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Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman officially opens on Waikiki Beach (and it’s very, very good)

Honolulu’s Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort (which I reviewed earlier this year) has recently undergone a more than US$80 million renovation. It’s seen the iconic resort (with its origins dating back to the 1950s) reimagined with updated rooms, facilities and the addition of the much lauded Monkeypod Kitchen restaurant – now the fourth location in the…

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Liquid Death healthy sodas now available in Australia for the price of one soul

We discovered recently that renowned US-based healthy beverage brand, Liquid Death, is now available in Australia. Known for their engaging taglines such as “Murder Your Thirst” and “Death To Plastic, the brand has grabbed the attention of celebrities such as Tony Hawk and Travis Barker who both recently collaborated with them. Travis Barker released a…

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Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival line-up drops with tickets now on sale

Following on from the success of the previous few years, and in the wake of several other festivals scaling back, postponing or closing, it’s heartening to see the Beer and BBQ Festival back in full swing for 2024. Headlining the music will be Aussie music legends The Australian Rock Collective, Bad//Dreems & Friends and Peter…

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You can now get Sydney’s famous Gidley burger at The Rover in Surry Hills

Sydneysiders, I know what’s on your mind when you book into The Gidley’s moody bar area. You want that superlative signature burger. You know, the one with such a strong cult following that the popular steakhouse sells around 500 of them each week. That winning combination hasn’t changed over the years. A classic bun with…

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Herb & Chilli Festival to return to the Yarra Valley for 2024

The Herb & Chilli Festival is gearing up to return to the Yarra Valley next month. Returning for its 12th year, the annual celebration brings a weekend of live music, entertainment, beautiful local food and, of course, mouth-burning chilli experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Set inside the Lovely Nursery in the gorgeous Yarra Valley,…

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Las Vegas gets a sparkling new Hong Kong style Dim Sum hot spot: Washing Potato

With the state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas playing host to this weekend’s Super Bowl (for American Football fans) and next month’s NRL Telstra Premiership season kick off match (for Australian Football fans), “Sin City” is fast becoming America’s newest “Sports City”. But long has it been a destination for foodies, with restaurateurs from all…

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February is free Margarita Month

Altos Tequila will be embarking on a month-long party by shouting 20,000 margaritas at selected venues down the east coast of Australia. The authentic Mexican brand will also giving away a free trip back to the motherland. Celebrated as the best tequila for the traditional margarita, Altos Tequila are hoping for a Mexican Wave of…

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QT Hotels famous Christmas boxes are back for another year of decadent dining

For the past few years, the fine folk behind QT Hotels have been posting up a bit of a Christmas day for families and friends who want to eat and drink very, very well. A taste of absolute decadence is packed into the group’s QT At Home boxes, gifting merry-makers a one-stop-shop of deliciousness so…

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You’ve only a few days left to try a Green Ant Gin martini in Sydney

You can find martinis everywhere in Sydney. The colder the better. And yet, this classic cocktail needed a bit of spicing up earlier this month for Australian Gin Week. Luckily, the locally grown Seven Seasons label stepped up to the plate. Earlier this month, the Australian gin brand teamed up with Barangaroo House’s music loving…

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Young Henrys release a cold frothie to the core range

Our friends at Young Henrys have always been ones to push the barriers when it comes to releasing new beer varieties. This time, just in time for summer, is a core range of Cold XPA. Brewed cold. Drink colder. This joins the existing lineup of Newtowner, Hazy Pale Ale, Natural Larger, IPA, Stayer Mid Strength, Cloudy Cider & Ginger Beer. The beer…

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Kangaroo Islands Spirits has released the world’s first gin using 100% locally grown juniper

There isn’t much in the world of craft gin that Aussies haven’t seen before. Yet, Kangaroo Island Spirits has managed to one-up itself by releasing a First Harvest Juniper Gin. This is the world’s first gin made exclusively from Australian grown, single sourced common juniper harvested on Kangaroo Island. Taking 100% locally grown juniper, the…

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You can now get Vietnamese pho-inspired beef wellingtons in Sydney

The fusion between French and Vietnamese is well-recognised but hardly represented as well as it should be in Sydney. There are exceptions. One of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney, Hello Auntie, offers a masterclass in Vietnamese cuisine while paying homage to its French roots. And sister venue Hey Chu does it just as well….

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A whiskey and ice cream pop-up is coming to Darlinghurst’s The Mayflower

One of Sydney’s most upscale cafes, The Mayflower Darlinghurst, is paying tribute to the odd combination of whisky and peanut butter with a summer-ready pop-up bar exclusively dedicated to espresso martinis and ice cream. Yes, it may sound like a strange shot in any season, but Sheep Dog Peanut Butter Whiskey and Elato Ice Cream…

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QT Sydney welcomes all-day French bistro Parlour

Award-winning boutique QT Sydney already has one of the city’s best restaurants in beloved Italian-accented grill house, Gowings, but the eccentric property is clearly not done with revolutionising the city’s hotel dining scene. The low-lit and intimate street-level cafe that was once known as Parlour Cucina has now relaunched as Parlour, a sultry all-day Parisian…

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Junipalooza returns to Sydney in 2023 bigger than ever

Junipalooza is a festival that has made a name for itself with festivals from London to Melbourne. The aim of the festival is for gin-makers to showcase their product directly to gin-lovers. The advantage of meeting the makers is learning about tasting notes, flavours and stories behind the gin making process. Last year was the…

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Young Henrys unveil their new Brewers B-Side ‘Phantasmic Mr Hops’ Experimental IPA

Young Henrys Brewery in Newtown are no strangers to pushing the beer flavour envelope. Their latest offering, the “Phantasmic Mr Hops” IPA beer is inspired by the Wes Anderson movie, “Fantastic Mr Fox.” Phantasmic Mr Hops is a 7% experimental IPA utilising an innovative new flavour-producing compound named Phantasm. Phantasm is a powder derived from New…

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Free ice bath experience coming to Bondi Beach

The latest celeb-obsessed ice bath trend is coming to Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach promenade but not how you’d expect… T2 is promoting its latest range of iced teas with a popup ice bath challenge on July 28th. These iced baths are styled to look like the RTD iced tea cans. What a way to start…

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Fireball & Bar Luca team up for what could be Sydney’s best burger right now

Ah, burgers in Sydney. It’s the trend that will – thankfully – never die. In fact, burgers will never fall out of fashion. Yet, they’ve been stuck on a trend over the past few years, with competitors vying for attention with what is essentially just the same burger with a few tweaks. Bar Luca and…

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Young Henrys and South Sydney Rabbitohs collaborate to launch Glory Haze XPA

Celebrating South Sydney Rabbitohs‘ supporters and five years of friendship, Young Henrys have produced a limited edition Glory Haze XPA. Young Henrys is a group of passionate brewers, beer lovers, distillers, musicians and artists, united for the love of good beer. Established in 2012 in the back streets of Newtown and in the hearts of…

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Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival’s food lineup revealed

The full scale of the food offering for the 2023 Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival has just been released. If you like stats, you’ll enjoy that there are 25 different vendors, of which 13 are Beer and BBQ debutants. There are also 11 different food cultures represented. Low and slow highlights include, Black Iron Smokers…

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Brisbane-born mimosa in a can (mYmosa) wins accolades at World Drink Awards

A true success story out of ideas born from the lockdown, Brisbane-based mYmosa – the first classic mimosa in a can – has been awarded Bronze for taste and Silver for design at the 2023 World Drink Awards, judged in London, UK. Designed for convenience and a good time, the brainchild of founders Bec Pini…

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Adelaide’s Beer and BBQ Festival first beverage lineup for 2023

Adelaide’s Beer and BBQ Festival, at the Adelaide Showgrounds from the 14th to the 16th July, have just announced the first beverage line-up. Some of the musical acts are already announced: The Living End, Dune Rats, Dexter from the Avalanches and rock royalty Magic Dirt. Not to mention a “Doof Dome” from Noodle Doof Brewery…

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Sydney just got the world’s most luxurious cheese toastie

Although National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day may have come and gone for another year, there’s one exclusive way you can celebrate in the most delicious way possible. Available until May 12, Sydney now has a French-inspired luxury cheese toastie being flipped at Lorraine’s Bistro. Created by hatted chef Clement Marchais, the decadent dish elevates the…

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Underground Spirits Australia set to launch their new Coronation Gin

Underground Spirits Australia announced the launch of their limited-edition Coronation Gin during a cocktail event in honour of World Caramel Day. With notes of sweet orange, maple syrup and coconut, among others, this intricately crafted gin adopts flavours from across the Commonwealth countries. The Coronation Gin will be officially unveiled at the 2023 Sydney Royal Easter…

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Mary’s & Southern Comfort are throwing a massive glow-in-the-dark party in Bondi this month

When was the last time you played glow-in-the-dark golf? Never? Me too. Yet that’s exactly the type of niche Southern Comfort and Birds of Condor are getting at with a huge event in Bondi this month. With Mary’s Burgers along for the ride, there’s a glow-in-the-dark party being planned for Thursday 30th March at the…

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Kiin is the newest Asian restaurant in the heart of Adelaide

Kiin is a new modern-Asian style restaurant that has just opened in the heart of Adelaide. The name is Thai for “eat” and is the creation of Ben Bertei and David Wickwar, who have over fifty years of hospitality experience between them. Located at the front of the Arts Theatre in Angus Street, Kiin Bar…

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Enjoy a God of War Ragnarök Themed Meal at Mjølner Restaurants Across Sydney and Melbourne

PlayStation Australia is celebrating the launch of God of War Ragnarök by partnering with Norse-inspired restaurant Mjølner, bringing fans an exclusive menu.  From now until the 20th of November, restaurants across both Sydney and Melbourne will allow fans to “Discover The Realms” with a unique nine-course menu , as we celebrate the release of the…

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RÜFÜS DU SOL and friends introduce Mate Maker Organic Hard Kombucha

This week, co-founders RÜFÜS DU SOL along with their lifelong friends across the music and drinks industry, Justin Medcraft and Tom Appleton (ex-Diageo), announced their new hard kombucha brand: Mate Maker co. We sat down with Medcraft to talk about the story behind what’s involved in introducing a new style of drink into the Australian market….

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QT Sydney and Adriano Zumbo flip the script on traditional high tea for ‘QTea’

Going for high tea at one of Sydney’s best hotels is fallen out of favour in the past few years, as bottomless brunches take over as the afternoon activity of choice for groups looking to pack a sesh into their weekends. But that’s just because high tea has become such a standard affair, with the…

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Beer and BBQ Festival is back at the Adelaide Showgrounds for 2022

After two years of almost having a Beer and BBQ Festival, but being beaten at the post by COVID, this year is promising to live up to the hype. Scheduled from Friday 15th until Sunday 17th July, the Beer and BBQ Festival musical lineup is nothing short of spectactular. The 2021 lineup has been rebooked:…

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