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Writer Rank: 7
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Readers: 126682
Subscribers: 72
Articles: 271
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My WeekendNotes - 271
After spending two years living in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, I developed a lifetime love of Malaysian food. From spic... [more]
Many people consider them a guilty pleasure, but I've never understood the appeal of hash browns. From an eater's pe... [more]
Bento is the little lunchbox that has busted out of Tokyo and taken Brisbane by storm. Originally hailing from Japan, ... [more]
Late one afternoon in 2015, a blazing cannonball fired by Warwick Castle's wooden trebuchet (a siege machine used in m... [more]
What if I told you there was a way to have your cake and eat it too? To savour an overflowing cup of 'nice' cream, minus... [more]
Sitting under a shady umbrella, I'm just watching the world go by. It's just another morning at El Divo Espresso Bar, ... [more]
UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the production of Red Sky Morning has been delayed until 2017. Stay tuned for d... [more]
28/10/2016 - 05/11/2016
Imagine the mysterious spices of India combined with the flavoursome sass of Mexico, add a shot of booze and a hot fla... [more]
With its steamy, subtropical climate, tendency towards hot, heavy rains, and general air of déshabillé, there are a lo... [more]
15/10/2016 - 12/11/2016
The English weather had turned. Yesterday's Springtime sunshine had turned to gloomy, grey skies, a drizzling mist, a... [more]
Post 11 September 2001, playwright Ayad Akhtar was painfully aware of how life had changed. 'Folks who looked like me ... [more]
14/10/2016 - 06/11/2016
In a world full of franchise breadstuffs, it's refreshing to learn that there's a breed of bakers who still craft thei... [more]
It sounds like the start of a quintessential English fairytale: a father lowers his son into a hole that appears in th... [more]
Fancy getting hooked? The inaugural Wynnum Seafood Festival, featuring a bumper haul of Moreton Bay's mouth-watering s... [more]
22/10/2016
Benedictine monks are renowned for their hospitality and their love of food and wine. Their Regula Magistri rule, for... [more]
London's River Thames used to be teeming with eels. That's no longer the case, but this slippery fish still makes it o... [more]
Passionate about prawns? Feel fresh around fish? Got a crush on crustaceans? Then you'll want to be part of Brisbane's n... [more]
22/10/2016
You're wandering Inala's main square. Pause to explore the produce stores loaded with betel leaves, perilla, sawtooth ... [more]
Finding a place that serves cuisine several notches above cafe fare, while retaining an atmosphere casual enough to ac... [more]
The phenomenon known as sibling rivalry dates back to the biblical days of Cain and Abel, but in True West, being perf... [more]
17/08/2016 - 28/08/2016
No matter how you like your yoga - fast-paced or flowing, hot (yang) or cooling (yin), energetic or restorative, there... [more]
30/07/2016 - 31/07/2016
A fabulous collection of 1920s fashions worn by fictional crime-fighting heroine Miss Phryne Fisher has been unveiled ... [more]
15/07/2016 - 04/09/2016
We've seen so many portraits of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, with a bushy silver beard, that it's difficul... [more]
09/07/2016 - 07/08/2016
Voting on Saturday? Prepare to run the gauntlet of the bake sale and sausage sizzle - and perhaps be pestered into buy... [more]
02/07/2016
The world of Celtic noir crime series Hinterland is both bleak and beautiful - all crumbling cottages set atop remote hi... [more]
In 2012, in the British Midlands, a skeleton with trademark signs of scoliosis was recovered from a shallow, unmarked ... [more]
21/05/2016 - 11/06/2016
It's easy to miss The Lamb Shop if you're relying on visuals as a guide. With its small, discreet shopfront and sparse... [more]
Official records state that enigmatic American writer Patricia Highsmith died in exile, and alone. But according to th... [more]
20/05/2016 - 26/06/2016
CSI. CSI: Cyber. CSI: NY. CSI: Miami. Criminal Minds. Law & Order. Law & Order: SVU. Law & Order: LA. Law & Order: Crimi... [more]
19/05/2016 - 01/06/2016
The premise behind Brisbane's new gourmet burger bar Hello Harry is a simple one - good food, fresh and fast. This fun... [more]
Most of my clothes come from Target, so I'm not sure what led me to see The First Monday of May. This sparkling new do... [more]
People drawn to yoga by the promise of bendier bodies usually learn that the benefits stretch beyond the physical. So ... [more]
19/06/2016
Situated in the leafy suburb of St Lucia, Brick and Bean Cafe is just a hop, skip and jump from the University of Quee... [more]
A rock musical about mental illness, suicide and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)? It's hard to imagine a more unfunny ... [more]
Like many lovers of true crime tales, I turned into something of a junkie when Making a Murderer was released on Netfl... [more]
01/11/2016 - 09/11/2016
London was experiencing what residents described as a 'heat wave' when we arrived. Fresh off the plane from Brisbane, ... [more]
Comedian and cabaret performer Jenny Wynter wanted to write something that 'terrified me a little bit'. The result was... [more]
04/05/2016 - 07/05/2016
In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, the sly old bard, wrote about the battle of the sexes. However, in order to a... [more]
23/04/2016 - 15/05/2016
He's the only one I have in the world and I want him not to leave me ... These are the words of a woman desperate not... [more]
22/04/2016 - 28/08/2016
The room is cavernous, candlelit and humid - like suddenly stepping out of a Brisbane autumn and into the steamy tropi... [more]
If the mantra behind Brisbane's new rooftop bar Sazerac is 'begin as you mean to go on' then nightlife lovers are in f... [more]
Let's pretend for a moment that the suburb you lived in turned into a cocktail. What would it look like? How would it ... [more]
The suburb of Paddington is humming with cafes, but one its most delightful isn't the sort of place you'd simply stumb... [more]
Cocktails and people have one thing in common: a story to tell. 'Mixology is not just a cool word - it is an art,' says ... [more]
08/04/2016
When the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini wrote Madama Butterfly, he was in the thick of ugly marital strife arising o... [more]
12/05/2016 - 19/05/2016
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne once likened happiness to a butterfly. When pursued, he wrote, it is always just beyond you... [more]
In days gone by, the parlour room in a private home played a multitude of roles. It was the place where guests were we... [more]
Laughter. It's been described as the best medicine, an instant vacation, the shortest distance between two people, the... [more]
27/02/2016 - 23/03/2016
The depredations of aging can be difficult to bear, especially for those whose stars shone most brightly in their yout... [more]
30/01/2016 - 21/02/2016
It was an overcast day with the occasional spit of rain but nothing could dampen our spirits once we'd been ushered to... [more]
When we arrive at Fortitude Valley's Mister Fitz, one of the tables is occupied by an eight-year old princess wearing ... [more]
Bento boxes for breakfast? You bet. I moseyed on in to Mizu Teneriffe recently to discover that a Japanese concept whi... [more]
Feeling patriotic and nostalgic this Australia Day weekend? There's no better way to celebrate than by getting acquainte... [more]
23/01/2016 - 26/01/2016
It didn't take long for me to fall in love with the food at Bird's Nest Restaurant. By the time I bit into the agedash... [more]
Want to learn how to perfect tricky buttercream decorating techniques including the swirl and rose? Fancy taking a walki... [more]
Sugo Mi Gelateria had me at 'peanut butter and chocolate'. It's hard to beat that swoon-worthy combination of sweet, r... [more]
It's been billed as a source of food security, a superfood and the sexiest alternative to grain on the planet. But in ... [more]
It was a sweltering summer's day as we made our way down the shady side alley at Sassafras Canteen and selected a tabl... [more]
Pizza for breakfast? Hangover, or no hangover, I've never been one to baulk at that concept. So it was this week that ... [more]
There's a fair stretch of continent and ocean between Naples and Brisbane, but Pizzeria Violetta, located in the latte... [more]
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