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Nodo | Brisbane's best hot cross buns | The Weekend Edition
Food & Drink

The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

Look, we’re not throwing any shade towards the hot cross buns produced by the big grocery chains, but when it comes to celebrating Easter with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries are competing for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other goodies. We’re not going to say which bakery bun is the definitive choice – we’re more inclined to put together a list of the top picks and let you make the hard decision. Although picking may be difficult, at the end of the day there is no wrong choice when it comes to hot cross buns. more

The Drop
The Drop with Olivia Evans – orange-coloured autumn
Food & Drink

The Drop with Olivia Evans – orange-coloured autumn

The change in season from summer to autumn is a moment to relish and reflect. Days begin to shorten and light jumpers keep exposed skin at the right temperature. I begin to crave mushrooms and soups before I can say noodle broth. A bounty of citrus is upon us, perfect for healthy doses of vitamin C before winter. But the orange beverage that I desire is made from grapes and often finds a way to pair with my mood. more

Bars
Fearless beer – Working Title Brew Co. gets ready to unveil its debut range
Food & Drink

Fearless beer – Working Title Brew Co. gets ready to unveil its debut range

Ever since the craft-beer movement started showing what was possible beyond the big-name brewing framework, the industry has witnessed an outsized explosion of experimentation. With the spectrum of beer varieties as diverse as it has ever been, many brewers are revelling in the opportunity to get imaginative with its ingredient combinations. Working Title Brew Co. is a new entrant to the scene, a gypsy brewing operation that has big dreams and bigger ideas. Next month the two-man operation will unveil its debut range of brews, made and released in conjunction with some of Brisbane's best bars. Here's what froth fiends can expect ... more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 300 March 23
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 300 March 23

From news of a brand-new bistro and laneway bar for Brisbane City to a beloved bakery's forthcoming James Street shopfront, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food 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

Food News
Easter feaster – dial up the decadence this year with QT's at-home Easter box
Food & Drink

Easter feaster – dial up the decadence this year with QT’s at-home Easter box

We're just going to say it, Easter 2021 has a lot to make up for. This time last year, Australians spent their entire long weekend in lockdown with only essential shopping trips allowed – no lining up at the trawler for fresh prawns and seafood, no buttered hot-cross buns fresh from the bakery oven, no gathering with friends and family over a meal. Thankfully, this year's festivities are looking a little more positive. Make up for the year that wasn't with a sensational spread at home courtesy of Easter by QT at Home.  more

Bars
Introducing Eleven Bridges – South Brisbane's new gin bar and craft distillery
Food & Drink

Introducing Eleven Bridges – South Brisbane’s new gin bar and craft distillery

Brisbane's got an abundance of bridges, 15 to be exact. The city also has a growing number of small-batch distilleries – the newest of which is drawing inspiration from some of Brisbane's historical overpasses. Eleven Bridges in South Brisbane is a newly open bar, eatery and craft distillery that should be a go-to destination for lovers of all things gin. Take a gander inside ahead of the official launch of Eleven Bridges' debut range next week ... more

Cafes
Changing the game – The Coffee Commune opens in Bowen Hills
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Changing the game – The Coffee Commune opens in Bowen Hills

Even after a bumpy year, the coffee industry is thriving. These days the standard of quality is incredibly high, meaning new entrants have to be on the ball in order to be successful. This can be a tough task for small cafes and roasting businesses, which often don't have easy access to professional resources, but The Coffee Commune is setting out to change this. Operating with the goal of helping the little guys, this newly open coffee hub is providing everything from networking opportunities with suppliers and barista-training sessions to hands-on time with roasting apparatus and mentoring programs. The Coffee Commune officially opened this week – read on to have a look inside this caffeine-centric wonderland ... more


Bars
Take a trip to Tel Aviv at ZA ZA TA's cocktail bar sibling Kazba
Food & Drink

Take a trip to Tel Aviv at ZA ZA TA’s cocktail bar sibling Kazba

A good bar will help you forget about the world for a while, but a great one can transport you to another part of it. Kazba is a brand-new cocktail and snack spot that looks to shuttle sippers to Israel, where drink making is less a vocation and more of an alchemical art form. Here, spices, spirits and specialised ingredients are mixed to create tempting decoctions, each given life with a bit of theatricality. What results is a transportive (and thirst quenching) experience not readily found in Brisbane. Kazba opens this Friday March 19 – here's what you can expect ... more

Bakeries
Pavement Whispers: Albion's Craft'd Grounds reveals details of its forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Albion’s Craft’d Grounds reveals details of its forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct

If we told you there was a venue in Brisbane that housed a craft-beer brewery, specialty espresso bar, street food and farmers market, patisserie, wine and cocktail bar, and live-music facilities, you'd probably say that such a unicorn-like venue didn't exist. You'd be technically right, but not for long! Today, Wednesday March 17, the team behind Craft'd Grounds is revealing the first details of its forthcoming 2600-sqm all-in-one hospitality hub. Here's what we know ... more

Bars
Pavement Whispers: BrewDog reveals plans to open a craft-beer hotel here in Brisbane
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: BrewDog reveals plans to open a craft-beer hotel here in Brisbane

We love a lavish hotel experience. Room service, poolside cabanas, housekeeping – in all honesty, the hotel might be one of the best parts of any vacay or staycay experience. In good news for anyone who has ever wished to stay in a hotel room with its own beer tap, BrewDog has announced today its multi-phase plan to build upon its Murarrie beer campus, including the construction of Australia's first-ever craft-beer hotel. Here's what we know ... more

Food News
Simply the zest – upgrade your cocktail with artisanal dehydrated garnishes from Sonny's Food Co.
Food & Drink

Simply the zest – upgrade your cocktail with artisanal dehydrated garnishes from Sonny’s Food Co.

Whenever we dive into our home bar cart and attempt to make an Insta-worthy cocktail, there always seems to be an ingredient missing. Sure, you might have the tequila, triple sec and even fresh limes to make that perfect homemade margarita but it just needs that extra oomph – and that's where Sonny's Food Co. comes in. Set to take your mixology and charcuterie-board-building skills to the next level, Sonny's offers a selection of artisanal dehydrated garnishes that will have you feeling super proud of your curated cocktail or cheese board. more

Best of Brisbane
Taro's Ramen | Brisbane's best ramen | The Weekend Edition
Food & Drink

The round-up: slurp up the best ramen in Brisbane

Once the mercury starts to drop (or the rain sets in), ramen season comes on in full force. Ramen is quickly catching on in popularity around town, with several noodle soup joints specialising in the hearty dish. Forget all about your five-pack of instant mie goreng ramen noodles – the real deal is so much better that it’s unfair to call them both ramen. We’ve compiled a list of the best spots to get your slurp on, which we reckon is worth a hearty (r)amen!   more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 299 March 16
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 299 March 16

From news of a clandestine 1920s Shanghai-style cocktail bar to a brand-new Italian fine diner for Fortitude Valley, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food 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
Stones Corner scores a slice of New York City with the arrival of Brooklyn Depot
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Stones Corner scores a slice of New York City with the arrival of Brooklyn Depot

Stacked burgers, loaded hot dogs, photograph-worthy cocktails – if we were to summarise the best bits of Brooklyn Depot, we'd probably start with these three. With more time we'd also mention the barbecued morsels, decadent milkshakes and hip New York-inspired vibes. And, if we could go on longer, we'd also discuss the loaded fries, mozzarella sticks and mouth-watering desserts. Oh, and it'd also be good to mention that Brooklyn Depot has also opened in Stones Corner, with all the aforementioned highlights available seven days a week. There's almost too much to touch on, but, seeing as you've twisted our arm, we'll happily divulge all the details – read on to learn more ... more

Casual Dining
Score your lunchtime essentials from inner-city newcomer Harvest on George
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Score your lunchtime essentials from inner-city newcomer Harvest on George

If there's one thing that grinds our gears, it's having to hit multiple spots to cover all our nourishment needs – especially when we haven't got time to spare. Three pals are looking to solve that issue with a new all-in one pitstop in the heart of Brisbane City's busiest strip. Harvest on George and Meet Me in the Morning is a double whammy dispensary from a team that knows all about killer service. more

Best of Brisbane
The round-up: localise your bar cart with Southeast Queensland's best craft spirits
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The round-up: localise your bar cart with Southeast Queensland’s best craft spirits

If the COVID lockdowns were good for one thing, it forced us to pay more attention to our home bar situation. With local watering holes shuttered for a lengthy stretch, many of us chose to support the independent craft spirit scene by stocking up on bottles for at-home consumption. Even though the bars are back open, we're still invested in making our cocktail cart as good as it can be. Southeast Queensland's boutique distilling industry is booming right now, with many small-batch operations putting the state on the map when it comes to craft sips. We've collated a list of top-notch distilleries from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, helping you fill any gaps in your collection or encourage you to replenish depleted stocks. more

Best of Brisbane
Turn your Monday blues into midday brews – our day-by-day guide to lunching in The City
Food & Drink

Turn your Monday blues into midday brews – our day-by-day guide to lunching in The City

If there's one thing we look forward to during the workday, it's lunch. For the city dwellers among us, this hour of sweet relief from your inbox and to-do list is also the perfect time to start exploring the wealth of eateries scattered around The City. So you can find the hidden treasures and most delicious eats, we have rounded up some of the best spots to take a breather and a few bites during lunchtime. Now, all you have to do is wait for the clock to strike 12:00 pm ... more

Bars
Now pouring – Queensland mixer crew Long Rays unveils its innovative tonic and soda fountain
Food & Drink

Now pouring – Queensland mixer crew Long Rays unveils its innovative tonic and soda fountain

Nothing grinds our gears more than ordering a gin and tonic and seeing the bartender reach for the bottle of bottom-shelf tonic. We think good gin deserves to be paired with an equally good tonic, and the crew behind Brisbane-born Long Rays agrees. The burgeoning brand is quickly establishing itself at the forefront of the mixer game and today marks its first foray into the realm of bar apparatus. Long Rays has installed a specialty tap system at one of Brisbane's best bars, not only helping spread its product to the masses, but also help do its part in combatting excess landfill. more