Paradox Coffee Roasters

Gold Coast coffee shop throws support behind Guatemala Volcano survivors

For the month of July, a local Gold Coast coffee shop is donating 100% of profits from the sale of their Single Origin Guatemalan Renacimiento coffee to support the survivors of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption.

The Fuego volcano erupted on June 3 and is the most violent eruption to hit Guatemala in four decades, affecting 1.7 million people in central Guatemala.

So far, the eruption has claimed the lives of 116 people and blanketed thousands of coffee crops in the region in ash and soot.

Because coffee accounts for 40% of agricultural exports in Guatemala, Paradox Coffee Roasters in Surfers Paradise is vowing to donate 100% of profits from the sale of their Single Origin Guatemalan Renacimiento coffee to provide food, water, and support to the local community as they help the survivors recover and rebuild.

“We believe in supporting and caring for the communities where we source our coffee” General Manager of Paradox Coffee Roasters Darren Langen said.

“We’re grateful for the support of our Gold Coast community and together we can help those who have been affected by the Fuego volcano eruption”.

Paradox Coffee Roasters Shop

PHOTO: Supplied by Paradox Coffee Roasters

Mr Langen said the Single Origin Guatemalan Renacimiento coffee is also unique as it is sourced by the Guatemala Renacimiento cooperative which is run exclusively by 68 women.

“We’re inspired by what the women of the Guatemalan cooperative have achieved, and we are proud to source our coffee from this cooperative,” he said.

The Single Origin Guatemalan coffee has a fragrant cherry and toffee aroma with tastes of sweet chocolate, a raspberry acidity and creamy mouth feel.

Arnott's Cakes Range

Our favourite Arnott’s Bikkies have been transformed into cakes!

THIS IS WHAT SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF.

If you needed a reason to treat yourself today (pfft, do we ever really need an excuse?) here’s a real good one…

Arnott’s has just revealed the mouth-watering news that they’ve turned some of Australia’s most iconic biscuits into cakes!

Think Iced VoVo, Mint Slice and Monte Carlo… DROOL! The trio are among a new range of mini cakes that are available exclusively at Coles from today.

“We are often asked why we don’t bake cakes, so we dug into our flavour archives for inspiration from some of our most loved and iconic brands,” Arnott’s Brand Manager Ally Doubé said.

“We mixed these together with our passion for baking to create a range of mini cakes for every occasion!”

Doubé said the new range of cakes are inspired by their classic biscuits, leveraging similar flavour profiles, and in some instances, the same ingredients.

“You can rest assured you will recognise the gooey caramel from your Caramel Crowns biscuit or the peppermint cream from your Mint Slice biscuit!” she said.

Here’s a more in-depth description of each cake for you to drool over:

Iced VoVo
A vanilla sponge, topped with pale pink fondant, centred with sweet red raspberry filling and delicately sprinkled with desiccated coconut.

Arnott's Cakes Iced VoVo

Iced VoVo | PHOTO: Supplied by Arnott’s

Mint Slice
A rich dark chocolate cake, filled with a mint crème (made with the mint oil from Mint Slice!). The Mini Cake is soft to bite into, with a strong mint taste waiting to be discovered in the centre.

Arnott's Cakes Mint Slice

Mint Slice | PHOTO: Supplied by Arnott’s

Caramel Crowns Brownies
A brownie base filled with a gooey caramel and finished with a milk choc layer! The caramel is soft with a sticky consistency – deliciously gooey after 5 seconds in the microwave!

Arnott's Cakes Caramel Crown Brownies

Caramel Crowns Brownies | PHOTO: Supplied by Arnott’s

Monte Carlo
A honey-coloured mini cake, made with golden syrup and coconut, with a vibrant raspberry jam swirl throughout the cake. At the heart of the Monte Carlo is a light and fully vanilla crème filling, which will fill the room with a sweet baked vanilla cake aroma, and hints of golden syrup, raspberry, coconut and vanilla.

Arnott's Cakes Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo | PHOTO: Supplied by Arnott’s

BRB, just heading down to the supermarket for a minute….

Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

The tastiest breakfasts on the Gold Coast

You can’t go past a good breakfast, coupled with the perfect brew you’ve got the ideal combo to kick start the day ahead. So, whether you’re a bacon & eggs lover, or an acai bowl aficionado, here’s my top brekkie picks.

Third Base Coffee

Sitting pretty on Philippine Parade in Palm Beach, Third Base Coffee offers an all-day menu with options galore. Serving up a Brekkie Bruschetta to satisfy the toughest critic and for peeps that like to try a bit of everything – The Base Platter! Can’t be stuffed leaving the house? Order yourself brekkie in bed and have it delivered via Uber Eats.

Third Base Bruschetta

PHOTO: By Melissa Pinn

gOJI Granola Bar & Café

Tucked away in Clear Island Waters, gOJI Granola Bar & Cafe is one for the bucket list. Locals swear by Goji’s crunchy homemade vegan granola – and their coco soft (coconut soft serve) is the perfect vegan, gluten & dairy-free addition. Get creative and Build Your Own breakfast bowl – for something so colourful, it looks like it was blurted from a unicorn’s rear end!

gOJI Granola Bar & Café

PHOTO: By Melissa Pinn

Pasture & Co

Nestled amongst giant fig trees in Currumbin Valley, you’ll find the aptly named Pasture & Co. Open Wednesday to Sunday, this super relaxed café offers an all-inclusive menu with allergy-friendly selections. Surprise someone special and reserve a pre-packed picnic box to devour under the trees, or dine in and savour the fluffiest pancake stack you’ll ever encounter.

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Known to be frequented by top-notch celebs including Margot Robbie, Mermaid’s iconic Bake House – Bam Bam, serves up some finger-lickin’ good breakfasts. Wrap your laughing gear around Bam Bam’s signature Benny, B&E Roll with shoestring fries or get yo’ Asian on with Egg Nasi. But leave room for one of Bam Bam’s Choux Bomb’s… they’re seriously da’ bomb!

Bam Bam Bakehouse Burger

PHOTO: By Melissa Pinn

Forty Two 20 Beach Café & Restaurant

The true representation of postcode pride, Forty Two 20 in the old Arcade overlooks Burleigh’s famous white sands. For the ultimate taste sensation, hit up their home-made corn fritter stack decorated with avocado, or do yourself a favour and order the signature Forty Two 20, one mouthful of their crunchy hash browns and you’ll be hooked.

Alfreds Diner

Burritos and breakfast go hand in hand, and if you’re a lover of this Mexican inspired menu item, Alfred’s Diner in Mermaid has you sorted. Serving up salacious breakfasts from a modest nook in the wall, Alfred’s is the perfect cure for that seedy Sunday hangover.

Alfreds Wrap

PHOTO: By Melissa Pinn

Editor’s Note: This article is for general information and entertainment, and is the expressed opinion of the author and not a paid advertisement. Be sure to check current addresses, opening hours and contact information directly with the venue/service in advance of any booking/purchase.

chocolate spread

DROOL! Lindt Chocolate’s Hazelnut Spread is now available in Australia

Some drool-worthy news for chocolate lovers today, with the revelation Lindt Chocolate’s Hazelnut spread is now available in Australia.

The Swiss chocolate company confirmed the mouthwatering news in a post on Facebook, writing: “Attention hazelnut lovers, the answer to your question is YES!”

“The Lindt Hazelnut Spread is available in Australia in our Lindt Chocolate Cafes and Shops. Run, don’t walk to your nearest store.”

The spread seems to be a hit down under already, with the announcement post receiving hundreds of likes and comments.

What do you reckon? Will Lindt’s new hazelnut spread be able to give Nutella a run for its money?

Sanctuary Cove Winter Wine Dinner

Indulgent Winemakers Dinner on the menu at Sanctuary Cove’s Winter Wine Festival

Gold Coasters will be able to taste exclusive latest release wines from some of Australia and New Zealand’s most celebrated wine regions at the upcoming Sanctuary Cove Winter Wine Festival.

The Grange at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is set to host an elaborate dining experience on Friday July 27, giving local wine lovers the chance to enjoy an indulgent evening of food and fine wines.

Renowned winemakers from distinguished wineries including Tom Northcott, winemaker from Howard Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills and Charles Smedley, owner and winemaker at Mandala in the Yarra Valley will be in attendance to share their stories, insights and vintage conditions behind the wines.

Guests will have the unique opportunity to enjoy six wines from six different wineries on the night with each wine paired to a dish expertly prepared by The Grange Executive Chef Matt Hart.

Chef Hart, who is known for his simple yet bold food philosophy, will inspire and delight diners with the decadent menu crafted especially for the event, ensuring diners are delighted by a fusion of flavours and the simple pleasure of perfectly matched food and wine combinations.

The gastronomic adventure will commence with a glass of NV Pierre Gimonnet Blanc de Blanc champagne paired with Moreton Bay bug terrine with burnt pineapple, lemon pepper pearl, roasted chilli and lime.

Before the next course is served Lawson’s Dry Hills winemaker Marcus Wright will take the stage to introduce the innovation and experience behind the Lawson’s Dry Hills winery based in Marlborough, New Zealand. Serving the 2017 Lawson’s Dry Hills ‘Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc, Mr Wright will explain the complexities of this intense wine made with fruit sourced from the winery’s Waihopai Valley, Awatere Valley and Wairau Valley vineyards. The citrus aromas of this vintage will pair perfectly with the second course, Spiced Barramundi with pickled beetroot, apple gel, sea vegetables, fennel pollen, puffed rice and squid ink tuille.

Howard Vineyard winemaker, Tom Northcott will next share the details of the Howard Vineyard’s finest release, the 2016 Howard Vineyard Amos Chardonnay. Hailing from the cool Adelaide Hills, this vintage contains fruit collected from a single vineyard located 450 metres above sea. The delicate floral notes and crisp natural acidity will provide a perfect match for the third course of the evening, Jamon Wrapped Quail with smoked potato and truffle and a red vein sorell.

Sanctuary Cove Winter Wine Dinner

PHOTO: Supplied by Sanctuary Cove

The fourth course will be paired with the new 2017 Mandala Yarra Valley Pinot Noir with winemaker Charles Smedley in attendance to explain the wine’s complexities.This feminine, fragrant and layered wine will pair well with the fourth course, 24 hour braised beef ribs, served with saffron potato, charred eschallots, onion soubise and fried lotus root.

As the dishes sway from savoury to sweet, St Hallett winemaker Stuart Blackwell will be on hand to present the St Hallett Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. Robust, vibrant and typical of the Barossa Valley profile, this drop is a perfect match for the next course, hand crafted Woombye cheese with muscatel, quince paste and pumpkin seed lavish.

The final tasting of the evening will see guests enjoy Smidge ‘Blend 1’ an 18 year-old Rutherglen Grand Muscat, a careful blend of Muscat aged between 11 and 19 years. The perfect way to end a fabulous night, winemaker Matt Wenk will talk diners through the process which results in the Grand Muscat’s depth of flavour and vitality. This tasting will be served with Salted Chocolate Delice with coffee mousse, smoked hazelnut praline and freeze dried raspberry toffee.

The Winemaker’s Dinner will kick off a weekend of wine appreciation events in conjunction with the Winter Wine Festival held at Sanctuary Cove from Saturday, July 28 to Sunday, July 29.

For more information and to book tickets, visit sanctuarycove.com/winterwine/