June 30 is looming. The financial year is drawing to a close.
But in lieu of freaking out about paperwork and finances, I've opted to take stock on six spots I've loved over the last six months, as well as those I need to try before the year is out.
HALF A DOZEN DISCOVERIES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2012...
#6 The Northey Street Organic Markets
Or more specifically, the couple making the Vietnamese rolls.
Start with a deliciously spongy sourdough baguette; layer finely shaved carrot, cucumber and greens (yes, they're organic and some of them micro); and top with the piece de resistance: your pick of lemongrass meatballs (the first to go every week), BBQ pork shortrib, or my personal fave – coriander crusted tofu.
#5 A re-found love for the corner of Brunswick and Barker
While it's hardly new, I've rekindled my love of drinking in the windowsill at Gerties, sipping chardonnay as the Brunswick world rolls by.
#4 The courtyard at Burnett Lane's Survey Co. Bar & Bistro
On opening day I waxed lyrical about the subway tile table at Survey Co…
I haven't stopped thinking about it since. If you haven't sipped Pol Roger tableside, you haven't lived. (Don't worry, I even want to slap myself for that pretentiousness.)
#3 The downstairs dining at 1889 Enoteca in Woolloongabba
Maybe I live under a rock, but I didn't know about the private dining they have on offer in the cellar at Enoteca. Not to mention the red claw yabby entrée and the biodynamic wine list. It's practically good for you…
#2 Gundowring Ice Cream
Watch this space. There is much much more to come regarding this ice cream. In my humble opinion (though might I say, I've probably tasted more frozen dessert than most), this is the best ice cream our island continent has to offer. Flavour choice is always subjective, but I put the Gundowring Lemon Curd, Gundowring Rhubarb, Gundowring Ginger, Gundowring Fig and Gundowring Chocolate in my top 5. (Oh, and you can buy it at Sourced Grocer on Florence Street in Teneriffe. Small and large. Get the large.)
#1 Helen Street hole in the wall and $2.50 happy hour
Campos coffee has an outpost on Helen Street in Teneriffe (or Newstead, depending on your view), and thank the lord it's within 20 metres of our office. The Helen Street Campos keeps us caffeinated for the morning, and come 2:30 we pop directly across the street to our other favourite local fix, Caffeine Espresso, for a $2.50 double shot soy cap. (Seriously! $2.50 from 2:30 – 3:30 each day. Game changer.)
AND 6 THINGS IN THE PIPELINE FOR THE 6 MONTHS TO COME...
#1 There's a new chef in the kitchen of Urbane restaurant, Alejandro Cancino
And word on the street is his pumpkin gnocchi is ridiculously good. It's not on the menu yet, but the second it is added I will be lining up to take my spot at a white tablecloth.
#2 The Moubrak's new place in the James Street precinct
Mark your diary for July 6. A bar and bistro is a'opening…
#3 H by Harvey's?!
What's that we spy in the shell of CJ's Pasta behind Harveys? Looks like PJ McMillan's empire is expanding. If it's anything like the refit they did at the flagship, the new space should be fantastic. We're on his case for details and will share as soon as they're revealed!
#4 Lamb shoulder at Tank Restaurant & Bar
I must be the only lamb-lover left in Brisbane who hasn't tackled this beast! It's apparently life changing. But served for two. Want to share it with me?
#5 Paella Mondays at Peasant
Another item on my hit list. A visit to Peasant at The Barracks for Spanish seafood before a movie at the Palace.
Far be it for me to claim I'm the oracle. What else is going on that I shouldn't miss?