August 31, 2017

Just Tuk’n Around Progressive Dinner

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This my friends, is the story of the time we went on a Just Tuk’n Around Progressive Dinner.

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Life was meant for good friends and great adventures

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Couple of dorks ready to get our Tuk onnnnnn!

What expectations come to your mind when you imagine a fun evening out with friends being ferried around restaurant to restaurant by tuk-tuk?  I knew it was going to be fun; but I didn’t know I’d laugh till I cried, eat too much, possibly drink a little too much and still be giggling about the experience the next day.

I imagined a slow leisurely ride along the seaside boardwalks and garden pathways, where there was time to commune with nature, drink in the views and salt air and enjoy an unhurried foodie evening with my pals.  Instead, we were quickly caught up in a carnival atmosphere of laughter and squeals of delight befitting a joy ride that was over way too quickly.  It was impossible not to surrender to the moment and entertainment by our drivers, in-between sampling delicious food from what was an eclectic range of restaurants and ambiances beautifully befitting Airlie Beach.

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I want my toes in the sand and a cocktail in hand!

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So this is what seafood platters at Sorrento’s look like…

Our first stop was Sorrento Restaurant and Bar where 2 stunning platters of seafood for our party of 6 awaited and our choice of what turned out to be the first of several delicious cocktails consumed that evening!

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Why limit happy to an hour?

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‘I’m on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it!’

Seriously, we could have just stayed at Sorrento’s all night, the sunset views alone are worth at least one visit and nibbling each morsel of so incredibly fresh tasty seafood would have made this little shenANNAgator happy enough to kick on sippin’ and munching the night away. The setting is probably my idea of heaven for a restaurant, but that would of defeated the point of a progressive dinner, so before we knew it, we were off to our next step.

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Making memories with old friends… life’s GOOD!

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Watching sunsets around the world is boring – Said no-one EVER!

Back in our fancy electric Tuktuk Pedicabs and careening down the main street of Airlie Beach certainly mixed the mood up from lay back cocktails and sunset views to the ‘Just Tuk’n’ vibe as our driver had us in stitches laughing at his crazy jokes and running commentary as we made our way none to quietly to La Tabella Trattoria.   The busy outdoor dining area was already bustling and filling up quickly, but for all that we were not waiting long before the next course arrived from the rich Italian flavors of antipasto and beetroot gnocchi with duck.

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Dat Gnocchi tho… #L<3VE

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Simple and satisfying antipasto platters

Our last stop of the night was KC’s Grill and Bar, Airlie’s Original Steakhouse and Live Music Venue; the place was pumping and packed to the hilt.  Unfortunately for us the live music was cancelled at the last minute, but the place was packed to the rafters within the cosy rustic timber and red brick décor with a bit of a 70’s twist along with classic murals taking every spot on the walls – one describing ‘Airlie Beach as being a drinking town with a boating problem!’  Too true!

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‘If life gives you lemons, the possibilities are endless’.

If you’re up for fun and a wild ride then the Just Tuk’n Around Progressive Dinner is a hilarious action packed way to check out some sights and flavours that make up just a little piece of my tropical paradise in Airlie Beach, North Queensland.

So tell me dear reader, when was the last time you ate too much, possibly drank a little too much and were still giggling about the experience the next day?

The Just Tuk’n Around Progressive Dinner was independently paid for. 

Just Tuk’n Around

Price: $110.00 per person.  
 From/to Airlie Beach accommodation. Special pickup locations can be arranged.
Phone: 0421 513 033


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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Megan Jerrard - September 20, 2017 Reply

Wouldn’t have guessed tuk tuks on Airlie Beach – sounds like a great experience! That seafood platter at Sorrento’s is like, divine! And the cocktails look amazing – I can definitely see how you could have spent all night! The sunsets are beautiful. Just Tuk’n Around Progressive Dinner sounds like the funnest way to spend a night!

    Anna - September 21, 2017 Reply

    Yeah, Airlie Beach has got it ALL going on. 🙂 And that seafood platter, awh gurl, if I could get up and around that on a weekly basis, I’d be one very happy little camper. It was a brilliant way to play tourist and experience some of the towns hidden tasty secrets.

Tom - September 17, 2017 Reply

What a fantastic idea! I’d love to do this 🙂 It looks like you had a very fine choice of restaurants as well. The seafood platter looked so delicious. The probably only thing I’d miss during this event is to walk a little bit between the restaurants to help the digestion 😀 But it sounds like a great evening 😀

    Anna - September 18, 2017 Reply

    Well Tom, I reckon after a day of walking on beaches and up to lookouts to see the swirling sands, having the luxury to be tuk’d from restaurant to restaurant is godsend. 🙂 We totally had a fun time, was cool to play tourist and eat some incredible food too.

mjskitchen - September 15, 2017 Reply

You look like a blast to party with! It all looks fun and that seafood platter is something I would kill for. Oh how I would like that sitting in front of me. It would be hard to share. 🙂 Lots of fun!

Sandy N Vyjay - September 13, 2017 Reply

What a unique and exciting experience. This is a great and innovative concept. The combination of tuk tuk ride and some spectacular eateries and food does make for great times.Can see why this must have been a really rocking experience for you all.

Amanda - September 11, 2017 Reply

What a fabulous way to enjoy a progressive dinner!
At the risk of showing my age, the progressive was very popular back in the late 70’s, but drink/driving laws killed them off. Oh – if only we’d had tuk tuks!

    Anna - September 12, 2017 Reply

    Oh yes it was an incredible way to enjoy playing tourist and get in some really fantastic dining too. We had a blast!
    And… maybe you could start a tuk yuk progressive dinner gig in your neck of the woods? Ha! 🙂

Sreekar - September 10, 2017 Reply

Tuk Tuks are a way of transport in some parts of India. But whenever we travel abroad we still find them fun to ride on. These do look a lot different to the Indian ones:)

    Anna - September 11, 2017 Reply

    These are pretty fancy electric tuk tuks Sreekar, I think very different then the ones you might find in India. 🙂

Aria Smith - September 9, 2017 Reply

Wow!!!This looks Awesome!!! Very nice food and pictures! The seafood is yummy; I can’t wait to try it? Great share.

    Anna - September 10, 2017 Reply

    Yeah it was Aria, we had an absolute ball and the seafood platter was INCREDIBLE. I think actually, we all thought it was our fave feed of the night. 🙂

Karla - September 9, 2017 Reply

This looks like a lot of fun and a different kind of way to go around having dinner! I would loved to have tried.

    Anna - September 10, 2017 Reply

    Tonnes of FUN gurl! We had a blast. Def a great way to play tourist and get in a bunch of great eats too. 🙂

Suruchi - September 8, 2017 Reply

You all look so happy. It must be an awesome night and friends together can make a lot of good happy memories. Tuk Tuk drive is fun and the food and cocktails look great.

    Anna - September 11, 2017 Reply

    We are VERY happy Suruchi! It was a really fun evening with that perfect mix of tourist. 🙂

Krista Bjorn - September 6, 2017 Reply

What a jolly night out!!! You guys all look so happy and tipsy – in the best possible way. 🙂 The food sounds amazing, and the company, superb. 🙂

    Anna - September 7, 2017 Reply

    It was such a FUN filled evening Krista, gosh we laughed! 🙂 I def reckon this is a beaut way to taste and experience a town.

mags - September 6, 2017 Reply

Wow! This looks like a blast. I think I’m going to see that seafood platter in my dreams.

    Anna - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Haha… yep, that seafood platter was flippin outstanding! 😀 Enjoy those dreams, hope it tastes as good there as it did in real life. 🙂

Jennifer Melroy - September 6, 2017 Reply

This looks like a great way to try some amazing food and have a fun drive around the city. I love doing progressive dinners with friends where everyone brings a unique dish from somewhere else.

    Anna - September 7, 2017 Reply

    It was a brilliant way to adventure around my town and taste some incredible food too. 🙂

Candiss - September 6, 2017 Reply

Such a fun way to have a unique dining experience and try different places out! I love food tours and this is a new spin on that!

    Anna - September 7, 2017 Reply

    It sure is a new spin on food tours Candiss, an amazing experience I am grateful to have had! 🙂

Paige W - September 6, 2017 Reply

How fun is this?! I love progressive dinners, but have only done them in friend’s homes! What a cool idea! I love that they’ve adopted tuktuks too! I thought you were in Thailand for a bit! Everything you ate looked incredible! I would’ve had to steal that entire cheeseboard away from you guys though! 😉

    Anna - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Oh we had a blast Paige, it was such a fun spin on the traditional progressive dinner.
    And we would have happily shared the cheese platter with you, the more the merrier I say!

Annika - September 5, 2017 Reply

This looks like a really fun way to try different restaurants. I have never heard of a “progressive dinner” but it seems like a cool concept. It looks like you guys had a ball!

    Anna - September 7, 2017 Reply

    We had an absolute ball Annika! A very cool way to experience my little tropical town and the amazing foods we have on offer! 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - September 4, 2017 Reply

So I proposed a progressive dinner to a couple of my friends a few years ago, and they all turned their noses up at the idea because they “couldn’t drink much” because they’d need to drive to the next course. I think you may have found the solution – someone give me a tuk tuk!

    Anna - September 5, 2017 Reply

    Hahaha… I totes thought Melbourne would have been all over the progressive dinner including safe modes of transport between restaurants?! Good thing you are about to take the town by storm. I shall put in a request for the speedy delivery of a tuk tuk!

Denise Browning - September 4, 2017 Reply

I have heard about progressive dinner in houses, but in restaurants is quite new for me. Love the idea … oh all that food and fun with friends. Enjoy life fully, friend!

    Anna - September 5, 2017 Reply

    Progressive dinners in restaurants and transport from venue to venue via tuk tuk is TOTALLY how things should be done. 🙂 And I am my friend, I am really enjoying my life. xo

Siddhartha Joshi - September 4, 2017 Reply

When you laugh till you cry, it’s certainly a sign that you had a great evening! Sorrento Restaurant and Bar looks great – the food and the drink, both look delicious 🙂

    Anna - September 5, 2017 Reply

    Yep, still makes me smile thinking about the whole experience. 🙂 And yes, a big fat YES for Sorrentos!

Danik - September 3, 2017 Reply

So want to do a tuk tuk but that food looks totally amazing! Get me there now!

    Anna - September 5, 2017 Reply

    Come for a visit anytime Danik, I’d love to share my little piece of paradise with you. 🙂

Red Nomad OZ (Marion Halliday) - September 3, 2017 Reply

What a great way to spend an evening – what’s not to love about the several cocktail/3 venue/mega-pigging-out thing?? Especially if it’s wrapped up with a balmy tropical evening and quirky transport that means you don’t have to watch what you drink or eat!! Definitely one to check out sometime!

    Anna - September 5, 2017 Reply

    We had an absolute blast, everything about the experience was wonderful! 🙂 If you are in the area, I absolutely recommend it as a ‘tour’ to do! 🙂

Indrani - September 3, 2017 Reply

Tuk tuk rides are fun, they are so naturally air conditioned. Love you fun pics.
They are so infectious, I too felt happy and was laughing at the poses. I enjoy traveling with friends.

    Anna - September 5, 2017 Reply

    HAHAHA… yep, naturally air conditioned indeed. 🙂 Perfect for seaside jaunts. 🙂

The Curious Creature - September 3, 2017 Reply

I love tuk tuks! Also, those drinks look amazing — and that sunset. Wowza

    Anna - September 3, 2017 Reply

    Yep… it sure was a fun filled evening. And the cocktails were amazing, really amazing. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - September 3, 2017 Reply

I didn’t realise they had tuk tuks at Airlie Beach! At first I thought you were in Thailand. That’s a pretty good looking seafood platter! 😀

    Anna - September 3, 2017 Reply

    Possibly the tuk tuks were not here when you last visited my little piece of paradise. 🙂
    And YEAS… the seafood platter was outstanding. One of the best looking platters I have seen in forever.

Ron Meker - September 3, 2017 Reply

This is one awesome idea. you get to enjoy so much culture through food! love the idea, not so much the tuk tuk ride haha. Had an experience in Thailand, drivers are crazy over there!

    Anna - September 3, 2017 Reply

    Isnt it just? It was the perfect way to play tourist, and visit a bunch of restaurants too.
    Oh dear, hope you are okay? Our tuk tuk drivers were very safe, just SUPER high energy. 🙂

Sara | Belly Rumbles - September 2, 2017 Reply

What a really fun way to do a food crawl, but tuk tuk!! Everything looks so delicious and that seafood, omg, mouth watering.

    Anna - September 3, 2017 Reply

    Yeah… the seafood was INCREDIBLE! Very impressive and tasted the goods too! 🙂

Sue - September 2, 2017 Reply

Anna what an amazing evening and over the top delicious! I love the idea of moving from one fabulous restaurant to another by tuk tuk. No wonder there was a lot of fun and giggles.It’s been quite a while since I had too much to drink. After one evening a decade or so ago, when I definitely wasn’t giggling the next day, I put the brakes on a bit. 🙂

    Anna - September 3, 2017 Reply

    It was such good FUN and a totally delicious way to tourist! 😀
    I am impressed Sue you actually stood by that vow to not drink again after a BIG night. Go you! 🙂

carla - September 2, 2017 Reply

Sounds you had a lot of fun! Those wacky photos of your friends are nice to see. The food looks awesome too. I am a cheese person so I know that cheese tray tastes great!

    Anna - September 2, 2017 Reply

    We had an absolute blast, and yes, it was def a lot of FUN! 🙂
    Cheese is a winner in my world too gurl, I can verify it tasted the goods.

Liz - September 1, 2017 Reply

Wow, that sunset! The views, the food, the laughter—sounds like a blast!

    Anna - September 2, 2017 Reply

    Yeah… it was one heck of a way to spend an evening, thats for sure! 🙂

Oliver terry - September 1, 2017 Reply

All of these pictures are just amazing. You’re always visiting cool places.

    Anna - September 1, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Oliver, I appreciate that you enjoy my pictures and yes, I am lucky to visit some pretty cool places. 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - September 1, 2017 Reply

Sounds like so much fun! Who doesn’t want to eat and drink too much sometimes, and still be giggling about it the next day. And the day after that. 🙂

    Anna - September 1, 2017 Reply

    It was a hoot John! 🙂 Haha…. yep, very true John. It’s a pretty great way to do life!

My Inner Chick - August 31, 2017 Reply

The tour guide is FAB! The bike!!
That accent is WICKED COOL.
Let me hear yours, Anna!
Also, the food, ride, drinks, laughter….LEMON PIE. WHAAAT?
I must do that w/ FUN friends.
We don’t have this in Duluth!

xxxx from MN.

    Anna - September 1, 2017 Reply

    Hahaha Kimmy! I just knew you would totally get into this tuk tuk’n FUN!
    YEP, Tania is a HOOT. Such high energy. Always smiling.
    I am working on taking small videos I can share on blog posts so you can hear my voice. I am becoming well Australian since living in north Queensland. Haha.
    The lemon pie was …. ummmm… interesting. But we did laugh a lot at that stop.
    Come for a visit lady. We’ve got it all going on here. 🙂

    Hugs and love coming at YOU! xo

hassan - August 31, 2017 Reply

very nice post.

    Anna - September 1, 2017 Reply

    Hey Hassan! Thanks friend. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

Gary Lum - August 31, 2017 Reply

Wow, Anna. That looks like a great time. I’ve already had my holiday for this year but that looks like something to incorporate into future holiday plans.

    Anna - August 31, 2017 Reply

    Wawhoo…. would love to show you round my neck of the woods Gary. When ya gonna come for a visit, huh? 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - August 31, 2017 Reply

What a great experience. Gordons Bay where I live is known as a drinking town with a yachting problem. How funny is that?

    Anna - August 31, 2017 Reply

    It was a whole lot of fun, laugh till we cried kinda fun. Hah! 🙂
    And…. it seems our towns are very similar Tandy.

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