Break-ups suck. There are no ifs or buts about it, they are just really crappy experiences we all go through every now and then. Food has this magical way of helping us through blue days and leading us to better days. If you’ve been surviving on mi goreng and random jars from the back of your cupboard, it’s time to move on. Arm yourself with your favourite people, put the drastic hair-change on the backburner, and get outdoors to feed your body (and your soul) with the good food of Brisbane.
Botanica | Red Hill, Fortitude Valley
The delicious and nutritious salads of Botanica might not be enough to snap you out of your funk on their own, but they are definitely a step in the right direction. The friendly team at Botanica are virtuosos at combining simple and hearty ingredients to create a meal that will fuel your body through countless episodes of “Friends” on Netflix.
Acai Brothers | Multiple locations
Acai Brothers are a must-try if you’re toughing it through a break-up. Proving that life’s simple pleasures are the sweetest, these easy bowls are perfect to snack on as you meander along the bay and contemplate life’s big questions: “Will I ever see his dog again? Should I download Tinder? How can I get back my toothbrush?”
Sweet Treats to Fix Your Salty Heart
Jocelyn’s Provisions | Fortitude Valley
Seriously, the best thing you can do for your body after a break-up (or honestly, at any point in your life) is to indulge in a double-stacked chocolate sour-cream cake from the heaven-sent delight that is Jocelyn’s Provisions. These handmade treats (perfect for eating in bed with a friend) are a delightful way to treat yourself when you’re feeling a little down.
Gelato Messina | South Brisbane
My honest advice is to straight-up order a 1L tub of your four favourite flavours, take it home, curl up in a blanket fort with some friends, and binge watch the latest season of “Game of Thrones”. It’s amazing what some decadently indulgent gelato and good company can do to your spirits. This milk chocolate and peanut gelato with chocolate brownie is a bit of a favourite.
The Deep-Fried Binge
Hello Chicken | Bowen Hills
This cute-as-a-button Korean eatery dishes out delicious fried chicken from the back of a food truck. With flavours such as original crispy fried chicken, soy garlic chicken, and crazy-hot chilli chicken, you’ll be too busy trying to choose what you want to eat to even think about the fact you’re now single. And besides, being single has its benefits – it means you don’t need to share your wings with anyone!
Brooklyn Depot | South Brisbane
Brooklyn Depot knows how to feed a hungry heart (and stomach). Whether you choose to chow on MacLovin Balls (of deep fried mac ‘n’ cheese goodness), twice-cooked onion rings, or the Proud Mary burger (with crispy pork belly and hickory bacon), you’re sure to stave off the hunger in favour of a hearty and comforting meal. And if you’re still struggling for something to be thankful for, just remember all the different ways we can eat potatoes.
With a Drink or Two on the Side
Death Valley Bar | Morningside
This food truck-cum-beer garden is the coolest place to knock back a drink with friends while chowing on the delicious eats of Red Robin Supper Truck. With 10 rotating taps of specialty brews, you can while away the evening chatting in the cool air, or if you’re brave, head next door to the Southside Tea Room on one of their karaoke nights to really get out of your funk.
Canvas | Woolloongabba
As much as we love good food, sometimes what you really need is a good drink. That’s where Canvas comes in. While the jalapeno poppers, stick pork belly, and haloumi salad might be enough to lift your spirits, we recommend going the extra mile and ordering one of their insanely good cocktails. If I had to suggest just one, it would be the Intergalactic – an interesting take on the classic espresso martini, this bad boy will have you forgetting your broken heart in no time.
When all the burgers have been eaten and all the cupcakes devoured, you might still feel blue. Self-medicating with food isn’t a responsible way to get over a break-up, so while it’s fine to treat yourself to delicious meals, make sure you get some real help, too. Don’t neglect the tried-and-true method of speaking with a friend, embracing your hobbies, and seeking professional help if you need.
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