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The round-up: tuk-tuks and tom yum – where to find the Gold Coast's best Thai food
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The round-up: tuk-tuks and tom yum – where to find the Gold Coast’s best Thai food

From punchy tom yum soups and coconut-laden curries to spicy wok-fried delights and glorious noodles, Thai food will always have a place in our hearts. In a true reflection of the cuisine's popularity, the Gold Coast certainly has no shortage of Thai eateries. Loosen those belt buckles, friends – we've put together a handy list of some of the coast's best Thai restaurants to work your way though. more

Recipes
Simple delicious – five easy crumble recipes to impress your winter guests
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Simple delicious – five easy crumble recipes to impress your winter guests

There is something deeply satisfying and nostalgic about a warm fruit crumble, especially in the cooler months. It's a guaranteed crowd pleaser to roll out at a dinner party (now we're allowed to have them) and, even better, its super simple to make. The next time you're on dessert duty, whip up one of these five simple-yet-delicious crumble recipes – just don't forget to pick up a tub of ice-cream on the way. more

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Popular Brisbane patisserie and boulangerie Le Bon Choix opens its first Gold Coast location
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Popular Brisbane patisserie and boulangerie Le Bon Choix opens its first Gold Coast location

Buttery croissants, delicate macarons in all of the colours of the rainbow, too-pretty-to-eat petit fours, indulgent croque monsieur, freshly baked baguettes and crunchy French batards – if that line-up of Parisian perfection has your mouth watering, then you'll want to get your sweet self acquainted with the coast's newest patisserie and boulangerie, Le Bon Choix. more

Bars
In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks
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In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks

A regular fixture on bar shelves around the world, luxe liquor Hennessy has long been a favourite tipple among seasoned swiggers. In 1992, hip-hop icon Tupac even dedicated a whole song to his love of the brown bottle. To help reciprocate the love, Hennessy is extending a helping hand to the bartenders, waiters and restaurateurs that faithfully serve its spirit. The cognac giant has revealed its hospitality recovery initiative, which is set to provide struggling hospo workers with a free dinner and drinks on them. Now, that's sure to go down a treat. more

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The round-up: wrap your mitts around the Gold Coast's best pies
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The round-up: wrap your mitts around the Gold Coast’s best pies

If winter has you craving deliciously warm comfort food, you’re not alone! Sometimes you just can’t beat the satisfying crunch of the crispy, flaky exterior and the gooey, steamy centre of a good old-fashioned pie. From not-so-dirty street pies to the more exotic varieties, we’ve round-up some of the coast’s best pies to sink your teeth into. more


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Uday Huja
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Dinner in a jiffy – five simple-yet-delicious meals you can whip up in 20-minutes or less
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Dinner in a jiffy – five simple-yet-delicious meals you can whip up in 20-minutes or less

A lot can happen in 20 minutes, but when it comes to meal time 20 minutes is the difference between hungry and hangry. We’ve all been there – you have the very best intentions of meal planning and prepping and yet all of a sudden it’s dinner time and there’s no dinner to speak of. Before you reach for your phone to order takeaway, take a peek at these simple-yet-delicious meals you can rustle up in 20-minutes or less, which is probably faster than a delivery driver anyway. more

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The owners of Fig & Frankie's open leafy new Burleigh brunch haven Common Ground
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The owners of Fig & Frankie’s open leafy new Burleigh brunch haven Common Ground

Way back in early March, we gave you a hot tip-off that the former Burleigh Co-Op site (the original Burleigh Social premises, up from Paddock Bakery) would soon be home to a leafy new brunch spot called Common Ground. Well, 'soon' it was not. COVID reared its ugly head and pushed the opening back a few months but here we are, in July, finally bringing you the thrilling news that Common Ground is officially open! more

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Bacon bad – order dishes from Snoop Dogg's cookbook straight to your door via Menulog
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Bacon bad – order dishes from Snoop Dogg’s cookbook straight to your door via Menulog

We're just going to claim it – 2020 is the year of the Dogg. In April, we revealed the news that Snoop Dogg had teamed up with Aussie winemakers 19 Crimes to launch his own vino. Now, the hip-hop doggfather is linking up with the takeaway titans at Menulog to share with us some super-munchable recipes from his homestyle cookbook. Welcome to Dogg’s Diner, where you can tuck into some of Snoop Dogg’s favourite West Coast dishes from now until Friday July 3. As the saying goes, it's a dog-eat-dogg world. more

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Hospo's revival – the Gold Coast cafes and restaurants that have reopened to dine-in customers
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Hospo’s revival – the Gold Coast cafes and restaurants that have reopened to dine-in customers

While we're certainly not out of the woods yet, the easing of federal and state restrictions has created a window of opportunity for Gold Coast cafes and restaurants to reopen to dine-in customers. We've put together a rolling list – which we're constantly updating – of Gold Coast venues that are reopening for dine-in customers and the operating hours. Hot tip – you're required to book ahead at most spots, so be sure to check in with the venue before visiting. This is new territory for everyone, so be patient, stay safe and enjoy sipping your coffee from a porcelain cup! more

Recipes
Comfort-food alert – five creamy potato bake recipes to satisfy your winter cravings
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Comfort-food alert – five creamy potato bake recipes to satisfy your winter cravings

Let's not beat around the bush here. Potatoes are king. They are delicious is every form and nothing can beat them. We love them mashed, we love them hand cut into chips, we love them expertly sliced and arranged into perfect potato layers. Simply the phrase 'potato layers' brings a joyous tear to our eye – so you can imagine the effect the addition of cream and cheese in a potato bake has. You've likely already nailed your mum's basic potato bake recipe, so we're here to take your tater love to the next level. Think additions of smoky bacon and garlic, carnivore-fooling vegan bakes and a special indulgent treat called at tartiflette. You'll thank us later. more

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Beachfront beauty Baskk in Kirra reopens as an Italian restaurant and bar
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Beachfront beauty Baskk in Kirra reopens as an Italian restaurant and bar

After a pandemic-induced hiatus, popular Kirra restaurant and bar Baskk is back – but not as you know it. While the seaside dining spot has been well known for its modern-Australian fare, towering seafood platters and fine cocktails since it opened in mid-2017, owners Steve and Donna Archdeacon (also behind popular hill-top Cafe Dbar) decided to launch into the post-COVID phase with a completely different concept. Introducing the Kirra-Coolangatta area's newest pizza, pasta and insalata-slinging eatery, Baskk Italian. more

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Pavement Whispers: owners of Palm Beach cafe Third Base announce a new Robina venture
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Pavement Whispers: owners of Palm Beach cafe Third Base announce a new Robina venture

Robina locals, your screams for more quality coffee, grab-and-go bites and all-day eats in your hood have been heard – Parkway is coming. Due to open in late July, the new caffeine dispensary and brunch spot is the latest venue from the team behind popular Palm Beach hub Third Base, and is set to bring top-notch brews and a crowd-pleasing menu to Robina folk seven days a week. more

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The round-up: the best spots for a sizzling Chinese feast on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: the best spots for a sizzling Chinese feast on the Gold Coast

If you're partial to Peking duck, go wild over wontons and get a little crazy over chow mein, then this round-up is just for you. We reckon Chinese food is sometimes a little underrated – there is so much more to this flavoursome cuisine than the stereotypical sickly sweet honey-glazed chicken from a bain marie. We've put together a tasty list of some of the Gold Coast's best Chinese dining spots, all for your eating pleasure. more

The Grocer
Local chefs join forces on new at-home dining platform En Casa to bring DIY meal kits to your door
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Local chefs join forces on new at-home dining platform En Casa to bring DIY meal kits to your door

While it was essentially forced upon us, we've had to 'dine' at home more times in the last few months than ever before. Although restrictions are lifting, for a lot of us the idea of staying in and sharpening our culinary skills hasn't lost its shine and is something we'll continue to embrace. But how do we dine at home while still supporting local businesses, chefs and producers? There is a way.  more

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Set your alarm clock – Aldi is slinging $70 SodaStreams this Saturday
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Set your alarm clock – Aldi is slinging $70 SodaStreams this Saturday

Bubbles make everything better – parties, baths, champagne, water. If you're sipping still drinks like a sucker, make haste to your nearest Aldi on Saturday June 20 and nab yourself a SodaStream Spirit Machine for just 70 dollar bucks. The soda maker is part of the brand's Special Buys and if you've never experienced an Aldi run on drop day, well, you're in for a treat.  more

Bars
Order bespoke bottled cocktails from your favourite bars with a little help from Campari
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Order bespoke bottled cocktails from your favourite bars with a little help from Campari

With our neighbourhood watering holes just beginning to reopen, it's still not as easy as it was to stop in for a cheeky post-work cocktail. Bookings must be made well in advance and the casual activity of meeting up for drinks just isn't quite the same (yet). If you've been missing knocking back your signature sip from your most-loved drinkery, then we've got some good news for you! Whether you favour negronis, old fashioneds or salt-rimmed margaritas, these bad boys and more can now be ordered from the comfort of your home with help from Campari’s Shaken Not Broken initiative. more

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Win a year's supply of glazed happiness from Krispy Kreme's new Surfers Paradise store
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Win a year’s supply of glazed happiness from Krispy Kreme’s new Surfers Paradise store

There's something deeply satisfying about Krispy Kreme's Original Glazed doughnut. It isn't loaded with ostentatious toppings or bursting with decadent fillings – it's happiness, pure and simple. Well friends and sweet fiends, if you also possess an appreciation for life's simple pleasures – Krispy Kreme is celebrating the opening of its new concept store in Surfers Paradise by offering the chance to win free doughnuts for a year. Yes, you read right, free doughnuts for a year. more