Bars
Green Beacon Brewing, Teneriffe
Food & Drink

Craft beer bar Green Beacon Brewing opens at Teneriffe

This weekend sees the much-anticipated opening of Green Beacon Brewing at Teneriffe. Opening its doors on Friday January 25 at 10:00 am, the Helen Street brewery-meets-bar offers a core range of six beers, plus a seasonal rotating creation. A pale ale, kolsch, amber ale, porter, IPA and wheat beer will all be on tap, while the limited-edition LBF112 is the first beer owners Adrian Slaughter and Marc Christmas made on-site. Not falling into a particular style, the LBF112 sits somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. It was merely supposed to test the system with a heap of hops and grain at its base. But once the lads tasted the first drop, they knew it had to be shared with patrons. more

Coffee
Noggi Frozen Yoghurt, FroYo, Brisbane
Food & Drink

FroYo culture catches on with Noggi in Brisbane City

After much wandering about various cities over the festive season, we’ve come to the conclusion that FroYo is definitely having a moment. While Yogen Fruz opened its doors in the city in 2009, and Berry Me Frozen Yogurt popped up its head in Kelvin Grove last year, it’s the latest addition of Noggi to the Myer Centre that’s made us sit up and take notice. more

Treats
roy choi kogi bbq taco truck
Food & Drink

Roy Choi delivers the Flavour of Los Angeles

In 2008, Kogi BBQ Taco Truck took the new concept of Twitter and the unheard of food fusion of traditional Korean flavours between a Mexican taco and blew minds across Los Angeles. Now an icon of LA street food, Kogi BBQ serves up the kind of deliciousness you wish you could permanently hook up to your veins – tacos, burritos, dogs, quesadillas and sliders of short rib, spicy pork, chicken and tofu. The Short Rib Taco sees double-caramelised Korean barbecue ribs with salsa roja, coriander-onion-lime relish with Nappa Romaine coleslaw tossed in a chilli-soy vinaigrette and nestled between two crisply griddled homemade corn tortillas. The Kogi family also runs food truck and sit-down restaurant Chego in downtown LA. In this short interview, creator Roy Choi talks about how this revolutionary moment in LA food culture all started. Image via The Avant/Garde Diaries.   more

Cafes
two trees cold press coffee bicycle
Food & Drink

Have your cold press coffee delivered by bike

West End espresso bar Two Trees is raising funds via Pozible for a cold press delivery bike. Over the summer break, Two Trees was busy pumping out the cold press coffee for patrons, the preservative-free, natural, fairtrade and organic coffee a hit in our city’s heat. To make the cold press, coarsely ground beans are left to soak overnight, the slow process extracting any bitterness and acidity from the coffee. The black coffee is then topped up with Maleny or soy milk, with a smidge of vanilla added for sweetness. Wanting to bring this summer beverage to businesses in West End and Brisbane City, as well as weekend markets, Two Trees is opting for a nomadic bicycle with an attached cold trailer as its mode of transport. To support the team (and street food culture in general in Brisbane) pop over to the campaign here. more

Treats
should i eat this shit?
Food & Drink

Discover what you should and shouldn’t eat

A typographically savvy website of food-related content, Should I eat this shit? lets you search for a food and then discover whether it’s good or bad for you. Searching for a simple fruit could bring up a plethora of varieties – fresh, canned, frozen, dried, juiced – the site then telling you all the positives (or negatives) to eating that particular foodstuff. For example, pineapple turned up positive results, but ginger beer is bad for you. Don’t try to search for odd, normally non-edible items like tree bark or nail polish – the site doesn’t have a funny bone. Next time you reach for that three-thirty-itis chocolate hit, ask the site if it’s really what you should be eating. more

Cafes
Monty's Chocolates, Brisbane City
Food & Drink

Monty’s Chocolates opens second store in Brisbane City

Paddington institution Monty’s Chocolates has opened a second store in Brisbane City, positioned conveniently close to Central Station. Tucked back from Edward Street, the new residence is larger than the original, with more seating inside and outside. Patrons can soak up a spot of sun in their lunch break, or settle inside, escaping the noisy streets. more


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Briki Espresso and Gelati Bar, St Lucia
Food & Drink

Briki Espresso and Gelati Bar opens in St Lucia

Briki Espresso and Gelati Bar has opened in St Lucia, a great spot for a late light breakfast followed by cool and creamy ice-cream. The gelati is by the folk over at Ascot locale Caffe e Gelato Milany, with flavours like Macadamia, Bounty, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Surprise and Berry Cheesecake filling the cabinet. more

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The Banana Lounge, West End
Food & Drink

Vegan hub The Banana Lounge opens in West End

A new cafe has opened in West End catering to both vegan and raw diets. The Banana Lounge has taken over the space where The Realm Cafe used to sit on Boundary Street, pouring coffee with vegan-friendly milks and guaranteeing a meal or sweet treat made in an animal-free environment. more

Restaurants
Piaf, South Bank
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Piaf

Exuding simplicity and elegance across epicure and design, South Bank’s Piaf is a humble spot for a meal from breakfast through dinner. The first of Simon Livingstone’s culinary offerings, Piaf applies a modern take to French-inspired fare. Wood, dimly lit bulbs, and a white feature wall of a sparrow and helmet frame the experience, while a chalk-drawn map of France lists the origins of the restaurant’s wine list, with a solely French cheese selection to complement. Check out Piaf on The Street Photographer. more

Cafes
Tall Short Espresso, Paddington
Food & Drink

Tall Short Espresso pops up in Paddington

The roaming red VW kombi serving a mean drop of coffee that is Tall Short Espresso has opened a static version in Paddington. Walking along Latrobe Terrace, passersby will notice the fresh signage and red and black seating soaking up some rays outside the new space. Inside, the espresso bar features the brand’s signature red across the vibrant machine and comfy cushions, while the much-loved gingerbread men cookies are joined by a few cakes and other sweet treats. If you’re city-bound, the nomadic version is still based in Eagle Lane down near Eagle Street Pier from Monday to Friday. Tall Short Espresso 35 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Open: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm more

Restaurants
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Food & Drink

Watch: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Situated within a subway station in Tokyo, Sukiyabashi Jiro is the first restaurant of its kind to receive a three-star Michelin Guide rating. A ten-seat, sushi-only restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro is the creation of Jiro Ono, regarded as the world’s greatest sushi chef. Bookings need to be made months in advance to visit, with the reward for your patience being fresh seafood that’s sliced and chopped to perfection, displayed as tiny works of art before you. Delve into the world of sushi master Jiro and Sukiyabashi Jiro in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Image via Cinespect. more

Cafes
The Single Guys, Kenmore
Food & Drink

The Single Guys opens at Kenmore

Kenmore has gained a new coffee haunt with the opening of The Single Guys. Run by gents Ben Graham and Scott Wilson, The Single Guys delivers fine coffee and a simple menu among minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired surrounds. more

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Botanica, Red Hill
Food & Drink

Real-food nook Botanica opens in Red Hill

A wonderland for the health conscious, the resolution pledger and the fresh-food lover, Botanica is a charming new foodie nook offering takeaway salads and sweet treats. Situated along Enoggera Terrace in Red Hill, Botanica is the creation of former chefs Alison and Brett Hutley. more

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Gramercy Espresso & Eats, Brisbane City
Food & Drink

Gramercy Espresso & Eats opens in Wintergarden

With its name inspired by Gramercy Park – a two-acre fenced-in private park in Manhattan – Gramercy Espresso & Eats is a new cafe nook located off the Edward Street laneway entrance of Wintergarden. Taken from grand merci in Old French, ‘gramercy’ also means to express gratitude or surprise. more

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Captains of Industry, Melbourne
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Captains of Industry, Melbourne

Tucked down a laneway in Melbourne’s CBD is Captains of Industry, an alcove of traditional men’s outfitting and modern dining. Combining a barbershop, shoemaker, tailor and cafe all in one, Captains of Industry is a haven for those with a penchant for all things bespoke and handmade, with a drop of coffee on the side. Men’s grooming products– including Brisbane’s own Uppercut Deluxe – grace the shelves, along with a selection of rich leather goods. Spend some time lingering over a glass of wine at one of the window seats observing the bustling streets below or face the room and let your eye gently wander over the old Singer sewing machines, well-loved wooden tables, photos, vintage boxing gloves and other gentlemanly paraphernalia. Check out Captains of Industry on The Street Photographer. more

Restaurants
Quan Thanh, West End
Food & Drink

Quan Thanh expands its Hardgrave Road presence

West End icon Quan Thanh has now taken up a second residence along Hardgrave Road, expanding dining potential. Now straddling both sides of the conveniently placed bottleshop, Quan Thanh has split its offerings to Vietnamese cuisine in the original outfit, and Chinese and Malaysian in the new restaurant space. Come evening, both venues are now bustling with hungry locals eager for a tasty, cheap feed. While diners will need to pick their favourite side of the menu and eat at that restaurant, sizzling dishes have been known to cross borders for those not wanting to choose. more