Sunny, clean, beautiful Queensland is an ideal place for a family holiday. It is close in proximity to New Zealand and easy to get to with plenty to explore and do — a tropical escape in the back garden. In fact, with the weather having already turned back into its fine summer form, Queensland is again vying for the title of best state for summer holiday living.
It also happens that Queensland is also a paradise for foodies— rich in fresh, locally grown and tropical produce. If you hope to holiday in Queensland this season and enjoy its food, it’s a wise decision to book your Cairns flights now. This is a guide to the best of Queensland affordable summer eats.
Tantalising Tropical Fruit Flavours
Rich tropical fruits are in abundance over summer, including mango, berries and stone fruit, all perfectly timed to make an appearance on the Christmas dinner table. When it comes to fresh produce, you can’t beat the delectable flavour of a big, fat juicy Queensland mango — a total thrill for the taste buds.
If you have friends in Queensland, chances are they will have a fruit tree or two growing around their property. If not, you can always check out Cairns Market Square, which is in the area around Grafton, Shield and Sheridan Streets. Another option is the farm gate markets, which operate every Saturday at the Pier Shopping Centre in Pierpoint Road and only feature produce that is grown in a 200-km radius of Cairns.
For Brisbane holiday-goers, the best in fruit can be found at the Brisbane Markets, an elaborate setup in Rocklea that occupies over 77 hectares of land and sits only 11 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD. Here you will have access to top-quality produce sourced from over 7,000 local growers.
Fresh Veggie Hits
Fresh vegetables take center stage in Queensland, which has the highest value of organic agricultural production in Australia, accounting for a huge 32 per cent. Summer specialties in particular include asparagus, corn, avocado, which can be found in the supermarkets, fresh food stores and at various restaurants and markets.
In terms of dining options, look for those that have seasonally inspired menus and source only local produce. A couple of options include Restaurant Two in Brisbane, Season Restaurant on the Gold Coast/New South Wales borde, and Ochre Restaurant in Cairns. Another good idea is to try out various farmers markets, including the iconic Rusty’s in Cairns that operates Friday to Sunday and is a notable tourist attraction.
The most famous of the Brisbane’s farmers markets, though, are probably the Jan Powers’ Farmers Markets, which operate in six different locations across Queensland including Queen Street Mall, Manly, Brisbane Powerhouse, Stones Corner Mitchelton and Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
Seasonal Summer Seafood Sensations
Delicious deep-sea treats are on the cards from November to March and include prawns, scallops, famed Moreton Bay bugs, calamari, crab, whiting and spotty mackerel. One of the best places to find these sea sensations include specialty restaurants such as Morgans Seafood Restaurant in Brisbane, Gambaro Seafood Restaurant also in Brisbane, recently awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant in Brisbane” for the second year in a row, and Dundee’s Restaurant, which sits on the Cairns’ waterfront.
Also, if you’re thinking of booking tickets to the Gold Coast, Bugzies or the Lazy Lobster come highly recommended — and not just because of their names. Another option is to buy your seafood straight from the markets with the best Brisbane options being the Fish Factory in Morningside, Samie’s Girl in Hamilton and Morgans Seafood Market (as per the restaurant) also in Redcliffe.
When it comes to Cairns, you can’t beat Ocean World Seafood Market, a locally owned and operated retail and wholesale seafood business, which is a proud supporter of the Queensland fishing industry, stocking only the finest and freshest local produce. If you haven’t done it before, make some time (and some room) to try Moreton Bay bugs, which are great when barbecued and served with a slight vinaigrette dressing.
Author Bio: Karen White is a New Zealander who spends most of Christmas holidays with family in Brisbane.
5 Ways To Improve Your Sight
Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.
So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.
5 Ways To Improve Your Sight
# 1 – Prescription Glasses
In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.
# 2 – Eat Carrots
Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.
# 3- Bilberry Supplements
Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.
# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away
This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.
So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.
# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups
To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.
By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.
Strength Your Eyes
Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.
Video Slot Games Are All The Rage
Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.
For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.
So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.
However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.
Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.
But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.
Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.
As low as 95%!!!!
So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.
For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.
Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.
The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.
With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.
Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water
Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant. Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby. However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.
Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan. If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant. Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.
Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy. Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing. As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead. If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.
While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.
Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women. E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water. This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk. Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.
- Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals
Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning. Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals. While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.
Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe
If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it. Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus. You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit. Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes. If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.
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