Eating with the AU: March Into Merivale Presents "Just Desserts" - Establishment Hotel (Sydney)

barley ice-cream, white chocolate and almond ganache (est.)

Just Desserts was about sugar and spice and all things nice at Sydney’s Establishment bar. The event is another wonderful addition to the March Into Merivale calendar. It also gave guests the chance to sample desserts from the Merivale group’s flagship eateries including the Asian fusion restaurants Mr. Wong and Ms. G’s; the much-loved Ivy favourite, Lorraine’s Patisserie; Merivale’s own functions and events centre; the contemporary Australian cuisine of Bistrode CBD; and the elegant, fine dining of est.

Photo Gallery: Sam Buckingham + Emma & The Hungry Truth - Venue 505 (05.03.15)

Singer/songwriter Sam Buckingham performed an intimate gig at Sydney's Venue 505. The "Down The Rabbit Hole Tour" comprised some old and new tracks from Sam as she recalls tales from her travels throughout Central America and while touring. She was joined by special guest Brisbane based musician Emma & The Hungry Truth. Joined on stage at the end was Sydney musician Renny Field. Photos by Johnny Au.

Photo Gallery: Parquet Courts + Straight Arrows - Manning Bar (04.03.15)

Parquet Courts were supported by Straight Arrows last night at Sydney's Manning Bar. Evelyn Tija was there and brings us these photos from the stellar set:

Eating with the AU: Miguel Maestre's C.I.Y - The Free Meal Pop-Up - Redfern (Sydney) (Up until Saturday 7th March)

Miguel Maestre, that acclaimed celeb chef with a fiery personality, has gone and opened up a very brief pop-up restaurant in Redfern as part of his partnership with dishwashing brand Finish. It's a fairly simple concept, there's 10 tables for 2 set-up neatly in a small warehouse style space tucked away on Hudson Street. There's festive, soft Spanish music playing in the background and the ambiance is as D.I.Y as it is C.I.Y ('Clean It Yourself', the name of the pop-up).

Live Review: Falling In Reverse + Escape The Fate + The Color Morale - The Hi-Fi, Sydney (27.02.15)

A full capacity show on a Friday night was something I half-expected for Falling In Reverse. Having struggled to set foot in Australia because of visa issues, it was a dream come true for many to see frontman, Ronnie Radke in the flesh. Waiting in line is always a tease and the struggle getting into the venue was real.

the AU fashion: Natalie Bassingthwaighte launches kid's clothing line

Natalie Bassingthwaighte is perhaps best known as the former lead singer of Aussie band, The Rogue Traders, or even as Izzy Hoyland in Neighbours, however these days she has a new creative pursuit – fashion design. The singer, actor and performer has this month launched her very own children’s clothing and accessories line, which is aptly named Chi Khi.

Eating with the AU: Ozharvest's Fourth Annual CEO Cookoff

Larry Emdur with Matt Moran, Ronni Kahn and Guillaume Brahimi

In its fourth year of operation Ozharvest’s annual CEO Cookoff gives true meaning to the term ‘pop-up restaurant’ by bringing together the nation’s top chefs and CEOs in a bid to increase awareness of food security, homelessness and food wastage in Australia. The event saw over 120 business leaders and 40 chefs (with 38 chef hats amongst them) produce a three course meal for a thousand of Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged.

Festival Review: Soundwave Festival Sydney (Day 2) - Sydney Olympic Park (01.03.15)

Day 2 of Soundwave brought in more Sydney goers compared to Saturday’s festivities. With the lineup being catered to mainly pop punk fans as well as the metalheads too, it was riveting to see what the second day had in store. I liked the idea of spending my weekend at Soundwave; it was like taking a holiday by seeing your favourite bands live.

Eating with the AU: Swine & Co.'s new dinner menu - CBD (Sydney)

Sydney's swanky swine scene was dealt a winning hand last year when rustic New York inspired Swine & Co. opened it's doors in an old bank. Over the past 12 or so months, those either obsessed with or curious about all things pig came running to the reliable restaurant off the back of rave reviews and constant word of mouth. Now established as an atmospheric and niche restaurant that knows exactly how to satisfy their target market, Swine & Co. edge their evolution forward with a rejuvenated food menu, staying consistent with their focus on provenance and the many, many different cuts of pig.

Photo Gallery: Soundwave Festival [Day 2 Part 2] - Sydney Olympic Park (01.03.15)

The final part of our photo coverage of Soundwave Festival Day 2. Artists include Escape The Fate, Judas Priest, Slash, Of Mice And Men, Butcher Babies, Slipknot (pictured above), The Smashing Pumpkins and Fall Out Boy. Photos by Johnny Au.

Photo Gallery: Soundwave Festival [Day 2 Part 1] - Sydney Olympic Park (01.03.15)

The first part of our photo gallery of Soundwave Festival Day 2 in Sydney featured artists such as Killer Be Killed, Tonight Alive, The Vandals, All Time Low, Papa Roach, Exodus and Marilyn Manson (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au.

Festival Review: Soundwave Festival Sydney (Day 1) - Sydney Olympic Park (28.02.15)

Being an avid goer of Soundwave for six years, every year I’ve always been happy with the turnout of the event. This year, the festival panned across two days which was something I wasn’t used to, but then again, this meant that it would bring me more time to explore the talented bands out there. Going to any music festival with an open mind enables you to uncover some gems along the way which is essential to fully experiencing the true joy of a huge music festival like Soundwave.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Coldrain - Soundwave Festival, Sydney (01.03.15)

Japanese rockers Coldrain brought an incredible performance to the Soundwave stage in Sydney on Sunday, wrapping up their Australian tour. Johnny Au was in the pit to bring you this exclusive gallery:

Live Review: New Found Glory + Bayside + The Wonder Years - Factory Theatre, Sydney (27.02.15)

As Soundwave rolls into town for another year, punters are forced to choose between a slew of great bills. For fans of pop-punk it was hard to go past a triple bill of The Wonder Years, Bayside and New Found Glory.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Crossfaith - Soundwave Festival, Sydney (01.03.15)

Japanese hard rockers Crossfaith played a pumping set to their sizable fans at Soundwave Festival in Sydney over the weekend. Here's our photo gallery of Crossfaith taken by Johnny Au.