Travel & Lifestyle

Restaurant of the Month: Mister Percy – Pyrmont, Sydney

March 5, 2021

Sydney’s hotel restaurants are boring. Maybe that was a bit too definitive. Let’s just say, Sydney hotel restaurants are, for the most part, unmemorable. At least when compared to standard-pushing cities like Tokyo and New York City. Although, I’ve never eaten at a Chicago, San Fran or L.A. hotel restaurant that inspired much enthusiasm either. […]

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Pizza Hut Australia now delivers some of the country’s favourite beers

March 1, 2021

Forget the 1.25L bottle of Coke with your Pizza Hut Australia order. From today, the inescapable pizza brand is now chucking beer on the menu. From $20, you can slap a six-pack on top of your pizza (or wings or pasta) order, although the concept has only so far rolled out in Queensland and Victoria. […]

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Four Pillars and QT Hotels come together for exclusive coconut and bamboo “Ordered Chaos” gin

February 26, 2021

Yarra Valley’s eternally beloved Four Pillars has teamed up with the equally adored QT Hotels and Resorts for a playful new collaboration which will see the distillery’s latest gin available exclusively across QT’s family of boutique-minded hotels. And though you might not be able to get Four Pillars’ new Ordered Chaos Gin at your local […]

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Delta to increase Sydney to Los Angeles flights in March on their flagship A350-900

February 25, 2021

Finally, some news of an airline increasing, not decreasing, flights between the US and Australia. Delta Air Lines, who have been praised for their Delta Care Standard implemented during the pandemic, will start flying their flagship A350-900 aircraft six times a week from 8th March 2021. This will give Australians and Americans looking to return […]

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Exploring Koga: one of Japan’s secret attractions, and an ideal Tokyo day trip

February 24, 2021

When first-time tourists visit Japan, they often take such a well-trodden route that it has a nickname within the Japanese tourism circles. Known in the industry as ‘the golden route,’ this commonly explore circuit travels from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto and often Hiroshima. While it’s a stunning and undeniably rewarding path to take, the […]

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Whisks at the ready, The Big Bake comes to Sydney

February 19, 2021

Copious amounts of sugar, a baking competition and a cocktail bar – what could possibly go wrong?! The Big Bake Sydney is a pop up baking experience where you team up to compete for the title of Baking Champion. Loosely based on the popular Canadian television show of the same name, The Big Bake incorporates […]

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Celebrate Lunar New Year at New Shanghai

February 17, 2021

Lunar New Year is here and that means coming together with friends and family for a whole lot of feasting. So what better way to celebrate The Year of the Ox than with a grand banquet at New Shanghai? Feast upon a special eight course menu curated just for the Lunar New Year. Standout dishes […]

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Vietnamese Curry Lamingtons: Tokyo Lamington and Hello Auntie are a match made in Lunar heaven

February 13, 2021

It’s no secret now that Tokyo Lamington is one of the best new dessert shops in the country. After all, they are taking the most beloved spongy treat the country has ever known and layering on a dazzling amount of creativity, with everything from Davidson Plum to Pandan & Coconut sprucing up the classic. Now […]

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Black Star Pastry new store in Newtown

Black Star Pastry opens fresh Newtown store, this time on King Street

February 13, 2021

It has been 13 years since Black Star Pastry opened un unassuming shopfront in Newtown, slightly veered off the main strip of King Street with a diminutive space popping with vibrant cakes and fresh pastries. Now, the internationally renowned bakery and sweets shop has firmed their grip on Newtown’s culinary scene by making the big […]

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Five gorgeous tiny homes perfect for a completely private Valentine’s Day in NSW

February 11, 2021

Forget cards, jewellery, chocolates or flowers this Valentine’s Day. In 2021, a romantic staycation is quite possibly the best way to mark the occasion. Better still, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so there’s an ideal excuse to enjoy a weekend escape. If you’re feeling like a tiny house escape this weekend, you’re […]

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Lotus Dining Group launches new restaurant ‘Chi’ in Barangaroo

February 4, 2021

After recently opening Lotus Double Bay by new general manager, Hamish Ingham, Lotus Dining Group has launched its latest restaurant in Barangaroo, Sydney called Chi.  Encompassing the heart of Chinese Street food and inspired by Beijing’s Ghost Street, the aesthetic of the venue features an abundance of lucky Maneki Neko cats above the open kitchen. […]

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Cocktail recipes from the best bars in South Africa

February 1, 2021

Domestic travel is on the cusp of a resurgence with states across Australia beginning to relax lockdown measures. International travel? That’s a different story. With many countries around the world struggling in the fight against COVID-19, we’ve been given conflicting information on when international travel will resume to a sense of normalcy anytime soon. Some […]

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Harbord Hotel has re-opened this summer

January 29, 2021

For nearly over a century, Freshwater locals and visitors flocked to the iconic Harbord Beach Hotel. Now the venue has been reborn a fresh new look and additional dining experiences, opening doors as Harbord Hotel for one of the biggest openings Sydney will see this year. With an expansive main bar, a sun-soaked terrace and […]

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Quirky museum of love & disappointments will open at QT Gold Coast in time for Valentine’s Day

January 28, 2021

More than 8,000 love stories and break up mementos have been sourced by the eternally playful folk behind QT Hotels & Resorts for a temporary museum dedicated to relationship relics of the past. Twisting the idea of Valentine’s Day, QT Gold Coast will turn into “Heartbreak Hotel” from 1st to 21st February, showcasing a pop-up […]

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The top 5 things to do in Hokkaido… besides skiing

January 27, 2021

Famous for powder soft snow and fun-tastic slopes, Hokkaido is at the top of most Aussies’ summer travel list. Swapping out thongs for ski boots, it’s common for top ski resort areas like Niseko to turn into mini Australian villages with the sheer influx of tourists. But Hokkaido, technically a prefecture, is home to many […]

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Let’s Talk Art Therapy: Port Macquarie emerges as New South Wales’ hub of artisan makers and workshops

January 27, 2021

What defines Port Macquarie? In the scope of New South Wales, a state with some of the beautiful coastal towns in the country, Port Macquarie may not seem all that distinctive. Until you get there. Make the four-or-so hour drive from Sydney (5.3hrs from Brisbane), like many do throughout the year, and you’re rewarded with […]

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You can now get huge native flavour versions of lamingtons in Sydney

January 25, 2021

Since opening a Sydney flagship store late last year, Tokyo Lamington has opened up to various interpretations of the namesake treat held so dearly in the hearts and minds of Aussies nationwide. The humble lamington has seen some head-turning interpretations from the speciality dessert store, which has been introduced a “Melbourne Bushfood” series, introducing a […]

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Shigeru Miyamoto tours Japan’s Super Nintendo World and confirms Singapore expansion

December 19, 2020

UPDATE 19/12: Watch new on ground video hosted by “Mario’s Dad”, Shigeru Miyamoto, as we see more of the attractions in the park. Miyamoto also confirms Super Nintendo World is coming to Universal Studios Singapore, though no date has been given. That will bring the attractions a little bit closer to Australia! Original Article – 12th […]

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This premium food delivery service is now slinging incredible Christmas packs for 2020

December 16, 2020

Not a fan of stuffing turkeys and layering trifles on Christmas day? Not many people are. Christmas is always an exciting time of the year, but it’s also just damn busy. And ‘busy’ is where online meal delivery services like to play the hardest. Not all of them are made equal though, and it seems […]

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‘Jumbo’ is Mounties new Chinese Seafood Restaurant

December 14, 2020

Award-winning venue, Mounties at Mt Pritchard, has launched their second new restaurant for the venue with Jumbo Seafood. After the success of Modern Australian restaurant, The Oven last September, Chinese restaurant, Jumbo Seafood brings to the menu authentic Asian-inspired dishes. “We listened to our members who have hinted for a long time that a greater […]

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QT launches Cinema Club with Four Pillars Gin Cocktails

December 14, 2020

As the end of the year approaches, what better way to celebrate and catch up with friends than to watch your favourite movies and sip on some well deserved cocktails? With private screenings for up to 28 people per session, QT is launching an underground cinema club. Whether you’re a lover of action, romance, horror […]

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Here’s your first look inside the long-awaited Aman in New York City

December 14, 2020

Aman is a name that often – okay, always – sends shivers down the spines of hotel enthusiasts. I’m one of those, and if it wasn’t for COVID-19 I would this year have had a big, green, proud, enthusiastic tick next to the “stay at Aman Tokyo, finally” underlined a million times on my mental […]

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Din Tai Fung now delivers frozen hampers full of dumplings and more

December 14, 2020

With the popularity of their home delivery service during the more intense moments of this year’s ongoing pandemic, Din Tai Fung continue to look beyond their many Australian venues with two limited edition frozen hampers available for online orders and delivery. Designing many of their menu highlights so that they can be prepared and served […]

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Gotcha Fresh Bubble Tea opens up three new locations

December 11, 2020

If you haven’t tried bubble tea, you are missing out on a world full of flavours. Whether it’s their black sugar, coffee, cheese foam or fruit tea collection that you know and love, the beloved Gotcha launches three new stores around Australia. Standing out from the crowd, their quality teas have been farmed and hand […]

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Flight Centre are selling “mystery holidays”, bringing spontaneity and excitement back to domestic travel

December 11, 2020

When we talk about spontaneous travel, we’re usually referring to sojourns taking place in far-flung destinations – falling asleep in Berlin and waking up in Amsterdam; booking a literal-last-minute flight to Osaka after reading about some super specific yakisoba served at a hidden hole-in-the-wall in Dotonburi…that kind of thing. What we’re not often referring to […]

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QT launches at home Christmas box with a sensory dining experience

December 10, 2020

Christmas is finally around the corner and QT has released its first ever holiday box for at home cooks. Taking away the stress of onerous cooking, QT has designed a Christmas menu with almost-ready meals and wine bundles. Curated by QT’s chefs and award-winning restaurants including Santini Grill, Yamagen Japanese, Capital Bar and Grill and […]

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Qantas Frequent Flyers

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now use and earn points on Australia’s premium railway journeys

December 10, 2020

In an unprecedented move for two of the country’s biggest travel operators, Qantas Frequent Flyers are now able to earn, and use, points on premium train trips with Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions. That means interstate trips on historic trains The Ghan, Indian Pacific, and the Great Southern are now more accessible than ever before. This […]

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Founders of Fishbowl opens up ‘Fish Shop’ in Bondi

December 8, 2020

After opening up their popular venue Fishbowl in 2016, Bondi is unveiling their newest addition to the club with Fish Shop. Set up as a mix between a traditional and modern fish shop, the venue promises a fine-casual dining experience with takeaway options available and a sit in restaurant and bar. On the menu, Head […]

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Lavazza and Smeg team up for gorgeous 50’s inspired capsule coffee machine

December 8, 2020

Anyone familiar with Italian manufacturer Smeg should already recognise the distinctive, eye-catching design of the new Lavazza Australia capsule coffee machine. Specifically, that’s the Modo Mio, a collaboration between the two brands, bringing Smeg’s popular minimalist design to a kitchen essential. And given a coffee machine is often the first thing we reach for in […]

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Black Star Pastry’s new Rain Cake is the first in a series of art-inspired desserts

December 8, 2020

To celebrate new immersive art exhibition Rain Room re-opening in St Kilda, the infinite creativity on display at Black Star Pastry has produced what is easily one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous cakes to date. And that is saying a lot, seeing as this is the spot famous for the delightful Strawberry Watermelon Cake. The […]

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