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Good Food Month Spotlight: OzHarvest's KitchenTable Dinners (Until Friday 23rd October)

We all have our own favourite events of Good Food Month, and year after year mine remains the special dinner series put on by OzHarvest. Last year was my first experience with their 10-part warehouse dinner specials and I had the chance to return this year to check out the energetic, important concept that celebrates all the good OzHarvest does while also showcasing some of the best chefs in the country.

Hello Asia! Live Review: BIGBANG MADE World Tour - Allphones Arena, Sydney (17.10.15)

It finally happened! South Korean superstars BIGBANG finally set foot on the land down under - and they've definitely left their mark! VIPs were left exhausted by the end of the night from all the jumping, dancing and singing along to a setlist of classics. Plus, if you've been following our BIGBANG concert livetweeting session on Twitter, you may have noticed that over the course of the two hours I may or may not have developed a teeny-tiny crush on Daesung. How did that happen, you ask? Let me start from the beginning...

Arts Review: RENT - Hayes Theatre Co, Sydney (Performances to 1st November)

RENT is just one of those musicals that everyone knows. Perhaps it’s due to the success of the film, or perhaps just because it’s story and characters are so resonating, but it has clearly become a mainstay staple in musical theatre 101s. For whatever reason it is also a musical that I had actually never seen performed, so thank-you Hayes Theatre Co for giving me that opportunity and being able to see it for the first time with such an utterly perfect cast.

Good Food Month Spotlight: Singleton Whisky and Sugar Bar - Hyde Park (Sydney)

As if the promise of Gelato Messina and Mr Bao weren’t reason enough to head on down to the Noodle Night Market, there’s a bar serving whisky and cookies that will knock your socks off. Grabbed your attention yet?

Eating with the AU: Manta Restaurant & Bar - Woolloomooloo (Sydney)

Manta at Woolloomooloo wharf has revealed a new fit out, new menu, and new sommelier. Like a lot of other restaurants near the water, the focus is on seafood, but at Manta there's a Mediterranean slant. Head chef Daniel Hughes is bringing back simplicity and provenance. It's all about fresh produce that you can trace right back to the source. Origins of the seafood and meats are listed on the menus, so that diners can be more aware about where their food comes from.

Live Review: The Queen Extravaganza Show - The Star Event Centre, Sydney (07.10.15)

Attempting to fill the shoes of anyone in Queen is a difficult, and almost impossible task. Though for the official cover band, where members are chosen by Brian May and Roger Taylor, The Queen Extravaganza is injected with an aura of legitimacy in their quest to continue the Queen experience. How did they go when they played The Star Event Centre last week? Lachlan brings us this review.

GRAPHIC Festival Review: Sarah Blasko - Sydney Opera House (11.10.15)


Photo: Dan Boud.

On album number five, Sarah Blasko shimmies and struts to the language of love. Her recent show at the Sydney Opera House for Graphic Festival saw the world premiere and official preview of her latest offering. It was worlds apart from her previous concert at this iconic venue where she was backed by the Sydney International Orchestra. This time around it was about taut, indie pop tunes and celebrating a crazy little thing called love.

Eating with the AU: Sokyo Ramen Pop-Up at The Star - Pyrmont (Sydney)

If you follow awarded Sokyo Chef Chase Kojima on social media then you already know that his Sokyo Ramen Pop-Up has come after months and months are experimenting and research. Each photo he'd post in anticipated would be like a bell to the pavlovs dog in every food blogger around town, streadily building anticipation until that announcement finally arrived: Kojima has taken over a space in the food court at The Star and turned into a flashy, animated ramen house, constantly churning out four times of ramen, fried chicken, and even some yuzu soda.

GRAPHIC Festival Review: Ólafur Arnalds - Sydney Opera House (10.10.15)


Photo Credit: Prudence Upton

One of the most anticipated musical events at the Sydney Opera House this weekend arrived as part of the House's GRAPHIC Festival, featuring acclaimed Icelandic pianist Ólafur Arnalds, accompanied by a 15 piece Orchestra and special graphics commissioned specifically for the event, produced by Máni M. Sigfússon.

Eating with the AU: Wok on Inn - Zetland (Sydney)

Wok on Inn is part of a formidable line up at East Village in Zetland (think The Village Crow, Lucio Pizzeria, and Taste Baguette) that’ll be competing for the chance to fill your bellies on a lazy day, of which there should be plenty this spring and summer.

Drinking with the AU: The Star Epsom Day at Royal Randwick

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.

Eating with the AU: Devon on Danks x Young Henrys x Sakenet banquet - Waterloo (Sydney)

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.

Eating with the AU: Milk Bar by Cafe Ish - Redfern (Sydney)

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.

Eating with the AU: Contrabando Latin Restaurant - CBD (Sydney)

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.

Festival Review: Listen Out - Centennial Park, Sydney (03.10.15)

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.