Truffle Month at Cucina Vivo The Star Gold Coast

Truffles on the menu this month at The Star

It’s set to be a truffle lover’s dream at The Star Gold Coast this month.

Throughout July, The Star’s dining destinations will be highlighting the exquisite, culinary gem in a range of signature dishes.

Executive Chef of  The Star Gold Coast’s Kiyomi, Chase Kojima said the allure of the truffle is very real in the culinary world, and they are often touted as the ‘black diamonds of the earth’.

“Our highly skilled and acclaimed team of Executive Chefs at The Star have honoured this intensely fragrant and delicious ingredient by crafting divine dishes, from entrees through to desserts, to feature across our signature dining venues,” he said.

“We have sourced the finest product from Australian truffle forests famed for producing some of the most revered black truffles, including Manjimup, Western Australia and Braidwood and Harold’s Cross in New South Wales.”

The truffle is one of most expensive natural foods in the world, as it is unable to be farmed, raised in a greenhouse, or made in a laboratory. The deeply pungent wild fungus is a pure product of Mother Nature’s magic and has an undisputed hold over chefs worldwide.

Here are some of the truffle dishes you can enjoy at The Star Gold Coast throughout July:

Savour the truffle charm with famed Executive Chef Chase Kojima’s decadent small eats featuring fresh black truffle slices at award-winning Kiyomi. Specially designed dishes include Pacific Oyster, Tosazu and Chive at $10 each; Chase Toro Toro Sushi of Toro Tartar, Blue Fin Toro, Tasmania Uni at $25 each and Kagoshima Wagyu MBS 12+ Nigiri and Tosazu at $22 each. Or truly relish in all the delicacy’s earthy magic with lush mains featuring fresh black truffles including Wagyu 9 +Toban, Asian Mushrooms, Daikon, Asparagus, Yakiniku Sauce for $80; Tooth Fish Toban, Asian Mushrooms, Baby Corn for $70; or Whole Flounder, Brussel Sprout, Capers, Lemon, Dashi Butter at $65.

Truffle Month at Kiyomi, The Star Gold Coast

Truffle Month at Kiyomi | PHOTO: Supplied by The Star Gold Coast

Cucina Vivo
Truffle inspired dishes will be matched with specialty cocktails and exquisite wines at Cucina Vivo for the ‘Alla Tartufo’ four course set menu. Serving four stunning dishes featuring tartufo, or the white truffle, the set menu includes Fontina and Truffle Arancini with a Black Crumb garnished with Crisp Kale dressed in Truffle Honey, Tartufo and stracciatella (truffle and buffalo curd) agnolotti served with fresh shaved truffle, Filetto alla tartufo (Stanbroke beef fillet poached in Black Truffle Sauce Perigord with Sicillian potato gratin) and the ultimate indulgent finish, a hazelnut mousse with truffle ice cream and winter raspberries. The Alla Tartufo menu is $140 per person, and can also be enjoyed with a glass of wine with each course at an extra $40 per person. Truffle Month menu items are also available individually.

Imperial at The Star
Home of the Gold Coast’s finest Chinese cuisine, Imperial at The Star is also embracing Truffle Month, with Chef Song Yao Su merging the delicate black gem with the freshest ingredients to create an indulgent and authentic menu. Highlights include Double-boiled black truffle, sea cucumber and pearl oyster soup for $43, Steamed scallop and shrimp dumplings with truffle at $15, Sautéed scallops with black truffle at $50 and Black truffle crab meat fried rice for $50.

For more information on Truffle Month at The Star Gold Coast, visit:

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One dead in Lockyer Valley crash

A MOTORCYCLIST has been killed in a crash with a ute in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.

It happened where Gehrke Road meets Lorikeet Road at Regency Downs about 6pm last night.

Police said the southbound motorcyclist was struck by a northbound ute as it turned into Lorikeet Rd.

The rider, a man in his 30s, and a pillion passenger, a woman also in her 30s, were thrown from the bike.

Sadly, the man could not be saved and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The woman was taken to Ipswich Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the ute, a 17-year-old girl, and her 17-year-old male passenger escaped uninjured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Parliament House Canberra

Income tax cut laws head for Senate battle

AUSTRALIANS earning up to $90,000 look set to get an extra $1000 back in tax within weeks, with the federal government on the verge of winning the Senate support it needs for stage one of its tax package.

The $158 billion package passed the lower house on Tuesday night after about three hours of debate, with Labor failing to secure an amendment to bring forward the second stage of the package.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said it was a sensible proposition given the central bank’s second interest rate cut in as many months.

The opposition also failed to remove the third stage of the tax plan from the bill, which flattens the tax bracket in 2024/25.

“That’s all about politics, not about good sound economic policy,” Mr Albanese told the lower house.

But Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said it would give Australians confidence their future pay rises were protected from bracket creep.

“This bill lowers taxes for hard working Australians, it puts more money in their pockets.”

Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie supported the bill on her understanding the minor party would reach an outcome with the government on ways to bring down gas prices.

But Ms Sharkie noted her two Senate colleagues were still continuing negotiations with the government.

Labor will now try to convince Senate crossbenchers to support the amendment on Thursday, but the government appears to be moving closer to a deal to get the whole package passed before parliament rises.

The coalition needs the support of four out of six crossbenchers to succeed.

The two Centre Alliance senators are likely to back it, with leader Rex Patrick saying they were working through the final details of a deal to make sure the extra money in taxpayers’ pockets doesn’t get gobbled up by higher power bills.

Former Liberal Cory Bernardi also backs the tax relief package, leaving the government just one vote short.

This means returning Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie is likely to be the deal maker or breaker, but she’s yet to declare her hand.

She is working with Centre Alliance in a very loose alignment, with the three senators meeting several times over the last 24 hours since arriving in Canberra.

Senator Patrick said part of the deal was that he and colleague Stirling Griff don’t talk about Senator Lambie’s position.

Senator Lambie told reporters she hadn’t come to a position yet, saying her staff only started work on Monday and she hadn’t had enough information from the government.

Senator Griff argues there’s no use entertaining Labor’s position, given the government has refused to budge on its three-stage plan, describing it as an all-or-nothing proposition.

Some opposition MPs have urged the party to back the full tax relief package.

The Greens implored Labor and the crossbench to stand firm if the Senate was forced to vote on the entire package.

“We don’t need to be giving tax cuts to millionaires, to CEOs, to politicians; we need to be funding essential services,” leader Richard Di Natale told reporters.

The first stage of the plan will deliver up to $1080 to low and middle-income earners when they lodge their tax returns in coming months.

The second stage will top up a low-income tax offset, which means more people – earning up to $45,000 instead of $41,000 – will get a 19 per cent tax rate.

The final stage flattens the tax rate from 32.5 per cent to 30 per cent for people earning between $45,000 and $200,000 from mid-2024.

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Hong Kong protesters storm parliament

Hundreds of protesters have stormed a government building in Hong Kong.

Glass doors have been smashed and vandalised at the Legislative Council chamber, on the anniversary of the city’s 1997 return to Chinese rule.

Protesters are upset that Hong Kong is considering extradition legislation which would allow Chinese nationals in Hong Kong to be sent back to mainland China to face their judicial system.

People are concerned that China would prosecute people for political reasons, and as a result, take away the freedoms that people in Hong Kong now have.

Protesters say they won’t rest until the bill is completely withdrawn.

It is just one of five demands, which also include an investigation of police brutality, and the resignation of Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam.

Ms Lam has this morning condemned the protests, saying she hopes they’re over soon.

“I hope the community at large will agree with us that with these violent acts that we have seen, it is right for us to condemn it and hope society will return to normal as soon as possible,” she said.

At the time of writing, 13 police officers had been taken to hospital, after a chemical powder was thrown at them.

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Woman caught ‘doing burnouts with baby’ in heavily modified V8

A WOMAN has been charged after she was allegedly caught red-handed by police performing burnouts in a shopping centre car park with a 10-month-old baby in the car.

The incident happened in a carpark on Orange Grove Rd at Liverpool, in Sydney’s southwest on Friday night.

It was around 10.50pm when police say officers – who were patrolling a nearby doughnut shop – spotted the 23-year-old woman performing a “large burnout” in an illegally modified Holden Calais.

Officers stopped the car and, while speaking to the driver, noticed a 10-month-old baby in the backseat.

Police said the Holden’s original six-cylinder engine had replaced by a highly modified V8 engine with only a partial exhaust system fitted.

The woman, who was found to hold a P2 licence, was issued a Field Court Attendance notice for the offence of aggravated burnout and is due to appear in Livepool Local Court on Wednesday, 17 July.

The woman was also fined $561 for driving a prohibited vehicle, $263 for not displaying P-plates, and $112 for not carrying her licence, which was also suspended.

The vehicle was slapped with a major grounded vehicle defect and a child at risk notification was submitted to the Department of Family and Community Services.