Pony Dining: Fine Dine in Brisbane, Australia

Little shopping tour

Little shopping tour

Our final stop of great Australia tour was Brisbane. An evening walk from our Hotel, Novotel Brisbane, to Eagle Street Pier is a relaxing and nice highlight of the city. Although there was just one nice street down from our hotel to Eagle Street Pier, we preferred to turn rights and lefts, to explore Queen Street Mall and the little streets around for some final shopping opportunities.

Colorful shops

Colorful shops

Very colorful shops, lots of happy looking people, on street music performances and “happy hour” fans overflowing from the on street cafes and bars. So nice to walk around and enjoy.

An interesting cross walk

An interesting cross walk

Another highlight of the area is a very little park: Anzac Square. This park consists of many monuments to remember Anzac’s who have been to various wars around the world. If you ever go to Dardalles in Turkey, visit the memorial parks and learn the stories of Anzac’s came from such a far country died at a meaningless war, this little park means a lot to you. I recommend you to read the novel The Long White Cloud-Gallipoli of Buket Uzuner. A novel about a young New-Zealander woman coming to Gallipoli to find the lost grave of her great-grandfather who died in the Battle of Gallipoli, and the stunning eighty-five year old secret of a Turkish granny strolling in the Gallipoli National Park with her cane. (www.buketuzuner.com).

Lightened up buildings

Lightened up buildings

After a couple of hours, there we were finally at Pony Dining; a heaven for meat lovers like us, on Eagle Street Pier.

Wine of the evening, with menu

Wine of the evening, with menu

The wine of the evening is from Voyager Estates Girt by Sea, Cabarnet Merlot, a perfect match with well cooked steak and fried brains.

Fried brains after 30 years

Fried brains after 30 years

The last time I ate pan fried brains was when I was 10-years-old or so. My mom was not a vegetarian than, brain was in her “very healthy” list and fried food were not added to “black list” of our diets. So she quite often cooked it, pan fried or boiled which I loved both. So it was a nice surprise to find it in the menu. Actually, there is a good steakhouse in the city where we live and we go there quite often. We advised the chef to add this to the menu a couple of times, but  unfortunately he still did not do so.

A great combination of tastes

A great combination of tastes

All other plates we ordered were inventively combined tastes of sweet and bitters. The atmosphere was also very nice, lots of wood with black and red.

Buttered breads

Buttered breads

This probably will be my final post about Australia. I hope you enjoyed our adventures and my posts. Let me know if you need any other advice or if any of my posts help you in planning your trips.

Next: I think it is time to write about Japan now, what do you think?

Suits very much to me

Suits very much to me

A theme park: Dreamworld, Brisbane, Australia

Family get together

Family get together

My dear followers already know by now that, we do our best to spend one full day at a theme park at least once in a year. Phantasialand in Bruhl, Germany and Legoland in Gunzburg, Germany were among the ones, we’ve been before and I shared them in my previous posts. The Australia theme-park-highlight was the Dreamworld, a huge theme park of Dreamwork animation studios. Our day started early, with a private car and driver that picked us from our hotel in Brisbane and after about an hour, there we were, on the door of a very crowded theme park entrance. Once more we had the advantage of buying our tickets in advance, so we got in immediately.

Colorful environment

Colorful environment

Our day was very classic: lots of running here and there, buying some souvenir, waiting in the long queues of pointless rides (for instance Avis Vintage car ride is absolutely waste of time), and eating junk food. Here is a “Do you remember?” game.

Me: What do you remember from the Dream world?

Our son: The caramel fudge we ate.

Me: Any rides?

Our son: No.

You see? Nothing much special but a fun day out together with our son. Anyway, I would like to share once more my little advice to get the most out of your day on a theme park:

1. Study the park in advance. Which rides have the longer queues and which ones are close to each other and if there is any special program or show on the specific day you will be going.

2. Buy the park ticket in advance, so that you will not be wasting time of valuable early-morning hours.

3. Be there as early as you can. After 11:00 am you will come across with much much longer queues.

4. Plan your morning with the rides you want to ride most, and afternoon with common areas like shops, parks and eating and if you have any time remaining you can choose to ride a couple of ones you loved, for a second time.

5. Have some spare t-shirts for all. Otherwise buy a new one, as it is for sure you will get wet.

6. Never go to a theme park on a weekend.

and a final one from one of my readers: start at the back of the park because everyone starts at the front