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It was the smile that first got us in. The young couple gave customers such a warm welcome that of course we had to buy their food, even though it looked different: arepas, the crunchy pocket bread stuffed with filling that’s the most common food of Venezuela and Colombia. We tried arepas and loved them...
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”Producing the right pizza comes from the heart… Real Neapolitan – style pizza is just a beautiful thing.” Johnny Di Francesco I’m a traditionalist when it comes to food. I’m a fan of kneaded, hand-thrown dough, prepared with love, kissed by the smoke of a wood-fired oven as the sauce broodingly simmers on the stove....
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Do you know where your food is grown? When you tuck into that pitaya bowl surrounded by fruit, do you know which ‘rock star’ farmer harvested it for you? The Tweed Coast is part of the food bowl surrounding the Gold Coast, with the area’s food production, café and restaurant industries increasing in interest to...
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There are some tours in our own backyard which we shouldn’t leave to the tourists, and Beenleigh Rum sure is one of those. We’re a nation built using rum as the currency. Don’t bother going further afield; we’ve got liquid gold right here on our doorstep! Opened in 1884, Beenleigh Rum Distillery is Australia’s original...
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Burleigh Brewing began as a love story, when in 2002 Peta Fielding persuaded her American-born master brewer husband Brennan to leave Hawaii and return to her homeland of Australia. After working for local breweries for four years, it was time to found their own brewery in Burleigh Heads in 2006. Ten years on, Peta Fielding,...
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There’s a secret club in Burleigh that even some locals don’t know about. But this is a secret that won’t take long to get out. Situated under the Swell Resort, the venue has had a complete makeover thanks to Goodna Services Club. Opening in December 2015, it’s the first club in Queensland to start from...
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We always love visiting the Gold Coast’s original boutique creative markets, The Village Markets, because there’s a surprise around every corner. On our last visit to TVM Burleigh there were an abundance of food trucks and stalls – tons to eat and lots of handmade creative goodies for sale from up-and-coming designers. A bit left...
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When Christian and Sandra Vaughan first met while working for Emirates, they could not have imagined their life together sharing Portuguese food with Gold Coast diners through their food truck Barraca. But there’s been a lot of life experience in between: twenty-five years in the hospitality and wine industries for Christian, a lot of time...