Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Tetsuya masterclass

It's a special bit of serendipity when a food blogger wins a masterclass with one of Australia's best chefs!

For all of you who never enter competitions because you never win, listen up - I won a return trip to Sydney, overnight accommodation and the masterclass simply by entering an online Electrolux competition. I saw the competition on a fellow blogger's site - Winos and Foodies. Next time give it a go.

Walking into Tetsuya Wakuda's self named restaurant was a real experience.  It's street presence is very subtle, much like the restaurant, much like the man.  You walk down this short driveway to an iron gate and once inside the restaurant unfolds. The Japanese influences are obvious in the streamlined simplicity and classic elegance.  It's a refined space.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Coco Bella Espresso, New Farm

Sometimes I really wished I lived in New Farm and could be a brekkie regular at some of the great neighbourhood cafes.

Coco Bella is another find for locals in the area.  It's Lamington Street,  the road leading to the Powerhouse which on market days is very busy, but on a weekday morning it was quiet and suburban.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Have you seen this woman?


Love Brisbane's quirky nature.

Here's a Marilyn lookalike maybe set to rival Milton Road's famous nun!

I saw her on my morning walk down a busy local street. Have you seen her?  Here's a hint - she's on a Terrace well known for shopping.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Win great new Wiltshire barbecue tools

If you like to throw a steak on the barbie, you should try Ben O’Donoghue's new Wiltshire barbecue tools.

Tastes of Gold Coast

Tastes of Gold Coast 2010 unites food producers, chefs, restaurants, wine and beverage makers of the Gold Coast and its Hinterland from August 26 until Sunday 5 September.

There are lots of great events that will appeal to locals and visitors alike.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Serindipity Coffee Bar, Wilston

You've gotta love a place that does all day brekky and has huge cupcakes!

Serendipity Coffee Bar at Wilston which is on the corner of Kedron Brook Road and Heather Street (next door to Cold Rock) is not much bigger than a hole in the wall operation.  There's only enough room to order your food inside where the kitchen is on full display.  Outside there are several tables and chairs on the footpath and some stools at a high bench.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Cupcakes for canine pals

Do you feel guilty biting into your favourite cupcake treat with your dog giving you 'puppy' eyes?

I swear my dog has been to acting school and graduated with a distinction!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Prawns fresh from Moreton Bay


Sunday saw me on the back of K2's motor bike heading down to Brisbane's Bayside for a late brekky at one of our fave easy spots, Seafood Lovers Cafe on Margate Parade, Margate.

On the way home we followed the shoreline searching for new dining options and enjoying the scenery. It was a top day to be outside with cool temperatures and clear blue skies.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Spicers Tamarind


Lunch on Friday saw me eating, drinking and laughing with other members of the Australian Travel Writers Association (ASTW) at our monthly lunch.

Held at the Sofitel, this lunch was an opportunity for The Spicers Group to introduce the latest resort in their group - Spicers Tamarind.  If you are lucky enough to have visited or stayed at any Spicers Properies (I've been to Spices Hidden Vale, Spicers Peak Lodge and Spicers Clovelly) you'll know these are places of elegance and restraint, where the food is exceptionally good and the atmosphere restorative.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Next Door, Paddington

Yet another coffee shop on Latrobe Terrace at Paddington opposite Woolworths has opened so we are now spoilt for choice.

Recently opened Merlo has certainly found a ready market with a willing crowd lining up most times I visit.

In a clever move, Sassafras found space underneath an old Queenslander converted into offices and created Next Door, a hole in the wall style coffee shop that serves simple food and coffee with a small amount of outdoor seating.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Growing your own veggies

Every time I hear about another pesticide scare or the value of eating organically I get a little closer to growing my own veggies.

I'm not there quite yet but the idea is just getting more and more appealing.

If you are thinking along the same lines, "Organic - Don Burke's Guide to Growing Organic Food", New Holland ($29.95) is a great place to start.

It's got some good step-by-step advice on how to build your own veggie beds,  fertilise the soil the organic way, and how to sow and grow healthy crops.  There's also an A-Z guide to veggies and fruits to grow and an annual sowing calendar.

I've got one copy to give away so if you'd like it, leave a comment below.

Sushi Lovers, Rosalie

I'm a big fan of sushi and was very pleased when V Diddy brought home these massive hand rolled pieces from Sushi Lovers in Rosalie.

The rice was just how it should be and my avocado nicely ripe, although V Diddy's was hard enough to bounce.

The marinated chicken also was a hit, especially since it was still warm.

They cost $4.50 each and one would be enough if you were not exceptionally hungry like V Diddy wheh she ordered.

Sushi Lovers, 165 Baroona Rd, Paddington
+61 3876 2755

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Tomich Hill Wine Dinner, Story Bridge Hotel

A kind invitation from Andrew Ford of the Story Bridge Hotel saw K2 and I enjoy a dinner in their upstairs dining room featuring Tomich Wines recently.

Tomich Wines is family owned and operated winery north of the Adelaide Hills township of Woodside in South Australia.

The region promotes a long and slow ripening and the Tomich wines have the elegant, vibrant and fresh varietal flavours for which the Adelaide Hills are renowned.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Makanan Indonesia, West End

K2 wore his Bintang t-shirt to the gym which started a conversation about Balinese food in Brisbane.

Recently returned from a wonderful holiday in Bali, we are trying to keep the spirit going with some Balinese food but not having much luck. 

Bali Grill at Rosalie didn't really hit any buttons so when a gym buddy suggested Makanan to K2 we got excited.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Albert Lane, Brisbane City

If you haven't explored Albert Lane in the heart of Brisbane's CBD you really should. There are some great eating options.

Here's a story I wrote for Jetstar's August Inflight magazine.


Café Bouquiniste, New Farm




Walls lined with books, quirky old fashioned chairs and tables, a menu full of comfort food and good coffee are all the right ingredients for a great locals hangout. 


You'll find all this and more at Café Bouquiniste and you're lucky if you live in New Farm and can make it your local.


We popped in for breakfast and enjoyed a great selection of the morning offerings. I had a childhood flashback and ordered savoury mince ($10) but had to be disappointed as they had run out. That's until my substitute, a Bouqy breakfast (also $10) arrived. It was chock full of goodies and a very filling breakfast. Although, like the meals at a couple of places I've visited recently, it would have benefited from a heated plate on a cold Brissie morning.




My friend Jen had Avo on toast – another bargain at $5. The coffee is just $3.


In France a bouquiniste sells books. At Café Bouquiniste they have filled the shelves with interesting books and magazines which several customers were browsing while they waited for or enjoyed their repast.

Bottom line: Good, well priced food.


Cafe Bouquiniste

2/121 Merthyr Rd

New Farm +61 7 3254 1226 

Cafe Bouquiniste on Urbanspoon



Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer:  Ed+bK paid for this meal.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Waterline Restaurant, Where Magazine



Waterline Restaurant, Friday's Riverside on Urbanspoon

The Cliffs Cafe, Kangaroo Point


When the sun is shining and the sky is blue Brisbane just begs to be explored so we jumped into the car and headed straight for the best city view in Brisbane.

Where did we find it?  The Kangaroo Point cliffs and best of all there's a cafe there now so you can enjoy the view at leisure.

We turned up at 9am on a Sunday morning and it was peak hour at the coffee. Hoping for a stroke of luck, I joined the ordering queue while K2 scoured the landscape for people who might be leaving. The tactic paid off and we found a table before I had to order but it was in the shade.  Normally a shady table is a bonus in sunny Brisbane but this was a crispy winter morning and the sunshine was definitely the place to be.




The views of the city and Brisbane River are really spectacular from here. It would be a great spot for Riverfire but you would need to find your place very early I think.   It also would be the perfect place to take tourists and visitors as it showcases Brisbane's lifestyle.  There are plenty of people around enjoying the picnic tables and barbecues and also exercising both themselves and their dogs!

Back to the food - K2 went for bacon and eggs on grilled sourdough ($10.50) and I lashed out on the breakfast special - poached eggs, holandaise, leg ham on grilled sourdough. ($13.50). Other choices included bircher muesli with berry compote,  a 'the cliffs' breakfast wrap,  a vegetarian fry up or a big breakfast for the really hungry.  Breakfast is available from 7am till 11.30am although I did see some eggs on the specials board which were available all day.


The eggs as they first came out

Ask for a little more cooking and this is what you get back...

Breakie special - not enough hollandaise for piggy me!

Coffees came first and they were good.  The meals came next and it was obvious the kitchen was feeling the strain of the Sunday morning rush. K2's eggs had whites that were far from cooked so he sent them back for a few extra minutes. The poached eggs on my special were fine but I would have liked more holandaise.
Both meals had to be eaten quickly because it was cold and breezy and the plates were not heated.  The meals were cold before we got through them.

Later in the day I came back to give the dog a walk and try a caramel slice. It was very good which is surprisingly hard to find for this simple treat.  Too often it tends to be lacking in flavour or just plain 'old'.

The dog was able to sit over on the side tied to the rail and watch us while we ate and then enjoy a walk through the gardens.  I really think it's time the laws over dogs and outdoor cafes were reviewed, especially if Brisbane wants to be taken seriously as an international destination.

The Kangaroo Point Parklands provide plenty of entertainment options for children with a large playground and some big grassy areas.  And if you want to do-it-yourself there are barbecues and picnic tables lining the cliff. Plenty of street parking is located close by.

Bottom line: Great views, good coffee, okay food. The perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful Brisbane day but not great in windy or rainy weather.  Very child friendly.

The Cliffs Cafe
3 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point Parklands, Kangaroo Point. +61 7 3391 7771

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Kerry Heaney


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Sunday, 15 August 2010

Farm fresh strawberries



There's nothing like buying direct from the grower and you don't have to go far in Brisbane to find the best strawberries.

If you live on Brisbane's northside you probably already know about this little strawberry farm tucked in on Bunya Road, Bunya.


Look for the strawberry signs! And remember they are not open Mondays.







I purchased a dozen free range eggs ($6), delicious strawberry jam ($3.50) chock full of strawberries and a huge punnet of strawberries ($13). The strawberries have deep red centres and a strong strawberry flavour. Delicious.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Drift, Milton

I don't like comparing apples to oranges, especially when my favourite fruit is strawberries.

But that's exactly what I felt I was doing yesterday when I visited Drift Café Jetty & Events, Milton, winner of the Brisbane and Darling Downs Region 2010 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for best New Restaurant (over 100 seats) award to check out why it captured the judge's attention.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Oyster sauna - gota love that!

A sauna where you are covered in oysters or a sauna for oysters?

I'm intrigued by the first idea but fascinated by the second - and it's probably better eating anyhow. 

Drift, Milton wins Best New Restaurant


One of the more surprising awards at this week's 2010 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence in Queensland was Best New Restaurant (over 100 seats) to Drift Café Jetty & Events in Milton, Brisbane.

The award finalists included Matt Moran's ARIA, The Apple Tree Restaurant Cafe Bar, Kenmore and Vapiano, Brisbane.


Many Brisbanites have been asking 'What the?" over the award but it seems the judges and a dedicated band of local Drift devotees know better - the rest of us are only now getting into the secret.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Looking for brekkie/lunch/dinner today?

Today is a public holiday in Brisbane so everyone can go to the Ekka!

If you've already been or think going to the Ekka is cruel and unusual punishment, you might want to do something else.... maybe breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Tasty bits, bmag August 10

Baharat Beef with olives


The house is filled with a delicious spicy aroma and dinner is simmering away.


I've just finished preparing a recipe from the Hilton Brisbane Masterclass supplied by Lyndey Milan and Ian Hemphill.

Lyndey www.lyndeymilan.com and Ian www.herbies.com.au , who are old friends, recently launched a new book 'Just Add Spice' which has '100 recipes that show the home cook how to spice up simple dishes using enticing herbs and spices.' 

Monday, 9 August 2010

Dine on a champion at Moo Moo

Want to know what a champion tastes like? 

You'll have to wait five weeks but Moo Moo at the Port Office will have a whole steer to dine on.

Steven Adams from Moo Moo bought the Grand Champion Junior Led Steer of the 2010 Brisbane Ekka at auction.

Little Stanley Supper Club, South Bank

For the duration of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival (MBFF) Saturday 7 to Friday 13 August, Little Stanley will be abuzz with fashion, dining, shopping and live music every night till late, transforming the street into the Little Stanley Supper Club – a funky chill-out area for post-show fashionistas.

The Little Stanley Supper Club will see restaurants and cafes such as Flowers of the World, La Via, Beastie Burgers, The Point, Toscani’s, Obsession, Ahmet’s, Greystone Bar & Cellar, The Sardine Tin and Fifth Element extend their kitchen hours beyond 10pm serving up delectable supper menus and fashion inspired cocktails – perfect for a wholesome meal and night cap after taking in a MBFF show. For the first time in the market’s history, the Young Designers Market will be holding a night market 5pm to 10pm on Tuesday 10 August, fusing the best of Brisbane’s up and coming fashion talent with the designers of the MBFF runway.

Dining along this street of chance discoveries is unlike any other Brisbane food experience with Turkish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Spanish and contemporary Australian cuisines all on offer.

All MBFF ticket holders will receive $10 parking at the Parklands car park, 7–13 August (conditions apply).

For further information and the full program, visit www.visitsouthbank.com.au/supperclub

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Ekka memories

I'm Brisbane born and bred so the Ekka has always been part of my life.

I remember the long walk home overloaded with so many bags, their string handles cutting into my skin. Swapping the bits I didn't like with my brother and eating sweets until I felt sick.

And I always came home with a doll on a stick with a stick out fancy skirt and glitter hair.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Cupcake Wars

Cupcakes from Floriditas in Wellington, New Zealand
I would so love to do this in Australia!

Cupcake Wars on the American Food Netwooks channel is just my sorta battle.

It’s cupcake vs. cupcake! Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the America's top cupcake bakers face off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains.

The sweet prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at the winning gig. Whether a special Ace of Cakes anniversary celebration, a star-studded magazine party or an A-list celebrity golf tournament, these Cupcakes Wars really heat up. Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaroon company MadMac) serve as permanent judges with a third rotating judge each week, and Justin Willman hosts.

Susur Lee's Lamb Thailandaise

One of my favourite sessions at the recent Hilton Brisbane Masterclass was Susur Lee's 'Flavours without Borders'.

As Restaurant II Chef/Owner David Pugh says, Susur's food is very approachable for the home cook.

Susur shared a little of his origins growing up in Hong Kong. His mother, who he said was a terrible cook, told him to go and get a job where they feed you, so he did.

Here's his Lamb Thailandaise recipe which comes with two sauces that are quite superb and very versatile. The recipe really reflects the produce and flavours of Queensland and I'm keen to give it a try - family, can I line you up for dinner soon?


Thursday, 5 August 2010

Search for the perfect cupcake continues

I felt a little guilty as I chose the pink cupcake with the blue flower. The small girl standing beside me in the queue surely wouldn't care if her's had a yellow flower?

The range in the display case at Michel's Patisserie at Brookside Shopping Centre, Mitchelton was extensive but once again my eyes had been caught by the cupcakes.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Eating your way around the Brisbane Ekka

From dagwood dogs and meat pies to steak sandwiches to oysters and champagne to strawberry sundaes - there are sweet and savoury, healthy and hearty foods available at the Ekka - 5-14 August.

Not to be missed is the new food court "Gourmet Harvest" and the Seafood and Wine Bar located inside the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion.

My personal picks - Coffin Bay Oysters and the Country Women's scone and jam. Also hard to pass by will be CJs Pasta, Confit Bistro and Bretts Wharf.


Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Bali Grill, Rosalie

With the aroma of clove cigarettes lingering in my nostrils and the jangle of the gamelan still playing in my brain, we ventured down to Bali Grill at Rosalie.

The goal was to recapture some of the Bali spirit from our recent holiday and share the love with friends.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Food, wine and music at Ambiwerra

Sometimes life seems just perfick! Today, for example, was an example of Brisbane's best. Blue skies, a light breeze, balmy winter weather that feels like spring and music for dancing.

Looking around the crowd at Ambiwerra I noticed everyone was smiling. They were sitting back in the sun and just lovin' life.

Choosing what to eat and drink from amongst the many food stalls was tough but we tasted our way through a few winners.

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