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Nest Restaurant, Roma Street

The top end of Brisbane's Roma Street has not been known as a dining destination but that's all set to change with the opening of Asian-inspired Nest Restaurant.

With very funky decor that includes wooden 'nest-like' ceiling sculptures, walls covered in graffiti-style street art by local artists and a surprising view over the atmospheric 200 red lantern adorned 100-year-old fig tree, Nest is sure to encourage more than a few to roost.

Located on the second floor of the newly renamed Hotel Jen (formerly Traders Hotel), the large space has been cleverly broken up to provide intimate nooks and comfortable spots for grazing.  This suits the menu which is largely designed as share plates.

Local workers will find the lunch options a quick Asian fix with a budget that won't break the bank.  Most dishes, which includes the ever popular pad thai, beef teriyaki and a wagyu beef burger, are priced around $12 to $15.

It should also prove a popular spot for after work drinks w…

My Mistress, Clayfield

"It's time to visit My Mistress" are words that only become okay to hear from your partner if they are talking about the coffee shop newly opened in Clayfield.

Head there for a cheeky fling, something on the side or the main affair - yes these are all all the menu.

Owners Natalie Vostok and Rhiannon Redmond have certainly had a lot of fun developing their menu which has a delicious selection of offerings. Rhiannon, who also owns She Bangs Coffee in nearby Albion, told me that just about everything is made in house.
The delicious peach, white chocolate and coconut muffin that I tasted certainly was freshly baked and made to a home style recipe.

I'm heading back to try some of the other offerings and hope I won't fall over laughing as I work my way through the menu.
You can start with a Cheeky Fling (as many do) and dabble in some middle eastern fruit loaf or Levian toast with a layer of gourmet jam. There's also the now-mandatory acai bowl with fruit for heal…

Nice Flower Market, Nice

It's called the Flower Market but I saw much more food than flowers at this must-do market in Nice, France.

You'll find it at Cours Saleya in the south-west part of Vieux Nice, and it flows up the middle of the street with two avenues of colourful stalls.

This is worth a visit even just to wander through the tight streets of old town Nice, particularly on the eastern edge, but you can also hunt for souvenirs in the many shops surrounding the markets.  It came highly recommended by Trafalgar Tour Director Sarah, and just as she said, it was easy to find.

I was amazed by the variety of goods on display. There were wonderfully authentic marzipan fruits which were almost too realistic, flavoured and spiced salts, preserved meats and sausages, fruits and vegetables from the surrounding countryside, Provencale-style pottery and food to eat straight away.

To shop here you put your selection in the silver bowls on the stall and the market stall holder will weigh them and charge you b…

Dragon Bull, Sunshine Beach

If you are tempted by street food when you travel in Japan, China and Malaysia, you'll find plenty of interesting dishes on the menu at Dragon Bull, Sunshine Beach.

Positioned underneath Embassy XO on Duke Street, this is a more casual eatery with tables fronting the large tree-filled courtyard and inside the restaurant.

The menu has been devised to reflect the travels of Dragon Bull chef Adrian Krause and his wife Andrea who was born in the Chinese province of Hunan. It includes many dishes suitable for sharing as well as some stand alone mains and caters well for chilli lovers but non-chilli loving peeps will work through the main meal offerings fairly quickly.

We started with Dragon Bull's Peking Duck which came with crisp skin duck and roll your own crepes.

There are two types of dumplings - steamed with pork and consume and gou tie, long beef dumplings served with hoi sin, the original gyoza from China.  These are rolled rather than pinched together so the dumpling is …

Lobster love at Treasury Casino, Brisbane

With 50,000 lobsters on tap for Lobster Love at Treasury Casino Brisbane for a month (from January 27 to February 28), you could hope they won't run out.

However, according to Executive Chef Steven Jones they'll need everyone of these spiny creatures as previous lobster promotions have been very popular.

The lobster fest is spread across three Treasury Casino venues Kitchen at Treasury, Fat Noodle and lab bar + restaurant.

Because even a lobster lover would find it hard to eat three whole lobsters in one sitting, a group of us were treated to a Lobster Lovers sample menu.

Lobster Mornay, which will be available at Kitchen at Treasury,  made great canapes.  I have to admit a fondness for anything in a mornay sauce.  It brings back lots of wonderful food event memories.

Wok-tossed lobster chow mein with Singapore sauce, fried egg noodles, steamed Asian greens, sambal and shrimp sauce is on the menu at Fat Noodle.  I ate a half serve and enjoyed the flavour of the sauce which h…

Jan Powers Farmers Market, Powerhouse

If you like your food fresh and local, and enjoy having a chat with the people who grow or make it, market shopping is going to scratch your itch.
Jan Powers Markets operate in the forecourt at the Powerhouse in New Farm on Saturdays, every Saturday from February 2015.  The markets start early, 6am, and the early birds are out there filling their baskets and making a quick getaway.
Arrive around closing time, 12 noon, if you want to get bargains from stall holders who don't want to pack their left over stock.  Be aware though, that the best stuff sells out early.
Stall holders vary from farmers who sell what they grow to chefs who also sell what they make.  Chat to well-known chef Alastair Mcleod and he'll tell you he's never been happier than selling his own produce at the market at his Al'FreshCo stall.
Alastair uses high quality Careme pastry on his pork and fennel sausage rolls and they are delicious.  He sources Noosa Red tomatoes for his tomato sauce and buys ot…