Food and Drinks

Food and Drinks

Mar
18
2015
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5 celebrity chef restaurants in Sydney

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Book a table at one of Sydney’s celebrity chef restaurants where you’ll encounter scrumptious dishes, superb service and a well satisfied tummy. Here are some of the best celebrity chef restaurants in Sydney. Rockpool Bar and Grill with Neil Perry Neil Perry is one of Australia’s most influential chefs, appearing on Foxtel, LifeStyle Food channels in Australia and BBC2 in Britain. Rockpool Bar and Grill in Sydney is located in an American style art deco skyscraper. The restaurant is known for its “perfect” steak, with the menu offering many beef dishes as well as pasta, wood fired grill, and seafood cooked in the charcoal oven. Red Lantern with Luke Nguyen The television show Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam warms hearts as he explores the flavours of Vietnam. At his Sydney restaurant, Red Lantern, you can also have a Vietnamese lesson with your meal! Dine on New Zealand King Salmon in caramel, chilli and black pepper sauce, or perhaps you might prefer noodles mixed…

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Mar
17
2015

Celebrity chef Brisbane restaurants for the ultimate foodie experience

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Brisbane’s food scene is seriously stepping up to become as much a drawcard as its sweet sunshine. There’s diversity and first-rate quality being dished up and suddenly Melbourne and Sydney can’t lay claim so boldly with bragging rights as the standouts on the gastronomical front in Oz. What’s the buzz in Brisbane? All sorts of things. They include big and bold pub grubbin’, burger joints galore, Asian sensations, and anything that’s raw and organic. But it’s the fine dining where Brisbane is setting tongues wagging for more reasons than one, raising the bar in the process and carving a reputation as a serious player on a global scale in food finesse. With that sort of vibe comes the big boys and girls. So just where are the big name celebrity chefs setting up shop in Brisbane … ARIA Brisbane, Matt Moran (pictured) It’s easy to fall in love with Mr Moran’s food whether you’re watching one of his cooking show…

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Feb
20
2015

Celebrity chef Melbourne restaurants for the ultimate food experience

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

You’ll find brilliant restaurants on nearly every main street in Melbourne, offering fresh ingredients, incredible flavours and a relaxed dining atmosphere. For the ultimate food experience, dine at one of these five celebrity chef Melbourne restaurants. Chin Chin with Benjamin Cooper (pictured) Open 11am until late every day of the week, Chin Chin Restaurant in Flinders Lane serves South-East Asian cuisine with a shared-eating concept. Delicious dishes such as the crispy Barramundi and green apple salad, spicy corn and coriander fritters, curries and sweets are all made in-house, with Benjamin Cooper as the executive chef. The restaurant has a walk-in only policy, but one table of 10-12 people is available for bookings. Rosetta at Crown with Neil Perry The creative genius behind Rosetta, Neil Perry, became famous after appearing on Foxtel, LifeStyle Food channels in Australia and BBC2 in Britain. Rosetta’s menu includes some of Neil’s favourite recipes and wines discovered while travelling through Italy. Rosetta’s wood fired oven and char-grill…

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Nov
27
2014

Top wineries to visit in the Hunter Valley

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

EVERYONE loves a wine region, especially in Australia where we have an abundance of great wine country whether it’s for whites, reds or stickies. Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, the Hunter Valley, lays claim to being “the toast of NSW” and is only two hours’ drive from Sydney. When it comes to things to do in Hunter Valley, there’s no shortage. But the wineries are an obvious standout. Eleven Hunter Valley tourism operators have been acknowledged for their contribution to NSW Tourism by being named finalists and shortlisted for national recognition at the NSW Tourism Awards tomorrow and just to prove the strength of the Hunter Valley wine region when it comes to great wineries, prolific wine writer James Halliday has announced his Top 100 Wines for 2014, saying that of the 12 wines from NSW in his Top 100, 10 of the wines were from the Hunter Valley. So, without further adieu, SCOTT PODMORE rolls out some of the top…

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Oct
11
2014

Travel the Top End Loop – Lazy Lizard lunch and cruising with Katherine – Day 5 & 6

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Pine Creek, Katherine Gorge and Cutta Cutta Caves Before leaving the Jabiru area we stopped off at Mirrai Lockout, parked up the motorhome and a 20 minute walk up to the hilltop was rewarded with panoramic views of across Kakadu to the Arnhem Land escarpments on the other side of the East Alligator river. We had thought about Jim Jim Falls however as it was accessible only via a 2 hour journey on an unsealed road it was off the agenda with our motorhome – no motorhome or campervan rental can be driven on unsealed roads (unless entering a camping ground or something similar and over a short distance). The Jim Jim Falls road as with many in the park is closed during the wet becoming impassable. As we drove south we crossed countless dry river beds all with the rather telling sign “Don’t linger on bridge and no fishing”, Crocs never seemed to be far away, Lunch at the…

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May
26
2014

Three of the worst places to visit in Victoria if you’re trying to give up chocolate

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

WILLY Wonka and his chocolate factory started the rot for many chocaholics, and the sprouting of chocolate factories throughout Australia means there’s no escaping the lure of the cocoa bean. Let’s face it – good chocolate is worth the drive! And Victoria in Australia is as good as place as any for unforgettable chocky experiences. So, you’ve flown into Melbourne airport and picked up a hire car but not sure where all the oompa loompas are plying their craft? Here are five destinations worth the road trip …and the sugar hit, among other reasons to stay around and explore Melbourne and surrounds. Sweet road trip No.1: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Talk about a treat for the senses! Best of all it’s only about 45 minutes drive from the airport on a good traffic flow when you head east on the M80, Eltham Road and Old Healesville Road before you enter choc heaven for free chocolate tastings, thousands of…

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May
11
2013

The North Island Foodie Road Trip

By Auckland / New Zealand / North Island / Wellington /

Zealand is a nation of foodies, so it only makes sense to visit the culinary hotspots of the country. Here’s your guide for where to go to with your Wellington or Auckland car hire to keep your taste buds happy when travelling through the North Island! Coromandel Ask any Kiwi from the North island, the Coromandel is the place to go for oysters. It’s not bad as a holiday spot either, but that’s another story. The Coromandel Oyster Company is right in the heart of the Coromandel and offers fresh pacific oysters from the farm gate – as well as a multitude of other oceanic delights from the area. Kapiti Kapiti is a small area just an hour away with a Wellington car hire and while small, cannot be missed because it is home to two of New Zealand’s best dairy products. The name Kapiti goes hand-in-hand with both ‘cheese’ and ‘ice cream’. Cheeses from here are known throughout the…

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