Bars
Cactus Republic
Food & Drink

Visit Mexican bar Cactus Republic at South Bank

While Mexican food has been all the rage for the past few years – a dose so heavy now part of our day-to-day diet that the scent of chipotle has become part of our personal musk – there has been little hurrah about Mexican liquor. Both a spot for a diner-esque level of Mexican fare and a margarita or two, Cactus Republic serves up a platter of Mexican thirst-quenchers. The in-house tequila bar sees el Jimador, Patrón and Herradura tequilas line the shelves, as well as Mexican beers by Corona, Sol, Dos XX, Pacifico and Negra Modelo. Image via Visit South Bank. Cactus Republic 153 Stanley Street, Parklands, South Bank Ph: 07 3844 0878 Open: Monday to Thursday 11:00 am to 9:30 pm, Friday to Saturday 11:00 am until late, Sunday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm more

Treats
Mast Brothers Chocolate
Food & Drink

The story of cacao artisans Mast Brothers Chocolate

Artisans of the chocolate bar, Mast Brothers Chocolate is the creation of Rick and Michael Mast. Sourcing only the best, most delicious beans in order to create the best chocolate in the world, Rick and Michael travel to the cacao farms to meet the farmers and give them the opportunity to taste the chocolate that comes from the fruit they’ve picked. This five-minute documentary delves behind the scenes of the brand to reveal the relationship between these bearded craftsmen and one of their primary cacao suppliers, La Red de Guaconejo in the Dominican Republic. Read more about the brothers’ here. more

Cafes
Egg Bistro, East Brisbane
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Egg Bistro

A bistro that likes to push the boundaries of regular brunch flavour pairings, Egg Bistro in East Brisbane has just launched a new brunch menu featuring the likes of Spiced Lamb Sausages with Quince, Raddicchio, Cauliflower, Kipler Potatoes and Thyme Dressing and Corned Beef Croquettes with Pea Puree and Paprika-coddled Egg. The interior is a classy mix of antique Argentinian doors, dark bentwood chairs and intriguing jars of preserves, while outdoors is a leafy, light-filled courtyard to soak up a few rays on cooler days. Check out Egg Bistro on The Street Photographer.   more

Treats
australian sweet company
Food & Drink

Pick up unique treats from the Great Aussie Sweet Company

If consuming obscene amounts of chocolate doesn’t particularly tickle your Easter pickle, head along to the Great Aussie Sweet Company for a sugar hit of a different kind. This confectionary paradise at South Bank stocks all of your childhood favourites from musk sticks and gobstoppers to gourmet Jelly Belly Jelly Beans and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Having operated for more than 18 years, the Great Aussie Sweet Company has perfected the art of sugar delivery, meaning there is bound to be a sweet delight amongst the pick-and-mix to take your fancy. Great Aussie Sweet Company Stanley Street Plaza, Parklands, South Bank Ph: 07 3844 8165 Open: Monday to Thursday 10:00am to 6:00 pm, Friday to Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm more

Cafes
Raw 'n Juicy organic juice and salad bar, Brisbane City
Food & Drink

Raw ‘n Juicy organic juice bar opens in Brisbane City

If you’re not the proud owner of a cold-press juicer to make delicious fruit and veg concoctions at home, finding a decent freshly squeezed juice when temptation beckons can be quite the task. A mecca for healthy breakfast and lunch staples, Raw ‘n Juicy is an organic juice and salad bar now open in Brisbane City. more


Cafes
The Single Guys, Kenmore
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: The Single Guys

The East African country of Burundi has begun to garner quite the reputation for producing some intense coffee beans. Patrons of The Single Guys at Kenmore will be able to sample this hand-roasted, single-origin blend from Ngozi, Mugirampeke, Burundi this weekend. Check out The Single Guys on The Street Photographer. more

Cafes
BlackStar cold-pressed coffee
Food & Drink

Blackstar delivers cold-pressed coffee to workplaces

The folk behind Blackstar Coffee understand that it can be difficult to get a good iced coffee hit when mid-afternoon duty calls. Legendary creator of the Full Creamy, Soy Deluxe and Total Black cold-pressed iced coffees – which are hand-bottled into sustainably packaged amber glass bottles – Blackstar is now making cold coffee deliveries to offices about town. The West End-based roastery and cafe has also just created its first skim-milk iced coffee, dubbed the Star Lite, and is trialling an iced coffee stall at QUT Gardens Point, with the hope that the 9:00 am to 2:30 pm slot will continue permanently. Read more about the cold-pressed coffee process here. more

Treats
Lemon Thyme Apple Butter
Food & Drink

Sweet and savoury: Lemon Thyme Apple Butter

This short video by Chicago-based baker-meets-photographer Hattie Mahatma Kotz delivers a quick tutorial in making Lemon Thyme Apple Butter. Filmed to a cute Juno-esque track, the food film shows the honey-sweetened spread can be served on sourdough, or, as Hattie suggests, can be fitting as an accompaniment to roast lamb with the added earthiness of the thyme. Image via Edibles. more

Bakeries
Cake Kiosk
Food & Drink

Cake Kiosk rolls into Powerhouse Farmers Market

Until recently, you may have come across the saccharine offerings of local baking doyenne Jade Halloran at Pearl Cafe. Having graduated from chef to the specialty of pastry chef during more than four years at the Woolloongabba favourite, Jade has now taken her baking niche to the next level with Cake Kiosk – a market stall contained within the retro surrounds of a refurbished 1974 Franklin Arrow camper. more

Cafes
Cremosa Espresso Bar, Brisbane City
Food & Drink

Cremosa Espresso Bar opens new coffee stop in Brisbane City

Joining locations on Albert and Queen Streets, a new Cremosa Espresso Bar has opened along Adelaide Street in Brisbane City. The wood-clad cube of a coffee stop serves Cremosa’s award-winning signature blend of coffee, which was developed and tweaked over an eight-month period with the good folk over at Supreme Roasters. Owners Fabio Strati and Orazio D’Arro enjoy injecting a little of the Italian lifestyle into every day, meaning paninis and pastries are on hand to accompany your lunchtime cup, alongside Byron Bay Cookie Company treats and Tea Drop tea for the non-coffee drinker. Cremosa Espresso Bar 280 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City Open: Monday to Friday 6:30 am to 4:00 pm   more

Cafes
Bold Coffee, Bald Hills
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Bold Coffee

A haven for northside coffee aficionados – or those who appreciate a side of community with their morning cup – Bold Coffee is a homely cafe space in Bald Hills. Run by Sarah and Justin Bold, Bold Coffee pulls a house blend and single origin of the week from Brendale roasters Cleanskin Coffee Co. through the coffee machine, with inventive milkshake flavours like musk, butterscotch, custard and lime keeping kids (small and big alike) happy. Breakfast is available until 3:00 pm on weekends, while scrumptious banana bread, muesli slice and brownies line the counter. Check out Bold Coffee on The Street Photographer. more

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From Japan with Love
Food & Drink

Watch: From Japan with Love (and Dashi)

Delivering a fast-paced snapshot of Japanese culture and cuisine, The Perennial Plate condenses two weeks of eating and travelling in Japan into this three-minute film, From Japan with Love (and Dashi). The Perennial Plate is an online documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating. more