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Travel favourites – Brisbane

November 23, 2011

I’ve scaled the great Firewall of China (since wordpress is lamely blocked here) to bring you a few highlights from the journey so far.

I used to live in Brisbane so most of my time was spent with friends – the biggest treat of all. So for once I wasn’t bothered that there were no epic foodie missions or anything, and this isn’t some comprehensive guide, just a compilation of happy stumbles. Thanks to all the friends who warmly welcomed by Mum and Aunt back to Brisbane and showed us such a fantastic time!

In no particular order:

Bai wei qian jia (glamorous somethingarather in English) for yummy Taiwanese food at Sunnypark, Sunnybank (aka the new Chinatown). An actual Taiwanese friend brought us there too if you’re the kind of person who likes a bit of authenticity. They are on the outside of this Asian “mall” and very colourful. Lots of unique things to keep an adventurous foodie happy without blowing the bank.

Moreton bay bugs (aka slipper or bay or flathead lobster) – a Queensland favourite on a lot of menus which tastes like lobster. Normally lobster dishes are quite pricey but they use the bugs in lots of things. I sampled it with ginger and spring/green onions (which the Aussies call shallots) and in a moreish risotto.

Brizzy breakfasts – oats soaked overnight in fruit juice, topped with Jalna natural pot set greek yogurt and Queensland’s beautiful and deliciously sweet seasonal fruit. Ate soooo many mangoes and melons.

According to my local friends the markets in Brisbane aren’t particularly exciting, but on the bright side almost every supermarket has a fruit and vege store outside and often there is also a deli. Some of my favourites I stumbled across were Fancee Fruit at Carindale Westfield for serrano prosciutto and other meats cut to order (not very expensive either!), and the Fruity Capers deli at Toowong Village for cheese – they sold a yummy Aussie truffled brie that goes nice and gooey in the Brisbane heat.

Macadamia nuts! Delicious even from the supermarket :P For our lovely hosts (our Australian family), I made a nectarine, prosciutto, basil & macadamia salad, drizzled with a simple balsamic reduction (just melted some sugar and salt in balsamic and simmered until a bit thicker, then mixed with olive oil). It’s the dish in the quiche pan :) It was the first salad finished. Can’t wait to do this in Christchurch when my parents’ nectarines and peaches come out! It’s as simple as it sounds and refreshing yet moreish thanks to the prosciutto.

For next time…

Oxford St, Bulimba for shopping! Brisbane is very much a franchise-dominated city. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, Bulimba is a developing hub of independent stores. We drove past at night on our way to dinner at a lovely little Italian-inspired place.

PS. Apologies for the less-than-stellar photos, I could only fit my point and shoot in to my luggage thanks to some overly zealous advice from an Air New Zealand baggage lady I talked to on the phone :P I think my crappy photography reflects how I feel about not having my dslr/baby :D

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2011 2:39 pm

    Seems like you are having a great time, lovely to catch up with friends, and eat well :-)

    Ciao
    A.

  2. November 25, 2011 10:55 am

    I love Preshafruit juice!!

  3. November 28, 2011 7:16 am

    Sounds like an awesome trip…love the sound of that salad and I’m so jealous of all the mangoes!

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    November 29, 2011 12:19 pm

    nooooooo you’re in china!! when are you back in chch. i won’t see you : (

  5. December 9, 2011 2:52 am

    A: Still on a roll, although with family now :) Miss cheese in China though!

    M: It was pretty good, although a bit light for me. I like juices to whack me in the face with full on fruitiness :D

    H: The fruit was sooo amazing, especially compared to winter fruit in China. I’m living off imported pomelo at the moment, since all the other fruit at the market looks terrible.

    S: Laaaame! Give me an email if you’re looking for some decent places to go since Feb. Although you’ve probs got heaps of people wanting to take you to all the cool new places :P

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