In Feast on Brisbane September 7 – Discover a new Paddington restaurant, a reaper challenge for hot heads, the new Sunshine Coast distillery and  StrEATside market and a dining review for Eterna in Fortitude Valley. Find out where you can do a cantilever lean out or  a luxury walking trail. Also – the new Tweed food guide, find fire fly magic or brunch in an orchard. Recipe of the Week – Sausage Rolls with bush flavours|

Eat and drink with Feast on Brisbane September 7

Bring on Chicken Rice!

Masterchef fans will be interested to hear that former contestant, Emily Yeoh (aka Emily Loo), has opened up Emily Yeoh Restaurant in the former Coffee Club site on Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. The menu showcases her authentic Malaysian and Cantonese heritage including Chicken Rice made to her mother’s recipe. I am a chicken rice fan and take every opportunity to enjoy this delicious dish.  Despite its simple name, chicken rice is a dish that takes several days to make properly. Using the accompanying condiments, the spice levels can be adjusted to taste.

Find a different Brisbane Chinese cuisine dining experience at Donna Chang in the CBD.

Donna Chang is Chinese dining with a difference


Feast on Brisbane September 7, 2020

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery’s Head Chef Shawn

Reaper Challenge launches

The Pumpyard Bar and Brewery’s Head Chef Shawn has put the call out those brave enough to try his hotter than hot Reaper Challenge.  A native New Yorker, Shawn’s cooking repertoire covers everything from high-end fine dining to classic Australian pub fare but this menu showcases his love of southern-style comfort food along with his passion for BBQ and beer!

The challenge, if you can handle it, is three Reaper Sliders, three Reaper Wings and one scoop of Reaper Ice Cream. If you can finish it in five minutes you can win a $30 venue voucher and you’ll go on the wall of fame!

This is where I like to dine in Ipswich.

The six top cafes and restaurants in Ipswich

New distillery bottles Sunny Coast spirit

The Big Pineapple precinct has welcomed CAVU Distilling, makers of Sunshine & Sons Original Dry Gin and Original Vodka or ‘The Coast Spirit’. Their Original Dry Gin is infused with native botanicals while the vodka is filtered through Sunshine Coast sourced volcanic rock to add extra depth and texture. They are barrel-ageing organic molasses rum for release in 2022. The doors are open to visitors on weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm and at their Cellar Door, each Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm for a tour, tastings, and bottle sales.

This Noosa Heads distillery is another one to visit in the region.

Find your Fortune at the new Noosa Heads Distillery

 Maroochydore CBD has a new market

StrEATside market, held each Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm, is a new weekly market at The Metropolitan (MET) within the new Maroochydore CBD. Expect street food, drinks, live music and lawn games, with a dedicated picnic area complete with soft blankets and shade umbrellas. Vendors include Chilli Sisters, Flavours of Brazil, That Pizza Guy, Gopal’s Pure Vegetarian and Harri Dumplings, as well as coffee, ice cream and donut vans.

seafood pasta


Eterna Dining review

Brisbane has another restaurant specialising in the Roman cuisine that 1889 Enoteca has been doing so well for many years. At Eterna Dining, from the Salt Meats Cheese group, expect smoky barbecue octopus, smoked cod fritters, unctuous croquettes and silky pasta. The meat mains come without accompaniment so don’t miss ordering veggies. Bonus for vegans – you have your own menu!

The decor is New York chic with a bar and outdoor dining in the alley leading into the restaurant.  It is too cool for a sign, so just tell your rideshare driver Eterna is located where Longtime used to be, next to Birdie.

On Friday night they had live music which was added to the buzzing atmosphere. However, also expect an ear-shattering 93-decibel average noise level. Not a dining experience I will repeat because of the noise. I could not hear my friends on the other side of the table.  You could try booking an outside table in the laneway to reduce the noise levels.


Find more Valley dining at Za Za Ta which is now fully vegetarian.

ZA ZA TA vegetarian has everyone’s favourite Middle Eastern flavours

Bridge Climb

Coolest thing this week

The Cantilever Lean Out will see you lean out 80m above sea level on the Story Bridge to see Brisbane from an entirely different perspective.  For an authentic swashbuckling experience, step out onto a plank (also 80m above sea level) to be treated to 360-degree views of Queensland’s capital. Find it at Story Bridge Adventure Climb.  Dare you!

I’m not an adrenaline experience seeker but I have added zip lining to my list.

Jump onboard for zip lining Rotorua

Spicer Rim walking trail food

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Luxury walking trail

Spicers Retreats has released its first summer walk program with cool high altitude, treks through a rainforest canopy and helicopter transfers.  It starts with lunch at chef-hatted Homage Restaurant, Spicers Hidden Vale before flying by helicopter to Mt Mistake for the first night. Then spend the next three days walking through some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and staying in purpose-built accommodation, including a “Spicers treehouse”.  It finishes with a night at Spicers Peak Lodge before a helicopter trip back to Spicers Hidden Vale. Prices start from $3629 per person, twin share.

Food guide to the Tweed

Download the new Tweed Foodies Guide and drool until you can travel. It includes over 50 food and drink providores and profiles of local restaurateurs along with recipes for Tweed tastes to try at home.  There are drive itineraries from seaside flavour trails to a three-day inland grazing journey.

The Tweed is home to many foodie highlights such as Tropical Fruit World and Husk Distillers, as well as highly awarded restaurants such as Pipit, Paper Daisy and Fins. The guide reveals some hidden Tweed gems, from a coffee plantation, tea estate and bush tucker farm, to hinterland high teas and hand-crafted local pasture cheeses.

Fireflies at Queen Mary Falls

Killarney’s Queen Mary Falls puts on a different show during the short firefly season which is usually late October to November.  The fireflies come out at dusk and disappear at last light, so the window is around 6.15 pm to 7.15 pm.

Killarney, which is about a two-hour drive from Brisbane, makes a great getaway.  Here’s how to enjoy the region.

Make Killarney your next Brisbane weekend getaway




Recipe of the week

Bursting with flavour boosting Australian bushfood flavours, these Sausage Rolls are budget-friendly and filling and the sausage roll recipe is so easy.

I’ve been making the same sausage roll recipe since my children were in kindy.  It is such an easy recipe, and everyone loves them.  The mixture makes plenty of sausage rolls but if they don’t all get eaten straight away, they freeze really well.

Sausage Rolls with Australian bushfood flavours

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