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Bar Sized Adventures – InCider Trading

*** THIS VENUE HAS NOW CLOSED *** Every Christmas you meet up with friends for a drink and dissect the year that was. At the end of the sprawling afternoon you say ‘We must meet up more often. Not leave it so long.’. Then, before you know if, it’s November and you’re looking for slots… Read more

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Two weeks before Christmas is not the ideal time to book a venue for a graduation celebration. Not only is it difficult to find a venue large enough to fit twenty people, there is an expectation that you will use the set Christmas menu (no substitutions), whether you are celebrating Christmas or not.  After much… Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – Newstead Brewing Co

Hot on the heels of the Polar Vortex, I bring you the Liquid Amber Vortex. I’m not quite sure what it is about Newstead and Tenneriffe but the area seems to be a magnet for micro breweries and craft beer pubs. Green Beacon Brewing and Tippler’s Tap paved the way and now Newstead Brewing Co has arrived… Read more

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Love an Adventure

A few weeks ago I was invited* to check out the new Garden Grille menu at The Glen Hotel in Eight Mile Plains. Ahhh…..The Glen. I have fond memories of it. Just down the road from my parent’s house, it was where I went to my first pub concert. Not my first concert mind you… Read more

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Peng You?…Yes You Can

There’s a bit of a revolution happening in Newstead and Tenneriffe. After years of promised development, failed development and stalled development, there are new apartments and businesses popping up all over the place. One very welcome development is The Gasworks. Welcome because after working at the wrong end of town for two years, there is now… Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – Turning Japanese Again ni

If it doesn’t rain, it pours. I hadn’t eaten Japanese for the longest time and now here I am within the space of a few months with a new set of Japanese lunch sized adventures for under $10.Ichiban Yakitori‘If they ask you if you want extra chilli, say no’ were Justin’s tweeted words of advice… Read more

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State of Flux

Every day on my way home from work, I walk along Ann St from the bottom end of the Valley (Newstead really) to the top end of the Valley to catch my bus home. It’s a way of decompressing at the end of the day and getting a short stroll in. I walk along at… Read more

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Ping Pong After Hours

Ping Pong. You read those words and were transported to your parents’ rumpus room under the house weren’t you? Or your neighbour’s garage. You were in the longest running tournament ever with your younger brother. It went all Summer long. The handles of the bats were just a little bit sticky because you both gripped… Read more

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Local &/or General – Mamak Tandoori House

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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South Bank Surf Club

You know how it is. You go to Expo 88 and eat your way through the pavilions with alarming regularity and then, you barely set foot in a restaurant in the revitalised South Bank Parklands site over the following 30 years. Sure, I’ve nibbled around the edges of Little Stanley St and chomped on the… Read more

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Lock ‘n’ Load ‘n’ Ready to Go

“I’ve been to Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro a few times for breakfast but never for dinner.” was the common refrain of those I spoke with in the past few days and something Lock ‘n’ Load obviously intends to address. They’ve refreshed their menu and added a range of tasting plates that are popular with crowds… Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – La Rotisserie

If it doesn’t rain, it pours! I wrote last week about new lunch spots opening up close by and here’s another.The drought in the wilderness officially ended last week when I went to lunch with Mel – only the second weekday lunch I have had with a friend in 2 years!  Gasworks Plaza opened a few… Read more

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Lunch Sized Adventures – Rising to the Occasion

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a Lunch Sized Adventure but of late, there’s been a proliferation of openings in the back streets of Newstead which has offered up some lunch time options.  There’s been lots of chatter about Chester St Bakery & Bar, run by the same clever people who own Limes Hotel… Read more

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The Italian Job

There are times when you have a magical meal experience that lives long in your memory and equally long on your credit card. Then there are other times when you’re looking for a more budget friendly option. It could be a big family get together where food is secondary to catching up or, a quick bite… Read more

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Having A Ball

*** THIS VENUE HAS NOW CLOSED *** Today, it’s all about meatballs.  A few months ago it was dude food and before that, real burgers. Yes, the latest food trend to visit our shores is the good old fashioned meatball. Keep up! Type ‘meatball’ into the search engine and you’ll see what I mean. Last… Read more

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Skake, shake, shake…shake, shake, shake

Gosh! I remember when the first Bar Merlo coffee shop opened up in lower Queen St in the CBD. Well before chain store coffee shops or even artisan single origin beans were on the scene, Merlo were producing fantastic coffee as well as feeding sweet and savoury Italian snacks to office workers. You had to queue… Read more

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A Little Touch of Spice

I love the idea of going out to breakfast with friends and family.  You can catch up and still having the day ahead of you.  I love the idea but the reality if often very different.  Many places do not take bookings for breakfast, instead preferring to make their valued customers queue. Even if you can get… Read more

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I Was Standing on the Corner

Since Alfred & Constance opened 18 months ago, I’ve traipsed past it with alarming regularity on the way to and from my dentist, just around the corner.  I often take a look at the menu and a peek into what’s happening but usually have a mouthful of anesthetic or a dentist bill in my hand so… Read more

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Local &/or General – Flour & Chocolate Patisserie

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… Read more

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Blues Eyes… Malt Dining

Four times a year, we head out on the town to celebrate four friend’s birthdays.  It’s a chance to really splash out and enjoy ourselves.  This time it was Bronlynn’s birthday and her choice is Malt Dining in the CBD.Tucked away on Market St, it’s in one of Brisbane’s oldest buildings dating from 1865.  Like… Read more

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