• I scrolled through my map of pinned bookmarks and remembered Wild Canary Bistro. It has been on my list, due to the Instagram-worth breakfasts and cakes.

    Wild Canary Bistro

    I scrolled through my map of pinned bookmarks and remembered Wild Canary Bistro. It has been on my list, due to the Instagram-worth breakfasts and cakes.

  • You can be a little spoilt for choice down at the Southbank precinct, but Brooklyn Depot is one spot you've got to add on your list if you're in the area and in the mood for some Americana. Read - burgers and dogs.

    Brooklyn Depot

    You can be a little spoilt for choice down at the Southbank precinct, but Brooklyn Depot is one spot you’ve got to add on your list if you’re in the area and in the mood for some Americana. Read – burgers and dogs.

  • Ready to go for an adventure? Brisbane has a new speakeasy bar and you're gonna need a password to get in. It'll be worth it though. I promise.

    Legends, Brisbane newest speakeasy bar

    Ready to go for an adventure? Brisbane has a new speakeasy bar and you’re gonna need a password to get in. It’ll be worth it though. I promise.

  • My hairdresser raved about ANFE Italian Club, which is just round the corner from us. It seemed a shame to not visit a potential local and I've been missing good Italian!

    ANFE Italian Club

    My hairdresser raved about ANFE Italian Club, which is just round the corner from us. It seemed a shame to not visit a potential local and I’ve been missing good Italian!

  • Creators Felix and Justin Kong opened Melt Brothers opened late last year, offering a very cheesey alternative to the quintessential office sandwich lunch that I reckon deserves a try. Because everyone loves cheese, right?

    Melt Brothers and Free Grilled Cheese day

    Creators Felix and Justin Kong opened Melt Brothers opened late last year, offering a very cheesey alternative to the quintessential office sandwich lunch that I reckon deserves a try. Because everyone loves cheese, right?

  • Sparrow Eating House has been on my radar for awhile, but it has been hard to visit with it being down the Gold Coast. We took advantage of the summer sunshine by hitting the beach several times last month, and I finally got to check them out.

    [Gold Coast] Sparrow Eating House

    Sparrow Eating House has been on my radar for awhile, but it has been hard to visit with it being down the Gold Coast. We took advantage of the summer sunshine by hitting the beach several times last month, and I finally got to check them out.

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Welcome to 2018

Blogpost - Welcome to 2018

I swear the years fly faster the older you get. How the hell did I blink and we’re already a week into 2018?

This blog has seen fuller days – 2017 has not been kind, so I wanna a fresh start.

Let’s start with reflecting on my 10 goals for 2017.

  • We never got around to scheduling those date nights, but there were tonnes of family time.
  • Our 10th-year-anniversary celebration was a disaster – a Noosa weekend turned into a diarrhoea episode on the SO’s part.
  • I smashed my 30-books reading goal by reading 56 books, thanks to BookBub.
  • I didn’t get to physically attend a conference, but I DID watch videos from Social Media Marketing World 2017 conference.

And I obviously didn’t stick to ANY editorial plan for this blog.

So much for that.

Let’s hope I do better this year.

 

Celebrating 2017

While 2017 ended on a horrible note with my father having to undergo a triple bypass (more on that later), I cannot deny there have been some incredible moments worth celebrating.

So it certainly wasn’t all bad.

Nonetheless, I should mention our Christmas/New Year.

Our family originally planned to host a small Christmas lunch with the SO’s family, but it was quickly abandoned after my father was admitted to hospital for heart attacks in late November. He was told one of his heart arteries was 100% blocked, and the other two were 80% blocked – a triple bypass was inevitable.

The surgery was to take place in January, but further heart attacks forced his doctors to push it forward with a week’s notice. We immediately booked tickets to Singapore and stayed 22 days over Christmas and New Year. When we weren’t at the hospital, we were cleaning my parents’ home (did I ever mention I come from a family of hoarders?), fixing toilets and installing handrails, and helping with his post-op care.

I came home earlier this week, physically and emotionally exhausted. It took me two days of hiding at home to recover. Thank god for Youfoodz and an understanding husband.

 

What’s in store for 2018

As they say – “Man Plans, and God Laughs.”

Who knows what 2018 has in store? Whatever it throws this way, buckle up and join the ride. I am still planning to keep these things around.

  • Journalling is here to stay! I’ll be using a Passion Planner this year.
    While I certainly miss the flexibility of a plain notebook, I am loving this planner’s structure and weekly motivational quotes. Heaven knows I need it.
  • Can I up the stakes with my 50-book reading challenge in 2018? I hope so, with the help of my local library.
  • Single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned in Queensland this July. It’s about time too!
    I’ll be pushing our family further into a no-waste lifestyle. We already use reusable shopping bags (I love and use this one), cups, water bottles, lunch boxes and metal straws. I also use a MeLuna menstrual cup and Tic bottle for toiletries.

I haven't made a caprese salad 🥗 in yonks! Which is sort of ridiculous, because they are so ridiculously easy to put together and require so few ingredients. And if you have a little bit of space, growing your own tomatoes 🍅 and basil 🌿 will bless you with some amazing bright summer flavours without the chemicals or pesticides you might find in today's supermarket produce. Im so happy to be putting this on the table tonight! ❤️ #lunch #dinner #onthetable #nourish #healthyfood #healthy #homemade #homecooking #inthekitchen #kitchenlife #food #foodshare #foodie #foodlover #foodporn #pornfood #foodgasm #foodstagram #tasty #getinmybelly #nomnomnom #eeeeeats #instaeat #sharefood #instafood

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But don’t worry – the food will always still be here.

So thank YOU for sticking around, for following me on Instagram, for watching my stories…

I love you too.

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Wild Canary Bistro

The SO’s grandfather was visiting from Perth and staying with the in-laws. They had recently moved into the country, so had organised a family lunch at a local cafe close to their property.

We had started the day late. Little Mister had been sleeping in. We had a long drive ahead, and I couldn’t bear being stuck in the car with a fussy toddler almost 2 hours without decent sustenance.

I scrolled through my map of pinned bookmarks and remembered Wild Canary Bistro. It has been on my list, due to the Instagram-worth breakfasts and cakes. And best of all, it was in the general direction of where we were headed.

Wild Canary Bistro

Wild Canary Bistro

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, but I certainly didn’t know Wild Canary Bistro is located inside the Brookfield Garden Centre. You wander through lush plants (including gorgeous magnolias and fluttering orchids) and garden wares, past a beautiful garden setting to the cafe. There was even a vegetable and herb garden, just outside the bistro – perfect for taking energetic toddlers to explore.

Service at Wild Canary Bistro was impeccable. When we decided we would enjoy a table outside (Brisbane winters are mild), we were still ushered to a table next to a heater. Water was poured into glasses, and coffees were ordered the moment we sat down. A fork was magically offered seconds after Little Mister dropped his on the floor with a clang. You cannot imagine how stunned we were, because we’ve NEVER had service like this at a cafe/bistro/restaurant.

Wild Canary Bistro - Fig, raspberry and rose Danishes. AUD$7.50

Fig, raspberry and rose Danishes. AUD$7.50

Wild Canary Bistro uses carefully sourced local and regional ingredients to offer seasonally inspired dishes. Their breakfast and lunch menus include dishes with a twist, such as warm spiced pumpkin & pecan bread (which sounds so much nicer than banana bread), Buddha bowl (kitchen garden greens, quinoa, carrot kraut, pecans, golden raisins, Persian feta, watercress, free range poached egg), and quinoa & chia coconut porridge.

Wild Canary Bistro - Corn and zucchini fritters. AUD$23

Corn and zucchini fritters. AUD$23

The corn and zucchini fritters had my name all over them. Although I loved those three generously-sized balls, they were overshadowed by beautifully mashed Upper Brookfield avocado, blistered tomatoes that burst in your mouth and two perfectly poached free range eggs. I even wiped the plate clean of the pickled jalapenos, cornichons, watercress and dukkha.

The SO decided to try Wild Canary Bistro special – spanner crab omelette. The last memorable crab omelette he had was at the Gunshop Cafe in West End. While Wild Canary Bistro‘s version didn’t have as intense crab flavour as the Gunshop Cafe version, the Asian inspired dressing with the slaw was a refreshing spicy kick. And Little Mister loved it more than my breakfast, so it still got a thumbs up all around.

Now if you need a BIG breakfast, order the Gardener’s Breakfast. My jaw dropped when I saw this massive platter of bacon steak, fresh fig, debrecener sausage, mushrooms, Persian feta, poached free range eggs, garden greens, spiced Moroccan tomato relish and sourdough toast hit the table next to us. But be warned, it comes with an AUD$26.00 price tag.

And just because we were utterly relaxed and loved our breakfast, the SO ordered us a salted caramel macadamia slice to share. We NEVER have desserts for breakfast, but the cold display cabinet was far too tempting. I’m not a huge fan of caramel slices – I find most of them much too sweet and thick. However, I’d gladly have Wild Canary Bistro‘s lighter version all to myself in future.

Now I’m trying to think of an occasion to justify ordering one of their stunning whole cakes!

Wild Canary Bistro

Wild Canary Bistro - Daily special: Spanner crab scramble

Daily special: Spanner crab scramble

 

Wild Canary Bistro - Salted Caramel Slice

Salted Caramel Macadamia Slice

Wild Canary
2371 Moggill Road, Brookfield, Kenmore, Brisbane, QLD
Tel: (07) 3378 2805

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Order homecooked food cooked by your neighbour – FoodByUs launch

Menulog co-founder Gary Munitz launched new startup FoodByUs in Sydney last year, and it’s now finally in Brisbane!

FoodByUs allows vetted passionate local cooks to list their homemade food on a platform. Buyers then select what they want and either collect their order or get it delivered for a delivery fee depending on the location.

FoodByUs have already signed up over 75 Brisbane makers, so there is plenty of choice! Some of the ones I’m already eyeing are:

I’ve already ordered Ugly Food and Co.‘s Beef Rendang and Achar Awak Malaysian Pickle, which will be delivered this Friday. I can’t wait to share how that goes with you!

Word of warning: always check the delivery cost. I’ve found delivery costs can vary widely from $5 to $31.

By the way, if you use this unique code at checkout: MELLR7UV: 

  1. You get $25 off your first order (minimum spend $50)
  2. I’ll earn $25 credit
  3. And I go into a draw to win $500 in FoodByUs credit (which I will share if you let me know you ordered with my code)

Everybody wins!

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Brisbane Regional Flavours is back

Evening Festival Crowd from Belinda Edwards (BM South Bank)

Brisbane’s free food festival, Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail, is back!

This will be the festival’s ninth year and it is promising to be better than ever, so lock it in your calendar from 15-16 July in South Bank Parklands.

Which celebrity chefs can you expect to rub shoulders with?

  • Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston from MasterChef Australia
  • Miguel Maestre from The Living Room on Network Ten
  • chef and author Tobie Puttock from Jamie’s Kitchen Australia on Network Ten
  • pastry chef extraordinaire Darren Purchese from Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio
  • Brisbane’s own Jocelyn Hancock
  • MasterChef Australia 2015 alumni Georgia Barnes
  • highly-acclaimed indigenous chef Clayton Donovan, who is also Australia’s only hatted indigenous chef

I would also recommend bringing some shopping bags (or even a trolley). With over 80 stalls planned to be at the festival’s Marketplace, you’ll definitely want to bring some goodies home. I am already excited about:

I can’t wait! Will you plan to be there?

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Brooklyn Depot

Brooklyn Depot - The Reuben. AUD$12

The Reuben. AUD$12

You can be a little spoilt for choice down at the Southbank precinct, but Brooklyn Depot is one spot you’ve got to add on your list if you’re in the area and in the mood for some Americana.

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