Infusing Myself with Coffee and Thai

While waiting for an appointment this morning, I decided to have a coffee at Infusion Cafe & Thai on Plaza Parade.   As soon as I entered the place I had a feeling that I would be able to sit and relax and get some words down for my very neglected blog posts. Maybe because this is a lower foot traffic area or maybe it is the airy dining area but the atmosphere here has a very relaxed feel. The welcome was warm and friendly and I had barely sat down before my coffee was being served at my table in the courtyard. 

I was planning a cheeky Facebook post of some photos that I had taken of bees and flowers and I settled in to do some writing.  The coffee lived up to it’s aroma and life was good. I relaxed…..  A good feeling

Ettore, the owner, appeared and served up a caraf of water just in case I was dry and we chatted amiably for a while about the cafe. It appears that it was due to open just two days before the Covid restrictions came in and the guys doing the fit out were unable to come up from NSW. Not being set up to do take-a-way, they were on hold for several weeks.  Taking the positive, Ettore said that it had given them some time to sort out some loose ends.

After a while, Nuttida, co owner and wife to Ettore, came out with a plate containing two little leaves called bettel leaf which where covered with nuts and sauce, and asked me to try.  They are to become a part of the menu and I have to say they were extremely tasty. The sauce was quite sweet which was offset by the slight bitterness of the leaf and Nuttida said that they were planning to add this dish to the menu.  

I am so looking forward to Asian cuisine when this Covid bug finally goes back to where it came from.

With Ettore calling Italy home and Nattida from Thailand, this is truely an international restaurant

It was interesting having a chat to Nattida about her origins in Thailand and the reasons why, here in Australia, she goes by the name Jenny or Jane.  She told me she came to Australia to learn to speak better English and has stayed.

All in all the restaurant  hasn’t been here for long however, if you are wanting a nice relaxing coffee or meal, Infusion Cafe and Thai is not going to disappoint.  You can find it in the Plaza Markets on Plaza Parade.  Good service and good people

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The spacious dining area is under cover but still protected from the elements

100 Strangers… Facing the challenge of talking to strangers and doing it anyway

Meeting Strangers can be a way of opening up one’s world.  For those of us who are less outgoing, it can be challenging, but when faced with the need to photograph a stranger, it can be terrifying, even for people who find it easy to mix and mingle.

The challenge to seek permission from a stranger to take a photograph can be daunting and the easy road is to stand back and take the long shot with a telephoto while hiding in the shadows.  There are so many opinions of what is the right thing to do when it comes to pointing a camera at a total stranger that the novice has difficulty in finding the correct path. Sometimes it is necessary to take the quick candid shot, especially when the moment cannot be recreated, while on other ocassions, it may be better to strike a conversation and seek permission to make a photograph and so be able to take a series and have a deeper story to tell. Remember, everyone has a back story and most of them are fascinating.

There is no right answer to this delema, but I suggest that even when taking the candid shot, permission to use it should be sought after the fact. This has two benefits.. It provides an opportunity to get a model release signed so that if you make a masterpiece you will be able to sell it on and you have the opportunity to make a new friend.

All this being so I still have not mastered the courage to comfortably point a camera at someone I don’t know and so as a way to develop my skills at street photography, I have taken up the challenge to make photos and stories of a new 100 strangers on this page…

These are their stories

Sasuke Japanese Dining


Tonight I discovered a neat little Japanese Eatery in Mermaid Waters, on the Gold Coast.  After fuelling my car, I was about to drive off when I saw dimly lit windows staring back at me from the shop.  At first I thought it was closed but then I saw movement behind the darkened windows and so stopped and went inside.

The young Japanese hostess was charming and disarming as she explain the various dishes. After tossing between the Teriyaki Karaage and the Teriyaki Chicken Bowl , I chose the latter with an iced tea.

Set on a bed of rice, the chicken, cooked to perfection and topped as it was by a tasty glazed sauce that was both sweet, yet sour at the same time.

This has become my new favourite eatery on the Gold Coast and I will be back