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Highly anticipated restaurant Agnes opens … as Agnes Street Bakery Pop-Up + Bottle Shop
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Highly anticipated restaurant Agnes opens … as Agnes Street Bakery Pop-Up + Bottle Shop

Imagine spending years working on a concept of a venue. You find the perfect space. You begin to build the ideal team. You work towards a date. You get ready to open. Then a worldwide pandemic and government-mandated hospitality shutdown stops you right in your tracks. This was the reality for highly anticipated restaurant Agnes in Fortitude Valley, which was due to open in late March. So, like basically every other restaurant, bar and cafe still open, the team had to make some serious changes to the concept – and Agnes Street Pop-Up Bakery + Bottle Shop was conceived. more

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Scoot on through – Emporium Hotel South Bank offers drive-through takeaway meals and grocery service
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Scoot on through – Emporium Hotel South Bank offers drive-through takeaway meals and grocery service

With the majority of us self-isolating and spending our time confined to the indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic, our weekly trips to the grocery store can be a little anxiety inducing. Boutique hotel (and Queensland owned-and-operated business) Emporium Hotel has come to the rescue with the launch of Emporium Market – a to-go grocery service available for drive-through pick up or delivery. Not in the mood for cooking? Emporium Foods will look after you with its take-home ready-made meals, or you can enjoy in-suite dining from the comfort (and safety) of your own home. All you have to do is place an order, journey on down to Emporium Hotel's driveway and your goodies will be handed to you through your window by concierge. more

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The round-up: stock up the pantry at Brisbane's supermarket alternatives
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The round-up: stock up the pantry at Brisbane’s supermarket alternatives

If you haven't been to Coles, Woolworths or Aldi lately, then you might not be aware of the state our supermarkets are in. Across Brisbane, barren shelves are depleted of pasta, rice, meat and tinned food, leaving our dinner plans in the lurch. Thankfully there is an alternative for those looking to stock up on important consumables – here is a list of Brisbane's supermarket alternatives (delis, butchers, bulk-food stores and international grocers) that still have plenty of foodstuffs available. more

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City Winery's new pop-up cellar door brings wine to the people
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City Winery’s new pop-up cellar door brings wine to the people

Amid all of the uncertainty and fear we're experiencing during the coronavirus pandemic to date, there's one thing we can count on – wine! When it comes to banding the local community together and putting a positive spin on circumstances, the team at City Winery are getting inventive. On Thursday March 26 and Friday March 27, City Winery will host a pop-up cellar door on King Street, giving locals easy access wine and charcuterie while also supporting other local businesses. more

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An icon reborn – New Farm Deli officially reopens to the public
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An icon reborn – New Farm Deli officially reopens to the public

If you ask any regular what the best aspect of New Farm Deli is, they'll tell you it's the people that work there that make it what it is. If you asked owners Vince and Maria Anello for their thoughts, they'd say their customers make New Farm Deli special. In the wake of the fire that tore down their longstanding food hub, Vince and Maria only thought of the greater community. Product could be replaced, walls could be rebuilt – old always becomes new, and new always becomes old. For the Anello's, New Farm Deli signifies family and community as much as food, and they are imbuing that passion and spirit into the mortar of the foundations of New Farm Deli 2.0. After five months of construction, New Farm Deli officially reopens to the public today, embarking on a new chapter while retaining the same welcoming spirit that made it a local institution in the first place. more


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The Weekend Series: five boutique Queensland honey brands to drizzle over everything
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The Weekend Series: five boutique Queensland honey brands to drizzle over everything

By now, most of us are well aware of the plight of the bee. From widespread losses of bee colonies to underperforming Queens, it’s a conundrum that has stirred up plenty of conversation, controversy and calls for help. Indeed, the strong must protect the sweet, so we’ve rounded up five boutique Queensland honey brands that are not only supporting bees but also producing some mighty fine nectar perfect for winter indulgences. more

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The Weekend Series: five hot chocolate brands for a winter's night in
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The Weekend Series: five hot chocolate brands for a winter’s night in

Brisbane’s winters may be fleeting and relatively painless, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of the bounties of the season. We’re talking mulled wine, belly-warming carbs and the high priestess of winter treats, hot chocolate. We’ve slurped our way through countless cups to determine five hot choccy brands you should be stocking in your pantry for the chilly months ahead. more

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The Weekend Series: five Queensland wine brands you should be sipping right now
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The Weekend Series: five Queensland wine brands you should be sipping right now

You might not think the sun-baked stretches of our state would be conducive to crafting a good drop of wine, but these five local labels are here to prove you wrong. Hailing from the Granite Belt Region through to Tamborine Mountain and right here in The City, these homegrown heroes are forging strong reputations in the industry and putting Queensland on the winemaking map. If you plan on doing a little swirling, sniffing, sipping and swishing this weekend, add these wine labels to your list. more

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West End's new-look CJ's Pasta launches its divine secret pasta club
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West End’s new-look CJ’s Pasta launches its divine secret pasta club

Few things bring us quite as much joy as freshly cooked pasta. We're not talking about the mass-produced kind – we're into artisan-crafted ravioli parcels, pillowy piles of gourmet gnocchi and springy spaghetti. The pasta-loving crew behind South Bank's The Spaghetti House Trattoria have long been dishing out the kind of pasta dishes we vibe, but when its beloved pasta supplier CJ's Pasta shut its doors last year it fell onto The Spaghetti House team to take over. The popular providore Pasta has relaunched with some new ownership, a new location and a new secret dinner service, effortlessly making us fall in love with pasta all over again. more

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Market Organics and Evolve Organic Cafe open a nutritional hub in Newmarket
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Market Organics and Evolve Organic Cafe open a nutritional hub in Newmarket

Sometimes it’s hard to rely on the giant grocery chains for ethical, nutritious and organic produce. Thankfully, smaller scale outlets are popping up around Brisbane to provide a curated collection of wholesome products. Family-owned and operated Market Organics is one such outfit that reliably stocks an ever-evolving selection of organic goods, and its brand-new Newmarket location is looking to give northside locals a taste. Market Organics and its neighbouring eatery Evolve Organic Cafe is putting these products to the test, not only stocking a wide array of certified-organic goods, but also incorporating them into a colourful intolerance-friendly cafe menu. more

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Pasta laboratory Ripiena officially opens in Fortitude Valley
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Pasta laboratory Ripiena officially opens in Fortitude Valley

Making pasta is easy to learn but hard to master, meaning that crafting the best pasta is a skill akin to high art. While too modest to claim a mastery of the pasta-making craft, Nicoló Campagnari is no doubt exceptionally skilled at making mouth-watering tortellini and agnolotti. Today, Monday December 10, Nicoló and Anita Campagnari are opening Ripiena in Fortitude Valley. Ripiena is a hole-in-the-wall pasta joint looking to prove that the perfect pasta is best made (and served) in an uncomplicated manner, letting exceptional ingredients speak for themselves. more

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King Street welcomes the arrival of deluxe food mecca Mercado and The Duck Room
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King Street welcomes the arrival of deluxe food mecca Mercado and The Duck Room

Over the past two years, King Street has been adorning its culinary crown with an array of fantastic eating and drinking spots, but its latest sparkling addition is looking to set a new standard when it comes to shopping and dining. Mercado is being hailed as a one-stop marketplace for provisions and produce, offering everything from fresh seafood and decadent patisserie treats to boutique wine and Cantonese roast duck. The boutique market is opening on Saturday November 3, and it's got everything you could possibly need to stuff your pantry and fridge to bursting point. more

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Froth on Brewski's new drink-in bottle shop My Beer Dealer
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Froth on Brewski’s new drink-in bottle shop My Beer Dealer

Matt Emmerson and Antoinette Pollock of famed craft-beer boozer Brewski have been hard at work over the past few months giving their beloved Caxton Street hideaway a new lease on life. After expanding its seating and function capabilities, the duo have today delivered on their promise of a drink-in bottle shop offering an overwhelming selection of the world’s best brews. My Beer Dealer is the apotheosis of Matt and Antoinette’s vision for Brewski – an oasis of boozy delights curated by the minds of those that live and breathe craft beer. more

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Cheese merchant Le Fromage Yard opens a sharp new home in Morningside
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Cheese merchant Le Fromage Yard opens a sharp new home in Morningside

For the most part, those with a predilection for only the finest cheeses and smallgoods have to go far out of their way to source it. Fans of Le Fromage Yard’s imported delights relied on the vendor’s market appearances to get their fix, but now the cheese curators have settled in to a bricks-and-mortar space in Morningside. Reliably hawking the best in imported labels as well as some up-and-coming Australian names, Le Fromage Yard is a must-visit for any die-hard dairy lover. more

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Craft Wine Store crosses the river and opens a new shop in Coorparoo
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Craft Wine Store crosses the river and opens a new shop in Coorparoo

For more than five years, Tony and Tanya Harper have been suppling Brisbane with some of the best boutique liquor around. From artisan spirits, craft beers and obscure wine labels, Craft Wine Store has earned it’s share of renown for only stocking the best. In good news for locals south of the Brisbane River, Craft Wine Store has now opened next to Coorparoo Square, offering its curated range and more space for covetable libations. more

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Follow your nose to Short Order's sweet and savoury Newstead sanctuary
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Follow your nose to Short Order’s sweet and savoury Newstead sanctuary

Patrons standing on the corner of Skyring Terrace and Cunningham Street have reported a salivation-inducing scent springing from the newly opened Short Order at Haven Newstead, a smart new grab-and-go concept from the team behind Jocelyn’s Provisions. The overwhelming smell in question is emanating from Short Order’s piping-hot rotisserie, which is luring in patrons by the truckload and wowing them with a selection of savoury eats, take-home meals and smooth coffee. more