Author: Samantha Low

Review: Tally-ho towards The Stables for more Modern Australian (Sydney)

July 4, 2018

Paddington, is the ‘Sunday Best’ suburb of Sydney. Boasting equally chic and affluent Australian fashion labels and hole-in-the-wall art galleries, a quick jaunt down Oxford Street is all you need before you find your steps a little lighter, your smile a little wider. It’s also home to some of the best eateries known throughout Sydney. […]

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Review: the tide is high and bountiful at Barangaroo’s love.fish (Sydney)

May 23, 2018

Seafood is the ‘S’ word here at love.fish, as is ethically Sourced, Sustainbility and Supports local Suppliers. For a harbour city like ours, there aren’t many restaurants that can attest to being experts of what lies under the sea. The data is skewed at polar opposites of the graph, we have tonnes of fish and […]

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Patron saint of seafood, Saint Peter’s Josh Niland, will open Sydney’s very first fish butchery

March 4, 2018

Get ready to take a piece of acclaimed chef Josh Niland (of the consistently excellent Saint Peters) home with you. April this year will see the opening of Fish Butchery on Oxford St in Paddington. Dubbed ‘butchery’, the Saint Peter team aim to position it as a modern fishmonger, offering dry handled fish, produce that […]

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5 things to do in Singapore that aren’t about Marina Bay Sands

January 22, 2018

With its card deck design, three-acre SkyPark and impressive fifty-five storey height, Marina Bay Sands is by far one of the world’s most unique resorts and is an unmistakable symbol of opulence in Singapore. But when there are queues on a Wednesday night just to go up to the bar, CÉ LA VI, and additional […]

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The 8 best cafes in Singapore worth skipping hawker stalls for

January 14, 2018

Singapore might be known for its South East Asian street food and buzzing hawker centres, but it also has a thriving café culture well worth exploring. Visitors to the lively city can expect to see familiar faces on the menu like avocado on toast and interpretations of the good ol’ big breakfast, but keep an […]

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Five fitness trends for 2018 and the best places to try them out in Sydney

January 2, 2018

All of us living in this hemisphere are plagued with the unfortunate luck of having the silly season to coincide with beach body time. This means no ugly Christmas sweater to hide the festive feasting we’ve partaken all December long. So before you reach for that second mince pie, check out our predictions for 2018’s […]

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All-star Merivale team lead the newly reopened Hotel Centennial (Sydney)

December 20, 2017

The latest piece to the Merivale empire, Hotel Centennial, has finally opened under the tutelage of The Paddington’s Ben Greeno, Fred’s Danielle Alvarez and Head Chef James Evangelinos. With their love of local produce and talent for restrained simplicity, Greeno and Alvarez have crafted a menu shaped by Mediterranean sensibilities. “This is a nod to […]

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The Newport welcomes Bert’s Brasserie and Bar this Summer (Sydney)

December 20, 2017

The expansive grounds of The Newport is set to become even more elegant with the inclusion of Bert’s, Merivale’s newest brasserie and bar. Inspired by grand hotel dining rooms of the 1930s, Bert’s aims to capture the easy air of Sydney’s Northern beaches with a hint of whimsical nostalgia. An all-star line-up of hospitality talent will […]

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Icebergs and The Dolphin Hotel collaborate on a new Bondi Beach bar (Sydney)

December 19, 2017

Bondi Beach Public Bar (BBPB) is opening on Wednesday 20th December, just in time for summer. As the love child of Icebergs Dining and Bar and The Dolphin Hotel, BBPB represents the synthesis of a modern day pub while tapping into the history and vibe of 1907s and 1980s Australian pub culture. “Whenever I am […]

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A new pan-Asian patisseri brings leychee crepe cakes, rendang pies and more to Kensington Street (Sydney)

December 12, 2017

Fusion food often gets a bad rap but most Sydney eateries seem to be able to get the balance in flavours belonging to two different cultures, just about right. The latest player to join this sub-cuisine is Chefs Pastry, an innovative new bakery combining centuries-old French pastry techniques with vibrant pan-Asian flavours. While this might […]

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Review: Everyday Espresso brings unconventional brunch to Redfern (Sydney)

December 12, 2017

Some weekends you’re awake by 7.30 am, have had a run and a kale smoothie by 9 and you’re now ready for a productive day of adventuring. Other weekends, it’s a struggle to remember what happened the night before through the haze of  the world’s best (or worst) hangover and you’re praying Deliveroo does McDonald’s […]

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Lotus Group’s Fujisaki makes its debut at Barangaroo (Sydney)

December 4, 2017

A new refined modern Japanese dining restaurant just opened in Barangaroo and its name is Fujisaki. Heavy hitters in the dining scene that are part of Lotus Group’s new venture include executive chef Chui Lee Luk, formerly of Claude’s restaurant,  sushi chef Ryuichi Yoshii, formerly of Yoshii, and sommelier Annette Lacey. Yoshii pwns the raw […]

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Hartsyard 2.0 announced as Newtown favourite plans some big changes (Sydney)

December 4, 2017

Hardcore Sydney fans and Newtown locals may have to say goodbye to Hartsyard as they know it but the Newtown institution plans on reopening in early January 2018 with Hartsyard 2.0. After nearly six years, chef and owner, Gregory Llewellyn, decided it was time to head in a new direction and change things up. This includes […]

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PAFU is the next Japanese dessert to trend in Australia

December 4, 2017

The onslaught of Japanese desserts continue to hail down on Australia. From the team that brought you Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart, comes PAFU, a puff pastry store launching in Melbourne’s QV this December 16th. What exactly is PAFU? A puff or ‘パフ’ in the Japanese language, is the Japanese response to the traditional French apple turnover […]

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VIVID Ideas Review: The Rise of the Cat Memes Empire with Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti

May 30, 2017

The first fifteen minutes of the live discussion saw Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed, probed by Leigh Sales, anchorwoman of ABC’s 7.30, Dr Phil-style. This was Vivid Ideas’ first Game-Changer talk for 2017, and quoting Peretti, following questions on where he was born, what his childhood was like and which teachers supported him the most, […]

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Review: 12-Micron is a stunning new entry on The Streets of Barangaroo (Sydney)

March 23, 2017

What is Australian cuisine, and in particular, modern Australian cuisine? At 12-Micron, this means creating a space that showcases the very best this country has to offer, from the cuisine to the interior, from the produce to the plates they ultimately sit on. This is what Barangaroo’s latest stands for right down to its namesake, […]

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The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room’s Crab Carnival returns for enormous crustacean celebration (Sydney)

March 7, 2017

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room are back with Crab Carnival and this year is set to be their biggest yet. Now in its fourth year, the Carnival will be a celebration of all things crustacean for 28 days, beginning Monday 20th March until Sunday 16th April. Chef Sean Connolly, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room and […]

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Barangaroo serves up the impressive 12-Micron restaurant and late-night dessert bar (Sydney)

March 4, 2017

12-Micron is the new kid on the street, The Streets of Barangaroo that is. It’s an impressive new 230-seater restaurant, late-night dessert kitchen, and bar with majestic harbour views to boot. The 12-Micron name, inspired by the rare and coveted fine 12-micron wool fibre, marks the venue’s ethos to celebrate the best of Australian produce. 12-Micron Executive […]

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New year, new menu: Double Bay’s Mrs Sippy announces some changes (Sydney)

January 15, 2017

Double Bay’s iconic restaurant and bar Mrs Sippy has launched a brand new menu just in time for Summer, celebrating their fifth year with significant changes that should see the popular hotspot charge through these holidays with style. The new additions feature light, fresh and summer-ready dishes aimed at pairing with your midday heat right […]

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Mövenpick introduce signature ice cream sandwiches to their Australian boutiques

January 15, 2017

As we reach the heat-wave bringing centre of Australia’s summer, Swiss ice cream brand Mövenpick has announced a range of signature Ice Cream Sandwich to be sold at their dessert boutiques. The sandwich will be made up of their high quality creamy ice cream and two rich chocolate cookies as the outer layer, giving folks […]

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Review: Old City Kitchen and Bar – Newtown (Sydney)

November 1, 2016

Middle East meets Mediterranean at this unassuming spot on a side street in Newtown. Old City Kitchen and Bar is only a couple of paces away from busy King St but it is significantly quieter and more intimate than say, its rockabilly neighbour Miss Peaches, located a mere two doors down. The professional finish of the […]

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The Grounds of Alexandria now has its own on-site bakery (Sydney)

October 6, 2016

Alexandria destination The Grounds is well experienced with serving its patrons artisan breads and pastries but their latest venture, The Bakery, will see this offering carried through with even more gusto and allow for some exciting exclusives. Think trays of lime & meringue tartlets, freshly baked Pigion Seed loaf, a pistachio olive oil and polenta cake […]

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Review: ABODE Bistro & Bar’s Chocolate High Tea – CBD (Sydney)

October 5, 2016

High tea is something I grew up having a deep reverence for. My paternal grandmother loved it despite not being big on sweets. But whether you’re into the components of it or not, it’s undeniable that there’s something that’s very refined about sitting in a pretty little salon, nibbling on a huge amount of small things […]

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Hotel Review: A Blissful 24 hours at Hotel Realm (Canberra, Australia)

August 5, 2016

Canberra isn’t typically known as a getaway destination but the short three-hour drive from Sydney makes Canberra sufficiently far away to give you that ‘going away’ feeling yet still close enough that a quick 24-hour stay is more than achievable. Also a plus are the pockets of luxury that you’ll find at our nation’s capital […]

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Review: Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar – Canberra (ACT)

July 31, 2016

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to try out Hotel Realm’s “Buvette Bliss” package, a current deal which includes a two course meal at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, the five-star property’s fresh French dining option. The package’s set menu is specially designed by the Executive Chef Fabian Wagnon, and also comes with […]

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A Day Well Spent: Eating and drinking my way through the Hunter Valley (NSW, Australia)

July 13, 2016

On my last trip to the Hunter to cover the famous Hunter Valley food fight, I was lucky enough to sample more Hunter fare. I say Hunter fare here because even though it isn’t too far from Sydney (slightly more than a two hour drive), a lot of the food I tried tasted like an entirely […]

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Review: Yakitori Yurippi – Crows Nest (Sydney)

July 6, 2016

Winter isn’t coming, it’s here and hell-bent on freezing the behings of every Sydneysider. But aside from your usual comfort foods of soups, stews and ramen, taking a trip to your local yakitori den also works as a keep warm tactic. That’s exactly what we did last week when the good guys at Yurippi in Crows […]

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Five things you didn’t know about Orange is the New Black producer and creator Jenji Kohan

June 27, 2016

The scene at Town Hall was set with Vivid’s characteristic neon hues of light. Once the strobes were dimmed, a live singing and dance rendition of “You’ve Got Time” by Regina Spektor, also known as the opening song of Orange is The New Black, kicked the show off. There’s something meta-fictional to be said about […]

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First Impressions: VIVE Cooking School – in the kitchen with Manu Feildel

June 14, 2016

I talk food, write food and occasionally cook food from the comfort of my own kitchen but can I put my money where my mouth is and deliver a truly authentic French dining experience? Probably not, but there is no reason why I shouldn’t give it a go.  Last weekend I was able to do just that […]

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Near record crowds flock to 20th Biennale of Sydney

June 13, 2016

The Biennale of Sydney has announced that visitation to the 20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, was the second highest on record. Curated by Artistic Director Dr. Stephanie Rosenthal, the 20th Biennale, which ran from 18 March – 5 June 2016, featured more than 200 works […]

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