Where to eat this weekend

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The way I see it long lunches and luscious landscapes go together like Vegemite and toast. A perfect combination.

No one understands this more than the gourmets and gardeners at the Spirit House on the Sunshine Coast (and no this is not a sponsored post).

Last year, my generous workmates (Wendy, Annette, Sally, Stacey, Viv and Caroline) gifted me a Spirit House voucher for my 40th birthday. There was talk that I might like to take one of their Thai cooking classes, given my penchant for pervading the office with the aromas of my famous prawn curry lunches.

Somehow my appetite for fine food won out over my appetite for education. So last weekend my palette and my pals indulged in a long, lazy lunch that made me hungry to celebrate more milestone birthdays in such fine style.

Having worked on lots of tv cooking shows, I’ll spare you the “food journey” and, instead, let you “eat with your eyes”. See what I did there?

Check out my snaps from the incredible smorgasbord of Thai flavours below.

Rendang of slow cooked lamb shoulder with potatoes and turmeric leaf

Rendang of slow cooked lamb shoulder with potatoes and tumeric leaf

Penang curry of duck maryland with peanuts and crispy betel leaf

Penang curry of duck maryland with peanuts and crispy betel leaf

Ranger's Valley wagyu "Krapow" with chilli, thai basil and 62degree egg

Ranger’s Valley wagyu “Krapow” with chilli, thai basil and 62degree egg

Chocolate marquise with honeycomb and soy caramel ice cream (usually served with Vietnamese coffee ice cream but I asked to swap for caramel because I don't fancy coffee desserts)

Chocolate marquise with honeycomb and soy caramel ice cream (usually served with Vietnamese coffee ice cream but I asked to swap for caramel because I don’t fancy coffee desserts)

Coconut syrup cake with compressed pineapple, kaffir lime meringue and tamarind ice cream

Coconut syrup cake with compressed pineapple, kaffir lime meringue and tamarind ice cream

As well as serving delectable dishes, the Spirit House really is a feast for the eyes. Here’s a peek at the property from a few of my favourite angles.

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Many thanks to Wendy, Annette, Sally, Stacey, Viv and Caroline for my Spirit House gift voucher. I certainly left in high spirits. Thanks gals.

Have you dined at the Spirit House? What’s your favourite restaurant for celebrating a special occasion?

6 Comments

  • Reply June 27, 2015

    merilyn

    the whole place looks absolutely gorgeous thankyou for reminding me tonia! … the food shots are amazing too!
    my daughter has been several times, as she doesn’t live far from there!
    perhaps when we are visiting her in a few weeks time, we might have a special lunch!
    so many choices up there! we love it! …
    we love anything near the water and where the food is good!
    we love the restaurants at marina pier holdfast bay/Glenelg near the city where the restaurants are around the marina and some face the sea! for my birthday we went to a Japanese restaurant called tomiko it was lovely and the waitress was so sweet!
    I like that ambience! …
    enjoy this weekend! I see some sun out there and the birdies are singing!
    love m:)X

    • Reply June 27, 2015

      Tonia

      Oh good timing Merilyn! Hope you do schedule a long lunch with your daughter next month – it’s well worth it. I did a little google search for Tomiko and it looks like fun. Happy birthday! Was it recently? Have a good weekend. xx

  • Reply June 28, 2015

    Surely Sarah

    Oh my goodness, I’ve always vaguely been aware of this place but never thought about going there. Definitely adding it to my list now! PS great food photography 🙂

    • Reply June 28, 2015

      Tonia

      Thanks Sarah. You definitely need to see (and taste) it up close. Well worth the trip, I promise. Have a good week.

  • Reply July 28, 2015

    Isabel

    What a beautiful place. I’d love to eat there one day. Hehe, yes I’m glad you spared us the ‘food journey’. Watching the MasterChef grand final last night (yes, from China, don’t ask how), I became so irked at the constant ‘food means so much to me’ and ‘this dish is my childhood on a plate’ sentences repeated ad nauseum. Ah! How fascinating to have worked in reality TV. Would love to know what it’s actually like, filming a show like that…

    • Reply July 28, 2015

      Tonia

      Isabel, I can’t rave enough about the Spirit House. Do try and get there when you head home to Aus. (p.s. I’ve written a little series of blogs about my old telly life, you might enjoy the behind-the-scenes bits and bobs I’ve shared there).

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