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Farm-to-table restaurant Frida's Field arrives in the rolling hills of Byron Bay
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Farm-to-table restaurant Frida’s Field arrives in the rolling hills of Byron Bay

On a working cattle property in the picturesque town of Nashua, on the fringe of Bangalow in the Byron Bay hinterland, sits Northern Rivers' newest dining destination – Frida's Field. The farm-to-table restaurant will officially open on Saturday September 26, serving the property's own sustainably grown ingredients (think wagyu-Angus raised in surrounding paddocks and fresh produce plucked from its on-site gardens and orchards) across Friday dinners and Saturday long lunches. more

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Meet Long Rays – the Brisbane-born mixer making happy-hour drinks an all-Australian affair
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Meet Long Rays – the Brisbane-born mixer making happy-hour drinks an all-Australian affair

It only takes a quick glance at the shelves of any independent bottle shop to realise Australia’s craft-spirits scene is in the best shape of its life. Our burgeoning distillery industry is producing world-beating tipples at a rapid clip, proving the potency of our country’s botanical bounty. Looking to match the quality of our spirits is Long Rays – an independent beverage brand born under the Queensland sun that is designing distillery-vetted and bartender-approved mixers that eschew synthetic additives in favour of home-grown ingredients – elevating and enhancing vodka sodas and gin and tonics forever. more

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VoVos, Crackles and Gaytimes galore – chocolatier Koko Black unleashes a nostalgia-laden collection
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VoVos, Crackles and Gaytimes galore – chocolatier Koko Black unleashes a nostalgia-laden collection

There’s something undeniably charming about the classic Australian snack landscape. A combination of nostalgia, simplicity and straight-up deliciousness has cemented some truly incredible culinary creations into our country’s treats canon. Show us an Aussie that doesn’t go gaga for a Gaytime, loopy for a lamington or wacky for a Wagon Wheel and we will eat our collective hats! It is within this timeless selection of sweets that beloved artisan chocolatier Koko Black has found its latest inspiration, launching a limited-edition Australian Classics collection that will delight your tastebuds while igniting some serious throwback feels. more

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Have a slice day – Ben & Jerry’s has unleashed the customisable dessert pizza of your dreams
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Have a slice day – Ben & Jerry’s has unleashed the customisable dessert pizza of your dreams

In this, the year of Our Lord, 2020, there are no more surprises – just facts. Some of the purely insane things we have had to endure have been horrific and freakish, but there’s some kind of metaphor here about doors closing and windows opening. In any case (and biblical themes aside), sometimes the cruel world throws you a bone and gifts you with something you never knew you needed – enter Ben & Jerry’s Dough-Licious Pizza. What the heck is this? Why is this a thing? Read on for the answers you seek, young padawan. more

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Neon-lit Asian dining spot Maggie Choo brings snacks, sips and sass to Broadbeach
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Neon-lit Asian dining spot Maggie Choo brings snacks, sips and sass to Broadbeach

Hawker-market bites, bright lights and big nights – if you've travelled to the likes of Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong, you'll be familiar with the sights, sounds and tastes of these action-packed cities. Gold Coast hospitality players The Gennari Group – the owners of Broadbeach institutions Koi, The Loose Moose and Roosevelt Lounge – is promising to emulate the flavours and frivolity found in Asia's big cities at its latest Broadbeach venue, Maggie Choo, which officially opens its doors today, Wednesday September 16. more

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The round-up: stock up on cheese and charcuterie at the Gold Coast's best delis
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The round-up: stock up on cheese and charcuterie at the Gold Coast’s best delis

If your fridge is often filled with random slabs of French cheese, you have a notable obsession with olives (mostly Sicilian), there are countless jars of miscellaneous pickled things in your possession and you believe that mortadella is the most underrated of all of the cured meats (it truly is) then not only do we like you a lot, we also think you'll take great joy in working your way through this list of the Gold Coast's best delis. more

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Hidden coffee hub The Hunted Cafe brings specialty brews, brunch bites and pretty cakes to the hinterland
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Hidden coffee hub The Hunted Cafe brings specialty brews, brunch bites and pretty cakes to the hinterland

There's nothing we love more than a hidden gem (and telling you about them, of course). So, let us introduce you to The Hunted Cafe, a new off-the-beaten-track caffeine dispensary and eatery that is well worth venturing west for. If you're a Bonogin Valley resident or live in the surrounding rural hinterland, throw your hands in the air! You'll no longer have to follow your nose towards the coastline in search of specialty coffee and tasty all-day eats – there's a new kid on the block that's slinging the goods in your leafy hood on the daily. more

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Coffees, poke bowls and hawker rolls – Stones Throw arrives in Currumbin
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Coffees, poke bowls and hawker rolls – Stones Throw arrives in Currumbin

It was a sad day when Stones Throw cafe announced it was being forced to leave its digs on the corner of the Old Burleigh Arcade (to make way for the light rail) after four years of delighting locals with quality coffee, tasty eats and fun vibes. Well, Burleigh's loss is Currumbin's gain, with Stones Throw 2.0 coming to life again on Station Street, taking over the tree-lined premises formerly occupied by Neighbourhood Espresso. more


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For your sip list – coffee guru Fonzie Abbott is dropping the sour beer of your dreams
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For your sip list – coffee guru Fonzie Abbott is dropping the sour beer of your dreams

After winning over the caffeine-loving populace with its brilliant brews, Fonzie Abbott turned its attention to brews of a different kind and launched into the craft-beer game in 2018. Since then, the crew have turned into a one-stop libation shop slinging Monday-morning hits of energy through to Sunday arvo sundowners but friends, there's a new beer on the horizon and we're told it's the stuff of dreams, sour dreams to be specific.  more

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Dive into a whole new dining experience at Nineteen at The Star
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Dive into a whole new dining experience at Nineteen at The Star

Since 2018, sky-high dining spot Nineteen at The Star has been delighting diners with its world-class fare, served with a side of exceptional views from the top level of luxury hotel, The Darling. With dining venues at The Star back in full swing, locals are finally able to experience executive head chef Uday Huja's innovative new menu, with a fresh wave of highlights designed to create a more relaxed and accessible dining experience. Think Southern Carolina-style roasted oysters with garlic butter, flame-kissed steaks off the woodfired grill and some of the best hauls of seafood from Australia's bountiful coastlines. more

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Melbourne-born cheeseburger joint Pattysmiths heads north with a new Upper Coomera outpost
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Melbourne-born cheeseburger joint Pattysmiths heads north with a new Upper Coomera outpost

Melbourne-born burger bar Pattysmiths is continuing to expand its footprint in the South East, recently firing up the grills at its third Gold Coast location. First it was Merrimac, then Palm Beach and now it's the northern end's turn to get their mitts around the Pattysmiths goodness, with the doors to its new Upper Coomera outpost recently swinging open – much to the delight of burger fiends on the city's north. more

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Crack a tin of sparkling cold brew coffee from Industry Beans
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Crack a tin of sparkling cold brew coffee from Industry Beans

In the immortal words of Nelly, it's getting hot in here but instead of taking off all of your clothes (which may or may not be appropriate depending on your current setting), Industry Beans is here to help you keep your cool with two exciting new ready-to-drink products – Single Origin Cold Brew and for something a little extra, a Sparkling Single Origin Cold Brew.  more

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The round-up: follow your nose to the Gold Coast's best bakeries and patisseries
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The round-up: follow your nose to the Gold Coast’s best bakeries and patisseries

Is there anything better than the aroma of freshly baked bread? Or biting into a flaky croissant? Nope. Nothing comes close. That moment when you walk into a bakery or patisserie is like a warm hug – and it's not uncommon to go a little weak at the knees. If, like us, you love nothing more than schmearing salted butter on a piece of fresh sourdough, have a slightly unhealthy obsession with sausage rolls and consider cream-filled choux bombs a breakfast staple (they are), then you'll take great pleasure in working through this list of must-try bakeries and patisseries on the Gold Coast.  more

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Off the leash – BrewDog’s Brisbane-brewed beers go national
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Off the leash – BrewDog’s Brisbane-brewed beers go national

It’s a hard unit of measurement to gauge, but if we had to record the levels of excitement that surrounded the opening of BrewDog’s Murrarie HQ in November last year, the readings would be off the charts. The arrival of the Scottish-born brewing giant sent reverberations across the country’s craft-beer community, but only from this week has Australia at large been able to sample the flavours of BrewDog’s Brisbane-brewed bevvies. The hop heads at BrewDog have just launched an Australian e-commerce site, meaning that folks outside of Brisbane can snag the brewery’s Aussie range in the comfort of their own home. more

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Former Siam Orchid site in Burleigh will soon be home to Californian-style daytime haven Palm Springs
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Former Siam Orchid site in Burleigh will soon be home to Californian-style daytime haven Palm Springs

Burleigh locals, cafe hoppers and those that love a midday marg' (we've pretty much covered all of you now), here's some big news. The two-storey Gold Coast Highway-fronting site formerly home to longstanding Thai restaurant Siam Orchid has been taken over by a Gold Coast-based group set to transform the iconic Burleigh Heads venue into a LA-inspired cafe and lunch spot named Palm Springs.  more

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Former FuFu site now home to longstanding Japanese dining spot Bistro Lamp
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Former FuFu site now home to longstanding Japanese dining spot Bistro Lamp

It was back in 1998 when Japanese izakaya Bistro Lamp first opened its doors in Surfers Paradise. It remained on Surfers Paradise Boulevard for almost two decades, before its new owners – a Japanese hospitality group – opened Bistro Lamp Deux a few clicks south in Mermaid Beach. In early 2020, after less than three years in the Mermaid hood, Bistro Lamp was forced to relocate to make way for a new Gold Coast Highway-fronting development, which has also claimed the likes of Italian restaurant Trio Romano and neighbourhood bar Aprés Surf. Luckily, the longstanding Japanese dining spot has found a home just nearby – and with these new digs, an entirely new direction ensues. more

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Lockdown love – send your Melbourne mates free sweets via Uber Eats this week
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Lockdown love – send your Melbourne mates free sweets via Uber Eats this week

While we're all here in Queensland enjoying the glorious sunshine, dining out and seeing our families, things are very, very different for our pals down south in Melbourne, who are still right in the thick of lockdown. If you've got a Melburnian mate that could use a little cheering up via their stomachs, here's your chance. Uber Eats has today launched a #lockdownlove offer where interstate folk can send free (yep, free!) desserts and ice-cream to Melbourne friends every day this week. more

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Intimate new dining spot Bisque brings fine French fare to Broadbeach Waters
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Intimate new dining spot Bisque brings fine French fare to Broadbeach Waters

The former home of Nero Dining in Broadbeach Waters has been given a new lease on life, with French restaurant Bisque recently taking the space left vacant by the longstanding fine diner. The intimate 30-seat venue is aiming to bring a new wave of authentic French fare to the coast's dining scene, with classics like vol-au-vent, fish du jour, creamy escargot and crepes Suzette gracing its debut menu. more

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Italian eatery Salt Meats Cheese is putting on a belly-busting vegan feast for one night only
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Italian eatery Salt Meats Cheese is putting on a belly-busting vegan feast for one night only

While the name Salt Meats Cheese doesn't exactly scream 'vegan friendly', the team behind the popular stable of Italian restaurants (which boasts locations across Brisbane and on the Gold Coast) is actually well known for its expansive plant-based food offering. This September, SMC's popular all-vegan feasting event – aptly named Soul Meets Cheers – is returning to bring you the ultimate plant-based Italian banquet, for one night only. more