| 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
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...