Knife Fork Spoon Kitchen – Ballarat

Knife Fork Spoon in Ballarat is a gorgeous little cafe that is open 7 days a week in Ballarat.

Those local to Ballarat know it as a place to get the Instagram favorite “Freakshakes” as well as some other delicious sweet and savory foods.

Located in Lydiard Street within a short walk of the Regent cinemas, Ballarat Art Gallery it is a lovely place to sit and relax when you are in Ballarat.

Now since the Canberra Cafe Patissez, started the Freak shake back in 2015, all around Australia Cafe’s have begun making these amazing calorie loaded milkshakes. So many times though they look amazing, but the taste of the milkshakes is obviously an afterthought and the milkshakes lack flavor.  But not at Knife Fork and Spoon, their milkshake flavour is amazing.

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Salted Caramel Freakshake, from Knife Fork Spoon Ballarat

No matter your age you can enjoy the Freakshake, with a small kids version also available, that comes with a little bit of fairy floss (cotton candy) and decorated with sprinkles around the edge. It also has colored popcorn and some lollies/lollypops as decoration.

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Children’s Freakshake, from Knife Fork Spoon Ballarat

Knife fork Spoon caters for everyone, and if you do bring your children there they have coloring in for the kids to do, Bags of wipes (Well needed after all these sticky treats). But the favorite place for kids is located outside the back a great blackboard wall.

To keep you warm in Ballarat’s often cooler weather is a nice Gas heater.

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Knife Fork and Spoon is so much more than the freakshakes they also have a great collection of sweet and savory food. My favorite is the amazing Pulled Pulled Tacos.

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Pulled Pork Taco, from Knife Fork Spoon Ballarat

Whereas my children love the Ham and Cheese Toastie that comes with some delicious Tomato Relish.

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Ham and Cheese Toastie, from Knife Fork Spoon Ballarat

There are cakes, waffles and so much more. A quick search of the #knifeforkspoon on Instagram and you can see all the amazing food, so beautifully presented.

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Kids Waffles by Knife Fork Spoon Ballarat

To go there and have amazing food is one thing, but the thing that makes Knife Fork and Spoon stand out from other local cafes is the service. We went in recently for our daughters birthday, and one of the staff overheard one of the guests wish her a Happy Birthday. When her freakshake came out they had added a sparkler and another lollypop for her.

It made her day.

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S’more Freakshake, from Knife Fork Spoon Ballarat
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Caramello Freakshake, from Knife Fork Spoon Ballarat
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Willy Wonka Freakshake, from Knife Fork Spoon Ballarat

So if you are ever in Ballarat, make sure that you pop into 16 Lydiard Street Ballarat, and find Knife Fork Spoon Ballarat.

 

Have you ever tried a “Freakshake” before? What is your favorite flavor?

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Hamilton Island Dining guide

Enjoying a spectacular location in the heart of the Whitsundays is the beautiful Hamilton Island. It is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays. The only island in the Whitsundays with its own commercial airport, now with direct flights from Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns.

It is one of the easiest islands to get to when choosing your Whitsunday adventure. However due to its size and amenities even when at full capacity it is still an amazing place to visit.

Hamilton Island has such a large choice of dining options for all budgets and tastes, so we put together a Hamilton Island Dining guide to showcase all the Dining choices.

Hamilton Island Dining Guide

Bommie Restaurant (Yacht Club)

  • (12 Years and over)
  • Set menus.
  • Fully Licensed
  • Open Tuesday – Saturday
  • 6pm – late
  • Smart casual (No Thongs, swimwear, board shorts or singlets)
  • $$$

If you decide to go to Bommie restaurant, you can expect an amazing menu, knowledgeable staff that take their jobs very seriously. They have a specialised menu that is either three, four courses or the chef tasting menu. If you choose the three or four-course meal you will be given a choice of about three meals per course. The food is exquisite.

When we went we choose the Chef tasting menu and paired it with the speciality wine offering. Every meal was paired with a wine that was chosen to highlight the meal.

Manta Ray

  • Marina Side
  • Reservation or walk up
  • Lunch / Dinner
  • Takeaway Pizza available between 6pm-9pm
  • Fully Licensed (Bar and meals 12 noon – 10 pm)
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer (Children 12 years and under, eat a free kids meal with a purchase of an adults meal if staying at Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows, or a Hamilton Island Holiday Home)

Located on the Marina side, this casual restaurant has a great view of the marina, just watch out for the cheeky cockatoo’s they like to steal your food if you don’t keep an eye on them. This is more of a problem with the tables located up against the water as they sit in the trees above and if you leave your food unattended they try to swoop in for a meal.

Falafels at Mana Ray, Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the whitsundays, you are spoilt for choice with the dining options available. Our dining guide gives you all the information you need to know when making your dining choices on Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the whitsundays, you are spoilt for choice with the dining options available. Our dining guide gives you all the information you need to know when making your dining choices on Hamilton Island

 

Coca Chu

  • Resort side
  • Reservation recommended
  • Dinner
  • 5:30pm – late
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer
  • $$$

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach is the South East Asian inspired Coca Chu. The meals are made to be shared so when going in a group expect to order a few different items for the table.

The food is amazing with very strong flavours, the service is great.

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach is the South East Asian inspired Coca Chu. The meals are made to be shared so when going in a group expect to order a few different items for the table.  Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach is the South East Asian inspired Coca Chu. The meals are made to be shared so when going in a group expect to order a few different items for the table. 

Sunset cruise and dine

  • A boat trip over the amazing Whitsunday waters
  • The cruise takes about 3 hours
  • Minimum age – 6
  • Fully Licensed
  • Leave either 4:45 pm or 5:45 pm depending on sunset time.

What would be nicer than taking a sunset cruise whilst eating a gorgeous three-course meal? As you depart on the Hamilton star you are served a yummy cocktail and some appetisers. Later you a served a gorgeous three-course meal that includes, Entree, main and Dessert.

Sails

  • Resort side
  • Reservation for groups 10 or more
  • Breakfast 6am -10:30am
  • Lunch 11:30am – 9pm
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach Sails is the perfect casual spot to have breakfast or lunch. Breakfast is your typical buffet with a collection of cold and hot food. You can also get an omelette prepared for you fresh from the chef. The lunch menu is reasonably varied serving a variety of foods from salads, burgers, curries, steak, lamb cutlets, fish and other seafood. The Moreton bay bug was perfectly cooked and was a favourite of mine this trip.

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach Sails is the perfect casual spot to have breakfast or lunch. 

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach Sails is the perfect casual spot to have breakfast or lunch. 

Marina Tavern

  • Marina side
  • Pub Meal
  • 11:30am – 9pm
  • Fully Licensed

Located on the Marina side, the Marina tavern is the perfect casual place to grab a great pub meal, a cold drink and relax with friends. The Tavern has a great variety of indoor/outdoor seating and has a great relaxed atmosphere perfect for families or to meet up with friends.

Marina Cafe

  • Cafe style Food / ready-made food
  • 6:30 am – 3 pm

Located within walking distance to where the ferry comes in is the Marina Cafe, serving delicious smoothies, fresh juices, and coffee its the perfect place to grab a quick drink. If you are after breakfast or a snack its also a great place to get toasted sandwiches, foccacias and wraps. Perfect to pack in a picnic for one of the walks on the Island.

TAKO

  • Marina side
  • Walk up no bookings for groups under ten
  • Reservation for groups 10 or more
  • Open 7 days
  • 5:30pm – late
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer

Located on the Marina side, on the top level gives it an amazing view over Hamilton Island’s marina. Tako is a fun, family-friendly dining experience that offers fresh tasty Mexican dinner and dessert. When ordering the food at Tako it is best enjoyed getting a variety to share. The kids have a choice of a quesadilla or a make your own taco. Our children loved TAKO it was one of the favourite restaurants for the trip and we ended up going back on multiple occasions.

Located on the Marina side, on the top level gives it an amazing view over Hamilton Island's marina. Tako is a fun, family-friendly dining experience that offers fresh tasty Mexican dinner and dessert. When ordering the food at Tako it is best enjoyed getting a variety to share.  Located on the Marina side, on the top level gives it an amazing view over Hamilton Island's marina. Tako is a fun, family-friendly dining experience that offers fresh tasty Mexican dinner and dessert. When ordering the food at Tako it is best enjoyed getting a variety to share. 

The kids’ meal comes with three wraps, however, was such a favourite that I could never take a photo with all three as soon as the plate was served they started eating.

Located on the Marina side, on the top level gives it an amazing view over Hamilton Island's marina. Tako is a fun, family-friendly dining experience that offers fresh tasty Mexican dinner and dessert. When ordering the food at Tako it is best enjoyed getting a variety to share. 

The pulled pork tacos had just the right amount of spice to coleslaw and avocado to make it a perfectly balanced taste.

Romano’s

  • Marina side
  • Pre-booking is recommended
  • Contemporary Italian food
  • Alfresco 3 pm – Late
  • Dinner – 6 pm – Late
  • Fully Licensed
  • NO Kids Stay Eat free – Kids menu $15

Located on the Marina side, on the water side. Romano’s is a lovely spot for a family meal or for large group bookings. Serving a gorgeous range of pasta, risottos, and other mains. Romano’s doesn’t disappoint. It is not part of the kids stay eat free promotion, however, the kid’s meal are very generous and only $15.

Mariners Seafood Restaurant

  • Marina side
  • Pre-booking is recommended
  • Smart Casual
  • Dinner – 6pm – Late
  • Fully Licensed
  • NO Kids Stay Eat free – Kids menu $20

Located on the Marina side, high on the second level next to TAKO overlooking the marina is Mariners Seafood restaurant. It is always very popular so reservations are strongly recommended. If you love seafood then Mariners is for you with a great variety of fish, prawns, and other seafood.

Wild Life Hamilton Island – Koolah Cafe

  • Resort side
  • 7:30 am -10 am (breakfast)
  • Buffet
  • Lunch / Light meals available
  • Fully Licensed
  • NO Kids Stay Eat free
  • Family friendly

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala’s snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella’s flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

 

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

Pool Terrace – Reef view hotel 

Only available to guests of Palm Bungalows and Reef View Hotel.

  • Open 7 days
  • Breakfast 6 am – 10:30 am (Only Reefview or Palm Bungalows)
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer (Palm Bungalows and Reef View Hotel)
  • Located in the Reef view hotel, this family-friendly restaurant is located on the pool’s edge. The Pool terrace is open for a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Long Pavilion – Qualia 

Only available to Qualia guests.

  • Australian Menu
  • Breakfast 6:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Evening 6 pm – aLate
  • Fully Licensed
  • Child Free (16 and over)

Pebble Beach – Qualia 

Only available to Qualia guests.

  • Poolside menu 10 am – 5 pm
  • Lunch 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Evening 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Fully Licensed
  • Child Free (16 and over)
  • Open Wednesday – Monday
  • Smart Casual/resort wear

Beach Club restaurant 

Only available to guests of Beach Club restaurant.

  • Open 7 days
  • Breakfast 6 am – 10:30 am (Only Reefview or
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer (Palm Bungalows and Reef View Hotel)
  • Located in the Reef view hotel, this family-friendly restaurant is located on the pool’s edge. The Pool terrace is open for a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Snacks and Bars

One Tree Hill 

  • Drinks and snacks
  • Family friendly

If you want the perfect spot to sit and have a light snack and drink then the bar at the top of One tree hill is well worth a visit. Whilst it has a steady stream of people, on sunset is when it gets very busy with everyone wanting to sit up the top with a drink in hand to watch the majestic Hamilton Island sunset.

The only food on offer is Antipasta plates, Turkish bread or other snacks.

If you want the perfect spot to sit and have a light snack and drink then the bar at the top of One tree hill is well worth a visit. Whilst it has a steady stream of people, on sunset is when it gets very busy with everyone wanting to sit up the top with a drink in hand to watch the majestic Hamilton Island sunset.

If you want the perfect spot to sit and have a light snack and drink then the bar at the top of One tree hill is well worth a visit. Whilst it has a steady stream of people, on sunset is when it gets very busy with everyone wanting to sit up the top with a drink in hand to watch the majestic Hamilton Island sunset.

If you want the perfect spot to sit and have a light snack and drink then the bar at the top of One tree hill is well worth a visit. Whilst it has a steady stream of people, on sunset is when it gets very busy with everyone wanting to sit up the top with a drink in hand to watch the majestic Hamilton Island sunset.

 

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The Larder Ballarat – Macarthur Street Larder.

Macarthur Street Larder.

Affectionately known as ‘The Larder Ballarat’ down on the corner of Macarthur Street and Doveton Street North is the Macarthur street Larder. Like many cafes in the Ballarat area, this cafe is made in a converted house. However, the way they have opened up the front area means it has less of a rabbit warren feel than other converted houses. They have removed many of the walls, and the kitchen is set up in the back of the building in a reasonably open feel. Meaning as you sit and relax the smell of the food wafts around.

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The menu is varied, focusing on modern fresh Middle eastern inspired food. This is not the place you are going to go if you are after a Parma and Chips. This is the place you go to eat Salads, Lamb Boreks, flatbreads and Pastries. Even in the Children’s menu, there is not a nugget and chip in sight. Instead, children get a choice of toasted sandwiches, Banana Bread, Granola, Bacon and eggs. However, there is Ice-cream for dessert.

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Following on the children’s theme, the Macarthur Street Larder is the perfect place to come with your children with one of the old rooms at the back of the building has been converted to a little playroom, with a huge variety of toys. This room opens up to another large seating area, however, the only drawback is the room outside only has two tables both reasonable size though, so you need to plan ahead and bring some colouring in, in case the tables are already in use.

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However, if you are going without children, the front area is large and away from the Children’s room at the back, meaning you can easily sit in the front and relax drinking your coffee.

There is also a great outdoor area perfect for Ballarat Spring and Summertime.

We went for Breakfast and also had an Iced Chocolate and the flavour of the Iced Chocolate was lovely, it was not too sweet but had a beautiful flavour to it, most places you go the iced chocolates end up tasting like plain milk. It was presented lovely too.

macarthur street larder, a perfect place to have an Iced Chocolate.

Breakfast was the bacon, a great mix of fried eggs, bacon, spinach, tomatoes on Turkish Bread. We will definitely be going back to try more of their Lunch menu, I have heard the Lamb Borek is well worth ordering so can’t wait to go back and try it for myself.

macarthur street larder, The Bacon, a great mix of Bacon, eggs, spinach and turkish bread.

The Macarther street Larder Ballarat Menu

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The Larder also sells a variety of homemade Biscuits and slices at the front counter, as well as Take away coffee is available.

It has a little shop as well with a selection of bags and other handmade items for sale.

Address

451 Doveton St N, Soldiers Hill VIC 3350

Opening Hours

Macarthur Street Larder is only open during the week.

Monday – 8:30am – 3pm
Tuesday – 8:30am – 3pm
Wednesday – 8:30am – 3pm
Thursday – 8:30am – 3pm
Friday – 8:30am – 3pm
Saturday – CLOSED
Sunday – CLOSED

Payment methods

Cash, Visa and Mastercard

 

So next time you are in Ballarat make sure you head into the Macarthur Street Larder for a meal.

 

Check out our other Ballarat restaurants, Lakeview Hotel, Sporting Globe Ballarat.

 

Macarthur Street Larder. Affectionately known as ‘The Larder Ballarat’ down on the corner of Macarthur Street and Doveton Street North
Macarthur Street Larder. Affectionately known as ‘The Larder Ballarat’ down on the corner of Macarthur Street and Doveton Street North
Macarthur Street Larder. Affectionately known as ‘The Larder Ballarat’ down on the corner of Macarthur Street and Doveton Street North

 

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Top five things to do in Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney

When we first went to Disneyland we never realised how amazing the shopping precinct at Downtown Disney is. There are over twenty shops and countless dining opportunities just outside the entrance of the Disneyland park.

Our children (and us) loved downtown Disney, we often grabbed breakfast in the bakery, we had dinner at rainforest cafe, we bought replacement flip-flops from Sanuk, got coffee from Starbucks.

Most mornings we walked to the entrance of Disneyland from our hotel through Downtown Disney, and we have put together our top five things to do in Downtown Disney.

Find the Hidden Mickeys in Downtown Disney

The Disney parks are full of hidden Mickeys, located in the furnishings of the hotels, the parks and Downtown Disney. We had great fun searching for Hidden Mickeys.

Our children were very excited when they found one hidden in the brickwork.

Check out the Lego store

There is something amazing about walking into the second largest Lego shop in America. (Orlando is the largest). The Lego store is an amazing shop with so many different LEGO sets to buy, you can select specific LEGO bricks. There is an interactive play space, there are large models all around the shop.

Build a bear in Downtown Disney

Take a wander into Build a bear and create your own Bear. There are some limited edition Disney designs that you won’t find in a normal Build a bear shop.

This is also a great activity to keep the kids amused when you want a break from the park.

Mickey mouse Build a bear

Have a smoothie at Rainforest Cafe

Every time we head to Disneyland we have multiple smoothies, dinners, and late night snacks at the Rainforest Cafe. Whilst we were excited to hear about the new hotel that will be opening. We were heartbroken to hear that the Rainforest cafe would be closing down to make room for it.

I strongly recommend visiting before it closes to see the huge fish tank, giant animatronic animals, and have one of their amazing smoothies.

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Visit Marceline’s Confectionery

The first thing that hits you as you Walk past Marcelines Confectionery is the amazing smell of fresh confectionery, chocolates, candy apples, flavoured popcorn.

Marceline’s confectionery is the perfect place to pick up a sweet treat for morning tea, afternoon tea or just because.

 

What are your favourite places in Downtown Disney?

Most mornings we walked to the entrance of Disneyland from our hotel through Downtown Disney, and we have put together our top five things to do in Downtown Disney.
Most mornings we walked to the entrance of Disneyland from our hotel through Downtown Disney, and we have put together our top five things to do in Downtown Disney.
Most mornings we walked to the entrance of Disneyland from our hotel through Downtown Disney, and we have put together our top five things to do in Downtown Disney.
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Disney youtube channels to watch

Planning your trip to a Disney resort?

What Disney youtube channels should you be watching?

We love Disney in our house, ever since we took our oldest two to Disneyland 7 years ago it seems like we have two moods in our house.

1 – We are at a Disney resort or

2 – We are planning our next Disney trip.

Each time we go, the distance between our trips seem to get smaller. There is something addictive about the magic of Disney. Once you go and take your children and see the magic in their eyes, whether they are 2 or 12 you just want to keep going back.

We have a travel goal which is to go to each of the parks around the world, a Disney cruise and stay at Disney Aulani resort. We have managed to tick off the Disney Aulani resort, and we have gone back to Disneyland, California Adventure Park multiple times and each time we are researching our trip whether for the first time or the third we jump on youtube and begin watching Disney vlogs, we begin researching the rides, the food, the hotels, the merchandise, the wait times. We look through blogs, head to travel agents and get up to date brochures.

The planning is often half the fun.

In further posts, I will explain in detail some of the other ways we research Disney but today I am focusing on our favourite Channels and videos to watch.

Our Favorite Disney Vlogs to watch on youtube

Disneyland Planning Video on youtube (2017)

Disneyworld Planning video on youtube (2017) 

Disneyland and Disneyworld have a brilliant DVD that you can watch on youtube that is a comprehensive planning guide for your trip to Disneyland or Disneyworld. The Disneyland video is 35 minutes long, and the Disneyworld is just over an hour long. Found on the channel ResortTV1 it is a

The Disneyland video showcases both Disneyland and California Adventure Park, all the hotels in the Disneyland park, and downtown Disney. Whilst it doesn’t include prices, it shows you enough information so you can begin to dream “Disney”.

The Disneyworld video showcases the four different theme parks of Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood studios, Disney Animal Kingdoms. It also showcases the Disney Water Parks. Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. There is also a section on Disney Springs.

Disney youtube channels to follow

Disney Parks

Disney parks are the official YouTube channel for all of the Disney Parks. It’s an official Disney vlog so a great channel to watch exclusive videos from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani Resort & Spa, Disney Vacation Club.

Another favourite playlist is the animation academy where you can learn how to draw your favourite Disney characters.

If you are not sure whether you want to go to Aulani, to Disneyland or Disneyworld. Choose a playlist and imagine being there.

Disneyland

If you know that you are heading to Disneyland then head across to official YouTube channel for the whole Disneyland Resort! More than just the parks, it showcases the whole Disneyland Park, from Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park, the Downtown Disney District and all the hotels.

We love looking at the Disneyland – Food and Beverage playlist, the Frozen desert video makes us want to go back and get another Dole-whip every time.

Mickey's Fun wheel

Thingamavlogs

For the last two and a half years our children and I have been following the Thingamavlogs page, they were four Disney fans Patrick, Sarah, Leo & Tiff that posted daily posts about Disney. Most of their videos are Disneyland related as they are all live near California. Whilst their site finished up in October 2017, there is a wealth of information on the page, from foods, information on Disney bounding, dapper days.

Our kids loved the Mickey shaped food day when they ate all the Mickey shaped foods they could find in the park.

Mickey pretzel at Disney Aulani resort

The bucket list family 

Now the bucket list family are not just Disney vloggers, they are a family of four (almost 5) that have been travelling for the last 90+ weeks around the world, they decided to sell everything and adventure together around the world. All the family is involved in the vlog and they have been to Disneyland, Disneyworld and Disney Aulani resort and they have some great videos showcasing it.

Recently they participated in 30 resorts in 30 days at Disneyworld, where they stayed in Disneyworld for 30 days and stayed at a different resort every night.

Disney Food Blog

One of our favourite things about Disney is the food, from the amazing character experiences, the delicious foods, churros, Mickey-shaped pretzels, waffles, ice creams. The Disney Food Blog showcases all things edible at Disney parks, resorts, and cruise ships. If you love food then Disney Food blog is the Disney youtube channel for you.

Mickey mouse waffle

Fresh baked Disney

Is a great Disney youtube channel that has a mix of fun facts, history of Disneyland, ride-throughs.

Adventures from where you want to be

I have also uploaded a few of my Disney videos, with more to follow from Disneyland and Disney Aulani. Head across to our channel and subscribe.

What are your favourite Disney youtube channels?

How do you research your trips? Or are you more spontaneous? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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The Sporting Globe Ballarat

When the Sporting Globe Ballarat was initially slated to open in Ballarat the local media was excited. The newspapers around Ballarat told us that it was going to be one of the largest sport orientated bars in Australia. With a capacity of 450 people, it doesn’t disappoint. Located on the corner of Mair and Lydiard Street (previously Jackson’s and Co) it opened in August 2016, and since then there is always a steady stream of people enjoying the food and ambience for lunch, dinner and drinks.

There is no mistaking its focus with screens located everywhere playing a variety of sports, and 13 individual booths all with their own touchscreen TV’s that can show from 1 to 4 different channels at once. Perfect for watching multiple games of AFL, Basketball, NRL, Cricket, Golf, UFC or whatever sport takes your fancy.

But downstairs is only a portion of The Sporting Globe, upstairs is a function room and heritage balcony perfect for a party or work function, and the third level is a cocktail bar. Every Sunday from 3 – 8 pm the cocktail bar comes alive with Live music, drink specials a perfect way to finish the weekend.

Now when it comes to food in a Sports bar there are a few items on the menu that I would think as standard. Ribs, Wings and Steak and The Sporting Globe doesn’t disappoint, we ordered both the Pork and Beef ribs and they were delicious.

The Sporting Globe Ballarat

They were sticky covered in heaps of sauce. You can choose from Hickory smoked BBQ, Buffalo and Honey Soy.  Served with a side of Apple Slaw and thick cut battered chips, the day we ate them they were delicious.

In need of refreshment then you can choose from 8 beers on tap, 9 Beers in the Bottle, 3 Craft beers. Or if Ciders, Spirits or cocktails are your drink of choice there are plenty to choose from.

There is also a huge range of Non- Alcoholic drinks and Mocktails on offer, the Pineberry Mocktail a favourite of ours.

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The sporting globe is so much more than a sports bar, during the day it is also a popular spot for lunch with families after they have finished at the movies only a couple of doors down. They have a great selection of kids meal and on Mondays and Tuesday’s kids eat free with a purchase of any main meal. Kids can choose from a Kid’s Parma, Brownlow burger, Calamari or nuggets. These are served with either shoestring fries and sauce or broccoli.

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Each day they have a different special, called the 7-day Lineup. Our favourite is Fridays when you get 2 desserts for the price of one.

On their website, it has their full menu, opening hours and a way to book a table. If you are wanting to head in on a Friday or Saturday night it is well worth booking ahead as it gets very busy especially when sports events are on.

 

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So if you are in Ballarat the Sporting Globe is well worth a visit.

To see some of the other amazing restaurants and attractions in Ballarat check out our Ballarat destination guide

If you are interested in other great places to eat we have a great variety including Character dining at Disney.

 

Have you been to the Sporting Globe before?

What are the essentials for you in a Sports bar, the food, ambience, the sports on offer? Tell us in the comments.

When the Sporting Globe was initially slated to open in Ballarat, local media was excited. newspapers around Ballarat told us it was going to be one of the largest sports bars in Australia With a capacity of 450 people. Located on the corner of Mair and Lydiard Street (previously Jackson's and Co) it doesn't ...
When the Sporting Globe was initially slated to open in Ballarat, local media was excited. newspapers around Ballarat told us it was going to be one of the largest sports bars in Australia With a capacity of 450 people. Located on the corner of Mair and Lydiard Street (previously Jackson's and Co) it doesn't ...
When the Sporting Globe was initially slated to open in Ballarat, local media was excited. newspapers around Ballarat told us it was going to be one of the largest sports bars in Australia With a capacity of 450 people. Located on the corner of Mair and Lydiard Street (previously Jackson's and Co) it doesn't ...
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AMA‘AMA Disney Aulani Resort

“It’s kinda fun to do the impossible” Walt Disney

Sitting at the table of Ama’Ama only metres from the pools of Disney Aulani you really begin to understand the quote.

As you sit in this beautiful restaurant so close to the hustle and bustle of waterslides, rides, rainbow reef and Pool lounges, you feel miles away from it all. Sitting with a cocktail in your hand, the water in view its really is the perfect place to relax and unwind at Disney Aulani Resort.

Ama’Ama is open for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast is open 7am – 10:30am, Lunch is 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner is 5pm – 9pm

Ama’Ama has a Keiki (Children’s) menu, including some great healthy Mickey check options. As well as some keiki favourites, Hamburger and chips, and chicken tenders and chips. All the children were also given a great little activity booklet. All our children 3, 5, 9 and 11 had fun as it has a good range of activities, perfect for a variety of ages as well colouring in that kept them all entertained.

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During the day the crowd is varied, from couples, individuals and families, however, at night time it seems to be the place that you are more likely to see parents relaxing together whilst their children are in one of the night time activities at Aunty’s beach house.

Live music plays nightly (except Sunday), and there is nothing better than watching the sunset over Ko Olina Beach with a drink in hand listening to the music playing gently in the background.

We went multiple times both at lunch and dinner and every time the service was great. They were really quick to come around and take our drinks and food order.

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Lunch consists of a variety of salads, Soups, Entrees or deserts.

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The dinner menu had a range of soups, salads, steak, chicken, lamb and a great range of seafood options. As well as a few dessert options.

There are heaps of different styles of eating at Disney Aulani, from Grab it and go, Buffet and Character Dining, however, if you are after some nice dining in a beautiful environment then Ama’Ama Disney Aulani is the restaurant for you.

We have put together a comprehensive dining guide at Disney Aulani resort, to showcase all the other options that are available for you.

 

“It’s kinda fun to do the impossible” Walt Disney Sitting at the table of Ama’Ama only metres from the pools of Disney Aulani you really begin to understand the quote.
“It’s kinda fun to do the impossible” Walt Disney Sitting at the table of Ama’Ama only metres from the pools of Disney Aulani you really begin to understand the quote.
“It’s kinda fun to do the impossible” Walt Disney Sitting at the table of Ama’Ama only metres from the pools of Disney Aulani you really begin to understand the quote.
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Dinner with Donald, with Disney Aulani Character Dining

“Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” — Genie, The Return of Jafar

Create your own special memories with an enchanting evening at Makahiki Character dining. On selected nights the Menehune get up to mischief with a delectable buffet feast and characters to meet at “Menehune mischief”.

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Join Disney Aulani’s “Uncle” and some cheeky Disney characters for a fun, musical filled evening. The Menehune are the cheeky magical people of Hawaii, mischevious people. The shows are on three nights a week Sunday, Monday and Thursday (Check this hasn’t changed before booking). Instead of normal character Dinner, they have two shows, 5:15 – 6 pm, and 7:15-8pm.  With seating times at 4:30, 4:45, and 5pm for the 5:15 show, and 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7pm for the 7:30pm show. Before and during the show you will see some characters so make sure you have your camera and autograph book ready.

What to expect at Menehune mischief “Disney Aulani Character dining”

When you arrive similar to the breakfast Character Dining you will be met at the front by a greeter who will confirm all your party is there and get you to sit down and wait to meet Donald.

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Similar to breakfast time, there is a professional photographer there ready to take photos of you whilst you are getting autographs, during hi-fives and a more formal photo. Later they come around to your table and you can purchase these for $35, they come with one photo and a disk of all the other photos. (These are not linked to your photopass card).

Once you have your photo taken you sit and wait until someone walks you through to your table. You can order a drink, and grab some great food from the buffet.

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Food selection

There was a great variety of food on offer at the buffet, from a carvery, salads, plenty of seafood, Oysters, Prawns, Claws, Mussels, Sushi, Tuna, Salmon, etc. Bread, Crab legs, Pizza, fried rice, Pork Loin, Fish, Steak, pasta.

For the Keiki (children) there was macaroni cheese, potato gems (dinosaur eggs) and also beef sliders. (they could also choose any of the normal buffet.

But where they excelled where the desserts. They had a huge selection of desserts, Brownies, cheesecakes, Cookies, Bread pudding, Puddings, Tapioca Pudding, Berries, Seasonal fruit, Chocolate Mousse, Rice Krispies.

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At $52 for adults and $25 for children, it is only $3 more than the non-character dinner, so worth booking into the experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like the breakfast, this is different to your traditional Disney character dining at the parks as apart from Donald who you meet on entry you also only have two – three other characters. On our evening we had stitch and chip and dale. Chip and Dale came to our table multiple times, however, Stitch only came once just as we were leaving.

If character dining or buffets are not for you, there are other places to dine at Dinsey Aulani, from table service options at Ama Ama, casual dining at one of the bars, or grab it and go options check out our dining guide to find out more.

Have you been to a character dinner before?

What character would you like to see, make sure you let us know in the comments section below.

 

“Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” — Genie, The Return of Jafar Create your own special memories with an enchanting evening
“Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” — Genie, The Return of Jafar Create your own special memories with an enchanting evening
“Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” — Genie, The Return of Jafar Create your own special memories with an enchanting evening
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Disney Aulani Character Dining Breakfast

Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.” Walt Disney

Immerse yourself in the Magic of A Disney Aulani Character Dining experience.

Located at the Makahiki restaurant, just downstairs from the lobby is the Makahiki restaurant. A buffet-style Disney dining area that is open for Disney character breakfast every morning. It is open every night however only character dining 3 nights a week.

We were lucky to take our kids to both the character breakfast and dinner experience. Whilst they are different to the character dining you will experience in Disneyland, they are still a magical experience for everyone involved.

Just like booking Dining experiences with any other Disney resort you are able to book your Character dining reservations through the website long before you even get to the resort to make sure you get the perfect time for your booking.

Enjoy the magic of Disney.

What to expect at Disney Aulani Character Dining Breakfast.

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When you arrive you are instantly met by a couple of staff at the front counter who confirm your booking and then get you to line up to get a meet and greet with Mickey Mouse. We had to wait about 5-10 minutes both Disney character breakfasts we had booked.

Make sure your kids bring their autograph books, bring a camera. They take some great professional shots for you, but they do not use photo pass, these are separate. The cost was about $35 US for one photo and a disk of the rest of the professional shots taken at the initial meet and greet. They were well worth it every time with over ten photos. The photographer also takes one photo with your camera.

The characters you get to meet are varied. but normally only two (And the initial meet and greet with Mickey). On our first character breakfast, we met Minnie and Pluto. On our second it was Minnie and Goofy.

You have to be patient though as there are quite a few tables and the characters spend a while at each table, we just missed Minnie mouse when we arrived and had well and truly finished eating be they time she came back. Very different from other Disney Character dining when there are lots more characters so you don’t feel like you are waiting for characters.

But at $20 per child and $39 per adult, the price is reasonable so still worth it for a couple of interactions. What they lack in extra characters they make up for with “Auntie”. She adds games, songs, activities, interacts with the tables. She makes sure people who are having birthdays, or anniversaries are celebrated and adds some of the Hawaii Spirit to the Disney environment.

Selection of Food

Now the most important thing for me in a Breakfast buffet is the omelette station, a real buffet breakfast needs an omelette station and the Disney Aulani does not disappoint. The omelettes are made fresh to order and made well with a great selection of meat and vegetables to choose from.

There is also a great variety of fresh fruit, cereals, hot foods, from your typical bacon, eggs, as well as fried rice, miso soup. There is a great range of pastries, bread, pancakes and no Disney buffet breakfast would be complete without the famous Mickey Waffles. But Disney Aulani Character breakfast takes it one step further with Red Velvet Iron man waffles.

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The highlight for my children through where the Bananas and blueberries in a bucket. I will let the picture do the talking. And the yoghurts that are all served in small containers to minimise wastage.

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Overall we loved our breakfast, sure it wasn’t cheap but it was worth going. Personally, we only went twice through our seven days at Aulani and that was enough to experience the magic, enjoy the omelettes and fresh food.

Disney Aulani has a great variety of other Disney dining options, including the beautiful table service restaurant Ama Ama. Whilst Makahiki is the only character dining experience in the resort, there are plenty of opportunities to grab a photo with your favourite characters with a Daily meet and greets around the resort.

A Disney Character Breakfast is only one way you can explore the magic of Disney Aulani resort. There are so many more magical things to do and see.

Have you been to a Disney Character Dining experience? Which is your favourite? Tell us below in the comments.

 

Located at the Makahiki restaurant, just downstairs from the lobby is the Makahiki restaurant. A buffet-style Disney dining area that is open for Disney character breakfast every morning.
Located at the Makahiki restaurant, just downstairs from the lobby is the Makahiki restaurant. A buffet-style Disney dining area that is open for Disney character breakfast every morning.
Located at the Makahiki restaurant, just downstairs from the lobby is the Makahiki restaurant. A buffet-style Disney dining area that is open for Disney character breakfast every morning.

 

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Our Disney Aulani Food Guide

Disney Aulani Food Guide.

The Disney Aulani is a gorgeous resort located only a forty minute drive from the famous Waikiki beach on Hawaii’s island of Oahu. It is a resort that has everything, a beautiful beach, a kids club, photography courses, a spa, pools, waterslides, a Lu’au, even a Rainbow reef where you can snorkel in a 3800 square foot saltwater private lagoon.

With so much on offer, there is little reason to leave the resort. So with that in mind, we have put together our Disney Aulani food guide for eating at the Disney Aulani resort.

1 – Character dining.

If you are interested in Character Dining at Disney Aulani resort you have two options, Breakfast (Daily) or Dinner (Selected nights) at the Makahiki restaurant. The Makahiki restaurant is a buffet style restaurant. It is a casual family-friendly restaurant that serves a great variety of food.

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2 – Table service

With one of the best vistas on the island, Ama’Ama is an elegant oceanfront restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whilst it is a more formal dining option at the resort, it is still children friendly with a great Keiki (Children’s menu).

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3 – Lounges and Bars

There are three Lounges / Bars at Disney Aulani resort.

Off the Hook a poolside lounge that serves food (11 am – 9 pm) and drinks (10 am-9:30 pm)

This has a Keiki menu (food and Juice) available in the outside tables and chairs, and around the pool. As well as a very basic menu of salads, fried food, and Entrees.

The Olelo Room whether you want to sit out under the stars, or indoors the Olelo room allows you to learn about the Hawaiian language, listen to Live entertainment and enjoy a bite to eat. Open from 5 pm – 11 pm.

Wailana Pool Bar, located in the Adult only pool area. Has a full bar, as well as the same poolside Dining menu that is available at Off the Hook.

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4 – Meals on the Go.

Grab one of these meals on the go take it up to your room, lounge by the pool, the beach or maybe sit and watch the fish swim by at Rainbow Reef.

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The Ulu Cafe.

The Ulu cafe is a great place to grab some pastries, hot meals, drinks, ice creams, cakes, and other grab it and go options. Breakfast is served from 6:30 am – 11 am and includes all your favourites like eggs, bacon, croissants, fresh fruit.  It also has an all-day menu from 11 am – 8:30 pm

It is a great place to grab a drink with the refillable mug that allows you to have unlimited sodas, tea, coffee and cocoa during your stay at Disney Aulani Resort.

They also serve pizza nightly from 5 pm to 8:30 pm

 

 

Mama’s Snack Stop

Another great place to grab a drink with your refillable mug
Has Hotdogs, salads, wraps, and other sweets.
Open 11 am – 5 pm

Papalua Shave Ice

One of the busiest shops in Disney Aulani resort is the Papalua Shave ice. You can buy a traditional shave ice, or shaped like Mickey’s ears, or even add condensed milk for extra sweetness.
Open 11 am – 5 pm

Little Opihi’s – Beachside Kiosk

Whilst you are sitting at Ko Olina beach enjoying the sunshine hop across to Little Opihi’s – Beachside Kiosk to grab a Mickey shaped pretzel, Dole Whip, cold drink, light meals or bag of crisps.

Lava Shack

Stop in to get a refill from the mug station between 10 am – 5 pm. The Lava shack is a great place to grab crisps, ice creams, and corn chips.

Kalepa’s Store

Kalepa’s store in the main lobby has a limited amount of groceries, including bread, milk, some fruit and vegetables, some frozen food, ie lasagne, chips etc. You can purchase cold drinks, limited alcohol and snack foods.

5 – Room Service.

Between the hours of 6 am – 11 pm, you can order from the room service menu. These include breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks.

5 – Special Gifts.

Celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with a special range of cakes, platters and other special treats. Available to order through room service. You need to order 24 – 48 hours in advance depending on the order.

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Disney Aulani resort that has everything, a beautiful beach, a kids club, photography courses, a spa, pools, waterslides, a Lu’au, even a Rainbow reef where you can snorkel in a 3800 square foot saltwater private lagoon.  With so much on offer, there is little reason to leave the resort. So with that in mind, we have put together our Disney Aulani food guide for eating at the Disney Aulani resort.
Disney Aulani resort that has everything, a beautiful beach, a kids club, photography courses, a spa, pools, waterslides, a Lu’au, even a Rainbow reef where you can snorkel in a 3800 square foot saltwater private lagoon.  With so much on offer, there is little reason to leave the resort. So with that in mind, we have put together our Disney Aulani food guide for eating at the Disney Aulani resort.
Disney Aulani resort that has everything, a beautiful beach, a kids club, photography courses, a spa, pools, waterslides, a Lu’au, even a Rainbow reef where you can snorkel in a 3800 square foot saltwater private lagoon.  With so much on offer, there is little reason to leave the resort. So with that in mind, we have put together our Disney Aulani food guide for eating at the Disney Aulani resort.
Disney Aulani resort that has everything, a beautiful beach, a kids club, photography courses, a spa, pools, waterslides, a Lu’au, even a Rainbow reef where you can snorkel in a 3800 square foot saltwater private lagoon.  With so much on offer, there is little reason to leave the resort. So with that in mind, we have put together our Disney Aulani food guide for eating at the Disney Aulani resort.
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