One of the greatest things about living in Brisbane is the choice between going south to the Gold Coast or north to the Sunshine Coast. While the Sunshine Coast might have been lacking behind the Goldy when it comes to beer venues, they’ve certainly made up for it this year. After recently staying at our favourite spot, Alexandra Headland, I found myself a little spoilt for choice. Let’s start with one of the first and still my favourite spot, Black Bunny Kitchen. Continue reading
Black Hops Brewing
15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads
One of my most anticipated Brewery openings of the year happened a few weeks ago and recently I was lucky enough to spend the day with the crew at Black Hops making some beer. Continue reading
So the time has come for the top burger joints in Brisbane, problem is, there is so much info to get through so I’m going to do these as individual posts rather than one big novel. If my recent posts are anything to go off there’s bound to be some arguments. That’s to be understood too, there are just so many places producing pure Instagram burger porn now that we’re a little spoilt for choice. Even during the time that I started thinking, visiting and writing this, two new places opened. Now when it comes to my choice in burgers I go for a few things but firstly taste, if it doesn’t taste good then it doesn’t matter how good it looks on Instagram. Secondly I really like supporting the little guys, people that built the business up from scratch and really enjoy what they do. Before you keep reading, I suggest you cancel your dinner plans skip lunch and loosen your belt. Today we are starting with Ze Pickle Continue reading
So recently I was invited to sit down and talk about all things beer and food with Drew Kruck for his podcast along with Peter Wheldon. Click the link and have a listen to a couple of beer nerds chat about beer, food and modern day life.
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Originally this piece was titled Suburban Treasures, so what are suburban treasures you ask? Well they’re little places that you may not know about tucked away out of the city limelight, but more than that they are at the top of their game. So obviously these locations are going to be about things that I enjoy so there’s no fancy 3 Michelin star restaurants here. We’re talking steaks, barbecue, bakeries, an amazing butcher and pies. Continue reading
So today marks the start of allergy awareness week for 2016 (15 – 21 May) and while I hadn’t planned to post anything about it, I feel it’s a subject that needs more exposure. Currently 1 in 10 babies born in Australia will develop a food allergy and this rate is growing. Continue reading
Another question I’m always asked, “Where do I go for tracking down the latest and greatest in the world of craft?”
Originally I was hoping to have released my top 5 suburban treasures but unfortunately due to ill health, timing and procrastinating like a third year uni student it will have to wait another week or two. Some of these are independently owned while others are owned by major chains but have very passionate staff that have pushed upper management to have a level of freedom and seek market differentiation through quality over price. Continue reading
One thing I get asked all the time is, where should I go in Brisbane? Or have you been here, what’s it like? Where are the good bottle shops for craft beer? So I decided I would do some top 5 lists, and I mean really, who doesn’t love a top 5 list. Now I must stress these are my favourite 5 in each category, but others will have their favourites for various reasons and that’s fine. Also just cause I list 5 of something here doesn’t mean there’s not another 20 out there just as good.
So what better way to start than with my favourite breweries to visit when in Brisbane? Over the coming weeks I will be doing other top 5’s for craft beer venues, best bottle shops for craft beer, burger joints and hidden suburban treasures. Continue reading
Something a little bit different this time, while cooked on the BBQ this is more of a play on the traditional Sunday roast. Don’t get me wrong one of my all time favourites is a quality leg of lamb stuffed with hunks of garlic and rosemary then dusted with salt and pepper, but every now and then you need a change, something different. The highlight of this dish is a sticky pomegranate molasses, once you know how to make this you will find a number of uses for it. It’s great for a drizzle over salads, works well with chicken or spill it over some feta to serve on crisp flat bread. Depending what you are going to use it for you may want to use just the molasses or you may want to add the other spices, see below. You can cook the lamb either on the BBQ with indirect heat or in the oven. Continue reading
This review has now been updated with a full video
At first glance this is absolute beer geek porn, this contraption just looks so impressive and makes such a bold statement. You have two options, you can either purchase just the growler itself or you can also add the CO2 pressured tapping system.
So the brown delivery box turned up on my office desk and I immediately knew what was inside. Now most times when I get deliveries at work they just get shoved to the side and opened once I’m home, but not today my friend. Out came the knife and soon I was into the packaging and bubble wrap. This is where I have my first positive and negative. Positive: everything was wrapped and well packaged to ensure no damage during the delivery process. Negative: no assembly instructions, now this is just a minor issue as a quick look at a photo on the website coupled with the Lego skills of a 5 year old and I had the whole thing assembled in a couple of minutes. Continue reading