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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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In The Tiffin Box V

Lots to catch up on as always, so it’s time for a roundup. The Roll Shop Bahn Mi Rolls. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Since returning to the Big Smoke for work, there haven’t been too many lunches coming along in the Tiffin Box. Instead, I’ve been having a grand… >> 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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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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A Mighty Mighty Good Time

*** 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! The trouble with tweeting and hashtagging your way through a veritable degustation of restaurant openings and menu launches, is that people following along… >> 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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Eating The Village part 2 – NYC

With 12 nights in NYC, there were plenty of opportunities to visit the celebrated restaurants of venerated chefs, doing a significant amount of damage to the credit card along the way. I decided it was easier (and cheaper) to eat locally in the East Village. In part 2, we eat at a couple of restaurants… >> Read more

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Eating The Village part 1 – NYC

With 12 nights in NYC, there were plenty of opportunities to visit the celebrated restaurants of venerated chefs, doing a significant amount of damage to the credit card along the way. I decided however, to go a different route. The East Village is jam packed with restaurants, cafes, markets and delis offering a huge range… >> 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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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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Lunch Sized Adventures – Chingu

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a lunch sized adventure. For the most part I bring my lunch to work but if I do buy, it’s likely to be from one of the nearby cafes or the supermarket. On a scorchingly hot day I had to head up to Chinatown in my lunch… >> Read more

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Breakfast Of The Year – Billy Kart Kitchen

It’s early in the year but I’m calling it. I just had the best breakfast I’m going to have all year. I wasn’t planning on eating but when I saw it on the menu and asked the waiter to explain, he didn’t even get to finish his sentence before I was ordering it. Last weekend… >> 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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Lunch Sized Adventures – Greek on Cav

Originally we were going to a Nepalese restaurant to celebrate my niece’s 21st but they were closed for renovations. Jackie’s ‘plan B’ was to travel to the other side of the globe and head to Greek On Cav, very handily located in the suburb next to ours. So, we found ourselves on a sunny Sunday lunch… >> Read more

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