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Breakfast at Sassafrass, Paddington, Brisbane

It’s a bit like sitting down to eat in your crazy aunt’s kitchen, but the food is much better.

That’s the feeling I have sitting inside the quirky old Paddington Queenslander with its tongue and grove walls, vintage tables and mismatched chairs.  The old Sunbeam Mixmasters perched high on the bookshelf crammed full of old magazines and books just add to the aura.

Owner Peter Clarke says there’s no airs and graces at Sassafrass, the café he has owned for 16 years.

“It’s all about good, homely comfort food that people want to come back for,” he says.

Peter sourced the furniture long before it was uber trendy to have op shop décor because he didn’t have money for anything else. Paying no more than $40 for a chair suited him just fine.

It helps, of course, that head chef Chris has great relationships with several farmers so he can have freshly picked greens from a grower in Toowoomba on your plate by 10am the same day.  You can always taste that sort of freshness.

It also helps that just…

Top Cuts - Just the best bits from Brisbane's food news and beyond

This week - which Qld restaurants make the national top 50?, quirky high tea, new farmers market, Good Food Month in Brisbane as well as Sydney and a great organic home delivery option.

Queenslanders in the Top 50
Congratulations to the Queensland restaurants that made the Weekend Australian Magazines Hot 50 Restaurants 2013 list compiled by John Lethlean and Necia Wilden.

Here’s who they are and what you ‘must try’ when dining there according to John and Necia –
Urbane, Brisbane – squid, roasted onion, onion and ginger consomméGerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley (pictured above) – kibbeh nayeh, Gerard’s styleOrtiga, Brisbane – suquet emulsion with scampi and sea grapesThe Fish House, Burleigh Heads – thin spaghetti with bug meatThe Long Apron, Montville – Wagyu tartareWasabi, Noosa – Hotate – wild Hervey Bay scallops served in the half shell, with steamed spanner crab, kombu, ayu fish sauce and spicy masago roeEquire/Esq, Brisbane – curds and whey ice cream
And, just a small request to…

Top cuts from this week's food news

Just the best bits from Brisbane’s food news – This week new Vietnamese in Queens Plaza, renos at Watt, Fox hot to trot, organic butter release, oyster lovers treat, mad for mussels, dad’s day event, Morocco tour and capsicum love.

Quick bits * Melbourne’s latest food craze, Vietnamese inspired Roll’d, opens in Queens Plaza today. Wrapped in freshness daily is the Roll'd positioning line and one that customers have been embracing since its inception in Melbourne 16 months ago. Up to 800 hungry customers every lunch hour have been lining to for their fix of Vietnamese Roll'd soldiers, Mr Bun Mee, Uncle Pho (top photo) and Vietnamese salads.  The basement of Queens Plaza has developed into an interesting food court with plenty of options including New Shanghai and Snag Stand.

* Watch out for a new look at Watt (pictured below) at the Powerhouse, New Farm as they spend a couple of million renovating the kitchen and more.

* The newly renovated and reopened Fox Ho…

Eat your way around Eumundi Markets on Queensland's Sunshine Coast

Amongst the jewellery, fashion, art, furniture, handmade toys and homewares at Eumundi Market on Queensland's Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane, you’ll find a United Nations line up of food stalls offering everything from Tibetan momos and Spanish paella to the best home grown Eumundi strawberries.

Here’s what I found at this ‘we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it’ market.

The best strawberries, grown almost with sight of the market in Eumundi from June to October, on Thelma Ladewig’s Eumundi Strawberries stall. Thelma also sells delicious jams (Strawberry Jam, Strawberry with Ginger, Strawberry Jam with Port) and a delicious Strawberry Sauce which makes a perfect dessert topping. Pick your own strawberries at the farm at Strawberry Lane in Eumundi on your way home.

Jim and Charlotte Wensley have cooked-to-order Salt and Pepper Calamari served on a bed of rocket with a fresh lemon wedge and a choice of dipping sauces - Sweet Chilli with Lime and Coriander or Garlic Mayonnaise.…

Five top things to do in Canberra

It's our nation's capital full of political drama and intrigue but there's much more to Canberra that doesn't take much to find.

Glass blowing Did you know Australia's glass artisans have the world talking?According to Ann Jakle, Chief Executive Officer of Canberra Glassworks, glass art from Australia finds its way into exhibitions around the world.The Canberra Glassworks is charged with nurturing and expanding glass works throughout the country.Visit the centre located in the historic Old Kingston Powerhouse electric station and see local artists at work on the hot shop floor. There’s even the chance to have a go yourself and create a glass paperweight or tile to take home. Find out more at Canberra Glassworks

National Gallery Whether you are visiting the latest block buster exhibition or revisiting classic works in the collection, the National Gallery of Australia is a must do on a capital visit.Their collection includes many of Australia's iconic images incl…