Recipes
toffee apples
Food & Drink

Keep the carnival going with toffee apples

The squeals coming from the RNA Showgrounds hint at the thrill of the rides, the glory of the showbags and the promises of sideshow alley, but it’s the muffled mumbles coming from the food stands that indicate just how much we love our EKKA grub. It may not be gourmet fare, but who doesn’t feel at least a little thrill of excitement over sweet carnival eats? As the EKKA draws to a close this Saturday August 17, keep the fun coming with this recipe for classic toffee apples. Take extra care when handling the hot toffee. more

Restaurants
Restaurant Frantzen
Food & Drink

Feast your eyes on Restaurant Frantzén’s fare

Bellies will rumble. Eyeballs will pop. Mouths will drool. The incredible creations that land on the tables at Björn Frantzén’s Swedish powerhouse Restaurant Frantzén sure do some interesting things to those lucky enough to be in their midst. But now the 12th best restaurant on earth is inviting foodies near and far to take a peek into the kitchen and watch the miracles that can happen over the course of two hours, sped up into just three minutes. Think pomegranate and galangal root macaron with creamy chicken liver, king crab poached in beer and dill, and veal sweetbreads perfumed with liquorice and caramelised yuzu. Shot by photographer Martin Botvidsson and produced by vdKG Design, this video should come with complimentary bibs. more

Cafes
Miel Container, Brisbane City
Food & Drink

Miel Container opens in Brisbane City

City workers trampling the footpath along Albert Street may have noticed a bright-red beacon slowly coming to life in recent weeks – and those with curious noses may have ventured close enough this week to inhale the aroma of gourmet burgers and beer-battered fries. more

Cafes
Bass Espresso, West End
Food & Drink

Bass Espresso coffee house opens in West End

The water bowl left outside for thirsty pups hints at the sense of community that forms Bass Espresso's core. Add an open invitation to local musicians and artists, and you’ve got a pretty good inkling of the big hearts behind the new venture. Filling the floorboards vacated by The Language People bookshop, Bass Espresso – that’s the instrument, not the fish – is a hub of quality eats, organic drinks and good vibes. more

Restaurants
Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, New York
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, New York

Along the leafy streetscapes of Nolita, brick apartments melt into discerning fashion boutiques and places to eat below, with the pocket keeping a sense of calm often lost in the bustle of a mega city. At the top end of Elizabeth Street, the unexpected glow of lightbulbs and bursts of colour peek out of a converted garage, luring passersby inside. Upon closer inspection, Tacombi at Fonda Nolita is an intriguing Mexican den, bringing the beach vibe of the Yucatán Peninsula to the streets of New York. Owner Dario Wolos has paired with chef and Food Network personality Aarón Sánchez to devise a menu of tacos filled with lush slow-cooked meats and fragrant toppings, served from the Tacombi (taco plus VW Kombi). Check out Tacombi at Fonda Nolita on The Street Photographer. more


Recipes
dagwood dogs, ekka
Food & Drink

EKKA inspiration: DIY dagwood dogs

The giant Ferris wheel has started spinning, the showdogs are primped and preened, and the kids can finally exhale now that the gates of the RNA Showgrounds have creaked open and EKKA has kicked off for another year. Some may be lured in by the rides, others by the show comps, but most will drop by the food stalls for a little fried sustenance. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s something strangely addictive about carnival food. Think giant wisps of sickly sweet fairy floss, the famous LICK strawberry sundaes and, of course, those controversial dagwood dogs. more

The Grocer
Freekeh
Food & Drink

The Grocer: Freekeh

Originating in the ancient Arabic world, freekeh is a highly nutritious grain that remains a staple in Jordan, Syria and Palestine today. Freekeh is not traditionally the name of the grain itself, but the label given to the process behind the grain's preparation – although we now use this word to refer to the grain. more

The Grocer
A Place at the Table
Food & Drink

A Place At The Table looks at the US food crisis

How can you be both hungry and obese? It’s an interesting correlation, and one that’s explored in the provocative documentary A Place At The Table. As the price of food rises in America and more residents struggle to put food on the table, many of those caught in the national crisis are being lured in by cheap, unhealthy fodder. This film examines the reasons behind the problem and encourages viewers to work together to find a practical solution. more

Restaurants
Chop Chop Chang's, West End
Food & Drink

Chop Chop Chang’s opens in West End

Some will remember it as the dark and moody Music Kafe, while others will recall its original incarnation as a bank back in 1958. But whatever memories are lingering, they’re about to be cracked open with the latest evolution of the 185 Boundary Street space. more

Restaurants
Au Cirque, New Farm
Food & Drink

Au Cirque opens for night-time nibbles and drinks

As children, the world held so much wonder that we’d try to push back bedtime by any means possible, just so we could enjoy a few more minutes of conscious worldly bliss. New Farm’s Au Cirque restaurant is in the same mood, pushing back closing hour so guests can soak up a little more happiness before retiring for the evening. more

Treats
Nitrogenie, South Bank
Food & Drink

Nitrogenie ice-cream opens at South Bank

No matter how many years we’ve clocked up on the calendar, we’re all still just big kids looking for a little magic. Behold the wizardry coming out of the Nitrogenie lab at South Bank, where creamy concoctions are delivered in a cloud of smoke. more

Recipes
Fried chicken and waffles
Food & Drink

Savour the South with fried chicken and waffles

Dark chocolate and parmesan, salt and coffee, chilli and vanilla ice-cream … some folks have some oddly delicious food hankerings. Now you can add Southern fried chicken and waffles to the ‘don’t knock it til you try it’ basket. The sweetness of the syrup-laden waffles contrasts beautifully with the crunch and spice of the chicken to result in an intriguing dance on your tastebuds. The American soul food staple is munched on for breakfast or brunch, with recipes passed down through families for generations. Gather the gang and get stuck into this recipe or get inspired by the chicken-and-waffle masters at Brooklyn favourite Sweet Chick. Follow the cafe's cue and up the ante with flavoured waffles like rosemary and mushroom or bacon and cheddar cheese. more