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| BNE March/April 2017

Where do you live?

Greenslopes, just 5km from the CBD.

What do you like most about your


It’s leafy and quiet, full of young families and

super cute oldies in their original post-war

homes, I love all the waves I get when I walk

the dog. Also, we’re only a stones throw from

ritzy Coorparoo with all its delicious cafés

such as Flute. Honestly, my favourite thing is

a Sunday afternoon beer at the Greenslopes

Bowls Club. Also here’s a tip: the Greenslopes

Private Hospital has a 24-hour pharmacy.

Where do you always take visitors when

they come to Brisbane?

I like to show off my favourite places for

food, which at the moment are Pearl Café

in Woolloongabba for breakfast, a bit of

charcuterie and a Malbec at Gerard’s Bar and

dessert at Mister Fitz’s at East Brisbane.

I also love to take people to the Archerfield

Speedway. It’s loud, there are fireworks

sometimes, there’s carnival food, it’s really

fun. My other tip is to go watch the Brisbane

Bandits play at Holloway Field in Newmarket.

There are often food trucks at the game and it’s

fun, it reminds me of going to Yankee stadium

when I was in New York.

What’s your hot tip for visitors that

only a local would know?

Ocean View Estates winery. It’s a bit

of drive but the drive is spectacular.

Head out past Samford and

Dayboro, stop in for some antique

hunting and coffee in Dayboro,

put a bet on at the time warp

that is the Dayboro pub.

Continue on to picturesque

Ocean View, passing dairy

farms and tree changers

mowing their acreage blocks.

The winery, as per the name,

has views to die for. I grew up

at Cedar Creek, near Samford, and

love this area to bits.

What’s your favourite thing to do on

the weekend?

I take my dog Ruby to the Orleigh Dog

Park in West End. It’s a riverside dog park

which means the pups are free to frolic in

the Brisbane River. It’s right next to the South

Brisbane Sailing Club so if the boat ramp is

free, the dogs can go for a decent dip to cool

off. Afterwards, I grab a strong coffee from

Blackstar, a Bahn Mi from Kim Thanh Hot

Bread in Vulture Street, West End, still only

$6 for the best pork roll in Brissy, and head

home to get the smoker on.

In case you haven’t picked up on it, I’m

into food. I love to barbecue a brisket or

lamb shoulder low and slow then have people

over for a simple lunch of barbecued meat

and ’slaw on rolls in the backyard. Of course

there’s a few Balter beers, from a brewery in

Currumbin. It’s the weekend after all. Then

we head to the German Club for a couple of

snags and maybe a boogie on their dance floor.




Mel Buttle is a writer,

radio presenter and

TV host based in

Brisbane. She studied

to be a teacher and

was studying marketing

before she was lured

by the open mic to try

stand-up comedy and

then she was hooked...