Each month Miss Morag goes poking around her local neighbourhood in search of new and interesting morsels for the readers of the Village News (the local lifestyle magazine for New Farm, Teneriffe, Newstead, Fortitude Valley, Spring Hill, Kangaroo Point and Petrie Bight.
In case you haven't already seen this month's magazine, here's the October column:
The slogan on the wall at Sourced Grocer reads 'local is lovely', and the range of cheese and smallgoods available in the cheese room is proof they take this ethos pretty seriously. It's overflowing with locally produced cheese, smallgoods, terrines, olives and dips. Cheeses on offer include Pandelyssi halloumi, ricotta and fetta made right here in Brisbane.
There's handmade farmhouse-style cheese from the Bangalow Cheese Company, which remain something of a well-kept secret north of the border. It's also one of the few places in Brisbane where you'll find burrata - a decadantly creamy, Italian-style cow's-milk cheese from a small cheese factory in far north Queensland – the only cheese factory in Australia currently producing burrata.
At first glance the range of smallgoods appears fairly standard, including chorizo and smoked bacon. But delve deeper and you'll be rewarded with rarities such as smoked creole ribs and some very out of the ordinary sausages. Grab a couple of Eumundi Smokehouse Russian Farmer's sausages to go with your cheese and you'll have all the makings of a very unique antipasti platter – these sausages contain vodka distilled on site at the Sunshine Coast hinterland smokehouse.
Second larder opens
For years the Little Larder has been a favourite spot for locals to enjoy a lazy breakfast, lunch or coffee. Nestled on a corner in a sleepy residential New Farm neighbourhood ensures a relaxed, laid-back vibe.
This week the second larder opens its doors on Commercial Road in Newstead. Larder 2 is also little, but is likely to be a slightly faster-paced cafe. Given its location it will focus more on take-away breakfast and lunch options for staff and customers of nearby businesses. Let's hope the new larder takes after her older sister and brings some of that relaxed vibe to the Commercial Road venue.
Continental Cafe a no-brainer
If you've lived or worked in the area for a while, chances are you've eaten at the Continental Cafe. It's been serving up European fare in New Farm for 17 years. It's well known and loved for its classic menu offerings including braises, cassoulets and steak. It's perhaps lesser known for its offal nights.
Every Wednesday offal lovers turn out in force to enjoy 'brains and other offal things'. Brains are served crumbed with a spinach, walnut and bacon salad, and other offal specials change depending on availability. The regular menu is also available if offal isn't your thing.
Simply leave a comment below telling MM what your favourite locally hand-crafted morsel is and why - it doesn't matter whether it's a cheese, meat, bread, locally brewed softdrink or anything else, as long as it's made within about 100km of Brisbane.
The tickets are for admittance for one person for one day of the show, which is being held from Friday 4 November until Sunday 6 November 2011 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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