February 2016 Newsletter

February 2016 Newsletter

What an amazing January!: just perfect weather for Mooloolaba’s holiday makers. A visit from the cruise ship “Azamara Quest” gave our guests an opportunity to watch the comings and goings of tenders while it was moored off-shore in front of our building.

We have discovered CK Coffee Bar and Wholefoods, on Brisbane Road, just opposite the carpark. They are open for coffee, breakfast, lunch, cabinet meals and homemade raw cakes from 6.00am to 4.00pm, 7 days a week. Martin and his team are committed to bringing their customers a healthier alternative, as they believe  living a healthier life-style can be achieved through food and beverage choices. They support local growers and farmers who supply the best fresh organic produce the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Well worth putting on your list of places for great food.

At the other end of the food spectrum is sinful desserts. The recently opened Sweet Lips Creamery created the world’s largest parfait during the school holidays. They are waiting for verification from the Guiness World Record representative. Meanwhile, here are some of the statistics: 30 litres of ice-cream, 4 litres of custard, 2 kg watermelon, 1.5kg of mixed fruit, 2 kg mixed berries, 1 kg biscuit base, 40 cans of cream, 7 pineapples, 11 oranges amd 24 Cherry Ripes all layered into a 1 metre high champagne flute. Sweet Lips Creamery is a sweets arcade on The Esplanade.

Whale One is well known for its whale watching cruises during the whale season. It also does a dolphin discovery cruise which includes a buffet lunch. Dolphins are not the only maring species which can be spotted: pelicans, turtles, and rays are also seen regularly. With a knowledgeable crew and great food this cruise is proving popular.

There is a totally cute addition to Sea Life Mooloolaba: a playful young long-nosed seal was found injured and underweight at Coffs Harbour a few months ago. As part of the aquarium’s marine protection and rehabilitation programme she has gained weight. Unfortunately wee Moana sustained a severe eye injury resulting in blindness in one eye. She has been deemed unfit to survive in the wild. She is now part of the education programme at Sea Life and she plays in the main seal pool daily.

The Surf Rider Foundation is very active here on the Coast. Chris Glennie from the Foundation will be sharing tips for keeping our marine ecosystem healthy, reducing plastic waste and the benefits of recycling and sustainability. This is at the Maroochydore Library on Saturday 13th February and is free.

The Maroochydore Library will also host a display of stringed instruments made by Maurice Briggs, a Mooloolaba artisan. The display is on from 2nd February until the 27th February. On 11th February between 11th and 13th February you can meet the maker. He made his first mandolin at the age of 11 from a packing case and nails in his father’s workshop. Maurice enjoys playing mandolin solo and in groups, as well as teaching others to play..

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