This year's Regional Flavours event at South Bank is shaping up to be fabulous combination of food pleasures including 100 food stalls, Queensland wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, sustainable gardening practices and cooking competitions with an extended two-day
program over Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July.
In another life I may have been Popeye’s daughter.
Not because I have bulging arm muscles but I do have a
fondness for spinach.
Usually my fridge is stocked with easy-to-use English spinach
so when Perfection Fresh offered me a sample of their Tuscan cabbage, cavolo
nero, I was keen as mustard (or should that be spinach?).
I’ve discovered it’s not hard to develop an appreciation of the
distinctive yet mellow taste of sake with a little guidance from sake
sommelier, Miriam McLachlan.
It felt like a girl’s night out as I sat around the table
with fellow food writers waiting to take a sip from the three glasses lined up
in front of me.
We were amongst the first to try Sake Restaurant’s new Sake Discovery
Sessions where guests can try three sakes with tasting notes and bite-sized
You can taste the sake in
a private dining room as a 30 minute booked master class as a prelude to a
dinner or more informally at the bar if you are a group of two.
The private dining room sessions are designed for minimum
bookings of six and priced at $40 per person. Each session includes three tasting
spoons created by Head Chef Shinichi Maeda matched to three different sakes.
The menu will change on a regular basis so guests are presented with a wide mix
I'm always taken by the sparking fairy lights at Libertine as I drive into The Barracks on Petrie Terrace at night.
The ambiance of the old building, landscaped courtyard and pergola with it's long bar look particularly inviting, even on a cold night.
Recently I was invited to try Libertine Bar + Restaurant’s
new winter menu, a creative fusion of Vietnamese and French-inspired fare created
by new Head Chef Paul Roets.
Made to family recipes using real butter and eggs with a touch of love, baked goods from Judy C Cakes certainly pass the most fastidious taste tests.
Owner Judy Cook has built her business around keeping Brisbane's cafes cabinets filled with cakes, slices and biscuits and making specialty cakes to order.
You can also indulge with a taste of her freshly goodies directly at the source. It's compact, but there's space for about 15 people on the verandah outside with shop. The locally roasted Wolff Coffee prepared by experienced barista with a subtle sweet edge is the perfect compliment to a slice of cake.
Judy C’s popular biscuits, muffins, cakes, cupcakes and slices, as well as the ever changing
daily offerings are all there for you to choose.
So are the celebration and bridal cake displays and the new coffee nook is the perfect place to sit, drink coffee, sample cakes, browse through cake look-books and bridal magazines or have a consultation with the cake design team.
One of life's little pleasures is when someone knocks at my door with cupcakes in hand!
Today it was the lovely Tash with cupcakes fresh from the oven, made by her mum Lisa. Lisa is a creative genius when it comes to cupcakes and every Thursday there's a new surprise waiting for customers at her family owned coffee shop, Cafe le Net at Indooroopilly Centre.
I make no secret of the fact that I love chocolate.
In fact the only thing I love more than chocolate is
(Note: I said ‘thing’ which excludes all my nearest and
dearest – including the pets – phew!)
That said – I’m also a sucker for anything new and a
little bit left of square so when a package containing Lindt’snew chocolate flavours arrived on my doorstep
there were squeals of glee all round.
Here's a guest post by my great mate Victoria who recently holidayed in New York.
As New York is still on my bucket list (sigh), Victoria gallantly offered to report on her visit to Magnolia Bakery.
After reading her comments, I wonder how their cupcakes would stand up in a side-by-side taste test with our home grown cupcakes? What do you think?
Surrounded by the warmth a combustion stove quietly burning away in a glowing pine-lined room with quirky figurines, bowls of lemons,delicious aromas and well loved couches, Elm Haus is like your favorite Aunt's kitchen.
And with new owners in da Haus, the food is now well worth the trip.
With warm sun on your back everything seems aright, even an average breakfast.
A sunny spot at the breakfast table was my motivation for choosing a table at Jamaica Blue on the water front stretch at Mooloolaba under Zanzibar on The Esplanade. It seemed perfect for a sun shining, blue sky, Sunshine Coast day.