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In crust we trust – five easy pie recipes perfect for winter baking
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In crust we trust – five easy pie recipes perfect for winter baking

Whatever genius invented the pie deserves to be showered with eternal praise – seriously. Close your eyes and conjure the mental image of a flaky and buttery exterior encasing the mouth-watering ingredients within. It's enough to have us levitating with serene joy and the aroma of a pie fresh out of the oven is like an intoxicating perfume. Sorry, were we drooling? Forget about that. Pie is what we are here to discuss and with the winter months approaching (and most of us locked inside with plenty of time on our hands) there's no better time to have a crack at making one. What's your flavour? Do you prefer sweet or savoury? No matter your preference, we've rounded up five easy pie recipes here for you to try. more

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Get restaurant-made ready-to-eat meals through No Biggie's dark kitchen service
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Get restaurant-made ready-to-eat meals through No Biggie’s dark kitchen service

At the tail-end of March things were looking grim for Australia's dining scene. Widespread panic-buying and looming lockdowns threatened to throw our hospitality industry into disarray, but thankfully the quick thinkers at The Mark Agency came up with an idea that could help. No Biggie is a booming online food service that is engaging with local restaurants and cafes to produce delicious meals for folks to enjoy at home, allowing venues to keep staff employed and direct income to their producers while simultaneously providing for those of us that crave accessible, restaurant-quality home-style fare and for folks that would prefer to avoid supermarkets. more

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Help keep live music alive by buying booze (and other things) at The Tiv Shop & Cafe
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Help keep live music alive by buying booze (and other things) at The Tiv Shop & Cafe

To borrow one of ScoMo’s most-loved sayings, these are certainly unprecedented times. In response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, The Tivoli and other live music venues across the country were forced to cancel all upcoming gigs in the interest of public safety. The sudden and complete loss in revenue from tickets as well as food and beverage sales has put the future of the entire live-music industry in jeopardy but there is a way you can help. In an effort to keep the dream alive, The Tivoli has transformed its foyer into a shop and makeshift cafe to sell off excess alcohol stock and other bits and bobs to keep things ticking over until they can officially reopen for gigs. more

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Cook with the pros – let Jamie Oliver and his mini-me kids teach you some easy at-home recipes
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Cook with the pros – let Jamie Oliver and his mini-me kids teach you some easy at-home recipes

If we've learnt anything from this isolation period, it’s that one of our main hobbies is eating out – and boy, do we miss it. But with our favourite restaurants closed for dine-in (don't worry, that's changing very soon) and more time spent at home, a lot of us delved into a new hobby – quarantine cooking. To help us channel our inner Masterchef, everyone's favourite Naked Chef and cookbook hawker, Jamie Oliver – along with his extremely cute clan of little ones – is sharing dozens of easy-to-make delicious recipes from his home during the lockdown. more

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Take a walk down memory lane with San Churro's new Throwback menu featuring all your childhood faves
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Take a walk down memory lane with San Churro’s new Throwback menu featuring all your childhood faves

Do you remember the unbridled joy you felt as a kid when you had free rein over the snacks table at a birthday party? The fairy-bread-induced sugar high hit hard and life was beautiful – even if it was just for a sweet moment until your parents caught you and made you eat the healthy carrot sticks instead. Well, sugar fiends and chocoholics, get ready to feel it all over again because San Churro is taking you back to your childhood with a delightful new Throwback menu featuring some of your all-time fave sweet treats. more

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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the coronavirus threat

UPDATE March 23, 2020: We told you we'd be regularly updating this, as the coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving. As of midday Monday March 23, the federal Government has forced the closure of all pubs, clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate, but only to offer takeaway and delivery services. Currently hotels can operate in an accommodation-only capacity, and supermarkets, convenience stores, banks, petrol stations, pharmacies, food delivery services, bottle shops, hairdressers, beauticians and freight and logistics services can continue to operate. COVID-19 is a serious virus, which means we need to take serious steps to overcome it. As you can see from the latest Government protocol, this usually comes at the expense of small businesses – especially our bars, cafes and… more

Casual Dining
Savour the flavours of Beirut – Shawarma King arrives at West Village
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Savour the flavours of Beirut – Shawarma King arrives at West Village

Nothing triggers a ferocious appetite within us quite like the site of a spinning vertical meat rotisserie. You know the one – layers of sliced lamb leisurely rotating and cooking, juices giving the picture-perfect pylon a seductive sheen. This mechanism sits at the heart of the Middle Eastern cuisine known as shawarma – one of the most popular street foods in the world. As you can probably guess by the name, Shawarma King is a new foodie concept dedicated to not only dishing up lovingly marinated and cooked morsels, but also a host of other goodies from Lebanon. Shawarma King has brought this multitude of culinary delights to The Garden Pantry at West Village, giving locals a taste of Lebanese cuisine ahead of a larger endeavour planned for 2021 ... more

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Skip the sourdough starter – try these five easy-to-master focaccia recipes while in iso
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Skip the sourdough starter – try these five easy-to-master focaccia recipes while in iso

With most of us figuring out how to occupy an isolation-induced abundance of free time and the days bringing a noticeably cooler change, conditions have never been better to learn how to make focaccia. If you're anything like us, your Instagram feed is filled with folks making their own bread while stuck at home, but we guarantee making a focaccia is way easier, just as fulfilling and far tastier depending on the ingredients you want to include. If the sound of a slightly puffed focaccia – dotted with salt and rosemary, with small pools of liberally spread olive oil resting in its pitted surface – sounds absolutely divine right now, have a crack at making some using these five recipes. You've got time, so why the foc not? more


Cafes
The round-up: where to get locally roasted specialty coffee beans for at-home sipping
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The round-up: where to get locally roasted specialty coffee beans for at-home sipping

It's safe to say that recent happenings have thrown our schedules into disarray. Our routines have been cast aside and now we're having trouble keeping track of what day it is. There are few things keeping us sane and one of them is coffee. While we still try and pop out to nab a cup from our local when we can, we're also really coming to love brewing fresh batches at home. Plenty of local specialty coffee outfits have an excess beans (available online or in person) for those eager to top up their social-distance supply. Here's a hit-list of places to stock up if you're running low ... more

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The round-up: the best locally made hampers to help you picnic with a pal
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The round-up: the best locally made hampers to help you picnic with a pal

While crucially important in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and helping flatten the curve, being cooped up in our houses takes its toll. In good news for our sanity, on Saturday May 2 the state government eased restrictions on public gatherings slightly, allowing pairs to now enjoy an intimate picnic. In response, several local cafes have thrown together a range of mouth-watering picnic hampers – not only adding an extra revenue stream for venues while lockdowns remain clamped tight on our dining scene, but also allowing us to indulge in some much needed outdoor feasting. more

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Stop everything – KitKat has released two new flavours in case you needed an excuse to have a break
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Stop everything – KitKat has released two new flavours in case you needed an excuse to have a break

There are some that believe you can't mess with a classic – the purists, the OGs – if that's you then you may want to click away now because there's nothing for you here. If, however, you believe that recipes are merely guidelines and you enjoy a little culinary creativity – allow us to introduce you, dear reader, to two delectable new flavours of KitKat – Gooey Caramel and Mint Cookie Fudge. more

Casual Dining
Taco time! El Planta launches a meatless Mexican takeaway service
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Taco time! El Planta launches a meatless Mexican takeaway service

It's hard to believe it was less than eight weeks ago that we revealed that beloved plant-based pop-up El Planta was moving to permanent digs. That being said, the pandemic lockdown does seem to be wreaking havoc with our perception of time. Not to be put off their timeline in bringing their style of delicious plant-based Mexican cuisine to the masses, Rick Gibson and Adrienne Jory have forged ahead, last week debuting its takeaway and delivery concept El Planta At Home. more

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Molto bene! The Pizzantica crews opens Amalfi Pizzeria in Clayfield
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Molto bene! The Pizzantica crews opens Amalfi Pizzeria in Clayfield

Anybody else finding themselves regularly lost deep in travel daydreams? Our minds have travelled all over the world these past few weeks (definitely amplified by the influx of 'take me back!' Instagram posts in our feed), so we've been curing our wanderlust through food. If your imaginary passport has its sights on the azure waters of the Positano, we've got good news for you. Your food cure has popped up in Clayfield, aptly named Amalfi Pizzeria, brought to you by the team behind Pizzantica. more

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Sweet freedom – five picnic recipes to celebrate restrictions easing this weekend
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Sweet freedom – five picnic recipes to celebrate restrictions easing this weekend

In case you haven't heard, some of Queensland's stay-at-home-restrictions are easing as of this Saturday May 2, just in time for the long weekend. This new freedom is still heavily in line with social-distancing measures, however you are now permitted to venture outdoors for a picnic with members of the same household, or one other person if you live alone. The weather forecast for the weekend is looking pretty darn perfect for a (safely distanced) outdoor spread, so we've found five delectable picnic recipes to help you celebrate this little taste of freedom. more

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The round-up: what's open on Labour Day
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The round-up: what’s open on Labour Day

The days have been blending together, we know. Weekends start to feel like weekdays and vice versa. But a public holiday is a public holiday and with the recent ease of restrictions allowing us to meet a pal for a picnic outside, we now have a great excuse to make the most of a 'day off'. Our suggestion? Treat your self by ordering takeaway from one of our local cafes or restaurants! We’ve put together a handy list of spots that are open and trading on Labour Day in Brisbane this year, allowing you to plan your day accordingly. more

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The round-up: pep up your week with a takeaway feed from Brisbane's best Italian restaurants
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The round-up: pep up your week with a takeaway feed from Brisbane’s best Italian restaurants

Put the instant pasta sauce back in the pantry and ditch the discount coupons from your local Pizza Hut – this week we're indulging our love for top-tier Italian eats by ordering in from some of Brisbane's best Italian eateries. If you've been itching to twirl your fork through some choice carbonara, inhale some arancini, feast on focaccia and sample slice after slice of pizza, use this list of Brisbane's best Italian restaurants doing takeaway to help guide your choice. more

The Grocer
Say no to banana bread and get rollin' with Baller Blends
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Say no to banana bread and get rollin’ with Baller Blends

If you've noticed your Insta feed flooded with slightly burnt loaves, you're not alone. For reasons that are not abundantly clear, the humble banana bread has experienced a resurgence in popularity of late. Perhaps it's the relative ease of the recipe or the prevalence of slightly browning bananas on bench tops around the country but either way, it's undoubtedly a sign of the times. If you're keen to up your iso-snack game, step away from the bananas and say hello to Baller Blends. more

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Meal prep for days with this simple lamb kibbeh recipe
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Meal prep for days with this simple lamb kibbeh recipe

What was once a thoughtless chore that had to be done once or twice a week has transformed into an Indiana Jones-like expedition – dodging fellow adventurers, trying your best to track down much-coveted items and attempting to escape as quickly as possible. Yep, we are referring to your weekly grocery shop. To help limit unnecessary (and frantic) supermarket trips, we recommend planning ahead and meal prepping. That's where fuss-free recipe manual The Plan, Buy, Cook Book comes in. This kitchen counter must-have, written by Jen Petrovic and Gaby Chapman, follows the no-nonsense ethos of 'plan once, eat well all week' and trust us, it's waaaaaaay easier doing it this way. Originally starting out as a meal-prepping app, the cook book combines the idea of planning ahead for future meals and the 4+2+1 formula, which advises you to "double-up" on two recipes per week, cooking twice as much… more

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Crank the oven and get ready to bake – Arnott's has released its Monte Carlo recipe
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Crank the oven and get ready to bake – Arnott’s has released its Monte Carlo recipe

If you had visions of using this time in isolation to shred with home-based workouts and clean eating, we suggest you click away now. If, however, you've come to the conclusion that life is short and isolation is made inherently better with delectable baked goods then we have some excellent news – Arnott's has released a home-inspired version of its lauded Monte Carlo biscuit recipe. Delicious on its own or dunked in a cup of tea, the Monte Carlo is a culinary icon and for good reason. If you're keen to give it a crack, don your apron, crank the oven to 170°C and let's bake, baby! more