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Great southern snacks – five must-try spots to seek out in Northern New South Wales
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Great southern snacks – five must-try spots to seek out in Northern New South Wales

While we're certainly spoilt on the Gold Coast when it comes to restaurants, cafes and bars, sometimes we like to jump in the car and spread the wings with a roadtrip south of the border. Sure, Byron Bay is a fail-safe option with loads of dining options on offer, but we thought we'd give you a taste of must-try northern New South Wales spots that are a little further inland. Here are five places worth putting on your radar for your next southern sojourn. more

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Kirra welcomes pop-up restaurant Betty Wilson's Dining Room
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Kirra welcomes pop-up restaurant Betty Wilson’s Dining Room

Local foodies looking for a unique culinary experience will want to snap up a seat at Betty Wilson's Dining Room, the coast's newest pop-up restaurant. Former QT Gold Coast chef Jason Atwal is behind the venture, which sees him take over popular Kirra cafe Zephyr Coffee and transform it into an exclusive 12-seat dining space by night. more

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Treat your body like a temple at Burleigh's new health hub Nutrition Station
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Treat your body like a temple at Burleigh’s new health hub Nutrition Station

Eating out or getting takeaway is generally pretty tough for those of us that are on the health train – it's a constant battle, and we'll be the first to admit that we often end up with something that doesn't exactly do wonders for our summer bod. If you're making an effort to be a bit more conscious about what you're eating, then you'll want to know about Burleigh's new health hub, Nutrition Station. more

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The round-up: where to eat, drink and be merry on Christmas Day
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The round-up: where to eat, drink and be merry on Christmas Day

If you've spent the last few Christmas Days slaving in a hot kitchen, lining up at the prawn trawlers at dawn, and trying oh-so hard to salvage a dry roast turkey (we've all been there), then perhaps it's time for a change this year. Once you've emptied your stocking full of presents, you can venture out and fill up your belly with a glorious festive feast with all of the trimmings – all of the hard work is done for you, and you don't even have to do the washing up. In the spirit of the season, here are a bunch of places on the Gold Coast where you can eat, drink and be merry on Christmas Day.  more


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We're building momentum through something that is really easy for people to do – which is just buying and enjoying a really good beer ... ~ James Grugeon more
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Loft elevates Byron's casual-dining scene with snacks, share plates and sophisticated sips
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Loft elevates Byron’s casual-dining scene with snacks, share plates and sophisticated sips

We know you don't need an excuse for a sneaky sojourn to Byron Bay, but here's one for you anyway. The terrace space on Jonson Street that was for a short time occupied by Asian eatery Ryce (it was the original Hog's Breath Cafe site, for those playing at home) has recently reopened as a breezy bar and eatery named Loft. Do you often get a hankering for charcuterie spreads and spritzes after a day at the beach? We do – and that's where Loft comes in. more

The Grocer
Fill up your fridge with fresh produce from The Farm at Nobbys
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Fill up your fridge with fresh produce from The Farm at Nobbys

As much as we could easily (and happily) eat out for every meal, there are days and nights when we're forced to cook. While there is plenty to eat and drink in Nobby Beach, most of us would have overlooked the beachside hub if we were on hunt for fresh produce to take home. Well, friends, The Farm at Nobbys is here to fill the void – and your fridge. more

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The Weekend Series: five must-try meat-alternative products

You’re seeing it in our cafes, bars and restaurants, and more and more on our grocery shelves – vegan-friendly and plant-based products are becoming a part of the norm. While many of us in The Weekend Edition office are still carnivorously inclined, we’re supportive of any environmentally sustainable and ethical change in our food industry. Meat-substitute products are becoming more prevalent as a part of home cooking, but which ones are the best? We’ve assembled a hit list of five meat alternatives that are well worth trying. more

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A Melbourne company has just released the world’s first-ever cannabis gin
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A Melbourne company has just released the world’s first-ever cannabis gin

There was a time in history when cannabis was written off pretty heavily – the plant was demonised, misrepresented and seemingly always associated with negative imagery. Thankfully, times have changed and public perception is slowly but surely shifting – people are beginning to come around to the many positive uses of the plant across food, medicine, textiles and more. The Cannabis Company is a Melbourne-based outfit that is leading this innovative charge towards change, having just released the world’s first-ever gin distilled using cannabis terpenes. more

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Bam Bam owners unveil their new southern gem Cubby Bake House
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Bam Bam owners unveil their new southern gem Cubby Bake House

Hot damn. It's finally here. The owners of much-loved Mermaid Beach pastry powerhouse Bam Bam have today (Wednesday November 7) officially opened their delicious new venture, Cubby Bake House in Chinderah. It's been a long time coming for the south-the-the-border waterfront cafe and bakery, but the giant oven is now firing, the coffees are pouring and there are dozens of French baguettes ready and waiting to be schmeared with excessive amounts of butter. more

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Artisan baker The Bread Social expands to bring sophisticated cafe fare to the south
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Artisan baker The Bread Social expands to bring sophisticated cafe fare to the south

Much-loved southern bakehouse The Bread Social, which first came to life at The Farm in Byron Bay before venturing north with a standalone space in Tweed Heads, has expanded beyond its glorious offering of pastries, savouries and fresh-baked bread. After taking over the space that neighbours its Bay Street digs, owners and bakers Sam Saulwick, Tom Scott and Paul Giddings have unveiled a new-look version of The Bread Social and its sophisticated food offering. more

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The round-up: have fun in the sun at the Gold Coast's best outdoor bars and rooftops
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The round-up: have fun in the sun at the Gold Coast’s best outdoor bars and rooftops

It's officially that time of year (we're stamping it) where we flock to outdoor bars for sunshine beers, alfresco ciders and cocktails with a splash of vitamin D. Lucky for all of us, the Gold Coast has really nailed the concept of an outdoor watering hole. From rooftops to gardens and beachside balconies, we’ve found the best outdoor bars and beer gardens have a tipple in the sunshine.  more

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In the spirit – Four Pillars releases its annual limited-edition Christmas Gin right on cue
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In the spirit – Four Pillars releases its annual limited-edition Christmas Gin right on cue

The first weekend in November really cements the reality that we are officially at the pointy end of the year – it's all downhill from here. It's also the time of year when much-loved Australian distiller Four Pillars releases its annual Christmas gin, which goes on sale this Saturday November 3. Last year it sold out within weeks ... so consider this a friendly warning. more