Bars
Sloe Gin
Food & Drink

Learn the art of making sloe gin

Not named for the unhurried process that makes it, sloe gin instead finds its origins with the tart sloe berry, also known as a blackthorn. Sloes are grown prolifically around the United Kingdom, with early settlers to our fair country planting the blackthorn bush around northern Tasmania. more

Recipes
Red Lentil and Eggplant Curry
Food & Drink

Keep cosy with red lentil and eggplant curry

The winds have picked up, the mercury has dropped and we’ve found ourselves rugging up in a jumper and woollen socks when we arrive home of an evening. To add a little warmth to these cool nights, try making this red lentil and eggplant curry. If you don’t have a bottle of homemade passata handy, you can track down an imported bottle from a local Mediterranean deli or pick up the Macro Organic passata sauce from Woolworths. more

The Grocer
Almond Butter
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Almond Butter

Perhaps the most well utilised of all nuts, almonds have found a home in dishes, both sweet and savoury, throughout history. Now the humble snack is also finding favour as an alternative to peanut butter. more

The Grocer
Centre for Growing Sustainability
Food & Drink

Centre for Growing Sustainability opens at Sunshine Coast

This weekend, The Big Pineapple will play host to the Growing Sustainability Expo, with free workshops, cooking classes, tree-planting activities and stalls of the region’s best eco-friendly products and services aimed at educating the Sunshine Coast community to become a world leader in eco-sustainability. The expo will coincide with the official opening of The Centre for Growing Sustainability – a learning hub with living, practical classrooms and extensive garden areas for the public to experience growing crops in a sustainable manner. This free event will run Saturday May 18 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.   more

The Grocer
sunnu documentary
Food & Drink

Discover where corn comes from with SUNNÚ

Hunger is the most dangerous weapon. A documentary about the heart of Mexico and how its demise is related to the monopolisation of the food industry, SUNNÚ will tell the story of the small indigenous farming communities of Mexico and how corn is not just a crop or a grain, but a way of living and the heart of Mexico’s identity. The team behind SUNNÚ is making the 90-minute documentary to explore the deterioration of family farming and the chasm between rural and urban realities. Find out more about the project on Kickstarter.  more


Restaurants
Noosa International Food and Wine Festival
Food & Drink

Noosa Food and Wine celebrates ten-year milestone

Celebrating its ten-year milestone, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival returns to the beachside town from May 16–19 for four days of gastronomic pleasure. The 2013 festival will present a host of new additions to the line-up, including a world-first Gala Opening Night, featuring the best culinary masters chopping, blending and whisking in time to the Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra. more

Restaurants
mizu west end
Food & Drink

Teneriffe’s Mizu opens new restaurant in West End

Those partial to the exotic fusions of Teneriffe establishment Mizu Japanese Eats will happily bask in the knowledge that the locale has opened a second restaurant in West End. Replacing the bright rouge of The Red Hen on Vulture Street, Mizu West End is a minimalist black-and-white den, serving up the same foodstuffs as its northside counterpart. A liquor licence is still pending, so pop up to Chalk & Cheese prior to your dinner to grab a BYO bottle of wine. Mizu 63 Hardgrave Road Ph: 07 3844 9918 Open: Monday to Saturday 5:30–10:30 pm more

Recipes
brigadeiros recipe
Food & Drink

Party planning made easy with brigadeiros

Traditionally served at children’s birthday parties and as a quick-to-whip-up dessert, brigadeiros are a fudge-like Portuguese truffle. It’s common for each batch to be rolled in a number of toppings – chocolate sprinkles are the time-honoured choice – with modern recipes using crushed macadamias or pistachios and shredded coconut. The mixture can keep in the refrigerator for up to a few days before being rolled into truffles. more

The Grocer
goji berries
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Goji Berries

Often sold in its dried form of red wrinkled husks, the goji berry is becoming a mainstay in the health food aisle of many supermarkets. In its original form, you’ll find the crimson fruit swarming tall bushes of honeysuckle in Chinese plantations, where they are revered for medicinal purposes. more

Cafes
Sassafras, Paddington
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Sassafras

An iconic red door and a menagerie of vintage furniture frame Sassafras – a cafe that has been drawing all-day breakfast crowds for the past 16 years. Shaking up its coffee offerings this week, Sassafras will now be serving a variety of blends from Sydney-based coffee roasters, Single Origin Roasters. With a focus on single-origin, fairtrade, organic and sustainable brews, Single Origin Roasters will supply the discerning Paddington palate with a constantly rotating selection of blends to accompany your favourite weekend eats. Check out Sassafras on The Street Photographer. more

Treats
tasting menu film trailer
Food & Drink

Preview foodie rom-com Tasting Menu

A new Spanish film is on its way to the cinema, tantalising both tastebuds and those with a penchant for rom-coms. The plot of Tasting Menu follows couple Marc and Rachel who, more than a year in advance, booked a table at ‘best restaurant in the world’, Chakula. But by the time the evening of their reservation arrives, the two have long separated, but come together for the restaurant’s final night before closing forever. Lush photographic shots of rich molecular meals and dolled up actors representing the elite beachside set surround this final meal – imagery bound to whet your appetite. more

Bars
Cobbler, West End
Food & Drink

Whisky bar Cobbler opens at West End

Enjoying a dapper dram of whisky is about to become the norm amongst the West End bar scene, as cocktail and whisky bar Cobbler joins the suburb. Ex-Sling Lounge owner Martin Lange has teamed up with Asa Boardman and Trent Goodwin of New Farm’s Ponycat and Paddington’s Kettle & Tin to create the new bar, which is tucked off the main drag in Browning Street. more

Restaurants
Yum Yum Gyoza, Bulimba
Food & Drink

Yum Yum Gyoza House opens at Bulimba

A new hole-in-the-wall gyoza bar has opened in Bulimba, fusing both Japanese and Chinese cuisines. Owned by the same folk as the ever-fresh Sushi Station near the cinema, Yum Yum Gyoza House is turning over a busy lunchtime trade, with its late-night opening hours (until 10:30 pm) sure to prove popular with cinema-goers and night owls. more