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  • Comuna Cantina 0

    Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters Qld 4218

    Pacific Fair’s dining precinct ‘The Resort’ has emerged as one of the finest areas in the newly renovated lifestyle-centric shopping centre. ‘Resort’ it could well be, with eateries that show off holiday food from around the globe: tasty yum cha, dragon-like sushi rolls, stunning cocktails and dessert, burgers and ice ‘concrete’ custard… But first, you […]

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  • The Market Place 0

    Shop 71, 2 Arbour Avenue, Robina, Queensland 4226

    We’ve always loved the little café in Arbour Avenue for its ‘local knowledge’ location away from the main road and its proximity to Robina Town Centre without being a part of it. In a sunny corner spot at the end of a suburban business street, The Market Place is a local favourite. Whether they pop […]

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  • Burleigh Smoke House 2

    Shop 3/1957 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    There’s nothing like bonding over ribs on a cool spring day. With their slow-cooked fall apart goodness, sweet sticky sauce dripping from fingers and face, it’s a very pleasant way to make a mess of ourselves, especially after a long week. We’re all out of bed in time for Sunday lunch. There’s a day to […]

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  • Tella Balls Dessert Bar 0

    The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Lasagne, pasta, sliders, kebabs, fish and chips and pancakes. We’ve had them all before, but not made from chocolate. But when we hear that the ‘King of Desserts’ has come to town, we know we’re in for something special. Following the huge success of their Sydney opening last year, Tella Balls Dessert Bar has hit […]

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  • Goccia Italian Pizzeria 0

    2375 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    There’s nothing more perfect than an Italian lunch – a little antipasti to start, a light pizza to share, washed down with a glass of chianti and maybe something sweet to finish. What could be better on a glorious spring day? That’s exactly what we find at Goccia in Mermaid Waters. We’ve met Anna Gazzola […]

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  • Dim Sum Delights, Robina 0

    Shop 5/217 – 219 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina, Queensland 4226

    Tucked away from the busy coastal precincts in a small suburban shopping centre, Yum Cha Delights is one of the Gold Coast’s favourite yum cha restaurants. Opened early in 2011 by the Lei family, its ‘all-day yum cha’ menu is loved by locals, many of whom the owners know by name. Its convenience, good food […]

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  • 10 ‘must try’ Hawaiian desserts 0

    Leonard's Bakery, 933 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu

    “To travel is to live,” said Hans Christian Anderson. As travellers, many of our lasting memories are tied up with food – not only what we ate, but also where we were and with whom. The memory of sipping a Mai Tai at the beach bar with our toes dug into the sand at Waikiki […]

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  • Crafted Coffee Co. 0

    The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina

    ‘How do you take your coffee?’ It’s a simple enough question until the parameters of conversation move, and we talk about coffee being consumed as food as well as drink. While technically not a food per se, coffee is recognised for its role in social engagement, leisure, enhancement of work performance and well-being. So, why […]

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  • Videre’s Spring Menu 0

    RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, Benowa, Queensland

    Spring brings renewal, not only to nature, but also to menus across the coast. Revelling in the flesh flavours and colours of new growth, chefs leave the heartier comfort food of winter and search for brighter, more vibrant springtime fare. Youthful fresh dishes using in season fruit and vegetables provide a transition into the lighter […]

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  • The Cuban 0

    103 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    The glamour of Cuba in the 1950s is legendary. In the favoured holiday destination of movie stars and celebrities, at chic bars and stylish restaurants, tables were laden with food and mojitos flowed. Socialites partied on in a haze of cigar smoke, their drivers waiting outside in Studebakers lined along the street. But trouble was […]

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  • ‘The Great Australian Cookbook’ – Cookbook review 0

    Until Barnaby Joyce’s identity crisis, I knew who I was. At least I thought I did. Born in Australia and adopted as an infant by New Zealand-born parents, I spent much of my childhood in rural New Zealand, and my teens in Sydney. Besides State of Origin night (an even more complicated story), my identity […]

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  • San Sebastian 1

    1089 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    In the streets of San Sebastian, friends walk down the street arm in arm, making their way from one bar to another. There’s a mood of celebration, and why shouldn’t there be? San Sebastian is considered Spain’s foodie capital. The surrounding area of Northern Spain is home to the highest number of Michelin star restaurants […]

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  • Bistro Chico 0

    9/26-30 Tedder Ave, Main Beach QLD 4217

    If you were fans of Daran Glasgow’s cuisine at Chill on Tedder then, like us, you’ll be blown away by Bistro Chico. The acclaimed former chef of Bistro B and Songbirds before opening Chill with his wife Leesa, Daran’s talent is undeniable. Eleven years after opening Chill, the couple felt the need for change, opening […]

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  • Hawaiian Food Tour 0

    Honolulu

    “Aloha. Have a seat.” It’s one of our first interactions with a Hawaiian local, and one of the most typical. Aloha means love, kindness, unity and patience…a philosophy of going gently and living in joy every day. Hawaiians are some of the friendliest people in the world, renowned for their welcome and their love of […]

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  • Minnie Street Eatery 0

    49 Minnie St, Southport, Queensland 4217

    There’s a feeling of great curiosity and excitement when a new eatery opens in the local area. What will it be like? Will it have the food we enjoy and great coffee? As those who pass through Minnie Street witness change afoot in their dilapidated corner store, there’s plenty of goodwill and wonder. It’s a […]

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  • The Pastry Emporium 0

    Riviera Plaza, 4/7 Campbell Street (Cnr Panitz St.), Bundall, Queensland 4217

    Adrian Grazioli always had a dream of opening his own patisserie. After training at Brunetti’s in Melbourne, Adrian moved back to the coast, working for different cake shops before opening his own premises, ironically in the same block as the restaurant his parents founded: Riviera. Hidden away in a tiny suburban shopping centre in Sorrento, […]

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  • Frigg Café 0

    10 Frank Street Labrador, Queensland 4215

    The pizza arrives, a steaming plateful of cheesy topping dripping over the edges of the crust onto the giant-sized plate. It’s huge, far too big for my appetite, and this is only one slice of pizza! It’s lunchtime in Disneyland, the place ‘where all your dreams come true.’ Someone’s dreams, perhaps, but some of my […]

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  • Krish Indian 1

    Easy T Centre, 514 Christine Ave Robina, QLD 4226

    “I’ve been told that this place has positive energies and a good aura,” Devi tells me. I look around at the two huge mandalas painted on the mirror-tiled back wall of the restaurant, a bronze goddess resting on a pedestal beside me, the accent colours vibrant and rich. I could use some ‘good energy’ right […]

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  • Guilty Café 1

    174 Galleon Way, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223

    Sitting in front of me, resplendent in its calorific glory, is a huge chocolate milkshake topped with two lamingtons. Piled high with cream, a strawberry perched on top, it’s magnificent! Gasps escape from diners around me. Yet I feel nauseated. My internal dialogue has taken over: ‘It’s just fat and sugar. It may taste good, […]

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  • Street Food in Restaurants 1

    Street food is taking the Gold Coast by storm, not just in markets, on the street fronts and parks via food truck presence, but even in restaurants, street foods are popping up along the coast. There’s a blurring of the line between street food and high-end cuisine, with diners showing a preference for casual fare […]

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