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During its Forty Days of Flavour held during March and April 2021, The Star shone a spotlight on food offerings at The Star Gold Coast and The Star Treasury Brisbane. One of the specialty events was a four-course progressive dinner complete with wine pairings, showcasing signature dishes from four of The Star’s best restaurants. Think...
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Can you remember when the epitome of a great healthy lunch was a salad sandwich? It was made to order from the deli bar of corner stores, where stainless steel containers of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and beetroot sat waiting in readiness for the next order. Ham, chicken and cheese were optional. Beetroot was a given...
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Every town needs a beating heart where people gather, be it the town square, the piazza, marketplace or other venue at its geographical centre. Madisons Café, situated right at a main entrance of the busy Oasis Shopping Centre, is a meeting place where ‘See you at Madisons’ slips as easily off the tongue as ‘Meet...
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It’s one thing to open a café in a ‘tried and true’ area, another completely to step outside the box and bring new life to a relatively untouched suburb. Hospitality veteran Kate Bennett has never trodden the well-worn pathway. From pubs and bars to cafés, Kate and her husband Graham have taken on challenges and...
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When Gav Sandhu joined forces with Chef Abii Sharma to open their first restaurant in 2020, they had one product in mind: meat. Their specific goal soon became clear: to create a South African-styled bar and grill that focuses on quality steaks and tender, succulent ribs. Pitching their target audience towards both locals and tourists,...
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If you’re a lover of Mexican food, you may be surprised to know that for over 25 years the Gold Coast has been home to Queensland’s only Australian owned manufacturer of corn and flour tortillas, Diego’s Authentic Foods. Established in 1995 by Deann and Colin Thomson, this family-owned business began in Miami, later moving into...
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We have chefs we love, and Chef Yusuke Ito is one of them. You have probably eaten Chef Yusuke’s food before. Chances are, though, that unless you’d been paying close attention, you may not have known that Yusuke had cooked the food on your plate. Quiet and unassuming, as are many Japanese chefs, Yusuke worked...
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There’s never been a better time to explore our local region than the present. With restrictions lifting and the weather simply gorgeous, why not step out and enjoy Flavours of Ipswich, a food festival held from April 7-24, 2021. During this time, some of Ipswich’s favourite restaurants are offering fixed price lunches and dinners aimed...

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