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LUCKY DUCK- for drinks and nibbles. A follow up.

This is not my first Lucky Duck post. You can read about breakfast here (trust me, it’s amazing and super affordable).

So close to Christmas it can be nice to step away from the kitchen and escape on your own.

Ben and I chose to escape to Lucky Duck. The last few months has been good for Lucky Duck as there bar has become a quiet place for locals to drink and listen to live music.

Ben’s not a fan of their selection of tap beers, but tries some of the cider (apple and pear available) instead. He wants to acknowledge this is a completely him thing, not a fault with the bar. Last time we were there I ordered the house punch but they were out so I had a watermelon cocktail that was OK, but only because I don’t really like watermelon. We also ordered a cheese board and a serve of mushrooms with bread. The cheeses were excellent (and only $20) but the mushrooms were a little vinegary for me.

I love that there’s a few quiet locals in and around West End/Highgate Hill/Southbank now. I’ve never been a fan of the megapub and although I love bars that have full menus, having somewhere dedicated to drinks is pretty refreshing.

Damn, now I want cheese.
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It’s a hard knock life.

Lots of people have to work holidays, but they don’t get to have GF raspberry brownie and cold pressed soy coffee from Lift while they do it. So I feel smug.

The coffee is pressed locally by Rouge and is very sweet and strong, so be warned! (The soy option is called the Dalai Lama- gotta love it!). The house-made brownie is not to be shared. Seriously, get your own brownie. This one is mine (saving the last bite in the picture).


Thank you for the chats and coffee recommendation, Johnathan. Now to take advantage of this coffee buzz and finish my work.


PS- 100th POST! Thank you to my supporters for the encouragement that makes blogging fun and rewarding!

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So we went to Lucky Duck on Gladstone Road today for some lunch. They open from 8-1 on weekends and even though we turned up at 12.30, they were happy to make food, which was really nice.


Silly me. Turn the page and there are the snacks.


I like it how they are happy to cater for vegos and remark about the substitution up front.


We ordered a latte and an iced latte, both on soy and I ordered a Breakfast Puck, which is a muffin with bacon and egg, so of course I had the haloumi substitution. I wanted to order a Canadian Bomb milkshake but with my recommendation to reduce sugar (I’m not pre-diabetic or anything it will just help some health areas), this might not happen anytime soon. Any Brisbanites who want to go and document the experience in the comments section would be greatly appreciated!


The guy at the counter was nice and we sat just inside the window, which opens right up with the door making the front of the cafe nice and open. There were about 3 tables outside that could cater for 15-20 on stools and about 5 tables inside that could cater for 2-3 people each.


There were three groups ahead of us and two people working and there was a bit of a gap between the arrival of Ben’s coffee and mine. Unfortunately, mine came out hot but was happily replaced with an apology. They had also run out of English muffins for the Breakfast Puck and offered to put it in a tortilla wrap, which was just fine by me. I felt like it was getting too close to closing time but they were not rushing us and were still making food for another table so all was good and we waited for the food.


There was a calm vibe about the cafe despite being on a busy road and things like the chess set were laid out for people to while away time. When my wrap came out, it was bacon, so it was again back to the counter and again, they were very nice and apologetic and said they’d fix it straight away.


When the food came out, it was delicious and was served with a free cookie as further apology (Ben ate it). The wrap, which was basically upgraded to one of two Breakfast wraps, was haloumi, a fried egg, grated cheddar and relish. It was delicious and would normally be $8 had I ordered it off the menu (I also liked how I wasn’t charged for them running out of muffins, that is increasingly rare to find).


It was a lazy Saturday arvo and the mistakes didn’t phase me. Had it been a quick mid-week lunch bite, I could understand someone getting upset. I’ve been to places where things like this have happened and you feel horrible for pointing out errors (I tend to feel that way anyway because, back in the day as a waitress, I was mortified if/when I mucked up so I know how it feels) but at Lucky Duck it was handled really well. Ben enjoyed the coffee and liked that there were affordable eats for under $10.


Overall, I think Lucky Duck had an unlucky day but had good food and coffee and professional, friendly staff who dealt with the mistakes in a way that made me want to go back and give them another chance. I will definitely do a short follow up post over the next few months to see how they go next time. I want to be fair rather than nasty for the sake of it, and getting grumpy only increases my blood pressure, so we’ll see what happens next time and find out whether this was typical or not.

Who can be unreasonable to people who are nice to dogs?


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So it’s lovely when unexpected and unplanned things turn out well. Like today, with us just having a wander in the sunshine, planning to go to a new cafe down near Musgrave Park and instead finding a cafe on its opening day. How could a food blogger resist?


I realised that I’ve been driving past the cafe watching it being fitted out without realising how soon it would open. Although it’s not on urbanspoon yet, LIFT has a Facebook page up and running with photos of delicious looking baking. We went into the small but well-thought out interior and ogled at some good-looking bread and baked goods.


Whilst checking out the menu, we noticed straight away that the bread looked rustic and well-made and the lady making coffee tells me that a local organic baker makes their bread and only bakes for one or two other places in Brisbane. Although we’re making our own bread these days, we are not up to baguettes, so the organic baguettes for $4 will definitely tempt us soon.

How cute is this pie-ID system?

How cute is this pie-ID system?

The counter had a hot and cold cabinet with cute house-made pies and sausage rolls in the hot cabinet and savoury muffins, cakes and brownies in the cold. Although I was starving, I ordered a medium-ish sized 4 cheese muffin- there were also pumpkin and feta and sun-dried tomato flavours- an iced coffee for me and a soy latte for Ben and headed outside.


There were about 4 tables inside plus a bench under the window facing the street and all tables already had at least one person sitting at them. If you build it, they will come. Outside, there was a larger table near the door and a couple of tables further out. Despite being a super-busy street and right near an intersection, it was really pleasant sitting in the sun and it didn’t feel like you were too close to the traffic.


The decor was some classic inner-Brisbane style: dark walls, upcycled chairs and old tables. Our table outside had a big plastic mat on it, which I thought was odd until I spilled my coffee on it. Sigh. I can’t take me anywhere.


My drink arrived first and I had to laugh because it was served in a stein, although the waiter assured me they were going to change to a slimmer glass. You make your coffee yourself and I was offered milk if I wanted, which I did. The flavour was nice and, obviously, the ice cream made it sweet so no sugar was needed. Everyone walking by was having a good look at my drink. I felt like Oktoberfest had come early and brought caffeine. I originally ordered a soy iced coffee and this clearly had dairy, but it didn’t worry me as I should have ordered an iced latte if I didn’t want ice cream (I forget to do that a lot). If you’re vegan, just make sure you specify.

How crazy is this stein glass?!

How crazy is this stein glass?!

Ben’s soy latte and my muffin came out soon after. The muffin had been warmed so all the cheesy bits were gooey and lovely, just as it should be. There was also some onion and I think mild spices in the muffin which balanced the flavours perfectly. Considering that last weekend I was going to make cheese and onion muffins to freeze and grab on the way to work and only got to cutting up an onion before I got distracted and forgot, this was a much needed muffin and it filled me up more than I thought it would without being heavy.


Ben and I both liked our coffees. Ben, who had a much more pure coffee experience than me and my happily adulterated coffee, said his coffee was earthy and pleasant and he liked my muffin. As he is my (non-contagious- not that kind of sick) sicky who can’t go to uni or work at the moment, he was pleased to have another local place to have a decent coffee and a sit without walking into West End.

Overall, we were pleasantly surprised. If this is how delicious they are on their first day, imagine how yummy it’s going to be when they’ve settled in and have started breakfast? O_O

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