Brisbane Burgers: Taps | Fortitude Valley


As you know, we consider ourselves to be somewhat of a Brisbane burger coinnosseur, aficionado if you will...

So when we heard, Taps in Fortitude valley had recently launched a brand new menu that now included an epic burger lineup we moseyed on down to the valley to check it out. It was our civil duty. The things we do for you guys..


A HISTORY LESSON...

Like any good idea, the Taps we know today was born over an ice cold beer. During a trip to Europe in 2008 during Oktoberfest owner Steve Barber discovered a pub where each nationality sat at their own table with a screen above a tap counting how much beer had been knocked back. Brits, Germans, Aussies and Irish in a battle to the death.

Aussies won of course, and Steve left Europe inspired to start a bar of his own one day. After discussing it with his mates over a few rounds of beer Taps Mooloolaba started to take shape. In 2015 Taps opened up a second bar in Fortitude Valley, with expansion throughout Australia yet to come. 


Taps is leading the Self-Service beer revolution! What the hell does that mean, you ask? Well unlike your typical run of the mill pub, Taps invites guests to be their own bartender. The venue features an impressive wall of taps which can be accessed by guests using a special key. The tables also feature their own private taps! Just sit back, relax, and drink to your heart's content...

And just when you thought this place couldn't get any more awesome, they went and added a burger menu! The menu features a number of sensational burger creations like the Clogger (Medium Rare Beef Pattie + Bacon + Creamy Mac n Cheese) and one of the best damn fried chicken sandwiches we have every had (Crispy Fried Chicken + Bacon + Cheddar Cheese + Jalapeno Mayo). 


Don't worry Sunshine Coast foodies, the new burger menu will be launching at Taps Mooloolaba very soon. 

*AmeriAus was the guest of Taps the Valley

How To Get Free Wine At Your Favourite Restaurant


Yes, you read that headline correctly we said F R E E  W I N E!

You're probably thinking the following things: "How is this possible?" "Is this click bait?" "If there was a way to get free wine I would know about it!!!"

Well, that's where you'd be wrong.... It is possible and this is most definitely not click bait.

There is an app in existence, downloadable right now (!!!) that will grant you a FREE bottle of quality vino just for dining at some of the best restaurants in Brisbane. Think of it as the fairy godmother you've always wanted! Yes, Cinderella you will go to the wine cellar!

The free wine was created by Zenith Wine Agencies, a specialist on-premise wine importer and wholesaler, rated in the Top 20 national and east coast on-premise distributors in Australia.

The app is free to download and features over 300 restaurants, Australia wide! 

HOW IT WORKS:

1. Download the app, available here
2. Find your location (Brisbane, Sydney, Melb...etc )
3. Choose your restaurant (Some restaurants require a minimum spend which ranges from $50 to $100) 
4. Select a bottle of vino (the app typically offers user a choice between red or white)
5. Show your waiter your selection
6. That's it! Enjoy your free wine!

THE VERDICT

Simple, quick, and very easy to use! We gave it a test run for ourselves a few weeks ago at Modern Thai in Mt Gravatt and were VERY impressed. The minimum spend for Modern Thai was $100 but honestly if you are out on a date or with a group of friends your likely to spend that (if not more) anyways. Might as well enjoy a free bottle of red for your trouble!

Consider this our Christmas gift to you, to download this incredible new app, click here

Brisbane's Biggest & Best New Year's Eve Parties 2015


Ahh, it's that wonderful time of year again....The time of year we reflect on all that we haven't accomplished and set equally unachievable goals for the next year...

Lol, just kidding, it's time to party. 

So what if you didn't lose those extra kilos! Or maybe you didn't land the job of your dreams...none of that matters now. Cause hey, there's always next year. All that matters is that you survived another year, and that's cause to celebrate in a BIG way.

Endless amounts of food, overflowing champagne towers, sparkly dresses...

Gather around with your closest mates and have your visa handy, here are 7 of the Best New Year's Eve bashes happening in Brisbane.

1. Darling & Co

Before the mayhem of New Year's Eve night begins, enjoy one last bite at Darling & Co! Beat the midnight madness this year and saunter on down to Darling from 1pm for an afternoon of leisure and lunching. 

Darling & Co will be serving up 3 courses of their finest fare while you reminisce over the events of the year gone by and devise your plans for the one to come. You and yours will also be indulged with a terrific selection of tipples including free flowing beer, wine and local spirits for only $99

Make your lunch a champagne soaked affair for $149 and the NV Veuve Clicquot won't stop flowing until the sun starts to sink. 

For bookings head to the Darling & Co website, Available Here

2. The Fox Hotel


The Fox Hotel is the juan and only place south of the equator where you can bring in the new year with a Mexican fiesta. Get those maracas shaking, because there are two sensational packages on offer.

Take a trip to Margaritaville and enjoy access to all of the main areas of The Fox Hotel and taco your fill of food until 10:30pm. Don’t forgot to grab a sombrero from the main bar!

If you fancy taking things to the next level and spending the night sky high, look no further than the Cancun Rooftop package.  You will have exclusive and unrivalled views of the fireworks display while you feast on a Mexican spread that will have you calling “Arrrriiiba” across the rooftops. Check out the video below for a wrap up of ticket inclusions: 


To book, head to the Fox Hotel website: Available Here

***GIVEAWAY ALERT: We've got a double Margaritaville pass to give away to a lucky follower. Head to our Instagram page for all the details: CLICK HERE UPDATE: Comp goes live at 6PM tonight! ***

3. Stokehouse

Brisbane’s beloved Stokehouse Q is set to welcome 2016 with flavour, flair and fireworks, announcing two sittings on New Year’s Eve starring custom-created menus by acclaimed Executive Chef Richard Ousby. Given Stokehouse Q overlooks the mighty Brisbane River, diners can raise their glasses to the famous fireworks that light up the South Bank reach each year.  Featuring bold flavours and innovative techniques, Ousby’s menu will be exclusive to New Year’s Eve, with an early and a late sitting, timed to ensure early birds can enjoy a little New Year revelry, before those who wish to see in midnight, arrive. 

The early sitting, from 6.00pm, begins with a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc on arrival, followed by delectable three course experience, finishing at 8.30pm - while the night is still young!  The second sitting, from 9.00pm, features a decadent four course feast, with tea and coffee and petit fours to finish, before the magnificent firework display kicks off at midnight. Diners will toast the New Year with a glass of Ruinart de Blanc and welcome 2016 in style!

FIRST SITTING: Be seated by 6:00pm for a decadent 3 course menu with a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc on arrival, finishing by 8.30pm with the night still young. $195pp

SECOND SITTING: Be seated at 9:00pm for a decadent 4 course menu, with tea and coffee and petit fours included as well as a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc to toast to the New Year at midnight. $225pp

For booking, head to the Stokehouse Brisbane website- Click Here. 

4. The Emporium Hotel


One of Brisbane’s most exclusive and elegant New Year’s Eve events (and far, far from the madding crowds), the Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar’s Mumm at Midnight celebration begins at 7pm and is ticketed at $65 per person. On arrival, guests will be greeted with custom-created “His and Hers” Cocktails, light canapés, a live DJ, and Mumm Champagne on the stroke of midnight. With a cocktail flavour all its own, this bar continues to raise the bar for service and style, and New Year’s Eve 2015 will be no exception. The Emporium Hotel is Brisbane’s independently owned and operated luxury hotel, winning Best Luxury Accommodation for the third year running at the Queensland Tourism Awards recently and taking out the title of Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the 2015 World Travel awards. The Cocktail Bar, at home in this acclaimed hotel, nods to the sophisticated yet eclectic bars of Europe and reflects the flavours of true international palettes. 

To book head to the Emporium Hotel website (Available Here) or call 3253 6999.

5. Pony Dining

The Inaugural Pony Dining Masquerade Cocktail Party 
Find a fabulously mysterious mask and prepare to welcome 2016 at the hottest cocktail party in town! Starting at 7.30pm (through to 12.30pm) the event features a five hour drinks and canapes custom created by head chef Chris Mann including Grilled King Prawns, Truffle & Tallegio Arancini, Master Kobe Sirloin, Woodfired Lamb Rump, Goats Cheese Tart, Confit Mushroom, Chocolate Éclairs and much, much more for $150.00pp – bookings required!

New Year’s Eve Dinner – two sittings
Pony Dining’s head chef Chris Mann has created a fantastic three course New Year’s Eve dinner menu – think starters like Buratta with charred peaches, truffle honey and hazelnut; mains including Cone, Cone Bay Barramundi with corn soubise, petite pois, baby gem and croquette and even Raspberry & White Chocolate Macarons. 

FIRST SITTING: guests to be seated by 5:30pm or 6:00pm to finish at 8.00pm at $80.00pp

SECOND SITTING: From 8:30pm onwards with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne on arrival at $100.00pp

To book head to the Pony Dining website - Available Here.

6. Soleil Pool Bar


Say ‘adios’ to 2015 at Brisbane’s most fantastic, colour-filled New Year’s Eve party – HAVANA NIGHTS at Soleil Pool Bar! 

Celebrate the essence of Cuba with music and super cool DJs. The night will be filled with roving entertainment as you will be graced by the presence of fire dancers and exotic birds. Get snap happy with the photo booth, green screen photo wall that will take you to straight to the streets of Havana and confetti cannons at midnight. All the while enjoying cocktails from the Havana beach pop-up bars with real sand, brilliantly coloured lights and of course, the famous pool!! As last year’s previously sold out social event, it doesn’t get any hotter than this! We attended Soleil Pool Bar's NYE event last year and can honestly 100 % say it was the best night of our life. The party starts at 7:00PM. 

Tickets include a six-hour premium drinks and canapé package – Moet & Chandon Champagne, Belvedere Vodka, Patron Tequila, Corona, James Squire, One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale, 4 Pines Pale Ale, Pipsqueak Cider and of course – Havana Club Rum.

To book your tickets, Click Here.  

7. Rydges South Bank

Imagine this – sipping Moet & Chandon Champagne, indulging in the finest of flavours inspired by Bacchus Head Chef Mark Penna (think Cured Kingfish citrus shiso, Confit Pork with apple puree and celeriac chou croute, Truffled mushroom with artichoke and parmesan sauce), perhaps an Absolut Vodka or Beefeater Gin in between; and all while seemingly floating on top of the city. It’s real, and it’s happening this New Year’s Eve on Level 12 at Rydges Hotel. Introducing – Platinum at Rydges South Bank Rooftop.

Experience South Bank’s best kept secret for the most enviable vantage point for the 2015 New Year's Eve fireworks where each guest is a VIP. Arguably Brisbane’s premier New Year’s Eve soiree, Platinum begins at 7pm, with offerings of  decadent canapés and a six hour premium drinks menu that stars Moet & Chandon Champagne, Absolut Vodka, Beefeater Gin, Avion Tequila, Premium beers like Corona, Heineken, Asahi and Peroni and fine wines, and petite ice-creams to cleanse the palate for more celebration until 1am, all while the city’s best soundmakers create the soundtrack for NYE 2015 live.

Tickets are $199pp – with the group purchase of 10 tickets receiving a complimentary ticket. Bookings are essential on 3364 0800.

To book your tickets, Click Here.

From the AmeriAus team, have a happy & safe New Years! x

Queensland Welcomes Legend of the Seas


Queenslanders rejoice! The river city will be the new home of Royal Caribbean's 70,000 ton extravagant cruise liner, Legend of the Seas! This is the first time ever that Royal Caribbean International has based a ship in the sunny state of Queensland. The new local legend will arrive in her new home on tomorrow (Tuesday, December 8) and will sail our waters until April next year. Her arrival is expected to inject an incredible 24 million dollars into the Queensland economy (and that's just with passenger spend alone!)


“We are thrilled to welcome Legend of the Seas to her brand new home.  We have been working towards basing a ship in Brisbane since opening our Australia office in 2009 – so it’s a great pleasure to finally deliver Queenslanders with an international style of cruising, right on their doorstep,” said Adam Armstrong, Regional Commercial Director, Royal Caribbean International.

A trip on Legend of the Seas is guaranteed to be unforgettable. The vessel recently underwent an extensive 50 million dollar revitalization and now features world class facilities you are unlikely to find on any other cruise liner. Like,Central Atrium where high flying acrobats put on an incredible aerial show, an outdoor rock climbing wall for active travelers to test their skill, a mini golf course, indoor adults-only swimming pool for more leisurely pursuits,  a babies nursery, a pool-side big screen showing movies and sports games, an 800-seat theatre with Broadway style productions, the Vitality Spa & Fitness centre, a beauty salon and a shopping arcade.



And most importantly the FOOD! Legend of the Seas is a gourmand's paradise. The on board dining offering is sure to satisfy with six options including three specialty restaurants – a Japanese restaurant called Izumi, Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse Chops Grille and the 12-seat Chef’s Table private dining room. She also features a stunning two-deck grand dining room. 

During her five month season, Legend of the Seas will embark on 15 itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific ranging from 2 to 18 nights.  The ship will return to Brisbane for an extended summer season October 2016. I don't know about you, but we'll be asking Santa for a dream cruise on board this beautiful vessel this year. 

Zumbo Patisserie Comes to Brisbane!


You heard correctly Adriano Zumbo and his much loved sweet treats are headed to the river city!

The famous pastry chef will dropping in all Santa like and gifting Brisbanites with our very own pop
up Zumbo Patisserie, which will open....from December 17 to 23 as a part of the South Bank Christmas Markets presented by EatSouthBank.

Just enough time for you to stock up on macaroons before Christmas! Thank you Santa...I mean Zumbo!

Zumbo Patisserie made the official announcement yesterday via social media and all the Insta-foodies went wild. 




And yes, the macaroon king himself - Adriano Zumbo - WILL be making an appearance! Add that to your long list of reasons to visit South Bank this festive foodie season...

I don't know about you, but 40 Shades of Zumbo will definitely be on my Christmas list this year...

Is this Brisbane's Best Burger? | Bens Burgers


In a world full of EXTREME- "How The Hell Do I Eat This Thing?" burgers, Ben's Burger is the light at the end of a very dark tunnel...Burger purist rejoice!

Ben's Burger is located on 5 Winn Street, Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley. The classic burger joint opened it's doors last year, and is the creation of brothers Ben and Nick Chiu. Ben's specializes in traditional American burgers, shakes, and fries done exceptionally well in a laid back setting.

Even though the trend lately seems to be BIGGER is better when it comes to burgers, Ben's has managed to secure it's spot in the Brisbane burger scene by doing simple, quality cheeseburgers.

If you ask any Brisbanite where you can get a good burger. Ben's is sure to get a mention. So, having tried our fair share of Brisbane burgers we went along to see for ourselves - Is this really Brisbane's best burger???

Well, it all depends on your preference. The quality is definitely there. This was one of the tastiest burgers I've had in a while. The buns were soft yet firm, and golden brown. The gooey, melted American cheese was spot on. Being from America myself, I can honestly say this burger was one of the closest I've found to a traditional American cheeseburger. After one bite I was homesick!

The patties were beautifully seasoned and the perfect thickness. If only they had been cooked for a few less minutes, this burger would have easily taken out our top spot! But like I said it all comes down to your personal preference. If you are a fan of 'well done' burger patties then we highly suggest you try Ben's. You will NOT be disappointed.

And don't get me wrong, Ben's Burgers are dishing out some of the best burgers in town. Medium rare or not- we will definitely be back.

Zepickle Brisbane Opens It's Doors | Fortitude Valley


The kings of the Gold Coast burger scene have just opened a new joint in Fortitude Valley, and it's seriously all anyone can talk about. 

Ever since Zepickle announced plans to open a shop in Brisbane months ago, burger lovers have gone MAD with anticipation. The Zepickle opening was second only to Christmas day. And for good reason- these guys are trendsetters, one only need take a peek at their killer menu to see what all the fuss is about!

The new, industrial styled, 120 seater shop is located on Prospect Street, a few minutes walk from the Emporium. 

ZePickle are widely known for their outrageously delicious creations like the Pablo Escoburger (Ground Waygu Beef, Cheese, Guac, Queso, Smoked Jalapenos, Corn Chips, ZP Sauce), 4:20AM (Crispy Fried Chicken, Double Jack Cheese, Smoked Honey w. Bacon laced Waffle Buns made ENTIRELY OUT OF MAC N CHEESE), and the heart stopping Triple Loco (3x Hand Pressed Waygu Patties, Triple Jack Cheese, Triple Smoked Bacon, Pulled Pork, Smoked Jalapenos, Iceberg, Tomato, ZP sauce, Mum's Slaw, between Two Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!!!) to name a few. 

Even though the burgers are extreme, quality is never sacrificed. This, we believe,  is the secret behind ZePickle's raging success. Well that paired with the electric party like atmosphere and very talented bartenders...

The ZePickle train is showing no signs of slowing down either, with the team set to open a shop in Sydney this February! 

Zepickle Brisbane is open Tuesday to Friday 5PM to 9PM & Saturday to Sunday 12PM to 10PM

For more information on all things ZePickle head to their website, click here. 

Gold Coast Burger Joints | Obsessions on Chevron


If you've been following our foodie adventures on Instagram then YOU KNOW we enjoy a good burger. We've roamed the streets of Brisbane many a Saturday nights in search of a tender, juicy meat pattie drowned in cheese and shoved between to golden brown buns...

Only recently have we begun venturing to the Gold Coast to get our weekend burger fix...In case you weren't aware the burger scene on the GC is LEGIT.  So many quality burger joints are taking up residence on the sunny coast of Queensland. If you ask a local where the best burgers are, we know one joint that is sure to get a couple thousand mentions...

Obsessions on Chevron


Obsessions opened its doors in early 2014, and blessed us all with one of the most extensive and insane menus we've ever seen. **A warning***...these burgers are likely to induce a heart attack or some kind of episode...but hey... At least you'll die happy and well fed!


Obessions rose to infamy for it's challenge burger, fittingly named '7 Circles of Hell'. Although it's not the biggest burger they have, it almost guaranteed to have you breathing fire...like actual flames. You see, the burger contains the hottest chilies in the world, to even compete you have to sign a release from AND wear gloves. Intense. The challenge has been attempted by many but only a few legends have managed to defeat the dragon and have their name etched on the winner's board. 

You'll find Waygu, Lamb, Fish, Pork, Chicken, AND Vego burgers on the menu at Obsessions. Along chicken wings, loaded fries, extreme milkshakes, cocktails and decadent nutella drowned desserts. Need we say more?


Obessessions on Chevron is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30AM to 10PM. For more info check them out on Facebook - Click Here. 

One Night at The Grand Chancellor | Brisbane


If you are in search of a solid accommodation option for those spontaneous weekend adventures in the city, then the Grand Chancellor is sure to tick all of your boxes.

Located opposite the vibrant Roma Street Parklands, just 7 minutes walk from Grand Central Station- the Grand Chancellor Brisbane offers guest affordability without sacrificing comfort.


ABOUT GRAND CHANCELLOR: 

The Grand Chancellor Brisbane is located on 23 Leichardt Street, one of the highest points in the Brisbane Central Business District. The hotel boasts 230 rooms and suites along with a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, pool, and function room. 

After booking our room through the Hotel Tonight APP for the AH-MAZING price of $118 (on a Friday night!) we honestly weren't expecting much when we walked through the doors. So you can imagine our surprise when we were greeted by this chic little lobby! 

Photo via Grand Chancellor

The Grand Chancellor recently underwent a major refurb, breathing new life into their lobby, and conference centre. Even a few of the accommodation floors received the magic touch. We've got our fingers crossed that it spreads to the entire hotel soon! If you are lucky enough to snag a room on the newly refurb'd fllors, you are in for quite the shock once you step out of the elevator. We seriously though we had been magically transported to a different hotel...

Due to a faulty air conditioner, we were lucky enough to experience this for ourselves. Sadly, our room change happened at around 1AM so we weren't able to really enjoy (or take photos). You'll have to take our word when we say the room was VERY nice. 

Now back to our original room...and although it may not have been as glamorous as the new floors it still managed to satisfy us without breaking the bank!

Our Room: SUPERIOR


During our visit at the Grand Chancellor we stayed in a Superior Room. Superior rooms are located on the first & second floors along with some of the high floors which offer guests unspoiled views of the city and parklands. 

The room comes with a King Bed, Bluetooth digital radio, an espresso machine, designer bathroom amenities, fluffy bathrobes, slippers, complimentary wifi, complimentary Voss water and a complimentary snack.




Although the styling of the room was pretty basic we were still satisfied that we had gotten more than our money's worth. The room was spotless, the bed was plush,  and we had our own private balcony with a worthwhile view. It was truly a steal for under $150. What more could you ask for!


Let's be real, if you are having a staycation in the city you most likely be looking for a comfy place to nurse your hangover after a fun night. We can say from personal experience that the Grand Chancellor is the perfect crash pad. 

For more information on the Grand Chancellor Brisbane, visit their website - click here. 

Brisbane Breakfasts: Suburban Cafe | West End


If you haven't heard of this charming, open air west end cafe by now you must seriously be living under a rock...

Suburban Cafe in West End is an oasis for foodiekind. Every time they graciously bless the good people of Brisbane with a new menu, they send social media into tizz, and we come running!

Their latest masterpiece was no exception.


We're talkin' breakfast nachos in a chili hollandaise, fried chicken & waffles, extra cheesy four cheese toasties, pulled pork eggs benny, and honeycomb waffles...it's like all of our wildest brekky dreams come true!




The team at Suburban Cafe are trend setters. They aren't afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to the most important meal of the day!

Yes, you can still find the classic scrambled eggs on toast, if you aren't feeling as adventurous. They even have something for the health nuts, like the crispy zucchini fritters, the green bowl, and house smoked salmon served with poached eggs, asparagus, creme fraiche on rye toast. 



One thing that sets Suburban Cafe apart from the rest is that they cater to all diets (or lack thereof). You can finally go out with your GF friend, and your Paleo friend, and why not bring along your Dairy Free friend, without worrying about them having slim pickings! There's nothing worse than when you're stuffing your face with a plate of fried chicken waffles, and you have to watch your Paleo friend sadly fiddling with their plate of lacklustre scrambled eggs...Right?! Total vibe killer.


The new menu is available now! Check it out and tag us on Instagram to let us know what you think [ @ameriaus_food ]


For opening times, and more information on Suburban Cafe, click here. 

*AmeriAus was the guest of Suburban Cafe

Heat Busters | Brisbane's Best Cold Desserts


We have a love/hate relationship with Brisbane summers...

On one hand we love all of the awesome new outdoors activities that summertime brings like... the royal croquet club, open air cinemas, and summer night markets...but on the other hand who the hell wants to venture out into the sweltering Brisbane heat, and leave the comfort of their air conditioned home to participate in these activities?!

The one thing that always gets us out of bed on a warm day, is the promise of a icy cold, sweet treat. If you can relate then you are in the right place!

Here are our favourite heat busting cold desserts in Brisbane:


Ruby the Little Red Ice Cream Van | Mobile Food Truck

Along with being one of the most adorable vehicles on four wheels, Ruby the Little Red Ice Cream Van dishes out some of the best classic ice cream cones you have ever seen. The van and the cones are guareenteed to make you nostalgic as you reminisce on those summer days long ago, when you were young and carefree...When you see Ruby coming (like when you were 7) run don't walk!

Stones Corner Hotel | Stones Corner 

I know what you're thinking...what amazing cold dessert could a pub possibly have? Well, you'd be surprised...We certainly were when we moseyed along to try the new summer menu last week. The new menu is like all of our wildest food dreams come true... nachoes, cheesy fries, a seafood tower fit for the gods and to top it all of NUTELLA DOUGHNUT ICE CREAM SANDWICHES.



 Enough said. 

Lick Ice Cream | Graceville

The legends behind Ekka's beloved Strawberry Sundaes have just opened up a dessert bar. Brisbanites rejoice-You can now enjoy those famous sundaes year round!! Summer just go x10000 percent better.  Strawberry cones aren't the only thing you'll find at Lick Ice Cream they also have an extensive range ice cream flavours, ice cream sandwiches, and dessert waffles. Put this place on your hit list now!

The Doughnut Bar | Brisbane CBD

Along with their inspired, decadent doughnut creations, The Doughnut bar also do some pretty mean, icy cold treats. Insane doughnut topped milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and now 'dough cones' - just in time for summer! The Doughnut Bar have managed to merge a doughnut and an ice cream cone into one. Soft, sweet pastry rolled into a cone, set with Cadbury Chocolate & filled locally made artisanal gelato.


The new dough cones will be available from their permanent set up on Edward Street in the CBD and Eat Street Markets. There will be new flavours every 2 weeks, and to kick it off this Thursday they will be giving away FREE CONES from 3pm to 5pm at the Edward street location. The first flavour up is the Cookie Monster. Go! Go! Go!

Gelateria Cremona | Rosalie

Now what kind of cold desserts list would this be if we didn't mention our favourite gelato shop??? Gelateria Cremona in Rosalie is hands down our go to spot when we are craving this addictive Italian delicacy! Gelateria Cremona pride themselves on using traditional gelato techniques to create unusual & exciting flavours. If you haven't tried their sticky date pudding or cassata gelato you are seriously depriving yourself. 

The Top 5 Best Hot Dogs in Brisbane


Frankly, we relish the opportunity to share our favourite hot dog joints in Brisbane with you, lovely reader!

When we look for the perfect hot dog there are 3 VERY IMPORTANT things we consider... Those things are: Bun Quality, Condiment Quality, and (most importantly) how well the sausage is cooked. 

We've tried our fair share of hot dogs, and these 5 have passed every one of our tests. So without further ado, here's where you can find the best hot dogs in Brisbane:

Mr. America Hot Dogs & Fries | Food Truck
If anyone knows what it takes to make a great hot dog it's Mr. America Hot Dogs & Fries! These guys have spent countless hours studying the classic American hot dog, and have the art of hot dogging down to a science. We can always count on them for a great dog, and for under $10 - can't beat it! To find out where Mr. America Food Truck is rolling to next, check them out on Facebook - click here.

Red Hook | Brisbane CBD
Yes, not only do Red Hook serve up some of the most epic, taste tingling, juicy cheeseburgers you have every seen. They also do a pretty mean kransky hot dog with bbq onion, American pickle, and crispy shallots!

NY Brew Company | Fortitude Valley
NY Brew Company - home of the pretzel buns. You simply haven't lived until you've tried one of their droolworthy dogs on a perfectly golden brown pretzel bun!

Lavosh Patisserie | Red Hill
Now you wouldn't expect to find the hot dog of your dreams at Lavosh Patisserie. This well established Red Hill patisserie is widely revered for its killer freshly baked bagels, but on a bagel run over the weekend we learned that they whip up one hell of a chili dog. Loaded up with spicy chili and cheese, the chili dog comes with a side of tortilla chips which we thoroughly enjoyed stuffing inside the bun for a nice crunch!

Gourmet Hot-Dogz | Food Truck
Gourmet Hot Dogz are taking hot dogs to the next level with some pretty sensational toppings. These gourmet dogs are guaranteed to put a smile on your face with creations like the Caramelised Onion & Crispy French Fries, and Bourbon BBQ. To find out where Gourmet H-Dogz is rolling to next be sure to check them out on Facbeook.

Where's your favourite spot to ketchup with mates and enjoy a dog or two? Let us know in the comments below!

Photography by David Griffen

Where To Find The Best Dumplings in Brisbane


Ahhh...Dumplings - no matter how many we consume by the dozens we never seem to tire of these delicious, savory satchels...

The possibilities are endless with what you can stuff inside a dumpling wrapper. Pork, Chicken, Beef, Seafood..we've yet to find a combination we didn't like. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

If you consider yourself a dumpling fiend too, this is a hit list you'll enjoy. Here's where you can find the best dumplings in Brisbane: 

NEW SHANGHAI

Now you couldn't consider yourself a legitimate dumpling fiend if you haven't tried New Shanghai. New Shanghai is located in Queens Plaza in the Brisbane CBD. It's widely known among Brisbanites as dumpling nirvana. This place has a reputation for dishing out some of Brisbane's most satisfying dumpling creations. Every time we visit, it never fails, there's a line out of the door. The wait isn't too bad, and once you sit down to enjoy your freshly made dumplings you'll realize it was all worth it! One thing we really love about New Shanghai is that you can see the entire dumpling making process from the window outside of the restaurant, from start to finish. We do love a behind the scenes peek!

DUMPLING REPUBLIC

Dumpling Republic is located upstairs in the Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall. The restaurant specializes in fresh, flavoursome, handcrafted dumplings. The menu is extensive and features a variety of different dumplings like: steamed pork and crab, chicken and leek, and waygu beef & onion. 

HAPPY LITTLE DUMPLING

Happy Little Dumplings make fresh, nutritious, and delicious dumplings that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face! The restaurant was created by two close friends, who had a desire to fuse Chinese & Japanese staple favourites with a Western twist. What do we love about Happy Little Dumplings? The dumplings are quick and very tasty. Perfect for a fast bite, if you are on the go!


LITTLE RED DUMPLING

Moving outside of the CBD, Little Red Dumpling is a solid option if you find yourself on Brisbane's south side. Located in Pineland Plaza in Sunnybank Hills, Little Red specializes in beautiful, hand crafted fresh dumplings paired with icy cold beer. We have spent many a Saturday night chowing down on their Pan Fried Pork Dumplings, and washing it back with a Tsing Tao!


Where's your favourite spot to grab dumplings? Let us know in the comments section!

The Ultimate Movie Date Night at TRYP Hotel


There's nothing quite like a little TRYP hotel and chill...

As you may already know, TRYP Hotel is one of our go to crash pads when spending a night in Brisbane's vibrant, Fortitude Valley. It's hip & stylish, in an extremely convenient location, awesome staff, and oh let's not forget - Chur Burger room service!!! Check out our first stay at TRYP Hotel, click here


If you fancy yourself a hopeless romantic or movie buff then TRYP's new special is the perfect date night for you! Snuggle up to your loved one in one of TRYP's plush king beds and enjoy unlimited movies, popcorn, and a glass of wine with TRYP's new 'Movie Date Night' package. We checked it out and were very impressed. 

The package includes...

  • 1 night accommodation
  • 24 hours free movies
  • 2 x serves of popcorn
  • Bottle of red or white or 4 chilled beers

 Beverage options:
  • Fifth Leg ‘Whippersnapper’ Sauvignon Blanc
  • Seppelt ‘The Drives’ Shiraz
  • James Squires 150 Lashes

Watching the new Fast & Furious

The movie options were fantastic, and included heaps of new releases like Fast 7 and Unfriended. The popcorn was presented in cute movie theatre-esq cardboard boxes (pictured above)- a small touch that made the night even more enjoyable. 

Take the hassle out of planning the perfect getaway! Let TRYP do all the work for you. All you need to do is sit back, relax, choose a movie, and wait for your bottle of red and freshly popped popcorn delivery. 



The Movie Date Night Package is available from $195. To book head to the TRYP Hotel website, click here.  

Easy Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas For Foodies


When I moved down under a few years ago from the States I was a bit saddened to see that Halloween wasn't a big deal here. Luckily for me, Aussie's seem to be growing fonder and fonder of this ghoolish holiday with time. Every year more and more Halloween festivities pop up around Brisvegas. If you still haven't gotten into the Halloween spirit, maybe you just need a bit of inspiration! You don't need to spend a lot of cash to take out the coveted 'Best Costume' award.

Here are 3 EASY last minute Halloween Costume Ideas For Foodies below: 

DR JEAN (AKA Avocado Lady)

Now if for some reason you haven't heard of Dr. Jean's viral video...prepare to #blessed. Watch the clip below. You're welcome.



What You Need:
- A Pair of Black Pants
- A Black Elbow Length Top
- 2x Gold Bracelets
- A Pearl Necklace
- A Short Dr. Jean-esq Blonde Wig
- Avocados optional

This look is simple & cheap to achieve. It's also guaranteed to leave your friends in tears. PS You may have to perform the song a few times during the night to get the full effect!

ZOMBIE FAST FOOD WORKER


Do you or someone you know work at a fast food restaurant?? GREAT! Then you are half way there! All you need to do is chuck on the uniform and is Zombify yourself. Draw dark circles around your eyes, splatter yourself in red paint ("blood"), drag your leg when you walk, make grunt noises, and wallah! You're a zombie fast food worker! Would you like a side of brains with that?

Know of any other easy Halloween costume ideas for foodies?! Let us know in the comments below. 

Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2015 In Brisbane

Overflowing kegs, pork knuckles as big as your head, chicken dancing, frilly drindls, and lederhosen...this can only mean one thing...


Oktoberfest is HERE!

Wait- Are you one of those silly people who has never really gotten into the whole Oktoberfest thing?  If so, why the hell not! Oktoberfest is second only to Christmas in our books.

It's all about knocking back a few cold brews with good mates, and maybe partaking in a chicken dance or two, dressed in your fancy German threads. It's a good time. And that's why we're here... to make sure you don't miss out on all the fun this year!

So without further ado, here are our top places to celebrate Oktoberfest 2015 in Brisbane: 

Bavarian Bier Cafe

Bavarian always brings the party during Oktoberfest, but this year they have really outdone themselves! At Bavarian Bier Café Eagle St Pier, guests can be amongst the first to have exclusive access to the limited edition Oktoberfest biers from Lowenbrau, Spaten, Hofbräu, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr. The extremely popular Jägermeister parties will return again this year as well as a fun-packed calendar of events, including Oktoberfest games, live oompah bands and DJs, regular keg tapping parties (FREE BEER) and family fun days until the celebrations end on Saturday, 31 October. 


Oktoberfest menus starring hearty Bavarian classic dishes, such as roasted pork knuckle, crispy pork belly, haus made sausages, huge schnitzels and haus-baked strudels will help create the ultimate cultural experience. For more information on the Oktoberfest events at Bavarian Bier Cafe head to the official website, click here.

Oktoberfest Brisbane

Of course there is no better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than at Australia's LARGEST Oktoberfest festival. Live entertainment, delicious German food, competitions, colourful costumes, traditional German beers, and plenty of chicken dancing!

This event is not to be missed. You will feel as though you've been transported to the streets of Munich once you step through those gates. The festival begins in exactly 9 days. Trust us, it's the most fun you can have with a lederhosen on! Get your tickets now - click here !






Special note: As always, drink responsibly and make transportation plans when attending Oktoberfest events. Why not hitch a ride with our mates at Black n White Cabs! 

The Best Fresh Produce Markets in Brisbane and Surrounds


There's nothing quite like spending a sunny Saturday morning wandering through your local farmer's market. Something about those glistening, fresh strawberries fill our hearts with joy... If you can relate then you are in the right place!

Here are some of the best fresh produce markets in Brisbane and surrounds:

1. Jan Power's Farmers Market

This Jan Power's Farmer's Market is widely regarded as one of Brisbane's best! You'll find fresh farm produce, flowers, breads, artisan products, meat, fish, poultry, plants, organics and food related objects and more at this awesome Brissy market. The market is BIG on supporting Aussie farmer's (which we love) so you will find heaps of colorful, local produce lining the aisles. Even better, they have markets all over Brisbane! There are currently four are in operation: The Brisbane City Markets, Powerhouse, Manly Farmers Market, and Mitchelton Markets. For more information on the Jan Power's Farmers Market, click here.

2. The Market Room

The Market Room is the newest addition to the growing Logan Hyperdome. The new space is redefining fresh produce in regional shopping centres. It's like a food court on steroids! Inside the vibrant space you'll find fresh fruit & veg, fishmongers, butchers, florists, delicatessen, chocolatiers, eat in/takeaway, spices, an Asian grocer, and a liquor store - it's your one stop shop! The 17 million dollar project only opened its doors a few months ago and it's already got the city of Logan buzzing. For more info on The Market Room, check out the Hyperdome website, click here.

3. Carseldine Farmer's and Artisan's Market

Open every Saturday from 6am- 12pm the Carseldine Markets is a very popular weekend hang for Northsiders. Inside the market you'll find fresh produce, crafts, traditional and gourmet foods made on the spot, market provisions made by passionate producers, growers, farmers, painters, cooks, chefs, designers, bakers, fishmongers, butchers, baristas, juicers and so much more. Jam out to the tunes of awesome local artists while you do your weekly shop. Parking is free. For more info on the Carseldine Markets, click here

4. Rocklea Markets

I mean, who hasn't been to the Rocklea Markets?! The long established market is one of our favorite places to spend a Saturday morning. The Saturday Fresh Markets and Sunday Discovery Markets are both opened from 6.00am – 12 noon. The Saturday Fresh Markets boasts over 220 stalls offering a huge selection of fruit & vegetables, quality meats and poultry, fresh cut flowers, breads and baked goods, gourmet and deli lines, indoor and outdoor plants and lifestyle products. For more information on the Rocklea Markets, click here.

5. Village Markets, Kelvin Grove

This bustling inner city market is open every Saturday from 6am to 1pm. Inside the market you'll find delicious ethnic cuisine super affordable fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing and second hand plants, flowers, crafts furniture and more. The one thing that really sells it for us is that it is just around the corner from our favourite sandwich shop Dannyboy's! For more information on the Village Markets, click here. 

Where's your go to spot for buying fresh produce? Let us know in the comments section below!

6 Reasons Why You Should Get In Bed With Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Crowne Plaza Terrigal is unlike any beach accommodation we've stayed at before... 


It's the kind of place that leaves a lasting impression. Long after our trip to the cosy, Central Coast town of Terrigal, NSW we're still dreaming of our AMAZING suite at Crowne Plaza.


We needed a break and this hotel provided the perfect escape. So without further ado (as if our mouthwatering food pics weren't encouragement enough...)

Here are 6 reasons why you should get in bed with Crowne Plaza Terrigal:

1. The hotel is GORGEOUS.



Seriously, cudos, to whoever designed this place...it's incredible. The first word that comes to mind when I think about Crowne Plaza Terrigal is GRAND. Pearly white floors, winding staircases, ornate cornices, classic furnishings, and intriguing works of art fill this palatial accommodation.


As soon as we stepped through the glossy revolving doors we knew we were in for a luxurious week. If you are looking for a taste of the good life, look no further than Crowne Plaza Terrigal. The beautifully appointed hotel and the very attentive staff will have you feeling like a King (or Queen)!

2. VERY Central Location

Crowne Plaza Terrigal is the heart of Terrigal, NSW. The beach is directly across the road, and some of Terrigal's best restaurants and shopping destinations are only minutes walk! Your car never needs to leave the parking garage. If you're like me and desperately crave seafood anytime you're near the ocean check out Blue Bell's Seafood next door to Florida Beach Bar. The food is quick and the service is excellent. Grab takeaway and enjoy your lunch by the sea.

3. Immaculate Suites



"If only we could actually live in this suite forever..." That's exactly what you'll be thinking once you step foot into the Terrace Suite at Crowne Plaza Terrigal. It was magnificent! We've stayed in suites before that - to be honest - really didn't feel like suites or weren't worth the crazy expensive nightly rate the hotel was charging. This was not one of those times. THIS was a suite.


The room was HUGE and had all the luxurious touches you'd expect with a suite. Plush robes, generous sized lounge room, private balcony, plush king bed, and a beautiful porcelain spa bath to soak away all your troubles in!

There's nothing quite like watching the sunset over the beach, as you stand enjoying the coastal breezes sweeping through your room, high up on your private balcony.


Checking out was one of the most difficult things we have EVER had to do...

4. Foodie's Playground



If you've been following our Crowne Plaza adventures for the last few weeks then you know we did not go hungry... How could we with some many quality dining options available at your fingertips!! Degustations, high teas, buffets, pub grub, tapas...the list goes on. If you are expecting your typical lacklustre hotel food then think again! The dining team at Crowne Plaza Terrigal are world class, serving up quality, thoughtfully prepared meals.

Want hear more about all the amazing food we ate? Check out our blog posts on the dining options at Crowne Plaza Terrigal by clicking the links below: 

Seasalt Restaurant
Lord Ashely Lounge
Florida Beach Bar


5. Entertainment

I know what you night owls are thinking..."What entertainment could a hotel possibly offer? Soft piano music in the lobby? I want to party!" See that's where you'd be so wrong. Crowne Plaza's Florida Beach Bar is the entertainment hub in Terrigal. The vibrant venue hosts a number of special events like trivia evenings, sports broadcasts and live bands. You can catch live bands and entertainment every Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Saturdays 1pm to 5pm & Sunday’s from 1pm to 9pm at Florida Beach Bar.  To see what musical acts are lined up next at The Beery, check out their Instagram page, click here.

6. Breathtaking Beach Views



One of the biggest perks of staying with Crowne Plaza Terrigal would have to be those views. Every where you turn there are sensational views of Terrigal Beach. Those magical, unspoiled views paired with the faint sounds of waves crashing against the shore create a very tranquil and leisurely atmosphere inside of the hotel. Oh, how we miss it!

Crowne Plaza Terrigal has so much to offer. We anxiously await our next visit! For more information on the rates, services, facilities, dining options available at Crowne Plaza Terrigal check out the official website, click here.

Thank you so much to the team at Crowne Plaza Terrigal for making our stay very enjoyable!

*AmeriAus was the guest of Crowne Plaza Terrigal.