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Tugun Market Co has had a glow-up to include a gourmet grocer, cafe, fromagerie and butcher
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Tugun Market Co has had a glow-up to include a gourmet grocer, cafe, fromagerie and butcher

Wandering around the farmer's markets with a coffee in hand is undoubtedly one of our favourite ways to fill our fridge and pantry. Sometimes, though, life gets in the way, or you make impromptu plans to have people over for dinner and need to pick up a few extra nibbles. In news that will excite local-produce procurers, gourmands and turophiles (fanciers of cheese), the family-owned-and-operated Tugun Market Co has recently unveiled a seriously impressive renovation. Take a peek ... more

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Sweet sips – the Gold Coast's Coastal Moon Distillery launches a zodiac-inspired bubblegum vodka
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Sweet sips – the Gold Coast’s Coastal Moon Distillery launches a zodiac-inspired bubblegum vodka

We're all for unexpectedly fun pairings – like that time The Beastie Boys and Madonna went on tour together, chilli-infused chocolate, jam and cheese toasties – we love it all! If you too have a penchant for the peculiar and a taste for the unconventional, we reckon you're going to love the cut of Coastal Moon Distillery's jib. The local artisan distillery has gone against the grain to create a range of premium flavoured vodka including a ridiculously pretty cobalt-hued bubblegum sip.  more

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Gold Coast label Wine Not the Brand is here to challenge perceptions of wine in a bag
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Gold Coast label Wine Not the Brand is here to challenge perceptions of wine in a bag

Let's not beat around the bush, when you think of wine in a bag, it's pretty likely your mind immediately pictures a bloated silver goon sack that may or may not be strung up from a clothesline. Gold Coast-based start-up Wine Not the Brand is here to challenge the stigma associated with wine in a bag with its revolutionary and vegan-friendly wine pouches. A lightweight, durable, and perhaps most importantly, quality solution to traditional bottles of wine.  more

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Enjoy fare from Brisbane's top eateries at home with restaurant delivery service Providoor
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Enjoy fare from Brisbane’s top eateries at home with restaurant delivery service Providoor

When Australia's hospitality industry pirouetted towards pandemic-proof operation models, it changed the game in terms of accessibility. In Melbourne, acclaimed chef Shane Delia of Maha founded Providoor – a delivery service that allowed locals to enjoy lauded fare from Maha, Entrecote, Tipo 00 and Supernormal in the comfort of their own home. Providoor expanded to Sydney soon after, cultivating a roster that includes Chiswick, China Doll, Golden Century and The Apollo. This week the service will officially launch in Queensland – it already boasts a cadre of appetising all-stars including Southside, NOTA and Siffredi's. Bust out the tablecloths and the fancy cutlery – Providoor is making fine dining a homebound affair. more

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Pet-nat, preserves and plenty of cheese – say hello to Burleigh's Flor Wine and Grocer
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Pet-nat, preserves and plenty of cheese – say hello to Burleigh’s Flor Wine and Grocer

What do you get when a wine guy, a restauranter and an award-wining bartender join forces? Amazing things, that's what. Flor Wine and Grocer is the realisation of a collective dream for Peter Rogers from Naked Bunch, Jarome Smith from Palm Beach's popular burger-slinger Burgster and Randy Shaw, who eagle-eyed locals may recognise from various watering holes around town including Rosella's and Apres Surf. The talented trio got to chatting and decided to pool their individual expertise and got to work finding the perfect spot. Fast-forward a year and a half, and we've got our first taste of Flor Wine and Grocer. If you list wine, cheese and assorted chilli-based condiments as some of your favourite things, go ahead and get acquainted with Burleigh's new purveyor of gourmet provisions. more

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Get on the beers – Heaps Normal redefines the pot of gold with a zero-alcohol lager
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Get on the beers – Heaps Normal redefines the pot of gold with a zero-alcohol lager

Australians, on the whole, can be a thirsty bunch. When it comes to alcohol, however, the tide may be turning with many Australians opting to cut back on the booze or kick it to the curb, for good. Once upon a time, non-drinkers were left with a choice between soft drinks, juice or mocktails. Thankfully, the shift in consumer behaviour has inspired some really excellent craft breweries and distilleries to pursue low- and no-alcohol options that can go head-to-head with its full-strength peers in terms of taste and flavour profiles. One such player that has made some serious waves on the scene is Heaps Normal, which just this week unveiled its second non-alcoholic brew, Another Lager. more

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Forget empty supermarket shelves – the best fruit, veg and meat boxes to get delivered
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Forget empty supermarket shelves – the best fruit, veg and meat boxes to get delivered

It's pretty safe to assume that by now you're well aware of the situation at your local supermarket, so let's not rehash the details. The good news is that there is an alternative. If you're keen to spare yourself from the chaos (or disgruntlement at empty shelves) while also supporting local farmers in the process, we've rounded up a few places that are delivering fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and more to your door. 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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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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But first, tequila – Margarita Margarita launches a classic margarita mix
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But first, tequila – Margarita Margarita launches a classic margarita mix

When Friday rolls around and we're waiting for the sun to set, there's no better drink (in our humble opinion) to welcome in the weekend than a classic margarita. The folks behind Australia's only mobile marg bar, Margarita Margarita, wholeheartedly agree with us and have whipped up a classic marg mix to make our at-home cocktail shaking a little easier – and a whole lot tastier. more

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Prepare to gorge on freshly baked bread, charcuterie and 400 cheeses as Harris Farm Markets opens in Isle of Capri this week!
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Prepare to gorge on freshly baked bread, charcuterie and 400 cheeses as Harris Farm Markets opens in Isle of Capri this week!

As much as we love carving out some weekend time to meander from stall to stall at the local farmer's market, it doesn't always align with life's other plans. Plus, there's also the added task of still having to get to the grocery store for pantry staples that you can't readily source at the markets. In news that will thrill local-produce procurers, gourmands and turophiles (fanciers of cheese), the family-owned-and-operated Harris Farm Markets is opening its first store on the Gold Coast this Thursday November 18 and will be a one stop shop for all of your produce and pantry needs. Here are all of the juicy details ... more

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Happiness in a can – Mr Black unveils a ready-to-drink espresso martini
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Happiness in a can – Mr Black unveils a ready-to-drink espresso martini

RTDs, or ready-to-drink beverages, generally get a pretty bad wrap. Mostly sickly sweet or too basic, they rarely taste anything like the analogue version they are supposed to. Until now. After three (long) years of research and development, the legendary Mr Black Espresso Martini team has unveiled a 200-ml can to shake up and enjoy anywhere. Made using top-grade arabica coffee, pure Australian vodka, and a generous splash of Mr Black Coffee Liqueur (obviously), the new ready-to-drink offering means you never have to endure a mediocre espresso martini ever again. We'll cheers to that. more

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Crumbtastic! Green's has launched Golden Gaytime cake mix
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Crumbtastic! Green’s has launched Golden Gaytime cake mix

Whether it's a hot summer's day or we're just craving a sweet treat, nothing hits the spot quite like a Golden Gaytime ice-cream. Now, the frozen national treasure and its signature crumb is set to be transformed into something only a gaggle of culinary geniuses could have concocted. Hold on to your spatulas, friends, as Green's has released Golden Gaytime cake mix and somewhere out there a certain baking matriarch that rhymes with Fetty Rocker is shaking. more

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Crispy M&M’s Choc Spread is a thing and we know where to snag some
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Crispy M&M’s Choc Spread is a thing and we know where to snag some

One of our favourite choccies to grace the confectionery aisle is no doubt M&M’s. These rainbow-hued morsels taste as sweet as they look and have been a beloved snack staple since childhood. Now, this darling treat has been smashed, swirled and jarred to create something so delicious, so ingenious that we just have to get our hands on it ASAP. Introducing Crispy M&M’s Choc Spread. more

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Relish taste sensations with help from condiment company Sidepiece
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Relish taste sensations with help from condiment company Sidepiece

When it comes to perfecting a dish, condiments are crucially important. Be it a simple sandwich or salad, fiery spices, fruit-infused relishes and zesty dressings can take an ordinary meal to extraordinary levels. West End condiment company Sidepiece knows this to be true, and its small-batch fermented hot sauces, relishes and other condiments made from local produce and native bush foods are living proof that we all need to spice up our lives a little. more

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Eden Health Retreat has launched its new Goodness Granola – and is celebrating by giving away a three-night stay for two
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Eden Health Retreat has launched its new Goodness Granola – and is celebrating by giving away a three-night stay for two

There’s a reason folks say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it’s where you set the tone for the day to come, so it’s best to ensure you hit the ground running. Granola has become one of the most versatile and dependable day starters going, and Currumbin Valley relaxation destination Eden Health Retreat is entering the market with a nutrient-rich take that’ll have folks setting an early alarm to have breakfast sooner. Oh, and its also celebrating the launch with a special giveaway … more