Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of joining Chef James Guldberg and Erinn Jordan for an extraordinary lunch at their East Brisbane restaurant, The Catbird Seat Bistro.
If you’re a morning person like me, breakfast, brunch and morning tea could be your three favourite meals of the day! And working at Brisbane Threads, we certainly get to sample our fair share of new dining options, all in the name of research of course! But sometimes, it’s nice to add a little sparkle to the morning meals of the day and our favourite spot, Spicers Balfour, has done exactly that.
Arguably the best wings in Brisbane. These guys have reached cult status and are followed closely by a loyal fan base- for good reason too! If the wings leave your mouth watering for more, they’ve got a range of other sides including their incredible sweet potato fries. For the ultimate night out- catch them at Green Beacon Brewing Co in Teneriffe for an ice cold beer to chase them down. Facebook | Instagram
Quality pizza on the go! With a range of traditional and gourmet pizzas from their wood fired oven- these guys sure know how to turn it on. From a classic margherita to ‘the med’ which boasts Salami, Eggplant, Capsicum, Zucchini, Olives, Red Onion and Mozzarella- you’re sure to find something that’ll tickle your fancy. They’re a much loved local on the food truck scene- find them near you soon! Facebook | Instagram | Wesbsite
If you’ve lived in Brisbane for a quick minute, you’ve probably heard of or seen The Bun Mobile around town. Their buns are made on ‘gua bao’ which is a traditional Taiwanese style steamed bun and their range of healthy fillings are sourced locally too. The hardest thing about visiting the Bun Mobile is choosing what to order- everything is super tasty and they’ve usually got specials to choose from too! Facebook | Instagram | Website
These guys sure know their stuff! Their name essentially means ‘food coma’ which we consider a promise. Serving up slow cooked meat Italian sandwiches and tasty Arancini balls with their scrumptious home made sauces, you’re sure to be satisfied. Passionate about doing everything from scratch, you’re sure to enjoy a home style meal that will likely rival your nonna’s… It’s traditional, tasty Italian food, done their way. Facebook | Instagram | Website
No longer should a HSP seen as a drunken, beautiful mistake. Embrace it, and chow down on one of Istanbul Eats’ yummy creations. Rumoured to be the best in town, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t give them a try… If a HSP isn’t quite your style, they’ve also got a range of kebabs, burgers and even dessert! Facebook | Instagram
If you hadn’t figured it out from their name- these guys make rolls. Darn good ones at that! Choose from 3 types of toasty brioche rolls, stuffed with smoky spiced and seasoned meats, covered in house made sauces all resting on top of fresh salads. They’ve also got open plates and a range of sides to choose from… We’re hungry just thinking about it! Facebook | Instagram | Website
Fusion style food is the greatest- it’s like ticking two boxes with one meal! Koma Sliders are Korean/ American burgers and they are out of this world. With three main burgers on their menu, it makes it marginally easier to choose but they’re all so good you’ll have your work cut out for you. Facebook | Instagram
For the guys at La Cucina, they respect the history, culture and traditions of food but are keen to challenge and adapt to 2017! They’ve done exactly that- think of a full, traditional, Italian meal from a Food Truck. Penne, Risotto, Spaghetti, Lasagne, Steaks, Burgers- you name it, they’ve got it! Facebook | Instagram
If you’re as obsessed with Portuguese food as we are in the office, you’ll be relieved to know the Phatboys has you covered and is constantly touring Brisbane. With a range of traditional rolls, they’re sure to have something to tickle your fancy. Combining local Brisbane produce with homestyle Portuguese recipes, you’ll have the best of both worlds! Their menu is constantly changing, so get in quick! Facebook | Instagram | Website
We are always trying to update our mind and stomach, and this post is no exception. We know you loved our post on the best American food in Brisbane from a couple of years ago, so we pulled it from the archives, gave it a fresh update and added a bunch of new restaurants to help you introduce your sheltered Australian palette to the holy grail of American foods. American food is addictive, growin’ and stickin’ around Brisbane and sometimes it can even stick to your hips for- days, weeks and months after that juicy pulled pork slider.
Glowing skin is a #lyfegoal for most of us young ladies getting about town. And while having a good skin routine is important in keeping our skin free from outbreaks, enjoying a healthy diet is second-to-none in getting that glowing skin. What some of us tend to forget is that eating for #freshtodeath skin is just as important as a good cleansing routine if not more important. Given that new skin cells are constantly being replaced (out with the old and in with the new, every month!) – having a healthy diet free from toxins is no surprise in fuelling healthy cell renewal. With only 8% of Australian adults meeting the recommended 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit a day (as per Australia’s Health, 2014), more often than not you’ll be missing out on the key nutrients that important for good health, particularly for healthy skin renewal.
Locals will have an alternative new shopping precinct with an exciting retail mix that we believe will make Coorparoo Square a unique destination in its own right,” Peter Honeycombe, Managing Director of Honeycombes Property Group.
The suburb of Coorparoo, the hub of the south/east side will soon be welcoming a new kid on the block… known around town as the much anticipated ‘Coorparoo Square.’ Set to be the next ‘Portside Warf’ precinct, it will hold some major tenants such as the boutique national cinema chain, Dendy Cinemas, Global supermarket chain, Aldi and three residential buildings with 360 luxury apartments offering one, two and three-bedroom apartments as well as lavish penthouses.
I know we say this a lot, but how the heck is it the first day of June? And also – what is with this beautiful weather Brisbane!? We had a crazy busy month over here at Brisbane Threads HQ, with lots of events, fun collaborations and exciting things happening here on the blog. So here’s a recap if you missed anything.
Brisbane’s annual Paniyiri Greek Festival rolled around, and we rolled out of Musgrave Park full of haloumi, honey puffs and a serve of gyros.
We ate lots of breakfasts, including this colourful chia pudding from newbie on the block Little Loco. If you need some breakfast inspo and love a bit of Bircher with your morning coffee, head over here for our round up of Brisbane’s Best Bircher.
And then tried to escape at Brisbane’s new Escapism. Check out all of the details over here.
H&M opened its second Brisbane store, this time on the south side at Westfield Garden City. We stocked up on winter knits and cute basics for the working week.
So there we have it, the month of May in 22 pics! What was your favourite blog post from May?
Thanks for joining us on this stylishly delicious ride! Join us on Instagram @brisbanethreads for all things Brisbane, and don’t forget to tag your pictures with #BTinsidertip so we can see what you’re up to, and regard our favourites every week.
The one thing I love the most, is following all you YOU on Instagram. Brisbane has an AMAZING community of foodies, fashion lovers, beauty queens and design mavens. So it makes sense that we look to YOU for inspiration. And it makes sense, to reward you for your efforts. So from now, when you are out exploring all of the awesome things Brisbane has to offer… hashtag your photos with #BTInsiderTip and @brisbanethreads. We will give a shoutout to the person who posts the best pic of the week, plus we’ll be organising some prizes along the way.
See you on Instagram!
*Image via Networx Brisbane.
Last weekend I jumped at an invitation to spend 24 hours at the Brisbane Marriott to bask in the hotel’s delightful services, devour food and relax in a luxurious room overlooking the Brisbane River.
I was uber impressed with the service and welcoming nature of all of the staff I encountered, and the facilities were nothing but the best. And don’t get me started on the Motion Bar & Grill! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, complete with all of its embellishments. So much so that I got home on Sunday afternoon and, despite my looming to-do list, continued to relax and recharge because the last 24 hours at the Marriott had left me in a state of total bliss.
Here’s what I got up to…
6pm – The car was handed over to the concierge upon arrival and parked in a secure offsite location for the duration of our stay. Practical and convenient as everything we wanted/needed was either in the hotel itself, or within walking distance. A smooth check in sent us up to our room on the 23rd floor within minutes. Our #staycation had officially begun!
6.30pm – After gawking at the view and booking dinner we ducked out to hunt for pre-dinner snacks and stumbled upon some cheese, crackers and salami. Perfect!They went down a treat as we got ready for dinner at the Marriott’s hotel restaurant, Motion Bar & Grill Restaurant.
8.45pm – A late dinner reservation in the Motion Bar & Grill welcomed much contemplation when it came to picking just one thing off the short, but concise dinner menu. I wish I could eat seafood, because the neighbouring tables Seafood Tower of scallops, bugs, prawns, smoked salmon, mussels, oysters, crab legs, calamari and dipping sauces looked divine. Instead I opted for the safe, but equally tasty Lemon/Thyme Chicken Breast with carrot, parsnip puree, green pea and pan juices. My partner chose the sirloin with mushroom sauce and said it was the most glorious steak he had ever had (a big call coming from a carnivore!).
10pm – Finally, it was time to hit the hay in the heavenly king-size bed complete with 6 perfect pillows. I slept long and hard into the next morning without a single stir.
8.30am – Sunday morning was spent lazing around in bed and catching up on some work online thanks to the speediest hotel wifi connection I think I’ve ever encountered. Reading my backlog of magazines and oogling at the river view were morning essentials I happily ticked off my to-do list before packing.
10.30am – I had to coax myself into getting out of bed with the promise of a walk along the river and a fresh juice stop. Checking out was easy-peasy and our luggage was safely stored with the concierge team until our afternoon departure (another very convenient service the Marriott offers). After a short, balmy stroll down the river walk I found myself at the Eagle Street Pier before climbing onto a stool at Riverbar & Kitchen with a refreshing tropical juice cylinder in tow.
Midday – We headed back to the Marriott for the experience I was most looking forward to – High Tea! I LOVE a good high tea spread and the offerings at the Motion Bar & Grill resembled a perfect tier of sweet and savory goodness. Down went a selection of sandwiches with fillings such as free-range egg and lettuce, cucumber and dill cream, smoked turkey with cranberry, shaved ham and English mustard and smoked salmon with caper mayo before a selection of desserts from the pastry kitchen. The freshly baked plain and sultana scones were to-die-for, especially when paired with strawberry jam and a blissful white chocolate/vanilla/cream combo. A glass of French champagne rounded off the unbeatable High Tea spread.
1pm – Feeling full and satisfied we headed back to the concierge to collect our luggage and car. Within minutes, our car rounded the corner and appeared at the sliding glass doors with our bags already packed inside. Talk about good service!
Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to a treatment at the in-house day spa, however judging by the rest of the experience and quality of all other Marriott services, I can almost guarantee the awesomeness of the Dome Spa Retreat. There’s always next time!
All smiles and a thumbs from this happy #staycation-er!
We all know the saying “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.” So go forth and spend your Sunday wisely – we’ve got you sorted when it comes to a couple of cheeky Sunday bevs and a good feed with your best pals in tow.
Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Blackbird Bar and Grill is possibly ‘the’ riverside hotspot every day of the week, Sunday included. The newly launched Sundays at Blackbird is complete with a beast on a spit that is carved into tasty sliders, boutique mix & match beer buckets, summertime cocktail jugs, a new bar menu with lots of casual dining options and a luxe afternoon vibe above the river.
100 Boundary Street, West End
For craft beer enthusiasts look no further than Archive Beer Boutique and its 22 rotating drought beers on tap and over 400 domestic and imported bottled beers. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon catch up over a couple of beers.
71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
The Fox Hotel has had a facelift recently, making the shift from teenage party hub to a more chilled out atmosphere with a quality food and drinks menu. Soho Sundays on Dandy’s Rooftop is definitely a thing when a spicy chorizo, sweet corn and feta pizza and mango Weisbar inspired cocktail is on the menu.
7 Browning Street, West End
Cobbler is a whisky and cocktail bar with a twist. Sure it has 300+ whiskeys from all over the world, but it’s the food menu, or lack of, that intrigues me most. Cobbler is BYO food! Yup, you heard correctly, you can take whatever food you wish to consume with you – a DIY cheese board, selection of desserts, takeaway from nearby restaurants… let your imagination run wild.
Corner of Alfred and Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Alfred & Constance is synonymous with quirky hipster, it’s colourful, fun and unpretentious. There’s three bars and so many areas to explore – the White Lightning Tiki Bar, The Vanguard Beer Garden Bar, The Alcoholic Juice & Smoothie Station, the underground Fever Club and a number of foodie hotspots to fill the gap between drinks. And you get lei’d on arrival.
1 Musgrave Road, Red Hill
It’s the place to be on the northside come Sunday afternoon, with flowing drinks, hearty food and many areas to mix and mingle until your heart is content.
633 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Although Woolly Mammoth is the new kid on the Valley block, the contemporary beer hall has gained a large following with its rustic off-the-bone menu, large selection of craft beer, crowd-pleasing entertainment and indoor activities to the likes of Bocce, Giant Jenga and Shuffleboard. Enjoy a Mammoth Sunday. They also provide a little something extra for the craft beer lovers.
51 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess is a gin bar with all of the trimmings. Inspired by the British colonial outposts of the late 19th century, Dutch Courage specialises in gin cocktails and has a well-planned selection of share plates and tapas on offer. For those basking in Brisbane’s gin scene – this is the place to be.
Riparian Plaza, Promenade Level 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Spectacular Story Bridge views, plenty of seating, a colourful menu and drinkies abound, Riverbar and Kitchen is as casual as it gets without compromising quality and atmosphere. Come at me jug of Passionfruit Sangria!
Podium Level, Rydges, Corner of Grey and Gleneig Streets, South Bank
Poolside bars are the It-Girls of the Brisbane nightlife scene when it comes to hot days and sunset hangs. Although Soleil Pool Bar has only just opened, it’s set to become a Sunday go-to thanks to its luxe interior, tasty bar menu, summertime drinks list and inviting pool begging you to take a splash.