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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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Social Spy** Just Desserts – March into Merivale

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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www.rileystgarage.com.au

WORLDWIDE BAKING ROYALTY ADDED TO THE CAKE BAKE AND SWEETS SHOW LINE UP

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***TICKETS ON SALE NOW***

                                                         

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.

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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 www.cakebakeandsweets.com or join the conversation on Facebook www.facebook.com/cakebakeandsweetsshow

SOCIAL SPY**The Botanist Kirribilli Turns One!

On Tuesday night Kirribilli’s first small bar and restaurant The Botanist, which is owned by Applejack Hospitality, who is behind successful Sydney restaurants Bondi Hardware and recently opened SoCal Neutral Bay, held a huge birthday party to celebrate turning one year old. Over 200 locals, friends, media and celebrities attended, including Teri Haddy, Demi Harman, Tim Blackwell, Tara Rushton, Nacho Pop, and Scott Gooding, and the event was a lively night of celebration which continued late into the evening! Sydney Social 101 was there to provide a sneak peek into the VIP party!

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Upon arrival guests were treated to a choice of two cocktails, the Barrington Boutique – made with Ketel One, lime juice, raspberry jam sugar syrup, cranberry juice and a dash rhubarb bitters, and Fothergill Punch – consisting of Pampero Especial, lime juice, orgeat, pineapple juice and a dash of cherry bitters. Charles De Fere French sparkling, wines by Geoff Merrill and Vale Ale & Vale IPA were also served. James Privett, Applejack Group Executive Chef, served guests delicious tasters from the new autumn menu such as the ever popular classic beef sliders, white fish ceviche lettuce cups, broccoli & blue cheese arancini, lamb & harissa sausage rolls and garlic prawn & noodle salad.

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The restaurant’s name references illustrious Botanist Gerard Fothergill who travelled the world researching plants, and whose last years of his life were spent running a small bookshop in the very building the restaurant now occupies. The Botanist pays homage to these historical and botanical themes of exploration and discovery, creating food and cocktail menus using abundant offerings of fresh produce, herbs and spices.

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Demi Harman & Teri Haddy, The Botanist 1st Birthday, Kirribilli

www.thebotanist.com.au

What’s On** TIM TAM TOGETHER WITH ADRIANO ZUMBO

Fans get the first taste at Zumbo’s Sydney concept store

Last night Sydney Social 101 was invited to a preview of the brand new Tim Tam range that has been created in conjunction with Adriano Zumbo, Australia’s most celebrated patissier.

Zumbo has teamed up with Arnott’s Tim Tam to create a limited edition range to celebrate Tim Tam’s 50th birthday.

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Sydney Social’s Editor: Lisa Hollinshead with Adriano Zumbo

Available in stores this March, Adriano Zumbo’s Tim Tam creations include three indulgent new flavours: tantalizing ‘Raspberry White Choc’, seriously addictive ‘Salted Caramel’ and the deliciously decadent ‘Choc Brownie’.

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Zumbo will be offering Sydney-siders an exclusive first taste of his new Tim Tam creations at his concept store at The Star. Taking place on February 19 (4pm – 8pm), Tim Tam and Zumbo lovers alike will be able to sample the new flavours as his dessert train transforms into a Tim Tam train.

The new range is inspired by Zumbo’s unique and whimsical take on desserts and provides a tempting variation to the classic chocolatey varieties.

As an extra treat on the night we were provided with a desert that had been specifically created to reflect the new flavours – it was UNREAL! Raspberry & Salted Caramel ice-cream with doughnuts, brownies, fresh raspberries and salted popcorn! Swoon!

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Available in stores this March, Adriano Zumbo’s Tim Tam creations include three indulgent new flavours: tantalizing ‘Raspberry White Choc’, seriously addictive ‘Salted Caramel’ and the deliciously decadent ‘Choc Brownie’.

The new range is inspired by Zumbo’s unique and whimsical take on desserts and provides a tempting variation to the classic chocolatey varieties.

Zumbo, who is an Australian and French-trained patissier is best known for his elaborate, delicious desserts and has developed a cult following thanks to a debut on MasterChef in 2010.

“It was an honour to personally develop my own range of Tim Tam biscuits. I grew up on the iconic Aussie bikkie and it’s a joy to be able to put my own twist on it. I’ve played on traditional dessert flavours such as raspberry in addition to daring fans to try different ingredient combinations like salted caramel,” said Zumbo.

Aussies have been enjoying Tim Tam biscuits for over 50 years and consume over 45M packs each year.

Susanna Polycarpou, Arnott’s Marketing Director, comments on the collaboration; “Arnott’s Tim Tam always strives to provide innovative flavour variety to our fans. Working with patissier extraordinaire Adriano Zumbo, we have produced fun, unique offerings that match our fans evolving tastes for indulgent and sophisticated flavours, ensuring Tim Tams remain Australia’s favourite chocolate biscuit.”

Adriano Zumbo’s Tim Tam creations will be available in treat packs from March 2014, in Coles, Woolworths and independent grocers across Australia with an RRP of $1.89*.

Valentine’s Day 101** Your ultimate guide to Valentine’s Day in Sydney in 2014

Sydney Social 101 has pulled together the ultimate Valentine’s Day guide for you in 2014. We’ve worked to pull together an eclectic mix of options to suit all tastes.

This list will be updated daily, if you have any questions about specific events, e-mail me at sydneysocial101@hotmail.com

Hope you have the best Valentine’s Day this year, if you’re single check out the posts for singles events in Sydney – there is always something to suit every need: Fancied & Tinder events

If you’re in need of a chuckle – check out a Valentine’s post on our sister blog from years gone by: Valentine’s Grinch

Here are our top picks:

‘Romantic Dinner for 2’ at Donny’s Bar – Manly

The welcoming and rustic new small bar that is based in Manly is the realisation of a dream for business partners, Matt Clifton & Tol Broinowski.

Together the pair envisioned an exciting new addition to the burgeoning bar scene in the famous beachside suburb.

With Donny’s Bar, Matt and Tol hope to offer a fresh and original venue that will be a part of and support the local small bar community.

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Designed by Sydney based architecture firm, Luchetti Krelle, the venue brings to life the pairs love for rustic, warm and comfortable places to enjoy the company of friends & family.

Donny’s is a two-storey, New York style loft bar that offers a selection of dumplings & Modern Australian tapas (perfect for sharing) with a slight Asian influence.

A small, local bar with a versatile offering and cosmopolitan feel, Donny’s Bar is destined to become one of Manly’s most talked about & loved destinations.

Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year at Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining! For $75pp enjoy a 3 course modern French fine dining meal with your loved one.

ENTRÉE

Scallop Carpaccio, pomegranate, tequila & black pepper

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Ravioli, smoked mozzarella, Italian ham, herb essence

MAIN

Duck breast tarte tatin, goat cheese & caramelised apple

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Salmon confit, creamed roots, orange & avocado

DESSERT

Tropezienne tart, raspberry & lemon sorbet

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Salted caramel slice & ginger and Greek yoghurt ice cream

VEGETARIAN OPTIONS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

The Australian Heritage Hotel

 

In The Rocks, iconic pub The Australian Heritage Hotel will be showing some love to a few lucky customers with the chance to win a special Valentine’s Day in the raffle at 7pm. Hampers will include champagne, chocolates, candles and maybe something a little cheeky too.

The Glenmore

For those without someone to snuggle up to, never fear as The Glenmore is throwing a party for singles and partygoers with a DJ spinning tunes at the rooftop bar from 6pm and a lip-smacking selection of cocktails on level 1.

The Glenmore Rooftop Bar

The Glenmore Rooftop Bar

The Royal, Leichhardt

At The Royal in Leichhardt, couples can cosy up at The Royal Botanical restaurant with a two-course meal and glass of sparkling on arrival for just $49 per person. There will also be live music from 9.30pm, so bookings are essential to get a good spot.

The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks

If you’re planning a romantic getaway to treat that special someone, a trip to The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks could be just the ticket. The Hotel offers a wide range of comfortable and spacious rooms, all at an affordable price, making it the perfect long weekend getaway. On Valentine’s Day itself, treat yourselves to a delicious seafood platter for two and receive a complimentary bottle of wine enjoy whilst taking in the stunning ocean views.

For further information on any of the venues or events, visit www.wshorthotelgroup.com.au.

The Unicorn Hotel

Paddington’s, The Unicorn Hotel is taking tongue-in-cheek, cheesy romance to the next level this Valentine’s Day with The Serenade Sessions. Pub diners on Friday the 14th will be treated to a three-course set dinner with glass of bubbles on arrival for $45 per person…with an awkwardly hilarious twist.

The Unicorn staff are calling out to those that don’t take the day too seriously, inviting local romantics to make a booking prior to the night,with a special love song request for their partners. Musicians on the night will then surprise unsuspecting lovers with an impromptu and probably cringe-worthy love song serenade at their table. That loving feeling will extend throughout the venue with all time favourite rom coms to be played on the pub’s big screens and a specially produced musical soundtrack that promises to put Richard Mercer to shame.

For all those loved up duos who can’t make it on the 14th, the Serenade Sessi ons will continue on for the following Wednesday evenings in February. And for all you fantastic singles out there, The Unicorn recommends you come down and play spectator for the night anyway whilst Tindering the night away.

The Unicorn Serenade Sessions will take place on the evenings of Friday 14, Wednesday 19 and 26 February. Diner’s are encouraged to call the venue in advance to book a table and make serenade song requests on 9360 7994.

Zeta Bar’s Arabian Nights Valentine’s package

Have an exotic Valentine’s Day!

•For Couples: 4 Cocktails from our exotic Spice Market and one sharing platter from Arabian menu ($150)

•For Singles: Receive 2 complimentary sharing platters (min 5 people and $500 min spend)

Arras Offers a Touch of Class with a Fun Twist this Valentine’s Day

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Modern European fine dining restaurant, Arras, is the perfect place to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a mouth-watering eight-course menu that will be a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

The specially crafted menu features the restaurant’s signature modern twist on European dishes including Salt baked heirloom carrot, Arras crème fraiche and carrot sponge; Roast salmon, lightly marinated scallop and asparagus; and Quail, black bean, pumpkin and peanut with quail broth.

The refreshing Coconut, citrus, ginger, basil and lemongrass promises to cleanse the palate before the decadence of the Spiced chocolate soup, coffee and chocolate ravioli. Those without such a sweet tooth can opt for a selection from the infamous cheese trolley for $25 extra.

Of course a meal at Arras wouldn’t be complete without the restaurant’s handmade, show-stopping petit fours, served with tea or coffee to finish. The menu costs $115 per person and includes a glass of bubbles on arrival.

Arras is run by young British chefs Adam and Lovaine Humphrey, who bring with them a wealth of experience from top restaurants across Europe and Australia, including the three Michelin-starred Michel Bras in France, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and the Castle Hotel in England.

The restaurant comfortably seats 60 with a private dining area available on the mezzanine for 22 guests seated and 40 guests standing for a cocktail-style event. Guests will be inspired by ARRAS’s offerings off the plate too, with unique design features including a graffiti mural by Az One, aka Andy Steel, a Sydney-based graffiti artist and bespoke Paul Smith suit-fabric dining chairs.

The restaurant earned one hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2014, three hats in the Gault & Millau Guide 2014, and a star and three glasses in the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2014 Australian Restaurant Guide.

Arras

204 Clarence Street, Sydney

Lunch – Tuesday to Friday 12pm until 2.30pm

Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm until 10pm

02 9283 1922

reservations@restaurantarras.com.au

functions@restaurantarras.com.au

http://www.restaurantarras.com.au

Merivale

Merivale has a range of different offers across the group including a very cute ‘Kiss for a Cocktail’ at ivy.

ivy Pool Club – ‘Kiss for a Cocktail’ – Lovebirds, start your night of romance night at ivy, where a kiss is legal tender. Simply pash your other half for a free Lover’s Cup cocktail for two. Pecks on the cheek excluded. Available at Palings and Pool Club between 5-7pm. Pash your partner for one complimentary share cocktail per couple.

est. – Four-course set menu with matching wines and a his & her gift from Jo Malone, $295.

Uccello – Four-course menu including a flute of Veuve Clicquot, $140.

Felix – Four-course menu including a flute of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, $150.

Bistrode CBD – Three-course menu including a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, $140

Sushi e – Six-course set menu including a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, $135

http://merivale.com.au/whats-on/event/valentines-day2/

 The Cottage Bar & Kitchen

Cosy up at The Cottage Bar & Kitchen for Valentine’s Day and indulge in a Banquet for 2 for $55pp. The Banquet will include the following:

         2 x Glasses of Prosecco

         Oysters ½ Dozen (choice of Sydney Rock or Pacific’s)

         Seared Scallops w Rocket, fresh fruit Vinaigrette, Pancetta

         Mushrooms Stuffed with dried fruit and grain and marinated chevre

         Rib Eye Steak

         Fairground plate, Maple candied popcorn, house made orange marshmallows, fairy floss, mini ice cream cones, mini toffee apples & peanut brittle

To celebrate the occasion, there will be a special on Veuve Clicquot  – $24/Glass, or $110/Bottle

www.thecottagebalmain.com.au

‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’  screening at Maltesers Moonlight Cinema

Spoil your loved one this Valentines Day with a special screening of ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ at the Maltesers Moonlight Cinema at Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park on February 14! Or for a great gift idea, grab some Gold Grass tickets and experience a night of luxury film and food under the stars with that special someone! Maltesers Moonlight Cinema is running until 23rd March, tickets available from moonlight.com.au

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Vesta Italian

Vesta Italian is serving up $25 Italian Antipasto Picnic Platters for the month of February to tie in with Sydney Harbour Foreshore’s Month of Love. Located in the south end of Sydney’s Darling Quarter, Vesta Italian is popular for its authentic and fresh Italian cuisine. The delicious Picnic Platters will be available for couples and all diners to pick up and enjoy in Darling Quarter’s lush green parks on heart shaped picnic rugs, which will be laid out throughout the month.

A celebration of love, the month will be filled with entertainment, including movies from Wednesday through Saturday nights for the first two weeks and special Mardi Gras parades and shows for the second half of February.

Choose from platters of cured meats, gourmet cheeses, tasty olives and pickled vegetables, all served with fresh bread and a selection of bread sticks and crackers.

For more information on Vest a Italian or to order a Picnic Platter, http://www.vestaitalian.com.au / 9267 9644 / facebook.com/vestadarlingquarter

Vaucluse House Tearooms

This Valentine’s Day enjoy a romantic dining experience at the enchanting Vaucluse House Tearooms.

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Fresh Catering is delighted to announce an exclusive dining experience for Valentine’s Day at Vaucluse House Tearooms. Enjoy a special three course dinner created by Executive Chef, Marco Adler and immerse yourself in the charming art deco Tearooms, surrounded by the peaceful gardens of the historic estate.

The menu includes for entrée; Beetroot Tart Tartin, Red Wine Reduction & Horseradish Crème Fraiche; Green Gazpacho with Pickled Spanner Crab Ravioli & Harissa Oil or Jamon with Grilled Asparagus, Crispy Quail Eggs & Saffron Shallots.

For mains, couples can choose from; Crispy Barramundi, Fritto Flowers of Prawn & Scallop with Tomato & Tarragon; Chicken Pave, Corn & Buttermilk Bread Sauce & Snow Pea & Crispy Skin or Saffron Risotto with Broad Beans, Pine & Enoki Mushrooms, Miso Butter.

Desserts include; Torta Di Verona – Amaretto & Pandoro, Blueberries & Mascarpone Cream; Passionfruit Charlotte, Strawberry & Orange Salad or Rose & Watermelon Macaron.

$75 per person. Reservations are essential and are available from 6.30pm. To make a reservation please contact Fresh Catering on (02) 8399 3055 (business hours) or email reception@freshcatering.com.au.

Emmilou

Emmilou has earned a reputation for exceptional tapas and cocktails and a wonderful ambience for a romantic setting.

This Valentines Day we will be offering a decadent 5-course menu including a glass of champagne for $95pp.

Emmilou has always been a favourite on Valentines day and this year, our new head chef will be stepping up the menu to ensure it is a seamlessly romantic evening for your users.

Our new head chef, Gary Ryley recently took over the reins as head chef at Emmilou. Ryley’s passion for Spain, coupled with his time spent overseas has helped him make his mark at Emmilou in fine-tuning the menu to perfection.

To view our Valentines Day offer and other promotions updated regularly on the blog, visit: http://emmilou.c om.au/blog/

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

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Book a Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner at The Morrison and receive a complimentary Love Potion cocktail. The Morrison is a stylish, authentic New York style brasserie in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

225 George St, Sydney

www.themorrison.com.au

Bishop Sessa

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Bishop Sessa is a charming bistro and wine bar located in the heart of vibrant Surry Hills. Chef Paul Cooper is a sustainability advocate and applies a nose to tail philosophy to Bishop Sessa’s food going as far as ageing and butchering large sides of pig, beef and lamb on site himself. An ‘urban gem’, Bishop Sessa serves up fantastic, creative food in an unpretentious and accessible way.

Bishop Sessa is offering both a lunch and a dinner menu for Valentines Day:

Valentine’s Day Lover’s Lunch, four courses, $49

A glass of Jean-Pierre Marniquet Chaine d’Etoiles Brut Reserve, Tours-sur-Marne, Champagne on arrival

Fresh shucked Tathra Rock Oysters, mignonette dressing

Scallop ceviche, cucumber, avocado, lemon & ginger beer sorbet

Roasted Aylesbury duck breast, honey spiced beetroot, lentils & cassis

Bittersweet chocolate tart, honeycomb, salted caramel ice cream

Valentine’s Day Dinner, 5 courses, $75 (with matching wines, additional $50pp)

Smoked Trout Rillettes, asparagus mousse, confit fennel& hazelnuts

Scallop ceviche, cucumber, avocado, lemon & ginger beer sorbet

Hay-baked Pork Belly, roast peach, fennel, radish & cress

Lamb Mixed grill, pomme puree, eggplant, red peppers, mustard seeds

Chocolate delight, chocolate mousse, apricots & macadamias

527 Crown Street, Surry Hills

www.bishopsessa.com.au

02 8065 7223

MONTH OF LOVE AT DARLING HARBOUR


ROW YOUR WAY TO ROMANCE

A truly unique chance to circle the bay in a rowboat made for two as the sun sets over Darling Harbour and magical, twinkling hearts decorate the surface of the water. Pre-book online or go to Darling Harbour Marina (in front of Cockle Bay Wharf) to board your love boat.

Where Cockle Bay
When Sat 1, Wed 5 – Sun 9 and Wed 12 – Sun 16 Feb, 6pm – 10pm
Cost $25 per boat
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/row-your-way-to-romance-tickets-10180605465

 

LOVED UP FIREWORKS

Cosy up to your baby and stare into the sky as heart-shaped fireworks burst over Cockle Bay on Saturday.

Want your love to go the extra mile? Say it in the sky or even pop the question with specially personalised fireworks.

Where Cockle Bay

When Sat 1 Feb, Wed 5 – Sat 8 Feb, Wed 12 – Sat 15 Feb, Sat 22 Feb and Sat 1 Mar, 9pm
Cost Saturday fireworks – FREE / personalised fireworks – $1,000
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/romance-infused-fireworks-tickets-10181353703

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Stop by Darling Harbour’s giant sparkling red heart to steal a kiss or grab a Valentine’s photo. Post your photo to social media and share your love around the world.

Where Palm Grove

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, from dusk
Cost FREE!

LOVE IS IN THE AIR – FRAMED!
Who doesn’t love the chance to be cheeky in an instant photo? For one very special night only (Valentine’s of course) you can capture the moment your heart went pop in our Month of Love Fotobooth. Pucker up, pose, print and then post to social media to your heart’s content.

Where Palm Grove (in front of the Love is in the Air giant heart)
When Fri 14 Feb, 6pm – 8pm
Cost FREE!

 

 

LEAVE A MESSAGE OF LOVE

Wander down the ‘Avenue of Love’ from Harbourside and chalk a public message of love on the Darling Harbour Live hoardings. Quote a poem, declare your love or perhaps even pop the question!

Where Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Forecourt
When Early Feb – Sat 1 Mar / 24 hours
Cost FREE!

SMOOTHFM LOVE SONG SERENADE
Take a stroll with your sweetheart along Sydney’s most romantic bridge and be serenaded by the world’s smoothest love songs and dance moves to follow.

Where Pyrmont Bridge

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar (excluding 16 Feb) / from 6pm

Cost FREE!

LOVE ON THE ROOFTOPS

Take a moment and take in the view of the hearts and rainbow projections on the rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Where Australian National Maritime Museum

When Fri 14 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, from dusk
Cost FREE!

SUPERCHARGE MY LOVE

Hit the road with your baby for a dazzling super car dream date! Spend $10 or more in Darling Harbour at participating venues anytime during the Month of Love and you’ll go into the draw to win one of 25 super car dates. See the super cars on display around Cockle Bay Wednesdays and Thursdays between 4pm and 11pm.

 

Where Around Cockle Bay

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, cars on show every Wed & Thurs from 4pm -11pm

Cost FREE to view Supercars OR spend $10 for your chance to win a super car date* conditions apply

ROSES ARE RED

Go one better than a dozen red roses and dine among hundreds of roses woven in the foliage surrounding the restaurants at Cockle Bay Wharf. Come back again and again and watch the roses grow!

Where Cockle Bay Wharf

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar / 24 hours

Cost FREE!

 

TICKLE ME PINK
Spread out a blanket or pick up a heart-shaped rug and snuggle up to watch the special Month of Love Luminous displays or a classic romantic film on the Village Green. Purchase a gourmet picnic platter or pack your own picnic basket. Catch the special ‘loved-up’ hearts display from 1-14 February (excluding Mondays) and the beautiful rainbow display from 15 February – 1 March.

Purchase a romantic antipasto picnic platter for two from Vesta Darling Quarter (9267 9644), which includes cured meats, cheeses, olives, marinated vegetables and bread for $28 or pack your own picnic basket (please note alcohol is not permitted to be brought into Darling Harbour).

Where Darling Quarter Village Green

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar, dusk – midnight / Film screenings 8pm, 5–8 Feb, 12–15 Feb, 19–22 Feb and 26 Feb – 1 Mar
Cost FREE!

ANIMAL LOVE

Celebrate love at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo by giving special treats to the animals, learning about animal romantics; crafting a Valentine’s Day card and more! Did you know crocodiles blow love bubbles to their potential mates, the male koala woos his lady with a loud bellow and male satin bowerbirds attract females by collecting blue items for their bowers? These are just a few fun love facts you’ll learn during our special Month of Love keeper talks.

 

Where Wild Life Sydney Zoo

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Inclusive in Wild Life Sydney Zoo entry – Adult $40 / Child $25 / Concession $31.50 / Family 4 $130
LOVE-IN

Get free entry to all special performances during the Month of Love and enjoy two signature Love Potion cocktails for $20.
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Where Tokio Hotel

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar

Cost FREE!

A TOUR OF LOVE

Discover love in the Australian National Maritime Museum through a guided tour of the permanent exhibitions to uncover real-life love stores. Tours held daily.

 

Where Australian National Maritime Museum

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Adult $27/ Child $16/ Concession $16/ Family $70

 

CHILDREN’S VALENTINES CRAFT

Get creative and craft a Valentine’s Day card made out of recycled paper and share the love with one of Wild Life World’s Aussie animals!

Where Wild Life Sydney Zoo

When Sat 1 Feb – Fri 28 Feb

Cost Inclusive in Wild Life Sydney Zoo entry – Adult $40 / Child $25 / Concession $31.50 / Family 4 $130

VALENTINES NIGHT WITH THE STARS

Walk the red-carpet, sip champagne, enjoy a selection of pre and post dinner canapés PLUS lots more at Madame Tussaud’s memorable Valentines event at Darling Harbour.

 

Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Fri 14 Feb

Cost $120 per couple (valued at $236)

ULTIMATE CELEBRITY VALENTINES

At Madame Tussauds you can vote for your ultimate celebrity Valentine. The winner will be revealed on Valentine’s Day!

 

Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Sat 1 – Thu 13 Feb

PLAN YOUR PERFECT DAY… WITH CELEBRITY WEDDING PLANNER PRESTON BAILEY

Celebrity event and wedding designer Preston Bailey will share the secrets of his global success. With clients including Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Joan Rivers, Preston is known for completely transforming spaces into opulent, theatrical environments.

 

Where Cockle Bay Wharf

When Wed 12 Feb/ 5pm & 7pm

Cost $95 – book signing, bridal showcase and champagne/canapés OR $195 – also includes presentation by Preston Bailey www.premier.ticketek.com.au

TEST YOUR COMPATIBILITY

Test your love compatibility with gelato at Meno Diciotto! Research by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago say that flavour can predict your perfect match! www.personalityquiz.net/foodtests/icecream.htm

Where Meno Diciotto, Darling Quarter

When Sat 1 Feb – Sat 1 Mar

 

OPEN DAY OF LOVE

Dockside Group showcases three spectacular reception venues overlooking Darling Harbour.

Where Three locations – Dockside, L’Aqua & Star room

When Sun 16 Feb / 10am – 4pm

Cost FREE!

JOIN HANDS FOREVER IN WAX

Join hands with your partner at Madame Tussauds and experience the magic of wax-making together with a special keep-sake to take home.

 

Where Madame Tussauds Sydney

When Sat 1 – Fri 28 Feb

Cost $15 (usually $25)

BOWL ME OVER

Enjoy one game of bowling per person, one drink on arrival (local tap beer, house wine or soft drink) and a platter to share (10 pieces) for just $40 per couple. Pre-bookings essential, must mention ‘Month of Love’. Not valid with any other offer or promotion, subject to availability.

 

Where Kingpin Bowling, Harbourside

When Sat 1 – Fri 28 Feb

Cost $40 per couple

POP-UP BRIDE

Immerse yourself in Chinese Wedding culture in 20 minute participatory performances at The Twilight Gardens, Chinese Gardens. Bookings essential, $25 ticket and price includes garden entry, Asian noodle box and a glass of wine.

 

Where The Twilight Gardens, Chinese Gardens.

When 7 Feb / 6pm – 9pm

Cost $25

Foodie 101** Get a True Taste of Sydney

 

Food festival favourite returns 13th -16th March 2014

 

The festival on every foodie’s calendar returns in 2014 as Taste of Sydney hits Centennial Park from 13th -16th March.

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With gastronomic taste sensations to suit everyone’s culinary desires, Taste of Sydney will see over 15 top dining destinations featured as well as over 100 artisan producers and exhibitors offering a range of tasty treats.

 

The first of Taste of Sydney’s huge restaurant line-up includes: Chur Burger, who will create a bespoke ‘Taste’ burger especially for the event; Taste of Sydney favourites Popolo, 4Fourteen and Four in Hand; and Bowral’s Biota Dining and  Jonah’s Whale Beach who will return to Taste of Sydney’s ‘Destination Dining’ roster.

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Four days of incredible food and wine offerings will see festival-goers sip, sample and taste from over 60 specially selected menu items from Taste restaurants plus delicious produce from Australian and international gourmet exhibitors. With so many incredible restaurants and exhibitors located in one place, it’s the perfect way to find a few new favourites or discover the places you’ve been dying to try.

 

In addition to eating and drinking their way through the festival, visitors can take a leaf out of the books of some of Sydney’s top chefs and industry experts, with a series of tasting master classes, cooking schools and chef demonstrations. Festival-goers more inclined to sit back and soak up the atmosphere can check out live bands, entertainment and fun pop-up attractions designed by the likes of Rekorderlig and Dilmah.

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Those who want to experience the full festival indulgence can purchase special tickets to the exclusive Taste of Sydney VIP Lounge which will also return in 2014. A number of tickets to attend the VIP Gala Night are also available, where attendees will rub shoulders with their kitchen heroes and be the first to hear the announcement of the Best in Taste Award winner, as judged by a select panel of the industry’s top food critics.

 

A sumptuous, social and indulgent day out, Taste of Sydney provides an unbeatable opportunity to explore breathtaking cuisine and discover new delicacies for the ultimate alfresco dining experience.

 

The full restaurant line-up is to be announced in January 2014. Tickets are on sale now. For more information on Taste of Sydney and to book tickets go to www.tasteofsydney.com.au or call Ticketek on 132 849.

Health 101** Body & Soul Revolution – Week 1

So yesterday my Body & Soul Revolution officially began, I’ve had a great head start thanks to Dietlicious – its 1,200 14 day cleanse menu has set me on the right track.

 

  • Here is a typical meal plan:
  • Rye toast w hummus + tomato
  • Spicy spinach chana dhal w basmati rice
  • Banana smoothie
  • Lamb ratatouille w italian vegetables
  • Green vegetables

 

The meals are actually really yummy, I’ve never felt full and it is giving me so much inspiration and ideas that I can continue to use beyond the 14 day plan. You can find out more information here

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I have been struggling with the exercise part however, mainly due to not being able to get out of bed in the morning and having plans in the evening! Such is life, which is why doing a plan like this is so important, it has to be sustainable. If I do slip up and not go to the gym, for a swim or have a bar of chocolate – it’s ok because there are going to be times in life when you let things slip. I think the important thing to remember is to not beat yourself up about it, don’t consider yourself ‘off the wagon’ simply pick yourself back up and get back on the horse (so to speak).

 

The Body & Soul is actually really helpful in terms of providing support and advise. Posts such as ‘5 unhealthy excuses quashed’ make you realise that you can do it and that you’re not alone in times of temptation!

 

It counteracts the following excuses (Source: https://team.bodyandsoul.com.au/fitness-nutrition/w1_5_unhealthy_excuses_quashed.html)

 

1. “I don’t have time to exercise and eat healthily”

If you have time to watch the TV, then you have time to train. body+soul Personal Trainer, Kirsty Welsh, explains you can even exercise at the same time.

“If you watch TV at night, set yourself a target to do 10 squats during each ad break, or even each time you go to the bathroom.”

If you’re lacking motivation, it might be that you haven’t found the right kind of exercise to suit you. You’ll be more likely to stick to an exercise routine if it’s fun, enjoyable and suits your healthy lifestyle. So, if the gym doesn’t work for you, try running. If walking is boring, consider group exercise classes.

Likewise, if you can make time to eat unhealthy foods, you can make time to eat well, too. Take breakfast for example: what could be faster than a bowl of cereal with skim milk or a banana? Planning ahead will give you more time. Try to make sure the right foods are waiting for you at work or in your own cupboard, fridge or freezer.

2. “I can’t live without my treats!”

You don’t have to! No foods are banned, it’s the balance of what you eat that really counts. You can fit treats into your diet by recording them in your diary and making the appropriate adjustments to the rest of the day to keep to your calorie target. If you have a blow out, eat fewer calories the next day or increase your exercise to stay on track. Alternatively, you might want to consider a calorie-reduced version of your favourite treat – try something new and you never know, it might replace an old favourite!

3. “My job means that I have to eat out a lot.”

You can eat well when you eat out, but, there’s no doubt that this can be tricky. Portion sizes at restaurants are typically large, so this is something you need to keep a close eye on. Stick with the good choices on the menu such as grilled fish and meats with the sauce on the side plus salad and vegies. Avoid foods described as fried, creamy or cheesy. Do drink plenty of water with your meal. And keep a watch on the wine.

4. “I have a slow metabolism.”

It’s a misnomer that being overweight means you have a slow metabolism – typically the opposite is true, as it takes more energy to keep a larger body functioning. But even if you do have a slow metabolism, a sure-fire way to boost your metabolic rate is exercise. Aerobic activity (fast walking, tennis, fitness classes, etc) helps strengthen your heart and lungs while resistance training builds muscle. Muscle burns calories fast so the more you have, the more calories you burn automatically – when you work out and when you rest, too.

5. “It’s too expensive!”

There is no doubt that the fresh fruit and vegies, fish, lean meat and pulses that feature in any healthy eating plan can be costly. But compare the costs of a takeout meal with a home-cooked version and a home-made sandwich with a deli-bought version – the dollars (not to mention the calories) will really stack up against the shop-bought options. Another good trick is to check how much food processing puts onto your bills – for example, compare the price of a kilo of apples to a kilo of apple cake, or a kilo of potatoes and a kilo of potato chips. It’s always cheaper to buy ingredients and make a dish from scratch.

6. “It’s all too hard!”

Changing your whole lifestyle is challenging; we know that.  While you do need to make adjustments to your lifestyle, it’s about getting the balance right to keep your hunger satisfied and your enthusiasm high. If you really think it’s all too hard, share your thoughts on the forums – there are lots of other like-minded people waiting to inspire you and share how they overcame this excuse.

So here I go, I have two Zumba classes planned this week at my local Community Centre in Pyrmont, along with one yoga class and swimming three times this week – totally achievable!

 

I’ll check in next week to let you know how I’m tracking! You can keep across my meal updates via my instagram feed.

COMPETITION 101** Win with Michel’s Patisserie this Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is all about showing your loved one how much they mean to you by creating a moment that says ‘I love you’. Michel’s Patisserie’s indulgent treats are perfect for making any Valentine’s Day moment special.

 

Michel’s Patisserie understands that Valentine’s Day is about you and your special someone, so this year it has introduced three delicious treats that are perfect for two. Choose from a red velvet cupcake topped with a decadent white chocolate ganache and chocolate hearts, a chocolate cupcake with an indulgent ganache finish and chocolate hearts, or share the ‘perfect for two’ mouth-watering chocolate mud cake.

 

Sydney Social 101 has teamed up with Michel’s Patisserie to offer four lucky winners a $25 voucher!

To be in with a chance simple let us know how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Also like the Sydney Social 101 Facebook page to enter!

COMPETITION CLOSES AT 5PM TODAY!

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