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Chester Street Kitchen rises again

Imagine flour ground like coffee to order and used to bake artisan bread in a wood-fired oven. 
Hold that thought because you can’t get it quite yet but that’s what Phil Agnew, one of a handful of bakers in the world interested in milling his own flour, is dreaming about.

You’ll find Phil and his freshly baked bread beside the blue oven at Chester Street Kitchen in Chester Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Chester Street Kitchen (CSK) is yet another new Brisbane operation from local dynamo Damian Griffiths who also owns Limes Hotel, the wildly popular Alfred & Constance and soon to open Alfredo’s Pizzeria.  While the fit out is still a work in progress, CSK will be open every day from 9:30am except Monday with freshly baked bread from the blue-tiled wood-fired oven! The bread is for sale at the door with an honesty box system.  Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, an honesty system in Fortitude Valley, and it’s working.

Chester Street Kitchen is set to be a sour-dough bakery by …

Pineapple on your plate + $150 shopping voucher give away

What do I eat in a day? I was a bit scared when thinking about this as some days, like the one at the recent Noosa Food and Wine Festival where I ate my way through two degustations with 12 courses in total in one day, are extreme.

When I’m at home it’s a different matter as I’m trying and sometimes failing to stick to a light and lean diet to balance all that excess. I also exercise weekdays with half an hour walking on a cross trainer at the gym or a pump class.

So when I had to share what I eat in a day with Dr Joanna McMillan who is the Australian Pineapples ambassador, I decided to pick a home day.  It’s cheating a bit I know.

See the end of this post for my giveaway of one $150 voucher for Woolworths so you can stock up your pantry and fridge with the good things in life courtesy of Australian Pineapples.

My day on a plate
Breakfast- Small dish of Vogel’s toasted muesli with 2 teaspoons LSA, a sprinkle of raspberries (frozen) and oat milk with a cup of tea.

Mid morning -Banana wi…

Express lunch at Bucci

Every week an email arrives telling me what I could be enjoying for lunch on Bucci's Express menu.

It's a clever bit of marketing as it titillates my taste buds, keeps the restaurant top of mind and also offers great value.

So with two friends in tow, I headed to Bucci to test out their menu.The choice is two or three courses with a glass of wine - two courses $29.95 and three for $34.50.  With the average price of a glass of wine hovering around $9 - $10, the lunch is great value for money.

We all chose the Bruschetta fichi e proscuitto - Roasted fig, proscuitto di parm and buffalo feta - rather than the equally delicious option of spiced chicken and tomato on a rosemary stick. 

The serve was a good size for an entrée and I loved the salty, succulent proscuitto and large slice of juicy fig on a bed of gorgonzola.  What happened to the buffalo feta?  Well you'll have to ask the kitchen.  No problem for me as I think it worked a treat but my friend who doesn't like gor…

Just the best top cuts for food and gourmet travel

This week sees the start of Brisbane's Italian Week, new restaurants and chef appointments, a luxury limo service to Bali, tips on cooking the perfect risotto, a heads up for Eat Local Week in June, new lunch option at Noosa Long Weekend and how to stay connected while travelling overseas without breaking your budget.

New food news
Stokehouse has announced Sous Chef Richard Ousby has been promoted to Head Chef, taking over the reins from Tony Kelly who opened the restaurant and has moved to Peter Kuruvita’s Beach House in Noosa.

Romain Bapst, formerly of Il Centro, Drift at Milton and Brookwater, will open his own restaurant, Lutece Bistro and Wine Bar, at 1 / 60 Macgregor Terrace, Bardon in July.

Happy Little Dumplings is set to open another of its successful dumpling houses at The Barracks mid-June.

Italy comes to Brisbane
A feast for the mind, soul and belly, the seventh annual Italian Week (Sunday 26 May – Sunday 2 June 2013) is underway in Brisbane.

Headlining the week is a…

Epicurean adventure without leaving Brisbane?

There’s something liberating about discovering that you don’t actually have to head to an airport, queue and fly for hours to enjoy the sort of food experience that rewards the soul.

That’s what excites me about this new offering from Emporium Hotel and Tartufo Restaurant. They are calling it the ultimate intimate culinary journey but it doesn’t actually go anywhere further than Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Here’s what you do. First check into the luxury of a King Spa Suite at Emporium Hotel and just leave the car with the valet. I’ve stayed here and it’s very lush.

Spend the afternoon enjoying a Cooking Masterclass with Tony Percuoco owner-chef of Tartufo (which is right next door), before sipping on a few cocktails in the Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar.  Then it’s just a few simple steps to spend the evening at Tartufo dining at Percouco’s Chef’s Table on a custom-created degustation menu with premium wines to match each course.  Tony is the ultimate host and will ensure your evening …

Sasak style cooking class, Lombok, Indonesia

There wasn't a food processor, oven or even a kitchen bench in sight, but preparations were busily under way for lunch local style.

Gathered on a large, carpet-covered platform under a tall thatched roof, a group of local women and men were pounding spices, plucking chickens and stirring pots from which delicious aromas filled the air.

I was invited to try my hand at crushing herbs and spices but I think they did it a lot better.

It was all part of a morning tour of a Sasak Village on South Lombok, Indonesia. This was close to  where I was staying at Novotel Lombok's villas set amongst luscious tropical gardens edged by a white sand beach and turquoise bay.

Meeting these people was pure delight as they welcomed us into their homes, even creating local versions of our names so I became Kerryanna for the day!

While Australians have long had a love affair with Bali, just beyond its shores lie 1,500 other islands like Lombok waiting to be discovered.  I flew here via Denpassar, B…

Tasty bits from Brisbane's bmag

This week find out how to be diet appy, support stars for Starlight, get steamed up, discover a new Gabba cafe and have your organic produce home delivered!

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Kerry Heaney

Noosa Food and Wine Festival - I went and I saw

It's been ten years in the making and the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival 2013 is going to take some beating.

Noosa's normally fabulous weather turned on a weekend that legends are made of with blue skies and warm days which gave the 150 events and activities scheduled over the four days plenty of chance to shine.

All events were sold out prior to the start of the festival leaving organisers to focus on the increased number of day visitors who flocked to enjoy Noosa in the sunshine.

There are plenty of compliments flowing for Jim Berardo and the Organising Committee who slaved for months to bring the festival to life.  Well done!

My best friend throughout the festival was the app which helped me plan my days and reminded me where I should be.  The only problem was saying good bye to friends so I could get to the events on time.

Here's what I saw