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the-kettle-and-tin
Food & Drink

The Kettle and Tin opens in Paddington

A flurry of all-day dining, The Kettle and Tin has opened in Paddington much to the delight of local breakfast go-ers and watering-hole aficionados. Brother to The Ponycat in New Farm, The Kettle and Tin is too run by the colourful Asa Boardman, known for his decorated cafe walls and dedication to a service environment. more

Bars
the bowery
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: The Bowery

A discreet den of cocktail dreams, The Bowery in Fortitude Valley has crooned many a slinky weekend reveller since opening in 2003. Inspired by a New York street infamous for its speakeasies and underground gin joints during Prohibition, The Bowery recreates this smoky, rebellious era through high-quality first-pour spirits and age-old original cocktail recipes. When approaching The Bowery for the first time, instructions from those in the know may include ‘look for the black shop front’ or the faux street sign down the adjoining dumpster lane. Staging live jazz during the week and DJs on the weekend, at The Bowery you can get comfy in a leather-studded booth, browse the extented cocktail list and watch as the suspender-donned bartenders spin you a concoction that will make your Saturday night equal parts sweet and sultry. Check out The Bowery on The Street Photographer. more

Treats
how to make pesto
Food & Drink

How to make homemade pesto

Taking your time, enjoying each movement, the slow acts creating meaning beyond just a meal. Kinfolk and Etsy posted this visual recipe, exploring the careful art of creating homemade pesto. A dreamy tale of simple proportions, be inspired to relax the pace on your next home-cooked meal. Image via 101 Cookbooks. more

Treats
hot spiced apple toddy recipe
Food & Drink

Warm blue lips with a Hot Spiced Apple Toddy

While in the city we may not have the luxury of growing and picking our own apples to create a home brew of cider, we can still indulge in a hot apple toddy come winter. Rekorderlig has a Winter Cider of apple, cinnamon and vanilla, which may not require the additional maple syrup depending on how strong a sweet tooth you have. You may also like to adjust the amount of cinnamon and nutmeg added to the hot apple cider to suit your preferred level of spice. Enjoy on a chilly, rainy evening while curled up on the couch with a blanket and a good book. This recipe makes one drink, but we doubled (and quadrupled) the amounts to make a larger batch to share with friends. more

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saj and grill
Food & Drink

Find simple, flavourful zaatar at Saj & Grill

A dried-herb blend of sesame seeds, oregano, marjoram, sumac, sea salt and cumin, zaatar (or za’atar) is a spice mixture used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Often sprinkled over meat, vegetables and salads, when mixed with some evoo, this crunchy, flavoursome seasoning turns into an exotic accompaniment to a fresh loaf of bread. Each country of origin has its own blend, with each family guarding their recipe close, often not even passed down from mother to daughter. Zaatar can also be spread on authentic Lebanese Saj bread prior to baking. Try the Zaatar Herb bread with oregano, thyme and olive oil or the Zaatar Special with additional tomato, cucumber, olives, labneh and mint at Saj & Grill at South Bank. Or buy a pre-oiled tub of evoo and zaatar mix from Sourced Grocer, Teneriffe. Image via Visit South Bank.   more


Restaurants
Sardine Tin
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Sardine Tin

Like French sister restaurant Piaf, Sardine Tin at South Bank is seductively European in its cuisine and relaxing atmosphere. Best enjoyed pre-sunset with a chilled glass of French sauvignon blanc, unwind with gastronome pleasure in this open-air tapas bar. With a new menu every eight weeks, a visit to Sardine Tin is ever-fresh, with the share plates and light meals curated to the available seasonal produce. Jams and relishes are made in house, adding a flavoursome twist to meals. Try the warm olives and Pumpkin and Pinenut Arancini to start, followed by the softest of gnocchi, and the Buche d’affinois cheese with sweet quince paste to close, all the while people-watching, grazing and savouring this humble yet gourmet experience in the company of friends. Check out Sardine Tin on The Street Photographer. more

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retro coffee
Food & Drink

How to make coffee, circa 1961

A dash of cream and two sugars, please … This is Coffee is a flashback to the home-brewing methods of 1961 America. A lesson in the correct way to make a perfect cup of joe, The Coffee Brewing Institute also takes a look at the drinking styles of different cultures, from the cafe au lait of Paris, to Venice where a cappuccino was topped with whipped cream. Whether you’re partial to a home brew or only drink espressos derived from single-origin beans at your local hole-in-the-wall cafe, watch and chuckle at this vintage video as it demonstrates how to make coffee, circa 1961. Image via Oh, for the love of Vintage. more

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Explore foods from foreign lands at World Refugee Day Community Festival
Food & Drink

Explore foods from foreign lands at World Refugee Day Community Festival

At the largest culmination of African, Middle Eastern and Asian flavours in Brisbane, you can skip breakfast to ensure maximum sampling potential at the 2012 World Refugee Day Community Festival this weekend. A celebration of diversity, the festival will take place at the Annerley Soccer Club Fields this Sunday June 24 to taste delicious morsels of food from every corner of the world. This year’s festival will also see celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue host a cooking workshop, and swapping recipes with five multicultural community cooks. more

Bars
foxy bean, woolloongabba
Food & Drink

A renewed, dapper Foxy Bean reopens in Woolloongabba

Creators of a very sexy cup of joe, Woolloongabba favourite Foxy Bean reopened this week, planting a very wide smile on locals’ faces. Acquiring the two additional buildings next door, the owners got out the hammers and knocked holes through the walls until they were happy with the cavernous space that’s now home to Foxy Bean cafe by day and (soon to be) The Foxy Drop by night. more

Cafes
willow and spoon
Food & Drink

New winter flavours at Willow & Spoon, Alderley

Sitting on bustling Samford Road in Alderley, Willow & Spoon is an unassuming haven for the gourmet. Essentially a breakfast bar that specialises in a morning menu (as well as the all-important coffee accompaniment), the cafe rotates its menu monthly, keeping patrons on their toes. more