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    Wellington 0

    It may be known as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’, but to me Wellington holds other memories: strong winds and wet days, wild weather and a ship founded on rocks. Wellington was the venue for our annual shopping trip, endured for the promise of a bag of hot chips, their crisp deliciousness warming […]

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    Pizza Napoletana 0

    ”Producing the right pizza comes from the heart… Real Neapolitan – style pizza is just a beautiful thing.” Johnny Di Francesco I’m a traditionalist when it comes to food. I’m a fan of kneaded, hand-thrown dough, prepared with love, kissed by the smoke of a wood-fired oven as the sauce broodingly simmers on the stove. […]

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    Christmas and The Great Uncooking 0

    Peace. Joy. Love. These three words herald a time that for many is a tiring gauntlet of present buying and family commitments, the rite of passage marked by the consumption of copious amounts of food and drink. Somehow we emerge, breathlessly gasping into the New Year. We sit on the couch, exhausted and over-satiated, swearing […]

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    Bin 72 0

    Shop 121, 72 – 80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, Queensland 4225

    The southern end of the coast gets a taste of the successful Bin 12 concept in Bin 72, award-winning local chef/restaurateur Daniel Ridgeway’s third eatery. With Little Truffle and Bin 12 well established, it was time to expand south, snapping prime position in the Strand development, a bird’s eye posse upstairs overlooking the beach. The […]

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    Café Catalina 0

    Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, 10/11 Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast Highway, Southport, Queensland 4215

    It’s the eatery which has already been dubbed by print media ‘the Gold Coast’s coolest café’. On paper it has it all: a top location overlooking the Broadwater, adjacent to both the Rockpools’ play and picnic area and the newly refurbished Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. It also boasts seasoned café owners. Before opening Café Catalina, […]

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    Griffith St Larder opening for Heartfelt Homes 0

    Shop 9, The Strand, Griffith Street, Coolangatta, Queensland 4225

    Art and cafe openings are usually the realm of the young and the gorgeous. Slim and blond, if you smile discreetly, a camera will seek you out and magically channel you into the social pages. Ditto for the rich and powerful! For the rest of us, we know that ‘love was meant for beauty queens’; […]

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    Marina View Seafood MVS 0

    Shop 3, Hope Island Marina, 1 Rialto Quay Drive, Hope Island 4212

    Fresh seafood is crowd-drawing dining fare in most seaside cities:  Seafood chowder on San Francisco Pier, Grilled fish at Jimboran Bay, Bouillabaisse in Marseilles, Clam bake at Cape Cod, Seafood paella in Ibiza… With the Gold Coast ‘stretching along 57 kilometres of stunning coastline’, one would expect a myriad of places to buy fish and […]

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    The Wattle Hotel 0

    Corner Reserve Road & Brygon Creek Drive, Upper Coomera, Queensland 4209

    A vision statement, total designer concept including furniture and styling, piped music… You may think we’re talking about a very expensive specialist medical centre or even a private school but no, welcome to The Wattle Hotel. Intrigued, we accepted the invitation to dine at The Wattle as guests. Recently purchased by the Redcape Property Group, […]

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    Shop 29A, 72 – 80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, Queensland 4225

    “Where is the black sheep?” It’s a question from a passerby reminiscent of a Mem Fox story book. We’ve scored a neat posse at the front of the Black Sheep, looking across the Esplanade to the beach. Behind us, the fledgling café hides behind a tunnel-like temporary entrance, a white concrete sheep on guard at […]

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    The Little Plate – revisited 0

    Shop 11/3 Deodar Drive, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Dressed up for date night, coiffed, perfumed, accessorised. Should I pack my camera? It’s our fifth wedding anniversary and The Main Squeeze has managed to keep the venue a secret. “Be ready at 5pm,” was all he’d said. I cast my memory back to our first date. Dressed up, coiffed, perfumed and accessorised, I’d anticipated […]

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    Palazzo Versace, Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Queensland 4217

    It’s an invitation too good to miss: a chance to meet MasterChef 2014 finalist, Ben MacDonald at an ‘intimate’ masterclass at Palazzo Versace. Why am I excited? Besides the obvious factors such as venue and food interest, it’s the gossip factor which is tantalising. Admit it, ladies, you’d be the same! Ben, with the ‘more […]

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    Can Tho Kitchen Bar 0

    5/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay, Queensland 4216

    “Memories framed on the wall last a lifetime in our hearts.” I’m really interested in the concept of others being ‘observers’ of our lives. Our close friends and family, who have known us for a long time, understand the hurdles we’ve vaulted or staggered over. They do not judge us at face value, but know […]

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    48 Degrees Raw 0

    17 Albert Avenue (in the arcade), Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    I’m out with a clutch of vegans for lunch to try a new raw café. Easy on me, I figure I’ll let them be the food critics! Just a little background here: I had a vegetarian upbringing, husband #1 was vegetarian, husband #2 was a farmer… Got the picture? At this point, it’s best I […]

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    Feast For Kristy 0

    Like me, you probably grew up with the knowledge that life is not fair. Right? But sometimes things happen that reinforce this a little too strongly, such as when someone we know is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. “’Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both…’ Robert Frost’s words […]

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    Flannery’s Refuel Depot 0

    Shop 18, Easy T Centre, 514 Christine Ave., Robina, Queensland 4226

    “Have a positive attitude towards your goals, open your heart to other people, and take care what you put into your body,” Ironman Trevor Hendy is speaking to the converted at the opening of Flannery’s Refuel Depot in Robina. Tony Denoon and Suzy Fogarty opened their franchised Flannery’s Natural and Organic Supermarket at the Easy […]

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    Four Winds Revolving Restaurant 0

    Level 26, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise, 4218

    We recently accepted an invitation to have lunch at Four Winds Restaurant at the top of Crowne Plaza, Surfers Paradise. Opened in 1991, it’s Queensland’s only revolving restaurant; one of ten revolving restaurants in Australia. Retro-chic, revolving restaurants throw us back to the 60s, when Australia’s first real skyscraper, Australia Square, boasted the iconic Summit […]

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    Department of Coffee 0

    3/1136 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    STOP PRESS: Department of Coffee will have new owners from late November 2014 as the Richards family move on to their next project! I’ve heard quoted many times that the average Australian café or restaurant’s net profit margin is 3.6%. (An article in The Australian Financial Review notes that these figures are six years old […]

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    NOLA. Street Food at Blackboard Coffee 0

    7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes, Queensland 4227

    NOLA. New Orleans LouisiAna. It was a city I’d insisted on visiting when we holidayed in the States. I wanted a bit of that Southern flavour to seep into me: Po’boys, Gumbo and Beignets, as well as the jazz that flowed from every bar out onto the street. New Orleans is a city guarded by […]

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    Băc to Nam 0

    Burleigh Gold Coast Motel, 1910 Gold Coast Highway (Cnr Christine Ave), Miami, Queensland 4220

    Like many other foodies, I have my little obsessions. For me they’re mostly Asian: Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), Gyoza, Sashimi (make that almost any raw seafood), Ramen (in progress) and Phở. They’re umami or savoury tastes. Phở. My eyes roll back as I remember Hanoi. The city captured my heart, as did their version […]

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    Jamroc 0

    Shop C51A QSuper Centre, Cnr Bermuda & Markeri St., Mermaid Waters, Queensland 4218

    My Jamroc love affair was not ‘love at first sight’ but ‘love at first bite’! I’m partial to a bit of bird, especially when we’re pressed for time. But a good chook can be hard to find. My two favourite stores selling BBQ organic chooks have closed; a sad statement on our collective purchasing habits! […]

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