Eating with the AU: Ribs & Burgers - Various Locations

The idea of burgers as a cheap, franchise-tainted food has long been challenged by some really top quality restaurants popping up all over Australia, one of which is Ribs & Burgers, satisfying that need for great, inexpensive, and conveniently located burgers while also throwing in some of the juiciest ribs around. Their reputation as one of the best places to grab a burger AND one of the best places to grab some ribs doesn't come lightly; but people shouldn't be forgetting about their other offerings as well, especially the shakes.

F&L Guide: Sydney's best ticketed New Year's Eve parties

Pictured: Ivy Pool Club

It only comes but once a year, the biggest city-wide celebration goes down on 31st December with that unbeatable sense of excitement in the air as we edge towards those grand firework displays. While many opt for house parties, it's beginning to become more common for people to head out amongst the wider public at ticketed events, seeing as these events are starting to become more attune to making NYE the memorable day-afternoon-night-morning-hangover it should be. Here are some of Sydney's best NYE parties you should be looking at:

F&L News: Sydney's evolving restaurant concept IconPark offering their Darlinghurst location for permanent occupancy

Following the beloved Rupert & Ruby closing up as IconPark's second season comes to an end, applications have opened up for season three, with a big difference this time around. The restaurant chosen to occupy IconPark's Stanley Street location in Darlinghurst will win the right to trade permanently under a standard three year lease with the option to extend.

Eating with the AU: PJ Gallagher’s Irish Pub new menu - Various Locations (Sydney)

Gallagher Hotels, the people behind venues like PJ Gallagher's Irish Pub and Le Pub, have partnered up with celeb chef Darren Simpson (My Restaurant Rules, Ready Steady Cook) to help revamp and evolve their award-winning pub food offerings, focusing on food that is seen as much more than just 'cheap pub grub' and aimed at creating dishes people will want to actively seek out over more traditional restaurants. Things are looking good so far, especially at PJ Gallagher's Irish Pub where Simpson is able to get get back in deep with his Irish roots and work alongside Executive Chef Ronny Ghantous - who is known for the best Irish stew in town - to get the culinary makeover just right.

Drinking with the AU: Jack Daniels warms up Christmas with Single Barrel Holiday Select..and holograms

It's uncommon to see super popular Sydney bar Palmer & Co. and not be startled by the amount of people that flock into the underground, prohibition styled venue day after day; unless you're there on Jack Daniels behalf. We were fortunate enough to head along to the unveiling of Jack Daniel's Christmas campaign; a campaign which ushers in one of their renowned limited edition Christmas special expressions, and this time it's the Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Holiday Select.

the AU interview: Roy McVeigh (Dragoncello) speaks on the newest Surry Hills restaurant-bar experience

Surry Hills restaurant/bar Dragoncello just opened up last week, sitting pretty on Cleveland Street with an open entrance and a fiery, den-like feel to it. Don't go thinking about Dragons though; Dragoncello is Italian for terragon, speaking to the restaurant's fresh, innovative food menu. We caught up with Chef Roy McVeigh who is the brain behind this brand new venue, seeking a bit more insight into what this interesting venue will be adding to Sydney's thriving restaurant-bar scene.

Party with the AU: Facebook Party at Sea ft. Nathanial and Reigan Derry - Royal Carribean's Voyager of the Seas

Last Monday, in an Australian first, a mix of media, travel industry and 100 Facebook competition winners got the chance to party on board Australia's largest cruise ship - Royal Carribean's Voyager of the Seas - in a Facebook Party at Sea.

F&L Guide: the AU review's last minute Christmas gift guide

We're sure many of you leave Christmas shopping to the very last minute, and that's completely okay, because you're not alone - that's why many shopping centres do that 24hr shopping special a few days before the 25th. There could be a number of reasons why you have left Christmas shopping until the final week and a bit, one of which could be that you just don't know what to choose; there's a lot out there. To help, we bring you a variety of ideas to consider from the lush gift right down to the bargain. We've also thrown in some food and drink products we think would be nice just for the big day after everyone is done unwrapping their shiny new toys.

Eating with the AU: Cuckoo Callay - Newtown (Sydney)

I've recommended Cuckoo Callay to quite a few people now, and most have had the same reaction: "but, it's a train station cafe". That's true, the cosy cafe is perched right before the station gates at Newtown train station, but that is by no means indicative of the quality you'd find here. The curiously named cafe (named from Lewis Carroll's iconic "Through The Looking Glass") opened a little over a year ago, staring commuters right in the face as they bustle in and out of the station.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Wednesday 17th December 2014

In this week’s issue: Sydney's hip hop act One Day team up with The Vic to get youth off the streets this Christmas; We start to look towards Vivid Sydney 2015; The Rocks Village Bizarre starts to draw to a close; we look at some festive events at East Village in Sydney; Beerkary Bakery in Brisbane celebrates Christmas in their usual style by presenting two of the world's best things - beer and baked goods; Ford is announced as a partner for Sydney's new year's events; New Year's Eve at Potts Points freshest new bar - The Butler; Delonghi launches a new product; The Ballarat Beer Festival draws closer; Sydney bar Dove & Olive announce Summer line up; and so much more.

F&L Guide: The ten best coffee shops in Sydney

Pictured: Circa Espresso (Parramatta)

Coffee has gone from a drink used mainly for it's function, to something much larger in Sydney, with an entire culture surrounding it. Our city's coffee culture is forever present in in restaurants, cafes, and coffee houses around Sydney, with a sharp understanding that we are becoming more discerning and adventurous in how we enjoy a cup in our everyday lives.

Eating with the AU: That time a Sushi Rollercoaster came to Sydney (District 01, Surry Hills)

Sometimes brand activations create a lot of "wow" factor. Other times confusion. Sometimes there is confusion mixed with "wow" and you know that you're being given a rare experience. Over Halloween weekend in Sydney, Toshiba partnered with Intel to deliver a free event that had crowds lined up around the block. Taking over District 01 on a Laneway in Surry Hills, a pop up "Japanese Sushi Rollercoaster" arrived to give Sydneysiders free sushi and a one-of-a-kind experience.

Party with the AU: Opera Bar relaunch party - Circular Quay (Sydney)

We all know it and we've all been there; tucked under the walkway to the Sydney Opera House is the breathtaking Opera Bar, playing a big part in the city's cultural fabric for over a decade now, offering guests a quintessential vantage point from which to really appreciate the city we live in. A trip here is a reminder of where we live and why we have one of the most aesthetically pleasing harbours in the world. Now it's much more than the view. Renowned chef Matt Moran has jumped on board to reinvigorate Opera Bar, and at a very big opening party - which extends into the weekend - he, along with owners Solotel hospitality group, unveiled to media, VIP guests, and celebrities just how game changing they have made this venue.

the AU interview: Janice Wong (Singapore; Pastry Chef) talks Melbourne Food & Wine Fest, Singapore desserts, and more

Multiple award-winning Celeb chef Janice Wong is one of the most renowned pastry chefs in Singapore, a city known for it's diverse foodie scene, and she's bringing her skills to Melbourne next March for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. As head of the popular 2am:dessertbar in Singapore, Janice is going to have a lot of offer when she's down here, but why wait? We picked her brain about the festival, her approach to desserts, the dessert scene in Singapore, and what her tips would be to someone on a dessert crawl across Singapore.

Party with the AU: SoCal Neutral Bay’s First Birthday - Neutral Bay (Sydney)

Neutral Bay has become a little food and drink hot spot recently, not least because of the addition of SoCal, a California-inspired bar that brings the best of the golden state to Sydney. Now one year old we headed along to help them celebrate their first birthday.