Eat Local Week | Tamborine Mountain Cooking School

As restaurant reviewers, every once in a blue moon we step away from the dining table and into the kitchen...


Brace yourself  because this is one of those rare occasions. 

Eat Local Week has officially kicked off in the Scenic Rim and we began our food adventure at the beautiful, and welcoming Tamborine Mountain Cooking School!



Tamborine Mountain Cooking School is run by the lovely Terri Taylor, a professionally trained French Chef. Terri is very passionate about sharing her wealth of experience, tips & tricks in the kitchen with the masses so that you too can create world class meals at home!


Sounds pretty good right? We were definitely in need of some assistance in the kitchen so we when saw the event listing on the Eat Local Week website, we jumped at the opportunity!

Tamborine Moutain Cooking offers a number of different cuisines for you to tackle. There's Australian, Asian, Italian, Moroccan, and French of course!


On this particular occasion we tried our hand at Moroccan cuisine. Now, let me tell you we've eaten our fair share of Moroccan food in the past...kebabs, hummus, baba ganoush....but never had we attempted to make it until this day.


Upon arrival, at the exquisite home of Taylor, we were handed an incredible (and intimidating) six course menu. What a magnificent lunch this would be if we didn't muck it up! But as we would soon learn, we were in very good hands...


The class was so relaxed and engaging we felt as though we were cooking with a group of friends, instead of strangers. Terri kept the class running at a very steady, and manageable pace, like a seasoned pro. One thing we really admired about Tamborine Cooking School is that all the ingredients used in the class were Australian, and the majority were locally sourced. Terri was kind enough to inform us of where we could purchase each product throughout the class.


We conquered the mouthwatering Moroccan feast with ease! The class then retreated to dining room, which boasts a spellbinding view of the scenic rim, and enjoyed the spoils of our labor complimented by Witches Falls Wines.


We all left the class feeling inspired and ready to impress our friends and loved ones with what we had learned. Each student was provided with a booklet of all the recipes, which was very handy! 


Do you have dietary restrictions? Tamborine Cooking School is happy to tailor the menu to suit your needs. If you book with a group of 8 or more friends you get the entire class to yourself! To schedule your own cooking class check out the Tamborine Moutain Cooking School website Here. TMCS offers special packages for corporate functions and hens parties! 


Eat Local Week classes at the Tamborine Mountain Cooking School are still available on July 1, 2, & 3 for just $66pp. Check it out HERE.

Verdict: Cicada Brisbane's New $20 Steak Deal | CBD


Being foodie, as you know, we eat out A LOT. Like almost every night of the week...Due to this we often get asked "Are you rich? You must be to afford to eat out so much." And sadly, I always have to answer:

I wish.

Maybe one of these days  (PLEASE GOD) I'll be like.....'Girl yasssss actually I'm worth millionzzzz' but until that day I'm always on the hunt for quality, affordable meal deal....Much like the one I bring you today. 


Sometimes you get a kind of hunger that can only be satisfied by a big, carnivorous, juicy steak! A good quality cut of steak typically comes with a hefty price tag, especially when said steak is in the CBD. Well, Cicada Brisbane just came to your rescue with their sensational new steak deal available on Wednesday & Thursday from 4pm. 

The Deal: For only $20, you can choose between 3 quality cuts of meat (Eye Fillet, Sirloin, and Waygu) and each steak is accompanied by sauce, salad, green beans, and chips!!! Needless to say its a massive plate of food. 


VERDICT: We are pleased to report that Cicada Brisbane cooks up a pretty mean steak! On my visit I ordered a Sirloin medium rare. I think it could have done with one less minute on the grill but in all it was delicious. Darrell's waygu was cooked to absolute perfection. So tender, it cut like butter! For 20 bucks it's a steal. Get your but to Cicada and take advantage of this deal before it's too late. 

*AmeriAus was the guest of Cicada Brisbane.  

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Winter Warmer: Pork Wonton and Vermicelli Noodle Soup


We're back with another tantalizing recipe from the talented Geoff's Kitchen that's sure to ward of the this winter chill...

How does a Wonton and Vermicelli Noodle Soup sound? Pretty good right! Check out the recipe below & get cooking! 

*PS Don't forget to check out the finished product below!



Grocery List:
- 40 Fresh Wonton Wrappers
- 400 grams Pork Mince
- 1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Ginger, finely chopped
- 1 Golden Shallot, finely diced
- 1 Red Chilli, finely diced
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 225 gram tin Water Chestnuts, finely diced
- 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Szechuan Pepper
- 2 Litres Chicken Stock
- 2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Kacip Manis
- 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
- 3 Cakes Dried Vermicelli Noodles
- 2 Boy Choy Plants, roughly chopped
- Spring Onion Stalks, finely sliced
-  Bean Sprouts
-  Watercress

Method:
1) Mix pork, garlic, ginger, shallot, chilli, coriander, cumin, chestnuts, salt and pepper in a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for one hour

2) Position a wonton wrapper with a corner facing toward you, place a teaspoon of pork mixture in the centre, wet the two edges furtherest from you with water, fold wrapper over the pork into a triangle shape and twist

3) Repeat step two for the remaining wonton wrappers and pork mixture and place to one side

4) Place chicken stock in a large saucepan with oyster sauce, kacip manis and sesame oil and bring to the boil, check seasoning and adjust as required*

5) While stock is coming to the boil, place the noodles in a bowl with a few drops of sesame oil and cover with boiling water for one minute, stirring to separate, then rinse and drain and divide into four serving bowls

6) Add bok choy, spring onions and bean sprouts in equal portions to the four serving bowls

7) When stock is boiling, add wontons, cooking for 3 minutes

8) Divide the wontons between the bowls and cover with stock

9) Garnish with a sprig of watercress and serve immediately

Tips: This may require more oyster sauce, kacip manis, salt and/or pepper


For more recipes, check out Geoff's Kitchen on Facebook & Instagram

Donut Boyz Opens West End | What Sets Them Apart From The Rest

Well, I'm pretty sure this is the only 6 pack we will ever have...


Brisbane's newest doughnut joint - Donut Boyz -  is located in a very on trend, re-purposed shipping container next to the Boundary Street Market and Gunshop Cafe. The space may be tiny but these guys are already sending waves through the foodie community.

I'll admit at first I wasn't all that interested in trying these doughnuts. I had only recently confessed to friends that I was sick of doughnuts. You see, I've always been passionately in love with doughnuts, long before everyone in Brisbane went mad about them. Sort of like Lana Del Rey... I was already zoning out to her music before the whole Great Gatsby thing happened...but I digress.

With all the doughnut hysteria that has consumed Brisbane as of late I found myself just about completely over doughnuts...I was also broke because these things are pricey $$$

This all changed when I read a very honest article from another food blogger who had recently compared the top doughnut contenders in Brisbane. Donut Boyz came out on top and it's not hard to understand why.


It all boils down to Price & Quality. Donut Boyz is nearly HALF THE PRICE of it's competition, only charging around $3.50 per doughnut. A six pack of doughnuts like the one pictured above is only $21 for 3 glazed, and 3 filled! 

The quality is definitely there. The doughnuts at Donut Boyz stay true to the classic doughnut. Light, Fluffy, and Delicious! Their topping creations are truly inspired and the flavors are intense. Some of the highlights include: Chocolate Malt, Blueberry Cheesecake, Pistachio, and Lemon Meringue.

So maybe I'm not over doughnuts just yet...It's good to know that now, I won't go broke fueling my addiction. 

We're Going Greek: Zeus Street Greek Opens | South Bank

Let me start this post by stating the obvious: Greek food is everything. 


We are so happy to see Greek cuisine taking off in Brisbane. Last year, we predicted it would become the next big food trend and it looks like the stars are FINALLY starting to align with the opening of Zeus Street Greek at South Bank. 

What's not to love about Greek food? Honey Puffs, Feta Fries, Dips, Pita Wraps... No one does good food like the Greek's. 

Zeus! How did you know I love chips in my Pita wraps. 
Zeus Street Greek opened a few short weeks ago on Little Stanley Street in South Bank (formerly the spot of The Chocolate Pavilion) The chain began in New South Wales, but after the overwhelmingly positive reception it received the owners decided it was time to expand.

The owners, Costa Anastasiadis (founder of Crust Gourmet Pizza) and George Kyrprianou (from Pony Dining Brisbane), are of Greek Heritage so you can rest assured the mouthwatering dishes being pumped out of the kitchen at Zeus are very authentic. 


Verdict: The food at Zeus Street Greek is really exceptional. The flavors are spot on and the chef has perfectly captured the essence of traditional Greek cuisine in a modern setting.


Our highlights from the menu are the Chocolate Loukoumades (Honey Puffs drizzled with hazelnut chocolate and walnuts) and Feta & Oregano fries.

Our only complaint with Zeus would have to be the size of their Pita wraps. They are definitely on the smaller side compared to their competitors. We can't fault the quality of the food though! Zeus is a solid dining choice if you are on the South side in search of a GREEK FEAST!

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*AmeriAus was the guest of Zeus Street Greek.

Best Lunch Deals in the CBD: Lennon's Love A Lunch

You know us...we are a sucker for a cheap lunch deal!


And doesn't come much cheaper than Lennon's new "Lennon's Loves A Lunch" deal. Yes, Brisbanites you can enjoy an amazing for under $20 in the stunning , 4 star, Next Hotel!

You don't need to go to some sketchy, back alley, hole in the wall place when you are tight for cash... You dine like the big ballers in the immaculate, beautifully designed Lennon's Restaurant.

Lennon's Loves A Lunch is just $15pp and available Mon - Fri from 11:30AM - 3PM - with a new dish every day!



Try 'Burger-Off’ Monday' with your choice of 5 different burgers (for $10) or $15 served
with hand cut chips.

‘Itzza-Pizza’ Tuesday - a taste of Italy with 7 pizza options fresh from the wood fired pizza
oven.

‘Wagyu-ing Crazy’ Wednesday is your choice of a Wagyu beef cheese burger OR Wagyu
Bolognaise.

'Veal-like-a-Schnitzel’ Thursday is a delicious crumbed veal schnitzel, lemon and parsley
finished with caper sage brown butter.

'Thank Fish ‘n’ Chips’ it’s Friday! Is the perfect end to the week with beer battered Flathead
fillets, hand cut chips, tartare sauce and lemon – yummo!

This deal is just too mouthwatering AND AFFORDABLE to pass up. Gather up your work mates and head to Next Hotel ASAP. 

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*AmeriAus was the guest of Lennon's Restaurant.

Our Top Picks For Eat Local Week 2015 | Scenic Rim


We've been counting down the days since 2015 started, and FINALLY it's almost here....

Eat Local Week is upon us! That's right foodie friends it's time to indulge in all things Scenic Rim.

Beautiful wines....fresh produce...and breathtaking scenery. Eat Local Week is all about showcasing the incredible people who produce food & wine in the Scenic Rim. It's about raising awareness around the amazing, quality produce that's available at our doorstep...in the hopes that instead of putting more money in hands of the big supermarkets we will support our small local farmers! 


This year's program is JAM PACKED with exciting events, and experiences you will only find in this stunning region. From farm tours, degustations, cooking schools, and more.... you'll wish you had time to do it all! The week's events culminate in the Winter Harvest Festival, a celebration of food, wine and farming, that takes place on Saturday July 4. 


Without further ado here's a few of our top picks from this year's program:





Farm Gate Festival in The Lost World


  • Date: 27 June, 2015 8.00am - 4.00pm
  • Location: Lost World Tourist Drive
  • WebsiteView the Event Website
  • Email: info@farmgatefestival.org
  • Phone: 1800 503 475
The Lost World plays host to its second annual Farm Gate Festival. This is your chance to enter the Farm Gate; try, buy, learn, taste and explore everything on offer, including a dairy tour at Crebra Farmhouse, a Farm to Fork experience at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, food from the Wild Lime Cafe and much more. Make your way out to the Lost World and join the celebration of food, art, environment and activity in spectacular scenery
Cost: Prices vary for each event




Tommerup’s Farm to Fork Tour


  • Date: 27th Jun, 8:30am - 27th Jun, 1:30pm
  • Location: Tommerup's Dairy Farm, 2142 Kerry Road, Kerry
Meet the Tommerups, a sixth generation farming family. Hand feed the animals, enjoy a farmer’s brunch featuring Tommerup’s own gourmet sausages, bacon, eggs and delicious White Gold Creamery artisan cheese, made from the Tommerup’s milk. Take a hamper home, full of Tommerup’s ethically-raised meat products, eggs and produce.
Entry is $22 for adults and $15 for children and includes animal feeding and the farmer’s brunch.
Children under 3 are $8.




Scenic Rim Degustation Dinner Harrisville


  • Date: 27th Jun, 5:30pm - 27th Jun, 9:30pm
  • Location: The Royal Hotel, Corner Dunns Ave & Warily View-Peak Crossing Rd, Harrisville
  • WebsiteView the Event Website
  • Phone: 07 5467 1882
The historic Royal Hotel at Harrisville, in conjunction with wineries of the Scenic Rim Wine Industry Association, will present a seven-course degustation dinner featuring Scenic Rim produce and matched local wines.
Enjoy this sensational menu with wines served by our local winery owners.
Cost: $99pp, including wine
Bookings required by June 20.




QLD Wine Fine Cooking Class & Country Estate Tour


  • Date: 27th Jun, 10:00am - 27th Jun, 4:00pm
  • Location: Sarabah Estate Vineyard, 46 Rymera Road, Sarabah
  • WebsiteView the Event Website
  • Email: info@sarabahestate.com.au
  • Phone: 07 5543 4746
Enjoy a cooking class using Queensland wine, native herbs and local produce. Complimentary glass of expertly selected Sarabah wine with your two course cooking experience and take a tour of our country estate. Relax in the Secret Garden or stroll through the Olive Grove for artistic inspiration for your home.
Bookings are required.
Cost $45pp.




Robotic Dairy & Scenic Rim 4Real Milk Birthday


  • Date: Sunday 28 June, 2015. 9.00am - 3.00pm
  • Location: Scenic Rim 4Real Milk, 9023 Mt Lindesay Hwy, Tamrookum
  • WebsiteView the Event Website
  • Phone: 07 5544 2206
A popular annual event which attracts thousands of people. Visit the robotic dairy, see where the milk is bottled and meet Farmer Gregie – Australia’s Dairy Farmer of the Year 2014. Taste the Scenic Rim 4Real Milk and cheese. A fun family day out featuring live music. Food and hot and cold drinks will be available for sale all day
Cost: Free event (optional at the gate donation to Beyond Blue)
Info: Milk, cheese and merchandise available to purchase




Towri Farm Tour & Tasting


  • Date: 30th Jun, 10:30am - 30th Jun, 2:00pm
  • Location: Towri Sheep Cheese, 206 Saville Rd, Allenview
  • WebsiteView the Event Website
  • Email: info@towrisheepcheeses.com.au
  • Phone: 07 55431260
Visit this working farm to see a sheep milking demonstration, visit the lambs and sheep, tour the cheese room and learn about the differences between sheep, cow and goat cheese. Enjoy a tasting plate of delicious cheeses with tea and coffee included. A great day out for children and adults.
Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for children under 14.
Bookings are required
Info: Please wear closed-in shoes.




Food Culture in the Rainforest at Songbirds Degustation Dinner


  • Date: July 3rd to 5th 6pm - 9pm
  • Location: Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, Lot 10 Tamborine Mountain Rd, Tamborine Mountain
  • WebsiteView the Event Website
  • Email: info@songbirds.com.au
  • Phone: 07 5545 2563
Experience the freshest produce the Scenic Rim has to offer at the multi award-winning Songbirds. Enjoy a five-course degustation menu, highlighting the best produce from the region and from the Songbirds organic garden.
Choose to include locally-produced matched wines.
Cost: $88pp or $128pp with matched local wines.
The Degustation Dinner is also offered on July 4 & 5.




Spicers Peak Long Table Lunch


  • Date: 5th Jul, 12:30pm - 5th Jul, 2:30pm
  • Location: 1 Wilkinsons Road, Maryvale
  • WebsiteView the Event Website
  • Email: peaklodge@spicersretreats.com
  • Phone: 07 4666 1083
Experience destination dining at its best. Local produce will be honoured as we embrace the remote high country with a long table share plate lunch, enjoyed fireside in a convivial atmosphere of relaxed luxury.
Cost: $75pp for lunch, plus selected local wines and beers on consumption.
Bookings essential.




Winter Harvest Festival

  • Date: 4th July, 10:00am - 4th Jul, 4:00pm
  • Location: Aratula Community Sports Complex, Carter Rd, Aratula
  • WebsiteView the Event Website
This is Eat Local Week’s signature event. The Winter Harvest Festival is an authentic food festival that serves up the Scenic Rim on a platter.
Meet the farmers, taste the food, buy their produce.
An exciting day out for the entire family, featuring market stalls, tasting plates, live music, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and the Kalbar & District Community Bank Tractor Pulling Competition. Buy tickets online via this website or at the Box Office at the Boonah & Beaudesert Cultural Centres. Some tickets also available on the day at the gate.
Cost: $10 for adults. Children under 12 free

The Banh Mi Roll of Your Dreams: District 1 Opens | Fortitude Valley


A new Vietnamese restaurant has opened in Fortitude Valley and their Pork Belly Banh Mi Roll is out of control! 

The new restaurant is owned by Phillip Pham and inspired by District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh is known to be a fun, lively, and hip place - much like Fortitude Valley! It also happens to be one of the THE BEST places in the world to find Asian street food. Owner, Pham says he wanted to bring that quality food experience to Brisbane, with a modern twist.


He originally planned to open a little Banh Mi cart on the corner, but he thought he may get strange looks! So he decided to open a little shop instead, and its clear Brisbanites are pretty pleased with the decision.


Since opening a few weeks ago, District 1 has been receiving rave reviews for their fresh, and fun menu. The jewel in the crown is no doubt the Pork Belly Banh Mi roll, which has stolen just about every foodies heart in Brisbane.


All of the food at District 1 is made fresh in house. They get their meats from a butcher next door, which also happens to be owned by Pham's father. Some of the highlights from the menu include: The Pork Belly Banh Mi Roll (duh), Fried Pork Dumplings, and the DIY rice paper rolls.



This new restaurant 100% gets our tick of approval!

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*AmeriAus was the guest of District 1.

Taste Testing Sake's New Autumn/Winter Menu | Eagle Street

Eating dinner at Sake Restaurant is an experience for all the senses! 


From the exquisitely designed restaurant... to the well thought out, and tantalizing menu...(not to mention the most killer selection of Sake in Brisbane!) We never pass up an opportunity to indulge in all things Sake. 

So when we were invited along to check out the new Autumn menu, you can imagine how excited we were. 


The new menu features beautifully crafted share style dishes, bursting with intriguing flavors, textures, and colors by the talented Head Chef Daisuke Sakai. 


We love that the new menu showcases fresh, local produce. For instance, the Tuna Sashimi Tasting Plate features Mooloolaba Tuna served 5 ways and it's a showstopper!


Other highlights from the new menu Cone Bay Barra with Sweet Teriyaki Sauce, Leek Fritter, and Jalapeno Butter, fresh oysters with housemade salsa, and some inspired sushi creations.

Treat yourself to the mouthwatering new Autumn/Winter menu at Sake next time you are in the CBD! We will definitely be back. 

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*AmeriAus was the guest of Sake Restaurant.