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Food news you need to know - 7 Brisbane Top Cuts

Stomp it out! If you like to get down and dirty with wine, head to the Sunshine Coast's Flame Hill Vineyard at Montville on Saturday 15 February to celebrate their most successful vintage in years.  It's been three long, hard crop years according to Flame Hill's Tony Thompson and his team, but there's much optimism for this year's vintage.

There will be jazz, estate grown wine, grass-fed Angus beef burgers, prawns on the lawn and a stomp ceremony dancing to drums lead by the Stomp Tribal Grape Nymphs.  Really all begs viewing, doesn't it?  Head there for the day's fun or organise a restaurant reservation at Flame Hill. This would be a great post Valentines celebration - just sayin'

Congratulation Lyndey!
Congratulations to Lyndey Millan on her inclusion in the Australia Day Honours List.

Lyndey received an award of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) within the Australian Honours System, for service to hospitality, particularly the food and wine …

Five great places to eat at Noosa & Sunshine Beach, Queensland

Blue skies and sunshine – tick; long weekend – tick; chance to get a way – tick!

It all adds up to a short break at Noosa and Sunshine Beach for me!

Two hours driving time north of Brisbane in sunny Queensland, this destination is one of my faves anytime of the year.  There’s surfing beaches for my partner, K2, to catch a wave; there’s swimming beaches, plenty of cafes and restaurants, and shops to browse for me; and dog friendly beaches for the new family addition, four-legged Bella. In addition, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

We stay at Sunshine Beach which is about a ten minute drive or scenic one hour walk from Noosa Heads.  It’s peak season at the moment (Australia Day long weekend) and it can get a little crazy around Noosa Head’s Hastings Street with long car queues and parking spaces at a premium.

Since I’ve been working some big hours lately, my ambition was to not eat one meal at the apartment for the whole long weekend – another box ticked!
So here’s five p…

Au Cirque opens for night dining in Brisbane's New Farm

Seven food things you need to know this week

Here's my latest top seven from Brisbane's food scene-

Do you like it hot and spicy?Feeling royalPod upEd+bK is hot!Have you tried Achacha?Noosa Food & Wine on saleNew Asian at Indro

Do you like it hot and spicy?
It’s time to unleash your inner ginger addict and head to the Ginger Flower & Food Festival on the Sunshine Coast at Yandina from 17 to 19 January.  It’s the 18th festival at the Ginger Factory and this year’s headlining acts include some of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular chefs. Along with two-hatted chef Cameron Matthews from Spicers Clovelly will be talks from Claire Levander , design experts and even the local ‘Dokko’ Indigenous community hosting bush tracking and boomerang classes.

Go for the food, go for the flowers or go to learn lots about the marvels of ginger. Admission to the park, gardens and all festival presentations is free. Take the Yandina exit (215) off the Bruce Highway and follow the signs to the Ginger Factory.

Feeling royal
Ed+bK is hop…

Woodford Festival Bars - an insider's report 2013

As expected, Ed+bK Bar Reporter Alexander Stone did the rounds of Woodford’s many bars.  It’s a tough job reporting from the trenches but Alexander did it with a smile. 

Here’s what he found at Woodford, 2013 -

I'm at Woodford with New Year’s Eve almost upon us again, checking all the brand spanking new and old bars on offer.

There's been a recent investment in opening some new and different bars. Coming in the main entrance you'll first spot the Orchard Bar (Woodford's new cider bar) looking like a giant wooded apple crate. It’s a great place to escape the sun or rain and watch anything on at the concert stage with a tasty cider.

If you’re stuck for a beer during the day, check out the Coopers Bar. Located in the middle of the festival with nice breezy outdoor seating makes it a perfect spot to put your feet up and relax a bit. It’s a great place to cool off and bring in some food for lunch or to escape the rain/wife/kids.

Bill’s Bar  (opening image) is the talk of t…

Roti Chenai adds southern Indian spice to Brisbane's Emporium

The mix of ethnic restaurants at Emporium in Fortitude Valley just got more interesting with the opening of a new style of southern Indian dining at Roti Chenai.

Choose from noodles, dumplings, Italian, Turkish, Mexican and more but make sure you try this new southern Indian dining which is distinctly different from the more commonly found northern Indian cuisine.

Owned and operated by father and son team Richard and Jayden Rajasekar, Roti Chenai derives its name from the words roti (roti bread) and chenai (South Indian Tamil).

After running the highly successful and award-winning restaurant of the same name in Wellington, New Zealand for the past 21 years, Richard has branched out with this new Emporium operation.  It's a casual fit out with not too much Indian flavour in the decor, but the food more than makes up for the so-so atmosphere.

“We have been scouting for the best location in Brisbane for more than 12 months and decided that Emporium was the perfect position for Roti…