Walking around the ponds and gardens, playing on the expansive lawns or just standing near the waterfalls are some of the activities I like best when I’m visiting Roma Street Parkland near the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. Now I can add dinner at Parc to the list! I’m still remembering the sweet creaminess of the sweet corn, scallop and chorizo risotto I had there before Christmas. Add an entrée of sweet Morton Island oysters from Jane Clout and I’m flying close to heaven.
Brisbane’s burgeoning hospitality industry is counting the costs of Mother Nature’s worst temper tantrum. With much of the mud gone and walls being re-sheeted, it’s time to ‘drink up’ as Brisbane’s restaurant family comes together to raise money for the Flood Appeal and breathe new life back!
It started with wander around a winery and a dazzling art display and finished with a night in a historic hotel - my new love is the Adelaide Hills, top of my ‘must return to list’. Discover discover your crush at the 8th annual Crush Wine and Food Festival, Adelaide Hills on January 30. Crush cultivates over 40 local winemakers and producers at more than 30 beautiful Hills locations (including Petaluma, Hahndorf Hill, Bird in Hand and Chain of Ponds wineries) for a festival atmosphere and fabulous day out. This year Master Chef 2010 winner and SA’s own Adam Liaw, will share what he loves most about the region’s wine and food at Longview Vineyard on January 30. www.adelaidehillswine.com.au
Update: Since I wrote this column last week many restaurants have reopened and have commenced the long haul back to productive trading. Not so lucky are some at West End and South Bank, including popular Freestyle Tout, which are still waiting on electricity supply to be restored. Let's give all restaurants affected by the floods a bit of extra support. Dine out and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Washing water surf sent us away from the sand at Sunshine Beach this weekend in search of gastronomic pleasures.
We didn’t have to go far as Noosa is just a skip up the road. We could even take a bus straight from our front door to Hastings Street but that seemed a little drastic when we had a perfectly good car at hand.
In under 10 minutes we had found a park on Hastings Street (a rare treasure) and were seated for breakfast in Season.
Although I’ve been to Noosa more times that I can remember, for some strange reason I’ve never dined at Season. After this breakfast experience, I will seek to redress this imbalance.
I left the restaurant with the sort of satisfied feeling that comes from a very good feed. It wasn’t an overly generous serve – just enough to fill the gap with a little more – but the flavour was fulsome.
Boasting superb views over Noosa’s Main Beach, Season offers some of the best beachfront dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Teach your kids to muck in and cook up fresh seasonal produce from scratch the Stephanie Alexander way.
“Real Kids, Real Food with Stephanie Alexander” is a DVD with a step-by-step visual how-to of five mouth-watering recipes. It’s all about kids preparing the meals including picking fresh produce from the garden and using equipment such as sharp knives safely in the kitchen.
Kick-start a healthy heart at the Ginger Flower & Food Festival from January 20 to 23, with a raft of free cooking demonstrations for serious foodies from some of the Sunshine Coast’s top chefs, together with exclusive master classes. South African cuisine guru, Matilda Scarfe will share some of her flavour-filled secrets, learn French culinary tips and professional secrets from Michelin-starred Chef Eric Van Alphen, discover Aki Kitabitake’s easy peasy Japanese style and Master gardener Colin Campbell will show you how to DIY organic veggies. Plus Sydney Seafood Cooking School instructor and garden2kitchen guru, Julie Ray, will whip up gourmet delights from a mystery box of Sunshine Coast produce. Now in its 16th year, the Ginger Flower & Food Festival is held in fragrant surrounds of the Ginger Factory, home of Buderim Ginger at Yandina, just 20 minutes from Noosa. Here’s the program
The Meat-ting Place on the lower level of Paddington Central Shopping Centre has built a solid following of customers who appreciate their quality organic produce.
Now they have branched out in Paddington with a cafe/deli and organic food store, The Meat-ting Place Cafe, offering a range of fruit and veg, condiments and cold goods and a cabinet filled full of cafe goodies.
Authentic Mexican food is what Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taquería (GYG), a new fast food restaurant in the spot formerly occupied by Depot in Emporium, promises. The concept is a little wasted on me as I've never ventured south of the border into Mexico, however the food certainly wasn't wasted - instead it was gobbled up by our hungry group.
With Brisbane in the grip of flood crisis, we decided to take a break from the drudge of cleaning and head out to support those who have been doing it tough in the restaurant business. Many flood affected restaurants are still to reopen but Moda at the end of Edward Street in the city was open for dinner. Along with Restaurant II, they were saved from much of the flood damage by a big (yes I mean big) hole in the ground – a development site stalled by the GFC. Moo Moo on the other side of the road and the Stamford Plaza were not so lucky.
Here's the full run of the food trends predictions from this week's bmag.
Food trends for 2011
The predictions are artisan ice popsicles (great for our warm weather), new-fangled sandwiches taking over from gourmet burgers, popup restaurants and food trucks where vendors turn an empty car park into a food fair and more menus with all-day breakfasts.
The largest deep red strawberries I have seen, dipped in dark, milk or white chocolate and decorated with chocolate sprinkles, nuts or coconut – what a feast for the eyes and taste buds. They are known as Lush Berries and you’ll find them at The Rocks Market in Sydney. I bought one for $3.50 and enjoyed every morsel. The large strawberries are sourced from around Australia and hand dipped in chocolate. You can also have them delivered.
With news of the latest floods to hit the East Coast highlighting a grower's supply shortage to many major supermarkets, Jan Powers Farmers Markets say they will have plenty of seasonal fruit, vegetable and produce with some at bargain prices.
Paul Atherinos, grower and owner of Us2U fruit and cheese at Jan’s Powerhouse Markets this Saturday said dealing with independent growers and stallholders is the best way to pick up seasonal fruit and find a bargain.
Heading out for a three day bike ride on New Year's Eve this year was decidedly optimistic.
Brisbane's weather has been so hot, steamy and wet lately that there's mould growing on anything that doesn't move.
However with a short sunshine break overhead we started off down the highway with first stop at The Rathy Pub at Rathdowny.
Braving the post Christmas crowds, we piled into the car and stalked shoppers exiting Indooroopilly Shoppingtown searching for a park. Our strategy paid off in a surprisingly short time and eager for a bargain we headed into the bowels of the shopping centre. First stop was Howard's Storage World for items for V Diddy's impending overseas jaunt but my eyes lit up when I spied the 2in1 Japanese Bakery just outside. What a wonderment of cakes and pastries. And, oh bliss, the discovery of Japanese cupcakes!
There's just something about Sydney Harbour on a sunny day! Blue skies, blue water, the glistening steel of the Harbour Bridge above and the rough stone walls of of the heritage buildings lining the foreshore.
Staying at near The Rocks made a breakfast excursion there super simple and we settled at Baroque at the end of George Street without a second glance.