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Don’t cry! Evita is coming!

Expect old-world South American charm when you walk into the newly opened Evita opening in a heritage building at 365 St Paul’s Terrace on November 17. There’s a restaurant, bar and lounge plus private dining spaces.  In authentic Argentinian style, the Steak is the hero, serving up premium Black Angus cattle, bred at hand-selected farms cooked over wood, oak, and ash from a fully 110-year restored heritage oven. The menu focuses heavily on a selection of small plates served family dining style, with a sommelier on-hand to pair a selection of over 250 wines with each dish. It’s open Wednesday to Saturday. Evita

Oyster lovers’ heaven

The 2021 Straddie Oyster Festival on Minjerribah/Stradbroke Island on November 13 is a must if you love fresh ocean oysters.  Not only do you get to spend your Saturday day eating Moreton Bay oysters at ridiculously cheap prices, but you can also finish the weekend on North Stradbroke Island, just off the coastline from Brisbane. Say hello when you see me there! More here

Brisbane’s first French Christmas Market

Marché de Noël at West Village, West End on November 20 and 21 with Le Festival’s French Christmas Market. West Village will be transformed into a magical Marché de Noël, illuminated in festive ‘bleu-blanc-rouge’!  Celebrate the festive season the French way, and showcase local unique, French-inspired talents. With a specially chosen array of art and artisan stalls, a French bar, some roving entertainment, and more, this will be the perfect way to get into the spirit and kick off the 2021 festive season!

Riverside dining revelry

Morningside’s dining options are increasing with the opening of Revel Rivermakers Restaurant in the homemaker and trade centre on Lytton Road. The red brick building dates from 11917 and once housed a lime factory and then Hans Continental Smallgoods. Expect a parmies, chicken wings and steak and chips menu along with 20 taps to showcase the Revel brews. Opening 12 noon on Saturday!

Thursday night is the new Friday

Brisbane’s Thursday night options are hotting up with Brisbane Quarter’s Summer Nights with Brisbane Quarter’s November program. Featuring a sultry Malfy Gin Pop-up Bar, a DJ spinning chill-out tunes, and new season dining offers, Summer Nights at BQ promises to bring a cooling Mediterranean vibe to the CBD. The centre’s Podium Level One will be transformed with an Italian beach bar ambience. Take a delicious Malfy Gin cocktail from the cocktail cart, kick back in a comfy white rattan pod chair, sample some tasty bites from Brisbane Quarter restaurants or take a snap for your Insta feed in front of the gorgeous lemon grove wall – all while relaxing to the sounds of summer lounge beats with a live DJ set.  Persone, Tenya, Phat Boy, Phoenix or the W Brisbane’s WET Deck, Living Room Bar or Three Blue Ducks, will offer special summer-themed dishes and cocktails to really help shift into summer mode. Summer Nights at BQ will happen every Thursday in November from November 11 at 5.30 pm until 7 pm.

Black Hide

Award-winning Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane has launched a new menu bursting with fresh seasonal ingredients, bold flavours and a focus on local and sustainable produce. Winner of  Queensland’s best steak restaurant for three years running, Black Hide is renowned for its world-class Australian Wagyu and Angus steak. Although Executive Chef Thomas Mumford has completely refreshed the new menu, the signature steaks won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

There’s been a shift towards lighter options perfect for spring and summer with added seafood dishes. Expect a starter of Hiramasa Yellowtail Kingfish with fermented chilli, sesame and crème fraiche and a new plate of plump and juicy scallops with orange and saffron butter and toasted pistachios. A spanner crab and sweetcorn tortellini with a delicious shellfish bisque is sure to become a firm favourite with locals, too. Several iconic dishes, such as the incredibly moreish beef short ribs and pillowy Italian meatballs, have remained. More here.

King Street gets fishy

Look out for a new pop up in King Street from the owners of One Fish Two Fish at Kangaroo Point.  The Fish Shoppe is a casual eatery with an all-day menu of seafood sangas, burgers, fish and chips and a sand crab sandwich.  I’m heading there to try the sand crab sandwich pronto. It’s open from Tuesday to Saturday until December 23.

Every woman should own a blow torch!

Bon appétit! Go on a delicious journey into the life of legendary cookbook author and television superstar Julia Child with the new documentary from the directors of the Academy Award®-nominated RBG. Julia tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s surprising path. From her struggles to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, to her empowering story of a woman who found fame in her 50s and her calling as an unlikely television sensation. It’s in cinemas from November 4.

Friends of Eat drink and be Kerry had the chance to win one of five double passes to the movie. (“Every woman should own a blow torch” is a Julia Child quote.)

Gelateria on the move

Fans of Miss Sophia’s Gelateria need to know it has moved from its home at Farm House Kedron to a spot near Oh Boy, Bok Choy on Stafford Road, opening on Friday. Farm House will expand into the space providing more inside airconditioned dining, a welcome addition with a hot summer on the way.

Narrows Escape Feast on Brisbane #41

Lovestruck in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat

Plan your next escape

Pick your own Christmas tree

Harvest Season at Granite Belt Christmas Farm starts on November 27 and is open every day for harvest from 9 am to 4 pm. Taking the family to the farm to pick your own tree is a beautiful tradition. Santa will also be at the farm every weekend throughout harvest, with Santa’s animals also needing a feed. Granite Belt Christmas Farm is a 2.5-hour drive from Brisbane and a 1.5-hour drive from Toowoomba.

Love revival

Lovestruck in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat is the ultimate post-Covid revival package for lovers looking for romance and revitalisation. Narrows Escape, named by TripAdvisor members as the most romantic stay in the world earlier this year, offers highly personal, discrete service in their ‘snuggable’ six pavilions. The Lovestruck package includes two nights’ accommodation, French bubbles, roses, a feature dinner at a local restaurant on one night and dinner and dessert delivered to your door on the second night, a bountiful breakfast hamper with fresh croissants delivered daily and a one-hour side by side massage in the privacy of your own pavilion. Take me there now! The package is available from $1600 per couple, with some $350 of value-added extras included. For full details and bookings here.

easy blueberry crumble, vegan blueberry crumble

Feast on Brisbane #41 Recipe of the week – Blueberry Crumble

A good old fashioned fruit crumble using seasonal produce ticks all the boxes for me!

This super quick recipe creates a healthy, easy blueberry crumble that has all the flavour you love with new health benefits. Using no butter, it’s a vegan blueberry crumble too! You could also use the vegan crumble topping with other fruits if you wish.

Blueberries are so cheap at the moment.  Here’s the Super Easy Blueberry Crumble recipe.

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