Burgers by Josh presented by Hashtag Burgers - North Sydney (Sydney)

One of Sydney’s emerging burger kings, Burgers by Josh is currently hosting the ultimate burger experience thanks to Hashtag Burgers in Greenwood Plaza in North Sydney. Lachlan brings us this review of a selection of Josh’s sinful specials and standards.

Melbourne is getting the world premiere of Jurassic World: The Exhibition


In a major move for Museum Victoria, the world premiere of Jurassic World: The Exhibition will be taking a place at the Melbourne institution in March 2016, running until October before touring the world. The news was announced this past weekend by Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren who detailed the new immersive exhibition based the Steven Spielberg-produced Jurassic World, which has grossed $1.67 billion globally, breaking all types of records.

Vic On The Park - Marrickville (Sydney)

Known for being a dog friendly pub with a killer deck, basketball court and more craft beers than you can shake a stick at, Vic On the Park has long been winning the hearts and minds of locals looking to quench their thirst. However, they’ve recently been upping their foodie game too by working to the strengths of their talented kitchen crew and coming up with some pretty creative specials for the summer months.

Sunrise Asian opens restaurant and retail store in Elizabeth Bay (Sydney)


If you have ever wondered where some of Sydney's top Chefs - like Neil Perry and Martin Benn - source some of their fine produce you would be directed towards Sunrise Asian, a decade-long "chef's secret" and stalwart supplier of fine Asian ingredients and varieties in Australia. The reliable business has now opened up a restaurant and retail store in picturesque suburb Elizabeth Bay, showcasing all that highly sought-after produce, all used to create a variety of dishes from pastas and curries to baked goods and ice cream.

Dumpling Masterclass - Din Tai Fung (Melbourne)

For those who love their dumplings, stepping into Din Tai Fung creates the same childlike, wondrous glee that you’d get from walking into a chocolate factory. The awe is almost palpable as diners press their noses against the glass walls of the kitchen, catching a glimpse of the masters creating the world’s tastiest dumpling fresh in front of their eyes. That’s right, the restaurant is home to the famous xiao long bao, so you can imagine our excitement when we were invited along to participate in an exclusive Dumpling Masterclass last week.

F&L Guide: Our top 10 Christmas Gifts for 2015


They say too many options can easily overwhelm, and this truism is no more evident than when Christmas rolls around each year, and almost every business on and offline tries to convince you that they have the perfect gift. Unless you know exactly what those around you want or need, it's hard to surprise them with something that completely satisfies, that's why gift lists are so essential nowadays. So to help you along we've compiled a list of 10 simple gift ideas made up of various music, art, drink, lifestyle, and technology items that we have been particularly fond of this year.

Arts Review: The Sleeping Beauty - The Australian Ballet, Sydney (Performances to 16th December)

The Sleeping Beauty, the enchanted tale of true loves first kiss, told in tutus! That should really be your first hint that you’re in for something magical. The second is that the production is brought to life by The Australian Ballet and David McAllister, ensuring a gorgeous envisioning of the classical work.

Arts Review: King Lear - Sydney Theatre Company (Performances to 9th January)

King Lear centers around relationships- mistrust, betrayal, destruction. As Shakespeare does tend to like to talk about. This focus on the relationships between the characters is crucial to the successful staging of productions, and is a feature that the latest production by the Sydney Theatre Company rightfully chooses to emphasize.

Sydney is getting a two-day music and meat festival for Valentine's Day (Sydney)


Next year's Valentine's Day will be a time to express your undying love whether it to be for another person, another food, of just some damn good Australian music. In Sydney, you'll be able to do all three at the same time as the inaugural Meatstock Festival pops-up for two days - 13th and 14th February 2016 - at the Sydney Showgrounds. Touted as a "Music and Meat" festival, the event promises a packed program full of bands, BBQs, beards, butchers, bourbon, barbers, and beer.

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar plans 'First Day of Summer' party with free entry (Sydney)


Tuesday December 1st will officially move Sydney from spring to summer, and one of Bondi's most famous venues are using that as a reason to throw a lavish free party. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar will be bringing back their annual "Icebergs First Day of Summer Party" for the 13th year, inviting the public to join Maurice Terzini and famous Head Chef Monty Koludrovic, as well as the rest of the team behind Icebergs, to toast to another Bondi summer with handcrafted food, drinks, and tunes.

Creperie Suzette - The Rocks (Sydney)


Just a few months ago, the artsy Harbour Rocks Hotel replaced their attached antique souvenir shop with a nice and simple French creperie, working with the title Creperie Suzette. Modeled with a vintage, raw aesthetic in mind, remaining consistent with the area's historic past, the venue has been a daytime hit for the hotel, attracting locals and visitors with their rustic approach to French soul food and dedication to quality coffee.

Little Creatures Original Pilsner (New Recipe)


Renowned bringers of quality beer Little Creatures have recently re-released their underrated Original Pilsner, re-thinking it with a new recipe designed towards a Northern German (Friesland) style. Up until now, the pilsner has never quite reached the same inescapable popularity as The Pale, Single Batches, and LC's awesome seasonal series, so re-visiting their the pilsner continues the breweries reputation for constant, forward-thinking, "how can we make that better?" movement.

Fairgrounds Festival reveal massive food and beverage program for this year (Berry, NSW)

Less than a week out from Fairgrounds Festival in the South Coast NSW town of Berry and the promoters have unveiled an impressive list of food and drink on offer for the day. Come Saturday 5th December, that impressive line-up of live music which includes C.W Stoneking, Meg Mac, and Father John Misty, will be in some pretty great company as food and drink vendors from all over the state come together to set the scene.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Prahran (Melbourne)

Late last year, Prahran’s beloved Flying Duck Hotel changed hands to property magnate Zig Inge, following a long battle by locals to prevent the development of a six-level apartment block. A range of renovations ensued, with the Inge family finally unveiling a reinvigorated hotel, which took its maiden flight amidst a flurry of media buzz early last week.

Public House Petersham - Petersham (Sydney)

It’s a given that any decent pub needs to check the following boxes to attract a crowd over the summer months: comfortable beer garden, nice selection of local and imported bevvys and tasty pub grub. Thankfully we inner-west suburbanites are spoilt for choice when it comes to places that qualify, to which the ranks can welcome contender Public House Petersham a fresher, vibrant version of predecessor Newington Inn Hotel.