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  • Big Sur 6

    Big Sur Coffee 0

    9/107 Turpin Road, Labrador, Queensland

    Carmel is one of my favourite places on the world. It’s got that old school charm oozing from its veins, its sleepiness slouched down the hill knowing that it’s arrived. Carmel doesn’t have to try to impress. It just IS. Big Sur is almost there. Just south of Carmel, it’s a wild peninsula set apart […]

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  • Wazen 4

    Wazen 0

    1/33 Tallebudgera Creek Road, West Burleigh, Queensland 4220

    You know how it is… you’ve tried to choose a healthy meal, only to find you’re half starving at the end of it. Perhaps you’d decided on a couple of share plates and drawn the shortest straw, or maybe that plate of sashimi cost $28 for five pieces of fish? Then you weren’t at Wazen. […]

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  • Pickled Pig 4

    Pickled Pig Brewery 0

    18 Industry Drive, Tweed Heads South, NSW 2486

    I glance at the business card in my hand. Paul Brewer. Pickled Pig Brewery. I don’t know what’s more implausible – a brewer named Paul Brewer, or the whimsical name ‘Pickled Pig’. Is this for real? Absolutely! In fact it’s one of our few local craft breweries, located in Tweed Heads, making chemical-free, preservative-free ‘no […]

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  • Pashas 1

    Pasha’s Turkish and Cypriot Cuisine 0

    2448 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    Hidden away behind a wrought iron fence and garden, Pasha’s is Queensland’s oldest Middle Eastern restaurant. In 1991, Ertan Mustafa sold Pasha’s in Newtown, the first Turkish restaurant in Australia, to establish Pasha’s as his family business on the Gold Coast. Ertan tells us that he grew up in Cyprus on a farm overlooking the […]

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  • Burleigh9

    Burleigh Heads Farmers Markets 3

    Burleigh Heads State School, Cnr Gold Coast Highway and West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Burleigh Heads Farmers Markets, opened in June 2012, offers a different blend of produce and wares to other markets on the coast. There’s fruit and vegetables for sale (like other markets, some are sold by retailers rather than by farmers), gourmet foods and deli items, artisan bread and pasta, meat and fish, fresh flowers and […]

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  • Shiro MoreGC

    Shiro Japanese Cuisine 0

    Capri on Via Roma, 15 Via Roma, Isle of Capri, Queensland 4217

    I’m an advocate of choosing your dining venue not only by reputation and cuisine, but also by other less obvious need. Who are you dining with? What are their food preferences? What sort of atmosphere do you want? Is there something important that needs to be discussed? There are times when you need a restaurant […]

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  • Silo 5

    Carrara Markets – discovering our backyard 2

    Carrara Markets, Manchester Road, Carrara, Queensland 4211

    It was time to discover our forgotten backyard, to venture out to a place we’d neglected for years due to the Goldie’s flourishing farmers’ market scene…Carrara Markets. A haven of the fabulous and flimsy, the terrific and the tacky, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Carrara for an Asian market, albeit without dog meat and durian! […]

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  • Le Cafe Gourmand 4-001

    Le Café Gourmand Dinner 0

    36 Cronulla Avenue, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    Popup dinners have proved to be an exciting addition to the Gold Coast dining scene. Some may be ‘one off’ events ‘guerrilla’ style with the location held as a closely guarded secret, such as those held by Goldtoast Supper Club, Lola & the Chef and (sadly no longer) by Fingers & Bones. But there’s another […]

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  • Lakeview 9

    Lakeview Café and General Store 0

    Shop 1, 100 Burleigh Street, Burleigh Waters, Queensland 4220

    Professional athletes often know a fair bit about food. With lives ruled by the need to consume heaps of food of the right sort (14,000 calories per day during training), loaded at the right times, it’s hardly surprising that food becomes an interest, if not an obsession. No surprise, too, that many sports stars invest […]

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  • Vivre a vie 14

    Vivre a Vie 0

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

    Update March 2015: Vivre a Vie has new owners, but the good news for diners is that the menu will stay in place. Watch this space for an update. A totally organic bakery which makes everything from bread to cakes, from raw treats to French pastries, and Acai bowls to Organic roast lamb? Yes. Welcome […]

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  • Outcider 9

    The Outcider 0

    4/1 Douglas Street, Kirra, Queensland

    It’s Sunday lunchtime and I’m sitting in a pew. A Catholic church pew to be exact. You’d expect it to be hard and uncomfortable but I’m very much at home. Cushion behind my back I’m chilled out, doing homage to the sangria in my hand – the best I’ve ever tasted! I gaze out across […]

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  • Rafaelle Di Benedetto with fresh ravioli

    The Master of Pasta 0

    Level 1, Marina Mirage, 74 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach, Queensland 4217

    “Welcome to my playroom!” It’s an invitation from a man who lives his passion, the Gold Coast’s ‘Master of Pasta’, Raffaele Di Benedetto. He beckons from the doorway. I look past him into the working studio of a craftsman – Pastificio Fellini, a shopfront full of machines and implements, barrels and cartons. While Marco Polo […]

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  • Blendlove 2BB

    Blendlove 0

    Shop 1/253 Ferry Road, Southport QLD 4215

    Easing their way into business through farmers’ markets and the savvy creation of a huge social media following proved to be a smart move for Sharlene Fletcher and Riki-Lee Gilbert. With an already well-established fan base which followed their every move, it was a low risk move to place their business in the prime street […]

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  • Box coffee co 1

    Box Coffee Co 0

    Cnr Olsen Avenue & Melia Court, Southport, Queensland 4215

    Coffee in a box? Well, not really. The container is rectangular. Of course I’m talking in riddles, as by now you’ll have guessed that I’m talking Box Coffee Co. Not to be confused with Box Espresso (Broadbeach) this ‘espresso box’ is perched on the edge of Southport Sharks’ property on Melia Court. With the obvious […]

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  • Larder 8

    Larder 0

    1/3 Classic Way, Burleigh Waters, Queensland 4220

    “Perverted tastes,” the Main Squeeze has been known to say as he tucks into a Big Brekkie. He’s shaking his head dismissively at my mound of kale. Few people love a green breakfast as much as I do. Tabouli and tapenade on toast used to be my favourite morning plate a few years ago…that was […]

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  • Kiyomi 8B

    Kiyomi 0

    Jupiters Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    Are you a food tourist? Is dining out one of the agenda items on your travel itinerary? If you research dining possibilities at each destination, reading about great chefs, exciting signature dishes and cultural food experiences, then you’re one of us! We don’t always have to travel to indulge in food tourism. Sometimes we luck […]

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  • Fufu 3

    Fufu House Japanese Bar 0

    154 Scarborough Street, Southport, Queensland 4215

    If you’re a purist about Japanese cuisine; or if you want to ‘see and be seen’ when you dine, please stop reading now. This review is not for you. If you sometimes enjoy ‘cheap and cheerful’ dining away from the spotlights and stilettoed fashion parade of the main drags; if you’re experimental in your culinary […]

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  • Salt Mill 4

    The Salt Mill 0

    1/784 Pacific Parade, Currumbin, Queensland 4223

    Walk up from the beach at Currumbin, and you can talk surf with Johnny Gillett, who owns The Salt Mill with his wife Sarah. Perfect as their first café, it’s a little ‘cute as a button’ nook put together using the couple’s combined skills. Rough-hewn bench seats, fruit cartons and a wine barrel tell us […]

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  • Cucina Vivo 4C

    Cucina Vivo 0

    Jupiters Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    Like most gourmands, I’ve got a food bucket list. My list would include Noma, Tetsuya’s and, of course, Ristorante Grotta Palazzese in Italy, clinging path-like around the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean. It’s the cliff-top restaurants along the Amalfi Coast that provided the inspiration for Cucina Vivo. Jupiters Gold Coast’s latest restaurant is […]

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  • Monsoon 8

    Monsoon 0

    Shop 6A, 8 Grice Avenue, Paradise Point, Queensland 4216

    Stepping away from his family’s Italian-inspired restaurant in Chirn Park, owner/ chef Craig Weston and his wife Sarah aim to bring exciting modern cuisine to the northern side of the coast. In their purchase of Monsoon in Paradise Point, they saw the chance to bring something different to the northern end of the coast. Located […]

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