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Broadbeach
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Miller’s Butcher

There was a day when a trip to the butcher’s meant ordering some chops and sausages for the barbie. Not any more! Now, with supermarkets

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American
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Crafty’s Sports Bar

Fancy a night out with family and friends at a venue that has something for everyone: games the family can play, a casual dining venue

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BYO
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Arlo’s Pizzeria

There’s nothing like dinner at a little BYO. It’s as close to dining at home as you can get, but without the fuss. Of course,

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Feature articles
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The BEYOND BURGER review

Having been vegetarian for the first two thirds of my life, I’m very interested in vego food and the trends within it. For health and

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Atmosphere
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Baked at Ancora

It seems that bakeries are moving in one of two directions: rustic homebaked goods or fine patisserie. Baked at Ancora gives us the best of

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Asian
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Kemuri

It’s always fascinating to find out the story behind a restaurant – how the owners came to be here, the concept they envisaged and how

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Atmosphere
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Beachside Pavilion

The sister restaurant to Mario’s, Beachside Pavilion is the ‘Elle’ of Broadbeach dining, a bright beauty sweeping up from the sand into beachside life. Open

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Behind the Plate
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Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

One of Easter’s celebration days, Shrove Tuesday, celebrated this year on 5 March, has unusual beginnings. Also known as Pancake Day, it began as a

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Burleigh Heads
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Bondi Grill’e

This is a story of three Brazilian guys, Armando Franco, Mannoell ‘Junior’ Martins and Nicolas Martins, who met in a famous grill restaurant in Bondi,

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Behind the Plate
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Zeus Street Greek’s Tzatziki recipe

If you dream of holidays in the Mediterranean, there’s probably a little restaurant beside that azure sea serving delicious Greek food and wine: succulent flame-grilled

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Behind The Plate

Recipes & More From The Gold Coast's Best Kitchens

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  • For a stunning high tea experience, go to voco Surfers Paradise, whete Head Pastry Chef Grant Turner provides a contemporary and delicious treat for any occasion. Check out the review on our website foodgoldcoast.com.au @vocogoldcoast #hightea @socialhousegc #highteaparty @cliffordsgrill_lounge #cakelovers #afternoontea
  • Chirpy morning, all! Loving the 'Aussieness' of Rosella's where our food and culture comes with a playful twist. Accompanying my rosella (and lilly pilly) cocktail, the caprese insalata is made from Aussie buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, ground bush tomatoes and native basil dressed with macadamia oil - a real Aussie Italian dish! "Australian cuisine is under-represented in our own country," says Rosella's co-owner Jon Debeere. We couldn't agree more! @rosellasbar #burleighheads
  • If you were away when White Rhino had their mega opening, don't worry... They have great deals on lunch and happy hour. We checked out their half price lunches, like this Chicken Parmigiana - enough to feed two for $14 @whiterhino.gc . Our Lunch Deal article is on the way!
  • Crafty's Sports Bar is a new-style Aussie venue that's women and family friendly. It's a great casual place to meet friends for drinks and share plates, enjoy a family night out or even for date night! We chose very moreish Sticky lamb ribs as shared entree, steak and barra as mains. Review on website foodgoldcoast.com.au
  • Have you discovered St Helen's yet? Chef Jess Hayes brings us food with a NW American twist, including crumbed okra tots, charred peppers, mac 'n' cheese and Grandma's chocolate pie. Lots of vegan and GF dishes too. @sainthelens4225
  • Fabulous sourdough based pizza, salads, gelato and the warmest welcome with $0 BYO... We love Arlo's, and so do Chevron locals, but now the secret's out. Join Paul and Jo-Anne for dinner but be sure to book. Review on website foodgoldcoast.com.au @arlospizzeria #chevronisland
  • The BEYOND BURGER review
Having been vegetarian for the first two thirds of my life, I’m very interested in vego food and the trends within it. For health and environmental reasons, I’m all for plant-based eating (vs meat-free eating). Yes, there’s a difference! So, I jumped at a chance to try the Beyond Burger, a juicy protein-packed patty that’s soy, gluten, GMO and cholesterol free and famously backed by celebs such as Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Vegetarians and vegans may choose their lifestyle for animal welfare (amongst other reasons), however many of them miss the taste of meat (and dairy, in the case of vegans). It’s a key reason why there’s an effort in the industry to create plant-based products which are named after meat, are meat-like in texture and even taste.
So, how does ‘The Beyond Burger’ by Beyond Meat stack up? Pictured, you’ll find last night'sdinner, cooked in a pan 3 minutes per side according to the packet instructions.
TEXTURE: Raw and even cooked, it’s similar to a beef patty. The patty was juicy, yet it held together well during cooking.
TASTE: There’s a mild pleasant beefy taste, with a slight odour of legumes from the pea content. We put some strong-tasting accompaniments in the burger to balance: beetroot, goat’s cheese, salad and tomato sauce, though the patty would suit aioli or caramelised onion just as well.
NUTRITION: There’s 22g of fat in each patty, similar to a beef patty, due to the canola and coconut oil present. Yes, the patty is plant-based but, following market trends demanding convenience products, there’s a fair bit of science and processing undertaken to make it meat-like.
COSTS: $16.95 for two patties. Made in the US, food miles count, adding to the cost (approximately double that charged in the US). This cost would be passed on by a restaurant. Packaging is recycled and recyclable.
AVAILABILITY: Coles & IGA supermarkets and Ribs & Burgers restaurants.
SUMMARY: This is the most ‘meat-like’ commercial product we’ve tasted. We would buy this product again. It’s also a great vego alternative for restaurants who want a simple solution for catering to vegetarians. #sp #beyondburger #plantbasedlife #vegan #vegetarian
  • Spreading a bit of girl love 😍 here's a shout out to @lavitabellacakes for my own insignia cookie delivered this morning. Cupcakes, cakes and biscuits are what these two ladies are all about. What a specky present some insignia cookies would make! Delicious as well! 😋 Good on you girls for your startup @lavitabellacakes
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