Brisbane, Australia
Jade, 37
Brand Consultant
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Brand Consultant, because I believe everything has a story, and I want to tell it. I specialise in content creation, particularly video, which again plays into my obsession with telling stories. I hope to one day write a Nordic noir thriller and direct the first black James Bond movie!

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

A mix of Beyonce and Kelis to feel really femininely empowered. Then Odd Future and Gojira, to restart my brain. Sometimes jazz, to wallow in pity, like Coltrane, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Ren and Stimpy, Insecure, The Office and Atlanta.

Name some spots in Brisbane that are good for a Tinder date.

Eat Street Markets, cos its relaxed, and if your date is ugly at least you get a good meal out of it! West End, for wandering around cool bars and little boutiques. I think for Tinder dates its gotta be somewhere a bit relaxing, so you can get to know this person casually. A dinner date is too formal!

Who’s your hero and where in Brisbane would you take them out for a serious hang?

Samantha Wills (Jewellery designer). Aussie girl who made it big internationally, but stays close to her roots. I’d take her to a wine bar on the river, like Black Bird.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I try and do the high-low thing – maybe a high end piece like Chloe boots with a vintage shirt picked up somewhere cool while holiday. West End and James Street is good for chic pieces.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Anywhere that has pokies.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I love hiking especially around Mt Cootha, but I’m too busy lately to do it. Such is modern life when you work for yourself!

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Brisbane and where did you get it?

Eat Street Markets does crazy milkshakes, that have donuts and icecream piled up high, and that was A-MAZING.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Brisbane that you particularly like?

I really like the Gresham, it’s a small spot right in the city, but it has top-shelf liquor and a cool vibe.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Brisbane? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I really like the Stokehouse, I went there for a media function which was a tasting menu of 6 courses (plus wine) selected by the chef. It wasn’t cheap (from memory, around $400) but it was gastronomic harmony and one of the best meals I’ve ever tasted.

What restaurant in Brisbane looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

It doesn’t so much look crap as unassuming – Kafenio, a Greek restaurant in West End. It looks just like a little blue house, but the food is authentic and reasonably priced. Nice back deck too, really cool and chilled vibe.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Brisbane? Which one do you like?

Dutch Courage, in the Valley. I like the Lawrence of Arabia – Tanqueray, Aperol, passionfruit and citrus – yum!

Where would you take your partner in Brisbane if you wanted to really pamper them?

Endota Spa, there are beauty treatments, facials, manicures etc – guaranteed pickmeup.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Tim tams and lamingtons. Old skool cool.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Brisbane?

Cru Bar, on James Street. It’s for overpriced and for people who wear sunglasses at night.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Brisbane?

Sixes and Seves, also on James Street. Fantastic menu, and the kitchen is open late on a Sunday, which can be a rarity in Brisbane.

What are the Brisbane spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Southbank, Mt Cootha (great view of the city). Maybe even GOMA and the Art Gallery.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Brisbane. How do you spend it?

Breakfast at Campos Coffee in the valley, Swim at Southbank, blowdry at Oscar in the city, dinner and drinks at West End.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Copenhagen – everyone is friendly, city is really easy to walk around, the architecture is beautiful, and in the summertime the river is so clean you can swim in it.

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