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Best Thai Restaurants In Brisbane

posted by Michaela Petrofes January 21, 2017 0 comments

Brisbane sports some seriously delicious cuisines from all over the world. We’ve shined the spotlight on the best American eats around town and now we’ve headed to the other side of the ocean to bring you the best Thai restaurants in Brisbane. If you didn’t already have dinner plans before reading the following information, we guarantee you’ll be making some impromptu reservations.

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How To Get Your Bedroom Ready For Summer

posted by Michaela Petrofes January 13, 2017 0 comments

Well, it’s official… Whether you’re a fan of summer or not the season is certainly upon us! Summer brings with it plenty of hot nights that we wonder how on earth we survive this time of year every time it arrives. To help you through this season, and for all the years to come, we’ve put together a list of how to get your bedroom ready for summer to get you through even the hottest of nights.

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Six Acres Restaurant

posted by Michaela Petrofes August 31, 2016 0 comments

Quietly tucked away on Gregory Terrace is a hidden gem that is still relatively new to the Brisbane food scene. Opening their doors in February this year, Six Acres Restaurant champion’s fresh Queensland produce and holds strong to the ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy.

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Inika Organic Cosmetics Review

posted by Michaela Petrofes August 23, 2016 0 comments

Before discovering Inika I was pretty anti-makeup. Personally, I didn’t like the way it made my skin feel and all the hidden nasties, as well as the ethical damage on animals and the environment from certain beauty brands. Therefore I never ever wore it. I decided enough was enough and made the decision to ditch every single beauty product that I own and replace it all with organic, vegan products. This decision was influenced by a number of things – wanting to stop using products that tested on animals, negatively impacted on the environment and overall wanting to use products that were going to benefit my skin. In the process, I uncovered Inika Organic Cosmetics and my makeup routine went from non-existent to something I look forward to!

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High Coffee at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove

posted by Michaela Petrofes July 16, 2016 0 comments

Procaffeinating; noun; the tendency to not start anything until you’ve had a cup of coffee.

We all know the reality of this can be a little too strong and the struggle a little too real at times. Lucky for us, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove is putting all of our coffee woes at bay with their twist on the classic high tea with their new High Coffee experience!

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What’s All Of The Fuss About Nodo Donuts?

posted by Michaela Petrofes November 23, 2015 0 comments

Nodo Donuts are swiftly taking over the Brisbane donut scene and we couldn’t be happier! Nodo has long been stocked at selected cafes across Brisbane but now, you no longer have to strategically plan your donut fix… Nodo has opened their very own café!

Located on 1 Ella St, Newstead, Nodo has brought us their daily gluten free, baked (not fried) creations 6 days a week! With New York loft vibes, Nodo’s standalone cafe’s minimalistic design is both welcoming and refreshing. It’s impossible to not feel at home when stopping by Nodo – nothing says lazy Sunday morning more than a great guilt-free donut and a coffee to match. Perfect for on-the-go donuts before work or a little afternoon pick me up. The team at Nodo Café is passionate about adding the fun back into wholesome food while still allowing us to fix our sweet tooth cravings and we couldn’t love them more if we tried!

While we all love a good classic glazed donut, it’s nice to know that we can munch down on donuts for breakfast (or any time of the day for that matter) that will leave our insides happy. Nodo really is the world’s friendliest donut!Nodo Donut | Brisbane Threads

The Rusty Burrow Cafe Review | Brisbane Threads
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Brunching At The Rusty Burrow

posted by Michaela Petrofes November 18, 2015 0 comments

The Rusty Borrow, sitting nicely on Wilgarning St in Stafford heights, is the perfect food hide away. While on our way to The Rusty Borrow I must admit I thought we were surely lost as our GPS told us the destination was on the left but we were in a heavily residential area. Low and behold, there was The Rusty Borrow tucked nicely away behind some trees, giving this suburb a little skip in its step.

With ample seating both inside and out, The Rusty Borrow is the perfect spot to duck into on a warm summers day. Friendly staff and a wide menu range made it feel as though we had popped over to our neighbor’s house for a meal. The menu has old time favorites like French toast, pancakes and waffles while mixing things up a bit with the choice of a mushroom burger for lunch~ all of which were amazing.

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While the summer sun was certainly blazing during our visit, the perfect way to cap off our trip to the “borrow in the burbs” was with their Di Bella Coffee! Whether it’s to start a meal, finish a meal off or simply catch up with a friend for a cup of joe, you will never regret treating yourself to a cup of Di Bella Coffee!

All in all, our trip to The Rusty Borrow was one for the books and we are scheduling our next visit ASAP!The Rusty Burrow Cafe Review | Brisbane Threads The Rusty Burrow Cafe Review | Brisbane Threads

Things To Do In Kangaroo Point, Brisbane | Brisbane Threads
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24 Hours Of Fun In Kangaroo Point

posted by Michaela Petrofes August 17, 2015 0 comments

With the holidays over and the university blues back in full swing, I was badly craving a getaway. It’s always nice to let your hair down and it’s even nicer when you don’t have to make a trek in order to do so. As if the getaway fairies heard my pleas, Choice Hotels Australia answered my call with an invitation to stay overnight at the Econo Lodge City Star while exploring the unsung suburb of Kangaroo Point. To celebrate the impromptu occasion, here’s our go-to guide for spending a splendid 24 hours in Kangaroo Point.

Econo Lodge: With it’s quaint exterior, Choice Hotel’s Econo Lodge City Star was filled with friendly staff, cozy rooms and some stellar views of Kangaroo Point. Upon check-in we were given the grand tour of all the Econo Lodge has to offer – from a multifunctional conference room, utilities for families and a very relaxing pool area. Econo Lodge has all the makings for the perfect city escape without the hassle of heading into the city – it’s a mere 800 metres from the iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs and on the outskirts of the city, so it’s the best of both worlds! With breakfast in bed the next morning, it was hard not to fall in love with all the lodge had on offer. The only thing that was disappointing is that it’s winter and we couldn’t make good use of the inviting pool! I guess we’ll have to re-visit come summer time!Things To Do In Kangaroo Point, Brisbane | Brisbane Threads

Kangaroo Point Activities: The afternoon was ours to explore and that we did! Kangaroo Point is well known for it’s amazing scenery so the walk was an adventure in itself. Once on the boardwalk it’s easy to get lost in the amazing river city views. Riverlife Brisbane is located along the boardwalk and offers a huge range of activities that allow you to take in the best of Brisbane from all different levels! Our friends at Riverlife allowed for us to experience this from the craziest level of all – abseiling from the top of the cliffs! While heights aren’t my strong point, the team at Riverlife were extremely well trained and made the experience more exciting than I had anticipated. Plus with the backdrops of Brisbane City it’s hard not to feel extremely pumped up as you scale down the cliffs. If heights aren’t for you, Riverlife offers a range of other activities such as kayaking, cycling and segway riding along the river walk. Whether you explore on foot or on some mode of transport, Kangaroo Point is the perfect place to get active and experience some of the best parts of the inner city, just don’t take on the Kangaroo Point Cliffs after a big meal (or ever if exercise isn’t your thing).Things To Do In Kangaroo Point, Brisbane | Brisbane Threads

Kangaroo Point Food: Conquering a fear of heights really worked up an appetite, so we continued on our adventure in search of a bite to eat. We were in luck with Kangaroo Point’s endless selection of restaurants to choose from and eventually, an Italian feast called our names and our hearts fell for the family owned Italian hotspot, Spizzico. The atmosphere and food was extremely appealing and the staff were welcoming, so we soon discovered it was the perfect place for a family dinner or date night, whichever is more your style. We ordered the fettuccine with chicken and sautéed mushrooms in a pistachio pesto and the gnocchi ragu for mains, followed by the cheesecake of the day with gelato and berries. All hearts and tummies were left full and extremely happy by the end of the evening. Other great restaurants in the area include The Pineapple Hotel, Cafe Dockside, Deerys Restaurant and Smokehouse, The Cliffs Cafe and Lamberts.Things To Do In Kangaroo Point, Brisbane | Brisbane Threads

It’s safe to say these 24 hours were some of the most enjoyable I’ve spent exploring in our beloved city! Thank you to Choice Hotels Australia and Riverlife Brisbane for proving you don’t have to break the bank or travel far to have an adventurous and equally relaxing getaway!

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Hey Melbourne Food, Please Come To Brisbane

posted by Michaela Petrofes August 7, 2015 0 comments

In the name of ‘foodies’ everywhere, I hopped on down to Melbourne last month and faced the freezing cold temperatures in the name of delicious Melbourne food (and shopping!). With my trusty and fellow food lover beside me we sought out Melbourne’s uncelebrated food and drink treasures and have our top 3 picks for you to try the next time you’re, you know, in the area! (or better yet, they could come to BrisVegas… hint hint).

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Café 51 is South Melbourne’s hole in the wall burger joint, literally. With burgers starting from just $2, it was this uni students dream come true! Sticking to my guns I ordered their bacon cheeseburger while my fellow foodie ordered the mother of all burgers – The Mac Daddy. While my classic was every burger lover’s dreams come true, The Mac Daddy was everything and then some! Packed between two buns is mac and cheese, ‘dirty cheese’, beef patty, potato cake, slow cooked beef brisket, more ‘dirty cheese’ and a mountain of the crispiest bacon all smothered in ketchup, mustard and mayo. For safe measures there was a Café 51’s signature deep fried chicken breast, cooked in their house made crumb, added to top it all off. Need I say more?

If you like beer, ice cream and redskins… Moon Dog Brewery is waiting! Located in Abbotsford, Moon Dog specializes in beers that aren’t your every day run of the mill. If you’re a little picky when it comes to your beverages, the staff at Moon Dog will happily let you sample any of their beers on tap to see which one is your favourite. Being a sucker for sweets, we went with the Splice of Heaven IPA and the Imperial Redskins Stout and they tasted exactly like their titles! Splice of Heaven was tropical and creamy – a splice in drinkable form if you will. Imperial Redskins was a surprisingly dark beer but non the less amazing in taste. Not to mention the staff unwrapped 20,000 redskins by hand to get them into the brew! We’ll certainly cheers a redskin beer to that any day!

The only way to end the trip was to taste more of Melbourne’s burger scene, of course. Bringing the food coma holiday to a delicious end was 8 Bit in Footscray. 8 Bit is a funky burger joint that’s inspired by all things video games, given the venue has a very fun and up beat vibe! While their hotdogs were extremely tempting we couldn’t pass up the mouth watering burger list. Being a lover of the classics, I went for the perfected ‘8 Bit With Cheese’ while my counterpart ordered the ‘Double Dragon’ – featuring, as you might’ve guessed, double beef, double cheese and double bacon along with pickles, lettuce, mustard, 8 Bit sauce and the added chicken for safe measures. While both burgers were amazing and I’m already planning my next trip back to munch on some more, the real winner here were their loaded fries! French fries mixed with chilli beef, cheese sauce, bacon, pickle relish, grilled onions and jalapenos with chipotle mayo is enough to make my stomach rumble!

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Of course, Melbourne is riddled with cute cafes, laneway bars, burger joints, food trucks and culinary delights on every corner, so we couldn’t include all of our favourites, just the ones we really really want to come to Brisbane! We’ll see you three soon, yeah?

Do you have a favourite restaurant or foodie hub in Melbourne that Brisbane travellers must know about? Pop them in the comments below and share the gastronomic love. 

PS – how adorable are these images of Melbourne (cover image and top) from the good folk at Travelshoot, a Brisbane based business that connects travellers with local photographers to make the perfect travel memory (and a pretty rad new FB DP!). Tavelshoot has connections with photographers around the world, so whether you are in Paris, New York, Byron Bay or Melbourne, check them out if you want a little more than a selfie on your travels.

For more Melbourne foodie destinations, check out this article by our friends at Hotel Combined, it’s got 26 of the best Melbourne hotels with restaurants, so you can eat, sleep, drink and play without leaving the building!

Substation No.41 Rum | Brisbane Threads
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If You Like Rum…

posted by Michaela Petrofes July 24, 2015 0 comments

Last week the Antarctic Vortex was in full swing and we certainly felt the chill deep in our bones. In perfect unison with the chill was the launch of The Breakfast Creek Hotel’s newest addition to their rum family: Substation No.41 Rum to keep us warm on even the chilliest of nights!

Substation No. 41 Rum Bar opened it’s doors 3 years ago and is now the largest rum bar in Australia with over 500 rums from 50 different countries in their rum library. The bars newest addition is a sweet and spicy combination that has been aging in oak barrels right here in Queensland and is now ready to dance on your tongue as you welcome in the weekend. The sweetness of the rum comes from the combination of vanilla, cream, plum and toffee with the addition of pepper for that spicy kick.

Throughout the night we nibbled on an array of canapés that were accompanied by a presentation of Substation No. 41 Rum, a tasting of the rum and 3 delicious cocktails – the Summer Storm, Rum punch and an Orange Mojito! Our favourite of the night was the Rum Punch, with it’s summer flavours and fresh vibe making us forgot about the cold snap we were caught up in and instead shifted our drams to warm summer days.

Thank you to the staff at Breakfast Creek Hotel and Substation No. 41 Rum Bar for allowing us to escape the winter chill and be transported to a warmer place with your delicious rum, if only just for the night.

Having a girl’s night in with a few cocktails never sounder yummier and couldn’t be easier to do with these easy recipes featuring Substation No. 41 Rum! Here’s what you’ll need:

Summer Storm: 41 Rum, Ginger beer, Ginger, Lime and Fresh Mint

Rum Punch: Orange, Pineapple, Orange and Pineapple Juice, Sugar Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice and 41 Rum

Orange Mojito: Orange, Lime, Sugar Syrup, 41 Rum and Fresh Mint

Enjoy!

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Denim Styling With Calexico

posted by Michaela Petrofes May 29, 2015 1 Comment

Throughout the month of May, Calexico Australia have been celebrating all things denim for ‘Denim Month’ to raise awareness for Jeans for Genes. Last week Calexico held an in store Denim Workshop for their loyal shoppers at the James Street boutique and special guest Will Allan, from Citizens of Humanity, was there to speak about all things denim, how to wear different styles and what works best on your body type.

The morning kicked off with happy shoppers trying on piles of Calexico denim while nibbling on gorgeous cupcakes inspired by the wardrobe staple we have come to know and love. It was every denim lovers dream come true!

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Shortly after, Will talked us through how we can really rock every style of denim this winter. For Will, the look that is really making a comeback is the flared jean circa 1970.  Will admitted that he never expected the flare style to grace the sidewalks quite so soon, however he said he is pleasantly thrilled about all things wide leg for winter 2015.

If you’re one of those ladies who steers clear of flares for the fear of excess denim bunching awkwardly at the feet, fear not. Will said the typical flare – tight at the top and flared below the calf – actually lengthens your legs (we love them pair with a heeled ankle boot for a couple of extra centimetres), so if you’re a short gal join me in praise and embrace flares this winter, for Mr Will Allan is a jean-ious!

The boyfriend style is also set to continue its reign as a major trend of the coming season, but this time around the style is cleaner and slimmer than we have seen in the past. Opting for a pair that is slightly fitted and lacking in rips, the folk at Calexico created a feminine look while still giving off borrowed-from-the-boyfriend vibes.

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Will also confirmed something that we firmly believe in despite the controversy…. and that’s double denim. Denim on denim is BACK and is here for the long haul people! The trick to really pulling off the 90’s trend a la Britney and K-Fed is to put your lighter denim shades on top and leave the your darker hues for the bottom half. This adds a bit more character to the look rather than having the same shades throughout the entire outfit. If you’re a first timer with the trend, Will suggests putting a striped top or even a plain white tee poking out from your denim jacket to break up the blue a little bit. It’s all about baby steps!

Before the event, I thought I had a handle on denim – they’re just jeans after all! But upon leaving I felt empowered with what Will had shared with us and have never felt more determined to find my perfect pair. To top off the perfect morning, a donation was made to Jeans for Genes with every purchase made in store. This year Jeans for Genes day is on Friday 7 August 2015 – to get your workplace involved or to donate, simply head to http://www.jeansforgenes.org.au/.

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