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The view from Jude Cafe overlooking the Brisbane River

Jude won’t let you down …

The large rustic tables and light airy feel gives Jude, a Brisbane-based Hamptons style venue, the illusion of the classic Queenslander outdoor deck. Our table for 10 had stunning views of the Brisbane River through large open windows – perfect for enjoying a crisp autumn morning. Most of us ordered bacon and eggs – served poached, fried and scrambled on toasted Turkish bread. The generous servings were indeed ‘big fisted’, ‘gutsy’ and the flavours, ‘bold’ – as promised on their website. Run by congenial brother and sister team, Rob and Jude Kelly, the venue lives up to its name, providing hearty, wholesome meals made on site in their bustling kitchen. Not only is the venue a cafe and tapas bar, it can also be booked out for exclusive corporate functions and caters for businesses in Brisbane’s greater CBD. I’ll definitely be returning! 9/1 Eagle Street Brisbane QLD 4000 (07) 3220 2201 judecafes.com‎

Coyote Grill, laid back eatery in Laguna Beach

JUST OUTSIDE the trendy hussle and bussle of Downtown Laguna Beach is the friendly Coyote Grill – a casual “locals” spot that’s been serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily since 1989. Prepared daily by hand, they offer addictive Baja-Style Mexican food with plenty of Catalina ocean views. Many of their customers enjoy their homemade margaritas and grilled fish tacos under an umbrella by day. By night, feast on fresh local lobster dinner by the fireplace and romantic twinkle lights. Their friendly bartenders start Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 3-7pm. Take a look at their magnificent menu. Time for a breather? Then get along to Coyote Grill – it’s the ideal place to relax in the sun or party in the palapa bar. 31621 South Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92655  

Cocoawoo, Brisbane’s tranquil haven

The bird-cage haven of Cocoawoo on Charlotte Street, Brisbane gives a welcome respite from the icy wind that whips through the city on a cold winter morning. With its stylish plum interior, the café has been created to give the impression of patrons coming in from the hub into a tranquil ‘cage’. Says owner, Brian Wu: “The idea is that people ‘fly’ in here to have a little peace and relaxation. We’ve created a welcoming ambience with the warm interior and soft music – it’s a haven for people stepping in from the stress of the CBD.” The addition of hand-made chocolates was a point of difference to the many other coffee shops around the city – and the stand-up coffee bar idea came from Europe and Brian’s observation of Melbourne’s established coffee culture. Patrons don’t have to sit down to enjoy their daily grind; instead, they can stand at the coffee bar and enjoy a cut-price cup of coffee. “It took a few weeks for people to become familiar with the idea but it’s …