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Eating with the AU: Stockroom in InterContinental Sydney Double Bay - Double Bay (Sydney)

And so it beings. The slice of life that will be on offer at Double Bay - and Sydney's - most exciting new venue is just about ready to unleash itself upon foodies, travellers, and shoppers alike. The soon-to-be-opened InterContinental Sydney Double Bay has been a massive project, revitalising the bayside grounds, that were once the iconic Ritz Carlton, for something that balances heritage with a contemporary charm. Food is just one of the facets of the new hotel, but it's a major part of why not just those seeking accommodation have been all over the development. In addition to a third leg of Australian contemporary-Japanese gem Sake, and a new venture from North Bondi's gorgeous Shuk, there will be a unique European-style open pantry which flows into a plush restaurant area going by the name of Stockroom. I was honoured to be invited along to try the menu at Stockroom, while also being one of the first to set foot inside this luxurious hotel.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Friday 31st October 2014

In this week’s issue: We look forward to the Sunnybank $2 Food Trail; A collaboration between The Grounds of Alexandria, Sculptures By The Sea, and Almond Breeze; Matt Moran opens his new restaurant in Sydney; Circular Quay gets a new Indian restaurant; Hyundai takes their partnership with Sculpture by the Sea to a completely new level; Neil Perry's Burger Project opens in Sydney's World Square; Vino Paradiso kicks off; Etsy plans Pop-Up Markets across the country; a new Electro Swing club opens in Perth; Aboutlife comes to Surry Hills; the opening of the Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar; Suntory brings more Japanese Whisky to Australia; and so much more.

NSW's Former Chief Funster Andrew Smith Reveals his 5 Favourite NSW Experiences

From December to June of the past year, Andrew Smith was appointed Destination NSW's "Chief Funster", and travelled all around NSW to see the best of what our country had to offer. Among this time, he went to Tamworth, joined the AU on a weekend in Newcastle and much more.

Eating with the AU: Candelori's - Smithfield (Sydney)

Venture well out of the city, past Parramatta, and park yourself in the modest surroundings of Smithfield because there's a revitalised Italian restaurant here that is well worth any trip. Candelori's in the western suburb of Smithfield has had a complete makeover after over a decade of establishing itself as a hidden gem amongst lovers of authentic Italian cuisine Sydney-wide. Even better is that makeover has come from DS17, the folk behind the gorgeous fit outs for Alpha Restaurant and China Republic. The result is simply stunning, delivering a feeling of elegance as soon as you open that absurdly massive, heavy door that is slightly hidden in an alcove.

Eating with the AU: Itali.co - St Kilda (Melbourne)

At first Itali.co may seem out of place, nestled amongst the stereotypical St Kilda burger joints and pubs. From outside, the decor looks refined and spacious juxtaposed to the hustle and bustle of busy Carlisle St. Upon entry your eyes wander to the glass cabinet stocked with prime cuts of succulent meats. Beside it, a pizza oven roars to life with crackling flames, whilst giant jars of Nutella stand ready at the desert station. On the other side of the room is an impressively stocked wine cabinet, lined with racks upon racks of vintage drops to appeal to every pallet. The menu is simple and easy to navigate, however deciding what to choose proves quite difficult!

F&L News: IMB Sunset Cinema brings outdoor cinema to Western Sydney

The popular IMB Sunset Cinema is back and gearing up for another massive season with a brand new location to add to its reach. The Lizard Log Ampitheatre in Western Sydney will be host the pop-up outdoor cinema experience from 7th November to 6th December. Screening three nights per week, there will be the perfect blend of blockbusters, cult classics, live music, gourmet food, a fully licensed bar, and of course, beanbags - a winning combination which has seen them become one of the most successful outdoor cinemas in the city.

Eating with the AU: KB Hotel Re-Launches as "Keg & Brew" - Surry Hills (Sydney)

Earlier this month, the classic KB Hotel on Foveaux Street in Surry Hills - which had become run down to say the least, Sydney institution or not - re-opened as the "Keg & Brew". Though heritage pieces of the pub remain, the warm, homely feel has certainly re-energised the venue, with cowhide, brown leather and taxidermy filling out the space. But it's the selection of 33 craft beers on tap - alongside a new menu inspired by Southern US cuisine - that really gets us excited.

the AU fashion: Topshop Topman to open flagship store in Perth

Perth has cemented itself as a top drinking and dining destination over the last few years, and now its safe to say the west coast capital is upping it in the fashion stakes too – renowned UK fashion chain, Topshop Topman is set to open its first WA flagship store within the city’s newly revamped Carillon City Shopping Centre this Friday, 31 October.

Win a double pass to Wild West Beer and BBQ Fest in Sydney

How many times do you find yourself at the pub sipping on a delicious craft beer you’ve never heard of, only to wake up the next day having completely forgotten what it’s called? Such is the challenge facing beer connoisseurs all over Australia, with local ales becoming increasingly hard to find outside of their hidden small-bar nests.

Rydges Sydney Central are offering their new "Suite Romance" package until June 2015

The stylish, centrally located Rydges Sydney Central have launched their very reasonably priced "Suite Romance" package, offering a saving of up to $118. From $279 the package will be offering King Suite accomodation, breakfast, bubbles, wifi, and a late check-out so couples can really indulge in the Central Sydney lifestyle.

F&L News: Grill'd Healthy Burgers launches worlds first low-carb bun

In celebrating ten years of serving Australia Grill'd Healthy Burgers has introduced what they claim is the world's first low-carb bun, naming it the Low Carb SuperBun, and watching as burger eaters approach it with caution. These kinds of promotions usually fizzle out as gimmicks, but so much study and experimentation has gone into creating this bun that it actually results in something well worth paying attention to.

F&L Guide: Halloween 2014 in Sydney

Most venues in Sydney are hip to how much people adore Halloween, and so there is a great deal of celebration that will be going on this weekend with specials packages, curated parties, and more to assist those that are opting for something a bit more bigger than a house party. The holiday's original purpose is sadly overshadowed by the popularity of dressing up and getting drunk, but the positive side is that the event allows people to show off their creativity (or lack thereof) and competitiveness (winning "best dressed" means so much more when it's for Halloween). Here's a few event going on around Sydney to help you express that inner beast, in addition to some quick and easy recipes for those hosting house parties.

F&L News: Bondi's brand new pop-up Burger Bar set to give away 100 burgers this Wednesday

Beer garden slash burger joint Burgers N Brews is popping up opposite Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach over summer and they want to spread the joy by launching with a massive giveaway. The pop-up will be taking over the interior of the former PaperPlanes - which will be relocating (stay tuned for information on that) - in that small alcove of foodie fun at 178 Campbell Parade.

Party with the AU: Ippudo Central Park Launch - Chippendale (Sydney)

Internationally renowned ramen restaurant Ippudo has decided to expand from it's sole Sydney location in Westfield CBD and pop-up with a second venture in the progressively impressive surrounds of Central Park, Sydney's shiniest food, art, and retail hub. Located in Central Park's outdoor dining district, opposite Ribs & Burgers, stands a venue that looks and feels completely different from it's Westfield brethren.

F&L News: Luna Park teams up with Wicked The Musical to offer Fine Dining on the Ferris Wheel

Occasionally the beautifully located Luna Park will offer Sydney something a bit different than your usual basket of cotton candy, carnival games, and the city's iconic Ferries Wheel. This coming week, that bit of difference comes in the form of a unique fine dining experience in partnership with Wicked The Musical; an experience which will take place while guests ride said Ferris Wheel.