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Macchiato Me, Ashgrove

Ashgrove’s coffee scene is heating up and this little espresso bar is a serious contender. With an owner who’s very passionate about her coffee, you’re guaranteed a great cup of coffee – steaming hot or icy cold!

Read all about it: http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/eat-drink-coffee-west-ashgrove/macchiato-me-espresso-bar-ashgrove

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Something for the kids – big and small

With school holidays looming, here’s something the whole family can enjoy without needing to travel far.  Pack a picnic, slip, slop, slap, grab a map and let the fun begin ….

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http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/kids-outdoors-walks/hidenseek-childrens-trail-mt-coot-tha

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CBR Equine Cottage, Amamoor

Looking for an escape for the extended family? And by that I mean you, the kids, your pooch AND your equine family member! This delightful cottage set on the hillside at Amamoor might be just the ticket. And If you don’t have a horse of your own, you can enjoy visiting those who reside here.

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http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/dogs-dog-friendly-accommodation/cbr-equine-cottage-amamoor

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Another reason to visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The Parkers have done it again! Brisbane’s west has another authentic farmers’ market in a most unexpected location …..

Fresh fruit and veg from Suttons Family Farm at the Fig Tree Farmers' Market

Fresh fruit and veg from Sutton Family Farms at the Fig Tree Farmers’ Market

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Arthur’s Green, Red Hill

If footy clubs aren’t your bag, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s now another spot in Fulcher Road at Red Hill where you can catch up with friends and enjoy good food and coffee.

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http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/eat-drink-coffee-west-red-hill/arthurs-green-red-hill

Russian Resurrection Film Festival

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I was fortunate to be given a double pass to the opening night of the Russian Resurrection Film Festival last week so a friend and I attended, having no idea what to expect. I was surprised at how few people were in the heart of the city, even for a week night it was very quiet. Perhaps it had something to do with the upcoming G20 – there was definitely a stronger security presence in town than I’ve seen before.

In any case, off to the festival we went. Sitting in the cinema waiting for it to begin we felt that maybe we were the only ones there who didn’t speak Russian – I had no idea Brisbane had such a large Russian community! The movie was a Russian Classic – Visilisa, set during the revolution. Yes, it was pretty bloodthirsty but a great movie! Subtitled in English, things became a bit tricky once the French entered the story. We now had Russian being spoken, English subtitles and a voice-over interpreting in French!

The after party produced hot finger food, vodka, white wine, vodka, red wine, vodka, vodka shots, and vodka and cranberry juice! And this was the real deal – vodka that just about blew your socks off! One shot was enough for us, before heading out into the fresh air for a look at the light shows on the city buildings.

Thanks Must do Brisbane for the opportunity to attend the opening night of the festival.