¡Qué bueno! Paddington’s just been given a heady shot of Latin America with the opening of new restaurant, Tequila Mockingbird. First time restauranteur, Michael Fegent (formerly Sake restaurants) took inspiration from his travels through South America, and wanted to replicate the food experiences he had to the Sydney market. Executive Chef Regan Porteous (Riley Street Garage, formerly Toko, Zuma, Maze) is also co-owner, and together they have built Tequila Mockingbird into a blend of flavours from all over Central and South America, from Mexico through to Argentina. ... Read More | Share it now!
Sometimes referred to as the “Oscars of the Australian food world”, the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards has come around again to sort through the country’s stellar dining scene and celebrate excellence across several different categories. Being the country’s only national restaurant awards based on independent reviews, the awards serve as an authoritative guide to the best of the best, which were named at a ceremony last night held at Sydney’s Long Chim, a strong new opening from homecoming hero David Thompson.... Read More | Share it now!
Anyone who has ever given blood via Red Cross Blood Service know that joyous feeling of refueling with cookies from Byron Bay Cookie Company, the service’s official partner. It’s like blood and cookies go hand-in-hand now, and that partnership has just been kicked up to the next level by Sydney’s famed Three Blue Ducks (specifically, the one in Rosebery). The cafe has come on board the International Missing Type campaign, which aims at raising awareness of the need for Australian’s to donate blood, by running a temporary service by which people can come along to discover their blood type with the Red Cross Blood Service, pledge to give blood, and eat a specially made dessert that has been designed in partnership with Byron Bay Cookie Company.... Read More | Share it now!
Bombay Sapphire are thinking outside of the box when it comes to their latest collaborative project, focusing that crisp flavour and complex profile – the premium London Dry has 10 different botanicals – into what they are calling “True Artistry”. It’s a program of avant-garde partnerships with various Australian music, fragrance, and culinary talents, curated into events that aim to elevate different aspects of the gin drinking experience both through online and real-world sensory experiences.... Read More | Share it now!
Now that winter is almost behind us (fingers crossed), Gelatissimo have released a bunch of new flavours to continue their globe-trotting wave, designing four tastes that have been inspired by places like South Africa and France. This has resulted in some of the gelato chain’s boldest creations to date, surely spicing up their regular offerings to really make a mark on Australia’s vast gelato scene.... Read More | Share it now!
Here’s where you get your second wind after a long-ass working day, Sydney; a bar built on the notion of good, energising hits of coffee that has been shaken, not stirred. That’s right, the city has gotten it’s first ever bar dedicated to the ever-loved espresso martini, combining the love of good coffee with good alcohol, sprucing up the rusty old guts of the former Cadbury chocolate factory in The Rocks.... Read More | Share it now!
Port Macquarie’s annual festival Tastings on Hastings is back! Already in its 14th year, guests will be taken through three days of culinary adventure beside those sparkling waters that often come to define the small city. This year’s ‘Fire, Water, Harvest’ theme signals a more interesting twist by involving different senses for a heightened gastronomical experience, headlined by celebrity chefs Matt Golinski, Matt Wilkinson, and Nicolas Poelaert who will be hosting dinners and guided event tours on a program that also brings in everything from garden lunches, beer masterclasses, and a pop up oyster barn.... Read More | Share it now!
Nowadays it seems like we’ve moved beyond just general wine festivals (oh we still have plenty of those) and onto curated programs of specific varieties. The latest niche wine festival to be announced is Bolle Italia, and the focus here is on good Italian sparkling wines, split across two days at Rushcutters Bay restaurant Bar Machiavelli. ... Read More | Share it now!
Surry Hills’ craft beer mainstay Keg & Brew – sister pub to Dove & Olive and The DOG – is turning two towards the end of this month, and to celebrate in their typical beer-loving style they’ll be welcoming a tap takeover all the way from Victoria. All 33 of the venue’s taps will be handed over to Bridge Road Brewers, who will bring up some of their finest brews to help the team celebrate, even planning a special collaboration brew that will be exclusively available on Thursday 25th August.... Read More | Share it now!
Newtown eatery and emporium Brewtown Newtown staged a very well received attic party a few weeks back, making full use of their adjoining O’Connell Street Merchants for a lively celebration of good fashion and good food. They’ll be doing it all over again this weekend as they throw their second ever attic party, stretching across both Saturday and Sunday with a special collaboration with Smoking Gun Bagels.... Read More | Share it now!