Thank you for following my blog for now my third year.
This blog actually started as a New Years resolution back in 2012 in Edinburgh. At the time I did not think it would be a food blog at all, I just prattled on about things I enjoyed and before too long clothes shopping and food eating became overly prominent. Now, 24 months, and 13000 views later, here we are.
I feel blessed and honoured that you take the time to read about what I love.
But now, to the post.
So, 2013 was my first full year back in Oz. It hasn't been easy for me at all, and there are very few days that go past that I don't yearn for Scotland. Christmas is a particularly difficult time.
I don't really care for Australian Christmas... sweating, seafood, bbq and swearing... it could be any given Sunday. So come October I proposed to my father and brother that we do something different, something memorable.
We got down to two options, the Kookaburra Queen: a ferry on the Brisbane River, or a sumptious (and expensive) hotel luncheon.
The Stamford plaza had fantastic reviews, a beautiful location on the River and a 3 and a half hour food and drink package. Coming in at $240 a head, it is in no way a cheap option. But in the lead up to Christmas, I could really see the value: no lining up for seafood, no bustling in the supermarket, as we had decided to forego presents, there was really no Christmas prep at all. It was... relaxing.
On Christmas morning, Dad and I make our way to brother C's house to drop off some drinks for later that afternoon when we would return, and enjoy a couple of breakfast ciders before catching a taxi into the city.
On arrival at the Stamford we make our way into the foyer where there are carolers, Mr and Mrs Santa and cooling aircon.
We have about a 15 minute lineup before we are showed to our table to be seated at around 12:15.
We are given a perfect seat right next to the Seafood buffet with a stunning view of the Brisbane River.
Although we are sat outside on what would be a 32 degree day, it feel like 23 degrees on the Terrace.
As we are seated we are offered our choice of drinks, Beer (Peroni), Bubbles or Wine (Jacobs Creek), juice or soft drink. The boys opt for a Peroni each and I have one (of many) glass of bubbles.
The food setup is wonderful, and really surpasses my expectations, with something for everyone. C doesn't eat seafood, but there are more than enough options for him. Dad and I are seafood gluttons, and we are more than happy with what we can see adjacent to our table.
Now... to the food.
First stop: seafood buffet.
Smoked salmon, sand and spanner crabs, Pacific oysters, prawns, mussels and Moreton Bay Bugs, all by the bucket-load.
The oysters were divine, fresh, large, sweet and creamy and served with the option of vinaigrette or lemon and pepper or Tabasco. The prawns- wonderfully flavoursome. The bugs were very meaty and cooked to perfection. And wonderful cold mussels.
Dad and I chose to share each of our plates.
For second course, scallop salad, baby octopus, crumbed anchovies and asparagus.
Through the long lunch, we took it easy, and didn't rush through it. It was calm and relaxed and we got through an awful lot of food.
|Cheese, dips and fruit|
|DIY Ceasar Salad|
As for the mains, there were endless meat and veg options. My favourites were the double cooked pork, the turkey and the Yorkshire Puds and gravy.
|Double cooked Pork|
We were excited to see the desserts buffet, which has an exceptional reputation, and we weren't let down. I was very happy with the red velvet cupcakes and macarons.
The waiters were wonderful, keeping our drinks topped up, and making sure all the guests were content.
Santa made an appearance and gave gifts to the kiddies.
The carolers got a bit much after a while.
But overall, the day can only be considered faultless. It was one of my most memorable Christmas days, and C, Dad and I all agreed it was one of our best Christmases together.
After lunch, we caught a taxi home to carry on the festivities back at C's with the drinks we had brought earlier, and this carried on until well after midnight.
Dad and I had prepared a platter to nibble on and this came in handy around 8pm.
|Cashews, cheddar, brie, Red Rock corn chips, ham, salami, pastrami, blueberries, raspberries, quince jelly olives, gerkins.|
Stamford Plaza Website
Stamford Plaza Brisbane Hotel
Corner Edward & Margaret Streets, Brisbane QLD 4000
Ph: +61 7 3221 1999