Ever wondered what's behind the rows of sausages, the cabinets filled with chops and steaks and lovely lamb roasts at the butcher shop? On a recent trip to Bundaberg I got to find out at the Bundy Chop Shop.
Amanda Hinds who runs the deliciously decadent Indulge Cafe in Bundaberg took me on a tour to meet some of her favourite suppliers. Amanda introduced me to Rick, who she described as 'a saucy number' and I went behind the counter at The Chop Shop, Bundaberg.
The Chop Shop is no ordinary butcher. Cold cabinets at the front of the shop are filled with a great array of smoked meats all hot smoked out the back without the use of chemicals. This is bliss for me as I am sensitive to the sodium nitrate commonly used in smoking. I've just finished eating a smoked turkey hind quarter which I mixed into a green salad with some grapes. It had a wonderful smokey flavour.
When Amanda wants something unusual, like duck ham, she gives Rick a call and they work out how to do i…
There's something deeply satisfying about eating good fish and chips overlooking the ocean. But it has to be good!
When it comes to pointy end of Mooloolaba, that bit of land sandwiched between the river and the sea that locals call the Spit, the choice for fish and chips is clear in my mind.
Years of experience have taught me that the longest queue usually means the freshest and best food and the queue outside the Mooloolaba Fish Market is the one to measure all the others against. And it always wins, that's if you are looking for the longest.
Step inside to order and you may be swayed by the piles of prawns and crabs. We stuck to our guns ordering the daily special, beer battered barra and chips for $9. It was a fabulously fresh and moist fillet with fairly good chips - they could have been just a touch crisper.
Our lap was the dining table and the million dollar view was as entertaining as it was beautiful with plenty of families soaking up the sun.
There's something very Queensland about sitting in cool, dim light on a patchy concrete floor surrounded by a forest of white painted concrete stumps and rabbit warren of multi-level, makeshift rooms.
Generations of Queenslander's have grown up appreciating this ambiance, not because of its stylish appearance but for the sheer practicality of creating an extra space without much cost which is so much cooler in hot, steamy weather. Throw in an old comfy lounge, a laminex table and vinyl chairs and a downstairs loo and it's home sweet home.
The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival 2012 food and wine program from May 17 to May 20 will see some of the world's best chefs, Australia's celebrity chefs, and Australia's best wine makers descending on Noosa bringing their star power from the S. Pellegrino World's Best Restaurant Awards and Good Food Guide Hats to South East Queensland.
You'll need to get in quick for tickets to the most popular events, which include some of the Food Trails, as they sell out very quickly.
It's that feeling, accompanied by a tummy rumble, that you really shouldn't have eaten that tasty meal from a street stall that will make you more careful next time.
Years of dining under flyovers on busy roads has given Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse, authors of Bangkok street food, cooking and travelling in Thailand, a rare insight into South-East Asian street food.
Tom has a list of street
food dos and don'ts, simple rules which make a great list for any traveller who wants to enjoy all their holiday. Do choose a
street vendor based on the buzz around the place. Local people queuing up means
the dishes are sold regularly and quickly, plus ingredients are usually fresh.Don’t eat
from a food stall where the cook has dirty hands or fingernails or where fish
or meat is stored unrefrigerated.Do look at
the cook, check how they handle the food and how they preserve and store their
forget to avoid ice. There is no label on ice, and no way to judge the
Do you fancy Charles or Arthur, or perhaps Brett is more your style?
You can let your dreams run riot at Mona Pavilions, located next to the absolutely fabulous Mona museum, where the dwellings are named after famous Australian architects and artists.
I think this is the coolest place to stay. Not only are you within spitting distance of one of the most fascinating art gallery/museums I've ever seen, but you get to have an original piece of outstanding Australian art in your room!
If you haven't visited MONA in Hobart, Tasmania, put it on your bucket list now. The privately owned and funded Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) consists of a vast antiquities collection
currently on display alongside a collection of new art, most of which is
The whole collection is the property of maths wizard David Walsh who made his fortune in gambling.
Allow plenty of time to view the museum and do yourself a favour - stay in their high-tech, super flash luxury dens on the River …
One of the largest sand islands in the world, the relaxed bliss of North Stradbroke Island is only an hour's drive from Brisbane.
The trip from the mainland to the island takes 45 minutes by barge, which also takes your car or 25 minutes by fast water taxi but it's more of a journey into a different realm where it's hard to work up the energy to get stressed about anything.
When there's plenty of beach to roam, friendly folk to chat with, incredible vistas around every corner and comfortable accommodation and food, life seems pretty sweet.
Apart from swimming at any of the beaches, here are my top 10 things to do on Straddie. What are yours? Please leave your Straddie tips in the comments section at the end.
1. Start your Straddie sojourn at the Island Fruit Barn on the main drag in Dunwich where you can pick up all your holiday supplies. There's a surprisingly good range of deli items from the essential to the unusual, high-quality fruit and good cake and coffee…