Paintable high tea, Peter Kuruvita’s new gig, bacon bliss out, blast from the past boat cruise, 50 per cent off dining deal, discover nine new Brisbane bites and more in Feast on Brisbane #37.

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Eat Your Art Out high tea

W Brisbane’s Living Room Bar has a new art-inspired ‘Eat Your Art Out’ high tea from October 8. You can flex your creative muscles and paint your own panna cotta! There are delicious, themed desserts like Cherry chocolate profiteroles, Valrhona chocolate mousse tart, Pomme verte mousse and Lemon myrtle scones. Savoury delights include Warm confit duck pie, Lobster tarts, Creamy truffle egg, Vegan scallops and Wagyu beef with pumpernickel and cream avocado. Amp it up with perfectly paired themed cocktails like Till Death Do Us Art featuring ADco Brisbane Gin, rhubarb, egg white, plum bitters and lemon. Or try the tropical Oh My Goma vodka cocktail which comes with an edible art print! The high tea is available 10 am to 4 pm every Friday to Sunday priced from $65 per person. 

New Noosa dining

You’ve missed your chance to enjoy Peter Kuruvita’s cooking at Sofitel Noosa Beach House in Hastings Street as the celebrity chef moves on to open his own dining venues and cooking school.  Peter is thinking big with ALBA which includes a café, restaurant, cooking school and providore all set to open on Alba Close in Noosaville near the Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort. The coffee will be First Batch. An opening is planned for early December.

Noosa’s dining scene is simmering with excitement with November the planned opening date for Lucio’s Marina, an offshoot from an iconic Sydney Restaurant.

Bacon jerky

If you are a bacon lover like me, you’ll find the idea of bacon available 24/7 heavenly.  Bacon jerky is like a bacon lollipop with real bacon goodness and flavour.  There’s also a maple version. Find it online at Schulte’s or pop in on your next Toowoomba trip.  50g of bacon jerky costs $7.99.

Botanica at Albion

Much loved salad specialists Botanica have opened a new store at 97 Sandgate Road, Albion.  Botanica has been my go-to for salads since they opened at Red Hill many years ago.  Always delicious and there’s tempting sweet treats as well. They now have more stores at Teneriffe, Hawthorne and Camp Hill.

Brass Tacks at Albion

There will be more sweet delights at the new Craft’d Grounds in Albion with the opening of Brass Tacks, a collaboration between Isaac Hull from Pie Holes and Chaterine Mariot of Lady Bouchon. As well as tarts, cakes and pies there will be sandwiches, salads and provisions to take home.  With a brewery, craft bottle shops, cocktail bar, specialty coffee and a French restaurant, Craft’d Grounds looks like being a must stop in Albion. Brass Tacks is set to open late in 2021.

Paella in Coorparoo

Eating paella in Spain might be a distant memory but you can relive the experience at Paella Y Pa’ Mi in Coorparoo. Kevin Fedes and his wife Manuela Volpe will be serving cuisine inspired by their Spanish heritage. The menu will be share style with a quartet of paellas cooked while patrons watch.  Grab a jug of sangria or settle in with a glass of Spanish wine and enjoy, but with only 12 tables, make sure you book first.

Noosa’s new Sweet Story

Specialising in artisan cakes, pastries, sweets and superb coffee, Sweet Story has opened in the Noosa Village Shopping Centre on the corner of Gibson Road and Mary Street in Noosaville. Noosa locals and business partners Dora Kovac and Tibor Kegye are opening a specialty cake shop, patisserie and café ready to treat locals and visitors to fine European cakes (ready-made and custom made), slices, biscuits and quality Padre Coffee. Sweet Story also makes gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free desserts and cakes and is a participant in the My Coffee Counts program, a coffee loyalty program that offers customers the opportunity to redeem or donate the value of a free coffee to local charities. See more of their goodies on Facebook.

Tides of Brisbane Boat Tour

Hop onboard the new Museum of Brisbane historical boat ride. The Brisbane River cruise starts from the City Botanic Gardens and heads past the CBD’s iconic skyline while local experts share the stories that helped shape it. You’ll meander past convict-built structures, historic landmarks and incredible feats of engineering before settling in for a pitstop at Sea Legs Brewing Co. This is a 3-hour tour that runs Wednesdays and Sundays fortnightly. 

Brisbane dining deals

Don’t miss this one – The Gun Shop Café has 50 per cent off their light, seasonal menu until Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm, only at their new Chermside Shopping Centre café (Shop 1 – R67).

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Cairns to Port Douglas food trails

It took me a week to explore the food trails from Cairns to Port Douglas and another week to write this massive story that covers the adventure.  It’s one you should bookmark for your next trip to this amazing food region.  Pack stretchy pants too!

Mary Valley Steamfest

The Mary Valley Rattler, Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum and Gympie Woodworks Museum are joining forces to stage STEAM FEST, a celebrate the region’s rich heritage and love affair with steam, over the weekend of 15-17 October. The annual festival commemorates the discovery of gold in Gympie in the 1860s, which led to Gympie (or Nashville as it was known then) being dubbed the ‘town that saved Queensland’. It will be all systems pumping for the weekend.

Dear Diary

There’ll be an eclectic program of dance, music and the arts, a range of family-friendly activities, and cuisine on offer from around the globe at MOSAIC 2021 in Roma Street Parklands this Sunday, October 10..  There also will be a COVID Vaccination Hub that is a pop-up at the festival, welcoming all to conveniently get their jab.

eggs with zucchini flowers

Feast on Brisbane #37 Recipe of the week – all about eggs

In honour of International Egg Day on Friday, October 8 here are some of my favourite egg recipes.

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