Monday, 30 April 2012

New coffee pop up at Bardon


Coffee lovers in Bardon can rejoice with the opening of another place to get their daily fix.

Located on the corner of Simpsons Road and Burnham Road, this cosy little spot is so cool and low key it doesn't even have a name.

Inside there's a comfy lounge and some cushion-covered milk crates around another table.  There's also a few games for big and small kids and the daily papers.



It's a very relaxed set up with no formal menu, just great Black Star coffee, a few biscuits, cake slices and avocado on rye if you ask.


If you know the area, you'll realise it's taken over part of the convenience store which has been in the neighbourhood for years.

There's also a second-hand goods shop with plenty of stuff to browse through.  I've been doing some de-cluttering in preparation for a house move and feel I've stocked it single handed this week.  Sigh.


The seating, a collection of op-shop finds, spills out onto the street and there's also a large planter filled with herbs.

It's great to see more coffee options in the neighborhood. Judging by the queues and car parking nightmare at Merlo on Latrobe Terrace and the groups I see enjoying coffee at other coffee spots around the burb, there is a demand.

Bottom line:  good coffee, hassle free parking
Best tip: Avocado on rye rocks.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Port Douglas Carnivale - 10 days of food and fun

They know how to party in the tropics and it doesn't get much more tropical than Port Douglas.

If you like sand,sun and sea with swaying palm trees and clear skies, combined with a great selection of fine regional food - Port Douglas is your place, especially for 10 days from May 18.

The Port Douglas Carnivale starts with a slap up series of feasts that will challenge your appetite and endurance on one weekend (May 18 -20), perfect for a quick, indulgent getaway.

The opening weekend includes the -

Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch May 18
Audi Plates of Port - dinner May 18
Food, Wine and A Taste of Port - dinner May 19
Meridien Seafood Extravaganza - lunch May 20

I visited Port Douglas in March for a sneak preview of what's on offer and it's good, very good.

Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch 



This is the ideal excuse for a very, very long lunch. There’s pre-arranged seating under a beautiful lakeside marquee, and table service of a highly anticipated, three course menu showcasing fresh local produce accompanied by the very best of Australian wines and Asahi beer.

Think treats like Daintree tea smoked duck breast and melt-in-your mouth grain fed Tableland beef.
Executive Chef Klaus Keller has put together a fabulous spread.

Sheraton Mirage Executive Chef Klaus Keller

This year, organisers Events NQ are tipping a colour theme inspired by the candy coloured flavours of Italian Gelato, and say guests will be able to try their hand at bocce while they enjoy welcome drinks!

I've tasted the menu and viewed the venue - you will be impressed. You might even be lucky enough to score a personal visit from one of the 'special' guests. Yes Gertie the python is completely harmless, even though the look on my face might say otherwise. She's a long standing guest at the lunch and has never misbehaved!

More information
Check the accommodation/lunch deal available at the Sheraton Mirage - great value!

Audi Palates of Port 
7.30 - 11pm, May 18, Flames in the Forest


Held deep in the rainforest at Flames of the Forest, a secret rainforest glade, eight of Port Douglas’ finest restaurants and their chefs will gather to create a stunning eight course degustation under the stars with matching wines sponsored by the Red and White Wine Portfolio.

One of the courses will be Flames in the Forest Head Chef David Spencer's beetroot-cured atlantic salmon with sorrel salad and citrus salsa  accented with bush lemon and lime - a wonderful palate pleaser.

This year’s theme “Music to Dine By” means each chef has been inspired by a piece of music when creating their signature dish. This year the restaurants involved are Salsa Bar and Grill, Bucci, Bistro 3, Port Douglas Catering, Flames of the Forest and the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort and The Beach Shack.
The evening includes return transfers from six dedicated pick up points in Port Douglas

More information

Food, Wine and a Taste of Port -
5.30pm -11pm, Saturday May 19, Rex Smeal Park.

Food, Wine & A Taste of Port is an outdoor food and wine festival that takes place seaside under striking illuminated palm fronds on the foreshore at Rex Smeal Park. As well as the food and wine, there’ll be a fabulous line up of entertainment on the main stage throughout the night with Dragon as the headline act fitting with the 70s theme.“Take me to the April sun in Cuba’ sang the band. And they kept on singing, making the 70’s ring with their hits.
More information

Meridien Seafood Extravaganza - 
10am -4pm May 19, Marina, Port Douglas.
This is a day for families, couples and friends to come together and enjoy free entertainment and great seafood all along the boardwalk at the Marina.  Stalls offering the ‘fruit of the sea’ will be plentiful, and you can also buy seafood direct from the trawlers in the marina.  Kick back with a coldie, listen to the band on the deck of the catamaran, and tuck into a bucket of prawns, or fish and chips. Free entry

If you need any more inspiration to travell to Port Douglas, take a look at this.

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Disclaimer: E,d+bK travelled courtesy of Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Grill'd, Wintergarden CBD






Just another Grill'd you might think, this time in the city.

Wrong!  This one has bells and whistles and a bar.

It's still uber casual and burger themed but there's more, including steak knives.

Yes, you can now cut your burger in two if you can't get your mouth around the whole thing.  We all did it and the burger was most easier to eat.

The Brisbane Wintergarden store is the first of a new concept roll out that offers a new menu with nibbles and a full serviced bar with beers, ciders and signature cocktails. There's local beers including Burleigh Brewing and Little Creatures, Stone & Wood and Matilda Bay Dirty Granny cider on tap.


The nibbles include lamb, pork and chicken meat balls with sauces and seasoning and premium selections of olives and warmed nuts.

I tried some of the new burger additions to the menu recently and enjoyed the experience.  If you're familiar with the type of burger you get at the golden arches, you'll find nothing the same at Grill'd.


Grill’d was established by founder Simon Crowe in Melbourne in 2004 and eight years later there are now 54 Grill’d restaurants nationwide.

Here's what the Grill'd at the Wintergarden looks like.









Follow the escalators to find the new Grill'd
Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest of Grill'd

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Latest Tasty Bits from bmag

Taste the Port - discover what's happening this year for the Port Douglas Carnivale, host a dinner for MS, call in a Kitchen Angel,  World Class 2012 competition finalist Perryn Collier at The Laneway,  and explore Public - the new bar-cum-restaurant in George Street.


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Anzac biscuits with a touch of rosemary



I didn't really discover Anzac Day until about 15 years ago when I went to a dawn service.

It was an effort getting small children up so early in the morning and then heading into the city for the Anzac Square service.  The still, cool morning air, the singer's voices, the bugle, the strange flickering light from the everlasting flame, a feeling of sadness and gratitude and the bouquets of flowers with messages for lost ones, are what I remember.

Afterwards we all enjoyed a slap up brekkie with bacon, eggs and more followed by a sleepy afternoon as we tried to catch up lost sleep.

My son rang yesterday to ask me if I was going this year. I'm passing tomorrow as it's been a hectic time lately but I will be joining him for a very early breakfast.  Thank you for the invitation Xander!

My grandmothers both lost brothers in the war - one on a hospital ship on the eastern coastline and the other shot down while flying.  Although I never knew Roy and Sid, the grief of their loss is a part of my family's history and I feel it still.

Grandma Ollie used to make great Anzac biscuits.  I don't know what she would think about adding a pinch of rosemary leaves to the mix but I loved the flavour twist.  Rosemary also signifies remembrance so that's a nice fit too.

Anzac biscuits were developed to sent to soldiers overseas to vary their diet and share a bit of home love.  These were the days when everything travelled by ship so they had to last in an edible condition for some time.

This recipe comes from a Trafalgar Tours lunch I attended last week to launch their new tours.  The biscuits are made for them by About Life

AboutLife Anzac Biscuits
(makes about 35 biscuits)

INGREDIENTS
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup desiccated (or shredded) coconut
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar                                                                                                                   
pinch of rosemary leaves
125 g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon water

METHOD
1) Preheat oven to 150°C
2) Mix oats, flour, sugar, coconut and rosemary together
3) Melt golden syrup and butter together
4) Mix bicarbonate of soda with boiling water and add to the melted butter and golden syrup; add to the dry ingredients
5) Place 1 tablespoon of mixture on a greased tray (allow room for spreading)
6) Bake for 20 minutes; let the biscuits cool down on the trays and then place them in an airtight container (will keep for 2-3 weeks)

If you've ever thought of going to Gallipoli and exploring the Anzac legend, check out the Trafalgar Spirit of The ANZACs guided holiday . Led by a specialist Trafalgar Travel Director who lives and breathes the history of the ANZAC legend, the 16-day program culminates in a journey across the Dardanelles straight to Gallipoli where Australian travellers will have a full day to explore the ANZAC region including a visit to Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Lone Pine Australian War Cemetery and the original trenches at Johnston Jolly. Then, at 1am on April 25, they will travel by ferry to take part in the moving Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove.

As well as visiting this historic battlefield, travellers will explore other fascinating sights of Turkey and, with the expert local knowledge of a Trafalgar Travel Director, will unlock Hidden Treasures along the way.

One of the key itinerary highlights is Trafalgar exclusive Be My Guest experience on day eight, whereby travellers enjoy an unforgettable lunch in a 100 year old traditional Ottoman-style house hosted by a local family just outside of Antalya.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Top sweet steam bun flavours?

My mouth has been drooling reading through your sweet filling suggestions for The Bun Mobile - can't wait until these become a reality Harold - bring it on!

The first part of the competition is now closed.

Drum roll - the finalists are -

Nutri Gurl's Baked ricotta with fresh apple slices, walnuts, honey and cinnamon.

 

Matt Mc Q's Grilled mango and passionfruit curd.


Lisa O'C's Banana with salted peanut caramel.




The winner, who will have $100 of steam buns to eat when ever they like, will be decided by a popularity competition on Facebook finalising Wednesday 5pm.

Check out Eat,drink and be Kerry on Facebook to vote for your favourite.

Brisbane's best markets


Exploring the many fresh food and produce markets Brisbane has to offer has become somewhat of a weekend ritual for most Brisbanites.


If you're heading out to a market my best tips are
  • Take a hat and a trolley bag.
  • Slip a cooler bag in to the trolley and you'll be able to buy fresh seafood if you find it.
  • Take the dog with you but remember not all markets are dog friendly.
  • The best bargains are always at the end of the market trading day when the stall holders are packing up. 

 

Brisbane Region

 

 

Jan Power’s Farmers Market

BRISBANE, Reddacliff Place, Queen Street,
MANLY,Cambridge Parade & Cardigan Parade, Manly Esplanade
Powerhouse, NEW FARM, 49 Zillman Road, Brisbane Powerhouse
MITCHELTON,Blackwood Street       

       
The Jan Power’s Farmers Markets are held in five locations across Brisbane. A wide range of fresh foods and produce is on offer. This can include seafood, homemade cheeses, fresh vegetables, vinegars and paste, homemade ginger beer, deserts, gelato, freshly-baked breads, and flowers.

On every Wednesday between 10am to 6pm, the Jan Power’s Famers Market is held in Reddacliff Place, offering over 30 speciality stalls. On the third Saturday of each month, the Jan Power’s Farmers Market is held on the Manly Esplanade between 6am and 12pm. On the second and fourth Saturday of the month, the Brisbane Powerhouse hosts the Jan Power’s Famers Market from 6am until 12pm with over 100 stalls featured. The markets are also held in Mitchelton on the first Sunday of every month between the hours of 6am and 12pm. The newly added Stones Corner markets operate from 6am and 12pm every second and forth Sunday of the month.

Riverside Markets at the Pier


Waterfront Place: 1 Eagle Street, BRISBANE
The Riverside Markets are located on the skirts of the Brisbane River. Every Sunday between 7am and 3pm, the Riverside Markets provides a weekly line up of live music and entertainment. The markets include a vast majority of stalls from freshly baked breads and pastries to handmade jewellery, rugs, wood carvings, clothing, and household goods.


Green Flea Community Markets

Davies Park, WEST END
Located in West End, the Green Flea Community Market is open every Saturday from 6:00am to 2:00pm. The array of stalls includes organic produce, flowers, pre-loved clothing, local produce, and fresh cuisine, surrounded by fig trees.


Boggo Road Markets

Boggo Road, DUTTON PARK

The infamous jail has been transformed into an exciting market place with exotic foods, knick knacks, produce, meats and entertainment. The markets are open every Sunday from 7am – 1pm.

Northey Street Organic Markets

Northey Street, WINDSOR

This market offers the freshest organic fruit vegetables and meat, straight from the growers. Open every Sunday morning from 6am -10:30am, there is plenty of space for children to play or enjoy free workshops and art activities.

Eagle Farm Markets

Eagle Farm Racetrack, ASCOT

The Eagle Farm Markets are relatively newcomers, providing fresh produce, arts and crafts, homemade good and entertainment to the North side. Open every Sunday from 7:30am-1:30pm, admission fee is $2, with children under 15 free. Being on private grounds, the facilities include ATM, free parking and toilets, however pets are excluded.

The Valley Markets

Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls, FORTITUDE VALLEY

The Valley Markets operate every Saturday from 8am to 4pm, and every Sunday from 8am to 4pm. There are over 70 stalls featuring accessories, artwork, books, ceramics, clothing, crystals, furniture, handcrafted jewellery, local produce, plants, massages, and second hand goods.

Boutique Markets @ Portside Wharf

Portside: 39 Hercules Street, HAMILTON

The Boutique Markets are held on the second Sunday of every month between 9am to 1pm. The market is continuing to grow, developing into a hub for local talent and boutique shopping. The market hosts the work of more than 50 South-East Queensland based stallholders including artists, designers, stylists, crafters and artisans.

Brookwater Markets

Brookwater Golf Club: Tournament Drive, BROOKWATER

Brookwater Markets are held on the first and third Sunday of every month from 7am to 12pm. The markets are perfect for stocking up on your favourite gourmet foods and the freshest fruit and vegetables on the market.
T: 07 3814 5500

The Sunday Discovery Market at Rocklea

250 Sherwood Road, ROCKLEA

The Sunday Discovery Market is held every Sunday from 6am till 12pm. Stalls include plants, antiques and collectables, assorted homemade goods, handmade soap, second hand books, second hand books and clothing, toys, bric-a-brac, and much more. Parking is free along Sherwood Road, and is also available in the car park outside the markets for $3 (includes market entry). Entry costs $1 for adults and children under 15 are free.

South Bank Lifestyle Markets

Little Stanley Street, SOUTH BANK

Every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, the South Bank Lifestyle Market is held in the heart of South Bank. The market features an exciting range of arts, craft, homewares, collectibles, clothing, jewellery, delicious treats, organic produce and much more. The trading hours include: Friday nights 5pm to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Young Designers Market

Level 3 South Bank House, Stanley Street Plaza, SOUTH BANK

The Young Designers Market features emerging designers and artists which are held on the first Sunday of every month from 10:00am – 4:00pm. A range of fashion and accessories, jewellery, homewares, object design furniture, and arts are available for purchase.

The BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market

King George Square, Ann Street, Brisbane CBD

The BrisStyle Indie Twilight Markets are held only a few times a year, between 5-9pm – so it’s best to check their website for closest dates. BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market showcases emerging and established artists, crafters, and designers. Goods available include handbags, jewellery, funky footwear, babies and children’s wear, soft toys, artworks, illustrations, and vintage re-creations.


Moggil Markets

550 Brookfield Road, BROOKFIELD

With 70 stalls, boasting an array of the freshest produce; this market really does let you connect to the grower. Set in semi-rural Brookfield, you can try smoked meats, sweet treats, organic sourdoughs, fresh meat and of course the produce. Plenty of plants including Australian Natives and herbs are also up for sale.

Village Markets

Kelvin Grove Urban Village Precinct, Blamey Street, KELVIN GROVE

The Village Markets are held every Saturday from 6am to 1pm. The Village market encompasses fresh fruit and vegetables, organic foods, gourmet stalls, plants, herbs, flowers, pre-loved clothing, bric-a-brac, and buskers. The market features over 90 stalls with a major component of farm-fresh fruit and vegetables from nearby farms. The market also includes performances from local musicians and an array of ethnic foods and artefacts.

Moreton Bay & Islands

Cleveland Markets

Bloomfield Street, CLEVELAND

The Cleveland Markets are held every Sunday from 8am to 3pm offering handmade market products, natural organic produce, and arts and crafts.

Redcliffe Jetty Markets

Anzac Place Parklands: Marine Parade, REDCLIFFE

On water’s edge overlooking Moreton Island, the Redcliffe Jetty Markets are held every Sunday between 8am and 3pm. Featuring live entertainment and a great assortment of fresh farm goods and produce, quality arts and crafts, home baked goodies, and handmade items such as jewellery, leather goods, clothing, and children’s toys.


Ipswich & Scenic Rim

Ipswich Central Markets

d'Arcy Doyle Place: Brisbane Street, IPSWICH

The Ipswich Central Market operates on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 6am until 12pm. You will find the best quality fruit and vegies, meats, free-range eggs, seafood and handmade products. There is also a variety of arts and crafts and performances by local talent.

Country & Valleys

Caboolture Markets

Caboolture Showgrounds, Beerburrum Road, CABOOLTURE
The Caboolture Markets are held every Sunday from 6am until 12pm. There are hundreds of stalls including food, plants, fruit and vegetables, art and craft and general bric-a-brac.

North Lakes Artisans and Farmers Market

Lakefield Drive, NORTH LAKES

The North Lakes Artisans and Farmers market is held on every Sunday from 7am to 12pm. Choose from the regions freshest produce and handmade quality goods.

North Pine Country Markets

North Pine Country Park, Dayboro Road, KURWONGBAH

Located on Brisbane’s North West, The North Pine Country Market is Queensland's oldest handmade craft market. The markets are held every Sunday between 8am and 2pm. The markets are located within the North pine Historical Village which gives the markets a country feel. Stalls include a wood fired oven bakery, lolly shop, imported goods, homemade jams and chutneys, ladies fashion, craft stores, shabby chic homewares and antiques. There is also plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, cafés, and live entertainment.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

1889 Enoteca, Wooloongabba, Brisbane and Trafalgar Tours At Leisure


The top end of Logan Road at Wooloongabba never ceases to amaze me.

It's cute, quirky, filled with great restaurants, interesting antique shops and one of a kind homewares. Parking is surprisingly easy to find on the street and will only cost you a few dollars for a couple of hours.

I was there today for an Australian Society of Travel Writers Lunch which was hosted by Trafalgar Tours. We dined family style on one long table, serving ourselves from platters in the middle of the table.  This was designed to echo Trafalgar's new Be My Guest tours.


It seems the days when Trafalgar could be called just a bus tour travel company are gone.  They still have the buses, but now they are taking us inside people's homes to dine, cook and meet the locals.  It's all about family run properties and working farms, including dining with Beatrice de Montferrier and her daughter Alexandra in the warmth of their 17th century farm on regional produce.

Or hearing stories from Klaus Nickelig and his sister Anita about the knights who once roamed the walls of their castle perched on the top of steep hill overlooking the Rhine Valley while dining on a German feast.

Then I heard that the tours don't leave before 9am on their At Leisure itineraries and include multiple night stays at each location - bring it on!

I'm all for exploring new destinations with a spirit of adventure on your own, but I've travelled enough to realise that there are local's secrets that you can easily miss without the right advice and that a local expert is worth more than their weight in gold to add depth to a visit.  After all you've most likely come a long way at some expense to experience this destination - it would be a shame not to discover some of the best bits.

But back to lunch - it was Italian style with a delicious blend of dishes.  Even though there were several courses it was so hard not to pig out on the risotto and gnocchi, but I'm glad I saved space for the crisp skinned porchetta.  I was out of control by the time the tiramisu landed and just gobbled it down - so light and creamy.

Here's what we ate -

Affetatti misti - selection of cured meats with bread
Gnocchi di patate - potato gnocchi, pork & fennel sasage, black truffle tapenade
Porchetta - roast pork, lemon and caper
Insalata del giorno - mixed leaves, buffalo grana, 10 yr old balsamic
Tiramisu
There's footpath dining as well as a spacious interior.

Bottom line:  Great destination, excellent food.
Best tip: Hard to pick between the gnocchi and the risotto, then there's the tiramisu...

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