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Crepe expectations – Amai Kawaii delivers Japanese desserts to FudoDori
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Crepe expectations – Amai Kawaii delivers Japanese desserts to FudoDori

If you've made the pilgrimage to Tokyo's cutting-edge cultural hub of Harajuku, you already know that the area is the birthplace of many fashion-forward and food-based crazes. One in particular has endured for decades – the Japanese crepe. The dessert has since spread across far and wide with creperies popping up all over the country and abroad, yet Harajuku remains the epicentre of Japan's crepe obsession. Elizabeth Street's pan-Asian food hub FudoDori quietly welcomed a Harajuku-inspired crepe dispensary of its own last week, with Amai Kawaii satiating sweet and savoury cravings from the heart of this blossoming mini-precinct. more

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Gelato goes guilt-free – Noosa's Happy Pops arrives at South Bank
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Gelato goes guilt-free – Noosa’s Happy Pops arrives at South Bank

We know, winter hasn't bid us farewell just yet, but as far as we're concerned gelato is good all year round. A popular Noosa concept is delivering a tantalising take on popsicles and creamy gelato to South Bank this week, as Happy Pops sets up shop on Stanley Street Plaza. In addition to its range of artisanal frozen treats (all made using natural ingredients), Happy Pops is also bringing some beachy vibes to the bustling South Bank strip. Bring on the summer vibes! more

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Botanica Real Food brings its salads south with new Camp Hill store
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Botanica Real Food brings its salads south with new Camp Hill store

In this day and age, we think it's safe to assume that the phrase 'you don't make friends with salad' is well and truly incorrect. Perhaps it wasn't always the case, but when Botanica Real Food first opened its Red Hill location six years ago the way we looked at salads changed forever. Since then, Botanica's salad-savvy owners Brett and Alison Hutley opened a second outlet in Teneriffe in 2016, and this weekend will follow it up with its first spot south of the river at Camp Hill Marketplace. Now those of you that have been trekking across town for a taste of Botanica's fresh salads, sweets and savoury tarts can cut their journey significantly from Saturday July 6. more

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The sweetest thing – The Cupcake Patisserie opens a brand-new treat haven in Albion
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The sweetest thing – The Cupcake Patisserie opens a brand-new treat haven in Albion

It’s hard to improve upon the culinary majesty that is the humble cake, but when it comes to pleasing all comers, we’re much more inclined to suggest that a box of cupcakes is a far better option. The exhilarating feeling we get from opening the lid on a box of freshly made treats is almost unparalleled, which is why we squealed in collective excitement when The Cupcake Patisserie opened a gorgeous cake store in Albion. Boasting a salivation-inducing selection of sugary delights, energising coffee, and a delightful space in which to snack, this pink-fronted nook is well worth a dessert detour. 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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Nutri Hitt Kitchen brings wholefoods, sensible sweets and vegan-friendly breakfast to Albion
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Nutri Hitt Kitchen brings wholefoods, sensible sweets and vegan-friendly breakfast to Albion

When Tamara Lord first debuted her range of raw cakes and treats in 2015, little did she know that the gluten- and refined-sugar-free treat movement was on the cusp of a huge boom. Since her first store in Geebung, Nutri Hitt has grown into a leading name in Brisbane’s raw-treat scene, expanding into a wholesale juggernaut capable of moving large amounts of product interstate. The new year has brought some changes for Nutri Hitt, with a recent relocation to Albion giving Tamara the chance to blend her love of wholefoods and dietary-friendly fare across cakes and all-day breakfast. more

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The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth with these Easter-themed treats
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The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth with these Easter-themed treats

Before the month is out, we’ll all be inundated with chocolate goodies of varying shapes and sizes. Yes, Easter time is here, and that means it’s time to start deciding what kinds of treats you’ll be buying as gifts, and which ones will be kept for your own consumption. We don’t want to knock the mass-produced eggs and bunnies – they’re great – but seeing as we’re committed to indulging properly, we’d prefer to splash out on the artisan sweets. If you agree, then you’ll get a kick out of the varied Easter treats available around Brisbane this year. more

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Jocelyn's Provisions
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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

Look, we’re not throwing any shade towards the hot cross buns produced by the big grocery chains, but when it comes to celebrating Easter with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries are competing for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other goodies. We’re not going to say which bakery bun is the definitive choice – we’re more inclined to put together a list of the top picks and let you make the hard decision. Although picking may be difficult, at the end of the day there is no wrong choice when it comes to hot cross buns. more

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Let’s get messy – Gelato Messina unveils its brand-new gelateria in Fortitude Valley
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Let’s get messy – Gelato Messina unveils its brand-new gelateria in Fortitude Valley

It’s not uncommon to see a throng of dessert seekers jostling for viewing position in front of the cabinets at Gelato Messina’s South Brisbane store. The creamery’s first Brisbane location has been busy since it first opened its doors, but those fed up with bumping elbows for a taste now have another spot to get their Gelato Messina fix. This week the sought-after name opened a modish new location off James Street, hawking its drool-worthy selection right near The Calile Hotel. more

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Jocelyn's Provisions settles into new digs on Ada Lane
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Jocelyn’s Provisions settles into new digs on Ada Lane

For most of its existence, Jocelyn’s Provisions has always had a presence on James Street. Even during the temporary displacement of its long-running flagship during construction of The Calile Hotel, Jocelyn's kept the flame alive at its pop-up space near Gerard's Bar. With construction now complete, the famed purveyor of mouth-watering baked goods is back in its rightful place, reaping the rewards of patience as the first tenant to open on James Street’s new foodie strip Ada Lane. Friday March 8 saw Jocelyn’s Provisions open its revamped James Street spot, showcasing its decadent treats and savoury snacks from within a chic shopfront. more

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Miss Sophia's Gelateria brings Froot-Loop gelato and chocolate fountains to Kedron
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Miss Sophia’s Gelateria brings Froot-Loop gelato and chocolate fountains to Kedron

Kedron cafe Farm House has been a stalwart of the suburb’s dining scene, and now owner Amanda Scott has doubled up on the local love, establishing an authentic gelato spot right next door. Miss Sophia’s Gelateria is bringing a dash of whimsy and fantasy to Kedron, blending traditional Italian techniques with imaginative flavour pairings and blessing the suburb with a colourful array of decadent treats. more

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Popular patisserie Flour & Chocolate opens up new digs in Northgate
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Popular patisserie Flour & Chocolate opens up new digs in Northgate

It’s not unusual to see a line of hungry patrons weaving out the door to Flour and Chocolate's Morningside patisserie. There’s a valid reason why people choose to line up regardless of weather – the treats in the cabinets and on the shelves are just too damn delicious. Owners Kylie and Lachlan Scott have noticed the lines (and how far many of you travel for a taste of their products) and decided it was high time to expand. Flour and Chocolate has opened a larger patisserie in Northgate, boasting a bigger kitchen to cater for demand of its decadent doughnuts, oven-fresh bagels, tantalising tarts and salivation-worthy savoury quiches. more

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Soak up the sunshine at West End's new local SoBa social
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Soak up the sunshine at West End’s new local SoBa social

Remember the days when life was completely carefree? You'd get home from school and swing by the neighbour's house unannounced, where the gate was always open for an ice-cold cordial and backyard fun. Now that you've likely traded school for work and you've got a little more on your mind/schedule, backyard fun is probably not so high on the agenda – but that doesn't mean it should be completely forgotten. West End's new neighbourhood hang SoBa social is bringing back wholesome backyard fun, but the refreshments are a little more grown up. more

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Holey smokes! Doughnut Time is back with four new stores
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Holey smokes! Doughnut Time is back with four new stores

Doughnut Time’s shocking collapse left many stunned in its aftermath. Out of nowhere we were stricken by the sudden absence of the brand’s delightfully sweet treats, which had become a nation-wide phenomenon seemingly overnight. Enterprising gent Pete Andros couldn’t sit idly by and let a good thing fade away so quickly – not when hordes of doughnut lovers were left wanting. Pete has picked up the Doughnut Time baton, rejuvenating the brand and relaunching it with four new stores across Brisbane and the Gold Coast, complete with a collection of classic Doughnut Time flavours and some inventive additions. more

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Save room for sweets – The Stand is now serving dessert and drinks at California Lane
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Save room for sweets – The Stand is now serving dessert and drinks at California Lane

We’ve paced past the mint-green and pink entryway to California Lane so many times now it’s becoming weird, but we can’t help it. Ever since we heard The Stand was bringing deconstructed desserts and cocktails to Fortitude Valley’s newest laneway, we figured we’d need to stop in and sample straight away. The colourful and charming corner nook has finally opened at the perfect time – just before summer sends us seeking shade, sweet treats and cool drinks. more