Red Hill, Brisbane – Located on Enogerra Tce in Scenic Red Hill Couverture and Co is an artesinal chocolate shop. Created on site with preservative free Belgian chocolate, Couverture and Co produce delectable treats – perfect for that special occasion or someone, or just as a little treat for yourself!by
My Happy Place
West End is Brisbane’s bustling alternative hub inhabited by yuppies, hipsters, hippies, students and artists of all kinds. Away from the central Boundary Street there are little wonders just waiting to be discovered: amazing coffee, cool bars, cheap and delicious food and excellent shopping. Despite the relaxed nature of the locals, each venture projects an air of working hard to achieve excellence. [Read more…]by
Poppy Cakes – by Amanda!
I have had an obsession with cupcakes long before they became fashionable. Leading up to our wedding I did a considerable amount of cake research (it was tough but someone had to do it) and Poppy Cakes came out on top. Their tagline is “New York-style cupcakes” and having tasted quite a few of the famous cakes at Magnolia Bakery in NYC I can concur that Poppy Cakes are in fact up to the mark.
With flavours ranging from classic vanilla, red velvet, and chocolate through to seasonal pumpkin and maple and salted caramel, the flavours and textures are consistently delish! My personal favourite is the chocolate passionfruit – yum! For my GF friends they also do some low gluten options (GF ingredients but baked in the same kitchen). Poppy Cakes also sells cookies and whole cakes as well as coffee, hot chocolate and boutique soda pop. There are a few tables for eat in although I generally take cakes home to devour in private!
There are plenty of other cupcakes around Brisbane – what makes these ones special is the fact that the cakes are always soft and spongy, the icing always delicious and layered on in just the right amount. They don’t feel the need to “fancy” up the cakes – the taste speaks for itself.
Poppy Cakes is located in the Emporium in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, which means there is heaps of on site parking and plenty of options if you feel you must eat something savoury prior to devouring cake (really – it is not required)!
View: www.poppycakes.com.au; Visit: 36 Baxter street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Call: 3257 4844 Open: 8am-2pm Tues-Sat; Wallet: Average
High charm by the bay
Sitting high on a cliff in the beautiful, bay side town of Shorncliffe, this charming cafe is refined and refreshing all at once. It’s home is the iconic Masonic Hall building, which offers majestic views out to Moreton Bay.
The impressive historic exterior is just the icing on the cake though, because indoors you’ll discover a delicious mix of French and European styling. And they manage to make contemporary feel cosy. [Read more…]by
Market Place Asian Eateries – By Bec!
Did you know you can feel a million miles away in the land of Asia, without the hefty price tag of an overseas plane ticket? Even the Jetstar $500 Tokyo specials can be a bit much, along with trying to commandeer 5+ annual leave days off work.
Get the motor running and drive a few kilometres down the road to Sunnybank. Yep, you heard it. Sunnybank, not Sunny Park, (although I hear that’s a neat little group of shops) is home to Market Place on the corner of Mains Rd and McCullough St. This is where it’s at.
Market Place is a hive of activity with too many eateries to count on two hands. Restaurants’ heritages come from Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and Singapore, to name but a few, with diners equally hailing from one of the many countries across the Asian continent. Tricket shops, mobile dealers and clothes hawkers (in shops, sorry, no street markets) also line this square, however the food is what steals the show.
This time we tried Hakataya Ramen. Just how I imagine Tokyo CBD to be, this is a little hole in the wall, a long narrow peep-hole really, where it’s hard pressed to not accidently bump people as you glide through to a bench seat. The pork ramen we chose was the spiciest option, and spicy it certainly was. But it had all the rich flavours a ramen should have with some strong tasting dried seaweed on the side. The pork gyoza were delicious. They were steamed and then fried to perfection. Six pieces for $7 – definitely a well-worth-it bargain. A caramel cream waffle from Sakuraya rounded the lunchtime meal off nicely. Another sweet deal at only $4.50. Other foodie must-dos, as recommended by a local, include Little Hong Kong and Pho Hien Vyong Pasteur.
There is also a dinky-di Asian grocer stocking all your specialised products, with possibly the freshest (seafood and temperature) cold room in Brisbane. Big call, I know. But how many seafood farers have massive Sea Perch tanks and even massive-er Mud Crab tanks? All alive for your fine choosing? Next time I want a whole Golden Trevally or Red Emperor I know where I’ll be heading (if my husband doesn’t succeed with a good catch).
Get your ‘lost in the hustle & bustle of Asia’ fix and head down to Sunnybank in the south of BrisVegas.
Visit: Cnr of Mains Rd and McCullough St, Sunnybank.by