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Can you remember when the epitome of a great healthy lunch was a salad sandwich? It was made to order from the deli bar of corner stores, where stainless steel containers of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and beetroot sat waiting in readiness for the next order. Ham, chicken and cheese were optional. Beetroot was a given...
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With over 140 shops, Tweed City Shopping Centre services locals and visitors alike. Located only five minutes’ drive from the Coolangatta Airport, the centre also houses cafés, restaurants and a food court enabling shoppers to shop and dine without leaving the centre.  No matter what time of the day it is, there are great meals...
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Pho, considered to be the national dish of Vietnam, is one of our favourite meals. For what may seem to be a deceptively simple dish, pho has complex beef and herb flavours, completed at the table when the diner adds bean sprouts, Thai basil, a squeeze of lime and a dash of chilli. Whether you...
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To those who think that you need a prime location on the Gold Coast for your café to succeed, think again! Cubby Bake House has an ‘out of the box’ location in the Tweed Valley. To put it mildly, Chinderah is hardly the place for ‘walk by’ traffic. “The growth of Cubby Bakehouse has been...
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When Thao and Vien Nguyen took over Can Tho Kitchen from Thao’s mother in 2014, they transformed the Runaway Bay restaurant into a colourful eatery and bar. Its walls told the story of a family’s migration from Vietnam to Australia. Five years of success further on, the couple have opened a second, far more intimate...
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If you visit Quan 55 in search of a traditional Vietnamese restaurant, you might just be disappointed. Quan 55 is all that and more. Wynn Huynh, who owns Quan 55 with her husband Thanh Tram, is the first to tell us that she has never felt confined by expectations. So, you should expect the unexpected!...
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Hidden away behind a rather bland concrete-rendered façade, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar is the latest addition to the Gold Coast’s Asian street food scene. It’s the dark backstreets of Asia that co-owner Scott Imlach visits in his latest restaurant; those shady alleys with overhanging awnings and neon sign lit dodgy bars, with hawker food carts...
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“Good morning, Vietnam!” Jimmy Wah’s brings a huge smile to our face. Not only is it a sideways nod to the local GI bar in the 1987 movie Good Morning, Vietnam, but its combination of talented owners – Jake Cooley, highly regarded former head chef of Social Eating House + Bar and Shelly Greaves, former...
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Every so often we love to give you a list of places worth watching out for, just in case you missed our reviews. Here’s our latest: 8 More Hot Asian Eats. Whether it be a hot steamy night after a day at the beach or a blustery evening when the cold seeps into your bones,...
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“Memories framed on the wall last a lifetime in our hearts.” I’m really interested in the concept of others being ‘observers’ of our lives. Our close friends and family, who have known us for a long time, understand the hurdles we’ve vaulted or staggered over. They do not judge us at face value, but know...