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Renowned Sydney restaurateur Maurice Terzini opens his first Byron Bay venue, Belongil Beach Italian Food
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Renowned Sydney restaurateur Maurice Terzini opens his first Byron Bay venue, Belongil Beach Italian Food

As the man behind venues such as Icebergs Dining Room and Bar and CicciaBella, it is safe to say that Maurice Terzini is quite accomplished in the Sydney hospitality industry. Wednesday December 15 marked the opening of Maurice's first venture outside of Sydney – Belongil Beach Italian Food in Byron Bay – in association with his long-time business partner Deke Miskin and general manager and business partner Dave Owen. Located a stone's throw from the ocean and with a menu of fresh and simple Italian classics, Belongil Beach Italian Food will be the perfect place to perch this summer. more

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Newstead's Range Brewing unveils its new-look taproom
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Newstead’s Range Brewing unveils its new-look taproom

Craft-beer brewing is all about experimentation – trying new ingredient combinations in an effort to create something flavoursome and exciting. Few breweries in the Brisbane scene experiment more than Range Brewing, a Newstead-based hub built on an ethos of envelope-pushing exploration and evolution. Four years on and Range Brewing's reputation for innovation has spread across Australia. Now, before the year closes, the brew crew has given its Brisbane taproom a slick makeover, matching Range's boundary-nudging brewing approach with a stylish and sustainable aesthetic. more

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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa
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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa

Since its 2016 opening, Brouhaha has made some serious waves in the Australian craft-brewing scene. What started as a passion project for Sunshine Coast mates Julian, Jeff, Dave and Matt – who set out to build a modest, no-fuss brewery – has grown enormously, much more than they could have ever imagined. After receiving numerous awards and gaining a seriously loyal following, Brouhaha soon outgrew its humble Maleny digs. Friday December 17 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the brewery with the opening of a second location in Baringa – with the capacity to increase production by 500 percent. more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane on Boxing Day (and the following public holidays)
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane on Boxing Day (and the following public holidays)

People use Boxing Day for a variety of things – shopping, seeing the latest blockbuster film or simply resting after the Christmas Day chaos. We like to use it for more feasting! Sure, there might be plenty of Christmas lunch leftovers floating around, but we prefer to seize the day by dining at some of Brisbane's best nosh spots. This Boxing Day (and the following public holidays on December 27 and 28), loads of eateries will be opening to the public – here are some to look out for ... more

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Dust off your B-52's record – Coles is cutting the price of Australian rock lobsters just in time for Christmas
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Dust off your B-52’s record – Coles is cutting the price of Australian rock lobsters just in time for Christmas

It's the most wonderful – and most luxe – time of the year, especially when it comes to eating. The next few days are set to be filled with an abundance of fancy feasts and, if you're a big fan of shellfish, you can make them even fancier without having to shell (get it?) out the big bucks. From today, Wednesday December 22, Coles is cutting the price of its Western Australian rock lobsters nationwide, just in time to satisfy your Christmas cray-vings. more

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Boonah's intimate 20-seat destination restaurant Blume showcases the best of the Scenic Rim
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Boonah’s intimate 20-seat destination restaurant Blume showcases the best of the Scenic Rim

Hop in the car and drive roughly an hour southwest of Brisbane and you'll find yourself in the Scenic Rim – one of the country's most fertile growing regions. Not only is this picturesque pocket of Southeast Queensland easy on the eyes, but the produce grown here is almost incomparable in quality. While we heartily recommend spending a day or two visiting as many farms as you can, a recently opened destination restaurant from one of Australia's brightest young chefs is giving Scenic Rim locals and roadtripping blow-ins a chance to sample the best of the Scenic Rim on a plate. Through a tantalising set menu, Blume takes diners on a hyper-local tastebud tour of the region's most exceptional producers, in the quaint digs of one of Boonah's most charming buildings. more

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Longtime Yum Cha brings dim sum, live seafood and cocktails to Queens Plaza
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Longtime Yum Cha brings dim sum, live seafood and cocktails to Queens Plaza

Are there any meals that boast the same level of belt-loosening extravagance as yum cha? Just picture it – wave upon wave of small plates arriving at your table while a lazy Susan spins sluggishly under the weight of the bounty. If this experience sounds like your kind of indulgence, then allow us to introduce you to Longtime Yum Cha. This gorgeous eatery is officially opening tomorrow, Friday December 17, at Queens Plaza, debuting with a menu of Cantonese-inspired eats and crafted cocktails to match. Wear something stretchy and gather some mates – there's a lot on the menu to explore. more


Bars
Down drinkable ales at Ploughman's Enoggera microbrewery and taproom
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Down drinkable ales at Ploughman’s Enoggera microbrewery and taproom

Few suburban bars can boast as loyal a fanbase as Ploughman in Alderley. The low-key libation station has championed interesting and invigorating drinks since opening in 2016, becoming a second home for locals of Brisbane’s northwestern suburbs seeking a taste of the latest craft beer, lo-fi wine and small-batch spirits. This year has seen Ploughman evolve. Now, instead of just selling craft beer to thirsty tipple seekers, the crew is making them! Today marks the official opening of Ploughman’s new microbrewery HQ in Enoggera, where limited runs of Ploughman’s own artfully designed ales can be enjoyed straight from the source. more

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Plant-based pioneer Dicki's raises the curtain on its Ascot expansion
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Plant-based pioneer Dicki’s raises the curtain on its Ascot expansion

Brisbane’s vegan-friendly dining scene has boomed in recent years and much of its early success can be attributed to trailblazers like the crew behind plant-based cafe Dicki’s. These days, Dicki's New Farm location is a perennially popular hub for herbivorous eaters, with an imaginative menu (one that goes far beyond tofu) showcasing the adaptability of animal-product-free cuisine. In exciting news for northside noshers, last week saw the official opening of Dicki's brand-new Ascot eatery – a sun-soaked chow spot serving plant-based goodness in the morning, afternoon and evening. more

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Sipping Santa – add some extra Christmas cheer with a gift your pals can drink
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Sipping Santa – add some extra Christmas cheer with a gift your pals can drink

The countdown is officially on now – there are less than ten days until Christmas. If, like us, you've left the hardest-to-buy-for recipients' gifts until last, we have a suggestion ... get them something they can drink. It's fun, it's festive and it's guaranteed to put an extra spring in their step on Christmas morning (there are no rules between Christmas and New Year). We're not just talking about any old bottle though, you want to look like you've still put some thought into it! Here are a few ideas to help you nail your drinkable gift giving this year ... more

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Dinner is easy with these Toowoomba-made woodsmoked bites from Darling Fresh Smoke Haus
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Dinner is easy with these Toowoomba-made woodsmoked bites from Darling Fresh Smoke Haus

Smoked fare is having a resurgence in the culinary scene as of late and for good reason – smoked bites pack a sensational flavour punch! Not all of us are so lucky to have a smoker at home (if you do, haven't you done well ) but do not worry friends, as that's where Toowoomba-based business Darling Fresh Smoke Haus comes in. Boasting a bevy of smoked meats and plant-based deliciousness, these vacuum-sealed packets are ready to go in mere minutes. more

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Sleigh Christmas this year and pick up your festive provisions at West Village
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Sleigh Christmas this year and pick up your festive provisions at West Village

The presents are wrapped, the beers are being kept frosty in the fridge and the quantity of chocolates inside our advent calendars is dwindling – Christmas is so close we can smell the honey-baked ham. If you need to stock up on some last-minute provisions or you need a break from cooking up a storm in the kitchen, West End dining and retail precinct West Village has got your back with a line-up of eateries and grocers set to send you into Christmas as jolly as the big man himself. more

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Coffee powerhouse Bellissimo transforms its old Bulimba roastery into a chic eatery and bar
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Coffee powerhouse Bellissimo transforms its old Bulimba roastery into a chic eatery and bar

Ask any flat-white fiend in Bulimba where they get their caffeinated fix from and there's a good chance they'll point you in the direction of Bellissimo. The award-winning coffee maker has boasted a presence in the leafy neighbourhood for years – roasting, packaging, distributing and serving lattes and long blacks from its warehouse near the river end of Oxford Street. Following on from the October opening of its Coorparoo headquarters, Bellissimo has transformed its Bulimba locale into an enticing eatery serving salmon gravlax on toasted brioche, truffle-infused scrambled eggs and fried-chicken burgers alongside cocktails, craft beer and, of course, plenty of coffee. more

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Plant-based cafe PANCHA starts slinging wholesome fare on Racecourse Road
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Plant-based cafe PANCHA starts slinging wholesome fare on Racecourse Road

As increasing numbers of locals look to make more health-conscious choices regarding the food they eat, Brisbane's plant-based dining scene grows in tandem. More vegan-friendly outlets are popping up across the city, with Brisbane's northside currently benefitting from a sharp increase in meat-free munch spots. Hamilton's storied promenade Racecourse Road is the recipient of a new plant-based pit stop called Pancha, a cafe that utilises fruit and veg from its own farm for its menu of nourishing and salivation-inducing eats. It opened on Wednesday December 8 – here's what's on offer ... more

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Specialty coffee roaster Seven Miles opens its Queensland flagship at Craft'd Grounds
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Specialty coffee roaster Seven Miles opens its Queensland flagship at Craft’d Grounds

Much like how Craft'd Grounds is helping bolster Brisbane's craft-beer brewing scene, the Albion-based food and lifestyle precinct is also assisting with the proliferation of coffee roasters. Sydney-born caffeine supplier Seven Miles has selected Craft'd Grounds as the home of its Queensland flagship – including a roastery, distribution centre, educational hub and, most importantly for us, a coffee bar. Now caffeine connoisseurs can sip from the source, with beverages made using state-of-the-art apparatus and the most knowledgable minds in the coffee industry on hand to chat everything from bean to brew. more

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Teneriffe coffee spot Sippy Tom evolves with refreshed digs and an elevated menu of eats
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Teneriffe coffee spot Sippy Tom evolves with refreshed digs and an elevated menu of eats

For most of its existence, Sippy Tom has built its reputation on its offering of, well, sips. While we're not suggesting a name change, these days you could get away with referring to the Teneriffe cafe as Snacky Tom thanks to its brand-new brunch menu. The charming character-filled cafe, which sits at the base of the Winchcombe Carson Woolstores, has undergone a bit of an evolution. In addition to a spruced-up interior, the cafe now has a sensational food offering designed by an ex-Nodo chef that's on par with Sippy Tom's already phenomenal caffeine supply. more

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But first, tequila – Margarita Margarita launches a classic margarita mix
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But first, tequila – Margarita Margarita launches a classic margarita mix

When Friday rolls around and we're waiting for the sun to set, there's no better drink (in our humble opinion) to welcome in the weekend than a classic margarita. The folks behind Australia's only mobile marg bar, Margarita Margarita, wholeheartedly agree with us and have whipped up a classic marg mix to make our at-home cocktail shaking a little easier – and a whole lot tastier. more

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Gin-gle all the way – 20 20 Distillery's spirited Christmas gifts are well worth sliding under the tree
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Gin-gle all the way – 20 20 Distillery’s spirited Christmas gifts are well worth sliding under the tree

When it comes to gifting this Christmas, we are taking it upon ourselves to kill two birds with one stone – put some killer presents from Queensland-born businesses under the tree and support local. One homegrown business that is worth putting on your radar is 20 20 Distillery, Cooroy's boutique spirits haven that swung open its doors in December 2020. This year, the distillery is helping clueless gift-givers get their pressies in order with a few spirited picks ... more