Author

Bec Sully

Where To Buy Flowers In Brisbane | Brisbane Threads
Featured SliderLifestyle

Where To Buy Flowers In Brisbane

posted by Bec Sully February 13, 2016 0 comments

As the week draws to a close, it’s now getting down to crunch time – Valentine’s Day is just one day away and its time to get serious. Whether you’re surprising your partner or treating the Galentines, if you’re after a single rose or a thousand peonies, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best places to buy flowers in Brisbane this Valentine’s Day:

Poppy Rose Flowers – One of our favourite boutique delivery services in Brisbane, Poppy Rose Flowers are changing the way flowers are delivered, with a gorgeous selected available each day, carefully wrapped in hessian.

The Little Flower Company – Nestled in the heart of West End, this gem sets up a delightful roadside flower market each Saturday morning. So go there right now!

Flour & Bloom – For Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year, Flour and Bloom specialise in Flower Crown Workshops, so it’s the perfect solution for you and your pal pals. Gather the ladies and get creative this February!

Poco Posy  – Bec from Poco Posy ditched her corporate job to pursue her love of flora, creating fresh bloom service that delivers all over Brisbane for just $30 a pop.

The Florist’s Daughter –“Flower-bombing your loved ones” is The Florist’s Daughters specialty – they’re even delivering on Valentine’s Sunday which is a HUGE bonus!

Wilde Flora – The team at Wilde Flora pride themselves on ‘floral poetry’ with an environmentally friendly twist. Plus, they do workshops, event styling, botanical sculptures, bespoke products and bridal bouquets.

Phoebe Stephens Flowers – Based on James Street in Fortitude Valley, Phoebe’s store is the perfect pit stop before Valentines’ Day lunch with your sweetheart. Bonus, you can get a special little gift from one of gorgeous retailers on James Street while you’re in the area.

The Flower Hit – One for the Northsiders, The Flower Hit deliver bouquets direct to your door or workplace, starting from just $39. Everyday a new bouquet is available, but only until they run out of flowers!

Bouquet Boutique – Creative Director Geraldine Hore is not just a florist, she’s also a design expert and educator – so you know she’s going to deliver the goods when you need them!

In Bloom Flower Co – These beauties deliver across Brisbane and the Gold Cost. Delivery cuts off at 6am though, so make sure you get in quick!

Brisbane Flower Markets – Fancy making your own bouquet for a special someone? The original and the best, Brisbane Flower Markets are a household name for a reason, so don’t be surprised when you arrive to find wall-to-wall flowers in every colour, shape and size.

French Flowers – BT Founder Danielle Lewis has a huge crush on French Flowers in the CBD, so if she loves them, they must be brilliant!

Mel’s Little House Of Flowers – Family run business on the southside of Brisbane, Mel’s busily making bouquets in her studio for your special occasion. Give her a shout and she will have your dream bouquet ready for delivery in no time.

So, get out there and pick up a bunch of beautiful blooms for your lover, your Mum or your girlfriends this Valentine’s Day, or make it even more special and buy flowers in Brisbane just because. Now that will really melt her heart!

Lifestyle

5 Packed Lunches That You’ll Want To Eat

posted by Bec Sully August 13, 2015 1 Comment

The benefits of packed lunches are not a recent discovery. Bringing lunch from home is cheaper, healthier and a timesaver for a tight schedule. Unfortunately, packed lunches are also synonymous with another adjective; boring! As patriotic as you may be, sometimes a Vegemite sandwich just won’t cut the (American-style) mustard. Instead, take some inspiration from the ideas below, mix and match combinations and experiment with ingredients to keep things interesting.

The New Sandwich

Spice things up with different breads, wraps and bagels. Head to one of Brisbane’s many gourmet bread makers, like Bagel Boys in the CBD or Sol Breads in West End, and try something new. Make your own BLT or a wrap with Tabouli, Avocado and Falafel. Top a bagel with Salmon, Cream Cheese, Dill and Capers. If you’re still stuck for inspiration, research a dream travel destination and take yourself on a mini lunchtime vacation.Lunch Ideas | Brisbane ThreadsRice Paper Rolls                                                                                                                       

Definitely not one to attempt when you’re short on time but perfect to prepare in advance on a Sunday afternoon. Maybe grab an extra packet of the rice papers if you’re a first timer, there’s definitely a trick to rolling those little suckers. Visit this link for a step-by-step guide to the perfect roll, along with some delicious recipe options.Lunch Ideas | Brisbane ThreadsFrittata

Straightforward but it doesn’t look it, Frittata is basically scrambled eggs with the filling of your choice. Start here with this simple base recipe and be adventurous with your ingredients. Try Tinned Salmon, Dill, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Feta and Eschallots for a nutritious option to fire up those brain cells and bid adieu to those afternoon hunger pangs.Lunch Ideas | Brisbane ThreadsSalads

Homer Simpson was wrong, you can definitely make friends with salad! There are thousands of delicious salad recipes floating around Pinterest at the moment. Often the portions are designed to serve parties of 6-8 people and can last 2-3 days depending on the ingredients. A personal favourite is this Asian inspired Cabbage Slaw from Good Food; it makes a great side dish and lasts particularly well. Pick one or two recipes to make at the start of the week and serve with chicken breast or a veggie burger. You’ll save time and make a name for yourself as the office foodie. Lunch Ideas | Brisbane ThreadsSoup

Try this recipe for a hearty, wholesome option. It’s perfect for the few winter nights we have left in Brisbane. Freeze some portions to have on standby for last minute dinners.

            Ingredients

            1L Bottle “V” Vegetable Juice

            2-3 tbsp Vegetable or Chicken stock, diluted with water up to 1L

            1 bunch Basil

            1 bunch Continental Parsley

            1 bunch Coriander

            ¼ cabbage

            1 cup mixed lentils (try: red lentils, split peas, chick peas)

            5-6 vegetables of your choice, peeled (try: mushrooms, pumpkin, parsnip, swede,     turnip, celery, zucchini, carrot, eggplant)

            Method

  1. Blend vegetables and herbs in a food processor or slice into small pieces
  2. Combine in a large pot with V juice and stock mixture. Bring to boil.
  3. Add sliced cabbage and lentils. Reduce heat. Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes

What’s your go-to lunch recipe that makes you excited to hit midday and open your lunchbox? 

Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads
Lifestyle

Coco Republic International Gallery Launch

posted by Bec Sully June 9, 2015 0 comments

Interior Design label Coco Republic recently launched a new International Gallery, housed in their Fortitude Valley showroom. Over 300 guests attended the launch hosted by Coco Republic Executive Director, Anthony Spon Smith.

Anthony’s co-host was Neale Whittaker, a man whose passion for design is reflected in his judgeship on Nine’s The Block, his role as Editor in Chief of Vogue Living and columnist for The Daily Telegraph and The Courier Mail. For Neale, the ever-developing skyline is something that excites him about Brisbane, as well as the fusion of indoor to outdoor living that is something us Queensland folks know all to well. A recent boom of hospitality development projects has put Brisbane on the map and continues to spark interest for the Queensland capital, Neale said.

The move to Vogue Living followed an eight-year tenure at Belle magazine and has sparked a fresh look for the magazine that Neale now calls home. With new writers and contributors offering a fresh perspective, the coming issues are sure to excite Interior Design lovers from all corners of Australia. Though hesitant to say if The Block will ever come to Brisbane, Neale was excited about the upcoming season, Octoblock. Fresh from their recent Logies win, the Blockheads are setting their sights on Hotel Saville, an octagonal six-storey hotel in Melbourne’s South Yarra. Considering Neil’s current description of the hotel as “the ugliest building you’ve ever seen”, they may have their work cut out for them.

Perhaps they could take some cues from Coco Republic, whose four featured designers ensured no taste was left unsatisfied. The designers; Oly San Francisco, Timothy Oulton, Jonathan Adler and Max Sparrow, each bought their own unique aesthetic to the Gallery, which spans 3000 square metres. Classic textures and British authenticity were a stand out in the Timothy Oulton exhibition, with guests each receiving a leather luggage tag embossed with their initials. Bright prints, bold colours and statement statuettes were the ingredients for Jonathan Adler, while soft blush chevrons and neutral hues accented the soft palette of Oly San Francisco. Max Sparrow was all about the details, with bookshelves and side tables styled to perfection to seamlessly translate into the everyday home. From the Block, to Vogue Living, to the cosy suburbs of Brisbane, the Coco Republic International Gallery is sure to offer something for everyone and continue to put our favourite capital city on the map.

The new Coco Republic International Gallery is located at 400 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. It is open Monday-Friday 10am-5.30, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Here’s some happy snaps from the night thanks to the team at Coco Republic

Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads Coco Republic | Brisbane Threads

Brisbane's Best Bakeries | Brisbane Threads
Food

Brisbane’s Best Bakeries

posted by Bec Sully May 30, 2015 7 Comments

At a recent brunch with the girls, the addition of Nutella Hot Cross Buns to bakery chain menus was a hot topic. Though a great idea in theory, upon inspection of the buns in question, the consensus was a resounding “nice try”. The spread to bun ratio was less than ideal, the presentation abysmal and overall satisfaction levels were disappointing. As fans of the good old-fashioned sugar pilgrimage, it was decided nothing beats independent, local bakeries that bake their goods in house, from scratch. This lead to a road trip across the Brisvegas cityscape and a skyrocket in blood sugar levels to discover the best Brisbane bakeries and the sugar filled morsels they have to offer.

Jocelyn’s Provisions, Fortitude Valley

Arguably the matriarch of the Brisbane bakery family, Jocelyn’s Provisions is tucked away behind James Street in New Farm. Filled to the brim on a Saturday morning, Jocelyn’s are known for their signature chocolate layer cakes and delicious preserves. Not a place for a sit down meal but perfect to pop in before a last minute dinner party or for a post work treat.

Chester Street Bakery, Newstead

A comprehensive Brisbane-focused list would be incomplete without a Damian Griffiths contribution. Chester Street Bakery is a popular haunt for brunch goers and doubles as a hip bar by night. More recently, Doughnut Time has opened its door up the road in Fortitude Valley, nestled in between Griffiths’ Constance Street bars and restaurants. The doughy morsels are baked in the ovens of Chester Street and transported across to DT. What on earth will Damian Griffiths do next? We can’t wait to find out!

Chester Street Bakery | Brisbane Threads

Flour & Chocolate, Morningside

This sequestered gem is one for the Southsiders. Not only do they boast the introduction of the Cronut to Brisbane, Flour & Chocolate have also received gongs for Best Providore and Best Croissant, to name a few. Some might say that’s a big call, but a test of their delicious free samples will sweeten even the harshest critic.

Banneton Bakery, Woolloongabba & Ashgrove

With shopfronts in both Woolloongabba and Ashgrove, its fairly safe to say that Banneton Bakery is a household name for a reason. During my last visit, whilst tackling the arduous task of deciding what to get, I couldn’t help but notice the warm, friendly attitude of the Banneton staff. I overheard regulars and tourists chatting with staff like old friends. Add coffee and the most delicious almond croissant, that’s Saturday morning sorted.

Banneton Bread | Brisbane Threads

The Bakers’ Arms, Woolloongabba

I really love being overwhelmed with displays of aesthetically pleasing food, so The Bakers’ Arms was always going to be a good spot for me. Thick crusty bread, sweet baked goods and fresh sandwiches packed with colour line the cabinets and entice the senses. A child-friendly spot that is great to show visiting relatives or people watch over coffee. 

Miettes, Graceville

Hidden in the Graceville backstreets, Miettes had a line out the door and around the corner when I visited one chilly Sunday morning. Apparently, this is not an uncommon occurance. There are stories of fights across midweek peak hour Brisbane traffic, all for one of their famous vanilla slices. I personally enjoyed some of their mini Danishes as a side dish to the Campos blend coffee. The flavours all looked amazing, so minis were a perfect substitute.

Chouquette, New Farm

If you’re thinking of a trip to Chouquette, early is best. By 11am on Sunday morning, the cabinets are almost empty. If that’s not a testament to their quality, I’m not sure what is. Chouquette pride themselves on a dedication to authentic French cooking; a dedication that is further reflected in their sister store, Crust and Co. I sampled a macaron, one of the few items that hadn’t sold out, and wished I had stopped by sooner. Perfect for a coffee catch up, or if you’re wanting something a bit fancy for a trip to the nearby cinema.

The Standard Market Company, Newstead

 With baked sweets for every occasion, the Standard Market Company will always have your back when a special event looms or your mother-in-law invites herself around for a cuppa. The best part is, while you’re there picking up a freshly baked cake with beautiful embellishments, you can grab everything you need for dinner too.

The Standard Market Co | Brisbane Threads

We’d love to hear your go-to place for fresh, baked goods in Brisbane! Tell us in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list!