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Mulberry Smash Cocktail

glass of mulberry cocktail with sprig of mint and curls of lemon zest

I was unbelievably excited when I visited a farmers' market the other day and saw punnets of mulberries. They have such a short season, it's just not something you see. I snapped up two punnets. Those little purple babies were burning a whole in my pocket as I rushed home to try them. How would… >> Read more

Filed in: 6. Drinks
breakfast dish of bacon, aioli, rocket and tomato with a fried egg

It's been a while since I've done a Local &/or General story but with my new found freedom, I have been hitting the footpaths of the suburb. The premise of Local &/or General is simple: local coffee shops within walking distance of my TIFFIN HQ in Camp Hill. Jacu Espresso is hardly a new addition to… >> Read more

Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review
Red brick building in fauc gothic style with turrets and a silver roof. Palms trees in foreground.

Welcome to the A-Z Guidebook Link Up. If you would like to join, read the A-Z Guidebook tab at the top of the blog and write a travel post relating to the letter of the month. *Q may pose a challenging letter for some. You can always use the alternate theme for some additional inspiration. This… >> Read more

Filed in: A - Z Guidebook, Brisbane

Brisbane Jacaranda Season Is Here

Brisbane Jacaranda Season - jacarandas in bloom with the Brisbane CBD in the background

The Jacarandas are blooming early this year. Typically the Brisbane Jacaranda season is towards the end of October through to late November but a wet winter has given them a head start. From pale mauve to brightest ultra violets, the city is awash with a purple haze. Despite what many think, Jacarandas are not native to Australia… >> Read more

Filed in: Brisbane
several sweet potato muffins cooling on a rack

A month or so ago, we visited the area of coastal Queensland known as Wide Bay-Burnett. The area contributes a vast amount of fruit and vegetables to our tables including the humble sweet potato. Driving back and forth from Bundaberg to the coastal town of Bargara, we passed a huge sweet potato farm selling large bags of… >> Read more

Filed in: 5. Baking

Bar Hop – Tomcat

decor at the bar Tomcat

I’m sharing some of the bars I've visited recently so you know where they are and can seem like you’re ‘in the know’. I was invited* to the opening of Tomcat along with the bright and beautiful of Brisbane. A few days in, and it already appears to be a roaring success. Name: Tomcat Location: Fortitude Valley Vibe: Fun & Lively… >> Read more

Filed in: Brisbane

In My Kitchen… October 2016

Cake Spatulas

In my kitchen this month finds me in a very different world to last month. When I wrote the September post, I was working for the Australian Public Service. A month on, I have left my employer of 28 years and am footloose and fancy free. Unexpected but not unwelcome. Eventually I will need to… >> Read more

Filed in: Miscellaneous