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Click, drive through and collect everyday needs with new Westfield Direct
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Click, drive through and collect everyday needs with new Westfield Direct

If you've been a diligent social distancer, you've likely been avoiding major shopping centres and anywhere that might draw a crowd. Westfield gets it – so the group has just launched Westfield Direct, a new drive-through contactless click-and-collect service allowing the convenience of a shopping centre one-stop-shopping experience, all from the palm of your hand (and safety of your car). more

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The owners of Bam Bam, Custard and Cubby launch a new drive-through dinner concept at Tallebudgera Creek
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The owners of Bam Bam, Custard and Cubby launch a new drive-through dinner concept at Tallebudgera Creek

While Custard Canteen in Tallebudgera is known for its (life-changing) custard tarts, specialty brews and tasty daytime fare, its owners are today launching an exciting after-dark concept – drive-through dinners. The new 'Drive Thru Din Dins' offering features a menu of the favourite dishes from Custard and its sibling venues Bam Bam and Cubby Bakehouse, with the team set to sling the dinner eats from the Tallebudgera Creek car park seven nights a week. more

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Rick Shores brings its bug rolls north with a new takeaway pop-up in Main Beach
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Rick Shores brings its bug rolls north with a new takeaway pop-up in Main Beach

With mounting pressure for locals to stick close to their own suburbs, the team behind the Burleigh Heads dining icon Rick Shores has decided to spread the deliciousness north, opening a second pop-up takeaway restaurant in the heart of Main Beach. No matter what end of the coast you live on, the beachfront restaurant's famed fare is now within reach – so you can absolutely enjoy bug rolls from the comfort of your couch, in your underwear, with a wine in hand. Let’s be honest, that's a dream we never knew we had. more

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The round-up: stay home and sip – the local spots slinging bottled cocktails and DIY margarita kits
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The round-up: stay home and sip – the local spots slinging bottled cocktails and DIY margarita kits

Are you thirsty for a salty marg? Want to sink into your couch with a negroni in hand? We're feeling you, pals. While we won't be able to visit our favourite local watering holes for quite some time, it's not all doom and gloom – many of the Gold Coast's most popular bars and restaurants are still shaking, stirring and pouring the goods so we can sip quality concoctions while in isolation. Here's a handy list of where you can find your favourite tipples to take home, from DIY margarita kits to sangria jars and whisky apples by the bottle. more

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This is not a drill – Cadbury Dairy Milk Marble is returning to supermarkets this week
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This is not a drill – Cadbury Dairy Milk Marble is returning to supermarkets this week

It was groundbreaking hip-hop mavericks the Beastie Boys who once claimed that you have to fight for your right to party, and this adage rings especially true when you apply it to reinstating a beloved discontinued item from a popular brand. For this particular example, we bring forth Cadbury’s gone-but-not-forgotten Dairy Milk Marble. In perhaps the greatest display of people-power in recent memory, a group of vigilante snack mavericks on Facebook banded together to pressure the fine folk at Cadbury into returning marble chocolate to the shelves – and by gum, it worked! more

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The round-up: where to get a takeaway seafood feast for your Easter in isolation
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The round-up: where to get a takeaway seafood feast for your Easter in isolation

Despite what's going on around us, Easter isn't cancelled – it's just going to be a little different this year. Seafood lovers, Good Friday is still your time to shine and there are plenty of ways to safely get your fix of fishy goodness. The best and safest way is to plan ahead, so we've put together a handy list of popular seafood spots that are open for takeaways on Good Friday and across the Easter weekend this year, serving you everything from barramundi and chunky chips to fresh sashimi platters and tasty fish pies. Roll out the picnic rug in your backyard or lounge room and settle in for an Easter seafood feast, 2020 style! more

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The round-up: enjoy a fancy feast in isolation from these hatted restaurants and fine-dining favourites
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The round-up: enjoy a fancy feast in isolation from these hatted restaurants and fine-dining favourites

While there has been immeasurable impact on the hospitality industry in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we're seeing true displays of resilience from the Gold Coast restaurants and cafes that are staying open to safely serve take-home food to locals. Though, for fine-dining, hatted and higher-end restaurants, survival in this new world of takeaway-only service has required more than quick side-steps and adaptations – to stay open, a monumental overhaul of how they do things was in order. Thankfully, it's a move that many have been able to pull off. While their white tablecloths, set menus and wine pairings have been subbed out for biodegradable containers and tins of beer, these former fine-diners are still open and preparing the goods – it's just a little different. Looking for a break from pizza and burgers? Here's a taste of what's on offer ... more

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Whip up some quarantine cookies with Bakers Box DIY baking kits
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Whip up some quarantine cookies with Bakers Box DIY baking kits

For those of us stuck at home with little to do, quarantine baking has become the new self-care and a (more or less) healthy hobby that helps to banish boredom. If your baking skills are a bit lacklustre or your pantry stock is dwindling, then maybe it's time for some professional help – in the form of a baking kit, we mean. Making the at-home baking process easier and tastier than ever, Bakers Box is a range of DIY baking kits that will have you doling out cafe-quality cabin-fever cookies in no time. more


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Beloved culinary queen Maggie Beer is here to elevate isolation with wholesome online cooking classes
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Beloved culinary queen Maggie Beer is here to elevate isolation with wholesome online cooking classes

It only takes a quick one-minute scroll through Instagram to realise that everyone is suddenly living their best iso lives in the kitchen. Cookies, muffins, bread, pasta sauces and pickles – so many people are giving it a red-hot crack and we are absolutely here for it. Do you know what we're not here for? Burnt and soul-crushingly inedible banana bread. Making rock-hard cookies that resemble golf balls. Oh, and not being able to poach eggs like our favourite cafe down the road. Everything is going to be a-okay, though – because sweet angel Maggie Beer is here to get those of us who simply do not excel in the kitchen through these trying times. more

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The round-up: where to get your hot cross bun fix this Easter
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The round-up: where to get your hot cross bun fix this Easter

Nothing (and we mean nothing) says Easter quite like a tray of deliciously fluffy hot cross buns that are still warm from the oven – of course topped off with a hefty schmear of butter. We know things are a little different right now, but rest assured Easter is not cancelled! So, we went on a little hunt of our own to find the best spots to get your hot cross bun fix across the Gold Coast this year. Enjoy, friends! more

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Oracle Boulevard launches Dial + Drive-Thru concept so you can take your favourites home
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Oracle Boulevard launches Dial + Drive-Thru concept so you can take your favourites home

Luckily for us Gold Coast folk, a fair portion of the restaurants and cafes that make up the city's hospitality scene have been quick to react and adjust to this unimaginable new world we're currently living in. These uncertain times have prompted a new wave of innovation – and thankfully it means we can still enjoy dishes from our favourite restaurants from the comfort of our homes. To make these strange times a little easier to navigate for local diners, Oracle Boulevard in Broadbeach has launched a new Dial + Drive-Thru concept for venues in the precinct. Fancy 12-hour slow-roasted lamb shoulder tonight? It's easier than you think. more

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Four Pillars fast-tracks the release of its Changing Seasons Gin in collaboration with Japan's Kyoto Distillery
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Four Pillars fast-tracks the release of its Changing Seasons Gin in collaboration with Japan’s Kyoto Distillery

The temporary closure of our favourite pubs and watering holes means that we're now forced to (responsibly) enjoy tipples from the comfort of our couch. It also means that our home liquor supplies are drying out at a faster rate than usual – though, here's some great news to counter the sad state of your bar cart. Yarra Valley distillery Four Pillars has fast-tracked the third release in its exclusive Distiller Series – introducing Changing Seasons Gin, a new Japanese-inspired sip created for 'times that are changing faster than any of us can keep up with'. more

Current Events
Dissecting SCOMO – helping you understand what closures, rules and announcements actually apply to Queensland now
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Dissecting SCOMO – helping you understand what closures, rules and announcements actually apply to Queensland now

On Tuesday March 25 at 9:30 pm, Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the nation to outline further (tougher) restrictions to help curb the spread of coronavirus. These new measures are in addition to the closures and announcements that were already in place and will take effect from midnight on Wednesday March 25. We’ll keep updating as more announcements come to light but here’s what you need to know now … more

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A helping hand – these Australian distilleries are pivoting from booze to hand-sanitiser production
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A helping hand – these Australian distilleries are pivoting from booze to hand-sanitiser production

While we know and love them for making our favourite gins, whiskies, rums and vodkas, a bunch of Australian craft distilleries are pivoting away from spirits and toward the production of arguably one of the most valuable, highly demanded products in the world right now. No, it's not toilet paper – we're talking about alcohol-based hand sanitiser. By stepping in, repurposing and adapting to meet demand in these unforeseen circumstances, distilleries have found a new revenue stream in keeping your hands clean – and it also allows them to stay open (for now) and keep their staff employed. So, if your local supermarket has run out of precious sani', don't stress – these booze makers have got your back, as always. more

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The round-up: avoid supermarket mayhem and support local delis, fresh-food markets and international grocers
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The round-up: avoid supermarket mayhem and support local delis, fresh-food markets and international grocers

Right now, supermarkets are really not the most enjoyable place to be. If you're in need of essentials, perhaps look beyond the giant chains and spend your money with small local businesses at a time when they need it most. The Gold Coast has a large stable of international grocers, delis, Asian supermarkets and fresh-food markets that are open and well stocked so you can duck in and grab what you need to get you through. more

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How to support the Gold Coast hospitality industry amid the coronavirus threat
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How to support the Gold Coast hospitality industry amid the coronavirus threat

We're regularly updating this, as coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving. As of midday Monday March 23, the federal Government has forced the closure of all pubs, clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues. Restaurants and cafes are allowed to operate, but only to offer takeaway and delivery services. COVID-19 is a serious virus, which means we need to take serious steps to overcome it. As you can see from the latest Government protocol, this usually comes at the expense of small businesses – especially our bars, cafes and restaurants. Our local hospitality heroes have already made significant changes in their operations in a bid to survive and now they've been forced to take more – many of which will be ceasing operation for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, most have switched to takeaway and delivery services to continue to… more

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The Weekend Series: five non-alcoholic alternatives to wet your whistle
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The Weekend Series: five non-alcoholic alternatives to wet your whistle

Whether you’re a non-drinker, the designated driver, on a health kick, pregnant, not in the mood or even just hungover from the night before – we know that up until recently, your non-alcoholic alternatives kinda sucked. Your options were either swamped with sugar or dull and tasteless. But not anymore. We welcome in the new wave of non-alcoholic spirits and wines to get the party started (but keep the party-guilt away). more

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Broadbeach institution Koi reopens after a million-dollar facelift
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Broadbeach institution Koi reopens after a million-dollar facelift

It was 13 years ago when Koi first opened in the heart of Broadbeach. Gracing the main corner of Surf Parade, Koi became known over the years for its Sunday sessions (which birthed The Koi Boys), dancing in the street, and its modern-Australian fare. After completely rebuilding the venue from scratch – to the tune of more than $1 million – owner Patrick Gennari has this week unveiled Koi 2.0. Yes, the timing is extremely unfortunate, but let's consider this a glimmer of good news that Koi 2.0 is back bigger and better than ever, and is set for another decade of delivering great food and good times for all. more