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The Pastry Emporium 2.0

Sweet, decadent magic for Mermaid Waters. 

If there’s one question we should all be pondering in a time of the many new venues we’re currently experiencing, it is this: if your food isn’t Instagrammable, is it even food?

The answer, friends, is yes probably but how good is it when food resembles art so delightful you’re (almost) sad to put it in your mouth.

Enter The Pastry Emporium and the magical, unearthly sweet treats they’re now bestowing on the good people of Mermaid Waters. As of today (October 12th), The Pastry Emporium 2.0 is open for business and their business is making the most beautiful/tasty pastries you’ve ever laid eyes on. You’ll find them in the Coast’s coolest new foodie hub which is also home to Nude Sisters Kitchen and Lucky Bao.

You can grab yourself a coffee and perch yourself at a table or take your goods to go (so you’re not tempted to buy more).

Owner Adrian Grazioli opened his first shop in Bundall around four years ago and since then, we Gold Coasters have been privy to some of the most decadent and intricate flavour sensations around.

For instance there’s a thing called the St Tropez Cheesecake (the pink one) and it is made with pistachio sponge, lemon cream cheese mousse, a red berry insert, red glaze and white graffiti and a marshmallow and chocolate decoration.

There’s also the Milk and Strawberries (the white one) which is a coconut macaroon base, valrhona milk chocolate mousse, a strawberry insert and desiccated coconut.

Hopefully you’ve stopped reading and are on your way there right now.

If not (silly you), here are some more sentences.

All of those ridiculously beautiful goodies are made on site at the Bundall store along with bread, almond croissants and made to order celebration cakes. Yep.

We’re done, go treat yo’ self.

LOCATION: Shop 2, 90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters
HOURS: 7am until 4pm Monday to Saturday and 7am until 2pm Sunday

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

12 Gold Coast spots to get your Nutella fix

Nutella Bots, Paddock Bakery (image supplied)
Nutella Bots, Paddock Bakery (image supplied)

In what may be the happiest news of all time for those who love a good hazelnut spread (everyone), Sunday the 5th of February was World Nutella Day. Just because the day is over doesn’t mean we have to stop celebrating the gooey, nutty godsend that literally whips people into a frenzy.

In honour of the day for which we are eternally grateful, here are 10 spots offering Nutella creations (listed North to South).

D Point 10 –  Nutella Doughnut
The Nutella Doughnuts (filled with lashings of the good stuff) are some the very best things in the entire world and you (and should) can eat them by the dozen at D Point 10. So soft, so fluffy, so great.
Where: 71 Stevens Street, Southport, Bookface, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach, 201 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes and 99-103 Broadwater Ave, Hope Island.

Rosé Gelateria
In addition to serving up delicious gelato this pastel-infused beauty is a veritable fountain (literally) of nutella goodness. They have Nutella Cheesecake Dessert Jars, Nutella stuffed Cinnamon Cruffins, Nutella Shakes and the pièce de résistance, Nutella on tap! You are guaranteed to walk out of here in a sugar coma.
Where: Sanctuary Cove, Shop/39A Masthead Way, Hope Island and Shop 6/19-21 Tedder Ave, Main Beach.

Nutella drizzle on Nutella Gelato, Rosé Gelateria (image supplied)
Nutella on Nutella, Rosé Gelateria (image supplied)

Cheeky Waffles
The newest (and naughtiest) new kid on the block, Cheeky Waffles offer a nutella “love injection” into their genitalia-themed desserts. Perfect for those who like their waffles extra saucy! 
Where: 3189 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Paradox Coffee Roasters – Iced Nutellalate
So it’s an Iced Latte but with Nutella which, as far as we’re concerned, makes it one of the best things in the world. Need we say more.
Where: The 4217, 7/10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

Iced Nutellalate, Paradox Coffee Roasters (image supplied)
Iced Nutellalate, Paradox Coffee Roasters (image supplied)

Elk Espresso –  Nutella Thick Shake
Elk Espresso are famous for their insane Nutella Thick Shake and they are literally one of the most delicious things you’ll ever taste. Maybe order two.
Where: 16 Chelsea Avenue, The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Cowch – Nutella Waffle Sandwich
There’s plenty of Nutella goodness at Cowch but in particular we are HUGE fans of the Nutella Magic Waffle Sandwich with two scoops of creamy Nutella ice cream sandwiched between two Belgian waffles with a scoop of Nutella, crushed Oreo and strawberries. Yep.
As an added bonus head here for a discount coupon.
Where: Cowch Broadbeach, Oracle East Building, Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Nutella Waffle Sandwich, Cowch (image: supplied)
Nutella Waffle Sandwich, Cowch (image: supplied)

Bam Bam Bakehouse – Nutella Cronuts
Bam Bam’s Nutella Cronuts are the best way to start every day. The nutty spread is wrapped up in a soft buttery and sugar coated flaky croissant dough and honestly who even needs an explanation, jsut go eat some.
Where: 2519 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Bam Bam Bakehouse's Nutella Cruffin (image supplied)
Bam Bam Bakehouse's Nutella Cruffin (image supplied)

All Time Coffee – Notella Doughnuts
For all the vegans out there, you don’t have to miss out! All-Time Coffee came up with an all vegan version of Nutella, No-tella. Nutella has never tasted so…healthy.
1/2478 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Paddock Bakery – Nutella Bots
Paddock is the queen of OTT sweet treats but we just can’t go past their sweet little Nutella Bots. Lashings of Nutella inside their soft sourdhou cinnamon doughnuts. Bite size and so very excellent.
Where: Hibiscus Haven, Miami

Babka French Toast, Tarte Bakery & Cafe, Burleigh Heads (image supplied)
Babka French Toast, Tarte Bakery & Cafe, Burleigh Heads (image supplied)

Tarte Bakery & Cafe – Babka French Toast
A true Nutella connoisseur will go nuts for this one. Brioche filled with Nutella and chocolate chips, balsamic strawberries, whipped cream. So indulgent, so good.
Where: 1/37 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads 

Ze Pickle – Oreogazm
Deep fried Oreos in doughnut batter with ice cream and Nutella drizzled on top. The dream.
Where: 1/37 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads

Oreogazm. Image supplied by Ze Pickle
Oreogazm. Image supplied by Ze Pickle

Custard Canteen – Double Choc Brownie Cookie
Chunks of epic choc brownie, Lindt milk and dark chocolates, topped with Nutella. Is it hyperbole to call a cookie life-changing?
Where: 1525 Gold Coast Hwy, Tallebudgera Creek

Words by Kirra Smith & Belinda Symons

Double Choc Brownie Cookie, Custard Canteen (image supplied)
Double Choc Brownie Cookie, Custard Canteen (image supplied)

A new pastry haven by the Bam Bam Bakehouse team

Custard Canteen (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

In what might just be the most perfect start to any week in the history of weeks, the team behind Gold Coast favourites Bam Bam Bakehouse and Cubby Bakehouse (love y’all) have opened a new venue and we are happy dancing all over the place.

Its called Custard Canteen (another winner in the name department) and as of right now, it can be found at Talle Creek within the Recreation Centre complex and oh yes friends, it’s the goods.

You won’t miss the newbie, red and white striped flags are dotted throughout the expansive garden area and of course there will be heavenly scents wafting out from within.

Pull up a seat on one of the two outdoor decks, under said umbrellas or lay out a picnic rug and kick back on the grass with your furry mate (or your regular mate). There are flowers and plants everywhere and it’s a little garden oasis complete with some of the very best eats around.

Custard Canteen

Let’s discuss those shall we. Now as you’d know, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling any of the teams’ other goodies (if you haven’t, are you even a Gold Coaster) they’re the very best around. A WHOLE LOT of research goes into every single thing Ben, Ursula and their crew create to ensure consistent perfection.

Which is exactly what you’re going to experience at Custard Canteen, particularly in the form of their hero product, Portuguese Tarts. Heaven on Earth you guys.

Portugese Tarts, Custard Canteen (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Portugese Tarts, Custard Canteen (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

So they’re layers of crisp, pastry encasing warm, sweet love-of-our-lives custard that kind of explodes in your mouth when you bite into it. In the most amazing possible way obviously.

Besides those, there are Almond Croissant Tarts, which are indeed tart versions of their famous Almond Croissants and gooey, melty cookies that are the love of our lives also.

If you’re in the market for a savoury something, there’s a whole menu for that too. From the Butter Boy (their little mascot) Benny with streaky bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise on a puff pastry parcel to their (also famous) Prawn Po Boy with crispy buttermilk prawns, salad things and remoulade on a milk hoagie, it’s all delightful.

Oh and there’s also exceptional Bacon and Egg Rolls and a must-try French Toast Toastie which is a sourdough Monte Cristo with ham, Swiss cheese, maple and cinnamon sugar. Plus burgers and a hot dog and all your favourite roll-off-the-sand treats.

So basically all you need to do is frolic in Talle Creek, pop over for some goodies, rinse and repeat. Best time ever.

Custard Canteen, what are you waiting for Gold Coasters?

LOCATION: Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
HOURS: Daily 6.30am until 2.30pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

The Pastry Emporium 2.0

If there’s one question we should all be pondering in a time of the many new venues we’re currently experiencing, it is this: if your food isn’t Instagrammable, is it even food?

The answer, friends, is yes probably but how good is it when food resembles art so delightful you’re (almost) sad to put it in your mouth.

Enter The Pastry Emporium and the magical, unearthly sweet treats they’re now bestowing on the good people of Mermaid Waters. As of today (October 12th), The Pastry Emporium 2.0 is open for business and their business is making the most beautiful/tasty pastries you’ve ever laid eyes on. You’ll find them in the Coast’s coolest new foodie hub which is also home to Nude Sisters Kitchen and Lucky Bao.

You can grab yourself a coffee and perch yourself at a table or take your goods to go (so you’re not tempted to buy more).

Owner Adrian Grazioli opened his first shop in Bundall around four years ago and since then, we Gold Coasters have been privy to some of the most decadent and intricate flavour sensations around.

For instance there’s a thing called the St Tropez Cheesecake (the pink one) and it is made with pistachio sponge, lemon cream cheese mousse, a red berry insert, red glaze and white graffiti and a marshmallow and chocolate decoration.

There’s also the Milk and Strawberries (the white one) which is a coconut macaroon base, valrhona milk chocolate mousse, a strawberry insert and desiccated coconut.

Hopefully you’ve stopped reading and are on your way there right now.

If not (silly you), here are some more sentences.

All of those ridiculously beautiful goodies are made on site at the Bundall store along with bread, almond croissants and made to order celebration cakes. Yep.

We’re done, go treat yo’ self.

LOCATION: Shop 2, 90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters
HOURS: 7am until 4pm Monday to Saturday and 7am until 2pm Sunday

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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