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Perfect the art of pizza at Aviary Rooftop Bar's mouth-watering masterclass
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Perfect the art of pizza at Aviary Rooftop Bar’s mouth-watering masterclass

The perfect pizza is somewhat of an oxymoron because everyone has different preferences and tastes – some like a thick, doughy crust whilst others prefer things a little thinner and crispier. Some like to fold in half before shovelling into their mouth whilst others (weirdly) opt for a knife and fork. Thankfully, Aviary Rooftop Bar is here to help you nail the art of your perfect pizza pie with a hands-on masterclass that will equip you with all of the tips and tricks to impress your date and/or mate. more

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Things are getting botanical at Husk Distillers' first evening event – say hello to the Distillery Dinners
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Things are getting botanical at Husk Distillers’ first evening event – say hello to the Distillery Dinners

If there's one thing we love more than gin, it's botanically crafted gin from one of the region's most loved producers, Husk Distillers. Is it possible to get any better? Yes, apparently. Taking our love for gin to the next level is its brand-new Distillery Dinner series, which are intimate dinner experiences involving crafted cocktail pairings and a drool-inducing menu. more

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Decadent dessert den Cowch makes a mooove to Broadbeach
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Decadent dessert den Cowch makes a mooove to Broadbeach

Right about now, you're probably suffering from some pretty serious post-Easter sugar cravings. Well, fellow sweet fiends, we have some good news and some not-so-good news. Since we're all about positive media, we'll give you the good news first – Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar has announced its opening a sizeable new restaurant on Oracle Boulevard in Broadbeach. The not-so-good news is that we have to wait a little bit longer to plunge a crisp, baked churro into a pot of pure melted bliss as the new dessert den isn't set to open until June. more

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Dreams do come true – two cult faves combine for Cadbury's new Caramilk Marble chocolate block
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Dreams do come true – two cult faves combine for Cadbury’s new Caramilk Marble chocolate block

This time last year, we were in the midst of very uncertain times. The beloved treat slingers at Cadbury were there to comfort us through this difficult period, offering solace by reviving their iconic Marble block (bless their cotton socks). This year, the dessert kingpin has decided to up the ante for its newest creation by combining two of our favourite flavours. Please give a warm welcome to Cadbury's newest chocolate block – Caramilk Marble. more

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Let's go AWOL – the coast's first dedicated barrel-aged beer taproom set to open in Burleigh Heads
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Let’s go AWOL – the coast’s first dedicated barrel-aged beer taproom set to open in Burleigh Heads

When it comes to craft brews on the coast, we truly are spoilt for choice with plenty of top-tier bars and boozers slinging their own signature swill. Lynchpins to the local sipping scene is Black Hops, who opened the doors to its first brewery back in 2016 and has since gone on to open a massive brewery and taproom in Biggera Waters and up the M1 in East Brisbane. Never content to just kick back and enjoy the fruits of their labour, the beer-loving trio is back at it again with a tastebud tingling new addition to the family – it's called AWOL and it's the Gold Coast's first dedicated barrel-aged beer taproom. Here's everything you need to know about Burleigh's brew-tiful newcomer ... more

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You tell us – where can you find the best parmy on the Gold Coast?
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You tell us – where can you find the best parmy on the Gold Coast?

Ah, the humble parmigiana – the classic Aussie pub staple has gone through more than its fair share of gastronomic makeovers, but the iconic combination of a juicy crumbed chicken breast topped with rich napoli sauce, a slab of ham and oodles of bubbling cheese is impossible to beat. We’re not here to chew your ear off about how great parmies are (you’re already aware) – we want to know where you can find the best parmy on the Gold Coast. Here at The Weekend Edition, we take our food research very seriously but we ultimately know that it is you, dear readers, who have been chowing down on parmies across all corners of the coast. So, please tell us – where can we score the ultimate in the pub-feed hierarchy? Let us know in the form below! Gold Coast's Best Parmy Voting Form 2021 … more

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Sundowners and dumplings – The Collective launches Better Together Sundays
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Sundowners and dumplings – The Collective launches Better Together Sundays

As the weekend draws to a close, there tends to be two kinds of people – the kind that are already mentally prepping for the week ahead and the ones that are keen to milk every last drop of leisure time. If you firmly fall into the latter category, or just enjoy sipping cocktails and devouring dumplings as the sun sinks, The Collective's brand-new Sunday session is definitely up your alley. Gins and tins, what more could you want? more


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Feast on flavourful Persian fare and crafted cocktails at the new-look Rumi restaurant
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Feast on flavourful Persian fare and crafted cocktails at the new-look Rumi restaurant

If you regularly find yourself with a hankering for hummus (not the supermarket kind), ripping apart some freshly baked bread and plunging it into a bowl of Mirza Ghasemi (charcoal-smoked eggplant with egg, tomato and garlic) and munching on a Persian-style kebab with a side of saffron rice, take your tastebuds on a culinary journey at Rumi in Broadbeach. The deliciously modern Persian restaurant recently relocated from its long-time home on the Gold Coast Highway to a sophisticated new space on Surf Parade. more

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Treat your tastebuds at Gara Yaka, the coast's first Sri Lankan restaurant
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Treat your tastebuds at Gara Yaka, the coast’s first Sri Lankan restaurant

If you like your servings large and your flavours delicious, then friends, we have just the spot for you. Nerang newcomer Gara Yaka, is slinging mouthwatering Sri Lankan street food-inspired fare that'll convert you after just one bite. Tucked into an unassuming (yet decidedly convenient) locale just off the motorway, it’s the perfect spot to stop in if you’re after something different or need something to keep your tastebuds and tummy satisfied on a drive. more

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Bye, mother – get your homemade bread started with these nifty Sourdough Flakes
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Bye, mother – get your homemade bread started with these nifty Sourdough Flakes

Most of us tried our hands at a bit of at-home bread making last year, which resulted in some differing results – especially if we couldn't get hold of some sacred sourdough starter. While the majority of us quickly gave up on our quest for mother dough, a group of professional bakers got busy whipping up sourdough starters in flake form to make our lives (and loaves) a little easier. So, dust off the ol' apron and start heating up the oven again friends, as it's time to get baking with Sourdough Flakes. more

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The round-up: what's open over the Easter long weekend
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The round-up: what’s open over the Easter long weekend

The Easter long weekend is upon us, which for some means four glorious days of freedom (hopefully!). This year looks a little different from previous for obvious reasons but there are still plenty of places staying open to keep you well-nourished, well-hydrated, and jacked-up on coffee and hot cross buns. For those who opted to holiday at home (great move, just quietly), we’ve done the legwork to find a few places that are staying open this Easter long weekend for your eating and drinking pleasure. more

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Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast
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Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast

Let's be honest, Easter is a glorious time of year when the diet can be (jovially) thrown out the window – you can't avoid it, so you might as well enjoy it! We love nothing more than a good Easter egg, but sometimes we just want something a little extra. We're talking hot cross bun French toast piled high with bacon, chocolate-doused waffle stacks, custard-filled hot cross buns and more. Yep, we've gone on an Easter hunt of our own to bring you the best Easter-themed treats going around town. Enjoy! more

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Hudson & Rosie's Table brings coffee and bites to Highland Park
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Hudson & Rosie’s Table brings coffee and bites to Highland Park

Nestled within Highland Park Shopping Plaza on Alexander Drive, Hudson & Rosie's Table is dishing up a bounty of brews and chews from a bright, light and breezy new cafe. The pretty new eatery opened its doors on Friday March 19, much to the delight of eager locals who braved the wild weather to take a peek over the weekend. Here's what you need to know about Hudson & Rosie's Table ... more

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Pavement Whispers: The coast is set to score a flashy new rooftop bar
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Pavement Whispers: The coast is set to score a flashy new rooftop bar

If you've driven past HOTA of late, it's fairly likely you caught a glimpse of the eye-popping new HOTA Gallery – which is set to open in May. Well, friends, it's been revealed that it will also house a brand-new rooftop bar and dining venue cheekily named The Exhibitionist Bar. The flashy new watering hole will be located on level five and here's what we know so far ... more

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Feast on flavourful curries and zingy Thai salads at Mermaid's Som Tam Gai
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Feast on flavourful curries and zingy Thai salads at Mermaid’s Som Tam Gai

The past week has been pretty wild on the weather front and we don't know about you, but when the mercury dips a degree or two we find ourselves craving belly-warming classics such as flavourful curries, bowls brimming with noodles and sizzling stir-frys. Lucky for us, Som Tam Gai is here to satisfy those hearty hankerings with its elevated take on Thai favourites. Perched next door to Bistro Lamp and neighbouring Poké Poké, Goccia Italian, Background (Barista) and Lovechild Kitchen + Bar in the highway-fronting complex in Mermaid Beach, the pint-sized newcomer is in excellent company. more

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Simply the zest – upgrade your cocktail with artisanal dehydrated garnishes from Sonny's Food Co.
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Simply the zest – upgrade your cocktail with artisanal dehydrated garnishes from Sonny’s Food Co.

Whenever we dive into our home bar cart and attempt to make an Insta-worthy cocktail, there always seems to be an ingredient missing. Sure, you might have the tequila, triple sec and even fresh limes to make that perfect homemade margarita but it just needs that extra oomph – and that's where Sonny's Food Co. comes in. Set to take your mixology and charcuterie-board-building skills to the next level, Sonny's offers a selection of artisanal dehydrated garnishes that will have you feeling super proud of your curated cocktail or cheese board. more

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Bun Lee brings banh mi, bao buns and cold-brew coffee to Burleigh Heads
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Bun Lee brings banh mi, bao buns and cold-brew coffee to Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads is a melting pot of global flavours with fare from all around the world represented within the beachside hub. The latest to take up residence within the bustling James Street strip is Bun Lee Bun + Brew – a light and bright takeaway nook that is dedicated to beautifully fresh banh mi, baos and cold-brew coffee. Here's everything you need to know about this small but mighty newcomer ... more

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Embark on a fanciful culinary journey with an intimate 18-course Omakase Japanese feast at Kiyomi
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Embark on a fanciful culinary journey with an intimate 18-course Omakase Japanese feast at Kiyomi

A thoughtfully prepared degustation is a treat for not just your tastebuds, but for all of your other senses too. The anticipation, the sheer sensory delight when each course is presented, the pure joy of not having to glance at a menu – it's an experience that will linger in your memory long after the food has been devoured. This March and April, The Star Gold Coast is upping the ante with an incredible and extremely intimate 18-course Omakase feast at the Broadbeach resort's signature Japanese restaurant, Kiyomi. Yes, you read right – 18 glorious courses. Are you ready for this? more