Restaurants
Christmas lunch in brisbane
Food & Drink

Escape kitchen duty on Christmas Day

Wrapping paper is torn with eager haste, Christmas carols ring through the house, there's a constant stream of food and drink and lazy afternoons set the scene for a blissful siesta. Christmas Day truly is a moment of relaxation at the end of a busy year. For those who fancy letting someone else tend to kitchen duties this year, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants offering festive spreads this Christmas. more

The Grocer
Brisbane farmers markets
Food & Drink

Get your fresh Christmas produce at local farmers markets

With Christmas Day falling early in the week this year, we can use the weekend to source the freshest of salad and fruit ingredients, meat, seafood and treats for Christmas lunch from the local farmers markets. This Saturday the Village Market is on at Kelvin Grove from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm, while West Enders can head along to their usual Davies Park Markets from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. Jan Power’s Farmers Market is at Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm, with a special Christmas Mitchelton market also running on Sunday December 23 from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Bardon Community Market is also on this Sunday 6:00 am to 1:00 pm, as is the Northey Street Organic Farmers Market from 6:00–10:30 am in Windsor. more

The Grocer
Food From The Sky
Food & Drink

Lifeless space transformed with Food from the Sky

In 2010, Food from the Sky transformed a lifeless space above a supermarket into an urban farm. A collaboration between Andrew Thorton and Azul-Valerie Thome, Food from the Sky sees organic vegetables, fruits, mushrooms and herbs growing on the rooftop, before being sold downstairs in Thornton’s Budgens community supermarket in north London. Combining their shared vision for sustainable microeconomics and the consumption of local produce, Andrew and Azul set up the permaculture garden to bring people together. Food from the Sky also runs training programs in sustainable urban food growth for kids and adults to share knowledge and encourage a healthy, local, down-to-earth future. more

Restaurants
The Spaghettihouse Trattoria
Food & Drink

The Spaghettihouse Trattoria opens in West End

Calls of buon giorno, buon appetito and grazie ring about The Spaghettihouse Trattoria as you enter, and the jovial atmosphere is contagious. Known for Greek locale Char Char Yiros on the corner of Boundary and Russell Streets in West End, owner Andrew Michael has stationed himself in the kitchen as head chef at The Spaghettihouse Trattoria. more


Cafes
Fonzie Abbott Espresso, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Fonzie Abbott opens second edition in Fortitude Valley

Hamilton locale Fonzie Abbott Espresso has expanded its bases to open a second edition in Fortitude Valley. Perched on the corner on Brunswick and Harcourt Streets where Home Ground Espresso used to be, Fonzie Abbott Espresso has transformed the space with the signature Fonzie rustic industrial style. more

The Grocer
Kale
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Kale

Long gone are the days of throwing together some iceberg lettuce or even a sprig or two of rocket to spruce up your salad. Today’s favourite green combinations seem to always involve kale. more

Restaurants
Popolo, South Bank
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Popolo

Tucked along dining precinct River Quay is Italian restaurant Popolo, offering up a slice of Mediterranean living locally. A menu of sumptuous shared plates and tapas choices keeps dinner dates intimate, while diners enjoy the cool breezes and city skyline views of being situated riverside. Pendant lighting and a raw, urban interior frame the Popolo experience, with authentic pasta and pizza dishes and an extensive list of Italian and local wines and beers leaving your inner foodie rather satisfied. Check out Popolo on The Street Photographer. more

Recipes
sangria popsicles
Food & Drink

Make chilled Sangria Popsicles this summer

Adding a little frozen fun to our favourite Spanish cocktails is this recipe for Sangria Popsicles. Enjoyed either on their own as an ice block or used as a giant ice cube to chill and flavour an additional glass of wine, Sangria Popsicles will add a dash more merriment to your family Christmas lunch. more

The Grocer
local farmer
Food & Drink

Discover the face behind the produce with Meet Your Farmer

A visual story of paddock to plate, the Meet Your Farmer series of short films takes you behind the scenes of the farms in the state of Maine in the USA. One of eight in the series, this film on the Chase family farm shows how the produce from the farm is used at bakery and restaurant Chase’s Daily, where the family also holds an indoor farmers market. more

The Grocer
The Gourmand magazine
Food & Drink

Read sumptuous food compendium The Gourmand

New literary creation The Gourmand combines food and culture into one neat, caress-worthy package. Taking an innovative and creative approach to the form of each article, interview or artistic musing, The Gourmand delves past the pretty stylised food shots and beautifully constructed flavours of a foodie’s dream land and into the culture of food and the different means of taking pleasure from all things consumable. Based in London, The Gourmand was inspired by the universal subject of food and the influx of new restaurants, cafes, markets and ingredients at our fingertips. Issue 01 has just come out, with Issue 00 still available online. Image via Eye Magazine. more

Bars
At Sixes and Sevens, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Cru Bar’s At Sixes and Sevens opens on James Street

Built in 1878, the distinct cottage on the corner of James and Arthur Streets in Fortitude Valley was once the home of Lawrence Muir. From 1926 a shopfront was added, with a newsagency operating on site until recently. Now the joint cottage and shop space has been given a new lease on life as new public house At Sixes and Sevens. more

The Grocer
pomegranate
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Pomegranate

The hard red hide of the pomegranate can be both uninspiring and misleading. But it is once you have cracked it open that you discover a cavern of ruby-red gems within. These pulpy seeds of the fruit are a mainstay in the gourmet creations of many Middle Eastern-inspired dishes. more

Restaurants
La Finestra, Camp Hill
Food & Drink

Indulge in the simple flavours of Italy at La Finestra

Inspired by the food, wine and traditions of family and festivities central to Italian life, La Finestra celebrates authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant hums with informal trattoria-style dining, the cheerful chatter of diners and lively Italian music, injecting a bustling atmosphere to the local neighbourhood. more