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Coco and charcoal

It was just after the new year had hit and we thought a trip to somewhere healthy was in order. As we love Instagram for finding new restaurants we had come across a hidden away little place that serves coco soft-whip, goji and other delights. This place is located on the Gold Coast, Australia in Clear Island Waters. Goji Granola Bar and Cafe is tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood with easy parking and access by car.

We set out as a group of four. One member decided to order the fruit toast and marmalade, while the rest of us went for poached eggs on toast with avocado.

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Fruit toast with marmalade

The toast was a real hit! It was full of fruit and toasted to perfection. The marmalade was tangy and tasted of fresh oranges making us think of our visited to the market where we can purchase fresh oranges.

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Fruit toast tasted great with the butter (we don’t usually eat butter)

Three of us opted for the eggs. We ordered two serves – one for our male friend and one for us to share.It came with two eggs, perfectly poached and two slices of toast.

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Poached egg and avocado on sourdough
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Egg cooked perfectly for our taste

This place is known for its smoothie goji bowls served with homemade granola. We went for the coco soft-whip i the duo of vanilla and charcoal. Apparently charcoal is good for hangovers.

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The grand finale – coco soft – vanilla and charcoal

 

Visited: 2 January 2017

Cost: $64 for four people and a holiday loading

Verdict: We enjoyed the food and the coco soft. The coffee was good but not as strong as we like.

 

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Where to find a nice breakfast at Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast?

We visited a month ago on Anzac Day as we were on the mission to find a good brunch place. A good friend recommended we check out a cafe on Hedges Ave (originally this place was Cafe Republic). It was not a pleasant weather day and several showers, strong wind greeted us when we got out of the car. When we arrived the cafe was packed and also because it was a public holiday a lot of people were waiting to enjoy the breakfast just like us. The interior has some fabulous murals.

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Nice mural on the wall
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Nice mural on the wall

The menu is quite interesting with many breakfast options but one of our party decided to order Egg Benedict with Spinach and Avocado Smash. For the two bloggers we decided to share the Breakfast Trio – it has three pieces of multigrain toast one with bacon tomato feta cheese with pesto and the other one was with smoked salmon and avocado and in the middle we got 2 poached eggs with hollandaise sauce. The meat eater in out party had the bacon!

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Brekkie Trio
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Closeup of smoked salmon toast
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Closeup of bacon, tomato and feta cheese toast
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Closeup of poached eggs toast
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Egg benedict
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Coffee at the Hedges

The breakfast was great and everyone enjoyed the meal but, in our opinion, the coffee was a big weak with not much coffee flavour so maybe next time we will order double shots.

Mission completed we paid the bill and headed off for a walk near the beach.

Bam Bam Bakehouse

We were excited to try this place out. The outlook to the park is great and the overall vibe of the cafe is lovely. We also like the sister cafe Paddock. Three of us went for Sunday lunch.

The wait was fairly long ( a bit longer than the 20 minutes we were told) – about 45 minutes. The food was okay but not stunning – we had the eggs benny with smoked trout and a smoked fish with egg. Turns out our breakfasts were similar (that’s our fault entirely!!). Our photos are a bit ordinary as our camera is being repaired 😦  Still, you get the idea.

Smoked fish with poached egg
Egg benny
Egg benny
Closeup of egg benny
Closeup of egg benny

We also had coffee and a chai tea. The coffee was good but the chai was a bit average. Mainly because it was a little on the lukewarm side.

All three of use felt the service was in need of some improvement. We waited at the ‘wait here to be seated’ sign for a few minutes but no-one came. Eventually one of us went in to ask would anyone be coming to seat us and we got an unfriendly yes, just wait. We were offered water once at the table but it never arrived. We had a laugh that two staff members went off to lunch in the park (looked like a great place to take your lunch!) while we sat and waited for ours to arrive.

Maybe it’s teething problems but based on our first experience we were a bit on the disappointed side. The person taking the orders behind the counter was efficient and pleasant.

In sum, great location for a sunny day, potentially good menu and moderate to low service (especially floor staff and the welcome). The coffee was good. Would we go back?  Probably we would give it another go but with so many good cafes popping up it might be a while.

A trip to the farmers market

What better way to spend a Sunday and to get out to your local farmers market? Our local market, located on the Gold Coast, has been running for many many years at the Gold Coast Turf Club grounds. Recently it relocated to the Arts Centre in Surfers Paradise.

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Fresh produce

This little farmers market has a real diversity of stalls. Every week we like to go along and, of course, we have our favourite stallholders – selling fruit and vegetables, olives, cheese, special dips and other beautiful offerings.

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Beautiful blueberry buckets
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Raw treat
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Fresh herbs
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homemade bread and cakes

As usual, it was quite crowded, even though we went at 7.30am – like everyone else we were out early as the sun rises about 4.30am.

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Plant stall

Our absolute favourite – cannot miss out  – is the special “pink dip”. We have been buying it for years and it never fails to impress.  Totally the BEST ever taramasalata.

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Dips
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The best of the best

This time we decided we would actually stay for breakfast. We ordered up big choosing a couple of Eggs Benedict, a beautiful buckwheat pancake filled with smoke salmon, and spinach Flatbread.

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Eggs Beneduct
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Beautiful poached eggs
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Buckwheat pancakes

What a treat everything was absolutely beautiful.

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Preparing the crepe

There are some gorgeous freshly pressed juices too.

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Tonic Juice

Do you love your local farmers market?