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Showing posts from February, 2016

Where can you find castles, cafes and cabernet by bicycle?

Take the ride of your life and discover the taste of apples freshly picked from the tree, cheese made from the milk of a single herd of Jersey cows and a castle with no walls, all on a bicycle tour with Granite Belt Bicycle Tours & Hire.

If a four-hour bike ride sounds a little daunting, put your fears away.  Granite Belt Bicycle Tours owners Jon Hendry and Vanessa Boulton have extensive cycling experience between them and an equally wide selection of high quality, easy-to-ride bikes for you to use. Plus you are only riding for about two of the four hours.

I'm not a regular bike rider, and neither is K2, but the morning was a huge success for us and a different way to see a part of the world we have often visited.

We met Jon and Vanessa at the Visitor Information Centre in Leslie Street, Stanthorpe and joined them in their car to head out for a half day Castles, Cafe's and Cabernet Granite Belt Adventure.

It started at in Pozieres State Forest at Donnelly's Castle.  L…

Gerard's Bistro has the fanciest kebab you'll ever enjoy

The wraps are freshly hand-made daily by the owner's mother and the meat is premium wagyu slow roasted for 12 to 15 hours - that's what they call a kebab at Gerard's Bistro in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

Sunshine Coast Tourism chose one of Brisbane's favourite bistros to share their exciting plans for 2016, a year which promises much for the region including increased visitation from around the world.

Gerard's chef Ben Williamson explained the robust Middle Eastern flavours on the mod Oz share food that have become the four-year-old bistro's signature.

Ben spent five years living and travelling in the Middle East and although the menu strongly reflects that with harissa, preserved lime and spices such as ras el hanout, there's also a strong bond with local produce.

"We have relationships with organic farms on the Sunshine Coast that just grow for a few restaurants and use David Blackmore's highly regarded, full blood wagyu brisket for the slo…

How to find true love in Brisbane - 10 tips

Feeling that spark of attraction which means that you might have caught a live one or just want to rev things up with a date that shows you care?

Here's 10 places to take a lover or love interest that includes big ticket and low budget suggestions so there are no excuses, seriously!

Take the plunge.

1. Moda, Edward Street

Who can resist a Mediterranean menu with dining under twinkling lights and Spanish accents in the background.

2. e'cco bistro, Boundary Street, Brisbane A classy choice that shows you know where to find food that looks as good as it tastes and speaks of the local region.

3. Eagles Nest, Kangaroo Point Sunday afternoon sessions here are a special treat and the Kangaroo Point view show a different face of Brisbane's Story Bridge and city skyline.  Wrap your lips around a Noilly Pratt or an Eagles Nest Club Cocktail and follow with Panko coconut prawns or Sinapore chilli soft shell crab. Open from 3pm with live music.

4. Brendan's Cafe on the Goodwill Bridg…