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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  • 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.

  • Ashcroft's Supa IGA
    Supermarket & Grocery Stores    Moss Vale, NSW

    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.

  • Elephant Boy Cafe
    Cafes    Bowral, NSW

    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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  • 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

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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.

    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 :)

      3 months ago - 02/06/2014

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