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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

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Currumbin's new Guilty Cafe makes it cheat day everyday
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Currumbin’s new Guilty Cafe makes it cheat day everyday

If you're due for a cheat day, or if you flat-out just want to treat yo' self (we like the way you think) then Currumbin's new Guilty Cafe could be your sweet saviour. After all, everyone knows the feeling when an outlandish Oreo-topped, cream-laden crazy milkshake is the only thing that can put a smile on your dial. more

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Nude Sisters Whole Food Kitchen brings raw food to life from its brand-new Mermaid Beach space
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Nude Sisters Whole Food Kitchen brings raw food to life from its brand-new Mermaid Beach space

Now, we know that some of you may see the words 'raw food' and 'vegan cakes' and run for the hills thinking you'll be bombarded with tasteless treats, bland salads and generous wafts of incense. Let's get you out of that mindset right now by introducing you to the newly opened Nude Sisters Whole Food Kitchen – a hip and healthy vegetarian cafe that is putting a sleek and totally delicious new spin on raw, healthy and 'whole' foods. more

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Fill your morning with coffee and vegan doughnuts at Next Door Espresso
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Fill your morning with coffee and vegan doughnuts at Next Door Espresso

Southern dwellers, if you're on the hunt for a quality morning brew, then we've got a new friend we'd like you to meet – Next Door Espresso. Earlier this week, the doors quietly swung open to the new espresso bar, which overlooks Terranora Creek, bringing specialty coffee, on-the-go eats and next-level vegan treats to the relaxed Tweed precinct. more

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Shelter brings a wave of foodie goodness to the Lennox Head beachfront
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Shelter brings a wave of foodie goodness to the Lennox Head beachfront

We're big fans of the south-of-the-border coastal town of Lennox Head. As if it's relaxed vibe and decent surf break wasn't enough to lure us Gold Coast folk down there for a visit, there's now Shelter – a newly opened beachfront cafe, restaurant and bar, created by three super-talented fellas who hail from renowned foodie haven, Three Blue Ducks.   more

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Cru Cafe & Design Lounge unveils its stylish new Varsity Lakes space
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Cru Cafe & Design Lounge unveils its stylish new Varsity Lakes space

The worlds of coffee and interior design have collided in spectacular fashion with the opening of Varsity Lakes' stylish new daytime hub, Cru Cafe & Design Lounge. The sleek new cafe and interiors retail space forms part of the eye-catching newly built Brooklyn Apartments on Varsity Parade, giving coffee drinkers a splash of homewares inspo as they sip on their morning brew. more

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Lionheart brings chilled-out coffee vibes to bustling Surfers Paradise
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Lionheart brings chilled-out coffee vibes to bustling Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise locals, there’s a new coffee hub in town. Whilst the sweet aroma of caffeine often fills the precinct’s bustling beachfront, Lionheart Cafe is filling the back-street void along Surfers Paradise Boulevard by transforming a former tattoo studio into a vibrant new space with quality coffee, hearty eats and a distinct local vibe. more