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Eating with the AU: Sake Restaurant and Bar Launches Cherry Blossom Festival

Only in it's sophomore year, the celebratory Cherry Blossom Festival at Saké Restaurant & Bar is back, improving on it's first year with a bigger number of events, spread across the three Saké restaurants in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The month-long celebration is focused at ushering in the light and airy joy which cherry blossoms ('sakura') bring not only to Japan, but to the culture around the world.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Monday 1st September 2014

In this week’s issue: Criniti’s Express Lunch for those who are time poor offers to not only give you a quick food which is expertly made; it also offers to pay for your cab fare to and from the venue, Fairfield RSL Club offers secret garden tours, the Spring Ladies’ Luncheon at The Glenmore, the brand new powdered energy drink “REIZE”, the Australian Gardening Show in Sydney, and so much more!

F&L Guide: Father's Day Ideas - Events, Gifts, and More

You do realise that Father's Day is only a few days away, right? Before you panic, we bring you a few ideas on how to celebrate Father's Day, including a meat-packed dining event; all-you-can-eat lunches; ideas from Max Brenner for the choc-loving men out there; a consistent hit of coffee for the ol' man; a marvelous design-driven clock for the trendy dad; an adventure camp; and more.

Party with the AU: Melbourne Emporium Official Launch Featuring Baz Luhrmann - CBD (Melbourne)

On a recent, starry night Melbourne's reimagined retail icon Melbourne Emporium, created and hosted by creative visionary Baz Luhrmann, promised to be one of the biggest, most celebrated events on Melbourne's calendar this year. We were lucky enough to head along to the launch, melting into the glitz and glamour as this lush shopping precinct spread itself over the city.

Party with the AU: Risque Revue at Slide Bar - Darlinghurst (Sydney)

Slide already has a well cemented reputation as Sydney’s premier Cabaret venue, so I jumped at the chance to view their new dinner show, Risqué Revue.

the AU fashion: Havaianas Preview Summer 2014 Range

When it comes to flip-flops, ubiquitous megabrand Havaianas hangs far above anything similar, standing as one of Brazil's most successful exports in history. And it's the breezy country of Brazil where this iconic footwear draws inspiration, giving us an impossibly large range of essential flip-flops which accentuate the casual, calm situations people often wear them for. In their 52nd year, Havaianas are currently preparing their 2014 Summer range, illustrating the tropical, beach-side fun that one instantly thinks of when they see a wall of Havaianas propped up in the many, many outlets which stock them. In addition to the classic summer tributes, Havaianas have also thrown in a colourful kids range, and some pop culture inspired thongs.

the AU interview: Janine Allis (Boost Juice) talks the company's direction and the latest Protein Supreme smoothie

Renowned company Boost have long established themselves as the go-to purveyors of healthy, delicious smoothies for countless years now. Focused on building upon their abundance of refreshing varieties, the brand have begun rolling out their Premier Range with the Protein Supreme. It's a smoothie packed full of protein (a massive 32g) with an abundance of natural, wholesome ingredients in each serve.

A Mighty Fine Meal: Does the Urban Cat Cafe in Erskineville have the Biggest "Big Breakfast" in Sydney?

Cafe by day, Georgian restaurant by night, the Urban Cat Cafe in Erskineville just might be the best kept secret of Sydney. For proof, we can look no further than their big breakfasts - possibly the biggest that Sydney has to offer under $20, and the among the tastiest too.

F&L News: Magnum Sydney Pleasure Store returns to Westfield CBD for the next 8 weeks

Do you remember walking into the infinitely shiny Westfield Sydney last July and navigating that huge sea of bodies which snaked from Zara all the way into the shopping centre? Remember how you followed it out of curiosity and it led you to a glowing haven of DIY ice cream? I sure do, and it doesn't have to just be a distant memory from yesteryear any more; the Magnum Sydney Pleasure Store pop-up is back! And offering more toppings, a longer stay, and the same irresistible greatness that made it one of the most absurdly popular pop-ups in Sydney.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Wednesday 27th August 2014

In this week’s issue: One of our BIGGEST F&L Weekly's yet! Ben & Jerry's Open Air Cinema kicks off in Brisbane; Urban Purveyor Group open waterfront Bierhaus in Melbourne; A few Father's Day ideas; Swine & Co continues to grow; The Dungog Festival offers something a bit different; Sydney's beloved The Dough Collective expands; Surry Hills gets a new Middle Eastern restaurant; The best scenic drives in NSW; a new protein smoothie from Boost; the Hill of Grace Restaurant is now officially open in Adelaide; we look forward to the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show; good news from the iconic Opera Bar in Sydney; and SO much more.

Eating with the AU: Mr Mason & State of Grace Progressive Dinner - CBD (Melbourne)

His name was Mr Mason and the charm he exuded was instantly intoxicating. He welcomes me with champagne and entices my palate with gorgeous canapés. French songs are sung in the background as I mingle under the stars on the outdoor terrace. He leads me inside and seats me at an elegantly laid table where a cleverly designed menu greets us. This was a journey between two nearby restaurants in Melbourne's CBD, driven by the characters these beautiful establishments - Mr Mason and State of Grace - call upon.

Eating with the AU: Dilmah Pop Up Dinner, Barrel and Beast - Surry Hills (Sydney)

You’re seated at a nice restaurant, you’ve just ordered your meal and the waiter asks you what drink you’d like to accompany it. What do you say?

Eating with the AU: Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta - Bondi (Sydney)

Best known as the man behind Icebergs, Maurice Terzini opened his newest restaurant - Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta - earlier this year, hiding it away near Bondi Beach, in a new complex on Hall Street which also houses a branch of Haberfield's famed Italian Pasticceria, Papa. This weekend it was named among The Australian's 50 hot Restaurants around the country.

F&L NEWS: Chippendale Restaurant the big winner at Time Out Sydney Food Awards 2014

One of the biggest events for publication Time Out was held last night at gorgeous Ivy restaurant Uccello. The sixth annual Time Out Sydney Food Awards 2014 focused the city's hottest cafes, restaurants, and chefs into a mere nine categories, awarding the very best and celebrating the rich and diverse dining scene that we have in this fine city.

Searching for the best "Poutine" in Quebec, Canada.

When one speaks of the cuisine of Quebec, it's impossible to ignore the simple yet much loved dish "Poutine". Essentially chips, cheese and gravy - something which is also popular in places like Scotland - it may seem hard to understand without experiencing it for yourself just what makes this stomach pleaser such an anticipated attraction of the region. But I'm going to do my best.