Kallangur Twilight Markets

Markets pop up in many locations.  The Twilight Markets are held in Kallangur Tavern carpark on Saturdays over winter, starting mid afternoon to about 8pm.

Good thinking on someone’s part as winter days can generally have more predictable pleasant weather in South East Queensland, than the summer months.

A good variety of stalls, majority with reasonable pricing, and not too many to become confusing.   Free entry, now that is something I feel is a necessity for markets, most people are looking for a bargain so charging them to enter can be detrimental to the cause.  One general spends more when entry is free, and less when you have to pay to enter.

A happy train driver was operating his wheeled train around the edge of the Markets,  During our time at the markets, there seemed to be a number of smaller patrons with adults in tow, entjoying a ride.

Bric-à-brac, fresh Fruit market and a very good variety of food stalls were among the good selection of stalls on offer.

These candles in martini and champagne glasses were displayed in one of the eyecatching stalls. Very clever work on someone’s part.

Continuing with that cocktail feel, this intriguing stall was full of donuts with injectable flavourings.   As explained by the stall holder donuts become soggy when filling is left inside.  By leaving the filling in a plastic syringe to inject when you are ready to consume this delectable treat, the soggy factor is taken out of the equation.


Over the winter months, if you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon, or feel like calamari, Japanese, or perhaps an indulgentdeep fried mars bar or donut, then stop by the markets to check them out.  Enjoy your choice of meal to accompaniment of  some background live music,  Pleasant in itself as not being too over powering.   A number of tables were in front of the music, however seating appeared to be few and far between.  Perhaps take your own chair if you’d like to stay a while.

The Crofthouse Town Kitchen & Bar

Situated on the ground floor of the Sebel Brisbane, the Crofthouse is a result of a restaurant makeover around a year ago.   With a choice of indooor and outdoor dining, as welll as a mix of dining suite styles, you will are sure to find something to suit your tastes and wile away some time.


The Crofthouse  opens from early to late, catering for all daily meals as well as bar, snack and chacutierie menus.   

Lunches are $16, with a choice of two types.   Choose a protein meal and match to the interesting mix of salads at the bar, or choose an a la carte meal.    Today we both chose an a la carte option.

Mine was the Mushroom Risotto which had a some juicy mushroom pieces scattered throughout.   A nice mild meal, which suited me perfectly.  No spices, just herbs and goats cheeese making for a very enjoyable lunch.


Hubby chose the Flathead meal today.  Accompanied by chunky chips, I’m told the meal was tasty and enjoyable. As far as $16 meals both of these represented very good value for their cost.  Keep in mind too, if you are an Accor plus member, this restaurant accepts the accorplus card giving you discounts on your meals.


Wile away some time here, you may even find free entertainment outside the window.   We were lucky enough to be treated to a reverse parking display which took close to ten minutes from beginning to end, quite entertaining!

Should you feel the need to stay in the city, the Sebel has apartments and rooms available.   

Check the menus here as you pass by, there might be something which will catch your attention and provide you with the opportunity to stop off and relax.

Catalina Bar & Restaurant, Novotel Brisbane Airport

Having been a few times to breakfast, I finally had the opportunity to visit this lovely venue for lunch recently..

The floor to ceiling windows accentuate the high ceiling above, giving you wonderful views over the beautifully maintained lawn outside.   

Pre lunch drinks arrived while we perused the menu.  This delightfully refreshing bubbles with citrus  added was superb!

The menu here has some tantalising lunch specials as well as full restaurant menu.  My choice today was to be the Ceaser Salad with added smoked salmon.

A filling lunch, with just the right amount of dressing mixed through the dish.  Crunchy croutons and crispy bacon mixed well with the softer salmon.  Egg presentation was certainly unexpected, adding to the initial visual appeal and colour.

This dish though completely stole the limelight with its gorgeous presentation.  Peppered seared yellow fin tuna nicoise, layered over potato, green beans, olives, tomatoes and a cute wee quail egg. Not only a delightfully visual dish, but I’m told also extremely tasty.

Service here never disappoints and this particular day was to be no exception.  Added bonus for me is the acceptance of the Accor Plus card which gives 50% off a meal for two.  Also the fact that lunch starts at eleven, was appealing on this occasion, fitting in well with other appointments.

Located át the DfO complex, this would be a wonderful place to take a break in your shopping or end your exhaustive shopping day with a bit of luxury.!

Smoked Paprika

Located on the busy Macgregor Terrace in Bardon, one of Brisbane’s, inner Northen Suburbs, the airy and bright Smoked Paorika Cafe was this weekends breakfast choice.

An intriguing all day breakfast menu, detailing some interesting sounding choices, which, make the final choice of meal all that more difficult.Friendly staff brought chilled water and glasses to the table taking an upfront drinks order, then leaving us to peruse the menu.Loose leaf tea on the menu here, which makes a nice change from teabags.   However the hot chocolate above is certainly an eye catching drink.  Wonderful chocolatey blissfulness, topped with cream and marshmallows, this hot drink was akin to sneaking in a dessert before your meal!

Simple surroundings, with a nice touch of hessian sacking and neatly written appealing blackboards adding to the friendly simple ambiance. 

With the appealing presentation of the hot chocolate raising the bar, one was left wondering what delights were to follow with the meals,  could they match or exceed the bar?   Suffice to say, we were not disappointed in any way.Omelettes come in a number of forms, this particular spinach, goat cheese & mushroom filled Omelette was divine, especially with the tantalising mix of macadamia pesto combined in the dish.  Blistered cherry tomatoes were an added extra of my choice.  

Two of the other meals at our table, included a special of zucchini fritter with an enticing beetroot lending not only a generous dash of colour and fragrance to the dish, but also providing a pleasant accompaniment to the meal.

Chorizo spiralled over the delicious ratatouille dish above.  Presentation topped off with smoked paprika drizzled around the plate, as in the other dishes.  A nice touch given the cafes name.

Now this mammoth looking meal was Hubby’s breakfast choice. A superb melt in the mouth slow cooked brisket, served with crispy Haloumi chips, and his additional choice of lamb sausage and chorizo.  

Dessert choice today, soft Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, drizzled with maple syrup, hiding delightfully velevty caramelised banana, finished with honey macadamia mascarpone, and finally, dotted with mixed berries.  A truely heavenly dish.

With the menu choices being so enticing, we will return to taste more of the delights on offer. Drop by and check this cafe out.  I would highly recommend you do so!

Dineon19 Taree RSL & Golf Club

Whilst road tripping recently, we stopped off for lunch at Dineon19 located in relaxing surroundings with vistas across the Taree Golf Course.   In this NSW town, the RSL & Golf Club are combined, which is quite simply, a good idea.

The wide verandah boasting inviting table settings, wraps around the outside of the bar and restaurant. A wonderful looking  place to relax as you enjoy the surrounding greenery, punctuated with the odd golf club onto a ball, or birds singing.  

The  procedure here to sign in as a visitor is quite sophisticated for this smaller town.  Your licence is scanned, which in turn prints out a day pass for you.  Having visited many clubs in other areas, this was the first time we had seen this system.  Quick, simple and effective.


Members prices and non-members prices are quite clearly listed in the large menu. After choosing your meal, head up to order and pay..   

We surprised how quickly the meals came out as the venue had a steady stream of patrons.  My choice today of the vegetable satay, not only looked appealing, it really was.

The vegetables were tasty, not overdone, nicely cooked.  Tender enough to eat, marrying beautifully with the creamy satay. 

Hubby today chose one of his signature choices, lambs fry & bacon.  Again the presentation of the dish was very appealing.  

I was impressed with the tea, for such a simple green tea, the presentation and thought into this wa appreciated.

No doubt the locals aware aware of what a treasure they have available in their area, however if you are visiting or passing through, take the time to stop and enjoy not only food and beverage on offer but also the wonderful relaxing atmosphere, coupled with friendly helpful staff.   We will certainly stop in the next time we head this way.   

Cafe Nui – Toowong

Stopped in here for a weekend breakfast recently.  Plenty of room at this venue, with big solid wooden tables, huge verandah area, good service and what could probably be best described as solid hearty meals.

Situated at the end of long ramp, overlooking a car parking area, the general vibe was quite pleasant.   Look for the umbrellas outside, framing the Cafe Nui sign.Menu choices had interesting names with various choices.  With a solid drink selection to pair with your meal, there shouldn’t be too much problem finding a beverage to suit your taste.  Maybe a Chanel Juice (watermelon, pineapple & mint), or perhaps The Hottie (carrot, ginger & pineapple).


Time to choose breakfast.   Today I thought I’d give the McKay a try.   Advertised as Haloumi, onion rings, avocado, poached eggs on Turkish bread, it certainly sounded appealing.

Not only did this sound appealing, it looked appealing and definitely provided a good solid food base to the stomach,  The Haloumi was nicely grilled, not tough, stringy, in fact one of the better grilled haloumi’s I have had.

Savoury mince on toast was Hubbys choice today.   A breakfast which he did enjoy, stating everything was fresh, and nicely cooked.

Corey was the name of the Potato Rossi dish,   A simple meal overall, I’m told was nice but not completely to the taste of the person consuming.   Presentation was simple, with meals still looking appealing.   The only issue we had was the delay in one of the meals, arriving when the rest of the party had finished around half of their meals.  Apart from this, service was fine.

Why not finish breakfast with a dessert?   This one might be becoming a habit, however the Canadian style Oliver pancakes were most definitely worth tasting.

WIth alcoholic beverages available, this venue would make a nice lunch venue or somewhere to wile away some time.   By the reviews on their page, this one looks to be a popular local hangout.   If you’re not a local though, head past and stop in for visit.   

The Flying Nun – Samford

It is highly doubtful the builders of Samfords Methodist Church in the late 1800’s would have foreseen the future of their building.   Since around 2009, this building has been converted into a popular cafe/restaurant, nestled in a secluded rainforest setting.

Stained glass windows are strong features of the building.   Nooks and crannies add to the quirkiness of the whole experience.   Outside & inside dining, with a quaint shop area including preserves, teas and coffee.  Staff were all friendly and helpful, with nothing taking too long to come to the table after ordering.

Menu choices certainly sounded very interesting, the only problem here is it makes the final choice difficult!  

One of the interesting choices today was the Middle Eastern Spiced Lamb and Eggplant Savoury mince.    I’m told the meal was very enjoyable, not highly spiced for anyone who isn’t into the really hot stuff, but definitely a filling, very pleasant breakfast.  My choice was to be the Lavender Dill Salmon.   Quite a nice meal for breakfast without being overly heavy.   The addition of the avocado side, actually made a nice combination too.  I enjoyed the small dish overall with the beetroot coulis hidden underneath, adding a dash of strong colour to the mix plus the addition of another flavour to pop in the mouth.  Tasty and well thought out.Big breakfast was a big meal however, the men at the table had no problem tackling the challenge , in addition to the extras on their plates, with both breakfasts demolished.   The mushrooms I’m told, were delicious on this dish.Now if you’re looking for something a little lighter yet still filling, the Passionfruit & yoghurt panacotta, served with granola and berries is a winner.   The tasty panacotta was delightfully partnered with the crunchy granola, and squirts of berry juice adding a nice ‘bite’ to the combination.Colourful juices, good coffee the drinks menu had plenty to choose from as well.   

Samford is close to Brisbane, making a nice destination for a drive.   You certainly will not go hungry or thirsty out this way, there looked to be a good selection of cafes and eateries in the area.   The nice garden setting certainly sets off the historic building for this cafe, enabling you to sit back, relax and enjoy!

Mango Hill Tavern

When you reach that point on the weekend, where you realise you’re hungry, but time has slipped away, with most venues closed until dinner.   It can hard go find a place still serving.  Keep Mango Hill Tarvern in mind if you happen to be on Brisbane’s Northside.

Serving throughout the afternoon, with plenty of room, a variety of table settings, and extensive menu, they might just be the dining option you are seeking.


Today I chose from the classic lunch menu, opting for the Lunch Steak.  Sometimes you just feel the need for a simple steak meal.


Select your meals, take note of your table number, then order via the friendly staff at the counter.  Sit back and await the delivery of your meal.Overall, enjoyable, steak was cooked as requested which is always a bonus.

 Branching out a little from the usual, Hubby chose the Chicken & Prawn Mee Goreng. Spiced with ginger, garlic, chilli & soy sauce, he enjoyed every morsel.


Finishing with a sweet, Hubby enjoyed the moral sin cheesecake.  

Stop by for a visit if you are in the area, there’s something on the menu for everyone.  Enjoy!

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Tide Wine Bar – Manly, Brisbane

What better way to spend a fabulous Queensland Sunday morning, than with a drive to the Wynum/Manly area.   As the temperatures soar around Brisbane, there is nothing nicer than a cooling sea breeze.

Fluffy clouds framed the marina, whilst a multitude of yacht masts pierced the blue skies.  Reflections, beautiful vistas and a general feeling of calm, were wall great ingredients towards a relaxing breakfast.

Recently reopened under new ownership, they had a busy morning on their hands.  Staff though were pleasant throughout delivering food and drinks to the table once you had placed and paid for your order at the bar.   The wine list looked enticing, but this was brekky, so give it a miss and lets check out the brekky menu.


A nice variety to choose from, with extras at reasonable prices to add on.   My choice today was the Avocado on Sourdough, with the addition of mushrooms, tomato and haloumi.

Not only an impressive looking meal, but the taste was superb.  Big juicy field mushrooms paired with the softest grilled haloumi I think I have ever enjoyed.  Mixing this with the smashed avocado on sourdough was a devine breakfast.

I must mention the tea.  WIth a very limited choice on the menu,  my intention was green tea, until I spotted the Selection of teas behind the bar.  Ah, now we are happy!  For the non-coffee drinkers out there, check the tins behind the bar, they do have a nice tea selection.

Hubbys choice today was the King tide breakfast.

As the meal was devoured, you could tell it was enjoyed.  The only comment being, it could have been a little hotter.  However though freshness, taste and presentation made up for this on what was obviously a very busy morning.


Plenty of seating throughout, and to be honest, this area looked very inviting for one of those lingering launches.   The sun in the morning was intense in areas, until it lifted over the roof.  That was only due to the ongoing queensland heat though.   Breath’s of sea breeze wafted through the area irregularly, giving patrons a lovely cooling break from the heat.   

What can be more calming than sea breezes and a myriad of masts.   With a beautiful location the potential for this businesses expansion  must be high.  Take the time to drive through the area, stop at the marina, check out the Sunday markets and relax.   

Visit the Tide Wine bar, I have a feeling you’re going to like it.

Banter Coffee House – Manly, Brisbane

Inviting surroundings set under an elevated roof, looked appealing.   Friendly staff were on hand to show you to a seat and distribute menus.   Now when I say friendly staff, they were.  And relaxed.  There was nothing forced with their customer interaction at all.   Certainly making for an inviting atmosphere.

Menus were also inviviting,, not only on the food  side, as the drinks menu had some interesting combinations as well.


Choose your order, then lodge it at he counter along with your payment.  After that, sit back, relax and the staff will bring your meals out as well as clear the table.


Cold Drip Coffee was one of the drinks choices.  Not being a coffee drinker, I can only go by what I was told, which was that it was a nice strong coffee.   There is maple provided if you would like to sweeten it a little.    I will say, the aromatherapy tea though was simply superb.   

Meals arrived with a nice selection at our table.   The above Banter breakfast was a big plate, full, including thick cut bacon and large sausage topped with spinach and hollandaise..  By all accounts a challenge to eat the entire plateful, but hard to stop as every morsel was so enjoyable.

My choice today was the Grilled Haloumi Salad.  Sounded intriguing, I wonder what if this will live up to the description?

Wow!   Not only was the presentation fantastic, the flavours within this salad mixed to an intriguing combination.   Combine those flavours with wonderfully fresh ingredients, and this dish was simply delicious.   For a salad, it was also surprisingly filling.

Kimchi Pancakes, another well enjoyed dish at our table.  Savoury pancakes filled with pork mince and a peanut salsa.  Again lovely presentation as well as a fresh interesting mix of ingredients.


In keeping with  a desire this year to test dishes different to the norm.   Hubby chose the potato and feta hash with a fennel and garlic sauerkraut.  Certainly no disappointment with this dish, he was suitably impressed.

Everyone in our group agreed, overall this venue had surprised with upmarket meals , service and surroundings.   Keep up the fantastic work here.  There is a lot of potential and as a fairly new player on the Brisbane scene, you cetainly made an impact!

Thank you!   We look forward to returning at some point to try more of the delights on offer.