Recipes
fajitas recipe
Food & Drink

Tuck into a Fajita feast this summer

From a tangy of a drizzle of lime to a hint of coriander, a Mexican feast is filled with enticing flavours that happily mingle on your tastebuds. When planning a light dish for summer entertaining, fajitas are a simple option that will please both vegetarian and carnivorous guests. Fill the table with fresh tortillas, meats and salad ingredients, and allow guests to build their own meal. more

Restaurants
Quan Thanh, West End
Food & Drink

Quan Thanh expands its Hardgrave Road presence

West End icon Quan Thanh has now taken up a second residence along Hardgrave Road, expanding dining potential. Now straddling both sides of the conveniently placed bottleshop, Quan Thanh has split its offerings to Vietnamese cuisine in the original outfit, and Chinese and Malaysian in the new restaurant space. Come evening, both venues are now bustling with hungry locals eager for a tasty, cheap feed. While diners will need to pick their favourite side of the menu and eat at that restaurant, sizzling dishes have been known to cross borders for those not wanting to choose. more

The Grocer
Artichokes
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Artichoke

While the artichoke may be reminiscent of a sculpture created at the hands of Antoni Gaudí, it is actually a very edible and tasty vegetable. It might seem scary at first glance, but the joyful artichoke can be eaten boiled, fried, steamed, grilled or just raw. more

The Grocer
bacon porn
Food & Drink

Meaty special: a short film of bacon porn

Vegetarians and vegans beware, the following footage may disturb and cause horror. But for those not averse to an oily slab of bacon on their breakfast – or, in this case, encircling a tender round of steak – the following food film may intrigue and inspire tonight’s dinner menu. The Benevolent Butcher gets particularly intimate with bacon in this rather delicious visual display of meaty chefmanship. more

Coffee
Noosa Chocolate Factory, Brisbane City
Food & Drink

Noosa Chocolate Factory sets up shop in Brisbane City

For those of us who are avid chocoholics, the passionate ritual involved in chocolate consumption will be all too familiar. Each bite into a sweet, velvety cube is a whimsical and indulgent sensory journey, revealing unique favours and textures that cause your tastebuds to stand to attention. more

Treats
iced tea brisbane
Food & Drink

Follow our quest for Brisbane’s best iced tea

On a muggy summer day, it can be difficult to comprehend the logic behind the theory that drinking hot tea can help you cool down by making the body sweat a little – especially when the heat is such that you can already feel beads of sweat forming before you’ve even thought about boiling the kettle. The solution? Iced tea. more

Coffee
Coutume, Paris
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Coutume, Paris

It wasn’t so long ago that serious coffee drinkers would lament a trip to Paris, knowing they would spend the duration of their stay having to endure the bitter, watery coffee for which the city was infamous. Fortunately, relief has come in the past few years, in the form a cohort of foreign coffee savants. Included in the bunch is Australian Tom Clark who, in collaboration with Frenchman Antoine Netien, founded the cafe and roastery, Coutume. Discreetly situated within a leisurely stroll of Le Bon Marché in the seventh arrondissement, Coutume has become the saving grace for coffee-deprived travellers who call Paris home. Check out Coutume on The Street Photographer. more


The Grocer
himilayan pink salt
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Himalayan Pink Salt

While its rosy hue is enough of a reason to buy it straight off the shelf, Himalayan pink salt offers a lot more than colour to its customers. Sourced from a renowned mine in Pakistan, the salt is considered to be much higher in minerals and benefits than your average table accompaniment. more

Recipes
Green Juice recipe
Food & Drink

Enjoy a post-New Year’s cleanse with a Green Juice

The festive season is always heavy with indulgence of both the food and drink varietals. If you feel your body needs a refresher, but not to the point of a complete juice detox, try making a single juice first thing each morning to kickstart the day. Of course, any fruit or vegetable you choose to juice will be delicious. We like adding a little ginger to aid digestion, and cucumber is a good source of silicon, refreshing the hair and skin (and supposedly reducing wrinkles) after a dehydrating silly-season drinking spree. You could also add half a bunch of watercress, which helps to energise cleansing enzymes in the liver. Just remember to add a little more apple, or perhaps some pineapple or orange, to further mask the taste of the greens if desired. more

The Grocer
ACQTASTE magazine
Food & Drink

More food between the sheets with ACQTASTE

ACQTASTE (Acquired Taste Magazine) is a new publication out of Toronto and acts as a voice for the current food movement, illustrating our current food culture in its most honest form. Aiming to redefine the idea of a food magazine, ACQTASTE appeals to both the passionate foodie and connoisseur, and draws focus to the intersection where food culture meets design, art, architecture, fashion, film and music. Its online presence features regular photos, films and content that have and continue to inspire ACQTASTE’s print form. Dedicated food lovers can pick up a copy of Issue 1 from magnation. more

Bars
New Year's Eve Brisbane
Food & Drink

Where to spend New Year’s Eve in Brisbane

Whether you believe in new beginnings or you just enjoy a good party, New Year’s Eve is always one of the biggest nights of the year in Brisbane. To help you welcome 2013, we’ve created a list of some of the watering holes hosting festivities well into the early hours. more

Treats
Ice Blocks
Food & Drink

Discover artisan iced treats this summer

When you were a youngster, summer meant several things: school holidays, cooling off under the sprinkler and icy poles. As we grow up into adults, however, school holidays are no longer an option and it’s suddenly not so cute (or eco friendly) to frolic under the sprinkler in your underwear. When trying to capture the essence of the carefree summer days of childhood, try savouring a frosty iced treat instead. more

Bars
burnett lane, brisbane
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Burnett Lane

From the early days when Brew was merely a coffee cart stationed atop some astroturf to the opening of sleek architectural offering Super Whatnot, Burnett Lane has grown from a measly service road to a kitted out laneway of food, drink and cultural wonder. No longer just a space for city folk to smoke – though this is still a regular sight – Burnett Lane now plays host to Brew, Super Whatnot, The Survey Co., The German Sausage Hut, many a back-door entrance to Adelaide Street shops and a myriad of detail that is both organic and placed to help tell the laneway’s tale. See Burnett Lane up close on The Street Photographer. more

The Grocer
lemon curd
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Lemon Curd

For the sweet of tooth, lemon curd is a delicious ally to keep in your pantry. A curious creation of both sweet and tart flavours, the conserve can be used to adorn just about anything. more

Cafes
Pompidou Cafe, Balmoral
Food & Drink

Share a monthly evening meal with Pompidou Cafe

While it may be a location renowned for providing the residents of Balmoral with a tasty morning brew or delicious eggy start to the day, Pompidou Cafe also offers a great deal more to its patrons. Once a month, the Gallic eatery offers an evening of French-inspired dishes, partnered with some of the host nation’s most sumptuous wines. While December’s dinner has just passed, the fully licensed events will continue well into the New Year. For those who are already filling their diaries with dates, keep in mind that when the cafe re-opens from holiday break on January 11, a dinner will shortly follow. The occasion is one of French indulgence, with three courses partnered with a delicious selection of wines to enjoy, all for the cost of around $55, plus wine. Delicious French specialties abound, with previous menus including sumptuous duck, courgette and ratatouille. You can… more

Bars
Next Door Kitchen & Bar, South Bank
Food & Drink

Next Door Kitchen & Bar opens at South Bank

The latest venture from the folk behind Ahmet’s Turkish Restaurant and Olé has opened its doors, the new space drawing inspiration from the allure speakeasies and forbidden mischief. Next Door Kitchen & Bar is perched along the Little Stanley Street dining strip at South Bank, sitting squarely between its two cousins, Ahmet’s and Olé. more

Restaurants
Fat Noodle, Brisbane City
Food & Drink

Luke Nguyen’s Fat Noodle opens in Brisbane City

The latest restaurant from celebrity chef Luke Nguyen has opened at the Treasury Casino and Hotel in the city, just in time for last-minute work Christmas lunches and late-night feasts. Fat Noodle is Luke’s second noodle bar, with the first Fat Noodle having opened at The Star in Sydney two years ago. more

Cafes
U&I Espresso, Ashgrove
Food & Drink

U&I Espresso brings Dramanti coffee to Ashgrove

The community hotspot that was Stop Sixteen cafe in Ashgrove has changed hands, with young gun Sacha Muchall opening U&I Espresso. After studying business management, Sacha worked for a boutique roaster, where there were always 15 single origins on the go. It was there Sacha developed a love and an appreciation for coffee. more