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Showing posts from October, 2011

Sweet melon magic from Bel Oro

It looks something like a vibrant yellow honey dew melon but the taste is much closer to sweet rockmelon - that's the new Bel Oro melon.

It's a winner as far as I am concerned on several counts - flavour, texture and ease of use.

Show me your beef!

Are you Queensland's champion tongmaster?

I'll be the judge of that!

Show your BEEF-lex by being crowned the Queensland Beef BBQ .

I went to the Dutton Park Market and this is what I saw

Strolling around a market is one of my favourite weekend activities.
I love the chance to discover something new, try new flavours and chat to the market stall holders - too much chatting if you ask my long suffering companions K2 and V Diddy.

Win Good Food and Wine Show tickets!

Be quick or you'll miss the chance to win three ticket packs to the 2011 Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show from November 4-6 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

Sleeping around - Daydream Island

Cockatoos, curlews, clownfish, stingrays, starfish, sharks and wallabies, I saw them all in less than 24 hours on Daydream Island.

Only one kilometre in length, Daydream Island is just a dot in the ocean but it's packed to the rafters with wildlife.

Lunch with a Queen view!

Not invited to any of the official functions to welcome the Queen to Brisbane?

Me either - my copy of Kathy Lette's corgi dress is going to go to waste and I so wanted to show off their little crowns.

But you can still catch a glimpse of the old girl at Bretts Wharf Restaurant as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh depart for a river cruise from Bretts Wharf on Monday 24 October.

Alastair McLeod is very excited about the event (I can't imagine how fast he is talking) and to mark the occasion, the restaurant is offering a special 'royal lunch' on the day in addition to the regular a la carte menu.

"There's nothing quite so British as fish and chips, so as a seafood restaurant and with the fantastic local fish we have on our doorstep, that was an easy one for us. As a nod to Prince Philips' heritage, there’s a Greek side salad to accompany, and for dessert it's one of my all time favourites, the 19th Century English dessert, Eton Mess " said execu…

What's hot in Brisbane dining

Like to be ahead of the crowd and amongst the first to try something new?

You'll be busy keeping up with the restaurants that have opened or will be opening very soon across Brisbane City.  It's over 20 and that's not the end of it.

Don't forget to add the ones that I've missed in the comments below. Here's the short list -

Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City

They say you learn something every day and today I learned that Burnett Lane has another side.

Lived in Brisbane all my life and it's taken me until now to discover this.

Tasty bits

Here's the latest Tasty Bits from b magazine. 

Cook with master chefs Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris, new chef at The Walnut Room, summer drinks special at Byblos and mushrooms go pink for cancer awareness.

Relax in tropical bliss at Palm Cove

Walking along the foreshore of Palm Cove just outside Cairns on a sunny spring day my only thought is when can I get back here.

The sky is blue, the waves are gently lapping the shore line of creamy sand and palm trees gently sway in the breeze above my head.

It's warm but not oppresively so, and the beach or even the hotel pool certainly beckon, but it's the 600 year old paperbarks lining the casual road that winds along the front that really grab my attention. They soar magestically above the path reaching over the buldings creating an atmosphere of seculsion and calm. Protected from developments, the trees are incorporated into buildings and it's not uncommon to have one in the middle of a restaurant. They really set this strip apart from the others and if you're a tree lover you might even become a tree hugger after visiting here.

Palm Cove is a protected little beach strip about 25 minutes north of Cairns Airport in North Queensland. There's an abundance…

Food writers invade Far North Queensland

I compiled my wish list of foodie delights in Queensland's Far North stretching from Cairns to Mossman and out into the Atherton Tableland and Tourism Queensland kindly came to the party with air tickets to fulfill the dream.

So along with six other writers I descended on the Far North seeking new taste sensations in a move that was not missed by local media.

Rocky Hills Retreat, Tasmania - When yes is the only answer

First impressions are important and when I walked into Rocky Hills Retreat perched high on a hill between Orford and Swansea just for a look, I immediately wanted to stay there.

It's the sort of place where there's only one answer and that's yes.  Yes, I want to stay there. Yes, I want to walk through the peppermint trees bathing in the fresh scent. Yes, I want to dabble with art and find some creativity in the artist studio.

So it's no surprise that amongst the many cushions on the bed there's 'yes' but not a 'no' in sight.  Check out the bookshelves and you'll find plenty of inspiration as well, that's if you're not enjoying a bath on the outdoor deck.  Do save that for summer time though!

After a night of sampling too many fine Tasmanian wines and wonderful produce at Ethos, a cute casual restaurant in Hobart (more soon on this), we jumped into the car and drove towards Freycinet.

Even though Rocky Hills Retreat is just two kilometre…

Foodies guide to Brisbane

Can't find your foodie bliss in Brisbane? Your days of moaning are over!

Grab a copy of Karen Reyment's new book "the 2012 foodies' guide to brisbane" ( Hardie Grant Books rrp $29.99) and you'll discover more than 360 butchers, bakers, food stores and chocolate makers.

Fabulous market finds at Airlie Beach, Whitsundays

The famous Whitsunday sun was hiding when I visited the Airlie Beach/Whitsunday markets held every Saturday from 8am till around noon but we still had a lot of fun walking around and checking out the offerings.

The markets are easy to find - just walk along the Esplanade on the Airlie Beach foreshore and entry is free.

Like most markets it's a mixed bag but there is plenty of local produce with a smattering of clothing and junk. The lovely beachside ambiance is very attractive in any weather.

My favourite purchase was designed to set teeth a chatter back home and has proved a constant source of amusement. It's never worked as promised, turning on with a hand clap, but the noise of the chattering parrots drives my dog Tucker into a frenzy and brings him running which can be very handy. I plan to reveal it as a table centre piece at some stage just to annoy everyone a little more.

And yes, I know it is very tacky and poor taste - that's just why I love it!

Here's wha…

Huong's, West End

"I'm going to Huong's" has been the frequent cry when V Diddy leaves the house to go out with her friends for dinner for some time now.

There are many Asian restaurants closer to home than Houng's in Brisbane's West End, but the attraction  remains undimmed. Finally we decided to go and check it out.

Honey I'm home - revitalize me!

Next time you want to greet someone special with a refreshing drink after a long journey or perhaps welcome your dinner guests try this blend.

Walking into the impressive lobby of Saffire, Freycinet in Tasmania, I was greeted with this beautiful drink and immediately asked for the recipe - and they were happy to share.

3 frozen raspberries
20 mls lemon juice
Dash Grenadine
150 ml ginger beer

Muddle frozen raspberries and lemon juice. Strain mix and add ginger beer. Sink Grenadine through the drink.

Garnish with a raspberry.

If I was feeling frisky, I'd probably add a dash of Bombay Saphire or a swig of vodka.

Saffire is the sort of place everyone should visit at least once to have that feeling of true indulgence.  Do it and your expectations will be exceeded - guaranteed.

Saffire, Freycinet

Sleeping around - InterContinental Sydney

From the street the InterContinental doesn't reveal much.  It's built around the restored 1851 Treasury Building so the exterior is a combo of old and new, but once you are past the entrance and into the foyer there's a lot of old world charm that sets this hotel apart from the flock.

Taste of France at Emporium

The Emporium complex is full of interesting foodie spots from fabulous pizzas at Capri, ultimate desserts at Freestyle Tout, Italian at Tartufo and upmarket dining at Three Bistro.

But if you're after a French experience, the Parisian-style sidewalk cafe Belle Epoque Patisserie is the place to go.

Latest food news from b mag

Here's the latest Tasty Bits from b mag - Oktoberfest at the Bavarian Bier Cafe, Luke Mangan's Salt opens at the Hilton Surfers Paradise, Cabriria opens at The Barracks.

Crave Sydney International Food Festival

I'm back from a whirlwind of eating and exploring Sydney for Crave Sydney International Food Festival, jealous of those who have this all on their doorstep.