Food and Drinks

Nov
30
2016

Noosa food scene is one of the hottest on the east coast

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NOOSA is renowned for its sun, surf and endless summer, but the food scene is not only one of the hottest on the Sunshine Coast, but up there with the best on the entire east coast. There are plenty of excuses to catch a cheap flight to the sunshine state, nab a Noosa people mover rental and head north to this pearl in the east. Try these foodie favourites when you’re not hitting the sand and surf. Betty’s Burgers (below) – Surf rats, tourists and locals are swamping what is becoming known as the king of the burger craze Down Under and it really doesn’t disappoint amid the Hastings St hive of activity. Great relaxed vibe and hearty burgers are the force here, including crispy chicken, shroom burgers, and Betty’s Classic options among many more. Wash it down with a filling thickshake (try the peanut butter!) and that’s before you unbuckle the belt for a crack at Betty’s amazing Concrete…

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Nov
29
2016

Seven new attractions in Melbourne in 2017

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

THERE’S a big problem when comes to visitors wanting to explore Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city. With so many diverse and big drawcard attractions, where the hell do you start and what do you see and do? For someone arriving in our state via the air, jumping in a Melbourne airport car rental, and setting forth for adventure and discovery, the good news is while there’s a plethora of old favourites to choose from perhaps a good idea is to look forward to what’s going to be new in 2017. The Visit Victoria gang say food and wine will at the fore when the city plays host to the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards; visitors will be taken to new heights with the launch of The Eagle at Arthurs Seat and the MCG’s new zipline and roof walk; existing events will be injected with new life; and there will be more ways to experience wildlife, and more reasons…

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Aug
22
2016

Adelaide’s unmissable events in Spring

By Adelaide / Australia /

Adelaide is known for its amazing food, wine and culture. Spring is the best time of year to visit Adelaide, as the city comes alive to celebrate those things. Hire a car from the Airport and get ready for these spring events. OzAsia Festival (pictured) The OzAsia Festival has been touted as Australia’s premier Asia-focused arts festival. It runs between September and early October. It offers the latest in dance, music, film, theatre and visual arts out of Asia. Its flagship event is the Moon Lantern Festival, where thousands of people will gather to watch Australia’s largest lantern parade. Royal Adelaide Show South Australians will flock to the Royal Adelaide Show every September. It’s one of the state’s biggest entertainment events of the year. There’s something for everyone at the show. Mystery showbags, live entertainments and thrilling rides are always popular. Every night there are fireworks to celebrate this iconic event on the city’s calendar. Adelaide Fashion Festival This fashion festival celebrates innovative design and style. The festival runs over…

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Jul
23
2016

7 ways to discover Belfast

By UK /

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is a destination with plenty of discoveries to be made. Hire a car from Belfast Airport and enjoy these seven great activities. Hike through Cave Hill Cave Hill Country Park offers magnificent panoramas of Belfast. There are walking trails suitable for all people of all fitness levels. It also has five caves on the side of its cliffs, which are full of archaeological and historical attractions, such as Belfast Castle. The most famous feature is Napoleon’s Nose, which locals say inspired Jonathan Swift’s story, Gulliver’s Travels. Pub hopping Spend a night hopping from pub to pub. After all, the Irish are known for their ability to drink whiskey! There’s plenty to choose from but if you’re stuck for ideas, start your pub crawl at the Crown Liquor Saloon. Then make your way to The Duke of York, which is set on one of the city’s oldest streets and decked out with original mirrors and memorabilia. Tour Parliament…

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Jun
22
2016

10 upcoming events in South Australia you can’t miss

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

Who’s up for some fun in South Australia in coming months? Start planning your holiday with these great upcoming events, book your Adelaide car rental and prepare for a blast in late Winter and Spring. SALA Festival 1-31 August, statewide The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is the largest visual arts festival in Australia. Its extensive state-wide program of visual arts involves more than 3000 artists and 500 venues that celebrate the diverse talents of South Australian artists. Don’t miss your chance to journey through some of this year’s best collections, held in various places and spaces to support the very best of visual art in the state. www.salainc.com.au Barossa Gourmet Weekend 2–4 September, Barossa The Barossa is among the world’s great gastronomic playgrounds, renowned for its wine, fresh seasonal produce, beautiful landscapes and easy-going lifestyle. Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop always a big hit, as too a spate of cellar doors and beautiful eateries.  The Barossa Gourmet Weekend is…

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May
24
2016

What’s hot on the Melbourne food scene

By Australia / Melbourne /

Food brings friends together for memorable experiences. True foodies know exactly where to head on Melbourne’s food scene to uncover some of the city’s most delicious treats. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and add these five tasty experiences to your list. Flower Drum (pictured) This Chinese restaurant oozes fine dining and Cantonese cuisine. Situated in Market Lane in Melbourne’s CBD, the restaurant’s executive chef Anthony Lui ensures fresh ingredients are purchased daily from the nearby market. They’re then skilfully served onto your plate. Make sure you try the signature dish, the Peking Duck. It’s a delicious combination of plum sauce, spring onion, cucumber and tender pieces of roast duck. Republica Republica is seaside dining at its best. This casual restaurant sits on the waterfront in the St Kilda Baths and boasts central open fireplaces. Enjoy modern Australian cuisine while admiring views of Port Phillip Bay. There are many flavorsome entrees to choose from. We’d highly recommend the chilli tiger prawns or the grilled Victorian…

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May
23
2016

5 hot events in Queensland this winter

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE winter chill has arrived in the south but there’s always a way to warm up in Queensland. Looking to head north for a winter escape? Nap a Brisbane car rental for some Queensland exploration and to try any of these five great reasons to ditch the southern freeze and enjoy some northern exposure … One … Relish Food and Wine Festival (June 4, pictured) From the Hinterland to the Bay, the Fraser Coast has an awesome array of fresh produce, locally made food products and unforgettable dining experiences. The Fraser Coast Food Story – Relish Fraser Coast is about connecting local growers and producers with the area’s restaurants and cafès to create some magic. What started with the food and wine festival in 2013 has grown into something that encompasses the year round offerings of the Fraser Coast. For all the details, head to relishfrasercoast.com.au Two … Broadbeach Country Music Festival (June 17-19) Adam Brand and The Outlaws, The…

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May
19
2016

Fabulous festivals in Seattle and surrounds

By United States /

Seattle is one of the most exciting and colourful destinations. In this world-class city, fabulous festivals running almost every weekend. When you touchdown at Seattle Airport, grab a hire car and explore these exciting festivals this July. Fourth of July in Bainbridge Fireworks, parades, street fairs, car shows, kids activities… you name it! Fourth of July celebrations are huge across the United States. It’s definitely worth spending this year’s national holiday on Bainbridge Island. Other highlights include live music, a classic car show, foot race and a beer garden. Bainbridge Island proves there’s something for everyone on the Fourth of July! Seattle International Beerfest From July 8 to 10 you can choose from 220 beers at Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Centre. This event specialises in unique and hard-to-find beers. It also aims to encourage visitors to try something they’ve never tried before. Organisers go to a lot of trouble to source the very best exotic drinks “that you’ve never heard of”…

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Apr
22
2016

Top eats in Washington DC

By United States /

Heading to Washington DC for your next holiday? Visiting the capital city of the United States is an incredible opportunity which every traveller should experience. Even more important is the need to explore the city’s best restaurants while you’re there. Hire a car from Washington DC Airport and explore these top eats in Washington DC. Ambar Through blending centuries old tradition with modern, cutting-edge creativity, Ambar proudly serves up the “flavour of the Balkans”, which tempts all your senses. It’s held the number one spot on TripAdvisor for some time now, which means a night out at Ambar should be at the very top of your to-do list in Washington. The restaurant features smaller servings, giving you all the more opportunity to sample different flavours and textures from the Balkans. Fiola  This trattoria opened in 2011 and has since become renowned as the place to go in Washington DC whenever you want exquisite, delicious Italian. Tender pappardelle with bolognese sauce is just one…

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Mar
31
2016
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Port Macquarie for BBQs, bands and billycarts!

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

BBQs, bands and billycarts all feature in a bumper line-up of eclectic events in Port Macquarie this year. Plan your visit around one of the many foodie, cultural and sporting fixtures that will spice up any weekend in this gorgeous coastal town. Here are 7 to ponder: 1. Slice of Haven (29 May) – spend your day by the Camden Haven River and meet over 80 local producers of nuts, cheese, wine, beer, vegetables and bush-foods. This year’s ‘Magic beyond the plate’ theme will feature cooking demonstrations, workshops, dancing, quirky stilt walkers and games. 10am-4pm. Entry via gold coin donation. www.sliceofhaven.com.au 2. Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tour (11-13 June, long weekend, pictured) – learn where your food comes from at this unique event run by Landcare that visits around 12 farms that aren’t normally open to the public. From the oyster farms of the Hastings River to the lush grazing valleys of the Wauchope hinterland, see cows being milked, chickens…

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Mar
28
2016

London calling – 5 top restaurants you must experience

By Europe / UK /

London’s food scene is calling you… You’ll find an endless selection of trendy cafes, bars, fine restaurants and casual eateries on every street. With so many choices, we’ve compiled a quick guide on which of the best restaurants you must experience in London. Pick up a hire car from Heathrow Airport and check out these five hot restaurants during your stay in London. Galvin at Windows (pictured) Since opening in 2006, the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane has become one of the most talked about food destinations. Galvin at Windows has a stylish interior which takes you back to the glamour of the 1930s. Dine on a modern French haute cuisine menu, with all main dishes seasonally inspired. Enjoy the experience while being treated to incredible views of London’s iconic skyline, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Masala Zone The ever-popular Masala Zone has been branded as London’s best Indian informal dining restaurants. The chefs are also said…

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