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From French-toast croissants to green bowls – Forreal Kitchen brings a tasty balance to Nobby Beach
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From French-toast croissants to green bowls – Forreal Kitchen brings a tasty balance to Nobby Beach

Life is all about balance. Sometimes we wear activewear and sip juices in the sun with our friends, other times we just want to wear track pants (or no pants) and ingest an entire week's calorie intake in a single sitting. If you're totally into healthy eats like charcoal smoothie bowls but would also break an eight-week diet pact with your bestie for a serve of bacon and egg nachos without even batting an eyelid, then not only do we like you, we also think you'll feel right at home at Nobby Beach's newest daytime eatery, Forreal Kitchen. more

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Feasts worth flying for – the year's most exciting interstate openings
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Feasts worth flying for – the year’s most exciting interstate openings

The new year has well and truly arrived, and we are more than ready to embrace all that it will bring – especially to our stomachs – with open arms and mouths. While it’s already set to be an exciting year of food on the Gold Coast (refer to our list of upcoming openings), it should also be a year of expanding our culinary horizons. This year our resolution is to explore more of our own country – you know we’re going to be doing a whole lot of eating everywhere we go and we implore you to do the same. Here are some of the top new Australian restaurants of 2017 outside of Queensland that we just can’t wait to try. more

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The round-up: the best places for heathy eats on the Gold Coast, as voted by you
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The round-up: the best places for heathy eats on the Gold Coast, as voted by you

If you've been on Instgram at all since January 1, then you're probably sick of being smothered with 'new year, new you' mantras, #detox diets and unachievable new-year resolutions. Look, we're all for optimism and chasing goals, but we still want to be able to go out for lunch with friends and have breakfast with the crew because, well, that's how we roll. If you too like to socialise over food, but also want to kick-start a healthy-eating crusade, then we've got you. Here are the top ten healthy-eating spots on the Gold Coast, as voted by you, our readers, in the Gold Coast EAT/drink Awards. Go on, sink your teeth in. more

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An iconic shift – Gold Coast institution Elk unveils its new home
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An iconic shift – Gold Coast institution Elk unveils its new home

It's known as one of the Gold Coast's most iconic cafes and, as of December 15, Elk Espresso will open its doors for the first time in a new location. For six-and-a-half years, Elk has dazzled locals and tourists alike with its eye-catching dishes, specialty coffee and diet-breaking treats from its quirky digs in Chelsea Avenue. From now on, you'll find it on the beach-end of Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach. The space may be new, but you'll be glad to know that heart and soul of Elk has well and truly been retained. more

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Farm to plate – soak up the valley vibes at Currumbin's Pasture & Co
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Farm to plate – soak up the valley vibes at Currumbin’s Pasture & Co

More often than not, us Gold Coast folk are drawn to the hustle and bustle of dining precincts and the alluring buzz of the beachside – it's only natural. We're certainly big fans of the glitter-strip vibe, but let us redirect your attention, if we may, just ten short minutes inland to Currumbin Valley. If it's been a while since you've entered into the green part of town, then we've uncovered another drawcard – Pasture & Co. The relaxed daytime eatery has opened its doors, the coffees are pouring and the resident kangaroos are ready to greet you (from a safe distance). more


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The round-up: Brisbane’s must-try openings of 2017

The summer holiday period is a great time to expand your horizons, to break out of the timetable you’ve been keeping to all year and to try something new. We’re not advocating a permanent sea change (or whatever the opposite is called when you leave the proximity of the ocean), we just wanted to let you know there’s some huge things happening up in the big smoke. Brisbane’s food scene has undergone another massive year of growth, with several big-ticket openings causing a bit of a stir. If you are visiting Brisvegas over the festive season, then pencil in a visit to a few of these must-try openings – they are well worth a stop. more

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Northern nosh – Substance Espresso leaves a tasty footprint in Runaway Bay
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Northern nosh – Substance Espresso leaves a tasty footprint in Runaway Bay

When Siguenos food truck ceased its weekly street service, we all shed a few taco-flavoured tears. Luckily, there was a silver lining to the sadness, with the owners of the popular Mexican-on-wheels operation, Rodney and Reanna Anlezark, announcing they were joining forces with local coffee gurus and founders of Chirn Park's Daark Espresso, Jareth and Leah Smith, to embark on a new venture. Last week the foursome quietly lifted the lid on their hotly anticipated collaboration, revealing the northern end's newest daytime hang – Substance Espresso. more

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Enjoy coffee, homestyle eats and diet-breaking treats at Carrara's all-new Sip & Co
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Enjoy coffee, homestyle eats and diet-breaking treats at Carrara’s all-new Sip & Co

Is there anything better than an old-school burger? Nup. Tell you what – that feeling of tucking into a crunchy bun filled with a juicy patty, crispy bacon, sauce and melted cheese – all freshened up with lettuce and tomato – is second to none. It gets better when you add a fried egg, where (if you're lucky enough) the yolk will ooze out the side and run down your hand. If that's got you a little hot under the collar, then it's time you checked out Sip & Co. more

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The round-up: morning munchies – top spots for a healthy breakfast on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: morning munchies – top spots for a healthy breakfast on the Gold Coast

It's been drilled into us since we were little tackers – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you often wake up with the best intentions of having a super-healthy breakfast and get easily swayed by your flatmate's blueberry Pop-Tarts (which contain questionable amounts of actual blueberries) or you just can't resist the hash browns and hollandaise at your local, then you'd better keep reading. In the spirit of the annual summer shed, here are some of the best places on the Gold Coast for a healthy breakfast. more

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Helena's Espresso brings honest food and a homestyle vibe to the northern end
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Helena’s Espresso brings honest food and a homestyle vibe to the northern end

As lovers of food, some of our greatest memories involve sitting around the dining table for hours eating with family and friends. Generally, it can be pretty hard to replicate that homestyle vibe when you're out for breakfast or lunch, so it's easy to want to just smash through your avo on toast, throw down your latte and make tracks. If you're looking for a place where you can slow down a little and feel right at home, then you'll want to familiarise yourself with Helena's Espresso, the northern end's newest daytime hang. more

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The Pastry Emporium brings croissants, baguettes and all of the cakes to Mermaid Waters
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The Pastry Emporium brings croissants, baguettes and all of the cakes to Mermaid Waters

We're going to level with you – pastry is our vice. There's just something about the buttery taste and flaky texture that really does things to us. When we heard that Bundall's The Pastry Emporium was opening a second venue a little further south, our hearts skipped a beat. Well, after a short period of anticipation, the time has finally come – The Pastry Emporium officially open its doors in Mermaid Waters today (Thursday October 12). Friends, this is what dreams are made of. more

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Marie Anita's spreads its gluten-free wings to Mermaid Beach
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Marie Anita’s spreads its gluten-free wings to Mermaid Beach

Marie Anita's, the Gold Coast cafe renowned for being entirely gluten and sugar free, has made the move from Burleigh Heads into a wonderful new space in Mermaid Beach. The new digs, which opened this week, sees Marie Anita's retain its wholesome, simplistic and local ethos, whilst expanding its delicious bakery offerings (hellooo fresh-baked bread) and utilising the outdoor garden for events and night trade. more

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The Coffee Deck brings all-day eats and gooey treats to Paradise Waters
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The Coffee Deck brings all-day eats and gooey treats to Paradise Waters

Life is all about balance. Like, if you want to have a colourful chickpea salad for lunch, and chase it with a slither of chocolate cookie crumble cheesecake, then who are we to judge? The Coffee Deck is a newly opened cafe in the water-bound hub that is Paradise Waters, with an all-day menu and drool-worthy cabinet of goodies that will allow the best of both worlds. Yes, friends, here you can have your cake, and eat it too. more