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Drinking with the AU: Icebergs Sundays with Aperol Spritz - Bondi (Sydney)

It’s no secret we Aussies are big fans of the Sunday Sesh, particularly in summer. And who wouldn’t be? A relaxing drink with friends, preferably near a beach or at least out in the sunshine with some good tunes to complete the chill vibe. Good news! Aperol and Icebergs have combined forces to bring you a new Sunday hang.

Cooking with the AU: Paprika pork chops with balsamic chickpeas and chorizo

Vic's Meat Market has been standing tall and distinctly in Sydney Fish Market since it opened a few months ago, supplying the city with top quality produce, as well as world class steaks and juicy smoked burgers (thanks to the largest smoker in Australia). The hub of provenance, meat pick 'n' mix, and every kind of cut you can think of - on demand and on display - has supplied us with this very tempting recipe, with just enough time for you to perfect those skills ahead of Christmas. Read through this, go to Vic's to grab some pork chops, and enjoy!

Eating with the AU: Meat Lovers Lunch at Alpha Restaurant - CBD (Sydney)

Alpha Restaurant is one of the best looking restaurants in Sydney, there's no doubt about that. The heavenly hub of Greek food - both traditional and progressive - is fronted by Chef Peter Conistis, who has brought his 20+ years of championing Sydney's Greek cuisine to create something entirely worthy of being part of the official Hellenic Club of Sydney. At a very special one-off event for the recent Good Food Month, Alpha teamed up with the fine meat purveyors at Haverick Meats to stage the 'Meat Lover's Lunch", a packed out affair which saw the city's most carnivorous and discerning diners spread out in the open space and dine and chow down on some exceptional meat creations.

Eating With the AU: Watt Restaurant & Bar’s Brand New Summer Menu - New Farm (Brisbane)

Nestled underneath the towering structure of the Brisbane Powerhouse lies the amazing Watt Restaurant & Bar. It offers breathtaking views of the Brisbane river, and brilliant food at reasonable prices. The notorious venue is now offering a fresh Spring and Summer menu, with food cooked by new head chef Jason Norris. The new menu has food that is sure to wow everyone.

Eating with the AU: La Svolta Italian Restaurant - Prahran and Hampton (Melbourne)

As I enter La Svolta I am warmly welcomed by owners Valerio Calabro and Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Russo and I immediately feel like I've come to an Italian home as my hand is shook, names are vocalised and I am ushered outside to their new, ready for summer, dining space to eat and drink their exclusive new menu range.

The AU fashion: top local designers on show at new InHabit concept (Melbourne)

Melburnians are in for a treat with InHabit, a new fashion forward concept by Scentre Group which sees a carefully curated selection of Australia’s top designers, those that don’t already have a presence within Westfield shopping centres, showcase their wares at Westfield Doncaster.

Party with the AU: Hijinks Retro Dance Party - Sealife (Sydney Aquarium) (13.11.14)

Who doesn’t love a trip to the aquarium? Not only do you see some odd squiggly things, memories of primary school excursions followed by sherbet lollipops abound! But now I’ve realized there’s a reason so many songs exalt praises of living under the sea.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Wednesday 19th November 2014

In this week’s issue: A very Sydney focused issue as The Rocks Boatshed is set to kick off for Corroboree Sydney; Swine & Co launches a Mad Men inspired Wednesday; the exclusive Bennelong New Year's party; a new Potts Point bar from Appljack Hospitality; news from Bondi Hardware; LL Wine & Dine's "Stay Llocal" menu; King Street Wharf and its multitude of Christmas and New Year's offerings; The Keg & Brew starts Crafternoons; and so much more.

Win a double pass to see the Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks on a Harbour City Ferry!

Harbour City Ferries is excited to offer locals and visitors a ferry good time for the two most iconic events on Sydney Harbour, watch the Sydney to Hobart Race and New Year’s Eve fireworks on board the most iconic boats on the Harbour. Selected ferries will be on special charter with 1,550 tickets available to enjoy the spectacular Sydney Harbour fireworks on New Year’s Eve. General Manager – Customers & Stakeholders, Michelle Handforth, said the special ferry charters are a once in a lifetime experience for locals and visitors to enjoy Sydney Harbour.

F&L News: Sydney's Balvenie Craft Bar Pop-Up is as much a museum as it is a haven for handcrafted Whisky

Great things often come and they go in Sydney, with pop-up bars frequently amongst the most memorable. It's then expected that the city's current pop-up bar of the moment send it's most discerning of casual drinkers into mass hysteria. The Balvenie craft bar will be popping up in Sydney briefly to celebrate fine Australia craftmanship and the world's most handcrafted single malt Scotch whisky - the namesake for the bar.

Travel Guide: The Top Five Fitness Properties in Australia

Long gone are the days when hotels, resorts, and the like are primarily about having a place to stay while you go enjoy your holiday elsewhere. Accommodation is now such a big experience that there are many properties which offer a complete and satisfactory experience without you having to ever stray far from those big, impossibly comfy beds. In collaboration with Stayz, we bring you the five best properties in Australia for fitness activities.

F&L Guide: The 10 best pizza places in Sydney

Sydney's pizza scene is now bursting with authenticity and the kind of variety that pretty much eliminates that need to pick up the phone and eat your waist away with cheap takeway. Many of the quality pizza joints in town also do delivery, so unless you need to cheaply order in bulk for a house party or it's 2am and you're dying for a tub of grease there should be no excuse to not explore pizza the way it is meant to be explored.

Eating with the AU: Pink Salt - Double Bay (Sydney)

Double Bay restaurant Pink Salt, which first caught Australia’s attention in series two of My Restaurant Rules back in 2005 (it is the brainchild of contestants Evan and Bella), recently re-opened to reveal a brand new look – its been completely renovated, plus there’s a new menu and head chef in Mark Williamson, who’s worked at hip Sydney venues including Bondi Hardware and The Tilbury.

the AU interview: Kyla "The Champagne Dame" Kirkpatrick talks different Champagne brands, glamour, and Jay-Z

Kyla Kirkpatrick AKA "The Champagne Dame" is one of the most celebrated and well-versed champagne connoisseurs on the scene, using this prodigious knowledge to educate and engaging on a beverage that is much more complex than one would initially think. Champagne has become synonymous with luxury, so we catch up with Kirkpatrick to learn a bit more about bubbly, the different brands, and the different styles of those brands.

Sydney Hotel The Langham will reopen its doors this year following a grand transformation

Earlier this year in July, Kent Street’s famous hotel The Langham closed its doors to undertake an extensive $30 million transformation to reinvent itself as one of Sydney’s most exclusive harbourside addresses. After a long wait, the transformation is almost complete and The Langham is set to re-open its illustrious doors on December 2nd.