Hospitality Course Week 2

Heyo Bookaholics!

I love learning!

To replace the Back To School Series that I do every year, I am going to be documenting my time at Hospitality school! This is week 2!

Week 1 I spoke a little bit about the course. You can read about my Introductory class here. A little bit of backstory can be found in my previous post, a small snippet here… I am going to be doing a new course called Certificate IV in Hospitality and Leadership Management. It runs over 19 weeks (3 months), with one session each week, and can be completed within a 12 month period. 

Week 2 Topic: COFFEE & MARTINIS

23rd February 2019 – Week 2:

This week we focused on how to make the best coffee as well as other drinks using coffee. 

We learnt:

  • What makes the perfect espresso?
  • How to use a manual coffee machine, and how to test if the coffee that is made correctly.
  • That Arabica beans have a curve line down the middle of the bean, and Robusta beans have a straight line down the middle.
  • Making a Dry, Dirty and Filthy Martini & and Espresso Martini (using all of the coffee we made prior)
  • How to steam and pour milk into a coffee glass.

Out of the two sessions (with all the hype I make, it feels like more), this was my favourite one! I have been born and raised around coffee, with my parents and family friends complaining and criticising the perfect coffee.

As for me, I only started drinking coffee this year mainly because I felt kinda awkward going to the coffee shop with my best friend before Uni and not ordering anything. Also I just really craved the taste and bitterness of coffee. Bad idea. Coffee has bad effects for me, worsens my anxiety and shaking by increasing my heart rate, and well, just do coffee things.

Anyways this post isn’t about me and my inability to handle coffee.

COFFEE FACTS!

My favourite part was learning about the coffee beans and how they can affect the quality of a coffee. As I mentioned above, Arabica beans have a curve line down the middle of the bean and Robusta beans have a straight line down the middle. A Robusta bean is inferior in taste and will taste like bitter ass if they’re not mixed in with Arabica beans when coffee is made.

The beans also have natural oils so they need to be stored in a cool dry place once the packet has been opened to retain these natural oils for the next time they’re used. These oils come out in the coffee when it is made. When making an espresso, you may see a thin layer on top of the coffee that looks like a darker thin layer of coffee; this is actually the oils of the beans coming out into the coffee, giving it a fresher smell and taste. This oil layer is called the crema – which translates to creme in Italian.

I had so much fun learning about coffee, something I have grown up around and heard people talk about constantly, but I’ve never been given the facts about the caffeinated Italian drink everyone is so addicted to and in love with.

I really hope you enjoyed this post and learnt something about coffee like I did! I will be bringing you all some more writing updates and related writing content on Wednesdays!

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Hospitality Course Week 1

Heyo Bookaholics!

I love learning!

To replace the Back To School Series that I do every year, I am going to be documenting my time at Hospitality school!

Alongside my current course, I am going to be doing a new course called Certificate IV in Hospitality and Leadership Management. It runs over 19 weeks (3 months), with one session each week, and can be completed within a 12 month period. Every Friday – with the exception of this week – I will be posting about what I did in the course, some tips and tricks I was taught, and the progress I’ve made from week to week. Feel free to leave questions about the course and the content I post, in the comments below! I will answer them all in the next post!

What is Hospitality School?

‘Hospitality School’ is the name I have given the course. The real name of the course is a dual Certificate IV (4) in Hospitality and Leadership & Management. It is a short course that gives the student a certificate equipping them with the skills to work in the hospitality industry. The student will gain their RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol), RSF (Responsible Service of Food), and the two Certificate fours.

This course may be funded by the Australian Government depending on your eligibility, and you can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year.

Why Am I doing this?

I chose to do this course to have an extra qualification that is in stark contrast to my current Accounting/ Technology course. It gives me skills that will leave me with a one up in the job searching game and if not a job, then some cool party tricks!

15th February 2019 – Week 1:

Situation: It’s the morning of ‘the thing’ first day of class and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO WEAR!! I was anxious, naked, and on top of that, I had no idea what to expect! All I knew was that it was an intro class, so that reassured me a little bit.

So what did I wear?

Expectation: Well, of course, I just went with a basic look. Black on black, i.e. typical waitress/ waiter attire. Also not too casual, but not too professional (me on right).

Reality: Almost everyone who came was in blue jeans and a t-shirt, except for the girl in a tracksuit, and the other girl studying fashion. I still felt confident, so there’s that.

What to expect?

Expectations: We’d sit down and everyone would introduce themselves, maybe we’d talk about the basics; there’d be a powerpoint. I wasn’t expecting much.

Reality: Shit! There was a lot happening. I think I forgot that it was going to be a 4hr class. We did everything from paperwork and listening to a powerpoint presentation, to making cocktails, pouring beer and carrying plates. There was so much going on, I was on a learning high it was amazing! Which leads on to my next point…

Did  I learn anything?

Ah, HELL YEAH! I came away with so much information! By far my favourite things that I learnt are:

  • How to make a Cosmopolitan Cocktail
  • How to do a single and double pour of beer from a tap (with the correct amount of head)
  • and How to correctly carry 3 plates in 2 hands (and arm)

It was so much fun, and if we did all of this and more in just one 4hr session (+ doing paperwork), I can’t wait to find out what we do in the next 4hr session without all the time spent doing paperwork!

Till next week xx

I hope you enjoyed this post, maybe learnt something, or just enjoyed me talking about my experience and passions! I cannot wait for my next class, Friday week! It’ll be good fun after my 9am, 3hr Auditing exam.

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Please leave any questions down in the comments below and I will answer them all in the next post next week xxx

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Last Back To School Post of 2018!

Heyo Bookaholics, Students, Parents, and Other Humans!

To conclude my three, now four part Back to School Series of 2018, I would like to extend a massive thank you to all who have read the posts in this series, and allowing me to bring you the third year of school-related life hacks!

I know I say it a lot but I mean it when I say that I really really enjoy making these posts.  These are one of the most different series on my blog as it only comes around once a year in a time where I am able to Continue reading “Last Back To School Post of 2018!”

Where to Buy Cheap Textbooks

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We have reached the third post in my back to school series and today I want to discuss something my mother is very passionate about; and that is purchasing textbooks at a cheap price.

You see textbooks are so expensive! It’s horrific and as you get older, every year the books seem to rise in price by almost $10 each book, with some (thankfully not may) schools requiring you to purchase a hardback book, which as us bookworms know are almost $15 more expensive than a standard paperback.

In this post today I’d love to share with you some tips and tricks I’ve learnt off of my mother over the years of watching her buy my high school textbooks.

So have your book list handy (or give this post to your parents) and lest get started!!! Continue reading “Where to Buy Cheap Textbooks”

How to chose exercise books

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Today I want to discuss with you choosing and buying exercise books for school. I chose this topic because it is a think I tend to struggle with choosing the right ones, and end up with about ten different half-used notebooks throughout the year. Because of this I want to teach you all what I have learnt and how you can learn from my mistakes.

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Back To School Series 2018!

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Heyo Bookaholics!

Today is the first day of The Back To School Series!

This is the second year in a row that I have done this series. I had quite a lot of fun doing last year’s series that I thought I’d continue it and provide you with all the new information I have learnt about preparing for the new school year.

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12 Things I Do To Stay Organised & Stress-Free.

Hi everyone,

This post is a little different to my usual book related content that is featured on this blog. This post is a list of 12 things I do throughout the day in order to remain organised, relaxed, and  stress-free.

The exam period is drawing near and I have decided to make this life hack post to help others people like me who have trouble keeping concentrated and finding time to do everything that is needed to be done.

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School-Bag Essentials

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the third and final installment of the 2016 Back to School Series: School-Bag Essentials. 

I don’t know about you, but  throughout the school year, my school bag becomes a like my bedroom at school – considering I am there 5/7 days in the week – and I need certain items in order to maintain an acceptable level of sanity at school.

So here is a list I have compiled of The Essential Items to keep in a School Bag.

1. Hand sanitizer. Always carry one of these. If not for you, do it for a friend.

2. Wet/ Make-up Wipes. Always handy to have around.

3. Tissues. Now these everyone needs and are the most important item to have, especially on those drab winter days when you spontaneously become sick and the classroom is out of tissues; you know there will always be a pack in your bag.

4. Pens, pencils, and other stationary items; including a notepad! Even if you’re like me and have 2 pencils, 10 pens, 3 rubbers, a pad of sticky notes, scissors and random bits of paper already crammed into your bulging pencil case; always carry an extra pen or two in a small pocket in your backpack. You’ll never know when your ink will run out in the middle of taking down notes in class or you may forget your diary at home and need to write your homework somewhere safe (i.e. notepad).

5. Your wallet; containing keys, important cards, and money. My wallet endures a lot considering it gets thrown from bag to bag whenever I leave the house. It is my ultimate essential. I recommend getting a small wallet that is easy to conceal but also big enough to fit your keys, ID, money, lipgloss, and for most people, your phone.

6. Umbrella. One thing I’ve learnt from living in Melbourne is that any kind of weather is possible, so always pack an umbrella. My mother would never let me leave the house without an umbrella – or a jacket for that matter – but you never know what the weather will do, so it’s better to be safe than sorry!

7. Plastic bags. In all honesty, I have at least one plastic bag inside every one of the bags I take out with me (about 5 in my school bag because I’m lazy) and they are life savers. Especially helpful if you need to store a wet umbrella or if you want to cover your bag when you get stuck walking in the rain.

8. Gum. The ultimate love of my life. I know there are rules against this at most schools but aren’t rules there to be broken? This is the one thing I must always have on me. Whether it be to get fresher breath or calm my nerves before a SAC (test/ exam), I can always rely on my best friend or my school bag to supply me some fresh minty chewy freshness.

9. Mouthwash (pocket edition). One of the newest additions to my bag is this little guy. As we all know lunches can be  the most tasty meal of the day, but it can also leave your breath smelling like a dead fish till the end of the day; so to avoid the embarrassment, I carry around a small bottle of mouthwash (since I don’t have an endless supply of gum) and use it after I eat. It is a real life saver.

I hope this list helped you to pack your bag for the coming semester, ensuring you have all the essentials needed for a comfortable and sanitary life at the most unsanitary and uncomfortable place on earth. School.

If you feel I have missed anything that you swear upon keeping inside your schoolbag on a daily basis; don’t be afraid to let me know down in the comments section below.

 

Have a happy and healthy second semester at school!

Love,

Bree xx


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To Do List Printables

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the second post in the 2016 Back to School Series: To-Do List Printables. 

As I mentioned in my most recent post about organisation (link here); I absolutely love creating timetables. But there is one other organisation tool I rely on just as much as timetables, and they are to-do lists!

The Holy Grail of organisation tools. For people with little time and lots to do.

Below, I’ve attached a few links and descriptions to to-do list printables; including some of my favourite places to buy to-do list planners for the not-so-creative souls, who just want a quick fix planner and aren’t afraid to spend the money.
First up is a printable I found to help me complete my last minuite homework in the last two weeks of school holidays. It is by The Project Girl and is only a two week planner but has boxes which splits the day in three parts for efficient time management.

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Staying Organised

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the first post in the 2016  Back to School Series: Staying Organised.

One of the biggest issues I have faced, especially in my last two years of High School has got to be organisation.

Since the start, I wanted to do a post that would benefit all of my readers, hence leading to the creation of this short (but detailed) list of study/ organisation tips, of what I feel, have caused me to succeed keeping organised and reaching my goals.

 

i really need to study - have no time for rubbing out workbooks!!!

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