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Get the first look at La Luna Restaurant – stage one of Marina Mirage's new floating beach club
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Get the first look at La Luna Restaurant – stage one of Marina Mirage’s new floating beach club

The Gennari Group, headed by Gold Coast local Patrik Gennari, is no stranger to creating iconic venues. A stalwart of the hospitality scene for more than 20 years, The Gennari Group is responsible for some of the coast's most-loved institutions including Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Koi, The Loose Moose, Roosevelt Lounge and Maggie Choo. Now, the dream team has unveiled the first stage of its most ambitious project to date – it's called La Luna Beach Club and it's set to deliver the country's first floating beach club. Here's everything we know so far ... more

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KitKat has teamed up with Byron Bay Cookies and be still our beating hearts
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KitKat has teamed up with Byron Bay Cookies and be still our beating hearts

After the last few chaotic weeks, we're sure that we're not speaking for just ourselves when we say that we're in a need of a sweet treat. Thankfully, our prayers for confectionery have been answered in the form of a tasty new collaboration between KitKat and Byron Bay Cookies. Two tastebud-tantalising flavours have just hit supermarket shelves, so here's all the ooey, gooey goodness you need to know ... more

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The round-up: what's open on New Year's Day on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: what’s open on New Year’s Day on the Gold Coast

Well, friends, we made it! 2021 has been one heck of a ride so that's a pretty damn good reason to pop bottles this New Year's Eve. Whether you’re keen to get a cracking start on those 'clean eating' New Year's resolutions with a smoothie and a nourish bowl, keep the party going or feed your hangover with extra serves of bacon, here are some of the places that are open on New Year's Day on Saturday January 1 and the public holiday on Monday January 3. more

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Cult-favourite purveyor of delicious plant-based bites, Greenhouse Canteen, has a brand-new look
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Cult-favourite purveyor of delicious plant-based bites, Greenhouse Canteen, has a brand-new look

Whether you’re vegan or not, if you’re a Gold Coast local and haven’t tried the drool-inducing bites of Greenhouse Canteen yet, do yourself a favour. Sitting pretty on a bustling corner in the beachside suburb of Miami, Greenhouse has become something of an institution since its original venue opened way back in 2014. Now, the much-loved locale has had a serious facelift – and it's looking better than ever. more

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Dust off your B-52's record – Coles is cutting the price of Australian rock lobsters just in time for Christmas
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Dust off your B-52’s record – Coles is cutting the price of Australian rock lobsters just in time for Christmas

It's the most wonderful – and most luxe – time of the year, especially when it comes to eating. The next few days are set to be filled with an abundance of fancy feasts and, if you're a big fan of shellfish, you can make them even fancier without having to shell (get it?) out the big bucks. From today, Wednesday December 22, Coles is cutting the price of its Western Australian rock lobsters nationwide, just in time to satisfy your Christmas cray-vings. more

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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa
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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa

Since its 2016 opening, Brouhaha has made some serious waves in the Australian craft-brewing scene. What started as a passion project for Sunshine Coast mates Julian, Jeff, Dave and Matt – who set out to build a modest, no-fuss brewery – has grown enormously, much more than they could have ever imagined. After receiving numerous awards and gaining a seriously loyal following, Brouhaha soon outgrew its humble Maleny digs. Friday December 17 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the brewery with the opening of a second location in Baringa – with the capacity to increase production by 500 percent. more

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Ditch the instant granules – here's where to get (real) coffee on Christmas Day
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Ditch the instant granules – here’s where to get (real) coffee on Christmas Day

There is so much hype leading up to Christmas and we often forget one of the most vital things – where the heck do you get coffee on Christmas morning? Luckily there are a handful of amazing local cafes that are swinging open the doors so we can all get caffeinated for the big day of festivities! Put down the tin of International Roast, here are some spots open for (real) coffee on Christmas Day. Oh, and a big shout out to the talented baristas and hospo mates working on Christmas – you guys rock! more


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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

Restaurants
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