Pearls from the Sea: Cabukee’s Semolina dusted Calamari recipe

There are few suburbs on the Gold Coast specifically built to encourage a sense of community well-being, however Emerald Lakes is one of them. Oozing the charm of a modern European-inspired village, its centre is surrounded by a village, an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, along with 13 kilometres of walking and bike tracks around […]

Arlo’s Mussels

Owned and operated by Chef Paul Ramunno and his wife Jo-Anne, Arlo’s Pizzeria is named after their first son. Although it’s street-side dining, given the quality of their food it’s hardly surprising that Arlo’s won the AGFG Readers’ Choice 2019 award for Best Pizza on the Gold Coast! Paul’s Italian background and his 17 years […]

Fish on the Quarterdeck

With waterfront dining at a premium on the Gold Coast, it’s surprising that Quarterdeck Kitchen & Bar is still a secret haven, frequented by locals, boaties, football stars and millionaires. New owner Kieran Hogue and his wife have undertaken some smart renovations, including a stainless-steel bar and new tables, decking out the venue like a […]

Watermelon and Prawn salad with Thai dressing

The warmer weather of summertime calls for fresh, bright dishes. Moving away from winter’s comfort food, we long to stay hydrated, to feel energised though lighter eating.. It’s not uncommon to see fruit in salads, particularly peaches and nectarines. This year, watermelons have been luscious, so I developed this recipe with inspiration from two sources: […]

A taste of Italy on the Gold Coast

Hailing from Cesena in Northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Andrea and Simona Riva, owners of the newly-opened Osteria Del Mare, come from a region of Italy that produces the best parmesan, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto in the world. They cook fine Northern Italian food in their restaurant overlooking Burleigh’s foreshore, food that is lighter than that […]