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Eye openers at Café Balaena

Choosing Café Balaena at the Great Sandy Straits Marina to catch up with long-time friends Peter and Yvonne last weekend proved to be more entertaining than Saucy Pierre* and I expected.

Dancing Dean’ was in fine form doing a knees-up routine and urging other guests to join him in singing Happy Birthday to three customers at different times throughout the evening.   

I’d eaten at Café Balaena before, mostly about six or seven years ago when my youngest son Terry was a chef there. Pierre had also eaten there on many occasions. 

So we were both familiar with the restaurant’s quality cuisine and stunning views over the marina but seeing owner Dean Major dancing around the tables was new to me.  

It turns out Dean is well known for his enthusiastic routines, attracting positive comments on Tripadvisor.

Dirk W from Mermaid Beach wrote: “The man obviously loves his job and is good at it.”

LeanneP168 wrote: “The owner is fantastic. He is very hands on…. love his enthusiasm.”

Regarding the menu, another reviewer said there were some very strange combinations.

I wouldn’t say ‘strange’ as the word implies ‘weird’ or ‘distasteful’ but there were indeed some selections that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

One such choice was Wagyu Beef and Caramelised Onion Pie.

It was made of rich and juicy wagyu beef chunks marinated in red wine, then enfolded in a homemade herb gravy with caramelised onion and garlic with Balaena green salad, chips and a mango and pawpaw chutney.

However, three on our table of four weren’t overly adventurous that night and we all ordered the Caribbean Chicken Breast (pictured above).

This was made of grilled chicken breast with Australian grown avocado, silky smooth hollandaise and camembert cheese on a bed of mixed potato mash.

All meals were brought to the table in good time and were well presented. 

Gender equality?

Of particular interest was that Pierre and I ordered our Rum & Cokes together at the same time but they were delivered in different glasses (pictured below), presumably to suit our male and female genders!

Mind you, I’m not complaining. We both enjoyed the Rum & Coke, as always.  We just found the glass differences interesting in these days of gender equality.

For more details on Café Balaena, its menu and bookings visit cafebalaena.com.au

 

*Saucy Pierre is not his real name. He’s shy, really!

Rum & Coke

Rum & Coke at Café Balaena, Urangan.

 

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Wedding date easy to remember

 Damien Youngberry and Leisa Olsen were married on the beach at Urangan on December 12 at 12.12pm. Leisa is the daughter of Julie and Kevin Olsen of Maryborough and Damien is the son of Vivienne and Stephen Youngberry of Glasshouse Mountains. Photographer: Jocelyn Watts/ASP Photography

Damien Youngberry and Leisa Olsen were married on the beach at Urangan on December 12 at 12.12pm. Leisa is the daughter of Julie and Kevin Olsen of Maryborough and Damien is the son of Vivienne and Stephen Youngberry of Glasshouse Mountains. Photographer: Jocelyn Watts/ASP Photography

Story by Carlie Walker, Fraser Coast Chronicle

Twelve will always be a lucky number for Leisa Olsen and Damien Youngberry.

Twelve days and twelve months before what would be their wedding date, Damien popped the question with the intention he and Leisa would be married on December 12.

Leisa said yes and the two started making plans to be married on the special date.

If that wasn’t enough, on Wednesday the two were married at 12.12pm on the dot.

“We both liked the idea of it being the twelfth of the twelfth,” he said.

It was a date that he wouldn’t see again in his lifetime, Damien said.

Damien described the day as “awesome” as he and Leisa confirmed their love in front of their three children and family and friends on the beach at Urangan.

Damien said he heard on the radio that the number 12 was the number for completeness, which was completely fitting to him after he married the love of his life.

The couple didn’t plan to get married at 12.12pm on the dot, but somehow it just worked out that way.

Damien, who met Leisa 14 years ago when they were both studying at TAFE, said any time about noon would have been fine but that had made it extra special.

Damien said the date would make remembering his anniversary much easier.

“There will be no excuse if I ever do forget,” he said.

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