With a spring in our step, blue skies beckoning, and the racing season upon us, Sydney Spring Carnival is back for three months of entertainment, hospitality and celebrity spotting. Over the long weekend, we put on our best dresses and fascinators to check out The Star Epsom Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
The air is cool but the nights are getting warmer. Spring has most certainly sprung here in Australia and Devon on Danks is embracing the changing of the seasons by tag-teaming with alcohol aficionados Young Henrys and Sakenet for a full-blown Asian inspired banquet that’s sure to leave one dizzy.
The team at longtime Redfern favourite Milk Bar by Cafe Ish are still pumping out their winning combination of burgers, donuts, cakes, and shakes but now they seem to be beefing up their rotating specials, adding to the gleeful, highly indulgent creations Head Chef Josh Nicholls delivers on the daily with an almost Willy Wonka level of mastery. Nicholls has changed (or rather, improved) the burger recipes, doubled up on instagrammable donuts, and, thankfully, hasn't changed a thing with their flawless shakes.
Beyond an unassuming door and down the stairs on Bent Street, Contrabando is injecting a bit of Latin flavour into the Sydney CBD. The basement restaurant pumps out lively food with a Latin take on Australian produce.
Trimming the fat of a large scale dance festival, Fuzzy's Listen Out has gotten the boutique angle exactly right for the past few years. The music starts around 2pm - when most would rock up to a festival anyway - and rolls out some of the best international and local party-starters across three stages. It's simple and quite perfect, leaving the success of the day purely in the hands of the acts performing, most of whom did an excellent job at keeping the energy up right until a show-stopping set from headliner Childish Gambino, and a show-stealing set from ODESZA.
The Matt Moran owned Aria Sydney has long been known as one of the Sydney's most essential restaurants; especially when it comes to characteristic spring and summer days in the iconic harbour city. Situated right next to Sydney Opera House, overlooking the water and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the two-hatted restaurant has still got that charming and sophisticated air about it, immediately perceptible as you walk through those front doors into the small lobby area.
The Listen Out Festival 2015 returned to Centennial Park featuring Childish Gambino, Joey Badass, Alison Wonderland, SBTRKT, Odesza and many more. Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos.
The October Long Weekend is here and Sydneysiders are spoiled for choice when it comes to big events, ranging from video games to music to food and drink. Good Food Month has begun; the EB Expo is on; Listen Out is on Saturday. There's so much going on around the city, and here are some of our favourites.
For the second time in a week, I had the pleasure of listening to Kevin Smith talk his ass off as he winds down his Australian tour with Jason Mewes. As part of the Graphic Festival, Smith & Mewes held their final show at the iconic Sydney Opera House, talking all things film, comics and vulgar sex stories. Here are 8 things I learned.
Last Friday night saw the launch of The Light Ball in Sydney. Started in Ireland, the charity ball is a black tie event held to raise awareness of mental health issues and to aid the Irish Charity, Pieta House and the Australian Charity, beyondblue. Highly successful in Ireland, two members of committee recently moved to Sydney with the plans to take the ball Down Under.