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News you can use - 5 top Brisbane food nibbles

Headlining this week - resort-style shopping centre opening southside, food festival with heaps of cred, award-winning food tour, best long haul flights from Brisbane, how to be an angel and some great events.

New southside dining experience
Feeling a bit unloved when it comes to good dining options at Westfield Garden City?  Your pain is drawing to a close with the announcement of a ‘resort-style’ oasis and ‘street food laneway’, tipped to be the premier casual dining experience of Brisbane’s South, opening late in 2014.

Westfield Garden City is transforming its existing outdoor leisure precinct as part of the centre’s $400 million redevelopment with a Town Square, a new multi-level outdoor restaurant and entertainment precinct connected to the existing centre by a street-style food laneway. The space will be structured around a central, resort-themed water feature lined with restaurant options and relaxed outdoor seating, complemented by lush planted gardens and central palm island…

Fish 'n chips Gasworks style - Reef Seafood & Sushi

I knew this was not going to be fish 'n chips as normal (flabby tasteless white fish with overcooked, limp chippies) when a waiter suggested I might like to try a glass of Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc with my meal.

Glancing at the wine list, I saw an interesting mix of wines including a fairly impressive array of champagnes, just in case one might have something that needs a glass of Moet or Veuve to celebrate.

While the wine waiter came to the table, I chose to make my lunch selection gazing at the wide range of choices illustrated around the walls.  It was tough, but deliberation managed to reveal some creamy baked miso scallops ($11.90) and a bento box ($24.50). There were so many tempters ranging from wagu beef shabu shabu or pork belly with tempura vegetables to Alaskan king crab or beer battered fish with chips and salad it was hard not to go back for seconds.

The fit out, with a semi-circle of cold cabinets filled with fresh fish and seafood in a wide variety of states, is …

Square up for Friday night in Brisbane City

Hard week at work?
Boss grinding you down?
Sick of cramped bars on your Friday afternoon escape from it all?

Ed+bK Bar Reporter Alex Stone found the solution to all these problems at Friday Nights on the Green smack bang in the middle of Brisbane city at Post Office Square.

Showing up with my sister after a 10 hour day making coffee, I was very keen for a beer as we strolled in to a light and breeze post office square. As part of a six month trial, the square has been outfitted with its own pop-up bar serving beer, wine and a selection of tapas, pizzas and burgers provided by Rush Bar & Dinning. Dotted with picnic tables, rugs and deck chairs (get there early to claim one of these bad boys) for everyone to use. This wonderful set up is all thanks to Brisbane City Council’s chairs2share program setting up relaxing places all over Brisbane.

Knocking back a Stella as we settled down to over indulge all round. I was already forgetting about screaming children and problem customers.…

7 top new food cuts - news you can use

This week – it’s picnic time at Camp Hill, getting slammed on the rooftop or shaking at South Bank, new dining option at New Farm, Queensland winners and lots of asparagus love.

Anyone for a picnic?
Opening today at Camp Hill is Picnic Café, serving all-day breakfast, delicious cakes, tapas and wine cocktails for dinner.

I’ve been munching on some of their melting moments and picnic brownies and can vouch that these are indeed, very yummy.  Too yummy, in fact, as I kept their little stash of goodies all to myself instead of sharing with the family – bad Kerry. Picnic also offers gourmet foods and gift baskets for those on the run.

Owner Giorgina Venzin describes Picnic Café as a little sister to their family-owned Venzin Group Pawpaw Café at Woolloongabba.  Picnic joins the group’s other Martha Street restaurant, Mons Ban Sabai.

Coffee cool down
You don’t have to give up your favourite brew just because the temperature is soaring says  Dean Merlo (pictured above) showing his style w…

Albion Mill Farmers Market - I went and I saw...

It seems Brisbane can't get enough of farmer's markets judging by the keen crowds checking out the new Jan Powers Farmers Market at the Albion Mill development site, Albion.

They were grabbing their fill of flowers, hot smoked salmon, fresh raspberries and strawberries, and snacking on everything from bratwurst, dumplings and langos to brownies, waffles and cupcakes.

Conveniently located right next to the Albion train station, just behind the Albion Hotel on Hudson Road, there's plenty of easy parking close by.  Parking is often an issue at markets and the train station's park 'n ride carpark is a huge bonus.

My highlights were starting the day with a mojito (lime and mint iced tea) with a smoked salmon langos for breakfast.  I brought home fragrant stocks, olive bread, brownies and salted caramel cupcake.

A cup of hand-pressed wax-free, spray-free apple juice from Jake Strow's  wooden barrel press imported from America was another treat.

My herb garden is als…