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The Granite Belt comes to Brisbane with cafe and wine bar Balance & Blend
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The Granite Belt comes to Brisbane with cafe and wine bar Balance & Blend

Southeast Queensland wines are having a moment right now, with the Granite Belt in particular vying for a place among Australia's wine-growing pantheon alongside the likes of the Margaret River, Adelaide Hills and the Hunter Valley. One homegrown operation leading the charge for recognition is Balancing Heart Winery, a picturesque estate near Girraween that is peddling primo handcrafted and textural vino crafted from grapes grown in the rich soil of the Granite Belt. Before it seeks to build its name nationally, the winery is looking to first win hearts closer to home with its new cafe-meets-cellar-door Balance & Blend, which opened in Coorparoo last week. more

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Pavement Whispers: beloved New Farm cafe Joedy's expands with new Fortitude Valley locale
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Pavement Whispers: beloved New Farm cafe Joedy’s expands with new Fortitude Valley locale

Despite opening right at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, park-side eatery Joedy's Cafe became one of the biggest success stories of 2020. Now, the crew behind this winsome New Farm wonder is gearing up to expand, revealing details of its forthcoming sibling site Joedy's by Eminence – a crisp nosh spot specialising in all-day brunch, specialty coffee and private events. Here's what we know ... more

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New kid on the block – Wilston Village welcomes winsome coffee and chow spot Clementine
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New kid on the block – Wilston Village welcomes winsome coffee and chow spot Clementine

From burger joints and pizza spots to neighbourhood pubs and homely cafes, Wilston Village is already a treasure trove of excellent eats. That doesn't mean there isn't room for more – as far as we're concerned, you can never have too many options. Today the buzzing hub welcomed a newcomer into its midst, with airy and accommodating eatery Clementine charming the pants off locals with its cracking selection of sincere and seasonally focused staples. Read on for an introduction to Wilston's approachable addition ... more

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The round-up: what's open on ANZAC Day 2021
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The round-up: what’s open on ANZAC Day 2021

After the hectic Easter long-weekend festivities, it’s easy to forget that we have another public holiday right around the corner. ANZAC Day is here, so it’s a good idea to plan accordingly. If you plan to spend your long weekend catching up with family and friends, it’s handy to know that there are places around town that will be open. We've found the spots around Brisbane that are trading on the ANZAC Day public holiday this Monday April 26 – so if you need a coffee, some brunch or an arvo tipple, this is the place to find it. more

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Sustainability, seasonality and locally sourced staples a fixture at Kenmore's Good Grace
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Sustainability, seasonality and locally sourced staples a fixture at Kenmore’s Good Grace

Brunch is great in and of itself, but our gourmandising experience is always improved when we know where everything on our plate has come from. Kenmore newcomer Good Grace is an eatery that's all about going to bat for local growers and suppliers, with a menu of scrumptious house-made fare prepared with native ingredients (much of which is sourced from nearby micro-farms) and sustainably grown fair-trade coffee on offer. more

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Now open – Nodo expands its brunch and doughnut empire with new Hawthorne cafe
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Now open – Nodo expands its brunch and doughnut empire with new Hawthorne cafe

Few things can brighten our day quite like a gluten-free doughnut from Nodo. Also, nothing makes our week like hearing that Nodo has opened in Hawthorne! That's right – the incredibly popular cafe and gluten-free doughnut dispensary has unveiled its slick new digs on Hawthorne Road, bringing along its full range of brilliant brunch bites, invigorating coffee and, you guessed it, its range of no-dough doughnuts. Take a peek inside ... more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend

Well, it was touch-and-go for a few days there, but it seems like Easter is going ahead for 2021! While it's perfectly acceptable to stay in and devour chocolate for four days straight, we know many of you are itching to enjoy some real food and drink. Thankfully you don’t need to go on hunt to find places open over the 2021 Easter long weekend – you just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled a lengthy list of places that will be trading from Good Friday to Easter Monday, from coffee spots to restaurants and everything in between. more


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Munch on tip-top toasties at Woolloongabba's new snack spot Kould Be Anywhere
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Munch on tip-top toasties at Woolloongabba’s new snack spot Kould Be Anywhere

Sure, you've probably had plenty of toasted sandwiches in your lifetime, but have you ever had a toastie made for you by a chef with Michelin-starred experience? That's the sort of experience you're in for a Kould Be Anywhere – the brand-new coffee and snack spot from Scott Webster. This cosy nook is not only raising the standard for grab-and-go eats, but is also doubling as a showroom of sorts for Scott's hireable culinary skills and his style of memorable private-dining events. more

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Nodo | Brisbane's best hot cross buns | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

Look, we’re not throwing any shade towards the hot cross buns produced by the big grocery chains, but when it comes to celebrating Easter with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries are competing for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other goodies. We’re not going to say which bakery bun is the definitive choice – we’re more inclined to put together a list of the top picks and let you make the hard decision. Although picking may be difficult, at the end of the day there is no wrong choice when it comes to hot cross buns. more

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Changing the game – The Coffee Commune opens in Bowen Hills
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Changing the game – The Coffee Commune opens in Bowen Hills

Even after a bumpy year, the coffee industry is thriving. These days the standard of quality is incredibly high, meaning new entrants have to be on the ball in order to be successful. This can be a tough task for small cafes and roasting businesses, which often don't have easy access to professional resources, but The Coffee Commune is setting out to change this. Operating with the goal of helping the little guys, this newly open coffee hub is providing everything from networking opportunities with suppliers and barista-training sessions to hands-on time with roasting apparatus and mentoring programs. The Coffee Commune officially opened this week – read on to have a look inside this caffeine-centric wonderland ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Albion's Craft'd Grounds reveals details of its forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct
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Pavement Whispers: Albion’s Craft’d Grounds reveals details of its forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct

If we told you there was a venue in Brisbane that housed a craft-beer brewery, specialty espresso bar, street food and farmers market, patisserie, wine and cocktail bar, and live-music facilities, you'd probably say that such a unicorn-like venue didn't exist. You'd be technically right, but not for long! Today, Wednesday March 17, the team behind Craft'd Grounds is revealing the first details of its forthcoming 2600-sqm all-in-one hospitality hub. Here's what we know ... more

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Savour kindness in a cup and personality on a plate at Hendra's Dandelion & Driftwood on Doncaster
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Savour kindness in a cup and personality on a plate at Hendra’s Dandelion & Driftwood on Doncaster

Two years on from the closure of its popular Gerler Road cafe, Dandelion & Driftwood has made its triumphant return to Hendra. On Sunday February 28, Penny and Peter Wolff (of Wolff Coffee Roasters fame) officially opened the doors to the cafe's third iteration Dandelion & Driftwood on Doncaster – a homely and welcoming locale that is greatly expanding upon the model that cemented its predecessor as a local go-to. The team is showing off a sensory-driven menu featuring a host of familiar and warming classics that have been given some memorable twists, served alongside Dandelion & Driftwood's revered coffee offering and a sumptuous high-tea experience. more

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Start your morning at new Lutwyche coffee and brunch locale Namu Cafe
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Start your morning at new Lutwyche coffee and brunch locale Namu Cafe

The bustling thoroughfare Lutwyche Road receives its fair share of peak-hour traffic, with commuters focussed on getting from A to B. Well, now there's a reason to slow down next time you're cruising along. Namu Cafe is a brand-new hidden gem tucked away just off the main road in Lutwyche serving specialty coffee and simple brunch classics – a perfect pit-stop pairing that's set to make the morning slog a bit more bearable. more

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Treat yourself to cookie-dough waffles, woodfired pizza and brunch bites at Carseldine Central
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Treat yourself to cookie-dough waffles, woodfired pizza and brunch bites at Carseldine Central

Those who call the 4034 postcode home will be very familiar with Carseldine Central, a convenient shopping pit stop located just off Gympie Road. For the uninitiated, we think it's high time you take a stroll through the retailer haven, which is also bountiful with delicious dining destinations. From decadent dessert spots and authentic Italian restaurants to family-run caffeination stations and Asian-inspired eateries, there's something to satisfy even the most hard-to-please palate ... more

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Fat Dumpling
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The round-up: the best BYO spots in Brisbane

Everyone agrees that any BYO restaurant is a great way to enjoy a bit of extra value while dining out, but many don’t know how many spots around town allow customers to bring their own drop. Not only are there plenty of restaurants where BYO is acceptable, but also several bars encourage patrons to BYO food and other eateries welcome patrons to bring their own drop on special nights of the week. We’ve compiled a handy list to help you make a choice of where to take that special bottle of pinot this weekend. more

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Hop along to Coorparoo's sunny new brunch spot Rabbit & Co.
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Hop along to Coorparoo’s sunny new brunch spot Rabbit & Co.

When it comes to breakfast, we love the sweet simplicity of the classics just as much as we adore the cutting-edge and new-age riffs on day starters. The Rabbit Hole Cafe's two locations have long been go-to spots for the masses to obtain the former – rustic and honest brunch winners that always seem to satisfy. Rabbit & Co., the new Coorparoo cafe from The Rabbit Hole team, is keeping the down-to-earth energy of its siblings while taking a modern approach to its menu and vibe – creating a must-try midpoint for anyone that loves the best of both worlds. more

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The round-up: what's open on the January 26 public holiday
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The round-up: what’s open on the January 26 public holiday

We’re just going to put it right out there – there are many things we want to celebrate about Australia (especially after such a difficult start to 2020), but January 26 doesn’t represent an inclusive day for everyone. The Weekend Edition team fully supports changing the date of Australia Day to a day that every Australian can enjoy, bringing us together in a celebration of the mateship, unity and multiculturalism that make our country great. We hope that this change will take place in the not too distant future, but until then we kindly ask that you remember to take a moment this weekend to acknowledge the significance of this date for Indigenous Australians, the Traditional Owners of the land. Several eateries will be operating on the public holiday – here's a handy list to help you plan your day ahead of time. If you care to use your public holiday to get a better… more

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Helensvale's Bear Boy Espresso opens a new cafe at Windsor's Colwill Place
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Helensvale’s Bear Boy Espresso opens a new cafe at Windsor’s Colwill Place

Question – what kind of bear is best? The correct answer is a friendly one that dispenses specialty coffee and mouth-watering brunch eats. Such a thing doesn't exist, you say? False. Bear Boy Espresso at Colwill Place does exactly that. After clocking up acclaim with its first cafe on the Gold Coast, the Bear Boy crew has brought its special brand of hospitality north. This newcomer is matching style with substance in the most delicious way possible. Read on to get to know this grizzly grub spot! more