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    Create & Capture @ The Fox 0

    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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    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 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, 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 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 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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    The Burger Wars 0

    Boom Boom Burgers, 7-9 Burra Street, Chevron Island, Queensland 4217

    Be it ever so humble, there’s no food that quells the appetite like a humble (or not so humble) burger. It’s a dish steeped in history as well as mythology, its origins ranging from Mongolia, through Germany to the Americas. We can trace ground meat to the Mongols who, eager to conquer the world, did […]

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    Taste @ Salt 0

    1 - 25 Bells Boulevard, Kingscliff, NSW 2487

    Some of our best little mini holidays are interest driven. Tell us about a foodie event within an hour or two’s drive of the Gold Coast and we’re there! It was the opening event of the annual Taste of Kingscliff and Tweed Coast festival, a day on the green held on Saturday 11 and Sunday […]

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    Due Amici 0

    Shop 14, Sorrento Shopping Centre, 20 Bundall Road, Bundall, Queensland 4217

    If I had a list of ‘must try’ dishes on the Gold Coast, one of them would be Filled gnocchi with porcini sauce from Due Amici. For me, it was love at first bite, the small cloud-like pillows of gnocchi hiding a line of porcini inside, smothered in a rich porcini cream sauce. They may […]

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    Witches Chase Cheese Company 0

    165 – 185 Long Rd., North Tamborine, Queensland 4272

    For those who love food, a visit to the Witches Chase Cheese Company in Mt Tamborine is a must. The cheese factory, which was founded in 2004, is housed with Fortitude Brewing and Long Road Bistro in a large airy complex at one end of the burgeoning tourist mecca, Gallery Walk. Head Cheesemaker Michael Reeve […]

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    Shop 5, 3029 The Boulevard, Emerald Lakes, Queensland 4211

    Every community deserves a meeting place. Now Emerald Lakes has two: the local Thursday afternoon markets and Cabukee. Coffee shops are the new village hub, especially ones which are licensed and open long hours. Cabukee’s owners, partners Kerry and Gene, who own Cabukee with their three children, have not only put their stamp on the […]

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    Govinda’s Surfers Paradise 0

    3120 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    I’m old enough to remember the first Hare Krishna restaurant in Brisbane in the days when believers wore robes, shaved their heads, and the buffet cost around $7. Govinda’s style may have changed, but their restaurants were, even then, just as they are now, a sanctuary for vegans and vegetarians. Surfers Paradise is no exception. […]

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    Push Espresso 0

    2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    UPDATE JULY 2015: We’ve returned several times to Push Espresso for both coffee and meals. ‘Well-priced, with simply delicious food’ sums up our experience. Nothing is overworked, the flavours neither too bold nor lacking in punch. On our last visit we enjoyed breakfast: Sweet potato hash with grilled haloumi and poached eggs, and Pulled chicken […]

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    Mavis’ Kitchen 0

    64 Mount Warning Rd., Uki, NSW 2484

    It’s rare for me to be completely ecstatic about a dining experience. Despite extensive research about where we’ll dine, more often I’m quietly enthralled with some parts of the experience or people we’ve met, pleased with the overall meal, sometimes hopeful and occasionally disappointed. But our trip to Mavis’ Kitchen is stellar. It’s a rare […]

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    Misono Japanese Steakhouse 0

    158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    We’re having one of those D & M (deep and meaningful) discussions about why people keep coming back to their favourite restaurant –a signature dish, great service, comfort, price and proximity… “It’s not just about the food, of course, it’s about the show,” the Main Squeeze puts in his two cents worth. He means the […]

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    Good Food Guide Awards 2016 0

    It’s official: the Gold Coast is HOT! The Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards for 2016 were held this week in Lightspace, Fortitude Valley and we are happy to announce that the Gold Coast is officially HOT! Sponsored by Vittoria Coffee and Citi, it was an evening celebrated with Salumi Australia smallgoods and lavish platters […]

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    White Gold Creamery 0

    6/645 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters, Queensland 4216

    Artisan food products are exciting. Instead of production aimed at standardisation of flavour, traceable provenance and small batch makers gain individuality and distinct rich flavours. On a journey into the unexpected, expect surprise! Sensing a wisp of a story from a couple of overheard comments, we sought out our latest Gold Coast artisan food producer: […]

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    The Wine Barrel 0

    8/59 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba, Queensland 4213

    It’s easy to fall in love with a place as unassuming as The Wine Barrel. Most of us embark on a dining experience with expectations of pleasure, but when the experience is close to perfect in food, service and atmosphere, we feel a rush of joy. “Ah! That’s what we’re talking about!” Situated in the […]

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    Lester and Earl 1

    1097 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    American barbeque is a world away from an average Aussie backyard fry up or the lowly snag offerings outside Bunnings! There aren’t many times we’re willing to defer to the US as the epitome of taste, but BBQ is one. From Texas to the Southern States, these guys take the art of smokehouse to the […]

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