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Meet Brooki Bakehouse – Fortitude Valley's new cake, macaron and cookie destination
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Meet Brooki Bakehouse – Fortitude Valley’s new cake, macaron and cookie destination

A cake is the perfect thing to commemorate any milestone or noteworthy occasion. Celebrating a birthday? Cake. What about an engagement or wedding? Yep, cake for sure. Graduation? Cake all the way. Break up? Would you believe it, cake comes to the rescue here too. Brooki Bakehouse is a newly open cakery and bakery conceived by a globe-trotting travel blogger that is whipping up dreamy Parisian-inspired celebration desserts from its elegantly appointed hideaway on Marshall Street. It's also supplying a multi-hued range of macarons, delightfully moist cupcakes, decadent brownies and specialty coffee – a cause to celebrate in and of itself! more

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Party like it's 1982 – Gelato Messina is re-releasing its Gaytime and Viennetta-inspired hybrid gelato tubs
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Party like it’s 1982 – Gelato Messina is re-releasing its Gaytime and Viennetta-inspired hybrid gelato tubs

For many Australians born in the 1980s or 90s (or maybe just this writer in particular), there is little that can beat the nostalgia-inducing flavour sensation that is the Golden Gaytime. Toffee and vanilla flavoured ice-cream, dipped in chocolate then covered in mouth-watering golden biscuit pieces – what more could you want? That is, unless, the Gaytime is faced with the ultimate contender – the equally (if not more) kitsch Viennetta ice-cream cake. How could one ever decide? Thanks to our friends at Gelato Messina, you don't have to. more

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Pavement Whispers: Cowch to sweeten up South City Square with a new gelato bar concept
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Pavement Whispers: Cowch to sweeten up South City Square with a new gelato bar concept

This year is going to be an exciting one for Woolloongabba residents. A procession of food-based concepts are set to make their debut at Pellicano's Logan Road precinct South City Square before 2022 is out, treating local foodies to a degustation of brand-new dining destinations. Like any good feast, expect a sweet finish – the brains behind dessert purveyor Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar have confirmed that the team will be opening its own gelato concept at the hub this September. Here's what we know ... more

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Beloved cake and dessert maker Mountain River Patisserie unveils its new cafe in Runcorn
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Beloved cake and dessert maker Mountain River Patisserie unveils its new cafe in Runcorn

In the heart of Runcorn there exists a cluster of streets that share a particularly appetising produce-inspired naming scheme. Orange Street and Lemon Street branch off one side of Mango Street, while Pear Street and Plum Street peel away perpendicularly from the other. Down where Mango Street hits Nectarine Street, just an apricot-pit toss from Fruitgrove Station, sits the new home of Mountain River Patisserie. Though not a dispenser of berries, citrus, melons or drupes, the product produced here is just as sweet. After spending its infancy operating from Food Connect's Salisbury kitchen, Mountain River Patisserie now has a beautifully decorated cafe space of its own, where fans old and new can sample the dessert maker's handmade Hokkaido cheesecakes, castella and canelés alongside cups of specialty coffee, tea and matcha. more

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Scoff down pastéis de nata and specialty coffee at Lisboa Caffe's South Brisbane outpost
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Scoff down pastéis de nata and specialty coffee at Lisboa Caffe’s South Brisbane outpost

When the Catholic monks of Lisbon's Jerónimos Monastery first created Portuguese tarts from leftover egg yolks more than 200 years ago, they couldn't have fathomed that the pastry would become one of the country's most popular cultural exports. Lisboa Caffe has been one of Brisbane's premier producers of this mouth-watering egg custard tart for years, with its crackling caramelised pastry exterior and seductively sweet inside ranking high on our list of the city's must-try sweets. This Wednesday April 6, Lisboa Caffe will officially lift the cloche on its new South Brisbane dispensary – a pint-sized provider of traditional Portuguese tarts and a host of other delightfully decadent flavours. more

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The round-up: savour some well-deserved sweetness with these Easter treats
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The round-up: savour some well-deserved sweetness with these Easter treats

If the shelves upon shelves of chocolate eggs and bunnies at Coles and Woolies didn't clue you in, here's a friendly reminder – Easter is coming. Yep, every sweet tooth's favourite holiday is approaching swiftly, which means all sorts of gourmet goodies are available to indulge on. We've already assembled our list of hot cross buns, so now we're turning our attention to the more decadent items available around town. Want to create a hoard of chocolatey goodness that will have even the Easter Bunny jealous? We know just what should be on your wish list ... more

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Sweet treats, sudsy sips and smoky eats – where to taste test some of Logan's most lip-smacking fare
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Sweet treats, sudsy sips and smoky eats – where to taste test some of Logan’s most lip-smacking fare

Sometimes when you've lived in a city for so long, it can feel like you've wined and dined at every establishment, had your morning cuppa at every corner cafe or had one too many late-night HSP from that trusty kebab shop. If you want to broaden your horizons both from a culinarily and geographical perspective, then we think you should hop in the car and drive to a city not so far away – Logan. Brimming with mouth-watering fare from almost every country you can think of, this epicurean melting pot is worth diving into. Here are some top-notch spots for when you plan on embarking on a self-curated Logan food trail … more


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Ditch the basic bunnies and bag handmade choccies from Curatorial: Chocolates this Easter
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Ditch the basic bunnies and bag handmade choccies from Curatorial: Chocolates this Easter

In mere weeks we'll find ourselves with a whole lot more free time to spare, most likely lounging on our couch in a sugar coma wondering why we reached for that last chocolate egg. Yep, Easter and all of the tastebud-tantalising joys of the long weekend are just around the corner. If you need to fill some baskets with gifts before the sweet occasion, we think you should ditch the grocery store and head online to check out Curatorial: Chocolates, a boutique full to the brim with treats from some of the top chocolate makers Australia has to offer. more

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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane
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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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They're back – Cocktail Porter has resurrected its chocolate-soaked DIY cocktail kits just in time for Easter
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They’re back – Cocktail Porter has resurrected its chocolate-soaked DIY cocktail kits just in time for Easter

Arguably two of the best things about Easter weekend are the copious amounts of booze and chocolate. So you can cut out the middle man, the fine folk at Cocktail Porter have combined the two, packaging up some delightful sips and chocolates to create the ultimate DIY Easter Cocktail Kit. These decadent creations are just what the doctor ordered and as a bonus, you can get them delivered straight to your door. Continue reading at your own risk, sweet-tooths ... more

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Sweet and sassy – Cakes & Shit opens its new dessert joint in Paddington
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Sweet and sassy – Cakes & Shit opens its new dessert joint in Paddington

While desserts are already considered to be an indulgence that's a bit on the naughty side, we don't often encounter a cake shaped like, well, human anatomy. Similarly, most of the cookies we consume often come topped with sprinklings of others sweets, not swear words. Cakes & Shit isn't your regular cake store. The crude confectioner has garnered a cult following thanks to its range of sassy, chuckle-worthy and strictly not-safe-for-work treats. Cakes & Shit has moved to Paddington and is officially reopening to the public today, Friday February 25. If you love a bit of cheek to your cake, read on to see what's on offer ... more

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The Bunker Coffee crew has opened Neighbour, a one-stop-shop for salads, sips and sundries
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The Bunker Coffee crew has opened Neighbour, a one-stop-shop for salads, sips and sundries

Sometimes being friends with your neighbour pays off – you never know when they might be able to help you out in a pinch. Neighbour, the brand-new concept from the Bunker Coffee crew, is here to provide more than a simple cup of sugar – the providore is serving Ottolenghi-inspired salads, heat-and-eat meats, primo picnic supplies and new-wave wines from its cosy space on Railway Terrace. Need some weekday lunch inspo or a dependable dinner dispensary when time is short? Consider calling on your Neighbour! more

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Get the scoop – Anita Gelato brings its world-renowned range to West Village
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Get the scoop – Anita Gelato brings its world-renowned range to West Village

For some, the name Anita Gelato stirs up feelings of heart-fluttering excitement and sets saliva glands into overdrive. The brand is famous across the globe for its decadent, hand-made and real cream-based gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbets – with a portfolio of flavours tallying over 150 varieties. If you hadn't already heard, here's the scoop – Anita Gelato has arrived in Brisbane! Nestled in the heart of West Village, Anita Gelato's flagship Brisbane store has been dishing out cup after cup (and cone after cone) of silky gelato and frozen yoghurt, each hefty serve topped with addictive jams, rich sauces, mixed lollies and a moreish wafer. If gelato makes you giddy, read on and treat yourself to the tasty details ... more

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Hungarian-inspired street sweets and slab cakes abound at West End newcomer Kürtősh
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Hungarian-inspired street sweets and slab cakes abound at West End newcomer Kürtősh

Just when you think you've sampled every kind of baked goodie or dessert under the sun, a new variety or two will pop up to tantalise your tastebuds. Kürtősh, a Sydney-born purveyor of slab cakes, cookies and pastries, opened at West Village just before Christmas, showcasing its range of delectable delights made using time-tested family recipes – including some eye-catching (and drool-worthy) options inspired by the street-food scene of Hungary! more

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Say hallelujah – Maccas is swirling $2 McFlurries this week
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Say hallelujah – Maccas is swirling $2 McFlurries this week

It might only be Wednesday, but it has been a week. Thankfully, we’ve just caught wind of some news that is sure brighten your day – Macca’s is slinging $2 McFlurries this week. It's all thanks to McDonald's 30 Days 30 Deals promotion, which sees some of our favourite late-night snacks discounted as a little treat. more

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For the love of cake – the team behind Camp Hill favourite Florence have launched online baked goods dispensary Floss
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For the love of cake – the team behind Camp Hill favourite Florence have launched online baked goods dispensary Floss

Those who have dined at Camp Hill cafe Florence are probably well acquainted with its phenomenal selection of baked goods. To please the cake-hungry masses, the team behind the cherished eatery has taken the time – and some sugar, flour and icing – to create an online outpost dedicated to its darling treat offering. Say hello to Floss, a baked-goods dispensary pumping out decadent special-occasion cakes and sweets that are sure to have your tastebuds singing. more

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Gelato Messina | Brisbane's best gelato and ice-cream
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The round-up: get a sublime scoop at Brisbane’s best gelato and ice-cream spots

When the temperatures rise and air-conditioning units activate all over Brisbane, it's safe to assume that gelato weather has arrived. This summer has been particularly scorching, so it's only fair that we treat ourselves to some ultra-cold, creamy and delicious ice-cream to help us cope. Brisbane has a great selection of gelaterias and ice-cream parlours across town. If you're keen to brave the heat to get your fix of gelato or ice-cream, be sure to equip yourself with knowledge before hand. This is our list of Brisbane's best! more

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It's here – Agnes Bakery opens the doors to its anticipated permanent home on James Street
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It’s here – Agnes Bakery opens the doors to its anticipated permanent home on James Street

Agnes Bakery was born from necessity, but stayed around because of popularity. When the city shut down in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, 'pivot' became the word of the day and experimental concepts started proliferating around town. Of all the operators that swivelled in order to keep their businesses afloat, few garnered such a rapturous public response as Agnes' pop-up woodfired bakery and bottle shop. The bakery's delightfully crusty loaves of malted sourdough, cinnamon-coated doughnuts and charred and flaky Basque cheesecakes quickly cemented themselves as must-have items, and its smoked butter became a thing of legend. More than a year on and several pop-up appearances later, Agnes Bakery is celebrating the opening of its permanent woodfired dispensary on James Street today, Thursday October 21. There will be danishes, kouign-amanns, choux buns and cakes by the slice – there… more

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The round up: sate your sweet tooth at Brisbane's best dessert spots
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The round up: sate your sweet tooth at Brisbane’s best dessert spots

Let’s be honest with ourselves – it doesn’t matter what you’ve had for dinner, there’s always room for dessert. Brisbane is absolutely flush with spots to get your sugar fix, whether it be in a decadent cake, a few weighty scoops of ice-cream or a dozen doughnuts. So you can satisfy your sweet tooth, we’ve put together a list some seriously decadent dessert spots in Brisbane. more