you. To reassure us they told us another plumber would quote around the $6500 mark, so hey, you might as well go with Omega, because we'd already paid $1400 on the first two jobs, which they would waive if we stuck with them and paid $6,200 for all 3 jobs. Whereas if we were to switch plumbers now they guaranteed that we'd pay $400 + $1,400 + $6,200 = $8000.
    Not one to get ripped off, we called a local small scale plumber who services both the West and North Shore, explained the situation and heard them chortle in disbelief. Needless to say we went against Omega's advice and went with the genuine, small-time business. If I could rate Omega on the negative scale I would. If I could be bothered to go to ACA or if Today Tonight was still around I'd do that too. But all I'm saying is stay away from Omega. If they cannot be bothered doing the job they will just over quote. If they can be bothered doing it, they will over quote anyway. A really unethical business.

    2 months ago - 08/05/2014

    • Bella.Blue Local Star 
      Thanks Allan; I appreciate your concern. However we are no longer interested in using Omega and I will do my personal best to spread the word about its quotes and non-existent ethics.

      1 month ago - 06/06/2014

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  • Bella.Blue Local Star  reviewed The Apprentice
    A fine dining lunch for a three course meal at only $22?? Well, okay, fine dining in training, but still, The Apprentice is pretty good value if you are after something substantial and classy while on a budget. Entrees, mains and dessert were plated beautifully, with microherbs. Because it was a training restaurant, my partner and I felt obliged to rate everything. My salmon carpaccio was fresh and had a great mix of classic flavours: fennel, dill and parsley. Hubby's warm duck salad wasn't warm but was pretty delish. Main was crab tagliatelle and unfortunately the crab was lost amongst the heap of handmade pasta. It was pretty bland and flavourless to be honest. Hubby's snapper was cooked perfectly but again, not really seasoned well. Dessert was fantastic. I ordered a Zabaione (which I had no idea about until that day), and hubby ordered the Tropical Trio. Dessert was by far my best and favourite course. A lightly whipped mousse-like concoction, with hints of rose water, watermelon and crunchy pistachio. Mmmm something I would definitely reorder. Hubby wasn't too fussed on his dessert. It was a bit strange, with a shot of thick, grey banana milkshake, melted mango sorbet and a tooth-breaker: chocolate and coconut rough (mate, was it tough!). Anyway, we were rather forgiving, because of course, this place is a training institution. But the food was worth the $22, but you wouldn't want to pay more. The training instructor was lovely and the students were all under a lot of pressure to impress! Definitely worth the visit.

    3 months ago - 07/04/2014

    • Bella.Blue Local Star 
      No unfortunately it's a surprise until you get there! Part of the fun though :)

      1 month ago - 02/06/2014

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