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Streets will bring an Ice Cream Jumping Castle to Sydney this month

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Propped up at Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay, from 20th Jan to 22nd Jan, an unmistakable ice-cream inspired 14mx14m jumping castle will be giving Sydneysiders and visitors the chance to bounce their way to a free treat from Streets legendary range. Titled the Streets Ice Cream Jumping Castle, the three-day pop up will be encouraging people to take a break and have a little bounce on what is perhaps the most gleefully summer-appropriate jumping castle to ever hit Sydney.

Converse announce Chuck Taylor All Star Sex Pistols Collection

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Fans of UK legends Sex Pistols can now jump all over the new Converse collection, which features colours, materials, and graphics inspired by the iconic band and their many albums. The classic Chuck Taylor All-Stars in the collection set a high standard for footwear collaborations this year, featuring some of the most instantly recognisable references to Six Pistols along with highly detailed stitching and graphic overlays.

On the Shelf: Bombay Sapphire "Star of Bombay" London Dry Gin

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After a very successful preview at recent Sydney pop-up Project Botanicals, Bombay Sapphire's new super-premium Star of Bombay has been released to the public, showcasing a new evolution for the brand as they attempt to "redefine" high-end Gin and elevate what is already considered to be the world's fastest growing premium Gin and number one premium Gin by value.

MasterChef Dessert King finds new kingdom in Chippendale with Koi Dessert Bar (Sydney)

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MasterChef fan favourite Reynold Poernomo has achieved what many of his fellow contestants have yet to do, and opened up his own restaurant within a year of appearing on the popular reality TV show. His venue, Koi Dessert Bar, in the Kensington Street, Chippendale quarter of Sydney, is a two-level dessert-focused restaurant, with a ground floor café and an upstairs lounge and bar area, also offering savoury Indonesian dishes.

Bake Bar expands to include third store at Double Bay's Kiaora Place (Sydney)

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Last month, Bake Bar opened its third artisan bakery in the Kiaora Place redevelopment in Double Bay, making it the second Bake Bar shop to open in 2015, with the other being in Alexandria. Bake Bar now joins 20 specialty retail shops spread throughout the development, standing as the space's only bakery.

The Argyle plans trio of beach-themed parties to celebrate summer (Sydney)

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Renowned venue The Argyle in The Rocks has announced a big trio of parties spread across this month, all designed after iconic beach locations around the world. Taking place over three big weekends, each party will draw inspiration from either Rio, Miami, and Ibiza as they transform the unique hot spot into a medley of thick deck chairs, palm trees, and beach balls.

Sunrise Asian - Elizabeth Bay (Sydney)

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Widely referred to as a "Chef's Secret", Sunrise Asian is a name well known amongst the A-list of Australia's kitchen-heads; from Neil Perry to Peter Gilmore, some of the country's finest have been regulars to Fiat Malaniyom's business for years, relying on him and his team to source hard-to-find produce and rare native ingredients from around Australia, many of which have been used to create some stand-out dishes at restaurants like Quay and Rockpool. It then comes to no surprise that Sunrise Asian's brand new stand-alone restaurant in Elizabeth Bay is attracting all kinds of attention from food lovers across Sydney, doubling as a store for fresh Asian groceries, pastries, and various other produce.

Gelatissimo create two new limited edition flavours inspired by Brazil and Havaianas

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Havaianas have teamed up with awarded artisanal gelato maker Gelatissimo for a little beach-side pop-up this January, inspiring two new Brazilian flavours to be offered for one month only across Australian Gelatissimo's stores, including a tasting session Bondi Beach this weekend.

Gelato Messina, Knafeh, Porteno, and more announced for Sydney Festival-2016

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There's going to be some serious eating to do at Sydney Festival's 40th anniversary this year as some of the city's best and most innovative food outlets spread out over the festival's four separate entertainment hubs, from Parramatta to Barangaroo, and of course Hyde Park. Everything from Gelato Messina's carnival candy inspired creations and gelato doughnut treats to popcorn shrimp wraps by Saké Restaurant & Bar will be available for the duration of the festival, from 7th to 26th January.

Australia's first Breaking Bad themed restaurant, Heisenberg Haus, opens in Brisbane

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As of mid-December, last month, Ipswich near Brisbane has welcomed a new German restaurant with a big, big difference. Named Heisenberg Haus, this hub of schnitzels and biers has been inspired by none other than Vince Gilligan's masterful television series Breaking Bad.