Nickel Kitchen and Bar opens


When you walk into the Nickel Kitchen and Bar you’ll be drawn to the amazing chandelier which is made from wine glasses. A nod to the owners’ famous Craggy Range winery in New Zealand.

The décor is opulent industrial meets art deco monochrome. The black and white photography on the walls are taken from their family owned and operated winery. There is a huge bookcase with wine bottles and off to the side is a massive bar.

The menu is inspired by New York and the owner TJ Peabody is aiming to bring the concept of the brunch trend to Brisbane. In America brunch isn’t just a meal between breakfast and lunch but an all-day affair.

The ingredients are sourced from among the best of Australian produce, including chickens are from the Barossa Valley and line caught fish of the day. The menu is designed to be egalitarian with a snack menu available all day.  There are classic dishes with a little bit of a modern twist. The classic Caesar salad is made at the table.

Nickel aims to bring back memories of dining out from your childhood, when you dressed up and went out with your parents for special occasions.

Nickel Kitchen and Bar is located at 757 Ann Street in the Fortitude Valley.


Keeping records: plant album

Last year, we visited an open garden that was professionally designed on a tiny inner-city block of land. The garden was framed by a white picket fence and a violet bougainvillea boldly crept over the top veranda of the terraced house.  It would have been hard not to have been impressed by the sheer number and variety of plants squeezed in.

And then I found a pocket photo album filled with colourful plant tags and that’s what caught my eye!

At home I tipped an old shoebox upside down, and out fell my collection of ratty plant labels, tags and markers. I cleaned off all the dirt from the best plant tags and sorted them into similar shapes and brands. It was time to give them a proper home in a plant label album. I also added side notes of where they were planted in the garden. You could also add the date planted and any special notes you want to remember.