A professional trip up north + food and fun

This past week and a bit I have been up to Queensland for the Australasian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition annual conference. This year the event was part of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) International Congress.

So my brain has been filled with knowledge on diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and when to provide nutrition through a food source, a tube or straight into the bloodstream.

I also had the opportunity to undertake two postgraduate courses through the Life Long Learning Program in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism – and thankfully passed the tests!

But this week hasn’t been all study and learning…

I made sure to head up to Queensland a couple of days before the conference so that I could soak up some sun and experience a mini holiday before putting my professional cap back on. I also brought my other half because it wouldn’t be an adventure without him. We headed up further north to the Sunshine Coast and Noosa for a day, and then by Sunday morning we were back in Brisbane for the Red Hill Farmers’ Market. But rather than me just rehashing it all through words, I thought I would just explain it all through the photos I took.

Aeroplane reading with a 4/5 Health Star Rated snack thanks to Qantas.

Aeroplane reading with a 4/5 Health Star Rated snack thanks to Qantas.

Corn fritters from Raw Energy in Peregian Beach.

Corn fritters from Raw Energy in Peregian Beach.

Noosa Main Beach

Tropical fruit and ginger juice, plus some sliced fruit at the Red Hill Market.

Putting my professional cap on at the conference - but still keeping my blogging cap on! Dont forget to check out Storehouse for your latest credible nutrition blog posts).

Representing the dietitian bloggers at the conference! (Be sure to check out Storehouse for the latest credible nutrition blog posts).

Donut Boys

Gingerbread Man doughnut from Donut Boyz – a shipping container doughnut shop in Brisbane’s West End. Reminded me a little too much of Melbourne so I couldn’t resist.

Amazing French Toast from The Bakery Cafe in South Brisbane.

French Toast from The Roastery Cafe in South Brisbane.

After the conference and some great social outings in Brisbane, James and I headed down to the Gold Coast for a couple of days to see my close friend Jessie. We checked out some great eateries, one of which was Greenhouse Factory in Coolangatta, which was a vegan restaurants with loads of greens in their dishes. We also hung out on the sunny beaches of the Gold Coast and reminisced about our World-class cheerleading days together. We even played late night card games that were part of our childhoods. It was a good couple of days to say the least.

Great breakfast on some pretty amazing bread - pumpkin bread with 5 seeds and perfectly poached eggs. At Vivre A Vie in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast

Breakfast on the Gold Coast: house-baked 5 seed pumpkin bread and perfectly poached eggs. At Vivre A Vie in Mermaid Beach

Burleigh Heads Farmers Markets - organic chai from one of the stalls.

Burleigh Heads Farmers Markets – organic chai from one of the stalls.

Reminiscing on this moment - 3rd place at Worlds in 2012.

Reminiscing on this moment – 3rd place at Worlds in 2012.

Cheers to all that made this week a great one. Especially Jessie who was our personal tour guide for all food and beach related adventures on the Gold Coast. And also to Ash from Off Duty Dietitian who took me out for a mega pho in Brisbane – nearly on par with the pho from Lam Lam in High Street, Northcote.

Now it’s back to Melbourne and back to work so I can apply all the knowledge I learnt earlier on in the week!

– Jenna

 

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