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The North Room brings refined dining with a relaxed vibe to Mermaid Beach
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The North Room brings refined dining with a relaxed vibe to Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach is coming of age. It's relaxed vibe and beachside feel has created the perfect culinary canvas for some of the city's most popular cafes and restaurants, which sit dotted along the emerging Gold Coast Highway pocket. The North Room, which officially opens its doors today (Thursday May 25), is the latest addition and is set to add a new element of refined dining to the popular beachside suburb.  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 Sunday May 28, it's International 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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The Weekend Series: five Australian natural wines to sip this weekend
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The Weekend Series: five Australian natural wines to sip this weekend

When browsing the shelves of your local bottle-o or sipping on a fine vintage at the newest wine bar, you might have overheard conversations referring to natural wine. If the term left you a little bit puzzled, allow us you enlighten you. Natural wine is and ever-growing trend in viticulture and wine cultivation, meaning wine that is made with the least amount of additives and chemicals possible. The wine industry is polarised over the advent of natural wines, but we aren’t here to wade into that barrel of grapes. Instead, we’ve sourced five winemakers that we think are worth seeking out if you are curious about natural wines. more

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Mario's retains 27 years of delicious Italian history with its brand-new digs
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Mario’s retains 27 years of delicious Italian history with its brand-new digs

For the past 27 years, if you walked through the Broadbeach Mall by night, you would hear a vibrant hum. The sound, which was created by hundreds of people eating, chatting, laughing and clinking wine glasses, was coming from a jam-packed Mario's Italian – one of the Gold Coast's longest-running restaurants. For the first time in its deliciously rich history, the Broadbeach icon recently closed its doors to undergo an expansion and complete transformation. Let us introduce you to the new Mario's. more


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Sunshine and mimosas – The Blue Door on 5th launches its weekend brunches and lunches
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Sunshine and mimosas – The Blue Door on 5th launches its weekend brunches and lunches

We're calling it – brunching is cool again. Whilst we're all for night time fun, we're also big fans of a lazy brunch or (boozy) long lunch. Palm Beach dining gem The Blue Door on 5th is taking a delicious leap into day trade with the launch of its weekend brunches and lunches. If you're keen to ditch your usual weekend 'adult' chores for mandarin mimosas and French gourgere, then this will be right up your alley. more

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The round-up: the Gold Coast's best trivia nights
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s best trivia nights

If you're on the hunt for some mid-week fun that's well within the budget, then try your hand at trivia. Whether you're keen to test your head over a hearty parmy and a schooner of the good stuff, or if Italian pizza and wine is more your style, then this handy list of Gold Coast trivia nights will be right up your brain-busting alley. Here's one to get your juices flowing – what was the name of the French monk who invented champagne? No Google allowed. more

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Sink boilermakers and sip fairy-floss martinis at Cabana Bar
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Sink boilermakers and sip fairy-floss martinis at Cabana Bar

As the mercury dips, there's nothing better than a vibrant cocktail with a decent kick to warm the cockles. We're about to delve into winter, which means bars are shifting away from fruity, effervescent concoctions to the more unique flavours from gin, various whiskies and Pimms. Cabana Bar & Lounge has dropped its new-season cocktail menu just in time for winter – and it will have you plonking Japanese whisky shots into your schooner (for those playing at home – that's called a 'boilermaker'). more

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Tweed's all-new Loki Cafe puts a tasty vegan spin on all of your hearty favourites
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Tweed’s all-new Loki Cafe puts a tasty vegan spin on all of your hearty favourites

Let us introduce you to two meat-free mates – Aner Penava and Aaden Halbert. The duo are the brains behind a rad new (predominantly) vegan cafe that opened its doors this week in Tweed Heads. The new eatery is called Loki, named after the mischievous mythological 'god of trickery' – and rightly so, because when you take one bite out of the Mac Daddy burger, and you'll be fooled into thinking it's the real (meaty) deal.  more

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Gemelli adds old-school Italian flair to its brand-new Sorrento digs
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Gemelli adds old-school Italian flair to its brand-new Sorrento digs

If you're a great lover of authentic Italian food, then we'd place a safe bet that you've experienced the goodness of either Gemelli (Broadbeach) or Gemellini (Nobby Beach) before. Well, the Carney brothers are at it again with another Gemelli venue, which opened this week in the heart of Sorrento's bustling residential enclave – and there's a distinct old-school vibe that we think you and your stomach will love. more

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Fill your Sunday with bourbon, beats and barbecue eats at Lester & Earl
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Fill your Sunday with bourbon, beats and barbecue eats at Lester & Earl

Honestly, is there a better combination than smoked meats, bourbon and live music? We think not. Well, the fine folk down at Lester & Earl have teamed up with Wild Turkey this May to bring you a series of Sunday sessions that will warm your cockles and fill your belly. If barrel-aged cocktails and smoky, melt-in-your-mouth ribs sounds like your perfect Sunday afternoon, then this is for you. more

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8th Ave Terrace collaborates with NZ's Dog Point wines for an exclusive Meet The Maker dinner
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8th Ave Terrace collaborates with NZ’s Dog Point wines for an exclusive Meet The Maker dinner

Armed with a new chef, new-season produce, cooler temperatures and some of New Zealand's best drops, Palmy's elevated dining space 8th Ave Terrace has announced its first wine dinner for the year – and this one is going to be pretty darn special. The Meet The Maker dinner will feature Marlborough's Dog Point wines, so clear your schedule on Wednesday May 24th, because this is one foodie event you do not want to miss. more

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The round-up: Chinese delights – where to find the Gold Coast's best yum cha
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The round-up: Chinese delights – where to find the Gold Coast’s best yum cha

Are pillow-soft pork buns your jam? Or perhaps it's fluffy scallop-filled dumplings and crispy prawn toasts that get you going. Either way, it's all on offer when step into a yum cha feast. Some of you may be seasoned yum cha-eaters, others may be fairly new to the traditional Chinese style of brunch – either way, we thought we'd raise the chopsticks and enlighten you with a handy list of top spots to enjoy a yum cha feast on the Gold Coast. more

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The Gold Coast's ten best restaurants as voted by you
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The Gold Coast’s ten best restaurants as voted by you

There's no question that the Gold Coast dining scene is going bloody bonkers. Though, we prefer to hand the tough task of qualifying the 'best of the best' over to the people that actually know best – you guys. Our annual EAT/drink awards shine a spotlight on the best restaurants, cafes and bars across the Gold Coast, uncovering the newcomers, the institutions and the under-the-radar gems. You all went crazy when the announcement of the winners surfaced, so we thought it was time to reveal the top ten in each category. This time, it's restaurants – here are the Gold Coast's ten best dining spots (including the newbies) as voted by you. more

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The milk brands you should buy to support Australian dairy farmers
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The milk brands you should buy to support Australian dairy farmers

Update May 4, 2017: Almost one year after its decision to regain $183 million in milk price ‘overpayments’ from farmers, Australia’s biggest dairy group Murray Goulburn is backflipping on its decision. According to a 2012 milk supply contract (the Bonlac supply-agency agreement), rival company Fonterra is legally obliged to match or better the farm milk price paid by price setter Murray Goulburn. This means, legally, Fonterra will most likely have to pay an extra 3.5 c per litre for the 1.7-billion litres of milk supplied by farmers from 2015–16 – that’s around $60 million, and an average of $45,000 per farmer. The repayment would be a significant improvement after a year of anguish for Australian dairy farmers. Fonterra Australia has called an urgent meeting with its milk farmers today to address the decision – we’ll keep you posted on more news as it comes. more

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Raw treats, kombucha and healthy hangs – MRKT drops its wholefoods vibe in Miami
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Raw treats, kombucha and healthy hangs – MRKT drops its wholefoods vibe in Miami

Raw food. Wholefoods. Vegan eats. Gluten-free this and dairy-free that. By now, we're all pretty familiar with this new-age section of the food pyramid. If you're partial to a sneaky raw cake at your local cafe, then chances are you've tasted a raw treat by Miami-based wholesaler MRKT. In a sweet leap of faith, owners Tomas and Hana Frana have expanded with a vibrant new cafe space on Hillcrest Parade, and it's full to the brim with coffee, healthy eats and eye-popping raw treats. more