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  • Cutie Cutie Diner 0

    Shop 1D, Crestwood Plaza, 458 Olsen Avenue, Parkwood, Queensland

    There’s a lot that’s cute about Cutie Cutie Diner, for instance its owner, Sean Suzuki. Standing in front of me smiling widely, his bandana topping off the effect, there’s an unmistakable resemblance to a life-size male kewpie doll. Simply adorable! Surrounded by his pastel-coloured shop, its ‘Hello Kitty’-like emojis, kewpie dolls and cartoon animals, Sean […]

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  • Salt Meats Cheese 1

    The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    There’s nothing sexier than men preparing food. Especially Mediterranean men preparing really good rustic whole food. The ladies know it. They saunter in just before midday, hips swinging slowly, arms extended, looking for him. ‘Where’s Alessandro?’ Young and gorgeous, he crosses the restaurant to meet them, a huge smile lighting his face before being enveloped […]

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  • Mervyn Roy’s Bilinga 0

    169 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga, Queensland 4225

    Mervyn Roy’s takes us back to a time when family holidays were hot property. Mum, Dad and the kids would pile into the FJ Holden, tent and gear in the boot, and head to the beach for a week or two. There were no mobiles or ipads.  Kids played in the sand while the adults […]

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  • Nero 0

    3/1 Sunshine Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters, Queensland 4218

    “Being a chef is not a glamorous occupation,” Chef Dennis Duncanson tells us, and he’s right. Chefs work hard long hours in steaming hot kitchens, often when the rest of us are out playing. Long before the public sees them, most young chefs are sweating it out in other people’s kitchens. Perhaps they get caught […]

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  • Mavis’s Wild Food Garden Feast 0

    64 Mount Warning Rd., Uki, NSW 2484

    It was to be a ‘wild food’ garden feast – five courses made from local and hyper-local produce held in the gardens of the magnificent Mavis’s Kitchen, Uki. As the sun descended on the afternoon, seventy people gathered to have a dinner with friends and strangers at two long linen-clad tables strewn with magnolia branches, […]

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  • Lucky Bao 0

    6/90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters, Queensland 4218

    I’ve got a thing for bao. There, I’ve said it. They say that the mark of great food is whether you remember when, where, who you were with etc. when you ate it…Even the smell and sensation of texture can linger on… That’s not all I remember. Memories of my bao epiphany featured groans punctuated […]

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  • Rivea Italian Dining 0

    Pacific Fair, 2 – 32 Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    With shopping centres our new lifestyle destinations, it’s hardly surprising that the highly successful Ridgeway group should place its latest restaurant in ‘The Resort’ at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Rivea is a casual outdoor venue with more than a touch of class. Serving authentic pizza, handmade pasta and […]

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  • The Sandwich Bros. 0

    Shop 7, 38 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Surfers has its little secrets. The Sandwich Bros is one. Tucked away upstairs in the RSL arcade opposite the 4217, it’s a split personality venue. Owned by Daniel Mann, by day the tiny shopfront is a favourite haunt of Surfers office workers for its affordable food and juices, packed to the brim sandwiches and burgers. […]

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  • Arabesque Bazaar 0

    3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Chevron Renaissance, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Feel like indulging in a Middle Eastern meal or a cup of coffee in an exotic setting? Then head on down to the Arabesque Bazaar. There you can relax with a local Silipo coffee,  a Turkish or Saudi coffee, or even a cup of Arabian mint or sage tea  with some baklava in the luxe […]

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  • Nonna’s 0

    Harbourtown Shopping Centre, Cnr Gold Coast Hwy & Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters, Queensland 4216

    “Eat better, Drink happy.” Opened in 2005, Nonna’s is a good example of a family restaurant that gives the people what they want. Always popular, the recent renovation will make it even more so. As they’d done with House of Brews, the Kanaghines brothers embarked on a ‘discovery’ trip to the US to uncover food […]

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  • Buca di Bacco 0

    24-26 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    Dining in ‘The Cave of Bacchus’ sounds perfectly decadent. Named after the legendary place where the demigod Bacchus ascended to divinity thanks to his invention of wine, it’s fair to expect a feast, and that’s just what we get. Slung around a semi-circular corner of the Surf Parade dining hub, Buca di Bacco is a […]

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  • A Weekend in Ipswich 0

    Ipswich

    The ‘grande dame’ of Queensland country towns, Ipswich may not immediately spring to mind as a holiday destination. Yet there’s lots to discover here in our own backyard, a fascinating history which unfolds before our eyes, a laid back lifestyle away from the bustle of city streets and people who will greet you in passing […]

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  • Springfield 0

    It’s our first visit to Springfield, the suburb advertised as ‘a place where you can truly live, learn, work and play’. We’ve heard the stories. Now it’s time to pay a visit. The story of Springfield’s development is almost mythical, how in 1992, despite having little money of his own, Maha Sinnathamby raised the money […]

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  • 8th Avenue Terrace 0

    Levels 1 & 2, 8th Avenue Plaza, 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    Following the runaway success of the oh-so-delicious Espresso Moto, owners Jordan Stubbs, Krista Hall, Shannon Baier-Dry and Nikki Grimshaw-Jones have transformed the upper two levels of the 8th Avenue Plaza office block into a dual function restaurant: a casual alfresco terrace on the first level, with a more formal dining room above. With its understated […]

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  • Buying Seafood 10

    Living many years in Cairns brought the joy of eating from Neptune’s bounty – a feast of the freshest seafood straight from the boats (or from your own boat), the nightly haul of mudcrabs sold live and trussed at Rusty’s Market the next morning, a raw slab of tuna, red and glistening, cut straight from […]

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  • Sandbar 0

    51 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Change is in the air in Surfers, nowhere more evident that at the Sandbar. With uninterrupted sea views and the widest offerings of beer on the coast, Sandbar is iconic. An institution. But even ‘institutions’ need to move with the times. After operating the restaurant for almost twenty years since its time as the Boardwalk […]

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  • Yum Cha 0

    Dining at the Taiwanese-based chain restaurant Din Tai Fung in Kuala Lumpur (now also located in Sydney) was a watershed experience for us, so much so that we’ve now visited Din Tai Fung in a number of world cities! The creation of the dumplings exemplifies art as entertainment in the glass-surrounded kitchen, with chefs all […]

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  • Taverna 0

    22 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, New South Wales 2487

    Every town has its iconic places, including Kingscliff. The sleepy little coastal village, so loved by many, has such a place: a simple cottage overlooking the beach. For forty years, it housed restaurants, such as Tracey’s Garden Restaurant and Baja, where families would dine while on holidays. For many, including present owners Mark Wilson and […]

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  • Meraki Whole Food Kitchen 0

    55 Brooke Ave, Chirn Park

    Move nourish believe. It’s the mantra of success, in so many ways, especially when followed by another word: Act. After a lifetime working in and owning cafes, Evelyn Ellis, with the help of her husband and daughter, decided to follow he dream and open a wholefood café. “My dream for this café was inspired two […]

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  • Balboa 0

    1069 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    It’s hard to miss Balboa as you drive through Palm Beach. Its red brick two-storey building, once a quite unremarkable office block, now forms an imposing picture; even more so at night when the interior emanates a warm glow and the tables spill over with food, drinks and good times. The latest venture of Avvia […]

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