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dos amigos, taringa
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Find spicy Jalapeño Poppers at Dos Amigos, Taringa

With the ever-expanding number of food chains popping up around town, Mexican fever is on our minds. But before the Guzmans and the Tuckerias came to town, Dos Amigos was sitting up on a hill in Taringa serving up authentic Mexican meals to the burrito inclined. A forefather of Mexican cuisine in Brisbane, Dos Amigos has been frying beans and wrapping tortillas since 1987. more

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beef cheeks brisbane
Food & Drink

Tuck into beef cheeks at Simpatico, Ortiga and The Survey Co.

Taking that first bite of a butter-soft, succulent beef cheek can change your palate forever, as the taste of the rich, sticky juices is implanted in your memory long after the plate has been wiped clean with a slab of bread. Requiring a decent investment of time to make – albeit a rewarding one – beef cheeks obtain their tenderness from being cooked very slowly, until they can be cut with the side of a spoon and scooped onto your plate with its precious juices. more

Recipes
strawberry tarts recipe
Food & Drink

Make Strawberry Tarts with Homemade Creme Patissiere

The sweet red forms of juicy strawberries have started to appear at farmers markets, bringing thoughts of making jams and summer smoothies to our minds. While there’s still a wintery chill in the air, try these strawberry tarts with homemade creme patissiere. Best served warm straight from the oven, the tarts' luscious custard and hot strawberries melt in your mouth, while the sugar-lined pastry surprises you with a hidden buttery sweetness. more

Cafes
Bean On Dean, Toowong
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Bean On Dean

Rustic wooden cafe tables sit atop vintage Singer sewing-machine bases, while herbs grow in the courtyard and vintage cotton spools are used as table numbers – welcome to the peaceful ambience of Bean On Dean in Toowong. It may be a busy breakfast nook of families, lady-date catch-ups and rolled-out-of-bed students, but Bean On Dean manages to pack a lot in while still keeping things spacious and restful. Inside, soft-glowing cage lighting contrasts the delicate jars of herbs and ferns, while the street-art wall mural and bright green La Marzocco machine serving creamy Campos lattes perks up visitors. Check out Bean On Dean on The Street Photographer. more

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how to make nut milk
Food & Drink

Watch: How to make nut milk

This how-to video by foodie goddess Sarah Britton of the blog My New Roots shows how you can turn any nut or seed into raw and wholesome milk. From walnuts and almonds to cashews and sunflower seeds, this video makes the steps seem simple and hassle free. Check out her blog for more raw, gluten-free, vegan and plain delicious one-of-a-kind recipes.   more


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La Sala del Prado, QAG
Food & Drink

Indulge in authentic Spanish tapas at La Sala del Prado

Imagine you’re an artist in Spain, drinking freshly poured glasses of sangria in between painting canvases, while the delicate sound of flamenco guitar caresses your ears. The Sala Cafe in La Sala del Prado at the Queensland Art Gallery transports you to this dreamy landscape as you try your hand at life drawing and sample authentic cuisine from this colourful culture. more

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Eggs, avocado and homemade tomato relish recipe
Food & Drink

Morning Meal: Eggs, avocado and homemade tomato relish

Sometimes it's the simplest things in life that create the most happiness, like taking the time to make and enjoy breakfast at home. Usually we're rushing out the door to work, a slice of toast hanging from our mouths. But on weekends (and the less stressful weekdays), set aside time to prepare, cook, combine and eat a healthy meal of delicious flavours. We've crafted up this gem of a recipe that's more wholesome than than a bowl of cereal, but simple enough to not feel like a chore. Prepare the relish in advance and store in the fridge for use each morning. Eggs, avocado and relish – what more could you want? Well, maybe, a sprinkling of corn. more

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spanakopita, newstead
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Newstead’s Spanakopita opens for breakfast

Makers of glorious parcels of spinach and cheese, Spanakopita in Newstead is now open for breakfast. Switching its flaky filo pastry options to the sweet side of things of a morning, try the vanilla bean curd-filled Bougatsa dusted in icing sugar. more

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nola iced coffee
Food & Drink

Sip on New Orleans-style Iced Coffee

Take a drop of New Orleans jazz background music, a splash of nifty typography and the recipes of one unabashed foodie and you get the 30-second video creations of Los Angeles-based Claire Thomas. Posting recipes with vivid photography and often accompanying short films on her blog The Kitchy Kitchen, Claire has merged her passion and incurable curiosity for food with her skills as a director, photographer and writer. Watch this visual recipe for NOLA Iced Coffee, then make and keep a jug on hand in the fridge. Other recipes on her blog include Mexican Street Corn, Pork Belly Sandwiches and Cornflake Crusted French Toast. more

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Sichuan Bang Bang, Kenmore
Food & Drink

Chinese haunt Sichuan Bang Bang opens in Kenmore

Serving the traditional cuisine of the Sichuan province in south-west China is new Kenmore restaurant Sichuan Bang Bang. Moving in to a space that was originally a Chinese takeaway shop that had been there since 1968, new owner Renata Roberts has gutted and re-fitted the shop with Chinese and custom-made furniture and a new kitchen, but she has kept the original signage above the store as a tribute to the locale’s history. more

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champ kitchen + bar, south bank
Food & Drink

Anouk opens champ kitchen + bar at South Bank

A new foodie creation by Justine Whelan (of Anouk fame) has opened at South Bank. Located on the ground floor of the ABC’s headquarters, champ kitchen + bar is the first of many new restaurants that are set to open up on the Cultural Forecourt end of South Bank’s main street. more

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Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters

The Gowty family has built themselves a little coffee empire, with four Brother Espresso cafes and the Bread & Butter general store now under its wing. At the heart of these cafes is their own brand of coffee, roasted out of a warehouse-meets-cathedral-like space in the side streets of Fortitude Valley. Opened in 2010, Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters is a half-cylindrical space where the roastery mixes with an expansive cafe. Metal caging and stained glass separate the half-pipe into open sections, with a street-art decorated, sun-lit counter and roaster space at the front and a leafy, aviary-esque nook at the back. Named after Grandfather E. G. Gowty, who was drafted to the 5th Battery 2/2 Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment in World War II, Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters is a chilled spot for a light breakfast accompanied by a mean cup of specialty espresso that’s been sourced, secured… more