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Wooloowin welcomes new hidden brunch oasis Shambhala Espresso
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Wooloowin welcomes new hidden brunch oasis Shambhala Espresso

First, a little lesson in Sanskrit. Shambhala is a Sanskrit term meaning a place of peace, tranquility and happiness. It is a mythical paradise kingdom spoken of in many ancient texts, a place where one can find true bliss. Although it may be mythical in texts, a leafy garden espresso bar of the same name has made a home for itself in Wooloowin to offer the tranquil bliss you seek – especially if your idea of bliss is all-day breakfast and coffee. more

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The round-up: where to eat, drink and recover on New Year's Day
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The round-up: where to eat, drink and recover on New Year’s Day

So long, 2016 – it hasn’t been great knowing you! Now that the year that was has (finally) come to an end, it’s time to celebrate a fresh start in style. If you’ve made the most of your New Year’s Eve this year, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to be up and about much on New Year’s Day. We get it – we might even be in the same state come the morning of January 1. If your New Year’s resolution is to seize the day, rest assured that there are plenty of spots around town open for your carpe diem dining. Start the year right with a meal that you’ll still be remembering 12 months from now. more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane on Boxing Day
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane on Boxing Day

It tends to happen every year. We work our little butts off for 12 months with one day in sight – Christmas Day. We buy our presents, we stock up on ham ... and we completely forget that almost everything is closed the day after. If Boxing Day sales aren't your thing, we've rounded up a few places that are opening on Saturday December 26 for your eating and drinking pleasure. more

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Trio of sliders
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Munch on vegan burgs until the cows come home at MooFree Burgers

We know what you are thinking – there’s no way a meatless burger can stack up to a classic hamburger. Well, as much as we love sinking our teeth into a juicy meaty burg, we’re going to have to disagree with you. The team behind Charlie’s Raw Squeeze is changing the way we think about the humble burger, opening a location that serves nothing but meatless vegan varieties. MooFree Burgers in North Lakes might just be the spot to convince you that meat-free is the way to be. more

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The round-up: new places to eat and drink on the Gold Coast this summer
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The round-up: new places to eat and drink on the Gold Coast this summer

How long has it been since your last Gold Coast trip? Days, weeks or months? If your answer is in years, then you need to stop and take a good look at yourself … and then take our advice when we say that sometimes it’s a good thing to venture out and, you know, break the weekend routine. If you’ve got a bit of time up your sleeve over the festive season and were contemplating heading south for a sneaky day-trip or weekender, then we’ve got you covered. From the backstreets of Broadbeach to the Burleigh Heads oceanfront, we’ve taken the liberty of putting together a handy hit list of the top new restaurants, cafes and bars that have opened on the Gold Coast this year. more

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Mustard and pickle burger with cheese
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Sample sumptuous and ethically sourced fare at Toowong’s Pitch & Fork

Anyone that enjoys regularly eating up a storm at iconic eatery The Corner Store Cafe will tell you that cafe fare doesn’t get much better. We are inclined to agree – well, that was until owner Kim Malouf added a new venue to her foodie family. Boasting a gut-busting menu of meals made with ethically sourced produce is Pitch & Fork – Toowong’s newest cafe. If the sound of bacon croquettes, cauliflower falafels and garlic tiger prawns get your tummy rumbling, then head to Wests Rugby Club quick-smart for a taste of some fare that offers more than your typical clubhouse kitchen. more

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Discover rare wine and delicious eats at Brisbane City hideaway Greenglass
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Discover rare wine and delicious eats at Brisbane City hideaway Greenglass

When opening a restaurant, one naturally looks to the food as a starting point, building a supporting wine list around it. It’s very refreshing, and rare, when that entire idea is turned on it’s head – a restaurant built around wine, where food merely acts as a backdrop. For their latest project, brothers Cameron and Jordan Votan (the brains behind Spring Hill's Happy Boy) have done just that. more


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Melt Brothers brings the (grilled) cheese to Brisbane City
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Melt Brothers brings the (grilled) cheese to Brisbane City

Whatever else you're doing right now, stop. Sit down. Take a minute. You're going to want to give this your full attention. Gresham Lane has just welcomed a new eatery, specialising in the pure mouth-watering beauty that is grilled cheese. We're not talking plain-old lacklustre toasted sandwiches here kids – these guys aren't messing around. Introducing your cheesy new best friend, Melt Brothers Grilled Cheese Co. more

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Little Boat Espresso
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Beat the Brisbane heat at some new Sunshine Coast hotspots

Look, we know the irony inherent in telling you the best way to avoid the summer heat is to head to a place called the Sunshine Coast, but really the northern beaches offer some of the best opportunities to cool off when Brisbane gets unbearably hot. Not only can you take advantage of the beaches and sea breezes, you can also soak in some coastal atmosphere at one of many phenomenal bars, cafes and restaurants. 2016 has seen a huge boom in the coast’s foodie scene and we figured it was past time we stopped neglecting our northern brethren and listed some of the best new spots to try when you evacuate heat-stricken Brisbane. more

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Fromage The Cow
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The round-up: sweet dreams are made of cheese – Brisbane’s cheesiest dishes

Ever heard of the term C.R.E.A.M? It stands for 'cheese rules everything around me'. Give me a bunch of cheeses and I'll Edam all! I know what you’re thinking, “Haha, that joke was a gouda one!” To that I say thank you, friend! I love cheese so much I’ve changed my middle name to Gruyère. I’m not the only one that loves the stuff – several of Brisbane’s eateries are cheese fiends too. To prove it, we’ve put together a list of some of the cheesiest meals in town. If you are lactose intolerant, consider this an apology in advance. This piece might be a bit torturous for you, so I won’t be offended if you’re feeling bleu and can’t read any further. For the rest of you cheese lovers, feast your eyes on these bad boys! more

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The round-up: food you loved as kids – all grown up
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The round-up: food you loved as kids – all grown up

Before you say anything, we know that you can still enjoy fairy bread any time you choose to make some. And yes, you can boil a pot of cheerios and eat them one by one while you watch Netflix – we're not judgemental types (unless you forget the tomato sauce, then shame on you). What we will say is that sometimes your treasured memories are best left alone, and that if you are looking to revisit some of your culinary habits from when you were five, you might be a bit disappointed. Several places around Brisbane are putting a spin on our old favourites, making them more suitable for an adult palette. Here is a collection of some food you loved as kids, all grown up. more

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Start your morning the right way at Day Made by Coffee Supreme
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Start your morning the right way at Day Made by Coffee Supreme

Rise and shine, slugabeds! It’s time to get up and smell the coffee. If your day is made a little bit brighter by sipping some good java and chomping on a satisfying breakfast, then prepare to never have a bad day again. Coffee Supreme has opened up a swish new flagship cafe at the base of Aria Development’s Ivy Terrace, boasting fresh roasts, tasty bites and a sunny interior liable to give you a sunny disposition. more

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Bruno's BNE brings big smiles, benedict and banoffee French toast to Tarragindi
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Bruno’s BNE brings big smiles, benedict and banoffee French toast to Tarragindi

We don't like comparing Brisbane to our friends down south. But one thing we do love about Sydney and Melbourne is the community vibe you get in the suburbs – locals flock to their neighbourhood cafes, restaurants and bars without feeling the need to venture towards the city. So you can imagine the joy it brings us here at The Weekend Edition when increasingly each week, we are seeing more and more exciting openings in the suburban areas of Brisbane. This week Bruno's BNE has opened its doors in Tarragindi, bringing specialty coffee and delectable eats to the leafy suburb. more

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The Burrow moves into its cosy new West End digs
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The Burrow moves into its cosy new West End digs

At the end of July, we sadly had to say goodbye to The Burrow on Mollison Street in West End. For a couple of tough months we mourned the cosy space, waiting patiently for the eatery to reopen in a new location. Well at last the time has come, dear readers. The Burrow is back and its better than ever. more

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The round-up: fifteen places you can get smashed avocado in Brisbane for less than $22
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The round-up: fifteen places you can get smashed avocado in Brisbane for less than $22

So there’s a bit of a brouhaha going ‘round with this avocado on toast business. If you haven't heard, Bernard Salt recently claimed one of the reasons millennials can’t afford houses is because they spend too much money on smashed avocado on toast – at roughly $22 a pop, by his estimate. Don't let Bernie scare you dear readers. There are plenty of places around town for you to get your beloved smashed avo on toast for less than $22, and you can throw your spare change into a jar to put towards your house deposit. Or you know, a trip to Europe. But if Bernard has truly got you worried that you’ll never be able to afford a house because of your hectic smashed avocado habit, then feel free to save that $22 a week and make it at home! And you can season your avocado with your salty tears of joy knowing that in 125 years you might have saved enough money for a house deposit. Good… more

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Sip suburban brews from morning to midnight at Craft Brew House

Before we begin, a vocabulary lesson. Brew noun [drink]. Meaning 1. a kind of beer, or 2. a cup or mug of tea or coffee. Birkdale's newest watering hole Craft Brew House is dedicated to both kinds of brew, serving warming cups of joe in the first half of the day, and trading groupheads for taps as the sun starts to move across the sky. more