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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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Sri Lankan food is little known on the Gold Coast. But that won’t be the case for long if Rusiru Wijesundara has anything to do with it. Early in 2021, Ru opened the Gold Coast’s only Sri Lankan restaurant, Gara Yaka in Nerang. Cornered between the M1’s Exit 71 and Broadbeach-Nerang Road, Gara Yaka is...
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We don’t always have to travel to learn about world food. It’s also right here in our own backyard. With diners chasing fast, healthy ‘wholefood’ meals, breakfast is the new ‘meet up’, so why not inject a little adventure into the mix. Here are some of our favourite breakfasts which have more than a twist...
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A couple of years ago, there was a little tranquil haven overlooking the lake at Royal Pines, a cute bakery and espresso bar named after its owner, Helena Jaffar. But times change. Despite its merit, Helena’s Espresso was subsumed by redevelopment. Now, eighteen months later, Helena has found a new site for her café in...
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Welcome to another of our ‘Go To’ cheap and cheerful dining posts. Whether it be a hot steamy night after a day at the beach or a blustery evening when the cold seeps into your bones, there’s nothing like an cheap night out, a ‘slurp your way to goodness’ heaven with a hot Asian eat....
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The Gold Coast offers a wide variety of markets that are guaranteed to please. Gold Coast markets offer residents the chance to purchase food directly from farmers and producers, to experience our growing arts culture, and to spend social time with family and friends. “Besides produce, farmers’ and producers’ markets allow families to buy from...
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You never know what you’ll come across when you get away from the big smoke. Everyone is pretty familiar with the talent showing up on the coastal strip, particularly on the south end, but head out into the ‘burbs towards the highway, and even beyond, and there’s some damned great eating to be had. We’d...
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Cute as a button, Le Vintage Boutique Cafe transforms a rather ordinary corner store into a chic little boutique hybrid business. Whether you want to pick up staple food items such as bread and milk, coffee or the morning’s paper, or stop for a meal with friends, if you live on the western side of...
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“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” “Let them eat cake!” You have to say this with a stuffy French-accented plum in your mouth, your nose firmly implanted in the clouds and a dismissive wave of your hand to get the right effect. Of course you’re impersonating Marie Antoinette, hinted at by Rousseau in his Confessions. ‘The...