Quick Bites: Christmas 2013

I’m a little bitter by nature, but even I get a little excited around Christmas. When there are Cadbury Favourites flying around the office; Christmas parties galore; and the promise of a shiny new gift or two – what’s not to like?

Oh yeah, there’s that whole “spending time with loved ones” thing…so if you’ll be doing that, here are some ideas to share with them.
1. Pay someone else to slave over the stove

I don’t mind a spot of cooking, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to sweat bullets on Christmas Day while everyone else is laughing it up in the pool. So why not head out on the day? Stamford Plaza is hosting a ridiculously expensive lunch ($240 a pop for adults), which I’d be all over it wasn’t the same price as my mortgage payments. There are also cheaper options like the Bavarian Bier Café, which is offering a choice from four set menus. If you can snag a table I’d also recommend Jellyfish for awesome fresh seafood (love this place!) – check out their website for details.


2. Grab a festive gift for the beer drinker in your life

This may be a not-so-subtle hint to my other half. I may want him to buy me one/all of these. I might possibly crack it if they aren’t all in my Christmas stocking. I’m talking about the Rogue’s Santa’s Private Reserve Ale (sold at Thirsty Camel). Or Holgate’s Double Trouble (from Craft and Archive Next Door). Or even one of Moondog’s seasonal brews (try Archive Next Door, although you can enjoy it at the bar in Kerbside or The Scratch). What’s better than a festive, fruity, spicy Christmas ale? Oh, love and togetherness, you say? Bah!


3. Give something back

Look at that, I do have a heart. If you can spare some time from over-eating, over-drinking, and general over-indulging, check out one of the volunteer opportunities available around Brisbane this Christmas. Gift wrapping, swag wrapping, maybe even dishing out some food in a shelter…there’s heaps of ways you can help the less fortunate.


4. Participate in DineSmart

The DineSmart initiative sees participating restaurants asking patrons to add a $2 donation to their bill. Sounds small, but it all adds up – all the more reason to do it! Sake and Next Door are two places participating in Brisbane – check out the DineSmart website for a full list of participating restaurants.



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