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The Weekend Series: feed your brain with these five must-listen food podcasts
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The Weekend Series: feed your brain with these five must-listen food podcasts

No matter how niche your interests and hobbies, there’s a big chance there’s a podcast dedicated to it. Now, the culinary arts are far from niche, but there’s still plenty of scope to delve deep into the nitty-gritty elements depending on where our food passion lies. If you’re curious about the inner workings of a restaurant, or are simply a die-hard lover of tasty treats, someone is currently making a podcast that caters to your tastes. If you’re looking to expand your podcast palate to include a foodie-centric offering, we’ve assembled a selection of five that are bound to tantalise your mental tastebuds (and maybe stir up your hunger). more

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Elevate your morning – Byron Bay's Sipp is making instant coffee cool again
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Elevate your morning – Byron Bay’s Sipp is making instant coffee cool again

Let's be honest (we're all friends here), instant coffee doesn't have the best reputation. Scooping freeze-dried granules from a 1.5-kilogram communal tin and mixing it with long-life milk in the office lunch room isn't exactly the most appealing option for a caffeine hit. If you're picking up what we're putting down, then you need to know about Sipp – it's instant coffee, but not as you know it. more

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Bittersweet sips – get a flight of bottled negroni delivered to your door
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Bittersweet sips – get a flight of bottled negroni delivered to your door

Can you imagine life without negronis? We'd rather not even try. If you too are an appreciator of this classic Italian aperitif, then hear this – you can now get a tasting flight of pre-bottled negronis from around Australia delivered to your door. That's six different negroni styles from various boutique bars and distilleries, all made by hand before being bottled (or tinned) and shipped for your sipping pleasure. more

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Sauces to soaps – get to know Church Farm General Store from the ground up
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Sauces to soaps – get to know Church Farm General Store from the ground up

Back in 2012, the old church in Billinudgel changed hands. Its purchasers were Andrew Morris and Amanda Callan, who soon moved in and turned the dreamy half-acre parcel into an organic vegetable garden. There was a bit of excess produce left over from their garden like herbs, habanero chillis, tomatoes, turmeric and ginger, so they decided to make a few of their own soaps and sauces. Then, to paraphrase Paul Kelly – from little things, big things grew. more

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Just add water – you can now get jacked up on ST. ALi coffee without going to Melbourne
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Just add water – you can now get jacked up on ST. ALi coffee without going to Melbourne

If you've ever been to Melbourne, there's a very high chance that you've been to or are familiar with famed coffee roaster and cafe ST ALi. If you've longed for their coffee since your last visit, then we've got good (nay, great) news – ST ALi has released Nespresso-compatible pods and instant coffee satchels, so you can now enjoy its delicious brews and blends without even leaving the house. more

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Guilt-free plant-based probiotic Rice Cream is here to satisfy your sweet tooth
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Guilt-free plant-based probiotic Rice Cream is here to satisfy your sweet tooth

We'll let you in on a little secret – we have a real weakness for ice-cream. Like, put a pint of the good stuff in front of us (chocolate flavour will do) and it will not last the night. It's a love-hate relationship though. We're oh-so fond of ice-cream but the reality is all that sugar, dairy and cream mixed together is not great for gut health and does zero to help our summer bods. Well, we might have found a solution – Rice Cream. more


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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