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The year in review: the trends and tastes that consumed the Gold Coast in 2021
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The year in review: the trends and tastes that consumed the Gold Coast in 2021

Well, 2021, it's been a time. We'd be lying if we said it was all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, but despite it all, some pretty amazing things happened here on the Gold Coast. The year that was witnessed the Gold Coast's dining scene evolve in interesting ways, from bars and pool clubs to the influx of sip-from-the-source breweries and the return of the not-so-humble sandwich. Before we close the book on this year, we thought we'd take a quick skip down memory lane and commemorate some notable happenings and spotlight some of the pieces that resonated with you, our dear readers, the most … more

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Renowned Sydney restaurateur Maurice Terzini opens his first Byron Bay venue, Belongil Beach Italian Food
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Renowned Sydney restaurateur Maurice Terzini opens his first Byron Bay venue, Belongil Beach Italian Food

As the man behind venues such as Icebergs Dining Room and Bar and CicciaBella, it is safe to say that Maurice Terzini is quite accomplished in the Sydney hospitality industry. Wednesday December 15 marked the opening of Maurice's first venture outside of Sydney – Belongil Beach Italian Food in Byron Bay – in association with his long-time business partner Deke Miskin and general manager and business partner Dave Owen. Located a stone's throw from the ocean and with a menu of fresh and simple Italian classics, Belongil Beach Italian Food will be the perfect place to perch this summer. more

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The round up: the biggest foodie openings of the year
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The round up: the biggest foodie openings of the year

Well, we made it. The year's end is imminent and that's got us feeling more than a little nostalgic. Despite intermittent lockdowns and dining restrictions, the Gold Coast's dining scene continued to flourish. New eateries popped up with surprising regularity, from sophisticated tipple temples to sandwich bars, a bounty of beach bars and pool-side sip spots, it's been a big year! We've compiled a list of stand-outs from the past 12 months. While not an exhaustive selection, it's a snapshot of the diverse array of arrivals we had the privilege of checking out this year. more

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Tarte to-go – Burleigh's famed pastry emporium opens a takeaway window for bagels and brews
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Tarte to-go – Burleigh’s famed pastry emporium opens a takeaway window for bagels and brews

Tarte Bakery & Cafe has become the go-to spot for breakfast basking in the sunshine, lazy brunches and pastry-filled feasts. So popular, in fact, that it's not uncommon to be greeted with a line out the door. Despite the fast-moving nature of the queue, Tarte's owner Chloe Watts, who is a self-professed perfectionist, sought to find a resolution that better catered to both the lingering lunchers as well as time-poor pals that seek to caffeinate on the fly. The solution manifested itself in the form of a dedicated takeaway window that slings brews and bagels. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Dinner is easy with these Toowoomba-made woodsmoked bites from Darling Fresh Smoke Haus
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Dinner is easy with these Toowoomba-made woodsmoked bites from Darling Fresh Smoke Haus

Smoked fare is having a resurgence in the culinary scene as of late – recent additions in Brisbane's culinary scene prove this point – and for good reason, as smoked bites pack a sensational flavour punch! Not all of us are so lucky to have a smoker at home (if you do, haven't you done well ) but do not worry friends, as that's where Toowoomba-based business Darling Fresh Smoke Haus comes in. Boasting a bevy of smoked meats and plant-based deliciousness, these vacuum-sealed packets are ready to go in mere minutes. more

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Sipping Santa – add some extra Christmas cheer with a gift your pals can drink
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Sipping Santa – add some extra Christmas cheer with a gift your pals can drink

The countdown is officially on now – there are less than ten days until Christmas. If, like us, you've left the hardest-to-buy-for recipients' gifts until last, we have a suggestion ... get them something they can drink. It's fun, it's festive and it's guaranteed to put an extra spring in their step on Christmas morning (there are no rules between Christmas and New Year). We're not just talking about any old bottle though, you want to look like you've still put some thought into it! Here are a few ideas to help you nail your drinkable gift giving this year ... more

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Tacos and tequila – MexiCali pops up at Pacific Fair to make Christmas shopping a little merrier
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Tacos and tequila – MexiCali pops up at Pacific Fair to make Christmas shopping a little merrier

Tequila and tacos make everything more enjoyable, that's just a fact. If you could do with a little liquid merriment to get you through your Christmas shopping expeditions, we have some pretty exciting news – the eternally popular Nobby Beach-based taco-slinger MexiCali has popped up at Pacific Fair to fill your summer shopping sprees with bites and merry margis. more


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Boonah's intimate 20-seat destination restaurant Blume showcases the best of the Scenic Rim
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Boonah’s intimate 20-seat destination restaurant Blume showcases the best of the Scenic Rim

Hop in the car and drive roughly an hour-and-a-half west of the Gold Coast and you'll find yourself in the Scenic Rim – one of the country's most fertile growing regions. Not only is this picturesque pocket of Southeast Queensland easy on the eyes, but the produce grown here is almost incomparable in quality. While we heartily recommend spending a day or two visiting as many farms as you can, a recently opened destination restaurant from one of Australia's brightest young chefs is giving Scenic Rim locals and roadtripping blow-ins a chance to sample the best of the Scenic Rim on a plate. Through a tantalising set menu, Blume takes diners on a hyper-local tastebud tour of the region's most exceptional producers, in the quaint digs of one of Boonah's most charming buildings. more

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Wonderbird flies into Burleigh with better-for-you chicken and summer salads
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Wonderbird flies into Burleigh with better-for-you chicken and summer salads

Sometimes we're all about green smoothies and wellness bowls, and other times ... let's just say, if it's crispy and fried, we're here for it. It's called balance and if we're honest, we tend to sway towards the latter a little more than we should. Whether your hankering is for something light and delicious or a little naughtier, Wonderbird is here to cater to both crowds with a brand-new chook nook on the Gold Coast Highway in Burleigh Heads.  more

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Pizza pit stops – Double Zero fires up the oven at Robina Town Centre to make Christmas shopping a little more festive
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Pizza pit stops – Double Zero fires up the oven at Robina Town Centre to make Christmas shopping a little more festive

Right about now, shopping centres across the country tend to morph into pressure cookers of chaos with last-minute dashes to cross everyone off the list – from your great aunt Susan to the office Secret Santa. We have some news that may make your festive frenzy infinitely more enjoyable – Broadbeach's famed pizza slinger Double Zero has opened a second restaurant along The Promenade at Robina Town Centre, just in time for pizza pit stops with a vino or two. more

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The round-up: chow down on budget bites with the Gold Coast's best cheap eats
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The round-up: chow down on budget bites with the Gold Coast’s best cheap eats

Penny pinchers tend to get a bad rap for being miserly and stingy, but at the end of the day they're the ones with full bellies and pockets full of cash. In honour of the frugal folk among us, we’ve rounded up a bunch of the Gold Coast's best cheap eats. This handy list will please your purse strings and your tastebuds – besides, who wants to cook when you can feed yo'face and still get change out of a $20? Not us. more

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Barbecue, beer and moonshine – Against the Grain Distillery opens its doors in Mudgeeraba
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Barbecue, beer and moonshine – Against the Grain Distillery opens its doors in Mudgeeraba

It's often said that barbecue is an art, not a science. Distilling, on the other hand, is both an art and a science – a distinction that Stephen (Steve) O'Brien, the owner of Woodchoppers Inn at Mudgeeraba, knows all too well. Having won over the local meat-loving populace with a mouth-watering menu of authentic woodfired smokehouse cuisine, Steve set his sights on a lofty new project – to add an in-house distillery to craft his own range of spirits. After almost a year (and a few COVID-related shipping mishaps later) he's set to pull back the curtain on Against the Grain Distillery. Here's everything you need to know. more

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The Brooklyn Wine + Tapas brings sophisticated sips to Varsity Lakes
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The Brooklyn Wine + Tapas brings sophisticated sips to Varsity Lakes

The Gold Coast isn't short on places to wine and dine. The culinary landscape has evolved tremendously over the last couple of years, but once you begin to stray from the beachside hubs, the options tend to become increasingly fewer the further inland you go. If you happen to reside in or around Varsity Lakes, we have some excellent news – The Brooklyn Wine + Tapas is here to elevate date nights, post-work wines and weekend get-togethers. Take a peek at this impressive newcomer ... more

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Gin-gle all the way – 20 20 Distillery's spirited Christmas gifts are well worth sliding under the tree
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Gin-gle all the way – 20 20 Distillery’s spirited Christmas gifts are well worth sliding under the tree

When it comes to gifting this Christmas, we are taking it upon ourselves to kill two birds with one stone – put some killer presents from Queensland-born businesses under the tree and support local. One homegrown business that is worth putting on your radar is 20 20 Distillery, Cooroy's boutique spirits haven that swung open its doors in December 2020. This year, the distillery is helping clueless gift-givers get their pressies in order with a few spirited picks ... more

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There's a luxe new pool club hitting the coast this summer – Isoletto is set to serve up sun-kissed sips in spades
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There’s a luxe new pool club hitting the coast this summer – Isoletto is set to serve up sun-kissed sips in spades

As the year hurtles towards the peak of summer faster than you can say "silly season", there's only one thing on our minds – kicking back in the sunshine with some delicious drinks and our best mates, as far from our work desks as possible. Well, we have some excellent news for those feeling the same, and it's coming this December – say hello to Isoletto and Isoletto Privé, The Star Gold Coast's luxe new beach club and event space. more

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Cali Beach unveils its signature dining offering, Saké Sisters
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Cali Beach unveils its signature dining offering, Saké Sisters

Since opening in September, Cali Beach has welcomed more than 25,000 people through its doors to party poolside and make the most of everything the impressive lifestyle and leisure precinct has to offer – including four glistening pools, VIP cabanas, sun lounges, multiple bars, volleyball facilities and even an outdoor moonlight cinema. One notable absence from the venue's extraordinary line-up has been its signature dining offering, with promises of something 'world-class' and 'internationally renowned' to pique our culinary curiosity. Well, fellow foodies, the time has finally come to say hello to Saké Sisters at Cali Beach. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Sink your teeth into a loaded bagel from Broadbeach's new O Bagel
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Sink your teeth into a loaded bagel from Broadbeach’s new O Bagel

If you’ve spent any time eating and drinking your way around the great U.S. of A., it’s pretty likely that you sunk your teeth into a deliciously doughy bagel at some point in your travels. Schmeared with cream cheese or loaded with an array of cured meat, bagels are big business in America. Here in Australia, or perhaps more specifically, the Gold Coast, it seems we're a little slow on the uptake with croissants and sourdough stealing the limelight. O Bagel has arrived in Broadbeach to rectify this with its range of beautiful boiled and baked bagels. Here's everything you need to know ... more