AU ABROAD

Details revealed for The Old Clare Hotel's third restaurant Kensington Street Social (Sydney)

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It's already been one of the liveliest openings Sydney has seen this year. The Old Clare Hotel continues to take shape, preparing for the opening of it's third restaurant following Automata and Silvereye, Jason Atherton's Kensington Street Social. The recently re-opened boutique hotel has become quite the destination for food and drink lovers across the city, helped along by it's classy street-level bar and rooftop pool-bar.

On the Shelf: Chivas Regal 18 Ultimate Cask Collection - First Fill American Oak Finish

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The instantly recognisable Chivas Regal have just launched their 'Ultimate Cask Collection' series, pushing it to travel retail and teaming up with a renowned experimental Chef to explore the affects of our environment on our Whisky experience. It gives us more than enough reason to re-visit the celebrated expression of Chivas 18, kick starting a close look at the range of ultra-premium Scotch Whiskies that make up this newly launched series, all of which take the classic Chivas 18 and finish it in a variety of first fill wooden casks, with each limited edition bottle released exclusively for Global Travel Retail.

Sydney Pop-Up: Grey Goose's Salon at Vine - Double Bay

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Double Bay's Vine paints a pretty picture on most days with an Eastern suburban feel against a soothing evening backdrop, but when paired with a French inspired pop-up bar, the vibe is taken to the next level just as the sun begins to set. I scored an early invite to the Grey Goose's Salon at Vine pop-up, featuring the ultimate canapés and Grey Goose cocktails set against a French Riviera-inspired décor, previewing the temporary bar that will be at the restaurant until January 31st 2016.

Fine dining chef opens experimental ramen bar in Surry Hills (Sydney)

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Chef Stephen Seckold of Flying Fish has just entered the world of ramen noodles, opening up a grungy, modern-day experimental noodle bar dubbed Salaryman in Surry Hills. The new restaurant seems to veer from the traditional bowl of ramen and offer up something a almost completely different, with a daily-changing menu that maintains a clear focus on quality, rare ingredients, seasonal broths, and misos fermented in-house.

Arts Interview: Actor Matt Day talks about the return season of "North By Northwest" in Melbourne

For two weeks only, the incredible cast of North By Northwest are taking to the stage in the New Year for a return season. This Alfred Hitchcock classic will be brought to life on stage with the same incredible cast but with the addition of Gina Riley. We had a chat with lead actor Matt Day to gain some perspective on North by Northwest 2.0 and whether or not it’s better to see the film first or the stage show.

Chefs Gallery's new menu and art concept - CBD (Sydney)

With a new art gallery concept and a new menu, Chefs Gallery is celebrating the art of Chinese cuisine. All venues have been decked out with collectable Chinese contemporary art, including paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. All the art is for sale.

Universal Studios in L.A to open 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' in 2016

It has been officially announced that on April 7 next year, Universal Studios in Hollywood, California, will open the doors to their newest attraction, The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. To announce the opening date, the team at Universal Studios celebrated by illuminating the grand centerpiece of the Harry Potter-themed installation, Hogwarts Castle.

Royal Croquet Club returns to Melbourne for December

The warmer weather has seen Melbournians taking to Birrarung Marr for a little reprieve, where the fancy Royal Croquet Club (RCC) has returned this year with its smooth green lawns beneath beautiful blue skies. While it may already be a week in, there’s still time to style yourself croquet chic and get in quick to try some of the best culinary experiences that the event has to offer.

Merivale are set to unveil their ambitious Northern Beaches venue, The Newport, next month

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When Merivale purchased the iconic Newport Arms earlier this year from long-running owners The Bayfield Family, interest was almost immediate. What would Justin Hemmes and his crew do the new venue? They had already showcased their ambition and knack for creating super-sized and extravagant hospitality hubs with the likes of ivy and Coogee Pavilion, so the potential for this Northern Beaches icon, which is almost like a waterside fortress, was exciting to say the least. Now with a new title, The Newport, Merivale have revealed their plans.

Theatre Review: Shakespearealism and Love’s Labour’s Lost - Bella Vista Farm (Performances through December 30th)

Having attended The Shakespeare in the Park Festival for several years I confess I was disappointed when we were guided to a modern stage instead of the Macarthur house at Bella Vista Farm. Part of what made this festival so unique was its clever and considered use of the farm house and despite the skillful set design, it was missing a certain authenticity. Perhaps the house couldn’t be used for restoration purposes, perhaps Baulkham Hills Shire Council wanted to get more use out of the eye-sore of a stage erected a mere stone’s throw away from the late 1700s homestead of John and Elizabeth Macarthur which forms an integral part of Australia’s European settler history – who knows.

You can rent Westfield Bondi Junction for one night only from 12pm today...and it will cost you $1

Australia's top rental website Stayz has unloaded something pretty damn special upon Sydney for the lead-up to Christmas, announcing that from 12pm today one lucky family will be able to rent Westfield Bondi Junction for one night only on Christmas Eve. Sure, it'd feel a bit post-apocalyptic, but you'd also have access to the ultimate, exclusive shopping spree at David Jones before they open to the public, an exclusive dining experience, access to cinema, and a personal shopping assistant.

Noodle spinning competitions are being held in Sydney and Melbourne

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Noodle spinning and stretching just may be that undiscovered talent you had hiding inside all along, and to bring it out of you loved hot pot brand Simmer Huang are hosting 'noodle challenges' are all of their venues, across Sydney and Melbourne. The restaurant has become known for unique and theatrical cooking methods, with a common sight being noodles spinning all around their five - four Sydney, one Melbourne - venues.

Mosman favourite Cala Luna reopens following February fire (Sydney)

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Mosman favourite Cala Luna was forced into closure earlier this year due to a devastating fire at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Following extensive work, owner and Executive Chef Michel Rossetti has re-opened the adored venue, once again bringing a premium Italian, harbour-side dining experience to the area.

New collaborative cookbook 'Friends of STREAT' sheds light on young chefs who have rebuilt their lives through hospitality

‘Friends of STREAT’, the new cookbook by Melbourne-based social enterprise, STREAT, recently launched at QV’s Meat Fish Wine. To celebrate, guests were treated to an abundance of espresso martinis, bubbles and canapés. With 45 top Australian chefs chipping in to share some of their favourite recipes, this hefty 320+ page hardcover offering is dedicated to the many hundreds of young people that have participated in the STREAT program thus far.

Tigerair launches direct flights between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour

Tigerair have today announced a new schedule of flights direct between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast. The newly added service is providing three return flights per week.