Browsing articles from "June, 2010"

Nunu Chef Appetite for Excellence Finalist

We are delighted that chef Nick Holloway of Nu Nu Restaurant in Palm Cove has been named a finalist in the 2010 Young Restaurateur National Finalists list of the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence. Luke is a co-owner of Nu Nu Restaurant with business partner, Jason Rowbottom. According to their website, the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence is a national restaurant awards program judged by some of Australia’s most successful chefs, restaurateurs, and industry leaders. Their  mission is to inspire, educate and nurture the emerging talent who are the future of our industry by providing money can’t buy education, opportunities, and experiences. These young people will ultimately be responsible for sustaining and hopefully improving upon Australia’s reputation as one of the world’s leading food and wine destinations. Nick Holloway & co-owner Jason Rowbottom opened Nu Nu Restaurant 6 years ago on the gorgeous esplanade strip in Palm Cove. It has received numerous accolades, most notably the 2008 Gourmet Traveller Regional Restaurant of the Year. The team love Nu Nu for its consistently high-quality fine-dining fare and for being dedicated to using local, seasonal produce. Unlike the similarly quality restaurants across Australia Nu Nu remains true to its tropical home; relaxed, understated and deliciously tropical. Have you been to Nu Nu Restaurant? Please leave a comment about your dining experience. Good luck Nick! We hope you win.

Cairns Show Wine Awards

By nicky  //  Food News  //  No Comments
The Cairns Show Wine awards is an annual wine award and is a recognised competition on the Australian wine calendar. Each year the show holds public tastings after the judging is finished, with the aim to education through wine appreciation workshops. One of the wine judges presents a very informative information session and visitors are invited to learn some of the finer points of wine tasting. According to the Cairns Show Wine Awards website, in 2009 Wine Awards visitors were treated to a variety of samples from wineries as well as several local food producers. With hundreds of grape wines available for tasting upstairs and fruit wines and local produce downstairs, visitors were treated to a variety never before seen during the annual Cairns Show Wine Awards.

2010 Public Tasting Tickets

Saturday 26th June from 3pm to 6pm
  • $25 per person (pre-purchased)
  • $30 per person (at the door)
  • $20 per person for a group of ten (10) or more or members of the Cairns Show Association.
Entry fee includes admission to the Wine Appreciation Workshops. For more information  contact Kelly Pond by email or phone (07) 4042 6630.

Cairns Wine Show Awards Tasting Video


Tropical Taste Cookbooks

By nicky  //  Food News, Recipes  //  No Comments
Nola Craig of Australian Tropical Foods is a local food guru. In collaboration with The Cairns Post, and Skybury, Nola has produced a new series of recipe books, Tropical Taste Sensations, which highlights our eclectic Far Northern cuisine, and showcases our spectacular range of local produce. In the first edition of Tropical Taste Sensations, Nola pays tribute to our Asian forebears and the tremendous impact they've had on our local food culture. You'll find the following recipes in this edition of Tropical Taste Sensations:
  • Thai Pork Stir Fry
  • Beef & Noodle Soup (Pho Bo)
  • Chilli Lime Pork Ribs
  • Thai Beef Salad
  • Chinese Gai Lan
  • Red Curry of Chicken
  • Singapore Chilli Crab
  • Barbeque Pork
  • Teriyaki Beek
  • Thai Jungle Fish Curry
  • Kashmiri Lamb Korma
Read the magazine online, or download the PDF. We would love to hear what you've cooked from the magazine. I'm a particular fan of jungle curries, so I'm looking forward to unleashing this on my chilli-loving partner!

Queensland Prawns for Queensland Day

By nicky  //  Food News  //  No Comments
Queenslanders are known for being slightly loopy, they say it's the tropical weather. This video promoting eating Queensland prawns on Queensland Day strikes all the loopy chords, but carries a great message. I'll be cooking my Queensland prawns on the barbie at the Babinda Boulders this year, then jumping in for a swim. Anyone going to join us? Queensland Day is June 6th, in case you've forgotten.

Blue Sky Brewery Wins Awards

By nicky  //  Bars & Clubs  //  No Comments
The Australian International Beer Awards have confirmed what Cairns' beer drinkers already know, that our local beer is a top drop. Blue Sky Brewery, Cairns' only local beer brewer have taken out a gold medal for their hybrid smoked wheat beer, Blue Sky Smoking Hefeweizen. Our own brewery also won silver medals for Cairns Gold, Blue Sky Pilsner and FNQ Larger. Here's the profiles of the silver medallists: FNQ Lager - So good you have to FNQ for it. Naturally brewed with fresh floral hop aromas, the colour is quite pale, with a crisp and clean flavour. Cairns Gold - Displays similar properties to FNQ Lager, with additional hops to add body and flavour so you won't even know you're drinking low alcohol, midstrength beer. Blue Sky Pilsner - A traditional Czech-style beer, made using imported Czech yeast and specialty saaz hops. With a dry but malty finish. Congratulations are extended to brewmaster Hayden Mokaraka. His 15 years experience working in commercial breweries and  strong passion for beverage manufacturing is certainly shining through! Head into Blue Sky Brewery and try a flight of the award-winning Cairns beer.

Rum Bar Opens in Cairns

By kaj  //  Bars & Clubs  //  No Comments
If you indulge in the occasional rum then you will be tempted to over-indulge at Cairns' newest Rum Bar, attached to the restaurant Fish D'Vine (web) besides Sebel Cairns and opposite the Casino. Of the not insignificant menu my favourite was the Matusalem Gran Reserva. The bar staff are exceptionally knowledgeable and will keep you engaged — as will the heady aromas rising from your tumbler.

Mado Turkish Restaurant

By kaj  //  Restaurants  //  9 Comments
A new Turkish restaurant, Mado, has opened on the Cairns Esplanade adjacent to Michaelangelo's. Phone (07) 4041 1441. It appears to be related to a restaurant of the same name in Brisbane. Has anybody dined here and would care to share their comments?