Top 3 European Spring Cheeses

  • POSTED ON 02 Jul 2013
This is such a gorgeous time of year in Brisbane, lovely sunny winter days and crisp winter nights. Dinner parties around fire places and with every dinner party there comes a time for a little bite of cheese . The versitility of cheese means it can be served as a started as you are waiting for your friends to arrive, in your dish or as a final palate cleanser to finish your event off. As the European Spring cheese collection reaches its fullest we have the age old battle between the French and Italian style cheeses.

Serving cheese as a starter can kick start your night and we love the use of French cheeses to prepare your palate for dinner. It works well to start with some triple cream, brie or soft washed rind and serve with either a champagne or cider. This style of cheese is perfectly matched with a small handful of candied cumquats or seasonally fresh figs or cherries.

Our top three French cheeses for Spring:
1. Chaumes from Perigord, South West of France. It arrived last week at our Milton store, a light washed rind made from cows milk with mildly acidic and smokey undertones.
2. Sant Andre Triple Cream a classic triple cream which never disappoints.
3. Chevre aux Epices which literally translates as goat cheese with spices.

In wrapping up that fabulous dinner party, ensuring a memorable finisher  cheese is always a good choice. It will also leave you feeling less guilty if you are steering clear of too much sugar. Italian cheeses are generally more suited to follow a dish due to their sharp textures. A traditional Italian dining experience would see slabs of cheese placed on the table at the end of a dish.

Our top three Italian Spring cheeses:
1. Pecorino Amarone a gorgeous sheeps milk hard cheese with amarone infused throughout the cheese and amarone grapes pressed on the cheese.
2. Gorgonzola Piccante a gorgeous Northern Italian cows milk blue cheese which is aged over at least 90 days.
3. 50 day old Taleggio, which once left beyond the 50 day soft rind period leaves a gorgeous farmhouse cheese.

Buon Appetito!

Blanxart Covered Almonds

  • POSTED ON 25 Jun 2013
Hailing all the way from Spain the Blanxart range of almonds is mouthwatering. Available in Raspberry, White, Milk and Dark Chocolate. Pick up a box today from Milton or Spring Hill.

Butlers Chocolates

  • POSTED ON 25 Jun 2013
Butlers are the purveyors of happiness. Once you taste the Butlers range of sweets you will understand why. Each pack is beautiful boxed and the range includes creamy toffees, chocolate caramels, vanilla and chocolate fudges. Yum!

Villa Porcelain Bowls

  • POSTED ON 25 Jun 2013
These bowls are truly beautiful! Each is brightly colored and the collection comes in a range of beautiful patterns and sizes. We think the large bowls perfect for pasta, the medium are fantastic for your morning porridge or the small make a lovely serving bowl for nuts or other tasty treats. Available at Tognini’s Spring Hill Trattoria.

Falcon Enamelware

  • POSTED ON 25 Jun 2013

You may of seen the Falcon range at our Milton Café Deli when you order toast. Classic enamel with blue edging this collection is durable, light and versatile. The range includes plates, mugs, bowls and plates. Available at Tognini’s Spring Hill Trattoria.

Easter means Chocolate...

  • POSTED ON 10 Mar 2013

Tognini's has had a very special delivery from the Easter bunny this year. In store you will find a great range of Easter treasures that will be hard to find anywhere else. Another treasure we have found for you is made by Kennedy & Wilson in Healesville, Victoria. Over time they have produced some of Australia's finest chocolates. These treats are hand wrapped in bright tissue paper, coming in a variety of sizes in both dark and milk chocolate. Check out their little story on

Another of our favourite chocolate treats: Chocolatier have been around since 1985, established in Melbourne. Their large chocolate eggs are available in chocolate truffle, mint chip and strawberry + cream. This company practises 'fair trade', making them one of the few companies in Australia meeting these standards. For more information head to We stock a selection of German hand painted real eggshells filled with chocolate hazelnut truffle. A unique and original Easter treat by Gut Springenheide, dating back to 1844 where the family began as chicken farmers in Germany. 

Italian 'Easter Dove' Cake by G.Cova

  • POSTED ON 10 Mar 2013
Italian's love their sweets, especially for breakfast! In saying so, it would not surprise anyone that they have created the perfect Easter cake. This year we have brought to you a traditional Milanese cake that has been around since 1930. These cakes are called Colomba Di Pasqua, which translates to 'Easter Dove', made by G.Cova, famous for their panettone. Relax and enjoy with a glass of bubbles while the kids are on the Easter hunt!

Boozy Easter Buns

  • POSTED ON 10 Mar 2013

Nothing says Easter like a warm hot-cross bun smeared with your favourite spread or butter. This Easter we are spicing up our hot-cross buns with Narelle's boozy dried fruit mix that was such a hit in our fruit mince pies. Easter comes only once, you won't want to miss out on these little treats. These buns are hand made especially by our baker for Tognini's customers. Pop in to our Milton CaféDeli or Spring Hill Trattoria the Saturdays leading up to Easter to taste these hand made buns and place your order. Orders will be ready to collect on Thursday 28th March 2013.

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