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F&L News: Melbourne chef teams with co-founder of Ku De Ta to open Vietnamese restaurant and bar in Seminyak (Bali)

Melbourne chef Geoff Lindsay (Dandelion) has teamed up with co-founder of the famous Ku De Ta to bring Saigon Street to Bali. Focused on changing the rich dining scene in Seminyak, the Vietnamese restaurant and bar will be delivering an essential Vietnamese dining experience with sharp design - from award winning Australian designer Alex Zabotto Bentley - and even sharper food and drink.

the AU interview at The Calgary Stampede: Cowboy Wesley Silcox on rodeo shows, bull riding experience and more!


Photo taken by Larry Heath

Considering how dangerous bull riding can be, you've got to be pretty much made of steel to survive this as a job. the AU review's Larry Heath had the opportunity to talk with cowboy Wesley Silcox at this year's Calgary Stampede. He's one of the most successful bull riders in the world, and here he shares details on his bull riding experience and how it became a career for him, despite how risky the sport is. Nonetheless, it's clear that Silcox is fulfilling his dream as a rodeo superstar.

F&L News: Sofitel brings back popular 'Sofitel Wine Days' for 2015

Luxury accommodation brand Sofitel have brought back their popular "Sofitel Wine Days" concept this year, once again throwing decadent celebrations of French wine and art-de-vivre. Hotel guests who stay at a Sofitel while this program is running, from September 21st to October 31st, can partake in a wide array of wine experiences capturing the traditional wine harvest period in France.

Photo Gallery: Ottawa Bluesfest Day Six ft. Edward Sharpe + Lynyrd Skynyrd + John Butler Trio + Mama Kin and more... (14.07.15)

We head to the sixth day of Bluesfest in Ottawa, and bring you some photos of Australia's own Hamish Anderson, John Butler Trio and Mama Kin who played alongside the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dan Boeckner's new project Operators, METZ, Black Lips and many more. Enjoy these photos and stay tuned for the full review of today's action packed event!

Tigerair Australia to offer fares as low as $45 for two passengers in today's "2-for-1" sale across entire domestic network

From midday today (AEST) Thursday 15th July Tigerair Australia will be launching what is perhaps one of their most tempting sales yet: a 48 hour Network Wide "2-for-1 sale". Australians will be able to book a flight for two people from as low as $45* until the sale ends at midday Friday 17th July.

Visiting Dallas, Texas: A Day & Night in 'The Big D'.

Until now, the only impression of Dallas I had was courtesy of the Cowboys and the short time I'd spent at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on my way through to Austin. It's the 'Big D', right? I'd been told that if I heard 'Everything is bigger in Texas', it's Dallas they're referring to most of the time. And in some ways, it's true.

Winners are crowned as Stevie Wonder helps bring the 103rd annual Calgary Stampede to a close

Following 10 days of carnival fun, rodeo action, live music, agriculture and a tonne of entertainment, the 103rd annual Calgary Stampede came to an end today in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, crowning their winning riders with huge pay checks and seeing legendary artist Stevie Wonder close out the event with a special performance in the Scotiabank Saddledome.

F&L News: The Gantry's Executive Chef Chris Irving to feature at Yukon Culinary Festival (Canada)

Besides turning newly launched The Gantry Restaurant and Bar housed within luxury hotel Pier One Sydney Harbour into a roaring success, Executive Chef Chris Irving also busies himself as Executive Outlet Chef for the South East Asia chain of Marriott Hotels and Australian Marine Conservation Society Ambassador championing seafood sustainability. We have a habit of claiming overseas talent as our own, so it’s only fair that Irving flee from our shores just for a short while to invest in something dear to his heart and his Yukon roots, heading back home to participate in the third annual Yukon Culinary Festival at the end of this month.

Hotel Review: Standard Room at Best Western (Hobart, Tasmania)

Best Western in Hobart makes for an easy, comfortable stay that's not only good value but delivers the kind of uber convenience one can benefit from whilst on a trip down in Hobart. Hobart is already one of the easiest, major Australian cities to navigate, with a beautiful layout so that you're pretty much always within walking distance from the major restaurants, bars, and museums; Best Western adds to that, located at 156 Bathurst St, and a 5-10 minute walk from the central shopping area.

Seven acts you shouldn't miss at the 2015 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest from July 12th until the 19th.


Photo Credit: Mark Horton

Over the next 10 days, the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest (which kicked off on July 8th) is taking over Canada's capital city, with an incredible - and vast - array of artists from around the world. The event kicked off yesterday - but as we don't arrive at the event until July 12th, we wanted to bring you our picks of the festival from July 12th until the event ends on the 19th! Read on...

A Skeptic Abroad: 5 Reasons to Travel by Busabout (and 5 reasons to think twice)

NB: I am not paid or endorsed by Busabout in any way. These are my own opinions and thoughts and, at time of writing, I am not making any financial benefit from writing this article. These are also my own experiences, and experiences of people I have met on the Busabout travels.

Domestic Flight News: Tigerair meets demand by adding two new services

In an attempt to meet growing demand, budget airline Tigerair Australia have added two very convenient services to ease travel between Melbourne and the Gold Coast, and also Sydney and Whitsunday Coast. The new networks are the result of an extensive review conducted by the Airline.

We talk to Mark Monahan - executive and artistic director of the RBC Bluesfest - about the 2015 Ottawa Bluesfest!


Photo Credit: Mark Horton

We're coming to you today from Canada where we're just days away from heading to Ottawa for their annual Bluesfest. The event officially kicked off yesterday and runs until July 19th (and you thought the Australian Bluefest was massive!). Ahead of the event, we caught up with Mark Monahan, executive and artistic director of the RBC Bluesfest, who shares his festival picks, gives us some insight into the event, and talks about the event's relationship with Byron Bay's own...

A Weekend in Houston: Four must eat places in the Texan city

The famous dining scene of Houston, Texas can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but as long as you know how best to approach it you'll be fine. Suggestions are of paramount importance when it comes to eating out in this great city, so Johnny Au has listed some of the best foodie experiences he could find over one weekend.

Travel News: The city of Los Angeles prepares for DineL.A's Summer Restaurant Week 2015

An extensive roster of over 300 restaurants has now been locked in for the forthcoming DineL.A's Restaurant Week, a popular biannual event that delivers 14 days of exclusive dishes, fixed price menus, and a sense of culinary adventure to the famed city of angels. The event will kick off on July 13th and last through to 26th July.