New Foodie App allows you to follow favourite places for exclusive deals.

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Following restaurants for exclusive updates on events, deals and specials.

Okay, so you can follow restaurants on Facebook for news feed updates on pictures and statuses, but this New foodie app gives you something very different indeed.

This new restaurant app about to drop on google play and iTunes gives you exclusive in-app notifications of special events, menu launches, lunch and dinner specials.

I know i know its about time right? Imagine sitting in a packed out restaurant, your sitting there sipping on a $5 glass of your most favourite deep red delicious shiraz, you then look around and see others sipping on the same deep red delicious shiraz for $12. Why? because when you decide to ‘follow’ a restaurant on the buddy app you automatically join the restaurants exclusive club, the club where you receive insider deals and know everything first.

Insider Updates

What does this mean? This means you know exactly whats going on at the coolest joints around town because they update their followers on buddy First, not in some news feed on social media, newspaper add or even word of mouth, but through an Exclusive in-app notification to your buddy profile of insider news, unbeatable deal offerings or even a first chance ticket to a special event before they go on sale!

It gets better, lets say you are heading down a street chatting with friends. As you walk right by a restaurant thats hitting off their happy hours but you don’t know, you will be notified straight to your mobile device as you walk right by! Also on restaurants profiles you can view the itemised image menu, check out the ingredients and book your table within three clicks!

Looking very much forward to this one.

Follow us on social media for more updates and news on the buddy app launching this very soon.

 

 

 

 

How working in hospitality makes you a better human.

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If you have ever worked in hospo, then you already have these four traits.

More than 70% of us through the ages have had a stint in the hospitality world, if you are one of them then no doubt you have cleaned up someones spillage/spew, been a customers children’s ‘Auntie waitress’ and copped an outrageous temper from a customer all in the first ten minutes of your Saturday night shift.

How does this make you a better human, we have given four examples of how this makes you a better person.

#1 Patience

Working in hospitality provides you with plenty of life lessons, the one that comes straight to my mind is patience, patience is possibly the one trait that got me through my hospitality journey.

When you are standing with a pen and paper and you have asked the table if they are all ready to order, but you have that one that asks you every single question about the menu testing your skills, so you go in great detail of the special dishes you know will be awesome because you secretly love them yourself. 35 minutes later you are still standing painfully answering every single question fired at you to only realize when you have finished she drops the I’m not eating bomb, this my friends is when you are biting your own jaw so hard you feel like your bottom set is popping out your forehead.

believe me when i say i have plenty more examples, patience is possibly the first thing you learn and master.

#2 Politeness

Politeness is up there with the best of them, in the hospitality industry you are told that every single customer is the first, so over my few years politeness got me doing all sorts, from opening doors for the slightly older generation that couldn’t do it them selves, crossing customers over the road, holding someone else’s baby while they get the nappy changing gear out, only to learn later that you have been handed the little white wrapped up ball of shit to dispose of. Even when you have that one customer that just instantly didn’t like you from the start for absolutely no reason what so ever, you have to put on the plastic smile to the bitch that has made your shift feel like you have died and gone to hell.

Politeness is a trait that will most certainly be strengthened when working in the hospitality industry.

 

#3 Cleanliness

Okay, this one is a huge one. In my time the amount of times I’d watch the table leave, so you head on over with your cloth to realize you picked up the wrong tool, what’s really needed was to hire the local councils bin truck and back that shit into the restaurant, hire a fork lift and throw the entire table in the back wholesale.

Yes this does sound like I’m having a huge rant, that is because i am. For years i would tell myself who leaves knives and forks all over the table and not resting nicely together sitting at 5 ‘o’ clock, and why do we have disgusting orange tipped ear buds sitting in an empty wineglass, Grandma’s snotty hanky resting on the seat and just to finish it off nicely, a home made jigsaw of thousands of torn napkins and coasters to organize.

Cleanliness now flows through my life, and its the first thing i maintain when eating out, even to the point where when we are all finished eating, i find myself compiling the empty plates together building my version of the tower of Pisa finished off with a concentrated wipe of the table. All the waiter has to do is swing by and grab the stack, happy days.

#4 Confidence

I started my customer service skills from a very young age when i got my first job at a local butchers at 11 years old, so i have had customer service confidence in me from the beginning. But what i have seen from working with others is that confidence grows, I have hired some great staff in the past some of which i watched transform from a scared quiet person, into a blossomed fun confident individual ready to take on the world. This is a stand out trait for me to watch happen every day.

When you walk behind the bar with over 80 people staring at you all waiting to be served, there really is no place to hide other than take a huge deep breath, smile and go for gold.

Written by Danny Simmonds 

 

 

 

 

Classic Brewery from the 80’s is re-born to dominate once more

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Welcome back, Eumundi lager.

Eumundi is a small town which is located on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in the Noosa Hinterland.  If you travel to the extremely popular and increasingly exclusive Noosa you are likely to pass through it on your way north from Brisbane.  The town is famous for its huge markets which are held on each weekend and offer multifarious arts and crafts and all sorts of local produce.

There are also quite a few art galleries and the place has a rustic, bohemian and increasingly touristy feel.  Being only a 15 minute drive from Noosa, the small place becomes very crowded on the weekends.

Here, lies the home of Eumundi Lager.

Now re launched due to a number of popular boutique brewing company’s popping up all over the coast, its fair to say the re-birth of once the most popular brewing company was going to happen sooner or later.

History

In 1986 some enterprising fellows bought the old Imperial Hotel in Eumundi, installed brewing equipment and began to brew a premium beer in the small Queensland town.  The town lent its name to the new brew.  After the beer’s initial success, the Eumundi Brewing Group Ltd went public on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1989.  The subscription price was 50c a share.  Within the first six months the stock had plummeted and had not recovered.  In fact the company’s continued operations were in doubt unless it could be radically restructured.  The unfortunate decline had been caused by an economic recession and a vigorous beer price war between its giant competitors.

In 1992 the brewing operations at the majestic Imperial Hotel were closed down and the brands were contracted out to Carlton and United Breweries Limited at the Yatala brewery (which was then still operated by Powers Brewing Company Limited).  From October 1998 CUB ceased to supply product to the Eumundi Brewing Group.  Instead a Licence Agreement was entered into in November 1998 with Castlemaine Perkins Pty Ltd to licence all of Eumundi’s beer brands to Castlemaine in exchange for a royalty.

The Eumundi brands comprise Eumundi Premium (which was awarded Best Australian Lager at the 1992 and 1993 National Festival of Beers), Eumundi Light and two beers which are primarily exported to the USA, Gulf Ale and Laguna Bay Pale Ale.

The Eumundi Brewing Group expanded by moving into hotel ownership. It still owns the original Eumundi Hotel which was built in 1911.  This grand old pub has a rich history having served as the meeting place for thirsty jackaroos who drove their bullock teams through the area.  As all outback pubs it was the focal point of the town for much of this century. The company also owns the Ashmore Hotel on the Gold Coast.  In November 1999 it announced that it is looking to acquire a third large hotel.

Future

Brewing Company Lion has announced a new partnership with the Imperial Hotel and a return of the much missed local beer brand, Eumundi – which will once again be brewed on site at its spiritual home, the Imperial Hotel in the heart of Eumundi.

In making the announcement, Lion Brewmaster Chuck Hahn said the partnership would revive a much loved local craft beer for Queensland.

Brewmaster Chuck Hahn and Imperial Hotel Manager Brendan Fenlon

Brewmaster Chuck Hahn and Imperial Hotel Manager Brendan Fenlon

“We’re excited to be partnering the Imperial Hotel and building a new brewery that will rekindle Eumundi in the place where the beer was first crafted in 1988. We’re planning to have the brewery up and running in the New Year to offer a great range of flavoursome craft beers to locals and visitors to the area.”

The Imperial Hotel has undergone extensive renovations over the past two years, culminating in December 2015 with the opening of a beer garden that has already been recognised as one of the best on the Sunshine Coast.

Michael Arnett, joint owner of the Imperial Hotel, said that the growing popularity of craft beers combined with the refurbishment of the Imperial Hotel made this the perfect time to bring back a local favourite.

“As local residents it has been such a rewarding experience to bring the Imperial Hotel back to life and ensure it remains an integral part of the Eumundi community.

Fenlon and Hahn with a bottle of the old Eumundi Lager
Fenlon and Hahn with a bottle of the old Eumundi Lager

Mr Arnett added “It’s exciting to be able to build on this even further by partnering with Lion to bring back a truly local beer in Eumundi and we’re really looking forward to sharing an authentic brewing experience with our visitors in the future.”

Imperial Hotel general manager, Brendan Fenlon, echoed Michael’s enthusiasm for the new project.

“My staff and I cannot wait to be offering Eumundi on tap, and we’re genuinely thrilled to be part of the next chapter for the iconic Imperial Hotel.”

Eumundi will be sold on tap at the Imperial Hotel, with broader distribution to be considered in the future.

Follow the Imperial Hotel on the buddy app once Launched this Summer.

 

We will be rolling out all venues offering the popular Eumundi beer very soon.

 

We know a coffee shop giving away coffee all day every day.

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Yes that’s right, yet again buddy is letting the locals know where to grab a free coffee!

Located right in the heart of Sunshine Beach, a prestige coffee roaster and coffee shop are offering a Free regular coffee to their customers!

Costa Noosa Espresso

Costa Noosa Espresso has been long known as an iconic spot for your everyday coffee fix, and today they are giving a free regular coffee to anybody who buys a 1kg bag of beans.

I have been heading to Costa Noosa on a regular basis for the last few years, every time i go i am always greeted with a smiley face from the staff and a perfectly made in house roasted coffee straight to my table within minutes.

Now I know there are many more top quality places around town, but the class of service and coffee quality at Costa Noosa Espresso is outrageously close to perfection. Which is why they have many local regulars all day everyday from 6am to 3pm seven days a week.

Not only is this a great incentive to practice your coffee skills at home, but also provides you with a free coffee just in case you haven’t got your barista skills on point yet.

Win Win!

So head on down to Costa Noosa Espresso today to pick up your bag of beans and a free coffee!

Mention this post and use the secret code word ‘buddy’ to grab the coffee.

Happy sipping.

Written by Danny Simmonds

This Cafe looks after the community with $2 coffee for everyone

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The Noosa Arts Cafe does $2 regular coffee on Mondays!

Yes you read it right!

Noosa Arts Cafe is a 100% Gluten Free Cafe located on the Weyba Road, Noosaville.

Having only been open for nearly a year, this awesome cafe offers a wide range of local deals for all to enjoy. Noosa Arts Cafe has a unbeatable deal on Monday’s from 7am to 11am serving up premium locally roasted Clandestino Coffee for only $2!

Thats not all they have on offer, due to only using fresh produce daily, they create amazing lunch specials that change like the weather, one of which is the *chefs special;

*Breaky Bagel & Coffee for $12!

Buffalo Wild Wings with an Ice cold Stone & Wood Stubby for only $14

With options of many more fresh daily salads and selections in the cabinet.

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Buddy’s Review

Having been to the Noosa Arts Cafe on more than one occasion, its safe to say i am becoming a regular for the quality breakfasts and high quality local produce ‘The Nac’ provides, with the very creative artwork hanging on the walls, washed vintage decor matched with top notch service from the entire family, its not only a pleasure to sit and have more than one coffee it also makes you feel apart of whats a wonderful local family community here in Noosa.

p.s You have to try the scrambled eggs!

Written by Danny Simmonds

You can Follow the Noosa Arts Cafe on the buddy App when launched this Summer!

Why writing a horrible review makes you a complete twat.

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Writing a horrible review makes you a complete twat.

After spending years in the restaurant game, every now and again you come across some of the worst challenges which from time to time include dealing with a horrible malicious review, from someone hiding behind the mobile device.

Why does this make you a twat?

Well the Restaurant game is a very challenging one, restauranteurs do not open a business, work for up to 15 hours a day, working hard to maintain margins, keep hold of over worked staff, dealing with suppliers, paying huge overheads with the intention to provide a terrible experience on purpose!

No, as we are all human every now and again we all have that bad day, where nothing seems to go our way!

Today’s society people jump on restaurant review sites just to write a malicious review, not thinking why or how the restaurant got it so wrong.

 

Below are three things you can do ‘instead’ of writing a terrible review and maybe get something in return.

Here are some ways to fix the problem before announcing your warm salad to the world.

#1 Ask the waiter

If your not happy with the temperature of your chips or think maybe you need more dressing for that salad, don’t sit there for the next half hour eating through it, then complain to the entire table on how the chips are so cold and pull out your mobile device likes its a 1965 tommy gun!

Ask the waiter at an appropriate time and politely ask for some fresh chips as i think these are too cold, you might just get a fresh bowl with a free drink for the inconvenience.

#2 Wait for the rush to end.

Many reviews are all about the waiting time, yes with the way of the future now everything we want and need is a google search away, what this now means is that we are all spoilt when it comes to waiting. This has flowed into the real world, so when it comes to waiting longer than half an hour for a dish it becomes outrageously in-convenient for the customer who in fairness is in no rush to go anywhere…..

Waiting for the busy rush to end before ordering your bite to eat is a lot more smarter when it comes to narrowing down your waiting time, instead of joining the status quo and having to go to lunch at midday because thats what we are all ‘supposed to do’ arrange for lunch an hour or two later and maybe you might have the complete attention of the staff which means better service and reduce your waiting time by ten to fifteen minutes.

#3 Talk to the manger or owner.

Yes there are some certain terrible experiences that are down to the staff, some larger restaurants do have managers full time which means the owners are not found at the restaurant too often, in return means the staff do tend to be a lot more relaxed, talkative between themselves which will lead to bad customer service and poor focus on the job in hand. This does not mean that you have every right to reach straight for your mobile phone to attack the restaurant with full force, on review apps and sites to put them publicly to shame, which will damage the restaurants business in the long term.

Talking to the manager or owner is my personal last resort when it comes to having a bad experience, Asking for the manger and having a little quiet word regarding how you think the service tonight was terrible is not only honest, but also gives the manager the ability to strike while the irons hot. Some cases the message might not reach the owner, so sometimes asking the manager for the owners email address and writing a good honest letter regarding your experience will be a lot more constructive, either way you could receive a free complimentary round of drinks for the table or even a free meal voucher direct from the owner thanking you for ‘coming to them first’ and for letting him know whats happening at his restaurant while he isn’t there.

So next time you have that bad experience, don’t be a twat.

 

 

 

 

5 best coffee spots in Noosa only the locals go.

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Coffee Spots In Noosa only the locals go.

Coffee is everything right? We all know exactly where we will be heading for a coffee before we jump in the shower in the morning, but here is buddy’s tips to maybe break the norm and have a cuppa somewhere else this week!

5# Padre Coffee Noosa 

Padre Coffee has its very own distinctive taste, Padre is somewhat the new kids on the block having been around for only a year or so. But here at buddy we believe they deserve a spot in the top 5 as they are up there with making whatever you order with care, precision and with excellent taste.

4# Waterline Espresso 

Waterline Espresso is by far the best spot to go when wanting to walk the beautiful Noosa River. With Mike and Yvonne making sure they are up and about from 5am so the locals get there perfectly made Toby Estate coffee, they have created arguably the ‘locals favourite’ and a MUST DO when in Noosaville.

3# Hard Coffee

Hard Coffee which is located in the food court on Hastings Street is certainly up there with the locals, the coffee is that good they literally dedicate a phone line and a young ‘run around’ delivering perfectly made to order Campos Coffee to offices, resorts and shops!

I Personally Have been many times and has become a day to day catchup with nearly half of Noosa locals between 7am to 3pm, so if you are hung over from the night before or just cannot be arsed to see anyone make sure you go with the cap and sunnys!

2# Little Cove Coffee

Little Cove Coffee is a special little shop, with beans from all over the world to choose from you can never get bored of choice if you are the adventurous type. Also when it comes to knowing their customers take a bow, they look after their regulars that much almost every cyclist on the sunshine coast stops by everyday wearing the lycra with “Little Cove Coffee” Plastered all over them supporting what they love. Little Cove Coffee is packed everyday from open until close and is by far one of the best hangouts for everyone to enjoy.

1# Costa Noosa Espresso

  

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Costa Noosa has been named buddy’s No.1 as here at buddy we believe Costa Noosa Espresso has the complete package.

With such an amazing customer service, quality and effort this team puts into its work every single day, no wonder almost the entire coast makes an extra effort to drive and fight for a park to get that little cup of coffee to help kickstart the day.

With the Coffee Roaster machine right in the middle of the shop for all to see, operated by Gavin and Brett all day everyday is one of the key features why everybody has to go to Costa Noosa. When Gavin (the owner) is not roasting pulling out each bean at a time to make sure his roast is perfect, he is usually mingling with his customers and now friends, and from time to time Gavin is seen giving their kids a free ‘throw in the air’ but then having them following him demanding “again again’!

The Girls on the floor seem to be going 110k per hour but are always friendly enough to ask how you are or share a passing laugh.

Lets not even get started on all the home made gourmet cakes on offer!!!

If you have not been to any of these coffee spots we suggest giving them all a good go!

 

All Off these Coffee shops will be available to ‘follow’ on the soon to Launch Buddy App for Free Download on iOS & Android.

Pre – register on our home page to be kept updated on everything buddy!

 

 

A little Mexican Paradise is now the talk of the town.

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Paradise Arcade

Noosa Junction is growing in choice when it comes to awesome little spots to try, with Little sister bringing the old vibe back and also East 32 making itself know, we can all say the town just gets more and more exciting, introducing the latest addition Paradise Arcade.

New to the Shire is Paradise Arcade, this burst of little mexico has had the town all excited, as the options of authentic Mexican food in Noosa are close to extinct, Paradise Arcade are front runners for sure when it comes a trendy casual hangout, with some taco’s and margaritas thrown in the mix!

With an abundance of choice on drinks and eats, Paradise Arcade will keep the locals interested and entertained 8 days a week, so get your taco loving ass’s down there and grab a stool at the bar! We know we will be!

Just one more thing, they do not take bookings so you need to get their pronto to grab a table with your friends or family! (try the home brew paradise palms 🙂 )

Address

8b/14 Arcadia Street
Noosa Heads, Queensland

Tel

(07) 5324 1395

A Local Icon Becomes Influencer for Noosa

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Cafe Le Monde.

Since ‘86 Cafe Le Monde has greeted early risers, fresh from their first morning surf, with famed coffees and delicious breakfast treats, and bid good night to many a late night reveller at the end of their live music gigs. For many many years Cafe Le Monde have been working around the clock seven days a week to serve tasty food at fair prices to locals and visitors alike, they’r proud of its history and honoured to be thought of as a Hastings Street icon, but now they have been recognised and awarded as an ‘Influencer’ by ‘Buddy’ and the Food industry as a huge supporter of local produce, business and community.

Their menu draws heavily on local produce and combines classics with more inventive dishes. Also supporting local businesses like Clandestino Roasters specialty coffee, Tanglewood Organic Sourdough Bakery, Noosa Cleanse cold pressed juice and Belmondos Organic Market, sourcing produce that is free range, grass fed and where possible certified organic. Its no surprise Cafe Le Monde has been and always will be one of the locals favourites for many more years to come.

Cafe Le Monde take their food, community and service seriously but not always the staff. The Staff of Cafe Le Monde  are always up for a good laugh and general good times, the Le Monde experience is very casual,very relaxed and fun. If you want to see this claim in all its glory, next time your in ask your waiter for a gig guide and join the crew for live music from Thursday to Sunday with local and interstate bands and DJ’s playing all kinds of magic.

With Cafe Le Monde being so awesome they have already joined the new revolutionary restaurant app called  buddy, when launched this Spring customers will be able to follow Cafe Le Monde to receive exclusive notifications of specials, live events, lunch and dinner deals, menu launches and much more, keeping you in their wonderful community exclusively in the know!

Launching Spring.

 

Noosa’s Supporter of Local Produce, Business and Community.

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Padstows Noosa has to be one of the front runners of ‘how’ a local restaurant should operate, everything they do has a touch of class about it.

When Padstows burst onto the Noosa scene a few years ago, they put a huge stamp on what the Noosa junction should become, and they have done just that.

Taking up nearly the entire corner of the Junction, with a huge bar clear to see for all, great furniture, decor, food, cocktails, ambiance and service, the Padstow crew really made a noise showing the rest of the the town how it should be done.

The restaurant is completely well thought out as they have provided wheelchair access, free wifi and even USB ports so you can charge your devices if you decide to hang out at padstows with your laptop catching up on some emails.

 

 

Local Produce

Padstows only uses the freshest produce the Sunshine Coast has to offer, with nothing spanning further that 20k from paddock to plate, the crew really have taken care in supporting local farmers, business and customers in making sure everything they provide is at the upmost best they can possibly offer.

They also can boast that their wine selection is to die for, selection of craft beers is enough to make you want to try them all and to top it all off they even have happy hours, lunch specials, live music and Sunday sessions!

 

 

Noosa has plenty of fantastic restaurants, bars, cafes and coffee shops but Padstows has Won the ‘Influencer’ status and will be given its very own business profile on our Restaurant app when launched. Also their very own Portfolio showcasing everything they do in our archives and our Blog.

Congratulations Padstows Noosa, Sunshine Coast.

 

App coming this Spring.