Discover Cronulla’s cool Blackwood Pantry

Chef Robert Lechowicz has left behind the Michelin-starred restaurants where he trained in Europe to headline at Blackwood Pantry in beachside Cronulla. The 28-year-old’s food is French in technique, and “fuss free” mod Oz  in its approach. The Pantry is discreetly located down a laneway. The thrill of culinary discovery in an unexpected place is neverContinue reading “Discover Cronulla’s cool Blackwood Pantry”

World snubs top beaches in Australia. Good!

The latest list of the world’s 10 best beaches doesn’t include one stretch of Australian sand. It makes me jump for joy. Lists like these will help our beautiful beaches remain unspoiled for longer on an increasingly crowded planet. Who wants to follow the crowds, anyway? I’m thrilled millions of TripAdvisor reviewers went to swim somewhere else. TheContinue reading “World snubs top beaches in Australia. Good!”

Australia I a super sail on Sydney Harbour

Grand dame of the sea Australia I has been given a new life as a thrilling sailing experience on Sydney Harbour, bringing together old salts and new. The yacht is a 1977 and 1980 America’s Cup challenger, which sailed off Rhode Island. Built entirely of aluminium, the yacht is no frills or comfort as it’s beenContinue reading “Australia I a super sail on Sydney Harbour”

Kininvie whisky seduces Sydney’s secret bar

Sydney’s most discreet nightspot Magazin is the launchpad for one of the world’s most exclusive whiskies. It’s a robust $210 for 375ml of Kininvie 23 Years Old Batch No. 3. So to afford it you need to be as well heeled as the clientele of Magazin, the hangout of celebs, bankers, industry leaders, sports starsContinue reading “Kininvie whisky seduces Sydney’s secret bar”

Sydney Harbour sculptures go green

Outdoor art at its best. Sydney Harbour’s foreshore areas around Woolwich Dock and Clarkes Point feature dramatic sculptures from prominent and emerging artists. The 112 entries in this year’s exhibition showcase intriguingly different styles, many making environmental statements, using recycled and sustainable materials. Clarkes Point Reserve – a backdrop of bushland with a harbour view –  has a history of environmental activism. WinterContinue reading “Sydney Harbour sculptures go green”

Noma Sydney sold out in four minutes!

Update: Holy smoked/pickled/cured mackerel, Batman! Nova Sydney’s 5600 seats across 10 weeks sold out in four minutes on Friday, October 30! The reservations site for Noma Sydney opened at 10am AEDT. By 10.04 am, all the $485-a-head seats were sold out. The much-awarded Noma restaurant will relocate from Copenhagen to our harbour city for 10 weeks in January 2016, to share the best ofContinue reading “Noma Sydney sold out in four minutes!”

Whale watching in Australia makes a splash

Imagine waking up to the spectacular sight of a whale breaching or spotting a whale with her baby calf in tow? Whale watching in Australia is a winter/spring highlight – particularly on Australia’s east coast. About 20,000 whales from Antarctica escape the frigid southern ocean and migrate to Australia to warm up, relax and breed everyContinue reading “Whale watching in Australia makes a splash”

Tasting the kapow factor of baijiu

There’s a few flushed faces in the room as China’s national firewater is downed in tiny gulps. It has a BANG the baijiu virgins aren’t expecting. Bloggers, Instagrammers and the curious are crammed into the elegant Moutai Baijiu showroom in Sydney’s Chinatown. We’re listening to marketing managers Imogen Hayes and Ed Xian explain the 2000-year-old art ofContinue reading “Tasting the kapow factor of baijiu”

Depressed? How travel might help

Writer Matt Haig thinks travel is useful for people who suffer from depression because “it takes you out of yourself”.  Depression tends to envelop and compress your world, and literally getting away from the small space into which you’ve shrunk yourself, allows you to focus on something else. It takes your mind off it. He wasContinue reading “Depressed? How travel might help”

Coffee snobbery dissolved in an instant

“Damn, you people take coffee seriously,” said the visiting American staying in our apartment. We do. So so seriously. Especially in our state capital cities. We spend more time in cafes, buy more fancy home coffee machines than we used to and buy more coffee beans than we used to. We love it when visitorsContinue reading “Coffee snobbery dissolved in an instant”