Caffeinated Gold Coast: Organics at HOME

Organics at HOME is a newbie to Palm Beach & Good Food Gold Coast’s review is right on the money. The coffee is very mild, I always get an extra shot and it’s delicious. They serve up great fresh food, you can’t go wrong. My favourite is the Eggs on Toast, which sounds like a dull choice but is full of flavour with their HOMEmade tomato sauce and a herb oil that I can only describe as magic! Avo on Toast. Continue reading


Greek is my ultimate favourite food so I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get to Hellenika! My brother Ty and I have very close birthdays so this year we combine for a family dinner and order the banquet. So much food delicious.

First up is the dips. Now let me tell you Greek dips are the best dips. We are served up taramosalata, tzatziki &  feta ke piperies, all the best ones. I’d be happy with just the dips, but of course there is so so much more to be had.

Round two is pretty darn good. The saganaki is deliciously salty sheep cheese, the kalamari served shredded and chargrilled and the pork belly is exactly how you expect, tender.

I somehow missed the fact a whole fish would be appearing at our table. The “daily local fresh fish” is snapper, and the waitress, with a lot of skill, humorously dissects the snapper and removed the skeleton for us.  My sister who is not a fish lover goes back for seconds and attempts for thirds but we all enjoying it as she was.

Now for arni sto fourno, the slow baked junee lamb shoulder and stifado, the 6hr beef cheeks & onion stew. I have honestly never eaten so much meat in one meal; calamari, pork, fish, lamb and beef.

It’s all over!

Oh no it isn’t!

The meal ends with little greek sweets, fresh watermelon, dried figs and coffee.
Now to stumble home and go to sleep, holy moly.

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Caffeinated Gold Coast: Alfred’s Diner

After a huge op shopping day with Sally, our last stop is to try out Alfred’s Diner that opened over the weekend. We are in heaven. Who would have thought a shipping container could make such a striking backyard feature. Sally chats coffee, while i study the menu and finally after what seemed like half and hour I chose the Falafel Burrito. Now that was a delicious choice, and easily the best coffee I’ve had in a while. We sit down and admire the atmosphere, herbs & cacti scattered. A perfect ending to a pretty great day!


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Caffeinated Gold Coast: Wray’s Organic

Today Jess and I woke up starving. We get all prepared to go out for breakfast and then realise we don’t have a car. We really do rule. Luckily Wray’s Organic Cafe is walking distance, we rush down there and leap into the airconditioned glory. I order the cutest croissant I’ve ever seen and coffee with an extra shot on the advice of Sally, coffee connoisseur and Wray’s regular.

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Breakfast in Toowoomba

I’ve been up since 5am. 5am is stupid and 6am has a bad attitude. We’re on our way to Dalby for the weekend and stop off for breakfast with a friend in Toowoomba. She recommends The Engine Room Cafe and it appears she is an ultimate regular. It appears to be a teeny place, we order and move out to the side to a great room filled with tables and people. Still feeling weird from the early morning wake up, I ordered a simple Eggs & Bacon and was surprised by the gorgeous little brioche bun and watercress.  A truly delicious moment in quite a long car ride.

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Review: Aura Broadbeach

A few weeks ago, Bree was lucky enough to win tapas for 50 of her friends at Aura Broadbeach through the wonderful Crave Gold Coast. Upon receipt of her winning invitation, she was also presented with a tantalizing tasting menu of the nibbles including Honey Prawns, Kakuni Pork Belly & Panko Brie Cheese, all she had to do was pick a date. 

The date was set for last Thursday, 27th December at 7.30pm and although she couldn’t get 50 people to agree to come due the holiday season, she did have a fantastic group of 25 excited foodie friends and family champing at the bit to sample some of Aura’s promised delectable delights and all they had to pay for was the drinks!! 

Unfortunately, it soon came to light that Aura was a lot better in theory than practice. The venue it’s self is very modern and visually appealing, funky decor and live music. Upon arrival, it became evident that they had expected the guests to crowd around four tables, with eight chairs. Their cocktail menu, while delicious left a lot to be desired, they include a Cuba Libre (rum and coke) on their $17 cocktail list. Instead of taking advantage of the 25 eager foodies sitting waiting to sample food to brag to their friends about, Aura had chosen to serve all of their paying guests first, this unfortunately meant well dressed waiters and plates whirling through the group crowded close up against the bar and kitchen. At approximately 8.45 pm, the first course of burned garlic bread was served, enough for one piece each, this was quickly brushed off as a false start and the party continued waiting patiently. Seeing the spectacular display of tapas being taken to other Aura’s patrons made it all the more insulting when Bree’s party was presented with a platter of deep fried frozen “entertainment pack” style party food, complete with money bags and samosas, food that doesn’t even feature on their menu at 9.15 pm. This course was followed by a bowl of wedges with sour cream and sweet chili sauce from the sides menu, this time not even enough for one each. 

A discussion with the head waiter revealed that he was unaware of the original menu promised to Bree, but assured her the promised food was going to make an appearance. 
The next course received was another “entertainment pack” selection. Followed by a batch of approximately 15 chicken skewers and the same of a very small and watery pork San Chow Bow. This was the last course received. 

After having words with the owner of Aura, all that he was prepared to offer as consolation was a dinner for two. Of the 50 people, that were promised dinner, all he could actually offer was food for two. It couldn’t have happened to a worse group of people, twenty-five foodies sitting in a new tapas bar, waiting to sample the fine selection of food. Twenty-five people who would without a doubt visit again with other friends, who would in turn bring more guests and recommend to all who would listen. An overall disappointing experience for what could have been a promotional success for both Aura and Bree’s guests.



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