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Maccas has brought back its best burger ever

McDonalds, McDonalds, McDonalds… we love getting to bring good McDonalds news to you.

As of today, nay, 10.30am this morning, the EL MACO has RETURNED!!!

After YEARS and YEARS of petitions (seriously, there’s a Facebook page), Maccas has listened to our prayers, and brought back the Mexican-themed mouth waterer we’ve been begging for.

The El Maco is back!

It initially graced our tummies first in the early 2000s we think (it’s honestly been ages), and has since made sporadic and not-long-enough returns.

Back it’s back again NOW and come 10.31am, they’ll have likely sold out.

You can get it with beef or crispy or grilled chicken, with the legendary spicy (but not too spicy) taco sauce, paired with sour cream and you can throw in some CRISPY JALAPENOS for good measure.

For those 17/18 year olds that likely have no idea what we’re talking about because you weren’t even BORN yet during the El Maco era, get on down to a Maccas and change your life.

Hellenika Gold Coast

Hellenika farewells the Gold Coast after ten years

A popular restaurateur has fare-welled the Gold Coast, with the sale of Hellenika in Nobby Beach.

Simon Gloftis will now concentrate on his expansion in Brisbane, focusing on the new Helenika up there, and another restaurant on the way.

Helenika at Nobby Beach had it’s last day of operating on Sunday, before the official hand over to the owners of Burleigh’s Justin Lane.

Simon Gloftis told 1029 Hot Tomato’s Flan, Emily Jade and Christo it’s been a very emotional experience.

“It’s really flattering that so many people enjoyed Hellenika.

“The last 10 years have been like a dream for me – I couldn’t have asked for anything else.

“I love the Gold Coast but I opened up a Hellenika in Brisbane and I’m actually opening another restaurant there in a couple of weeks,” Mr Gloftis said.

What he was really worried about, was his beloved restaurant slipping through the cracks while he pursued other interests, and he didn’t want it to suffer.

“You know what happened – it’s been 10 years of Hellenika on the Coast and I could see there were cracks showing, when I wasn’t there shaking the hands and doing the little things that a restaurateur needs to do.

“And I thought you know what Hellenika doesn’t deserve for me to make it second best, and I just sort of went – you know what? It’s time.

“It’s really tough – as a restauranteur these days – I don’t know how people even make money – to split myself as well was hard, because I know some of the regulars who were in there were thinking ‘oh where is he today’… and I just don’t like that,” Mr Gloftis said.

While it’s been tough, Mr Gloftis says the Gold Coast has been the best experience for him, and looks forward to what’s ahead.

“It was an amazing 10 years, no one’s more upset than my mother.

“I’ve sold a few restaurants over time and cafés, but this one has been really hard,” Mr Gloftis said.

The venue now belongs to the same owners of Justin Lane, who plan to reopen the restaurant as ‘Loki’ as soon as this weekend.

It’s understood the head chef Justin Pries will remain – and continue to make incredible Mediterranean dishes for diners.

Simon Gloftis wishes them all the best, and says there was no one better to take over.

“The guys are tried and true operators.

“They’re changing the name – they’ve called it ‘Loki’, they’re the owners of Justin Lane and they know how to run a business and I wish them all the very best,” Mr Gloftis said.


Darrell Lea dedicates new choccie block to the sunny Gold Coast

Gold Coasters, we’ve finally made it.

We have our very own chocolate block, and it’s not just any ordinary chocolate block, it’s the one and only Darrell Lea.

It may have been a long time coming, but all good things are worth waiting for right?! And judging by the ingredients in this mouth-watering concoction, we are in for a real sweet treat!

“Discover a new kind of chocolate block with Darrell Lea’s Gold Coast Road Trip,” the chocolate-maker said.

“Jump in the van and Journey to the land of pineapples, coconut and honeycomb.

“It’s the tropical getaway you’ve been waiting for.”

If you’re a local, someone who just really loves the Gold Coast, OR you just really like the sound of this new flavour, visit your local Woolworths store to get your hands on a block, or two, now!

PHOTO: Darrell Lea


Popular cheeses recalled across the country over E.coli fears

An urgent recall has been issued for a number of cheeses over fears they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alerted people to the recall of the 200g Udder Delights White Mould cheeses in a notice on Friday.

“The recall is due to Potential microbial (E.coli) contamination,” the recall notice reads.

“Food products contaminated with E.coli may cause illness if consumed.”


The affected products have been available for sale at Coles and independent retail stores in QLD, VIC, WA and SA, Coles, Woolworths and independent retail stores in NSW, and independent retail stores in SA and TAS.

We’re being urged to chuck out any of the cheeses with best before dates between the 29th of January and 5th of February 20-20.

“Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund,” the ACCC said.

Udder Delights is conducting a recall of: 

Cremeux Brie

Cremeux Camembert

Cremeux Double Brie

Divine Dairy Organic Brie

Divine Dairy Organic Double Cream Brie

Shale Point Double Cream Camembert

Eureka Camembert

Udder Delights Ash Brie

Udder Delights Double Cream Brie

Udder Delights Camembert

Udder Delights Brie

Garlic Bread

Qld man beats thousands of applicants for Australia’s TASTIEST job

A Queenslander has been given the world’s BEST job (according to us), and you’re going to be so jealous when you hear it.

21-year-old Zach Gracie – a mathematics student from Brisbane – has just started spending his 9-5 taste testing GARLIC BREAD.

You read it right, Domino’s has appointed a Chief Garlic Bread Taste Tester and WHY-OH-WHY wasn’t it me!?

Apparently Zach presented some really ‘outside the box’ ideas in his video application, from Macaroni Garlic Bread to Triple Choc Brownie Garlic Bread, which gave him the lead on over 7,500 applicants.

When asked how he did it, he told 1029 Hot Tomato’s Flan, Emily Jade and Christo that he’s just really into it.

“It’s just that I’ve had more experience than the average person.

“I’ve looked into a bit more stuff that the average – I like to think about it more than the average Joe,” he said.

And he’s PROMISED to deliver that expert knowledge to the rest of the country.

“It’s not a responsibly I take lightly, and I won’t let Australia down!”

Domino’s Culinary and Innovation Chef Michael Treacy said it was a difficult selection process.

“I’ll be honest – with so many amazing applicants it was tough to choose just one.

“But Zach demonstrated an incredible knowledge of garlic bread that far exceeds that of your average garlic bread consumer.

“He was familiar with garlic breads even I didn’t know existed… truly broadening our horizons and offering immense value to the business.

“We look forward to welcoming him to Domino’s Head Office and getting his valuable feedback on one of our most iconic menu items,” Mr Treacy said.