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The round-up: fill up on Brisbane’s best vegan meals
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The round-up: fill up on Brisbane’s best vegan meals

Put your presuppositions in the bin – vegan food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax. We aren’t here to sway you to veganism! What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out some vegan eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert well worth sampling. more

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South Brisbane’s Hope Street Cafe sets standard for socially conscious hospitality
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South Brisbane’s Hope Street Cafe sets standard for socially conscious hospitality

Just a short stroll from South Bank’s cultural centre sits a charming cafe that is making a mark on not just the local breakfast scene, but also in the lives of the less fortunate. Hope Street Cafe is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to help the disadvantaged gain experience across every facet of cafe operation, while also plating up a scrumptious selection of fare throughout the day. more

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Saint Laura brings crisp cafe cuisine to Highgate Hill
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Saint Laura brings crisp cafe cuisine to Highgate Hill

Like a breath of fresh air or the mystery breeze in a shampoo commercial, Saint Laura is a crisp arrival that Highgate Hill residents have been waiting for. Part cafe and part community hub, Saint Laura blends a wholesome aesthetic with a menu of scrumptious fare to create a suburban oasis that will keep patrons coming back again and again. more

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Sip test-tube lattes and milkshakes from beakers The Chemistry of Coffee in Hawthorne
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Sip test-tube lattes and milkshakes from beakers The Chemistry of Coffee in Hawthorne

Nestled in the heart of Hawthorne is a new coffee haunt that is pairing the art of java with science. We’re talking test tubes of turmeric lattes and beakers of stacked milkshakes – but before you start imagining walls covered in the periodic table of elements, lit Bunsen burners and dangerous chemicals, know that The Chemistry of Coffee simply seeks to bring a bit of fun and education to Brisbane’s cafe scene. You don’t need to take notes and there won’t be any exams – just tasty treats, excellent service and sublime coffee. Top marks for all! more

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Sip on nitro espresso martinis at Pourboy's new Southpoint digs
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Sip on nitro espresso martinis at Pourboy’s new Southpoint digs

It’s a brand new day – time for locals on the south side of the river to wake up and smell the coffee! Pourboy’s long-anticipated sibling is now open at Southpoint, operating as a warm and welcoming cafe through the day and a chic wine bar at night. If the sound of exquisite coffee and breakfast or charcuterie and top-shelf spirits quickens your pulse, then book yourself a date for a pour or four. more

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The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas
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The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas

Honestly, mums don’t get enough credit for everything they do for us. Not only did they give us life, they also made sure that we stayed alive through our oblivious infancy period, kept us out of trouble (as best as they could) and loved us unconditionally no matter how many scratches we put on the car or tattoos we added to our bodies. Our mums are one in a million, which means any gift this Mother’s Day must reflect their personal interests. If you are stumped for ideas, we’ve put together a list to act as a guide to ensure you treat your mum the way she deserves to be treated – like a honest-to-goodness Queen. more

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On The Side offers Albion locals a little bit of extra action
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On The Side offers Albion locals a little bit of extra action

It’s only human nature to want a bit more, especially when it comes to food and drink. The owners of Vaquero are indulging our insatiable wants with On The Side, a special hideaway cafe and bar that is offering the perfect amount of extra that we are craving. Coffee and brunch in the morning, followed by wine and charcuterie in the evening – it’s the kind of side action that we can really go for. more


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Shady Palms' Mal and Bec open Lonely Boy in Spring Hill
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Shady Palms’ Mal and Bec open Lonely Boy in Spring Hill

Many years ago, in his first hospitality job, Mal Gill's boss told him that if he were to become a chef he would be a lonely boy. Well, Mal did become a chef. And he met his partner Bec Saul. And they have a beautiful baby girl. And as if to prove just how far from lonely Mal is, he and Bec have named their exciting new Spring Hill cafe – you guessed it – Lonely Boy. more

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Perk up at Blue Sky Coffee's new Woolloongabba roastery and espresso bar
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Perk up at Blue Sky Coffee’s new Woolloongabba roastery and espresso bar

In March, locals of the inner south woke up to a bright new day – one that boasted blue skies, good temperatures and the aroma of delicious coffee. Blue Sky Coffee picked up sticks and moved its roaster from Newstead to the heart of Woolloongabba, where beans are prepared, packaged and distributed to fans across town (and beyond). If you like to get your coffee straight from the source, Blue Sky Coffee also installed a sharp new espresso bar, pouring a range of specialty blends to help get you energised for the day ahead. more

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The Priory Kitchen
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The round-up: what’s open this Easter long weekend

April is one of our favourite months of the year and it’s not hard to see why. Easter is a magical time where we can eat nothing but Lindt balls and chocolate bunnies for four days straight and still be able to look ourselves in the eye. While Easter is a time for catching up with loved ones, there is still four days to fill – and at some point you are going to want something other than half-melted confectionery. Thankfully you don’t need to go on hunt to find places to dine – you just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled a comprehensive 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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Paddington favourite Naïm brings fresh Middle Eastern to South Brisbane
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Paddington favourite Naïm brings fresh Middle Eastern to South Brisbane

It's been three years since Paddington locals were gifted Shouk Cafe. Owners Adi Shabtay and Guy Frawley brought Middle Eastern deliciousness to the leafy suburb, tantalising tastebuds with the likes of shakshuka eggs and kusheri salads. Late 2016 saw the popular haunt transform into Naïm, but that wasn't the only major change that Adi and Guy had planned – they were also working on their second venue, Naïm on Melbourne. more

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The round-up: love at first bite – get your hands on Brisbane’s best grilled cheese sandwiches
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The round-up: love at first bite – get your hands on Brisbane’s best grilled cheese sandwiches

We can feel it in the air – a cool change is coming, which means only one thing. Comfort food season has arrived! On our list of satisfying belly warmers, a crispy grilled cheese sandwich is up there. Wednesday April 12 marks Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, where grillers the world over will be celebrating the fine art of cheese pull, the look of crispy golden bread slathered in butter and the melting moment when your teeth sink in and all worldly woes disappear. To celebrate grilled cheese sandwich day, we’ve undertaken the daunting task of putting together a definitive list of Brisbane’s best gooey grilled-cheese sangas and toasties that are worth spending your cheddar on. more

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Finiky Fresh brings its gluten-free goodness to West End
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Finiky Fresh brings its gluten-free goodness to West End

Gone are the days when having a dietary intolerance resulted in you being labelled ‘fussy’ – it’s an unalienable right to be able to find gluten or dairy-free alternatives when you eat out and about. Finiky Fresh Gluten Free is a popular eatery that has brought its lauded treats and savoury snacks to West End, giving anyone that has been called picky a place to find heaven on a plate. more

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The Weekend Series: boutique coffee roasters from Southeast Queensland you should know
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The Weekend Series: boutique coffee roasters from Southeast Queensland you should know

Coffee is a big deal – we drink so much of it that it practically pumps through our veins. The nectar of the gods is crucial to so many aspects of our weekly routine (that early morning wake up, the deadline push, the Sunday brunch) that we only accept the good stuff. Now, don’t get us wrong – Queensland is flush with great coffee roasters, but we’ve decided to break it down to five great boutique operations that treat coffee roasting like an art form. If you take your coffee as seriously as us, we suggest you seek out these five Southeast Queensland-based roasters immediately. more

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Seek refuge from the Brisbane City bustle at cool coffee joint Cafe Contra
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Seek refuge from the Brisbane City bustle at cool coffee joint Cafe Contra

Brisbane’s repository for stylish threads has taken the next step in its taste-making takeover with its new coffee outlet – Cafe Contra. Nestled inside the Wintergarden, Cafe Contra is taking a similarly bespoke approach to its output as its fashionable sibling by offering some out of the box options such as iced matcha lattes and peppermint sparkling iced tea. more

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Southside favourite Bruno's BNE launches dinners
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Southside favourite Bruno’s BNE launches dinners

Since opening in October 2016, Tarragindi cafe Bruno's BNE has been welcomed with open arms by locals, with hungry bellies and coffee seekers flocking to the corner spot to get their fill. To keep up with demand Bruno recently completed an extension on the space, adding a second seating section and back deck to the sun-filled cafe, and this Friday March 10 will see the introduction of Friday and Saturday night dinners. more

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Enjoy tuckshop for grown-ups at Fortitude Valley's hole-in-the-wall Milk Box
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Enjoy tuckshop for grown-ups at Fortitude Valley’s hole-in-the-wall Milk Box

As good as pre-made Vegemite lunchbox sandwiches are, there’s no denying that tuckshop day at school was the best day ever. Your hand would shake with anticipation as you carefully wrote your order on your brown-paper bag and dropped a handful of coins in, which, almost like magic, would be replaced with flaky sausage roll goodness come lunchtime. Our midday eating habits may have matured a little since then, but a little spark of excitement still ignites our heart when we hear the word ‘tuckshop’. more