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tristram stuart
Food & Drink

Listen to Tristram Stuart on the global food waste scandal

Tristram Stuart shares how his first foray into freeganism as a 15-year-old acted as a catalyst to his entire career. Dedicated to exposing the injustice of food waste in Western countries, Tristram shows how changing the systems that result in food waste could be one of the simplest ways to reduce pressure on the environment. Watch his TED Talk or read more in his book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal. Image via Le Nouvel Observateur. more

Cafes
stellarossa, fortitude valley
Food & Drink

New Stellarossa pocket in Fortitude Valley

With the Cie Waffles team moving on to open Gramercy Espresso & Eats in Wintergarden, the tiny pocket of a shop space on the corner of Brunswick Street Mall has been transformed into a Stellarossa coffee cranny. Open early from 6:30 am, Stellarossa is a convenient caffeine pit stop as you’re rushing from the train station to the office. Stellarossa Corner Brunswick Street and Wickham Street Open: Monday to Friday 6:30 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am to 1:00 pm more

Restaurants
Oriental Yum Cha Restaurant, Fortitude Valley
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Oriental Yum Cha Restaurant opens in Fortitude Valley

When the words ‘yum cha’ flitter through our mind, images of 1980s vinyl chairs, carpeted floors and stainless-steel trolleys sporting baskets of steaming buns tend to materialise. But in the latest venture from Jacky Choi of Sunnybank and Aspley Oriental, yum cha is being served in sleek new surrounds. more

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The Cheeky Bean Espresso Bar, West End
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The Cheeky Bean Espresso Bar opens in West End

When on a roadtrip, where your origin and destination are many hours apart, a small spot of colour among the green and brown landscape can warrant a swivel of the wheel and excited pit stop. Whether an honesty fruit stall, field of canola or random pancake house in the middle of nowhere, these head-turning surprises can keep a route interesting. more

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Al'FreshCo, Alastair McLeod
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Alastair McLeod launches Al’FreshCo at City Markets

Ex-Bretts Wharf and Tank Restaurant and Bar executive chef Alastair McLeod has turned his attention to the small producer, supporting local farmers and feeding city folk with his new venture Al’FreshCo. Set amongst the bustling weekly markets at Reddacliff Place, the Al’FreshCo stall aims to expose more people to Queensland’s locally grown produce through a range of seasonal, ready-to-eat food and products. more

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Two Trees, West End
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The Street Photographer: Two Trees

A change is in the winds of late, bringing a new look to Two Trees in West End. The Vulture Street coffee corner has had a makeover with the help of local woodworker James Pratt, making a little extra space for The Iron Ladies to press waffles on site each Friday from 8:00 am starting this week. Owners Jordan and Mim have also started experimenting with a variety of new coffee methods for Two Trees, with French press and pourover filter coffees in-store soon. Iced pourovers will also be on the menu in both coffee and chocolate forms, while the cold press continues along its popular stream. Soon Two Trees will also be offering feature single-origin blends and starting to enhance hot chocolate recipes with mint, cinnamon and cardamom as the weather cools. Check out Two Trees on The Street Photographer. more

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Samphire
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The Grocer: Samphire

Most likely a food of choice for mermaids, samphire is a vegetable of the sea. The green mass of thick twigs grows abundantly on shorelines, as well as along marshy shallows and mudflats. more


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symposium cafe, newstead
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Symposium Cafe opens for dinner on Fridays

Newstead’s Symposium Cafe opens for dinner and drinks from this Friday, with the new sitting set to be a weekly occurrence. Wines from Australia, France, Italy and Chile will also now be available from 10:00 am during the day, so patrons can sneak in a glass of something crisp with lunch. Commencing with just Friday nights, the initial extended hours are an opportunity for Symposium Cafe to put feelers out to see if dinner can become a nightly event. Meals set to grace the menu include the likes of Pan-fried Prawns and Chorizo with Brown Rice, Paprika and Garlic, Eye Fillet with Roasted Beetroots, Kale Chips and Champagne Sauce and Crispy Asian Quail with Bean Sprouts, Fennel, Chilli, Basil and Coriander. more

Restaurants
Rogue Bar + Bistro, Newstead
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Rogue Bar + Bistro opens in Newstead

A normally sparse area for food offerings, the backstreets of Newstead welcome a new resident as Rogue Bar + Bistro is expected to open its doors next week. Covering all dining bases, Rogue Bar + Bistro combines restaurant-type seating and a bar area inside, with relaxed casual dining out the front and a laneway of couches for reclining with a coffee or drop of wine. more

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She Bangs Coffee
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She Bangs Coffee opens at Albion

On weekends you’ll find a line of caffeine-hungry market goers lining up for a steaming cup of coffee from She Bangs Coffee at Jan Powers Farmers Markets in New Farm or the Moggill Markets in Brookfield. And now the popular roving coffee hut has found permanent digs in Albion. Offering local workers in the industrial precinct solace amongst the baron office and workshop surrounds, new coffee haunt She Bangs Coffee serves up a well-crafted coffee and nourishing bites to eat. more

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Cafe O-Mai, Annerley
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Try Vietnamese for breakfast at Cafe O-Mai, Annerley

Perched on a corner in Annerley is a gem of a cafe, fusing Eastern and Western cuisines across breakfast and lunch. Breakfast at Cafe O-Mai is a multicultural affair, with Brioche French Toast with vanilla poached rhubarb, fresh orange segments topped with housemade labna and toasted pistachio sidling up alongside traditional Pho, Rice Paper Rolls and Crispy Spring Rolls. more

Recipes
Cold Soba Noodle Salad recipe
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Chill out with Cold Soba Noodle Salad for lunch

Japanese soba noodles, also known as buckwheat noodles, can often be found gluten-free and taste great hot or cold. Soba noodles are traditionally served chilled with a dipping sauce or within a hot brothy soup depending on the season. We’ve opted to explore the cold option, creating a salad, to which you can also add thinly sliced lengths of cucumber and a hard-boiled egg for more flavour. more

Bars
Anise, New Farm
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The Street Photographer: Anise

Brunswick Street institution Anise has had a refit, with ex-1889 Enoteca lads Dan Finn and Thames Delaforce having taken ownership of the keys on Christmas Eve and speedily turning around a refreshed bistro. Executing most of the fit-out themselves, Dan and Thames uncovered some of the building’s history in the form of old Shell petrol station signage. Majority of the seating is bar-side, with a single bentwood chair-clad table by the front window. David Grant (also ex-Enoteca) has risen from his sous chef title under the old Anise owners, curating a menu that glides easily from small plates to mains to sides and desserts, with all offerings share friendly. The cuisine breaks out of Anise’s original Gallic constraints, now seeing a French-European bent across the likes of Foie Gras Terrine with caperberries, braised lamb neck, vignarola and pine nuts and the original Duck Fat… more

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Persimmons
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The Grocer: Persimmons

The persimmon is an Asian fruit that is rather underused in Australian cuisine. Ranging in both colour and flavour, the fleshy fruit can be harnessed in fare both sweet and savoury. more

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Queensland blueberries
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Grow your own blueberries at home

If you’re someone who struggles to keep a pot of parsley alive, growing your own blueberries has probably never crossed your mind. Suited to growing in both a pot and the ground, blueberries are actually an easy-to-grow crop and well suited to the Queensland climate. Tara Valley Nursery based in Cornubia in Queensland has developed a Berrylicious range, seeing multiple blueberry varietals to choose from with a high yield of juicy tasty fruit. This superfood aids skin health and boosts the immune system, meaning having your own plant on hand can only benefit. Tara Valley Nursery is known for embracing new trends in horticulture and produce hybrid plants like bisexual pawpaws and pomatos (tomatoes on top, potatoes underground). The Berrylicious plants are available at all Bunnings stores in Queensland. more

Treats
Atlanta Food Truck Park
Food & Drink

The Art of the Food Truck, Atlanta style

This video focuses on the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market in the US, where a rotating selection of trucks bring the community together over a good meal. Set on a rehabilitated old hotel site that had previously just been sitting vacant, the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market sees the likes of Tex’s Tacos, Atlanta Pudding Company and Mighty Meatballs crafting unique street eats from Thursday through to Sunday every week. The fresh, organic food of Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen is trying to foster a farm-to-street movement, while Korean, Southern America, Mexican, ice-cream and cupcakes also feature. Image via Brett Kiger. more