Drinking with the AU: The Powder Keg - Potts Point (Sydney)

The Gunpowder Plot

Renowned cocktail maestro Grant Collins has been standing proudly watching his Potts Point small bar The Powder Keg jetting up the ranks of Sydney since opening up shop on Kellet Street late last year. TPK - as the venue is affectionately referred to - is leading a bunch of small bars which are breathing some fresh air into the surrounding area, and seems to be all-in with an attempt to become one of the best small bars in Sydney; I think it's safe to bet on them.

Eating with the AU: Nel. Restaurant - Surry Hills (Sydney)

One of the most sightly features in the restaurant

Highly celebrated chef Nelly Robinson brings his world of experience and concentrates it within an atmospheric fitted-out bunker-style space below street level, on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Wentworth Avenue in Surry Hills. Strutting the line between fine and casual, Nel. delivers a distinctive and valuable range of degustation-only dining that has it fast becoming one of the most exciting new restaurants in the inner-west, driven by good food, great wine, and a really effective atmosphere.

Eating with with AU: March Into Merivale Presents "Wok On" - CBD (Sydney)

As an event which ended this year's incredible March Into Merivale on a high note, Wok On brought together all of Merivale's Asian eateries under roof Sydney’s Establishment bar. The event added to their March Into Merivale calendar portfolio with a smorgasbord of Asian eats from Mr. Wongs (with 2 stalls), Sunee Thai, Sushi E and Ms. G’s.

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Eating with the AU: Opera Bar Café - Circular Quay (Sydney)

Opera Bar has always been and always will be one of the icons of Sydney, with it's perfect location in the shadow of the Sydney Opera House, right by our gorgeous harbour. Recently there has been some major reworking of the waterfront location and this final part of that shiny new puzzle is the Opera Bar Café, a permanent breakfast extension that is focused on a simple, no-fuss menu full of fresh, quality produce, and delicious coffee from Single Origin Roasters. The stand-alone breakfast hub is mostly take away, but nothing is stopping you from ordering up your breakfast and taking advantage of the many seats available.

the AU interview: Peter Gunn (Attica Sous Chef) talks Young Chef awards, pop up dinners, and more

On a dreary Melbourne afternoon I headed down to North Melbourne’s ‘Auction Rooms’ cafe to interview Peter Gunn, the Pacific semi final winner of the S.Pallegrino Young Chef awards. Peter’s reputation was growing in Melbourne, having worked as sous chef at Attica for the last 4.5 years, and quite recently starting his own fine dining night Ides. I was interested to learn where he had come from, and find out his vision for the future.

F&L News: Three Williams Café pair up with artist Brad Robson to create a gourmet gallery experience (Sydney)

It’s not every day a café patron can add a particular piece of artwork from a renowned artist hanging on the wall to their food bill, just because it happened to take their fancy as they sat there eating a sandwich. Favoured Redfern local Three William’s Café is aiming to give customers just that sort of opportunity, having turned their premises into an experimental art gallery two weeks ago.

F&L News: Young Henry's release their Noble Cut Gin for pre-order

Young Henry’s have big things on the horizon for 2015: the Newtown brewers are soon to reveal their newest product, the Noble Cut Gin, around Australia. For now, the popular inner-west mainstays have made the drink available for pre-order.

F&L News: All the weird things Mc'Donalds did around the world for their #imlovinit campaign

Those folks underneath the Golden Arches of Mc'Donalds had a recent campaign to re-promote their McCafé concept. Titled the "imlovinit24" initiative, Maccas filled up a full 24 day by hosting some really strange (and mostly fun) events in 24 major cities around the world, all on the 24th March. I don't know why 24 is a significant number, but I do know that the brand knows how to engage it's legions of hungry big-mac-eating fans. From a giant, picturesque ball pit in Sydney to a McFashion Show in Stockholm; a mobile concert from UK pop star Jessie J to an free L.A concert from R&B star Ne-Yo. Here's some of the most eventful activations that Maccas hosted this week to deliver their 24 gifts of joy. No matter what you're feelings are towards Mc'Donalds, it's hard to hate on fun.

F&L News: Stayz has built Australia's first edible house out of Hot Cross Buns, and you can eat it today (Sydney)

Sydneysiders can eat a house today as Stayz has decided to get to work in front of the iconic Customs House and build a whole house made of hot cross buns. What's more is that this house comes with a front garden and a picket fence, tasking the builders with over 80 hours of work as they used 6,000 freshly baked hot cross buns to put together this humble abode.

F&L News: Michelin Star Restaurant Tim Ho Wan Set To Open This Weekend

Famous for their mouth-watering delicacies carefully crafted by top chefs around the world, dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan are set to open their first Australian outlet on Saturday March 28.

Cooking with the AU: MSC Certified Grilled Hoki Fish Tacos

Earlier this month was Sustainable Seafood Day, and with more and more people becoming aware of the benefits and issues surrounding sustainable seafood we thought it'd be great to publish a recipe from The Maine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC helps to ensure a sustainable seafood supply is as simple and accessible as a sandwich filling. Try out these mouth-watering Hoki Fish Tacos.

F&L News: Homer Hudson set to blow Aussie tastebuds and waistlines with their comeback ice cream range

Australians everywhere it’s time to get your fat pants out and be at the ready in your comfiest seat with the biggest household scooping implement available because Homer Hudson are back baby! The ice cream company who challenged the unshakable 80’s institution of the Neapolitan tub way back when, are returning with a mission in mind, blow the nation’s socks off with their new decadent five flavour range.

Weekend Highlight: Shangri-La Sydney to host special Earth Hour dinner featuring a honey masterclass (Sydney)

To mark this year’s Earth Hour night as well as showcase its commitment to sustainability, the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney will host a candle lit alfresco dinner under the stars; complete with a honey masterclass by Doug Purdie of the Urban Beehive.

F&L News: Aboutlife Natural Marketplace gives Easter a healthy twist with organic hot cross buns and more

Easter is one of the best times of the year for over indulging in chocolate and the worst for keeping gym appointments and eating healthy. It’s even more challenging for those with dietary restrictions to enjoy, as a lot of treats on offer don’t tick the gluten, dairy and sugar free boxes. Aboutlife Natural Marketplace are aiming to remedy this by offering up a range of guilt-free options that will satisfy the fussiest sweet tooth, whilst being easy on the waistline.