The Grocer
Forget Goon of Fortune – wine in a bag goes classy with Tote Wines
Food & Drink

Forget Goon of Fortune – wine in a bag goes classy with Tote Wines

It’s almost a rite of passage for any newly 18-year old Australian to encounter the likes of Golden Oak Fruity Lexia or Sovereign Point. We quickly move on from cask wine as we progress through life, but wine in a bag is about to make a comeback in a big way. Tote Wines is bringing some sophistication to the table with a range of premium drops in a special 1.5 litre pouch. Ditch the cardbordeaux – Barossa Valley’s finest is now available in bag form. Just don’t think about pinning it to the Hills Hoist. more

Food News
Pavement Whispers: Volume 117 April 11
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 117 April 11

From whispers of Lebanese eats to basement jazz bars, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Cafes
Paddington favourite Naïm brings fresh Middle Eastern to South Brisbane
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Paddington favourite Naïm brings fresh Middle Eastern to South Brisbane

It's been three years since Paddington locals were gifted Shouk Cafe. Owners Adi Shabtay and Guy Frawley brought Middle Eastern deliciousness to the leafy suburb, tantalising tastebuds with the likes of shakshuka eggs and kusheri salads. Late 2016 saw the popular haunt transform into Naïm, but that wasn't the only major change that Adi and Guy had planned – they were also working on their second venue, Naïm on Melbourne. more

Food truck
Foodie wonderland Eat Street Northshore opens to the public this weekend
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Foodie wonderland Eat Street Northshore opens to the public this weekend

Brisbane’s favourite boulevard for bountiful eats – otherwise known as Eat Street – has undergone a huge transition, taking it from its market roots in Hamilton to a high-end location at Northshore. After a few weeks of silence, we can confirm that Eat Street Northshore will open to the public this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, showing off its new digs, which boast a host of permanent food vendors, a new moonlight cinema, diverse alleyway precincts, several new bars and a giant tanker sitting in the middle of it all. more

Bars
Source small-batch spirits and charcuterie from Malt Traders in South Bank
Food & Drink

Source small-batch spirits and charcuterie from Malt Traders in South Bank

One of the most reputable repositories of world-class liquors, craft beers and award-winning wines has expanded, opening a smart location tucked away on Little Stanley Street. Malt Traders South Bank is now operating – stocking a who’s who of specialised, limited-release drops as well as a moreish range of cheese and charcuterie to make your next South Bank sojourn extra memorable. more

Bars
The round-up: love at first bite – get your hands on Brisbane’s best grilled cheese sandwiches
Food & Drink

The round-up: love at first bite – get your hands on Brisbane’s best grilled cheese sandwiches

We can feel it in the air – a cool change is coming, which means only one thing. Comfort food season has arrived! On our list of satisfying belly warmers, a crispy grilled cheese sandwich is up there. Wednesday April 12 marks Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, where grillers the world over will be celebrating the fine art of cheese pull, the look of crispy golden bread slathered in butter and the melting moment when your teeth sink in and all worldly woes disappear. To celebrate grilled cheese sandwich day, we’ve undertaken the daunting task of putting together a definitive list of Brisbane’s best gooey grilled-cheese sangas and toasties that are worth spending your cheddar on. more

Cafes
Finiky Fresh brings its gluten-free goodness to West End
Food & Drink

Finiky Fresh brings its gluten-free goodness to West End

Gone are the days when having a dietary intolerance resulted in you being labelled ‘fussy’ – it’s an unalienable right to be able to find gluten or dairy-free alternatives when you eat out and about. Finiky Fresh Gluten Free is a popular eatery that has brought its lauded treats and savoury snacks to West End, giving anyone that has been called picky a place to find heaven on a plate. more

Bars
It’s cocktail time – Heya Bar unveils its new tropical hideaway Tiki Tiki Gai
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It’s cocktail time – Heya Bar unveils its new tropical hideaway Tiki Tiki Gai

When it comes to our ideal holidays, a luxurious tropical getaway is right at the top of our list. Unfortunately we are still chained to our desks for now, but Heya Bar is giving us the chance to indulge in part of our fantasies with Tiki Tiki Gai – a brand-new tropical-themed hideaway bar boasting a Polynesian and pan-Asian twist. If you’ve had a rough week and are craving a cocktail, we’d like to remind you that tiki time is fast approaching. more


Food News
Pavement Whispers: Volume 116 April 4
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 116 April 4

From whispers of laneway festivals to underground bars, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Bars
Indulge in life’s finer things at Fish Lane’s La Lune Wine Co
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Indulge in life’s finer things at Fish Lane’s La Lune Wine Co

We have a lot to thank Paul McGivern for. From Camp Hill’s Restaurant Rapide to Hamilton’s Restaurant Manx, and more recently to the hatted The Wolfe in East Brisbane, the renowned chef has been pleasing our palates for a number of years. So when he announced a new French-inspired wine bar in Fish Lane, our interest was naturally piqued. La Lune Wine Co quietly opened its doors over the weekend, and with more than 120 wines on the menu, we’re quite sure it won’t disappoint. more

Treats
It's a gelati party! Gelato Messina has finally arrived in South Brisbane
Food & Drink

It’s a gelati party! Gelato Messina has finally arrived in South Brisbane

We’ve been waiting oh so patiently for this day to arrive, but now it’s finally here we're not sure what to do with our hands. Full-blown pandemonium is threatening to break out with the news that at 5:00 pm this afternoon, Wednesday March 29, Gelato Messina will open the doors to its very first Brisbane gelato parlour. We’re so happy we could cry, but we'll compose ourselves just long enough to avoid watering down our sweet, sweet gelato. We’re officially saying goodbye to our summer bods without a shred of remorse – Gelato Messina is here now, and that’s all we need. more

Restaurants
Botanical Bar & Kitchen brings a crisp approach to James Street dining
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Botanical Bar & Kitchen brings a crisp approach to James Street dining

It’s been a big two years for the team at James Street’s QA Hotel as it undergoes a complete makeover. Reestablishing itself as a foodie powerhouse, the popular pub now boasts a few new additions. Following on from the opening of Farrier and the sprucing of the QA’s heritage elements, the sophisticated Botanical Bar & Kitchen has now arrived – sandwiched between the QA Hotel proper and the newly opened Sage Hotel. more

Events
Get yourself to Barbecue Mafia and Crowbar’s carnivorous low-and-slow pop-up
Food & Drink

Get yourself to Barbecue Mafia and Crowbar’s carnivorous low-and-slow pop-up

What do you get when you pair Brisbane’s finest purveyors of barbecued meat with the minds behind one of Foritude Valley’s gnarliest bars? A gosh-darn match made in heaven, that’s what! After a successful experimental pop-up in 2016, Barbecue Mafia and Crowbar will be teaming up for a series of beer-meets-barbecue events at a trendy warehouse space in Stafford on April 8 and 22. more

The Grocer
Tastes like love – Rainbow Beer launch a bold campaign for marriage equality
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Tastes like love – Rainbow Beer launch a bold campaign for marriage equality

Since 2011, the gang from Rainbow has been making our lives that much sweeter by providing us with delicious beer on tap exclusively at West End bar The End. Turns out that Rainbow is not content with just making a killer brew – in a move that’s in very good taste indeed, the company has come forward loud and proud in support of marriage equality. This isn’t just a token gesture – as of today, Rainbow has kicked off an incredible campaign that aims to spread the message of love to bars and homes all around Australia. more

The Grocer
The Weekend Series: scrap your bad habits – five ways to reduce kitchen waste
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The Weekend Series: scrap your bad habits – five ways to reduce kitchen waste

When cooking at home, making a mess is pretty much a part of the deal. You can’t make a decent meal without ending up with a few scraps, right? Well, those scraps that you typically throw away can actually be useful for your next cook up. The latest trend in cooking is reusing kitchen waste in innovative and delicious ways. With some of the world’s best restaurants making the move towards waste-free operation, there’s no excuse for throwing away perfectly good ingredients. If you have been feeling a little bit guilty for throwing away a good portion of your groceries each week, then read on. more

Food News
Pavement Whispers: Volume 115 March 28
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 115 March 28

From whispers of secret rooftop bars to new gastropubs, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Restaurants
Neighbourhood Pizza brings hip-hop and good vibes to Kenmore
Food & Drink

Neighbourhood Pizza brings hip-hop and good vibes to Kenmore

When it comes to worldwide appeal, there isn’t a food in the entire world that can hold a candle to pizza. Thin and crispy or thick with a heaping of toppings, pizza can be dressed up or dressed down and people will still love it. Making the right slice is a fine process, but one that Jordan Lomas and the team at Neighbourhood Pizza in Kenmore have turned into an art form. If perfectly cooked pizzas paired with boutique wines and beer, served in a chic setting with hip hop and jazz music providing ambience are your bag, then let us welcome you to the neighbourhood. more

Restaurants
Pawpaw Asian Kitchen brings street food to southern suburbs
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Pawpaw Asian Kitchen brings street food to southern suburbs

Apparently having four venues just isn’t enough for the Venzin Group. After venturing to the outer suburbs with Piggy Back in Jindalee, the group has set its sights on the complete opposite side of town, opening fifth venue Pawpaw Asian Kitchen this week in eastern Tingalpa. If you’re a fan of the Venzin family’s delicious Asian delicacies, then read on – you’re in for a treat. more