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Best Lawn Bowls In Brisbane For An Afternoon With Your Crew

posted by Anna von Drehnen March 13, 2016 0 comments

Barefoot bowls are creeping their way onto the Brisbane social scene and you need to know about it. Where the atmosphere is relaxed, the dress code is casual and the drinks are always cold, it can no longer be said that bowls is a sport for the elderly. Here are our favourite venues for the best lawn bowls in Brisbane for you and your crew this weekend.

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Brisbane Cinemas For The Funky Folk

posted by Anna von Drehnen October 15, 2015 0 comments

Growing up in a rural town, going to the movies was always a special treat, regardless of the fact that the closest cinema was 160 km away, it was an outing I would look forward to for weeks. Since moving to the big smoke of Brisbane, going to the movies has become a common occurrence and the once special occasion has begun to loose its sparkle. That was of course until I discovered something I like to call funky cinemas, where you can take the wine into the cinema!

So if you consider yourself a funky hipster type who is just too cool for the mainstream cinema, I suggest you pop one (or all) of the following Brisbane cinemas on your hit list:

Palace Barracks Cinemas – Featuring the best in mainstream, arthouse and family films, the Palace Barracks Cinema is a winner all round. It doesn’t hurt that they are fully licensed and let you take your wine to your seat either. BT insider tip: Head to Libertine or the Chelsea bistro for an incredible meal before you enjoy your movie!

Palace Centro: James Street – Located in arguably the best shopping area in Brisbane, this cinema shoots straight to the top of the list. The venue plays host to numerous international film festivals and monthly Premiere Thursday opening nights. It is essential that you try their award winning olive-oil popcorn, with a glass of wine of course!

Blue Room Cinebar: Rosalie – Trying to choose where to go to dinner before a movie? Why not combine the two and head to the Blue Room Cinebar! With an extensive menu on offer, you can choose exactly what you feel like and it will be served to you while you are enjoying a feature film (hello roasted pumpkin pizza and rocky road bites).

Yatala Drive In’s – Located just 40 minutes out of Brisbane the Yatala Drive in offers a whole new perspective to a night at the movies. There is something about rolling the car into a drive in with a back seat pilled with pillows and snacks that makes my inner child jump for joy.

Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema: Southbank – Running until the 15th of November, every Brisbaner needs to experience the Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema while it’s in town. Grab a picnic blanket and your loved ones and head down to Southbank for a night under the stars. BTinsiders tip: go on a Sundae night for free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and don’t forget to use our discount code (details here) when you purcahse your tickets. You heard it all here folks!

With all of these options, why go to a normal cinema!

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Brisbane’s Best Picnic Food

posted by Anna von Drehnen July 17, 2015 0 comments

Even though we’re in the midst of winter, there’s no reason why you can’t get out when the sun is shining and enjoy a picnic lunch with friends, family or your significant other.

I will admit that I do have a slight picnic obsession and love nothing more than dining cross-legged on the grass surrounded by friends and lots of laughs. At just the mention of one I will commence a search through pinterst and the blogosphere to find inspiration for the perfect place to go and the best food to take, whether that’s a homemade recipe or a grab-and-go dish from a local foodie outlet. However when the picnic date does roll around, I seem to find myself overwhelmed with it all and look for any alternative that’s better than ham and cheese sandwiches and a flask of coffee.

After finding myself in this predicament on more than one occasion, I’ve created a go-to list of Brisbane’s best picnic food so you’ll never be stuck with an empty picnic basket when your next picnic gathering comes up. If you’re not doing anything this weekend, grab your picnic rug, pillows and a cute fedora and head to one of these places to get your gourmet stash of food.

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Botanica: With an emphasis on wholesome ingredients, Botanica really takes the gluten free cake for best picnic food. Their tasty salads and delicious gluten-free treats are perfect to grab on the go (in fact takeaway is encouraged). Drop by before the lunchtime rush and pack a bag full of Botanica goodies, both the sweet and savoury variety.

Wham Bam Banh Mi: If sandwiches are more your thing, you can’t go wrong with the newly opened Wham Bam Bah Minh in . Served from a take away window at well-established Libertine, Wham Bam Banh Min serves delectable French Vietnamese goodies. With Banh Mi’s such as soft shell crab and pork with apple chili sauce, there is something to satisfy everyone’s cravings. Unfortunately these guys are closed for the moment, but fingers crossed they open their doors when the warmer weather comes back around later in the year.

The Bun Mobile: Follow The Bun Mobile around town for affordable prices and delicious buns. The bun mobile dishes up delectable fillings incased in a pillowy soft steamed bun, so they’re the perfect thing to take with you on a winter’s day picnic. With specials changing at every mealtime, it’s enough to send any food lover into a frenzy.

LiquefyIf you are one for healthy living and treating your body like a temple, why not swing by one of Liquefy’s establishments en route to you’re picnic date. Their endless lists of smoothies are mouthwatering and boast a host of combinations that you won’t find anywhere else. Paired with some cauliflower sushi and raw doughnuts, your healthy feast will taste as sinful as a double chocolate brownie but without the regret.

The Picnic Society: My picnic obsession goes into overdrive with this one. I mean, what could be better than a company that takes care of your entire picnic menu, from nibbles, main meals and desserts to drinks, everything is homemade and delivered in a cute as punch picnic basket. Go to their website to find out more:

Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen: New kid on the West End block, Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen has everything from bliss balls, raw snacks and cold pressed juices to superfood salads and lunch goodies, all made with the Miss Bliss ethos at the core. Stop in and have your lunch packed up and ready to go.

The Bulimba Deli: If cheese, crackers and cold meats are more your thing when it comes to a picnic in the park, The Bulimia Deli is where you want to be. Stock up on olives, coffee, meats, cheese, baked goods, sweets and pastries and head across the road to the Bulimia Memorial Park and find a good spot in the shade. While you’re in the area, check out the cute homeware stores and fashion boutiques that line beautiful Oxford Street.

Eat Street Markets: Sure many go to the Eat Street Markets to explore and eat, but it’s also a great place to stop by for picnic goods. A quick lap around the many stalls will find organic iced tea, cronuts, wood fired pizzas, sliders, Asian finger food of every variety, caramel popcorn, churros, doughnuts and so much more. Grab a selection and head towards a nearby park to escape the crowds and enjoy good selection of Brisbane’s best fare.

Doughnut Time: Doughnuts are always a good idea, especially when they are filled with Nutella and topped with mini m&m’s, crushed Oreo and strawberry clouds. Grab one and make your fellow picnic-ers green with envy, or be the most popular for the afternoon and show up with a box of six in different flavours.

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Now all you have to do is pick a location. Check out this post we wrote on 27 of Brisbane best picnic spots and lookouts, or head over here for 6 sunsets around Brisbane that will take you breath away. Together they contain 34 brilliant places in Brisbane for every picnic occasion.

Here is just a couple of the places that we frequent, but I’m sure there’s more and we’d love to hear about them. Tell us your favourite places in Brisbane for picnic food in the comments below so we can add them all! 

TIPI Interiors | Brisbane Threads

Spotlight On: TIPI Interiors

posted by Anna von Drehnen June 18, 2015 0 comments

With scented candles, terrarium gardens and copper tableware sweeping through homes across Queensland, it’s easy to get tired of the same old homewares. So I was more than a little excited when my invitation to the launch of TIPI Interiors pop up store arrived in the mail.

Upon arriving it was clear that TIPI Interiors is off to an amazing start. Around 100 people squeezed into Paddington’s very own creative space, Showroom, to ‘ooh and ahh’ over the collection of TIPI Interiors homewares, trying to snap up a piece to call their very own. Haddy and Jess, the brains behind the whole operation, spoke eloquently of their brand and weaved the TIPI story for each guest to behold. My personal favourite quote of the evening, “our products are our brand and our story,” could not be more evident upon seeing their range. The passion and love the girl’s have for their brand shines through their custom made products and handpicked furniture.

The products have all been sourced and manufactured in India and having travelled there myself, I had high expectations for the launch of the pop-up store. However I didn’t quite expect the wave of nostalgia I felt when looking at their exquisite range of hand picked furniture. Each piece was deeply entrenched in history and wove its own unique story, making it an asset and talking point for all potential owners.

TIPI’s custom-made range of tableware are pieces of artwork in their own right. It may sound odd to say that I will treasure the napkins that I purchased at the event, but I can honestly say they are the best things I have bought in a very long time.

I was lucky enough to ask Jess and Haddy a few questions about TIPI, so read on to understand the extent of their passion and creative spirit.

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What was the inspiration behind starting TIPI interiors?

It all started with a dream nine years ago. Haddy was travelling in Morocco and had this epiphany where she realised what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. One day she told herself she would start a homewares business and bring the magic of travelling back into people’s homes. That dream then became a reality, when Haddy shared her vision with Jess and invited her to help bring TIPI Interiors into fruition.

What’s does the future hold?

The TIPI Interiors online store will launch at the end of 2015. We look forward to presenting a full range of outdoor furniture, tableware and homewares. As the TIPI story is only just beginning, we look forward to learning what our customers love and building this into the design of our products.

How has your background in other fields helped to build your brand? 

By day, Haddy is a Cost Analyst for an Oil and Gas company. This means that her strengths lie in operational management, maintaining a keen eye for detail and monitoring the financial component of the business. Jess is a Psychologist for an organisational psychology consulting business. Jess’ strengths include understanding human behaviour (and subsequently consumer behaviours), building connections with people and understanding organisational development practices.

What is your favorite piece in the collection?
Haddy’s favourite piece is the blue damachiya. Jess’s favourite piece in the current collection would be the Director Chair with white cotton dhurrie covers.

If you could get on a plane and go anywhere right now, where would it be?

We would both fly back to magical Rajasthan, where our vision first became a reality! As well as the beautiful India, Haddy would fly back to Morocco and next on Jess’ travel wish list is Sri Lanka and Cuba!

Where can people purchase your products?

Later this year you will be able to purchase our products via our website!

TIPI Interiors | Brisbane Threads

TIPI Interiors | Brisbane Threads

TIPI Interiors | Brisbane Threads

Image credit: TIPI Interiors, Photographed by: Alisha Musil