Restaurants To Visit In Brisbane

Restaurants To Visit In Brisbane Australia

I love heading out with close friends or a date on a Friday or Saturday night in Brisbane to try out new restaurants or re-visit old favourites. Below is a round up of some Brisbane restaurants I’ve heard good things about and am keen to try out:

1. Sake – Known as one of Brisbane’s top Japanese restaurants, Sake is located on Eagle Street Pier. I love their traditional Japanese sunken tables!

2. Moda – Serving modern Mediterranean cuisine with a Spanish twist, Moda is located in the heart of the city on Edward St.

3. Alchemy – Situated on the Eagle St Boardwalk, Alchemy offers breezy river views and modern Australian and French inspired cuisine delivered by one of Australia’s leading chefs.

4. Beccofino – Located in Teneriffe, Beccofino is renowned for its authentic Italian traditional style wood-fired pizzas, yummy!

5. Montrachet – Divine French cuisine by French chef Thierry Galichet. Montrachet is situated in Paddington.

6. Gerard’s Bistro – This modern stylish James St restaurant offers Southern European, North African and Middle Eastern flavours.

7. 1889 Enoteca – A modern Roman restaurant and wine bar located in the heritage listed Moreton Rubber Works building in the antique quarter of Woollongabba.

Want to experience more of Brisbane’s best restaurants? Check out the Courier Mail’s Queensland Top 100 Food Experiences.

I’d love to hear what your favourite local restaurants are.

Seven Bars To Visit In Brisbane

Seven Bars To Visit In Brisbane 1There’s nothing I love more than spending Saturday afternoon catching up with friends over a champagne or two at a relaxing bar. I’m always excited to discover new venues and am a sucker for bars that are trendy and elegant, have breathtaking views or are slightly quirky. Here are seven bars I have come across recently which I would like to try out:

1. Bar Pacino – Located at Eagle St Pier, the view of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge at this Italian inspired Espresso Bar looks amazing! I would love to go here for evening drinks.

2. The Charming Squire – Ok so I can’t drink beer but I’m hoping this James Squire brewhouse in Southbank has some interesting ciders that I may be able to sample.

3. Canvas Club – I’m hankering to try their Saturday & Sunday Feelin’ Fine Cheese & Wine!

4. The Walrus Club – Hidden away on Coronation Drive, The Walrus Club is named after the “SS Walrus”, a mobile distillery steam-boat which served the plantations along the Brisbane River in 1869. This bar pays homage to the 1920’s/30’s prohibition. Definitely quirky!

5. Gordita – This Spanish restaurant and bar located in the Valley is named after the Spanish slang term for a cute, spunky chubby girl (haha!). I love that you can eat your dinner at the bar here.

6. Claret House – A small hidden wine bar in the old Teneriffe waterfront district.

7. Mr and Mrs G Riverbar – A stylish wine bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the Brisbane River. Located on Eagle St Pier, this is another venue with incredible views!

Want to get more involved in Brisbane’s Bar scene? Be sure to check out Brewsvegas on March 21-29 2015!

I’d love to know what your favourite local bars are in your city.

DIY Hostess Gift Ideas

DIY Hostess Gift Ideas

I love giving gifts and I love DIY but for some reason I never prepare hostess gifts. After one too many times showing up empty handed at a party and feeling guilty, I have decided to make an effort in future to prepare some lovely gifts. Here is a roundup of a few DIY hostess gift ideas I would like to try:

1. Rope Vases by Girl and the Abode

2. Shell Votives Project by Better Homes and Gardens

3. Floating Vase by Cupcakes and Cashmere

4. Sake-Box Planters by Martha Stewart

5. Gift Wrapping Starter Kit by Cupcakes and Cashmere

6. Ombre Painted Wooden Spoons by Say Yes

7. Flowers by Cupcakes and Cashmere

I would love to hear what your favourite DIY hostess gifts are.

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10 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

10 Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Have you started making plans for Valentine’s Day? I’m a sucker for romance and love planning and going on unique dates, no matter what day of the year it is! Here is a round up of my ten favourite Valentine’s Day date ideas:

1. Visit the Aquarium, or even better, have a romantic dinner at the Aquarium

2. Visit your local cafe and have a lazy french toast breakfast topped with cream and strawberries

3. Sleep under the stars – even if it’s in a tent in your backyard or on a mattress on the trampoline!

4. Visit your local twilight markets and nibble on some churro sticks

5. Go to an evening wine and painting class

6. Stock up on strawberries and marshmallows and make chocolate fondue together

7. Play a friendly game of strip poker

8. Have a beach picnic, drink some bubbles and watch the sunset

9. Go camping on an island

10. Wear your favourite floaty summer dress and have a picnic at your local winery

And if you’re single like me? Throw on a pretty pink outfit, grab a single girlfriend and some bubbly and head out to see the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie!

I’d love to hear what your Valentine’s Day plans are.

Zucchini Fritters – Gluten Free / SCD Recipe

Zucchini-Fritters

This is one of my favourite Gluten Free / SCD recipes. The fritters are so easy to make and are perfect to refrigerate overnight and eat for lunch the next day. If you love zucchini, make sure you check out my Zucchini Noodles and Zucchini Boat Pizza recipe posts too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 red onion, grated
  • 1/2 zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 carrot, grated
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese (I use Colby cheese)
  • Olive oil for frying

Method:

Beat eggs and add remaining ingredients, season with pepper to taste. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spoon 2 x tablespoons of mixture into the pan for each fritter, leaving room for spreading. Cook for two minutes on each side or until nicely browned.

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