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Seven reasons why we can't wait for the Calgary Stampede

With history and tradition that stems back to the late 1800s, the Calgary Stampede is one of the world's longest running events. Part rodeo, part exhibition, part Easter Show-esque carnival, part music festival, the Stampede kicked off in Calgary, Alberta, Canada today, starting an impressive ten day event that will bring in over a million attendees from Canada and around the world. We're excited that we'll be part of the latter category next week, bringing you exclusive coverage of the event for the first time. And, as we work to get excited about it all (believe me, it's not hard), we're letting you in on the seven reasons we can't wait for the festival.

Eating with the AU: Grill’d Nourish & Flourish Burger launch with nutritionist Lola Berry


Grill'd Ambassador Lola Berry with celebrity personal trainer Dan Adair

There’s nothing like a good burger, one that barely fits in your mitts or your mouth, the crunch of fresh ingredients and soft bun giving way as you bite into it, catching driblets of juicy goodness before they stain your shirt. Yep, there are a multitude of places which fulfil that burger ideal and Grill’d have positioned themselves amongst the top of the lot. Not only has the chain differentiated itself with its ‘real food’ philosophy and community spirit, it may just have cracked the ‘healthy eating’ stigma in the new Nourish & Flourish burger, specially formulated with the help of audaciously vibrant author of The Happy Cookbook Lola Berry.

Book Review: Adam MacDougall's "The Man Plan" (2015)

The Man Plan is a no-nonsense health and fitness book specifically designed for the modern individual. It is targeted at men in particular and those who have become complacent about their health and confused by the inundation of messages about fad diets and fitness plans while the Western world battle a burgeoning obesity epidemic. The Man Plan is designed to be practical and offer some real solutions to some big problems that are often overlooked.

F&L Photo Gallery: The AU and The Jugernauts present "Ketchup" - Darlie Laundromatic (02.07.15)

Last night we teamed up with Food Blog The Jugernauts to throw a special invite only industry event in Sydney, bringing together variety of people from the food industry, showing off some of the best food and drink from the city! We were proud to have Pizzaperta, Hand Picked Wines, Bridge St Garage Bar & Deli, Tequila Arette (Mex Trade Australia), Willie The Boatman, Mr Crackles, Food Craft Espresso and Australia Brewery Company. Thanks to all the amazing brands involved, as well as one of Sydney's best venues - the Darlie Laundromatic - for hosting the event. Ashley Mar captured the night:

F&L News: Bondi Beach welcomes Drake Eatery (Sydney)

Bondi is now the proud owner of a soon to be all-day eatery designed by ACME & CO, the guys behind local favourites The Grounds of Alexandria and The Incinerator. Heading up the new venture is Sydney based chef Ian Oakes, who as Head Chef for The Grand National in Paddington secured the restaurant a chef hat rating four years in a row. The new eatery offers a flexible menu reflecting Oakes’ philosophies of sustainable, seasonal and locally sourced produce, with the focus on encouraging diners to ‘eat how they want to eat’.

F&L News: My Kitchen Rules 2015 winners Will & Steve announce one-off kitchen takeover at Vine Double Bay (Sydney)

Recent winners of this year's My Kitchen Rules, Will Stewart & Steve Flood aka 'The Gourmet Pommies' have announced that they will be taking over the kitchen at celebrated Double Bay restaurant Vine on Tuesday 4th August.

Eating with the AU: Civilian Bar & Kitchen - Darlinghurst (Sydney)

Civilian Bar & Kitchen

With Sydney's warm summer weather most definitely behind us it's nice to have some neighbourhood favourites you can rely on for those colder nights. Having opened last November, Civilian Bar & Kitchen in Darlinghurst is now in full swing with their winter menu delicately crafted by Aaron Mihelic formally of Sydney icons such as Fish Face, Guillaume at Bennelong and Becasse.

F&L Guide: How to do Bastille Day in Sydney


The Gantry Restaurant & Bar

A celebration of all things French is coming up this month, Bastille Day. The special day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, falls on July 14th but many venues extend their French-focused activities to the entire week. This year in Sydney, Bastille Day celebrations will see an increase in reach with essentials like the BBR French World Festival, the week of exclusive events at Ananas, and venues like The Gantry, Cottage Point Inn and Felix offering specials. Here are the best ways to join in on the fun in Sydney.

F&L News: The Sheaf begins a new evolution with The Garden Bar (Sydney)

The Golden Sheaf, better known as "The Sheaf", is an Eastern Suburbs mainstay, a rights of passage for many growing up in that area and a regular haunt from then on. It has been awhile since the iconic Double Bay pub has undergone a major change, but 2015 seems to be that golden year for evolution. The Sheaf has invested a lot in completely transforming its ground-floor outdoor bar into what is now to be known as The Garden Bar.

F&L News: Grey Gardens, Melbourne's newest arts, coffee. and moving picture house, set to open this month

Fitzroy is about to become home to Grey Gardens – Melbourne’s newest arts house, coffee house and moving picture house. Due to open its doors on Friday 3rd July, this space will shape-shift between a gallery, project space, coffee bar and screening room for the previously nomadic Speakeasy Cinema.

F&L News: Harry's Ice Cream wants to deliver you free tubs for International Ice Cream Month

July is international ice cream month, obviously a day marked so by someone who is enjoying a warm summer right now. In Australia, things are a bit chilly, but that shouldn't stop you from grabbing a tub of free ice cream when it's basically given to you, right? Australian brand Harry's Ice Cream are championing this month of months with a real neat social media based giveaway, delivering emergency ice cream drops everyday across Australia. Right up until Friday 31st July.

F&L News: Pignolet and Kyritsis team up for special one night only dinner at Yellow (Sydney)

Industry legends Damien Pignolet and Janni Kyritsis will take over modern European bistro Yellow come Tuesday July 21st, for a special one night only dinner. The restaurant which is the brainchild of Bentley Bar's Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrand is housed within former 1950’s deco style art gallery the Yellow Building at Potts Point.

F&L Guide: The best $1 eats in Sydney


The Soda Factory's popular Dollar Dogs (Tuesdays only)

On the one hand you have cheap eats, and on the other hand you have really cheap eats; we're talking one slightly rusted gold coin cheap. Sydney is surprisingly full of them - $1 eats that actually don't make you feel like you are desperately scooping up rejected leftovers. Surry Hills' institution The Soda Factory quickly became famous for their quality dollar dogs, but there are much more around Sydney that give you some bang for your buck. Here's our guide to the best $1 eats around the city.

F&L News: Mc'Donalds introduces all day breakfast menu in Australia

For years, many have been begging fast food giant Mc'Donalds to extend their breakfast menu hours, and now it looks like the megabrand has finally listened. As of today, Mc'Donalds will be rolling out all-day breakfast at their restaurants across Australia.

Eating with the AU: The Hunter's Kitchen at Lucky Penny - South Yarra (Melbourne)

Anyone who lives in Melbourne knows that which side of the Yarra you live on speaks volumes. In fact, most Melbournians from the ‘north side’ would rather forget the days when they ever frequented the sterility of the fitness-obsessed, four-wheel-driving, footballer haven that is Chapel St. Raised in artistic, down-to-earth neighbourhoods, it is a given that north siders know where to find good food without pretentiousness. Life on the north side is comfortably grungy with hidden secrets and that’s how it should remain.