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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  • Woolworths
    Supermarket & Grocery Stores    Blacktown, NSW

    This Woolies is always packed, with queues winding up and around aisles. Items are rarely in stock, but they have a policy where the store will provide customer's with a voucher if the item cannot be located within the store. A good thing too, because while the store is jampacked the shelves are regularly bare, with items on special out the doors within hours. I only go here if I'm desperate and know my local one might be out of stock also, but otherwise avoid it as much as I can.

  • Workers Blacktown
    Associations & Unions    Blacktown, NSW

    Great for a family night out with a smorgasbord to choose from. While the quality at their buffet restaurant is lacking the Workers Club makes up for this in quantity. A plethora to choose from, from your regular Chinese fare to your Sunday roasts. It is on the pricier side for average food, but it's huge in terms of how many people can be squeezed into the many rows and rows of tables. It's also a little grubby and I found myself wiping cutlery down with the paper serviettes we didn't have, so with my own tissues. Anyway, don't expect heaps, but do expect to have a good time with family or friends.

  • Canyonleigh Country Store
    General Retailers    Canyonleigh, NSW

    Canyonleigh's Country Store really is a sweet little general store with that old, colonial feel. Not a huge variety of goods, but enough to get the 'locals' there if ever they need something urgently. Otherwise, it's a 40 minute trek in to some of the bigger towns. Service is polite, prompt and helpful and you can even grab a good coffee if the cafe's open.

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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.

    4 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.

      3 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.

    5 months ago - 07/04/2014

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

      3 months ago - 02/06/2014


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