The Orange Harvest


Years of throwing the remnants of our Primary School lunchboxes into the bush, before mum could find out we didn’t eat our fruit, has finally paid off! Today I decided to head out beyond the walkway, along the dog made path and further into the scrub to harvest what we thought were oranges.  This tree has been here for years now but I am unsure if any one has ever ventured out to it. It turns out they are orange shaped with mandarin skin and taste like lemons. No idea. Now I’m suffering from a serious case of the creepy crawlies but it was all worth it, I guess.

Caffeinated Gold Coast: Department of Coffee

Department of Coffee Palm Beach Gold Coast. Photo by Goldtoast Supper ClubBeef Burger at Department of Coffee Palm Beach Gold Coast. Photo by Goldtoast Supper Club

I like Department of Coffee. The owners & staff are lovely, the coffee is reliable and the food is affordable and fast. Elements of their decor are outstanding, nothing more than the copper drinking water feature. Then there’s the drink menu, floating behind the barista on an extrodinary pully-system and the splash of colour on the table tops that continues with the block-colour coffee cups. I really do like DOC.
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Caffeinated Gold Coast: Paddock Bakery


When I heard rumours about Paddock before it opened and let me tell you I was more than excited. As was most of the Coast. My visit tally is now well into double digits and still every visit it feels like the first, the gardens are always changing, the menu always developing and the coffee always beautiful. There is something special about seeing the baby eggplants growing beneath the archway. Or smelling the fragrance of burning wood coming from the kitchen. Or being served with a smile.

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What are you doing for the Fourth of July? Why not join us for a Clam Bake!

What comes to mind when you think about Independence Day? For me it’s a clam bake! Living in a world saturated with American films and tv shows, this American beach-side tradition is front and center of Independence Day celebrations in my mind. A New England Clam Bake is a social gathering outdoors, especially for eating clams and other seafood and a cooking technique.
New England  is a region in the northeastern corner of the United States consisting of the six states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
This event will take place on the beach; with shelter & heaters and hot food to keep us warm & steamy! The evening will give you some great company, a complementary cocktail on arrival and a three course meal centered around the seafood main cooked on the beach!

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A little day trip to Mavis’s Kitchen

Photo by Kitanobo Photography. Locations at Mavis's Kitchen, Mt Warning. Wedding Cake by Goldtoast Supper Club, Gold Coast. Photo by Kitanobo Photography at Mavis's Kitchen Wedding Cake by Goldtoast Supper Club Gold Coast

One year ago today, my friends Shannon and Lizzy got married. I made their wedding cake. The ceremony was on the property at Mavis’s Kitchen with Mt Warning perfectly placed behind their stunning set-up. Weddings don’t interest me and I am not easily impressed so when I say this wedding was stunning you can just take that as truth. The reception was held in the Queenslander that is, Mavis’s Kitchen. Wedding photos by Kitanobo Photography.

When Lizzy suggested a day trip to Mavis’s Kitchen as a birthday present I was super excited to be able to explore a little more.

Goldtoast Coffee Mavis's Kitchen 64 Mt Warning Road Uki

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Join us for a New York Brunch

new york brunch

“Mid-town screams classic “New York, New York”. The borough is home to the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building, proud embodiments of the American dream for so many new arrivals.”

No brunch is complete without a glass of champagne or a cocktail. You’ll receive a complementary Big Apple cocktail on arrival, a boozy iced tea made with Red Delicious a tea blend from Sydney’s The Rabbit Hole – Organic Tea Bar.

Now let’s talk food. First things first, of course there will be bagels! Traditional kettle boiled bagels from The Bagel Boys, they are legit! We’ll be giving a brunch twist to few New York classics including the almighty Hot Dog and The Rueben Sandwich.

We’ll eat, drink coffee and listen to Lou Reed, THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN!

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