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Sip better with Notwasted's curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines
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Sip better with Notwasted’s curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines

Once upon a time, your wine selection was basically red or white. Nowadays, if you peruse the wine list of your favourite restaurant, you're likely to come across a plethora of 'new' varieties including orange, skin contact, pet-nat and biodynamic – but what the heck does it all mean? To keep you up-to-date with cultural currency, Notwasted is here to help you navigate the wild (and tasty) new world of natural and minimal-intervention wines, and deliver them to your door. more

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Mylk Bar Sweets is an online lolly shop for vegan candy and hello sugar high!
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Mylk Bar Sweets is an online lolly shop for vegan candy and hello sugar high!

Do you remember the sheer unbridled joy you felt as a kid when you were let loose in the lolly shop with your pocket money? Nerds or Hubba Bubba? Gobstoppers? Or maybe something of the chocolate variety – the choice was (is) pretty overwhelming. If you make the decision to go vegan, suddenly, you discover that many (most) of the sweet treats that grace the confectionary aisle of your local supermarket are riddled with sneaky ingredients that are in fact derived from animals or insects. The good news is that there's an alternative – plant-based folk, say hello to Mylk Bar Sweets – it's an online lolly shop dedicated to completely vegan sweets! more

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Get a spoonful of nostalgia with a side of health courtesy of crum.
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Get a spoonful of nostalgia with a side of health courtesy of crum.

Remember sneaking into the pantry as a kid with a tablespoon (because teaspoons were for suckers) and eating Milo straight out of the tin? Who knows if it was the fear of getting caught or the immediate sugar rush but either way, it tasted so damn good. Inspired by these universal childhood memories, Heidi Briggs set out to recreate the experience just sans the guilt. The result is crum. more

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Get a box of cheesy goodness delivered to your door thanks to Mould Cheese Collective
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Get a box of cheesy goodness delivered to your door thanks to Mould Cheese Collective

Okay, we'll come right out and say it – we love cheese. In fact, we spend a disproportionate amount of our days thinking about, talking about and eating cheese. Whether it's a bitey blue, a creamy camembert or a gooey goat's cheese – it's all gouda (sorry, couldn't resist). If you too possess a deep love for cheesy goodness, we're willing to go out on a limb and suggest you might also appreciate the Mould Cheese Collective – a monthly delivery of happiness to your door.  more

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Sip responsibly and hangover-free with zero-alcohol gin from Banks & Burbidge
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Sip responsibly and hangover-free with zero-alcohol gin from Banks & Burbidge

There are a plethora of reasons why you might be keen to give booze the boot – two-day hangovers, general health, financial gains, saving yourself from post-party remorse, you're designated driver, just to name a few. Regardless of your 'why', up until fairly recently, non-alcoholic alternatives have, well, kind of sucked. Thankfully, as Bob Dylan once mused, the times they are a 'changin and non-drinkers are no longer relegated to sipping sugary soft-drinks or bland beverages as there are some excellent alcohol-free alternatives popping up. One such option is Banks & Burbidge's alcohol-free gin, which looks and tastes like the real deal minus the drama. more

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Local chefs join forces on new at-home dining platform En Casa to bring DIY meal kits to your door
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Local chefs join forces on new at-home dining platform En Casa to bring DIY meal kits to your door

While it was essentially forced upon us, we've had to 'dine' at home more times in the last few months than ever before. Although restrictions are lifting, for a lot of us the idea of staying in and sharpening our culinary skills hasn't lost its shine and is something we'll continue to embrace. But how do we dine at home while still supporting local businesses, chefs and producers? There is a way.  more

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Set your alarm clock – Aldi is slinging $70 SodaStreams this Saturday
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Set your alarm clock – Aldi is slinging $70 SodaStreams this Saturday

Bubbles make everything better – parties, baths, champagne, water. If you're sipping still drinks like a sucker, make haste to your nearest Aldi on Saturday June 20 and nab yourself a SodaStream Spirit Machine for just 70 dollar bucks. The soda maker is part of the brand's Special Buys and if you've never experienced an Aldi run on drop day, well, you're in for a treat.  more

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Burleigh in a bottle – new Gold Coast-made gin brand Wildflower drops its first batch
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Burleigh in a bottle – new Gold Coast-made gin brand Wildflower drops its first batch

When the Gold Coast's newest distillery Wildflower Gin opened its doors, the first product it released wasn't gin. It was hand sanitiser. Just one week after the new Burleigh Heads spirit maker officially launched, the pandemic sent the entire world into lockdown. While at the time the soaring demand for sanitiser was inadvertently welcome, the team was itching to fire up the copper stills and put the juniper to work. As the weeks have passed, things are slowly but surely returning to (some form of) normal, allowing Wildflower to finally release its flagship Gold Coast-made gin to keen sippers. more


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The Weekend Series: move over cob – muffuletta is your new breadst friend
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The Weekend Series: move over cob – muffuletta is your new breadst friend

While the humble cob loaf has continued to enjoy its renaissance in recent years, it’s time to make room for a new bread-based hero. We’re calling it right now – winter 2020 is set to be the year that the muffuletta takes over Australia. Originally created in New Orleans, this multi-layered meaty delight is a deli-lover's dream – and we're ready to get on board. Sharing its name with the bread on which it’s made, the muffuletta is traditionally crammed with salami, ham, mortadella, Swiss cheese, provolone and (deep breath) a marinated olive salad. While this combination is legendary, we’ve tracked down five muffuletta variations that will have you kissing the tips of your fingers like an old-timey cartoon chef. more

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Sip a G&T sans the sauce from Monday Distillery
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Sip a G&T sans the sauce from Monday Distillery

As a nation, Australians are among some of the heaviest drinkers in the world. If you find that statistic unsettling, you are not alone. Alcohol can not only have a detrimental impact on your overall health but also your mental wellbeing – after all, who hasn't had that feeling of instant remorse after doing or saying something stupid whilst under the influence? As a result, more and more Australians are opting to go booze-free for a bit (or for good) however, the downside to this healthy life-change is that you will be guaranteed to face some probing questions from well-meaning mates but also some fairly bland beverage choices. If you still want to enjoy the social side of drinking without the hangover, crack a bottle from Monday Distillery. more

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Just add booze – shake your favourite cocktails at home with Granddad Jack's new DIY mixers
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Just add booze – shake your favourite cocktails at home with Granddad Jack’s new DIY mixers

Yes, restrictions are lifting and slowly we're all emerging from our isolation stations to visit our favourite cafes, restaurants and bars for the first time in months. Though, if you've become accustomed to the ritual of having cocktails on your couch (sans pants) and are not quite ready to give that up just yet, then we have a solution. Well, distillery Granddad Jack's does. more

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Enjoy healthy household staples delivered to your door thanks to Part&Parcel
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Enjoy healthy household staples delivered to your door thanks to Part&Parcel

If you're the kind of person who gives a damn what's in the food you eat and often find yourself lost in a vortex of reading and cross-referencing food labels and ingredients, you need Part&Parcel in your life. Part&Parcel is an online health food store that exists to free you from the burden of having to decipher misleading and complex labels and deliver a tightly curated selection of healthy household staples to your door. more

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From the farm to the coast – Scenic Rim Farm Box brings the best local produce to your door
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From the farm to the coast – Scenic Rim Farm Box brings the best local produce to your door

While the picturesque paradise that is the Scenic Rim lies just a short drive from the Gold Coast – right now, it all seems so far away. If you (and your taste buds) have missed escaping from reality and hitting the road to explore the region's renowned local flavours, friendly farms, wineries and boutique breweries, there's now a way to enjoy all of the best bits and bites without leaving your home. A group of local producers, supported by the Scenic Rim Regional Council, have recently launched Scenic Rim Farm Boxes – a new food-delivery service that brings the best farm-fresh produce straight to your door. more

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Sip organic and minimal-intervention grape juice from LOC Bottle Shop online
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Sip organic and minimal-intervention grape juice from LOC Bottle Shop online

One of the (many) great joys of eating out at a fancy restaurant is perusing the venue's thoughtfully curated wine list for unique and interesting tipples. You know the kind – the ones that you definitely won't remember the name of and aren't readily available at your local bottle shop. With all of the current restrictions on dining in place, we've been missing the thrill of unearthing that perfect, elusive drop that makes our tastebuds tingle. If you've been staring vacantly at the same old varietals on the shelf, say hello to LOC Bottle Shop online and sip better. more

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Say no to banana bread and get rollin' with Baller Blends
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Say no to banana bread and get rollin’ with Baller Blends

If you've noticed your Insta feed flooded with slightly burnt loaves, you're not alone. For reasons that are not abundantly clear, the humble banana bread has experienced a resurgence in popularity of late. Perhaps it's the relative ease of the recipe or the prevalence of slightly browning bananas on bench tops around the country but either way, it's undoubtedly a sign of the times. If you're keen to up your iso-snack game, step away from the bananas and say hello to Baller Blends. more

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This is not a drill – Cadbury Dairy Milk Marble is returning to supermarkets this week
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This is not a drill – Cadbury Dairy Milk Marble is returning to supermarkets this week

It was groundbreaking hip-hop mavericks the Beastie Boys who once claimed that you have to fight for your right to party, and this adage rings especially true when you apply it to reinstating a beloved discontinued item from a popular brand. For this particular example, we bring forth Cadbury’s gone-but-not-forgotten Dairy Milk Marble. In perhaps the greatest display of people-power in recent memory, a group of vigilante snack mavericks on Facebook banded together to pressure the fine folk at Cadbury into returning marble chocolate to the shelves – and by gum, it worked! more

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Four Pillars fast-tracks the release of its Changing Seasons Gin in collaboration with Japan's Kyoto Distillery
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Four Pillars fast-tracks the release of its Changing Seasons Gin in collaboration with Japan’s Kyoto Distillery

The temporary closure of our favourite pubs and watering holes means that we're now forced to (responsibly) enjoy tipples from the comfort of our couch. It also means that our home liquor supplies are drying out at a faster rate than usual – though, here's some great news to counter the sad state of your bar cart. Yarra Valley distillery Four Pillars has fast-tracked the third release in its exclusive Distiller Series – introducing Changing Seasons Gin, a new Japanese-inspired sip created for 'times that are changing faster than any of us can keep up with'. more

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The round-up: avoid supermarket mayhem and support local delis, fresh-food markets and international grocers
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The round-up: avoid supermarket mayhem and support local delis, fresh-food markets and international grocers

Right now, supermarkets are really not the most enjoyable place to be. If you're in need of essentials, perhaps look beyond the giant chains and spend your money with small local businesses at a time when they need it most. The Gold Coast has a large stable of international grocers, delis, Asian supermarkets and fresh-food markets that are open and well stocked so you can duck in and grab what you need to get you through. more

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The Weekend Series: five non-alcoholic alternatives to wet your whistle
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The Weekend Series: five non-alcoholic alternatives to wet your whistle

Whether you’re a non-drinker, the designated driver, on a health kick, pregnant, not in the mood or even just hungover from the night before – we know that up until recently, your non-alcoholic alternatives kinda sucked. Your options were either swamped with sugar or dull and tasteless. But not anymore. We welcome in the new wave of non-alcoholic spirits and wines to get the party started (but keep the party-guilt away). more