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Showing posts from May, 2015

Red Hill Farmers Market, Red Hill

Well, if you thought Brisbane had enough farmers markets think again.  People flooded to the newly opened Red Hill Farmers Markets which turned a disused car park in the old Ithaca TAFE complex into a hive of humanity on Sunday.

Organised by Mark Power, who also runs the Carseldine, Nundah and Kuraby Markets, this market has an abundance of food to buy, produce including meat, seafood and vegetables, and a good selection of extras like clothing and jewellery.

Brisbane's Western Suburbs are now more than well serviced by markets.

The Gap Farmers Market Village Markets Kelvin Grove Moggill Farmers Market

I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to farmer's markets and I like to see real farmers selling their wares.  That side of the Red Hill market is a little thin in my opinion, but it doesn't take away from the range of food on sale, and much of it is made locally.

There's Ithaca Creek Pantry who are selling honey from hives in their back yards whi…

Vegemite chocolate - the verdict

It sounds like an April Fools joke gone wrong, but the evidence is on supermarket shelves. Vegemite chocolate exists, if only for a limited time according to Cadbury.

The trend emerged on Australia Day when Gelatissimo offered Vegemite ice cream.  It was a duo swirl of vegemite and caramel through vanilla ice cream with small chunks of brioche - memorable but not a stayer.

There's a definite whiff of Vegemite when you open the 200gm of Cadbury's Dairy Milk Vegemite Chocolate but the block looks just like any other.

What does it taste like?  A survey of six of my fellow office workers at the RACQ's The Road Ahead Magazine revealed Vegemite chocolate is the sort of stuff that you either love or hate, with more haters than lovers in my office.

Here's what they said when they took their first bit of vegemite chocolate -

Mel  An unpleasant, subtle inclusion in an otherwise pleasant chocolate.  Put the vegemite back in the jar Cadbury.

It's disgusting. Just tastes…

The Eight, Macau

As the delicate goldfish slips down my throat I can only think, “Wow, that sure tasted good!”
That’s because although it looks like a goldfish you’d see swimming in the tank, it’s actually a cleverly crafted dim sum.
I’m lunching at the first and only Chinese restaurant in Macau that has been awarded three Michelin stars for two consecutive years and it’s easy to see why. Eight is an intimate Chinese restaurant offering contemporary Cantonese cuisine and a true dining experience.

From the moment I step outside the lift in the Grand Lisboa Hotel, it is clear a special lunch awaits.The lobby is all about drama with embroidered goldfish on expensive Chinese silk.I walk through a darkened hall where goldfish apparitions glide under my feet into a classic dining room created by Hong Kong designer Alan Chan. It is all based on the traditional Chinese elements of goldfish and the number eight, representing energy and wealth.
There are over 50 kinds of dim sum to choose from for lunch but we…

Bacchus, South Bank

Eating a steak is no casual event at Bacchus.
From your perusal of the raw steak cuts on offer, to the personal selection of your cutlery from a wooden box to the finale, a blow torch to melt a pat of seasoned butter into your tender steak at the table, it all combines to make this an event to be savoured.

Special occasion dining has almost become an endangered species in Brisbane with the current trend towards bistros and tapas bars, so it’s refreshing to learn that all is not lost at Bacchus.Here they’ve heightened the experience with unexpected pleasures and treats, including a new menu, to exceed expectations.

Executive Chef Mark Penna’s new autumn menu includes lots to like.I like that he mentions that the pork is female and free range.I like that he sources his produce locally so the swordfish comes from Lady Musgrave reef, the snails from Glasshouse Mountains, and the scotch fillet steak from Yagaburne in the Lockyer Valley.
I’m not surprised that one of Mark Penna’s favourit…

Bakery Lane Providore Market, Fortitude Valley

It’s easy to miss the small laneway leading off Brisbane’s busy Ann Street into the curve of Bakery Lane but that would be a shame.

Walking in to Bakery Lane has all the charm of a secret space with the old brick walls hinting at treasures inside.  A few steps inside and the narrow laneway expands into an open courtyard lined with interesting shops.

On the first Saturday of each month this space becomes a Providores Market with mix of goods for sale including Bee One Third Honey, fresh bread from Crust & Co Artisanal Baking, breakfast bowls from My Granola, Mapleton Falls Farms produce, Old Fashioned Co Handcrafted Syrups, and Raw Health Probiotics.

Make sure you find the laneway, which is located between the heritage premises of Apothecaries Hall and Bragg’s Baker, by looking for Lost Boys Café and The Beat on the opposite side of the road.
Bakery Lane is also home to I Heart Brownies and you’ll find it hard to resist their delicious heart-shaped brownies which come in flavours …