Celebrating milestones at ARIA

April 12, 2013
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Some surveys say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. One such survey came out late last year and it was the type of ‘news’ publishers and broadcasters love and made headlines. Apparently for many, the post wedding, house and honeymoon spending bonanza often leads to financial stress and even a diminished quality [...]

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Win 1 of 10 double passes to see Haute Cuisine!

April 11, 2013
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During his first term as President of France in the early 80′s, François Mitterrand was served by an all-male team of culinary chefs skilled in haute cuisine. Mitterand was a renowned gastronome and had a penchant for ‘simple food’ done superbly so upon his re-election for a second term, he requested a change to his [...]

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Slaying old demons at House, Surry Hills

March 6, 2013
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We’d first dined at House, sister restaurant to Spice I Am, just after it opened in 2010 and having just returned from a summer holiday in Thailand and desperately missing the excellent cheap Thai street food, daily massages and generous cocktails, the Co-pilot and I together with our travel companions DanW and Katie booked ourselves [...]

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Caffe Sicilia’s Heinz Beck ‘Legacy Degustation’: Michelin starred dining in Sydney

January 12, 2013
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Sometimes sifting through the motony of emails, wading through the newsletters, spam and group deals, will yield rewarding little nuggets of pure gold – a golden ticket as it were. Was I interested in a masterclass with 3 Michelin starred chef, Heinz Beck? I replied with lightning speed to the invitation – you betcha I’m [...]

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Reflecting on a kinder 2012 and wishes for a happy 2013!

January 1, 2013
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Happy New Year! Wherever you are in the world, I hope you’re celebrating in style! We’re celebrating down the south coast of NSW in Tuross Heads with family, friends and plenty of good food and wine; fishing, foraging, sun and sand. There have been feasts galore and on new year’s eve last night, between mouthfuls [...]

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Win a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem Cookbook!

December 28, 2012
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Our experience at Yotam Ottolenghi’s Nopi in London left quite the lasting impression on us. The combination of fresh vibrant flavours and exotic spices so foreign and tantalising to my palette that we reminisced about the details of that meal fondly. Below are a few of the photos from our lunch at Nopi and you [...]

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48 Hours in London: The Value Hunter’s Gourmet Stopover

December 21, 2012
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With so many amazing places to eat Londoners and by extension, us tourists, were really spoilt for choice. I’d never been to London before so given we had a mere 48 hours or 6 precious meals to have in London, we’d amassed a great spreadsheet list and slowly whittled it down to a shortlist of [...]

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Time out at Bayside Lounge, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

November 30, 2012
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I find myself at Bayside Lounge and for once, I’m here in a fairly calm and lucid state – not sleep-deprived, not delirious from excessive consumption of sugar, and not wide-eyed and supercharged with adrenalin. From my description, you’d be forgiven in thinking that I’m talking about a seedy Saturday night out in The Cross, [...]

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Adelaide impresses with Eat Drink Blog 2012

November 25, 2012
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A month can fly by with barely a change in routine. Most of my waking life is spent staring at a computer screen, tap tapping away on my keyboard. Inevitably when I surface for air, rubbing my eyes and glancing at the time, I can be found loudly and indignantly exclaiming “Oh. My. God. It’s [...]

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A taste of the NSW South Coast and Southern Highlands

October 5, 2012
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There’s a mantra that’s gaining momentum: local produce is king. It seems to be an all-pervasive mantra and is no longer a niche philosophy reserved for the progressive and early adopters.  It’s one that is being increasingly repeated from market stall to kitchen tables; from small diners to fine dining kitchens where menus proudly tout [...]

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