March into Merivale launches fried chicken and noodle pop-up bar In Sydney CBD

Hospitality company, Merivale, launched a fried chicken and noodle pop-up bar at their Sydney’s CBD venue, Work in Progress, on Thursday 26 February.  The brainchild of this pop-up bar is Patrick Friesen, Papi Chulo’s brilliant head chef. The pop-up opened its doors as part of March into Merivale, Sydney’s signature Food and Wine Festival featuring 50 events over five delicious weeks.

Inspired by many of the late night supper spots he enjoys with fellow chefs after service, Patrick has designed a short and punchy menu of Asian fried chicken, Hong Kong noodles and tasty snacks. Dishes like fried chicken with ginger nuoc cham and pnomh penh wings with lime white pepper take the lead, together with Sichuan duck and tofu lo mein and pork & prawn wonton mein with egg noodles. The food will be matched by a fun and fresh cocktail menu, alongside a smashing selection of wine and beers. 

Hailing from Canada, Patrick first joined Merivale at Potts Point hangout Ms.G’s, where he led the dynamic kitchen for nearly two years. In 2013, he joined forces with fellow Merivale chef, Christopher Hogarth, to open Papi Chulo, the much-lauded smokehouse and grill on Manly Wharf. The formidable duo have won the hearts and taste buds of Sydneysiders with their succulent spice-rubbed meats and grilled seafood. 

Located at 50 King Street, Sydney CBD, ‘Work in Progress @patrickfriesen’ is the perfect spot for a quick and easy solo lunch or to enjoy with friends and colleagues. The pop-up bar is open from 12pm-late, Monday-Friday (kitchen is open 12-3pm and 6-10pm). For further inforamtion, go to www.merivale.com/wipbar or www.marchintomerivale.com.au

Nova’s Red Room Future Music Festival Edition rocked with two of the hottest Future Music Festival acts.

Nova’s Red Room Future Music Festival Edition presented by Smirnoff kicked off with two of the hottest Future Music festival acts at the Bondi Beach venue, The Bucket List, on Wednesday 25 February 2015.

These two performances were a small teaser for what will occur at the Future Music Festival in Sydney on Saturday 28 February 2015.

The first act was Australia’s own Timmy Trumpet, a Sydney musician, who started his music career by playing jazz music with his trumpet. The second act was international artist Example, whose real name Elliot Gleave.

Example returns to stage for first time since the birth of his two-month-old son Evander to his model wife, Erin McNaught. He will then perform in the Philippines on March 13 for his Live Life Living tour, just days after the Australian festival concludes. Then, he will travel to China to play several shows there, before heading to Europe in June. It appears that the current string of shows may be his last for some time as he focuses on his new family.

Timmy Trumpet warmed up the crowd by playing his beats and jumping on the decks (literally) playing his trusty brass trumpet. Example performed some of his more underground tunes as well as a host of his epic classics.

Smirnoff Vodka cocktails were flowing while canapés were circulated to guests who comprised mostly of Nova competition winners and Sydney’s reality stars such as Big Brother’s Ryan Ginns and Jake Richardson.

These two acts will join a line up of musical talent that will make their way around the country for the festival, which started in Sydney on Saturday 28 February 2015

Others in the Future Music line up include US rapper Drake in his first Australian tour, DJ’s Avicii and Afrojack and electronic dance group The Prodigy. The festival will make its way to Perth on Sunday 1 March 2015, before moving on to Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

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Bondi Hardware celebrates their annual end of summer party and third birthday

Over 150 guests packed the hardware store turned trendy restaurant and bar called Bondi Hardware for their annual end of summer party which coincided with their third birthday on 24 February 2015.

Guests arrived dressed in casual summer beach wear for the ‘Point Break’ themed party. They spent the evening listening to summer tunes by local DJs and took hilarious photos of themselves in the PhotoBooth Me photobooth.

Guests sipped on refreshing watermelontini cocktails (made from Ketel One vodka elderflower liquor, watermelon, apple and lime), wines from Howard Park, beers from Endeavour and ciders from Bartlow. Head Chef Elliot Anders supplied tasty treats of: spiced tuna, avocado and coconut quinoa; pearl barley arancini with walnuts and kale (aioli); quinoa and polenta bites with romesco sauce; pumpkin, pineapple and pork belly lettuce cups; honey Sriracha fried chicken; beef sliders and Margharita pizza.

Notable guests included Bondi’s bikini queen Tali Jatali with daughter Zsa Zsa, ex-handball player turned food and yoga blogger Caroline Hogh Groth, fashion agent Phoebe Garland, model turned model agent Taryn Williams, former Popstars contestant and nightclub singer Arnott Olsen and How Strange, Innocence actor Elysia Vickas.

Bondi Hardware is owned by the Applejack Group who also own the venues, The Botanist Kirribilli, SoCal Neutral Bay and the Butler Potts Point. For more information, go to www.bondi-hardware.com.au

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The Cook, His Wife and Her Shoes launches their latest shoe collection

Fashion media, bloggers, and stylists gathered for a champagne and chocolate themed evening to view the latest shoe collection of the shoe shop, The Cook, His wife and Her Shoes, on Thursday 19 February 2015.

Upon stepping into the Parisian style shoe boutique, guests were welcomed by ‘The Cook’, whose name is Alun, with Luc Belaire Rose Champagne, Stolen Recipe Iced Tea and Adora Handmade Chocolates. Adorning the shelves were the very latest shoes by exclusive brands such as Hoss Intropia, Chie Mihara, Repetto, Tily Rose and MMissoni.

Not only are many of these brands unavailable in other Australian boutiques, many of the colour combinations and designs are hand picked and created exclusively for this Surry Hills store.

Regina, who is ‘The Wife’, loves shoes so much that she went into labour wearing heels. This is one woman who is committed to a high heel revolution.

On top of the range of brands, The Cook, His Wife and Her Shoes now offers private fittings to all of their clients. Guests were invited to reserve a time to visit the store (appointments can be arranged out of hours), where they will be treated to a cup of luxury tea while Regina or Alun fit them with the perfect heel across their range.

If you would like to book a private fitting with The Cook, His Wife and Her Shoes, please contact the boutique on (02) 9319 1587.

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MTV Summer of Music Party rocks Sydney’s Town Hall

MTV Australia rocked Sydney’s Town Hall on Thursday 19 February 2015 with over 1,500 partygoers who all jammed in for the annual MTV Summer of Music event.

While the fans queued up around the block for hours to gain entry, the celebrities joined the red carpet queue, waiting in line to be photographed by the press before admission. However, once inside they were all treated to an amazing night of music and mayhem, hosted by MTV VJs Krit and Kate Peck, who hyped up the crowd and pumped up the volume inside a transformed Town Hall, complete with beautiful summer clouds hanging from the ceiling.

The red carpet celebrities included model Imogen Anthony. MTV Style ambassador Mimi Elashiry, Justice Crew, 2Day FM’s Dan & Maz, Big Brother’s Skye Wheatley, Jake Richardson and Lisa Clark, singing duo Divine Knights, the Bachelor’s Sarah Amey, TV and radio presenter James Kerley, performer Nacho Pop, the Voice Australia singers Sasha Simone and Kya, Short Stack and Triple J’s Alex Dyson and Matt Okine. Even Channel [V] host Danny Clayton and girlfriend Zoe Cross couldn’t resist making an appearance at MTV’s epic summer bash.

The crowd partied to amazing music from home grown Aussie artists LOLO BX, JAWZ, Olympic Ayres, Tkay Maidza and headliners Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP, who played some of their hottest jams.

With yet another amazing summer party in the books, MTV fans can now begin looking forward to the year ahead, with the promise of even more MTV madness to come.

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This Must Be The Place bar opens in Sydney

Yesterday, two of Australia’s most talented bartenders and DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ winners, Luke Ashton and Charlie Ainsbury, opened the doors to their highly anticipated bar This Must Be The Place, at 239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

In 2013 Luke was crowned DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ Australia Bartender of the Year, winning a $100,000 prize to go towards opening his own bar. The following year Charlie took the title of 2014 World Class Australia Bartender of the Year, and their dream to launch their own establishment began.

This Must Be The Place is a Spritz bar. Using seasonal produce, spirits and specialty wines, the bar offers a twist on the traditional Spritz. Luke and Charlie are mindful of the number of ingredients they use in their cocktails ensuring they all have a place and are used to their full potential. To round out the drinks selection, a range of beer, wine, aperitifs and bar snacks are also available.

The bar, which seats around sixty people, was designed by the owners taking into account social and environmentally-friendly considerations. A reclaimed timber bar sits as the hub of the venue, while lounge tables and chairs rest along one wall. The new venue also features a floor-to-ceiling wall, which stands as a blank canvas, and will be decorated quarterly with artwork by established as well as up and coming artists.

A feature of the bar is a ‘Tanqueray No.TEN Crawley’s Imperial Shaker’ which is a six foot tall cocktail-making machine. The Imperial Shaker was recreated from a nineteenth-century drawing. Five of these machines were made in New Zealand. Now, four machines are in the United States and only one is in Australia, currently located at This Must Be The Place.

This Must Be The Place is a true representation of how the drinks and hospitality industry is evolving, and how trade competitions, such as Diageo’s World Class Cocktail Competition, support the growth of bartending as a successful career.

Charlotte Crosby from Geordie Shore launches her Spring/Summer collection in Sydney

Charlotte Crosby from Geordie Shore and Ex on the Beach (who has over 2 million followers on Instagram and Twitter) launched her Spring/Summer Collection Nostalgia at the Hard Rock Cafe Sydney on Tuesday 17 February 2014.

The night consisted of Alaskan Rock Vodka cocktails and capapes, a fashion parade of the new collection and question and answer time with the audience. When Charlotte was asked to describe her collection in three words, she described it as sexy, affordable and realistic. She also revealed that her favourite item from the collection was the navy cage dress she is pictured wearing in the pull up banner.

She creates four collections a year that are sold through the website inthestyle.com. These colelctions are designed in collaboration with the director of inthestyle.com, Adam Frisby.

Other celebrities who attended the event were Miss World Australia 2013, Erin Holland and actor from the Australian television series E-Street, Melissa Tkautz

Since the collection was launched in Australia, Australians are offered a 20 percent discount on this collection if they use the code nostalgia when purchasing from inthestyle.com.

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Living Edge launches new showroom at The Woolstores, Sydney

Australia’s leading furniture supplier, Living Edge, celebrated the launch of their new state-of-the-art 1900m2 showroom at The Woolstores, Alexandria on Tuesday 10 February 2015 with high profile international and domestic guests in attendance.

The lavish event celebrated the unveiling of Living Edge’s new showroom and the brand’s extension to further servicing the needs of work environments, hospitality venues, educational facilities and the home.

Speeches were made by Herman Miller CEO, Brian Walker, and Living Edge Director, Aidan Mawhinney, who ushered in the new era of Living Edge, thanking the industry for their continued support of Living Edge and the international stable of highly coveted brands.

The new showroom demonstrates Living Edge’s traditional focus on high quality and authentic design with premium furniture sourced from established and emerging design houses across the globe.

The pods on display featured designs from Herman Miller, Walter Knoll, e15, La Chance, BassamFellows, Muuto, Established & Sons and Stellar Works and lighting from Lasvit, Louis Poulsen, Rich Brilliant Willing and Buster + Punch & more, with some pieces seen for the first time on Australian shores.

Guests not only experienced the delight of viewing displays of beautiful contemporary furniture, light installations and accessories, but also experienced an epicurean feast that matched the high quality of Living Edge.

Catering was provided by the superb Pearl catering with wine makers from Bress, Gundog Estate and Hart & Hunter on hand to take guests on a  journey through eight hand-selected wines, while they soaked in the impressive store fitout by Woods Bagot.

Living Edge is the largest and exclusive Australian supplier of most of its stable of luxury brands. To celebrate this relationship, guests in attendance included high profile representatives from Living Edge’s pedigree of brands including Brian Walker CEO of Herman Miller (USA), Markus Benz CEO of Walter Knoll (Germany), Philipp Mainzer Founder of E15 (Germany) and Jean Baptiste Souletie Founder of La Chance (France).

The leading members of the interior design media were also in attendance including Vogue Living Editor-in-Chief Neale Whittaker, and editors and contributors from Better Homes and Gardens, Home, Belle and Inside Out.

Living Edge is located at The Woolstores, Shed 74, 4D Huntley Street, Alexandria NSW 2015. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm, Saturday from 8am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. For more information visit their website on http://livingedge.com.au/ or call 02 9640 5600.

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Shen Yun returns to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre with an all new show

Shen Yun is a classical Chinese music and dancing performance that returns to Sydney with an all new 2015 show. I watched the performance on the opening night on Friday, 6 February 2015.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts produces different shows every year that tour the world. Millions of people have seen Shen Yun. It has been performed at the world’s top venues, with standing ovations in Europe, sold-out shows in North America and packed houses across Asia.

Shen Yun has revivied China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, once almost lost. State-of-the-art backdrops conjure celestial palaces and pastoral vistas, while music from a full live orchestra combines the best of Chinese and Western composition. Taking inspiration from ancient heroic legends and modern courageous tales, the beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts is not to be missed.

Shen Yun will be playing at the Capitol Theatre Sydney (13 Campbell Street Haymarket NSW 2000) from 6 – 15 February 2015.

Ticket prices are $150 for Premium, $120 for A Reserve, $100 for B Reserve and $80 for C Reserve. The show duration is 2 hours and 20 minutes (there is a 20 minute interval at half time). Tickets can be purchased from: Ticketmaster by calling 1800 558 878 or visiting their website at ticketmaster.com.au; the Capitol Theatre box office; or Shen Yun ticketing by calling (02) 9146 4929 or visiting their website on webticketcenter.com/sydney

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Percy’s Bistro launches at the North Sydney Hotel as apart of the North Sydney Leisure and Lifestyle Festival

To celebrate the first North Sydney Leisure and Lifestyle Festival, a celebrity cricket match was held at North Sydney Oval on Thursday 5 February 2015, followed by a VIP cocktail function was held at the newly renovated North Sydney Hotel’s bistro, Percy’s. 

North Sydney Council Mayor Jilly Gibson hosted this VIP cocktail function, opening the new bistro to the public for post-match drinks. Celebrities in attendance included cricketer brothers Brett Lee and Shane Lee, singer, songwriter (and 2003 Australian Idol winner) Guy Sebastian, guy Sebastian’s wife Jules Sebastian, singer (and 2003 Australian Idol runner up) Shannon Noll, singer Danny Fai Fai, Australian cricket legend Dean James, Australian cricketers Nathan Hauritz, Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Merchant, New Zealand cricketer Daryl Tuffey, West Indies cricketer Darren Bravo, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Natalie Cook and 15 year old Spartan Scholarship winner Jack James. 

The North Sydney Leisure and Lifestyle Festival is a star-studded three day spectacular that took place on 5, 6 & 7 February 2015. It is an initiative of Spartan Sports which promotes healthy and active lifestyles for all ages.

Proceeds from the North Sydney Leisure and Lifestyle Festival will go to The Sebastian Foundation, with the festival also including a concert staring Guy Sebastian, Lee Kernaghan, Shannon Noll, Samantha Jade, and Timomatic, a food and wine festival, the first ever ‘Rebel Run’ throughout St. Leonards Park (led by Joint Olympian and World Champion Jess Fox), a group fitness class conducted by Cam Byrnes from hit TV show ‘Bringing Sexy Back’ and Penny Walsh from ‘Biggest Loser’ and a kids’ obstacle course race.

Percy’s is located at 292 Miller Street North Sydney (across the road from North Sydney Oval). It is open from 10am to 12am Monday to Saturday and 10am to 10pm Sunday. For further information go to: http://www.northsydneyhotel.com.au/northsydneyhotel-bistro/

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