Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Red Ginger, South Brisbane

Skippy dim sims was the first thing that jumped off the menu (pun intended) when I visited the newly opened Red Ginger.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Share a pastry with your pooch


More than 60 per cent of Australian’s are pet owners, yet unlike our European counter parts we are prohibited from taking animals to cafés and restaurants.

On the back of a recent report, the Federal Government is planning to overturn the current local and state laws prohibiting man’s best friend having access to outdoor dining areas.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Cool dining when it's hot, hot, hot

Where can you find cool dining when it’s hot, hot, hot during Brisbane’s summer months?

Here's some suggestions from top Brisbane foodies - Alison Alexander, P.J McMillan, Martin Duncan, Alastair McLeod, Ryn and Cordie and Tony Percuoco - on where to find your cool.

Add your suggestions in the comments below.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Healthy dining out choices


Feeling as though you have over indulged in festive fare, can't resist ordering dessert, tired of leaving the table feeling over full?

Unfortunately, these are all things of which I'm often guilty.  I blame it on the job (I am a food writer) but after reading Troy Thompson offers a few tips for starting the year off on a healthy note in his Guide To The Younger You, it's easy to see that a few easy choices could make a world of difference.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

The Joynt, South Brisbane


You probably know The Joynt at South Brisbane as a great live music venue at night.


And it is, but during the day it moonlights as a cafe and does a very good job of it.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

I went to a butcher shop and this is what I saw

Ever wondered what's behind the rows of sausages, the cabinets filled with chops and steaks and lovely lamb roasts at the butcher shop?

On a recent trip to Bundaberg I got to find out.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Friday, 13 January 2012

Willow and Spoon, Alderley


There's something very Queensland about sitting in cool, dim light on a patchy concrete floor surrounded by a forest of white painted concrete stumps and rabbit warren of multi-level, makeshift rooms.

Generations of Queenslander's have grown up appreciating this ambiance, not because of its stylish appearance but for the sheer practicality of creating an extra space without much cost which is so much cooler in hot, steamy weather.  Throw in an old comfy lounge, a laminex table and vinyl chairs and  a downstairs loo and it's home sweet home.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Straddie sojourn

Just on Brisbane’s doorstep, North Stradbroke Island is one of those golden hidden gems locals would prefer to keep to themselves.

 Here's a story I wrote for the January edition of Brisbane Where Magazine.


Marinara, Paddington


It's so new it doesn't even have a sign yet, but a Italian casual diner called Marinara has opened on the town end of Latrobe Terrace, Paddington.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Get in quick for Noosa Food Festival top tickets


The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival 2012 food and wine program from May 17 to May 20 will see some of the world's best chefs, Australia's celebrity chefs, and Australia's best wine makers descending on Noosa bringing their star power from the S. Pellegrino World's Best Restaurant Awards and Good Food Guide Hats to South East Queensland.

You'll need to get in quick for tickets to the most popular events, which include some of the Food Trails, as they sell out very quickly.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Street food dos and don’ts



Years of dining under flyovers on busy roads has given Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse, authors of ‘Bangkok street food, cooking and travelling in Thailand’ a rare insight into South-East Asian street food.

I interviewed Tom recently for a story in  Tiger Tales

Friday, 6 January 2012

Sleeping around - Mona Pavilions, Tasmania




I think this is the coolest place to stay.

Not only are you within spitting distance of one of the most fascinating art gallery/museums I've ever seen, but you get to have an original piece of outstanding Australian art in your room!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Ole, Southbank


I think I've found my perfect breakfast and it's Spanish.

What do you think about poached eggs, freshly shaved jamon, spinach and a homemade hashbrown?

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

North Stradbroke Island - 10 top things to do


One of the largest sand islands in the world, the relaxed bliss of North Stradbroke Island is only an hour's drive from Brisbane.

The trip from the mainland to the island takes 45 minutes by barge, which also takes your car, or 25 minutes by fast water taxi but it's more of a journey into a different realm where it's really hard to work up the energy to get stressed about anything.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

I went to Nimbin and this is what I saw


It's the sort of place you must visit said our hosts - its the unhappiest hippie town in Australia.

We were leaving our overnight accommodation at Silk Pavilions at Mount Burrell located almost in the shadow of Mount Warning in the Tweed Valley for the second day of our New Year's Eve motor bike ride. Yes, my alter ego is a bad-arsed biker pillion passenger on K2's BMW K120GT.

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