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You can always tell when there’s an owner/chef in the kitchen. There’s an assurance to the menu, a passion that is evidenced in almost every aspect. Stones Throw at Currumbin is a good example.  Owned by brother and sister duo Cameron Chartres and Melanie Windsor, Cameron had worked his way around the world in kitchens...
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Sometimes you visit a country that you feel could be your second home. You feel a pull of the heart when you leave, intertwined with the knowledge that you will soon return. That’s how Kristal Smith feels about Mexico. Having spent a great deal of time there over the past 12-13 years, Kristal is fascinated...
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The Gold Coast boasts a plethora of cafés, popular not only for their coffee but also for their fabulous food and atmosphere. But when you’re travelling with kids, the choices diminish. Sometimes you feel the need to don combat gear to even venture outside the house, let alone go dining! We set out to find...
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Named after the ancient title of Japan, Zipang, Chef Atsushi Mizushima’s cafe has a split personality. By day, it’s a tiny ‘dine in’ or quick ‘grab and go’ eatery where workers stop in to get lunch. By night it’s a romantic laneway restaurant guarded at two entrances by ancient warriors. We first dined at Zipang...
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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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It was a dream come true for Lauren Hogg, a dream she had carried since teenage. Growing up in Palm Beach, every day Lauren walked home from school past the Boatshed Restaurant. “One day I’ll have that restaurant,” she said to herself. And in August 2018 it was hers. The venue has gone through many...
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I have a personal affinity for gyoza. Perhaps it’s my love of the underdog, a sentimental identification with that misshapen parcel of ugliness that hides a hidden goodness. Or maybe it’s my sympathy for the traveller in all of us, for the stereotyped migrant who’s an individual in their own right. Whatever! There’s no hiding...
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Sometimes, you need to go a little out of the way to find beautiful things. That’s so with Pasture & Co. Sitting alongside organic co-op Ground Grocer, facing the entrance to Currumbin Valley’s Eco Village, the café is situated on the newly-named precinct, Ground at Currumbin. With a new tenant comes new life. Dani Riley,...
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Settled by Europeans in the 1840s, Currumbin Valley, with its rich, fertile soil has long been associated with food production. Its original use for logging and grazing was soon joined by the establishment of banana plantations, sugar crops and dairy farms. When the Nerang to Tweed railway line was opened in 1903 with a station...
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“Organics is one of Australia’s top 5 growth industries, becoming mainstream,” says the Australian Organic Market Report. “Supermarkets are fast embracing organics, with growth propelled by the average Australian,” the report adds. There are lots of reasons to increase the amount of organic food we consume, including eating more nutrients and taking far less chemicals...