Fried and Prejudice

Last week we talked about delicious, tantalising, tender steak, well this week we are doing one better! We are putting that steak on …… A BURGER

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Move over MickeyD’s, in a world full of hipsters, vegans, and paleo diets the burger game has changed! Now that it’s a sensation in the modern hospitality world, gone are the days of a simple meat patty and cheese slice inside a bread roll!

From basic takeaway shops to alternate underground themed restaurants, businesses are going to extreme lengths to create an item that appeals to those looking for something both basic and/or gourmet. And who can blame them, with people like the creators of “the burger adventure” exploring the world just to find ‘the best burger’, the competion is just as high as peoples expectations.

Clearly it’s something people are passionate about.

Here at the C.ex Coffs we can satisfy those burger cravings! With everything from chicken schnitzel burgers to mini sliders! We’ve even created a special marinated steak burger for dad, just for this weekend in The Brasserie (he gets a free beer too!).

 

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What a better way to spend fathers day??

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Steak, Mate!

The warm weather in finally starting to break through after what feels like a long icy winter! And with summer quickly approaching I’m sure many of you BBQ lovers are as excited as ever to break out those tongs, pull the BBQ out of retirement and throw on that novelty apron that the kids gave you last father’s day!

The rage of steak enthusiasts has exploded throughout the industry as more and more steak loving blokes invest their time into perfecting their cooking abilities through, classes, seminars and of course the ever educational program masterchef…..

As more attention is drawn to the beef industry the larger the debate grows:

Rare or well-done?

T-Bone or Sirloin?

In order to make your choice even more complicated Meat & Livestock Australia released this image of all the different cuts available!

 

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For a tender, juicy, delicious hunk of meat without the task of cooking and cleaning bring dad out for a father’s day treat to Ribeye on Vernon. Where we can cook it to your liking!

Otherwise check out our other fantastic father’s days options currently on offer at all three of our clubs!

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY FROM THE C.ex GROUP!

Distracting the Kids at Dinner

It’s Friday night and you’re invited out to dinner with your friends!

BUT

your baby sitter tells you she’s busy, the kids will have to come!

And already you can imagine the outcome…..

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But fear not mum and dad, there are ways to keep the little monsters busy at the dinner table without giving them iPads or facing the agonizing task of washing mashed potato out of their hair!

 

The Restaurant Kit

A secret weapon used by brilliant parents to trick their children into giving them peace when out of the house!

Now if you have the time and want to get creative then a material activity book is perfect for you:

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otherwise here’s what you need for your kit;

  • A bag or folder
  • pencils and crayons
  • A blank art book for drawing
  • some painted paddle pop sticks
  • stickers
  • a small picture book for reading (depending on age)
  • a small toy such as a doll or car

additional options:

  • a small canvas (can usually be found at any dollar store) painted with blackboard paint, and chalk
  • create An iSpy/ bingo game designed for them to play by spotting things in the restaurant eg. waiter serving food or somebody eating etc
  • colouring in images, find-a-words  and connect the dots templates can all be found online for free, simply print them off and add to your pack!

 

Don’t forget! KIDS EAT FREE this August in the C.ex Coffs Brasserie

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Check out our Little Diggers Kids club for any upcoming GLEE CLUB events

 

 

Hungry for Curry?

spicesin6potsWhat do you think of when you hear the word “curry”?

India?

Butter Chicken?

Spices?

How about Britain? No? Well you should!

 

The origin of the term Curry is one that is regularly pondered but not exactly well-known, but wherever it was originally derived from we can agree this popular cuisine has taken the world by storm.

Even now my stomach begins growling at the thought of it!

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Some records of both the use and trading of spices claim to trace back to ancient Indian and Asian civilizations, even Egyptians were believed to have added similar spices to their staple diet to bring flavour to their food. #Genius

As a result of this trade the delicious spices of the Indian world was brought to British soil and was of course adored by the population, whom then evolved and adapted the uses of the spices to create the curry dishes we enjoy today. Now the popularity of this Indian style cuisine rages throughout the country, and of course once it was introduced to Australia we were hooked too! It is now a cuisine regularly found on specials boards and popular menu items at countless restaurants, clubs and pubs.

 

Feel like indulging in some delicious curry cuisine this winter? Stop in at Cutlers Coffee Shop and check out the Winter Warmers they have to offer this August!

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Keep the Kids Entertained these Holidays

Keep the kids entertained this Christmas holidays!

It’s that time of year again, the holiday decorations are out in stores and the Christmas jingles are already blasting through the speakers while you’re trying to shop for groceries!

The Christmas holidays are almost here!

But don’t stress… the staff here at the C.ex Coffs have come up with a number of fun ideas to keep the boredom away and keep your kids entertained so that you can enjoy the holidays too!

Activities

  • Activity advent calendar- create an advent calendar that does more than just feed your kids chocolate. A puzzle, card game or small activity alternated between the chocolate…
  • Activity Advent Calendar 2.0- instead of treats or presents have a different card for every day for the kids to choose. Suggestion:               activities such as Christmas light looking, writing a letter to Santa and putting the tree up are activities you scatter throughout the month
  • Grow Candy Canes- Fill a bowl with your sugar (or icing sugar) and have the kids ‘plant’ jelly beans in the bowl, throughout the month place a few candy canes every couple of nights for the kids to find in the morning.
  • Santa Footprints *On Christmas day- using a pair of shoes and icing sugar, sprinkle the sugar or powder around the shoe leaving ‘footprints’ leave these tracks around the house from the front door or chimney to the Christmas tree and back.
  • Christmas Bingo- create cards of Christmas pictures, great for kids parties
  • Candy Cane Hunt: leave a trail of candy canes around the house and yard for your children to find.
  • Game night- the perfect excuse for some family time, let each member decide their favourite board game, play a new one every couple of days.
  • A letter FROM Santa- write a letter to your child for them to open on Christmas day

 

Craft

  • Hand print reindeers- these paintings can also be used to create trees and Santa’s
  • Paper Christmas trees- using paper plates, cut a line from the middle of the plate down one side. Then twist the plate until it takes the shape of a tree. The kids can then paint and decorate the trees however they want.
  • Snow globes- using clean glass jars (left over jam or vegemite jars). Fill jar with water and glitter, glue Christmas toy or decoration to lid and then glue lid on to jar.
  • Christmas poppers- using empty toilet rolls, wrapping paper and any toys riddles, decorations etc.
  • Pinecone Christmas trees- kids can paint the pine cones green and decorate, use a piece of string or fishing wire to turn it into a decoration for the actual tree
  • Homemade Christmas cards- use card board, glitter, stickers and/or Christmas pictures from the internet. A great way to keep the kids entertained and a gift idea for the family.
  • Decorations for the tree- for a personal touch to the tree or a new family tradition, collect any old or second-hand ornaments and let your kid’s paint, write or draw on them.

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Melbourne Cup Fashions for 2015

It’s that time of year again! As November approaches and the racing season begins, the Melbourne Cup Carnival brings with it the excitement of vibrant and beautiful fashion. The fashions on the field event was initially introduced to the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 1962 as a way to attract more women to the race, since then it has become one of Australia’s most exciting outdoor fashion events. The fashions on the field competition has become an icon event at any race day.

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With the event that stops the nation quickly approaching women everywhere are searching for  that  perfect dress or a last minute accessory to complete their outfit, so what should we expect to  see on  the field this year? With winter over it’s time to ditch the black and aim to dress in bold  colours!  Florals and pastels are a common favourite at the event and expected to be a  popular option  again this year too.

 

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Kate Waterhouse has indicated that lace and vintage themed dresses with bold colours will be the primary scene on the track this year. She also recommends an alternative accessory option of metallic coloured items to add a statement to your outfit!

Melbourne Cup Day is the perfect occasion dress up so don’t be afraid to wear bright colours and don’t forget your fascinator!

 

 

 

Click Here to see what’s happening at The C.ex Group this Melbourne Cup Day

 

 

Hosting a state of origin night

Football is the sport where we get together with our fellow fans and act, well, fanatical. Are you planning on hosting some friends in front of the TV cheering for your team? Here are our favorite football party ideas that you can use to make your next game day a winner!
How to set your party up for watching the game
Make sure your TV room has plenty of chairs available so everyone can see the game. We move the furniture back and set up chairs bleacher style so 10 mates can watch the game comfortably. Our group consists of pretty serious fans, so staying in one room works. If some of the group is more interested in socializing rather than cherring. That’s okay. You just might want to have a second room for them and possibly another television.
Football Party Decorations

Welcome your guests with a large personalised football banner (it’s a great way for them to find your house, too!). We usually like guests to arrive an hour before kickoff as it gives us time to set up a betting pool for fun! We tend to throw the football around to get in the spirit of the day.

A life-sized cut-out of a football player in your team’s colors is a nice touch, and it can be used over and over again.

One of our favorite football party ideas is to decorate with team colors. Encourage your guests to decorate themselves. You may want pom poms around for people to shake.

Have some inflatable footballs around so you can toss them at the screen when the other team receives a lucky break or your guests don’t agree with the ref .

Football Halftime Party food and Activities
Lots of people eat at halftime. Not a bad idea if you serve the right food. No one wants to miss the last two minutes of the half so pick something you can prepare in advance. It’s not a formal affair so make sure it’s something you can hold on your lap. Finger food is good. Sliders, hot dogs, party pies and sausage rolls are all perfect. Chips, cheeses and anything salty works too. Once the food is out leave it out for the rest of the game. If you have a big crowd, not everyone will get to the table in 15 minutes, and many will come back for a second round.

Beverages are important (cheering works up a powerful thirst)!  We think they even count as a decoration ie buy your friends a stubby holder in their favourite team colours.

Or, why not head down to C.ex Coffs and watch it on our big screen!

Choosing the perfect posy this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate just how much our mums do for us, every day of the year. Flowers are the most traditional way to show appreciation to the mums in our lives. Any arrangement of flowers that expresses your gratitude and fits the recipient’s personality is a great gift to send on this special day. And it’s only around the corner, so we thought we’d help you decide on the perfect posy for your mum.

If you’re looking for flowers that send an especially eloquent message, you can select blooms to speak the “language of flowers.” Each flower has a traditional meaning associated with it. Communicating with flowers was especially popular during the Victorian era, but many people keep the tradition alive today. Here are some flowers that may help you to communicate the message you want to share with a special mum in your life.
 

CARNATIONS
According to Christian legend, pink carnations are believed to have first grown from the ground where the Virgin Mary shed tears over Jesus’ death. Because of this, many believe carnations are a symbol of a mother’s eternal love. Red ones signify admiration. White carnations are traditional flowers to give or wear in remembrance of a mother who is no longer living.

 

ROSES
Very widely beloved blooms, roses of various colors convey a number of different meanings. A bouquet of mature rose blooms sends a message of gratitude. In white roses signify virtue, purity, and reverence. Yellow roses bespeak devotion. A rose symbolizes grace in a medium pink hue, gratitude in a dark pink color, and youthful joy in light pink.

 

TULIPS
A bouquet of tulips can make a gift to brighten any mum’s day. The message of tulips in general is love. More specifically, pink tulips signify caring and red tulips connote true love. Yellow tulips, as might be guessed from their appearance, bring a message of cheerful thoughts.

 

ORCHIDS
With their exotic and majestic appearance, orchids symbolise love, refinement, and beauty. The orchid is also a Chinese symbol for “many children.

Easter Entertaining

Easter is upon us shortly, and it is a time when many of us open our homes to friends and family. One of our favourite activities in the homes of our events team is the traditional Easter egg hunt. An egg hunt can put the fun into Easter Sunday and are a great way to engage kids in physical activity before the chocolate eating begins.

Even if you have outgrown the egg hunt there is always good food! I adore entertaining on this long weekend in April because people are relaxed with the 4 day break, weather is still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors and who does not love an excuse to indulge in chocolate!

If you’re welcoming guests on Easter weekend – or any day, for that matter – then these instant entertaining tips are for you. I’m a big believer in details, and know that even small gestures can make a big difference when receiving guests.

Following the tips, are a few pictures on table settings or cute things to make for your Easter event. I hope you’ll find inspiration, otherwise outsource it and have Easter Friday or Sunday at one of the C.ex Group venues.

Ten Simple Ways to Instantly Be a Better Host

Now, granted these are minor details,  but that is the beauty of it – they are all completely doable. Your guests will leave knowing that they have been well cared for by an attentive host.

1. Greet guests. Yes, at the door. No, don’t send your six-year-old while you scramble around the kitchen, even if you are running late with the prep work. Your guests need to feel welcomed.
2. Start with a beverage. Or at least offer one. Be it iced tea, Perrier, or a glass of wine, this is a great way to help guests feel at ease.
3. Add a seasonal decoration on the table. Keep it simple: fresh flowers, seasonal fruit or vegetables, painted eggs, etc. Don’t over do it but roll with the theme.
4. Warm plates. Keep oven on with your dinner plates inside until ready to serve. Hot plates will keep the food warm longer during the meal. Be careful not to burn yourself.
5. Change the butter dish. Please, guests don’t want to see your toast crumbs and streaks of vegemite. Keep the dish fresh and clean –and the butter soft.
6. Add ice. If drinks are meant to be chilled, see to it that they are. No one likes a warm beer, except those poms lol.
7. Light candles. If appropriate. A sit-down evening meal, for example. Or create some sort of mood with music etc.
8. Assign seating. Verbally is fine, and just before the meal begins is best. Alternatively, get the kids to make and colour place tags, but just don’t leave your guests to awkwardly place themselves. Telling them where to sit helps them to feel like they were planned for and appreciated.
9. Warm bread. Ten minutes in a warm oven does wonders for the dinner rolls and makes them taste fresh. Crusty warm bread is the best!
10. Keep room temperature comfortable. Dinner can be uncomfortable if the floors are cold or the place is stinking hot from the kitchen’s heat. Be aware of the room’s temperature (not just your own) and ask guests if they are happy with the temperature.

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C.ex Coffs Open Day

The Events Team have been super busy as we are getting closer to opening up C.ex Coffs for our Coffs Harbour locals to come and have a look at what all the fuss is about.

We will have lots of activities available for everyone – from kids to the big kids at heart. You can sample some delicious wine or view a cheese making workshop. There will be artworks on display as well as some classic cars from our C.ex Coffs Classic Car Club. Our chef’s will show you how to cook delicious meals or you could learn to bowl (barefoot of course). There’s a Poker tournament on the Saturday and some great free live bands on both Friday and Saturday night.

Most importantly, if you’re getting married in 2015 check out our The C.ex Coffs Wedding Showcase and Expo Day for some inspiration or find out more about local wedding suppliers.

The kids won’t miss out either as we have heaps on offer for them including our kid’s fun days from 4 – 7pm Friday and Saturday, where they can get their face painted, visit the petting zoo, jump on a castle, do arts and crafts and they may even spot a glimpse of Batman himself! Make sure you take advantage of our kids eat free in January special in the Brasserie.

We will also have loads of promotions and giveaways over the 4 days so come in and see what C.ex Coffs has to offer, we’re sure you will be pleasantly surprised! Click 2015-Open-Days-Schedule for our full timetable of events.