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Food dreams - dining on the edge

5 tips for having your cake, eating it and fitting into your jeans

James Street Epicurian Adventure Oct 15 -20

Le Bon Choix, Paddington

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…

Create eye candy and win $500 - simple

Here's some inspiration to help you come up with a suggestion that could win you a $500 Woolworths Gift Card and a jar of eye candy.

Time is running out - competition closes midnight September 27.

“How would you use baby capsicums to create an ‘eye candy’ recipe? Tell us in 25 Words or Less” competition. Win a $500 Woolworths Wish Gift Card PLUS one jar of Il Bello Rosso® baby red capsicums and Vine Sweet Minicaps® baby capsicums PLUS an assortment of sweets valued at $750.

Leave your comment here.

Email your suggestion to me at by midnight September 27.  You can only enter this competition once and must have an Australian metropolitan delivery address for the prize delivery.

Here's a visually stunning feast of carnival colours and flavours. Recipe created by Andrew Mirosch, executive chef at Sirromet Winery, Brisbane.

Capsicum carnival Serves 18.
Prep Time: 30 minutes.


6 yellow Vine Sweet Minicaps® baby capsicums
6 orange…

Lick my plate

This dish of Smoked ocean trout, crisp oyster, crab and tapioca salad, parsley at Tank, CBD, was a little drama in it itself with the steps involved in serving it adding to the enjoyment of dining.

See below how how the plate transformed several times before myeyes, engaging with a delicious smoky aroma and the visual delight.

Congratulations Chef Alastair McLeod on a fine creation - definitely a five star 'Lick my plate'.

Disclaimer:  This is not a paid post, simply a great meal.

Larder 2, Teneriffe

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.

Disclaimer:  This is not a paid po…

Food dreams - NZ gourmet food trail with Peppers

Every time I visit New Zealand I always end up surprised by the stunning scenery, quality of the food and produce and the ingenuity of such a small nation. 

So the idea of gourmet food trail wending its way throughout the land of the long white cloud taking the best they have to offer is almost irresistible.

"Our seven Peppers properties are located in some of the finest food and wine producing regions in the New Zealand," says Ken Harris, Peppers Regional General Manager.

"So it makes sense that Peppers should combine its exceptional lodgings, love of food and expert knowledge of regional produce to prepare a collection of gourmet escapes."

With locations in Martinborough, Rotorua, Northland, Abel Tasman National Park near Nelson, Christchurch, Lake Tekapo and Queenstown, each Peppers property will showcase the expertise of their chefs and give guests the opportunity to not only taste the finest locally sourced food and wine but to really experience the journey of …

Paddington Station Coffee House - Rosalie

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 …

Lick my plate - baked eggs in napoli

All my own work here - with a little help from my friends chef Kym Machin and Spring Brisbane

It's hard to go wrong when it all arrives in a kit, including the dish, but boy this tasted good.  Check out the recipe here

Just a simple combo of an egg baked in a delicious tomato sugo with cheese on top but you have to add in a bit of Kym Machin magic.

Disclaimer: Travels of a hungry blogger,  nothing else.

Lick my plate - sardine sambo

This is more lick my platter :) than plate.  Simple but stunning presentation of a 'make your own sardine sandwich' at Double Shot, New Farm.  See the dessert I followed it with tomorrow.

Disclaimer:  Travels of a hungry blogger.

Latest Tasty Bits from bmag

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.

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Brisbane turns on City of Lights at South Bank

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…