Shutter & Brew, Wavell Heights, Brisbane

Hidden in the suburbs, lives a delightful cafe by the name of Shutter & Brew.  

 
Perhaps the photo above will give you a hint as to the origins of the word shutter.   Yes the cafe is based around a photography theme, however you do not need to be a photographer to visit this intriguing venue.

Our visit was for breakfast.  Now I will admit, this would have to be one of, if not the cheapest breakfast ever.   Mine totalled $13 for breakfast and tea.   

 
This smashed avocado on toast, with homemade relish, was a simplistic, yet fulfilling breakfast. Great way to start the day.  Actually that’s a big accolade given I’m not a relish loving person, but this one, yes, loved it!

The menu here is simple, not extensive, just a few items, however all are wonderfully presented. 

 
Quite refreshing in a way to come across such a simple, yet satisfying menu.


This toasted sandwich is a lot bigger than it looks in the photo.   Definitely way larger than your normal slice of bread.

 It’s winter, and you’re presented with this as your hot chocolate choice, complete with large tin mug.  First thoughts?  Wow!  How awesome is this!

Feeling somewhat guilty the other half was working on the weekend, whilst I was out exploring with family, I had to buy a cupcake to take home.

 
Simple affair really, just a a little Oreo cupcake……  Apparently quite tasty to eat,  I was told👍.

If you would like to learn photography, you can book a lesson or two here.  Take some time to browse the old photography manuals too, or check the photo display.  The interior of the shop, definitely makes up for the lack of view outside!

I highly recommend you check this cafe out, you won’t be disappointed!  Seek it out, worth a visit!

Summit Restaurant & Bar, Mt Cootha, Brisbane

Feast your eyes on the stunning vistas across Brisbane City.   

 

A view so breathtakingly beautiful, the chances of enjoying your dining experience here are already high.   An added bonus for this choice was an email I had received that morning with a $20 voucher to use at the restaurant on weekdays.  No need to print, just show it on your phone.   Decision made easy👍.

Within an easy drive of Brisbane City, Mt Cootha overlooks the Botanical Gardens,p, with continued views across the city to Moreton Bay.  A popular viewing destination for visitors and locals alike.  There is plenty to do on the mountain, with the added choice of two dining venues once the hunger pains set in.

 
On this occasion we took the opportunity of enjoying one of those rare week days off work, with a visit to the Summit Rstaurant.

Seated outside on an incredibly gorgeous winters day, the wonderful feeling of relaxation and being on top of the world set in.

Service here was impeccable from our arrival.   Friendly, very helpful, amusing yet still very professional.   These staff had it all.

There is a lunch set menu here if you prefer to stick to a budget.   Under $20 for one $30 for two or under $40 for a three course meal.   Or you can choose from the a la carte menu, which we did today.

 
I chose the entree size scallop meal pictured above  as my main.  Soft, melt in your mouth scallops, teamed perfectly with the green pea tapenade.   Hubby’s choice was the fabulously presented  Wagyu rump meal.   Cooked to his liking, with veges wound so easily into the meal, he pushed none to the side (a surprising change!).  Literally finishing the entire meal with only a sparkling clean plate left!   Now for a person who side steps the vegetables on every opportunity, that really did tell you how much he enjoyed this menu choice!

With that wonderful chilled out, full belly feeling setting in, nothing to do with the wine of the course😄, the decision was required on finishing with dessert.  We had taken our time, enjoyed good a lingering lunch, so why not finish with a sweet treat. 

 Apple blossom poached pear.  I was intrigued with name of this dessert already.   Time to give it a try.   My decision, especially as a person who doesn’t always finish with dessert, this dish was simply delightful.  Every spoonful was a taste adventure in itself.   Loved it!

  
Hubby chose the churros, or in his words, the healthy option.   Again the presentation did not disappoint, and neither I’m told did the dish itself, with hubby enjoying his ‘healthy option’ choice.

Next time you visit Mt Coorha, allow yourself some time to enjoy a lingering lunch.   Not only will it give you more time to enjoy the fabulous view, you will also give your tastebuds an awesome experience.  

Look forward to returning soon, hopefully at night when the city is lit up!

Queen Mary Falls – Darling Downs

 Maybe you’re looking for a picnic spot or after a weekend bush work.  Whatever you are seeking,  a drive through to the Datling Downs to visit the magnificent Queen Mary Falls, is worth your while.

From the large picnic area next to the car park , pick your choice of sunlight filtered track, to enjoy your stroll down to the falls.   Tracks are sufficiently wide enough to allow other walkers enough room to pass you by.  There are steps in places, with one walkway full of steps along the way.   The pathway we chose to head down, was a fairly short.walk to the busy rush of water.

 Our local hosts, led the way over the  bridge to head along another track, which we were told would have us arrive at the foot of the falls.

 Tracks were moist with miss covered rocks and logs lining the pathway.  Enjoying the filtered sunlight sparkling through the tree tops, we meandered our way past the edge of the falls towards the bottom of this veil of rushing water.   Raining onto the rocks below, the seamless veil is broken as it belts onto the rocks at the foot of the falls.  There’s no wind, but the spots of water will gather to give you a refreshingly light shower.  

From below, the view of the falls is quite breathtaking.   Enjoy the photo opportunities whilst ducking the water spray.   Around now you will have decided the walk was worth it.   

Take the time to enjoy this regal lady, before you tackle the tracks heading back to the top.   Around 3km’s in total, the walk is a great way to walk off breakfast!   

Drop past this area sometime, or head out for a Sunday drive, this is a fantastic area to explore. 

Suttons Farm – Stanthorpe

 We were told by our hosts, the apple pie here was to die for.  To be fair, the photo does not do the size of this pie justice.   This was one huge portion, which hubby was more than happy to consume. 

Situated in a packhouse, a short drive on the Brisbane side Stanthorpe, you will find this family run business of Suttons farm.   Taste the apple ciders, or juices, enjoy a coffee whilst you indulge in a specual treat off the menu.

 

I enjoyed this fabulous Apple crumble above,  which to be honest, paired quite nicely with a dry apple cider 😄.

No doubt this would be a very busy place during the apple season, it was still busy in the off season with customers coming and going regularly. 

Being a family business, the service here was friendly, nothing was a problem with the added plus of a quick delivery for the pies we ordered.

Stop in for a pie, crumble or pick up some of the local treats inside.    What could be nicer than taking a little piece of the Granite Belt home.  Enjoy your pie😄!

Cosmo Cafe -Stanthorpe 

 Well known for the fresh produce and wineries, Stanthorpe is a popular destination for Brisbanites seeking a break from city life.

An easy drive, less than 3 hours from Brisbane, the Granite Belt is definitely worth the drive.  Staying with friends over the weekend, we enjoyed a Sunday Breakfast at their choice of local cafe.    I can see why Cosmo is their favourite.

 Inside and outside dining choices exist, with an expansion through into the shop next door,  in progress at the moment.   The day we visited, the outside area was already full, however we found a free table inside.

Everyone was rugged to the nines, yes there was a chill in the breeze, but perhaps these were the Brisbanites enjoying the chance to rug up and wear those clothes you don’t get much of chance to in Brisbane!  Service is friendly, meals were superb, making for an overall very pleasant experience.    Personally, I enjoyed this salmon stack, beautifully fresh, well presented, overall a delightful way to kickstart the day.

 The big brekky above was enjoyed by a couple of people at our table, a very filling, belly warming breakfast. 

For a country cafe, the service, food and presentation would compete with many city cafes.

I would highly recommend checking out this cafe in Stanthorpe, the new addition to the premises will certainly lead to enjoyable relaxing meals over a drink with friends.  Although to be fair, that opportunity already exists!   

Well done to the owners who have turned this place around- keep up the good  work👍 !

Savina Lane Wines

 Whilst you’re in the Stanthorpe area, located in the Granite Belt of Queensland, be sure to visit Savina Lane Wines for a personal wine tasting.  
Opened in April 2015, the cellar door tasting area behind this imposing wooden door, will not disappoint.   Enter this easily opened stunning entranceway, to arrive in the tasting area.  Massive glass windows frame the vineyard below, beautifully.  At the time if our visit, the vines were bare, which can only mean a revisit will be necessary once the vines are in full leaf.

After a browse thought the shop area, where there are different wares, including clothing and wine accessories for sale, we were invited to partake of a wine tasting.

 As the bar stools were occupied with another party tasting wines, we were invited to seat in the comfortable lounge area.  Here, we were treated to a personalised wine tasting by one of the owners, Cheryl Hutchings.   Starting with the white range, we were given an informative run down on the vineyard, each wine and the history behind them all.

Cheryl’s knowledge was impressive to say the least.  Not only that, the entire tasting session and the information provided, was portrayed in a non-mechanical, personalised manner.   There was no automatic reciting of information, which Cheryl would have no doubt parted with on numerous occasions.   

 We took our time and savoured the different wines, whilst drinking in the information provided by Cheryl.   The group tasting at the bar, accepted the invitation to stroll through the the vines, whilst cradling their wine glass in hand.   Quite a relaxing way to enjoy your tasting. 

Be sure not to bypass this winery.  Hidden from the road, the driveway leading into, is definitely worth following to discover to discover the delights at the end.  Cheers 🍷

 

Spring Creek Mountain Cafe

 

We took advantage of the long weekend to visit friends in Stanthorpe.  Whilst enjoying a Sunday drive, we stumbled across what could only be described as a hidden gem.   Tucked into the side of the hill, with stunning vistas from each table, is Spring Creek Mountain Cafe. 

After a walk around the waterfalls, about 6kms down the road, we decided to see if we’d could find the cafe.   Upon parking in the area where photo opportunities were advertised, we discovered the driveway located at the top of the hill, whereupon we meandered down to the cafe below.

 How could you not enjoy lunch with this view.   A beautiful winters day, with an amazing scenery vista.   Superb!

 Choosing an antipasto plate from the menu, was a good choice.  The potato & onion bread was simply delightful.  Homemade salami, chicken terrine, partnered with baby gherkins, olives, & cheese, all in all made for a delightful tasty, yet filling plate.  Homemade cheesecake, was declared a definite winner.

Take the time to enjoy a drive out here, it’s definitely worth it, with amazing photo opportunities on a clear day.   Signs depicted about 60kms to Boonah, or within an easy driving distance from Warwick & Stanthorpe.

 
Accommodation cottages are available here for those looking for a quiet weekend retreat.  Yes, the cafe is sometimes busy, however the accommodation is set back from the busy cafe environment, which no doubt sets the scene for a delightfully quiet retreat.

You should check this area out, most definitely even a visit! 👍😄