How to eat in Singapore: The Hawker Centres

There is a general misconception about the food and drink culture of Singapore that puts it as an expensive, primarily upper class enterprise. Indeed, most of the tourist traps hold true to this - and the bar culture in Singapore makes the already overpriced $7+ schooner at Australian pubs seem like a bargain (we're talking $15+ in most Singapore bars). But venture out to what are known as the hawker centres - a food court like arrangement featuring Chinese, Malaysian and Singaporean street food - and you'll find $3 meals, $5 beers and the finest example of the region's cuisine. And unlike other regions in Asia, you can eat here knowing you're in safe hands thanks to Singapore's world-renowned cleanliness.

Feature: Reflecting on Oz Comic-Con's Sydney debut.

If you’re as obsessed with The Simpsons as I am, you may recall the Duff Gardens episode where one of the attractions is a Line Ride. This is how I felt about Oz Comic-Con. Don’t get me wrong, there were some amazing elements to the weekend, you just had to wait for all of them. This status quo was established well before anyone who wasn’t fortunate enough to secure one of the very few cars spaces at Glebe Island even arrived. As novel (and pretty) as it is to catch a ferry to a convention, it certainly takes a chunk of time out of your day.

Drinking with the AU: Wild Turkey Introduces the Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary

At a very special event at Neil Perry's iconic Rockpool restaurant earlier this month, it was unveiled that renowned Kentucky distillery Wild Turkey have produced an ultra-rare, limited edition bourbon to honour 60 years of Wild Turkey great, and Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell. The Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary was launched in Australia at this event, spread out on tables in a beautiful commemorative box as guests were treated to a showing of some of the finest bourbon in town.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Tuesday 23rd September 2014

In this week’s issue: A special Meat Lovers Dinner at Alpha Restaurant in Sydney; Brisbane's Good Food & Wine show is fast approaching; we look at the return of The Milk Bar at Sydney's World Square; The special 'Table for Ten' dinners approaches as Oz Harvest celebrate their 10th birthday; Sydney's Bowery Lane extends to Dinner; Gloria Jeans introduces 'The Cakewich'; Wild Turkey introduce an ultra rare, limited edition expression; Mr Black helps you celebrate International Coffee Day; The Curtin in Melbourne gets Huxtaburger as a resident diner; Boost Juice re-introduce the 'What's Your Name Game'; The Clock Hotel in Surry Hills turns Italian for the October Long Weekend; and so much more.

Eating with the AU: The Cider House (Melbourne)

Near the Alexandra Parade end of Brunswick St lies The Cider House . Featuring 15 independently produced local and international craft ciders on tap, along with over 40 bottled varieties to choose from and while the emphasis is on cider as the name suggests, there are craft beers, wine, spirits and cocktails on offer. The philosophy behind The Cider House is one of relaxed shared dining, where those with special dietary requirements, including vegan and gluten free can order directly from the menu and omnivores are also catered for. “No food envy” says co-owner Ben Day. “Everyone can co- exist in the one place.”

Mixing with the AU: Max Brenner's Anonymous White Chocolate Cosmopolitan

Happy National White Chocolate Day (it's actually a thing, and it's today), we hope you reflect on your love for indulging in creamy white chocolate heaven as much as we are about to with this easy-to-make twist on a traditional Cosmopolitan. Forget the standard "girly drink" and the Sex and the City references here, chocolate purveyor Max Brenner is here to make sure that from now on, when you drink a Cosmopolitan you think of that deliciously creamy taste of white chocolate. Taken from Max Brenner's popular recipe book Chocolate: A Love Story, we - with permission - bring you the steps to make your very own Anonymous White Chocolate Cosmopolitan. Make a couple and invite a some friends over tonight; celebrating white chocolate is a communal thing!

F&L Feature: A lesson in food styling at Fine Food Australia 2014

Since it’s inception in 1984, Fine Food Australia is now the largest annual food trade industry event for the foodservice, hospitality, export and retail sectors. Featuring over 1000 exhibitors, representing 41 nations and attracting over 24,000 buyers, all manner of industries associated with the food industry, such as world class food producers, packaging, lighting, cutlery, furniture, catering and processing equipment companies are represented here.

Eating with the AU: Zigi's Art Wine Cheese Bar - Chippendale (Sydney)

Welcome to Zigi's Art Wine Cheese Bar where there's art, there's wine, there's cheese, and there's...Israeli food. Walk through the homely opening in the middle of a graffiti-covered wall off Abercrombie Street and you'll be welcomed by one of the best hidden small bars in the area. The glowing multi-coloured lights behind the bar highlight the rich drink selection, which includes a focus on quality and accessible wines (of course). Every staff member has enough character to match the charm of the tiny bar, almost immediately giving you the sense that they have just been waiting specifically for you; and now that you're here, it's time to celebrate. That's not to say they are lacking when it comes to patronage though, seated in the tiny outside courtyard (which looks like a Newtown NYE house party) is a bunch of sociable hipster-looking folk, wine in one hand and cheese in the other.

F&L Picks: Our ten favourite burgers in Sydney

Burgers will never go out style, as long as there are chefs continually one-upping each other when it comes to the timeless food. Sydney has seen a resurgence in the burger as of late, with many venues around the city taking what is often seen as a simple meal and delivering something distinctive, delicious, and memorable. We asked a few of our Sydney food writers share some of their favourite burger joints (or just burgers) around town. Whether monstrously large and juicy or simple and light, these are the venues doing taking the idea of a burger further than the rest. We also throw in what we feel is one of the best kept secrets outside of Sydney, and the best new addition to the Sydney burger scene.

F&L News: Cobram Estate introduce new season range + educate on benefits of Extra Virgin olive oil

Food provenance has become increasingly important to people around Australia as we begin to realise just how rich and vast the produce in this country can be. One such brand which can be trusted when it comes to sustainable, locally grown produce is Cobram Estate, purveyors of ultra premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil who maintain a consistent passion for pure, healthy product. The award-winning brand are fresh off an olive harvest and are excited to bring their new season Extra Virgin Olive Oils to stores across the country.

F&L News: The Urban Purveyor Group announce biggest Oktoberfest in the Southern Hemisphere

Three of The Urban Purveyor Group's venues are set to pay homage to their roots in a big way, by honouring the traditional Bavarian festival of Oktoberfest with a six-week celebration at 11 venues over 43 days and nights.

Cooking with the AU: Massaged kale with oven roasted tomatoes and pine nuts

Natural Food Chef Jesa Henneberry has a talent for cooking up easy, delicious meals for people following a vegan or paleo diet as well as those with various food allergies. As such, the freelance private chef has created several creative and healthy meals, here is one of our favourites drawing upon the almighty kale.

F&L Guide: The Food & Drink Diaries of Mackay, QLD

Traditionally a corporate mining and sugar cane town (it's known as "the sugar capital of Australia"), the Queensland town of Mackay has become a more popular tourist destination in recent years with new hotels, a marina and an upgraded airport, featuring more flights from the major airlines; there's even a new Virgin lounge for the frequent traveller! Though it would usually cater to the busy workman, during my trip it was full of scruffy, hungover musicians following the city's popular River Sessions festival.

the AU fashion: Marimekko opens third Australian store in Melbourne's Emporium

Marimekko, that treasured Finnish company who are famous for their bold textiles and attractive designs, have just opened up their third store in Australia, in the fresh and shiny location of Melbourne's lush Emporium.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Wednesday 17th September 2014

In this week’s issue: You guide to Sydney's Spring Carnival; Salvos Stores support Huntington's Awareness Month through Septemeber; a new menu at Potts Point gem LL Wine and Dine; the opening of a brand new restaurant at the Mercure Hunter Valley Resort; festivals at both Surry Hills in Sydney, and Woolloongabba in Brisbane; World Square announces the winners of its 'Get Creative With Fashion' competition; The U.G.L.Y. Masquerade Ball at Mr Tipplys to support the Leukaemia foundation; and so much more.