Brisbane.

Brisbane.

I dedicate this post to the beautiful city of Brisbane.

Sometimes I get bogged down by my daily routines and forget to remember how fortunate I am to have the life I live. Sometimes I forget to look up and notice the world around. Below are a collection of photos capturing those times I have looked up.

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Brisbane’s heritage can be seen only when walking on the opposite side of the road.
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Red Hill Vet, Red Hill

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The EKKA Grandstand
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Kelvin Grove
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Mango Tree, Everton Park
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Luggage Warehouse, West End

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Will it blend?!

Will it blend?!

I was not sure if its to pre-mature to post a recipe that is perfect for hot summer days. The days are heating up here in Brisbane, so I thought why not?!

Here is a really quick and easy breakfast you can whip up in minutes and with only a few simple ingredients! Its kind of my twist on the Acai Bowls that are trending at the moment. I’ve found with the businesses that are known for their Acai Bowls, are using the Acai puree packets with added Guarana. This adds unwarranted sugar and energy into the mixture, causing a hit of satisfaction followed by extreme sugar withdrawals and irritable stomach.

My recipe uses a mix of natural sugars found in fruit topped with fibres from Flaxseed and  sustainable energy in Chia Seeds. It is equally as yummy but without the tummy ache from that the Acai berries seem to add.

What you will need:

A Blender (duhh!)

Frozen Mixture:
1/2 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
1 FROZEN Banana
25-50ml Unsweetened Almond Milk

You can top it with anything you love! But I chose:
Linseed Meal (Flaxseed)
Chia Seeds
Cinnamon
Spirulina

You will need: Frozen mixed berries. 1 x frozen banana. Almond Milk. Cinnamon. Flax seed. Chia Seeds.
You will need: Frozen mixed berries. 1 x frozen banana. Almond Milk. Cinnamon. Flax seed. Chia Seeds.

First Step: Add the Almond Milk. Less is best to start off with. This makes sure the mixture does not become to runny.

Step Two: Add Frozen Mixed Berries – AND BLENDDD!

Step Three: Check out that goodness that is being whipped up inside!

Step Four: Time to add the frozen Banana. Using unfrozen banana will not keep the mixture thick and cold.

Step Five: BLEND!

Step Six: The best part – time to get creative with your presentation! I’ve topped the bowl with Flaxseed (great source of fibre), Spirulina (contains rich vegetable proteins), Chia Seeds (loaded with antioxidants, fibre and protein), and Cinnamon (great for blood sugar control, minimises irritable bowel syndrome and sugar cravings).

There are numerous ways you can topped this bowl. I switch things up sometimes and top it with muesli and coconut yoghurt!

Are there any summer recipes you make to cool you down?

Minimalism.

Minimalism.

Its spring time here in Australia and that means things a warming up again. I thought this would be a great time to share with you one of my favourite beaches in sunny Queensland, Rainbow Beach.

If you’re needing an new beach to explore, than I highly recommend this one. Smooth white sand, crystal clear blue water and mountains, rainforest tracks and beach activities to enjoy. Usually, I stick with heading to the sunny coast but its worth venturing to new places.

Minimalism. Sand. Water. Sky

Last weekend I stayed there with a group of friends. Can this post have any more shades of blue in it?! #love

Where is your favourite get away location?

To buy a fat pig.

To buy a fat pig.

Market to Market.

Brisbane weather is by far the best in Australia. This could be seen as a bias opinion as I am born and bred here, but each weekend offers more sunshine and endless amounts of markets to explore. Friends from Melbourne always send their love/hate for the perfect weather that enables the enjoyment frequent market ventures.

The quality and quantity of markets that are starting to appear in Brisbane is growing. The weekend just passed I went to one of my favourites in Brisbane, and its only a youngin’ – Red Hill Farmers Markets, on Fulchers Road. This market is full of food, glorious food! Delicious traditional food, arts and craft and live music. Usually markets are filled with fresh produce, but these seem to have a focus on good assortment of food. My favourite being the huge wheel of brie, slowly melted, then scraped onto fresh sour dough and served with home made relish.

I bought fresh daisies!
I bought fresh daisies!
Daisies bought from Red Hill Farmers Market
Daisies bought from Red Hill Farmers Market

West End Markets

Freshly baked fruit toast and coffee to go.
Freshly baked fruit toast and coffee to go.

Where is one of your most treasured markets that you visit? – I want to find one with an array of fresh fruit and veggies.

A spoon full of caffeine helps the mornings go down.

A spoon full of caffeine helps the mornings go down.

That first cup of coffee feels in the morning.

Nothing is better than that.

Speaking of mornings, heres how I spent mine.

Morning ritual: Wander on over to my favourite coffee shop in Brisbane. Amble & Adore is hidden away in the suburb of Cooparoo, and by far the serves the best tasting coffee this city has seen. It boast an amazing array of food and drink for, vegan, vegetarian, diary free, gluten free, foodie out there! Also have a selection of clean sweet treats – YUM! Highly recommend.

Coffee beans used: Coffee Supreme

On a side note; another great coffee place is one that is on wheels. Any Brisbanite may have seen it around town. Kombi Koffein also serves up a good ‘cuppa of joe’. Regularly located down near the rowing sheds in West End during the week but make appearances at festivals around town such as, Pushies Galore.

Kombi Koffein

Coffee + Almond Milk = Storm in a team cup.

Kombi Koffein

Another coffee shop I stumbled upon (they are always the best ones) is called U&I Espresso located in Ashgrove. Cute, quirky and serves up some great meals for breakfast, lunch and brunch! Something tells me they know what they’re talking about when it comes to handling art of coffee making. Let them be the Goose to your Mavrick and fly through your busy day with ease.

Where is your local and favourite coffee place in Brisbane? – I would love to experience them all.

#thanksalatte