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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Baker's Arms | 29 Logan Road, WOOLLOONGABBA QLD 4102

I have recently started driving again and decided to take mum out for a light breakfast at The Baker's Arms in Woolloongabba before checking out a local furniture shop nearby.

Despite being there on a weekday, this cute cafe/bakery was rather busy. Mum, Minibun George and I found a table in a room decorated with coffee bean sacks and it also featured a wall with a black and white map of Brisbane. I must admit that I quite liked the space.

While I found the bircher muesli to be a little boring in terms of its flavour, the almond croissant was very, very nice. It was buttery with a sweet almond filling swirled through the dough and was a wonderful little treat to kick start a morning.

I'd love to go back there one day to check our more savoury items.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $23.50

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Reserve Restaurant | Cnr Coronation Drive and Park Road, MILTON QLD 4064

We had driven past Reserve Restaurant in Milton countless times, but never seemed to have the right opportunity to dine there until recently. I have to say that I absolutely loved our experience.

Set in a heritage listed terrace house, Reserve Restaurant provides a fine dining experience in a space filled with old world charm and elegance. Think heavy drape curtains, crystal chandeliers, gilded mirrors, timer flooring and Edith Piaf.

We got right down to business with our express lunch affair by ordering from the prix fixe menu. The other travel bunnie couldn't resist the temptation of slow cooked shoulder of lamb with confit onions, seeded mustard crust, pumpkin while I was taken by the sound of crispy skin salmon on creamed lentils du puy, lemon. The mains took a while to come out but once we laid our eyes on the dishes, we knew that we were in for a real treat. The crispy salmon skin against the tender flesh created a wonderful texture contrast. The chef had kept the flavours of this dish simple, a dash of lemon juice over the fatty flesh worked wonders. The other travel bunnie didn't say a thing as he devoured his shoulder of lamb and I knew from the look on his face just how tasty the dish was. The meat joyfully fell apart at the sight of a fork and I could smell the buttery goodness wafting from over from my side of the table as if taunting me.

Just as we thought that things couldn't can't get much better, we laid eyes on our desserts. The Crème brûlée with banana beignet, chocolate sauce and the apple, banana and date crumble with vanilla ice cream were presented in front of us and looked sexy and mouthwatering. I can I tell you, if you think they looked good, they tasted even better.

The service at Reserve Restaurant was very proper. It was efficient but not don't expect too much chit chat from the waiters, which I didn't mind that much. I walked into the restaurant doubting the experience that I was about to have, but I left feeling very satisfied.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $59.80 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ilias the Greek!

Ilias the Greek, you had me at yiasou.

I came home yesterday to find a delivery filled with award winning sweet treats and you made my night. The only problem was, I didn't know which one to have first (although the problem was quickly solved when the other travel bunnie and I decided to devour them all).

I loved these sweets which are made based on traditional family recipes, and it's the icing on the cake (or is it the syrup on the baklava?) that you use local produce and sustainable methods of production. I found it difficult to pick a favourite; the nougat was generously packed with crunchy almonds, pistachios and cranberries, the baklava was nutty, sweet yet not overly syrupy, and don't even get me started on the halva because I love-love-loved it! The other travel bunnie who assures me he has tried more greek sweets than anyone else I know, said that everything tasted so authentic and homely.

I can't wait to see you guys at the Good Food & Wine Show this weekend for some plate smashing (and stocking up on more sweet treats)!

*Disclaimer: these sweets were provided courtesy of Illias the Greek. They will exhibit at the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show between 17 – 19 October at T28. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mondo Organics | 166 Hardgrave Road, WEST END QLD 4101

Recently, I raised the issue of sustainable food with the other travel bunnie and suggested going to Mondo Organics for breakfast one day.

Supporting local growers and farmers, Mondo Organics focuses on the “real food” experience and is dedicated to bringing its customers the freshest and the most delicious organic produce. They have recently released a new Spring menu, and given that they only open for breakfast on the weekends, our Saturday breakfast venue was decided without any hesitation.

Located at the corner of Hardgrave and Loch in West End, Mondo Organics somehow reminded us of a shady shack in the Caribbean with its chill out music playing in the background. This restaurant is very baby friendly with its roomy space, which is always a big bonus for us these days.

As the other travel bunnie was still recovering from a cold, he ordered an immunity boost ($8.50) made with orange, lemon, carrot, ginger and turmeric. The juice was delicious and intense! I had a few sips of it and I felt more alert than I would after downing a cup of coffee. I decided to be a little adventurous and had a salted bitter chocolate ganache frappe ($8.50). To be honest, I wasn't a fan of it. I was expecting a really rich, chocolatey drink but instead I found it quite bland and watery.

The food quickly arrived and the presentation was simple. Placed on a wooden chopping board, the omelette with speck, potato, green peas, bittersweet paprika and sourdough toast ($20) was rustic and everything you would expect of a hearty brakfast plate.

My brioche, homemade nutella, caramelised banana, vanilla ice cream ($14) was delicious! The brioche was perfectly crispy on the surface but soft in the middle, the homemade nutella was thick and chocolatey just the way I like it. Mondo Organics does this simple, classic breakfast dish perfectly.

Although the prices are slightly higher than the average breakfast fare, I feel it's worth it given the food is organic and in a small way, I felt as thought I was supporting the sustainable food cycle.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $51.00

Mondo Organics on Urbanspoon

Truck-in & Tuck-in!

What do you have planned for this Friday? If you're a foodie, or just want to have a good start to the weekend, you'd be happy to know that Bridge Street in the Fortitude Valley will transform into an awesome street-party suitable for all-ages. Think tantalising street-food from local favourites such as The Bun Mobile and Chocolate Kromberry Co, together with a live DJ's playing awesome tunes in the background.

Be sure to check it out and get ready for a feast-ival! 

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