Jamie’s Italian Brisbane 

Jamie's Italian Brisbane

Jamie’s Italian Brisbane

Address: 237 Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Trading hours: Monday-Sunday 11:30am-10pm

Phone: 07 3144 3000

ITALIAN

Situated in a classic heritage building, Jamie’s Italian Brisbane is a marvellous split-level restaurant and bar. Although recommended to make reservations, walk-ins are more than welcome if tables are available.  On this occasion we went for lunch on a Monday and yes there was a queue.  As Terry Durack from Table Talk said a few years ago, Jamie’s Italian, regardless of the city it is located and the great or poor reviews it receives; it will continue to do well, because of the Jamie effect.  The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was paralleled.  We had a very lovely waitress, quite calm and cheerful, and it appears that all the staff knows the menu to a tee, they also explained the specials and could recommend suitable dishes.  But before you wrap your fork around your Al Forno or dive into your Fish in a Bag, try one of Jamie’s creative cocktails or a non-boozy refresher ($6.45): lemon, elderflower cordial, cranberry juice & lemonade. I hear the Espresso Martini, Pappa “G” and Jamie’s Grown-Up Iced Tea are just a few of the alcoholic hits.

Italian Nachos

Italian Nachos

We started with the Italian Nachos ($11.25) this time, deep fried, four-cheese filled ravioli served with arrabiata sauce, which were nice, innovative and fun but not amazing.  The Famous Polenta Chips ($9) however, are sensational.

Porcini Fettucini

Porcini Fettucini

Both in main sizes, I ordered the Porcini Fettuccine ($14.5/24.5): a superb combination of fresh mushrooms, garlic, lemon gremolata, Parmesan and herby breadcrumbs and my friend had the Rigatoni Carbonara ($15/25): Crispy pancetta, buttery leeks and a traditional carbonara sauce.  To end our lunch, we savoured every bite of the Creamy Panna Cotta ($8.5), topped with seasonal fruit compote, the crunch of the fruit complimenting the delicate melt-in-your-mouth vanilla goodness.  You don’t feel rushed to finish your meal which makes the experience that much better.  

Creamy Panna Cotta

Creamy Panna Cotta

Jamie’s Italian is suitable for just about everyone, with a wide range of vegetarian options and for every occasion: date nights, a drink and a snack with the mates, a family lunch; there’s an adorable and healthy kids menu. You can find the entire menu hereOverall, although Jamie’s menu consists of Italian food that is both genuine and not so much, the splendid taste of the food accompanied by great service and a cool ambience with that Jamie charm is more than enough to keep me returning.  Have you been to Jamie’s Italian?  What are the best Italian restaurants you’ve been to?

Food: 7.5/10

Overall experience: 8.5/10

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A Day In Oz’s New World City

Spent a glorious day in Brisbane Central and Southbank with one of my best girls and here’s what went down:

#WokeUpLikeThis

#WokeUpLikeThis

8:20am  Train trip from Gold Coast to Brisbane begins. It’s an express airport train, so there weren’t too many stops #Yes!  We could not wait to wander around Brisbane! Train talk basically consisted of being grateful for no assessment to think about and being able to enjoy the beautiful day, discussing current affairs and university plans also happened. Tip: If going on a long train ride – go with a family member, a friend, or a few if you can – the trip seems to go way faster, and maybe you’ll have a break and be able to interact IRL in real life! 😀

Arrive at Central Station amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy working day and Denniscia and I maneuver ourselves towards Albert St and then Queens Plaza and Wintergarden

9:45am  We browse through stores of all sorts i.e. Longchamp, Topshop, Typo, Tommy Hilfiger, The Body Shop, Country Road, David Jones, Coach, Mecca Maxima, Shiek, and buy necessary things.

After walking around the same block a few times and asking a kind Starbucks barista directions, we finally find Jamie’s Italian – Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Brisbane and await it’s opening alongside a group of sophisticated senior citizens.

11:40am  The lady I’m assuming is either assistant manager or supervisor apologises for the restaurant’s tardiness and let’s the first group in who held a reservation for 8 followed by Denniscia and I.  By this time, the line outside was massive so we were glad we arrived early despite getting a little bit lost. We were seated by a friendly waitress at a corner table on the far side of the restaurant where we were presented with the menus and the specials of the day. Everything looked so yummy but we both settled for pasta. I’ll upload a review next week 🙂

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Rigatoni & Fettuccine

After satisfying our hunger and returning to the light, we walked through Queen Street passing through a couple stores including Forever 21 where we bumped into another one of my girls. She joined us and talked as we walked to the Queensland Art Gallery, where she made her departure. Denniscia and I basked in the intricacies of Indigenous art and admired the International and Asian pieces.

Island Currents

Island Currents

QAG

QAG

I felt all types of sad... Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

I felt all types of sad…
Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

Headed over to the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre where we went back to the land before time 😉 and walked with the dinosaurs and looked at animals that had visited the taxidermist…  The Gallery of Modern Art aka GOMA was our last stop on our day trip.  An appreciation for Queensland Contemporary Art was partaken. The exhibition features over 30 talented upcoming, mid-career and senior Queensland artists that all have their individual styles. We also browsed through The Painter’s Reach by Robert Macpherson, which is on display until October 18. This collection is one of my personal favourites, which combines various contexts: minimalism, abstraction, aesthetics and the everyday.

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#Mayfair by Macpherson

4pm  We take the train back to the GC and through other means of transportation, we have a brief afternoon tea at a little cafe before arriving back home with tired feet, but full stomachs, smiling faces, and happy hearts. Days filled with food, culture, history and fabulous company are my favourite kind of days.

No matter how many times you visit a place, you never see it the same way twice.  There are always new things to see, new cafes to eat at, and new places to go.  Also, if you have the patience, try your hand at exploring a new destination without the help of Google or Siri and just feel your way around the city or turn it into a game of 2 rights, 1 left then straight ahead – as long as it doesn’t put you in harms way.  Who knows? Your new favourite place could be just around the corner!

Images: Monique Pueblos and Denniscia Waight

QCYeeessss!

Alongside thousands of Year 12s across Queensland, I completed the dreaded QCS (Queensland Core Skills) test earlier this week.  It varies depending on where you’re from, you may recognise a similar test i.e. HSC, GCSE, SAT. Two full days of writing, multiple choice and short response exams. Delightful. I’m not going to sugarcoat it… it was very challenging – even with heaps of preparation.  However, it was two of the fastest days of my life!  My school hosted a breakfast on the first day and gave us brain food in between exams on both days which was a neat treat. It was probably to lessen the blow or distract students from the pain.  A wave of relief washed over me as soon as I’d finished the final multiple choice on Wednesday afternoon, that being said, I have 5 pieces of assessment to focus on now. In perspective, 12 years of schooling had been leading up to this test that will have a key factor in determining our OP (overall position) and for most of us, will dictate whether we receive guaranteed entry or even get accepted into our uni/college course. Before you make any snarky comments, we understand that there are other ways to get into our preferred course, but if there’s a somewhat faster way, why would we want to take an unwanted detour? I’m not going to find out my results for months but I know and you should know that your OP and your QCS grade doesn’t determine who you are, your intelligence, and what you are capable of.  I’m so glad in 2018, they’re booting this test system but for y’all doing this next year and the year after, here are some top tips for slaying QCS or any test:

  1. Sleep – Sounds simple but a lot of people including myself don’t get at least 8 hours of sleep.  You want your mind as well as your body to be well rested, it’s an exhausting two days.
  2. Make sure you have all necessary equipment – having to borrow equipment on the day itself will just cause unnecessary stress. 
  3. MANAGE YOUR TIME – this is one I struggled with, while others were the total opposite. Think of how to split your time between the questions because you don’t want to lose points for not filling in answers you knew the answers to due to a time shortage.
  4. Keep calm – I was surprisingly calm during the tests… besides the last 5 minutes – hastily shading in the bubbles or writing a concluding sentence. Just relax, the less tension you have, the more you’ll be able to focus and understand.
  5. Don’t ruminate – I have a tendency to overthink things as a lot of us do.  But as the wise Elsa of Arendelle and James Bay say, let it go.  We can’t change the past and as long as you did your best, that’s honestly all that matters.

These can be applied to any exam and sure, it may be an important test at the time that may influence your short-term but it’s still only a test.  Work hard and don’t burn yourself out. You will be great for as long as you want to be. x

Hakuna Matata!

Red carpet <3

Red carpet ❤

It’s a problem free… philosophy… Hakuna Matata!

Last Saturday night I attended a performance of the Australian production of Disney’s The Lion King at Lyric Theatre, QPAC in Brisbane with my family. It was spectacular! Since we weren’t permitted to take pics during the show, here’s a glimpse of before opening curtain – Rafiki’s sketches.

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Stage pre-show

Seen by more than 70 million people, Disney’s landmark musical event THE LION KING is an international phenomenon that will redefine your expectations of theatre. Bursting with colour, fun and depth, it’s enjoyable for everyone of all ages! They even throw in a couple Frozen references that are hilarious!

I’m a massive Disney girl so to watch The Lion King come to life on stage was too incredible! The entire cast – characters and dancers were all fabulous but my favourites would have to be Rafiki, who’s played by the original Broadway show cast member, Scar and Zazu. The puppetry and manipulation of props and costume for each character was amazing. Of course, they performed all the hits including Circle of Life, Can You Feel The Love Tonight and Hakuna Matata as well as additional songs like Shadowland!

It’s Brisbane season opened on the 21st of September and is running until the 25th of January, 2015. I’d definitely recommend the show to everyone! So if you want to feel the love tonight, book your tickets!

www.lionking.com.au