Cafes
Sassafras, Paddington
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Sassafras

An iconic red door and a menagerie of vintage furniture frame Sassafras – a cafe that has been drawing all-day breakfast crowds for the past 16 years. Shaking up its coffee offerings this week, Sassafras will now be serving a variety of blends from Sydney-based coffee roasters, Single Origin Roasters. With a focus on single-origin, fairtrade, organic and sustainable brews, Single Origin Roasters will supply the discerning Paddington palate with a constantly rotating selection of blends to accompany your favourite weekend eats. Check out Sassafras on The Street Photographer. more

Treats
tasting menu film trailer
Food & Drink

Preview foodie rom-com Tasting Menu

A new Spanish film is on its way to the cinema, tantalising both tastebuds and those with a penchant for rom-coms. The plot of Tasting Menu follows couple Marc and Rachel who, more than a year in advance, booked a table at ‘best restaurant in the world’, Chakula. But by the time the evening of their reservation arrives, the two have long separated, but come together for the restaurant’s final night before closing forever. Lush photographic shots of rich molecular meals and dolled up actors representing the elite beachside set surround this final meal – imagery bound to whet your appetite. more

Bars
Cobbler, West End
Food & Drink

Whisky bar Cobbler opens at West End

Enjoying a dapper dram of whisky is about to become the norm amongst the West End bar scene, as cocktail and whisky bar Cobbler joins the suburb. Ex-Sling Lounge owner Martin Lange has teamed up with Asa Boardman and Trent Goodwin of New Farm’s Ponycat and Paddington’s Kettle & Tin to create the new bar, which is tucked off the main drag in Browning Street. more

Restaurants
Yum Yum Gyoza, Bulimba
Food & Drink

Yum Yum Gyoza House opens at Bulimba

A new hole-in-the-wall gyoza bar has opened in Bulimba, fusing both Japanese and Chinese cuisines. Owned by the same folk as the ever-fresh Sushi Station near the cinema, Yum Yum Gyoza House is turning over a busy lunchtime trade, with its late-night opening hours (until 10:30 pm) sure to prove popular with cinema-goers and night owls. more

Treats
Daiso Brisbane
Food & Drink

Japanese emporium Daiso opens in Brisbane City

The foreign edible treats that exchange students used to gift us as children are no longer just a novelty picked up on few-and-far-between trips to Japan. The weird and wonderful goods of the cherry blossom land can now be acquired in Brisbane City, with the opening of Daiso in the The Myer Centre. A retail giant in its homeland, Daiso carries more than 70,000 products all for the small cost of $2.80. Along with snack options like sugar-coated rice crackers, chocolate cream sandwich cookies, fried giant corn and crispy coated peanuts with cuttlefish, Daiso stocks goods for the kitchen, home, office, wardrobe and toy box. Daiso Level 2, Myer Centre Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City more


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

Cafes
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

Restaurants
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

Cafes
The Fort Specialty Coffee, North Lakes
Food & Drink

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

Cafes
Nowhere Espresso, Toowong
Food & Drink

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

Cafes
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

Treats
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

Cafes
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