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Candlelight High Tea in historic Brisbane Arcade

It's 90 years old, reeks of olde world charm, and is a time capsule of Brisbane's memories.

Brisbane Arcade may be eclipsed in size and glamour by other newer and larger shopping destinations, but nothing can match the history within its walls.

Built in the 1920s by two of the children of one of Brisbane's most infamous forefathers, Patrick Mayne, the arcade runs between Queen and Adelaide Streets at the Edward Street end of the city.






Patrick Mayne allegedly confessed to murder on his deathbed which resulted in the shunning of the Mayne family and none of his six children ever married or had children.  However the children were active in other areas and as well as building the arcade, established a Trust which benefits medical research to the present day.

Designed by well known Brisbane architect Richard Gailey, the arcade has three levels and is a monument to terrazzo, polished wooden ballustrading, dado panelling and colourful leadlight glass panels.  It's a tradit…

Bombes away - Sofitel's Prive249 goes retro

It was a retro redo to celebrate both Good Food Month and Sofitel Luxury Hotels’ 50th anniversary at Prive 249 by Chef de Cuisine Josh Okorn.

Over riding Brisbane's Central Station and overlooking Anzac Square, Prive247 is an elegant dining space with a touch of French flair.




Even the black and gold cutlery is elegantly understated.



Chef Josh Okorn is Queensland born and bred, growing up in Maleny where he began his career at the well-known King Ludwig’s. Josh came to Prive249, which recently was awarded a hat in the Brisbane Times Good Food Awards, from Libertine at the Barracks. Prior to Libertine he spent several years in Europe working in restaurants and luxury hotels.

The occasion was an Australian Travel Writers Association lunch and the options were full of old fashioned faves given a modern twist.


The lunch started with an amuse bouche of quail eggs mimosa with prunier caviar.



Absolutely perfectly tender and well flavoured, the wagyu beef tournedos were doused with a per…

Four tips for the travelling gourmet

Especially for those who like food and travel, here’s a food and drink themed market, an accommodation tip, a hunting tour, and wonderful weekend that you might like to pop on your calendar.


New Melbourne Southbank Farmers' Market
Just a short walk from Melbourne’s city centre, Southbank Farmers' Market launching on Saturday 2nd August will have more than 40 local food producers along with cooking demonstrations and live music. Produce will include eggs, butter, cheese, meat and nuts to fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, honey, wine, cider, spices, dips, bread and olive oil.

8am - 1pm, 1st Saturday of each month, first market Saturday 2nd August, Boyd Community Hub, 207 City Road, Southbank

Whisky business


Saffire Freycinet has launched a whisky weekend from 29-31 August to celebrate the best of Tasmania’s local whisky. It will be three days of whisky tasting, relaxation and the opportunity to enjoy the company of some of Tasmania’s most prestigious distillers.

Planned a…

Pig 'N' Whistle, Brunswick Street

It was home to one of Brisbane's much loved fine diners, but when the two hatted Ortiga closed in 2013 the site was snapped up by one of Brisbane's longest running hospitality operations, Mantle Group, to be their fourth little piggy, Pig 'N' Whistle Brunswick Street.

A lot of work has been put into creating the right casual atmosphere here and the heritage-listed building is also made of brick which will ward off any wolves.




Casual and fun, Pig 'N' Whistle plays homage to the authentic bars found on any corner in England and there's plenty of English accents on staff to ensure everything is correct. 

Venue manager and British expat Adam Hardwick is passionate about the 18 beers on taps and the two old-style English pump taps featuring authentic British ales.  The bar also has eight wines on tap with a rotating line up of Australian and New Zealand wines. There's also an extensive wine cellar downstairs in the 60 seat restaurant.






There have been more …

Edible luxury - high tea at Passiontree Velvet, Carindale

Some invitations are harder to resist than others and it didn't take much to convince me that sampling High Tea at newly opened Passiontree Velvet at Carindale, Brisbane would be a good idea.

Located in the centre mall of Westfield Shopping Centre, Passiontree Velvet is filled with the good things in life, tea, coffee, cakes and conversation.



All the cakes, chocolates, macarons and sandwiches are made freshly each day and there's quite a variety on display in the cabinet - a rainbow of macarons to tempt your eye and stomach.

Passiontree Velvet project manager Chris Sheldrick says the inspiration for the venue was born of a desire to bring a European quality patisserie to Brisbane, priced so customers would be able to indulge regularly, not just on special occasions.



Looking at the prices, I'd have to agree they are not in the only-a-treat category, particularly when you consider the quality and quantity of cakes and sandwiches supplied.  The Devonshire Cream Tea starts a…

Night Noodle Markets - I went and I saw

The long awaited Night Noodle Markets have launched in Brisbane bringing more than a touch of Asia to the city heart.

Brisbane's Asian community was out in strength on the opening night which also saw the festival receive a blessing.

There's plenty to choose from with hawker-style stalls offering Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese cuisines. There are old favourites and a few stalls offering dishes that will tempt you to try something new.

Plenty of seating means you can eat in comfort and there's also several areas designed a spot to enjoy a few drinks.






So who is there?  Expect to  see  Sichuan Bang Bang, Bird’s Nest, Chitty Banh Banh, Fat Noodle, Harajuku Gyoza, Ii-Naa, Saké Restaurant and Bar, Lunch Larder, Mini Pancakes, New Shanghai, Obsession, Okonomi House, Passion Tree, Saigon Alley Café, Serendipity Ice Cream & Sorbet, Spanthai, Taro’s Ramen, The Bun Mobile, Zagyoza, and Sydney’s Longrain, Let’s Do Yum Cha and Mamak.

On opening nigh…