Sunday, October 26, 2014



So here it is…the most exciting part of the event!  Now I will take you on a visual tour to show you some of the yummiest stalls in Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show 2014….

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Ilias The GreekILIAS THE GREEK

Ilias the Greek Stall have the most wonderful characters looking after the stall.  Warm and friendly you can’t help but be drawn to their stall with them handing you toothpicks of their warm sweet Honey Puffs and delicious Halva pieces. I love the extra ambience their Greek music creates as it pumps out from their little sound system, if there was an award for the most happy atmosphere stall it would be won by Ilias the Greek Stall.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Salumi © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014SALUMI

Salumi’s hanging cured meats were absolutely enchanting to see… many varieties!

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Roza's © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014ROZA’S GOURMENT SAUCES

Oh my….here’s another stall that will be in my “VIP must have to buy first before anything else list”.  Mr H and I was so taken with their dips, absolutely freaking good!  It was 3x dips for only $15 and we chose 2x Truffle & Porcini Mushroom Dip plus 1x Artichoke & Garlic Dip to take home.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Schulte's  © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014SCHULTE’S

I’ve tasted their stalls samples and boy…they are sure are moreish!  What I’ve notice was how friendly the older gentlemen behind the display…explaining where their shop was and everybody are more welcome to drop by and check it out.

As I read their brochure…it quite impressed me as Schulte’s have been operating for over 60 years (family owned) in the Lockyer Valley.  They are one of the last processors in Queensland that provides a genuine paddock to plate products.  We need to support this kind of local businesses…. the quality is superb!

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Smelly Cheese Club © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014SMELLY CHEESE CLUB

Smelly Cheese Club was one of the only two cheese stall I can manage to go near their display and tasting table. The Délice des Crémiers was so sublime, with a whipped texture this cheese just melts in your mouth…so rich and creamy!

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Jim's Jerky © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014JIM’S JERKY

Here’s another stall that have wonderful cured/smoked/dried meats….their jerky and biltong, comes in various flavours. I’ve learned something in Jim’s Jerky Stall, the difference between jerky and biltong is that…. jerky is cut into small thin strips thus it is drier while biltong are left in large slabs and more soft/moist when eaten.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Illawara Alpaca Company © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014ILLAWARA ALPACA COMPANY

Alpaca Kofta was really delicious…it was moist, just the right amount of spices and the meat was bold but in a positive way. Ms P and Ms M loves it and I can’t agree more!  The Alpaca Pate didn’t shake my food world as it has this funny aftertaste, maybe an acquired taste?

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Benfatti © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014BENFATTI

I love this stall, we bought  Arancini Cone on the final day of the show and we loved all of the flavours….they are very filling!  They were selling assorted Truffle products which magnetised me quickly to their stall and left with a purchase of a small container of Truffle Salt.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Le Creme Gateau © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014LE CREME GATEAU

On Sunday we passed by this exquisite stall with lovely delicious looking cupcakes and brownies.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Poggios © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014POGGIOS

If you want something different to give this coming Christmas to your officemates or boss…Poggios is the answer!  Wonderful Italian biscuit… I was about to pick one of the random samples they have and one of the guys stopped me and handed me an Almonelo….. told me it was one of the best flavours they have and it sure was!  You can taste the almonds, honey and vanilla….I can imagine this biscuit with a good strong coffee, match made in heaven!

You can order online at POGGIOS.COM.AU and have this Italian biscuits beautifully packaged delivered straight to your door.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Runaway Sweets © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014RUNAWAY SWEETS

People was really drawn to Runaway Sweets for their whimsical Cake in a Jar concept and the delicious contents inside.  They have this sweet shabby country style setup stall which I find adorable with an array of cupcakes on display too.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Zoe's Brownies  © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014ZOE’S BROWNIES

I was planning to purchase a couple of Zoe’s Brownies before leaving the show last Sunday but I forgot!  Mr Adventurous was disappointed when I got home as he said I’ve promised him I will buy some.  Now I have to bake him some at home to mend his broken brownie heart.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - The Bun Mobile © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014THE BUN MOBILE

Saturday was pure hell waiting for our orders at the Bun Mobile, our stomachs were answering each other back as we wait and waited with the rest of the crowd who braved the long line.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Bun Mobile Pork Bun © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014PORK BUN

Was the wait worth it… was! I just have to removed one of the sliced pickled cucumbers as it was a bit sour for me.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Bun Mobile Wagyu Beef Bun © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014WAGYU BUN

The Buns have generous fillings and worth the price you pay.


Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Siguenos  © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014SIGUENOS

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Corn Chips with Sour Cream © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014CORNS CHIPS WITH SIDE OF SOUR CREAM

Siguenos Corn Chips was nice, with lovely crispy tortillas and fresh toppings.


Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - That BBQ Joint © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014THAT BBQ JOINT

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Bbq Joint Beef Brisket Roll© BUSOG! SARAP! 2014BEEF BRISKET ROLL

So much meat….so good!  The Beef brisket was soft and the sauce was delicious.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Bbq Joint Mixed Bbq Plate © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014MIXED BBQ PLATE WITH POTATO SALAD

Okay, the Beef brisket was good but the pulled pork has this slight watery taste/texture and the potato salad was bland in my opinion almost the same blandness as Carolina’s Kitchen (Coorparoo) potato salad…. is this how Americans like their potato salad? I don’t know…..

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Salumi Cone © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014SALUMI CONE

We bought one Salumi Cone for $5 and it was delicious, filled with thinly sliced mild salami and cured smoked pork….which was a tasty sample of what they sale.

In regards to the food trucks, I just wished more participated because there were only 4x food trucks during the event and I want more variety to try.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Cusinera's Haul © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014CUSINERA’S HAUL FOR THE DAY….

This is what my haul from this year’s Good Food & Wine Show as I was not prepared with all the wonderful products available.  I only set aside a small amount for this year but I made a promise to myself if next year is as good as this year….products wise I will definitely bump my GF&W Show budget 3x.



  • My Grove Garlic Avocado Oil bottles, Roza’s Gourmet Dips and my Truffle Oil & Salt.

  • The wonderful stall holders that are so friendly and helpful…big big factor for me to come back again to your stalls next year.

  • I finally gott my hands on some of the Buns from The Bun Mobile.


F.Y.I~  Cusinera’s Media pass was provided by Square One PR.  We paid with our own TRIBE money for our foodie purchases during the event.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Brisbane © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014

Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show was held last weekend (17-19 October) and I had an awesome time during the event. Saturday was a tight squeeze around 1-2pm and the waiting lines with the food trucks were insane but Sunday was more relax with lots of bargain/sale on offer.

I’ll be breaking my post on this food event into 2 parts as I went mad on taking pictures during my 2 days visits….yes, you heard it right!  Thanks to Square One PR, they provided me with a media pass which I can use during the duration of the show and I hope the 3 ladies who won those double passes did enjoy their visit during the weekend like I did.

Now, I will show some of the stalls and the food I’ve tasted and bought…..

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Merchandise © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014

As usual once you enter inside, you’ll be greeted with the Merchandise Stall…. trolleys, wine glass with lanyard are available to purchase and other souvenirs if you want to take some home.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Bookworld © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014

Bookworld have a stall there but I didn’t really stopped for a little browse as I think I have a bad case of hoarding cookbooks….

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Alastair McLeoad  © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014Alastair McLeoad

I saw Alastair McLeoad eating a Nitrogenie Ice Cream beside the stall on Saturday and the next day saw him again but this time helping out to push a trolley full of bottles & stopping for awhile to wait for his mate….and all I can say to him was “Do you need any help?”…am such a duh!  Ms P was teasing me that I was star struck and didn’t think quick enough to ask for a picture with him….I think I was more mortified shy than star struck!

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Miguel Maestre © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014GOOD FOOD THEATRE - Miguel Maestre

On Sunday with Ms P and Ms M, we got the chance to watch Miguel Maestre in the Good Food Theatre…. he was funny and I swear, that accent is so sexy even though it seems like someone hog tied his tongue with a metre of roasting rope, hehehehehe! The show was educational too as he showed a video showing how Yarra Valley Caviar (a fresh water aquaculture farm) milk their Atlantic Salmons for its roe in a more natural way approach without the use of any antibiotics or chemical .

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Nespresso © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014NESPRESSO - Justine Schofield

Saturday, Mr H and I saw Justine Schofield in the Nespresso section….*whisper* Mr H has a thing for her as he find her really pretty, hehehehehe!  I wonder if she ever had a goodnight sleep afterwards with all the caffeine based sweet and savoury creations she has consumed during the show.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - The Zumbo Academy © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014THE ZUMBO ACADEMY – Adriano Zumbo

We passed by The Zumbo Academy last Sunday as we crazily try to visit all the stalls and I’ve never seen a class so quiet and behaved.  His classes was sold out well in advance…people are still crazy about macaroons up till now.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Wine Theater © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014RIEDEL WINE THEATRE - Nick Ryan

Quick picture as we passed by…..

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Barilla © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014BARRILLA

So many people wanting to cook pasta for free….our only interest with Barilla was the carry boxes we’ve seen people carrying around the show, we thought it was for sell but sadly it was only provided for the people who does the paid pasta cooking sessions.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Growing in the Lockyer © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014GROWING IN THE LOCKYER

It was so nice to be able to see what Queensland has to offer. Incredible local products was visible throughout the show that you won’t usually see in your supermarkets.  The organisers should make an effort to bring this local stalls yearly…..

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - City of Logan GrowersGROW YOUR MUSHROOM KIT

The City of Logan Stall have this “Grow your own Mushroom Kit” for only $10 and you can grow it inside your bathroom…how cool is that!

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Intrepid Travel  © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014INTREPID TRAVEL’S FOOD ADVENTURES

I love this stall and can only dream of attending one of their overseas food tours…..

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Nudie © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014NUDIE CHILL OUT ZONE

Mr Adventurous had fun tasting the Nudie samples shots….and it was a bonus also that their Chill Out Zone was kids friendly with areas where you can sit and rest.  Nudie even got face painting and colouring-in activities for the little ones.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Vortik © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014VORTIK FUSION

Vortik Fusion come in Chocolate and Caramel flavours and they taste really good but potent!  We love the aluminium bottles it is packaged on, the samples were served ice cold which was really nice.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Tomarata © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014TOMARATA

Tomarata Liqueurs were heavenly……specially the Lychee.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Mr Black © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014MR BLACK

I sampled Mr Black and gosh…if I have the money would have bought 2 bottles, this coffee liqueur would go nice over the top of your vanilla ice cream as a dessert and that’s only the start of its delicious evilness!

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Nitrogenie © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014NITROGENIE

Pass by Nitrogenie but pause for a bit to take a picture of the stage were they pour in the liquid nitrogen to the mixing bowl to create their ice creams…the world stood still for that few seconds for me as I watch, sometimes you have to please your inner child you know….

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Grove Avocado Oil © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014GROVE AVOCADO OIL

The Grove Stall was my first buy last Saturday as we have exhausted out our home stash of their Avocado Oil Garlic Infused months ago.  I bought 3x for $20 but when I returned the next day they had the Avocado Oils on special for only $5 each which I bought 4x bottles again.  I’ll take a mental note with the marked down price so next year I’ll wait till the last day before buying some.  I will be sending some back to the Philippines as my husband’s relatives love Avocado Oil brushed in their grilled vegetables.  Grove’s got beautiful Avocado Infused Oils…. highly recommended, no kidding!

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Hoyt's © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014HOYT’S

Hoyt’s Stall have a vast array of their herbs and spices packets/canisters on display.  I got most of their spices and herbs on my magnetic spice rack, who doesn’t?  They even handed out free packets of their Vanillin Sugar to passers-by during Sunday.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Jt's Coconut Essence © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014JT’S COCONUT ESSENCE

The Coconut Chips (Original) was delicious that we bought a packet of 3 canisters for only $5.  This gentlemen in the picture was so nice to talk to and even allowed me to take a picture of their stall.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Total Gourmet © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014TOTAL GOURMET

I found Total Gourmet Stall on the last day of the show. The lady on the right side with the short hair was excellent with dealing with curious potential customers.  I bought a bottle of an Australian Truffle Oil from her and she encouraged me to taste all the truffle products samples they have on offer.  If they decided to have a stall next year, I will definitely be visiting them again to buy more products.

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Media Pass © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014

It was great for myself to have a Media Pass provided by Square One PR.  The pass let me attend whatever day I choose to within the 3 day event but the downside was Mr H was slapped with a $20 parking fee from the premises where the event was held which we think was too steep.  To my understanding…isn’t flat rate parking fee during the weekends?

Okay….now to compose the second part of this Good Food and Wine Show 2014, this second  post of mine is full of the delicious part of the show….so you better wait for it!

Friday, October 17, 2014

GINATAANG TAMBAKOL STEAK (Tuna Steak cooked in Coconut Milk)


It has been along time since I have posted a Filipino Recipe….so to make amends, here’s a simple recipe for Ginataang Tambakol Steak (Tuna Steak cooked in Coconut Milk).  I’ve added a few kamias to create a small souring effect on the overall taste of the sauce.  I find that this dish is quite good  when you break up the tuna steak and tossed in cooked pasta or in a mix salad and use the sauce as the dressing. I do hope you give this Busog! Sarap! recipe a try!

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Learning by Doing and Not Teaching”……

Learning by Doing and Not Teaching (PINEAPPLE) by AIS

I saw this YouTube link from my FB newsfeed….it was inspiring and and also a good example if you want to start a business.  Like in the video you have to learn like Nin… observe, analyse, try out, be innovative and face problems with courage.  This is also what I’ve been trying to show my daughter, Ms M since she was small and to my 2 sons.

Such a good video that I have to post it to Busog! Sarap! and it got fruits too, so it’s counted as food related, don’t you think?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Winners of the Good Food & Wine Show 2014 Double Passes….



Congratulations to the winners of the Good Food & Wine Show 2014 Double Passes!


SARAH ~ sarahthomlinson(at)live(dot)com(dot)au

APRIL ~ april.cutlack(at)gmail(dot)com



I’ll contact you through your emails soon… Smile


F.Y.I~  3x Double Passes for Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show was provided by Square One PR.  For more information, event schedules and to buy general entry, VIP and masterclasses visit and don’t miss their regular updates and competitions via Facebook and Twitter. #goodfoodie

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