Bondi Sands latest product, Ultra Dark, is launched in Sydney

On Wednesday 31 August 2016 Bondi Sands’ brand owners, Shaun Wilson and Blair James, hosted the exclusive VIP launch of their latest product, Ultra Dark, at Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel.

Bondi Sands is Australia’s number one self-tanning brand. The brand owners and brand ambassadors, Pia Muehlenbeck, Steph Smith and Ashley Bines, all appeared to be wearing the self-tanning product for the event.

The event was attended by the bronzed up celebrities of Sydney including: The Bachelor contestants, Keira Maguire and Zilda Williams; former Miss World Australia Erin V Holland; Big Brother Australia’s Tim Dormer and Aisha McKinnon; Geordie Shore’s Ricci Guarnaccio; model and market editor at Grazia Pia Muehlenbeck, model Steph Smith and fitness guru Ashley Bines.

Guests were treated to canapés and espresso martinis throughout the night, whilst partying to the tunes provided by DJ Rhyme.

For more information about Bondi Sands, go to: www.bondisands.com.au

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Jaybird launches their Freedom wireless bluetooth buds

Jaybird launched their new premium sports wireless headphones at Boxing Works at Kings Cross on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Jaybird makes premium sports tech products. It was established in 2006 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2016, it was acquired by Logitech.

Their latest product is the Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth buds which combines sophisticated style, incredible sound and a secure comfort fit (for those who have an active lifestyle) into the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever designed. Further, through the MySound app, you can customise and save your own personal sound to your Jaybird Freedom from your favourite music service or the Bluetooth-enabled music device you use.

Jaybird Freedom provides an incredible eight hours of play time (four hours play time with an additional four hours through the listen-while-you-charge charging clip). If you need a battery boost, just clip the lightweight charger on and get an extra hour of playtime in just 20 minutes.

Special guest on the night were The Biggest Loser’s personal trainer Shannon Ponton and professional boxer and water skiing champion Lauryn Eagle. Lauryn Eagle was also on celebrity apprentice.

Guests enjoyed food and music, and two boxing matches (male and female).

Jaybird Freedom is available to buy from JB Hi-Fi and the Apple store for $249.95. The buds come in four colours: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue).

All those who attended the event were gifted a pair of Jaybird Freedom so they could experience the superior sound and comfort for themselves.

For more information and Jaybird Freedom, go to: http://www.jaybirdsport.com/

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The first Japanese-Lebanese restaurant, Cubby’s Kitchen, opens in Sydney

Cubby’s Kitchen, Sydney’s first restaurant serving Lebanese food with a modern Japanese influence, launched on Thursday 25 August 2016.

The restaurant is owned by Matt Yazbek, who after making the restaurants Toko, Tokonoma and Crown Street Fish Shop a success. has turned his attention to cooking the food he grew up with. Inspired by his mother’s home cooking, Matt, his sisters Amanda and Diala, and brother Richard have opened a restaurant named after her. His mother, Mouna, is affectionately known as Cubby.

During the launch party, guests were entertained by drummers playing traditional Lebanese music while Matt’s sisters, Amanda and Diala, danced.

Guests were served modern Lebanese canapes including: pita bread with hummus, eddamme and chilli oil; lamb kofta; smoked labne; ladies fingers; vegetable kebabs; and chicken legs.

Drinks included pomegranate mojito, Lebanese Almaza pilsener beer, Kapuka Malborough pinor noir, and Cape Margaret semillion sauvignon blanc.

Special guests at the launch included footballer friends of Matt, Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough, and Masterchef contestants and chefs Justine Schofield and Alvin Quah.

Cubby’s Kitchen is currently a pop-up that is taking up half the space occupied by Crown Street Fish Shop at 500 Crown Street Surry Hills. In time, it will occupy a bigger and more permanent location.

Cubby’s Kitchen is open from Monday to Saturday from 5:30pm till late.

For more information, go to: cubbyskitchen.com.au

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Chef David Thompson brings Thai street food to Sydney

Chef David Thompson has returned to Sydney to open another Long Chim restaurant on 28 August 2016 at 14 Martin Place Sydney (Angel Place).

David Thompson is a non Thai who is an expert in Thai cuisine. He opened Sailors Thai back in 1995 but left to open Long Chim in Perth and Singapore. Now he has returned to Sydney to once again offer Sydneysiders his famed Thai food.

The restaurant is a large underground restaurant with a fit-out that includes graffiti, communal tables and bar stools, exposed bricks, a few tiles here and there, Thai art and disco balls.

The food is a replica of what is on offer at his other restaurants. For the launch, guests were served: chive cakes; pork skewers; dried prawns with ginger and toasted coconut; spicy pork with rice cakes; crunchy prawns; Hor Mok (Steamed barramundi with curry custard); baked prawns with glass noodles; durian ice cream; coconut cake and banana roti.

To wash down that food, guests were served two Asian-inspired cocktails: Monkey Shoulder Cocktail (Monkey Shoulder scotch whiskey, orgeat, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and flaming ginger beer) and Tropic Thunder (Bacardi Carta Blanca, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, chartreuse yellow, pineapple juice, lime juice, guava bitters and shaved nutmeg for garnish). Other drinks included: Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc; Babo Prosecco; Glazer-Dixon Nouveau Pinot Noir; and Newtowner Young Henry’s Pale Ale.

Celebrity guests included: Masterchef’s Matt Preston; LifeStyle FOOD’s Lauren Murdoch; Three Blue Duck’s Darren Robertson; and Good Food Guide restaurant reviewers: Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix.

Long Chim is open from Monday 29 August 2016 for evenings only from 5:30pm to 12am.

 

For more information about Long Chim, go to: www.longchimsydney.com

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A pre-game party is the perfect way to kick-off the festivities before a major football game

The Trans-Tasman rivalry returned to ANZ Stadium on Saturday 20 August 2016 when the Qantas Wallabies played against the New Zealand All Blacks in the World Cup final of the Bledisloe Cup and there was no better way to kick-off the festivities than a pre-game party starting at 5pm at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

The Novotel Sydney Olympic Park occupies a prime location across from ANZ Stadium. The indoor lobby/bar and the outdoor driveway (that had been converted into a large pop-up bar) was full of football fans, who were donning the green and gold, and hoping the Wallabies would defend their home turf.

These football fans had paid an admission ticket to the venue which included live entertainment by Maori dancers, a DJ, food and drinks.

The food was typical of what you would expect at a pre-game party such as: chicken schnitzel burger and steak fries; beef burger, swiss cheese, tomato and steak fries; German sausage burgermeister and steak fires; and steak cut fries.

Drinks included beers, wines and spirits such as: 150 Lashes, Summer Ale and Boags Lite, Auriela sparkling, Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvee, Pikorua sauvignon blanc, Pocketwatch pinot gris, Robert Oatley pinot noir, Hancock and Hancock shiraz grenache, Jim Beam bourbon, Johnny Walker Red, bundaberg Up Rum, Gordons Gin, and Smirnoff Vodka Red.

Despite the high-spirits of the crowd at the pre-game party, the Qantas Wallabies incur another humiliating defeat at ANZ Stadium. This means that the Bledisloe Cup will remain on the other side of the Tasman for yet another year.

For more information about the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, go to: http://www.novotelsydneyolympicpark.com.au/

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New Britannia launches their redeveloped bar, and pizza and liquor delivery service.

New Britannia in Chippendale opened to media and VIPs on Thursday 18 August 2016 to celebrate the redevelopment of the venue and and launch Angry Tony’s, a New York style pizza and liquor delivery service.

The historic venue has had an interior makeover that includes a hardwood bar, a fusball table, worn in couches, exposed industrial light fixtures and a pop-up gallery wall that allows local and up and coming artists to display their art.

Angry Tony’s has an extensive pizza menu of New York-style pizzas including: classic pizzas such as Margherita, Tony Pepperoni (pepperoni and mozzarella), and Hi 808 (ham, pineapple and mozzarella); signature pizzas such as Little Pig (ham, mushroom and mozzarella), Celestino (ham, mushrooms, black olives and mozzarella), Foul Play (chicken, zucchini, red onion and pesto), The Britannia (fish of the day, mussels, prawns, capers and red onions), Pleased To Meat You (ground beef, bacon, spicy sausage, hickory BBQ and mozzarella), Lock Stock (ham, mushrooms, roasted capsicum, red onion, pineapple and ground beef), The Angry Tony (spicy sausage, pepperoni, red onion, chipotle and red capsicum), Ballsy (beef meatballs and vegan balls, roasted capsicum and red onions), and Prawn Show (tiger prawns, fresh chilli, pesto and rocket); and vegetarian and vegan pizzas such as The A.G (roasted pumpkin, vegan cheese, rocket and rosemary oil), Vego Deluxe (eggplant, roasted capsicum, mushroom, feta and rocket) and The Big Cheese (mozzarella, feta, rocket and Parmesan).

Angry Tony’s also delivers starters such as Angry Birds (chicken wings with Tony’s home made spiced rub), pasta mains such as Napolitana and Chilli and Prawns and desserts such as apple pie pizza and ice-cream sandwich.

Angry Tony’s is the first food and liquor delivery service in Sydney. Deliveries will be made within a 3km radius of the venue from Tuesday to Sunday until 10pm for food and liquor or until midnight for food only.

New Britannia is located at 103 Cleverland Street Chippendale NSW 2008.

For more information, go to: www.newbritannia.com.au

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Men’s Style Australia launches in Sydney with a lot of style and class

The Men’s Style Australia was launched at a party at the newly opened Beta Bar Sydney on Tuesday 16 August 2016.

Men’s Style Australia is a premium fashion and luxury magazine for men who like the finer things in life. The magazine publishes the glamorous Men Of Style 2016 list which this year was in conjunction with Ben Sherman and David Beckham and Beyond..

Beta Bar Sydney was the perfect location for such a stylish event. The bar is located on the second floor of the historic Hellenic Club building. The function space and bar had expose brickwork, heritage arches and beautiful windows. The venue had a number of stylishly dressed men’s mannequins around the room, in addition to all the stylish men who were invited. The editor Michael Picking noted the rise of stylish men in suits and the popularity of men’s fashion bloggers, some even starting at the age of 17.

The stylish celebrities that attended included: Geordie Shore’s Ricci Guarnaccio (who wore a tan-coloured shirt, a pair of white skinny jeans and crocodile skinned loafers); TV presenter Olivia Phyland (who wore a white pencil dress with lace-up detailing); model Sam Wines (who wore a blue suit with a red and blue stripped tie); Huddle Group Director Simon Hancock (who wore a blue marl suit and a blue with a white stripped tie); model Reece Carter (who wore a black tee-shirt and black felt hat); Nova’s news and traffic reader Matt de Groot (who wore a blue suit with a blue and green stripped tie); menswear tailor from Zimma Tailors Roger Shamoun (who wore a suit and tan-coloured tie).

The new spring issue of Men’s Style Australia includes articles on: Jai Courtney; spring racing; Mark Winterbottom’s; Trevor Noah; Prince; the retro watches trend; new cars; fragrances; grooming; plus the 7th annual Men Of Style list.

For more information about Men’s Style Magazine, go to: http://www.mensstyle.com.au/

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Make a pledge to donate blood and get a free dessert from Three Blue Ducks

Three Blue Ducks Rosebery has joined forces with Byron Bay Cookie Company to give away a free dessert as part of the Australian Red Cross missing type campaign.

Patrons get a free dessert of sticky date and mandarin pudding with choc ganache, Byron Bay Cookie crumble and vanilla bean ice cream from Tuesday 16 August 2016 to Sunday 21 August 2016 if they come to Three Blue Ducks Rosebery to discover their blood type and make a pledge to donate blood.

This limited edition pudding was created by the chefs of Three Blue Ducks which included the former Masterchef winner Andy Allen who is pictured below holding the dessert.

The Missing Type campaign was launched in the UK in June 2015 by NHS Blood and Transplant and has now gone worldwide with 26 blood services from 24 countries getting involved. Everything from iconic signs and landmarks, business names, sporting teams and TV shows have dropped the three letters A, O and B from their names to encourage people to consider what it would be like if their blood type went missing and encourage them to donate blood.

Byron Bay Cookie Company, which have been providing cookies to the Australian Red Cross for many years, have dropped the letters A, O and B from their name to raise awareness of this good cause.

In Australia, a blood donation is needed every 24 seconds to provide life-saving treatments to patients. That’s 25,000 every week and 1.3 million every year. To meet patient needs, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs 100,000 new blood donors to give blood for the first time over the next year.

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Address: 1/85 Dunning Avenue Rosebery.

Opening Hours: Tues – Fri 7am to 2:30pm Sat and Sun 7am to 3pm.

Website: http://www.threeblueducks.com/

For more information about Byron Bay Cookie Company, go to: http://cookie.com.au/

To find out more about giving blood, go to: www.donateblood.com.au/missingtype

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Event Inception goes all out to showcase the best in the events industry

Event Inception showcased the event industry’s most premium suppliers at their new venue called the COMMUNE at 901 Bourke Street Waterloo on Wednesday 10 August 2016.

About 500 attendees came to see the latest innovations of Sydney’s top event suppliers including AV, styling and décor, entertainment, pyrotechnics, food, wine and impeccable service.

COMMUNE is a 3000m2 warehouse precinct spanning two 100 year old warehouses and a private outdoor laneway. It is a unique and flexibility space that can be easily transformed to create a completely different event each time. For this event, there were four new Decorative Events and Exhibitions styling collections

When guests arrived, they walked through a private, fire-lined alleyway entrance supplied by pyrotechnics and fireworks specialists Howard & Sons. The first exhibition space they entered was The Conservatory, which was allocated for the pre-function canapes and entertainment. The Conservatory is botanically inspired space with secret gardens and butterfly houses. Guests were treated to entertainment by an energetic DJ set, and musicians and vocalists of the band, “La Fiesta” from Quality Control Entertainment (QCE).

Guests were then ushered through three theatrical culinary journeys hosted in three different Dining Studio Restaurants provided by Sydney’s best caterers: Aria Catering styled as White Oasis; Laissez Faire Catering styled as Moody Hues; and Urban Events and Catering styled as Tokyo Disco.  All three restaurants were serviced by staff from Clifford Wallace Agency and music matched by QCE.

Each Decorative Events and Exhibitions styling collection was enhanced with the AV, lighting, motion graphics and technical expertise from AV1. The AV1 team presented an awe-inspiring production highlighting the styling components of décor for each collection and even gave away a trip to Tokyo for two lucky winners!

The MC, Varushka Darling, enlightened and entertained guests throughout the course of the night. Bearing countless outfit changes to fit in with the themes of each restaurant she was a true theatrical performance and one to be remembered.

STUDIO RESTAURANT 1 – ARIA CATERING – WHITE OASIS

Adorned with white, layered with gold and diamonds, and furnished to excess, this White Oasis event space was sophisticated and glamourous.

AV1 had the space glistening. DJ Dante Rivera and Andro Martinez on guitar set the sounds for this studio style.

The menu provided by Aria Catering was created by Matt Moran and executed by a team of talented chefs and kitchen staff lead by Sarah Jewell. The menu included: chicken consomme with white fungi, daikon and camomile for an entree; blue eye trevalla with dutch cream potatoes, saffron, onions and turnips for a main; and popcorn parfait with salted caramel and milk chocolate for dessert.

STUDIO RESTAURANT 2 – LAISSEZ FAIRE CATERING – MOODY HUES

At Moody hues, guests relaxed as they became immersed in the refined decadence of deep tones and textural luxury, sophistication, grandeur, and a hint of surprise.

This Decorative Events collection had old world elegance, true opulence and a contemporary twist. Moody Hues had gold gilded chandeliers, deep inky blue walls with slate greys, crystal, burnished copper and brass tones which were carefully paired with large scale florals adorned across tabletops of indigo linen.

Laissez-Faire Catering offers creative dinners with bespoke menus written by their Director, George Sinclair. Their tailored menu providing the freshest ingredients and flavour from paddock to plate. The menu included: pan roasted quail breast and confit of egg ravioli, La Bastide foie gras with chard, king truppet mushrooms and truffle for an entree; roasted Pantagonia Toothfish, Dutch cream potato skordalia, crisped baby fennel with basil and parsley pistou for a main; and toasted macadamia and Polish chocolate tart, salted dulce de leche with chocolate caviar for dessert.

Guests enjoyed their meal accompanied with the QCE Luxe String Quartet.

STUDIO RESTAURANT 3 – URBAN EVENTS AND CATERING – TOKYO DISCO

Tokyo Disco is a slice of modern Tokyo in Sydney. This collection by Decorative Events & Exhibitions transported guest into the pulse of a city that is in constant state of renewal and reinvention. Intense pattern, urban street art, kaleidoscope fashion, and neon lights were provided by the fabulous team at AV1.

The eclectic tunes from DJ Ramon Lopez featuring Marc Malouf on Guitar provide the sounds from a vibrant, kitsch and buzzing subculture mixed with the peacefulness of true Japanese tradition.

Urban Purveyor Group created the dynamic dishes. The menu included: Kingfish aburi and shrimp tempura, crispy kakiage, black sesame dressing, wasabi crumble and dill oil shiso for an entree; sake braised miso beef cheek, orange scented carrot puree, potato and apple confit, Sanshyou pepper leaf salad for a main; and Dragon Egg, with milk chocolate, passionfruit and lime cream for dessert.

Director of Sales, Urban Events & Catering, Julie van der Weegan stated. “Urban Events & Catering aimed to deliver a bespoke dining experience inspired by the zany, futuristic aspect of the Tokyo Disco theme while still being respectful to the calming zen of serene Japan. When considering our restaurant brands to showcase, Saké restaurant & Bar was the natural choice and the culinary team delivered a menu with dramatic visual effect that included an exquisite dark chocolate Dragon Egg dessert. Chefs walked the studio floor to pour liquid nitrogen over each egg in a plume of vapour to create a brittle smash when tapped with a spoon.”

 

The websites of all the suppliers are:

For more information about the Commune, go to: http://www.thecommune.co/

Sydney social set come to Marquee Sydney for their annual Winter Ball Apres Ski Party

The world-renowned Marquee Sydney nightclub at the Star teamed up with Belvedere Vodka to host the Sydney social set for the annual Belvedere Winter Ball Apres Ski Party on Saturday 6 August 2016.

The event was hosted by style icon and Neighbour’s stars Olympia Valance who flew in from Melbourne to attend and the music was provided by Miss Nine (aka Kristin Schrot) who flew in from Germany to play.

The celebrities partied the VIP room behind the DJ booth and enjoyed sushi canapés and Belvedere cocktails.

Celebrities who attended the event included: Neighbours stars Jodi Anasta, Olympia Valance, and Mavournee Hazel; The Morning Show stylist Donny Galella; MTV VJ Kristian (Krit) Schmidt; host of The Late Shift Nick Gulliver; Big Brother’s Tim Dormer; Cronulla Sharks players; model Melissa Whitelaw; and DJ Miss Nine Kristin Schrot.

For more information about Marquee, go to: http://www.marqueesydney.com/

For more information about Belvedere, go to: http://www.belvederevodka.com/

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