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Writer Rank: 5
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Readers: 145144
Subscribers: 78
Articles: 313
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My WeekendNotes - 313
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]
04/06/2017
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]
It's quite a hike from Paris to Tokyo, but Robina's hidden gem Cocotte Dining bridges the vast distance with ease. Ope... [more]
Tucked away down a little suburban street in Mount Gravatt East, Blacksmith Specialty Coffee draws its inspiration fro... [more]
Is 'unplugging' the only way to secure our privacy in this connected age? Will robots ever understand emotions? Are we... [more]
22/03/2017 - 26/03/2017
If you've ever wondered what it's like to enter a paint-splashed artist's studio and watch creative processes unfold, ... [more]
05/05/2017
There's nothing quite like a menu offering 'all day' breakfasts to start you rocking a holiday vibe. So, in simply pro... [more]
There's nothing more Australian than the act of throwing a steak, a sausage or (with thanks to Paul Hogan) a shrimp on... [more]
18/02/2017
Set on the fringes of the city, the suburb of Spring Hill is an odd collection of wealthy private schools, budget boar... [more]
Upcycling is the gentle art of transforming and repurposing waste products into something deliciously new, different a... [more]
Finding Italian restaurants outside of Italy is easy enough - finding good ones, authentic ones, is a considerably mor... [more]
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]
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