Restaurants Manly, NSWThis seems to be the place to be in Manly at the moment. It's really busy but one of those places where you bump the person next to you and get chatting. We had the fairy floss cocktail and it was good and strong. Just beware of the fairy floss hangover!!!!
Bowling Dee Why, NSWWe had a family night here this week for a birthday and had so much fun with all 12 of us, adults and kids included. When the staff caught wind it was a birthday they sung happy birthday over the loud speaker which was a nice touch.
Clothing Retailers Mosman, NSWI'm actually not a boater person however I do love coming here for their shoes when you need a good all purpose comfy shoe. And I was very pleasantly surprised to find they have a 20% off sale at the moment.
Bakeries West Gosford, NSWWe ordered a cake here for my Mums birthday with family from the area. It was a sponge with the fake cream so it did last days. It was covered in a Malteser like chocolate, however definitely not those particular ones as they tasted cheap. The decoration looked good however.
Restaurants Manly, NSWA great place to come for lunch or dinner or breakfast or linger for all as I have seen people do in the past. There is normally always a seat and it has prime location opposite the beach. The brekkie goes until 11.45 am I like the omelette. Then lunch is at 12.00pm - which is why you can linger all day!!!
Community Service/Non-Profit Brookvale, NSWThe thing I love about this store is the ease of delivering your goods to them. There is parking out the back and tables all set up at the rear of the building to collect. They have a good book and furniture selection if you pop in every so often.
Fruits & Vegetables Manly, NSWI noticed the other day whilst shopping there that they have a little bucket of FREE fruit for kids. What an awesome offer. I spend my whole time shopping plying food into my little boy to keep him happy and quiet and it is hard with fruit and veg as you need to wait until the end to weigh it. So this was a brilliant incentive!!!
Construction Services Tullamarine, VICThis company provide the cheapest portaloos that I managed to find. We have had one for four weeks now and still in perfect working order, it doesn't smell at all and hasn't required a service either.
Department Stores Chatswood, NSWTarget have an enormous toy sale on at the moment and the prices are amazing. I bought a car race track for $12 instead of $24 and two Leap Frog branded toys for $19 instead of $34. This makes a bit of a toy splurge reasonable.
Investing Sydney, NSWI have a Virgin credit card and so far very happy. We signed up with the offer of 25000 free points and 1/2 price airfares. I haven't used the half price fares as they tend to still be more expensive than the deals. The customer service team are great on the odd occasion I have had to talk to them.
Bathroom Renovation Chatswood, NSWI finally found this rather unassuming store and was thrilled with the quality and prices. We ordered all of our tapware and found it to be about a 1/3 of the price as other stores without compromising on quality. They have a range of vanities that you can buy and collect on the spot which is very rare for most bathroom shops. There is little or no customer service, which didn't bother me as I was happy to wander and select what I wanted. The one staff member I saw on the numerous times I visited, was the person who took your order and payment on the floor and then picked and packed your car from the warehouse - no wonder they have such cheap prices.
Restaurants Mosman, NSWWe went to high tea using a voucher on a Tuesday. We had the sparkling which was lovely, there was a huge selection of teas and a good assortment of nibbles. The scones were divine!!!! Perfectly cooked I could have eaten loads! The chicken and egg finger sandwiches were lovely though the salmon was a bit full on in flavour. There was also a little cup of soup, I think it was French onion, very creamy and heavy but a beautiful flavour. The waitress was just lovely, full of smiles and very friendly.
Takeaways Maroubra, NSWThis shop is clean and attended by a bunch of very lovely older men who seem like they enjoy serving you. The prices are great, $3 for a good serve of chips. The mixed roasted veges were deliciously roasted and of a great variety but they were terribly oily, sitting in a cm of oil in the container. I would still go back for more.
Foreign Currency Exchange Brookvale, NSWWe grabbed $1k in Usd for our last trip and it was so quick and easy to do here. I arrived about five minutes before closing with no hassles for my request. They only had twenty dollar bills left or they offered waiting until the morning if I preferred. Small notes were fine. The only thing I didn't like was them counting the currency high on the bench in front of the window where it could be seen by any passer by. Perhaps doing it lower on their work bench might be a bit more suitable. However a brilliant service.
Clothing Retailers Brookvale, NSWThis store I great for the mass of stock especially at Xmas when I am gift hunting as they have great prices typically. However the music is always so loud I struggle in here, especially staying any length of time to make lots of shopping.
Clothing Retailers Brookvale, NSWThey stock work safety vests and always have every size in stock and plenty of them. This comes in handy when I'm buying up to 100 at a time and at the last minute for trade shows.
Cosmetics & Beauty Retailers Brookvale, NSWI bought the lovely hand cream gift pack for a birthday present. Whilst they are expensive they are a premium product and a great gift. The staff are always lovely and helpful here without being in your face, giving your the space to look about.
Cosmetics & Beauty Retailers Brookvale, NSWThe body shop has been an old favorite since school days and whilst I have changed my preferences for creams I still come here for a few old favorites. They sell the white musk perfume which is divine and I found this week they hve it in a oil that can be used for burning. So I bought their lovely and simple pile burning and I am in white musk heaven!!!
Newsagents Brookvale, NSWIt's handy having a news agency in the Mall. I tend to buy most of my greeting cards here as they have a small but good selection. I just wish they had more of the large greeting card variety.