Review of the Queen Street Markets, Brisbane

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For the last couple of weeks, I have been sampling a different lunch at the Jan Powers Queen Street markets in the Brisbane City.

Here is my list of favourite C.B.D market day lunches:

  • Bagel Boys – They are always popular so you have to line up, but the time goes pretty quickly. Always excellent.
  • At the Skinny Scoop, I had an icy cold acai classic bowl, topped with muesli and fresh fruit. It was yummy but perhaps more suited to the warmer months.
  • The Pocket from Burleigh makes a delicious falafel with fresh salad in a pita bread. Recommended.
  • Goetzinger Small goods make good German Sausages, but it is filling. They serve Swiss and German style sausages in a hot dog style bun.

Other produce you can buy at the city markets are as follows:

  • Goat Pie Guy – I have previously had Goat Pies from the Goat Pie Guy and I highly recommend them to take home and pop in the oven for a quick and delicious meal. Unfortunately, they don’t sell them hot at the city markets.
  • Good Mix is a combination of superfoods to have instead of your regular muesli – Chia seeds, almonds, pepitas, coconut, buckwheat, flaxseed, sesame seeds, goji berries, raw cacao nibs, puffed amaranth, puffed millet.
  • Iced Tea – I’ve tried the mojito and raspberry iced tea, and both were refreshing.
  • I Heart Brownies – I tried the Jaffa flavoured brownie from I Heart Brownies. It was a rich chocolaty and orange flavoured cake in the shape of a heart.
  • The Popcorn Man – is very morish, but one big bag is better shared with a group of people.
  • Deliciously flavoured peanuts from the Peanut Van make a great snack.

The Queen Street markets may be crowded at lunch time, but are worthwhile to try some of Brisbane’s best produce.

Meatcart online butcher review

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Meatcart is an online butcher (www.meatcart.com.au) with their production facility located in Eagle Farm, Brisbane.  The meat is grass-fed all the way through. This results in a leaner cut of meat with less marbling. Meatcart offers high-quality beef, pork, chicken, lamb and seafood which you can order from the convenience of your home.

We decided to try Meatcart to see if there was any difference. We ordered 500g each of pork loin chops, lamb loin chops and organic beef rump steak. The meat was precut into handy portion sizes. For example, the 500g of beef steak has 2 to 3 slices of steak, whereas the 1kg option has 4 to 6 slices. Meatcart have a range for those who are looking after their weight, called CorrectWeight, where the meat is pre-portioned and trimmed of fat.

Meatcart have a range for those who are looking after their weight, called CorrectWeight, where the meat is pre-portioned and trimmed of fat.

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The meat arrived on Wednesday just after 3pm in the afternoon and was icy cool when I opened the bag to put the meat in the fridge. It was packed in an insulated cooler bag, with two large plastic packets of ice cubes. The bag has been fully tested to keep your meat chilled for a minimum of 8 hours.

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The first night we had the pork chops with vegetables. The pork comes from the Darling Downs and it’s nice to know it is 100% Sow Stall Free.

The second night we ate our delicious organic rump steaks with potato chips. They were Certified Organic, which means the animals have been raised with no exposure to artificial elements such as hormones, growth promoters, pesticides, residues, or chemical fertilisers.

On the third night, we tried the lamb chops with steamed vegetables. The lamb chops are from New South Wales and Victoria and are 100% grass fed. All three cuts of meat were delicious, but the lamb was my favourite.

Meatcart delivers to all areas of Brisbane 2 business days after your order is placed. There is a flat rate delivery fee of $7.15 including GST per delivery.

Thank you Meatcart for providing us with a sample pack of meat. 

Smooze fruit ice review

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This weather is perfect for eating treats from the freezer. At the Mitchie markets the ice blocks were sold out by the time we got there. Fortunately, I had a few Smooze fruit ices back at home.

The good news is these little gems contain 100% natural ingredients and are dairy-free and gluten-free. They are the ideal size for an in-between meals snack.

Smooze fruit ices are available in four tropical flavours:

  • Coconut and pink guava,
  • Coconut and pineapple,
  • Coconut and mango, and
  • Simply coconut.

The mango one is currently my favourite flavour. The coconut one would be perfect to add to smoothies or fruit juices. I’m planning on trying the mango one blended with some fresh orange juice.

You can pick up a box of 10 from the dessert aisle and keep them in the freezer over Summer.

Review: Zazen water filter

Update June 2016: Zazen filters release a high amount of silver into the water, which is not good for your long-term health. I no longer recommend this product.

I strongly recommend you do lots of research and get your water tested before and after any type of filter.

I only recommend reverse osmosis filters from a reputable company.