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  • Paleo 1

    Paleo Cafe 0

    4 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Decked out in bright orange, vibrant and fresh, it’s hard to miss the Paleo Café. Under bright umbrellas and shaded by Connor Street’s Poinciana trees, it’s a breath of clean air to the Burleigh dining scene. Paleo Café Burleigh is the latest in the franchise founded by Marlies and Jai Hobbs, and when we visit […]

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  • Coffee sisters 6

    Coffee Sisters 0

    110 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters, Queensland 4218

    Coffee Sisters is a great place to enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat off the beaten track; a perfect nook to bask in the winter’s sun. Owned by barista sisters Penny and Susan Strophair, it’s a simply decorated café in a tiny clutch of shops on Monaco Street. A coffee station and chilled […]

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  • Bonita 10

    Bonita Bonita 0

    2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    If the spirit of Frida Kahlo descended onto the Gold Coast, I am sure that she would come to rest in Bonita Bonita. Besides being kindred Mexican spirits with their own unique artistic styles, Bonita’s owner/chef Morgan Walsh (ex Commune) bears a striking resemblance to the famous Mexican artist. By day the façade of the restaurant […]

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  • Grainge 4B

    The Grainge Handmade Jams 0

    5/17 Commercial Drive, Ashmore, Queensland 4214

    I will never forget the first taste of The Grainge raspberry jam in the Carrara Markets butcher shop. The intense burst of fruit was an epiphany of flavour, albeit between wafts of raw meat! “I will never eat another jam again!” I murmured. The jam brought back a rush of childhood memories. I’d spent primary […]

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  • Pugh 6

    The Gold Coast International Food, Wine & Music Festival 0

    Mercure Gold Coast Resort, Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara, Queensland 4211

    Food, wine and music! Three of my favourite things! I don’t mean to sound like Oprah, but an invitation to meet world class chefs and wine experts on the Gold Coast was too great an opportunity to miss! Music beside the pool? Bring it on! Held over two days in April at the Mercure Gold […]

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  • Great Greek 6

    The Great Greek Kafé 0

    151 Scarborough Street, Southport, Queensland 4215

    Mention ‘Greek taverna’ and a smile lights my face: visions of blue and white, of traditional music, diners with arms interlaced dancing barefoot in the sand beside a crystal aqua sea… Admittedly, these scenes have been planted by movies such as Shirley Valentine, from photos flashed around by friends following a Mediterranean cruise and brightly […]

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  • Ashys 9

    Ashy’ s Clean Eating Kitchen 0

    2375 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    UPDATE APRIL 2014 It’s only been five months since Ashy’s Clean Eating Kitchen opened, but so much can happen in such a short time! Firstly we heard rumours that all staff at Ashy’s had been sacked; then that the restaurant had closed. Both were only partly true. After such a fabulous start, the opening format […]

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  • Blackboard 4

    Blackboard Coffee, Varsity Lakes 0

    Shop 7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes, Queensland 4227

    Update, April 2014: It’s official! The bar has been raised! Not just on coffee, but also on food. Following the metamorphosis of Blackboard Specialty Coffee into a full blown restaurant, taking over adjoining space and remodelling, there has been a lot of fine tuning. Owner Nick Pearce has not been afraid to experiment with the […]

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  • Vivre a Vie 1

    Vivre a Vie 0

    Shop 1 & 2, 2364 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    A totally organic bakery which makes everything from bread to cakes, from raw treats, pies and French pastries to organic coffee? Yes. Welcome to Vivre a Vie! Vivre a Vie opened in Mermaid Beach recently, a modern continental bakery café where you can take your dairy free, gluten free, and sugar free friends, or even […]

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  • Popup 6

    Lola Underground 0

    I may have circumnavigated the rave party movement, but I’m right into pop up dining! Held in warehouses or carparks, bamboo groves or railway stations, temporary eateries have been popping up across the world. Now, thanks to chefs James Barnes (Destination Food) and Malcolm Hope (Lola and the Chef), we have our own pop up […]

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  • Black Sheep 7B

    Black Sheep Bistro 0

    Shop 2/ 108 Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford, Queensland 4210

    “Black Sheep Bistro pays homage to the underdog, bringing Nose-to-Tail dining to Oxenford.” It’s enough to get any foodie excitedly following the scent of a story – nose-to-tail dining. It’s one of the top trends for dining in other cities, so it’s exciting to see it make an appearance, in Oxenford, what’s more! It doesn’t […]

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  • Roost 0

    The Roost @ 53 0

    53 Johnston Street, Southport, Queensland 4215

    It had been bucketing rain during the night but Mel had been up since 3am baking the Turkish buns for our breakfast. She didn’t know the buns would be for us, but we’d decided the night before that we’d score an early brekkie at The Roost @ 53 on the way to work. The Roost […]

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  • Daark 6

    Daark Espresso 0

    2/41 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park, Queensland 4215

    I’m crossing that invisible line to the darkside. You may not know, but lots of punters face the daily dilemma: where can you get a decent coffee on ‘the northside’? Enter Daark. Decked out in black, white and grey, Daark Espresso is serious about coffee. So serious, that what started out as a tiny espresso […]

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  • Yummy Dumplings 2

    Yummy Dumplings 0

    Shop 3, Robina Food Central, 126 – 128 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina, Queensland 4226

    Dumplings. They’ve been around since the Sung Dynasty; they’ve travelled through Asia and across the seas to Australia. To the Chinese they’re jiaozi (Mandarin) or gow gee (Cantonese); to Japanese, gyoza. Steamed, fried or boiled, served in bamboo baskets or on a plate, dumplings are in hot demand in most Australian cities, a late night […]

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  • Anna Karena 14

    Anna Karena 0

    3/1957 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Cake has gone through a gourmet apocalypse. It has evolved in three separate directions: into mass produced pre-mixed concoctions; healthier options made from something smaller, rawer, nutritionally dense; or the reworking of American ‘junk’ desserts by ‘no-frills’ cooks. There’s very little scratch baking and even less invention. But in the great teahouses of Europe real […]

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  • Ze Pickle 1C

    Ze Pickle 0

    Cnr Park Ave & Connor St., Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    In a suburb dubbed as ‘the new Byron Bay’, within sight of an award winning beach, there’s a laid back vibe and lots of funky eateries. Welcome to Burleigh Heads! We’re heading to a venue that started it all; the first craft beer drinking hole on the Gold Coast, and one of the first communal […]

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  • Harvest 1

    Harvest, Newrybar 0

    18-20 Old Pacific Hwy, Newrybar NSW 2479

    ‘Harvest’: a bounty that follows a season of work, culminating in Thanksgiving; a veritable feast. It’s a fitting name to describe this well-established Newrybar cafe/restaurant, bakery, delicatessen and farm. We’ve heard lots about Harvest, and decide to visit for Saturday lunch, a relaxed chance to breathe in the country atmosphere with no pressing timelines to […]

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  • Capri on Via Roma

    Capri on Via Roma 0

    15 Via Roma, Isle of Capri, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    It’s been a few months since Capri on Via Roma opened its doors to the public. Shops are opening in slow progression like a blossoming flower, but we love it already! Housed in a huge, cool industrial shed and outer buildings, it’s contemporary yet inviting. Completed, the site will house about 60 lifestyle, fashion and […]

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  • Lott 7

    The Lott Café & 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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  • Green House 5

    GreenHouse Factory 0

    1/74 Musgrave Street, Kirra QLD 4225

    Veganism is out! Loud, bold and proud! “Just because you’re vegan, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time,” says GreenHouse Factory co-owner Natalie Evans. Realising that vegetarians were suffering from a lack of dining choices on the southern end of the coast, Natalie opened the GreenHouse Factory. It’s a place to enjoy a […]

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