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Mach2 - Sydney International Airport T1

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Long-established as an Italian dining institution, Sydney's Machiavelli now enjoys an extended reach throughout the city, with their second sister restaurant, another incarnation of Mach2, propped up right before customs at Sydney International Airport T1. It's part of the re-focused dining options at airports around Australia, bringing in more reliable and popular outlets to up the standard of airport dining. Turning to a brand such as Machiavelli and giving them a platform to showcase their Italian food to inbound and outbound travelers was a smart move by Airport Retail Enterprises, who have been rolling out a bunch of new food options lately and were responsible in bringing MoVida to Sydney Domestic T2 a few years ago.

Popolo - Rushcutters Bay (Sydney)

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Much has changed at popular Italian restaurant Popolo, but thankfully not in it's infectiously laid-back atmosphere; it's still got that same piazza-style cool about it, offering an incredibly relaxing dining experience that flows throughout the outdoor and indoor dining areas. Established as one of the most popular restaurants in the area, now three years into business, Popolo has switched things up with a little refurbishment, assisted by developments at the Advanx Precinct - in which Popolo stands - which have doubled the size of the courtyard that overlooks the restaurant; the biggest change has been in the kitchen, appointing ex-Pilu At Freshwater and Biota Dining chef Naomi Lowry to lead the food offerings.

Taste of Shanghai - World Square (Sydney)

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The various branches of Taste of Shanghai around Sydney are consistently sticking to the standard of inexpensive, good quality Shanghai cuisine, but also bringing in influences from various other Chinese cuisines to offer a comprehensive, share-focused dining experience. Their newest outlet is on the ground floor of World Square, adding greatly to the improved dining options at the central Sydney hub, and bringing the brand its first CBD location.

The Tilbury Hotel - Woolloomooloo (Sydney)

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As far as Gastropubs go, few venues can match up to the perfectly positioned Tilbury Hotel in Woolloomooloo, which doesn't just have location on its side, but a reputation as one of the best dining options outside of the suburb's iconic wharf; one which has just received a refreshed and refocused makeover, slightly switching up the interior for the first time in 12 years, while also the menu on offer, which has been designed by the venue's new Michelin-accredited Head Chef James Wallis.

Sydney Pop-Up: Wulugul Pop Up - The Streets of Barangaroo

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By the end of 2016 there are expected to be around 80 permanent food, drink, and retail options at the site of Barangaroo, one of the biggest developments Sydney has ever seen. To give us a taste of what a day and/or night out at the precinct would be like we currently have the Wulugul Pop Up, a temporary (but thankfully long-lasting) waterfront food and drink hub designed to showcase the unique location and it's dedication to curated, top quality hospitality, as part of the continual changes dubbed The Street of Barangaroo.

Bennelong to open up private balcony for an alfresco pop-up bar (Sydney)

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Peter Gilmore's stunning new Bennelong has been the biggest of big deals as far as restaurants go in Sydney this year, settling into it's nice, spacious nook in Sydney Opera House and becoming one of the most sought after culinary experiences in the city. The team behind the restaurant are planning a bit of a special treat to bring in the new year, and one that will likely come with a bit of a smaller price tag than the full restaurant.

Waterman's Lobster Co. opens summer pop-up in Bondi (Sydney)

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Potts Point's popular Waterman's Lobster Co. have announced that they'll be bringing their juicy Maine and Connecticut styled lobster rolls, as well as all the other favourites, straight to Bondi Beach this summer, opening up a temporary front in Hall Street's food hub. Located at the former site of Mexican small bar Mr Moustache, the pop-up will be operating from Boxing Day, this Sunday 26th December, for three months, designed to fit into the beach-side setting with a casual, relaxed atmosphere sporting natural, cool blue and grey tones.

Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie - Alexandria (Sydney)

Tucked away on the corner of Botany Road and Mandible Street Alexandria unassuming Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie has been a long term goal of John Ralley and Steve Anderson, realised when they opened for business a mere five months ago. The duo, having met over a decade ago during their apprenticeship in the Southern Highlands, have reconvened with a stack of experience under their belts both locally and abroad, having worked with a multitude of the industry’s best.

Top five New Years Day parties in Sydney for 2016

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It's New Years Eve in Sydney, of course you're supposed to kick on. Summer in the city often means that an outdoor party - whatever the size - is the only way to spend the first day of the year, and 2016 will be no exception when it comes to some of biggest events of the month. Here are a few parties and events you should get across if you want to do a Sydney New Years Day justice. What hangover?

Top five Boxing Day parties in Sydney for 2015

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Boxing Day is often reserved for the cinema or the beach in Sydney, but there are quite a few parties on around the city which you should get across, should you want to compensate for the whole obligatory family Christmas thing by getting turnt up with your squad, that is. Here are our top five Boxing Day parties for 2015.

Arts on the AU: Arts Editor’s Top Picks of 2015!

It’s been an incredible year for the Sydney arts scene. I managed to get to well over fifty productions this year, ranging from musicals to operas to theatre to experimental interactive experiences. It seems like each year there are more and more wonderful things to see!

The Grounds of Alexandria bring their hobbit themed pop-up to Entertainment Quarter this summer (Sydney)

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If you went along the Sculpture by the Sea this year then you may have seen The Grounds of Alexandria's magical, Hobbit-themed pop-up cafe, The Grounds House, propped in Marks Park. It was an essential part of the whole experience, with small treats, burgers, juices, and great coffee fueling the scene in Tamarama. Well, there's no need to wait until 'Sculpture' returns to re-visit the enchanted pop-up, as it will be making a re-appearance from the end of this month at Sydney's Entertainment Quarter alongside Circus Oz and Water World Central.

Belles Hot Chicken are throwing a party at Bondi Icebergs this January (Sydney)

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Live music and baller baskets of fried chicken will be painting the scene at Bondi's Icebergs Dining Room & Bar next month, as the famed Belles Hot Chicken takes over the venue to host a massive party on January 10th.

Theatre Review: The Importance of Being Earnest - Bella Vista Farm, Sydney (Performances through Dec 30th)

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Sport for Jove’s The Importance of Being Earnest opens with perhaps one of the most perfectly choreographed scenes in theatre. Staged within an elaborate house and performed to "Le amour est un oiseux rebelle" from George Bizet’s opera Carmen, we see Algernon Moncrieff (Aaron Tsindos) after a long night of revelry, emerge and move about his house in a daze. His butler Lane (James Lugton) masterfully pre-empts his every move, catching falling glasses and cleaning up around him, perfectly synchronised to the classic tune. And so begins the Oscar Wilde tale of fantasy and farce in Victorian England.

On the Shelf: Cadbury Dairy Milk Gift Box

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Just in time for Christmas, Cadbury have upped their gift offerings, introducing the Cadbury Dairy Milk Gift Box. The brand has been pretty fond of experimenting this year, and this has been met with mixed results (we all remember the Vegemite Chocolate, right?). This new gift box takes a more straight-forward approach, arguably a box Cadbury are at their best in, focusing on providing a "light-hearted gifting option" of seven uniquely shaped chocolate pieces that bring in some of the brand's most famous flavours like Caramello, Strawberry, Pineapple, Peppermint, and Roast Almond.