Category Archives: Food

The Naked Sausage

This afternoon, Claire and I dropped by the supermarket to pick up some odds and sods for dinner and among our findings were naked sausages. You’re probably wondering what the hell a naked sausage is, well its a standard sausage without the skin on it.

The particular ones we found were by a Western Australian company named Chevups. Other than the fact that the sausages were skinless, which in itself is pretty cool – they were also:

  • made of Australian lean beef
  • gluten free
  • 92% fat free

They look a little different to normal but man were they tasty – I highly recommend trying some out if you come across them.

Profiteering Convenience Stores

Everyone complains about the recent price of fuel. In the last 6 months, I don’t personally recall ever paying over AUD$1.50/L for it. I just went down to a convenience store in the heart of Surfers Paradise and paid AUD$3.20 for a 600ml Coke. Break that down and it works out to be a whopping AUD$5.33 per litre.

Explain to me how a 600ml Coke can possibly cost more than three times that of processing crude oil.

C Espresso Bar, Gold Coast

About two months ago, Claire and I ate breakfast at a new Gold Coast cafe named C Espresso Bar. For those that aren’t aware, it is located in the newly constructed Southport Central precinct at Southport.

We were in the area again this morning and decided to return to the C Espresso Bar for round two, which produced the following synopsis:

  • They make a great cup of espresso
  • The staff are very nice, happy to see you and fast
  • The food was excellent again and served quickly
  • They stock gluten free bread

All the above points make for a fantastic breakfast, however point four really topped it off. For the majority of people, a restaurant providing gluten free food doesn’t make a lick of difference. Unfortunately for a minority of people who suffer from a gluten intolerance, serving gluten free food is a really big thing. Ordinarily when we go out for breakfast, Claire is generally restricted to having straight bacon and eggs with nothing else. Needless to say, when the owner informed us that they stock a gluten free bread – Claire was all but doing hand stands in excitement!

If you’re looking for a Gold Coast cafe for breakfast that you can get:

  • A great espresso
  • A great big breakfast
  • A gluten free bacon, eggs, toast & sauteed mushrooms

then you might like to give the C Espresso Bar a shot.

Cafe Marina

On Sunday, Claire and I drove to the North side of the Gold Coast to the Marina Mirage shopping complex. While we were there, we thought we might as well have some lunch and ended up sitting down at a little place named Cafe Marina. Claire and I were happy to be greeted by a very happy bloke who sorted us out regarding their menu promptly. What we were even more impressed about was that they had a wide selection of gluten free meals available. The bloke (I presume the owner) was ‘in the know’ regarding gluten free dining, so that was fantastic and promptly pointed out a whole swag of meals on their menu which Claire could eat. In the end, Claire selected a chicken and mushroom risotto while I picked a spaghetti bolognaise. Since the restaurant was a little swish, the price matched that; however they were delicious!

If you’re in the area and want a fine meal, especially if you’re looking for a good gluten free restaurant:

Name: Cafe Marina
Address: 75 Seaworld Drive
Main Beach, QLD, 4217
Phone: 07 5591 1400