Brisbane's Best Ribs: Ribs & Burgers | Fortitude Valley

What is the secret to making a killer rack of ribs? 

Tender juicy meat slow cooked to perfection...thoughtfully seasoned...and slathered in a drool worthy BBQ sauce...?

We won't claim to be masters on the subject, given we consume more ribs that we actually bother to make.... But having devoured our fair share of ribs we can honestly say what ever that secret formula is, the team at Rib's & Burgers in Fortitude Valley have it down to a science!

These guys don't mess around when it comes to ribs. They only use the highest quality free range, grass fed, and hormone free meat, much of which is sourced locally.

The ribs are cooked for 8+ hours to ensure they marinate in their own juices, producing a strong natural flavour. Then they are grilled, and and caramelized with a special 40 year old South African basting.

Pair those babies up with a fresh salad & crispy chips and you have yourself a feast fit for a king!

For more information on Ribs & Burgers, check out their website (Available Here)

Words by Chelsea Hawkins

Top 5 Best Fried Chicken Burgers in Brisbane

Fried chicken burgers have always held a special place in our heart! I mean who doesn't enjoy crispy fried chicken. It's pretty bad ass on it's own but when you add creamy slaw and a sweet brioche bun...something magical happens. Angels cry and a fried chicken burger is born! Lucky for you we've managed to track down some of the best Brisbane has to offer.

1. "LudaKrisp" by Miss Kay's Burger Bar | Brisbane CBD

If you have not tried the LudaKrisp from Miss Kay's Burger Bar on 185 George Street in the CBD you are doing your stomach a serious injustice. What's not to love about this beautiful, deep fried masterpiece!? The perfect ratio of tender, juicy, crispy fried chicken and creamy slaw wedged between a warm brioche bun.

2. Taps The Valley | Fortitude Valley

Just when we thought fried chicken burgers couldn't get any better Taps went and added American cheddar and BACON! For only $15 (including chips) this fried chicken burger is one of the tastiest and best value burgers around! This baby is jammed packed with perfectly golden brown chicken tenders. If this doesn't put a smile on your face nothing will!

3. The Bleachers | Fortitude Valley

The Bleachers brought to you by the legends behind Ben's Burger is cranking out what many say is THE BEST fried chicken burger in town. Simple but done extremely well, this is the perfect choice for fried chicken burger purists who believe the chicken itself should be the real star.

4. "The Southern Hick" by Ze Pickle | Fortitude Valley

We've yet to meet a Ze Pickle burger we didn't like and their "Southern Hick" burger is no exception. The burger features crispy fried chicken, maple smoked bacon, jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and zp sauce. Add guacamole and prepare yourself for a flavour explosion. Run don't walk.

5. "Son of a Gun" by Red Hook Brisbane | Brisbane CBD

The "Son of a Gun" (pictured above) from Red Hook Brisbane is the fried chicken burger of your dreams. Extra crispy fried chicken, creamy slaw, and maple bacon! Does it get any better??

Now, back away from your computer and get your mouth around one of these burgers now. You'll thank us later!

Words by Chelsea Berry. Photo by @FoodieAdam.

Picnic With The Alpacas | Scenic Rim Hampers

Ever dream of kicking it with the Alpacas, while nibbling on delicious local produce, in a big, beautiful country paddock?

Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Barney National Park lies the picturesque homestead known as Triple Peaks. The property is an icon of the Scenic Rim region, dating back all the way to 1899. It is also home to Scenic Rim Hampers, a business that offers perhaps one of the most unique and relaxing experience this area has to offer.

The experience: Alpaca Picnics!!!

Scenic Rim Hampers invites guests of the region to enjoy the perfect country picnic on their beautiful 40 acre property which boasts panoramic views of Mt Barney, Mt Lindesay, Mt Ernest, Mt Maroon, and Mt Gillies. Watch the hours fade away as you enjoy the unspoiled mountain views while friendly llamas and alpacas graze in the yard surrounding you. That's one hell of a lunch break!

Scenic Rim Hampers also offers guests:

- Gourmet Local Tastings
- Shop Viewing
- Tea & Coffee 
- Animal Feed & Talk

Picnics are BYO but feel free to grab some delicious local treats from the Scenic Rim Hampers shop! Alpaca picnics are only $15 per person for groups under 10, $10 per person for groups of 10 or more, and free for children under 12 years of age. 

For more information on Scenic Rim Hampers head to their website, available here. And for information on all the fantastic events happening in the Scenic Rim and throughout Queensland check out the It's Live in Queensland calendar- available here.

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm | Mt. Alford

Home of the famous Lavender Ice Cream!

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavendar Farm is undoubtedly one of the most unique tourist destainations in Southeast Queensland.

The stunning, rustic property consists of a cellar door, restaurant, and rolling fields of lavender, which overlooks six hectare of vineyard and beautiful scenic rim mountains. You will feel as though you've been transported to the south of France but you're only 65 minutes out of Brisbane in the exquisite Fassifern Valley at Mt. Alford.

It almost sounds to perfect to be true but rest assured this enchanting place really does exist! Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm opened it's doors 14 years adding yet another fantastic gem to the scenic rim's repoitore of attractions.

Since it's beginning the vineyard and lavender farm has undergone a number of changes and upgrades, but the plans new owner, Doogan O'hanlon, has in store are perhaps the most exciting yet!

On our visit O'hanlon gave us the scoop on the future of Kooroomba. He plans to expand the gorgeous lavender farm and add a rustic chapel right smack in the middle. Can you imagine tying the knot surrounded by breathtaking fields of fragrant lavender, a moutainous backdrop and let's not forget the fact that it's a vineyard! Just think of all the beautiful local wine! Kooroomba has a large variety of wines including Chardonnay, Verdelho Marsanne, Vermintino, Shiraz, Cabernet, and Melrot. 

For more information on Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm, click hereAnd for information on all the fantastic events happening in the Scenic Rim and throughout Queensland check out the It's Live in Queensland calendar- available here.

Words by Chelsea Hawkins