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The round-up: blow the froth off a few at the Gold Coast's top craft-beer breweries
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The round-up: blow the froth off a few at the Gold Coast’s top craft-beer breweries

Once upon a time, the only acceptable answer when asked if you would like a beer was 'yes' or 'no'. If you answered yes, you could bet your bottom dollar you were about to be handed a XXXX, after all, it was Queensland's beer. While we're all for a cheeky mango tin from time to time, these days things are not quite as straight forward – and the very same question is met with a plethora of follow-up questions such as what kind of beer would you like? A session beer? Something heavier? Fruitier? Hoppier? When it comes to craft brews, we truly are spoilt for choice with plenty of top-tier bars and boozers dotted along the coastline – but there's something inherently special about sipping it from the source. If you're keen to embark on a pilgrimage for locally made craft beer, this list of the best Gold Coast breweries will set you on the right course. more

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Recreate all of your childhood favourites with The AWW 40th anniversary edition Children's Birthday Cake Book
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Recreate all of your childhood favourites with The AWW 40th anniversary edition Children’s Birthday Cake Book

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, it's pretty likely that for at least one birthday, you were the proud-as-punch recipient of that now-iconic swimming pool cake – you know the one with the jelly in the middle and the chocolate finger biscuits around the sides? Or perhaps you were that kid who was lucky enough to get the jealousy-inducing train with multiple carriages or the duck with popcorn for hair and potato chips for a beak. Released in 1980, The Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book is firmly etched in childhood memories and now, cake-loving grown-ups, there's a 40th anniversary edition to bring back all of the nostalgia.  more

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The round-up: what's open on the Gold Coast show holiday this Friday
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The round-up: what’s open on the Gold Coast show holiday this Friday

While our beloved Gold Coast Show isn't going ahead as planned, the powers that be are still gifting us all with a well-earned day off! This Friday August 14 is a public holiday for the 'people's long weekend', and it's the perfect excuse to get out and about to support our local hospitality scene. Whether you're chasing a morning coffee, are planning brunch with the crew or are keen for afternoon beers in the sunshine, here's a handy list of places that are open and welcoming you with open arms (well, not literally because #covid) this long weekend. more

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Mexican cantinas, distilleries and doughnut bars – new Gold Coast cafes and restaurants to put on your radar
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Mexican cantinas, distilleries and doughnut bars – new Gold Coast cafes and restaurants to put on your radar

Just like that, we're well over halfway through 2020 – the year that expertly hoodwinked us all. Slowly but surely, the city's hospitality scene is kicking back into gear as locals come out of the woodworks (good riddance, iso life) and begin to enjoy some form of normality. As the situation continues to ease here on the coast, we're seeing more and more new venues that were pushed back due to the pandemic finally get the opportunity to open their doors for the very first time – and it's truly thrilling to see. It can be hard to keep up, so in case you missed any of the action, here are the top new restaurants and cafes (there's even a distillery in the mix!) to open on the Gold Coast recently. more

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Enjoy a little taste of Melbourne's food scene with high-end staples from Co-Lab Pantry
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Enjoy a little taste of Melbourne’s food scene with high-end staples from Co-Lab Pantry

One of the things we missed the most during the craziness of 2020 was the experience of sharing really good food with excellent company. The silver lining – if there was one to be found – was that after a few too many baking fails, we have a newfound appreciation for culinary wizards that keep our favourite kitchens running. Sure, talent is one thing but ask any chef anywhere and they'll tell you that the secret to every amazing dish starts and ends with quality ingredients. To put it bluntly, you can't polish a turd. If you are eager to up the ante in the kitchen and want to invest in some quality pantry staples, you need Co-Lab Pantry in your life. more

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Palm Beach burger joint Burgster launches Sunday brunches featuring fried-chicken waffles and bloody Marys
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Palm Beach burger joint Burgster launches Sunday brunches featuring fried-chicken waffles and bloody Marys

Burgster in Palm Beach is known for slinging some of the Gold Coast's finest burgers. While locals go crazy for its stacked creations, which are piled high with mouth-watering fillings like crispy buttermilk chicken, grass-fed beef, house-smoked brisket and deep-fried bug tails, the team is flipping the script to bring us something new and utterly delicious – Sunday brunches. If you like the sound of waking up to fried-chicken waffles and bloody Marys, read on. more

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Strawberries-and-cream beer floats, Korean corn dogs and showbags galore – where to find Ekka-inspired treats in Brisbane
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Strawberries-and-cream beer floats, Korean corn dogs and showbags galore – where to find Ekka-inspired treats in Brisbane

Ekka may be off the calendar this year, but that won't stop Brisbane from celebrating this long weekend. If you're keen to experience some show-day goodness and score some tasty Ekka-inspired delights, we've put together a list of some decadent delectables that you can treat yourself to this weekend. So roll up, roll up and read on to find out what sweet treats are in store for you ... more


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The round-up: sink your teeth into the Gold Coast's best burgers
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The round-up: sink your teeth into the Gold Coast’s best burgers

There is something deeply satisfying about sinking your teeth into a delicious, juicy burger. Whether you prefer a humble American cheeseburger with pickles, or you like to live on the edge with pulled meats and some sort of fancy sauce, we've got you covered with this handy list of where to get a darn-good burger on the Gold Coast ... you can thank us later. more

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Sleek snips and morning hits – new espresso-bar-meets-barber Made arrives in Tugun
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Sleek snips and morning hits – new espresso-bar-meets-barber Made arrives in Tugun

Southern folk, meet the new kid on the block – Made. The espresso bar has recently landed in Tugun, though it's not only here to provide specialty brews and a daily dose of baked goods to caffeine seekers – it's also here to keep haircuts fresh, those thick Tom Selleck-esque moustaches on point and the growing number of glorious beards out there nicely trimmed. How convenient. more

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Doughnut bar D Point Ten brings its sweet rounds of goodness to Varsity Lakes
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Doughnut bar D Point Ten brings its sweet rounds of goodness to Varsity Lakes

Since opening its first bricks-and-mortar location in Chirn Park in early 2018, dedicated doughnut shop D Point Ten (which originally started as a wholesale outfit back in 2016) has earned a cult-like following from sugar fiends and keen doughnut devotees. It has been a sweet couple of years for D Point Ten's owners, doughnut wizards Henry Kim and Dean Jeong, who just last week opened the doors to the humble doughnut bar's fifth Gold Coast location. more

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The Aprés Surf team is back with parmies, vegan burgers and limoncello spritz at Alfred's Diner
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The Aprés Surf team is back with parmies, vegan burgers and limoncello spritz at Alfred’s Diner

In case you missed it, beloved neighbourhood bar Aprés Surf in Mermaid Beach closed its doors back in April to make way for a major redevelopment of the Gold Coast Highway-fronting strip that the popular watering hole called home. If you've been missing the Aprés vibe and have a hankering for its crowd-favourite cheesy parmies and mouth-watering burgers, then get a load of this – the team is now hosting pop-up nights just up the road at Alfred's Diner. more

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Sip better with Notwasted's curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines
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Sip better with Notwasted’s curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines

Once upon a time, your wine selection was basically red or white. Nowadays, if you peruse the wine list of your favourite restaurant, you're likely to come across a plethora of 'new' varieties including orange, skin contact, pet-nat and biodynamic – but what the heck does it all mean? To keep you up-to-date with cultural currency, Notwasted is here to help you navigate the wild (and tasty) new world of natural and minimal-intervention wines, and deliver them to your door. more

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Sumptuous seafood and staycations – The Star Gold Coast is back, baby!
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Sumptuous seafood and staycations – The Star Gold Coast is back, baby!

Oh, 2020 – what a time it's been! Let's just say it will be a year that will be etched in our collective memories for a long, long time to come. As tempting as it might be to write the entire year off and hibernate until 2021, The Star Gold Coast is here to remind us that there are still 22 weeks left in this year to make up for lost time with some extravagant RE-DO experiences and sensational seafood specials. more

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Sip (almost) guilt free with HALO's low-sugar, low-carb spiked kombucha
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Sip (almost) guilt free with HALO’s low-sugar, low-carb spiked kombucha

If you've grown a little bored of beer, can't be stuffed with cocktails and dare we say, even a touch weary of wine – there's a new player on the ready-to-drink beverage scene that's brewing up a refreshing alternative that is low is sugar, carbs and calories but high in taste – can you guess what it is? It's called HALO Alcoholic Kombucha and it's here to help you sip a little lighter. more

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Scoff a scoop of Biscoff spread gelato from Gelatissimo
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Scoff a scoop of Biscoff spread gelato from Gelatissimo

If you're lucky enough to have tried Lotus Biscoff Spread, we don't have to tell you what all the fuss is about. For the uninitiated, this sweet pot of cookie butter is made from an irresistible mixture of crushed Biscoff caramelised biscuits that will have you spooning right from the jar. Inspired by this decadent dessert creation, the innovative inventors at Gelatissimo have dropped a limited-edition Biscoff Spread-inspired gelato flavour. Pick your jaw up from the floor, ice-cream lovers – you've only got a few weeks to lick this creamy biscuit creation. more

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The round-up: chow down on budget bites with the Gold Coast's best cheap eats
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The round-up: chow down on budget bites with the Gold Coast’s best cheap eats

Penny pinchers tend to be mistaken for being miserly and stingy, but at the end of the day they're the ones with smug grins and pockets filled with cash. In honour of these frugal folk, we’ve rounded up a bunch of the Gold Coast's best cheap eats. This handy list will please your purse strings and your tastebuds – besides, who wants to cook when you can feed yo'face and still get change out of a $20 note? Not us. more

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Sharpen your skills and learn the art of Mexican cooking with Clay Cantina
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Sharpen your skills and learn the art of Mexican cooking with Clay Cantina

If you’ve ever travelled to Mexico, chances are that along with a stunning reel of photos you returned with, you also brought back fond memories of the food – and the realisation that there is quite a lot more to the cuisine than what we’re exposed to here in Australia. The authenticity. The flavours. The techniques. It all seems so inimitable – you probably thought you would never experience Mexican like that again unless you travelled back. Recently, a new cooking school called Clay Cantina launched here on the Gold Coast, with the specific intention of teaching you (yes, you) to cook and prepare authentic Mexican cuisine just as it is in the family homes and small-town cantinas across the regions. more