Polish video game developers Techland have now had a taste of zombie-driven success with Dead Island so it's only right that they venture out into similar territory with the long-awaited Dying Light. While Dead Island was a bit more fantastical in terms of art direction and it seems like the developers have decided to get a bit more gritty and realistic with their upcoming survival-horror. At the recent EB Games Expo, we caught up with Techland's community manager and one of Dying Light's developers Michal Napora to chat about the game, how it's been refined, and more.
Behind Sydney's banking district lies some of the the city's best restaurants, and everywhere from Italy (Jamie's Italian) to New York (The Bowery, Swine & Co) is represented quite well here; but there is no exploration of a country's cuisine as deep as the one you'll find up those stairs and into the stylish, dim Mejico.
In this week’s issue: Ovi Hydration launches in Australia; we look at the Cruelty Free Festival; Three Williams plans a possible 'free narnie' day; We look forward to the fantastic Sculptures by the Sea in Sydney with both The Grounds Of Alexandria and QT Sydney adding to the fun; The Margaret River Gourmet Escape offers new packages; dinner and camping packages on Cockatoo Island; Gradi opens at Melbourne's Crown Casino; a 1 metre pizza challenge; several more places to spend the Melbourne Cup; The Sydney Craft Beer Week is offering loads of events; Tequila Masterclasses at Mejico, and so much more!
The Armageddon Expo took over the Melbourne Showgrounds this past weekend, with TV and movie stars from the likes of Doctor Who, Breaking Bad and Superman, as well as members from the huge realms of sci-fi, fantasy, comic, anime and gaming all coming together for a weekend of geek and fanatic goodness. Rebecca Houlden was there and brings you this gallery!
He's a world class dancer and a Bboy icon, so it makes sense that Bboy Blond will be the one to represent Australia in the Asia Pacific finals of the Red Bull BC One - the one-one-one B Boy World Championship. To help demystify the popular culture of Bboying, and to talk about the upcoming championship, we caught up with Blond and had a little chat about bboy cyphers, the championship, the different style in different cities, and more.
The Armageddon Expo dropped by Melbourne this weekend, providing a fun environment for geeks to well, 'geek out' on their favourite fandoms and share their obsessions for all things television, sci-fi, mystical and comical with other fans.
Tanqueray gin, the quintessential palate cleanser, has a charming Gin Garden Bar open at the Good Food Month Night Noodle Markets in Sydney. From October 10th to 26th, Hyde Park transforms into a bustling gastronomic hub, and the Gin Garden Bar offers Tanqueray’s signature serve, the Tanqueray and Tonic.
The street of Sydney are about to be flooded with our adored range of craft beers when Sydney Craft Beer Week kicks off. Already festivities have begun at historic venues like The Australian Heritage Hotel (the annual Australian Beer Festival, on all weekend) but that's just one of the 100 events planned for October 18-26. It'll be period of reflection and celebration on how much the craft beer industry has grown in Sydney this year, with craft breweries, pubs, restaurants, galleries, pop-up installations and more getting involved in the festival.
For a liqueur that has allegedly existed since 1525, Disaronno’s profile in Australia is surprisingly low. The launch of Disaronno Terrace at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel set out to change that, with the picturesque Eastern Sydney venue playing host to the unique event. Disaronno Terrace events have taken Europe and the Americas by storm, with over 11000 cocktails served at more than 50 events.
Avoca’s famous Mexican haunt Rojo Rocket may have closed doors in September, but it has been replaced by an equally impressive venue in Bombini (which translates to bumble bee in Italian), the brainchild of ex-Manfredi at Bells head chef Cameron Cansdell and his wife Hayley Hardcastle, who was previously employed as Bells’ food and beverage manager. Here the focus is on modern Italian fare made using organic produce, and the pair is set on utilising the two-acre property on which the restaurant sits to grow much of their own fruit and vegetables.
For the first time in the long-established brands history Jeanswest will introduce a range of jewelry alongside their summer essentials collection which includes tribal-inspired clothes and accessories as well as a very Australia, laid-back charm.
The contribution made by OzHarvest to the well being, education, and nourishment of those in need over the past 10 years has been unimpeachable. Billions of dollars of good quality food goes to waste each year, and so a food rescue charity like this has been and will continue to be one of the most necessary bodies in society. Having the reputation they have goes far, and it shows when high profile chefs often go out of their way to help the cause wherever they can; it shows when brilliant social media campaigns like #mealforameal - from the folk at Virgin Mobile Australia - inspire millions across the country; and it shows when you actually sit down with these people and over dinner. The latter is exactly what I did as I joined their anticipated Table for 10 dining series, heading along to one of several long table dinners they have planned for Good Food Month.
There's a new fashion brand on the scene and it's set to wave the flag high for the bold, the fresh, and the affordable. Lyla & Co have launched their SS14 range, with the face of the campaign Anja Nissen - winner of The Voice 2014 - helping to kick start it all.
Next month Melbourne's Como House and Garden will see the return of The Président Cheese Paris To Provence Festival, welcoming a showcase of the French countryside through everything from masterclasses, food, and wine, to books, fashion, and home decor. This incredibly comprehensive, focused festival will be a haven for francophiles city-wide, so we thought it best to catch up with one of the pastry chefs who will be conducting one of many masterclasses during the festival. Renowned chef Pierrick Boyer (Le Petit Gateau) will be showing people how to create and plate a range of mouth-watering French desserts; we had a bit of a chat with him about French pastries and what's in store at the classes.
Karen Walker Eyewear has reached its 10-year milestone, and what better way to celebrate than with a birthday bash? Held at Sydney’s Artspace in Woolloomooloo, the New Zealand designer chose to theme the event in line with the confetti and cake-fueled campaign (photographed by Derek Kettela in New York) of her new summer 2014/15 collection, aptly named Celebrate.