We have Rachel over from Our Town Brisbane + FREE Printable Holiday Calendar

Banner-OurTown-sunset-light2We are so excited to be hanging out with Rachel from Our Town Brisbane this month.

Brisbane is our home town as well, and there is always something going on. We just don’t always know about the somethings. That’s where Rachel’s blog comes in. It’s a fantastic way for anyone living in or visiting Brisbane to keep their finger on the pulse of this vibrant city. And coming into Christmas and school holidays, we thought it was the perfect time to collaborate on how to keep yourself, and your kids, entertained. 


We will let Rachel tell you a little bit about her blog and her awesome self:

Image Credit Our Town Brisbane

Tell us about your blog and why you started it …

I started this blog because I had a problem. You may have heard of it. It’s called…

F.O.M.O Def: “fear of missing out”. The fear that if you don’t go to a party or event you will miss out on something great

I can’t pinpoint exactly when it started, but over the last year it seemed like everywhere I turned I was confronted with news about amazing things happening in Brisbane.

People were going to festivals, and gigs, and exhibitions. They were eating street food from Food Trucks and drinking whiskey in lane-way bars. They were hunting for antiques, and cycling and growing things and making things…

I wanted to do it all. But I couldn’t.

Then one day a few months ago I woke up, smelled the coffee (which is excellent in Brisbane these days) and realised that if I was going to beat F.O.M.O I needed a plan.

I started researching, scheduling and planning. And Our Town Brisbane was born.

What’s your favourite restaurant to take your family to?  

I’m lucky that the boys are quite adventurous when it comes to food so we like to explore different styles of food. We love Carolina Kitchen in Coorparoo, the sushi train at Ginga at Carindale, and Beach Burrito in West End for a Mexican fix. We also took them to Yum Cha in Sunnybank for the first time this year and they are big fans!

What’s your favourite restaurant/bar to go out to with your girlfriends? 

This one is so difficult because I always feel like I’m leaving out something important! But for dinner I love Blackbird – the steak there is to die for. Peasant at the Barracks does amazing tapas and Wagaya in the Valley is great for groups – you order from a touchscreen set up in your booth!

For drinks I love Leftys, Greaser, Sabotage and Alfred & Constance.

What’s your favourite restaurant/outing to go to with your partner when you get some kid-free time?

My partner and I recently went to The Catbird Seat for dinner and it was lovely. Its only small (probably seats about 30 max) but it has a lovely atmosphere and the chef seriously knows his game. We will definitely be back there again soon.

What are your words to live by?

Be so good they can’t ignore you. It’s a work in progress but it’s what I aim for ☺

So, back to keeping everyone sane and entertained over the festive season…  

Rachel has put together a fabulous list of Christmas activities happening in and around Brisbane: Christmas in Brisbane

And, as we come into the school holidays, we have a handy summer holidays (December & January) printable calendar for you to use.

Free Printable - Summer Holiday Calendar JPEG

 What are your plans for keeping the kids (& yourself) entertained during the festive season?