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These reviews were not solicited or paid for. The opinions are my own.  Their sole purpose is for my development as a blogger and as such, feedback is appreciated.

Tuesday, 26th April 2011

The details:
192 James Street, Toowoomba 4350   Ph 07 4639 4799
Eat-in or take-away. Eftpos available.
Plenty of parking on-site.
Burgers and salads “Made with love” and cooked to order. Vegetarian & Gluten Free options available.  
Liquor licence pending.
What they say:
Our mission is simple: to make burgers good.

We want our burgers to taste good and do you good. We challenge the idea of burgers being low in nutritional value and high in fat. That's why we make burgers the old-fashioned way, not the mass-produced, fast-food way. Ours are proper meals, not rubbery snacks that dissolve in seconds.

What we found:

Busy but organised.  Only been open a week or so but everyone seemed to know what they were doing.  Staff friendly and well presented.

Clean and tidy, attractive decor.  Maybe a little noisy as the kitchen is open to the dining area, but a minor concern.
The boys ordered burgers & chips.  Yummy bread rolls, super fresh salad and juicy beef patties were a definate winner.  The chips were delicious, crispy outside, lovely and fluffy on the inside. No too oily.  Sprinkled with a herb salt, very nice.

I had the chicken ceasar salad. Chunky croutons, crisp lettuce, warm tender chicken, beautifully fried egg and bacon topped with dressing and a sprinkling of parmesan. Delicious.  I usually order this whenever we eat out and am often disapointed. Not this time, exactly as described and very tasty.

It is the little touches that set this establishment apart, the humerous signs, the fact that when restocking the softdrink the warm bottles are marked so you don’t accidentally grab one.  The eco friendly cutlery provided with the meal was a nice addition.

A sense of humour...

Menu sure to have something for everyone looking for relaxed, casual dining in pleasant surroundings.

A winner for us, we’ll be back.


Monday, 18th April 2011

Coles Online
I am not a keen grocery shopper; let’s face it, who is?
I always jealously heard of people in capital cities having access to online grocery shopping. So you can imagine my joy, yes joy – I really hate supermarkets, when they started delivering to our town.
What they have to say...
Delivery straight to your kitchen bench. Once you've placed your order, simply sit back and relax and our trained personal shoppers will take care of your shopping for you. Your order will arrive in a refrigerated van and be delivered by one of our friendly team members.
·         A huge range of all your supermarket favourites including liquor*
·         Online exclusive specials
·         Weekly catalogue specials
·         Unique product offers such as 'Fruit & Vegetable Boxes' and 'Create Your Own Hampers'
·         Personal account areas to manage your orders and create custom lists
·         Express Shop search functionality
·         Fresh and easy recipe ideas
·         Seasonal product range
·         Detailed product information and nutritional information
·         A convenient range of delivery time slots
·         FlyBuys points.
·         Plus receive a 4 cent per litre Coles Express Fuel Discount voucher with every delivery.
* Following advice from Liquor Licensing authorities in Queensland and Tasmania, is unable to offer liquor to customers in these regions.
Tobacco products are not available for delivery in Queensland.

How it works for us...
As I run my own business as well as a busy family I don’t have a lot of time to devote to grocery shopping.  I love the convenience of doing the shopping online at a time that suits me and having the groceries delivered to my kitchen.  They even have mobile Eftpos if you aren’t keen on making online payments!
I love that I can be sitting at my desk working and the groceries turn up.
Things I have found...
The products available are pretty comprehensive, but you won’t find the full range of goods that you would in the shop.
They have specials, not necessarily everything in the catalogue, but most.
Some items may be a little more expensive than in the shops, but to me the convenience is worth it.
The same can be said for the delivery fee.  The way I see it, the less time I have to spend at the shops, the more time I have for my clients.
Now, I’m not saying that they are perfect. After all, you are dealing with human beings.  Once or twice things have been slightly wrong, for example I got a fruit box instead of the ordered vegetable box. One simple call, they credited the value of the veggie box to my account for next time and told me to enjoy the fruit box with their compliments.  No question, no hassles.
 Final thoughts...
I am a convert.  I will still go to the shops for the inevitable bits and pieces, but I don’t mind so much when I only have to make the odd quick trip and can be in and out in a few minutes.
We all live such busy lives and for many of us grocery shopping is just one more stress in your day, but now it doesn’t have to be.
I would love to hear how you like to do the grocery shopping?

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