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  • The North Room 1

    Shop 1/2527, Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    It’s relatively easy to find food for comfort or food for freshness on the Gold Coast, but far more difficult to find food for inspiration. The North Room has it all: the comfort of known ingredients, impeccably sourced produce, presented with a twist to entice and surprise both the eye and the palate. It’s a […]

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  • Chaffey Bros. Wine Co. Winter Event at Season Restaurant 0

    Salt Village, 1 Bells Boulevard, Kingscliff, NSW 2847

    It’s perfect winter weather for the Taste Tweed Festival with bright sunny days and cooler nights. The whole month of July is filled with events: tours, lunches, tastings, dinners, markets, picnics, cooking classes and fashion events. One of the pinnacle events is the festival’s much anticipated signature dinner held at Season Restaurant, Peppers Salt Resort […]

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  • Red Hot Cod 0

    1716 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Simon Scott lives and breathes the ocean. Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Simon’s a keen surfer and fisherman. When he’s not out on the ocean, he’s in the kitchen cooking the catch. So, it’s understandable that when Simon and his wife Buffie opened a seafood shop in Burleigh it would be within sight […]

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  • Ten for a Tenner 0

    “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper!” Brunch has become the trending meal of the day; the time when we stop in and reward ourselves on the way home from the gym, catch up with friends, or kick back into the weekend with a meal spanning two mealtimes. […]

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  • Chowder is perfect winter fare 0

    Harbourtown Shopping Centre, Cnr Gold Coast Hwy & Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters, Queensland 4216

    Seafood is one of our favourite foods. As we move into cooler weather, we crave heartier dishes such as soups, stews and braises. Seafood chowder is comfort food in a bowl. The earliest versions of chowder date back to 16th century France. In fishing villages along the coast, families would prepare cauldrons of soup as […]

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  • Retreat to the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort 0

    Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland 4212

    In a busy life, it’s important to plan times of retreat; weekends of relaxation, sharing time with your partner surrounded by green. Somehow, we find that lawns, gardens and wilderness are nourishing for the soul, far more so than concrete and bitumen! The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove is one of our favourite retreats, an expansive resort […]

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  • Dine on the Border 0

    With cafés pushing culinary change at the moment, the question always is: where should we dine? We travel south to check out four cafés on the border. Which one is your favourite? Black Sheep Espresso Baa 72 – 80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta Ph: 07 5536 9947 New Zealanders love their black sheep, not just as […]

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  • The LC 0

    2176 Gold Coast Highway, Miami, Queensland 4220

    You know how it is… You’re going out for lunch with a few people and one of them is vegan. You need to reconsider your venue because your chosen place is not a good fit. Or maybe you are vegan, and feel like there are not enough options for you when dining out in a […]

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  • Going Greek 0

    As a nation of immigrants, all Australians have added to our melting pot of cultures. Eating together and sharing the diversity of food cultures, we take a step towards understanding each other. Forty years after coming to Australia, Thea, with her daughter Cleo, bridged old and new cultures as they launched their business, Mumma’s Greek […]

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  • Lucky Bao 0

    6/90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters, Queensland 4218

    They say that the mark of great food is whether you remember when, where and who you were with when you ate it… Even the smell and sensation of texture can linger on… That’s not all I remember. Memories of my bao epiphany featured groans punctuated by exclamation: “Bloody hell! That’s the best damn bun […]

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  • World without plastic 0

    When Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite, the first fully synthetic plastic, in 1907, little could he have known how useful and, at the same time, environmentally catastrophic the product would be. Most households use disposable plastic every day, with plastic contributing ten percent to human-generated waste. Worldwide, an estimated eight million tons of plastic trash is […]

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  • Finn Poke 0

    Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    If there’s something we never tire of, it’s freshness. And that freshness has just moved closer to us! The first dedicated poke bar to open in the south-east corner, Finn Poke, recently opened their second venue upstairs in Pacific Fair exactly a year after the opening of their Byron Bay shop. With a longterm hospitality […]

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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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