Monday, 29 September 2008

Brisbane Sculpture: Wharf Street Dingo

Just snapped a pic of this great-looking sculpture out the bus window. It's on the corner of Wharf and Ann Streets in the city. I think it looks like a dingo.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Brisbane Exhibitions - Optimism at GoMA

Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)'s next big show is "Optimism", showing off Australian art that's being made now. It's happening in seven week's time, so I'll save more details for later, but this poster alone makes me want to go.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

If you like proper fish and chips, there's still one place in inner Brisbane where you can get them: George's Seafood in West End. Here you can see a minimum chips (two dollars) and four potato fritters (fifty cents each), for a grand total of four bucks (including salt, and lemon wedges)

Battered, crumbed or grilled fish is between $3.50 and $7 a piece, or there is whitebait for four dollars a serve or a small range of other fritters and sides. George's is also a real fishmonger so you can buy fresh fish to take home.

George's is on Boundary Street in West End, right near the corner of Vulture Street. It's on the same side as the Green Grocer and the Lock'n'Load, only two shops away from the corner.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2008


Kuan Yin is one of my favourite restaurants in Brisbane. It's completely vegetarian; they have some "meat" dishes that are actually mock meat.

The picture here is of simmered eggs and a cheese and "ham" pancake, total cost nine dollars. I think the main courses are quite boring, so the best thing to do is to order a few entrees. There's also a range of bubble teas and other weird and wonderful drinks.

Kuan Yin is on Wickham Street in the Valley, directly across the road from the entrance to the Chinatown mall on Duncan Street. They are closed on Tuesdays, open at 11.30 am on other days, and stay open till 7.30 pm from Wednesday to Friday. Other days they shut at 5 except Sunday, when they shut at 3. Their phone number is 3252 4557.

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Monday, 8 September 2008


Grill'd is a new, slightly upmarket burger bar in Brisbane. I just gave them a try and they're not too bad.
 I tried the basic burger with cheese and bacon, and some chips, which came to about $14. The chips are herbed and you can really taste it, while the burger was certainly a cut above greasy fast food - they obviously used proper meat and not the cheap stuff. They also have 3 types of vegetarian burgers: vege patty, tofu and chick pea.
The decor is a bit tedious, as the bosses have gone for the "lets get a hip designer and buy ourselves an image" look, and the burgers have names so you can't just ask for a burger, its a "Grill'd burger". But its worth dropping in for lunch or an early dinner if you are nearby. There are two Grill'd restaurants at the moment, one on Brunswick Street in the Valley, (ph 3252 5822) directly opposite the Judith Wright Centre, and the other on Oxford Street, Bulimba, (ph 3399 5522) near Woolworths.

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Friday, 5 September 2008

Brisbane Photos: The view from Kuan Yin

The view from Kuan Yin, originally uploaded by reneemb.

This photo by flickr user reneemb shows the view across Wickham St in Fortitude Valley, looking from the Kuan Yin Vegetarian Teahouse to the entrance to the Chinatown Mall, Duncan St.

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Brisbane Art: Riverside Centre, Eagle St

Abstract02 by ~HYPD on deviantART

This photo/3d abstract combo shows the Riverside Centre in Brisbane City.