Category Archives: Dining

Espresso yourself: Coffee thoughts leave a latte on the mind

For millions of Australians, each day begins with a hot cup of coffee in order to activate our brains for the working day. The morning coffee run also acts a social lubricant, a creature comfort and, for some, a non-negotiable ritual.

But what if coffee aficionados could get the same effects from their morning latte by simply responding to cues that make them think of coffee – including the smells, sights and sounds?

New international research by Monash University and the University of Toronto has found that the placebo effect of coffee can heighten arousal, ambition and focus in regular drinkers without them actually consuming the beverage.

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What $15 gets you at Sussex Centre these days

It’s a backpacker’s dream, it’s much needed relief for the student and its a quality option for the city worker and prisoners of mortgage repayments.   It’s THE food court to end all food courts that sits somewhere in between shopping mall quickie and casual dining because of its location and because of the cuisines it serves.   Take a hike Maccas, KFC, Oporto’s and Pizza Hut, there’s no room for you here…

Portion sizes seem to be bigger, its a no frills choice that presents restaurant like quality at food court prices without obviously cutting corners and its a formula that’s turned this venue into an icon in the Chinatown and Sydney markets experience with many food service owners outlasting so many over the decades.

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Australia’s Fish & Chip Awards 2019: Nominations & Voting now open

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) in partnership with the state and territory fishing industry councils are again looking for Australia’s best fish and chips.  So while you are enjoying your seafood today, make sure you support your favourite chippers and cast your vote.

Voting starts today to find Australia’s best fish and chips!
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Easter Dining Guide: Desserts, Dishes & Special Events

Next to the Christmas Season, how is April not anyone’s favorite month of the year?   Two 4 day weeks in a row, and celebrations of reflection, confectionary and patriotism!  A quick scan across metropolitan and suburban Sydney, here’s some of the cool things taking place and being served up….

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Autumn at Bacchus Restaurant, Brisbane

Bacchus Head Chef Massimo Speroni has welcomed Autumn with a new standout dish headlining the a la carte menu, called, quite simply,  Crocodile.

Chef Speroni joined Bacchus direct from the 2-Michelin starred Ristorante San Domenico over two years ago, bringing with him an extraordinary cache of experience, having worked under owner-chef Valentino Marcattilii. Through Speroni’s flavour-lens, the menu features fresh, classically created dishes.  Entering Bacchus is a special moment – the rich chestnut interior throws hues of deep mahogany, tobacco and marble, creating a welcome that is only heightened by Restaurant Manager Kevin Puglisevich, who is seamless in his command of the space. The wine list of more than 600 offerings celebrates the great grape growing regions of the world and is curated by Sommelier Andrew Giblin, himself an almanac of stories of ancient vineyards and colourful winemakers.

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P’Nut Street Noodles opens 11th Restaurant, The Rocks

There were oodles of noodles and VERY IMPORTANT P’NUTS for the official opening of Chef Nut Kunlert’s 11th Australian P’NUT STREET NOODLES restaurant at 26 Playfair St The Rocks, Sydney.

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TV personalities and sports stars attending the gala launch party include journalist Cassandra Thorburn fresh from her appearance on DWTS, Fox Sports Mark Bosnich, Dragons rugby league legend Matt Cooper,  Anastasia and Faye from Gogglebox as well as Love Island’s Eden Dally and MAFS Dean Wells.

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Canadian generosity, Southern charm, and East Coast chic with Stanton & Co.

Founded in 2011, Parlour Group draws inspiration from the finer aspects of the North American spirit to provide Australians with premium hospitality experiences in four convenient Sydney-wide locations.   The Flying Squirrel, a small 50 seat tapas bar, was the first venue opened by Brody Petersen – owner of Parlour Group.   This was quickly followed by The Stuffed Beaver Dining Parlour in 2012, a 50 seat Canadian style sports bar (both no longer in the portfolio).

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