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  • Hide Seek 1

    Hide ‘n’ Seek Espresso 0

    Shop 2/110 Mountainview Avenue, Miami, Queensland 4220

    Following a coffee experience is like barracking for a football team. Come across a loyal follower, and they’ll travel for kilometres to get their special brew, even when it’s out of the way. That’s how it is with Hide ‘n’ Seek. Not just a hot cup of stimulating brew, for many people coffee is a […]

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    The Pastry Emporium 0

    Riviera Plaza, 4/7 Campbell Street (Cnr Panitz St.), Bundall, Queensland 4217

    Adrian Grazioli always had a dream of opening his own patisserie. After training at Brunetti’s in Melbourne, Adrian moved back to the coast, working for different cake shops before opening his own premises, ironically in the same block as the restaurant his parents founded: Riviera. Hidden away in a tiny suburban shopping centre in Sorrento, […]

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  • Not tonight 3

    Not Tonight 0

    50B Nerang Street, Southport, Queensland 4215

    “Not Tonight.” There’s a seductive challenge in those words. An enigma. It’s a saying that’s steeped in history; a famous dismissal that leaves plenty of room for alternatives. Let’s get creative! If not tonight, when? “Then how about today?” I throw out the alternative, and we meet for lunch instead. Location, location, location! It’s often […]

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  • Walrus 0

    Clifford & Walrus 0

    Watermark Hotel, 3032 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    “This town is steeped in a rich tapestry of colourful history.” A former holiday ground for the Kombumerri people, since the 1860s the Gold Coast has been a place of big personalities. They were people who boldly defied the odds and broke away from tradition (and sometimes the law), turning a few heads in the […]

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    Wyndham Cruises 0

    Tiki Village Wharf, River End Cavill Ave., Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    While locals may own a boat, a Wyndham cruise is one of the few ways that tourists can dine on the water. Wyndham operate several relaxing calm water cruises at different times of the day. Our lunch cruise travels on our river system from the Isle of Capri to Sea World, a running commentary showing […]

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  • Tribeca 5

    Tribeca NYC 0

    58 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island, Queensland

    New York-inspired Tribeca NYC, the latest eatery to open on Chevron Island, already has the locals raving. “We’ve been here every week since it opened,” say the couple beside us, “and every time we visit we try something different.” It’s the exact comment that Brandon Pollard would like to hear. He’d told me, “We want […]

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  • Box Espresso 3B

    Box Espresso 0

    Shop 7, Niecon Tower, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    It’s a little nook of a place, tucked into the Foyer Lobby of Niecon Plaza, Broadbeach, but Box Espresso doesn’t need to be big to be great. Serving organic Verde blend Silipo Coffee and almost totally organic food, barista/owner Jimmy Thompson and partner Mel aren’t letting venue size be a limitation on goodness. Building on […]

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    Viet Baguettes 0

    Shop G8A Chevron Renaissance, 3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd., Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    “The Renaissance is here. A collision of street culture, retro-inspiration, cafe-bars, boutiques and individualism. A hangout for a growing tribe of city dwellers…” (Chevron Renaissance, 2014) We’d waited for the unveiling of Chevron Renaissance’s makeover with unbridled excitement. Advertised as the Gold Coast’s version of Melbourne’s graffitied laneways, the comparison was enough to give me […]

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  • Butter rhythm 3

    Butter Rhythm 0

    510 Marine Parade, Labrador, Queensland 4216

    It started with an innocent question: “How would you like your fish?” Instant engagement! The waiter has my attention. The question dangles mid air, unanswered. But why should I be surprised? It’s what wait staff are supposed to ask when serving fish, but too often they don’t. Our night has just turned golden. We’d followed […]

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  • Hard Rock 5

    The Hard Rock Cafe 0

    Cnr Cavill Ave & Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Joe Cocker’s death left a hole. It was another one of the legends gone; another jigsaw piece of my life experience which had fallen off the table. I’m not a ‘cult’ sort of person, but the legends of rock and roll hold significant meaning to me. Many of them are attached to life experiences and […]

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  • The Lott 10

    The Lott Urban Dining & Espresso Bar 0

    4/217 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina, Queensland 4226

    “The Lot!” That’s The Farmer’s response to the question, ‘What would you like with that?’ Two decades of farm life have left their mark. A carnivore by heritage, he’d much rather have a steak for breakfast than a green smoothie. “The cows have eaten the grass already, so why be a vegetarian!” he quips. Learning […]

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  • Grocer and Grind 15

    Grocer and Grind 0

    1 Sunshine Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters, Queensland 4218

    Losing our local corner store was no great loss, especially when you consider what we’ve gained in its place. Gone are the ciggies, packets of chips and $5 fried brekkies. After a full reno, what emerged from the chrysalis-like shell was a light and bright health-conscious well-priced boutique eatery – one of the funkiest cafés […]

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    ChefsProBono – Feast4Kristy 0

    After last weekend, I’m happy to report that volunteerism is alive and well on the Gold Coast! It’s not a new idea, helping others in our community. It’s pretty usual for neighbours to pitch in to finish a project or take around a casserole if someone is sick (at least it is in my community). […]

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    The Lamb Shop 0

    Shop 106, Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    “Fast food done well,” The Lamb Shop’s owner Peter Gloftis tells me. I look at him, glance into the shop, and then down at my food. That’s his mission? ‘He’s the master of understatement!’ I think. This is not ‘fast’ food. We had been beckoned over to The Lamb Shop by the aromas wafting out […]

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    Elk Espresso 3

    16 Chelsea Ave., Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    Elk Espresso wins friends, first of all, for being a world away from the stainless steel cafes of Broadbeach. Once a quite unremarkable shop, there’s now a minimalist shopfront adorned by antlers. Step into the simple but funky interior and you could be excused for thinking it’s an art studio. There are retro chairs and […]

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  • Canteen Kitchen 2

    Canteen Kitchen, Burleigh Heads 0

    23 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    UPDATE January 2015: Since the sale of Canteen (Kitchen and Coffee) to Kristen Kiely in late 2014 as Brendan Elcham concentrates on the wholesale side of his coffee business, our visit this month showed that little has changed in Canteen. Though the food heritage is still strong, fittingly the Elcham family photos no longer hold […]

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  • Paddock 12

    The Paddock Bakery 0

    20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    There’s something timeless and elemental about bread. To me, it’s a given. So, I find it strange that a food item which dates back to the Stone Age, the most widely consumed food in the world whose very name itself denotes staple nourishment, should ever have been out of favour. But it has been. Until […]

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    Taboon, Robina 3

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

    Since its opening, Taboon at Robina has established a reputation for fresh, vibrant modern Middle Eastern cuisine. Consistency has been the key to its success, together with the freshness of its food. Owner Steven Isaacs brings his experience as a restaurateur and manager both in Sydney and the Middle East to Taboon in Robina. There’s […]

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  • Buckini Bar 3

    Buckini Bar 0

    17 Albert St., Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    The Lillie Lounge in Aria’s arcade, when it was first set up as a women’s cooperative, was one of my favourite spots. The café has changed hands a number of times, the latest with new owners Elise and Dale taking over the lease from seasoned foodie, Kristie Ord. Having completed a two-week ‘Raw Food Chef […]

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  • Cardamom Pod 7

    Cardamom Pod, Broadbeach 9

    Shop 1, 2685 - 2689 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    Cardamom Pod’s move to new premises on the Gold Coast Highway in Broadbeach, has brought new life to the cafe. The venue, overlooking the park, is bright and airy, offering a choice of dining inside or overlooking green. The wallpapered flowers remain, as does the tribute to Krishna, albeit more muted, but there’s a classier, […]

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