The Grocer
CJ's Pasta, West End
Food & Drink

CJ’s Pasta makes its move to West End

From a warm bowl of cloud-like gnocchi to a richly layered lasagne, pasta is not just a favourite of Italy but is also a food that has been whole-heartedly embraced by hordes around the world. If you are an admirer of these carb creations, you're probably already well aware of Brisbane's own connoisseur CJ's Pasta, which has just set up shop at a new location in West End. more

Cafes
scotty's cafe, bardon
Food & Drink

Discover espresso menagerie Scotty’s Cafe at Bardon

Tucked between a hair salon and a general store is a nameless coffee shop dubbed by locals as ‘Scotty’s Cafe’ after owner and barista, Scott. Despite the hazy details – no name, no menu, no website, no opening hours – a steady stream of regulars are dropping by to get their daily cup of coffee. more

Bars
pear cafe and bar
Food & Drink

Pear Cafe and Bar opens for mess meals and local brews

Highgate Hill morning favourite, Pear Cafe and Bar is now open for drinks and eats of a Thursday to Sunday evening. Offering a meal for the masses, the nightly token Mess Meal is ever changing, delivering lavish, home-style flavours from Pork Chops and Pea and Ham Soup to vegetable lasagne without the pasta. more

Cafes
Five Sugars
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Five Sugars

Furnished with quirky pieces of a vintage nature, Five Sugars exudes happiness and colour with its pastel teacups and a counter filled with local homemade brownies, cookies and nostalgic sweets. Each cup of coffee is thoughtfully prepared using Saint signature blend from Cleanskin Roasters and Maleny Dairies milk. Try the Caramelised Oat and Coconut biscuit from Teneriffe chocolatiers Dello Mano, paired with a perfectly poured flat white in a dainty teacup. Sink into a retro lounge with a magazine or bask in the sun outside. Check out Five Sugars on The Street Photographer. more

The Grocer
corner store news
Food & Drink

Corner Store News moves to Indooroopilly

The traditional general store is where a community comes together. Fathers walk up the road to collect the day’s papers and chat to their suburban neighbours, while kids ride their bikes, eagerly hoping for a bundle of five-cent lollies to devour. It’s the place you head to for last-minute baking ingredients, and somewhere you can always count on for general everyday items. One of the best corner shops keeping age-old good service alive was Cat & Fiddle News & Convenience Store in Toowong. While it has just relocated to Indooroopilly, you can still seek out the same fresh fruit and vegetables, papers and magazines and other household essentials under its new name of Corner Store News. Corner Store News Shop 5/8 Station Road, Indooroopilly Ph: 07 3162 0874 Image via Acclaim Images. more

The Grocer
the art of a master butcher
Food & Drink

The art of a master butcher

Meat can be a touchy subject. Some are against the consumption of it entirely, while others show appreciation for the animal by using all possible elements. One of the best butchers in the world, Italian Dario Cecchini comes from a lineage of eight generations of butchers – the role passed down from father to son. A contemporary butcher, Dario has moved away from the methods his father and grandfather employed, envisioning an ethical and sustainable future for the meat industry. Opening up his practice to include a restaurant, Dario now shares his methods via meals as well. Trying to reshape the way people eat and appreciate food, Dario inspires others to take meat seriously, proving that eating well means enjoying food from your land with the people around you. Image via Italia Ristoranti. more


Recipes
Mulled Wine recipe
Food & Drink

Keep warm with Scandinavian mulled wine

Come a cold winter’s evening, there’s nothing better than throwing a blanket over your shoulders, sitting in front of the fireplace and wrapping your digits around a steamy cup of mulled wine. But this being Brisbane, few houses are fit with said fireplace for ultimate keeping-warm potential. So sans dancing embers, we shall simply indulge in an extra-special glass of this mulled wine to keep our inners (and limbs) toasty. more

Treats
National Lamington Day
Food & Drink

Head to an original bakery to celebrate National Lamington Day

There’s nothing better than a light-as-a-feather lamington over a cup of tea to curb your sweet tooth. A tricky recipe to get right at home, small batches are best as the inner sponge tends to stale quickly. But when visiting a traditional bakery of yesteryear – where the portions are sizeable and the price merely pocket change – a giant lamington in all of its coconut-sprinkled glory feels perfect and reminiscent of the past. more

Restaurants
Regional Flavours Kitchen Stories
Food & Drink

Become a locavore at Regional Flavours, South Bank

Absorb your senses in a little slow food culture this weekend at Regional Flavours at South Bank. A celebration of Queensland produce from ground to table, Regional Flavours exhibits the many varied food traditions present within our state, from traditional migrant recipes to native indigenous foods turning gourmet. more

The Grocer
Picnic-perfect pickings at James St Market, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Picnic-perfect pickings at James St Market, Fortitude Valley

A fresh produce wonderland, James St Market in Fortitude Valley exudes perfection across display and quality. An emporium of the daily needs – well the classy ones at least – James St Market is a go-to locale for fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy and condiments, with a deli to satisfy carnivorous cravings and French Twist on hand for a hot morning loaf. more

Cafes
lady marmalade, stones corner
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Lady Marmalade

A quirky corner cafe in Stones Corner, Lady Marmalade is a foodie delight that many may have heard of but not actually seen. Home to award-winning, creative sandwiches and pancake stacks topped with fairy floss, Lady Marmalade deliver unique flavour combinations in a relaxed setting. Vintage knick knacks adorn each available shelf and cranny inside, while a counter of sweet treats tempts dessert to be taken post-sandwich. Nab an outside table with a little dappled sunlight and watch the world speed by or slip into the pages of a good book while your table number Kung-Fu Panda keeps you company until your coffee arrives. Check out Lady Marmalade on The Street Photographer. more