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  • The Farm 15

    Come on down to The Farm! 0

    11 Ewingsdale Rd., Ewingsdale NSW 2481

    Touted as a ‘destination’ farm, a ‘community of growers, producers, eateries, educators and more’, The Farm at Byron Bay is an 86 acre property owned by Tony and Emma Lane, heirs to the Oroton empire. Turn off the Pacific Highway to Byron Bay, and The Farm’s most visible signpost is a full carpark. With a […]

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  • Miss Margarita 1

    Miss Margarita 0

    Shop 101, The Wave, Albert Avenue, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    There’s a transfer of culture taking place across the border. Art, food and music travel at will from Byron to the Goldie and vice versa. With surf and a casual lifestyle forming a conduit, the interstate cross-pollination seems far more evident than any Brisbane-Gold Coast transfer. So when Byron Bay locals Emma and Greg Thomson […]

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  • Salt meats Cheese 12

    Salt Meats Cheese 0

    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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  • 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. Once owned by barista sisters Penny and Susan Strophair, hence the name, since Kylie Jennings bought the cafe in mid 2014, it has continued its rise in […]

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  • Songbirds 13

    Songbirds 0

    Lot 10, Tamborine Mountain Rd, North Tamborine, Queensland 4272

    Destination dining. I’m waiting for the idea of a Gold Coast restaurant to really catch on; a ‘go to’ place which truly shows off our local fare from the 100 mile radius of land and sea – the best of our seafood, produce and artisan products. A place that says: “This is our food. This […]

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  • Pancakes 3

    Pancakes on the rocks 0

    4 The Esplanade, Shop T1.31 Soul Arcade, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    During my university years I had a delicious love affair. Pancakes on the Rocks had just opened and, given any occasion, my sister and I would go there to indulge. In the days of Easy Rider, pancakes were all the rage, and the Rocks’ venue was the place to go! Housed in a century old […]

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    Market Treats 0

    Racecourse Drive, Bundall, Queensland 4217

    Our farmers’ markets provide us with produce straight from the grower, however they also serve several other purposes: they provide a community hub for locals to shop and socialise at the same time, for growers to sell their goods directly to the public, including those specialty food makers and producers whose business rests on only […]

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  • Kettles On 1

    Kettles On, Kingscliff 0

    Shop 3, 78-80 Marine Parade, Kingscliff NSW 2487

    Kingscliff always reminds me of holidays: days when you can amble past a few shops, grab a chair in the sun or an armchair just inside the door of a café, catch up with friends for an all-too-rare chat as you wistfully imagine that you lived in this sleepy town! Although less than two years […]

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    Hey, Pepe! 1

    Pablo Pablo, 5th Avenue, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    In a city boasting a choice of tapas bars of many different kinds, it’s worth seeking out a Spanish chef who knows a lot more about tapas than the average Aussie: Pablo Pablo’s Head Chef Eric Garcia, affectionately known as ‘Pepe’. We chatted to Pepe recently about all things Spanish, especially paella, tapas, and the […]

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  • Fiery Deli 1

    Fiery Deli 0

    2/1718 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    It was the smile that first got me in. The young couple gave customers such a warm welcome that of course we had to buy their food, even though it looked different: arepas, the crunchy pocket bread stuffed with filling that’s the most common food of Venezuela and Colombia. Their stall, Fiery Deli, became one […]

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  • Zipang 2

    Zipang 0

    Shop 10, 31 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters, Queensland

    Former partner at Genki Café, Chef Atsushi Mizushima has gone out on his own in a tiny casual Japanese diner. Named after the ancient title of Japan, Zipang, the café has a split personality. By day, it’s a tiny ‘dine in’ or quick ‘grab and go’ eatery where workers stop in to get lunch. By […]

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  • Signature dinner 4B

    Taste of Kingscliff Signature Dinner 0

    Penthouse Suite, The Beach, 2-6 Pandanus Parade, Cabarita, NSW 2488

    It was the stuff of dreams: an exclusive dinner party where local business people and sponsors gathered in a rooftop apartment overlooking the beach to enjoy a sumptuous feast prepared by two of our top chefs, Steven Snow (Fins) and Geoff Hart (Hank). This intimate setting at the penthouse suite of The Beach, Casuarina, offers […]

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  • Funky Olive 3

    The Funky Olive 0

    1722-1724 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Opening a restaurant is a bit like running the gauntlet. There’s so much to do: leases, venue and kitchen fitout, engaging a chef, decisions about menus and suppliers, staff recruitment and training, licensing and inspections, branding and marketing… all in preparation for that all important ‘reveal’ to the general public. First impressions count. After all, […]

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    Create & Capture @ The Fox 2

    Four of our photos were chosen among the thirty finalists (from around 80 entries) in the Good Food Month’s “Create and Capture @ The Fox” photography exhibition at Fish Lane Studios, The Fox Hotel, Brisbane. Here they are, together with our captions. In the final prizegiving on 30 July 2015, we received 3rd prize. (Click […]

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  • Char Baa 3

    Char Baa 1

    4/1840 Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    In short: Grab a Cyprus chicken or Middle Eastern lamb flat bread grill from Char Baa to eat in or to go. Three eateries opened in less than three years! It’s been a cracking pace of development for owners Liv (Olivia) Watson and Gaynor Hunt, owners of The Little Plate. After opening The Little Bar […]

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  • Cocotte

    Cocotte, Robina 0

    Robina Quays Shopping Centre, 361 Robina Parkway, Robina Queensland 4226

    Shunichi Tanabe, owner of Cocotte in Robina, has taken an interesting culinary journey on his way to the Gold Coast. A chef for ten years in Japan, Shunichi emigrated to Australia a decade ago, recently working beside Steven Snow at Fins, Salt Village, for four years before opening his own restaurant late in 2011. Cocotte, […]

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  • Grobnik 4

    Grobnik Fine Foods 0

    7 Brown Street, Labrador, Queensland 4215

    It’s Jamie Oliver’s fault. I lift my nose in the air when it comes to sausages. I don’t do ‘bits’, and unless I know who made those sausages and what’s in them, I just won’t eat them. Enter Grobnik. My sausage heaven! We’ve bought Josip Marsanic’s sausages at the farmers’ markets long before we visited […]

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  • Tour de France 1B

    Tour de France, Surfers Paradise Marriott 0

    Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Summary: Citrique’s famous seafood buffet supplemented by a celebration of French cuisine at chef stations. Considering that many of us are descendants of Anglo-Saxon forefathers, it’s ironic that we’re so happy to celebrate Bastille Day. Or is it? In fact, the French national holiday symbolises much more than just the storming of the Bastille prison. […]

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  • Caffeine Kings 9

    Caffeine Kings 0

    1920 Gold Coast Highway, Miami, Queensland 4220

    Just like in football, loyal caffeine drinkers know and follow their brand, or at least their type. So when Jess and James Wren moved to the Gold Coast three years ago, they found little ‘Melbourne-style’ coffee, hence the idea of starting a laneway espresso bar on the coast serving the coffee they love. Enter Caffeine […]

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  • At Thai on Ferry 4

    At Thai on Frank 0

    1/ 97 - 99 Frank Street, Labrador, Queensland 4215

    Jon and Tuk Brady are well known to the Gold Coast dining public. The couple had won many awards at their well-known Thai restaurant, Kin Kao: Best Thai and Best BYO on the Gold Coast for consecutive years, as well as contender for Best BYO in Australia. Tuk’s aromatic Thai food and Jon’s hospitable service […]

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