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Espresso Moto has opened in Mermaid Waters. It’s a long way from its beginnings, a cafe that started with the great idea of mates getting together to celebrate bike culture and drink coffee at the same time. With a café at the front and a glass back wall looking through to the motorbike workshop, Espresso...
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If there’s ever a place to shake up our perception of Surfers Paradise as the Glitter Strip, it’s Bobs, AKA Best of Beers. A family-run business, Bobs was opened by Melbourne cousins Karambir Khanijou and Dhi Vig together with their friend, experienced brewer Ryan Fullerton (ex-Victoria’s Red Duck, Bad Shepherd and Clifton Hill breweries). It’s...
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The little enclave of shops in Brooke Avenue, Chirn Park has become quite a foodie haven. With plenty of parking around, it’s a popular lunch spot, yet there’s been a sizeable turnover of cafes during the past couple of years.  The longest-running cafe there is Meraki Whole Food Kitchen, dating back to 2016. Meraki’s founding...
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Thai on the Hill is one of those unassuming little local restaurants that serves up fresh and tasty food at the right price. Achieving fame through its former owner/chef Piti Chitchamnonk (now at See Thai under the Meriton in Southport) , Thai on the Hill is now run by his brother, who is also well...
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If you’ve been out on the town in Broadbeach, maybe to a club or show, and then the munchies come calling, it can be a task to find something to eat late at night other than fast food. Fret no more! Fortunately, Coda Bar & Dining has come to the rescue, their kitchen open until...
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A trip to Queensland’s Granite Belt is one of our favourite car journeys. While it’s not possible to visit every one of the 50 or so wineries in a long weekend, following the Vine and Shine Trail we plot out three days of indulgence visiting vineyards and artisan food producers stretched across the region. To...
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The Gold Coast gained a touch of European style when Sofia’s Broadbeach opened on the ground floor of The Oasis late in 2020. Owner Henry Hunt brings us an all-day dining venue oozing the casual sophistication of coastal Italy yet accessible enough for a weekday lunch. Arms stretched wide in welcome, Sofia’s open-faced bar and...
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If you’re seeking a warm welcome on the Southern Gold Coast, then look no further than Café All Sorts. Founded in 2019, to many it’s a second home; a community hub that welcomes its patrons to enjoy a coffee, cake or light meal overlooking one of the Gold Coast’s most famous surf breaks. It’s magic!...
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Twenty 8 Delights is a fledgling Gold Coast cake baking business that emerged from Covid lockdown. Sisters Sheryl and Iris Lim both have professional careers, but for Sheryl baking is her ‘happy place’. Sheryl is an extremely talented self-trained baker who has perfected her craft by learning from the internet and recipe books, improving her...
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It was the smile that first got us in. The young couple gave customers such a warm welcome that of course we had to buy their food, even though it looked different: arepas, the crunchy pocket bread stuffed with filling that’s the most common food of Venezuela and Colombia. We tried arepas and loved them...