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It's back! Oracle Boulevard's Dial + Drive-Thru is letting you take your favourites home
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It’s back! Oracle Boulevard’s Dial + Drive-Thru is letting you take your favourites home

Luckily for us Gold Coast folk, a fair portion of the restaurants and cafes that make up the city's hospitality scene are quick to act in a lockdown, bringing us our favourite bites as takeaway delights to be enjoyed at home. To make these strange times a little easier to navigate for local diners, Oracle Boulevard in Broadbeach brought back its much-loved Dial + Drive-Thru concept for venues in the precinct. Fancy 12-hour slow-roasted lamb shoulder or twice-cooked pork belly tonight? It's easier than you think. more

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The Dish: Plant-based burgs, fancy feasts and charitable caffeination
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The Dish: Plant-based burgs, fancy feasts and charitable caffeination

There’s a lot happening on the Gold Coast these days, almost too much to keep up with. The Dish is a rapid-fire rundown of the coast’s food news – quick taster-sized tidbits to keep you in the know and, perhaps, tickle your tastebuds. This applies even in lockdown, and this week we’ve got word of a bougie Heston burger, ways to do good with your daily brew, and the fanciest take away you can indulge in (at home). more

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Stick a fork into a stack of souffle pancakes at Palm Beach's Raijin
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Stick a fork into a stack of souffle pancakes at Palm Beach’s Raijin

You've probably heard the expression 'as flat as a pancake', which makes sense based on our current understanding of pancakes being, well, flat. Raijin in Palm Beach is here to flip this notion on its head with its ridiculously fluffy and puffy souffle pancakes. The pillowy soft spheres are made-to-order and take a minimum of 20 minutes to make – so settle in, order a coffee and prepare your tastebuds for a treat. more

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Pavement Whisper: Varsity Lakes set to score a new Italian bistro and sophisticated wine bar
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Pavement Whisper: Varsity Lakes set to score a new Italian bistro and sophisticated wine bar

Keeping occupied during various COVID-related lockdowns has manifested in some pretty unlikely hobbies to get through the long days (banana bread, anyone?). For Leisa and her husband Shaun, who found themselves separated for nine long months by border closures, they passed the time apart by mentally planning not one but two new Varsity Lakes-based venues. As it turns out, they were pretty good at the paperwork side of things – so when the restrictions lifted and the pair was (finally) reunited, they had all of the necessary building blocks in place to turn hypothetical plans into a reality.  more

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Australia’s top roasters come together at new online marketplace ’Feind Coffee
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Australia’s top roasters come together at new online marketplace ’Feind Coffee

We hope that we speak for the majority of our readership when we say coffee is no longer a luxury, but rather, a necessity. But that doesn't mean our daily dose of caffeine can't be luxurious – quite the opposite, in fact. There is no need to settle for ordinary coffee when Australia is home to some of the finest coffee roasters in the world. Thankfully, a certain team of coffee enthusiasts share our same passion for the holy java bean and have created a website where a roster of top-notch homegrown roasters have come to congregate. Say hello to ’Feind Coffee, a new online boutique full to the brim with coffee worth pouring over – from specialty instant varieties and perky pods to incredibly rare filters and enlivening espressos. more

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Pavement Whisper: Booze pioneer Perry Scott is opening a luncheonette and bar in Palm Beach
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Pavement Whisper: Booze pioneer Perry Scott is opening a luncheonette and bar in Palm Beach

Those with a honed appreciation for a crafted sip know that not all cocktails are created equal. The really exceptional ones just hit differently, tickling your tastebuds with perfectly balanced flavours and subtleties. If you're fond of top-notch tipples, sensational sandwiches and really excellent coffee – go ahead and get excited for Scott's Luncheonette & Bar, which is coming to Palm Beach oh-so-soon. The venue will be the first Gold Coast venture from award-winning mixologist and booze pioneer Perry Scott. Here's what we know so far ... more

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Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has teamed up with Grill'd to create a range of plant-based burgers
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Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has teamed up with Grill’d to create a range of plant-based burgers

For those not overly familiar, Heston Blumenthal is an English culinary whiz famed for his creative style of cookery. Curious gastronomers travel far and wide to get a taste of Heston's flavourful fare but with travelling no longer an option, inquisitive feasters have been forced to follow the age-old rule of 'look, but don't touch'. Until now, that is. Starting this week, you can get a taste of Heston's delicious creations without the pricey plane ticket as the burger-loving brainiacs at Grill'd have teamed up with the celebrity chef to create a lip-smacking line-up of plant-based burgers. more

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Hospo heroes – the Gold Coast venues offering takeaway in the current lockdown
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Hospo heroes – the Gold Coast venues offering takeaway in the current lockdown

Well, there we go, folks. Queensland’s three-day snap lockdown has been extended until at least 4:00 pm on Sunday August 8 – that means we’ve got a whole lot more time spent indoors on the cards. While we bide our time and wait for eventual freedom, spare a thought for the cafes, bars and restaurants doing it tough. If you’ve got a bit of cash to splash, consider getting a takeaway treat from your favourite local eatery! Whether you’re craving a coffee, have a hankering for a greasy burger or you’re just down to support your local, keep reading to find out how and where you can score some of the Gold Coast's best takeaway bites and beverages during lockdown. more


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In a Biskit may be coming back so 2021 is saved, y'all
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In a Biskit may be coming back so 2021 is saved, y’all

We won't lie – we find ourselves reminiscing about ghosts of snacks past quite often. A few of our personal favourite discontinued delicacies include Bisc&, caramel Paddle Pops, Starburst jelly beans and of course, the long-gone-but-not-forgotten In A Biskit crackers. In serendipitous circumstances, we've recently received a top-secret tip that In A Biskit – a true legend of the savoury snacking world – is speculated to be returning to supermarket shelves soon. It’s truly a 2021 miracle! more

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Winter just got a whole lot warmer with City Winery's DIY mulled-wine kit
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Winter just got a whole lot warmer with City Winery’s DIY mulled-wine kit

When the temps are low and you're keen for a tipple, nothing tastes better than a soul-warming glass of mulled wine. This delicious drink may conjure up memories of Christmas markets afar, where it's usually referred to as glühwein and is a festive favourite when the snow begins to fall. Well friends, no need for the expensive plane ticket (not that we can travel there, anyway!) as this delightful sip is closer to home than you may think, as beloved Brisbane drop dispensary City Winery is once again doling out its DIY mulled-wine kits! more

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Pavement Whisper: Get egg-cited! Two Yolks is bringing breakfast burgs to Burleigh Heads
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Pavement Whisper: Get egg-cited! Two Yolks is bringing breakfast burgs to Burleigh Heads

We have a confession to make – we love burgers. Not in a low-key take 'em or leave 'em kind of way but in a complete all-consuming, salivation-inducing, soul-satisfying kind of way. When we caught wind of a brand-new burger bar in Burleigh Heads, you'd better believe we were champing at the bit to know more. Well, friends and fellow burger fiends, it's called Two Yolks and here's what we know so far ... more

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Well Bread & Pastry brings French patisserie vibes to Palm Beach
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Well Bread & Pastry brings French patisserie vibes to Palm Beach

When it comes to bread and baked goods in general, not all are created equal. Whilst some can leave you feeling sluggish, others utilise a slow fermentation over 18 to 36 hours using a base of live cultures – the end result is easy-to-digest bread that is jam-packed full of nutrients and beneficial microbes for your gut. Sitting firmly at the latter end of the bread spectrum is Palm Beach's newest (and prettiest) bakehouse Well Bread & Pastry. The French-style artisan bakery is ideally positioned within the Pavilions precinct and specialises in sensational sourdough, pastries, pies and perfectly brewed coffee. more

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Relish taste sensations with help from condiment company Sidepiece
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Relish taste sensations with help from condiment company Sidepiece

When it comes to perfecting a dish, condiments are crucially important. Be it a simple sandwich or salad, fiery spices, fruit-infused relishes and zesty dressings can take an ordinary meal to extraordinary levels. West End condiment company Sidepiece knows this to be true, and its small-batch fermented hot sauces, relishes and other condiments made from local produce and native bush foods are living proof that we all need to spice up our lives a little. more

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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s best all-day breakfast
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s best all-day breakfast

While it’s all well and good to have ambitions of getting up super early, hitting the gym and enjoying your post-workout green smoothie before the majority of people even stir from their slumber, the reality is often somewhat different and you actually emerge sometime around midday in search of a strong coffee and bacon. If you find yourself in the latter situation, here's a handy list of places that do a seriously delicious all-day breakfast on the Gold Coast. more

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Roast marshmallows and sip mulled wine by your own private fire at Robina Pavilion
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Roast marshmallows and sip mulled wine by your own private fire at Robina Pavilion

Picture this – you and yours sitting arm in arm, sipping soul-warming mulled wine and picking your way around a cheese board by a crackling fire. Sounds pretty dreamy, right? Before you drop everything and make haste to Bunnings to invest in a fire pit or book the nearest B&B out of town, we have some news that may be of interest – Robina Pavilion has teamed up with the legends at Stone & Wood for Fire Pits By The Lake.  more

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Miami Marketta is delivering Purple Haze margaritas direct to your doorstep
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Miami Marketta is delivering Purple Haze margaritas direct to your doorstep

The clever people at Miami Marketta know that although we love their delicious hand-crafted cocktails, we can't always make it to Marketta – whether we are far away, stuck in a lockdown or merely can't bring ourselves to get out of our pyjamas for the evening. Well, friends, they've delivered the perfect solution – get a taste of the brand-new Purple Haze Margarita, sent directly to your doorstep. more

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Get caffeinated at Paradise Point's brand-new coffee slinger Sweet Bambino
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Get caffeinated at Paradise Point’s brand-new coffee slinger Sweet Bambino

Three-quarter strength flat white, extra-strong decaf, double macchiato – the list of coffee preferences is endless. One thing that all coffee drinkers can agree on, however, is the fact that not all coffee is created equal. If you find yourself in Paradise Point with a hankering for a little liquid motivation, make a pit-stop at Sweet Bambino. The super-cute new hole-in-the-wall cafe proves once and for all that good things do indeed come in small packages.  more

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Seductive sips – savour the fruity flavours of Brookie’s Byron Slow Passion Gin
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Seductive sips – savour the fruity flavours of Brookie’s Byron Slow Passion Gin

Whenever we catch wind that the flavour experts at Cape Byron Distillery have whipped up a new product, our ears prick up with excitement. So you could say that we were pretty thrilled to learn that they have released a new fruity concoction, the Brookie’s Byron Slow Passion Gin. Pumped full of Davidson plums and locally sourced passionfruit, this is one divine drink worth sampling. more

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

It's a sad day 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 1920s eatery will be given a new lease on life as Tommy's Italian – a modern coastal Italian trattoria. Here's what we know so far ... more