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Sip, learn and make your own bottle of gin at the Gold Coast's own craft distillery Granddad Jack's
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Sip, learn and make your own bottle of gin at the Gold Coast’s own craft distillery Granddad Jack’s

Award-winning Miami distillery Granddad Jack's is opening its doors to share its 90-year-old recipes and lift the lid on age-old distilling secrets – and you're invited to go along for the gin-filled journey. While the Lemana Lane distillery and tasting room is a popular spot to stock up on spirits and sip cocktails, father-and-son founders David and Luke Ridden are looking to share the Granddad Jack's story and their collective passion for craft spirits with keen locals, launching a new series of exclusive gin-making masterclasses and distillery tours. more

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No more long lines – grab your favourite showbags from your local IGA
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No more long lines – grab your favourite showbags from your local IGA

It was a sad day indeed when news broke that this year's Ekka as well as virtually every other mass-gathering of people was cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. The very small sugar-coated silver lining is that we have been blessed with some very sweet news that is sure to cheer up kids and kids-at-heart. Bringing the fun fair to you, Bensons Showbags has teamed up with IGA, so we can now get our hot little hands on a huge range of iconic confectionary and novelty showbags without a trip to the showgrounds. Curly Wurlys, here we come! more

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Sourdough maker Burleigh Baker brings its iconic breads, cakes and pastries to Paradise Point
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Sourdough maker Burleigh Baker brings its iconic breads, cakes and pastries to Paradise Point

Big news, bakery fiends! The owners of the iconic Burleigh Baker, which is renowned for its artisan sourdough, high-quality fermented breads and delicious baked goods, have announced they are just days away from opening a second Gold Coast location. If you live on the northern end, you'll no longer need to make the pilgrimage south for your bread fix – Burleigh Baker is coming your way. more

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Bangin' news – Bunnings sausage sizzles will return later this month
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Bangin’ news – Bunnings sausage sizzles will return later this month

The enticing smell of caramelised onions, the difficult decision of what sauce will top off your sausage sandwich (always a tomato-mustard combo) and the feel-good factor that your gold coins are going towards charity – oh, how we have missed Bunnings sausage sizzles. A community staple for 26 years, Bunnings' banger-filled barbecues were forced to stop cooking in March due to COVID-19. Following too many months of sizzle withdrawals, the home-improvement heroes are firing up the barbecues again and the much-anticipated return of this charity cook-up will be here sooner than you think ... more

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Popular Melbourne fish and chippery Hunky Dory opens in Palm Beach
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Popular Melbourne fish and chippery Hunky Dory opens in Palm Beach

When fish-and-chip eatery Hunky Dory first opened in Melbourne in 2004, its intention was to offer healthier, Greek Islands-inspired seafood options alongside classic fish and chips, while shifting away from the traditional 'takeaway food' model to encourage locals to dine in with a glass of wine or beer. Clearly it's a concept that resonated with southern folk – there are now 14 locations dotted across Melbourne and greater Victoria. Now, it's our turn. more

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Treat yo'self to handmade sweets and treats from Gold Coast chocolateria Little Cocoa
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Treat yo’self to handmade sweets and treats from Gold Coast chocolateria Little Cocoa

Much like coffee and wine, choosing higher-quality small-batch chocolate really does make a difference. If your sweet tooth is a little more refined – meaning that $1 choccie block on special at the servo just won't cut it – then it's high time you got acquainted with Little Cocoa, a Gold Coast-based online chocolateria bringing the treats of your dreams to your door. 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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Neon-lit beauty Miss Mee arrives in Nobby Beach with boozy bubble tea and Southeast-Asian bites
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Neon-lit beauty Miss Mee arrives in Nobby Beach with boozy bubble tea and Southeast-Asian bites

Back when we were all bunkering down in isolation, things were far from quiet over at the former Hellenika site in Nobby Beach. For the past few months, the two-storey venue has been undergoing major transformative works – and just last week, the hoarding came down to reveal the Gold Coast's newest Asian-inspired dining hotspot and rooftop bar, Miss Mee. Dripping in neon lights, layered with hot-pink decor and packed with personality, the colourful new arrival is bringing a dose of fun to the Nobby Beach dining strip – think mouth-banging banquets, live DJ beats and booze-spiked bubble tea.  more

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The round-up: tuk-tuks and tom yum – where to find the Gold Coast's best Thai food
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The round-up: tuk-tuks and tom yum – where to find the Gold Coast’s best Thai food

From punchy tom yum soups and coconut-laden curries to spicy wok-fried delights and glorious noodles, Thai food will always have a place in our hearts. In a true reflection of the cuisine's popularity, the Gold Coast certainly has no shortage of Thai eateries. Loosen those belt buckles, friends – we've put together a handy list of some of the coast's best Thai restaurants to work your way though. more

Recipes
Simple delicious – five easy crumble recipes to impress your winter guests
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Simple delicious – five easy crumble recipes to impress your winter guests

There is something deeply satisfying and nostalgic about a warm fruit crumble, especially in the cooler months. It's a guaranteed crowd pleaser to roll out at a dinner party (now we're allowed to have them) and, even better, its super simple to make. The next time you're on dessert duty, whip up one of these five simple-yet-delicious crumble recipes – just don't forget to pick up a tub of ice-cream on the way. more

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Popular Brisbane patisserie and boulangerie Le Bon Choix opens its first Gold Coast location
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Popular Brisbane patisserie and boulangerie Le Bon Choix opens its first Gold Coast location

Buttery croissants, delicate macarons in all of the colours of the rainbow, too-pretty-to-eat petit fours, indulgent croque monsieur, freshly baked baguettes and crunchy French batards – if that line-up of Parisian perfection has your mouth watering, then you'll want to get your sweet self acquainted with the coast's newest patisserie and boulangerie, Le Bon Choix. more

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In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks
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In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks

A regular fixture on bar shelves around the world, luxe liquor Hennessy has long been a favourite tipple among seasoned swiggers. In 1992, hip-hop icon Tupac even dedicated a whole song to his love of the brown bottle. To help reciprocate the love, Hennessy is extending a helping hand to the bartenders, waiters and restaurateurs that faithfully serve its spirit. The cognac giant has revealed its hospitality recovery initiative, which is set to provide struggling hospo workers with a free dinner and drinks on them. Now, that's sure to go down a treat. more

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The round-up: wrap your mitts around the Gold Coast's best pies
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The round-up: wrap your mitts around the Gold Coast’s best pies

If winter has you craving deliciously warm comfort food, you’re not alone! Sometimes you just can’t beat the satisfying crunch of the crispy, flaky exterior and the gooey, steamy centre of a good old-fashioned pie. From not-so-dirty street pies to the more exotic varieties, we’ve round-up some of the coast’s best pies to sink your teeth into. more

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Dinner in a jiffy – five simple-yet-delicious meals you can whip up in 20-minutes or less
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Dinner in a jiffy – five simple-yet-delicious meals you can whip up in 20-minutes or less

A lot can happen in 20 minutes, but when it comes to meal time 20 minutes is the difference between hungry and hangry. We’ve all been there – you have the very best intentions of meal planning and prepping and yet all of a sudden it’s dinner time and there’s no dinner to speak of. Before you reach for your phone to order takeaway, take a peek at these simple-yet-delicious meals you can rustle up in 20-minutes or less, which is probably faster than a delivery driver anyway. more

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The owners of Fig & Frankie's open leafy new Burleigh brunch haven Common Ground
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The owners of Fig & Frankie’s open leafy new Burleigh brunch haven Common Ground

Way back in early March, we gave you a hot tip-off that the former Burleigh Co-Op site (the original Burleigh Social premises, up from Paddock Bakery) would soon be home to a leafy new brunch spot called Common Ground. Well, 'soon' it was not. COVID reared its ugly head and pushed the opening back a few months but here we are, in July, finally bringing you the thrilling news that Common Ground is officially open! more

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Bacon bad – order dishes from Snoop Dogg's cookbook straight to your door via Menulog
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Bacon bad – order dishes from Snoop Dogg’s cookbook straight to your door via Menulog

We're just going to claim it – 2020 is the year of the Dogg. In April, we revealed the news that Snoop Dogg had teamed up with Aussie winemakers 19 Crimes to launch his own vino. Now, the hip-hop doggfather is linking up with the takeaway titans at Menulog to share with us some super-munchable recipes from his homestyle cookbook. Welcome to Dogg’s Diner, where you can tuck into some of Snoop Dogg’s favourite West Coast dishes from now until Friday July 3. As the saying goes, it's a dog-eat-dogg world. more