Il Verde Opening | King Street

Word on the block is that King Street is the new ‘IT’ place to be! I can confirm that may be correct. Month by month, new venues seem to be popping up at the Bowen Hills location, this week, Il Verde officially opened their doors. The family owned, Italian (as if the name didn’t give it away) business is perfect for weekday corporate lunches or weekend casual dining. The menu offers traditional dishes with a slight twist boasting sustainably sourced, seasonal produce.

The 90 seat venue, offers diners a full 360 view of the chefs at work, adding an element of entertainment towards their dining experience.

We sent our photographer, Emotive Light to their grand opening to capture a few shots of the mouth watering food that will be on offer.



View their full menu below:

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Media Information supplied by: Liquidity Marketing

Photography: Emotive Light Photo

Written by: Aliyah Ravat



Global burger chain, Carl’s Jr has officially landed in Brisbane. They opened their second Australian store at the Brisbane Domestic Airport Terminal at the end of June, offering travellers a taste of juicy goodness. This is merely the beginning; The fast food giant plans on opening up nearly 300 stores over the next decade. You all know how much we love our burgers (and fast food), so we decided to try it out for ourselves. I must say I was a bit taken aback when I first saw the media images for the brand. They have always been known for their controversial marketing campaigns with ambassadors such as Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian; but I wasn’t quite sure how the Australian public would react to such controversy. We aren’t used to seeing raunchy images of celebrities  alongside our convenience food. All in all, I think people have been open to the new comer, and have welcomed them with open arms (I think the rarity might have something to do with that).

So if you are catching your next flight from the Domestic Terminal, and need food whilst you are in transit, paying a visit to Carl’s is a given. But If you live here In Brisbane, and you have been waiting years to sink your teeth into one of their burgers, I would recommend parking your car at Skygate and catching the internal bus to the terminal. This way you get to save on parking costs, and you won’t have to think about rushing home, when you feel like a blown up whale after eating. Oh, and dress light, remember you have to get through airport security.


Alright, well back to the food now! At a first glance, the fast food joint, looks like every other burger place out there, but truth is they’re not. So yes, Carl’s Jr is never going to be the next Zepickle (as someone on our Instagram page tried making a comparison of the two. They are two totally different offerings for different markets); It is a fast food outlet, as in  great importance is placed on convenience. However, they totally trump other fast food joints here in Australia; not only in terms of taste, but also the quality of produce and the size of the offering (yes, they do big burgers). You will notice the menu has ‘ThickBurgers’, these are extremely large burgers made with Angus Beef and freshly baked buns. Oh and you can taste that the buns are very fresh. The options of ThickBurgers are a treat with Jalapeno, Portobello Mushroom, Guac Bacon; Not your average menu choices. They then have Chargrilled burgers which are almost quite similar to Hungry Jacks, but obviously done in the way that Carl’s does it best. They also have their chicken range and serve up breakfast. And in true American style, they have shakes on offer with their burgers (hell to the yeah). Whether it be a Vanilla Hand Scooped Shake, an Oreo Shake or simply one of their Pineapple Smoothies, you need to get onto it. Oh and did I mention they have Crisscut fries. It’s kinda like everything you see in the movies.


Jalapeno ThickBurger – Chargrilled Angus Beef with Melted Swiss Cheese, Sliced Jalapeno Peppers, Salad, Santa Fe Sauce on a Fresh Bun. So much yassss to this burger. It was huge and delicious. We both found the patties a little over done but they were still very tasty as a whole. The sizing is a lot larger than we expected, especially with convenience food.

Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger –  I am a creature of habit, so whenever I eat greasy fast food, it is always a a cheeseburger with extra bacon. This one in particular, is my new favourite thing. Not one but two Angus Patties, Melted American Cheese, Bacon, Crispy Onion Rings, BBQ Sauce on a seeded bun. Okay, where do I start; That bacon was legit; it was almost candied, and they were very generous with the size. Just the way I like it. To be honest, I am kind of glad that they are at the airport, cos if they were closer to the city, I would probably be there everyday.

Sides – For sides, of course we ordered the Crisscut Fries and the Hand Breaded Onion Rings. The novelty of trying the Crisscut Fries was great, but we need to pay homage to those Onion Rings. They were amazing. Not like your regular onion rings which are commercial and perfectly cut. These are the real deal! They are all hand-crumbed and taste fresh. This sounds bizarre but they almost taste like really good KFC.

View the full menu here

CARLSWritten by: Aliyah Ravat





GIVEAWAY | Gelatissimo Gelato

It’s time for another GIVEAWAY! We are teaming up with Gelatisso Gelato, and giving away 2 x $15 vouchers for you and a friend. Don’t let the cooler weather get to you, eat gelato and stay happy!

The giveaway will run on our Instagram page from Thursday the 21st of April and the winner will be drawn on the 28th of April. That gives you a whole week to get your entries in!


  1. Like the competition image on our Instagram page
  2. Tag a friend in the comments, to enter them into the giveaway
  3. Follow @Gelatissimogelato

Good luck xx

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If you have been following the blog from the very beginning, you would know that Charlotte and myself started out as Paleo bloggers; with the Brisbane food scene having evolved over the past year and a half, our eating patterns too had quite a transformation and we now eat everything. However, moving from a Paleo lifestyle to a regular one was not a smooth transition and we both ended up with an intolerance for gluten and dairy. Even though we both live with the discomfort and eat everything, it is quite a challenge resorting back to a gluten free lifestyle as the taste and quality of healthy alternatives does not quite measure up to the real thing.

When I heard about Toscano’s launching Australia’s first authentic gluten free pizza base, I was a bit apprehensive at first but nonetheless excited to try out their offerings. I have tried gluten free bases in the past, but have found them to be rather gluggy in the centre. What makes these any different you may ask yourself? Well the Vastola family have been making pizza for over 30 years, so they know exactly what is expected in an authentic pizza. They have gone back to basics with the dough of this base, made from a combination of buckwheat, corn, rice and teff flour; simplicity is key when it comes to healthy living. Their passion for great food and pizza alike is showcased in their product. Speaking of simplicity, I used their bases to create a Prosciutto Pizza that was absolutely divine.


1 Gluten Free Toscano Pizza Base

2-3 tablespoons passata sauce

Handfull of rocket leaves

6 slices of fresh prosciutto

25 g shaved parmesan

Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 230 degrees celcius
  2. Evenly spread passata sauce to base
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
  4. Top with prosciutto, rocket & shaved parmesan
  5. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil

Gluten Free Pizza Bases are available at Coles & Woolworths nationwide

Written by: Aliyah Ravat



Arigato Harajuku Gyoza!!

Location: South Bank Harajuku Gyoza 

Meal: Lunch/Dinner

Cost: $8- $14


Arigato (Thank you) Harajuku Gyoza for all the goodness that you provide us with! They like fun and yum and so do we; nothing like a food party with gyoza and some Kirin beers. Even though they are famous for their gyoza (dumplings) Harajuku has a range of small dishes which are perfect for sharing amongst friends over a relaxed dinner; oh, and if you really like to party, why not throw out all the stops and add some sake to the mix.

We were invited to a special blogger preview at the Tokyo inspired restaurant and left with full bellies and smiles all round (The sake and Kirin might have had something to do with the endless smiles, but that’s a different story for another day).

Here are some of the options we got to try out:

EDAMAME ($4.20)


You know it is time to commence a Japanese feast when they roll out the edamame. Gluten free, dairy free, vegan and effing healthy as, the soy beans are health freaks dream; for me personally, being the fatty that I am, edamame is not my fave but nonetheless it is quite interesting watching rookies trying to eat the bean (guilty); always remember, bite and then spit out ya edamame.



Harumaki is definitely not a word that I will remember off the top of my head, but simplified it is a chilli filled with cheese, encased in a spring roll wrap and deep fried. Essentially the Japanese version of a Jalapeno Popper, and ya’ll know how much I love those right. Not going to lie, it was my daily dose of obeseness but seriously where the protein at? It’s probably not traditional, but i think harumaki would work alot better with a salty meat component to it. This option is a special on the Harajuku menu and will be served up once a month.



Once again, this option is a special item that is offered once a month, but damn, it is amazeballs! Crunchy croquettes with oozy goodness in the middle (mashed potato and cram cream). I think they should seriously consider adding this dish to the regular menu. 10/10 would recommend.



Chicken Gyoza poached and served in a Chicken soup flavoured with Yuzukosho. “Yuzukosho” is a spice paste with yuzu zest, green chilli and salt. I would recommend adding extra chilli and soy sauce to the soup for extra taste, if you like some additional oomph (gimme all the extra spice). Leading up to Winter, this will be a great starter to choose.



We have reviewed this dish in a previous post (off the regular menu), and imma stick with my original story; this jiggly pork goodness is life. It’s the one fatty pork dish that I actually love; however I have noticed a change in the consistency of their sauce, previously a caramelized gaze, it was now almost a broth. I do prefer the stickyness. But seriously though, $13 for 4 little pieces of pork, hmmm I could probably feed a family in Africa for that price.



This dish knows how to speak my language and is to date one of the very few veg dishes I will order off a menu. That crispy outer tempura with buttery eggplant and that sauce, hot dang! Gimme more please!



The name of this Japanese Lager reminds me of a kids drink, but hell it’s legit! With a pear aroma and a muted taste, it’s officially my second favourite Japanese beer (after Kirin of course). Oh yeah, and it’s brewed right here in our back yard (Nundah; well not my back yard, but it could be yours), and is exclusive to Harajuku Gyoza.

*No sake was consumed whilst writing this post, I swear!

Written by: Aliyah Ravat




Using El Khabia’s Kofta Spice Mix, I created  a simple Lam Kofta dish.


500g lamb mince

1 tsp green chilli paste (blend chilli if you can’t buy the paste)

1 medium onion (grated)

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp El Khabia Spice Mix

1 tsp crushed garlic


  • Add all the ingredients to the mince and put through mincer
  • Wrap mince around skewers
  • Cook on bbq or alternatively place in oven at 200 degrees Celsius until brown

Serve with hommus, Lebanese bread and tahini


Written by: Aliyah Ravat  



El Khabia Spices | Now available in Australia

The flavours of food, an unspoken language that tells a story of time; It takes us on a journey to countries we have never been to. El Khabia, a taste of authentic North African spices originating from the colourful lands of Tunisia. Unlike other brands, their spice range is 100% natural and can be used in both traditional and modern dishes.


Their range includes:

Ras el Hanout ($4.99) 

The best spice, a merchant can offer; a must have aromatic spice that is an essential in every kitchen. It has accents of cinnamon, which has some great health benefits and can be used as a marinate or a sprinkle.

Chicken Tagine Spice Mix ($4.99)

If chicken is your main protein, then this is the spice for you. A blend of ginger, pepper, tumeric, rosemary, thyme & salt. Turning your everyday chicken into a whirlwind of flavour

Fish Spice ($4.99)

Transform your humble fish dish into something amazing; if you prefer a more enhanced flavour, marinate your protein over night or simply use it is a seasoning. With fennel, pepper, salt and cumin seeds it will add flavour without over powering the dish.

Kofta Spice Mix ($4.99)

An essential spice that an be found in every Middle-Eastern/North African household. Koftas are usually made from beef or lamb and cooked on an open fire but the spice itself can be used in everything from shish to burger patties and everything in between.

Moroccan BBQ Spice Mix ($4.99)

Perfect for roast chickens, and vegetables the unique zesty spice will take your taste buds on a trip to Morocco.

The El Khabia range can be purchased at Woolworth’s Supermarkets in Australia



Brisbane Food Lovers | Our top dishes of 2015

2015, what a year! From the Doughnut craze to obese burgers, the Brisbane Food scene has evolved leaps and bounds over the year. Here is a recap of our favourite dishes in 2015 (in no particular order).

The name says it all, a doughnut filled with an excess of Nutella. It was love at first bite. I literally have a solid relationship going with these doughnuts; most memorable moment of this romance was shamelessly sitting outside Doughnut Time one afternoon eating a six pack by myself.

This has been our go-to burger through out 2015. Between the two of us, we have probably ordered over 50 of these (that’s alot of pulled pork). Pulled pork, Chur BBQ sauce, red slaw, fennel mayo.

  • Mighty Mighty – Sriracha Honey & Garlic, Toasted Ground Rice ($12)

The dish that I have consumed the most of in 2015. These wings are heaven. Crispy chicken wings with hot sriracha. Yes, they burn your mouth, but they are so damn good! I eat them once a week; the spice in my life.

We have tried out a few variations of Jalapeno Poppers in Brisbane and Mighty Mighty is still our favourite.

2015 was the year I discovered the wonderful pairing of feta and chips, served with perfection by the Yiros Shop.

Traditional Yiros right here in Brisbane. A fresh pita with juicy pork, tomato, red onion, tzatziki, and chips (the added chips topped it off for me). Ask for their special sauce too, it takes the humble yiros to a whole new level.

Grilled Hervey Bay scallops dressed with Spring citrus & chilli. Every bite of these was heaven. The scallops melted in my mouth and worked a treat with the hit of chilli, perfectly cut through by citrus.

If I were stranded on an Island, and had a choice of food to live off, Ze Chips would be source of sustenance . Ipa beer cheeze sauce, maple smoked bacon & zp sauce on crispy fries. These are unlike anything I have had before. Definitely not your ordinary serving of fries.

The best $5 we have ever spent. These complete life. Crispy, sweet potato fries with added cinnamon.

One of the best burgers I have had this year. Marinated thin sliced beef, with mesclun, Spanish onion, tomato, cheese, soy sauce and bean paste mayo all on a brioche bun (They also have the best brioche buns in Brisbane).

  • Piefection – Jack Daniels & BBQ Pork Pie ($6.50)

The pie to order from the king of pies (Matt Roman). Everything I ever dreamed of in a humble pie; Oh, and a rib on the top. What more could a gal ask for?

$4 is a small price to pay for happiness if you ask me. 2015 was the year we officially labelled I Heart Brownies the best in Brisbane. No regrets there. That gooey centered goodness though.

  • Sin Vida – Guacamole & Corn Chips ($11)

Okay so I know guac and corn chips aren’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of an outstanding dish! But seriously, those corn chips are the bomb! Yes, I just said that. The flavouring they add to them is amazing. Would recommend with cocktails.

This is for all Vegans out there. The best eggplant dish I have ever had; flavoursome and buttery. If a carnivore like myself, could salivate over this dish, then you know it was amazing.

Vanilla cake, coconut ice cream, mango sorbet & Italian meringue all in one grand dessert. Not only does it look amazing, it tastes just as good. I would recommend sharing it between 2 people though.

They do one dish, and they do it so damn well! Their steak is perfection; every bite melted in my mouth. And bottomless fries are always a good choice, always.

Them balls though mmm. Greek hazelnut chocolate drizzle doughnuts with crushed walnuts. The doughnuts are light and fluffy and the chocolate is creamy, enough said.

Red curry of shredded BBQ duck with lychee and Thai basil. Not only was this the best curry I have had in 2015, it was the best curry I have had period… Filled with fragrant flavours, and crunchy pieces of duck skin, there was nothing to fault.

It’s not a combination that you see everyday, but it works. One of those unexpected dishes which wowed us.

Author: Aliyah Ravat



The Royal Croquet Club was on from the Friday the 6th of November until Sunday 22nd November. A perfect way to celebrate Brisbane’s food culture, with chilled out vibes and Queensland’s amazing warm weather.

Here are some of our favourite foodie snaps from the event, captured by Emotive Light Photography: 


Featuring the delicious Fire Pit Pumpkin Dish from Street ADL

Burger Urge

Location: Australia wide

Meal: Lunch/Dinner

Price: $4 – $18

Service: 9/10

Food: 10/10


Starting from humble beginnings in Fortitude Valley, Burger Urge has since grown into a much loved burger place throughout Australia. By the end of this year they  will have their 20th store opened, what an achievement. Opened by 2 brothers, the brand now  invites all burger lovers by offering franchise opportunities.

As a self confessed burger addict, I will admit that these guys are one of my favourites. The staff are always happy, the portion sizing is generous, they taste delicious and not to forget they are also reasonably priced.

So what, is my favourite pick off the menu? Well the New Yorker of course. Featuring a prime beef patty  with American style cheese, crispy bacon, pickles, smoky bbq sauce, garlic mayo, lettuce and tomato. One cannot simply, avoid this baby. Oh, and that bbq sauce…It is absolutely mind blowing with the bacon.

Their fries are also on our radar as some of the best in Brisbane.


Check out their full menu here.

Thai At Home Brisbane

Location: Hawken Drive, St Lucia

Meal: Lunch/Dinner/Dessert

Price: $6.50 – $20

Overall Experience: 9/10

Food: 9/10

Service: 9/10

Being a self-confessed Thai food connoisseur, I jumped at the chance to attend the launch of Thai At Home Brisbane. Formerly known as Bangkok Delight, this charming, family-owned restaurant in St Lucia just completed a large refurbishment and a total rebrand to bring you an authentic and delicious Thai dining experience.

The value of family can be consistently seen throughout the entire Thai At Home experience, through the gorgeous photo wall, the homely decor, and most importantly the delicious menu offerings! With the notion of family comes the notion of sharing, and the owners of Thai At Home strongly believe that good food should be shared between those that you love.

The mixed entree plate was stocked with samples of classic Thai favourites such as curry puffs, spring rolls, fish cakes and satay sticks. All delicious, it was difficult to exercise restraint and only eat my fair share. But once the mains arrived, it was totally worth it…

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Thai at Home showcased to us a broad selection of their main dishes. First to arrive was a whole fish in sweet chilli sauce. Conveniently, the fish was already filleted, making it easier for us to tuck in straight away. The sauce had a delectable sweet and sour taste and the whole fish on the platter just looked generally impressive. The beef mussaman curry was sweet and nutty and had a great balance of meat and vegetables. The beef was also beautifully soft, not tough! The tamarind beef was delicious and the pieces had a somewhat crispy texture which made them so moreish, and their pad thai was simple but flavoursome…not overpowering with spices like some pad thai dishes that I have experienced.


Dessert consisted of a delicious plate of fresh strawberries with chocolate dipping sauce and cream, and a traditional dessert of Thai custard with sweet coconut sticky rice. Having never tasted a traditional Thai dessert before, the flavour and texture combination was so interesting and really enjoyable!


The team at Thai At Home want to bring the best, most authentic Thai food to the whole of Brisbane, so make sure you pay them a visit soon!

Check them out on Facebook here or Instagram @thaiathomebrisbane