In the Kitchen Archive

  • When I was invited to visit Queensland's Sirromet Winery, I was hesitant. What can a non-wino (and definitely no wine expert) say about their award winning wines? I laid out my concerns to their marketing manager and she very kindly invited me to visit one of their 3 dining venues, Tuscan Terrace. So of course I said yes.

    Sirromet Winery’s Tuscan Terrace

    When I was invited to visit Queensland's Sirromet Winery, I was hesitant. What can a non-wino (and definitely no wine expert) say about their award winning wines? I laid out my concerns to their marketing manager and she very kindly invited me to visit one of their 3 dining venues, Tuscan Terrace. So of course I said yes.

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  • While the SO enjoyed the fresh selection of seafood in the chirashi don set at Reef Seafood and Sushi, he lamented that it still didn’t match up to our favourite chirashi don on the Gold Coast by way of variety or aesthetic arrangement. On those fronts, we weren't wowed.

    Reef Seafood and Sushi

    While the SO enjoyed the fresh selection of seafood in the chirashi don set at Reef Seafood and Sushi, he lamented that it still didn’t match up to our favourite chirashi don on the Gold Coast by way of variety or aesthetic arrangement. On those fronts, we weren't wowed.

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  • Domino's have launched a new Peri Peri Pizza Range, which sounds very much up our alley. Peri peri (or as we say around the house - pear-EH pear -EH) is a flavour I love. It packs heat, makes you sweat and turns anything bland into a very tasty meal. And I know I’m not the only one out there. Raise your hands, peri peri lovers!

    Domino’s new Peri Peri Pizza Range

    Domino's have launched a new Peri Peri Pizza Range, which sounds very much up our alley. Peri peri (or as we say around the house - pear-EH pear -EH) is a flavour I love. It packs heat, makes you sweat and turns anything bland into a very tasty meal. And I know I’m not the only one out there. Raise your hands, peri peri lovers!

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  • Now that I've attended The Art of Fermentation with Sandor Katz session (organised by Milkwood Permaculture), I really wanna turn my hand to preserve making. And I'm in luck! The RNA and Executive Chef cooking school have teamed up, so you can learn the secrets to producing a blue ribbon winning preserve from Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) blue ribbon champions and competition judges.

    Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) Preserve Making Class

    Now that I've attended The Art of Fermentation with Sandor Katz session (organised by Milkwood Permaculture), I really wanna turn my hand to preserve making. And I'm in luck! The RNA and Executive Chef cooking school have teamed up, so you can learn the secrets to producing a blue ribbon winning preserve from Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) blue ribbon champions and competition judges.

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  • I don’t even remember what business used to be where Beach Burrito Company is now, but what Beach Burrito Company have done with the place is a million times better. They have created a chill tropical explosion of colour and if you push further back, they have a great outdoor seating area out back. It might not be sand between your toes (in fact, I highly recommend NOT kicking off your shoes), but it comes pretty darn close.

    Beach Burrito Company

    I don’t even remember what business used to be where Beach Burrito Company is now, but what Beach Burrito Company have done with the place is a million times better. They have created a chill tropical explosion of colour and if you push further back, they have a great outdoor seating area out back. It might not be sand between your toes (in fact, I highly recommend NOT kicking off your shoes), but it comes pretty darn close.

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  • The Lover’s Lava Cake is only available in stores for one week from the 10th February until Sunday 16th February, and I have 5 vouchers for a free Lover’s Lava Cake to give away. Read on for details!

    Domino’s Lover’s Lava Cake is back [Valentine’s giveaway]

    The Lover’s Lava Cake is only available in stores for one week from the 10th February until Sunday 16th February, and I have 5 vouchers for a free Lover’s Lava Cake to give away. Read on for details!

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  • After my first dinner at Au Cirque with Ainead, I just had to take the SO there to sample their dinner menu too. This is what we had (yum yum yum!).

    Dinner at Au Cirque with the SO

    After my first dinner at Au Cirque with Ainead, I just had to take the SO there to sample their dinner menu too. This is what we had (yum yum yum!).

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  • It's that time of year again when if you're Chinese, the phrase 新年快乐! is recited as loudly and cheerfully as 'Merry Christmas!' in December. And if that's not enough of a reason to celebrate, Peng You China Kitchen and Bar threw an amazing celebration to mark their official opening at Gasworks, complete with Tron-style lions and dragon to scare away evil spirits and welcome the new year.

    Peng You China Kitchen and Bar Officially Opens and Happy Chinese New Year

    It's that time of year again when if you're Chinese, the phrase 新年快乐! is recited as loudly and cheerfully as 'Merry Christmas!' in December. And if that's not enough of a reason to celebrate, Peng You China Kitchen and Bar threw an amazing celebration to mark their official opening at Gasworks, complete with Tron-style lions and dragon to scare away evil spirits and welcome the new year.

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  • I had a half the day off while my 2-week conference gig was in Brisbane. Being a sunny Saturday morning, laziness kicked in and we didn’t wander too far from the hotel and knuckled down at South Side Diner for breakfast. But I just don't think we'd be rushing to try their lunch or dinner menu after this experience.

    Breakfast at Southside Diner

    I had a half the day off while my 2-week conference gig was in Brisbane. Being a sunny Saturday morning, laziness kicked in and we didn’t wander too far from the hotel and knuckled down at South Side Diner for breakfast. But I just don't think we'd be rushing to try their lunch or dinner menu after this experience.

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  • Limes Hotel's have revamped their Rooftop Bar and it's looking very sweet with the addition of two round plunge pools - a perfect summer feature. It is also quite possibly the only venue space I found astroturf perfectly acceptable. If you loved the original Rooftop Bar, don't worry - the amazing view overlooking the Valley and open-air (an auto sail shade was extended overhead to protect us from the worst of the midday rays) are still there to be savored.

    Beating the heat on the new Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar

    Limes Hotel's have revamped their Rooftop Bar and it's looking very sweet with the addition of two round plunge pools - a perfect summer feature. It is also quite possibly the only venue space I found astroturf perfectly acceptable. If you loved the original Rooftop Bar, don't worry - the amazing view overlooking the Valley and open-air (an auto sail shade was extended overhead to protect us from the worst of the midday rays) are still there to be savored.

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