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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

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Get the drop on small-scale wine producers from Australia and abroad at Mermaid's SOMM Wine Store
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Get the drop on small-scale wine producers from Australia and abroad at Mermaid’s SOMM Wine Store

Everyone needs a wine friend. You know, that person who is infectiously passionate about what's currently 'trending' in the world of wine (chardonnay is back, baby!), must-try varieties from emerging and established winemakers and which bottles offer the best value for money. Joe and Natalie Caruso are those friends. You may not know them personally (yet) but if you're fond of a drop, you will soon enough as the husband-and-wife duo has just opened SOMM Wine Store along the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach. The sommelier-owned space is devoted to showcasing small-scale producers that focus on sustainable farming and low-intervention winemaking from Australia and abroad. more

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It's easy being green – sparkling sip Motive Matcha has launched with four fruity flavours
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It’s easy being green – sparkling sip Motive Matcha has launched with four fruity flavours

Known as the souped-up green tea, matcha is made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. This powder – which can be enjoyed with milk or in smoothies – is widely celebrated for its many health benefits, which include boosting metabolism and energy enhancement, making it an admirable alternate to coffee. Now, you can try the Hulk-coloured sip on the go as Australia’s first ready-to-drink sparkling matcha, Motive Matcha, has just hit the market. more

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Level up your morning tea with Brookie's new Davidson plum GinJam
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Level up your morning tea with Brookie’s new Davidson plum GinJam

If you consider yourself a gin enthusiast, then you're probably well acquainted with – and have maybe even paid a visit to – Cape Byron Distillery, the home of much-loved libation Brookie’s Gin. Known for its banger botanical sips, the Byron Bay-based company has launched a new product that's a little out of left field. Get ready to spread the love to its newest creation Byron Slow GinJam, a bougie condiment that we can't wait to add to our pantry. more