Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Wednesday 23rd July 2014

In this week’s issue: Mary's Burgers comes to Sydney's CBD, Taste Orange @ Sydney returns bigger and better for 2014, The Winery Surry Hills presents the king of all wine tasting events,the Regional Dinner Series continues at Balla, Equitana returns to Melbourne, Mordeo Bar & Bistro holds "Jammin Da House", and so much more

the AU interview: Anjum Anand (UK) talks about Indian food, her book, misconceptions, travel tips, and more

Celebrated writer and chef Anjum Anand is often heralded as the Nigella Lawson of Indian cooking, and she certainly lives up to the reputation in her latest cookbook Quick & Easy Indian. Eye-opening to the often misunderstood and diverse cuisine, easy to follow, and beautifully illustrated, her book is essential for those eager to see the healthier, lighter side of Indian food. We caught up with Anjum to chat about her insightful view on Indian food, Quick & Easy Indian, travel tips for foodies looking to journey through India, and more.

Party with the AU: Jägermeister SPICE Launch Party at The Spice Cellar - CBD (Sydney)

To celebrate the release of Jägermeister’s newest product, Jägermeister SPICE, the drink that’s started (and no doubt ended) millions of nights, threw a launch party at The Spice Cellar replete with canapés and cocktails inspired by the new limited edition spirit, which is retailing now across Australia.

Eating with the AU: Koba Korean Street Food - CBD (Melbourne)

Melbourne’s newly furnished street food inspired Korean venue ‘Koba’ was in full swing Friday night. Located at the far end of Hardware St in a blink and you’ll miss it hole in the wall, Koba is the perfect cbd destination to satiate the appetite. The concept of Koba was thought up by owner Rosa Kim who said “I wanted to offer Melbourne authentic Korean street food just like it’s found in Korea. It should be affordable, super tasty, and I wanted to present it in my own way.” The hype surrounding the recent opening was evident by the large number of people packed into this small venue. Seats are scarce, so get there early or be prepared to stand.

Party with the AU: Mordeo Bistro & Bar Launch Party - CBD (Sydney)

Sydney's CBD welcomes another distinctive bar into the fold with Mordeo Bistro & Bar, waving the flag high with a varied Southern European atmosphere that draws on the festive vibe of Spain and Portugal, the warm hospitality of Greece and Italy, and an irresistible Mediterranean charm to colour it's corner of Assembly of Deutsche bank place. The location almost places it as a hidden gem, but since it's in the atrium of this impressive building, the bar is fairly easy to spot; more so because of the five gigantic lamps looming in the courtyard, designed by architects MBMO to give the bar a very distinguished and iconic look.

Cooking with the AU: Candelori's Bananas Dessert

World-class Italian restaurant Candelori's in Sydney suburb Smithfield has enjoyed a much celebrated refurbishment recently, retooled with a new menu and a new look that has food bloggers all over the city in a craze lately. The family owned business has kindly provided us with a few recipes to publish, with the first being a delectable, simple dessert with the no-fuss name of "Bananas". Give this easy-to-follow recipe a whirl and let us know how it turns out for you via our twitter or instagram. Don't forget to tag @Candeloris for some added culinary clout.

Eating with the AU: Le Pub, CBD (Sydney)

Executive Chef Ronny Ghantous celebrates authentic French dining at Le Pub. The Parisian-style bistro is adjacent to the bar area, boasting a menu of classic French cuisine that will warm you up in no time. We duck into the bar and eatery on a chilly, rainy weeknight to find recluse and try the new winter menu.

Cooking with the AU: Pear, Avocado & Rocket Bruschetta + Pear Pudding with Vanilla Custard

The recently published cookbook Australian Pears Volume 2 is all about encouraging Aussies to rediscover their love for the deliciously juicy fruit, realising how versatile pears are through creative cooking. The book is packed with a large range of recipes - covering everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert - to showcase pear. Here, we bring you two of our favourite recipes, taken from the book and published with permission.

Eating with the AU: Rekorderlig Cider's Swedish Winter Festival Dinner - Bite Club House, Woollahra (Sydney)

There's a certain unique air that swells around Rekorderlig, going through every single season and absolutely nailing it with their beautifully Swedish aesthetic and sense for the extraordinary. The brand throws events around the globe, each with an impressive focus on themed, memorable experiences which draw on surrounding elements such as the season.

Party with the AU: Mrs Sippy’s 3rd Birthday - Double Bay (Sydney)

In need of some winter warming, and a drink or two, a few of the AU crew headed down to our favourite Double Bay bar Mrs Sippy to celebrate the venue’s third birthday!

Drinking with the AU: Apres Ski at Zeta Bar - CBD (Sydney)

This winter Zeta Bar is transforming Hilton Sydney into an Après Ski wonderland every Friday night. Sip on cocktails specifically designed for this season, whilst lounging near the fireplace. We dropped in for the launch event last Friday, and were greeted by a fierce bartender who was flaring with fiery cocktails.

Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Monday 14th July 2014

In this week’s issue: Goodgod Small Club follows The Dip with the brand new Jonkanoo Caribbean Canteen, the increasingly popular Devon Café introduce their dinner services, Mövenpick expand their tantalising range of desserts, the Opera Bar's new Winter menu, The Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival starts to gear up, and so much more!

Eating with the AU: InterContinental Sydney’s “A Taste Of... Foraged Feasting” sneak peek - CBD (Sydney)

Foraged and locally sourced food is (rightfully) getting a lot of attention at the moment with chefs and customers increasingly interested in where their food comes from and how it’s grown. While this has the benefit of supporting local producers and more sustainable food systems it also means fresher, tastier dishes and this is the thinking behind InterContinental Sydney’s new fine dining degustation menu A Taste Of... Foraged Feasting. The AU Review was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the new offerings!

Party with the AU: K-Swiss Wimbledon Wrap Up Party - Melbourne CBD (Melbourne)

It was a freezing cold Wednesday night in Melbourne, and the beautiful people had come out to play. Enter the K-Swiss Wimbledon wrap party. Guests were met with K-Swiss classics to slip into before sauntering into the lit up marquee.

Food & Lifestyle Guide: Celebrating Bastille Day in Sydney - A checklist of six essential events

On the 14th of July, the diverse country of France will be celebrating their national day - Bastille Day. But why should they be having all the fun? Many venues around Australia will be looking to transpose the celebrations into the casual atmosphere of Sydney, breathing everything French into our beautiful city with some very decadent events planned. Hatted French restaurant Ananas Bar & Brasserie will be stretching the celebration to an entire week, with a whole heap of tempting events to choose from; Surry Hills gem Bishop Sessa will keep celebrations contained to the 14th, with special lunches and dinners planned; The Bleu Blanc Rouge French Festival will take over Circular Quay with French-inspired entertainment; and so much more. So pop out the bubbly and work your way through this list Sydney-siders.