Reflections on the year that was, 2019

Every year, before the craziness of the holidays hits, I like to spend some time reflecting on the year that was, looking back on the goals that I set for myself and setting new goals for the year ahead. As I sit here Continue reading “Reflections on the year that was, 2019”

1882 Bar and Grill

I have passed Hall many times on road trips out of Canberra but for some reason I didn’t realise that Hall was actually in the ACT. It must have been something about setting out on a 6 hour road trip that got me mentally. I swear by the time we reached Hall that we had already been in the car for 2 hours. So as you can imagine, I was very surprised to find out that Hall is actually only 20 minutes from Canberra City.

I decided to make the (very short) trip out to Hall recently with Monique from @globetrottingals to check out 1882 Bar and Grill. I had heard good things about their food, and been following them on Instagram for a while (DROOOL!) When we arrived, I instantly felt the small town charm. The bar has a relaxed atmosphere and was filled with locals. From the photos I had seen on Instagram I was expecting pub food with a hint of fancy.


As per usual I over-ordered and ended up with waaaaay too much food – in hindsight, wearing a tight dress was a bad idea – everything on the menu sounded amazing! Of course we started with the charcuterie board. The olives were fresh, the dips were packed with flavour and the meats were next level. Everything was delicious and all of the flavours complemented each other perfectly.


For the entrees we opted for seafood, which was a strange decision for me. Being from the coast, I am a bit of a snob when it comes to seafood and don’t tend to eat much of it in Canberra. With the exception of Akiba and Raku, I am very skeptical about ordering it. But, we were here with the sole intention to review the food, so we went for it.
The Morten Bay bug was fresh, cooked perfectly and packed with flavour. It was served with a black garlic aioli which was close to, if not the best aioli I have ever had. The flavour combination was perfect.


The scallops were also very fresh, served in a lobster sauce, with a mint yoghurt crumb. The scallops took on all of the other flavours without being too overwhelming.


For mains, we opted for the beef short rib and Chinese BBQ pork pizza to share. The pizza was amazing! The char siu mayonnaise was a 10/10 and the BBQ pork was so tender. I highly recommend! All of the pizza combinations were interesting, we had trouble deciding between this one and the hoisin duck (which I intend to try next time!)


The beef short rib was without a doubt the dish of the night. The meat was so tender, it fell of the bone and just melted in my mouth. The mash was so smooth and creamy and the dish was overall amazing!


1882 Bar and Grill was so much more than I expected, it was fine dining with small town charm, an amazing wine list and an affordable price. Being less than half an hour from the city it was totally worth the trip! Hell, I drove from Tuggeranong and it was still worth the trip!

As always, if you do visit, be sure to let me know what you think!


Lunar New Year @ First Edition Canberra

Last night I had the pleasure of visiting First Edition Canberra for the launch of their special Lunar New Year Menu. First Edition is located on the first floor of the Novotel Canberra on Northbourne Avenue and Continue reading “Lunar New Year @ First Edition Canberra”

How to store Halloween costumes and decorations

Carve the pumpkins and don the scream masks, it’s that time of year again – Halloween! With all of the scary decorations and creepy costumes, finding ways to store them afterwards seems almost impossible. Don’t panic, you’ll find these nifty storage tricks to be a treat. Continue reading “How to store Halloween costumes and decorations”

Everything you need to know about Tulum, Mexico


Lately it seems travelers to Mexico are opting less for the large all inclusive resort style accommodation that Cancun has to offer and more for the eco-friendly lifestyle health resorts that Tulum prides itself on. I say Por Que No Los Dos?

You probably saw hundreds of perfectly curated posts from all of your favourite travel bloggers over the summer Continue reading “Everything you need to know about Tulum, Mexico”

Why I fell in love with Isla Holbox

When we set off for Mexico in June I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew Mexico is a huge travel destination for Americans but I’d never really heard of many Aussies making the journey. I mean, 26 hours in transit isn’t really ideal but I promise you its worth it.

As we were setting out our itinerary to try and make the most of our 4 weeks we changed ideas and destinations sooooo many times. We decided to stick to the Riviera Maya this time around as there seemed to be so many amazing places to discover Continue reading “Why I fell in love with Isla Holbox”

Muck Boot Co

I am the first to admit, I am an avid shoe lover. Whether it is sneakers, heels, slides, sandles or boots I just NEED them all! I am a collector of all things, not just makeup!

I was sent these boots for PR consideration and I basically have not taken them off since I received them. With the terrible weather in Canberra recently they have been perfect to Continue reading “Muck Boot Co”

Thailand and Vietnam Photo Diary

Hey babes,

Me again! I know you missed me.

Exactly a year ago this week I was exploring the wonders of Thailand and Vietnam. I woke up on Wednesday morning, as usual I checked my emails and my Instagram while drinking my double shot soy latte, trying to keep my eyes open and convincing myself “Girl, you got this! Put your face on and get your ass to work… Continue reading “Thailand and Vietnam Photo Diary”

Foodie Adventure- Melbourne

As you may know if you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (Jaiimeee) I spent my birthday weekend this year in Melbourne, with my partner, my sister and my besties. We spent the whole time eating and shopping. If you live in or have ever been to Melbourne, you would understand that the above were done with good reason! Continue reading “Foodie Adventure- Melbourne”