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When you’re looking for food on the run, poke bowls are one of the healthiest, most convenient fast food meals in town. The name ‘poke’ (pronounced ‘po-kay’, and written without an acute accent on the ‘e’) comes from the Hawaiian word meaning ‘to slice’ or ‘cut crosswise into pieces’, referring to the leftover pieces of...
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Opening your own distillery must be the ultimate ‘boys’ own career’! Yet, it’s exactly what Brian and Helen Restall did. Not only is rum a passion for Brian, but so is renewable energy and sustainability. The former CEO of Cape Byron Power, a local Northern Rivers 100% renewable electricity generator located beside the Condon sugar...
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One of the most evident themes in hospitality today is the growing interest in the provenance of our food, where it comes from and how far it has travelled to reach us. As consumers, we’re not only interested in our local area, but food tourism is one of the main activities of travellers. After all,...
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From its beginnings in 2008, Stone & Wood Brewery has been fiercely local. It’s a brewery that “didn’t just supply fresh beer to the locals, it was the meeting place and it could also be relied upon to support the wider community.” With its continued success, Stone & Wood have consolidated their operation into larger...
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We never made it to Francisco’s Table, so today we’re trying to make up for lost experiences. (How we could miss a wandering chef setting up a feast on huge tables around the Northern Rivers region is beyond me!) We’re talking acclaimed Argentinian chef Francisco Smoje, who’s now gained a permanent home as Head Chef...
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“Are you sure you want to go out in this weather?” he asks. “Crabs!” I reply. Just one word. It’s enough to get us moving from the comfort of the lounge, out into a storm wild enough to blow crabs up onto the beach; not enough deterrent, though, to keep us from eating crabs with...
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Touted as a ‘destination’ farm, a ‘community of growers, producers, eateries, educators and more’, The Farm at Byron Bay is an 86 acre property owned by Tony and Emma Lane, heirs to the Oroton empire. Turn off the Pacific Highway to Byron Bay, and The Farm’s most visible signpost is a full carpark. With a...
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‘Harvest’: a bounty that follows a season of work, culminating in Thanksgiving; a veritable feast. It’s a fitting name to describe this well-established Newrybar cafe/restaurant, bakery, delicatessen and farm. We’ve heard lots about Harvest, and decide to visit for Saturday lunch, a relaxed chance to breathe in the country atmosphere with no pressing timelines to...
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The Show Day long weekend gave us the perfect opportunity to sneak away to Byron Bay for a weekend, but first we had to run the gauntlet! Past the verdant fields of North NSW, we turned onto the swampy flats and the sign warned: ‘Queued Traffic’. How could they know? Despite the Council’s ‘keep to...