Cafe Conti has been named “Brisbane’s Best Breakfast”. Holy, that’s something we couldn’t pass up.
We were one of the first people to arrive at the Wilston corner cafe last Sunday. I ordered one ‘Conti’ (2 poached eggs, doorstop toast, bacon, roast tomato for $10.50) and George ordered the generously served plate of 2 Beef sausages, bacon, 3 poached eggs, roast tomato, toast all for only $14.00.
We both polished off our meals and after licking our lips agreed on 4.5 stars for the meal. With very reasonable prices – it was easy to see why the breakfast was a finalist.
P.S. If you are lucky you’ll catch Graham in the same shirt (like we did!)…. and the photo of the breakfast is pretty accurate too!
Shop 1, 102 Kedron Brook Road
Wilson, Queensland 4051
(Photo and article above from Brisbane Style Magazine)
While up on the Fraser Coast, we purchased some local nuts and a few petite jars of rainforest spreads. We tried the spreads with mini pikelets for breakfast.
Here are the results of our taste test:
Lemon Myrtle Honey (left)
This one was a thick lemon syrupy honey. We could clearly taste the tang of the Lemon Myrtle, with a base of Eucalyptus honey. One way to identify a Lemon Myrtle tree is to crush some of its leaves, and it gives off a similar lovely sweet smell of lemons!
Davidson’s Plum Jam (middle)
The labels described a “tart plum flavour, followed by a delightful tang.” We found it similar to normal plum jam and its mild taste was the most agreeable of the three. Davidson’s plum trees only grow in very limited regions of the Australian Rainforest.
Riberry Jam (Lillipilli Jam) (right)
The last one had a distinct taste that neither of us liked. The label says it is similar to “boysenberry and ginger”, so if you like these flavours perhaps this is the one for you. Riberries are only found in Australian rainforests on the east coast
If you would like to purchase and try any of these bush foods for yourself, visit Lemon Myrtle Refreshed’s website.
Big M and I went off to Hervey Bay for a few nights. We went mainly to go whale-watching. Our big mistake was choosing a cruise based on the “gourmet lunch”. It was a lovely lunch, but we hardly ate any for fear of the sea-sicknesses! Lots of whales, but make sure you pick a large vessel for your whale-watching experience.
Holidays are always a good excuse for eating out, so we tried a number of the local restaurants.
The first night I had “Lamb shanks and vegetables” – normally nothing to write home [or blog] about, except the waif-thin waitress said, “I often have the shanks after work, but I can only manage one!”. I replied that I’d had some help from Big M. Then she said: “Just imagine, in the old days they used to be considered dog food!”
There were two food spots we would recommend. “Gringo’s” do excellent and affordable Mexican food. Big M had the nachos, and I had two tacos with Mexican rice. They can adjust the chilli level to your liking, or in my case leave it out.
The other place we enjoyed was “Arkarra” restaurant and Balinese tea gardens. There is a lovely walk around the lagoons with plenty of wildlife (mainly birds) to look out for. Big M had the “club sandwich”, and I had “calamari with sweet potato spiral fries”. Both were good, so….
We decided to visit again for breakfast. I was in an adventurous frame of mind and decided to try the “Lamb’s fry and bacon with onion gravy”. Big M had “scrambled eggs and bacon”. Lamb’s Fry is usually liver, and maybe other pieces of offal. Its robust texture goes well in pies. I really enjoyed it, although perhaps a little too overpowering for breakfast regularly.