The Grocer
le grand fooding
Food & Drink

French and Los Angeleno cuisines fuse at Le Grand Fooding

Curious about other traditions and techniques, culinary talent Iñaki Aizpitarte of must-visit Paris restaurant Le Chateaubriand has been preparing for his first visit to the Golden State for Le Grand Fooding – a two-day gastronome paradise linking the Parisian and Los Angeleno food scenes. Combining the Californian ingredients of fresh oranges and avocado in a Mexican-inspired manner, Iñaki employs his own cooking ideas to create a dish that truly speaks to both a French and Los Angeleno palate. Delve behind his preparation in this video. more

Treats
Daiso Brisbane
Food & Drink

Japanese emporium Daiso opens in Brisbane City

The foreign edible treats that exchange students used to gift us as children are no longer just a novelty picked up on few-and-far-between trips to Japan. The weird and wonderful goods of the cherry blossom land can now be acquired in Brisbane City, with the opening of Daiso in the The Myer Centre. A retail giant in its homeland, Daiso carries more than 70,000 products all for the small cost of $2.80. Along with snack options like sugar-coated rice crackers, chocolate cream sandwich cookies, fried giant corn and crispy coated peanuts with cuttlefish, Daiso stocks goods for the kitchen, home, office, wardrobe and toy box. Daiso Level 2, Myer Centre Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City more

Cafes
Flamingo Supper Club, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Flamingo Cafe opens for weekend dinners

Vibrant Winn Lane eatery Flamingo Cafe is expanding into night-time trade, opening on Friday and Saturday nights as a supper club. The Valley local has gained some more space in a refurb, adding a new dining room with fluoro furniture, palm-tree wallpaper, retro glass leaf chandeliers and a spot of greenery draping from above. more

Recipes
Granola Clusters
Food & Drink

Start your morning with buckwheat granola clusters

Sticky sweet clusters of goodness, granola is as tempting for breakfast as it is for a late-night sweet fix. Sadly for the gluten-intolerant members of society, oats are off limits, so we’ve replaced them with seeds and buckwheat in this breakfast treat. You can use whichever seeds you happen to have on hand in place of sunflower seeds and pepitas. more


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Bungalow 4171 dinners
Food & Drink

Bungalow 4171 hosts four seasons autumn dinner

Hawthorne’s Bungalow 4171 is set to host a series of supperclubs of the four seasons variety. First up is an autumn dinner this Friday April 26, with a set entree of Classic French Onion Soup with Donnybrook Vecchio Croute to start and a choice of two mains and desserts. Grilled Lamb Fillet or Crispy Skin Chicken Breast form the mains, while the Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart with coffee cream or Pear, Berry and Almond Crumble Pot with cinnamon custard are available to close. more

Restaurants
Roberta's, Brooklyn
Food & Drink

Discover the Roberta’s empire in Brooklyn

Known for producing some of the best pizza in New York, Roberta’s in Brooklyn is much for than a restaurant. This video gives a sneak peek into the multiple layers of the Roberta’s empire, chatting to head gardener Melissa Metrick. The Bushwick site is also home to a garden space, where the team grows its own vegetables in raised garden beds atop shipping containers, and recycles and reuses a lot of found materials like old sinks into pots for plants and storage containers that use to house barley to shape the space. The DIY cooperative also houses beehives and a bakery, with younger-brother, sleek tasting kitchen Blanca also quietly nestled behind the buzzing pizzeria. more

Cafes
The Fort Specialty Coffee, North Lakes
Food & Drink

Introducing The Fort Specialty Coffee at North Lakes

When you’re used to heading down laneways and off the beaten track for your top-notch hit of specialty coffee, it’s surprising to find a bustling espresso bar in the northern reaches of our city. Introducing The Fort Specialty Coffee at North Lakes – a must-visit for coffee nerds and those with a penchant for American paraphernalia. more

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Nowhere Espresso, Toowong
Food & Drink

Nowhere Espresso opens in Toowong

Set amongst the peaceful suburban streets of Toowong is new coffee cranny, Nowhere Espresso. Run by Denise of colourful homewares store Shop 51 next door, Nowhere is the latest addition to this strip of shops that radiates old-world charm. more

The Grocer
Halva
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Halva

The Middle East doesn’t turn to chocolate with the same tenacity as the West, but rather it favours the taste of halva. The crumbly confectionary is a popular dessert for the stretch of the desert nations, as well as a common dish in India. more

Cafes
The Burger Adventure
Food & Drink

Big eats with The Burger Adventure

The Burger Adventure is a manly food blog formed by four gents with a passion for beef, buns, cheese and sauce. Dishing up the lowdown on the history of each burger joint, the design of the space and chef specialties, each blog post also sees the four resident writers delivering an in-depth analysis of their burger-eating experience. Packed with drool-worthy photos of toasted buns sandwiching lush dollops of melted cheese trickling down the side of a beef pattie, The Burger Adventure almost makes you wish you could marry a burger – or at least encourages a prompt sprint to Just Poppy’s at Riverhills. By the end of each post, you’ll know the top burger to try, the number of serviettes you’ll require to mop up your juice-covered hands afterwards, the type of dress code appropriate to the venue and the level of sleepiness that the ensuing food coma will induce. more

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The Man Who Invented Vegemite
Food & Drink

Read: The Man Who Invented Vegemite

Black, salty and unappetising to the un-Australian eye upon first glance, Vegemite is a national icon. In The Man Who Invented Vegemite, Gold Coast-based author Jamie Callister – the grandson of inventor Cyril Callister – delves behind the red-and-yellow branding to reveal the condiment’s story and the man who brought about its existence. A passionate scientist and innovator, Cyril first produced Vegemite in 1923, but it was another 15 years (until the yeast extract was put into soldier’s ration packs during World War II) that the product took off. Today more than 22 million jars are sold each year. Check out the book here. more

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coffee portraiture
Food & Drink

Witness the art of Coffee Portraiture

Turning the motions of making coffee into an art form, New York-barista Mike Breach manipulates milk and espresso into detailed portraits within minutes. Drawing the faces of Chelsea Clinton, Shakespeare, Batman and Hendrix, as well as bears, sharks and skylines onto each morning cup, Mike says the beauty of his coffee portraiture is that it doesn’t last forever, each one painted just for that person to see and enjoy in the fleeting moments before their first sip. Watch Mike in action in this short film. more