Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Anyone for ridiculously cheap, fresh oysters?



If you love deliciously creamy, fresh from the ocean oysters the Straddie Oyster Festival is a must. 

Not only do you get to spend a day eating oysters at ridiculously cheap prices, but you can also finish the weekend on Stradbroke Island.

Mark Saturday, November 10 in your diary to enjoy an abundance of fresh local Moreton Bay oysters, prawns, crabs and bugs, oysters Kilpatrick or Mornay, all on the oval at Dunwich. Try your luck in the mullet throw competition (that’s fish not people with bad haircuts), oyster and prawn eating competition and the oyster shucking competition


The oyster farmers will also have an educational display on oyster farming techniques and how and where the tasty local Moreton Bay Oysters are farmed.

The day will kick off at 10am with "Who Killed Kenny" playing throughout the day and conclude at 6pm, plenty of time for make it back to the mainland on a Stradbroke Ferries Water Taxi or the Big Red Cat.




This year there will also be a Classic Car and Bike Show for enthusiastic rev heads.

For further information on getting to North Stradbroke Island  : wwwstradbrokeholidays.com.au/transport.

Disclaimer: E,d+bK travelled to Stradbroke Island in 2011 as a guest






Monday, 29 October 2012

Top cuts - food news for Brisbane and beyond

Regatta Hotel Exec Chef Shane Keighley


Greetings from down town Lombok in Indonesia. I'm presently lazing by the pool at the Novotel Lombok with my travel writer friends after a few days of hard conferencing.

Here's the latest food news for Brisbane and beyond.

Congrats

To The Regatta Hotel’s Exec Chef, Shane Keighley (pictured above) who captained the Australian Culinary Olympics Team in Germany to two Silver medals overall, and coached the Junior National team to Gold!

Jersey Girls Cafe




Forget the Jersey Boys, it's all about the girls here as farmhouse cheesemakers, Granite Belt Dairy, open the Jersey Girls Cafe in the Granite Belt.

The cafe value-adds to their cheese production made from their own dairy cows and makes meals from their own cheese and veal. The Granite Belt Dairy uses sustainable farming practices and makes the only true farmhouse cheese made on the Granite Belt.

What's a farmhouse cheese? It's cheese made right from the pasture to the platter from the milk from a single herd of animals (jersey cows here) from one farm. www.granitebeltdairy.com.au


What's new

  • Chocolate Moments has opened in Brisbane Arcade with truffles, chocolate shots and fudge.  Book a three hour chocolate cooking experience if you dare.
  • The Kitty is Brisbane's first bar open 24 hours a day.  It's located in the Treasury Casino Hotel.
  • Look out for Matt Moran's new Brisbane River Bar opening at Eagle Street pier for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Long awaited Pony Lounge is tipped to be opening soon also in Eagle Street Pier. Expect a wood fired grill and rotisserie in the open kitchen.
  • Philip Johnson's new gig, Bistro One Eleven, at new office tower One One One Eagle Street has opened. The promos promise 'innovative breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily, coupled with casual sophistication' combined with with Brisbane River and Story Bridge views.
  • Boutique espresso bar, Espresso One Eleven, on the mezzanine level offers casual coffee, beverages and light meals.


Champagne lover?


Stokehouse has something special planned for those with Champagne tastes, with the next in its series of wine dinners. On Monday, 12th November Stokehouse will host its first Champagne Dinner, hosted by award-winning wine writer Tyson Stelzer and featuring some of the world’s most distinguished labels. Indulge with five delicious courses along with complementary Champagnes, for $220 per person. Guests will also receive a hard-back copy of Tyson Stelzer’s The Champagne Guide 2012 – 2013 as a special gift. Contact (07) 3020 0600 or visit www.stokehousebrisbane.com.au.


Disclaimer:  Sharing food love - nothing more.

Kerry Heaney








Sunday, 28 October 2012

Gourmet travel food dreams - Eating your way around Korea





Korean food is a bit of a mystery to me but that’s just the sort of gourmet tour challenge I like.

And with prices like $88 for a four hour tour, my pocket likes it too.

A few years ago a survey conducted on travellers departing Korea at Incheon International Airport indicated that food was the number one reason foreign tourists visit Korea.

Trip Advisor rates O'ngo Food Tours and Korean Cooking School as one of the most popular food tours to do in Seoul.

O'ngo's most popular four hour Night Dining tour in Seoul, takes in the sights of Seoul along the way eating and exploring Korean cuisine and culture at the cost of 88,000 Korean won (approx. A$88.00) per person.

There is also a 2.5 hour daytime tour taking you to the street stalls and restaurants in Insa-doing as well as the chance to taste a variety of Korean foods from spicy rice cake, Korean BBQ and savoury pancakes.





You can also join the Fish Market Tour which will take you to the famous Noryangin, Seoul's largest wholesale fish market. You'll get an introduction to Korean seafood and then pick out fish and seafood for a delicious meal at a restaurant.

At the O'ngo Korean Cooking School located in Insa-dong, the very popular dining and cultural hub in downtown Seoul you can join a Beginner's Cooking Class for the cost of 65.000 Korean won (A$65.00) minimum of two persons or have a private class from 80.000 Korean won (A$80). There are also intermediate classes available.

The company also organises trips for serious foodies to major food destinations outside of Seoul such as Chuncheon, Jeonju and Jeju Island.




A day tour to Jeonju, the food capital of Korea picks you up at your hotel in Seoul at 7am and takes you by bus to Jeonju (3hrs) where you visit the 400 year old hanok village and try the famous noodle soup and dumplings.  In Jeonju you visit a famous tea house, explore local temples and palaces and along the way try a lot of the local specialities.  The most famous Jeonju dish of all is one of Korea's most popular dishes.  A mixture of steamed rice and many vegetables and sometimes a little beef with a fried egg on top which you mix with the special red pepper sauce is loved by Koreans and foreigners alike.  The tour also visits a rice wine centre as well as a traditional market.  The Jeonju day tour costs approximately 350,000 Korean won (approx. A$350) minimum two persons.  You can upgrade and stay overnight in Jeonju if you wish in a Korean traditional house (an extra 150,000 Korean won - approx. A$150.00 for two with breakfast).

Have you visited Korea and enjoyed the food.  Any tips for newbies?


Disclaimer: Dreamings of a hungry food writer – nothing more.


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