A new kid on the block for Graceville, there’s something very endearing about Careful My Tummy. At first glance from the outside there’s not a great deal of appeal – after all, it’s nestled between an empty shop front and a couple of very understated and unremarkable small businesses…but don’t let that deter you. Careful My Tummy has a truck load of appeal when you walk in and you’re greeted by the friendly staff, some kitsch-but-cool shabby-chic décor and a range of restored antique furniture (check out the restored door-come-coffee table outside on the footpath).
The newly fit-out café is open and airy, with some great people-watching and day dreaming real estate up for grabs. There’s even a giant naughts and crosses game which kept MM and I entertained as we sipped our creamy cappuccinos.
The specialty for Careful My Tummy is definitely their espresso – I think it would be hard to get a bad coffee here. They use Genovese beans and you get that freshly-injected-with-caffeine type high every time.
That’s not all though – they are running a limited breakfast menu at the moment as they hit their strides and the avocado on toast is a definite draw card. Two slices of grainy toast, with a very generous seasoned, lemony spread of avo and a side of balsamic for $8.50 – delish.
Also on the limited brekky menu are bacon and egg toasted muffins and a range of amazing homemade chocolate brownies (seriously, these are to die for!) and of course muffins. At lunch you can grab a range of wraps and sandwiches, but watch this space for more news on the menu in weeks to come.
Careful My Tummy’s got the potential to be a cult hit with the locals. No doubt within time, it’ll be a popular espresso spot for the lycra-clad cycling community that is prevalent in the Graceville area which will be great to see.
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Is there a better backdrop than Brisbane’s city skyline at dusk on a balmy, breezy spring evening? If you’re with me on that, then the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema at South Bank is a must-do for you. Add to this a big screen showing cult classics, a bucket of popcorn, a bottle of James Squire and (the best bit) a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the picture’s pretty much perfect.
The open air cinema is such a great idea for Brisbane – given our generally stable climate at this time of year, the beautiful lawns and playgrounds at Southbank and of course the backdrop of our lovely city. The schedule is packed full of great movies that are both current and pulled from the archives….maybe some Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will tickle you fancy? Or something more modern and thought provoking like Killing Them Softly or Looper? Either way, you can kick back, relax and take advantage of the awesomeness that is outdoor cinema-going!
MM and I indulged in some Sundae Session action last week, enjoying live music from a couple of up-and-coming bands from across the ditch, consumed our fair share of popcorn and cool ales, then kicked back to enjoy the screening of The Sapphires. Loved every minute!
Entry fees to Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema start from $15 which entitles you to view the movie from the comfort of your very own picnic blanket, cushions and so forth; however you can tailor a package depending on what creature comforts you’re after. You can hire deck chairs or bean bags for a few extra dollars, or for $30 you can go the whole hog which includes reserved VIP seating, a bean bag, blanket and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream.
The open air cinemas are licensed (no BYO) and you can get your hands on some James Squire craft beers, a German sausage snack, popcorn, chips, chockies…the list is ample. On Sunday afternoons you’ll be entertained from 4pm at the Sundae Session by live music as the sun goes down; you can even score free Ben & Jerry’s Icecreams and of course there’s plenty of great people watching opportunities.
The Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema is on at South Bank until the 25th November. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gates (if sessions aren’t sold out).
For someone who is based in Milton for work, it’s odd that I’ve not sampled the myriad of local dining options and watering holes around the Paddington and Caxton St Entertainment precincts. I’m not sure what it is, but I rarely venture to that area for a meal, however following my lovely dining experience at Vio’s recently, I think things are about to change…
MM and I took a seat for dinner at Vio’s on a quiet Sunday evening. As one of only one of three or four tables seated for the evening in the fairly large dining area, the ambience was a little cool, however strategic mood lighting gave it a romantic edge and with a room full of patrons I suspect the surroundings would’ve made for a warmer, more cozy experience.
We were greeted pleasantly by attentive and friendly Italian staff who were well acquainted with the new menu and very handy when it came to choosing from the extensive Italian wine list (there are some amazing options, including the Greco di Tufo).
The antipasti menu has some impressive options however MM and I couldn’t go past the cured ocean trout with baby beets, horseradish and lemon oil ($18). Vio’s cure the trout in sugar, salt and beetroot for 24 to 36 hours to the point where it is so silken and delicate it practically melts on your tongue.
For Primi we shared the beef cheek ragu (garganelli) with penne and fresh aged parmesan ($25) as well as the house made gnocchi with Moreton bay bugs ($25). The penne was the pick – the ragu not too heavy, with delicious tendrils of beef cheek amidst smatterings of aged parmesan which gave the dish an amazing lift.
The bug meat was sweet and cooked to perfection however the gnocchi and its accompanying jus was a little rich for my taste and over powered the delicate seafood component of the dish.
For Secondi, MM decided on the pesce del giorno (fish of the day) which on this occasion was King fish, atop a bed of asparagus and peas in a vegetable stock. The fish was quite thick however fell away perfectly and the broth was light and fresh which balanced really well with the spring vegies.
I decided on the duck breast with puree chest nuts, mushrooms and a chest nut glaze. The duck meat was cooked beautifully, although it was a little salty, and the rich chest nut glaze completed the meal nicely. A little on the heavy side once again for my taste, but overall really well balanced and perfect for what was a cool, sultry evening outside.
Full to the brim, our rubber arms were twisted for dessert, and as the Tiramisu ($15) came highly recommended by our waiter we gave it the nod. The dish that arrived to the table looked more like a lounge room centrepiece – a lovely ceramic pot with some greenery and rich soil – low and behold it was our tiramisu moonlighting as a flower pot garden setting.
The chocolate biscuit crumbs were terribly (read: divinely) rich, which the fresh cream with a coffee edge cut through perfectly to balance out the flavours – it’s quite hard to articulate just how good it was, so it’s fair to say it’s probably the best tiramisu I’ve tasted in a long time.
Although the white linen, service and price tag would suggest Vio’s is a fine dining restaurant, you can’t help but feel this is the kind of place you could bring the extended family and have an 80’s style raucous lunch wherby you can splash the red and the spaghetti sauce around. At Vio’s they sauce fresh, local produce and whilst there is certainly no shortage of fanciness in their meals (in taste and how they’re presented), you can tell there’s a good deal of old school, home-style made-with-love Italian cooking basics at play here.
Thanks to the team at Vio’s for inviting us to be their guests on this occasion.
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