Friday, August 21, 2015

4-5 week break

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Today is the big day... this food blogger is getting wed! It's going to be a whirlwind weekend followed by a flight out to China next week for our honeymoon. We're there for 4 weeks during which time we'll be touring all over the place and celebrating our marriage with my family in Shanghai.

Upon my return, expect a bunch of Chinese food posts and then I'll get back into Brissie restaurants.

Cheers and thanks for following me!

Green Bees for Healthy Takeaway

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Green Bees Organic

I suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise that wedding prep involves lots of running around like a headless chicken. I was getting my hair done and suddenly it was time to do something else and I needed lunch and lo and behold Green Bees appeared before me.

I literally drive past this cafe every day as noticed it as it was being set up so the curiosity was always there. It looked quite busy so I was willing to give it a try.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Racecourse 63 for Lunch

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Racecourse 63
63 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton

Another day another lot of wedding errands to be had... I'm pumping out these posts in haste because for obvious reasons I'll be busy in the coming days. Last weekend we had to make an emergency visit to the airport DFO to find Marc appropriate footwear. I hate outlet shopping because the crowds really stress me out so to make a painful event more bearable, I figured we'd have lunch at Racecourse Road on the way.

The original plan was to eat at Hosokawa but it was closed on the Sunday so we headed into nearby Racecourse 63 instead. It looked to be a happening cafe so I was confident we'd get some good food.

CHE Asado for Meaty Feast

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CHE Asado and Bar

Alright I'll readily admit I'm crap at dieting. I would say my overall pre-wedding effort can be "rounded up" as good but there have definitely been occasions where I've used twisty excuses to allow myself some treats. My excuse for dinner at CHE was that it would be mostly meat and therefore categorically low carb. Of course I didn't take into account the jugs of sweet sangria we'd be ingesting...

That aside, last Saturday we completed an anxiety and comedy laden rehearsal for our ceremony. I'm awkward in all walks of life and unfortunately this seems to extend to tasks like repeating vows and even hand holding. By the end of it all I was sweating and exhausted and ready for a feed. We were at Kangaroo Point and figured Southbank would just be a quick walk away

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Dinner at Asana

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Asana by Pete Evans

Continuing on with the theme of healthy eating, this dinner experience at Asana was definitely one worth blogging about. I didn't even know this place existed or I'm sure I would have tried it out sooner. Asana is masterminded by celebrity chef Pete Evans of the My Kitchen Rules series. He has also built himself a reputation as a passionate paleo diet advocate.

I'm not one to get strongly sucked into any dietary fads because I like all food way too much to remain faithful to one school of thought. I dipped my toes into paleo for a while because in my day to day, I try to limit refined carbs and paleo eating is aligned with that. It does go much beyond that if you're a hardcore paleo enthusiast and I'm not sure of the scientific rationale behind their theories but then again, when have fad diets ever leaned on actual scientific research?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Miss Bliss for Lunch

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Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen

Although I'm technically in pre-wedding diet mode, I love eating out as much as I always have. How great is it then that there are diet-friendly cafes and restaurants out and about? The first of these I visited is a new local gem, Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen in West End.

Miss Bliss is known for 'bliss balls' sold at various Brisbane markets. They've now expanded to providing all types of wholesome treats at a beautifully fitted cafe location on Vulture Street. I was worried I couldn't find the place but it's quite large and stands out at the popular intersection. Despite being new, it was also fairly busy when I visited which I take to be a good sign.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The London Club for a Hen's Group Lunch

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The London Club

I've already mentioned this on the blog but I'm getting married soon... next week in fact! With it comes all the chaos and celebration and last minute stress that you can only expect from a wedding. I had a hen's holiday getaway in Bali but with the active volcano situation, it was touch and go as to whether we could even make it or not. On the night before our departing flight, I thought it might be wise to make a backup plan in case Bali didn't pan out.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mu'ooz Restaurant for Dinner

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I'm quite adventurous with food and like to think I'm accepting of most cuisines and ingredients. I can't think of a single country's cuisine I don't enjoy at least on occasion and it takes a wide brain stretch to find flavours I don't like (I'm not a fan of liquorish but I'd still eat it).

One thing I can't say I've tried much of, or at all before this experience, is African cuisine. Africa is a huge continent with a great diversity of cultures so I won't blanket all the food in one. I found Mu'ooz in West End, next to Kafe Meze and it showcases Eritrean cuisine. Going into it, neither Marc or myself knew what this meant but we were very excited to find out.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Miel Container for Lunch

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Miel Container
96 Albert Street, Brisbane CBD

There's been a few cases of food venues that I've had back luck with, in terms of attendance. All of them have been in Brisbane CBD which probably has more to do with the fact that when I'm in the city, I'm in a rush, rather than anything specifically wrong with the restaurants.

Miel Container was one such location that I tried to get to on a number of occasions but kept failing. One time the line was too long and we had a limited lunch break. Another couple of times we planned to go but didn't end up going to the city. After coming back from Bali I needed to focus on the next thing, which apart from the wedding was our honeymoon to China. China travel means China visa and that was the perfect excuse to try Miel Container while we were in the city.

Siam Pung for Lunch

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Siam Pung
69-79 Boundary Street, West End

I've finished my Bali posts and can get cracking on my backlog of unpublished Brisbane reviews. If you've been bored about all this "irrelevant overseas stuff" stay tuned because I have tonnes of local restaurants to talk about.

The first of these is Siam Pung, which is Thai dessert cafe local to me. It's the sister cafe to Siam Samrarn, a very popular Thai restaurant in West End. I visited Siam Pung a long time ago, probably earlier this year.