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Pumpkin Scones from Ida’s Kitchen

Pumpkin scones, made famous by Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s wife Flo, were once synonymous with Queensland country baking. Now, they are undergoing a resurgence at the hands

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Coffee & Tea
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Elia Greek Island Taverna

It’s fitting that the Gold Coast’s newest Greek restaurant, overlooking the sparkling Broadwater from Marina Mirage, should be called ‘Elia’. “The ‘elia’ or olive tree

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Degustation
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Pipit Restaurant

There was a huge ripple in the Northern Rivers dining scene when Ben Devlin left Halcyon House’s acclaimed Paper Daisy to open his own restaurant

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Asian
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Nahm Kitchen & Bar

For us, what sets great Thai apart from good Thai food is both its freshness and its depth of flavour. Once you’ve experienced it, even

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Atmosphere
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La Diosa Mexicana

Mexican cuisine has long been a favourite of beachside dwellers, and La Diosa Mexicana gives us some of the best. Bowing down to the goddess

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Plastic-free July

Plastic-free July may have started as a small grassroots movement in Western Australia in 2011, however it has gained momentum to become a global phenomenon.

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A Taste of Chocolate

Sunday, 7 July, is World Chocolate Day, celebrating the introduction of cocoa to Europe by Spanish Explorer Don Hernan Cortes in 1550. Traced back to

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Eat Local

It makes good sense to eat local. Journalist and sustainable agriculture guru Michael Pollan’s advice is to: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants…Mostly what’s

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Bakery
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Ida’s Kitchen

It’s fair to say that the Gold Coast’s culinary talent is not evenly spread around its suburbs. So, it’s exciting when another little café creeps

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Atmosphere
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Kokum Restaurant

Kokum restaurant, located on the Broadwater end of the glittering Palazzo Versace, is as remarkable as its luxurious host hotel, although it’s for a different

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  • Mario's' 30th birthday. One of Gold Coast’s longest-standing restaurants, Mario’s Italian Restaurant, is turning 30 this month, marking the occasion with a huge family-style banquet on Thursday 29th August from 6pm at The Oasis. You’re invited to join in!
There will be long tables of twelve so diners can interact.
“It’s all about family and togetherness, while paying homage to family traditions,” says co-owner Marlon Pirie.
“The merrymaking begins with a hearty four-course Italian feast for $60 per person including pizza bread, a shared entrée platter, your choice of any main from the entire Mario’s menu and a delectable dessert selection.  We ask everyone to book and join us at our shared tables on Thursday 29th August!” said the Mario’s owners and management team.
Drink specials include Aperol Spritz, Italian wines and buckets of beer. Of course there will also be cake!
Here’s to another 30 great years, Mario’s! Call 07 5592 1899 to book.
  • There's nothing like handmade pasta, or seeing it made in front of you! We love the realness of Belvedere Stonemill in Burleigh who have the courage to do things the hard way. Fabio cooked for the Ferrari team. Federica is the pasta guru. Haven't been yet? You're missing out on #topitalianfood #burleighheads @belvedere_stone_mill Review on foodgoldcoast.com.au website.
  • Pla on the hill at Thai on the Hill, excellent company of family around the dinner table and a morning touring the new digs of @zarraffas_coffee with the extraordinary Kenton Campbell. Who could ask for more! #birthdaygirl #feelingspoiled #lovemyfamily❤️
  • Not just potatoes! We look back on our recent trip to Ireland and give you some great reasons why you should go there on a food journey. See the article on our website foodgoldcoast.com.au
  • Jack's Coffee Roasters lures us into spring sunshine with their clean fresh flavours. Bask in the sun's warmth, looking across water to Palazzo Versace as you enjoy a salmon and haloumi salad, pastrami Reuben bagel, cold-pressed juices or coffee with breakfast biscuit. It's a top spot to relax @jackscoffeeroasters @marinamirage #goldcoast
  • Red chicken curry $12 at Nahm Kitchen & Bar @theoasisbroadbeach - fresh, vibrant and just the right size for a lunch special, I feel warm from the inside out. Thai-riffic! @nahmkitchenandbar
  • Great coffee is one of the fundamentals of a successful cafe, but so are food and service. Using Allpress coffee and with Chef Rodney Anlezark (ex-Siguenos, Substance Espresso) in the kitchen, Espresso Moto's new menu is a cracker. Our favourites are Loaded Brekkie Quesadilla, Not Your Standard Melt - a posh Croque Monsieur, with roast potatoes and chimmichurri (yum!) and the most ramped up Avo Smash we've seen -You All Know Me AEP, where avo, edamame and peas are joined by beetroot hummus and chick pea bombs. These guys' menu is out of the park! @espressomoto
  • Thought for today... Eat well, my friends!
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