Voting for the annual Simple Pleasures Photo Competition was held last Wednesday in Brunswick Heads.
Zeb Gilbert at Wasabi – photo supplied By Vivienne Pearson Zeb Gilbert is co-head chef and co-owner of Wasabi Restaurant & Bar in Noosa. Zeb is his full first name, not just a sample of a longer name. ‘I... Read More →
Story and photo by Vivienne Pearson Liz Jackson, caterer and pastry chef, gives a hint of her training as a scientist when she speaks of recently trialling hemp as a food. ‘I had never used it, so I experimented,’ she... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson Combining a community swimming pool, a bustling takeaway, and a high-quality restaurant all in one amazing beachside location is quite a feat. It’s a feat that Fishheads has pulled off for 18 years (and counting). Fishheads runs... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson As food is the fuel of life, it is fitting that feasting is the focus of two upcoming health-related fundraising events. Keep the Hearts of Federal Beating is a fabulous name for a party to raise funds... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson The story of Darren Robertson’s move from the UK to Sydney’s Three Blue Ducks to living and working in Byron Bay has been well told. A lesser-known story is how the Sample Food Festival helped Darren find... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson Last time I was at Barrio, it was in the final stages of construction before opening as part of the Habitat, the new neighbourhood of live/work spaces, gallery-style shops and co-working. This time, I was there to... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson Pick the odd word out of the following list: Burger. Chips. Beer. Alcoholic milkshake. Locally made soda. Spider. Energy bowl. Vegan options. Game of pool. The answer? None of the above. All of these, and more, are... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson At the time of writing it is exactly six months since the legalisation of hemp food. The world hasn’t stopped turning and I have finally tried a hemp burger. Elixiba, a plant-based restaurant in Byron Bay, added... Read More →
Story and photo by Vivienne Pearson Winter is coming and the need for comforting and nutritious food is rising as fast as the darkness in our evenings. Thai food ticks all the boxes. Dishes such as green and red curry,... Read More →
Screen shot of Alex & Emily from MKR – taken at The Bolt Hole Byron Bay. By Vivienne Pearson Winners of Sunday night’s Grand Final of My Kitchen Rules (that’s ‘MKR’ to those in the know), Alex and Emily, have... Read More →
The Branches has been growing in the two+ years since ‘Mullumbimby’s biggest little coffee roaster’ opened.
The Branches has been growing in the two+ years since ‘Mullumbimby’s biggest little coffee roaster’ opened. Located in the Mullum Industrial Estate (the one off Mullumbimby Road on the way towards the coast), owners Pat Solwyn and Tamara Head say... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson I first discovered Byron Bay Organic Doughnuts at WOMADelaide, the world music festival held each March in the heart of Adelaide. I fell in love with everything about them apart from, thanks to their huge popularity, the... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson Barista for a day Admit it – you’ve always wanted to have a go at being a barista. You have, haven’t you? How cool it would be to stand behind an espresso machine, watch the liquid gold... Read More →
Dustyesky, the very Russian choir made up of not-so-Russian men from Mullumbimby, performed to thousands of people over the weekend at the Adelaide site of the global World Of Music And Dance (WOMAD) festival.
By Vivienne Pearson The Byron at Byron (I always have to remember to add the The) is best known for being a resort for visitors and holidaymakers. But it is also for locals. ‘The beautiful surrounds instantly relax you, whether... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson I admit that I’ve been past The Rocks @ Aquarius many times thinking: ‘That looks nice but I wouldn’t go in because it’s a backpacker hostel.’* Luckily, this story made me walk in the door and I... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson The Fish Bar that Jack Built has turned two! The big day was Saturday (3 March), and was celebrated with face painting, balloons, spot give-aways, a ‘design your ultimate burger’ competition, and lots of quality fish and... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson Jonsons Restaurant and Bar has won the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide’s award for Best Italian food. The award, covering the entire northern rivers region and voted by readers, was both unexpected – because eateries do... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson A new year’s sojurn to Victoria found me re-contemplating my Food with a View story (published in this esteemed paper January 2016). I enjoyed a meal at the Portsea Pub in the early days of 2018 (like... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson In many parts of the world, a kid cajoling their parent to buy them food might involve a big, multinational fast-food store. So Leslie Ford, owner of Red Ginger, was greatly amused (and chuffed) to hear a... Read More →
By Vivienne Pearson If you’ve been driving between Mullumbimby and the coast and have been wondering what’s going on just past where the houses finish, here’s your lowdown. The Paddock Project is… well, it’s a project in a paddock! So... Read More →
At Husk Distillery in Tumbulgum NSW they are making an 'agricole' rum to sip, as they do in the Caribbean, rather than to scoff with Coke.
Vicki in her ‘Barbie trailer’ By Vivienne Pearson Vicki Veranese is back, refreshed and ready to offer her raw food to all. After closing her Byron Bay retail store, Alchemia, Vicki was in need of rest and rejuvenation. ‘I... Read More →