Saturday, 31 March 2012

I went to Enrich and this is what I saw

There's plenty happening at Enrich today and tomorrow with many of your favourite cooking celebs, including Anna Gare, Alastair McLeod, Ben O’Donoghue, Fast Ed, Paul Mercurio and Lyndey Milan, showing just how easy it is to whip up wonderful meals.

You'll find Enrich at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre at South Bank.

This is what I saw -

Martin Duncan talking about the wonderful Freestyle Escape.

Grant Lazarus is handing out samples of smoked salmon.

Wine appreciation underway

Choc coated coffee beans and berry samples are delicious.

Elaine Miller and Javier Codina from Moda having a chat before Javier shares his Spanish cooking secrets on stage

Wonderful cupcakes and cakes from Sweetcrumbs

Today and tomorrow's program in the Life Theatre

Wine theatre program

Five food masterpieces at Carindale

Even on his wildest starry night, it’s unlikely Vincent Van Gogh ever thought his famous sunflowers painting would be reinterpreted using rice noodles and olives.

Think Starry Night along with Sunflowers created using jam tarts and bananas, Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly featuring liquorice and broccoli, Andy Warhol’s Marilyn with lips made of chillis and lemons for hair and the Mona Lisa recreated in seaweed and coffee beans.

It took Brisbane artist Gary Myers five days to create the five artworks, each measuring 1x1.5 metres, with help from his assistants. They were designed to form a pop up gallery to mark the opening of a $300 dining and lifestyle precinct at Westfield Carindale on March 29.

The 1 x 1.5m sized images are part of the opening celebration in Westfield’s new $300 million redevelopment fresh food and casual dining precinct for just four days (until tomorrow 1 April) and are made from produce available from the new restaurants, cafes, Coles and specialty fresh food retailers.

Retailers include a gourmet food market, a new chocolate cafe concept and a new, full line Coles along with a range of dining options including Mexican tacqueria Guzman Y Gomez and noodle bar Wagamamas.

Artist Gary Myers said that working with food instead of his usual paintbrush and palette was an interesting experience.

“This is certainly one of the more unusual commissions I‟ve received in my 40 year career,” he said. “Working with perishable materials presented some obvious challenges, however, I‟m extremely pleased with the results.”

Due to the perishable nature of the artworks, the free exhibition will only be in centre until 5pm Sunday 1 April and is located near Coles on the ground level in the new precinct, opposite Fresh Sensations Gourmet Market.

The Glasshouse features a mix of international and boutique food operators including Japanese sushi restaurant Ginga, Yum Cha Cuisine and healthy burger joint Grill"d.

New chocolate cafe concept, Chocolate Pavilion – where diners can enjoy everything from chocolate risotto and chocolate sushi through to chocktails and chocolate shooters – promises to be a highlight.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Sleeping around - Henry Jones, Tasmania

Ooh Henry, I love your rugged, olde world looks, your quirky outlook and taste in food and you can show me your etchings anytime.

Is it wrong to fall in love with a hotel?  I shared two nights with Henry and it really wasn't enough.  It wasn't enough to get a good feel for the surprising town of Hobart and it left me wanting more.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Top ten Easter treats

"There's the Easter bunny flying past the window now." They were simple words, spoken in jest to two small children but the result was anything but expected.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Survey Co., Brisbane CBD

It's been a long time coming but The Survey Co. has finally opened in Burnett Lane, tucked in behind the Queen Street Mall.

This brings the number of funky bars in the small lane way to three but the food offering at Survey & Co puts it in a different league.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dessert cooking class, Focus by James, Springwood

Vanilla panna cotta, chocolate and raspberry brownies, apple and pear galette or banana souffle - which do I choose?

Damn it - I'll have the lot plus white choc fruit and nut clusters!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Butter up with the real thing - cultured butter

I started breathing quickly with the words 'spread it so thickly you can see your teeth bite marks'.

With those simple words Pepe Saya gave me permission to indulge in the guilt-free, sweet pleasure of a mouthful of the most deliciously creamy butter I've tasted.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Brisbane's cooking schools

If you want to update your cooking skills or learn to create a meal like a chef, you don't have to go far in Brisbane to find a cooking school to help.

Here's my pick from those that are close to the city in an article published in Brisbane Where Magazine, March edition. Click on the image to enlarge for easy reading

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Beer tasting for Brisbane bloggers

I like beer but it doesn't like me much. Something to do with the yeast causes me to make most unladylike noises - nuf said.  However thanks to Brisbane's beer guru Matt Kirkegaard, along with other Brisbane bloggers I've been seduced by beer in a way I never imagined.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Seaduction, Soul Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

I gazed at the degustation menu and saw crispy pigs ear and my heart stopped for a moment.

Last time I had seen pig's ears was at the pet shop when I was buying bones for my beloved Tucker.  They didn't look very appetising.

The rest of the degustation menu at Seaduction read like a dream and I decided to place faith in the ability of super chef Steve Szabo.  Until recently Steve has been whipping up niceties at Vanitas and Vie in Palazzo Versace, a little way down the road from Surfers Paradise at Southport.

View from the balcony

Now he's moved to the brand spanking new Seaduction at the Sea Temple on Surfers Paradise Boulevard.  It's a stunning position with ocean views so close I think the balcony could almost be hit by surf spray on a windy day.

Steve's credentials are pretty impressive - two hats at Vanitas and Vie, several locally and nationally acclaimed wine lists, a Gourmet Traveller 3 Goblets award and a successful cookbook.  His training ground included some of the finest Michelin Star restaurants of Europe.

Soul Surfers Paradise is housed within the luxurious 77 level Soul complex which opened at the end of September 2011. Smack outside is the new 200 metre redevelopment of the foreshore which has transformed the Esplanade into a sweeping expanse for pedestrians, sun-seekers and outdoor diners.

Seaduction's entry 

Very groovy back lit bar

Comfy club chairs for pre dinner drinks

Well executed, but this was a bit 'The Godfather' for me.

Seaduction is on the first floor of the building with the hotel reception and has a wonderful balcony overlooking the beach that just screams sunset drinks.

The private dining room
Wine cellar off the private dining room

We were dining in the private dining room which also includes a wine cellar stocked with local and international wines.

Seduction's cuisine is described as Australian influenced by an abundance of local seasonal produce, featuring Asian and Pacific Rim flavours as well as signature dishes and Chef's choice of the day.  I'm thinking that just about covers everything - tick!

Here's what we ate -

Tuna and avocado roll studded with sand crab served with wendland lime olive oil powder

Handmade tortellini of goat's cheese, with baby beetroot gel, crushed walnuts, mandarin and burnt butter.

Seared diver scallops served with braised pork cheek, sweet corn custards and mushroom foam

Atlantic salmon slow cooked at 50 degrees confit served with cucumber caviar, apple aioli and truffle salsa
Twice cooked port and crispy pig's ear, served with cannelli bean puree, white asparagus and Guinness bubbles

Michel Cluziel Maralumi Chocolate pave served with sheep milk yoghurt spheres and candied apple

Petit Fours to end

It was a most memorable meal with exquisitely balanced flavours. I didn't even think twice about the crispy pig's ear - just ate and enjoyed.

Bottom line: Dining here is an experience not to be missed.
Best tip: Try something new, you'll probably like it!

Disclaimer:  Kerry Heaney was a guest of Soul Surfers Paradise.

Seaduction on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Latest Tasty Bits from bmag

Latest Tasty Bits from bmag with a Gold Coast theme - Seaduction opens at Sea Temple, Surfers Paradise, Luke Mangan wins a hat for Salt at Hilton Surfers Paradise, cooking classes at Sotifel's Room 81,  Bavarian Bier Cafe at Broadbeach and holiday groceries for Gold Coast visitors.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Friday, 16 March 2012

Sleeping around - Beach Club Port Douglas

The water is that special shade of blue that makes my heart sing and the sand so white and fine I think they must have stolen it from Whitehaven.

But I'm in Port Douglas, an hour’s drive north of Cairns, staying at the very chic Peppers Beach Club.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Vintaged Bar + Grill, Hilton Brisbane

It started out as a simple piece of sour dough bread sliced in front of me by Hilton's employee of the month, Joshy Joseph, and whisked away.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

New mag for Brisbane foodies

Imagine your fave food blogs in print - well it's coming to a cafe near you!

Little Pantry, New Farm

Just far enough away from the mad rush of the shopping end of James Street, Little Pantry is a locals' oasis.

It's full of the good things in life - organic milk and bread - with a blackboard menu that offers much to ponder.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Top five at Enrich Life Food Wine

There's a new kid on the block when I comes to sharing food love in a hands-on, exhibition sorta way.

Enrich - Life, Food Wine is coming to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday 30 March to Sunday 1 April.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Sleeping around - Sea Temple, Surfers Paradise

It's probably not surfer's paradise today as the surfer just out the front of the restaurant is having to work for his waves.

But the view, blue skies, expansive beach spotted with sea gulls and rolling surf, is just magnificent.  And it's all just an arm reach away.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Port Douglas getaway

Need a weekend getaway?  Port Douglas is calling!

Here's just some of what you can do in one weekend at Port Douglas. Find out more

Add the Port Douglas Carnivale - May 18 - 27, to your must do list.

Ed+bK was a guest of Tourism Port Douglas

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Popolo, South Bank

Multi-coloured lights twinkle across the vast expanse of glistening dark water while a parade of people saunter past.  It's Brisbane's newest chew with a view precinct, River Quay at South Bank and the locals are loving it.

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