Summer Sessions at C.ex Coffs

Aussies love nothing more in summer than an ice cold beer outside with the BBQ cooking! But in recent years, it appears the good ol’ shrimp on the Barbie simply just doesn’t cut it anymore.

BBQs are going gourmet!

Everything from smoking, sautéing, glazing, marinating and lollipop chickens to briskets and quinoa salads. Our favourite Australian past time has started to get a little bit fancy.

In any Australian pub or club you’ll always find the ever popular beer garden full of life, whether its summer or winter there’s just something these Aussie beer lovers enjoy about drinking outdoors.

But with the Aussie outdoor dining experience beginning to evolve, alternate businesses are jumping on the bandwagon to meet the expectations and trends of this new market. Just one of these trends that is growing in popularity is pop-up bars, these spontaneous productions are appearing all over Sydney and Melbourne and have been a huge success in keeping its locals entertained and providing something fresh and fascinating to the community.

As revealed by Allens lollies recent pop up candy store, these boutiques present businesses with the perfect opportunity to promote limited edition or uncommon stock in an exciting way and make these items even more appealing to the market.

So why should the big cities get all the fun?

Your Saturday night plans are now sorted!

Here at the C.ex Coffs we are having our own pop up beer garden on the gorgeous North Lawn!

With an outdoor bar and kitchen serving your favourite drinks, and some scrumptious dinner options, there’s no need to keep off the lawn here!

Sit back and enjoy our large picnic rugs, relax under the fairy lights and enjoy our live music and delicious gourmet food all prepared just for your entertainment on a beautiful summer evening.

A New Years Mexican Fiesta

Feliz Navidad!…Or Merry Christmas from Mexico!

Just like here in Australia, Christmas in Mexico is usually warm and mild, families excitedly go out and purchase gifts, they prepare a feast to share with their loved ones and decorate their homes for the festive season. But just as you would expect, every culture and every family has it’s own traditions and ways in which they celebrate.

Unlike the typical fairy lights from Kmart we see hanging up around our neighbourhood every year, the houses and streets of Mexico are illuminated with candles and handmade lanterns.

The celebration of las posadas (Christmas) is a nine day practice leading up to Christmas, beginning on the 16th December and finishing on Buena Noche (Christmas Eve). On the ninth day a procession is led by the children through the town and up to the church as a re-enactment of the journey to Bethlehem made by the holy family.

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Here a nativity scene is played out, a feast is held and the children are entertained with piñatas before the town gathers for midnight mass. Small celebrations then continue through to February where they come to an end with a “Candlemas” service and traditional feast of tamales and cake.

While we might not have piñatas, copious amounts of candles, or biblical re-enactments, but here at the C.ex Coffs we are bringing in the Ano Nuevo (New Year) with our own version of a Mexican celebration by bringing back our Mexican fiesta and Ribs Buffet! Come and grab a Corona with Lime, and indulge yourself with some delicious nachos, tacos and burritos.

Forget the Piñata, jump in the photo booth and capture some hilarious moments with your loved ones! Throw on a sombrero and grab a photo between meals.

Don’t be a perzoso mexicano (or lazy Mexican), call us now for your post-Christmas celebrations before tables book out!

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 So Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo from all of us here at the C.ex!

Christmas Made Easy at C.ex Group

It’s starting to look a whole lot like Christmas!

With the festive season creeping up on us we discover that there really are only two types of people in the world:

Are you a Grinch?

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Or are you this guy  ?

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  However you feel about Christmas, there’s no point denying that it’s time to start preparing!

There’s a reason it’s called the silly season! From the chaotic car park battles, and the screaming kids in the toy section, to the high credit card bills at the end of the month! So how do you make Christmas preparation easy?

C.ex Coffs has the perfect solution for you! Our December raffles are dedicated to making your Christmas easier! Our popular annual Ham Heaven begins this Thursday 24 November and continues every Thursday night until 22 December, win yourself a traditional Christmas ham, prawn tray or gift voucher without having to brave the shopping centres!

A simple $5 raffle ticket could complete your perfect Christmas dinner.

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And let’s not forget about the kids, the summer holidays presents parents with several weeks of merry chaos.

And Christmas day is no exception!

They’ve spent the last two months making lists and pointing out what they want in the stores, and usually it’s the most expensive item on the shelf of course!

So what do you do?

C.ex Coffs’ GIANT TOY RAFFLE has you covered with that too!

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Keep the kids entertained for the afternoon with free Santa photos and Christmas activities, and treat yourself to some lunch from our Brasserie or Cutlers Coffee shop all while you sit back and wait for your chance to win some great quality gifts for the kids in our Vista lounge!

Avoid the mayhem of the shopping centres and have your presents and Christmas dinner sorted easily and hassle free with us here at C.ex Coffs!

Stop! Its Buffet Time!

There’s something special about buffets! From the overwhelming excitement you feel when you spot the advertisement, to the satisfaction you feel from such a gluttonous affair.

So what kind of buffet goer are you??

The cautious picker: The one who takes their time, only eating a small selection at a time.

The ‘eyes bigger than my stomach’ guy: They stack their plate like the leaning tower of Pisa, but can never finish the meal!

The garbage guts: The person who even after eating their own weight in food, (and declaring “I’m so full!”) can still manage to take on that last plate of dessert.

Or…

The Homer Simpson: Will devour the entire buffet single handled if left to their own devices!

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The term buffet originally referred to the sideboard where various types of food was served, but as time went on the use of the term evolved and became extremely popular for meals. The English speaking world gradually adapted the term to use for occasions of which a variety of foods and refreshments are laid out on tables of “buffets” from which guests serve themselves.

Today however, thanks to American influence on society, buffets are often automatically interpreted as “all you can eat”. Which is probably the cause for all those Homer Simpson’s out there!

 

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The best way to enjoy a buffet dinner? With us of course!

Come and check out our range of buffets for October and November at C.ex Coffs or to reserve a table contact the club today on 6652 3888.

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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??

Make your booking today contact us on 66523 888

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