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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  • 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.

  • Civic Video
    Movies & Video Game Rental    West Ryde, NSW

    Yes, I'm one of them few folks who still hires DVDs and has movie marathons on a rainy Saturday night. However, this particular video store has all the thrillers and horror dvds in with the drama. It's a little confusing and it makes you wonder whether or not staff know what they're doing, but it's really not a huge deal. What is a bit of an issue though is the scratched dvds. Annoying thing about taking back a damaged dvd is that staff have to watch through it first THEN decide whether you can get a refund. But otherwise, the place is pretty alright!

  • Secure Parking
    Parking    Sydney, NSW

    I was so excited to see the ad on my smartphone's screen: All day undercover CITY parking for $15. So of course we drove into the city. Little did we know that this parking had to be prebooked and prepaid for. Bummer. We ended up paying $25 for 2.5 hours of parking, which was still better than battling the masses on public transport and skip, jump and hopping through puddles of city rain. The carpark is super narrow though and if you're a claustrophobe I wouldn't recommend going here.

  • J.Tommy Thai Smile Restaurant
    Restaurants    West Ryde, NSW

    Really average, unflavoured boring Thai food. We ordered Pad See Ew, Pad Thai and Massaman. The lamb was lovely and fell to pieces but the serving size was soooo small in comparison to other Thai places. Pad Thai lacked love with hardly and chicken and no coriander to give it a bit of oomph. The noodles were claggy and sad. Wish we'd ordered somewhere else!

  • Rubi Shoes
    Shoe Stores    Sydney, NSW

    Get your barefeet basics from Rubi Shoes. Don't expect them to last a lifetime though as most of their shoes are made from manmade materials. Good prices and fast fashion mean the twelvies and up just come back for more. The Sydney Westfield store is a cozy little one, tucked away in a dim corner. But it's full of life and the service there ain't too bad!

  • Twig Cafe
    Takeaways    Redfern, NSW

    Such a wonderful little spot in the heart of Surry Hills. Owners Rainey and Richard were there on Saturday morning buzzing about the place. Rainey chatted with diners while Richard worked his magic in the kitchen. Their kids popped in for some scrambled eggs and we ordered our bevs and checked out the menu. Everything from your basic benny eggs to fancier fare is right here. However, there's not heaps to choose from, which I LOVED, because it made choosing just a little less stressful! Sis and I got the benny eggs, she with bacon, me with chipolatas. I was a little disappointed that I only got the two on my plate. They weren't as packed as flavour as I thought they could be and I hoped the relish would balance this out. Nope, not even a pinch of salt. Luckily there was salt on the table, which fixed the meal nicely. Mum's pancakes were a bit doughy and undercooked, but otherwise lovely, served with fresh berries, maple syrup and a little stack of pancetta on top. They even had high chairs! What I love the most about this place is the lack of pretentious Sydney-a-holes. The staff know their locals by name and the owner took the time to come and chat with us while she could have spent the time with her own kids. All in all a great little find. Google will tell you it's on Cleveland St, but the best place for parking is Young. Check it out on an early weekend morning.

  • Forbes & Burton
    Restaurants    Darlinghurst, NSW

    Worst experience I have ever come across in any Sydney. Rude management, burnt coffee. Can't tell what's worse. Bleh. Don't go here.

  • Boost Juice
    Juice Bars    Blacktown, NSW

    Love me some Boost Juice on a scorching summer's day out west! I want to give this place 5 out of 5 - and it gets that for great customer service, tasty flavours and fresh produce. However, let's face it, Boost is nothing but a sugary and fruity version of a thick shake. We're kidding ourselves if we actually believe what they're selling us is healthy. But that's not why we're drinking their goods are we? Nope, so really, who cares! Get yourself a thirst-quencher at Btown Boost.

  • Myer
    Department Stores    Parramatta, NSW

    Wow. Myer has really gone down the gurgler. Not making annual sales budgets can be blamed soley on their cuts to staff in stores, which leads to super-frustrated customers, wandering around looking for a staff in black to be served by. But seriously, they are so short staffed at the Parramatta store, and what used to be a fun shopping experience has really turned sour. What's worse is their technical systems are SO outdated. When I worked in retail and a customer wanted to check that an item was in stock at another store, all we did was punch numbers into our computers and it would show us where it was stocked - ALL OVER NSW. Not so at Myer. One of the largest departments stores in Australia has to look up other Myer stores, call them up, provide the item number and then wait for it to be found - ON THE SHELF. 45 minutes later I had had enough and decided to leave the pair of shoes on the counter and go to the other store myself

  • Woolworths
    Supermarket & Grocery Stores    Auburn, NSW

    This Woolies is by far one of the worst ones I have ever been to. Where to start? Hygiene? Customer service? Chaos? There is fresh produce on the floor that is not only unsightly but a tripping hazard. Let the staff know there's a spill and they'll look at you like you're the hazard. Unlike most Woolies, there's a sense that everything is cramped and closing in on itself. Perhaps it's because of the continuing crowds or the poor layout. Either way, this is not a supermarket you want to visit!

  • Big W
    Department Stores    Auburn, NSW

    I've got to agree with seanaussie on this one. The Auburn Big W is really all over the shop. It feels somewhat manic, with clothes on the floor, children running through aisles and queues that go on for miles. While the prices are good and at sale-time, you're likely to grab a bargain, the chaos that comes with it is not worth the hassle. Do yourself a favour and find another store!

  • Target
    Department Stores    Blacktown, NSW

    For a department store, Target gets my dough. However, what I do get cheesed about is terrible customer service. There are a couple of women on the register who could probably serve their customers without making eye contact, smiling or saying a word - oh except of course for the price. Apart from that, this Target is mostly tidy and easy to get around. You'll have trouble finding someone to help you though as most of the staff seem to be on a till. My fave part about this store is the genuinely friendly, elderly gentleman who welcomes and farewells you at the main entrance. He's seriously one of the nicest people I've come across!

  • Best & Less
    Clothing Retailers    Blacktown, NSW

    Great store with all your basics for prices that are great. I didn't realise that Best N Less did more than just clothes. They've got manchester as well as licensed NRL gear. Staff are friendly as well as helpful and always jump on a register if they notice a queue building up. I'm not sure why the reviewer below has given it just the 2 stars because I think it deserves a little more than that! Definitely somewhere I'd go back to get kids basics and bits and pieces.

  • The Soda Factory
    Pubs & Bars    Surry Hills, NSW

    This is one of those places that gets lots of love on social media and then...BANG. It goes nuts. While The Soda Factory is good, it's just not, well, great. Yes, it has a cool rockabilly vibe, with Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis being played through the speakers. The pinup girl posters in the bathrooms add to this as well as the Americana decor: high stools, ketchup bottles and of course the menu. But while the menu seems exciting, if you're a foodie, you will be let down. Almost everything, bar the hotdogs and burgers, is fried and served with a creamy concoction (presumably mayo or blue cheese sauce). The burgers are really quite sad, with a pale patty, a lonely lettuce leaf and some sauce squirted here and there. Also, there is really nothing on the menu for the health conscious, but hey, you're in the US of A. Otherwise, meals are fairly reasonably priced but drinks are pricey. Not sure that The Soda Factory is a place I'd revisit, and if I did, it'd be for a milkshake.

  • Blacktown Aquatic Centre
    Swimming Pools    Blacktown, NSW

    I have been a member of BAC for many years now and petitioned for it to continue functioning as a local pool. We decided we would start swimming lessons with our kid,s at Blacktown Aquatic Centre to show our continuing support.
    However, I have been really disappointed by the disregard and dismissiveness of staff when I spoke to them about the poor change room facilities.
    The centre has two family change rooms: one with a change table and one without. This is not adequate, particularly during busy afternoons or mornings when there are several parents with their infant children needing changing.
    To make things worse, the one change room with the change table is broken. The safety strap's buckle has been snapped off and has not been replaced. When I brought this to one of the centre's staff members, I was made to feel as though it was not a big deal. This was 4 weeks ago.
    However, I discovered today that the strap was still not fixed, and this has led us to decide that when this term concludes we will not be renewing our membership or that of our children's lessons. There seems to be an unwillingness to maintain the facilities and respond appropriately to community feedback and we feel as though BAC is not a safe environment for parents with young children. Not a fan.

  • Blacktown R.S.L. Club
    Associations & Unions    Blacktown, NSW

    For an all-you-can eat venue, Blacktown RSL has a seemingly good thing going on. Staff are friendly and welcoming upon arrival. As we lived in the area we were told that one of us had to become a member. However, as we were only dining there this was soon waived and we headed to the EastWest Restaurant. Door staff were friendly, a waiter showed us to our tables and then off we went. Everything from roasts, a sushi train, chocolate fondues and even a pancake maker! Definitely worth heading there with a tribe or even on your own!

  • 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.

  • Coles Supermarkets
    Supermarket & Grocery Stores    Kings Langley, NSW

    I'm not a huge fan of supporting huge supermarket chains, but Coles Kings Langley is our 'local'. So when we are in desperate need of a loaf of bread or a litre of milk, off we go. Parking is great, and the customer service here is surprisingly good. If we're not sure where something is, staff don't just point us in the direction but will walk us over and check with us that stock is available. It's so good that we are now on a first name basis with many of the employees. Definitely worth heading here if you're a local.

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