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OTTO night to be truffled.

posted by Emmy O'Neill June 19, 2018 0 comments

Fancy a night of decadence? Of divine feasting? Of delicious food? All generously topped with truffles.

Then ‘Holy Truffle Balls’ have OTTO Ristorante got a treat for you. Prepare to be truffled. Like completely truffled.

Last week I had the privileged of dining at OTTO for a media launch of their Truffle Degustation Menu. Just the mere words ‘truffle degustation’ had me weak at the knees and that was before I had arrived at the venue. That was before the aroma of freshly shaved Western Australian Black Manjimup Truffles filled the room. That was before I tasted course after course of delicious meals generously topped with black truffle. My knees were indeed weak and my excitement to feast on in-season truffles could not be contained. What can I say? It was perfection.

Every single mouthful was truffle perfection.

As I said on the night, (whilst savouring every  bite of the truffle gelato with hazelnut praline and fresh truffle); ‘I have died and gone to truffle heaven’. And yes you read that right… there was truffle in the gelato! And it was unlike anything I had ever tasted in my life; creamy, sweet, salt, crunchy and absolute explosion of flavours and textures. The stuff of truffle dreams!

OTTO’s Head Chef Will Cowper is truly celebrating this year’s truffle season with the introduction of a truffle service; which basically means you can add freshly shaved truffles to your favourite OTTO dish. During the winter months from June through to August for $30, you can add 5 grams of freshly shaved truffled to your dish of choice; the truffles will actually be delivered to your table by Head Chef Will himself! And you also receive OTTO’s chocolate truffles to take with you; perfect for the uber ride home.

There is nothing better than the aroma of fresh truffle. At the end of every truffle season I am already  thinking of ways to use them next year. So by the time they are in season I’m so excited to showcase them through specials to our diners,” says OTTO’s Head Chef, Will Cowper.

Will has also created a number of scrumptious dishes, such as house-made fettuccini with slippery jack mushrooms, pan fried gnocchi with truffles, Parmigiano reggiano and fresh truffle risotto and the aforementioned Truffle gelato with hazelnut praline!

If you are a true truffle lover you really can’t go past the Truffle Degustation hosted at OTTO on July 4th. Prepare to have all your senses overwhelmed when you experience Western Australian Manjimup truffles in all their glorious earthy and delicious glory with an exclusive 5-course degustation with matching premium Italian wines.  For more information on how to book this event head to OTTO.

Just in case you still needed to be convinced that heading to OTTO to be truffled is a great idea… here’s some photographic evidence.

OTTO Ristorante | 480 Queen St Brisbane, 4000 | (07) 3835 2888



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posted by Emmy O'Neill December 20, 2017 0 comments

A few weeks back I had decided to treat myself to a solo lunch. Not for any particular reason other than I was desperate to try GROWN. Every single time I saw a @grown_bne post on my Instagram feed, I found myself day-dreaming of eating everything plant based. #GimmeAllTheFood

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Time to Visit the Doc. Doc Brown that is.

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 15, 2017 0 comments

In the highly competitive Brisbane cafe market it can often be a challenge to find the right place to sip your espresso or enjoy a wholesome breakfast. Doc Brown Cafe in West End ticks all the right boxes!

Previous owner of the popular Brown Dog in Woolloongabba, Christian Maltby, has done it again with this cafe which opened it’s doors last month.  The contemporary design, the oh-so-friendly staff, and the attention to detail make this cafe a #MustVisit this summer! Continue Reading


Shhhh… can you keep a secret?

posted by Emmy O'Neill November 23, 2017 0 comments

Fancy going to a chocolate degustation? Hold the gosh darn phone… What is a chocolate degustation I hear you ask? Well it is only one of the most fabulous food experiences of your life! I know, I know huge call… but once you sink your lips around BASIK Chocolates you will never go back to the old ‘favourites’ again… #TRUSTME

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Lonely Planet names Newstead one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Australia

posted by Karlicca Culalic November 22, 2017 0 comments

It’s official. Lonely Planet, yes, THAT Lonely Planet (to reiterate the very same one that awards accolades to the likes of dreamy Paris and London) has named *our* Newstead one of the three coolest neighbourhoods in Australia. I’m sorry but we can’t help feeling like a proud mum. Territorial even, like a die-hard, day one fan of an underground indie rock band everyone’s just discovered playing on Nova. Alas, it’s no surprise this neck of the woods has made it in the big league. Newstead is a treasure trove of exclusive restaurants, bars and cafe’s alike. So without further ado, here are ten reasons we love this leafy riverside ‘it’ suburb. When I say reasons, I mean more like – fantastic places to consider putting on your mental list of places to eat next. As always though, you’re welcome.

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Morning After Morning Chats

posted by Grace Elizabeth November 14, 2017 0 comments

In the hipster end of town in West End you will find the most modernistic and chic little café. This space goes by the name of Morning After by day and for a limited four weeks, by Night Before at night. With crisp white washed brick walls, rich moss green furnishings and gold trimming it’s a feast for all the senses.  Continue Reading


Oh hey there foodies and fashionistas

posted by Emmy O'Neill October 6, 2017 0 comments
Here at Brisbane Threads we love all things food and fashion. The only thing we really love more, is when food, fashion and community collide! We’re still buzzing seeing all of Brisbane’s foodies and fashionista hitting the streets of the Brisbane’s CBD for last night’s SHOP THE CITY #ShopTheCityBNE.

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15 Brisbane Cafes Open for Easter

posted by Emmy O'Neill April 13, 2017 0 comments

While many Brisbane locals are making the most of this Easter long weekend & escaping our glorious city… there are many who are left behind pondering important life questions like… where we can get our caffeine fix?

Don’t stress you’re not going to have to survive on instant coffee this weekend…unless you want to. We have rounded up some of our favourite Brisbane cafes that are open over the Easter long weekend serving espresso, eggs and avo on toast… all the essentials really.


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International Eats in Brisbane

posted by Michaela Petrofes February 3, 2017 0 comments

Are your wanderlust and taste buds dying to go on an international adventure but your bank account isn’t quite letting you jet set across the ocean? Not to worry, we’ve rounded up the best international eats in Brisbane so you can wine & dine your away around the world without needing your passport.
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Chow House with Eat Brisbane

posted by Teagan West July 10, 2014 0 comments

Entree number 1 – Chilli coriander bread with thai peanut jam
Cocktails – The Blue Jeans, Honey Basil Martini and Vanilla fig sour

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the second Eat Brisbane (@eatbrisbane) Instameet event with a bunch of local foodies at Chow House on James Street, Fortitude Valley.

It was Thursday curry night, so each dish was inspired by the street stalls of exotic world destinations, it was a mouth-watering experience.

The four curries were dished up with perfect presentation and aromas like nothing else. One tip before I make you drool on your screen – the curries are a little spicy, so if you’re like me and like your curry very, very mild, add some cucumber, yoghurt and mint raita or the sweet fruit chutney – it makes the world of difference, and is quite delicious. For those who like a kick to their curry, you will be very impressed!

The curries were…

Green Prawn Curry with local ocean prawns, thai eggplant, seasonal vegetables, spinach, lime and thai basil

North African inspired beef, chickpea and sweet potato curry served with almond and apricot flat bread

Slow braised England lamb rending curry with toasted coconut, pickled onion

Vegetable jungle curry with seasonal vegetables, krachai, water chestnut and kaffir lime leaf

There was also house baked chilli coriander bread with thai peanut jame, peking duck with home made shallot pancake served with cucumber and hoisin and the house special spicy thai pork street sausage with tomato and chilli relish.

And it’s not just the food that is divine, the serve is top-notch and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of a hot (pun intended) new dining experience!

Mouth watering? Curries are regularly available at Chow House and are the perfect winter warmers, so stop in for curry night and send your tastebuds to exotic places!


North African inspired curry


Vegetable jungle curry



Green Prawn Curry



Dessert – a winter strawberry, apple and cinnamon lassi, a traditional saffron, cardamom and cinnamon lassi and a mini panda sago with coconut and molasses


Entree number 2 – Peking duck pancakes


Chow House is open from Tuesday-Saturday for dinner and 7 days for breakfast and lunch.

Chow House is located at 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Visit http://www.chowhouse.com.au for the full menu and more information


Brisbane’s Food Trucks – Part Two

posted by Teagan West April 3, 2014 5 Comments

Just in case you missed Part One – you can find it here!

Now that you know more about the exciting food truck phenomenon that is upon us, it is the perfect time to introduce you to Ian, the new owner of The Pasta Cruiser!

Ian and his shiny truck serve gourmet pasta at a number of locations around the city for lunch and dinner, sometimes teaming up with Juan More Taco and its vibrant owner Naomi for special tandem serving occasions.

Ian said they are hoping to create a food truck cluster together, similar to Adelaide’s Fork on the Road and the growing contingent of food truck communities in the United States.

Ian said, “We’re hoping, Naomi and I, to facilitate something like that sometime soon” and get some of the other local trucks on board.

“I think it’s great,” he said, that the tandem service “was a cracker” and can be successful because so many people are eager to support the foodie phenomenon.

But in the meantime, Ian is working on creating and adding new sauces to The Pasta Cruisers menu. The same menu that already rivals any local Italian restaurant with its big serving bowls and even bigger flavours.

One of his new sauces, a vodka, cheddar and creamy tomato concoction, was new last week, with many more taste sensations in the pipeline. “There’s a lamb ragu coming up and a blue cheese” too, Ian said.

“We’re looking at bringing in some of the more premium pastas, like the gnocchi with the blue cheese,” he said.

Italian desserts are also on the horizon, with some “yummy panna cotta and tiramisu” in the works to accompany the gourmet ice-cream sandwiches by Pat & Sticks that are already stocked by The Pasta Cruiser.

And, after living vicariously through the culinary adventures of other food truckers before he purchased The Pasta Cruiser, there is no doubt that a lot more is to come for Ian and his eager spirit.

“I’ve got a passion for food, I cook all of the time,” he said, so when the opportunity came up I jumped on board. It seems he has, both literally and metaphorically, captaining The Pasta Cruiser from one successful day of trade to the next and doing some unique catering events in between.

“We have a wedding at Narangba in April, so we go as far as there and we’ll be going down to the Gold Coast in a couple of months time. So we’re all around Brisbane and outside as well.”

“People are really embracing it and the feedback we are getting is great,” he said. Bon Appetit

Scroll on down to the second part of our two-part series on Brisbane’s Food Trucks and see where you can catch Ian and The Pasta Cruiser, as well as Oi! Taco and That BBQ Joint.


The Pasta Cruiser

AboutThe Pasta Cruiser serves gourmet pasta from its creative menu that changes daily. All you have to do is pick your pasta then pick your sauce. Pasta choices include porcini mushroom, pinenut and rocket ravioli, country spaghetti and tri-coloured spirals, while your choice of sauce could be anything from carbonara or spicy tomato, chorizo and chilli to beef and pulled pork Bolognese or roasted pumpkin, sundried tomato and feta. I for one am seeking this guy out in coming weeks!

Where: roaming locations for lunch and dinner and available for special occasion and catering events and is also a frequent at Hawthorne’s Love Your Local Markets. Check The Pasta Cruisers Facebook page for the most up-to-date location information and visit the website here.

Website: www.thepastacruiser.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepastacruiser



Oi! Taco – Mexican

AboutOi! Taco serve up delicious Mexican flavours and refreshing beverages from a menu that features free range, hormone free, organic, vegan, paleo, low-carb and gluten-free options. They even do a supremely sought after Mexican breakfast if you can find them before midday!

WhereOi! Taco can be found at various market events, Brisbane events, catered functions and at wondering locations around the city. Like them on Facebook here to see upcoming locations and events and get there early because these guys are known to sell out!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OiTaco


That BBQ Joint – American

AboutThat BBQ Joint serves up everything you need to tame the hungry beast inside you who loves American style BBQ food, smoked ribs and wings. It’s a carnivores delight with regular menu items like pork ribs with potato and bacon salad.

WhereThat BBQ joint is a regular at Hawthorne’s monthly Love You Local Markets and other roaming events. This truck also specialises in personal catering events so contact them now for your next party!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatBbqJoint/info

Image from That BBQ Joint Facebook Page

So now its up to you… have we missed any? And who is your favourite? We’d love to hear from you if you’re a food trucker or food truck enthuses who loves the new trend. Maybe there’s a Part Three we didn’t even know about!?