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Who’s staying open over the Easter long weekend

We’ve taken the hard work out of figuring out which cafes, bars and restaurants are open this weekend. Let your tastebuds lead you to somewhere new, or revisit an old favourite this long weekend – here's a list of Easter trading hours for some of Brisbane’s beloved food and drink venues. more

Coffee
Food & Drink

Annual black coffee day returns to Bunker this Friday

We can usually trust Bunker in Milton to be open to calm our caffeinated needs when a public holiday rolls around – affording those who don’t reside or work in the area an indulgent trip to this weekday-only haunt. This Good Friday, Bunker will indeed again be treating tastebuds, but not with the usual espresso-based creations. The espresso machine will be rolled away, making room for the coffee wizardry that occurs for Bunker’s annual black coffee day. The hole-in-the-wall haunt will be brewing next-level all-filter coffees from Brisbane’s Cup Coffee Roasters, the UK’s Small Batch Coffee Company, Melbourne’s Code Black Coffee Roasters and Proud Mary Coffee Roasters. Head along this Friday April 18 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. more

Recipes
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Potter over a moreish seafood paella this Good Friday

As Easter Sunday approaches, carrying its delicious lures of chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, we can also look forward to an all-out seafood feast on Good Friday. What better way to celebrate the tradition than by throwing a bunch of oceanic edibles into the pan and whipping up a seafood paella. We've included chicken in this recipe, but you can tweak the ingredients to suit your tastes. Cast a net into the ocean or grab a bounty of fresh calamari, prawns and mussels from local suppliers like Fresh N Wild Fish Portside, Samies Girl Fresh Seafood Market in Hamilton or The Fish Factory in Morningside. more

Coffee
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Turn cold brew into cocktails with Slingshot Coffee Co.

There are many fine artisans who have mastered the craft of cold brew of late and another to add to the lauded list is North Carolinian collective, Slingshot Coffee Company. In addition to roasting its own single-origin beans, Slingshot takes a seasonal approach, changing its beans depending on the time of year so that it is always using the freshest crops. The team then hand brews and bottles the cold press in small batches, adding only one other ingredient – filtered tap water – to allow the beans’ flavours to shine. The company produces two cold-coffee varieties – a ready-to-drink cold brew served neat over ice, and a coffee concentrate, which can be topped up with hot or cold water or milk as desired. And if you’re partial to taking your coffee in nightcap form, Slingshot lists a number of intriguing ways to use cold brew in your home cocktail creations. more

Food News
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Hunt down Herb Lester’s An Appetite For Melbourne

Known for crafting local guides to the usual and the unusual – from compilations of historic writers’ lairs in Manhattan to a tourists guide to the solar system – Herb Lester Associates has compiled map-based guides to Brooklyn, London, Lisbon, Paris, Tokyo and various other stimulating European and American cities. Now the company has now turned its attention its first Australian city, focusing on the food scene in Melbourne. Boasting stimulation for all the senses, An Appetite For Melbourne not only covers the restaurants, cafes and bars that have mushroomed in the city’s laneways, but also comprises 40 notable galleries, markets, shops and parks. more

Cafes
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A teacher inspires students to grow green in the South Bronx

A motivated and passionate teacher may very well leave an indelible impact on his students, but Stephen Ritz from the South Bronx is also leaving a positive impact on the landscape. The teacher enlisted his students – many of whom are homeless, living below the poverty line and have disabilities – to build an edible, vertical wall in their classroom. The project soon gained momentum, eventually spreading to the surrounding communities, feeding students and residents, and attracting attention around the world. Listen to Stephen share his story in his TEDxManhattan talk, A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx. more

The Grocer
Food & Drink

Look for locally grown watermelons at Rocklea

Perfect pink triangles piled high on a plate, the juice invariably running down fingers and chins with each refreshing bite. Watermelon is a staple of the Queensland diet, whether enjoyed as a thirst-quenching treat at the beach or while lazing poolside, or devoured in a chilled juice or popsicle form. more

Recipes
Food & Drink

Crack into hot spinach and cheese empanadas

As the temperature cools ever so slightly and we take the opportunity to turn our attention to comfort foods, a piping-hot parcel of pastry stuffed full of gooey cheese and spinach sounds like the perfect warming autumn snack. Fire up the oven, grab a mountain of absorbent napkins and crunch into the ultimate Argentinian street food. Chefs Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stovelmaher share their recipe for this vegetarian classic below, which seduces the crowds at their two restaurants and wandering street-food truck in Paris. more

The Grocer
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Beluga Lentils

Anyone who has been to uni will recall the days of cheap eats, when instant noodles and lentils formed the basis of a no-frills diet. But, oh, what fun you can have with lentils. Toss them in salads, make a large pot of dahl that will last for a week or throw them in soups. more

Food News
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Peek into the kitchen of an incredible 15-year-old chef

Kids these days … If they aren’t texting on their phones, then they’re whipping up eight-course meals featuring dishes like ember-roasted carrot gelée with smoked egg yolk, served alongside compressed mango, pickled mustard seeds and coffee-pickled carrots. In this short film for The New York Times, viewers can take a peek inside 15-year-old Flynn McGarry’s supper club Eureka – which is actually the living room of the family home he shares with his mum and grandma. Witness the food genius at work in The Kid’s Table above, and maybe show it to those idle children of yours. more

Coffee
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Manual Coffeemaker pushes pourover boundaries

The slow motions of making your morning cup of coffee can be just as much a pleasurable ritual as drinking the stimulating liquid. Inspired by coffee brewing methods of the past but employing modern design thinking, Chicago-based designer and illustrator Craighton Berman has created a prototype for the Manual Coffeemaker. more