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After an amazing twelve months abroad, Matt and I are finally back in Brisbane. You may have noticed a bit of a lull in my posts, well… get off my case will ya?! Sheesh! But now that we are settled back into normal jobs and have established a home-base, I can get back to doing what I love – blogging.
Of course it is only fitting that I would kick things off with everyone’s favourite segment – Recent Eats… the Brisbane edition. This will be the first of many an inspiring piece devoted to the culinary delights of Brisbane and Australia (when I save enough money to travel again).
If you’ve ever been to Brisbane and though “Pffft… there’s no good food here” then you are sadly mistaken, either that or you spent all of your time at the Myer Centre food court in which case you still got things severely wrong. But I’m waffling, the bottom line is that Brisbane has a lot of fantastic food spots to offer you and today I’m even going to share with you some of my own home-cooked meals. So, hold onto your wheely-chair folks because it’s time for Recent Eats.
The Gunshop Cafe
The Gunshop Cafe sits in Mollison Street in Brisbane’s West End and the Cafe is one of those places you always hear about and see your friends ‘check-in’ to but never get around to visiting. Well I finally got to go on Saturday and I absolutely loved it.
The wait staff are all so friendly and helpful, the chefs were all too happy to make me something special not listed on the menu to meet my dietary needs and it was de-licious (pictured above). If you’re in Brisbane and looking for some great local food run by fantastic local people, look no further than The Gunshop Cafe.
Matt’s super manly wagyu beef burger.
I freaking love dumplings, that’s right, I said it. So when Matt’s little brother recommended Harajuku Gyoza to us, we jumped at the thought. Literally, I started jumping up and down and did a little dance and everything.
This place is very, very cool. When you walk in you’re greeted by happy staff yelling out something that you cannot understand and ushering you into a seat. The edamame are fresh, crunchy and moreish and the many different kinds of gyoza are just perfect. What’s great is that you can order, eat and then order again so you’re never hungry and never full.
Another great spot to visit while you’re in Brisbane and looking to get stuck into some excellent food and besides, who doesn’t love dumplings?
My delicious tofu in an absolutely amazing broth, I couldn’t even begin to tell you what it is but even the boys liked it, so that’s saying something.
It is safe to say that I love sweets and like most of the human race I simply adore cupcakes. While in New York I followed every ‘SATC’ lovers dream and visited Magnolia Bakery, the cupcakes at Poppy Cakes are every bit as beautiful to look at and enjoyable to eat.
They boast a fantastic range of flavours from seasonal coconut and lime, salted caramel and chocolate to my personal favourite, Red Velvet with a cream cheese frosting (pictured above). There are a few Poppy Cakes stores throughout Brisbane but be sure to check one out while you’re here for a little slice of New York heaven.
Kombi Van Coffee
Thanks to two very good friends we recently cottoned onto the beautiful, fresh and cheap produce at the West End Markets. Not only can you pick up brilliant produce but you can also get some fantastic food and a great coffee.
Seeing as coffee is pretty much a staple in my life I categorise it as an ‘eat’. So, Kombi Van Coffee, welcome to Recent Eats.
This little place is beyond cool, the Kombi Van itself is an institution and has been lovingly restored to impeccable condition. Run by Justin and Ora, it boasts fantastic coffee sure to get you going before you hit the markets. If you’re in the area and looking to sample coffee from a Brissie favourite, then this is the spot.
They usually have some form of live entertainment on a Saturday, so grab a cup and settle in.
My home cooking
I definitely do not claim to be any form of masterchef, but I absolutely love to cook. It’s a lot of fun watching Matt look into the fridge and declare “there’s nothing to eat” then burrowing in, whipping something up out of nowhere and watching the astounded look on his face as he see’s what I’ve made.
So here are a few things that I have cooked up recently for Matt as well as our friends and families.
Roast chicken (free-range, RSPCA approved as well as hormone free), grilled asparagus and haloumi with fresh lemon, pine-nut and roast vegetable salad.
Thai red curry (cheat-style) why is it cheat style? because I used one of Marion’s at home curry kits which you can pick up from any Coles. It was fantastic!!
Rocket salad with grapefruit, chickpeas, snow-peas and those yummy white asian beans (why can’t I remember what they’re called?).
Obviously I didn’t cook this, but I just wanted to share with you one of my favourite photos of Brisbane at night. This was taken along the river near Kangaroo Point cliffs at night time, we really do live in a beautiful city.
I didn’t cook this dog either but I thought he was a fitting way to round things off, this very cute pooch at the West End Markets was waiting for his Dad to get his morning coffee. I love this photo, it makes me laugh everytime I see it.
Thanks for reading! Be sure to send me any recommendations you have for good food spots around Brisbane.