Did you say cake? With shelves and cabinets overflowing with sugary treats that look almost too special to eat, Le Bon Choix at Paddington has plenty of happy customers.
Positioned on the corner of Given Terrace and Great George Street, this old Commonwealth Bank building has never looked so good. It's so shiny white inside it almost hurts your eyes and I'm glad I'm not responsible for keeping that gleaming floor clean.
Le Bon Choix has been wowing pastry lovers in Ascot and Brisbane's CBD for several years. Their wares are a visual as well as taste delight.
Inside their display cases you'll find a wonderful assortment of cakes and pastries to eat there or larger sizes to take home. There are danish pastries, muffins, donuts,croissants, macarons, eclairs and wonderful little delights known as Lucie and Miroula. How they create some of these treats is beyond me but eating them is pure pleasure.
Savoury treats include baguettes and rolls, with a selection of qui…
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Here's a visually stunning feast of carnival colours and flavours. Recipe created by Andrew Mirosch, executive chef at Sirromet Winery, Brisbane.
There are times I wish I was a Teneriffe local and could walk out my door for a coffee at Campos, breakfast at Sourced Grocer and lunch at Larder 2.
If you are a regular at Larder 2, which is the little brother of much loved Little Larder in Moray Street, New Farm, you'll know that a fire put the cafe out of action for a few weeks recently.
Good news is that all is back up and running and apart from the plain ceilings (they used to be decorated with street art) all is normal.
Chef Jay Holland has stocked the cabinets with lots of delicious food and tells me that one of the most popular items is a bowl of soup from the daily special hot pot. I tried Jay's Thai red consume with shredded pork - delicious.
There's plenty of seating both inside and out and the coffee is great.
Jay has plenty of take away meals in the cold cabinet that would be just as great for dinner as they are for lunch.
Find Little Larder 2 at 68 Commercial Rd, Newstead.
I want it acknowledged, right here and now, that I resisted a Death by Chocolate Deluxe Milkshake made with Belgium chocolate ice cream.
I also acknowledge that this is only because I didn't see it on the menu before I ordered.
Thanks to Tash for pointing us in the direction of Paddington Station Coffee House which has replaced the Japanese eatery at 151 Baroona Road Rosalie. That's next door to the Blue Room Cinebar for those who know the area.
I can't work out where the link to the cute train station decor comes from. Was there a Paddington line with a stop at Rosalie that I don't know about? Please share if you have some information.
Otherwise the interesting decor is just a fascination assembly of railway decor, and there's nothing wrong with that. Plenty to look at while you wait for your coffee.
We popped in for a quick afternoon tea and were delighted to see shelves full of house-made goodies. I found it hard to pick but settled on a butterfly cupcake …
New food news in this edition of b mag - Due East opens at Gumdale, Sake Restaurant turns pink, Beans on the Green opens at Bardon and Cafe Lacuna opens at Wavell Heights, plus new chef for City Hall is Russell Armstrong.
South Bank was the place to be on Friday night with thousands of people out enjoying the mild Spring weather, lining up for performances at the Spiegal Tent and the Santos GLNG City of Lights 8 - 28 September, all part of the Brisbane Festival line up.
A spectacular light, laser and special effects show presented nightly over the three weeks of the Festival, the
Santos GLNG City of Lights plays out along the river bank with plenty of prime positions for viewing.
If you are not up to braving the Riverfire crowds, don't miss out on the towering structures, lasers, searchlights and cascading water that's wowing spectators at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt. Next time I'm lining up for a seat in the Santos GLNG Lounge, definitely the best seats in the house, to view the show in all its glory, but I don't think I missed too much from my river bank position.
The free choreographed light plays over the river, bridges, sky and buildings between Kurilpa and Goodwill Bridges…