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I went to Enrich and this is what I saw

There's plenty happening at Enrich today and tomorrow with many of your favourite cooking celebs, including Anna Gare, Alastair McLeod, Ben O’Donoghue, Fast Ed, Paul Mercurio and Lyndey Milan, showing just how easy it is to whip up wonderful meals.

You'll find Enrich at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre at South Bank.


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Five food masterpieces at Carindale

Even on his wildest starry night, it’s unlikely Vincent Van Gogh ever thought his famous sunflowers painting would be reinterpreted using rice noodles and olives.


Think Starry Night along with Sunflowers created using jam tarts and bananas, Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly featuring liquorice and broccoli, Andy Warhol’s Marilyn with lips made of chillis and lemons for hair and the Mona Lisa recreated in seaweed and coffee beans.


It took Brisbane artist Gary Myers five days to create the five artworks, each measuring 1x1.5 metres, with help from his assistants. They were designed to form a pop up gallery to mark the opening of a $300 dining and lifestyle precinct at Westfield Carindale on March 29.

The 1 x 1.5m sized images are part of the opening celebration in Westfield’s new $300 million redevelopment fresh food and casual dining precinct for just four days (until tomorrow 1 April) and are made from produce available from the new restaurants, cafes, Coles and specialty fresh food retailer…

Sleeping around - Henry Jones, Tasmania

Ooh Henry, I love your rugged, olde world looks, your quirky outlook and taste in food and you can show me your etchings anytime.

Is it wrong to fall in love with a hotel?  I shared two nights with Henry and it really wasn't enough.  It wasn't enough to get a good feel for the surprising town of Hobart and it left me wanting more.


The Survey Co., Brisbane CBD

It's been a long time coming but The Survey Co. has finally opened in Burnett Lane, tucked in behind the Queen Street Mall.

This brings the number of funky bars in the small lane way to three but the food offering at Survey & Co puts it in a different league.

Brought to us by the man behind Piaf and Sardine Tin at South Bank and Espresso Garage on Petrie Terrace, Simon Livingstone, The Survey Co. is an exciting addition to the local dining scene. It's decor is  pared back Melbourne industrial style meets essence of new Brisbane dining with a splash of history.

The restaurant opened quietly last Friday and we stumbled on it by accident while looking for dinner. As you would expect so early in its life, there were lots of tables available but I'm sure this is set to change.  There's space aplenty for dining and drinking with a large bar area at the front and another at the rear that opens to the sky. The dining area wraps around the kitchen separated by a bench to c…

Dessert cooking class, Focus by James, Springwood

Vanilla panna cotta, chocolate and raspberry brownies, apple and pear galette or banana souffle - which do I choose?

Damn it - I'll have the lot plus white choc fruit and nut clusters!

Butter up with the real thing - cultured butter

I started breathing quickly with the words 'spread it so thickly you can see your teeth bite marks'.

With those simple words Pepe Saya gave me permission to indulge in the guilt-free, sweet pleasure of a mouthful of the most deliciously creamy butter I've tasted.

Brisbane's cooking schools

If you want to update your cooking skills or learn to create a meal like a chef, you don't have to go far in Brisbane to find a cooking school to help.

Here's my pick from those that are close to the city in an article published in Brisbane Where Magazine, March edition. Click on the image to enlarge for easy reading

Beer tasting for Brisbane bloggers

I like beer but it doesn't like me much. Something to do with the yeast causes me to make most unladylike noises - nuf said.  However thanks to Brisbane's beer guru Matt Kirkegaard, along with other Brisbane bloggers I've been seduced by beer in a way I never imagined.

A little bit of Seaduction at Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise

I gazed at the degustation menu and saw crispy pigs ear and my heart stopped for a moment.

Last time I had seen pig's ears was at the pet shop when I was buying bones for my beloved Tucker.  They didn't look very appetising.

The rest of the degustation menu at Seaduction read like a dream and I decided to place faith in the ability of the chef.


Seaduction at the Peppers Soul on Surfers Paradise Boulevard has a stunning position with ocean views so close I think the balcony could almost be hit by surf spray on a windy day.

Smack outside is 200 metres of  foreshore landscaping which has transformed the Esplanade into a sweeping expanse for pedestrians, sun-seekers and outdoor diners.





Seaduction is on the first floor of the building with the hotel reception and has a wonderful balcony overlooking the beach that just screams sunset drinks.



We were dining in the private dining room which also includes a wine cellar stocked with local and international wines.

Seduction's cuisi…