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There’s a feeling you get when you first walk into a place that’s all important. It’s evident from the outset, the vibe that can make or break the experience. You experience feelings on a continuum from tense and overwhelmed to relaxed and at ease. Walking into SOMM, short for ‘sommelier’ (because it’s a sommelier-like experience...
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For any foodie, a trip to Southeast Queensland would not be complete without a day at Sirromet Winery. Founded by Terry Morris in 2000, you will find Sirromet, Queensland’s most awarded winery, perched high up on a hilltop on Mt Cotton, 45 minutes from both Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Sirromet is the jewel...
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Ten years into their development journey, Cowch Dessert and Cocktail Bar has opened their Dream Factory in Brisbane. “We had a vision for a cocktail bar where family and friends could meet and feel comfortable and safe,” says Arif Memis, Cowch Managing Director, who co-founded the company with his wife Havva. “It would be a...
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When it comes to drinking a cup of tea, Nerada is the freshest tea that you can get. Moreover, it’s family-owned and Queensland’s own brew. We were privileged to attend a Zoom conference with Tony Poyner, Nerada’s Plantation Director and other members of the Nerada Tea family to learn more about their fabulous tea. For...
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Kemuri Kitchen has launched a series of omakase dinners held monthly in their Carrara restaurant and they are well worth seeking out. Well known for their excellent casual cuisine and knowledgeable wine service, owners Hiroyuki Okubo is a Master Sommelier, his wife Yuki a French-trained chef. The concept of ‘leaving it to the chef’ encapsulated...
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When it comes to enjoying the good life, all things are not equal. Many people have dietary constraints that limit choices, meaning that joining in festivities and celebrations is often difficult. The founders of Australia’s first organic grain-free bakery, Seeds of Life, addressed that need last year with the launch of the Rainbow Bar servery...
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Sometimes you find great food in the most unexpected places. Kaffe Europa is exactly that. It’s a little taste of Europe in Nerang, a hidden gem in a suburb that’s often overlooked. Granted, Nerang is hardly the epicentre of haute cuisine. Too often its busiest restaurants are the takeaway joints around the Bunnings end of...
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Harris Farm Markets recently announced that their first store for the Gold Coast will be on the Isle of Capri at Via Roma. In a ‘coming back to their roots’ move, the famed family-owned local produce and grocery market reopened their first store in Queensland in Clayfield in November 2020 and their flagship store in...
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Every town needs a beating heart where people gather, be it the town square, the piazza, marketplace or other venue at its geographical centre. Madisons Café, situated right at a main entrance of the busy Oasis Shopping Centre, is a meeting place where ‘See you at Madisons’ slips as easily off the tongue as ‘Meet...
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If you’re a lover of Mexican food, you may be surprised to know that for over 25 years the Gold Coast has been home to Queensland’s only Australian owned manufacturer of corn and flour tortillas, Diego’s Authentic Foods. Established in 1995 by Deann and Colin Thomson, this family-owned business began in Miami, later moving into...