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We get out and about with our notebooks and digital cameras in hand, giving our honest opinions about all that’s good, bad and ugly in Brisbane using a simple criteria – HOT or NOT.

This blog is all about being decisive and honest – there’s no fence-sitting here! It’s also a reflection of our lives and interests, hence sometimes there will be time lags in posts and you won’t get as many NOTs as HOTs because we don’t make time for events and places we suspect will be dodgy.

In general all reviews are conducted anonymously and at our own cost (or the expense account if we’re lucky). If that’s not the case we will indicate in the post. Come and meet the team!

carrie3About CazM

I’m a 30-something IT Sales Professional with background in Exercise Physiology and a penchant for eating food I’ve not cooked myself.  More than a decade has passed since I finished school and I still wonder daily what I’ll do when I grow up.  My husband, MM, and I are living the double-income-no-kids dream in our newly renovated apartment and whilst MM’s more of a home body, I insist of countless social endeavours to fill our diary, which means plenty of opportunities to check out what’s HOT or NOT around our home town Brisbane.

Lucky for me, I get paid to talk to people and I have an expense account, which means most days I can get out from behind my desk to sample the culinary delights around the city.  In my industry, business is often done over a beer or two, so there’s no shortage of trips to bars and cafes to chase the perfect coffee or amber ale. 

Outside business hours, a lot of my time is spent pounding the pavement on foot or by bike, enjoying the scenery that this great city has to offer.

Things I like:  pies and other savoury baked goods, cycling, writing, cocktail bars, talking, stilettos, breakfast outdoors and running.

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About Jetsetting Joyce

 I’m a 31 year old Chinese-Australian girl living in inner-city Melbourne. So why am I writing about Brisbane? Because I spent most of my childhood and young adult life in the Sunshine State, and I visit my family and friends regularly and still keep in touch with what’s HOT and NOT in Brisbane.

I’m an intellectual property, IT and media lawyer by training, so in a way you could say I’m a professional writer and critic!

Things I like: eating cakes, Brancusi, refillable water bottles, cycling, fresh flowers, France, colourful scarves, Laduree macarons, strapless dresses, picnics, discount vouchers, Belgian chocolate, Anthony Gormley and yoga.

You can also check out my reviews on what’s HOT or NOT in Melbourne at MEL: HOT OR NOT – The decisive guide to Melbourne and London at LDN: HOT OR NOT – The decisive guide to London plus the decisive guide to parenthood (we guess) at TOT: HOT OR NOT.


Come and say hello to the team at  CazM@bnehotornot.com. We’d love to hear your comments, feedback and suggestions and we’re very good at responding!

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Welcome to BNE: HOT OR NOT

The decisive guide to Brisbane

Reviews of what’s HOT and NOT in the city.

Recent Posts

HOT: Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas – The Cultural Forecourt, South Bank.
November 14, 2012
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September 7, 2012
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