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A-Z Guidebook: Old Government House, Brisbane

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. * Remember, if you don’t have a location that starts with the letter, you can select the alternate theme. This… >> Read more

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Cake For Breakfast? Yes We Can – Gertrude & Mabel

You face a big issue when heading to brunch these days. No parking. Brisbane must surely be the apartment capital of the universe. Where once there was one Queenslander (house) on a double block, there are now 15 units. Fifteen units with two cars per unit, half of which are parked on the street. Yes, parking… >> Read more

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In The Tiffin Box VI

There’s no cooking going on in my kitchen at present but that doesn’t mean there’s not lots of other things happening in the world of TIFFIN. Let’s take a look inside Tiffin Box. Ladies In Black If there’s one thing I love more than theatre, it’s musical theatre. Starting on November 28 for a short run at… >> Read more

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In My Makeshift Kitchen … November 2015

Here I am, back for another In My Kitchen hosted by ever baking friend Celia, from Fig Jam & Lime Cordial. Unfortunately, my kitchen doesn’t exist this month. It is now history. Kicked the bucket. It is an ex-kitchen! The long awaited renovation has started which means I am left without a kitchen as we live in… >> Read more

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The Jetty South Bank

#BrisbaneAnyDay is the marketing phrase of Brisbane Tourism. It’s not the catchiest slogan in the world but is does define how I felt sitting at The Jetty restaurant in South Bank last weekend. A gloriously sunny day, ferries hopping across the river, families riding past on bikes and Segways, summer sounds from the amphitheatre, the… >> Read more

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My Teenage Memories, Crushed – The Pancake Manor

The other night I visited a hangout from times gone by. A time when restaurants weren’t open much past 8pm let alone 11, 12 or 1am. A time when it was rare to see an old building re-purposed into a modern venue. A time when anything topped with sour cream was considered the height of… >> Read more

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Fish Lane Bistro

Brisbane has a lot to offer the local diner. Food festivals, new openings every week, a climate suited to footpath dining, hidden gems and elegant salons. The one thing it really doesn’t have is laneways. Oh sure, there are a couple of re-purposed loading docks and some ‘fake’ laneways that have been architected into new… >> Read more

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Local &/or General – La Bomba

Local &/or General is the title of a song by The Models. It’s a song that’s always stuck in my mind and it seemed like an appropriate title for this occasional series of reviews about very local coffee shops that I can walk to from my house. And a walk to La Bomba I have done on… >> Read more

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When I was asked to write* a review about The Pig’n’Whistle Brunswick St, I thought about some of the mad nights I’d spent in other venues in the chain and decided that I needed to see the Pig’n’Whistle in a different light. Daylight. So, in the last gasp of winter, I headed to Brunswick St… >> Read more

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Local &/or General – The Blue Poppy

Local &/or General is the title of a song by The Models. Not when they were in their chart topping phase but earlier on, in their edgy, urban grit phase, prior to James Freud joining. It’s a song that’s always stuck in my mind and it seemed like an appropriate title for this occasional series of… >> Read more

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In The Tiffin Box IV

There’s never a dull moment at TIFFIN HQ. The past few weeks have been very busy between extra travel with work, preparation for the renovation and Good Food Month events. The busier things get, the more I feel the need to write and cook as a creative outlet. Here’s a few things that would have… >> Read more

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Where The Suburbs Met Utopia

It’s been a busy old time for TIFFIN recently. The Brisbane Time’s Good Food Month (July 9 – August 9) is off and running with events happening left right and centre. Here’s a quick wrap up of a couple of meals I’ve shared with Mr Tiffin over the past few weeks, both within our eastern… >> Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – 5 Boroughs

I am woefully behind in telling you about my dining out experiences, so it’s catch up time here at TIFFIN. This week it’s all about the restaurants! Stone’s Corner is once again going through a period of revitalisation. It’s one of Brisbane’s oldest southern suburbs and it’s written in the very fabric of the precinct… >> Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – Sing Sing Restaurant

*** THIS VENUE HAS NOW CLOSED *** I am woefully behind in telling you about my dining out experiences, so it’s catch up time here at TIFFIN. This week it’s all about the restaurants! After a thwarted attempt to see Mad Max (hordes, queues, sold out sessions, diverted Jurassic World patrons…) Anthony and I found ourselves in… >> Read more

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The Secret Behind The Door – Di Bella Coffee

Step inside an unassuming door on busy Abbotsford Rd in Brisbane and you’ll find a pleasant surprise. What looks like the door to a business unit is in fact the entry to a bustling coffee shop. I had been invited* to see what goes on behind this modest door, which is the gateway to the realm… >> Read more

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In busy New Farm, there’s a little community that’s quietly going about its business on the rooftops of James St. High above the air kisses and alfresco dining is the secret world of the honey bee, living in beehives above your very heads. In case you missed it, urban beehives and neighbourhood beekeeping is very much… >> Read more

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Wagaya Japanese Restaurant – Mr Tiffin Guest Post

Hi. Mr Tiffin here. I’m writing a guest post as part of the Festival of TIFFIN birthday celebrations. Wagaya is an Izakaya style Japanese restaurant. Wikipedia says ‘An izakaya (居酒屋) is a type of Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking.’ We were invited* to enjoy the hospitality of… >> Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – Nest Bar & Restaurant

A little while ago I was invited* to the opening of a new bar in the city. It was full of leggy PR girls in very short dresses and manscaped boys. A galaxy of bright young things and this middle-aged blogger. Plush furnishings and cosy nooks, dangerous cocktails and interesting canapés, lucky door prizes and… >> Read more

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The Powerhouse Farmers Markets – Brisbane

It’s been a fair while since I’ve visited Jan Power’s Farmers Market at The Powerhouse. Mainly because there have been so many more markets that have popped up over the years but also because it’s impossible to get a parking spot in that tiny corner of New Farm. The first market of 2015 saw us… >> Read more

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Christmas Lunch Sized Adventures

Like much of the world, TIFFIN is on the countdown to Christmas. If you work in an office, it’s that time of year where it’s acceptable to crack open the tin of Quality Street at 9am and share them out with your mates, enjoy endless morning teas with endless variations on rum balls and apricot… >> Read more

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