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Tasty tacos and punchy poppers – food truck SoCal Tacos expands with its first Gold Coast venue
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Tasty tacos and punchy poppers – food truck SoCal Tacos expands with its first Gold Coast venue

After roaming the streets of the city for the past 18 months slinging its flavour-packed Southern Californian tacos to the masses, popular Gold Coast food truck SoCal Tacos has opened its first bricks-and-mortar venue. Those guilty of stalking the SoCal taco truck (in a good way) can now rest easy knowing that this dispensary of delicious Mexican street food now has a permanent home in Surfers Paradise. more

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Amore Bodega brings homestyle cooking, lunch boxes and honest food to Southport
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Amore Bodega brings homestyle cooking, lunch boxes and honest food to Southport

Nothing, and we mean nothing, beats a home-cooked meal – especially when someone else cooks it for you. Most of us will have very fond memories of the aromas from our grandmother's kitchens and the belly-warming effects of our mother's dinners when we were young – but let's be honest, we're all pretty time poor these days, so while we may have good intentions of creating nutritious, hearty meals at home, we're either too darn busy or just don't have the skills. If you fall into either of those categories, then you need Amore Bodega in your life, stat. more

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The round-up: chomp on the Gold Coast's best burgers
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The round-up: chomp on the Gold Coast’s best burgers

There is something deeply satisfying about sinking your teeth into a delicious, juicy burger. On Monday May 28, it's National Burger Day (our favourite day) and we're well and truly getting into the spirit. 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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You Betty believe it – win a year’s supply of free Betty’s Burgers for National Burger Day
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You Betty believe it – win a year’s supply of free Betty’s Burgers for National Burger Day

If you hadn’t already heard, Monday May 28 is National Burger Day. It’s cause for celebration, and Betty’s Bugers and Concrete Co is marking the date with a massive giveaway. The burger joint is giving one hungry punter the chance to win a year’s supply of burgers. If 52 weeks of burger bliss sounds good to you, we’ve got the details on how to score big this weekend. more

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Embark on an intimate culinary journey with The Star Grazing Food Tours
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Embark on an intimate culinary journey with The Star Grazing Food Tours

Foodie friends, if you missed your opportunity to jump aboard The Star Gold Coast's sold-out Star Grazing Food Tours, then we've got exciting news – more dates have just been announced! The food tours, which run between May 23 and June 14, will take diners on an exclusive guided journey of four contrasting restaurants in one night for the ultimate culinary experience. Do yourself a flavour and book a seat on this tour before it's too late. more

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The round-up: follow the (panko) crumbs to the Gold Coast's best kastu sandos and curries
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The round-up: follow the (panko) crumbs to the Gold Coast’s best kastu sandos and curries

A lot of deliciousness has come out of Japan – ramen, gyoza, sushi, whisky ... the list goes on. One fine delicacy (yes, fried food is a delicacy) that we're truly fond of is katsu. It's a humble dish of crumbed meat delicately fried to golden perfection, which you'll often find served with traditional Japanese curry and rice, or sandwiched between soft crust-less bread with cabbage and mayonnaise. If you share our fondness, then you'll take great pleasure in working your way through this handy list of where to find great katsu curries and katsu sandos on the Gold Coast. more


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Trio of celebrated chefs come together for the exclusive Three's Company dining event at The Star
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Trio of celebrated chefs come together for the exclusive Three’s Company dining event at The Star

On Thursday May 31, three of the country's most celebrated chefs will come together in the same kitchen for a unique one-night-only collaboration. Paul Carmichael from Sydney's esteemed two-hatted Momofuku Seiōbo and Chase Kojima from hatted restaurants Sokyo in Sydney and Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast, will join awarded chef Kelvin Andrews in his brand-new Nineteen at The Star kitchen for the exclusive Three's Company dining event. more

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Sydney's Milky Lane brings next-level burgers, sweet cocktails and hip-hop tunes to Surfers Paradise
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Sydney’s Milky Lane brings next-level burgers, sweet cocktails and hip-hop tunes to Surfers Paradise

Those who have been waiting with bated breath to get a taste of Sydney's wildly popular Milky Lane burgers can now exhale a sigh of relief – the famed burger joint's first Queensland venue will officially open its doors in Surfers Paradise this Friday May 18. We snuck in a few days early to bring you all of the juicy details, but this one comes with a graphic content warning. If you scroll down, you’re going to see some oozing, cheesy and super-hot burger porn that is most definitely NSFW – unless your boss is, well, into saucy things … we know ours is. more

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The round-up: the Gold Coast's best delis and providores, as voted by you!
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s best delis and providores, as voted by you!

Okay, we'll admit it, we can't resist a good rummage for fromage. From creamy camemberts to bitey vintage varieties, we love them all! Do you know who else loves a good deli trip? Judging from the results from our 2017 EAT/drink awards, you guys! It seems you, our dear readers, share our love for fine cured meat and miscellaneous pickled creations so without further ado, here are the Gold Coast's best delis and providores, as voted by you. more

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Get hooked on nostalgic classics and trawler-fresh catches at The Inky Squid
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Get hooked on nostalgic classics and trawler-fresh catches at The Inky Squid

Let's be honest (we're all friends here), there are a bunch of us that associate fish and chips with greasy fingers, oily batters and soggy chips that are revived thanks only to hefty sprinklings of chicken salt. Just to clarify – we've got nothing against chicken salt – but we do think it's pretty damn crazy that in a region so rich in fresh and live produce, that defrosted fish from the shores of who knows where still makes its way behind the glass of display counters, right next to the Chiko Rolls. Enter The Inky Squid, a new south-of-the-border fish and chippery where the fish comes off the trawler in Tweed in the morning and will be on your (biodegradable) plate by lunch time. more

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What's open on the Labour Day public holiday
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What’s open on the Labour Day public holiday

Ahhh, pals – we've got another long weekend upon us! That's right, this Monday May 7 is Labour Day and there are a bunch of us lucky enough to have the day off work. If you are working, then high-five for earning the big bucks like a baller. For those off the clock this Monday, then please do read on. We've taken the liberty of collating a handy list that consists of a bunch of cafes, restaurants and bars that are open on Labour Day. more

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Hot, cheesy and oh-so gooey – Jaffles HQ opens in Coolangatta
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Hot, cheesy and oh-so gooey – Jaffles HQ opens in Coolangatta

When the temperatures drop, there's nothing more we love than getting our mitts around a piping-hot cheesy jaffle – perfectly crispy on the outside and seductively gooey on the inside. If you like the cut of our jib, then you'll be delighted to learn that a dedicated jaffle bar – aptly named Jaffles HQ – has opened in Coolangatta this week, serving sweet and savoury varietals of everybody's favourite pockets of goodness. more

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The round-up: how to win at Mother’s Day this year
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The round-up: how to win at Mother’s Day this year

Mother's Day is just around the corner – in case it had slipped your mind, it's next Sunday May 13 (don't forget!). So, if you're hoping to go one step further than just flowers, some new winter slippers or a photo frame with your mug shot in it, then we've got your back. It's time to treat yo' mama in style and show her how much you appreciate her and everything she does. Whether your mum is a foodie, prefers being pampered, or wants to be showered with gifts, here are some ideas to help you win at Mother's Day this year. more

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Thursday Brewing cracks into the Gold Coast craft-beer scene with its flagship lager
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Thursday Brewing cracks into the Gold Coast craft-beer scene with its flagship lager

In case our name wasn't enough of a giveaway, we're all about the weekend. Generally speaking, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are full of action and hustle, then comes Thursday – and you get that faint flutter of excitement in your stomach when you realise that Friday is just one more sleep away. It's that sublime almost-Friday feeling that inspired two local mates to go out on a limb and pour their passion for the weekend into a keg. The result? The Gold Coast's newest craft-beer brand, Thursday Brewing Company, which officially launches on Monday April 30. more

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Learn, connect and nourish at Bhavana organic farm and cooking school
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Learn, connect and nourish at Bhavana organic farm and cooking school

Let's face it – we all live pretty fast-paced lives. During the week we're often on the go, rushing to work, inhaling takeaway coffees, returning phone calls and constantly chasing our tails. Then the weekend hits, it's time to play catch up – fold those clothes, try that restaurant, reply to that message, meet that friend, drink that wine, mop that floor. Sound familiar? In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it's easy to overlook the most vital part of our existence – food. When was the last time you stopped, slowed down and really connected with what was on your plate? We'll assume it's been a while, so with that in mind, let us introduce you to Bhavana – an organic farm and cooking school in the Byron Bay hinterland. more