As seen in Issue 282, Kerry Heaney details Games of Rhones in Fortitude Valley and Carla Burns’ amazing cakes…

Hidden bar

Quirky and organic is how The Twig and Berry co-owner Jon Lesterdescribes the décor of their sub-basement space and outdoor courtyard. With a bar team including Declan Roache, Will Cowley and Louise Klatte who have worked at The Bowrey, The Press Club, Cloudland, Kerbside and Superwhatnot, there’s plenty of interest on the cocktail menu. To find it, look for the illuminated sign at ground level, sneak down the side of the building and through the red gate to enter the courtyard.

For more information, visit our dining guide.

Cake factor

Carla Burns, co-owner of Vanilla Pod Cake & Deli Café, says the secret to making cakes with wow
factor is passion, a love for baking and decorating, and that elusive handmade touch.

Carla is branching out with a new offsite specialty cake kitchen in Albion, opening in late June. Her team of bakers and cake decorators will produce Vanilla Pod products along with cake consultations and tasting sessions.

What’s ‘in’? Rainbow layer cakes, even for a wedding. Vanilla Pod Specialty Cake Kitchen, corner of Sandgate Road and Birbeck Street, Albion. Visit the website.

Eat Sunday

Eat Street Markets is now opens Sundays on the old Hamilton working wharves, stocking everything from soft-shell crab to Malaysian curry, Italian, Greek, Indonesian and French food. Co-owner Jackie McDonald says her favourites include the cronuts and and Philip Johnson’s burgers.

For more information, visit our dining guide.

Wine games

Unleash your inner Khaleesi or Khal Drogo and head to Game of Rhones for an afternoon dedicated to celebrating the classic grape varieties of the Rhone Valley in France.

Bottle Shop Concepts founder Dan Sims says to expect to pay between $15 to $20 for a glass of Cote Rotie wine from the Rhone Valley which, if you could find it in a restaurant, would set you back between $50 to $80. Winemakers have hinted there will be plenty of Game of Thrones characters, plus don’t miss the blind-tasting torture chamber. What happens in there stays in there, according to the organisers.

Game of Rhones, Light Space, 30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley, Sunday 8 June, 1pm until 6pm. Entry $50, includes take-home Riedel Ouverture Magnum wine glass. Visit the website.