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My WeekendNotes - 337
The notion of the 'destination restaurant' emerged in France (where else?) as a way of denoting dining spots so specia... [more]
We're still 100 metres down the road from Frankie's Smokehouse when the delicious aroma of wood-smoked meat reaches m... [more]
Last year's Scenic Rim Eat Local Week was, like so many other things, cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet t... [more]
26/06/2021 - 04/07/2021
Brunch is, arguably, the most important meal of the day. Some might say breakfast, of course, but there's something ab... [more]
Public art programs, add a dash of colour and a splash of excitement to drab city streets - and there's no better ex... [more]
30/11/2020 - 18/04/2021
The Gunshop Cafe at West End is something of a local legend, with an award-winning menu and some of Brisbane's best co... [more]
Melissa Thomas was teaching at a secondary school when she started making soap which catered to the needs of her own s... [more]
Tucked away down a side street in Braddon, it's easy to miss Japanese-inspired Kyo Coffee Project. But this busy littl... [more]
My meal at Jimmy Wah's starts with a thirst quencher to beat the heat outside. It arrives at the table - a deliciously... [more]
When living in Athens more than 20 years ago, I was treated to lunch at the home of a friend's yia-yia (grandmother). ... [more]
There is something about asking for a 'hot chick' that gets people around you tittering. But I had a perfectly legitim... [more]
Following multi-million dollar refurbishments, Brisbane's heritage-listed Port Office Hotel has officially reopened af... [more]
It isn't every day you fall in love with a squid. However, I gave my heart away at Mr Hong, a new modern Asian restaur... [more]
Fresh, fast and fabulous: Is there any other way to live life, or to eat lunch? Malolo Poke tucked away down Gresham L... [more]
The literary giant W. Somerset Maugham once said, 'At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk ... [more]
10/05/2019 - 18/05/2019
Funeral directors might disagree, but there really is no better place to be than Six Feet Under. Open to the public fo... [more]
Sometimes all that gets you through a morning at work is the anticipation of a good lunch, and so it was when I steppe... [more]
It's the cutting-edge food trend with a cool and colourful history and it's here in the flesh right in front of me at ... [more]
Fancy some Peking Duck spring rolls with a blast of chilli relish mayo? Prawn, cabbage and soba noodle salad? Cooling ... [more]
Bento boxes have got to be one of my favourite lunches - they're fast, multi-layered and healthy to boot. Zutto Bento ... [more]
Choosing where to go for a family or group meal out can be a challenge when everyone has different dining preferences.... [more]
Nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a bunch of studies suggest that skipping it... [more]
There is no shortage of high end hotels in Hong Kong. This fast-paced city is well endowed with luxurious lodgings - w... [more]
Been out West End way lately? You might have noticed there's a growing green revolution underway in the form of Jane S... [more]
I've owned a few ice cream machines in my time. And while I've churned out a sublime mulberry sorbet, and an acceptabl... [more]
Shakespeare can get under your skin. I remember studying Hamlet in high school, learning the origin of quotes which st... [more]
Finnish people value simplicity, sustainability, and the sauna. So it's hardly surprising that, sprawled along the wat... [more]
There's no better venue than one that serves an all-day breakfast and, at Huskk Cafe in The Grange, you'll be spoilt f... [more]
There are times when all you want is a fast, nutritious breakfast, brunch or lunch, without the frills or fuss. For ... [more]
The Reserve at Anstead slipped onto the western suburbs dining scene when I wasn't paying attention. One day it wasn't... [more]
The term 'tai tai' is what the Chinese colloquially call 'ladies who lunch'. And I was ever so pleased to play the rol... [more]
"There are 107 marma points on the human body" my massage therapist says, and she seems intent on stimulating each and e... [more]
Fans of Alfred Hitchcock's classic films will be able to recite them all and more. The Birds. Dial M for Murder. Stran... [more]
27/11/2018 - 09/12/2018
What, exactly, is brunch? Depends on who you ask. According to the Urban Dictionary, it's a combination of breakfast a... [more]
Kindness. Simplicity. Balance. These three principles aren't spelt out anywhere, but step into Sol Natural Foods and y... [more]
Humble houseplants have a lot to offer. Some, like spider plants and peace lilies, purify the air as well as look pret... [more]
Scallops on the half shell, pale pink scampi, sternly trussed mud crabs and fat white oysters, all glistening on a bed... [more]
There's nothing quite like settling back with a drink and the latest release movie - or perhaps a favourite classic fl... [more]
04/10/2018 - 11/11/2018
A fast yet upscale business lunch has become the modern holy grail. Whether you're seeking to impress customers or cli... [more]
Revered French chef Auguste Escoffier once said, 'The greatest dishes are very simple'. This philosophy not only serve... [more]
Bistro Blackwood has been getting oodles of attention lately after being rated by a leading newspaper as South Austra... [more]
Brisbane is a city built on the blood, sweat and tears of hundreds of convicts. Established in 1824, the Moreton Bay S... [more]
Corrigan could be any small Australian town in the sixties. Residents wilting under the dry heat of a sizzling summer,... [more]
28/07/2018 - 18/08/2018
Wagyu's melt-in-the-mouth texture and superlative flavour has made it one of the most sought-after types of beef in th... [more]
The lights: harsh, flashing, disorientating. The sound effects: loud, chaotic, jarring. The actors' movements: arbitra... [more]
12/06/2018 - 24/06/2018
Numbers are cool, calm, logical, rational - light years from the sweaty, messy, dizzy stuff of sexual attraction, love... [more]
02/06/2018 - 23/06/2018
Supernatural beings' beverage preferences are a source of some debate. Rumour has it that fairies' favourite drink is ... [more]
Korean cuisine has a rich and complex history. While acknowledging its similarities to other Asian cuisines, including... [more]
Comfort food means different things to different people. For some, it's macaroni cheese, for others, pumpkin soup, tun... [more]
A Greek chef I met many years ago in the Cyclades told me that the best method for tenderising octopus was to beat it ... [more]
Deep in the heart of the Tasmanian wilderness, an ecological crisis is unfolding. A facial tumour disease is decimatin... [more]
10/02/2018 - 03/03/2018
The Paris Agreement aims to tackle one of the most significant global threats of our time - climate change - but up unti... [more]
22/02/2018 - 27/05/2018
My Mistress. She's a saucy little number, with a banging fit out, a cheeky sense of humour, and no shortage of means b... [more]
Acres upon acres of rolling brown land stretch out before me as I make my way towards Wolston Farmhouse. I pass three ... [more]
I had some misgivings ahead of the opening night of Noises Off at QPAC's Playhouse. Michael Frayn's play has been pe... [more]
03/06/2017 - 25/06/2017
It's long been believed that water holds curative potential. In classical times, the Romans elevated communal bathing ... [more]
Whether belting out her rendition of Adele's Rolling in the Deep as part of Rumour Has It or Billy Ray Cyrus's Achy Br... [more]
25/05/2017 - 03/06/2017
It ain't easy being green. However, lucky Brisbane residents will find their sustainability efforts amply supported wh... [more]
Most major shopping centres have at least one nail salon offering cut-price mani-pedi deals. However, the frenzied, fa... [more]
Greek food offers an extravagant feast for the eyes, as well as the tastebuds and there's no better time to try someth... [more]
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