Cafes
Flamingo Supper Club, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Flamingo Cafe opens for weekend dinners

Vibrant Winn Lane eatery Flamingo Cafe is expanding into night-time trade, opening on Friday and Saturday nights as a supper club. The Valley local has gained some more space in a refurb, adding a new dining room with fluoro furniture, palm-tree wallpaper, retro glass leaf chandeliers and a spot of greenery draping from above. more

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Bungalow 4171 dinners
Food & Drink

Bungalow 4171 hosts four seasons autumn dinner

Hawthorne’s Bungalow 4171 is set to host a series of supperclubs of the four seasons variety. First up is an autumn dinner this Friday April 26, with a set entree of Classic French Onion Soup with Donnybrook Vecchio Croute to start and a choice of two mains and desserts. Grilled Lamb Fillet or Crispy Skin Chicken Breast form the mains, while the Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart with coffee cream or Pear, Berry and Almond Crumble Pot with cinnamon custard are available to close. more

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Roberta's, Brooklyn
Food & Drink

Discover the Roberta’s empire in Brooklyn

Known for producing some of the best pizza in New York, Roberta’s in Brooklyn is much for than a restaurant. This video gives a sneak peek into the multiple layers of the Roberta’s empire, chatting to head gardener Melissa Metrick. The Bushwick site is also home to a garden space, where the team grows its own vegetables in raised garden beds atop shipping containers, and recycles and reuses a lot of found materials like old sinks into pots for plants and storage containers that use to house barley to shape the space. The DIY cooperative also houses beehives and a bakery, with younger-brother, sleek tasting kitchen Blanca also quietly nestled behind the buzzing pizzeria. more

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The Fort Specialty Coffee, North Lakes
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Introducing The Fort Specialty Coffee at North Lakes

When you’re used to heading down laneways and off the beaten track for your top-notch hit of specialty coffee, it’s surprising to find a bustling espresso bar in the northern reaches of our city. Introducing The Fort Specialty Coffee at North Lakes – a must-visit for coffee nerds and those with a penchant for American paraphernalia. more

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Nowhere Espresso, Toowong
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Nowhere Espresso opens in Toowong

Set amongst the peaceful suburban streets of Toowong is new coffee cranny, Nowhere Espresso. Run by Denise of colourful homewares store Shop 51 next door, Nowhere is the latest addition to this strip of shops that radiates old-world charm. more

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The Burger Adventure
Food & Drink

Big eats with The Burger Adventure

The Burger Adventure is a manly food blog formed by four gents with a passion for beef, buns, cheese and sauce. Dishing up the lowdown on the history of each burger joint, the design of the space and chef specialties, each blog post also sees the four resident writers delivering an in-depth analysis of their burger-eating experience. Packed with drool-worthy photos of toasted buns sandwiching lush dollops of melted cheese trickling down the side of a beef pattie, The Burger Adventure almost makes you wish you could marry a burger – or at least encourages a prompt sprint to Just Poppy’s at Riverhills. By the end of each post, you’ll know the top burger to try, the number of serviettes you’ll require to mop up your juice-covered hands afterwards, the type of dress code appropriate to the venue and the level of sleepiness that the ensuing food coma will induce. more


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The Man Who Invented Vegemite
Food & Drink

Read: The Man Who Invented Vegemite

Black, salty and unappetising to the un-Australian eye upon first glance, Vegemite is a national icon. In The Man Who Invented Vegemite, Gold Coast-based author Jamie Callister – the grandson of inventor Cyril Callister – delves behind the red-and-yellow branding to reveal the condiment’s story and the man who brought about its existence. A passionate scientist and innovator, Cyril first produced Vegemite in 1923, but it was another 15 years (until the yeast extract was put into soldier’s ration packs during World War II) that the product took off. Today more than 22 million jars are sold each year. Check out the book here. more

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coffee portraiture
Food & Drink

Witness the art of Coffee Portraiture

Turning the motions of making coffee into an art form, New York-barista Mike Breach manipulates milk and espresso into detailed portraits within minutes. Drawing the faces of Chelsea Clinton, Shakespeare, Batman and Hendrix, as well as bears, sharks and skylines onto each morning cup, Mike says the beauty of his coffee portraiture is that it doesn’t last forever, each one painted just for that person to see and enjoy in the fleeting moments before their first sip. Watch Mike in action in this short film. more

Bars
Embassy Bar, Brisbane City
Food & Drink

Embassy Hotel reopens as craft beer bar

Following in the footsteps of Archive Beer Boutique, The Scratch, Tippler’s Tap and Green Beacon Brewing, a city-based drinking den has been given a new lease on life of the craft beer persuasion. Ditching the sticky floors and grimy club vibe for boutique drinking, the 85-year-old Embassy Hotel has reopened after renovations, with patrons now presented with rustic brick walls, vintage posters and exposed lightblubs upon entering the historic establishment. more

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Nessun Dorma, Yeronga
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Nessun Dorma cafe and roastery opens at Yeronga

Southside dwellers may have been very familiar with local cafe Neds at Yeronga, which Roslyn Gibbons-Munch owned for ten years. Now the community cafe has been given a fresh new look and direction, with Roslyn and Matthew Aplin rebranding to cater to the neighbourhood’s growing passion for coffee. more

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Kitty and the Bean, Red Hill
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Kitty and the Bean opens at Ithaca Bowls Club

Bowls clubs these days seem to be a place for the golden oldies to gather, tipsy uni students to indulge in camaraderie and those with a penchant for the 1920s to parade their finery. But of late, local bowls clubs also seem to be shaping up a culinary reputation, with Beans on the Green cafe at Bardon having opened last year and Indooroopilly Bowls Club garnering a very good reputation when it comes to the dinner sitting. more

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Room 60 x Roost, Kelvin Grove
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The Street Photographer: Room 60 x Roost

A cosy space for a drink and enjoying the array of trash movies, erotica readings, bands and industry talks featured throughout the week, Room 60 shares its creative and collaborative space with Roost Coffee. A haven for uni students and visitors to the Kelvin Grove precinct alike, Room 60 x Roost is a dimly lit abode perfect for sipping a peppered soy chai or a locally brewed elderflower, apple and lime cider in summer, and a traditional hot whiskey in winter. Check out Room 60 x Roost on The Street Photographer. more

Treats
Fine Fettle Flats
Food & Drink

Snack time made easy with Fine Fettle Flats

Snack foods have come a long way since the sugar-filled days of Uncle Tobys Roll-Ups. Made in Sydney, Fine Fettle Flats can be snacked on in all their flavoursome plain (and preservative- and gluten-free) glory or used as an alternative to crackers with dip, cheese or some smashed avocado. The brand has been around for a couple of years now, but has just executed a packaging refurb and introduced a new flavour – Spiced Pear & Hazelnut. We’re quite partial to the Sweet Corn & Paprika, which contains corn, linseed, red onion, freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, garlic, parsley, sea salt, paprika and spices, and is smashed together and dried to retain all that natural goodness. Flavours of Tomato & Basil and Zucchini & Almond also feature, with all varietals available at Sourced Grocer in Teneriffe. Tip: store flats in an air-tight container for ultimate… more

Restaurants
Bar Alto Piedmont
Food & Drink

Bar Alto explores Italy’s Piedmont at lunch

Snuggled up against the Alps and neighbouring France and Switzerland, Italy’s Piedmont region is known for hearty braised meats, fonduta, gorgonzola and white truffles. This region is highlighted in Bar Alto’s lunch menu for April. Each month, Bar Alto at Brisbane Powerhouse brings focus to a new region from somewhere in the world, with head chef Sajith Vengateri’s latest selection Italy’s Piedmont, letting patrons slip into a perhaps unknown pocket of the world for a few hours. Using fresh produce, the lunchtime menu on Tuesdays through Saturdays sees Risotto ai Porcini (made on porcini and other seasonal mushrooms) or the hand-cut egg pasta and chicken liver ragu for entree, while the featured mains include Brasato al Barolo (beef short ribs in red wine with buckwheat polenta) and the highly authentic Bollito Misto alla Piemontese of mixed boiled meats and traditional sauces. more

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Bam Espresso, Fortitude Valley
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Charity-minded Bam Espresso opens in Fortitude Valley

For many, coffee is an everyday luxury – or necessity. But if we put that three or four dollars that we spend on a morning caffeine hit each day towards a good cause, we could make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people. With this in mind local lad Michael Stafford has created Bam Espresso, a hidden coffee shop where you order your coffee and then pop your normal coffee coins into a donations bucket. more

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The Green Edge, Windsor
Food & Drink

Vegan hub The Green Edge moves to Windsor

Windsor seems to be a suburb to watch at the moment with Espresso House Windsor, Holly Rose florist and fabric store and The Low Road Cafe having moved in recently. Now vegan grocer The Green Edge has picked up from its Enoggera locale and shifted north, tucked at the back of Windsor Corner, where Lutwyche Road and Le Geyt Street intersect. more