Author: Danica Jones

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

Track of the Day: The Jungle Giants “In Her Eyes” (2020)

December 4, 2020

After having their renowned track ‘Heavy Hearted’ nominated for ARIA Song of the Year, The Jungle Giants return with their latest single, “In Her Eyes”. The song captures quintessential summer vibes with a ray of 90’s inspired groovy beats. Lead singer, Sam Hales talks us through the inspiration behind the track: “It feels so good […]

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Track of the Day: George Alice “Teenager” (2020)

December 1, 2020

Triple J’s Unearthed High competition winner, George Alice continues to make waves with her latest single and official video, ‘Teenager’. The talented Australian singer and songwriter has also scored her first headline on the ‘Schools Out’ East Coast Tour. Slow-tempo and composed with soft acoustics, the indie-pop track reflects upon the dismissal of adolescents in […]

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Roll’d releases customisable new rice bowl menu

December 1, 2020

If you’re a firm believer that ‘Rice is Life’, you won’t be disappointed with Roll’d’s new rice menu. Whether you’re a lover of white jasmine rice or the nutty brown, the beloved grain is a primary food source that promotes a great source of energy. “Rice offers a range of nutrients that our body can […]

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Hendrick’s Gin is bringing a hot air balloon bar to Sydney

November 30, 2020

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to soar through the sky with a gin in your hand, then wonder no more as Hendrick’s Gin launches its first exclusive bar in a hot air balloon.  The free event is for one day only and with a limited number of people, the ‘Hendrick’s Gin’s […]

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Track of the Day: Yergurl “Until We Meet Again” (2020)

November 27, 2020

If you’re looking for a new track to obsess over, look no further than Melbourne based artist, Yergurl with her latest single, “Until We Meet Again”. After releasing her debut EP Love Bite earlier last year, the 20 year old is known for her unique style of dreamy beats and unapologetic lyrics. Capturing the core […]

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Sugar Coat It is your new favourite dessert box

November 20, 2020

Whether you’re looking for the perfect birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift, the sisters at Sugar Coat It have got you covered.  19-year old Holly Northott and her sister Hannah from Perth are making headlines with their aesthetically and extravagant sweet and savoury gift boxes. Curated by the sisters themselves, each box has boundless options including […]

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Track of the Day: Chase Zera “Over Here” (2020)

November 6, 2020

After her success with debut single “Bring Me Down” and “Saving Bugs” with Warner Music Australia, dance-pop artist, Chase Zera releases her addictive brand new single “Over Here”. With entrancing beats and raw lyrics, the track encapsulates a soulful dance party that you don’t want to end. Chase Zera talks about the inspiration behind the […]

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Rosé Rising is back at Barangaroo House this month

November 4, 2020

“Rose Rising” returns with its annual celebration at Barangaroo House this month. Marking its third year in a row, expect to see all things pink, rosé inspired food and drinks and multi-sensory art installations by Sydney artists Sam Whiteside and design studio BABEKÜHL. Situated on all three levels of Barangaroo House including BEA and Smoke, […]

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COYA is the Northern Beaches hidden gem of fine dining

November 3, 2020

Award-winning restaurant, COYA is Sydney’s Northern Beaches best kept secrets. Nestled in Cromer, this fine dining restaurant celebrates a fusion of modern Australian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Not only has the venue won multiple awards such as the Gault & Millau Australia Award 2019, The Sydney Metropolitan Award for Best New Restaurant in 2017 and […]

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Roll’d delivers the goods for World Vegan Day

October 30, 2020

As World Vegan Day approaches, renowned Vietnamese franchise, Roll’d, is getting ready to serve you with their tasty vegetarian, gluten-free and animal free options. Celebrated globally around the world, the event aims to spread awareness of the health and environmental benefits of veganism. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or simply want to celebrate World Vegan Day, […]

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American-style Harvey’s Hot Sandwiches opens next week

October 30, 2020

If you’re looking for some chunky, finger-licking sandwiches, look no further than Harvey’s Hot Sandwiches. Taking up residence in the $3.2 billion redevelopment of Parramatta Square, the new venue is right in the hot spot of Parramatta. Owned and operated by Chifley Square’s District Brasserie, the group are are also opening up two more restaurants […]

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Surry Hills hotspot The Clock Hotel gets arty with Bombay Sapphire and local creatives

October 28, 2020

Though we weren’t able to attend Vivid this year, Surry Hills’ The Clock Hotel are putting on their luminous art exhibition in partnership with Bombay Sapphire, hosting the alluring “RE-CLAIMED”. Prepare for an an enigmatic light and sound experience created by Sydney artist Sam Whiteside and design-driven creative studio Babekuh.  The Clock Hotel will, temporarily, become […]

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Esteban: a new tequila and mezcal bar opens in Sydney CBD

October 27, 2020

Whilst travelling overseas may be off the cards at the moment, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge what the world has to offer at your favourite restaurants. From the team at Tequila Mockingbird, the Atticus Hospitality Group is expanding with their second instalment, Esteban. After their success with their recent pop-up, Tequila on York, the […]

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Atomic Beer Project is Redfern’s latest microbrewery, workspace and restaurant

October 26, 2020

Western Australia’s Gage Roads Brewing Co is opening its very first venue in Sydney. Situated in the heart of Redfern, Atomic Beer Project brings an innovative concept to the hospitality scene with a microbrewery, workspace and restaurant. Set in in a contemporary warehouse and visually setting the scene with giant stainless-steel tanks of fresh beer, […]

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Hardys releases vintage wines with a Money Back Guarantee

October 22, 2020

Having over 165 years of experience in mastering the art of winemaking and with 9000 accolades, major Australian brand, Hardys showcases their latest wine range with a Money Back Guarantee promotion. Established from earnest family traditions and a dedication to premium quality wines, the range pays tribute to Thomas Hardy who released the brand in […]

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Night Noodle Markets at Home is here

October 10, 2020

For 20 years, the hawker-style market has taken up residence in Hyde Park. Although given the unprecedented times, the event has been re-imagined in a safe and socially responsible manner. This year, you can now enjoy Night Noodle Markets in the comfort of your own home. With curated banquets and delectable Asian cuisine available, your […]

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Wellness coaching is the new spring cleaning

October 1, 2020

As the end of 2020 approaches and with everything the world has gone through this year, it may have left some of us feeling bewildered and overwhelmed. Whether your financial situation has changed, fitness levels have declined or your overall wellbeing has taken a toll, consulting with a wellness coach may be the first step […]

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Darlinghurst’s Sandoitchi is serving up two-for-one chicken katsu bowls

September 25, 2020

If you haven’t eaten at Sandoitchi, now is the time to do so, as they are offering up a tasty discount on their menu. Situated in the heart of Darlinghurst, the cafe opened in 2018 and has become renowned for their delectable Japanese inspired dishes such as their katsu sandos and bowls. As of next […]

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Track of the Day: NAIPIA “Tightropes” (2020)

September 24, 2020

The UK based pop-rock band NAIPIA is making waves this year with their recently released official video clip for their track “Tightropes”. The single has a quick and upbeat rhythm with compelling lyrics of personal growth and balancing the light and darkness within us. Known for their songs about youth and personal journeys, the track […]

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The Mayflower is Darlinghurst’s affordable luxury cafe-restaurant

September 18, 2020

Tucked away in a small corner within Darlinghurst, The Mayflower is a hidden gem that pays homage to a 90s Art Deco florist. Revamped as a high-end cafe-restaurant, the venue flourishes with stylish floral centerpieces and distinctive interior pieces. With onyx stone tables, elegant pendant lights, peach chairs and stunning backdrops of abstract floral murals, […]

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The Arbory Afloat returns to the Yarra in time for spring

September 18, 2020

Melbourne’s renowned floating bar and restaurant, The Arbory Afloat resurfaces to the Yarra River. Spruced up with a fresh new look taking inspiration from Australian beach houses, the venue will showcase chic coastal interiors with an inner-city meets sea-side oasis. Although the two bars, upper pool deck and dining area have remained in place, expect […]

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Misfits Bar celebrates turning three with free birthday shots and special offers

September 11, 2020

After three years as Redfern’s trendsetting bar, Misfits Bar and Dining celebrates its third birthday in style with live music, birthday booze and tasty treats this September. Following the theme of all good things coming in three, the bar is delivering all the goodies in trios. Expect a triad of oyster shooters with flavours of […]

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Track of the Day: Elme “Somewhere” (2020)

September 11, 2020

Writing and recording music at age 15, Elme has prospered with success after releasing his first single, ‘The Missing Piece’ in 2018 and second single ‘Kids’ in 2019. Melbourne-based artist unveils his latest single “Somewhere” with the announcement of his debut EP, Departures, set to be released on September 25th. Although Elme wrote the song […]

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Interview: MasterChef alumni Matt Sinclair shares his tips and techniques on all things beef

September 10, 2020

As warmer weather approaches, what better way to celebrate spring than a good old fashioned BBQ or cooking up a Sunday roast? The AU Review spoke with MasterChef finalist and restaurant owner of Sum Yung Guys, Matt Sinclair, who enlightened us with his knowledge of the best beef cuts and cooking techniques. From slow braising, […]

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Track of the Day: CXLOE “One and Lonely” (2020)

September 4, 2020

After her recent single “12 Steps” streamed over half a million, the flourishing Australian artist CXLOE returns with her latest single “One and Lonely.” She has been featured on multiple airplays and coverage from the likes of triple j, all pop-leaning commercial radio stations across Australia and across global titles. Co-written with Trey Campbell, Jessica […]

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The Bentley Group is opening an Australian inspired pizza joint

September 3, 2020

With four acclaimed restaurants in their pocket such as Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Monopole, Yellow and Cirrus, the Bentley Group have announced they are opening Ria Pizza + Wine. Whilst Monopole relocates to Sydney’s CBD, Australia square in October, the new casual pizza joint will be taking up residence in it’s previous dining space with […]

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Interview: Julia Busuttil Nishimura releases second cookbook, A Year of Simple Family Food

September 3, 2020

Renowned for her culinary online platform, Ostro, Julia Busuttil Nishimura returns with her latest book, A Year of Simple Family Food. Her debut cookbook, Ostro, was released in 2017 and was short-listed for the 2018 ABIA ‘Illustrated Book of the Year’ and named in Gourmet Traveller’s ‘Best Food Books. Not only is she a celebrated […]

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Barangaroo House reopens with new dining experiences

August 31, 2020

The iconic Barangaroo House is finally re-opening its doors and recommencing dine-in operations for their three venues, House Bar, BEA, and Smoke. In light of Coronavirus restrictions gradually easing, Matt Moran and Solotel Group have shifted their gears to cater towards smaller groups and will be consistent with government mandated health and safety regulations. “The […]

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Vanto is Sydney’s hidden gem of Naples-style pizza

August 27, 2020

Whether it’s traditional Naples-style pizza, classic pasta dishes or their iconic wood-fired sandwiches, Vanto restaurant is the place to be when it comes to authentic Italian cuisine. Nestled on the first floor of the Queen Victoria Building, the hidden gem pays homage to traditional and modern Neapolitan cooking. Noted as Ospitalità Italiana certified (which is […]

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The Greengate Hotel is doing up a tasty discount for National Burger Day

August 26, 2020

National Burger Day is this Thursday and to celebrate all things delicately stacked and impossibly cheesy, The Greengate Hotel is offering $12 for all their burgers and $8 pints of craft beer. Not only are they serving up their classic burgers, they’ve also announced three new additions to the menu. This includes menu special, the […]

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