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The best Italian retro classics over 50 years

For over 50 years Giardinetto in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley has been serving the sort of hearty Italian food that's now regarded as retro classics.

I'm talking Nona-style food such as hearty spaghetti marinara, traditional meat lasagne and garlic prawns.

If you remember when you could buy a large margarita pizza for $1.60 and a fillet mignon was $2.60, you probably ate there in the 1970s when the Valley started to gain its reputation as Brisbane's night life centre.  Along with some of Brisbane's best nightclubs and bars, it also gained more than a few brothels and a notorious reputation.

Giardinetto's special retro menu celebrates 50 years of Italian food and is crammed full of memories along with some of the newer favourites including crumbed, fried arancini filled with parmesan and mozalla (added in 2005), fried polenta with a blue cheese dipping sauce (added in 2010) and risotto (added in 2000).

But it's the spaghetti marinara with with its napoletana…

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You'll be surprised by what's in a Paleo High Tea

You'll be surprised  by what's in a Paleo High Tea but more surprised by what's not.

There's no dairy, refined sugar, flour or legumes making this high tea suitable for people with all types of intolerances and allergies.

But not all is as it seems and this spread is definitely different, except when it comes to flavour.
Designed by Pete Evans and Brisbane chef Josh Harris for Asana at Capri by Fraser in Brisbane's CBD, the spread includes all the sweet treats you would expect such as brownies, panacotta, chocolate truffles and tiny meringues with lemon butter.

But not all is as it seems and this spread is definitely different, except when it comes to flavour.  The truffles are bliss balls made from dates, chia seeds and cacao, the lemon meringue treats are made with paleo lemon curd using nut oil instead of gee and italian meringue made with maple syrup instead of sugar.

The paleo brownie comes with whipped coconut cream and the rounded mounds of strawberry short…

Find the best chew with an ocean fresh view in Queensland

With nearly 7,000 kilometres of coastline it's not too hard to find a fabulous beach view in Queensland, but where can you find a fabulous chew to match the view?

The abundance fresh from farm and sea, the warmth of the sun which makes outdoor dining a year round reality and the friendly spontaneity of the locals, that’s what visitors enjoy about Queensland.

With a climate that ranges from mellow subtropical to in-your-face tropical heat and highlands that provide chilled micro climates, Queensland produces everything from lychees to raspberries, mostly just minutes from the restaurant’s back door.

"We do it our way here and prove it doesn’t have to be fancy or formal to be full of fabulous flavours and a fantastic dining experience."
Chefs move from Sydney and Melbourne to Queensland for the relaxed lifestyle and fall in love with the bounty at their fingertips. Locals love their food. It’s a match made in heaven.
Here’s five restaurants stretching from the far north to…