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Bagels, burgers and $20 coffees – First Fruits gathers steam with a new Labrador coffee space
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Bagels, burgers and $20 coffees – First Fruits gathers steam with a new Labrador coffee space

Coffee is a big deal. Whether you're a one-a-day drinker or you're known for slinging three before morning tea, most of us are pretty discerning when it comes to our morning brew – and rightly so. If you're on the northern end and you really do give a damn about your morning caffeine hit, then you'll be pleased to learn that popular Ashmore espresso bar, First Fruits, has spread its stimulating goods even further with a second venue in Labrador. more

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The round-up: where to find the best banh mi on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: where to find the best banh mi on the Gold Coast

Banh mi, oh how we love thee. These French-influenced Vietnamese baguettes, which foodies have been swooning over for some time now, are jammed with flavour and texture. For the uninitiated, banh mi rolls feature a few delicious elements – a soft-yet-slightly-crunchy baguette that is lathered with mayonnaise and French pate, then (traditionally) filled with crispy pork, crunchy pickled vegetables, sprigs of coriander and a sprinkle of fresh chilli. Whether you're a banh mi muncher from way back or you're just getting on the bandwagon (welcome, friend), then let us enlighten you with some top spots to find delicious banh mi rolls on the Gold Coast. more

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Bubbo Dessert brings Insta-famous Hong Kong egg waffles to Surfers Paradise
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Bubbo Dessert brings Insta-famous Hong Kong egg waffles to Surfers Paradise

A dessert bar dedicated entirely to authentic Hong Kong-style egg waffles has opened in Surfers Paradise, bringing a pimped-up version of the popular Asian street snack to the heart of the Gold Coast. It's called Bubbo Dessert and it's the first bricks-and-mortar location from the owners of Brisbane-based market stall Brissy Bubble Waffle. While our Brisbane friends have had a taste of the intriguing bubble-wrap-like creations, this sweet new Surfers Paradise venue holds the crown as the coast's first-ever dedicated egg-waffle cafe. more

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Home brews – get your paws on drip-coffee bags from The Laughing Pug Coffee Co.
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Home brews – get your paws on drip-coffee bags from The Laughing Pug Coffee Co.

We love coffees made by our favourite local baristas, but unfortunately there are times, both when travelling and at home, when we've had to reach for (dare we say it) instant coffee. Sure, there are plenty of fancy alternative-brewing devices out there, but if you're not keen to pack your glass Chemex in your travel bag or take your Aeropress with you to the hairdresser, then we've found the solution – drip coffee bags from Burleigh Heads-based outfit The Laughing Pug Coffee Co. more

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Gin kings – Byron Bay's Brookie's Gin wins top gong at the World Spirit Competition
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Gin kings – Byron Bay’s Brookie’s Gin wins top gong at the World Spirit Competition

It's official – Byron Bay's Brookie's Gin is the best in the world. Cape Byron Distillery, which stole everybody's hearts (and tastebuds) when it launched Brookie's Dry Gin back in 2016, has just been awarded top gong at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirit Competition. That's right – Eddie Brooke and the Brookie's team have now been dubbed the kings of gin. more

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The round-up: what's open on the ANZAC Day public holiday
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The round-up: what’s open on the ANZAC Day public holiday

For the last few weeks we've all been lost in a vortex of Easter and Commonwealth Games, so in case you didn't know – ANZAC Day is on Wednesday April 25 and it's a public holiday. Even though it really crept up on everyone this year, we're sure you've got plans in place to commemorate in your own way. For those on the hunt for a post-service coffee, breakfast with the family or a spot of lunch with the crew, then we've got your back – here are a bunch of places on the Gold Coast that are open for ANZAC Day. more


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Adam Lane
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Food of the future – Lord of the Fries announces Australian launch of the Beyond Meat burger
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Food of the future – Lord of the Fries announces Australian launch of the Beyond Meat burger

Hard done by herbivores have been waiting with baited breath for the large-scale roll out of plant-based protein in Australia, and now the time has finally arrived. Lord of the Fries has announced it is the exclusive restaurant partner for Beyond Meat, the celebrity-backed burger made from plant-based protein, meaning the meat-free revolution is upon us. Viva la vegan! more

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Cocktails, burgers and beers – venture south to Mullum's new bar and eatery Diner 55
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Cocktails, burgers and beers – venture south to Mullum’s new bar and eatery Diner 55

When it comes to food and drink, it's easy for us Gold Coast folk to stay in our comfort zone. Some of us prefer to frequent our faves and others have a firm 10-kilometre radius that they generally won't venture out of. Look, it's easily done when there are so many pockets of foodie goodness on the coast. If you're willing to burst out of your bubble in search of food and don't mind a cheeky road trip, then why not venture down to Mullumbimby? A rad new watering hole and eatery called Diner 55 has recently opened on the main drag and there's a bar stool there with your name on it. more

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Start your day on a high at Miami's all-new Daymaker Espresso
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Start your day on a high at Miami’s all-new Daymaker Espresso

If you're a firm believer that a delicious well-made morning coffee has the power to set your mood for the rest of the day, then not only do we like you (a lot) we've also got great news – Miami's newest caffeine hang and eatery, Daymaker Espresso, has opened its doors and is ready to do exactly what its name suggests – make your day. more

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Enjoy a beachfront botanical feast at the Four Pillars Gin Pig Dinner
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Enjoy a beachfront botanical feast at the Four Pillars Gin Pig Dinner

Australian distiller Four Pillars has teamed up with popular beachfront restaurant Beach Byron Bay for a delicious collaboration that shines the light on gin pigs. Yes, gin pigs. The Four Pillars Gin Pig Dinner is being held on Wednesday April 25 and if you appreciate botanical sips and nose-to-tail dining in unsurpassed seaside locations, then you'll definitely want to get yourself a seat at the table. more

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Coffee, sunshine and brunch vibes – venture south to Casuarina for a taste of Tucker
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Coffee, sunshine and brunch vibes – venture south to Casuarina for a taste of Tucker

When it comes to farm-fresh produce, the southern end of the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales is like a proverbial pot of gold at the end of a gleaming rainbow – and there are plenty of local cafes and restaurants utilising the delicious goodness that we have right here in our backyard. For the founder of Blackboard Coffee, Nick Pearce, the only way is local – which is an ethos he has woven into his latest venture, a daytime eatery in the heart of Casuarina called Tucker. more

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From wine bars to rooftop grills – eat your way through this year's most exciting new openings
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From wine bars to rooftop grills – eat your way through this year’s most exciting new openings

Whoa, 2018 – can you slow down a little bit? What a wild year it's been so far. We know that it can be hard to keep up sometimes, so to make all of the exciting news that little bit easier to digest, we thought we'd give you a run down on some of the best new places to join the Gold Coast dining scene so far this year. Keep your pretty eyes peeled here though, there's a lot more to come! more

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Lord of the Fries fakes bacon and eggs with a new all-vegan breakfast menu
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Lord of the Fries fakes bacon and eggs with a new all-vegan breakfast menu

Bacon and egg muffins paired with a couple of deep-fried hash browns – this hangover-curing combination is the breakfast of champions, right? Those who agree with that sentiment will be chuffed to hear that popular ethical fast-food joint Lord of the Fries, which opened its flagship Queensland store in Surfers Paradise late last year, has launched its first-ever breakfast menu featuring everybody's hunger-busting morning favourites, from BLTs to chicken and waffles. Here's the catch – it's all vegan. more

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The round-up: let's get cheesy! Where to find the Gold Coast's best grilled cheese sandwiches
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The round-up: let’s get cheesy! Where to find the Gold Coast’s best grilled cheese sandwiches

You know what's great? A grilled cheese sandwich. Sure, it's one of life's simple pleasures, but getting it right can be a real art. If you weren't aware, Thursday April 12 is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. That's right, there's an entire day dedicated to these hot oozing delicacies. So, to get you ready for one of the most important days in the foodie calendar, we've put together a handy list of where you can get your hands on a killer grilled cheese sambo. more

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Hot ramen and ice-cold bubble tea – 8 Street Surfers Paradise comes to life with its first tenants
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Hot ramen and ice-cold bubble tea – 8 Street Surfers Paradise comes to life with its first tenants

The coast's newest Asian street-food hub 8 Street is one step closer to its delicious reality with the announcement of its first five tenants, two of which – a ramen bar and bubble-tea cafe – opened last week. The tasty newcomers pave the way for a further 25 eateries that are expected to open in the hawker-style food laneway in the coming months. more