Browsing articles from "December, 2010"
DecToursToGo.com moved to Cairns a few years back from the bustling metropolis of Sydney. He's a mad keen diner, and once roamed the culinary delights of the big city with glee. Now having established himself firmly in Cairns with his wife and young children, Andrew's lifestyle is a bit more laid back, and his dining preferences certainly reflect that.
Andrew Johnston's Top 5
#3 Mud crab omelette, Nu NuSteamed North Queensland mud crab meat juiced up with a slick of ginger caramel and softly enveloped in a fluffy omelette, served with a tangle of watercress that’s been dressed with an ajad redolent of kaffir lime leaf, mandarin peel and coriander root. Could it get any better? But of course. At the table, they pour on a warming broth of chicken stock, white pepper and fresh ginger. Ocean views are strictly optional.
- Have you been to Nu Nu? Tell everyone what you thought of it.
#18 French toast, baked pear and raspberry coulis, Perrotta’s at the GallerySweet but not too sweet, Perotta’s crisp-edged French toast made with brioche is served with a baked half pear, a generous splodge of King Island vanilla bean yoghurt and a caramel-rich raspberry coulis. It’s a good-looking breakfast that warrants artistic praise from its Cairns Regional Gallery neighbours.
- Have you been to Perotta's at the Gallery? We would have chosen their Carazzo Toasted Sandwich. Tell us what you have had there.
#20 Steak and potatoes, Reef HouseSometimes you just need a steak. And sometimes that time is in the morning. Chow down here on a Morganbury sirloin from the Atherton Tablelands, a grilled tomato, and buttery sautéed kipfler potatoes and garlic.
- Have you been to Reef House Restaurant? Let us know your favourite dish on their menu.
DecWe have been working diligently behind the scenes for months on our new Cairns Dining website. Not only does it have a spunky new look, but we've also done a major rework of the database, for speed of searching and to clean out the old data. We have some grand plans in adding providores and producers soon too, so the website will serve as a Cairns foodie central, as well as a spot to find out about restaurants. As well as many other people I'm craving an iPhone version, so that too is high on the agenda. I would love to hear your thoughts on the new site, and of course any feedback on how we could improve it further.
DecHosted by Alastair McLeod of Ready, Steady, Cook fame, and executive chef at Bretts Wharf restaurant, Hamilton and Tank restaurant in central Brisbane, the series explores the diversity and abundance of Queensland produce.
Episode 1 - Tropical North QueenslandIn this episode, Alastair takes in the sights at the Tastes of Burdekin Festival, enjoys sumptuous tropical seafood, savours the coffee and dairy products of the Atherton Tablelands, and finally explores the fruits of the tropics (including the achacha, an exciting new imported fruit). A couple of our much-beloved local producers are also featured on the 1st episode too, including:
- Vanella Cheese Factory
- Rainforest Bounty
- Skybury Coffee
- Gallo Dairyland
- Mungalli Creek Dairy
- Malanda Dairy Centre
- Jacques Australian Coffee
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