Bella.Blue Local Star

Britain born and raised on the streets of Inner-West Sydney, Bella Blue 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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  • Rythms Opp Shop
    Used, Vintage & Consignment Clothing Retailers    Seven Hills, NSW

    So the last time I visited Rhythms it was the items for sale were so-so and the ladies behind the counter were polite but not super friendly. Today's visit was a game-changer. If I was to make an Op-Shop my local, Rhythms would be winning. The store has had a massive makeover, with industrial crates screwed to the walls, old leather handbags used as shelving and vintage timepieces scattered through the store. Head stylist and employee, Heather's styling has you wondering whether she has a background in visual merchandising. And yes, she does! There are particular racks that have exculsive Aussie labels at only $25 each while every other item throughout the store is charged at a flat rate: dresses $8, skirts $6 and jackets (on clearance) $5. Amazing quality items and great service, with locals coming in to get help with things from making appointments with the doctor to filling out job application forms. An initiative of Castle Hill Church of Christ, you can really feel that the staff here at Rhythms are genuine, interested people who are not your regular, boring Christians. The work that they do really shows both the love that they have for their jobs, the people whom they serve and the overall cause. Love this place!

  • One World Sport
    Pubs & Bars    Parramatta, NSW

    Went here using a Groupon Voucher and it's true when they say you get what you pay for. One World Sport is a pub on busy Church St in Parramatta, so we assumed the food would be competitive. Glass of wine, beer, two mains and dessert were on offer and wow, what a massive let down. The food was brought to us by a staff, who I think may have been the cook. Partner's steak sandwich was alright, with the steak being pretty good to eat. My souvlakis (two) were miniscule but the chips were alright. We assumed we'd be given the packet chocolate cake for dessert so we skipped outta there before it arrived. It's worth noting the place is under renovations also so everything just seems a bit icky, particularly the crowd!

  • Costi's @ Westpoint Westpoint Shpng Cntr
    Seafood    Blacktown, NSW

    I don't know what iandsh's issue is (they haven't really mentioned anything but the price), but I often get myself half a dozen Pacific Oysters or fresh Tuna or Salmon Steaks from Costi's and they are great. While the prices are on the more expensive side, the service is prompt, fish is fresh and they know what they're talking about if you have any questions.

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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.

    3 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.

      2 months ago - 06/06/2014

  • 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.

    4 months ago - 07/04/2014

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

      2 months ago - 02/06/2014


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