Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hear the Mighty Lions Roar!

Went to an AWESOME game of football last night.  The Brisbane Lions played the Sydney Swans at the Gabba here in Brisbane, and thanks to a generous friend, I got to go along and see the game live.

We managed to get into the stadium before it started raining, but by the time we got seated it was absolutely bucketing down.  We were lucky and had seats up in the nosebleed section, which is all undercover.  But I have to say, I don't think there is actually a bad seat in the Gabba, everywhere gives a good clear view of the field.  It's only really the weather that makes some areas less desirable, and last night was one of those nights.

It was a ripper of a game too, with the Lions smashing the Swans for the first time in 5 years, 100 to 67.  The Lions played a brilliant game, despite the inclement weather, and I had a fantastic time.

One of the things I really like about Brisbane Lions games is the fact that they promote a family friendly atmosphere.  Even for the night games, they encourage people to bring their families, and that all ages are welcome to the games.  There are licensed areas for those who would like to drink alcohol, but there are also PLENTY of alcohol free areas too for those who don't wish to be around the booze.  Which really encourages it to be about more than a piss up over football.  I like that.

I can heartily recommend going to a game of Aussie Rules at the Gabba, even if you're not a big fan of football, because it is so much fun you will be a fan before long.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Willow - Moorooka

Today I had planned to go to lunch at an Italian restaurant over at Tarragindi, but when we got their they had closed, so instead my friends suggested The Willow over at Moorooka.  It's the pub on Beaudesert Road, at the bottom end of the shops.

They have a lovely big "beergarden" area, not really a beergarden but an outdoor kind of deck that is a restaurant.  Huge, spacious and cool once all the doors and windows are open, it's a nice area to sit for a Sunday lunch.  I ordered the steak sandwich.  It was HUGE!  Good tender steak (and not a scrawny thin bit either), bacon, egg, cheese, beetroot, onions, tomato and lettuce, served with battered chips and a side salad.  The side salad was a tad bland but there was so much of the chips and steak sandwich I couldn't eat everything so I didn't bother about it.

After a couple of hours sitting and talking with friends we decided to have coffee and dessert, so I ordered one of their two dessert choices (they could use a couple more choices really), which was chocolate mud cake with berry coulis and ice cream.  Absolutely divine.  The mud cake wasn't too sickly but was still fudgy, it was good quality vanilla ice-cream, and the berry coulis was made with real berries.  Really scrumptious, and they do a fairly good coffee too.

All in all, a pretty good find in the suburbs.