Ever since burger makers cottoned on to the quality and popularity of the iconic In-N-Out Burger in the US, they’ve been trying to replicate it. And this trend isn’t restricted to Australia – many on the East Coast of the US will know Shake Shack, whose own take on the In-N-Out style burger has made them one of America’s most popular burger spots. Not bad for a brand that started as a little more than a food cart in Madison Square Garden 13 years ago.... Read More | Share it now!
We at the AU are honoured to have Batch Brewing Co. on board as sponsors for our upcoming 9th Birthday Party in Sydney. Now a staple of the Marrickville scene, we caught up with Iain McKelvey to talk about the origins of the group, running a community minded brewery and producing damn good beer…... Read More | Share it now!
Located just across the street from the South Bank’s art and gallery precinct (including the GoMA, which is currently celebrating their 10th birthday), is a small and unassuming cafe/restaurant that produces a Michelin-star quality food at reasonable prices. Jerome Batten is the man behind Gauge, a role he juggles while also helming Sourced Grocer, a cafe and grocer in Newstead. For both, the focus is on local, quality produce – with each kitchen’s own flair for originality.... Read More | Share it now!
Organised by the fine folk at The Sydney Connection, last week’s sold out Glebe Tasting Trek was a unique way to discover new gems in a part of Sydney many think they know well. Asking “how long have you been here?” at an establishment was often met with a reply of “several years”, throwing off my initial theory that “this place must be new” and “I just haven’t come to the area recently enough”. Is this the case all over Sydney? Are there gems that I’ve been walking past all these years, not paying any attention to?... Read More | Share it now!
Much has been said about the burger scenes in Sydney and Melbourne, but anyone who has been up coast would find it hard to overlook Brisbane when considering Australia’s finest. We’ve tasted some pretty incredible burgers and now we’re delivering to you our five favourites, in no particular order. Not all of them are cheeseburgers, mind you, but all of them are delicious.... Read More | Share it now!
Though plenty of international festivals, including the Calgary Stampede which we will feature later in this article series, still embrace our most basic culinary appetites – fried, salty, greasy carnival food – the popularity of the modern, often “gourmet” food truck has undeniably changed the landscape of what we eat at festivals and how we eat it. Laneway Festival – whose Australia legs kick off today in Adelaide – is no stranger to this either.... Read More | Share it now!
The culture of Tapas in Spain is one that dates back to the 16th Century. Its exact origins are often argued, but many say its core purpose can be found in its name. The word comes from “tapar”, or “to cover”, and many believe the tradition started with breads and meats being used to cover drinks – typically Sherry – and protect them from flies. Bartenders started noticing that the more snacks they provided with their drinks, the more people would drink. And so a culture was born. Or something like that…... Read More | Share it now!
Memphis, Tennessee. Though perhaps best known around the world as being the home of Elvis and Graceland, the American city is also the home to some of the best BBQ in the country. And in popular revitalised areas like Overton Square and the Cooper-Young district, the city is finding that its cuisine is reaching even further, often served in rooms beaming with musical history. In our recent trip to the great city, we had the chance to enjoy Memphis’ finest food, drink some of their finest beer and dance to their best music. Today we’ll take you to just seven of the places you have to pay a visit next time you’re in the “Birthplace of Rock n Roll”.... Read More | Share it now!
When I first stumbled across The Meatball Shop in New York’s Lower East Side back in 2011, it had barely been open for a year, but the owners were already preparing to expand to two more locations – and, five years later, they now sit in six locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Things move pretty fast in New York.... Read More | Share it now!
Every week it sounds like there’s something new opening in Cronulla, a reasonably isolated beachside town outside of Sydney that seems to have a dining gem around any corner. For now, they’re keeping a lot of this to themselves – but at the end of last year, we spent a weekend in Cronulla and thought we’d bring you four of our favourite dining experiences. ... Read More | Share it now!