Breakfast Date with Di Bella Coffee Bowen Hills

Making mornings in Brisbane bearable since 2002....


Nothing brings us greater joy than starting the day with a delicious, warm bagel and a cup of Di Bella Coffee...

We trekked to Di Bella Coffee Bowen Hills roasting house this week to get our hands on the newly launched 2016 Reserve Blend- Available Here. The new blend promises to offer our customers a flavour experience which is vibrant in an espresso and balanced in a milk based coffee. And boy did it deliver!

The 2016 Reserve blend delivers a citrus profile with hints of chocolate and spice. The resulting blend’s aromatics are strong and fragrant, with a perfume like quality. In an espresso you can expect a juicy acidity, with your first sip being very vibrant and clean. With your second sip, the juicy acidity is balanced by a brown sugar sweetness and a refreshing aftertaste.



The Di Bella Coffee 2016 Reserve Blend definitely added a nice kick to our customary skinny capp! If you consider yourself an adventurous coffee drinker, head to Di Bella Coffee and try it for yourself. 

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How To Cook The Perfect Barbeque Pizza


Everyone loves a well-cooked pizza, from supreme to margarita. However, most people would agree that there is nothing better than pizza cooked in a traditional pizza oven. If you don’t happen to have one of these lying around though, your backyard barbeque is the perfect substitute as it’s able to recreate the same dry heat. Here’s a guide to cooking delicious pizzas for the family (or just for yourself!) using your BBQ.


CHOOSE YOUR BASE

A stone pizza base for your BBQ from a speciality retailer such as BBQ Galore is a great choice as it is designed to distribute heat evenly so your base doesn’t go soggy or turn to charcoal. If you can’t get your hands on a stone base, look for something like a flat grill – a slotted grill, although usable, can be a little tricky for pulling off the perfect Italian masterpiece.


WORK WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT

Before you start cooking, check what your BBQ’s heat is like, if it has a thermostat, and if the lid closes properly. The reason for this is that a BBQ produces its heat directly from the bottom. Being able to close a lid over your pizza will help to radiate the heat, making it work more like an oven. In addition to this, a thermostat is also handy to have, as you need to make sure your grill maintains a fairly consistent temperature if you want to avoid uneven cooking.

DO THE LEG WORK

BBQ cooking should be approached very differently to your oven, as this product gets used less and it lives outdoors. Smoke is one of the biggest issues, and although it might be a nice touch for some dishes, it doesn’t go well with pizza. Start by giving your grill a good clean to remove any lingering food remnants. From here, preheat your BBQ so it’s hot and ready to go – this will also give the grill a chance to burn off any access grease you didn’t get to in the clean.

TOP IT OFF

The most important point to remember about toppings for barbeque pizza is to think quality over quantity. Although you might love to pile on the meat and pineapple, a thick layer of toppings is simply not going to cook through by the time the base is ready – the direct heat from the bottom will mean your base will cook in minutes. Try and stick with sauces that are full of flavour combined with a scattering of only the very best ingredients. Another point to remember is to stick with the thin crust – thick crusts just won’t cook as well.




Cooking pizza on a BBQ is not the easiest feat to pull off, as plenty of things can go wrong – from toppings slipping through the grill to burnt bases and unmelted cheese. However, this cooking art can be perfected through plenty of practice and persistence. You’ll be cooking like a pro in no time.

What are your favourite toppings for a BBQ-created pizza? Share your thoughts and cooking tips in the comments below!


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A Taste of the 'Suite' Life at Sofitel Brisbane Central

Do you need a break? Do you want to be spoiled and pampered like NEVER BEFORE? Do you want a taste of the suite life? 



Then look no further than Sofitel Brisbane Central. Sofitel is undoubtedly Brisbane's most luxurious accommodation option. From the moment you step through the glossy glass doors you feel as though you've been transported into a Parisian fairy tale.


Sofitel is positioned in one of Brisbane's most central and convenient locations. Just minutes walk to Central Station, Queen Street Mall, and Post Office Square. Your car never needs to leave the premise. You are spoiled with a host of quality dining, shopping, and entertainment options all around! Not that you'd ever really need to leave the hotel...Sofitel is home to some of Brisbane's best restaurants - Prive 249 & Thyme 2.

It was a VERY special occasion -my birthday- when we stayed with Sofitel Brisbane. So we had to get a VERY special room. Behold, the magnificent Junior Suite!



Beautifully appointed with breathtaking views of the Brisbane skyline, the Junior Suite is the perfect place for a romantic weekend escape. Check out the floor plan here. As you would expect, there are a number of AMAZING perks that come with booking a suite at Sofitel Brisbane Central...


One of those perks is access to the exclusive Club Sofitel. Club Sofitel is located on level 30 and can only be accessed by those staying in the suites, or club rooms from 6:30am to 10:00pm. The generously sized lounge offers guests the perfect place to recharge and unwind. Let the staff take care of you while you relax and enjoy the lovely views of Brisbane from high above.


The perks don't stop there! Access to Club Sofitel also includes a special club breakfast served between 6:30am to 10:00am on weekdays, and a Champagne breakfast served 6:30am to 10:30am on weekends. Throughout the day the lounge offers guests soft drinks, teas, coffee, fresh fruit, and other nibbles. 



At the end of your day relax in the lounge with pre dinner drinks and delectable canapes available from 5:30pm. Then return later that evening, and enjoy the indulgent petite desserts with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate available from 8:30pm. A sweet finish to a glorious weekend! To learn more about Club Sofitel perks click here.

Treat yourself to a night of luxury, you deserve it! For booking, and information click here

*AmeriAus was the guest of Sofitel Brisbane Central.

Your Own Private Hot Tub and Chur Burger Room Service | TRYP Hotel

Your own private hot tub, valley views, and CHUR BURGER ROOM SERVICE! Sound pretty sweet? 


Then you should download the Hotel Tonight App and book your staycation at TRYP Hotel. That's exactly what we did this past weekend. The funky, and extremely stylish TRYP Hotel is located in Brisbane's entertainment hub - Fortitude Valley. Just minutes walk from James Street and the Brunswick Street Mall. the hotel is the perfect home away from home for those looking for a fun and action packed weekend in the valley!


We booked our stay using the Hotel Tonight App which recently stealth launched in Brisbane, and got a killer rate. Hotel Tonight is all about taking the hassle out of planning a getaway. Their motto is, "Plan Less, Live More"! It only takes 3 simple clicks to book a room, and you can score some seriously discounted rates.


When booking with Hotel Tonight, the hotel chooses your room for you dependent upon what is available, which adds an exciting element of surprise when booking. For just $99 we snagged Spa room with a comfy King Bed, and our own PRIVATE JACUZZI! But really no matter what room we ended up with, for only 99 bucks you can't complain...


Oh, and did we mention there is CHUR BURGER ROOM SERVICE!! One of the many perks of staying at the TRYP Hotel, you can enjoy chur burgery goodness from the comfort of your plush King Bed or Jacuzzi...The choice is yours! 


Do you have a special occasion coming up? Or just need a break? Well this is one AWESOME treat that won't break the bank. To score an insanely good deal on a great Brisbane hotel like we did, download the Hotel Tonight app and use our code 'AMERIAUS' to get $30 off your stay! Treat your friend or special someone to a fun weekend escape. You deserve it.

To download the Hotel Tonight app and check out the sweet deals, click here

*AmeriAus was the guest of Hotel Tonight.

Where To Find The Best Deep Fried Foods in Brisbane


If you are one of those really really, ridiculously fit people who believe deep fried foods are a sin then you are in the wrong place... You should check out this post instead---> fried food haters click here.

Now if you are still here....We like you. Let's be friends. In celebration of this new promising friendship we are going to gift you with the holy grail of deep fried foods in Brisbane!!!

Extra crispy...crunchy...and perfectly golden brown... Here are our top 10 BEST deep fried foods in Brisbane.

Pass the aioli!

Deep Fried Lasagne by Mangia Mangia Italian Street Goods



Yes, you heard correctly...Deep. Fried. Lasagne. It's a thing and it's available in Brisbane. Mangia Mangia Italian Street Goods food truck is behind this magnificent creation. We can't believe no one had thought of this before! Next time you see Mangia Mangia at a Brisbane event...RUN don't walk.

Mac n Cheese Squares with Smoky Mayo by Red Hook Brisbane



Okay, so we have eaten wayyyyyy too many of these bad boys. Can you blame us? Just look at that crispy, golden brown coating...and that extra cheesy mac...

Honey Puffs drizzled in Halzenut Chocolate by Zeus Street Greek



Deep fried decadence! We are so obsessed with these delicious treats from new South Bank restaurant, Zeus Street Greek. Crunchy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. We love the way that warm hazlenut chocolate clings to the roof of our mouth... Read more about this sinful treat on our Top 5 Brisbane Desserts list.

Southern Style Chicken Wings by King of the Wings


It wouldn't be a deep fried food list without chicken wings! In our humble opinion, King of the Wings food truck serve up the best wings in Brisbane!! I think most Brisbanites would agree with me judging by the crazy long cues at King of the Wings events...It's worth the wait. Hot tip: Try the Southern Style!

Tempura Prawns from Stones Corner Hotel




Manchego & Jamon Croquettes from The Palm's Bar & Grill



For the love of cheese sticks you MUST TRY THESE!!! Similar, the Red Hook mac n cheese squares we've eaten wayyyyyy to many of these. Like now. Go.

Calamari Rings from Stones Corner Hotel




Cheesy Mozzarella Sticks with Basil and Parmesan Mayo from Chur Burger Brisbane



Mighty Fried Chicken from Mighty Mighty



Again, what kind of fried foods list would this be if we didn't include fried chicken? In case you didn't know I was born in the Southern United States, so I can honestly say this is some of the most authentic (and freaking delicious) fried chicken in Brisbane!

Beef Cheek Spring Rolls with Smoky Mayo by Cicada Brisbane



We love tender, juicy beef cheek especially when its covered in an extra crispy coating. The beef cheek spring rolls in Brisbane are our favorite spring rolls in Brisbane. Check it out!

Know of a delectable deep fried dish that deserves a spot on our list? Let us know in the comments below, or email us at ameriausblog@gmail.com