St. Helen's

American fare on the menu at new Kirra eatery

A restaurant in Kirra is set to serve up American fare with a twist, when it re-opens to the public this weekend.

Saint Helens Bar + Kitchen, located under the Kirra Beach Resort, will unveil its fresh menu and digs from Thursday.

Owner and Head Chef, Jess Hayes, who hails from Seattle in the United States, said locals can expect to feast on innovative share-foods with beers on tap and exciting cocktails.

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PHOTO: Supplied by Saint Helens Bar + Kitchen

“I’ve taken some of our favourite American dishes and injected them with a fresh and flavourful twist,” she said

“So often, the American foods I grew up with were very one dimensional – typically sickly sweet or overtly greasy. However, I’ve always enjoyed balancing flavours with garden-fresh herbs, pops
of spice and a good dose of acidity”.

St. Helen's Food

PHOTO: Supplied by Saint Helens Bar + Kitchen

Saint Helens Bar + Kitchen menu highlights include: Sugar cured Rainbow Trout served with coleslaw, potatoes and dill pickle tartare; Slow roasted pork shoulder with Saint Helens’ seasoning, polenta and peach chutney; Grilled flank steak, honey and soy marinated served with potatoes and greens.

There’s also plenty of moreish vegan dishes on offer, including Saint Helens signature KFC Cauliflower (aka Kirra Fried Cauliflower) and the “pulled pork” jackfruit sliders with bourbon
BBQ and coleslaw.

After a two-week soft opening in December 2018, Jess and her husband Brendan Hayes closed the restaurant to fine-tune its menu and interior décor receiving some guest feedback.

“It had to be right”, says Jess. “Now that we’ve perfected our offering, we’re thrilled to officially unveil Saint Helens Bar + Kitchen to the Gold Coast from Thursday 21st February.”

McDonalds Spicy McNuggets

OH BOY! McDonald’s has added a new item to its spicy chicken range

The people asked and McDonald’s has answered!

The popular fast food chain has announced it will be bringing back the much-loved spicy McNuggets after receiving a massive amount of feedback from consumers who were a little upset the tasty item had been ditched from the menu last year.

For massive fans of the spicy chicken range, McDonald’s has confirmed it will offer even more — a spicy double McChicken.

It says the burger contains two chicken patties with a bold mix of spices, topped with shredded lettuce and spicy mayonnaise on a toasty bun.

Both items will only be on the menu for a limited time… so excuse us while we go to Maccas immediately.

Asian street food precinct to officially open in Surfers this weekend

Asian restaurant and street food precinct CHOP CHOP Surfers Paradise has announced it will be celebrating it’s official launch this Sunday with a special event called Adventures Through Asia.

The precinct will come alive from noon until 8pm with dining enthusiasts invited to experience the food, drink and Asian street theatre.

With the launch coinciding with Chinese New Year, there will also be traditional fan dancers, contortionists, magicians and daring stilt dragon performers too.

Visitors are encouraged to join in the celebrations and make the most of the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sights, smells and array of oriental dining options the precinct provides, while sampling delights from China, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, India, and more.

A delicious four-course sampler degustation option, The Adventures Through Asia Dining Experience, will be available for the opening night celebrations, enabling diners to sample unique cuisines matched with micro-cocktails crafted by the precinct’s very own Asian-fusion bar Bangla Road, for the set price of $35.

With an illustrated map in hand, diners on The Adventures Through Asia Dining Experience will be guided on a foodie adventure, as they stroll the hawker-style food lanes on route to their next taste sensation, sampling a total of four dishes expertly matched with cocktails from Bangla Road or non-alcoholic options from Fruit Bang and Sharetea.

The option to dine a la carte will also be available with the best of Asian cuisine in the one location allowing foodies to pick and choose as they please before retiring to the communal dining area surrounded by Oriental-inspired decorations, colourful murals and authentic statues to enjoy their feast.

A total of 14 tenants are currently operating in the precinct including Ace Thai, Bali in Paradise, Dumpling Mama, Fragrance of India, Fruit Bang, and Hot Cake House along with Korean Kitchen, Ramen Danbo, Rice vs Noodle, Sharetea, Sky Yum Cha, Sushi Ave, and Yum Cha Noodle Haus. Diners will also have the opportunity to sample the tasty delights from the precinct’s newest tenant, street food sensation, Little Elephant.

CHOP CHOP is located at Cavill Lane, 3113 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, with dual street access via Orchid Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard.


Attention Cadbury lovers – family blocks are shrinking

The sky may as well be falling, family sized blocks of Cadbury chocolate are shrinking in size!

Cadbury Australia has today announced they’ll be reducing the size of the family blocks to avoid raising the recommended retail price.

The chocolate gods may as well have announced another prize rise… which is equally as depressing as a smaller sized block, but here we are.

In an effort to deliver Australia’s favourite chocolate at the best possible price, they’ll shrink the blocks and slightly lower their recommended retail price.

It’s not clear that the saving will be worth the lack of chocolate, though given cost increases over the past few years, it probably won’t.

The chocolatiers have promised us that the recipe and ingredients won’t be changing, so that we can continue to enjoy the “smooth, creamy taste”, just… not as much of it.

“We know some will be disappointed by this change, but we want to keep offering you the best value and best tasting chocolate we can,” Cadbury Australia’s announcement said.

So buy up all the decent sized family blocks you can get your hands on, we won’t see them again.

FINALLY! Vegemite is going gluten-free

Some good news for Australians with Coeliac disease, with an Aussie favourite finally getting a gluten-free makeover.

Vegemite has confirmed it has come up with a gluten-free option after two years of product development.

It will start hitting shelves across the country this week.

With up to a quarter of Australians avoiding gluten in their diets, the company behind the Australian icon said it was left with no choice but to develop a gluten-free version after receiving thousands of request.

The company has promised it has the same great taste we all know and love.