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All day breakfasts around Brisbane

If you are one of those people who doesn't surface till late or even later, (you know who you are Mishel) but still crave breakfast, you'll constantly be searching for cafes and restaurants that do all day breakfasts.

When nothing less than bacon and eggs will do, here's a list of Brisbane eateries that offer breakfast all day so when your fave haunt is full you'll have some alternatives. In your sleep induced/deprived state, please remember to check with the cafe before you rock up as some only offer these breakfasts on weekends.

And please tell me what's missing so we can share all day breakfast love! Leave a comment below!

Inner city
  • Denim & Co, South Bank
  • Little Larder, New Farm
  • Au Cirque, New Farm
  • Symposium, New Farm - all day breakfast Sunday and a breakfast degustation! 
  • Rics, Fortitude Valley
  • Caffe di Moda, Stones Corner
  • Flamingo Cafe, Fortitude Valley

Inner West
Inner North
  • Milk Bar, Windsor has a bacon and egg roll on all day
  • Dandelion & Driftwood, Hendra
  • Tatters Deli, Hamilton
Inner South
  • Flute, Coorparoo


Dandelion and Driftwood, Hendra

Brisbane's coffee scene has taken a huge leap forward with the opening of Dandelion & Driftwood on Gerler Road at Hendra.

Here coffee and tea making has been turned into a science with so many add ons it's hard to know where to stop.

First there's the opportunity to try their special coffee blends brewed seven different ways including cold drip which I am definitely going back for. All the coffees and teas come with cupping and tasting notes. I'll be making notes of my own in the handy little book - a commemorative coffee journey - that's free to Dandelion and Driftwood customers.

And there's a selection of cupcakes from one of my favourite cupcake makers, Judy C. I sampled passionfruit and an apple cinamon creation - both very good.

There's the old fashioned hot pressed sandwiches made with premium ingredients - classic ham, cheese and tomato for me!

Xanthe's lolly trolly is another blast from the past.  Think of all your faves - musk lollies, strawberries and cream, freckles, lemon sherbet and more - sold by the ounce. So cute!

The cafe is the brainchild of tea and coffee enthusiasts Peter Wolff and Penny Lowe. Peter is a tea and coffee merchant with 27 years in the specialty coffee industry.

I took over a stove top coffee making applaince that my mother used to use in the 60s.  Peter was kind enough to show me how to use it and brew a cup.

Peter and Penny also are working with the concept of male and female coffee tastes.  Their Dandelion blend focuses on the feminine and delicate fruitness while their Driftwood is more masculine with a robust, earthy experience and a complete mouth explosion.

Bottom line: A must for coffee lovers

Dandelion and Driftwood, Shop 1, 45 Gerler Road, Hendra. 3868 4559
Open Monday to Friday 6.30am - 4pm, Saturday 7am - 4pm, Sunday 7am - 1pm.


Win a copy of 'At Home with Ben' - Ben O'Donoghue's latest cookbook

'At home with Ben' is an interesting concept for a chef who runs a busy restaurant and is heavily involved in television.

And Ben O'Donoghue laughed as he admitted he doesn't actually cook that much at home now, but he has plans to change that once his kitchen is renovated.


Nutella cupcakes, Couture Cupcakes, Bardon

When I got the breathless call from V Diddy's friend Tash, it was the best sort of emergency.

"Nutella cupcakes - you've got to try them!"

We dropped everything and drove up the hill to Couture Cupcakes at Bardon for a coffee/cupcake fix.


Designer cupcake classes

It’s raining cupcakes this week on Eat, drink and be Kerry!

I’ve just been invited to a special cupcake workshop for the launch of Paris Cutler’s new book Planet Cake Cupcakes.


Boutique Markets, Portside

Last time I went to the Boutique Market at Portside Wharf I came home laden with the best muesli from Therapeutic Gourmet.

We’ve heard it all before - a chocolate breakfast cereal that’s good for you – but Nick Grivas’s Wake me up b4u coco really does tick the boxes. Nick has developed muesli made from whole food ingredients that is gluten free, preservative free, free from refined sugars and, surprise, actually tastes good. I'm keen on Wake me up B4U Cocoa but Get up and Goji also sounds a treat.

It's on again on Sunday (October 24) and this time it's a Pink Ribbon market supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Win tickets to Good Food & Wine Show cupcake classes

If you like cupcakes as much as I do, you'll be keen to refine your skills at the Sunbeam Academy Cupcake Making class held at the Good Food and Wine Show, 5 -7 November in Brisbane.

I've got two tickets for the Sunday Nov 7 class at 10.30 am, valued at $30 each, to give away. Just leave a comment below and I'll draw a name at random.

Also includes two tickets to the Good Food and Wine Show. The Good Food and Wine Show will fill the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with produce, both local and from around the world, there will be plenty of wine, boutique beer, and a long line up of celebrity chefs giving live cooking classes.

UPDATE:  Thanks to a random number generator, comment number 7 from Marg has won the tickets! Congratulations Marg. Competition closed.


Conviction, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Well, what was one of Brisbane's worst kept secrets has morphed into one of the city's better restaurants!

Last night I dined at Conviction and, as I tweeted, it would be easier to get into jail than get a booking. For a restaurant that's only been open a week that's very good news. Pity they'll only be around for six weeks. I'd suggest getting on the phone now if you want to dine there.



dot.espresso, South Bank, Brisbane

Four markets in one day - what a way to spend a Sunday!

We started at the organic markets at Downy Park, Windsor which was not such a good idea. Why? Well we took the dog and the place was full of puddles - he's a corgi with very low legs - it all ended up being very messy.


Outrigger Little Hastings Street, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

While Noosa experienced one of its wettest weekends, we snuggled up safe and warm at the new Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa high on the side of Noosa’s hill above the southern end of Hastings Street tucked in beside Noosa National Park.

Sierra, Noosa Heads

Sierra in Noosa's famous Hastings Street takes pavement dining to a new level.


Chinatown Mall Friday Asian Food Nights

Feel like a stir fry? Need some noodles? Dying for a dim sim?

Head to the Chinatown Mall in Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley for their Friday Asian Food Nights from 5pm to 10pm throughout spring and summer.


Clubbed out - a history of Brisbane nightclubs 1950 to 2000

Do names such as Hot Gossip, Lexington Queen, Café Neon, Transformers, Metropolis, The Beat, Tracks, Rogue International, Rosies, Alice’s Rock Café, City Rowers or Sibyls conjure up memories of your best nights out?

Cafe le Net cupcakes

Here's a gem for cupcake lovers - Cafe le Net on the top floor of Indooroopilly Shoppingtown, near the cinemas, has a cupcake Thursday with a different flavour each week.

I sampled their caramel cupcakes and really enjoyed the true caramel flavour in the icing.  Owner Lisa Magnus told me she made a caramel sauce which was added to the icing to get the authentic flavour.

Food for Design Forum


Interested in the future of planet earth?

Designed to plant the seed of desigining sustainability into our everyday lives, this forum brings together some passionate Australian advocates – television chef Ben O’Donoghue, architect Brian Steendyk and designer Sam Parsons – discussing everything from recycling and food production to healthy eating, the real cost of food and community building, and future issues of energy, shelter and well being.
  • Date: October 8, 2010
  • Time: 6pm till late
  • Venue: South Bank Surf Club
  • Address: 30aa Stanley Plaza, Parklands, South Brisbane

Bravo Bar b que, Fortitude Valley

 From the October edition of Where Magazine.

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Tasty Bits from bmag October 5

Newmarket Hotel, Newmarket

Duck breast
An evening spent sitting at a bar, talking over loud music and drinking a Bundy and coke takes me back to my uni days when the Royal Exchange Hotel at Toowong was my best friend.

I'm a little older now and you are more likely to find me enjoying dinner with friends than propping up a bar but on Saturday night we decided to combine the two at the Newmarket Hotel.


Two Sisters Pizza, Auchenflower

I wish we were eating here, I thought, reading the window menu. 

Thin, crisp based pizzas with lots of topping sounded fabulous, but we were heading around the corner for dinner. Wrong! K2 walked straight into Two Sisters while I was still salivating on the doorstep.


Breakfast out of Brisbane

So the weekend is looming and you're thinking about fleeing the city for a spot of brekkie in the country!

Nothing like a bit of fresh, country air to clear the cobwebs and start off a fabulous day.

Here are a few of my faves

Seven courses for $20?

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?

But the Chalk Hotel is celebrating their win last week at the AHA National Awards for the Best Marketed Hotel in Australia with a seven course banquet for $20 in Sticks Restaurant.

It's available Wednesday to Friday – lunch and dinner with a four person minimum booking for September and October. The menu includes Cheesy garlic bread, soup of the day, curry of the day, beef short ribs with smokey BBQ sauce, salt and pepper calamari, pasta of the day, fruit salad with ice cream. And they say the produce used is quality.

Got to say that it doesn't sound particularly inspiring to me but then I'm more used to paying $20+ for one course, not seven. Try it out and report back here!

Chalk Hotel
735 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba +61 7 3896 6565

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