Food and Drinks

Mar
25
2016

Snuggle up at these five cosy B&Bs in the Yarra Valley this Autumn

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The Yarra Valley region makes for a relaxing weekend away at any time of year. Pick up a rental car from Melbourne Airport (https://www.drivenow.com.au/car-hire/melbourne-airport.jspc) and drive only 60 minutes to explore everything the Yarra Valley has to offer. When you arrive, pick from one of these five cosy B&Bs to stay. It’s the best in Yarra Valley accommodation.   Bonza View The owners proudly say Bonza View bed and breakfast apartment offer the best views in the Dandenongs. During the day you have a sweeping scene of the Port Phillip Bay to Mount Macedon and the Warburton Ranges, even the Lilydale Lake. At night you have a spectacular 180 degree view of the city lights. Your private, undercover deck also has a bubbling hot tub – perfect on those chilly nights. Valley Guest House Experience country living at its best. At Valley Guest House, you’ll wake up to a beautiful sunrise and the sound of native birds. You’re also surrounded…

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Feb
29
2016
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5 unmissable features at this year’s Noosa Food & Wine Festival

By Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Queensland /

The Noosa Food & Wine 2016 is on again with more than 30 fantastic events showcasing some of Australia’s best chefs in beautiful locations throughout Noosa from May 20 to 22. With almost 50 chefs from around Australia and Noosa’s own restaurants featured in the program, along with more than 20 wineries, events will take place under the Noosa Tipi on Main Beach, in Hastings Street for a long lunch, by the Noosa River in Noosaville and in signature restaurants throughout Noosa. Guest chefs include Pete Evans, Ben O’Donoghue, Luke Mangan and Matt Golinski and more from some of Australia’s best restaurants including Nu Nu, Fish House, Gerard’s Bistro,  European, Stokehouse and Harrison’s. So what are the highlights of an action-packed program? It’s a tough call, but here are 5 to mark down as tasty treats. One … NOOSA FOOD & WINE OPENING COCKTAIL PARTY (pictured) Friday 20 May, 5-7pm, $45 Noosa Main Beach sets the scene for a wonderful…

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Feb
29
2016

5 great foodie events to look forward to around Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney has a great reputation for its food and wine festivals, with many people travelling from across the country just to experience these top food events every year. Here are five Sydney foodie festivals to look forward to. Merivale Food and Wine Festival Merivale Food and Wine Festival is a month-long extravaganza of food and drink events – could you ask for anything better? Throughout March, you can attend exquisite lunches, dinners, wine tastings, food markets and cooking classes. There are also chef competitions to entertain, with each event offering a quirky theme. Thailand Grand Festival This incredible event started off as a small, simple food fair 20 years ago. It’s since morphed into a Grand Festival, held for a couple of days every March, to give Sydney residents a taste of Thailand. You’ll get to discover all of the delicious flavours used in Thai cuisine and attend cooking demos, while admiring traditional Thai performances. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve travelled to…

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Feb
28
2016

5 great foodie events to look forward to in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne is arguable one of the best cities in the world for foodies! With a bustling restaurant and café culture with chefs cooking up delights from all over the world, it’s not surprising at all to learn that the city hosts dozens of exciting food festivals each year. Here are five great Melbourne foodie events to look forward to. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival One of Melbourne’s biggest events of the year is the Food and Wine Festival, attracting thousands of people to the Australia’s culinary capital. The 2016 festival runs for 10 days in March, when people will gather at various venues to sample provincial flavours. There are also cooking masterclasses, wine tastings at some of the state’s best vineyards and free entertainment. Night Noodle Market The Night Noodle Market, held in November, is just getting bigger and better (and tastier!) each year! Pop up food stalls light up the banks of the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr, as…

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Feb
22
2016
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Five great apps for life on the road

By Australia /

Life on the road can be stressful and difficult at times, especially if you find it difficult to plan ahead and organise what you’re doing. But this can all be fixed. Download these five great apps to turn your road trip into the easiest and most enjoyable holiday yet! Petrol Spy Australia Search for petrol prices across Australia’s capital cities. Other app users report petrol prices using this app, so you can compare prices at each fuel station in any postcode. It’s always nice if you return the favour and update fuel prices to help the next traveller. Doing so could also score you some freebies –  there’s a chance to win a $25 fuel voucher every second day! WorldMate WorldMate makes your holiday smoother and a lot easier to track where you’re meant to be next. Whenever you receive email confirmation for flights, hotels, restaurant bookings, hire cars, etc. simply forward the emails to trips@worldmate.com. The app then instantly generates your itinerary, which you…

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Feb
22
2016
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5 things to do near McLaren Vale, South Australia

By Australia / South Australia /

McLaren Vale and the surrounding area is easily one of the most charming regions in all of South Australia. This wine region is located approximately 35km south of Adelaide, and is home to many gorgeous wineries, beaches and towns. Here are five things to visit near McLaren Vale. Primo Estate (pictured) This family owned winery is the home of JOSEPH wine and olive oil. Primo Estate produces a unique range of wines, which the owners say reflect their Italian heritage. Decades upon decades of family members have been creating these exquisite wines since Primo Grilli arrived in Australia and planted the family’s first vineyard in 1973. It’s since expanded, with visitors to McLaren Vale now being treated to ‘la dolce vita, Australian style’. Off road 4wd tour Journey through the magnificent Fleurieu Peninsula with Off Piste 4WD Tours. It’s a 40-minute drive, which leaves from central Adelaide and takes you to hard-to-reach and mostly unknown places along the peninsula. Tour itineraries…

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Jan
31
2016

8 great things to do in Melbourne this March

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The Visit Victoria gang tells us it’s well worth thinking about a whopping March in Melbourne for 31 days of fashion, flowers, food, fast cars and world class festivities as the city plays host to multiple major events. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Now in its 24th year, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (4 – 13 March) offers a smorgasbord of culinary events. From masterclasses and workshops with the pros, to food trails for the curious and the ever-popular World’s Longest Lunch (which this year will be held on the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix track), there is an experience for novices and gastronomists alike. The festival hub, at Southbank’s Queensbridge Square, will take the shape of an Urban Dairy, where a selection of the world’s finest cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream makers will produce their signature items. This is just one of many events that will form part of River Graze, with a plethora of culinary delights, free entertainment and regional flavours along…

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Jan
19
2016
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5 ways to eat like a king in Auckland

By Auckland / New Zealand /

Heading to Auckland, New Zealand but want to know where to find some of the best places to eat? Here are five eateries in Auckland where you can eat like a king. Kazuya (pictured) Kazuya is one-of-a-kind, offering European cuisine with Japanese influence. Chefs use low temperature to roast meat over several hours, while fish is prepared using traditional Japanese methods. The restaurant is famous for its evening degustation menus. Here, you can pick up a main for $35, or add on another $10 to bring it up to three courses. The French Café The French Café was born out of a partnership between Simon Wright and his wife, Creghan. Their menu is “driven by the seasons” while passion for providing an outstanding meal is what drives the chefs to produce the finest food. This gorgeous café on Symonds St, Aucland consistently wins awards and ranks among the best restaurants, according to international and domestic food experts. Vinnies by Geoff Scott…

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Jan
19
2016

6 reasons to holiday in Lake Macquarie this year

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Home to undiscovered gems, the largest coastal salt-water lake in the country and 30km of pristine coastline, Lake Macquarie is one of Australia’s east coast’s hidden treasures. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, it has something for everyone, whether you’re an outdoors type, history buff, or simply seeking relaxation. The Visit Lake Mac team have given us six key themes to put Lake Macquarie at the top of your domestic holiday list. Bushwalking With nature reserves galore there’s no better way to explore Lake Macquarie than to don the hiking boots and hit the walking trails, with tracks taking in views of the beach and the bush, through to lush rainforest and waterfalls. Top choices include: Boarding House Dam in the Watagan Mountains – A cool rainforest bushwalk leads to a pretty waterfall along an easy pathway, featuring a 110 metre long moss covered rock wall (650m return) Or, for something more difficult, check out the Gap Creek Falls trail, with…

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Jan
15
2016

Five unmissable chocolate factories in Melbourne and surrounds

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

THEY say woman rated chocolate higher than sex in a recent survey (Women’s Health Mag) giving a whole new meaning to the saying “I’ll have what she’s having”.  The humble cocoa bean clearly isn’t just a pretty face! So where best to experience this love affair with the converted cocoa bean? A chocolate factory, of course, and there are plenty around Melbourne that must be on your hit-list. Try these. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen Head out Old Healesville Road in the Yarra Valley and you’ll stumble across this gem at which free tastings are in abundance. Best of all it’s only an hour from Melbourne’s CBD and set amidst one of the state’s premier wine regions. The bonus? Ice creamery as well! Skilled European chocolatiers craft more than 200 varieties of chocolates, there’s a cool cafe inside and the kids can run off all that extra energy on the games area and…

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Nov
27
2015
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Seven great eateries in Christchurch

By Christchurch / New Zealand /

Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. It’s home to beautiful gardens, historic buildings, incredible scenery – and also diverse cafes and restaurants. Grab one of DriveNow’s great Christchurch car rental deals, and explore these seven great eateries. Christchurch Tramway Restaurant Jump on board a luxurious colonial-style dining tram and dine in style. The Christchurch Tramway Restaurant boasts the finest cuisine and beverages New Zealand has to offer. You’ll enjoy a superb meal in comfort, while admiring the city’s historic buildings and scenic surroundings. Pedro’s House of Lamb Lamb lovers’ mouths start to water the second they step foot in Pedro’s House of Lamb. The Spanish restaurant slowly cooks a tender whole lamb shoulder over five hours, keeping the meat moist and ready to melt in your mouth. The lamb is seasoned with garlic and rosemary and served with scalloped potatoes. Foodies regularly say it’s one of the best roasts in all of Christchurch. The Old Vicarage The stunning 1898…

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Nov
18
2015

Five exciting adventures in Queenstown

By New Zealand / Queenstown /

Beautiful Queenstown, which is famous for its adrenaline based activities, is one of New Zealand’s must-see destinations. Grab a DriveNow hire car from Queenstown Airport, and use your set of wheels to explore some of the amazing things Queenstown has to offer, including bungy jumping and memorable hiking trails. Bungy jumping No visit to the Adventure Capital of the World is complete without a bungy jump! Queenstown is home to the world’s first commercially operated Bungy Jumping site , which was launched in 1988. There’s nothing like the exhilarating experience of jumping off the historic Kawarau Bridge, which will have your adrenaline pumping the entire time. Gibbston Valley Wineries Drive through the Gibbston Valley, which has become known as the ‘Valley of the Vines’. It’s one of the country’s most scenic wine growing areas, with vineyards locked between the rocky Kawarau River gorge and rugged mountain ranges. The hot dry summers and cool winters help create superb wines, with most of the region producing…

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