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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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Bacon Ice Cream for Brunch? You Betcha!

Dessert restaurants were a thing in the 90’s. They were places you went after going to the theatre or movies or for a romantic date. The selection was general variations on chocolate mousse and cheesecake. They had a certain appeal but over time this appeal waned as it dawned on people that there is only so… Read more

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Samson & Sophie – A Mixed Bag

I’d read reviews of Samson & Sophie. People loved the eclectic air of the cafe; the quirky furniture and re-purposed BBQs as tables; the recipe card as table numbers and the giant pegs to hold them. They weren’t so in love with some of the meals and service. Aren’t those last two the things that… Read more

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Dessert Degustation – A Bacchanalian Delight

It must be said that it’s been a busy time of late for your intrepid correspondent. I have had quite a few invites to events and have been doing so much in the kitchen that I’ve had to take remedial action and start saying ‘no’ to a few invitations.  ‘Poor TIFFIN’, I hear you say… Read more

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Shoreline Restaurant – Sea World Resort

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Sea World. With the kids all grown up, there’s not much reason to visit that part of the Gold Coast nowadays. I’m so out of touch I thought the resort was called still Nara Resort but that was a lifetime and a lot of Japanese tourists… Read more

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Local &/or General – The Loaded Shot

Though it’s been a while since I have written a Local &/or General post, there’s plenty of activity in the suburb. The set of shops at the local express bus stop is a day by day proposition for most businesses. Once upon a time it would have been a thriving terminus for trams travelling from… Read more

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High Tea at PassionTree (Velvet)

I knew nothing of PassionTree Velvet when a little box was delivered to my office on an otherwise dull Tuesday afternoon. Looking for all the world like an aqua tinted Tiffany gift box, it was filled with a selection of melt in the mouth chocolate truffles and an invitation* to High Tea at the PassionTree… Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – Indian Chaat

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about and planning to grab a quick bite of lunch between activities and errands. Because of detours and dallying, the number of ‘quick bite’ options dwindles as the lunch window closes and suddenly you’re in a dining no man’s land. Cafes have shut, sold out or are not offering… Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures Malaysian Style

Over the years I’ve waxed lyrical about my love of Malaysian food. One of my favourite dishes (Malaysian or otherwise) is Char Kway Teow and if you’ve been reading along for any length of time, it makes regular appearances in TIFFIN. Another fave is the curry and flat bread meal known as Roti Canai. Indeed… Read more

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At The Kong Foo Sing – Kwan Brothers

The other night we took a trip down memory lane and listened to Siouxsie & The Banshees ‘Once Upon a Time’ & ‘Twice Upon a Time’ greatest hits. The first track of the first CD is the exuberant Hong Kong Garden. From the opening notes of the xylophone and cymbals crashing everywhere to the wonderful… Read more

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In The Tiffin Box

The year is rushing by, as it always does. There’s always so much happening. So many small observations and half written posts that fly past without being captured and popped onto a digital page for posterity. The Project Manager in me needs to curate these thoughts. Get them organised. Document them. Here they are: Carina North Quality Meats… Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – Vietnamese Mint

** VERY SADLY, THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED ** A few weeks back I wrote about visiting Darra which is the home to many of greater Brisbane’s best Vietnamese restaurants. It’s not too far but it’s a bit of a hike so I was very happy to see a little place open up a lot… Read more

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Big, Fat Deal

A few weeks ago I finally visited Fat Noodle, one of Luke Nguyen’s ventures outposted to the Treasury Casino in Brisbane. It opened to much fanfare 12 months ago but has had mixed reviews. When I say mixed reviews, I’m being generous. A quick tour of sites such as Urbanspoon and Yelp! consistently provide poor… Read more

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Toro Bravo – A Great Little Secret (shhh…)

I like to think that I’m across what’s happening in Brisbane. I read the weekly digital mags, engage on Twitter, read the Brisbane Times every other day and generally collect bits and pieces along the way that gives me a pretty good idea of what’s hip and happening. So how is it that Toro Bravo… Read more

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A Tale of Two Coffee Shops

Coffee Shops abound in Brisbane. You can’t cross a street or turn a corner without seeing a new venue that has popped up. Of course, it’s an extremely competitive market. Recently, there’s been a caffeine rush of coffee shops opening in the streets around where I work. Let’s visit two and see what’s on offer…… Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – Nha Hang Thanh Quyen

After watching the very excellent The Grand Budapest Hotel at Garden City, Anthony suggested on the spur of the moment that we head to Darra for some Vietnamese as we were over that side of town anyway. This presented a dilemma for me as my phone was just about out of power so there was… Read more

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Rising From The Ashes – Guest Post

Fiona was invited to Phoenix Bar at the Bracken Ridge Tavern but she was delayed in our nation’s capital so Mr Tiffin took her place. So, this is a ‘Guest post by Mr Tiffin’*. I grew up in Brisbane’s northern suburbs and I remember the Bracken Ridge Tavern being a ‘no go zone’ for a… Read more

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Locanda Osteria & Bar

*** THIS VENUE HAS NOW CLOSED *** Birthdays arrive with alarming regularity these days. There are a handful that I recall very well whilst others are lost in the mists of time. On my 8th I received my first watch, on my 13th I received Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’ and on my 40th, I… Read more

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The Mean Streets of the Gabba

The regeneration of suburbs is cyclical. As economies change, families move on and the complexion of the community alters, so too do the suburbs of the city.  In Brisbane, Teneriffe is the new James St which was the new Fortitude Valley which itself is in the process of being re-invented for the G20. South of… Read more

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A Mad World

My BFF was celebrating her birthday and rather than schlep into town, decided to organise dinner at a restaurant in her stamping ground of Runcorn. Located in a set of local shops on busy Mains Rd, our crowd of ten for a was easily accommodated in an otherwise very quiet restaurant. After pouring our BYO wine… Read more

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