Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Dello Mano, Newstead

You  haven't lived until you've bitten into a Dello Mano chocolate brownie - they take the world sublime to a whole new level.

Owners Deb and Bien Peralta are passionate about brownies and are always coming up with new flavours to try.  Their brownies are so popular they are the gift of choice for visiting dignitaries and are shipped all over the world to people who just can't get enough of their chocolate fix.

It's a family business and you'll often find Bien or one of his children behind the counter while Deb is out the back devising more brownie magic. 

There's also Dello Mano cakes and I can't imagine anything more sinfully delicious than one of their luxury chocolate brownies turned into a cake!  But there's more - chocolate souffle cakes, carrot cakes, apple and cinnamon cakes, and even a black forest cake.

Relax with a cake or cookie and enjoy with a smooth Di Bella coffee in their library nook. There's indoor and outdoor seating as well.  Love the stools made out of old 'paint' cans.

Bottom line: A mixed, boxed assortment of 16 brownies will set you back $59.50.  I prefer to buy mine individually and enjoy just a couple at a time.

Best tip:  Bien has matched the coffee profile to the chocolate so you can enjoy both.

Best for: Chocolate lovers heaven

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tasty bits from bmag Nov 29

Cook up a cool kids party at Milk, Ashgrove, discover the first Australian chocolate, find the tastes of Malta at Jan Power's Powerhouse Market, enjoy high tea for charity and pull in at another new South Bank dining option - Cove.

Cafeine, Coorparoo

I don't know the south side of Brisbane as well as I would like so I find it hard to discover those little coffee gems that you need to keep you going for the long haul.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Bretts Wharf Restaurant to stay!

The ever-exuberant Alastair McLeod was today literally jumping for joy with the news that the iconic Bretts Wharf Restaurant and River Room was now NOT closing, as had been previously thought.

Dinner in 30 - Potato, Bacon and Sage Agnolotti with burnt butter and sage sauce

I eat out a lot. Yes, I can feel your waves of sympathy, NOT.

So when I'm cooking at home I often want a fairly simple meal that's easy to make but still full flavoured and nutritionally sound - well,  fairly nutritionally sound.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

I went to the Stones Corner Market and this is what I saw

The indomitable Jan Power has branched out yet again bringing a new market to the top end of Logan Road, where Old Cleveland Road joins, running down the street which is closed for the morning.

Friday, 25 November 2011

What is cold drip coffee?

Have you seen these things that look like something that's escaped from a chem lab lurking in trendy coffee shops?

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Best barbecue steak

I make no apologies for being a meat eater.  My body functions best on protein and meat is a great source, besides I really like a thick, juicy steak - just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Tanking about Off the Eaten Track

He might be short when it comes to the height stakes but he's very tall when it comes to spruking about local produce.

Yes, I'm talking about Brisbane's favourite television food chef Alastair McLeod, who is the executive chef at both Tank in the CBD and Bretts Wharf, Hamilton.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Catch your own crab and mussels with the Kubirri Warra brothers

I'm walking through black slimy mud, each footstep sinking deeper than the next, carrying a spear, my heavy camera bag and a spirit of adventure.

We could be paying a lot of money at a spa for this mud foot treatment, I joke with my fellow walkers, as I climb over, under and around the mangrove roots.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Kafe Krave, Windsor

Satisfy the urge is the mission statement for the newish Kafe Krave at Windsor.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Suited to a tea - High tea in Asia

Asia’s interest in tea waxes and wanes, but the latest revival has reinstated the humble cuppa’s fashion status.

High tea is on the up again in Asia.While this curious cultural phenomenon seldom goes out of style, venues are finding new and innovative ways to serve a cuppa, three tiers of food and in the process, capture a niche
market and increase patronage.

Read more from my story in the November edition of Tiger Tales

Monday, 14 November 2011

Fresh food bounce back post flood

In the wake of devastating fl oods, Brisbane bounced back with an annual food and wine show that was better than ever.

Here's an article I wrote for the November edition of Tiger Tales.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Sleeping around - Shangri-La, Sydney

I got very excited when I booked into the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney's Rocks district.

It wasn't the fabulous harbour views, the close proximity to everything I wanted to to do or even drinking a Lady Peculiar cocktail at sunset overlooking the harbour.

No it was free wireless Internet! To me this means no problems with blogging and tweeting to my heart's content.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Stokehouse, South Bank

Eagerly awaited, Stokehouse is now open at Brisbane's South Bank with a design that takes full advantage of it's stunning river position.

Nestled almost under the Goodwill Bridge and just a spit from the water, Stokehouse has been designed by local architects Arkhefield and it shows.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

I went to South Bank's new riverfront dining area and this is what I saw

It's Brisbane's newest dining destination.

A stretch of the Brisbane River freed from it's previous restaurants and recrafted into a strip that's going to capture the imagination and stomachs of many.

Already opened are Cove and Stokehouse (full blog coming soon) and also on the list are The Jetty, Popolo and Left Bank. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Queensland Food Guide announced

It's exciting to know that we will now have hats.

We've had hats for years, you say, they are the things that keep sun off our heads! No silly, I mean 'Chef Hats' like they have in Sydney and Melbourne.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Brisbane's Budget Bites

If you like to keep your dining out in budget then Brisbane's Budget Bites is your new bible.

Now in it's fourth year, this handy book includes 280 reviews on everything from cafes and breakfast spots to bakeries and providores.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Foodies Guide to the Sunshine Coast

I worked my way up the coastline for this story starting at Caloundra and ending at Noosaville.

There are some fabulous restaurants on the Sunshine Coast but these are my top picks for this story, which has just published in the November edition of Where Magazine, Brisbane.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Bruny Island Cheese, Tasmania

After a trip around Bruny Island on a fast boat facing the rain and wind, Bruny Island Cheese was a warm haven filled with all the right smells.

I was wowed by the island's spectacular scenery and awestruck by the wild ocean waves but my heart leapt even higher at the sight of the cheese cabinet inside the Cellar Door.

Owned and operated by Nick Haddow, Bruny Island Cheese is home to some great cheeses modelled on Nick's favourites discovered while travelling through the great cheese producing regions of France, Italy, Spain and the UK. An artisan and a traditionalist, Nick believes in the old was of making and maturing cheese.

And the love, time and expertise certainly showed through in the cheeses we sampled.  I was hooked immediately and I've been stalking my inbox waiting for the invitation to buy their Christmas Cheese box.
And here it is - Cheese Club Offer - which will arrive on my doorstep in late November.

If you happen to make it to Tasmania, located under the eucalypts and black wood trees about 15 minutes drive from the ferry, the Cellar Door on Bruny Island is open every day.  You can relax with a cheese platter and a glass of local wine or enjoy coffee and homemade cake. 

Bruny Island Cheese Co,
1807 Main road, Great Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Tasty bits from bmag

In this edition - the Marriott's new Motion Bar and Grill restaurant, 2011 Good Food and Wine Show, new high tea at the Sofitel, Armand de Brignac champange.

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