Our top picks for Sydney’s Spectrum Now festival 2016

Multi-faceted cultural festival Spectrum Now has come around for it’s second year in Sydney (1-16 March), bringing with it a diverse 16-day program of events across arts, music, theatre, food, talks and more, adding more than enough to the city’s March to-do list. The vast array of things to do during Spectrum Now has grown since it’s debut last year (over 100 events), and so the program may be a bit daunting to sift through, which is why you should definitely check out our top pick of the festival below, ranging both free and ticketed events.... Read More | Share it now!

Our top picks for Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2016

One of the most delicious and eye-opening months on the city’s busy calendar is back this March as the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) returns from 4th to 13th March. Over a week of exploratory culinary events and wine showcases will take place throughout the city, with a very loaded program featuring some of the biggest restaurants, cafes, chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers across Victoria. We’ve spent the past few weeks trying to wrap our heads around the program and have selected some of our essential events of the festival.... Read More | Share it now!

Where to find the best margaritas in Sydney

Much dispute has arisen over who exactly created one of the most famous and endearing cocktails in the world, the classic margarita. Many say it first popped up around 1938 when bartender Carlos “Danny” Herrera dreamed up the cocktail for a dancer named Marjorie King, who claimed she was allergic to all spirits except Tequila, prompting Herrera to build on the elements of a traditional tequila shot with salt and lime to create a refreshing, palatable drink. Other origin stories say the drink wasn’t created until 10 years later, when a wealthy socialite named Margarita Sames just randomly whipped up her namesake for some guests, one of whom was Tommy Hilton who would go on to add the drink to the bar menu across his well-known hotel chain. However, the Sames story clashes with the claim in The Complete Book of Spirits that Anthony Dias Blue, the first importer of Jose Cuervo in the U.S, advertised with the tagline “Margarita: it’s more than a girl’s name” in 1945, which is three years before Sames apparently created this drink. We may never know the true origin of the drink, but one thing is for sure; Margaritas have remained a reference point for cocktail recipes which go on to stand the test of time, so much so that a day exists to celebrate the mix; that day is today, Monday 22nd February.... Read More | Share it now!

Best things to do in Sydney this weekend (19th-21st Feb)

It’s the freakin’ weekend, the second last of summer for this year as a matter of fact, and Sydney’s vibrant weekend culture isn’t fading one bit with the start of the big Mardi Gras festival as well as the big rally planned for Keep Sydney Open. There are plenty of delicious, fun, and interesting things to do around Sydney from Friday to Sunday this week so get across our top picks:... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight On Cronulla NSW: Exploring a refreshed and refocused dining scene

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!

Spotlight on King Street Wharf, Sydney: An early Valentine’s Day food crawl

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and it can be tricky to find something a little special for the day, we’ve already let you know our top set menus in single locations, but there’s also the option to just roam around on a good ol’ fashioned food and drink crawl. Luckily Sydney has many dining precincts to do so, and this past week we had a preview of what King Street Wharf has to offer.... Read More | Share it now!

The best of Valentine’s Day in Sydney 2016

All you lovers in Sydney should be prepared because there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, diners, and bars around putting on their best for the most romantic day of the year. Whether it’s your significant other or a group of loves ones you’re planning to hang with on February 14th, keep these events in mind, they might just make the difference between a night with Adele and a tub of Ben & Jerry’s or a night chilling with Marvin Gaye and Netflix.... Read More | Share it now!

Chinese New Year in Melbourne: What’s on for the Year of the Monkey

On a casual stroll along Southbank Pedestrian Bridge this month you might spot some illuminated pandas playing under a bright rainbow, or a 14-metre-long phoenix at Harbour Esplanade; that’s how you know that Chinese New Year is well and truly here, and Melbourne’s celebrations are just starting to kick off. While the city certainly has lit up for the Year of the Monkey, there are plenty of venues joining in on the celebration, offering everything from lion dances to special banquets. Here are some of our favourite happenings in Melbourne this month for the Year of the Monkey. ... Read More | Share it now!