The Grocer
Shame-free sipping – Basic Babe launches sparkling cocktails in a can
Food & Drink

Shame-free sipping – Basic Babe launches sparkling cocktails in a can

If there's one thing that always gives us post-party regret, it's the icky feeling that comes after consuming way too much sugar via super-sweet pre-mixed drinks. We've resolved to do without the sugar-crash shame spiral, so now we're looking for a less treacherous tipple. The team at Basic Brands (the makers of alcoholic seltzer Basic Babe) has just released a fresh set of canned cocktails – low in calories and 99 percent sugar free. We might have just found our next soiree sidekick ... more

Food News
Double up on decadence and drama with La Boite's VIP Packages
Food & Drink

Double up on decadence and drama with La Boite’s VIP Packages

There aren't too many evening adventures more decadent than a trip to the theatre – oh, the drama of it all. If you've got a special occasion on the horizon or you just want to enjoy an evening at the theatre, then we think you should go all out with La Boite's luxe VIP packages, because what's a night out on the town without bubbles and bites? more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 309 May 25
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 309 May 25

From news of a month-long city-spanning foodie celebration to New Farm's forthcoming Italian-inspired wine bar, 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
Soak up Italian Riviera vibes at The Valley's new cocktail spot The Parlour
Food & Drink

Soak up Italian Riviera vibes at The Valley’s new cocktail spot The Parlour

The majesty of the Italian Riviera has been documented across numerous works of film and literature, but Fortitude Valley cocktail bar The Parlour is tapping into some different senses to evoke the ravishing glamour of the Ligurian coast. The cocktail-oriented sibling to La Costa, Cielo Rooftop Bar and La Valle, The Parlour is positioning itself as a moody and secluded late-night joint where drinks flow, disco balls spin and the glitz of bygone generations is resurrected nightly. It opens on Wednesday May 19 – here's what you can expect ... more

Bakeries
First look – an ex-Agnes Bakery alumnus and ARC chef to ‘bake over' Jocelyn's Provisions
Food & Drink

First look – an ex-Agnes Bakery alumnus and ARC chef to ‘bake over’ Jocelyn’s Provisions

Anyone that endured the lengthy line snaking out Agnes' lauded carb-loaded pop-up bakery last year can attest that one bite of its smoked potato sourdough bread was enough to make the whole wait worth it. Well, what would you say if we told you that one of the bakers behind that sell-out product is teaming up with some other local culinary elite for a series of foodie events, starting with a take over of Albion's Jocelyn's Provisions on Sunday May 30? Yes, it's really happening, and you can expect killer kouign amanns, bang-on bee stings, revelatory Roman-style pizzas, pies wrapped in buttery puff pastry and, of course, plenty of loaves of smoked potato sourdough. more

Restaurants
Alba Bar & Deli | Brisbane's best Spanish eateries
Food & Drink

The round-up: pay a visit to Brisbane’s best Spanish eateries

Those who have ventured across Spain can vouch for its stunning landscapes, gorgeous weather, architecturally magnificent cities, vibrant culture and friendly populace, but perhaps one aspect they'll wax lyrical about is the food. From tasty tapas to seafood-loaded paella, Spanish cuisine is varied, rich in history and flavour, and is well worth seeking out if you're in the mood for a feast that can feed a crowd. Keen to try? We've compiled a list of Brisbane's best Spanish eateries to try this weekend ... more

Food News
Cheese louise! You can get a cheesy fondue kit delivered straight to your door
Food & Drink

Cheese louise! You can get a cheesy fondue kit delivered straight to your door

If we were ever in the difficult position of choosing our last meal, you can absolutely put money down that we would order something slathered in cheese. If cheese is also your favourite food group, then please prepare yourself for some gouda –nay, great – news. Mould, the crew behind the virtual cheese festival that we took full advantage of through lockdown, has cooked up a new product to get us through the chilly nights. Give a warm welcome to the Fondue For Two Box, the perfect winter evening accompaniment. more


Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 308 May 18
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 308 May 18

From news of a Neapolitan-inspired cocktail bar for the inner city to The Valley's decadent treat haven from a Gold Coast crew, 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

Restaurants
The Venzin Group unveils its stunning Bali-inspired open-air locale Melrose in Bulimba
Food & Drink

The Venzin Group unveils its stunning Bali-inspired open-air locale Melrose in Bulimba

The team behind Pawpaw, Pawpaw Asian Kitchen and Darvella Patisserie is levelling up with its new Thai- and Indonesian-influenced concept Melrose. Drawing upon Bali's unbeatable beach-luxe lifestyle, the Venzin Group's crown jewel boasts a seductive atmosphere, cocktails that transport tastebuds to the sandy shores of Seminyak and a menu of eats (created by Longrain's former head chef) that encompasses grilled skewers, mouth-watering curries and everything in between. Bulimba's new game-changing venue opens on Wednesday May 12, but we're able to give you a cheeky preview peek. Read on for the goods ... more

Bars
The Granite Belt comes to Brisbane with cafe and wine bar Balance & Blend
Food & Drink

The Granite Belt comes to Brisbane with cafe and wine bar Balance & Blend

Southeast Queensland wines are having a moment right now, with the Granite Belt in particular vying for a place among Australia's wine-growing pantheon alongside the likes of the Margaret River, Adelaide Hills and the Hunter Valley. One homegrown operation leading the charge for recognition is Balancing Heart Winery, a picturesque estate near Girraween that is peddling primo handcrafted and textural vino crafted from grapes grown in the rich soil of the Granite Belt. Before it seeks to build its name nationally, the winery is looking to first win hearts closer to home with its new cafe-meets-cellar-door Balance & Blend, which opened in Coorparoo last week. more

Bars
Make yourself at home at new Bowen Hills watering hole Half Pint Kitchen + Bar
Food & Drink

Make yourself at home at new Bowen Hills watering hole Half Pint Kitchen + Bar

If there's one thing the Cheers theme song taught us about hospitality, it's that we do want a place (this place being a local bar) where everybody knows our name. Newly open Half Pint Kitchen + Bar in Bowen Hills operates on this warm and approachable mantra, and has created an atmosphere that's almost an extension of one's living room – just with the added benefit of craft beer on tap, juicy burgers cooking on the grill and more board games than you could reasonably keep in the back of your own linen cupboard. more

Casual Dining
Rug up for the return of Veuve Clicquot's winter pop-up at Customs House
Food & Drink

Rug up for the return of Veuve Clicquot’s winter pop-up at Customs House

As we approach the middle of the year, we get ever so close to those precious months where wearing our thicker coats is not seen as obscene. Winter is nearly here, and with it comes the return of Customs House's annual mid-year pop-up. As always, the riverside venue has teamed up with Veuve Clicquot to create a luxe cold-weather wonderland complete with belly-warming eats, cosy igloos and endless glasses of effervescent champagne. more

Treats
Brewbakers | Brisbane's best doughnuts
Food & Drink

The round-up: where to wolf down Brisbane’s best doughnuts

Whether it’s a fancy sugar-dusted, lime-curd-filled modern number, or a hot cinnamon ring, a dose of doughnuts does not go astray at any time of the day. We’ve rounded up a bunch of local cafes, bakeries and market stalls pumping out these popular moreish numbers across Brisbane – the only choice to make is if you're ordering one, six or a dozen! more

Restaurants
Get a glimpse inside HOTA Gallery's Palette and The Exhibitionist Bar ahead of this weekend's opening
Food & Drink

Get a glimpse inside HOTA Gallery’s Palette and The Exhibitionist Bar ahead of this weekend’s opening

Last weekend, the Gold Coast's art community gathered to witness the official unveiling of the awe-inspiring $60.5-million HOTA Gallery. This weekend, the exciting (and delicious) next chapter comes to fruition with the opening of the Gallery's eagerly anticipated fine dining restaurant, Palette, and sophisticated new rooftop space, The Exhibitionist Bar. We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse prior to opening, here's what you can expect ... more

Food News
Wine ice-cream and ghost-pepper hot sauce – five must-try eats from Regionals Flavours' Grazed and Grown event
Food & Drink

Wine ice-cream and ghost-pepper hot sauce – five must-try eats from Regionals Flavours’ Grazed and Grown event

Unless you've been living under a rock (or ignoring our emails and if so, why?), then you're very familiar with the news that beloved food and wine festival Regional Flavours will soon return to South Bank Parklands. The foodie festivities will kick off with tastebud-tempting event Grazed and Grown, which will be filling bellies from June 18–20. So you know what to snack and sip on, we've rounded up five flavourful picks that you can road test at Grazed and Grown. more

Food News
Partners in wine – Snoop Dogg's collab with 19 Crimes has finally dropped
Food & Drink

Partners in wine – Snoop Dogg’s collab with 19 Crimes has finally dropped

You know him as a famed West Coast rapper, 420 enthusiast and Martha Stewart’s bestie, but it seems Snoop Dogg is swapping out gin and juice for grape juice these days. The hip-hop doggfather has collaborated with Aussie wine brand 19 Crimes to launch his own vino – aptly named Snoop Cali Red. Yes, you read that right. You can finally wrap your mitts around a bottle of wine from none other than S-N double O-P, D-O double G. more