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This series by photographer Henry Hargreaves is seriously awesome!  Collaborating with stylist Caitlin Levin, who composed the food items in the manner of Flemish still life paintings, Hargreaves photographed the strange food requests noted in musicians’  contracts when performing in major concerts (known as riders).

Hargreaves notes that what inspired these photos was “the way their requests manage to say something about the performers personality that words struggle to,” and the way they “were able identify with them through what they chose to eat and drink.”

How fascinating!  If you were a famous musician, what would your “rider” request be?  I reckon mine would be Lindt chocolate balls, pears with soft cheese, salt and vinegar chips and pork belly buns.

PS.  LOL @ the Foo Fighters’  request.

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Lady Gaga: “Small plate of cheese (nonsmelly, nonsweaty), on ice.”

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Frank Sinatra: “One bottle each: Absolute, Jack Daniel’s, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater Gin, white wine, red wine. Twenty-four chilled jumbo shrimp, Life Savers, cough drops.”

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Foo Fighters: “Big-a** kielbasas that make men feel self-conscious.”

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Nine Inch Nails: “Two boxes of corn starch.”

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Billy Idol: “One tub ‘I can’t believe it’s not Butter!’, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

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Rihanna: “Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, at any time throughout the day. Please be prepared!”

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Britney Spears: “Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.”

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Van Halen: “Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (Warning: absolutely no brown ones).”

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Marilyn Manson: “Gummi bears.”

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Good morning to you!

Hope you all had lovely weekends!  Can’t believe it’s December already – summer is definitely here, with temps set to hit 39 degrees tomorrow, and it’s only going to keep rising.  Time to dust off the swimsuits and work on that tan!

Here’s a few pics from our weekend, if you’d like to see!

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On Friday night, we had an all-too-rare family friends catchup with 14 of us descending upon the Euro, a European-inspired bistro in the heart of Brisbane city.  The fare was fresh, inspired and, most importantly, extremely tasty.  I had the heirloom tomato salad with mozzarella cream (pictured below), pumpkin and sage ravioli and chocolate pave.  Sorry for the horrible lighting – the restaurant is quite dark and ambient, which makes for great atmosphere but unfortunately not good photography!

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On Sunday, we re-instated Chimichanga Day at my friends house, which consisted of a margarita bar with toffeed chillis, the world’s best nachos with slowcooked beef, hot sauce made from beef jus, and, of course, chimichangas.  A seriously excessive day, it’s hardly surprising we had no room for dinner last night, but just the memory of those chimichangas yesterday makes my mouth water.

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Hope you all had wonderful weekends with your family and friends too!  Christmas Eve is literally three weeks away from today!  Yikes!

How was your weekend, lovelies?  We had freak storms, and were pelted with massive hail stones, lightning bolts, torrential rain and gale force winds.  It was pretty crazy!  Both times we were out and about but luckily we had shelter and wine/cocktails to keep us happy.  A lot of my friends weren’t so lucky, and got damaged cars, hailed out of music festivals and power outages.  Everyone is safe though, which is the main thing, so please stay out of storms and be careful!

You guys must literally think that all I do on my weekends is drink and eat – it’s true, but only because it’s the silly season and if you can’t do it at this time of year, then when can you do it?  So it’s with slight shame that I post the photos of this weekend – it was a bit of a raucous one.

First up was an awesome dinner at Brisbane dining establishment, Ecco, to celebrate my sister’s 21st birthday.  I highly recommend the scallops (first pic) and the Valrhona chocolate delice (bottom pic).  We also shared a fantastic carrot cake with cream cheese mousse and garnished with pepitas which definitely rates a mention.

Saturday night, I went out with a girlfriend to Alfred & Constance, a fantastic place in Fortitude Valley on the corner of – you guessed it – Alfred and Constance street.  It’s a recent addition to Brisbane’s night scene, having only opened two weeks ago, but I can tell it’s going to be very popular.  It’s situated in two heritage-listed Queenslander houses, and has this cosy, funky vibe.  It doesn’t hurt it’s outfitted with super-hip decor – there’s a Tiki bar upstairs, which you can see in the photos, and if you can’t decide what to drink, then swing the octopus!  Downstairs you’ll find a saloon-styled room where you can order Pimms and Sangria and sit on saddle chairs (which, according to my friend, you need stirrups to be truly comfortable).  You can also order delicious grub such as salted crackling, sweet potato galette, a whole roasted chook or a pig on the spit if your heart desires!  If you go, you must try the Zombie drink – I was told it had 4-5 shots of alcohol in it, and there’s a limit of one per customer.  It was supposed to knock me out cold, but I’m happy to report I was still kicking by the time the storm rolled in.

To finish off our weekend, we had a long-overdue catchup with our great musician friends at Vapianos, where we just made it in time to get free antipasto platters to accompany our bottle of wine.  One platter stretched to two, which stretched to two pizzas, then two bowls of pasta, three beers and another bottle of wine.  Needless to say, we couldn’t fit dessert.

It was one of those relaxing weekends that was filled with long conversations, lots of laughing and plenty of fun.  If only every weekend could be as awesome!  Hope yours was great as well!

Is anyone else experiencing Monday Blues this morning?  I don’t usually experience Monday Blues too badly, but after a perfect weekend like the one just passed, I’m having serious withdrawals.  Did you do anything exciting?  Here are a few bits of my weekend.

A rustic pumpkin pie on Friday night, accompanied with a glass of chardonnay and episodes of How I Met Your Mother.  It’s not pretty, or glamorous-looking, but it sure hit the spot.  Just roughly chop pumpkin, roast with olive oil and paprika, pile onto a thawed sheet of puff pastry (you don’t have to eggwash the sides but I find it gives a better look and it puffs better) and voila!

Oyster verjuice shots by Maggie Beer and a matching glass of Pinot Gris.  The Good Food and Wine Show was so much fun – we found our niche ih the Barossa Vineyards section, which was just across from the Cheese Alley.  I bought about $50 worth of gourmet artisan cheese, and some of the most delicious butter I ever tried.  I literally felt like Natalie Portman’s character in V for Vendetta when V made her eggy in a basket and she exclaimed, “I haven’t had real butter since I was a little girl!”.  You get to meet the most lovely people at the Show, who are so passionate about food and manufacturing it, and they genuinely get a kick out of people enjoying their product.  As a serious foodie, I get so much pleasure watching producers explain their wares – almost as much pleasure as I get eating it!

Finally, we toppped the night off with sangria and tapas at Granada.  I’d been before, and likewise the first time, it was just ok – the food kind of missed the mark.  The sangria was delicious though, and was a great way to finish off a lovely weekend.

Have a great week!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Our outing to Prado at the Queensland Art Gallery was hugely successful.

We had too many of these:

Which resulted in us seeing paintings like this:

We did venture out to Southbank afterwards though, and saw this:

It’s Melbourne Cup tomorrow – best of luck for any of you going in the Sweeps!  See my Melbourne Cup outfit posts here.

I really enjoyed the Prado exhibition – it’s great to see Brisbane getting more cultural!  I’ll definitely be going back for the next exhibition for the Up Late nights.  Have you been to any great exhibits lately?

Have a great week!

How was your weekend?  It was a gorgeously sunny weekend in Brisbane, absolutely perfect Queensland weather!

On Friday night, P and I decided to drag our butts off the couch to try a new restaurant, Bistro One Eleven, on this recommendation.  We were not disappointed, the food was very good, reasonably priced and the service was excellent.  More on this place in another post!

We also went to a very good friend’s engagement party, where much champagne and cheese was consumed, and baked goods from Jocelyn’s Provisions were passed around.  It was a huge hit, I am now 100% a Jocelyn’s Provisions devotee!

Finally, we were so lucky to be given an amazing engagement present from our friend’s parents – Katie Quinn Davies’ fantastic book of recipes from her blog What Katie Ate.  If you are a fan of food, photography or travel, you will absolutely love her blog.  I’ll leave you here with a couple of pictures from her book – I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes, I think those sliders will be on the top of my list!

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