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Brisbane German Club – 5 Top Tips

For some reason, I had never been to Brisbane’s German Club. I’m not sure why exactly as I go past it every day on my way home from work. The pork knuckle is legendary. A while ago, Bon Vivant and man about town, John Birmingham wrote a witty piece about the harsh dress code rules… >> Read more

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Romertopf Cider Braised Pork

A while ago I mentioned that I’d scored a Römertopf clay baker from an op shop for the princely sum of $9. I gave it a go that same weekend, cooking a roast chicken that was just a little too big for it. As promised in the recipe, the chicken was moist and succulent because… >> Read more

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Filed in: Mids & Mains

Norf’k Island Life – Farmer’s Market

As the months fly by, I continue to tidy posts on my new website when I can. Mainly re-sizing photos and the occasional typo, it’s a wonderful trip down memory lane, particularly of holidays I’ve shared with Anthony. Whilst wandering down that laneway, I noticed that quite a few of the side paths led to… >> Read more

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Filed in: Markets, Travel

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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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

Coconut Pancakes w Coriander & Peking Pork

Slow cooked meats are very much in vogue at the moment. Pulled pork, beef carnitas, slow roasted shoulders and similar are on menus across the land. Some of this is inspired by the current rise of ‘American Diner Cuisine’ and its little brother Dude Food and some by the desire for cooks and chefs to… >> Read more

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Filed in: Entree & Starters, Product Review

In My Kitchen… March 2014

Welcome to TIFFIN’s new home.  Between travel for work, helping out with some project coordination, a weekend of camping and moving to the my new Blog home, there hasn’t been an awful lot of cooking or eating going on. So without further ado, here’s what’s happening this month   In my March kitchen… … are… >> 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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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

A Great Cure All

‘Setting his coarse feeding and slovenly habits out of the question, there is no domestic animal so profitable or so useful to man as the much maligned pig, or any that yields him a more varied or more luxurious repast’ Isabella Beeton, Book of Household Management 1861 I had seen a mysterious ad in Map… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Food Experiences

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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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

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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In the Dragon’s Lair

I grew up not far from Sunnybank when it still had the vestiges of market gardens and was on a sleepy street called Mains Rd that ended literally in a dead end at the Mt Gravatt Cemetary.  I recall collecting pecans that had fallen from the trees standing in the vacant lot behind the new… >> Read more

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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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Filed in: Restaurant Review, Travel

It’s been a big few weeks, what with the Vintage Festival in the Barossa Valley followed hot on its heels by the inaugural Adelaide Food and Wine Festival.  Over the coming weeks, I’ll be catching you up on my (hardly) bite sized adventures and it seems appropriate that I start with my last adventure, first…… >> Read more

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The Milkman of Human Kindness Delivers

*** THIS VENUE HAS NOW CLOSED *** I try not to post two restaurant reviews in a row as variety is the spice of life but I have such a big backlog that I’m bending the rules. Last week we were off to see troubadour, people’s poet and general rabble rouser Billy Bragg at the… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

This Little Piggy

Despite a minor touch of jet lag and a huge backlog of posts to write, less than 24 hours off the plane from Chile, TIFFIN was out there rubbing shoulders with the Foodistas of Bris-Vegas to make sure you have the up to minute facts on cooking schools in Brisbane.  Last night I was lucky… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Food Experiences

I Need a Snack With Flavour

Any Australian Gen X-er will know that phrase.  ‘I need a snack a flavour’ was the catch cry of the child in a TV commercial who’s mother offered him a piece of fruit and no doubt also told him that there was ‘water in tap’.  In previous posts I have talked about the Peruvian passion… >> Read more

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Dispatches from Sydney – Gardel’s Bar

What I really wanted to call this post was ‘There’s A Guy Work Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis‘ but it wouldn’t fit, so I’ve stuck to the usual format.  ‘There’s A Guy’ is a wonderful song title from 80’s British songstress Kirsty MacColl who also covered ditties by Billy Bragg and sang with… >> Read more

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Now That’s a Facelift!

The Atrium still dominates A few weeks ago I asked when was the last time you had been to Sirromet Winery.  Now I’m asking you when was the last time you visited the Brisbane Hilton?  The answer for me was, a lonnnnggg time ago.  I distinctly recall the tradition of the massive buffet breakfast with… >> Read more

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Dude, Where’s My Bun?

Food Trucks are just so ‘now’.  They’ve been a phenomena in the US for a few years and have heralded the introduction of ‘Dude Food’ as a food trend.  Dude Food is relatively cheap, easy to hold meals that are typically eaten by ‘dudes’.  Think ribs, buffalo wings, popcorn, tacos, hot dogs, sliders (which are really… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

Dispatches from Sydney – Orto Trading Co

There’s an endless list of restaurants to visit and there’s always more to add as others are ticked off.  Sometimes though, one sneaks in from the side and snags a dining slot.  Orto Trading Co was one such restaurant, suggested by Sean as a place to meet and catch up.  Our old friend Terry Durack… >> Read more

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