A cosy nook

31 07 2011

“This has been a long journey, especially after the floods,” said an enthusiastic Mary as we paid compliments to the crowded dining area at newly opened The Nook Caffe Restaurant in Jindalee this morning. Formerly known as the GardenWay Restaurant, Mary, George, Doug and the crew started from the ground up when they relocated to the Sinnamon Road site after the floods and have been fully operational for just over three weeks.  Read on





Granada, tierra sonada por mi

2 06 2011

A few years ago I embarked on my first overseas trip. One of the destinations on my itinerary was Spain. I had such high hopes for my visit, but if I’m honest, it did not deliver everything I had wanted it to. What disappointed me most was the food. More recently, I have noticed an influx of tapas bars popping up around Brisbane; a sign that the influences of the Mediterranean have made their way to Australian shores, and although my experience overseas was not brilliant, it has not deterred me from Spanish food altogether. And this is how I came to find myself in Granada Cafe Tapas Bar.

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That’s amore

6 01 2011

I’m sure many of you will understand when I say that there are some restaurants and eateries you save for ‘special occasions’; a romantic dinner for two, the celebration of a  new job, when a long-serving friend comes to visit, or a birthday dinner with your nearest and dearest.  If you’re anything like me, you save them because you don’t want to tarnish your enjoyment or memory of that very first visit, and you want others to experience that same satisfaction.  You get me?

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Food from the hills

13 11 2010

I wasn’t sure what to expect as the giant Buddha eyes peered out at me from across the street.  They watched as I made my way to the door, and seemed to hold their lingering stare as I stepped across the threshold into the warm embrace of the Tibetan Kitchen at Spring Hill.  Inside, the Tibetan Kitchen was abuzz with table-upon-table of diners, and my eyes darted from one corner of the room to the other in search of a familiar face.  Having been stood for a few minutes unable to find my group, I was now hopeful of having one of the service attendants come to my aid.  But they seemed run off their feet serving meals and clearing tables, and failed to catch my eye.  I decided to wait outside.

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Drift the night away

21 06 2010

Living on the westside and working in the Brisbane CBD, I occasionally passed an unassuming restaurant in Milton as I walked the river on my way home in the afternoon.  I had often thought that the location embraced the panoramic views of the city, and I was always hopeful that an opportunity would arise where I could savour the experience from inside.  Well that opportunity presented itself one evening when my boyfriend and I had to madly find a last-minute alternative to our anniversary celebrations, and so our experience with Drift was made.

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Food in a modern Australian Era

18 06 2010

Looking for a casual location to catch up with a group of friends on a Friday afternoon?  South Brisbane’s award-winning  Era Bistro could well be a place to consider.  Situated in the hub of South Brisbane, on the corner of Merrivale and Melbourne Streets, Era offers an opportunity to relax despite the liveliness of people passing by.  There are a number of options to enjoy this venue with seating inside at the restaurant or around the bar, and on this particular occasion my friends and I chose the al fresco seating.

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Food with grunt likely to satisfy

4 03 2010

As a Queensland icon celebrating 20 years, it’s surprising that dining out at the Hog’s Breath Cafe has not previously occurred.  But better late than never, right?  Well, as it turns out, yes.

It was a quiet mid-week evening when we decided to ditch a home-cooked meal for one prepared by someone else, and eat out at this cafe/restaurant, and it was clear from the beginning our dining experience would be unique.  The appearance, atmosphere and style of the restaurant could be likened to that of a Hard Rock Cafe, except that there was no apparent theme to the unusual paraphernalia and memorabilia that decorated the walls, and this in itself provided much conversation.  The casual approach to the setting was not observed by the restaurant’s staff though, as they were attentive, friendly and efficient, allowing us to relax and get comfortable.

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