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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Eat Safe Cairns?

Brisbane City Council is set to launch its Eat Safe program in November. Food outlets will voluntarily display their rating from two to five stars. A single star apparently is non-compliance. The rating system is based on the states Food Act and Food Safety Standards.

The Cairns Post recently reported that "almost one in five restaurants, hotels, pubs and other outlets in Cairns have been caught breaking food hygiene laws - but the authorities say customers have no right to know which they are."

So why not here?

Monday, 27 September 2010

menu psychology

While very US centric an interesting article in the Ny Times on menu psychology.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Tropical Cuisine

Clare Richards is in the final countdown to the launch of her book tropical cuisine: cooking in clare's kitchen. Discounted pre-release purchase is available before September 30, as well as a free sample for website subscribers.

The concept of a 'tropical cuisine' and a successful national book launch can only be positive for the region and our food culture!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

the world is getting closer


I presume the geographical centre is southern capitals but the point should not be lost

Friday, 17 September 2010

Wink at Rusty's



It's good to see Leon Walker still willing to try new ideas with a Wink Restaurant & Catering stall at Rusty's today. There was small range of their own products including the Wink 'house dressing' made to a secrte recipe apparently! KS grabbed some to try along with a satchet of smoked eggplant and mustard seed relish.

Always an enthusiast for streetfood KS walked away with a couple of their small Jamaican pies for brekkie ....... tasty but more expensive than the nearby Gavinda's samosas .......

The 'Best of Rusty's' produce this week: The heavy-as-a-rock Cooktown passionfruit at one of the Sheridan St stalls! 

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

tasteparadise signature progress score

The tasteparadise signature dish competition is still open to voters until midnight September 20 which is next Monday! The current status of voting as of this morning is copied below. Chriso the personal chef seems to be the surprise frontrunner and clearly either has a strong local support base or excellent direct marketing!Salsa Bar have employed their Facebook page without garnering anything like Chriso's support. My vote for Nu Nu isn't counting for much .... fools!!

There is also now a comments thread open there.......



Beach Almond (1%, 10 Votes)Cafe China (1%, 14 Votes)Cedar Park Resort (5%, 106 Votes)Chriso The Personal Chef (23%, 454 Votes)Coolums at the Beach (0%, 5 Votes)Eden House (10%, 196 Votes)Emerald Restaurant - Green Island Resort (9%, 173 Votes)Far Horizon – Angsana Palm Cove (7%, 134 Votes)Finz (1%, 11 Votes)Hanuman (1%, 10 Votes)Julaymba - Daintree Eco Lodge (13%, 245 Votes)Kewarra Beach Resort (1%, 27 Votes)NuNu (1%, 25 Votes)Ochre Restaurant & Catering (3%, 49 Votes)Olivers (3%, 64 Votes)Reef House (0%, 5 Votes)Restaurant 1770 (8%, 156 Votes)Salsa Bar & Restaurant (4%, 84 Votes)Salthouse (5%, 91 Votes)Shangri-la (1%, 26 Votes)Sheraton Mirage - Il Pescatore (3%, 49 Votes)Zinc (0%, 8 Votes)Total Voters: 1,942

Monday, 13 September 2010

award outrage!

Todays letters in the Cairns Post include a complaint from the owner of Paddywhacks over the Post's report last week on the 2010 Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence. These are the  awards of the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association. Several of the awards for FNQ were taken out by the ultra-up-market Hayman Island Resort leaving some local entrants wondering why it was included in this area?

KS has some sympathy with that view as obviously Hayman provides an exceptional quality, which is not disputed, but is not really relevant to residents here? Yet, curiously it has been included in FNQ rather than North Qld which includes Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton! Perhaps a completely separate resort category would be more appropriate? KS also is cynical of the value of industry awards anyway as just an excuse for dubious marketing and lacking credibility. Nola Craig's comments on the Post link above are noted.

Anyway, the main complaint from Paddywhacks is that the Post story made no mention of who were the local winners, and didn't give the awards the recognition they deserve? So they are now posted below and can be found here. I find it a curious mix of categories, participants and winners but always great to see Bayleaf Balinese get a mention at least. I have never had a steak at Paddywhacks so wouldn't have a clue and don't feel inclined to rush there ......



2010 Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence


Winners and Finalists - Far North Queensland


Asian Restaurant
Sponsored by Coca-Cola
WINNER - Oriental, Great Barrier Reef
Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant, Cairns

Breakfast Restaurant
Sponsored by APRA
WINNER - Azure, Great Barrier Reef
Cafe Fresq, Port Douglas
Lure Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Olano's Ristorante, Cairns


Café Restaurant
Sponsored by Top Cut Foods
WINNER - Lure Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Blue Moon Grill, Trinity Beach
Cafe Fresq, Port Douglas
Coast Roast Coffee Esplanade, Cairns


Caterer at an Event
Sponsored by Top Cut Foods
HONOURABLE MENTION - Port Douglas Catering & Events, Port Douglas


Contemporary Australian Restaurant
Sponsored by ALSCO
WINNER - Zinc, Port Douglas
Bistro 3, Port Douglas
Blue Moon Grill, Trinity Beach
Lure Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Nu Nu Restaurant, Palm Cove
Salsa Bar & Grill, Port Douglas


Corporate Caterer
Sponsored by Bidvest
HONOURABLE MENTION - Hayman, Great Barrier Reef


European Restaurant
Sponsored by American Express
WINNER - La Fontaine, Great Barrier Reef
C'est Bon French Restaurant, Cairns
Nicks Swiss Italian Restaurant, Yungaburra


Event Caterer
Sponsored by Bidvest
HONOURABLE MENTION - Ochre Restaurant & Catering, Cairns


Family Restaurant
Sponsored by Coca-Cola
WINNER - The Beach Shack Restaurant Bar & Pizza's, Port Douglas
Lure Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Mango Jam, Port Douglas


Fine Dining Restaurant
Sponsored by Vittoria Coffee
HONOURABLE MENTION - Tamarind, Cairns
Hotel Caterer
Sponsored by Bidvest
HONOURABLE MENTION - Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns


Italian Restaurant
Sponsored by Vittoria Coffee
WINNER - La Trattoria, Great Barrier Reef
Bel Cibo, Port Douglas
Bucci Ristorante, Port Douglas
Olano's Ristorante, Cairns


New Restaurant
Sponsored by HOSTPLUS
WINNER - Harrison's Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Beach Almond, Palm Cove
Salt House, Cairns


Restaurant in a Pub / Club / Tavern
Sponsored by Lion Nathan
HONOURABLE MENTION - Cairns Courthouse Hotel, Cairns


Seafood Restaurant
Sponsored by Witches Falls Winery
WINNER - Tha Fish, Cairns
2 Fish Restaurant, Port Douglas
Finz, Port Douglas
On The Inlet, Port Douglas


Specialty Restaurant
Sponsored by Oamps
HONOURABLE MENTION - Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant, Cairns


Steak Restaurant
Sponsored by Meat & Livestock Australia
WINNER - Paddywhacks, Cairns
Waterbar & Grill, Cairns


Thai Restaurant
Sponsored by Lion Nathan
HONOURABLE MENTION - Choc Dee Thai Restaurant, Palm Cove


THEMED RESTAURANT
Sponsored by Meat & Livestock Australia
HONOURABLE MENTION - Nicks Swiss Italian Restaurant, Yungaburra


WEDDING CATEROR
Sponsored by Bidvest
WINNER - Hayman, Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas Catering & Events, Port Douglas


CATERER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Bidvest
WINNER - Hayman, Great Barrier Reef


RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by HOSTPLUS
WINNER - La Fontaine, Great Barrier Reef

explaining what fresh means?

Ocean Wild, Sheridan ST

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