Gold Coast eateries

A Day in the Life of….

by Vashte on July 22, 2012

A Girl living on the Gold Coast, Australia. A Sunday in fact. What better day to delve into a day in the life of!!…

Lazy days are a thing of the past. Every day passed is exactly that, something you and I will never get back, so .. make each day count. Don’t count the days. This particular Sunday is another stunning day here on the Goldy; the sun is out, it’s Winter but it is still amazing sit outside slightly rugged up and enjoy the ocean breeze, view and atmos..watching people or better still..being the people being watched 😉

The Farmers Markets are a great way to start the day on a Sunday after a brisk walk to shake the sleep from the body and ready oneself for the day ahead. If thats too much then just up and go to the Markets to enjoy the bustle of locally picked and produced veges, fruits and all sorts of goodies.. handmade, home cooked and cozy. Me, I’m going for all the green produce I can find to stock my fridge with alkalising greens-primarily veges. Spinach being my number one commodity..and I find it! Of course. Broccoli, leeks, lemons, apples, oranges.. Im a happy little coconut :)

Church rocked. The Dream Centre Christian Church is my home church, very grounded, real and 21st Century. Great session today at 9am – come on down to suss it out before you diss it out, then make your own decision. Who would have thought I’d be a church girl a few years back. Not I that’s for sure. But..the Truth.. it has a way of finding your heart and speaking your language, mine at least :)

Lunch date with a dear friend in Burleigh Heads followed. We live in the same town and yet this is our annual get-together..crazy ol life this is. When you consider we met in London and saw each other most weekends… however, lives change and nothing gets slower, so time needs to be MADE for friends, just as it needs to be MADE for pretty much anything in life that you believe to be important. Time is not FOUND.

We lunched at Connors Cafe 3/37 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads. Delish! We both agreed on that! Carol opting for the Moroccan Salad, and I chose the Vegetarian Salad (I have the giggle at the name) adding tuna- no longer vegetarian I guess. It was really hard to choose what to eat- the menu was brilliant. We were served by Nathan, I think he owned the place. Really friendly and attentive staff. They are opening a funky bar called ZePickle right next door very soon- looks great- like them on facebook!!- Burleigh is the place to be!!! I/We might see you down there enjoying the sun set on a Sunday one day soon!!

My lunch- had to share- you know I love my healthy food…

Think I talked Carol’s ear off about my trip overseas.. working on a plan to enable me to spend more time out in that world of ours…love it out there!! And love it here too. make the most of your every day- BE the light and …make each day count!!

Over and out

xx Vashte xx


Lazy Sunday Brunches

by Vashte on January 29, 2012

Lola’s on Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach, Gold Coast.



That’s something unique for the Goldie!

I had been meaning to get to Lola’s for some time. The reputation precedes it somewhat, and yet I have been lax getting there. I am very sorry for that as it is clearly my loss and the local’s gain.. No longer!!!

Found you 😉

Lets backtrack just a smidge:

First and foremost we will start with a great place to stay just outside the centre of Broadbeach. Check out Maison Belle.An older style building with rooms spacious enough for you; the family AND the kitchen sink(s). Their premium 2 bedroom deluxe is larger than some people’s homes. Whether it was the time of year, the fact my friends had stayed here previously, or the set price..who knows but it went for a song this weekend.

Ensuites, tiled floors, formal and living areas, bar space, and million dollar views all round.

I’m liking it. Could easily move in.

Thick walls too; unlike the latest and greatest paper thin, shonky high-rises being slapped up all along the Gold Coast. …

Brunch at Lola’s:

I just have to comment. I’m kicking myself I haven’t been here sooner, but c’est la vie, let’s say it will now be a regular hangout.

Service with a smile and kids are welcomed. Crayons provided and baby chinos on hand. Ahh happy children :)









Lola’s has beautiful thick wooden tables with cushions which makes a welcome change to the plastic fantastic tables along Broadbeach’s main strip!! Lola’s is situated on the corner with a roundabout right there. I wondered the reasoning of placing a great restaurant roadside- however, you pay no attention to the cars. Don’t ask me how they do it but they just keep your attention drawn inside with the friendly staff and food fit for a king or queen.

Make sure you book!! There was a queue when I drove past and then again as we walked straight in to our reserved table :)  Thank you!!

They have something for everyone from light breakies (bircher muesli /fruit salad) to fav’s (eggs any style/corn fritters to savoury baskets) to something a little different (hash stacks, rosti stacks, vanilla pancakes, French toast and ohhh so much more!!!).

I choseFarm FreshPoached eggs, grilled asparagus, grilled mushrooms, herb crusted tomato + a chilli, lime + coriander dressing served w gluten free or turkish bread. Ten points for guessing I opted for gluten free 😉 Talk about perfect food!! Next time I’m going for Trim Fresh– eggs with the works and fresh spinach (my fav!)

Lola’s is open for lunch and dinner and quite frankly I might just have to sample their entire menu!!! It is mouth wateringly good. Our eyes were almost popping out of our heads as the dishes were carried past….”Excuse me Miss.. what was THAT?? Ohhhh and what was  THAT!!!” …You would think we had never been to a restaurant before. Yes, we were hungry :)

They even have their own fish and chip/burger shop around the corner for takeaways. That good.

The one thing they could improve on is the bathrooms. Poor show there. This is a bone of contention for me on the Gold Coast. Why a good restaurant/coffee shop or any establishment wants to let themselves down in the hygiene department is beyond me. The back end is just as important, if not more important than the front end.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience until the bathroom visit. Definitely going back but sure do hope they clean up their act behind the scenes – Literally!!

They deserve their reputation as a fine restaurant food wise.  Extremely reasonably priced.