Restaurants
Melbourne Cup Lunch Brisbane
Food & Drink

Plan a festive Melbourne Cup luncheon

A day of long lunches and cheery sips of Champagne, Melbourne Cup is right around the corner. If you’re lucky enough to have the day (or half day) off work here in Brisbane, we’ve put together a little list of potential waterfront luncheon and race-watching locales for Tuesday November 6. more

Recipes
Brussels Sprouts recipe
Food & Drink

Make: Grown-up Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts got a bad wrap as a kid. Perhaps it was because they resembled mini cabbages or because anything green was clearly out to poison you and not make you healthy and strong. But now that we’re all grown up and Brussels sprouts are no longer merely steamed, but served with lashings of cheese, garlic and pine nuts, a bowl of their golden roasted goodness looks particularly appetising. more

Recipes
The Chemex Coffee Method
Food & Drink

Traditional coffee brewing: The Chemex Method

German inventor Peter Schlumbohm invented the Chemex Coffee Method in 1941. An infusion technique that crafts a body and taste similar to that of drip coffee, the Chemex method uses a paper filter in the hourglass-shape beacon to yield a smooth, elegant brew. This video by Sprouted Kitchen walks you through the ingredients, tools and processes needed to make this type of pour over at home. Image via Sprouted Kitchen.   more

Treats
Can You Keep A Secret, Greenslopes
Food & Drink

The Bun Mobile pops up at Can You Keep A Secret

Once a month, The Bun Mobile has been popping up at Greenslopes vintage go-to Can You Keep A Secret, serving up steamed buns out the front of this cool clothing haunt. Now occurring every fortnight, the roaming steamed buns are set to grace the store this Thursday evening from 6:00 pm. Punters can hang out in the store’s comfy lounge area or laze about the tables and chairs set up on the pavement to enjoy their dinner, before having a look through the new vintage threads in store. BYO beverages are welcome if you want to sit and make an evening of it, with Can You Keep A Secret open until 8:00 pm on these bun-filled Thursdays. Can You Keep A Secret 653 Logan Road, Greenslopes Ph: 07 3847 2956 more

Cafes
Urban Grind, Paddington
Food & Drink

Paddington’s Urban Grind finds new owners from Brew

A place where neighbours of near and far suburban streets come together as a community, where family tales are shared over coffee, kids get special cups of thick hot chocolate and the puppy laps up a bowl of water in the dog-parking quarters – Urban Grind revels in providing a space for friendly folk to come together in an intimate, comfortable setting. more

Treats
Street Food Australia
Food & Drink

Help bring the street food culture to Brisbane

When you’re travelling overseas, sometimes it’s the simplest, cheapest of meals that can be the most rewarding. Wrapped in a serviette or served on paper plates, street food delivers the flavours and culture at the heart of a country. Sydney has the Veggie Patch Van and Melbourne has the Taco Truck and, until Hellhound Hotdogs and The Bun Mobile rolled along, Brisbane was feeling a little out of the loop. more


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Scrumptious Reads, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Scrumptious Reads

From novels and memoirs to historic tales and, of course, recipe books, Scrumptious Reads in Fortitude Valley offers compendiums of a nourishing variety. Stocking a finely curated selection of food and drink books and magazines, Scrumptious Reads is the loving creation of Julie Tjiandra and Reyna Portillo. Tomes are meticulously organised into categories of meat, bread, cheese, wine, fish and more amongst apple tree bookcase shelving. You can even find whole cookbooks dedicated to sourdough and specialty books across more niche eating fields like organics, coeliac and vegan literature. For this James Street store, Julie and Reyna enlisted the help of architect Marina Kozul and designer Fukutoshi Ueno to create a design-savvy interior, which Julie is slowly translating across to her newly acquired cafe space next door, dubbed Sugar Jar Cafe. Check out Scrumptious Reads on The Street… more

Recipes
Faina
Food & Drink

Add Fainá to your afternoon cheese board

A traditional foodstuff of Argentina and Uruguay is Fainá – a flatbread with notes of pepper made from chickpea flour. A great gluten-free option for cheese boards, fainá can also be served with toppings, though is traditionally served as an accompaniment to pizza – a little triangular slice sitting atop your larger pizza portion. Chickpea or garbanzo bean flour can be found at most health food stores. We picked up ours from Wray Organic. more

Recipes
Brewing Coffee at Home
Food & Drink

Watch: Tips for brewing coffee at home

Put that instant freeze-dried, store-bought coffee away. You’re better than that. And with so many great independent coffee roasters on our doorstep, you should know better too. Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee has put together these nifty videos exploring the equipment and processes behind creating pour over and aeropress coffees at home. To mimic these magical cups of happiness in your own kitchen, get yourself kitted up with all the essential bits and bobs – a kettle, grinder, pour-over cone, filters, aeropress – and a fresh bag of beans from your local roastery-cafe and start brewing your own morning drop with proud knowledge and soon-to-be-expert skill. more

Bakeries
Chester Street Kitchen, Newstead
Food & Drink

Damian Griffiths opens Chester Street Kitchen in Newstead

Taking over the space where Greek pie shop Spanakopita dwelled in Newstead, hotelier and foodie Damian Griffiths has created Chester Street Kitchen – a neighbourhood cafe serving up rustic, home-style food. With an air of a gourmet bakery, Chester Street Kitchen offers breakfast provisions like Granola with Yoghurt and Compote and All Press coffee, with lunchtime taste-pleasers of Beef and Vintage Ale Pies, Spiced Pork Quiche and fresh salads like Chickpea, Pumpkin and Eggplant with Dukkah Dressing gracing the cabinet. more

Cafes
Gaviato's, Woolloongabba
Food & Drink

New cafe Gaviato’s opens at Woolloongabba

A new resident has popped up ever so quickly in the Woolloongabba antique precinct, filling the gap left by the sadly departed Five Sugars and Piece Together. New cafe Gaviato’s serves up creamy Campos coffee and an array of gluten-free treats. more

Bars
Oktoberfest Brisbane
Food & Drink

Don liederhosen for pretzels and beer at Oktoberfest

Traditionally, Oktoberfest is a 16-day celebration of all things Bavarian and beer-related held (funnily enough) in September. If you couldn’t afford the plane fare this year to reach its home in Munich, don’t fret, as Brisbane hosts its own version, which is just as popular as the original. more

Cafes
Flamingo Cafe, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Flamingo Cafe

Founding Winn Lane denizen Flamingo Cafe is a colourful melee of retro furniture, astroturf and kitsch, well-crafted food. Specials of the day are scribbled in coloured chalk on the counter front, while the benchtop brims with decadent cookies, brownies and muffins. Rich milky concoctions grace the menu, with the salted caramel shake or avocado, banana, soy, nutmeg and honey smoothie rating among favourites. A new spring menu sees all-day brunch offerings like a Field Mushroom with Brie, Spinach and Parmesan Crust on grain bread satisfy diners while catching up with friends, or pit-stopping to-or-from the swell independent stores co-habiting Winn Lane. Check out Flamingo Cafe on The Street Photographer. more

Recipes
Baked Brie, Prosciutto, Pears recipe
Food & Drink

Indulge in Prosciutto-wrapped Baked Brie with Pears

As the weather warms and summer beckons the year forth, we start to dream of afternoons in the kitchen with family and friends, before relaxing into a dusk dinner party. A rich appetiser where the ingredients acquire a whole new level of indulgence once baked, this recipe for prosciutto-wrapped baked brie served with roasted pears and walnuts will kick off any summer soiree with decadence. more

Bars
Alfred & Constance Pork, Cork & Fork Festival
Food & Drink

Alfred & Constance host preview Pork, Cork & Fork Festival

Wandering through the mass of brightly coloured fashions gracing shops’ shelves at the moment, one can’t help but feel an essence of tropical tiki times is in the air. Embracing this festive spring spirit head on is soon-to-be-opened venue Alfred & Constance. Hosting a second pop-up restaurant and tiki bar this weekend, the Alfred & Constance Pork, Cork & Fork Festival will be taking over the park adjacent to the new venue in Fortitude Valley. Running from 12:00–10:00 pm both Friday October 12 and Saturday October 13, the Pork, Cork & Fork Festival will give punters a preview of the rustic food this gastro pub and tiki bar will offer when it opens on October 25. Serving handmade sweet treats, woodfired meats, spring salads and roast vegetables, the Pork, Cork & Fork Festival will also feature tiki jam-jar cocktails from the White Lightning TIKI Bar within this… more

Cafes
Plaza Theatre Cafe high tea
Food & Drink

Indulge in high tea at the Plaza Theatre Cafe, Paddington

The vintage-loving ladies over at Paddington Antique Centre’s Plaza Theatre Cafe have dubbed October the month of high tea, launching a new menu for the occasion. Amongst the new high tea offerings are finger sandwiches, frittatas, sweet cakes and friands. And high tea wouldn’t be complete without warm, fluffy scones topped with lashings of strawberry jam and dollops of cream. A cheeky addition to this graceful luncheon is Sandy’s smooth Pannacotta & Campari Jelly Shots. With tea served in fine bone china, treats upon a traditional three-tiered stand and linen napkins for dabbing lightly at your lipstick post sip of tea, these elegant afternoon outings are for ladies and dapper lads alike. more