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Thursday Brewing cracks into the Gold Coast craft-beer scene with its flagship lager
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Thursday Brewing cracks into the Gold Coast craft-beer scene with its flagship lager

In case our name wasn't enough of a giveaway, we're all about the weekend. Generally speaking, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are full of action and hustle, then comes Thursday – and you get that faint flutter of excitement in your stomach when you realise that Friday is just one more sleep away. It's that sublime almost-Friday feeling that inspired two local mates to go out on a limb and pour their passion for the weekend into a keg. The result? The Gold Coast's newest craft-beer brand, Thursday Brewing Company, which officially launches on Monday April 30. more

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Learn, connect and nourish at Bhavana organic farm and cooking school
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Learn, connect and nourish at Bhavana organic farm and cooking school

Let's face it – we all live pretty fast-paced lives. During the week we're often on the go, rushing to work, inhaling takeaway coffees, returning phone calls and constantly chasing our tails. Then the weekend hits, it's time to play catch up – fold those clothes, try that restaurant, reply to that message, meet that friend, drink that wine, mop that floor. Sound familiar? In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it's easy to overlook the most vital part of our existence – food. When was the last time you stopped, slowed down and really connected with what was on your plate? We'll assume it's been a while, so with that in mind, let us introduce you to Bhavana – an organic farm and cooking school in the Byron Bay hinterland. more

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Home brews – get your paws on drip-coffee bags from The Laughing Pug Coffee Co.
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Home brews – get your paws on drip-coffee bags from The Laughing Pug Coffee Co.

We love coffees made by our favourite local baristas, but unfortunately there are times, both when travelling and at home, when we've had to reach for (dare we say it) instant coffee. Sure, there are plenty of fancy alternative-brewing devices out there, but if you're not keen to pack your glass Chemex in your travel bag or take your Aeropress with you to the hairdresser, then we've found the solution – drip coffee bags from Burleigh Heads-based outfit The Laughing Pug Coffee Co. more

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Food of the future – Lord of the Fries announces Australian launch of the Beyond Meat burger
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Food of the future – Lord of the Fries announces Australian launch of the Beyond Meat burger

Hard done by herbivores have been waiting with baited breath for the large-scale roll out of plant-based protein in Australia, and now the time has finally arrived. Lord of the Fries has announced it is the exclusive restaurant partner for Beyond Meat, the celebrity-backed burger made from plant-based protein, meaning the meat-free revolution is upon us. Viva la vegan! more

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Sip bush-tucker cocktails with exotic local syrups from The Native Collection
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Sip bush-tucker cocktails with exotic local syrups from The Native Collection

We're (finally) in an era where sustainability is cool and local produce rules, and as a result we're seeing more and more native Australian ingredients making their way into the kitchens and onto the menus of some of the region's most renowned establishments. Lucky for us serial sippers, these native ingredients are now able to be woven into cocktail menus as well, thanks to a newly launched series of exotic native syrups called The Native Collection. more


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Expand your knowledge and your liquor cabinet with a whisky subscription from Whisky Loot
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Expand your knowledge and your liquor cabinet with a whisky subscription from Whisky Loot

Whether you're a self-professed whiskey expert or just an eager social sipper that knows your single malts from your blends, the world of whisk(e)y is gathering more and more popularity. Lads and ladies alike have developed a keen appreciation for the fine spirit and while there is plenty of choice out there, it's always the hard-to-find bottles and drops from small-batch distillers that we're most keen to get our lips on. Here's the solution – a boutique whisky subscription service called Whisky Loot. more

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Bulk up and get nude – Naked Foods ventures north with its first Gold Coast space
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Bulk up and get nude – Naked Foods ventures north with its first Gold Coast space

In a world of cheesy burgers, twice-baked croissants and cream-filled doughnuts, it can be tough to stay healthy. Really tough. Though, places like Naked Foods are gently helping us everyday folk live a healthy lifestyle (most of the time) by making it easier and more accessible for us to fill our pantries with healthy wholefoods. Naked Foods began at a farmers market in Sydney in 2011, and this week opened its first Gold Coast store in The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre. more

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Sip smartly with the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip
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Sip smartly with the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip

If you’re partaking in Sober October, volunteering to be the designated driver, are expecting a child, or you simply aren’t a drinker, there are plenty of reasons to not indulge on a night out. Short of a mocktail or soft drink, there’s not a whole lot on offer for non-drinkers these days, but one enterprising entrepreneur is looking to change the way we drink. Seedlip is a distilled non-alcoholic spirit that is earning popularity all over the globe as a sophisticated alternative to the sugary and sweet options available at most bars. more

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The Cheese Riot is causing a commotion with its delicious artisanal delivery service
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The Cheese Riot is causing a commotion with its delicious artisanal delivery service

Here at The Weekend Edition, we straight up love us some cheese. We’re crazy for cheddar, gaga for gouda and bonkers for brie – any way you want to give it to us, we’ll be thrilled. You might say that cheese incites a certain fire within us … something worth fighting for, for sure. If there were ever a riot we would get behind, it would be one dedicated to our all-time favourite animal by-product. The Cheese Riot is dedicated to bringing you a highly local and personal cheese experience, delivered directly to your door. more

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Coeliacs rejoice! The Gluten Free Meal Co. launches its revolutionary delivery service
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Coeliacs rejoice! The Gluten Free Meal Co. launches its revolutionary delivery service

Anyone who has issues with a little old thing called gluten will be well aware of food FOMO – how many times have you seen your friends indulging in some delicious-looking meal that practically makes your stomach shrivel up just thinking about it? It can really suck to feel like the odd one out at mealtime, not to mention that most gluten free options mean tiny portions and a serious lack of flavour. Well the times they are a-changin’, folks – The Gluten Free Meal Co. has come along to save the day (and your tastebuds) with its revolutionary home delivery service. more

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The round-up: five local fresh-produce farm stalls that you need to check out
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The round-up: five local fresh-produce farm stalls that you need to check out

You don't have to be a genius to work out that fresh food from the ground is way better for you than food from a box (we're looking at you, Pop Tarts). You know what's even better than that? Local produce from local farms. Luckily for us Gold Coast folk, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that are creating magic from local ingredients, which we get to enjoy as frequently as we wish. Though, if you're keen to support local farms and fill your own fridge at home with the best seasonal produce, then here's a bunch of cool local farms stalls where you can stock up on your fresh fruit and vege. These gems are well worth checking out. more

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The Weekend Series: five street-food sandwiches you need in your mouth right now
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The Weekend Series: five street-food sandwiches you need in your mouth right now

Being the insatiable food lovers we are, we’re always on the hunt for the next intriguing cuisine to tantalise our tastebuds. Last year we declared poke was on our hit list, and then lo and behold our prayers were answered with our very own poke joint. We’re going to try our luck again by putting our wishes out into the cosmos in the hopes that our positive thinking brings us street food-based blessings this year. Right now, the only thing on our mind is a killer sandwich, so we’ve scoured the web for the world’s most scrumptious street-food sandwiches that we'd love to see take off in Brisbane. more

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Forget Goon of Fortune – wine in a bag goes classy with Tote Wines
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Forget Goon of Fortune – wine in a bag goes classy with Tote Wines

It’s almost a rite of passage for any newly 18-year old Australian to encounter the likes of Golden Oak Fruity Lexia or Sovereign Point. We quickly move on from cask wine as we progress through life, but wine in a bag is about to make a comeback in a big way. Tote Wines is bringing some sophistication to the table with a range of premium drops in a special 1.5 litre pouch. Ditch the cardbordeaux – Barossa Valley’s finest is now available in bag form. Just don’t think about pinning it to the hills hoist. more

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The Weekend Series: scrap your bad habits – five ways to reduce kitchen waste
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The Weekend Series: scrap your bad habits – five ways to reduce kitchen waste

When cooking at home, making a mess is pretty much a part of the deal. You can’t make a decent meal without ending up with a few scraps, right? Well, those scraps that you typically throw away can actually be useful for your next cook up. The latest trend in cooking is reusing kitchen waste in innovative and delicious ways. With some of the world’s best restaurants making the move towards waste-free operation, there’s no excuse for throwing away perfectly good ingredients. If you have been feeling a little bit guilty for throwing away a good portion of your groceries each week, then read on. more