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Little Cooly pizza pasta bar opened recently, taking a prime position upstairs in The Strand overlooking the golden sands of Coolangatta Beach. We’re a city of tribal people, each group with its own feel, its own lifestyle and its own favourite spots. The Cooly gang is a casual lot with a beach-centric lifestyle. They know...
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Costa D’Oro is a rarity, a restaurant that has survived the changing culture of the city, catering for tourists and dual city dwellers, supported by locals most of all. I have memories of the old Surfers, in particular of the heart of Surfers. We would spend weekends and holidays here, my memories including days drinking...
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Nothing shows us love more than a great Italian meal. It’s not just the food, it’s also the atmosphere and the service. They’re parts of a story that together adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Follow the smell of pizza from down the street, the sound of music and laughter lilting...
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Need a lunch that’s made from local organic produce and is completely allergen free? The founders of Australia’s first organic grain-free bakery, Seeds of Life, recently launched an extension of their business, offering plant-based lunches at the new Rainbow Bar servery in their shop at The Kitchens, Robina. Already renowned for their organic, grain and...
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There’s nothing like a drive in the country to clear your head. For me, a journey to Tyalgum feels as though we’ve entered the landscape that inspired FernGully or Avatar. With a lead up of meandering waterways, lush rainforest and towering rockfaces, somehow the greenery clears your head. At dusk, the atmosphere has its own...
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“…there is no greater exercise for the heart than reaching down and helping someone up.” Ron Workman, Currumbin RSL Chairman There’s a lot to love about Currumbin RSL. Founded in 1947, soon after World War II ended. Overlooking the creek, it faces north to the Gold Coast, a strong sign that after the war was...
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There’s nothing sexier than men preparing food. Especially Mediterranean men preparing really good rustic whole food. The ladies know it. They saunter in just before midday, hips swinging slowly, arms extended, looking for him. ‘Where’s Alessandro?’ Young and gorgeous, he crosses the restaurant to meet them, a huge smile lighting his face before being enveloped...
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One of Gold Coast’s longest-standing restaurants, Mario’s Italian Restaurant, turned 30 years old in August, marking the occasion with a huge family-style banquet. “It’s all about family and togetherness, while paying homage to family traditions,” says co-owner Marlon Pirie. From its humble beginnings in the late 1980s to its recent elegant refurbishment, Mario’s Italian Restaurant...
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There’s nothing like Italian hospitality to make you feel at home. It’s like a big warm embrace, straight from the heart. That’s just how we feel when we dine at The Italian Kitchen. For starters, the place comes with self-assurance. Not only do owners Robert and Natalie have background as restaurateurs, but they know that...
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The shores of Burleigh Heads are awash with masterchefs, our latest additions being husband and wife team Chef Fabio Rocco Ricciardo and his wife Federica Scalambra, a former pharmicist. Former chef to Ferrari’s Formula 1 team for three years, Fabio left the circuit to move to our shores, opening Belvedere Stonemill on the ground level...