Author: Danica Jones

Writer for the AU Review, a lover of books, poetry, good food, travel and adventure. Follow her personal instagram @x3danica or her poetry instagram @danicajoneswrites

Spice Temple reopens in Sydney with new menu

July 2, 2020

Rockpool Dining Group has slowly begun a phased reopening of their many restaurants across Sydney, which has now included the famed Spice Temple. The popular ode to to Chinese flavours and all levels of heat has now started welcoming dine-in guests. RECIPE: Spice Temple’s Kung Pao Chicken Executive Chef Andy Evans’ will be serving up […]

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CicciaBella Trattoria is opening its second restaurant in Western Sydney

June 26, 2020

Restaurateur Maurice Terzini, best known for Icebergs and The Dolphin Hotel, is set to launch CicciaBella Trattoria + Bar’s second restaurant in the new Parramatta Square Precinct.  Following in the footsteps of Bondi’s venue, CicciaBella Parramatta will encapsulate the spirit of robust Italian cuisine and hospitality. The restaurant will focus on classic food inspired by traditional […]

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Track of the Day: Keegan Calmes “Broken Heart” (2020)

June 26, 2020

Keegan Calmes’ latest single “Broken Heart” is still lingering in our ears. Known for for his work with Vinyl Theatre and signed by Fueled by Ramen, the talented singer and songwriter has made a comeback as a solo artist. Growing up with inspiration from John Mayer, The Killers, & Two Door Cinema Club, Calmes has […]

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Sean Baxter’s five mixology rules for amateur bartenders

June 25, 2020

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that homemade bars can be just as special as your favourite speakeasy, and a good beverage doesn’t need to be reserved for the pub or restaurant. Anyone is capable of creating and enhancing their mixology skills, whether it’s making a nice cocktail for virtual work drinks or whipping […]

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Recipe: Dan Hong’s Lamb Dumplings with sesame sauce and chilli oil

June 25, 2020

Renowned for his work at Sydney favourites like Mr Wong, Lotus, El Loco and Ms. G’s, Merivale’s Dan Hong enjoys a reputation like very few culinary masterminds in Australia. Here, the acclaimed chef supplies us with one of his childhood recipes. The local Chinese dish formally known as Shephard’s purse dumplings has been passed down […]

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Sydney’s Lower North Shore is getting an “urban farm” venue from Acre

June 24, 2020

After the successful launch of restaurants in Camperdown and Melbourne, the Acre Group is expanding even further by launching its third venue in Sydney’s lower north shore. Situated in Artarmon, the urban farm-inspired space will include bakeries, cafes, restaurants, bars, a kitchen garden and a greenhouse-style function space, aligning with the already existing Acre venues. The […]

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Track Of The Day: Gareth.T “best me i can” (2020)

June 19, 2020

Hong Kong-born R&B artist, Gareth.T has unveiled his debut single “best me i can” with Umami Records. Self-producing the track himself, the soulful tune consists of slow and uplifting beats mixed with modern and old school R&B. The single evokes a profound and powerful message of living your truth and harnessing the best version of […]

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Recipe: Beer Cheese Soup from Vancouver’s Trading Post Brewery

June 5, 2020

This one is for the cheese and beer lovers out there. Vancouver’s popular Trading Post brewery has crafted the unexpected, yet perfectly reasonable combination of beer and cheese into a soup. Featuring local ingredients from Birchwood Dairy’s cheddar cheese and cream, Johnston’s bacon and beer. The contrasting flavours are said to complement each other, creating a […]

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Track of the Day: Ayla “Go Slow” (2020)

June 5, 2020

Not only has Ayla released her debut single “Wish I Was” at 18 years old, she has already produced two EP’s and other standout tracks in her career. Her latest single “Go Slow” is co-written and produced by Peking Duk’s Reuben Styles. The single brings a colourful electronic-indie-pop rhythm with zestful beats. The essence of […]

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Rockpool Dining Group to reopen Sydney and Melbourne venues

June 4, 2020

In light of lockdown easing further with the new rule of 50 guests at a time, Rockpool Dining Group has begun opening their many restaurants across Sydney and Melbourne in stages. Whilst the hospitality group has over 80 restaurants, venues will gradually reopen over the next few weeks. “We don’t want to rush into things […]

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COMO Group has launched a very comprehensive online wellness platform

June 2, 2020

During this current global pandemic, maintaining mental health and well-being has proven essential. Digital platforms have become the new normal, so access to mindful practices online has made an enormous leap in the wellness world. Recently, that’s a space being covered quite comprehensively by the world’s best luxury hotel groups. COMO Shambhala, the wellness arm […]

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Recipe: Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

June 1, 2020

The Australian Growers Association (AGMA) have deemed mushrooms as the antidote for maintaining a stronger immune system, and with the colder months about to sweep our country, it’s a good idea to start perfecting some hearty dishes championing this essential ingredient. Here, we’ve sourced the AGMA’s recipe for a soulful Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff. Ingredients […]

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Track of the Day: Peak Park “Please Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” (2020)

May 29, 2020

“Please Don’t Be Hard On Yourself” is Peak Park’s latest single with a powerful message. The Melbourne-based three-piece music project has shed light on the awareness and importance of mental health. The track features a kaleidoscope of musical elements with alternative-rock and uplifting electronic-space-pop waves. Relatable and deep sentiments are illustrated with honest and profound […]

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Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Risotto with Crispy Bacon

May 24, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Track of the Day: Ally Rendall “How This Ends” (2020)

May 22, 2020

Cambodian-born singer from Brisbane, Ally Rendall, has unveiled her latest single “How This Ends”. The 16-year old artist has emerged with exceptional talent and her debut single,“ Who Will Love U” has soared with over 20k streams. “How This Ends” represents the downfalls and finality of a relationship with serene acoustics that cascade throughout the […]

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Archie Rose launches Hunter Valley Shiraz Spirit to support bushfire recovery

May 21, 2020

In light of the devastation 19/20 Australian, Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. will be releasing a three-part series dedicated to the Hunter Valley wine community and its enduring spirit. Hunter Valley Shiraz is an Eau de Vie distilled spirit and the first product in the series. The release also augments their latest range, the Trials […]

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Hunter Valley’s Talits Estate launches virtual wine tastings

May 18, 2020

Hunter Valley’s award winning Talits Estate has launched virtual wine tastings for the opening of their Cellar Door. The family-owned vineyard is situated on an extensive 26-acres with inspired French Provincial décor surrounded by beguiling bush land. Wine packages are now available and will be delivered directly to your doorstep. Live virtual sessions will be […]

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Recipe: Kaeng Khiao Wan from Amari Hotels, Thailand

May 16, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Track of the Day: Scarlet Parke “Pretend” (2020)

May 15, 2020

Seattle-based artist, Scarlet Parke returns with her latest single “Pretend”, produced by Jake Crocker. After releasing her debut LP, Flight Risk, the artist is known for channeling raw emotions and experiences into her music. The track evokes nostalgic feelings towards an ex-lover with an eclectic side of smooth r&b-pop-trap beats. The recurring lyrics throughout the […]

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Track of the Day: Chris Lanzon “Melancholy” (2020)

May 8, 2020

Introducing “Melancholy” , Chris Lanzon’s debut EP and the name of our track of the day. Following success from standout track “Still”, the Sydney-based artist transcends the indie genre and brings forward a raw and beautiful track. As the intro song of the EP, “Melancholy” lures our attention with stunning, somber piano chords played immaculately. […]

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Recipe: Roast Lamb from Three Blue Ducks’ Darren Robertson

May 7, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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“Better By Half” is Jacob’s Creek new low calorie wine collection

May 5, 2020

With many Australians opting for healthier alternatives and maintaining a balanced lifestyle, Jacob’s Creek has introduced their latest wine range, ‘Better By Half’. With this new range, the renowned wine label is catering to those who want to enjoy a beverage without the guilt or anyone looking for more conscious drinking. Containing half the calories […]

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Track of the Day: Trace Decay “Sad Dance” (2020)

April 30, 2020

Having sold out shows in their hometown Melbourne, up-and-coming duo, Trace Decay have released their latest single, “Sad Dance”. To date, the indie-rock pair have released two singles, “Hindsight” and “Passivity”. Gaining popular demand from multiple radio stations such as Triple J, Purple Sneakers and Abduction Radiation (USA). The track presents a complex mixture of spellbinding beats […]

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Recipe: Shrimp Tinga Tacos & Pistachio Guac from Sonoma County

April 25, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Track of the Day: Karma Kids “Matrix” (2020)

April 24, 2020

Uniquely depicted as “Emocore” (emo, pop punk and metalcore), Karma Kids from Indianapolis, have announced their latest single, “Matrix” featuring Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup. Forming the band in 2019, they unveiled their debut album Dystopian Dream Part One: American Mind in February. Probing the effects of different mental health disorders. “Matrix” features on […]

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Recipe: Salmon Tartar from Sofitel Marrakech

April 23, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Recipe: Scallops Chartreuse from Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech

April 22, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Recipe: No.5 Restaurant’s Char Siu Glazed Pork Ribs

April 21, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Din Tai Fung opens online store for dumplings and sauces

April 21, 2020

Din Tai Fung has launched an online ordering site, with many of the products they use available for home delivery. While winter slowly approaches and isolation remains, you can stock up on some frozen goods supplied by the venue so you can try recreate their delicious dumplings and other dishes at home. Delivering an assortment […]

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Sydney favourites Monopole, Yellow, Cirrus and Bentley are now delivering

April 20, 2020

With the launch of several restaurant groups providing at-home dining services, Bentley Group is now taking part. That means all four of their acclaimed restaurants, Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Monopole, Yellow and Cirrus, will be delivering restaurant-quality meals straight to your doorstep. Four unique menus have been specially designed by co-owner and chef Brent Savage, […]

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