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Weekday comfort noshing at Little Stanley Street

As the weather begins to cool – the mornings becoming crisp and an extra layer toted along for the walk home at night – our usual lunchtime salad no longer satisfies our midday tummy rumbles. Our tastebuds yearn for hearty fare and our chilled limbs ask to be warmed from the inside out, encouraging us to slurp down hot pots of noodles and scoop up curry with steaming naan. more

Recipes
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Bake a loaf of chocolate bacon damper on the campfire

We love baking bread … the pop of air that comes with the first punch of a risen dough, the rhythmic kneading, streaks of flour dusting benchtops, hands and cheeks alike. But we thought we’d put a little extra effort into our choice of bread this weekend, honouring our roots with a loaf of damper. Traditionally damper was made using flour ground from spinifex seeds, which has a brown hue – so perhaps try using wholemeal flour instead of the usual stark white varietal to replicate the colouring. For this recipe, we’ve opted to jazz up a traditional damper with added chocolate and bacon for something a little bit different and a whole lot luscious. more

The Grocer
Food & Drink

Dip your spoon into a jar of organic coconut caramel

Coconut in its many forms has become a staple of our everyday diet over the past few years – coconut water in our smoothies, coconut oil for roasting vegetables, and coconut flour and sugar for baking. Traversing both sweet and savoury recipes, this versatile drupe is both healthy and heavenly. Now a few of the coconut palm tree’s best assets are being blended into a sweet addictive spread. more

Food News
Food & Drink

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
Food & Drink

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
Food & Drink

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