Weekend Escape: Tweeter's Country Getaway


Nestled in the cute rural town of Crows Nest, Queensland (about 2hrs from Brisbane) sits a unique country getaway unlike any we've stayed at before.

What makes it unique, you ask? Well for one it's perched high atop a rocky, ancient 85 metre gorge! Yeah, not the place you want to be stumbling around at in the middle of the night...

Tweeters Country Getaway offers the luxuries of a B&B and the uniquely country experiences of a farm stay all rolled into one. Tweeters opened its doors about 2 years ago when owners Peter & Thuy moved downunder from Vietnam. Peter grew up in Crows Nest and realised the potential the town had to become a flourishing tourist destination.


Now I know a B&B on top of an ancient 85 metre gorge sounds cool, but I'm happy to report the perks of staying at Tweeters don't end there. The house itself consists of 6 rooms, a VERY generous lounge area with a wood fire, and a brand new fully appointed kitchen. The house has a very cabin-esq feel which fits nicely with the surrounds. We got an intimate and cosy vibe as soon as we stepped through the doors. A huge plus for us was that each room featured a very comfy bed and a private ensuite!



Like I said earlier, Tweeters offers all the luxuries of a B&B plus more. How many B&B's do you know that offer cuddles with baby piglets! None? How about a show-offy peacock he likes to strut around with his stunning feathers proudly displayed? No?

Yes playtime with the piglets, Mr Peacock, Jesse the Pony, the goats, sheep, ducks, chooks, and pups is all included in your nightly rate of $140.


Now if you are like us the town of Crows Nest has probably slipped under your radar. That truly is a shame because as we found out (thanks to our lovely hosts at Tweeters) this charming country town really has a lot to offer.

For starters, the town is positioned perfectly in between 4 of Queensland's most gorgeous national parks (Bunya Mountains, Crows Nest, Ravensbourne, and The Palm) ...making it the perfect retreat for those with an adventurous heart. From the stunning natural watering holes, to the sweeping mountain views its not difficult to get swept up in the beauty of this place.


Maybe you're after a more lowkey weekend in the country -minus the hiking? Not to worry there is also a few wineries only minutes drive from Tweeters (BunnyConnellen & Holland Wines)

No need to stress about food while you are on your relaxing getaway. The team at Tweeters are more than happy to take care of that. We were treated delicious campfire cookout similar to what guests can expect when dining at Tweeters. They are also fully licensed so kick back and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer while you watch the sunset. Tweeters charges just $$20 for lunch & dinner, $12 breakfast ($7 continental).

Looking to escape suburbia this weekend? Why not treat yourself to a getaway in the country. You deserve it!




Words by Chelsea Hawkins. AmeriAus was the guest of Tweeter's Country Getaway. 

Tips For Visiting The Glasshouse Mountains


The Glasshouse Mountains are without a doubt one of the most iconic destinations in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland...

And when you see them for yourself it's not hard to understand why. This family of mountains is one of the most uniquely shaped mountain ranges in Queensland. Big open skies, lush green paddocks, and rolling hills...The views, everywhere you turn, are simply BREATHTAKING.

Luckily, us Brisbanites are incredibly spoiled. This stunning range is only a little over an hour from Brisbane....which makes it the perfect destination for a weekend road trip!


TIPS FOR VISITING GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS:

Having visited this gorgeous area a few times now we compiled a few tips which should make help your weekend adventure go smoothly.

Tip #1: Prepare for the climate
The Glasshouse mountains may only be an hour or so out of Brisbane but that doesn't mean you shouldn't put any thought into what to take with you. If you are heading up this time of year, expect a hot & humid environment. Be sure to pack plenty of water, a hat, and sunscreen.

Tip#2: Shoes
Now I don't mean just any kind of shoes...you're going to want comfortable hiking shoes. Even if you don't plan on doing serious hiking. In order to see the best views, you are going to have to walk a bit. If you feel up to it why not tackle Mt Ngungun. I highly recommend it! The trail isn't particularly long (2.8km return) but it does get steep about halfway up. The incredible view at the top, as anyone will tell you, more than makes up for the sweat.



Tip#3: Bring Snacks
There are heaps of wonderful places to explore  & see at the Glass House Mountains.... and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in general. However, restaurants are few and far between so pack snacks to avoid the inevitable hangries.


Tip #4: Bring a Camera
Be sure to take a camera because like I mentioned earlier the views are insanely gorgoeus! Also, like, if you don't share it on Instagram did you really even go? (lol)


Words by Chelsea Hawkins.

Best Burgers of Sydney: Thirsty Bird


Allow us to introduce you to what could very well be the best fried chicken burger in Sydney.

Thirsty Bird is located in Potts Point but for those of us who are lazy, they’re on Uber Eats too! They’re open 7days each week to keep Sydney fed. We were a little worried when we checked out the menu and made our decision that we’d need to arrange a ‘wide load’ escort for the delivery though!

The menu is simple enough (thankfully) offering up Southern Fried Chicken in both original and hot
and spicy varieties. For those a little more adventurous, a nice selection of chicken burgers will keep
you happy. Our choice was ‘The Stinger’ – a spicy southern fried chicken burger, with cheese, special
sauce and fresh slaw. If you know us, then you’d know that the only way we eat fried chicken
burgers is BIG... for only $5 more our burger was doubled and we were super excited when we took
hold of it! Massive... just massive.

The chicken is brined with a mix of salt’s spices, garlic and herbs. When blended together, flavouring
the meat with a delicious, fresh taste keeping the chicken tender and juicy is guaranteed. To create
that perfect crispy crunch, the chicken is air dried in a cool room for 24 hours allowing the skin to
adhere to the meat. Coated in a secret seasoned flour mix and dipped in a creamy buttermilk bath
and repeated for double the satisfaction before being cooked up to a golden perfection... Let me at
another one soon please!

Best Burgers of Sydney | Mary's CBD

Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing some of the best, most drool-worthy burger joints Sydney has to offer.

Lucky for us Brisbanites, the food mecca that is Sydney, Australia, is only a short 1 hour flight from the river city. Even better you can score tickets for as low as $30 each way with budget airlines like Tiger....and you know what means? Say it with me: MORE. MONEY. FOR. FOOD. 

Without further ado, lets jump in...


After solid recommendations, we had to try the burgers at Mary’s.  With a choice of two locations, for our personal convenience, we stopped by the CBD store, which in reality, is a hole in the wall venue that has been hit up hard with graffiti and burger iconography.  This venue is all about the burgers (no complaints from me) unlike their other store of which is licensed.  In its purest form these guys offer up American themed fast food with no seating or amenities.  Just get there, order your burgers and get the damn thing in your belly!


Essential signature burgers are the Mary’s with beef and the Mary’s fried chicken.  No guesses for our choice!  Succulent and deliciously crunchy, it’s easy to see why a lot of people say these guys are pioneers of their kind in the Sydney market.  Our only regret, not ordering more!!!
Next time you are in blues country, be sure to pay these legends a visit. 

Words by Darrell Hawkins. Follow him on Instagram

Things Are About To Get Double Good!


As if Eat Street wasn't already good enough...

A new dessert shop will soon unleash it's inspired creations on the masses at Eat Street and make things well....Double Good. 

If the thought of smooth soft serve ice cream and funnel cakes tickles your fancy then Double Good, coming soon to Kombi Lane, will be your go to sweet stop. Double Good is set to open on Friday August 18th. If you are expecting to find your every day, run-of-the-mill soft serves on the menu then you're in for a shock. There's nothing run-of-the-mill about this place!

Think watermelon soft slice, served in a juicy wedge of QLD watermelon...or the very intriguing Black Elvis Soft Serve, a black sugar cone filled high with activated charcoal & coconut soft serve.

The thing that's really got our sweet tooth aching is without question the funnel cakes. Yes the American State Fair dessert institution will be on the menu but with a Double Good twist! I mean funnel cakes are good...but have you tried them with ice cream piled on top?!

Yes! Double Good will feature a 8 flavour soft serve ice cream machine ( a first of it's kind in Australia) and guests will have the option to include any OR ALL flavours piled high in a giant 500g serve on top of their funnel cake. We're talking pistachio, butter peacan, birthday cake, dutch chocolate, strawberry cheesecake, blue raspberry, burnt orange and fairy floss PILED ON A FUNNEL CAKE.

Yep...all of our wildest funnel cake dreams are about to come true on August 18th. See you at Eat Street!

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow me on Instagram

The Wine Event You Do Not Want To Miss


Grape Grazing By Night is back for its third year on Friday, July 7th.

This is without question the BIGGEST wine event of the year in Brisbane and you'd be doing yourself a serious injustice if you missed it.

In case you're not clued in, Grape Grazing By Night presented by the Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show is an annual event that celebrates Australian wine.

Guests are invited to taste over 1,600 Australian wine (including the new season vintage's) while nibbling on award winning meats and cheeses. Having personally attended the event its first year we can vouch for just how AMAZING it is.

Imagine walking through your local bottle shop and someone hands you a wine glass and says "Taste whatever you'd like" I know....sounds crazy hey, but that's exactly how Grape Grazing is except its all beautiful Australian wine! There's Sauv Blanc, Cab Sauv, Sparkling Rose, Port...literally every style of wine under the sun all grouped into neat sections.

Lucky for you, tickets are STILL AVAILABLE and start from $88pp. So gather your mates and get booking! Tickets and info are available here.

We Try: Chu The Phat | Fish Lane


Chu the Phat Brisbane's is the newest addition to the Fish Lane dining precinct.

Taking inspiration from the hawker stalls of Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, Chu the Phat, is a delicious addition to Fish Lane's repertoire of restaurants.

Chu the Phat is the younger sibling of Madame Wu so were expecting great things on our first official visit. The menu us made up of snacks, bread, starters, vegetables, stir-fried dishes, noodles and rice, mains, and a handful of classic Asian desserts (deep fried icecream). Although the menu isn't massive, it makes up for it's size with bold, authentic flavours. A credit to executive Chef Brendon Barker!


Our highlights from the menu, that we HIGHLY recommend you try are: Pork & Kimchi Springrolls, Fried Chicken, and (the star of the show) Smoked & Fried Half Duck with Green Chilli Sauce. SO DELICIOUS! 

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*AmeriAus was the guest of Chu the Phat. 

Betty's Burgers Now Open in Brisbane


Let it be known that on this day (22nd of June, 2017) Betty's Burgers finally opened it's first Brisbane restaurant. 

Yes you read correctly, Bettys Burgers is now open in Brisbane! The day we burger lovers have long awaited has finally come. 

Betty's Burger first Brisbane store is now open for business at Westfield Chermside. Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard about all the big things happening at Westfield Chermside. 

They just finished a major new dining area, officially making it the biggest Westfield in the country. If you don't have any weekend plans we highly recommend a foodie trip to Chermside. Restuarants like Motto Motto, Coco Bliss, 4 Fingers, Fiery Deli, Zues Street Greek + more have opened their doors, There is so much deliciousness going on you'll need a few trips to get though it all. 

Betty's Burger should, ofcourse, be first on your hit list!

What You Can Expect At This Year's Regional Flavours


Southbank's premier food & wine festival, Regional Flavours, returns on July 15-16. 

It wouldn't be an over exaggeration to say this festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in any self-proclaimed foodie's calendar. This year's program is chock-full of deliciousness... There's live cooking demos, masterchefs, gourmet food stalls, wine tastings, food trucks and so much more happening over the course of the two days. A few weekends ago we went on a "Gourmet Adventure" with Brisbane Marketing to get a taste at what you can this year's festival. So without further ado, let's dive into our trip!


GOURMET ADVENTURE
To kick off our Regional Flavours experience we headed along to Sunday Sessions at River Quay Green. Located on the edge of the Brisbane River, River Quay Green is an award-winning dining and green space. Boasting stunning, uninterrupted river views and a plethora of quality restaurants at your fingertips, it really is the perfect weekend chill spot!



This is the area you'll find the River Quay restaurant food stalls at this year's Regional Flavours. We got to sample the "Queensland Produce" menus that will be available exclusively at the festival. Trust me, you are going to want to save room for this! Some of our highlights from the menu are Spiced fish n chips from River Quay Fish & King prawn tacos with kale and avo from Stokehouse. For more info on what's on at River Quay during the festival, click here

Next, we loaded up the bus and journeyed only about an hour out of Brisbane to the beautiful Lockyer Valley. If you've been to Regional Flavours over the last few years you know the Lockyer Valley sections is one of the best! We are happy to report the region will be represented once again this year. So gather your mates and grab a spot at their lovely picnic patch surrounded by fresh veggies, while celebrity chefs cook up delicious treats using the fresh Lockyer Valley produce. 



On our visit to the Lockyer Valley, we were treated to a farm tour at 9dorf. 9dorf is a family owned farm that has been operating since 1918. They are very passional about sustainable farming and ethically raised animals. The public is welcome to see how they operate and walk with the animals by booking a farm tour via their website, available here. Their property is so picturesque, with beautiful mountain views and big, blue skies. We highly recommend a visit. Be sure to head to their stall at Regional Flavours for more info and to sample their scrumptious produce.

After a big day on the farm, what's better than a relaxing long lunch at Wild Canary? That's exactly what we did! Wild Canary Bistro in Brookfield is helmed by Executive Chef Glen Barratt. Glen has long been a supporter of farmers markets and local produce. The colorful menu at Wild Canary changes weekly as fresh produce becomes available. The desserts are to die for! You can find Glen and his delicious creations on the Queensland Taste stage this July as well as in The Hunting Club sharing his secrets to a perfect brisket. 



Speaking of The Hunting Club... the bar & pop-up bistro will be operated by The Charming Squire. If you are a fan of mouthwatering meats and flavour packed craft beers this your spot. As always you will find Brisbane's resident beer enthusiast, Good Beer Matt, talking all things hoppy. A few well-known chefs will also pop in sharing their tips & tricks. For more info on The Hunting Club, click here.



Finally, we wrapped up our gourmet adventure with a seafood cooking class/lunch with none other than Paul West at The Oyster Shed (Sandstone Point Hotel). Yes, the lovable celebrity chef will be back cooking his heart out on stage at this year's Regional Flavours. Paul is an advocate of the Moreton Bay region and a sustainable seafood expert! So fittingly, he will be cooking up a sizzling seafood feast on the main stage, Saturday July 15. More info on Paul and all the wonderful celebrity chefs cooking at this year's festival is available here


PLAN A STAYCATION
With SO MANY delicious things happening each day the FOMO is intense. So why not treat yourself to a staycation in the city so you can be close to the action! Brisbane Marriot has some enticing foodie-friendly packages on offer. They are only a quick 5 minute uber away from South Bank!


For more info on all things Regional Flavours, be sure to visit the official website and plan your visit, available here.

*AmeriAus was the guest of Brisbane Marketing and South Bank Corporation.

Where You Should Be Eating This Weekend


Yiros, oysters, honey puffs, mac n cheese, feta fries....if any of these delectable dishes tickle your fancy then you are going to want to keep reading...

A big foodie weekend is only a few days and we've got the ultimate hit list on all the things you need to devour. So gather the gang and dress for a feast here's all the things you should be eating this weekend.

NOOSA FOOD & WINE

We don't really need an excuse to spend the weekend in beautiful Noosa but this weekend a trip to the Sunshine Coast is especially appealing. The Noosa Food & Wine festival is back for another year and the program is bursting with fresh seafood, fine dining. sweet treats, and of course WINE. 

Champagne brunches on the beach, decadent degustations, and seafood as far as the eye can see. I don't know about you but that seems like a pretty awesome way to spend the weekend. 

Although many of the events have sold out there are still plenty of opportunities to wine and dine in the boutique beach town. Here are a few exciting events that still have tickets available: 

View Restaurant
Pinot Palooza: unplugged
You may have heard of the country’s biggest Pinot party, so Noosa Food and Wine Festival are stoked to have the founder, Dan Sims, on hand for a special ‘unplugged’ version. Wine maestro Mike Bennie join in to help conduct proceedings and navigate your way for a fun, friendly, and not remotely scary pinot party. Thursday 18 May, 4.30pm, $55, book online.

The Butcher, the brewer, the booze makerEverything delicious started off as a slightly less delicious, raw ingredient. Get to know these raw ingredients, such as rare-breed meat, hops and sugar cane, and explore the ways in which they are turned into something very, very delicious. Friday 19 May, 4.30pm, $55, book online

The Queensland seafood experience 
We love our fresh seafood in Noosa and the Queensland Seafood Experience at View Restaurant at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas will be a unique showcase of the flavours of Queensland. The dinner will be created by Brisbane chefs Ben O’Donoghue (Billykart) and Jake Nicholson (Blackbird Bar & Grill), 2016 MasterChef winner Elena Duggan and View’s Andy Wilcox – with gorgeous views over Laguna Bay. Saturday 20 May, 6.30pm, $140, book online.

Sparkling darling From sparkling to Champagne, and Prosecco to Cava. Learn all there is to know about fizzy wine in this fun and fancy session. An essential ‘little pinky’ out morning session. Saturday 20 May, 11am, $55, book online

Seaside wines and seafood
White wine is an obvious match for most fish, but what should you pair with salmon? Do the same wines work with raw seafood and cooked? The perfect session for seafood fans after some wine-and-fish tips from our best seaside regions. Saturday 20 May, 4.30pm, $55,book online

Bangers and Smash

When it comes to picking a wine to drink at a barbecue, do you choose white or red? Light or full-bodied? This session looks at wines that are highly drinkable and infinitely smashable from all over Australia, perfect for pairing with anything from grilled salmon and salad to burnt snags and sauce. Sunday 21 May, 11am, $55, book online

Where the wild wines are 
There’s more to Australian wines these days than Shiraz or Sauvignon. This session explores all the wonderful, weird and wacky new-wave wines produced all around the country, including varieties that are more than a mouthful to say. Sunday 21 May, 3pm, $55, book online


Sirocco Noosa
Flights and flavours Sirocco Noosa, overlooking the Noosa River on Gympie Tce, Noosaville welcomes Travis McAuley from Helenic Republic for Flights and Flavours as he joins Sirocco's executive chef Brad Webb with local  produce matched with Australian wines. Friday 19 May, 6pm, $145, book online.

Sparkling seafood lunch It's all sparkles as Sirocco Noosa also hosts a decadent Sparkling Seafood Lunch with Amadio Sparkling Wines while you watch the NoosaRiver sparkle in front of you! Saturday 20 May, noon, $120, book online and Sunday 21 May, noon, $120, book online


Pitchfork RestaurantA Middle Eastern feast
Pitchfork Restaurant in Peregian Beach hosts Michael Rantissi from Kepos Street Kitchen in Sydney for A Middle Eastern Feast, showcasing dishes from his cookbook, Falafal for Breakfast. Kim Chalmers from Chalmers Wine in Victoria will serve their spectacular wines. Sunday 21 May, noon, $135, book online


PANIYIRI 2017

If you are a lover of all things Greek then this is one festival you do not want to miss. Brisbane's most beloved cultural celebration, Paniyiri, is on this Saturday & Sunday and you will probably be able to smell the roasting lamb no matter where you are in Brisbane. Baklava ice cream, feta fries, halloumi, yiros and HONEY PUFFS. With so much delicious going on it can be overwhelming!

Pro tip: Get there early, bring friends and claim your spot. Trust me they go fast, especially the ones with the best view of the stage. If you haven't secured your tickets no worries they will be available at the gate. 

For more info, head to the Paniyiri official website, available here.

Burger Project Opens This Friday!


Last year we reported on the exciting news that Neil Perry's famous burger joint - Burger Project - was on it's way to the river city!

Well we are pleased to announce that the wait is almost over. Burger Project will open this Friday at South Brisbane.

As their motto suggests, "Fast Food, Slow Values", you can expect quick, classic burgers made using quality, fresh ingredients.

If you are unable to make it to the opening on Friday be sure to tune into our instastory to see what we get up to and our official verdict.


Burger Project 
Corner of Grey & Tribune, South Brisbane
Opens Friday 17 Feb from 11am

*Words by Chelsea Hawkins.

The Wobbly Cheesecake That's Got Sydney Going Mad!


There's a new cheesecake in town and you would have had to been sleeping under a rock not to know about it. Or maybe your one of those strange people who have cut sugar completely out of their diet, in which case, please leave...

Japanese Cheesecake isn't like the normal cheesecake we've grown to love. To start of it's baked instead of chilled and the consistency is completely different. It's not thick and dense...it's light and fluffy...wobbly even!

This in our eyes makes it the perfect dessert for any occasion. Maybe your stuffed after a big meal but don't want to imagine a world where you would skip out on dessert....No need to fret, this light and delicious cake is guaranteed to satisfy without making you feel ill afterwords.


So far the only place we've found in Australia serving up this magnificent cake is Uncle Tetsu in Sydney. There you will find a variety of cheesecake flavours (like the beloved Matcha!) along with other droolworthy sweets.

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake
501 George Street, Sydney
Open Mon-Sun (11am-10pm)

*AmeriAus paid for this meal. Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

How To Get Your Hands on The New Limited Edition Gaytimes


No doubt you've heard by now that the good folks behind Streets Ice cream have launched 4 brand new Golden Gaytime flavours.

The Golden Gaytime is a full fledged icon in Australia so the news of their being NEW flavours is fyi kind of a big deal. The new flavours have been launched in partnership with Topshop and are available in stores in a section they are calling the "Crumb Shed".

The exciting new limited edition flavours available at the Crumb Shed are as follows:

  • Unicorn Breath – vanilla crumb, musk sticks, strawberry hard candy, popping candy, edible glitter
  • Crumb Choc Millionaire – chocolate crumb, smashed potato crisps, desiccated coconut, 100s & 1000s, edible glitter
  • Chocopalooza – chocolate crumb, lolly bananas, 100s & 1000s
  • Golden Chief's Salty Gaytime – vanilla crumb, pretzel bits, salted caramel drizzle (created by Gaytime 'Crumbassador', Jesse James McElroy)
  • The OG-G – with even more vanilla crumb (the original and the best handcrafted to perfection)
They are selling for $6 each but sadly for Brisbanites the new gaytimes are only available at Top shops in Syd & Melb. There's no word on how long the pop up will last or if it will expand to other states. Lucky for this foodie my recent trip to Sydney coincided with their launch so I was able to get my paws on the "Unicorn Breath" & "Crumb Choc Millionaire".

The new gaytimes are dipped in a delicious chocolate sauce and then rolled around in the crumb before your eyes. The original crumb is also available for sale at the crumb shed. In conclusion, if you have a trip to SYD or MELB on the books not trying the new flavours would be a BIG mistake....HUGE. 


*Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Charboy's is BACK | We check out the new CBD location!


Long have we waited for the day the Gods would see fit to return the beloved Charboys to the people of Brisbane.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that that momentous day has finally arrived! Charboys is back in action. Cooking up those delicious classic burgers we have grown to love in a brand new location. You can now get your burger fix on Edward Street in the CBD.

Who doesn't remember that devastating day when we learned Charboys would no longer inhabit the Boundary Street markets. The long, agonising wait for thier return was almost insufferable...

We headed along to their new cbd location just the other day to check out what the boys were cooking up. We were pleasantly surprised to find the classics we know and love (ie the jaw dropping beast that is "Mr Scorcher") along with some new faces like the Southern Fried Chicken burger.

Of course, being the fried chicken connoisseurs that we are we had to get our hands on that one! Expect a perfectly crispy, sizeable piece of lean chicken breast on a soft squishy bun.

PRO TIP: Add bacon and cheese (because why the hell not?)

Charboys Burgers
288 Edward Street, Brisbane
Open Mon-Fri (11am-2pm & 5pm-8pm) Sat (5pm-8pm) Sun Closed

*AmeriAus paid for this meal. Words by Chelsea Hawkins (INSTA). Images by Darrell Hawkins (INSTA).