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Christmas is coming early – Beanvent is the new specialty-coffee advent calendar from ’Feind Coffee
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Christmas is coming early – Beanvent is the new specialty-coffee advent calendar from ’Feind Coffee

Whether it's a gift from your rellies or you've decided to buy one for yourself (this is a judgement-free space), one of our favourite festive season goodies is an advent calendar. Thankfully for us, more and more of these treat-filled Christmas countdowns are geared towards adult tastes. If you're looking for a more sophisticated, grown-up calendar this year that will still offer a daily dose of decadence, then we have found the perfect December pick-me-up – Beanvent! Created by the caffeine enthusiasts behind ’Feind Coffee, this specialty-coffee advent calendar offers 24 filter coffees that are sure to tantalise even the most hard-to-please java-bean lovers. more

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Stick a fork into thrice-cooked potato at Varsity's new Street Food Cartel
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Stick a fork into thrice-cooked potato at Varsity’s new Street Food Cartel

We’re pretty fond of potatoes in all of their different configurations – mashed, roasted and our personal favourite, in chip form. If you too have a penchant for the pillowy parcels, then you need to know about Street Food Cartel in Varsity Lakes. The cafe is combining all three into one glorious creation called the Loaded C.P.S, or Crunch Potato Squares. The thrice-cooked cubes are topped with seasoned ground beef, pulled chipotle pork or veg, and drenched in smoky barbecue sauce. If your mouth is watering, you need to seek out Street Food Cartel, stat. more

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Pavement Whisper: Kirra's iconic Pizza Hut to be transformed into Siblings Kirra
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Pavement Whisper: Kirra’s iconic Pizza Hut to be transformed into Siblings Kirra

After leasing the prime beach-fronting site from the City of Gold Coast for four decades, the iconic Pizza Hut at Kirra closed its doors for the last time in 2019. Now, we've got our first glimpse of its successor – it's called Siblings Kirra and will be the latest hospitality venture from the seasoned operators behind Isle of Capri's Edgewater and Fish Emporium. There's no self-serve ice-cream, but there are plenty of other reasons to be excited. Here's what we know so far ... more

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Pavement Whisper: Tropic Vice is set to bring ‘Florribean' fare and curated cocktails to Nobby Beach
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Pavement Whisper: Tropic Vice is set to bring ‘Florribean’ fare and curated cocktails to Nobby Beach

SPLIT Upstairs was always destined to be here for a good time, not a long one. Forever etched in our collective (hazy) memories, the time has come to say goodbye to SPLIT and say hello to Tropic Vice – a brand-new rooftop restaurant and bar that is here to set the scene for summer sipping and long lunches perched above the beachside strip. The incredible new venue is the first solo venture from Melbourne's Jimmy Tantsis-Hall and is set to open its doors in coming weeks, here's what we know so far ... more

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Sabor Brasil brings flavoursome Brazilian fare to Nobby Beach
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Sabor Brasil brings flavoursome Brazilian fare to Nobby Beach

Right about now, Australian passports are buried under a thick layer of dust as international travel remains out of reach for the moment. Thankfully, we needn't board a plane to experience a taste of Brazil following the opening of Sabor Brasil on the Nobby Beach strip. The eatery has transformed the former Basil Thai into a light and bright Brazilian-style restaurant complete with multi-coloured seating, samba music and an authentic menu featuring Cachaça, Brazil's national spirit. Here's everything you need to know about this colourful newcomer ... more

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Step back in time at Murwillumbah's brand-new bistro, Tweed River House
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Step back in time at Murwillumbah’s brand-new bistro, Tweed River House

A grand old manor has been perched on the banks of the Tweed River at Murwillumbah for more than 100 years and, thanks to an inspired plan by its new owners, is now receiving a new lease on life – and it’s looking pretty damn spectacular. While we can't head across the border for a long lunch just yet, take a peek inside the brand-new (but old) venue for when we can day-trip to Northern New South Wales. more

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Luxe poolside precinct Cali Beach is set to open this weekend!
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Luxe poolside precinct Cali Beach is set to open this weekend!

If you've ever spent time partying poolside in Las Vegas or sipping cocktails at any number of the day clubs scattered around the Greek Islands and Ibiza, it's highly likely you've lamented the lack of something similar at home. Well, friends, we have some very exciting news. The Gold Coast is set to welcome Australia's largest (and most luxurious) day and nighttime entertainment precinct this weekend! Cali Beach officially opens its doors this Saturday September 25. Here's everything you need to know ... more


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Happiness in a can – Mr Black unveils a ready-to-drink espresso martini
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Happiness in a can – Mr Black unveils a ready-to-drink espresso martini

RTDs, or ready-to-drink beverages, generally get a pretty bad wrap. Mostly sickly sweet or too basic, they rarely taste anything like the analogue version they are supposed to. Until now. After three (long) years of research and development, the legendary Mr Black Espresso Martini team has unveiled a 200-ml can to shake up and enjoy anywhere. Made using top-grade arabica coffee, pure Australian vodka, and a generous splash of Mr Black Coffee Liqueur (obviously), the new ready-to-drink offering means you never have to endure a mediocre espresso martini ever again. We'll cheers to that. more

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Five delicious strawberry recipes to help support strawberry farmers
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Five delicious strawberry recipes to help support strawberry farmers

In case you've missed the news, Australian strawberry farmers are doing it tough right now. Due to lockdowns and cafe closures across the country, the Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association has estimated that there has been an approximately 50-percent reduction in strawberry demand in what would usually be the peak of the season. You may have noticed that the price of strawberries is super low at the supermarket – which is great for the buyer – but this low punnet price is less than the cost for farmers to grow and harvest them. This means that a number of farmers have already started spraying out and killing off fields upon fields of ripe, juicy strawberries so that they don't end up producing punnets at a loss. Australian strawberry growers have sent out a plea, asking us to go out and buy as many strawberries as we can to show our support. Stocking up on deliciously sweet… more

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Sparrow Coffee Co flies into Nobby Beach to fill your morning with quality brews on the fly
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Sparrow Coffee Co flies into Nobby Beach to fill your morning with quality brews on the fly

Coffee is a non-negotiable part of our day – the only variable is where to get it. That in itself requires some forethought, because, as any coffee drinker (addict) can attest, a bad brew can ruin your day. If you have no time for a mediocre morning sip – go ahead and get excited for Sparrow Coffee Co's brand-new coffee dispensary in Nobby Beach. The new takeaway nook is here to fuel your morning with quality brews on the fly.  more

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Sink your teeth into pizza and pasta at Varsity Lakes' brand-new bistro Oscar Italia
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Sink your teeth into pizza and pasta at Varsity Lakes’ brand-new bistro Oscar Italia

Keeping occupied during various COVID-related lockdowns has manifested in some pretty unlikely hobbies to pass time (focaccia, anyone?). For Leisa and her husband Shaun, who found themselves separated by border closures for nine long months, they passed the time apart by planning a restaurant they hoped to open one day. As it turns out, they were pretty good at it – so when the restrictions lifted and the pair were (finally) reunited, they had all of the necessary building blocks in place to turn their hypothetical plans into a reality. The only thing that was missing was the perfect location, and as luck would have it, the perfect place was right in front of their eyes. Varsity Lakes, say hello to Oscar Italia ... more

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Crumbtastic! Green's has launched Golden Gaytime cake mix
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Crumbtastic! Green’s has launched Golden Gaytime cake mix

Whether it's a hot summer's day or we're just craving a sweet treat, nothing hits the spot quite like a Golden Gaytime ice-cream. Now, the frozen national treasure and its signature crumb is set to be transformed into something only a gaggle of culinary geniuses could have concocted. Hold on to your spatulas, friends, as Green's has released Golden Gaytime cake mix and somewhere out there a certain baking matriarch that rhymes with Fetty Rocker is shaking. 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

The Gold Coast has its fair share of top-notch Chinese eateries, from opulent waterfront dining rooms to classic hidden gems tucked away in the backstreets. The good news for those keen to devour some dumplings, savour some san choy bau and chomp on some crispy duck is that we've done all of the legwork for you. We've put together a tasty list of some of the Gold Coast's best Chinese dining spots, so that all you have to do is turn up and stick your chopsticks into some Chinese delights. more

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Roll in for a post-surf feed at Burleigh's brand-new Freddy's Chicken Shop
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Roll in for a post-surf feed at Burleigh’s brand-new Freddy’s Chicken Shop

There's something inherently romantic about taking something from yesteryear and reinventing it for an entirely new generation to fall in love with all over again. This is certainly the case for Freddy's Chicken Shop, the brand-new eatery perched on the corner of James and Connor Street in Burleigh Heads. The former realty office has been transformed into a light and bright eatery that throws a nostalgic nod to the site's original incarnation as a bustling corner store. Freddy's Chicken Shop is an ode to the old-school milk bars of the 1970s with a particular emphasis on chicken, obviously. more

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Hospitality titans join forces to open Tommy's Italian in Currumbin
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Hospitality titans join forces to open Tommy’s Italian in Currumbin

It’s always sad when any long-standing venue closes its doors, especially one that is as widely adored as The Beach Shack in Currumbin. This story, however, is not one of doors closing, but of exciting new chapters and new beginnings. The much-loved beachfront venue has been given an incredible new lease on life as Tommy’s Italian – a modern coastal trattoria that is bringing a touch of luxe to the coast. The magnificent new venue officially opens for dine-in patrons today (Wednesday September 8) and here's everything you need to know ... more

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Palm Beach's new eatery Scott's Luncheonette & Bar delivers a winning trifecta of sandwiches, coffee and wine
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Palm Beach’s new eatery Scott’s Luncheonette & Bar delivers a winning trifecta of sandwiches, coffee and wine

If you're not yet familiar with the name Perry Scott, you soon will be. Perry has shaken and stirred sips for some pretty famous faces around the world, having first learned the craft from New York's Dale DeGroff (A.K.A. The Cocktail King) before moving on to London’s Match Bar Group, as well as some of Soho’s most renowned cocktail bars including Milk & Honey and The Player. Inspired to pioneer a drinks revolution here in his home state, Perry opened Lark Food & Drink in Brisbane as well as a roving cocktail bar The Dispense Station, which toured the country at major music events (remember those?), picking up a stack of accolades along the way. Now, Perry has turned his attention towards the food side of things and has opened a laid-back beachside eatery called Scott’s Luncheonette & Bar right here on the Gold Coast. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Pavement Whisper: Uncle Su is set to bring vibrant Cantonese bites to the coast
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Pavement Whisper: Uncle Su is set to bring vibrant Cantonese bites to the coast

Get set for a brand-new culinary adventure, folks – The Star has just announced the forthcoming arrival of Uncle Su, a Cantonese restaurant that will be debuting this October as the first opening at The Star’s jaw-dropping new tower. The new eatery will specialise in Chinese bites given a modern coastal reimagining that are best enjoyed with family and friends. Here’s everything we know so far … more