A super quick post this Friday….

This is an amazing place our friends showed up whilst in Brisbane, safe to say it’s a real mans shopping heaven, my Husband loved it. Our friend loved it so much he sometimes just stops in to check on the deals and his freezer is always full. We had several bits from here for BBQ’s and sandwiches over that week and it was all amazing.

SUPER Butcher. Yes indeed.

It is a huge refrigerated warehouse that sells meat, all direct from farms. It’s good quality produce.

They also have a dry aged beef room.

They give you these jackets on the way in, literally the whole place is freezing… I dread to think what their bills are like… and at the back they have an actual freezer room which is colder still. I didn’t even try that.

It such a crazy place I had to share, Australia has such a lot of land they can produce a lot of meat so I guess here it made sense. I cannot imagine that doing so well here.

Happy Friday People, see on MOnday for more Brisbane recommendations.

Arch House Deli

January 31, 2011

Arch House Deli in Clifton Village is one of my favourite places, their selection is amazing…

Fresh bread;

Posh flour to make real bread;

Huge selection of olives;

And kits to make chocolate rice pudding (YUM!);

I adore their spice cupboard;

Lahloo Tea; my fave!

And wine… they have local lovely’s like Strawberry Hill;

Look at this pile of chocolate treats;

They even have lots of treats for a nice lunch or dinner at home; pies, quiches and fishcakes looked great;

This was the treat table at Christmas, like a proper sweet shop!

Homemade colourful cupcakes;

And this was our destination; cheese!

Look at this beauty!

We very much enjoyed tucking into this, I wish I could tell you what we ate, and recommend as it was so good especially the one with the blue and yellow sticker…

I made some oatcakes… recipe here and we dug out some chutney and fig cheese jam…

Go visit, they have a cafe too… and a table outside in the sun is just the best place to have a cappuccino.

If you hadn’t already guessed I really loved Hampstead, I had a lovely weekend there and enjoyed mooching about looking at all the amazing houses and gorgeous shops…

Another thing I loved about Hampstead was that there was gorgeous pâtisseries everywhere, one near us was called Paul’s, (a London chain) I was desperate to buy cakes but didn’t think they would survive the trip home, so just nibbled on samples and grabbed some bread…

One shop we could not resist was this Butchers… we tried for all of an hour but soon headed back that way to grab some steak for dinner… The Hampstead Butchers and Providore

I think it was the sausages being sold outside and the window of steaks that got us…

Not just a butchers but also a providore they had all kinds of fresh produce and products… check out this table of treats… brownies, all kinds of tarts, cakes and huge home-made scotch eggs

It’s a well stocked store and (if you were being naughty) you could definitely do a full shop here!

They even make ready meals, although generally I disapprove of ready meals I admit there are times when they are great… I think this would be one of them, I doubt very much they are full of nasties

Homemade sausage rolls, one of my vices, it took all my willpower not to get one of these…

Focaccia Bread that smelt so yummy…

They even had some treats to taste…

Plus the poshest cat food I have ever seen… I really should have gotten Biggie the cat some but I fear he’d never go back to the normal stuff.

A cheese and wine shop at the back…

With more samples!

Wrapping our purchase, a proper knowledgable butcher, with a saw in his apron…

I made the huge mistake of asking for a small one, in my defense they looked massive, and were expensive and I didn’t want to buy a huge one and not eat it… but I regretted it, one of the best steaks I have had, ever… and it was a rib eye but I would even rate it better than the last fillet I had.

This is the Boy’s much bigger steak, with a tomato jam and pan-fried nutmeg spinach and sweet potato chips.

If you ever this way check this place out, I think I will definitely be engineering a trip back soon.