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Here's how to match the best bite with that beer

There’s nothing like matching a peckish stomach with a new craft beer and a few bites to cure your afternoon hunger woes says Ed+bK Drinks Alexander Stone.
The Bavarian Bier Café in Brisbane’s Eagle Street Pier recently started brewing their own craft beers lines with a heavy lean towards pairing with food.
Definitely worth an afternoon 
stop to line the stomach before indulging 
in a few litre beer steins.

Already known for the solid range of Bavarian-style beers, they’ve gone for a twist on the standard craft beers that seem to be ubiquitous at every tap line I've seen lately.

The Craft bites and beers range got me, an entrenched pub goer, to lash out and grab a taste.
There are four different 150ml craft beers paired with four complimentary flavour filled bites that dance along the line of filling you up with a nap needed afterwards.

The first one I tackled was the crispy pork belly with a cinnamon apple sauce. The perfect crackling was washed down with a Hop Dock Wheat beer.

How to turn Paleo the easy way

So you’ve been wondering about your diet and thinking about paleo, but it’s all a bit confusing?

Paleo guru Pete Evans will have you sorted at Noosa Food & Wine 2016 with a chat-style event on The Paleo Way, his 10-week activation program.

To eat foods that are nutritious and delicious  compared to foods that are going to make your body weaker,  it really is a no-brainer.

I started the Q&As with a few of my own to Pete.

How long have you been following the paleo diet and what changes has it made to your life?

Over five years now and the results are amazing. I have more energy and vitality, no more brain fog, digestive issues and skin issues are gone plus a chin or two!

What do you say to those who are willing, but overcome by the idea of moving to a paleo diet?

It is the simplest choice in the world to make. To eat foods that are nutritious and delicious compared to foods that are going to make your body weaker, it really is a no-brainer.

What is your favourite paleo dish?

I can’t …

The definitive guide to the best Mother's Day celebration

It's all about making mum feel special on Mother's Day, May 8, and there are as many ways to do that as there are mothers.

Call me a sentimental fool, but Mother's Day is always marked in my household with a celebration and gifts, sometimes unexpected.

I grew up making exotic treats for my mum and serving her breakfast in bed.  She always applauded my early attempts at cooking exotic treats such as a frog in a hole (egg in fried bread). My children have always done the same for me.

Mother's Day essentials These are my best tips for a memorable Mother's Day for your family.
Be organised and book ahead.  This is not a day to leave things to chance.Round up all members of the family so mum will feel the lovePlan a gathering that suits both mum and the family dynamic so everyone has a good day.Presents are nice but it's the thought that counts here. 
Don't know where to go? Here are some Brisbane suggestions based on your mum's personality.

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Brisbane's newest market marks a mark at Milton

It's market mayhem at Milton with another new Sunday morning option for inner city and western suburbs locals at Cribb Street.
If you were a fan of the Red Hill Markets, you'll find much to love at this new venue because it's practically a direct lift.  There are many familiar faces amongst the stall holders and also amongst the crowd.
It's a refreshing change to grab a street park  so easily at a weekend market.

What's different here is the addition of 350 undercover car parks courtesy of a parking station.  That doesn't mean all your parking woes will disappear, but arrive at the right time (either early or late) and you've got a good chance of nabbing a park.  
There's also street parking to be found in the adjacent commercial district.  Having frequently hunted around here for a park during the week, it's a refreshing change to grab a street park so easily at a weekend market.

The other good thing about this market is that it's all on one lev…

Where to leave the madding crowds 30 levels below

Gym junkies might be dismayed but the rest of us will rejoice at the opening of Sazerac in Mary Street, where the level 30 views stretch through the city to the river and beyond.

Converted from a gym on the top level of Four Points by Sheraton, this is a bar where the view is a definite drawcard.

It takes its name from Sazerac, one of the oldest American cocktails, created in 1838 when Antoine Amedie Peychaud treated his friends to a drink made from a secret family recipe.

The focus here is definitely on the view with paired back decor that barely requires a glance.

On the menu for lunch with a $22 offer which includes a glass of wine, beer or soft drink is a selection which includes a scallop and grilled chorizo salad, steak frites with wagyu rump steak, grilled market fish, and steamed black mussels.

The night menu features grazing plates with chicken skewers, bourbon-laced barbecue pork slaw, brisket rubbed with southern spices, and tamarind baby octopus. There's also a small …

Where to find a $3 glass of wine at Noosa

You won’t have to search too hard to find wine for $3 at Noosa Food & Wine 2016.

Just go to the Wine Tasting Quarter at Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, off Hastings Street. It’s on Saturday, May 21 from 12 pm to 5 pm.

This is a chance to try new wine styles, discover great different wines and even give some of those varietals that you don’t like another chance.  There also will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and develop your wine knowledge.

Entry to the Wine Tasting Quarter is free and tokens can be purchased with $3 for three tastings or $6 for six tastings.

Expect to discover nearly 30 wine tasting options with a wide selection of wineries and wine merchants attending.

Exhibitors include - Babich Wines, Barefoot Wines, Brown Brothers, Coast Fine Wine Consultants, Chandon, Craggy Range, Debortoli Wines, Devils Corner Tasmania, Domaine Wine Shippers, Evans & Tate Wines, Fesq & Company, Holm Oak – Tasmania, McWilliams Wines, Moffatdale Ridge Wines, Morambro Cr…

How to touch yourself with a little bit of Paris

There's none of the haughty attitude, but there is enough of a Frenchy feeling to bring back memories of dining on the sidewalks of Paris at Paddington Del & Epicerie.

Owner Annie Pease calls it a French-inspired bistro and diners have been voting with their feet to take a seat at her tables and enjoy the fare.

Due to the enthusiastic response to her menus, Annie has downsized the deli side of things and is upsizing dining inside.  There are plans for a bar-styled area as well.

Food here is not over complicated and the portions are moderate.  If you like your plate overflowing, you may need to order some sides.  I find the meals well balanced and satisfying.

The small plates selection includes charcuterie to share, bruschetta, scallops with a minty carrot mash and the perennial fave, crispy skin pork belly.  If you are a fan of the deep fried olives and sweet potato crisps, you will be disappointed by the news that these have been retired from the list.  It's in deference…

How to get lost where you'll never want to be found

Can you hear that?  It's  the sound of nothing but bird calls floating past on a light breeze while the big-enough-for-two spa fills with bubbles.

I'm in the back blocks of the Mary River Valley at Melawondi Spring Retreat, surrounded by blue sky and gum trees with the occasional wallaby lazily hopping by without a care in the world.   You can feel the serenity.

Tony and Tanya Fisher moved here from Melbourne with their daughter, and they figured that other might enjoy the same atmosphere that attracted them to this out-of-the-way part of South East Queensland.

My route here from Brisbane took me along the Bruce Highway through the country centre of Kenilworth via several interesting stops, so I guess it is a good two-hour drive from the city smoke.

Located high on a hill overlooking some of the 12-hectare property is a spacious one-bedroom studio which offers both seclusion and luxury.  There are binoculars and bird watching guides that beg me to relax on the verandah's …