Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments

Located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley area, Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments provides an ideal venue option on the outskirts of the inner city.Here you have the option of a studio room, one or two bedroom apartments. Rooms are spacious, with plenty of comfort on offer. If you’re planning a longer stay, the full sized fridge, spacious kitchen with plenty of storage and utensils supplied, will be perfect for your own in house catering.Storage has been well thought out here, with plenty in the bedroom plus a full laundry stored behind a large folding door, in the bathroom.Muted decor is accentuated with splashes of rich gold and black creating an opulent feel without being over the top.A private balcony off the lounge, gives you a choice of indoor or outdoor space to relax in. The gold and black theme is continued throughout.Even the carpet in the lift continues the colour theme!

A bonus here too, is the onsite, undercover parking, a very reasonable $12 per night.

But, the jewel on the crown, is the well thought out rooftop area. Complete with pool, barbeues and shaded or open seating, its a fabulous place to chill out or catchup with family and friends also staying at the complex.

Across the road from the complex, is an array of shops and food options. The menu displayed in the room, is for Buzz Bistro Emporium. We chose this venue for an early breakfast. Quality meals and service, definitely worth a visit.

The savoury mince above very tasty, not spicy and easy to consume.

Keep the apartment complex in mind should you need some accommodation options in this part of the city. Sometimes its nice to be just out of the city itself. The rooms all presented well, being clean and tidy. For a shorter or longer stay, youre sure to find Alex Perry’s will meet your needs. Remember to follow Dine Live Travel on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, for further photos and information.

Royal Rajputana – Fitzgibbon Chase

Royal Rajputana has just turned one year old. Part of the Fitzgibbon Chase community shops, this is an innovative venue, bringing city style to the suburbs.

Rajputana means “Land of Rajputs”. This was an area in India which included some of the modern day Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan as well as parts of Sindh in southern Pakistan, covering a total of around 343 thousand square kilometres.

The Rajput race is considered the proudest and most noble race in India. Hence the inclusion of Royal in the name.

If you are seeking a good Indian curry, spiced to your taste, then you’ve come to right place.From butter chicken through to vegetarian or meat, the extensive menu is catering for a majority of tastes. Saffron rice was light, fluffy and very aromatic, making for an awesome accompaniment to your choice of curry.

All food was well presented, fresh, tasty and definitely a winner for our group. Prices are not expensive for the meal quality delivered. Those Naan breads too, very tasty!

The atmosphere is casual relaxed, with a good sprinkle of quality. Service is attentive, friendly as well as being focused on making sure you are comfortable, relaxed and enjoying your experience.

Water is plentiful, refilled regularly, whilst the well stocked bar provides for your wine or non/alcoholic preference.Take some time to stop by. Have a chat, watch the world go by and enjoy some good quality Indian cuisine.

Maybe we will see you there? Remember to follow Dine Live Travel on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and snapchat to stay updated. You never know where we will be!

2019 Brisbane Convoy for Kids

The tenth year of Brisbane Convoy for Kids provided an epic day for many. Truckies painted, polished and prepped their rigs, close to 600 in total. Families lined the streets and volunteers worked tirelessly either in public view or behind the scenes. Taking a few hours to complete, the convoy journey from Forest Lake to Redcliffe Showgrounds. It is an imposing sight as the convoy snakes its way through the highways to the end destination.Many line the streets into Redcliffe, cheering the trucks on. Inside the Showgrounds, families await the arrival of the trucks. The reason for this event is to raise funds for the only Children’s Hospice in Queensland, Hummingbird House.From Colourful stalls to activities, today is about the kids, and those truckies. Keep in mind the drivers have spent multiple hours bringing their trucks to show standard. Many trophies are on offer over multiple categories, all sponsored by companies or individuals. A little bit of a thank you to those involved.

Today I had volunteered to help with photography, thee brief being to take photos of the kids enjoying themselves. And there was plenty of that. From bumper cars, the teacup ride, through to the very popular petting zoo, kids were out enjoying themselves, taking advantage of the free activities on offer.

Parents joined in, spending previous time with families, some seeking to some quiet time in the shade to enjoy a break, cool drink or food top up.Many children were excited to see the trucks, with a number decorated in various ways to attract at their attention. Decorated trucks included those with flags, many teddy bears and various themes.Remember to keep this event n mind for next year, bring the kids, the family and enjoy a day out of free children’s activities with any funds raised going to a heartfelt cause.

More photos are posted on our facebook page, be sure to check them out. If you would like a photo of yourself or your truck, feel free to contact directly and we will send the photo through for you.

Grateful thanks to all those truckies who gave up their time the volunteers in every area, and anyone who contributed. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Spicers Balfour Hotel – New Farm, Brisbane

Brisbane never ceases to surprise. Just when you think you are getting to know this city, you stumble across another hidden gem. Today, this was to be the intriguing Spicers Balfour Hotel.

The close proximity to the iconic Story Bridge, has the hotel within easy walking distance to Howard Street Wharves complex.From the moment you enter the property, you’re engulfed in a homely, friendly atmosphere. Staff here cannot do enough for you. To them you are an individual, not just another tenant.

We were onsite today for a meeting, with an impressive array of platters served in the courtyard area. Surrounded by greenery, trees decorated with lights, and glimpses of heritage listed buildings, you have a lovely, private space for entertaining.

We were given a tour through the buildings, with remnants of bygone eras everywhere. The finishing touches here have been very well thought out and implemented.

Yes, I did say buildings, as there are two. One houses rooms, boardroom as well as restaurant, bar and a cute little rooftop bar with views overlooking the iconic Story Bridge. The other, houses another boardroom, as well as apartment style rooms.Can you see what I mean about finishing touches? Very well done. This cosy area is part of one of the apartments, with a separate bedroom and ensuite included.These apartments make for an awesome place a couples retreat away from day to day life or stress.

Solo business women prefer the studio rooms here to large hotel complexes, as they feel safe, welcomed and unbothered. I can see why it would appeal to the solo female traveller, as this venue definitely ticks all of those boxes.

Spend some time over a leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner in the top Vietnamese Restaurant, not only in Queensland, but Australia. That’s a massive achievement for this boutique hotel.

And dont forget to check out that rooftop bar! Such a gorgeous intimate area, with a bonus stunning vista.

Urge you all to check out this superb multi award winning venue. Definitely on my list to return!

Thank you to Travel Massive and Spicers Balfour for hosting at this truely superb venue.

Stellarossa – Aspley

A relative newbie to the Robinson Road complex, Stellarossa is a surprisingly large cafe, with an equally surprising, menu.

Prices are reasonable and the food, is nicely presented, in generous portions.

Savoury mince can even be added as a side, and trust me, it is worth it.

The cafe is clean tidy and expansive, with a number of table choices. Staff always appear friendly, helpful, aiming to make your experience a pleasant one.

This is another cafe born from a passion for good coffee, flavours and service. From what we have experienced so far, they do seem to have incorporated all of those into this venue.

Ok I’m not a coffee drinker, but Hubby was more than happy with his coffee choice. There is a small tea selection and a number of other drink choices for the non-coffee drinkers amongst us.A great way to kickstart your day with one of the all day breakfast choices, or choose from burgers, sandwiches or general cafe food.

These guys support a great cause too, assisting in raising funds for the PA Research Foundation. This foundation helps to bring research projects to the lab, and on to becoming patient trials for those in need.

The Robinson Road complex is a great little shopping area, housing a few of the essential shops, without having to go to a bigger centre.

Stop in when you’re shopping and give this cafe a try. It certainly is worth it.

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

Making its debut in the early nineties, this 5 star resort heralded changes for a rapidly developing Surfers Paradise. With expansive areas, incredibly high ceilings and a collection of chandeliers second to none, you can see why reference to Surfers, became the Glitter Strip.

The entire second floor of this hotel has been dedicated to function areas. Boasting a massive 1463sqm of event space, with 8 areas, the largest being the Ballroom, there will be a room here to meet your needs.The ballroom has chandeliers dripping from the high ceilings. Lighting and stage equipment can be adjusted to your requirements.

And, the one big forward thinking detail, originally installed in this hotel? That would be at the far end of Ballroom. A lift large enough to bring up a vehicle into the hotel. Quite unique. And yes, it has been used.

Part of the wall also opens so a vehicle can be driven out into the expansive area surrounding these impressive event spaces. Event ideas for these spaces, are limited only by your imagination, as everything else you require is definitely in place already.Another large area pictured above. is popular for weddings, with views out across surfers, fully tiled, with plenty of room for dancing the night away.

Even the smaller rooms can be set to your requirements. This boardroom area has its own verandah, amenities and even an entrance area set up for a receptionist.Whatever your event requirements, the Surfers Paradise Marriott are well set up for hosting, with onsite co-ordinaters available and plenty of experience in setting up for all kinds of functions, you will be spoilt for choice.

Dine Live Travel is now offering an event/function service where we will check out options, specific to your needs and provide you with the top three venues for you to make the final choice. Contact via email dinelivetravel@yahoo.com.au or message via facebook or instagram pages for more information.

Thank you Travel Massive for hosting a meeting at the Surfers Paradise Marriott, which gave us the oppotunity to check out the event spaces.

Max Steak and Seafood, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Billed as a steak and seafood restaurant, with some enticing specials and attentive staff, we chose Max’s for an evening dinner out.

Broadbeach itself is just below Surfers Paradise, a foodies haven in its own right, with plenty of food and accommodation choices. Trust me, here there is no shortage of good quality food at reasonable prices.A myriad of highrises and shopping centres make up the Gold Coast. Amazing the view you gain from a little height.

Within a short walk of most Broadbeach accommodation, Max Steak & Seafood is one of the many choices on offer.

After persuading the extensive menu, we decided on Max’s. And overall, pretty happy with the choice.

No surprise that Hubby as hungry, so we ordered a few dishes to satisfy his hunger.A novel concept for a seafood chowder, Hubby was definitely happy with his entree choice!

The mouthwatering steak pictured first was my choice today. Accompanied by a side of vegetables, the steak was delivered resting in its own sauce. Cooked to your liking, and a reasonable steak, I was happy with the dish.

But this is a steak and seafood restaurant right, so seafood is obligatory. Lobster Mornay, was by no means a small meal. The succulent lobster, burst from its shell, topped with melted cheese. A tempting treat, which oozes opulence.

We are early eaters but the venue filled quickly, as did the others around. Depending on the night, you might find live music in the middle of the eateries. Certainly a drawcard for the little ones who were happy to dance and make friends.I will leave you now with a sunset from Broadbeach. Not something you see too well in Queensland, unless you are up high. We do some incredible sunrises, but we are on the opposite of the county to where the sun goes down. Sometimes though you get to nail it.

Stop by Max Steak & Seafood, it is worth trying!

Ricks Garage-Palmwoods

Within easy reach of Brisbane, Ricks Garage is a great destination for a day trip. Initially your standard local garage and workshop with a couple of pumps, Ricks has evolved since first opening in 1962. By 2014, the Jamieson family, who had purchased in 2002, decided to change direction.

Today, as on most weekend days, the shop frontage was lined with the pride and joy of many bikers, peppered with restored and much loved cars from days gone by.

Everywhere you look, this venue is bursting with memorabilia. Memories line the walls, blending with intriguing, furniture and fittings.

One of the biggest employers in this area, with around 55 employees, Ricks popularity is growing rapidly. And those employees, wow, good work, well done, you were all on the ball and friendly.Upstairs is a whiskey bar, no kids here, if you’re under 18 you cannot climb the stairs. But, for those whiskey lovers over 18, this place is heaven on earth.

Oh and for those who only stay downstairs, there’s one toilet for guys and one for the ladies. But, head up the internal stairs and there are some newer facilities for both. Another reason why you need to go up for a look around.

Check out the menu. Hearty food which arrives in an incredibly short time. Hubby today decided he was hungry, so Ricks Famous Big One was the choice.1.1kg of pure burger infused serendipity. Double everything. Yes everything.

There are no changes, so dont request to remove or change the ingredients. This burger is an intricate work of art.

A warning too with the thick shakes, they are multiple desserts, in one vessel. If you’re the driver, ok treat yourself because you cannot indulge in the enticing array of whiskey and alcoholic beverages. But, be warned, these thick shakes are not for the faint hearted!.. .For the alcohol indulged, Sunday afternoon, you can have these blended jugs, that’s why its called Spritz Sunday. A lot bigger than it looks, as the wine glasses supplied are big ones. Trust me, they are!

Stop by and check out Ricks. There’s many options and much to see. Well worth the drive from Brisbane. Or, closer if you’re on the Sunshine Coast.

This hinterland township, also houses some interesting businesses. From crafts to food, something for all. Next time, we will be checking out the sausage roll shop next door. Now that sounds intriguing! Watch this space..,,

NASA. A Human Adventure, Brisbane

There are doubters and there are believers about Man landing on the moon and exploring space. Somewhere in between there are those who want to believe these amazing feats. But, whatever your opinion, if you haven’t taken the opportunity to visit the NASA exhibit, then you may well be missing out on some information to seal your opinion.

Visiting this exhibit is an eye opener and I would suggest you dont miss out, with only a couple of weeks left to run in Brisbane. Before visiting we thought maybe it was going to be photos, newspaper articles and a bit of memorabilia. This exhibit was so much more.

The first stage of your launch is on level three of the QLD museum. Youngsters are well taken care of with different activities to keep interested along the way.

Venturing through the exhibit, the information accumulation is nothing short of incredible. Here you will learn of the countries who entered the space race, their equipment, purpose and how they fared.

Its not all about reading, theres plenty to see and experience throughout. An array of spacesuits is quite mind boggling. How did anyone on earth even know what material to use in making spacesuits? There was a lot of guesswork as to what would actually work.Seeing these suits right up close is pretty awesome. There’s an array of suits to view, all differing in their makeup and sometimes purpose. It’s pretty rare to have the opportunity to view these, and if I were you, I wouldn’t miss that.Sections of replica rockets are displayed so you can see what astronauts have endured. Some are to scale and to be honest, you have to feel for those astronauts, theres not a lot of room.One of the most interesting items, I felt, was the original computer desk out of the Ground Control room. Not only were these actual computers used, the pieces of paper with notations and calculations was extremely intriguing. Some how, this was one item which really gave that human touch and made the experience real. After you finish viewing the awesome artefacts laid out on this level, you can then visit the rest of the exhibit on level 2. Photos are so real, you are totally drawn into the experience. The only thing stopping you from floating is gravity.The final piece of the exhibit is an incredible replica of the Atlantis. This space shuttle completed 33 return trips to space, orbiting our earth a total of 4848 times. That’s a lot.

Climb the stairs to see the top part of the module, and dont forget to check out the bottom half too.

Cleverly displayed so you can immerse yourself in a shuttle experience, whilst being mesmerised by the control panel, this replica is definitely the icing on the cake.

Even the toilet used in space is displayed in the bottom part of this shuttle. Information boards explain what you can see as you view all of this clearly as you look past the see through wall.It would be so easy to go on for hours about this exhibit, after all there is a lot to see. But, you need to experience it, and if it heads to your state or country, then dont miss the opportunity to look through. It really is well worth some time, no matter what your opinion may be. More photos and information are posted on Dine Live Travel, Instagram, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Visit and Experience, Space, the final frontier. It really is a human adventure, or is it……

Melbourne Food Experiences

There’s something about Melbourne. Not just Melbourne, the food, the coffee, ok yes theres the weather and diversity of the area, but everyone who visits Melbourne will tell you about the food.

From coffee vans to quirky cafes through to high end restaurants, Melbourne presents an incredible array of food choices, from many cultures.We enjoyed a number of meals whilst visiting. The first breakfast, including the silverside Brekky option above, was enjoyed at an interesting quirky suburban cafe Mr. Foxx. Friendly staff, great food and decor with a difference. Something to see in every direction.Ok it was winter and pretty chilly outside, but once inside the cafe you were enveloped with warmth, homeliness and customer chatter, all rising above the sounds of the coffee machine and kitchen preparations.Hubby approved of the chai latte it was apparently superb. As a non coffee, non chai drinker, I can only comment to say that a number of people I know who do drink coffee, would move to Melbourne just for the coffee. Apparently its that good.

On another day, we were visiting the Terracotta Warriors at the NGV, which had us finishing just before lunch. A little bit of museum exploring and the onsite Garden Restaurant was discovered. No need to brave the cold, lets give this one a a try.Seated next to expansive windows, overlooking a lawn area, complete with artworks, as well as pond with a somewhat interesting fountain sculpture in the middle. Ill let you visit and work that one out!White table cloths, highly attentive staff, matched to an extensive wine & food menu, making for plenty of choice for all. Add to that the garden fresh herbs and vegetables you can see outside the restaurant, and you know this will be a lovely dining experience.Food arrived in a timely manner, simple tidy presentation. Upon tasting, wow, totally delicious, melt in your mouth food.

I was also lucky to enjoy another breakfast, at a suburban cafe, One Little Place. Highly recommended by some lovely ladies in the Norsu Interiors shop, which just happened to be next door. Check this place out too, its unique collection of home interior design items and ideas will give you plenty of inspiration, and enough shopping to fill up your vehicle each trip!The dish I chose at One Little Place, was the one recommended, Avocado Crush. A deconstructed version of avocado smash which was not only intriguing, but what a superb idea for breakfast! Totally different to the usual presentation on this dish, here you were able to mix and match yourself. Absolutely loved it.The warmth and character of this little cafe made for a very enjoyable breakfast for one. Add to that a quick chat to the friendly staff when paying the bill and it was certainly well worth stopping by.

Our final stop on the last day, as we headed out to Melbourne Airport, was at the Boathouse, which was an easy stop on our way to the airport.This restaurant is right on the river, with a huge outside deck. Some braved the chilly conditions to sit out there, and all honesty, on a warmer day, that would have been an awesome place to sit for a while. On this particular weekday however, the warmth of the inside fire was definitely much more appealing!

Today I opted for the Express 2 course lunch, which just happened to accompanied by a glass of wine, winning! The lightly batter fried calamari was soft, easy to eat and quite tasty. Follow this up with the creamy carbonara and you have delightful lunch, not to heavy, not to light. Especially after you have shared the calamari!Hubby was a little more hungry, his choice being a substantial burger and chips, which I’m told was delicious. High praise.Theres a lot happening at this venue, as we could see looking around. Those cocktails we saw on the blackboard, sound like the ideal accompaniment to a table on the balcony, overlooking the river. Perfect place for summer!We only touched on a few of the many venues in Melbourne. But as well as dining out, we enjoyed the delectable delights delivered to your door. So many choices, so much food. When you order restaurant quality food to your door, well sometimes its just easier. BellissimošŸ˜˜