The latest Brisbane food news, Qld’s top cafe, health retreat truths, new Noosa cookbook, Gold Coast glamour hotel, High Tea fun, post COVID food trends, easy ham glaze kit, festive honey stocking stuffer + more – Feast on Brisbane December 14.

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  • If you’ve been pining for dose of King of Kings (their Fortitude Valley restaurant has been closed since Feb 20), keep an eye on Thai Orchid on Logan Road at Upper Mt Gravatt. King of Kings is moving in next door. The Valley restaurant is still a work in progress.
  • Here’s another reason to head to The Tweed. Café whiz kids Ursula and Ben Watts will open another outlet (they have Bam Bam and Cubby) in Chinderella. It will be a garden café with a van serving hot doughnuts and coffee opening in the next few weeks.   Their food is worth a drive from anywhere.
  • New to Woolloongabba from December 16 will be Japanese-Korean restaurant Butterfly. It will only have 22 seats and will serve authentic, fine dining Korean food with a daily changing omakase style menu.
  • Truffle Kerfuffle is the perfect excuse for a WA trip in June 2021. Scheduled for June 25-27 it promises long table feasts, cooking demonstrations and fresh truffles.


Queensland’s top cafes

Congratulations to Farm House, Kedron for once again headlining Queensland’s top cafes.  The Courier-Mail has published its Top 50 with Farm House taking #1!  Well done Amanda Scott and team.  It’s not easy to keep the standard high when a cafe is constantly under the popular pressure pump.  The list includes some regional favourites, but it is more a listicle of where the reviewers have eaten recently than an in-depth analysis of the state’s best cafes.  Still, a good reference when you are venturing outside your hood, looking for great new eats.

Queensland Café of the Year is Farm House Kedron

The truth about health retreat food

I was challenged to tell it like it is about the food at one of Queensland’s leading health retreats, Gwinganna, so I did. There’s a perception that you shouldn’t expect great food when health is the priority but is that true?  You’ll have to read this story to find out.

The truth about food at Gwinganna

Cook Noosa like a pro

With 120 recipes from Noosa’s favourite restaurants, cafes, producers and providores, Cook Noosa was created to celebrate the region’s bounty. It’s a chance to enjoy your favourite Noosa foods at home and discover new tastes from the region. The book, which supports Oz Harvest, has been created by Noosa local Leesa Watson.  Leesa has that wonderful shop Lamington in Hastings Street, where I regularly flash my credit card to take home things I can’t resist. It costs $50 and you can buy it here. Keep watching Eat drink and be Kerry as I’m sharing a recipe from the book this week.

New glam on the Goldy

Reopening on December 20, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa has upped its game with six new food venues. Expect two feature restaurants, Misono and Citrique; a Japanese whisky bar, within Misono; lobby lounge and bar, Chapter & Verse; JW Market and the Pool Pavilion. Food and beverage experiences will also include Savour by JW in-room dining and a JW Garden. It’s the debut of the 5-star JW Marriott brand in Australia and includes a $35 million renovation of the much-loved Surfers Paradise Mariott Resort & Spa.

Heads up for High Tea lovers

The deconstructed festival events for the new Noosa Eat & Drink continue in 2021 with a Noosa style High Tea by the river in Noosa Woods on February 20.  Expect cocktails, bubbles, coffee and because it’s Noosa, organic teas.  Get your group together to fill a table for six at $149 per person. 

The perfect ham glaze

It’s not enough to buy a great ham, you also have to glaze, cook and store it.  If this sounds highly complicated to you, the guys at flavabox have everything you need (apart from the ham) in a simple kit.  It’s ham glazing for dummies but also flavour fiends and the chef prepared ingredients are a sure step to Christmas ham delight.  Find out more here.  They have other delectable kits too, Check the Christmas foodies gift guide for more.

2020 Food Trends

If you have been wondering how COVID transformed the food scene, the CM’s 2020 Food Trends highlights the major post virus trends.  There’s a lot to like about the changes but the effect runs a lot deeper than more gourmet takeaways.  I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Food Trends for 2021 in the coming weeks.

Here’s how 2020 food trends looked at the beginning of the year.

Top 10 2020 Australian food trends

Sweet stocking stuffer

Give the gift of summer in a jar with Egmont Honey’s Limited Edition Festive Honey! This blend of pure NZ wildflower honey goes just as well on a cheese plate as it does on toast or in breakfast smoothies. The festive design makes a great stocking filler, and there’s even a handy sticker on the lid to write a personalised message. 



Easy Christmas dessert with wow factor

I have always loved Bombe Alaska and have memories of this flaming dessert served to me in top hotels when I was a child.  Dad used to take the family out for dinner when he returned from work trips and it was always a special treat, especially when it arrived at the table alight!  That’s why I love food so much today!  Thanks for the kilos Dad!

This is easy recipe is a real crowd-pleaser.  It’s simple but has plenty of wow factor and with chef tips, you can’t go wrong. Give it a go!

Easy classic Bombe Alaska recipe

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