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
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.
Oh. My. Lord. If ever there was a time to be excited and giddy about a supermarket, this was the time. Supa IGA in Moss Vale was recommended to us by the owner's of a property we were staying in and it did not let us down. The deli was packed with a huge assortment of cheeses, cold meats, salads, quince pastes and other unknown treats while the natural section had a wonderful array of macro and organic items that I haven't been able to source anywhere in Sydney. What I was most impressed by though, was the service received. The poor young man behind the counter, was so very patient with me as I um-ed and ah-ed about what meats to purchase for our pizza toppings. Not only that, he made great suggestions and was pleasant to chat to. Ashcroft's is the place the locals love to shop at and we'll be going back next time we're in the area.
Mates had raved about the Elephant Boy Cafe so while we were in the area we decided to give it a go. But similar to its British Empire decor, the slow, sad demise of the Elephant Boy's empire has been a product of its own success. We wanted to try its boasted 'fair trade manually roasted organic coffee' and arrived to a buzzing cafe during brunch time. The management, who also served us, handed us the lunch menus and when we asked for coffee and cake instead they were less than impressed. I was less than impressed with their lack of amenities (one shared toilet for over 100 patrons; no high-chairs or change facilities), the burnt coffee and their store-bought cakes. My homemade gluten-free chocolate is so much more luscious, especially when served with TLC and a good dollop of cream and my own roasted blend so much more flavoursome. If you want to check out the Elephant Boy, go for it, but don't expect the world!
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