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Melbourne Airport passengers can now pick up Coles groceries upon touching down

In a bid to capialise on the massive growth in online sales, Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 4 is one of the 1000 ‘Click & Collect’ locations Coles has rolled out pick up locations for its online customers.   Temperature controlled, simply select your preferred location and collection time and your groceries will be ready on arrival from the T4 carpark. 

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Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet – Shanghai, China: The real multisensory dining experience

Mode Kitchen and Bar (Four Seaons Circular Quay) tried and for the most part created a successful experience as part of Vivid Sydney but since 2017, and by international standards, Shanghai are light years away in setting the benchmark for the hybrid digital art dining experience

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Micro Fish no chips / Scott Wright

Conception to creation: The launch of this restaurant took avant-garde French chef Paul Pairet 16 years to bring to fruition and when it opened in 2012, it was well worth the wait. Pairet’s menus aren’t whipped up lightly; each takes years to conceive.

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When you experience the intricacies that go into the multi-sensory experience you’ll totally understand why. Sure, there are theatrics and high-tech graphics involved, but it’s clear that food always comes first. The dish marks the point of genesis from which everything surrounding grows.

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Black Cod Tupperware / Scott Wright

The menus: Three options are available: UVA (which debuted in 2012); UVB (a classic since 2013); and UVC (the latest, birthed in 2016) – are on weekly rotations. Within each, expect the unexpected delivered through 20ish courses broken into four acts (plus intermission) ranging from DIY BLT, (a picnic that allows you to piece together your own special sandwich) to Foie Gras Can’t Quit, crisp fruit skin cigar stub jam-packed with foie gras that sits in an ashtray dotted with black cabbage ‘ash’.

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Sea Scallop / Scott Wright

whatsapp-image-2019-11-10-at-1.41.10-pm-6.jpegWhat to expect: Something extraordinary. The adventure begins at Pairet’s other venue Mr & Mrs Bund. Here, diners meet and enjoy cocktails; a first bite, brief explanation and an option to peek at the night’s menu (but who wants to spoil the surprise?). A van with pre-roll video shuttles guests through Shanghai to a secret non-descript location on the outskirts of the city. From there, a large door opens leading in to the main room – seemingly bare walls surround a single table with your name illuminated on your seat. What starts out as a stark room transforms in coordination with the meal as sight, sound, and smell merge as the dishes arrive, carried by well-choreographed waiters.

Schloss Schauenstein – Fürstenau, Switzerland: Sustainable Restaurant Winner

As a country, Switzerland has ambitions to become climate neutral with zero carbon emissions by 2050 and will be the ones to watch when it comes to innovations in transport, building and industrial technology in order to succeed in this target.  So naturally, Schloss Schauenstein in Fürstenau won the award of best practice in sustainability.

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Beef with apple mustard

Destination restaurant? Yes, in the truest sense – Schloss Schauenstein is housed in a fairy tale castle in the Swiss Alps. The restaurant and six-room boutique hotel sits in the historic village of Fürstenau, which, with only eight full-time residents, claims the title of the smallest town in the world.

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The Lion King returns to China after 14 years

After 21 landmark years on Broadway, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 100 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide running 15 or more years.

Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Scheveningen, Holland; South Korea and on tour across North America and Japan, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

The Lion King returns to China after fourteen years with Wuhan and Beijing announced by the Michael Cassel Group as part of the international tour in 2020.

Chris Hemsworth on Tourism Australia’s new ‘Philausophy’ (Interview)

The distinct and defining character of Australia and of Australians was celebrated as key industry stakeholders were invited to a special preview last week of the new $38 million three year global campaign, ‘Come Live our Philausophy’ being rolled out in 15 key tourism markets in the coming months.

A deliberately Australian play on words, Philausophy aims to capture the philosophy of Australians and their informal approach to living, which research shows is highly appealing amongst visitors.

Tourism Australia Philausophy Campaign Preview“Our $143 billion tourism industry is such a vital part of our economy and in order to grow the industry further and create more tourism jobs, we need to find new ways to sell Australia and differentiate ourselves,” said Federal Tourism Minister, Simon Birmingham.   “At its core, Philausophy, is about giving travellers from around the world a taste of what makes Australia such an enjoyable destination by shining a spotlight on the people, lifestyle and personality that make Australian experiences so memorable.

“We know from our research that 70% of international travellers believe that Australians have a different perspective on life; 79% believe that the Australian people are an important part of the Australian lifestyle; and 82%t would like to travel to Australia to experience our lifestyle,” said Tourism Australia Managing Director, Phillipa Harrison.

Speaking about his involvement in the new campaign, Australian actor and Global Ambassador for Tourism Australia, Chris Hemsworth said that Australians have something truly special to offer to the world.

“To say that Australians are laid back, outgoing, and have a great sense of humour would be both buying into widely-known clichés and admitting an absolute truth.  An incredible sense of adventure and an insistence on having a great time is truly born into our DNA,” Chris Hemsworth said.

Press play for video interview:

More about the book:

philausophy_book-mockup_cover.pngThe book is an exploration into the uniquely Australian way of thinking about life, friendship and adventure. Written by some of Australia’s most respected artists, chefs, writers, conservationists and entrepreneurs, Philausophy takes readers into the laid-back, irreverent and adventurous way of life Down Under.  Friends of Australia, tourism industry personalities and notable local and global icons will help bring TA’s new Philausophy campaign to life by providing their own personal perspectives and experiences that help explain our unique Australian way of life.

The Philausophy storytellers include:

Paul Hogan: Australian comedian, actor, writer and television presenter.
Chris Hemsworth: Australian actor and Global Ambassador for Tourism Australia.
•Adam Hills: Australian comedian and radio and television presenter.
•Ben Shewry: Owner of Attica and one of Australia’s most acclaimed chefs.
•Curtis Stone: Australian chef, author and TV personality.
Dr. Terri Irwin: Wildlife conservationist and owner of Australia Zoo.
Kathy Lette: Australian-British author.
•Kylie Kwong: Australian chef and television presenter.
•Kylie Minogue: Australian singer, songwriter and actress.
Laura Brown: Editor in Chief of InStyle Magazine (US)
Mick Fanning: Former Australian professional surfer.
•Mike Cannon-Brookes: Co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian.
•Warwick Thornton: Australian film director, screenwriter and cinematographer

Dubai Creek harbour – world’s largest entertainment destination

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Dubai Creek Harbour, the six square kilometre destination described as ‘The World of Tomorrow’ has unveiled another exceptional community that will delight residents with extensive waterfront activities and direct access to an urban beach.

‘Surf at Creek Beach’ is a unique, low-rise urban beach neighbourhood, only walking distance from the upcoming Dubai Creek Tower, a new global icon; the Dubai Creek Tower Plaza, a clock-shaped haven of landscaping and water features sprawling across 800 square metres – the width of New York’s Central Park; and Dubai Square, the retail metropolis of the future.   A pedestrian bridge connects it to Creek Island Dubai, a lively hub of leisure activities.   An upscale lifestyle Vida hotel next-door offers a choice of licenced food and beverage outlets by the beach as well as a modern SPA.

Dubai Creek Harbour is already on course to becoming an established neighbourhood, welcoming its first residents this year.  The mega-development, only ten minutes from Dubai International Airport, will also feature world-class hotels, green parks and gardens, cultural attractions, canals, parklands, promenades, pedestrian walkways, cycle paths, and city bus routes.  They’re comprised of a collection of residences that lead to the waterfront with the one, two, and three bedroom apartments featuring private gardens and resort-style amenities.

Among the lifestyle choices include adults and children’s pool, a modern gymnasium, community room, kids play area, barbeque area and podium-level parking.   Residents will have effortless connectivity with the city through a well-knit road network and a dedicated Metro station. 

16 minute real-time hike through Tokyo

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My first adventure video in Tokyo!

Hope you enjoy as I explore the Koburi Pass – only 90 minutes from the heart of Tokyo City.  Had an awesome day following beautiful single track trails and climbing plenty of hills.   Autumn is upon us and these adventures are only getting more beautiful so keep an eye out for future videos.

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