April 15, 2015

QT Canberra ‘Gals Only’ Experience

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It’s not every day you get an invitation requesting you pack your bags for a night of toasting, 5 star dining, more toasting, dancing and partying, followed by a Peter Alexander sponsored slumber party.

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You see friends, QT Canberra have launched a VIP Hen’s & Celebration package and they tasked some of Canberra’s most fabulous and fine professional socialites (yep… apparently I was one) to experience the hotel through the eyes of a Hen. Right up my alley! But get this…. I’d never heard of, let alone met Mel the ‘stunt’ bride to be.

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Dressed in evening wear as instructed, I excitedly watched as the giant stretch limo reversed slowing up my very winding driveway for my front door pickup.  I was warmly greeted by QT hosts & fellow bachelorettes, and bubbles were poured as I slid into the limo. We tripped around town in style picking up the other ladies. Limo riding really is the perfect way to kick off a night out… just sayin’.

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Arriving at QT, we were greeted by Paparazzi snapping photos of us like we were superstars arriving at the Oscars. It wasn’t hard to get into the mood.

Everything about this hotel says Canberra; from the quirky wallpaper that features former Australian politicians, to the satirical art, historic quotes, caricatures and live Twitter feeds on the screens in the lobby, the photographers followed us in snapping away as we drank it all in.

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A few minutes later we were all checked in, and our bags were whisked away. Our first stop was the QT Lounge, a pretty swish Members Only Club located waaaaay up in the sky overlooking my very fine city. Riley, the King of Cocktails served us champagne, antipasto and chocolate-coated strawberries from the private bar while we chatted and got to know each other.

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Next stop, Dinner! But first, we had a tour of the restaurant Capitol Bar and Grill and introduced to Head Chef Nic and his crew. Nothing hotter than a man in uniform right?! We were seated & served platters of delicious food from the feasting menu, and holy wow…. it was good.

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Coal Grilled Sicilian Style Tuna “Mercato del Tonno”, Crusted in Fennel, Capers, Fresh Tomato, Green Olives, Lemon, Shallots, Garlic, Tuscan Dwarf Peaches, Parsley

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“Ciambelle Bambino”, Baby Doughnuts, Cinnamon Sugar, Vanilla Custard, Honey From Our Very Own Rooftop Beehive, Strawberry, Lemon Mint, Jam Syringes

My heart exploded in 15 directions after a bite of this deliciousness. Biggest joy bomb EVER!

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Capitol Grill Classic Profiteroles, Filled with Crème Patissiere & Vanilla Ice-Cream, Drowned in Valrhona Dark Chocolate Sauce

Once the incredible dinner was over we were treated to a private booth in Lucky’s Speakeasy for a few more drinks, some dancing and a cheeky performance by a couple of male dancers (not strippers!).

But like any good girls night out, “What happened at the Hen’s, stays at the Hen’s.”

I called it a night and headed to my room on the 11th floor just after midnight, my face aching from so much laughter and all the fun times. Everything in me wanted to jump on the bed and squeal with delight as I opened the door to my room.

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Designer furnishing, a zany mini bar, walk in rain shower complete with sweet smelling bath products, a bed that felt like I’d checked in to heaven AND stella views of the lake and Telstra Tower, truly it was incredible.

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Next morning I was greeted by a rather chippa Barista who handed me a creamy cappuccino and pointed me in the direction of one of the best buffets I have ever seen. House cured sliced prosciutto, avocado mousse, ricotta & cheeses, fruit smoothies, heirloom tomatoes, slow cooked eggs and omelettes prepared to order. #amaze

So ladies, if you are looking to celebrate in style, be sure to contact the gang at QT Canberra. They have a bunch of amazing packages, and really…. there is no finer way for a Hen to party in style.

I’d love to know, do you prefer sweet or savoury foods? And what delicious foods have you eaten this past week that has made your heart explode in 15 directions?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Hitch-Hikers Handbook - February 17, 2016 Reply

I bet you really enjoyed your night out! The food looks amazing!

    Anna - February 18, 2016 Reply

    I totally did! The food was amazing, actually… everything was incredible. QT have nailed staying totally on brand.

Elissa - February 15, 2016 Reply

Wow, what a treat! Looks like a fabulous night out.

Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond - February 14, 2016 Reply

Oh wow! You had such a beautiful night! Everything looks so amazing!

    Anna - February 16, 2016 Reply

    It was incredible Rose, every little detail was rad, totally on theme. I was impressed the way they made politics seem really interesting.

Fiona @ London-Unattached - February 14, 2016 Reply

Looks like a fabulous night out – and what a lush looking room. I’m not sure I’d have wanted to leave!

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    It was rather difficult to leave the comfort of that delicious bed, but the breakfast I was greeted with had me forgetting how comfortable I actually was. Lol! Brilliant hotel, brilliant marketing, brilliant experience. 🙂

Karla | karlaroundtheworld - February 13, 2016 Reply

Wow, great food and great experience. I think I like everything

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    It really was Karla! I couldn’t decide what I liked most either. 🙂 Maybe the desserts, the bed was pretty great too.

Eileen | The Food Avenue - February 13, 2016 Reply

Your photos are incredible! I LOVE the flat lay at the top! Looks like it was a fantastic night 🙂

noel - February 13, 2016 Reply

Wow, well they really treat you well for some wining and dining and the dishes look amazing especially the desserts. I definitely would have just rolled into bed after all that good food and drinks.

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    The desserts….. all the tummy feels. So yummy! Rolling into bed was the most perfect way to finish that wonderful day. 🙂

Paula McInerney - February 13, 2016 Reply

I love the sense of humour of QT hotels, and have always enjoyed my time there. Looks like you had a really great time.

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    They are soooooo on brand huh? One of my favourite hotel chains, would be keen to see others and experience a city through their eyes. 🙂

Amelia - February 13, 2016 Reply

That is one awesome experience – how much! I’ve been to QT at the Gold Coast and loved it.

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    It was incredible Amelia! Such a fun way to showcase a venue too. Love the QT brand, they are brilliant. 🙂

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Liz - April 23, 2015 Reply

Oh, my gosh, what a fabulous experience! Top notch food and accommodations—lucky you!

    Anna - April 24, 2015 Reply

    It was a tops experience, and yes, the food was amazing and that bed…. holy wow, so freakin comfy. 🙂
    I was very lucky indeed.

Bam's Kitchen - April 23, 2015 Reply

What a fabulous girls night out on the town and all of that delicious food is making me hungry and it is only breakfast time in Hong Kong!

    Anna - April 23, 2015 Reply

    Yep, it was fabulous BAM! 🙂
    The food was amazing, Nic and his team of chefs are rather talented. It was great to be able to pick up the menu and know exactly what I was eating too. Not sure if its like this in Hong Kong, but the descriptions on menus in Australia have become so detailed, you need to ask the google to know what is about to be in you.

Kathy @ Olives & Garlic - April 22, 2015 Reply

You look great and so do all these fun pictures.

Krista - April 21, 2015 Reply

You look fantastic, darling!! What a fun (and delicious!) night. 🙂 So glad you were so thoroughly spoiled. You work so hard at your job and thoroughly deserve this. 🙂

    Anna - April 21, 2015 Reply

    Why thank ya sweets. 🙂
    It was a whole bunch of fun dressing up, and being treated to a wonderful and super tasty night.
    Cant wait to get back to the restaurant for some more feasting. #yarm

Raymund - April 21, 2015 Reply

Wow looks like you had a really fun time.

Glamorous Glutton - April 21, 2015 Reply

That sounds like a great night out. The food looks wonderful as did all of you. GG

    Anna - April 21, 2015 Reply

    Thanks a bunch, GG! 🙂
    It was such a wonderful night, I am still thinking about the house cured meats and those baby donuts. #yarm

Gourmet Getaways - April 20, 2015 Reply

Wow, isn’t that plush?! You and your girls look fab! What an experience, Anna!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - April 21, 2015 Reply

    It was amazing, I really cannot pinpoint what was the best bit about the night. Such a fun experience. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - April 20, 2015 Reply

All you girls look absolutely gorgeous. You do get to go to some great events, Anna. There’s a QT in Sydney and it’s amazing and yes, often frequented by musicians and actors and the beautiful crowd. I’ve been there for a drink and just sit back and watch the scene. I must get to the restaurant xx

    Anna - April 20, 2015 Reply

    I am rather spoilt, Charlie. 🙂
    I haven’t been to the Sydney property, but I imagine it has a similar thing going on, QT are really spot on with their branding.
    Yeah, it’d be fabulous for people watching, and if you can get to the restaurant, I would totally recommend that.
    Hope you are doing okay, thinking of you. xo

Agness - April 19, 2015 Reply

You look like a real princess, sweetie! So posh and awwwwwww! I wish I was there with you sipping the glass of wine or champagne.

    Anna - April 20, 2015 Reply

    Thanks darlin’ girl! 🙂
    Was fun to dress up and be treated to an incredible night. The food…. drool!
    Oh yeah, it’d be great to catch up for a glass of vino, I say you hop a plane to Australia and we make this a thing.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - April 19, 2015 Reply

This kinda makes me want to get married again. kinda. I’d be up for pretending ANYTIME.

I love Canberra!

    Anna - April 20, 2015 Reply

    Haha! I’m with you, Maureen. 🙂
    Canberra really is a lovely (crazy cold) city, let me know when you are in town next.

Mabel Kwong - April 18, 2015 Reply

What. A. Night. Certainly a night in good taste and style. The profiteroles look amazing and I’m not surprised you loved them. I could probably finish it in five minutes and ask for another plate 😀

All of you lovely ladies looked beautiful in the limo. All so happy. I’m guessing you all haven’t met before but it sounded like you all got along very well.

Is that a goody bag on the bed? LOL, it looks like it’s blending in with the bed sheet and the rest of the architecture, so I happen to walk in to that room, I might not see it as I jump straight onto the bed…

I ate a big bowl of coloruful vegan food (from Supercharger) last weekend. It wasn’t sweet, wasn’t savoury either…somewhere in between and I felt good eating it. I might get it again tomorrow. You know I prefer savoury foods, Miss Anna…but rarely will I pass up chocolate 😉

Hope your weekend is going well, and have a good week ahead 🙂

    Anna - April 18, 2015 Reply

    The baby donuts were pretty freakin amazing too. You get to control how much yum you put inside them, brilliant idea from whichever chef made that dessert interactive. 🙂 I say you come visit me in Canberra and we shall share platters of desserts. Yeasss!

    Thanks lovely one, I did feel pretty darn special sitting in the limo sipping champers with a bunch of glamours. Epic way to kick a night off that’s for sure.

    Yeah, that was a goodie bag indeed, it had perfume, booze, makeup, Peter Alexander eye mask, it was seriously brilliant. I did run at the bed and stopped when I spotted the bag. 🙂

    Vegan food you say? I’ve not heard of supercharger, I’ll have to ask the google. Must be good if you are heading back for more. I’m with you on the savoury foods, Miss Mabel, but if you give me chocolate, I won’t say no. Lol!

    Weekend going great. Hope yours is too. Happy week ahead. Xo

Sophie - April 18, 2015 Reply

What a cool night out!
It looks that you girls all had lots of fun! What a night!

    Anna - April 18, 2015 Reply

    It really was a whole bunch of fun, the QT gang certainly know how to put on a heck of a brilliant event. 🙂 What a night indeed!

Tim UrbanDuniya - April 17, 2015 Reply

Awww you gals look gorgeous!! Cheers!

Traveling Rockhopper - April 17, 2015 Reply

wow, looks wonderful!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - April 17, 2015 Reply

What an amazing experience. And it’s sweet all the way for me 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - April 17, 2015 Reply

Ooh I’m thinking you all look like you’re out for a night Real Housewives of Beverly Hills style except that you guys are hotter and would fight less. What a fantastic night! 😀

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - April 16, 2015 Reply

Wow!!! What a great and deserved experience… I am happy for you and your friends. I see that y’all were treated as VIP and had an awesome time. For me, it would be hard to choose from one of the dishes above. Since I got a sweet tooth, I’d have picked the dessert as the star of my meal.
Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

    Anna - April 17, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Denise. It was a wonderful experience, I felt very special being involved. 🙂
    The tuna was pretty amazing, but the baby donuts totes won my heart.

Sue - April 16, 2015 Reply

Now that looks like wonderful fun!

Jean | Holy Smithereens - April 16, 2015 Reply

Looks like such a fun event!! And I’m loving that doughnut with syringe 😉 I should check out QT Hotel sometime I have heard that it is very Canberran in style.
Oh I can’t decide which I like more (savoury vs sweet) — it depends on the time of the day / meal / my mood. But I like both 🙂

    Anna - April 16, 2015 Reply

    It was a whole bunch of fun, Jean. And yes, I absolutely would recommend visiting QT Hotel, its very funky and totally on CBR brand. Perhaps we catch up for a cheeky bevie at Lucky’s when you are in town next? 🙂
    That question really is mood related huh? Although generally speaking, I’d say savory.
    Hope you are having a stella week lady. xo

Hannah - April 16, 2015 Reply

Still so jelly this entire event looks so lush!!!

Liz Posmyk (Good Things) - April 16, 2015 Reply

Such glitz and glamour… and I can’t think of a nicer person to be treated to this!

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - April 16, 2015 Reply

Oh, what fun – Anna – wish there was this kind of thing around when I had my hen’s party:-) So classy and decent food too.

    Anna - April 16, 2015 Reply

    I really love that Hen’s nights like this exist. Much cooler than the Hen’s parties I’ve been too.
    I would totes prefer a classy party like this where one drinks lovely wine and eats amazing foods, then letting loose boozing, fashioning wedding gowns out of toilet paper, awkwardly watch a man strip, eat food in the shape of male genitalia, and booze some more.
    ‘Twas a brill night! 🙂

hassan - April 15, 2015 Reply

I would like acquaintances by all of your kind friends. Good for them… What a good friend like you they have. 🙂
What a great and delightful night.

آنا مهربونه

    Anna - April 16, 2015 Reply

    Haha! Yes Hassan, they were a gorgeous group of gals, I was lucky to be included in such a fabulous event.
    Much fun and delight had indeed.
    Wishing you a super week my friend. 🙂

Mandy - April 15, 2015 Reply

So not fair I wasn’t invited – seriously though, what an incredible experience Miss A. You always land the best more fun stuff to do – awesome!
Have a beautiful day my sweet Anna – it is incredibly miserable and cold here today – clearly winter is fast approaching – here’s hoping it goes as quickly.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - April 16, 2015 Reply

    Welllllllll Miss Mandy, how’s about when I get around to doing the wedding/hens night thing, you come along and we do it for reals. 🙂
    It was such a fab night, a really well planned event, one I am sure a ‘hen’ would totes dig.
    Wishing you a lovely day too my friend. Stay warm, only a few months to go.
    Hugs and love. xox

Elizabeth - April 15, 2015 Reply

Wow… Now that does sound like I fun night… I’m coming to this when you and Massaman tie the knot! Liz xx

    Anna - April 15, 2015 Reply

    Amazing night Liz, one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. 🙂
    AND …. Hahaha, you make me laugh. Top of the Hen’s list you are my lady. xo

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