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Coronation Mango Chicken

Summer can be oppressive in Brisbane. By 8am, it is often already over 30c and it stays that way until well into the night. We live in a sub-tropical climate year round but come January, the heat is combined with energy sapping humidity and the last thing you’re thinking about is cooking a meal. Over the… >> Read more

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Filed in: Soups, Salads, Snacks

NeNe Chicken

I had heard the buzz about NeNe chicken being ‘so good’ and the best Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) around but couldn’t really see a situation where I’d be seeking it out. Cue a Friday night on the tiles and suddenly, NeNe seemed mighty appealing. NeNe means Yes! Yes! in Korean, which is exactly what we… >> Read more

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Filed in: Restaurant Review

When visiting New York City, make sure you wander Uptown past the end of Central Park, to Harlem. Once with a reputation for poverty and violence, Harlem like many NYC suburbs has gentrified. It’s interesting to note that in the 1950s, 98% of the population in Harlem was black but these days, African-Americans represent only… >> Read more

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Filed in: Food Experiences, Travel

A few months ago I wrote about a fantastic movie I saw at QAGOMA called Spinning Plates. It followed three very different restaurants striving to make a success of their businesses. One of them, Breitbach’s Country Dining, served Broasted chicken. This sent me dashing to the internet to find out what Broasted chicken was. A… >> Read more

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Filed in: Food Experiences, Travel

tiA few weeks ago I wrote about the #Harvest Exhibition being presented by QAGOMA. Where has that time gone? Some of it at least has been spent in front of the silver screen in the QAGOMA cinema, watching food themed films. Since last I wrote about Harvest, I’ve seen Ang Lee’s ‘Eat, Drink, Man, Woman’… >> Read more

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Filed in: Mids & Mains

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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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

Dispatches from Sydney – Hartsyard

The first thing you need to know about Hartsyard is that it does not specialise in Harts/hearts or offal, though they may be on the menu at some time.  I’m telling you this up front as when I told a few people I was going, for some reason that thought I’d be sampling some choice… >> Read more

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A Shady Groupie

There’s a new kid on the block every week isn’t there? The newest kid on our block is Shady Palms Cafe & Bar in Stones Corner.  Not quite on the block but not far away at all.  Stones Corner is going through its umpteenth urban renewal.  As a Southside stalwart, I’ve seen it as a… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

Pawpaw Cafe – Woolloongabba

We’re always on a tight schedule on weekends, packing in as much as possible.  This year we’ve been trying to see more movies and have made a good stab of it, with 5 visits racked up.  On Sunday we had decided to see Lincoln and for once, had enough time up our sleeves to grab… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

Time for a Tipple

A few months ago, I started seeing tweets for ‘Tippler’s Tap’.  People mentioned that they were going or had been and it was great.  Seemed odd that so many people were making the pilgrimage to Stradbroke Island just to get some decent chicken wings but, these are the lengths that people go to for a… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

The first thing I’d like to say is ‘Welcome!’ to all my new readers who have been visiting the blog as a result of Random Recipes. I love to read your comments so keep it up! Perhaps you’d like to subscribe via email or join the TIFFIN Fan Club (on the right side bar)? I… >> Read more

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Filed in: Mids & Mains

Hope Springs Eternal

My husband is not much of a cook.  Sure, he knows his way around a tin of tuna and can scare up a good looking salad sandwich but on the whole, it’s more forage that foie gras.  He often says he should learn to cook and knows that practice is the best way to improve… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Food Experiences

When East Meets West

A few weeks ago we had some friends over for the enthusiastically titled ‘Middle Eastern Feast’. In keeping with the theme and the Middle Eastern tradition of generous hospitality and an abundant table, our own table positively groaned.  Food from Greg & Lucy Malouf’s Turquoise and Barry Vera’s Feast Bazaar featured as well as some… >> Read more

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Filed in: Miscellaneous

Over a Tuscan BBQ

As you know, I have just returned from a week in Gaiole in Chianti in Tuscany.  It was a low key affair but we still managed to drink 2 bottles of champagne, 7 bottles of red wine, 2 of white, a few beers, countless wine tastings and a bottle of vodka between the three of… >> Read more

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Filed in: Food Experiences, Travel