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Showing posts from November, 2010

In season this week - Nov 30

It’s been the longest season for strawberries for many years with Stanthorpe, South Australian, Victorian, Western Australian and even New Zealand fruit on the shelves.

Flamingo, Fortitude Valley

When it comes to quirky decor, Flamingo hits all the buttons, but it's the food as much as the ambience that will make you return.

We ventured out on a Sunday morning and found the laneway buzzing with the Winn Lane markets (10am - 4pm).  After brekkie, V Diddy bought a little black lace number that's perfect for work for just $40 from one of the stalls.  She was lusting after earrings as well and has vowed to return.

Off the Eaten Track - new Qld food tv show

Mark your diary, set your record function, do whatever you need to do to make sure you don't miss a moment of 'Off the Eaten Track' - Channel 7's new local food program.
From the opening sequence which has a cartoon Alastair McLeod running through the wilds of Queensland (hope your personal trainer was watching that Alastair!) searching for produce to the mud crabs, mangos and avocado ice cream he discovers, this is a foodies delight.

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop,

‘Maggie has left the building’ were the first words that registered as I walked into Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop in South Australia’s beautiful Barossa Valley.
“She was here all morning”, her staff bravely shared to my disappointed face.
If it hadn’t been for the rich and varied wines that we tasted after walking through Langmeil Winery and enjoying the story of the vines, I would have been severely disappointed. But more important things – lunch awaited.

BTS, Pirie Street, Adelaide.

Are cupcakes really BTS (Better than sex)?

If popularity rules, Adelaide's BTS cupcakes might make more than a few think about the question.

This pretty-in-pink cupcake shop has all the right elements - over the top decor, prompt friendly service and quirky cupcake names.

In season this week - Nov 23

Brisbane Market reports that -
Sweet new season lychees are starting to arrive on the shelves in larger numbers from this week, right on cue for the start of the festive season.

Tank Restaurant & Bar opens in CBD

My friend Jodie dined at Tank last week and emailed me raving about the 'to-die-for' mustard-crusted wagyu.

With only one stomach and a fiscally challenged wallet I haven't eaten at Tank yet but I think you should give it a go - here's what I know.

Fancy a gourmand Tasmanian escape?

Small though it may be, inch for inch Tasmania is packed full of treats for the gourmet traveller.

Their latest promo is take a New Year holiday and include a cooking class - Sounds good to me!

Hands on cooking sessions are held around the state celebrating the island's top provenance with many conducted in some of the most breathtaking and spectacular locations Tasmania has to offer. A renowned destination for fine food and top quality produce, Tasmania's cooking schools are an enriching way for visitors to connect with the quality, authenticity and purity of the destination.

The following are a selection of cooking schools and classes that are being held in Tasmania from January to April 2011:

Cupcake lover's treat -individual cupcake carry case

This is the cutest thing!

When you've just spent hours decorating your cupcake the last thing you want to do is throw it into a lunch box.

Most carry cases cope with multiples but when you are restrained enough just to have one cupcake (good on you!) what's the answer?

In season this week - Nov 16

It’s another week where vegetables will be more expensive than in previous months but despite the short supply of some lines in the Brisbane Produce Market, watch out for specials on cauliflower and broccoli.
In season now -

Tasty bits from bmag November 16

Win a copy - 'The Making of a Chef' by Luke Mangan

An unquenchable thirst for new experiences, expensive wine and a good photo opportunity seem to be the secrets behind Sydney chef Luke Mangan's success.

His new autobiography is described as a candid 'tell-all' of how he came to be one of the country's top chefs and an internationally renowned restaurateur.

There's calamitous mistakes along with culinary and business successes, partnerships both professional and personal and according to the book's promo - a few tales that will get fellow chefs and even a critic hot under the collar.

Piaf, South Bank

I'd heard a lot about Piaf before I ventured through the door, especially from those who proclaim it their favorite restaurant! (Thanks Princess Zoe!)

Located on busy Grey Street, it's simple, clean decor is an appealing respite from the street, but quite open and airy.

Learn to cook like a master chef

Budding chefs can learn some of Spicers Clovelly Estate’s culinary secrets in a series of cooking classes to be hosted by head chef Cameron Matthews.

Cameron runs The Long Apron restaurant at Spicers Clovelly and will show you how to prepare wonderful French and Italian style dishes two Saturdays a month from 10am to 3pm. Cooking lessons cost $165 each and cater for six to eight guests and include lunch, wine, full recipes, tips pack and a branded apron to take home.

Planet Cake cupcakes workshop

"Did you REALLY make these?" were the words that bounced of the walls when I walked in the door with a box of cupcakes.

"They are so good", they both said in amazement.

Humbly, I had to confess that the others in the class made much more spectacular and realistic penguins and scarier monsters than moi. However I was still proud of my efforts, completed in a little over an hour and a half.

Moo Moo's summer menu

While there's nothing like a 400gm steak, as thousands of suits will attest, from a female point of view a good steak is often something quite a bit smaller.

Moo Moo have taken the female point of view on board and their new spring/summer menu uses seasonal produce with a combo of traditional offerings and lighter dishes.

Brisbane's Budget Bites 2011

If you are serious about food in Brisbane this is a book you really shouldn't be without.

This independent guide produced by respected foodie and frequent tweeter Mei Yen Chua, now in it's third year, will lead to places you might never discover on your own.

Mei Yen has found lots of interesting ethnic eateries, providores and this edition also includes a special guest bakeries chapter where you'll discover the delights of Scandinavian, Chinese, French and Italian bakeries.

Win a copy of the Queensland Food and Wine Touring Atlas

Want to do a tasting journey around Queensland?  The Queensland Food and Wine Touring Atlas can be your guide!

First up I'm going to tell you this book occupied my head space and computer for many weeks at the start of the year. My job was to enhance and edit the pages of information collected by the Queensland Government, and there was a lot to sort through!

And the winner is...

Three master chefs...
15 cupcakes...
a huge assortment of lollies, nuts, sprinkles and icing..
and 10 minutes to decorate.

The rules were clear at the Sunbeam Academy cupcake decorating competition, Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from November 5 - 7.

Each chef was issued with cupcake decorating equipment, ingredients and cupcakes - no secret weapons were allowed. Chefs had to stay behind their benches at all times but friendly sabotage was encouraged. Bribes were allowed at the judges' discretion.

In the firing line were Manu Feidel, Matt Moran and George Calombaris.

The judges were Dominique Rizzo, Emily Jade O'Keeffe, Lizzie Loel, Briana Cicchelli, Angela Muscat and yours truly.

And the result - well you can see for yourself!

Tasty bits from bmag November 2