Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Wilderness cruise around Bruny Island, Tasmania

It's the same size as Singapore but that's where the similarities end.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Lady Lamington, Fortitude Valley

Coco Pops with Baileys and vanilla cream for breakfast?  I was sorely tempted but it's only available after 10am at Lady Lamington, Brunswick Street's newest queen.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Jam Jar, West End

Sometimes good things happen in the most unexpected way.

Friday night loomed and I thought I was going to be stuck in front of the television watching a boy's choice movie, pretending to like it while I secretly read my iPad. (Love those back lit screens.)

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Up late at GOMA

There's something delicious about being in a venue after the normal opening hours and Up Late at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is no exception.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Avante Garde Patisserie, Milton

When the boy on the counter tells me Uncle Dean is the one who bakes the cakes and pies, I can't help but be impressed.  I love a family business, especially when it comes to baking.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Gastro Park, Kings Cross, Sydney

When the taxi stopped in this narrow, shady Kings Cross back street and the driver said that's the restaurant, I was surprised and not all that inclined to get out.

And I promise not to mention my first thoughts when I heard the name, Gastro Park, which is designed to evoke thoughts of a playground of good food.

But you can leave all doubts in the taxi because this a restaurant that will surprise and intrigue you.  

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

More than Groceries @ Pinkeys

When is a grocery store more than a grocery store? Take a look inside Groceries @ Pinkeys on busy Zillman Street, Hendra and you'll have the answer in a snap.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Sleeping around on the Coral Coast

You're picturing me sleeping on the rough sand of a coral beach, nestled under a swaying palm tree, lulled to sleep by the sweet rythmic pattern of waves gently rolling into the shore.

Actually I'm very comfortably ensconced in a queen-sized bed perched high above the shore line in plush accommodation known as Peppers Coral Coast.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

OB+W, Boundary Road, Bardon

Blink and you would miss this one - a hole in the wall coffee spot that's a bit of a local's secret.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Top 10 Sydney small bars

Have you ever been accused of over sharing?

I've decided that visiting six bars in one busy Sydney night should be a badge of honour rather than one for over sharing which is what I received from Foursquare (a location-based social networking website for smart phones).

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentine's Day menu that won't weigh you down

Here's a Valentine’s Day menu that will shrink your love handles without assaulting your taste buds and get that lovin' feeling flowing.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Get more beer cred

Do you know when to choose ale over a porter, stout, pilsner or weissbier?

Don't even know what a weissbier is?

It's okay - you can still drink in public but if you want to do it with a bit more beer clout, you might need to enrole at the Beer Academy.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

My next job - afternoon tea tester for Virgin Atlantic

I've discovered there's an even a better job than being a food writer - I'd like to add frequent flyer tester for Virgin Atlantic to my resume.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Vitamin Me - the best drug around

It's what everyone wants - a sparkle in your eye, a spring in your step, the an-ti-cip-ation of a secret pleasure.

For me it's knowing that my next meal is going to be something special. That's my 'Vitamin Me'.

For the past 12 months I've been travelling Queensland, working through my wish list of foodie delights.  I've been hunting crabs on North Queensland beaches with the Indigenous owners. I've seen happy free range pigs outside Airlie Beach. I've walked through the chocolate room on Hayman Island. I've learned how to make wine at the Queensland College of Wine and shared a harvest feast in the Barrell Room at Ballandean Estate. I've talked to farmers and fishermen, cooks and chefs and plenty of people who love where they live and what they do. And you know what - it's catching!

Where does my 'Vitamin Me' come from?  The fabulous produce of Queensland, sometimes served in wildly inventive ways, sometimes just as it is.  It tastes so good that it gives me a natural high that money can't buy. And it's at its best right where it is grown, caught or farmed.

There have been many more adventures around the state but here are some of my most memorable meals.

Warning: Do not watch this on an empty stomach and don't drool on your keyboard.

So where would I go if I needed some more Vitamin Me and could holiday anywhere in Queensland? Well I'd probably sashay up to a tropical island, Hayman sounds nice, and eat my way through their menu, enjoy some drinks around the pool bar and definitely try one of their very special picnic lunches on a remote island with my loved ones of course. Bliss!

Find all these places and more at Vitamin Me

Test your own Vitamin Me levels here

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Meet Anthony Bourdain

Most foodies I know would give their eye teeth, well maybe not their eye teeth as that might make eating a little uncomfortable, but surely a significant body part if they could meet the bad boy of cuisine, Anthony Bourdain.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Girls go wild

Ever wondered what I do when I'm not eating and drinking my way around Australia?

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Make your cuppa count for Ovarian cancer

This year more than 1,200 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and sadly, around 800 will die from the disease. However, if diagnosed in the early stages the majority of women survive which is why it is so important for women to know the symptoms.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

MONA - Tasmania's subversive 'Disneyland'

A particular mode of pleasure and thought, a subversive 'Disneyland' of old and new art displayed with intent, you'll find it all at Tasmania's stunning MONA -Museum of old and New Art.

A visit here is a real experience, so don't even think of scheduling just a couple of hours or you'll walk away feeling disappointed when it's time to go, as I did.

Opened in January 2011, MONA was established by David Walsh to shock and offend as much as challenge, inform and delight.  I wasn't offended, but was sometimes repulsed  by some of the art which is very graphic.  It's a cross section of everything he has enjoyed in other museums around the world and I would guess the envy of many museum curators around the world.

MONA sits of a 3.5 hectare peninsular which curves into the Derwent River, about 15 minutes north of central Hobart by car.  You can also catch a fast catamaran from the MONA Ferry Terminal at Brooke Street Pier which would be a fabulous 45 minutes journey to the museum.

There are three subterranean museum levels cut into the Triassic sandstone of the river bank, about 17 metres down, all unseen from the top entrance.

MONA also incorporates two eateries - The Source, a fine dining restaurant and a bistro - and is also the home of Moo Brew beer which you can taste on site. You can taste wines at the Cellar Door or go on a Beer Tour and tasting from 4 to 5 pm on Friday evenings (You'll need to book).

Given a wish list, I would stay at the MONA Pavillions and drink in the atmosphere over a couple of days.  It could be an extraordinary visit.

Here's how I saw MONA

And another art work 'clip'

Disclaimer: Ed+bK travelled at a guest of Tourism Tasmania.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Brisbane's new small bars

Do you know where to find Super Whatnot, Scratch, Cabiria or The End?

Read my story in the latest Brisbane Where Magazine to discover all the latest cool bars and surprise your friends by suggesting some new drinking spots.