Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Worlds Largest Thai Dinner

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to get an invite to an event the Brisbane Marriott was hosting, titled "The Worlds Largest Thai Dinner". In conjunction with their client appreciation week, Marriott's around the world were all hosting a Thai dinner, with the same format and menu for the evening in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records.

I took Adam along with me as he loves his food but as we had been rather busy of late, I hadn't done much research in to the evening and was surprised to find out that it was an intimate sit down dinner, rather than the normal hotel function (ballroom, stand-up drinks & canapes, etc).

We spent most of the evening talking to Nicole the Revenue Manager at the hotel that we have a great working relationship with. Thanks to Jago, the Director of Sales & Marketing for putting us on the invite list and for hosting the dinner. It was an excellent night and the food was sensational ... and yes, the Marriott spoil me.

Here's the menu from the evening.

thod man pla
(savory fish cakes with kaffir lime leaves, thai sweet chilli sace and cucumber)
and laab gai
(minced chicken salad with shallots, mint leaves and roasted rice powder)

tom yam goong
(traditional thai hot & sour prawn soup)

Main course:
phad thai
(stir-fried noodles with river prawns)
and pla chu chi
(steamed fish in yellow curry)

kluey buad shee
(braised banana in coconut milk syrup)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Andre Rieu reschedules Australian tour

Over the last two years, one of the busiest events on the calendar each year has been the Australian tour of Andre Rieu. He was scheduled to be back again this year, so I was disappointed when Kelli text me one morning to advise that his tour had been cancelled due to illness.

Thankfully he's rescheduled and will be back here in May 2011 ... which gives us plenty of time to prepare.

Rieu reschedules Australian tour - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Violinist, conductor and composer Andre Rieu will return to Australia in May after postponing his concert dates in October due to illness.

Rieu is recovering from a viral infection of the vestibular nerve at his home in Maastricht in the Netherlands.

He says he is confident he will be well enough to perform in early 2011.

'I am so thrilled and excited to be able to come back to Australia and New Zealand in May,' he said in a statement.

'Thank you all for your support and love.

"It has been the best medicine for my recovery."

Rieu is set to visit Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle, as well as Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand.

Fans who bought tickets to the 2010 sell-out shows will be automatically transferred to the new dates in May.