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  • A Weekend in the Rainforest 0

    108 Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum

    It’s the perfect winter escape away from the Gold Coast and into the forest; a weekend away in the Tweed Valley. The Tweed holds many attractions to explore: the magnificent Tweed Art Gallery, Mavis’s Kitchen with its own kitchen garden, Carool’s coffee plantations, winery and Potager, as well as craft galleries and farms set in […]

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  • Give us this day our daily bread 0

    1/16 Activity Cres, Molendinar

    There’s something timeless and elemental about bread. Dating back to the Stone Age when grain was ground between two stones, bread is one of the most widely consumed foods in the world. In its best state, it consists of only a few ingredients: flour, water, yeast and salt. Dense and chewy, whole wheat bread is […]

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  • GG’s Eatery & Bar 0

    1/1 Sunshine Blvd., Broadbeach Waters, Queensland 4218

    With some restaurateurs, it seems that everything they touch turns to gold. Their restaurants and cafés run like clockwork, assured of success. Menus display team colours, service is as tautly trimmed as a yacht under sail, and there’s an assuring feeling of ‘wealth’, be it of experience or bonhomie. We as customers know we matter, […]

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  • A Little Irish Fayre 0

    If there’s one thing you can count on as a traveller, it’s this: you’re going to have a good time at an Irish pub. For many, it’s a home away from home; a place to stop for a warm welcome and hearty refreshment. Considering the number of Irish among us, it’s surprising that the Gold […]

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  • Tonic on Chirn, Labrador 0

    Shop 1, 37 Musgrave Ave, Chirn Park, Queensland 4215

    With the village-like hub of Chirn Park a rising star in Gold Coast dining, Tonic on Chirn is a tried and true local hero, an establishment where we can recommend food, drink, ambience and service as being equally important and on point. Walk into Tonic on Chirn, and you could be mistaken for thinking that […]

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  • First Table 0

    Want to dine at some of our best restaurants for half the price? Half-priced restaurant service First Table launches on the Gold Coast on June 4, with more than a dozen new restaurants joining the discount dining network, including local favourites SoPo Dining Room and Baskk at Kirra Point. First Table rewards diners making early-bird […]

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  • Mixed Messages about Food 0

    Do you ever get exasperated with mixed messages about food? We hear so much about what we should and shouldn’t eat, what is a superfood and what’s not, that it’s hard to know what to believe. American food writer Michael Pollan says: “The healthiest food in the supermarket is in the produce section… and there […]

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  • My Family Feast 0

    I first met award-winning chef Sean Connolly as a TV star. It was the best and worst of times, spending time beside my brother as he battled disease through chemotherapy. Holed up in his tiny flat we made the most of slivers of time when, in reprieve from pain, we would chat, sharing memories punctuated […]

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  • Food Smith Café & Pantry 0

    14 Bay Street, Tweed Heads, NSW 2485

    It takes a lot of guts to be a pioneer, to venture out into the unknown, breaching new territory and providing a new service. When Sarah and Glenn Smith opened their café in Bay Street, Tweed Heads, Sarah was already well known from her Crumbs and Stuff market stall. The former site of the Tweed […]

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  • Fresh as your Daily Squeeze 0

    “Oh look! The café is named after me!” The Main Squeeze is jubilant! So am I when we check it out! Firstly, Daily Squeeze is inviting, facing north to soak up the sun. With counter and bench seats crafted from the recycled Old Tweed River Wharf, the café emanates the warm glow of timber and […]

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  • The Scottish Prince 0

    1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    As a city, we are very young indeed… at least superficially. We can’t boast a Colusseum, nor the glorious artworks of the Sistine Chapel. There are no obvious antiquities dating back 20,000 years to when the first Aboriginal footsteps were etched into our sand, nor to the first European settlers who breathed this air and […]

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  • Hop onto the Mexican Wave 0

    There’s a reason why Mexican food is popular on the Gold Coast. In keeping with our outdoor lifestyle, the best Mexican food is bursting with colour and flavour, showing off our regional produce at its best. Nestled in between Fins and Bombay Cricketers Club in Salt Village, La Barrita opened late in 2017, slipping quietly […]

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  • Daymaker Espresso 0

    44 Pacific Ave., Miami, Queensland 4214

    There’s something really exciting about a start-up restaurant. When, with little fanfare, Daymaker Espresso popped up on the southern end of Pacific Avenue just a few weeks ago, there was a palpable feeling of ‘Hey everyone, we’ve finally opened!’ Owners Andrew Madgwick (ex-52 Espresso) and Dylan Nesbit (ex-Barefoot, Elk, Blackboard and Paddock) have done their […]

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  • The Inky Squid 0

    Shop 5, 2-14 Henry Lawson Drive, Terranora, NSW 2486

    I’ve fallen in love with the sea again, that mother of all things salty and succulent. It’s a slow burn, this love affair, our household gently veering towards pescatarianism. Little do we know, as we wind our way up the lush hills of Terranora, past new housing estates and country manors, gazing often at the […]

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  • 6729 Bakery 0

    1/2711 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    A training bakery? When we visit 6729 Bakery, we wonder why the concept of bakery café and training school have not been combined before. It seems so obvious a solution. Most registered training organisations (RTO) usually educate within schools or organisations, running certificate and diploma courses and forming partnerships with businesses to place work-based trainees. […]

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  • Bunnath Kitchen 0

    East Quay Shopping Centre, 13/44 Commerce Drive, Robina QLD 4226

    Stories are sacred, and being a listener is a privilege. Especially tonight. We know a fair bit about Cambodia, having visited recently, so on our visit to the Gold Coast’s only Cambodian restaurant, Bunnath Kitchen, we come humbly, as one would to a temple. Restaurant owners Bunnath You (Bernie) and his wife Ivy greet us […]

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  • Community Gardens 0

    Gardening has played an important part in the culture in many civilisations. Gardening not only provides a recreational pastime for many people, but their gardens give a sense of well-being, peace and aesthetic charm. Some have become a status symbol. With an increasing interest in organics and the farm-to-table journey, home gardening is becoming more […]

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  • Elephant Grounds Café 0

    Shop 7B, 550 Christine Ave., Robina, Queensland 4226

    Fancy a coffee with your new lounge suite, or something to eat? How about some fresh cannoli? Robina’s Home + Life Centre, opposite the Auto Mall, opened late last year with a great array of lifestyle shops –  James Lane, Nick Scali, DecoRug, Vast Interior, The Good Guys, and Kitchen Connection, to name a few. […]

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  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 0

    March 9 is National Meatball Day, but is ‘meatball’ ever singular? Not for long! Whether they are called kofte, kibbeh or frikkadeller, meatballs are a much-loved family meal in many world cultures. While it’s believed that the first meatballs originated in China, to many Australians, our meatballs of choice are Italian. With an open kitchen, […]

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  • Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium 0

    Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    Get on your ‘little Japanese dumplings of happy’ and get down to Harajuku Gyoza in the Broadbeach Mall. If the combination of beer and gyoza is not enough to put you into a spin, add the zany elements of ‘Harajuku’ and you’ll be doubly happy! The largest of seven outlets of the phenomenally successful chain […]

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