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The round-up: the coast’s best pies to wrap your mitts around
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The round-up: the coast’s best pies to wrap your mitts around

If winter has you craving deliciously warm comfort food, you’re not alone! Sometimes you just can’t beat the satisfying crunch of the crispy, flaky exterior and the gooey, steamy centre of a good old-fashioned pie. From not-so-dirty street pies to the more exotic varieties, we’ve round-up some of the coast’s best pies to sink your teeth into. more

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The round-up: where to find the Gold Coast's best bao
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The round-up: where to find the Gold Coast’s best bao

Pillow-soft baos are a true delight. Over the past 18 months, the humble bao (aka folded steamed buns filled with delicious Asian ingredients) has found itself dotted across menus throughout the city, with plenty of foodies going out of their way to seek out the delicately prepared flavour-packed morsels. So here it is – a handy list of where you can find some of the best bao buns on the Gold Coast. more

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From humble wine bars to rooftop fine dining – work your way through 2018's must-try new openings
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From humble wine bars to rooftop fine dining – work your way through 2018’s must-try new openings

It's been a big year so far for the Gold Coast dining scene. We've welcomed new fine-dining restaurants, Chinese diners, wine bars, rooftop grills and more since the start of 2018 – and there's still a bunch to come. We know it can be hard to keep up with it all, so we've picked out ten of the most exciting new cafes, restaurants and bars to open on the coast so far this year. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (you'd better), is to eat and drink your way through this delicious list. more


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Five (delicious) local foodie events you need to be at this August
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Five (delicious) local foodie events you need to be at this August

While we don't appreciate the cool mornings, we certainly do love experiencing delicious food and sipping glorious bold wines during winter. Sometimes though, it's nice to step outside the square and experience seasonal food and wine in a different setting. This August a bunch of foodie events are rolling out across the Gold Coast (and beyond) from intriguing wine dinners to barbecue feasts and long-table lunches – and we've handpicked five of the best. more

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Palm Beach cafe Espresso Moto expands with a new Coolangatta venue
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Palm Beach cafe Espresso Moto expands with a new Coolangatta venue

Popular Palm Beach eatery and caffeine dispensary Espresso Moto has spread the love further south with a second venue of the same name opening in the heart of Coolangatta. The premises formerly occupied by cafe That Blue House (which is actually a big blue house) has been taken over, injecting the laid-back precinct with a hearty dash of that much-loved Espresso Moto vibe. more

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The round-up: get saucy with the best American barbecue on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: get saucy with the best American barbecue on the Gold Coast

The mere thought of melt-in-your-mouth smoky brisket, slow-cooked ribs drowning in barbecue glaze and saucy wings that slide straight off the bone is enough to raise our heart rates and make our palms sweaty in anticipation. The Gold Coast's love of American-style barbecued meats and accompaniments is stronger than ever, and luckily there are plenty of delicious establishments out there that are well-equipped to satisfy our meaty appetites. From ribs by the rack to hickory-smoked pulled pork, here are some top spots for an American barbecue feast on the Gold Coast. more

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Sashimi bowls and sake sips – Byron Bay's Finn Poké lands in Burleigh Heads
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Sashimi bowls and sake sips – Byron Bay’s Finn Poké lands in Burleigh Heads

Okay, it's safe to say that poke bowls are well and truly here to stay. Much like the rise of sushi back in the day, these Hawaiian-inspired bowls of goodness are becoming a regular staple for local foodies looking for a healthy and fresh option to sink their teeth into. Last week, the Gold Coast got a new poke-bowl injection with Byron Bay-born Finn Poké opening its doors on Burleigh's James Street. more

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The Weekend Series: southward bound – five hotspots you must try in Byron Bay
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The Weekend Series: southward bound – five hotspots you must try in Byron Bay

Whenever the weather report heralds the arrival of mild temperatures and clear skies, we immediately pack an overnight bag and make a hasty pilgrimage south to Byron Bay. The home of coastal vibes, free-spirited fun and a booming foodie scene, Byron Bay is a no-brainer for those that really want to put some kilometres between them and the big smoke. Speaking of Byron Bay’s cafe and restaurant scene, we weren’t kidding when we say the Byron Shire is bursting with hotspots. With Splendour in the Grass on our doorstep and warmer temperatures approaching, now is as good a time as ever to acquaint yourself with a few southern destinations. more

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Sydney chef Alex Munoz Labart unveils his flagship Burleigh Heads dining space, Restaurant Labart
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Sydney chef Alex Munoz Labart unveils his flagship Burleigh Heads dining space, Restaurant Labart

When renowned chef Alex Munoz Labart decided to move north in search of a sea change, Sydney's loss soon became the Gold Coast's gain. A very significant gain. This week Alex and his wife Karla opened the doors to their first venture, Restaurant Labart in Burleigh Heads, which has been touted as one of the most anticipated new additions to the city's dining scene – and for good reason. more