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SYDNEY

Eating With the AU: The Choc Pot - Chatswood (Sydney)

Choc Pot at The Choc Pot, Chatwood

The Choc Pot has a few locations around Sydney, one of which is nestled above Chatswood station, in the recently opened District Centre, a spot which became known instantly for opening the first Tim Ho Wan restaurant in Australia. But while Michelin starred dumplings sure deserve the fanfare, The District has a lot more to offer by way of culinary choices, and if dessert is what you're after then Choc Pot is definitely one of the better options.

Eating with the AU: Ananas Bar & Brasserie's Halloween Champagne Brunch - The Rocks (Sydney)

French hotspot Ananas Bar & Brasserie has been hosting special Champagne Brunches once a month for awhile now, pulling on various themes from Willy Wonka to Winter Wonderland. The well-received concept is refreshing and playful, spinning the traditional champagne brunch into lively buffets with free-pour packages, and a DJ for background music (themed, of course), established now as one of the essential Sunday Sessions in Sydney for those that love their food and drink.

Eating with the AU: Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe - The Rocks (Sydney)

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café in The Rocks has a prime location for foot traffic, whether it's tourists from the many cruises that ship in and out of Circular Quay or regulars who recognise the area as a regular haunt. As a chocolate-cafe chain (they have two other locations in Sydney, both by the water), Guylian are relatively new to the scene, but the brand is just as well established as Lindt or Max Brenner and has been for a very long time in Australia, thanks to those magnificent chocolate sea shells you grew up with an addiction for.

Eating with the AU: Candelori's (Spring 2015) - Smithfield (Sydney)

Candelori's is a long-running, well-known restaurant in Western Sydney that more recently went through a major rework and now stands as, quite possibly, the best looking restaurant in the area. Step through that massive door and you'll be met with an imposing space, designed to fit over 200 diners by stalwart design group DS17, who are responsible for the gorgeous fit-outs of CBD restaurants like Alpha and Lotus Galeries.

Photo Gallery: Cats The Musical - Capitol Theatre, Sydney (Performances to 29th November 2015)

Join Nathan Atkins as he takes us on stage with Cats, which has returned to Sydney for a limited run. Starring Delta Goodrem, this production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is enjoying performances at the Capitol Theatre until November 29th. For more details head to http://www.catsthemusical.com/australia/ and enjoy this gallery below:

Eating with the AU: Yayoi Garden - CBD (Sydney)

Popular CBD Japanese restaurant Yayoi Sydney is now Yayoi Garden, and while the interior has the same casual elegance, the menu has slightly changed, with set tasting menus introduced to reflect the spring-summer season, while the sake list is even more extensive than before. My previous visit was a pleasant experience, delivering a Japanese dining experience which would rather stick to authenticity than water themselves down for the sake of accessibility; I was expecting no less when I walked through those big doors off Bridge St, greeted by the same meticulous service all good Japanese restaurants deliver.

Eating with the AU: Surly's - Surry Hills (Sydney)

American cuisine has become common place in Sydney, to the point it's impossible to escape. Most bars now offer a menu inspired by the best and worst of American cuisine. Whether it's Miss Peaches' New Orleans themed menu or the mix of dishes that places like Dove and Olive or the Norfolk offer, there is now a place where you can get your hands on just about anything you'll find in US cuisine.

Theatre Review: The Wharf Revue - Wharf 1 Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company (Until 19 Dec 2015)

The Wharf Revue celebrates 15 years of political silliness this year with a retrospective of sorts. Old sketches meet new ones in a celebration not only of the show, but also the past decade and a half of Australian politics. A time before #auspol was even a thing, and guys like Howard and Latham ruled the lay of the (political) landscape. Creators Jonathan Biggins, Phillip Scott and Drew Forsythe, (who took a year off last year) are back together with the extraordinary Amanda Bishop to recreate some of the highlights while also poking fun at the year that was.

Event Recap: Hack Food Launch Party at Fishburners

This Thursday saw the launch party for HackFood, Australia’s first food-themed hackathon. A hackathon is a weekend-long business building competition and start-up boot camp that aims to encourage its participants to uncover unique digital technology solutions to combat some of the biggest challenges faced in traditional industries Despite the connotations associated with the term ‘hackathon’, HackFood is an all-inclusive event encouraging not just tech developers but passionate entrepreneurs, foodies and chefs to collaborate on ideas and of course, eat delicious food.

Eating with the AU: New Shanghai - Westfield Sydney

New Shanghai's CBD restaurant on the lower ground of Westfield Sydney has only been open for less than a fortnight, and it's already pumping out dumplings with a vengeance.