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Word on the street: foodie news

Could there BE any more news?

The foodie goss has been coming in thicc and fast this week, with loads of hot new eateries popping up around Brissy, some old favourites reappearing, and a few sneaky events thrown in for good measure! 

Let’s start with our dear old friends at Hoo Ha Coffee Bar. Our hearts were shattered when they closed the doors of their Melbourne St nook last November, but we are finally feeling human again after hearing they’ll be reopening just up the road in early March! Taking over the chic space previously known as NOM, the new iteration of Hoo Ha will include the coffees and treats we know and love, with the addition of salads, sandwiches, bagels, and more. 

Hooch & Co has officially opened, giving the good people of Toowong and beyond a fresh take on breaky and lunch. Expect a fusion of Japanese, Korean, Malyasian and Vietnamese cuisines, with breakfast mee goreng and okonomiyaki already proving popular (and hella tasty), along with the zingy sand-crab benedict, and carbonara tteokbokki. Try saying that ten times really fast.

The talented team behind Morning After and Yolk have bloody done it again, this time announcing the opening of a fresh Thai restaurant, Ping Pong. Set to open in mid-April, this Gasworks Plaza spot will boast everything from punchy Thai curries and stir fries to boozy slushies and contemporary cocktails. Stay tuned! 

In some exciting brews news, Brisbane’s Archer Brewing is this week releasing the 2020 version of their successful Queensland Pale Ale. This beer is truly one-of-a-kind, with 100% of its ingredients coming from Queensland. All of the hops, malt, water, and yeast are from within 100km of Brissy, and we simply can’t wait to knock back a stubby of our great state!

Honestly, this entire weekend is all about booze for us, as we continue to sip on the very best of Brisbane. Thursday, February 27 sees The End of Summer Wine Tasting Series take over the Emporium Hotel, celebrating (and of course, drinking) the tastiest drops from wine regions affected by this summer’s fires and droughts. The best way you can help the support the damaged industry is by buying wine, and that is what we shall do! The three hour tasting will also have light bites on offer, and proceeds will help support the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. 

Saturday is all about gin, glorious gin, as Ginfused Festival arrives at Brunswick Street’s Pig ‘N’ Whistle. Enjoy nothing but the finest artisanal gin from Australia’s best distilleries including Four Pillars, Brookies, 23rd Street, and more. Hit up the free cocktail masterclasses, dig into charcuterie boards, jam to live music, and enjoy a ginfused arvo!

Looks like we’re chucking a sickie on Monday…


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