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Restaurant Day
Food & Drink

Open a restaurant for a day this August

Finnish media production company Cocoa created this video about last year’s Restaurant Day – a worldwide food carnival that encourages anyone and everyone to set up a restaurant, cafe or bar for a day. The dreamy montage features quirky typography and luscious food shots that will have you drooling over your keyboard. Check out the event website and get thinking about setting up your own pop-up food outlet on the next Restaurant Day on Sunday August 18. more

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Sliders food Brisbane
Food & Drink

Where to get your hit of sliders in Brisbane

Once a greasy staple of the American diner, sliders have taken a gourmet step up in the world of late, presented with the likes of slow-cooked pulled pork and kimchi rather than simply sad beef patties with plastic cheese. We scouted a few local eateries serving up the refined miniature burger. more

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A Middle Eastern Feast at Lightspace
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Lightspace hosts A Middle Eastern Feast this weekend

The sleek surrounds of Lightspace will be transformed into the streets of Jerusalem this weekend for A Middle Eastern Feast. The pop-up restaurant is being led by Israeli chef Adiel Ben-Karmona, who will prepare a barrage of 20 courses. The feast will commence with an array of hot and cold entrees, paired with salads, dips, breads and falafel, with sharing platters accompanied by chargrilled corn and couscous for mains and baklava to close. Homemade lemonade will be a refreshing touch between courses and guests can relax in the shisha lounge afterwards. Money raised from the event will be donated to local charity Monochrome International, which is building a series of homes for street orphans in Tanzania, providing them with education, nutrition and a family. A Middle Eastern Feast will be held this Sunday June 23 from 12:30 pm. Reservations are essential, with tickets available… more

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Depo, West End
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Design and food unite at new Depo in West End

Having executed the designs of Limes Hotel, Alfred & Constance and the newly opened Alfredo’s Pizzeria, local design maven Alexander Lotersztain has now opened his own restaurant, Depo, in West End, pairing up with Dutch chef and co-owner Erik van Genderen. West End natives may recognise Erik from his other local venture, Gear bike store, which he opened in 2009. A chance meeting with Alex saw the pair inspired to collaborate, transforming the space next to Alex’s Horan Street design studio, Derlot, into a homely foodie dwelling. more

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Cut Steakhouse & Tapas, Petrie Terrace
Food & Drink

The Gambaros open Cut Steakhouse & Tapas

With a focus on succulent steaks paired with crisp local wines, Cut Steakhouse & Tapas is the latest establishment from the Gambaro family. From the family’s first fish and chip shop on Petrie Terrace in 1953, the Gambaro foodie empire has surpassed the seafood lifeblood, homing in on the cattle end of surf and turf at the newly opened Caxton Street steakhouse. more

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Popolo brunch
Food & Drink

Popolo introduces a brunch on weekends

Italian eatery Popolo has extended its trading hours to weekend mornings with the launch of its brunch menu. Taking advantage of its setting by the Brisbane River, and the soft light that floods into the restaurant of a morning, Popolo has decided to begin breakfast trade from 8:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant has been quietly trialling its menu for the past few weeks, and the green eggs and ham – a serve of ham and poached eggs on ciabatta topped with a dollop of pesto – has proven to be a popular choice. There’s also a selection of breakfast cocktails such as bloody marys and Italian mimosas to kickstart the weekend. more


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Brunch at River Quay, South Bank
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River Quay beckons with tasty lunch treats

The riverside setting of River Quay transforms into a cosy haven when you are tucked under a warm heater with a delicious meal in front of you. To entice Brisbanites to emerge from their winter slumber, River Quay’s restaurants have teamed up to create a menu of weekday lunchtime specials for winter. All five restaurants – Popolo, Stokehouse Q, Aquitaine Brasserie, Cove Bar and Dining, and The Jetty – have their own deals running, with lunchtime packages starting from $25. more

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Big Night film
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Foodie film flashback: Big Night

Named as “one of the great food movies” by Roger Ebert, Stanley Tucci’s 1996 film Big Night tells the story of two brothers, Primo and Secondo, who think of food as a language that connects them to God. The film takes place in the 1950s, and Primo and Secondo have just moved to America from Italy to start their own restaurant. Customers are few and far between, but the brothers’ passion for food is unwavering. As the film follows the pair struggling to keep their restaurant afloat, the audience is teased with shots of buttery risotto, freshly rolled pasta dough and rich pasta sauces. Not a film to revisit on an empty stomach. Image via Nerdvampire’s Film Blog. more

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Noosa International Food and Wine Festival
Food & Drink

Noosa Food and Wine celebrates ten-year milestone

Celebrating its ten-year milestone, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival returns to the beachside town from May 16–19 for four days of gastronomic pleasure. The 2013 festival will present a host of new additions to the line-up, including a world-first Gala Opening Night, featuring the best culinary masters chopping, blending and whisking in time to the Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra. more

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mizu west end
Food & Drink

Teneriffe’s Mizu opens new restaurant in West End

Those partial to the exotic fusions of Teneriffe establishment Mizu Japanese Eats will happily bask in the knowledge that the locale has opened a second restaurant in West End. Replacing the bright rouge of The Red Hen on Vulture Street, Mizu West End is a minimalist black-and-white den, serving up the same foodstuffs as its northside counterpart. A liquor licence is still pending, so pop up to Chalk & Cheese prior to your dinner to grab a BYO bottle of wine. Mizu 63 Hardgrave Road Ph: 07 3844 9918 Open: Monday to Saturday 5:30–10:30 pm more

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Yum Yum Gyoza, Bulimba
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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