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Social spy** LA MAISON COINTREAU Introduces COINTREAU NOIR in Australia

Sydney Social 101 was invited to attained the launch of the brand new Cointreau Noir, the party was hosted at Café del Mar which is always a delight and a current personal favourite when it comes to Sydney bars.

The bar was effortlessly transformed into a luxurious and elegant oasis within the Sydney CBD.

With the kitchen delivering culinary delights throughout the evening, with the canapes very well received, in particular the wild mushroom risotto.

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It was great to see one of the Cointreau dynasty at the party for the unveiling of the new drink, followed by a cocktail demonstration.

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All in all it was a great night had by the numerous attendees and I would definitely recommend the delicious new drink with an infusion of Cointreau and Cognac, best served straight

La Maison Cointreau, founded in 1849 and known for Cointreau, the iconic square-bottled orange liqueur, has launched a new variant Cointreau Noir.

Bernadette Langlais, the Cointreau’s master distiller, got inspired by “Majestic”, a premium blend of Cointreau orange liqueur and cognac crafted by Edouard Cointreau in the early 1900s. She then decided to give a rebirth to Majestic, adding her own personal touch to enrich the product experience and create “Cointreau Noir”.

Cointreau Noir is the ultimate blend of Cointreau orange liquor and Fine Champagne Cognac: it is an irresistible marriage of Cointreau’s perfect balance of sweet and bitter orange peels and world’s finest cognac, Rémy Martin. Bernadette Langlais enriched the original recipe by adding macerations of nuts and almonds, bringing even more sophisticated aromas and complexity. A touch of spice, rounded with notes of vanilla, honey and nuts allows for a mellow and deliciously smooth drink with a clean finish.

The perfect balance between a liqueur and a cognac, the spirit appeals to dark spirit connoisseurs and cocktail lovers alike. The symphony of zesty orange liqueur and smooth mellow cognac can be enjoyed neat or in simple long drinks like with cloudy apple and soda. Brand Manager Amanda Scarlett said: “We are proud to launch this magnificent spirit. The blend of Cointreau and Rémy Martin Cognac adds a unique depth and flavour, which can only be created when combined in this exclusive creation by Cointreau’s Master Distiller Bernadette Langlais.”

In the words of Bernadette Langlais: “We have spent the last few years endeavouring to hone the final product and reach the perfection we set out to achieve”.

Cointreau Noir will be available at fine establishments across Australia from 1st April 2014 and retails at RRP $64.99.

TONIGHT – Papi Chulo comes to town

Wednesday 19th Mar 2014 6:00pm

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In the spirit of the March into Merivale launch party, ivy is throwing a barbeque party like no other. For $45 you get eight tokens to redeem on a selection of delicious food, cocktails and wines from new Manly restaurant, Papi Chulo, plus Palings and Sunee’s. Large cuts of meats will be slathered in marinades and spice-rubs, then slow cooked for more than six hours. The result will be meat so tender it melts in your mouth with an intense pit barbeque flavour straight from the American Deep South.  Of course, it’s not a party without live music and DJ’s. You’ll experience a sensational live set by the African Columbian rock and roots band, Watussi, who are gearing up for their headlining set at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in April.

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Tickets are $45 for 8 food/drink tokens with top-ups available on the night.


Menu Sneak Peek!


Papi Chulo


  • Smoked maple black pepper pork belly
  • Rangers Valley smoked wagyu brisket
  • Pulled Korobuta pork shoulder
  • Smoked lamb ribs with Papi’s BBQ sauce 
  • Smoked hot wings, comeback sauce
  • Summer pea guacamole with tortilla chips
  • Ceviche of kingfish – jalapeño, celery, pineapple and crispy corn 
  • Palings
  • Half grilled spatchcock, rosemary, lemon, smoked garlic, baby beans 
  • Slow cooked beef rib, slaw with Palings’ ranch dressing, pickles
  • Double lamb rack, baba ghanoush, paprika
  • Heirloom tomatoes, burrata, basil, lemon 

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CELEBRITY 101** My week avoiding Gerard Butler

As you probably know, I like to go to the odd party or two and love living in Sydney! As a Brit who’s flown the nest, I’ve been here 5 years now and am proud to call this country home!
I love that I get to see Sydney from a privileged viewpoint and don’t ever take it for granted! Coming from a small working class town in the North West of England, I don’t ever forget where I come from, I am thankful for the experiences that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of since arriving here in Jan 2009.
I recently had a week that just makes living in Sydney all the more surreal, yet all the more wonderful!
I went to the Sol Beer MTV VIP party on Friday 7th March, it was a great event, fab Djs, free beer and Mexican food and a great location – what’s not to love!
My lovely friend and I got to talking about out ideal man… as you do! My lovely companion advised that she tends to go for blue-eyed, preppy, clean cut blondies who are ambitious and independent, as a general rule!  I on the other hand couldn’t pinpoint my exact type without referring to an actual person – Gerard Butler – successful, British (more importanly Scottish), humble, likes a party and appears to not take himself too seriously and of course easy on the eye! We laughed at the slim chance of me meeting an A-list actor and carried on with our night….
Only for me to get home and check my Facebook to see that my lovely old boss Juliet had uploaded a picture with said A-list star at The Royal Hotel in Paddington, my old local and stomping ground… No it couldn’t be… could it?! Oh yes it was:
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Juliet proceeded to tell me that she had a few drinks with him throughout the course of the evening and that he was lovely! Of course he bloody well was!
Cue story in the morning after’s Daily Tele’s Confidential section advising that the lovely man in question had been ‘spotted’ at The Royal in Paddington with a ‘mysterious blonde’, who was of course the lovely Juliet ! What are the chances hey?!
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It appears that they’re not actually as far fetched as I initially thought!
Fast forward to the Saturday night, I had decided to go camping at The Basin instead of going to Future Festival as I was trying to be good and it was a friends birthday! The day after I found out my friend Sasha was there and had a great day – I wish I’d have known as I would’ve gone with her!
After a great night camping I decided to check my phone the Sunday morning… Cue the following status from Sasha – #GREEN!
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So once is a funny story, twice is a massive coincidence right…. It gets worse…
A week of work passes by and I decided to have a chilled Friday night with my friend – I cooked dinner, we chilled in the spa, watched Sleepless in Seattle… at about 10 I decided to check my Facebook to be greeted by not one, but two of the following statuses! Yup NOT EVEN KIDDING! This is getting a bit ridiculous…
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I didn’t let this get to me, I am happy for my friends – it’s not everyday one of your friend’s gets to meet an A list star (you’d THINK!)… Plus one of my clients is based at Fox Studios and I had a meeting there later that week, so who knows, I may bump into him whilst ordering my coffee before my meeting… here’s hoping!
Roll on Saturday, I went on a boat round the harbour during the day with 20 of my friends – a lovely day. I was due to go to the VIP launch of Casablanca Bar in Double Bay, but had other plans to catch up with some girlfriends… Low and behold who was the VIP guest at the launch… oh yes that’s right – Mr Butler himself! I give up!
You’d think that after all that, I’d start to think that the powers that be are trying to tell me something – we no, not me, resilience is my middle name… how did I know that this attitude would come to bite me back in the butt..?
I was messaging a friend of mine on the Sunday morning, who was also meant to be at the Casablanca event the previous evening, I was laughing and tell her about my ‘week avoiding Gerard Butler’ she advised that she didn’t go either – we arranged to meet up, she did say she was going to Winery, but I figured I’d go for a walk along the Watson’s Bay headland and take advantage of the sunny Sydney Sunday morning… the Sunny Sydney Sunday morning didn’t last very long as a storm broke out… so I sheltered in Bondi at Trios with my lovely friend Sprite!
After a day of relaxing, I went to the cinema to watch Monuments Men, a perfect way to end a lovely weekend! The film was only ok, I decided to walk back to Pyrmont as it was a nice evening, whilst walking I noticed I had a text message from my friend Natasha who I’d been chatting to in the morning about my week, I leave you on this note, I’ll leave it to you to imagine what my reaction was…
“So I’m walking along the street after having a big lunch with my gay friend at the winery and I notice Gerald butler is standing in front of me. He turns around and asks me to help him find somewhere to eat. So I find a quiet place on crown where it is literally dead as people have been harassing him, and we have coffee and he tells me all about this movie he is making here! I then stand up after an hour and a half and say I have to go and work and then say goodbye! Sooo random!! hahaha crazy after us texting about him this morning lol still can’t believe it!”
NO WORDS! I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – “Is there a camera following me around or what?!”

Social Spy** Just Desserts – March into Merivale



Last night Sydney Social 101 was invited to Establishment Main Bar last night as it was transformed into a sweet tooth’s heaven for ‘Just Desserts’, a sensational sweet event as part of March into Merivale.


We were greeted with over 400 dessert lovers arrived at the historic bar to enjoy mouth-watering dessert stations from est., Mr. Wong, Ms G’s and Lorraine’s Patisserie, alongside delicious dessert wines and espresso martinis.


Multi-award winning chef Peter Doyle, acclaimed pastry chef Lorraine Godsmark and Ms G’s head chef Paul Donnelly served up tantalising treats including Hazelnut parfait and apricot honey compote; Hot banana, nutella and salted caramel spring roll; strawberry ice cream with jasmine yoghurt and black sesame; and Swiss meringue roll served on banana and passionfruit confit.


It was a great evening, even if you don’t have a sweet tooth!


Where it’s at 101** Riley St Garage

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Once a full service garage – now a full service restaurant and bar, the highly anticipated Riley St Garage has rolled up its doors this month for gastronomic service & repairs.


Located at 55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, the 200-seat restaurant is the vision of Brody Petersen from The Parlour Group who brought The Flying Squirrel and The Stuffed Beaver to Sydney’s bar scene.


Chef Regan Porteous, previously from Maze London, Dubai and Hong Kong and bar manager Bobby Carey, ex-Shady Pines Saloon head up Petersen’s new venture.


The heart of the restaurant is the Grand Bar, which harks back to their motto, ‘I’d rather eat in a bar, than drink in a restaurant’.

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“I wanted the restaurant to have a New York Meatpacking District look and feel, with a huge central bar seating 30 guests, and two distinct dining areas. I believe the restaurant will also significantly add to the recent revitalisation of the William Street area,” said Petersen.


Riley St Garage’s modern Australian cuisine, will focus on share plates, along with a spectacular oyster bar. Behind the bar you will find Canadian and Irish whiskey, craft beers and an original cocktail list featuring the classics, with a twist.


Located in a beautiful art deco building, Riley St Garage was designed by Richard Alexander of RAD Studios. It will maintain its original 1910 industrial warehouse elements whilst incorporating spectacular design finishes including rich leathers, steel, brass and copper detailing.



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New baking talent has been added to the event line-up for the inaugural Cake Bake & Sweets Show taking place on the 21-23rd March 2014. Expected to be one of the largest gatherings of celebrity chef’s, bakers and cake artists in the southern hemisphere. The event will host the likes of master patissier extraordinaire Adriano Zumbo, US cake decorating genius, Duff Goldman and British Pâtissier of the Year, Eric Lanlard.


Flying from all points of the globe, US based Pick Your Poison Girls, stars of Cupcake Wars on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD Channel, will be serving up some alcohol infused cupcakes. Great Australian Bake Off judge Dan Lepard will deliver a culinary crash course in achieving the Great Australian Meat Pie. To finish off the multi-cultural line-up, The Caketress, Canadian Lori Hutchinson, will whip out her awe-inspiring cake decorating skills, and Malaysia’s cake figurine specialist, Sheryl Bito, will deliver the icing on the cake.


The three-day event boasts an impressive host of local Australian baking talent including Nancy Ho, Great Australian Bake Off Winner 2013, Kylie Millar, Masterchef Contestant, Rocco LaBella, My Kitchen Rules runners up, Julia Taylor, 2012 Masterchef Contestant runner up, Maria Vella, Great Australian Bake Off finalist, Monique Bowley, Great Australian Bake Off and Kristen Tibballs, Head Chef at Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School and Guest judge of MasterChef.


Take a trip to the Delicious Kitchen by KitchenAid to see celebrity bakers create heavenly desserts; sweet treats and tantalising baked goods. Watch live demos as internationally recognised artisan bakers and chefs share their tips on making all things sweet and savoury at the Bakery Theatre by Devondale. Take notes at a wide range of free 30-minute classroom demos from expert bakers, pastry chefs and cake decorators in a more focused intimate setting.

Guests can visit the Cake Decorating Theatre to witness top cake decorators and sugarcrafters demonstrating different methods and techniques for mastering the art of cake decorating. View an amazing collection of cake and sugarcraft masterpieces at The Australian Cake Decorating Championships judged by the Cake Decorators Guild of NSW Inc.

Browse, sample, taste and buy freshly baked goods and tasty treats in the producers’ marketplace with a collection of artisan bakers, cake makers, sweet stores and specialty food producers. Check out the nation’s biggest shop at The Expo packed full of baking and cake decorating supplies, delicious food and beautiful gifts!

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website or join the conversation on Facebook

COMPETITION 101** 3 x Pair of Maltesers Moonlight Cinema tickets up for grabs

Sydney’s favourite outdoor cinema, Maltesers Moonlight Cinema, has only a few weeks left!

To celebrate an amazing season of cinema, Sydney Social 101 has teamed up with Maltesers Moonlight Cinema to offer lucky Sydney Social 101 readers the chance to win one of three pairs of free tickets up for grabs!

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Don’t miss your chance to see a film under the stars before it draws to a close on 23rd March.

Films screening in the coming weeks include Cuban Fury (plus special salsa performance and dance lesson), Pompeii, The Grand Budapest Hotel, American Hustle and Jaws.

To enter simply like Sydney Social 101 on Facebook and tell us in less than 25 words below why you should be selected as a winner!

Moonlight Cinema is located at Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park.

Competition closed at 5pm on Thursday 13th March 2014. Winners will be announced at 6pm.

For further information and to buy tickets, visit

What’s on: Mr CBD Returns to Bars March!

Sydney’s Annual Search for the Hottest Man in a Suit


The annual search for Sydney’s Hottest Man in a Suit returns – with extra sizzle. Bars March is holding its second Mr CBD, the unique male beauty competition for men in suits, where flirting is all for a good cause: Animal Welfare League NSW!


The competition is currently open for entries from the general public, so either enter yourself if you’re a savvy suit-wearing gent, or nominate someone you know, to be in with a chance of being the second Bars March Mr CBD winner!

Six finalists will be selected and invited to parade at the charity gala final at The Argyle, The Rocks, on Thursday 20th March, which is being hosted by Bars March brand ambassadors TV personality and vet Dr Katrina Warren, and former CLEO Bachelor of The Year David Whitehill, who is no stranger to winning male beauty contests!


At the gala the audience will put their hands in their pockets to bid to choose the winner, and the finalist attracting the highest overall bid wins the Mr CBD 2014 title. As well as the title Mr CBD will also win a fabulous bespoke prize consisting of an Institchu tailored suit, Pugnacious George Essentials Pack and an incredible gentleman’s SpaQ package from QT Hotels. All the proceeds from the auction go to AWL NSW.

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Last year, the final was hotly contested before an enthusiastic 200-plus audience, by a mix of handsome bankers, IT boys, salesmen, and lawyers. The winner was Angelo Bouras, a real estate agent from Potts Point, who still wears his sash with pride! So to be in with a chance of winning this year it’s easy to enter, all that is required is a current photo, name, age and occupation to be sent to

So gentlemen, step up to the challenge and show how to work that suit! Ladies: nominate your co-worker, friend or – even better – boss!

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And to come along on the night and bid for the winner simply register at

Mr CBD 2014 – The most fun you’ll ever have in a suit!

To find out more, visit

SOCIAL SPY** Around the World with Eighty Whites

Last week Sydney Social 101 was invited to preview Merivale’s ‘Around the World with Eighty Whites’ – which took guests on a global expedition of white wine discovery at ivy’s The Den on Wednesday night.



Merivale’s Master Sommelier, Franck Moreau, personally selected eighty white and sparkling wines from countries as far and wide as Chile, Austria, France, Greece, Romania and Japan!



Merivale’s sommeliers as well as a host of leading wine importers wore on hand to guide the guests around some of the finest and most unique grapes from around the world.



Executive Chef, Richard Purdue, designed a delicious canapé selection to compliment the range of wines including pea, mint and ricotta arancini, sofa taco with salmon ceviche, chill chicken sliders and of course, an almighty cheese table.


It was a great night and the wine was out of this world! Once again Merivale never fails to deliver!



It’s time to get your brave on and go WILD for this year’s Future Music Festival First Class!

Festivalgoers are in for an epic expedition this year with the most innovative and dynamic line-up to date, including the biggest name right now in pop, hip-hop and R&B (and an expert in “getting lucky”) – Pharrell Williams!

Ground-breaking electronic artist deadmau5, kings of the thrift shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, party-pleasers Rudimental and French indie heartthrobs Phoenix, plus many more jungle giants will be playing across six mega stages at this year’s festival!

Get your David Attenborough on and watch these music acts in their natural habitat from the best seats in the house at Future Music Festival’s First Class Safari Lounge! First Class kings and queens of the jungle will have a VIP view from the Safari marquee, overlooking the main stages and offering 360- degree views of the world’s hottest talent – the only way to see Australia’s largest music festival!page1image11464 

With First Class, enjoy easy access to a private cocktail bar and food stalls, with a complimentary gourmet food & beverage package and queue-free private bathrooms! The First Class Safari Lounge also offers all jungle queens a pampering hair and make up lounge thanks to Blowdry Bar and Gorgeous Cosmetics for a fierce festival look.

Other sweet perks include express entry into the event, couches, a style bar & cloak room, access to multiple VIP areas throughout the festival and your very own First Class souvenir pack & merch voucher!

So hold onto your hunting cap and get Madagascar-azy for First Class at Future Musical Festival 2014! With tickets selling faster than ever, avoid the stampede and get your claws on these tickets fast or risk being caught on the other side of the fence!

Don’t fret if you’ve already purchased GA tickets! GA ticket holders will have the opportunity to upgrade their tickets to First Class via merchandise stands at each event. But get in quick – First Class upgrades are limited by capacity and will sell out quick!

FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014! This year’s jam-packed line-up boasts some of the world’s freshest and most influential talent:


Just announced – Pharrell Williams
deadmau5 | Macklemore & Ryan Lewis | Phoenix
Hardwell | Knife Party | Eric Prydz
Rudimental | Tinie Tempah | Chase & Status
Sub Focus | Netsky| 2 Chainz | Kaskade | Dada Life | Porter Robinson Naughty Boy| Paul van Dyk | Markus Schulz | ATB | Chuckie | Arty
R3Hab | Martin Garrix | Baauer | I See MONSTAS | Helena | Adventure Club | Carnage Bassjackers | Deniz Koyu | Dannic | Dyro | Cut Copy
Stafford Brothers | Timmy Trumpet | Walden | Tenzin | Will Sparks
Sven Vath| Dubfire*| Maya Jane Coles* | Paul Kalkbrenner* | Luciano Gesaffelstein Live | Brodinski | Kaytranada* | Gorgon City | Guy Gerber*

*artists may vary from state to state, please check website for details


WHERE: SYDNEY – Randwick Racecourse MELBOURNE – Flemington Racecourse

PERTH- Arena Joondalup

WHEN: SYDNEY – Saturday 8th March MELBOURNE – Sunday 9th March

PERTH- Sunday 2nd March COST: $345 (+fees)

For tickets and all the info you’ll need + more head to

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