Espresso martini party, Turkish delight breakfast brulee, wagyu scotch eggs, rooftop drinks in Caxton, French pastries in Rosalie and a Cheese Cave for Albion.  It’s all in Feast on Brisbane #36, a carefully curated collection of just the best food and food adventures that you can find in Brisbane.

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Best of Brisbane

Brunch spots, bar hops, picnic places and hidden spaces, the new free Brisbane App puts the best of Brisbane at your fingertips. I am working on some Eat drink and be Kerry guides but some of the businesses I want to include are not registered.  That’s a hint folks! Download it from the App store and register your Brisbane business.

Espresso Martinis all week

International Coffee Day on Friday, October 1 has prompted The Inchcolm Bar to kick off a bespoke menu of five martinis with a coffee twist.  This week-long Espresso Martini Party starting from 12 pm daily, runs from Thursday, September 30 through to Wednesday, October 6. The perfect place to indulge and relax. The best way to kick it off is with a side of Jazz this Thursday from 6:30 pm until late, featuring Brisbane’s best jazz artists.

Another Picnic

If you love Picnic Café at Camp Hill, you’ll be very pleased they have now opened a sister Picnic café at West Village in West End. The breakfast and coffee scene at West Village has been a little underwhelming until now with this opening. Their menu deserves exploring with a pork benny, ‘stacks on stacks’ pancakes and a wagyu scotch egg. You’ll find it on Boundary Street.

Caxton Street Rooftop Bar

Heading up the top of Caxton Street is the new Ivy Blu Rooftop Bar. Expect white picnic tables covered by umbrellas, lazy lounges and shipping containers converted into food outlets.  The menu is based around casual dining with pizzas, small and large plates.  You’ll find your favourite Moreton Bay bug milk buns along with barbecue chicken and chips.  It’s open for lunch and dinner from 11 am Wednesday to Sunday.

Turkish delight for breakfast

Instagramers will love the new Willow Café at Balmoral where the dishes, such as Turkish delight breakfast brulee, have been designed with online appeal in mind.  Check out their Instagram feed for menu highlights but don’t do it while you are hungry. Owner Adam Dartnall wanted to channel a bit of Noosa in Brisbane and has created a dreamy coastal vibe. The coffee is The Cat’s Pyjamas from Seven Miles Coffee Roasters.

Cheese Cave opens at Albion

This modern fromagerie from Wendy Downs is located opposite Jocelyn’s Provisions next to Neighbourhood Coffee Roaders. The Cheese Board is a finishing cave specialising in Australian artisan cheeses and also offers cheese masterclasses.

French bakery for Rosalie

New at Rosalie Village on Baroona Road is Banette, a bakery filled with delicious French pastries.  The shelves are filled with everything from croissants and baguettes to those brightly coloured mousse cakes that are almost too hard to resist.  The coffee is Clandestino and they also offer takeaway salads.

Sustainability challenge

Can you resist using single-use plastic, reuse towels and linen, turn off unnecessary electronics and recycle waste during a hotel stay? If you are staying in Cairns at Crystalbrook Bailey, Crystalbrook Riley or Crystalbrook Flynn you will be rewarded with a $15 daily restaurant and bar credit. It’s called Footprint Free Stays and Crystalbrook say this is an Australian first. I’m predicting it will be the start of another new sustainability wave! Well done Crystalbrook!

Save $ Brisbane dining deal

Naga Thai has Sanook Sundays (good time Sundays) every Sunday in Spring which means their #2 Banquet (normally $69 per person) is just $49 per person. It’s available from 12 noon to 5 pm. Bookings essential.

Taste Port Douglas 2021

Plan your next escape

Where to eat in Maroochydore and Sunshine Beach

Check out these new and updated guides to the 12 must-try Maroochydore restaurants and the top 10 Sunshine Beach restaurants.

Hay, here’s a great country day out!

Head to the Scenic Rim on October 16 for the annual Kalbar Country Day and some amazing hay bale sculptures. Stay tuned for a map closer to the date so you can find all the fun. In the meantime, explore the region with this food trail.

Three reasons why foodies must head to FNQ in October

From October 7 to 17, Tropical North Queensland is filled with food and wine festivals offering a taste of the region. This is the perfect time of the year to visit North Queensland. I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday and can’t wait to return. Take your pick from these three events and add on some extra days to explore the region.

Cairns Food & Wine Festival, 8-9 October 2021

A new foodie event to Tropical North Queensland, Cairns Food & Wine Festival is the perfect showcase of the local food and beverages produced in the region. Enjoy a wide range of food from some of Cairns’ most popular restaurants and food vendors in the surreal settings of Munro Martin Parklands.

Taste Port Douglas, 7-10 October 2021

After its four-year hiatus, foodies across Australia will have cutlery at the ready as Taste Port Douglas marks its highly anticipated return to Tropical North Queensland. The festival will welcome some of Australia’s most inspiring chefs and industry leaders to deliver an unforgettable culinary experience.  With a festival village based at Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas, this event promises to be fabulous.

Salt House Food & Wine Festival, 12-17 October

Across a week of festivities, celebrate fresh produce, bold flavours, local wine, spirits and craft beer at the Salt House Food & Wine Festival. Meet the talented tastemakers behind some of your favourite brands, take part in a cocktail masterclass or simply enjoy the good vibes of one of the live music gigs. I’ve dined at Salt House and it has great food and a wonderful tropical location right next to the marina.

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Espresso martinis at Inchcolm Ovolo

Dear Diary

Here’s what you need to find when you check your diary this week.

Sommelier Showdown

Paddington’s sommeliers go head-to-head matching wines for a three-course menu at Nota Restaurant on October 13. The wines are served blind, and diners vote on their favourite wines. Tickets are $120 per person. Book at Nota.

Sunset Series at Sanctuary Cove

Grab your glass an international wine tour overlooking the world-class marina with sparkling wines and champagne.  You’ll be tasting Ayala, Bollinger and Louise Roederer, cool-climate whites from some of New Zealand’s best such as Craggy Range, Villa Maria and Saint Clair Family Estate or sipping samples from our own backyard with a Pewsey Vale Riesling from South Australia and a Signor Vino Prosecco from King Valley, Victoria. It’s on from 2 to 5 pm at The Village Green, Sanctuary Cove on October 16 and 17.  Tickets at $25 per person. Book here.

Stuffed leg of lamb

Luscious Strawberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes – Feast on Brisbane #36 Recipe of the week

Strawberries are absolutely gorgeous at the moment, and so cheap!  These Strawberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes have centres filled with homemade strawberry compote, while the tops are garnished with strawberry icing, melted white chocolate, and freeze-dried strawberries. It’s a triple strawberry treat! Make extra of the compote and freeze it for later. It makes the perfect sauce for pancakes or ice cream.

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