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To be honest, I didn’t know Republic Coffee Traders even existed until I saw a review in the newspaper. Amazingly, it’s less than 2km from home and I pass it on my daily commute but as it’s on a side street, it could have remained undiscovered. Thankfully, it did not. This is a Public Service… >> Read more

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In My Kitchen… July 2016

It’s July and it’s cold. We had the longest summer ever in Brisbane but in the past week, winter has arrived. Sure, it’s not snowing like it is in some parts of Australia but when you live in a wooden house without central heating, 8c is a pretty frosty start to the morning. On Monday… >> Read more

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Breakfast Sized Adventures – Bungalow 4171

After all of my bold promises about visiting cafes whilst we were on holidays, we barely visited any. Mainly due to the fact that every morning I kept saying ‘Look, I can make us a nice breakfast. We don’t need to spend that money – we just blew heaps on the house.’ The planner vs the realist. There… >> Read more

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Deedot Coffee House – Breakfast Sized Adventures

You’ve heard me complain often enough about crowds and queuing and parking and all the things that come with trying to enjoy breakfast at a café on the weekend. I have previously suggested that one solution is to get up early but I find that a rather extreme measure. An alternative is to take some… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

Breakfast Sized Adventures – King Arthur Cafe

You’ll have oft heard me grumbling about not queuing for breakfast and the dire state of parking in popular hot spots around Brisbane on weekends. Well here’s an idea I hadn’t encountered…getting up early. I recently met up with some friends on Saturday morning to fuel up for a road trip out to the Scenic Rim. Whilst… >> 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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Local &/or General – Ashton & Old

Local &/or General is the title of a song by The Models.  Not when they were in their hipster ‘Outta Mind, Outta Sight’ 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… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

Worth the Buyer’s Premium

The crowd, the crowd!The ‘Premium’ being that dreaded wait for a table.  We’d walked to Auctions Rooms from the CBD and on approach, we could see a crowd outside.  On this Melbourne adventure, I had a partner in crime and my solo dining theory (no waiting, tables always available for one) had to be parked… >> Read more

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The very first blog I ever posted was about Cumulus Inc, and their crunchy Silk Purse for a Sow’s Ear dish.  I wrote about it because I loved the meal and had recently discovered the ‘solo dining theory’.  In honour of my 100th post, I am writing again about Cumulus Inc.  I revisited Melbourne for… >> Read more

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Sometimes things aren’t as they appear

Sometimes things aren’t as they appear.  Exhibit A: In my first shopping trip to a Migros Supermarket in Switzerland, I bought a dozen eggs.  Later that day, I grabbed a couple out of the box to add to Nigella’s Croque Monsiuer Bake.  They seemed a bit tough to crack. Thick shells?  No, they were actually… >> Read more

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