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Queenies, Surry Hills

Queenie’s is located above the renowned Forresters Hotel which can be found on the corner of Riley and Foveaux Street in Surry Hills. They serve Jamaican food and the menu is designed by executive chef Jamie Thomas, who is also responsible for The Carrington, The Norfolk, Santa Barbara Kings Cross (part of the Drink and Dine Group).

I was catching up with the lovely S and suggested this place. Everything on the menu sounded wonderful. We started with bammies (similar to a taco) – one of each – pulled pork and pineapple and prawn, mango and ginger. No guessing which one I had, the pork deliciously tender and the pineapple complemented the pork well – it was delightful.

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The prawn, mango and ginger were also delicious but I definitely preferred the pork.

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S couldn’t go past the Hellshire ceviche ($16) with snapper, avocado, mango and chili which were served with corn chips. I didn’t have any of this but S said that it was fantastic – lots of flavours and refreshing.  It looked absolutely fantastic!

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I couldn’t go past the bbq jerk chicken with jungle slaw ($18) – oh my what a generous serving! I love the dark, sweet and sticky flavour of the chicken – it was tender and succulent and the jungle slaw a wonderful complement.

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We also ordered a serve of the jungle slaw ($7) – cabbage, coriander, lime and jerk mayo.

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Unfortunately we were too full for dessert, however the table next to us had the donuts and they looked tremendous! A lot better than those from Gowings! Next time!

Service was a tad slow at times but overall ok. They had some interesting items on the menu that I wouldn’t mind trying, like the smoked pork loin with crumbed mussels and mango salsa and the chicken wings looked good also. Will definitely come back on my next visit to Sydney!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Queenies

Corner Foveaux and Riley St

Surry Hills, 2010

PH: +61 2 9212  3035

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2007 Cricket World Cup Holiday….

I was going through some photos and couldn’t help but reminisce about the Cricket World Cup (‘CWC’). It’s been almost 3 years and the next CWC is on again next year (well every 4 years!). This time last year we were talking about whether or not we should go and I am wondering whether Hubby is talking to his mates again about whether or not we should go next year!

The 2007 CWC was held in the West Indies and how can one say no to that? Caribbean? Beach? Sun? Warmth? Of course I wasn’t going to refuse!! Hubby sold it to me by saying “It would probably be cheaper if we got around the world ticket and I am thinking Caribbean, New York, Barcelona and Rome” – again HOW CAN I SAY NO?!?!?!

I was a casual cricket fan prior to meeting hubby – I enjoyed watching the one day match but not so much the 5 day test series. However, ever since dating Hubby I have grown to love cricket and actually enjoy watching it. Like him – I ‘could’ sit there for 5 days and watch something that may or may not have a result at the end of 5 days. I even follow the game online whilst at work, and make sure that the TV in the boardroom is on the cricket channel! The difference though, between Hubby and I, is that, if someone called to go out I would say yes… he would definitely say NO!

For those of you who don’t know what cricket is, please see wikipedia’s definition of cricket here. It would take me forever to explain it! I do understand why some people find it boring, some might even say that it is like ‘watching the grass grow’. You either love it or you hate it!

Our first stop was NY – which was fantastic – won’t talk about NY as it’s not about NY! We then went to Puerto Rico to go to Caribbean and first stop is Antigua! Antigua – an island in the West Indies, in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region. We were at Saint John, where the cricket was held but it wasn’t just about the cricket! It was a group of friends (roughly about 10 – 12 ppl) spending some quality time together – watching the cricket, eating, sightseeing, sun bathing and most importantly – getting to know each and every one of them!

Antigua – GORGEOUS – the sun, the beach and we were extremely lucky with the weather! We stayed in a little villa close to the water. We went for a stroll down the river / lake and the boys wanted to go to the island across the river and thought they would swim across.

Here they are swimming…

Before one of them, T, decided to stand up and yelled out ‘dude….we can walk’. All the respective partners were watching in awe – thinking what idiots and that boys will be just that… BOYS!

And so they all stood up and walked across.

And made it to the other side!

Boys… will be BOYS!

This is one of the beaches where we spent countless hours lazing under the sun.

And here is a view of the sunset… simply stunning!

From memory, we saw two games in Antigua – both not very exciting! I think the whole experience of the beach and sun bathing was a lot more appealing.

Next stop – Grenada – I think we also saw two games here – one of which was NZ vs England – see the kiwi supporters.

I have an extremely soft spot for the English team – Freddie Flintoff – one of my favourite players!

On the days we weren’t watching cricket, we would go to the beach…again! The boys (well Hubby mainly) made up a game which involved a cricket bat and a tennis ball. None of the partners really cared, as we laid down reading our magazines / books and enjoying the sun!

The game didn’t last long, as the next thing I knew, they were body surfing!!!!

I think they got bored of body surfing, as some weren’t very good, so they decided to test their co-ordination and climb this tree…

We stayed at the beach from morning till dawn. Of course we didn’t sit there all day, we got food, drinks, and then came back to the beach. My favourite photo, taken by yours truly…..

We didn’t really do much in Grenada either, except for relaxing, drinking, and eating. It was one of the most relaxing holiday I have ever had. Here’s another pic of the beach.. it was simply gorgeous. If only I could be there again right now!

I do recall staying in a rather ‘dodgy’ place in Grenada – there weren’t many choices as we left it quite late. We stayed at this motel, about 20 USD a night per room and well – lets just say that it was WORTH 20 USD! We all had ‘guests’ in the bathroom…  for me, it was the most unpleasant experience, as this ‘guest’ would just watch me every time I was in there, it was rather unsettling to be honest! Meet our guests ….

As you can see – he / she was rather ugly …

The other travelers kicked on to Barbados for more sun / cricket / beach, however, Hubby and I went to Barcelona and Rome. We would never have gone to the Caribbean if it wasn’t for the cricket and friends. I am ‘secretly’ hoping that we are going to go to the 2011 CWC, if not, the IPL with friends. I have only been to Chennai in India and would SO LOVE to see the rest of India. It’s not every year that you can get a group of friends together to travel. I know that the 2007 CWC took the boys a good 6 – 8 months to organize. Who was going to buy which tickets, who was going to book the accommodation, who was going to bring what..etc. I have to admit – I did absolutely nothing. I made sure I applied for leave and was there with sun screen, and bathers! It was one fabulous trip I will never forget!

I also just asked Hubby if we were going to the 2011 CWC? He said ‘No’ … but “WHY” I thought and before he gave me a chance to ask he said ‘BUT we will be going to either the IPL or the ICC World Twenty20’ – FANTASTIC!! Let me know if you want to come… I think Hubby may be in the process of getting the crew together again!