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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?!”

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** 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

IT’S A RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE AT THE FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL FIRST CLASS

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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:

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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

WHAT: FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL FIRST CLASS LOUNGE!

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 http://www.futuremusicfestival.com.au

Social Spy** The other side of the fence…

The other side of the fence… My client Schwarzkopf unveiled its collaboration with international supermodel Claudia Schiffer at Water Bar in Sydney last night!

As you know I get to attend some amazing events through Sydney Social 101, but you might not know that I also work in PR by day! Last night was my turn to work on the event behind the scenes for one of my lovely clients. It was a great event and fantastic to catch up with everyone – it also brought home all the hard work that does go on pre and post event to make it a success!

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Guests in attendance included: Kate Peck, Tess Woolcock, Alexa Towery, Bree Robertson, Dr Nikki Goldstein, Simon Hancock, Viola Kumanji. There was also an exclusive set by The Faders and a hidden $3,000 diamond

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Blue Hotel was the stunning venue for the launch of Schwarzkopf’s Essence ULTÎME and Blonde ULTÎME – an exclusive collaboration with international supermodel and beauty icon Claudia Schiffer.

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The VIP attendees included: VJ & Model- Kate Peck, TV Presenter- Tess Woolcock and Actress- Tessa De Josselin, Socialite- Simon Hancock, Model- Viola Kumanji

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Guests, arrived at the stunning venue across a ‘pearl’ carpet and were treated to an exclusive set by The Faders.

 

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Pommery Champagne provided the sparkle for the evening as the crowd of Sydney VIPs enjoyed a selection of delicious pearl and diamond inspired canapés which included: Lamb Loin & Eggplant Mash with Pomegranate, Apple & Pear Kimchi and mouth watering Chicken Dumplings. Continuing the opulent theme of the evening, the canapés culminated in an exotic desert that consisted of pomegranate panacotta topped with passion fruit and gold flakes.

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The evening climaxed as eight gorgeous models, showcasing the new Essence ULTÎME andBlonde ULTÎME range, took centre stage within a Vanity Fair-style vignette. Each girl styled by Lores, illustrated with poise and elegance the stunning collection of colours and care products developed by Schwarzkopf and the iconic Claudia Schiffer.

The Faders provided the soundtrack to the evening with an exclusive set setting the tone for an playful evening.

To mark the conclusion of the show-stopping event, each guest departed with exclusive ULTIME product and a jewelry box, one of which containing a $3,000 diamond provided by Max Diamonds.

The event was in celebration of Schwarzkopf’s brand new ULTIME hair cosmetic range, which features five high-performing lines of hair care products and nine beautiful blonde shades. This salute to the pearl inspired range, combines the insider know-how of one of the world’s most successful supermodels with the hair expertise of Schwarzkopf, the ULTÎME collection pioneers celebrity co-development within the hair cosmetic market.

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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www.thebotanist.com.au

SOCIAL SPY** BARS MARCH 2014 LAUNCH AT CAFE DEL MAR

 

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Last night Parched March, Sydney’s only month-long celebration of bar culture in support of Animal Welfare League NSW relaunched as BARS MARCHfor its fifth year! The new name says it all: a whole month of responsible drinking of fabulous cocktails in great bars – for a good cause. The launch was held at Café del Mar Sydney, with a huge event for over 300 guests, including top media, the bar industry, and pet pooches such as Fashion Dog and Oscar & Frank from the trendy optical brand. Celebrities who attended included Dr Katrina Warren, Miss World Australia Erin Holland, Wade Osborn and Cameron Laing from Amy Meredith, Tim Robards and girlfriend Anna Heinrich from The Bachelor Australia, Richard Wilkins from the Today show, and TV personality David Whitehill.

 

BARS MARCH partner Suntory provided a selection of amazing cocktails for guests, including the Russian Mule made with Russian Standard Original Vodka; the Side Car which consists of Remy Martin VSOP, Cointreau and lemon juice; and the Midori Fizz which mixes Russian Standard Vodka, Midori, soda and lime. Delicious Mediterranean-inspired canapés were provided by Café del Mar Head Chef Ben Fitton and Brand Ambassador Miguel Maestre such as Chermoula crusted chicken, rouille and endive, Watermelon, Persian fetta and jamon serrano, Rock oysters with lemon sandwiches, and Padron peppers, pink salt and cumin. A live art show by the incredibly talented Mambo artists kept guest entertained throughout the evening, along with a photo booth provided by JL Images.

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BARS MARCH name has changed but all the favourite events are back, including Mr CBD, the Pets at the Pub series and special cocktails at bars all over Sydney, from major venue groups to funky little hotspots. More than 80 Sydney bars will be mixing up special cocktails throughout the month of March, and a bevy of celebrities, including the very cool Mambo artists, animal-loving garden guru Jamie Durie and media vet Dr Katrina Warren will be joining the fun.

 

During BARS MARCH you can show your support by visiting participating venues and buying a BARS MARCH charity cocktail, attending fundraising events and taking part in social media competitions. Highlights for 2014 include:

March 16th 2014: Puppy Prom at The Alexandria Hotel 1pm-4pm. Think Pretty in Pink, Grease or even Carrie … with four legs! It’s time for prom doggie style as Sydney’s biggest beer garden welcomes everyone and their pooch pals to the waggiest school dance ever. With canine corsages, prom photos, and prizes for talent and looks, this is the prom where no-one’s without a date, because everyone can bring a best friend. 

March 20th 2014: Mr CBD at The Argyle top floor 6.30pm- 10pm. It’s back! The annual search for Sydney’s Hottest Man in a Suit returns – with extra sizzle. At this grand finale our six finalists will strut their stuff while the audience bid for dates and to decide the winner. Money talks – so bid up big and know that you’re flirting for a very good cause: Animal Welfare League NSW. 

 

In the name of furry, charitable fun, BARS MARCH 2014 will be the biggest celebration yet of Sydney’s top-notch bar culture.  We’ll drink to that!www.barsmarch.com

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.

body+soul revolution: You’re only 10 weeks away from a new you!

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It’s the first day back at work after the Australia Day weekend and to say I’m feeling a little fragile is putting it mildly. I may have over indulged – but then again, it would be un-Australian of me to not get in the spirit of things, right?

Well now I’ve decided to take a stand and to start to work towards the new me – I’m 29, not getting any younger, this is the last year of my twenties and I figure I should do what I can to look after my body (we only get one of them)!

Don’t get me wrong, with the array of wonderful events I get to attend, with the free bars and stunning food, it can be very easy to ‘have a night off’. Ultimately however, I have come to the conclusion that I should live by the moto ‘everything in moderation’, a quick fix diet isn’t ever going to work for me – neither is banning alcohol or amazing food from my life. All that I achieve by doing this is being miserable and gorging when the ‘fix’ is over (and probably undo all m hard work within two-hours).

As you may have heard, I am taking part in body+soul revolution! The body+soul revolution is a 10-week health and fitness online program scientifically proven to help users achieve a balanced, healthy lifestyle – all with the help of our team of trusted body+soul experts (from nutritionists to sexologists!). I believe that this is the best way for me to start as I mean to go on, a lifestyle choice rather than a fad diet.

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I’ve also decided to put myself out there and will be documenting my progress throughout the 10-week revolution (so that I have nowhere to hide and so that I actually have to face this head on!).

Having scoured the healthy prepared meal delivery services across Sydney, these two have consistently come out on top – in terms of taste and affordability.

In additional to the body+soul revolution, I will be following a 14 Day 1,200 Calorie Kick Start Plan from Dietlicious (prior to the body+soul revolution commencing).

I will also be working with Hello Fresh during the body+soul revolution to provide you with information on meal plans, how tasty and affordable they can be along with insights as to how long they take to prepare. (For time poor, health conscious readers!)

Throughout the process I will be working out with my own personal trainer (plus swimming four times a week) – you have permission to shout at me if I slack off!

I will be monitoring my progress on body+soul revolution’s website throughout the ten weeks. There is a wealth of information as part of the body+soul revolution, you can find out more at bodyandsoul.com.au/revolution

Now I will update you all with my progress week to week and will also post daily updates via my social media channels to see how I’m tracking. In the interest of being 100% transparent, I will update you with my weight and inch loss (fingers crossed!) as I progress.

Here are my current stats (inches will be added soon):

Height: 5’7” (170cm)

Weight: 72 KG

Dress size: 12

At the end of the 10 week body+soul revolution, with the help of Hello Fresh, Dietlicious and my PT I would love to achieve the following:

Height: 5’7” (170cm) – Shockingly the same 😉

Weight: 62 KG

Dress size: 10

I would absolutely love some support throughout this progress, maybe you might be interested in even taking part with me? To be involved it’s really simple,

Simply log onto bodyandsoul.com.au/revolution for a free health and weight assessment, choose a program to suit your lifestyle and goals, and let the fab team of body+soul experts guide you through a 10-week program of delicious meal plans and recipes, easy-to-follow workouts and all the tips and tricks you’ll need to lose weight, feel great and boost your energy.

 

The body+soul revolution begins Sunday 2nd February 2014 at bodyandsoul.com.au/revolution. I have already begun with the pre-revolution detox to best prepare myself for the experience, you know what, I’m really excited about this!

You can also follow body+soul revolution here:

https://www.facebook.com/bodyandsoulrevolution

https://twitter.com/bodyandsoul_rev

In addition the official hashtag for this phase is #bodyandsoulrev – join the conversation!

2014 MARCH INTO MERIVALE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL ON SALE WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY

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MERIVALE CHEFS WERE ‘BORN TO COOK’

March into Merivale, Sydney’s signature Food and Wine Festival, and one of Sydney Social 101’s favourite food festivals, returns for its sixth sensational year from Wednesday 12 February to Friday 11 April. Inspired by the first and favourite food memories of Merivale’s talented chefs, the eight week culinary feast will feature over 60 mouth-watering events across an unrivalled range of restaurants, bars and pubs, from the hatted est. and Mr. Wong to local hangouts Papi Chulo and The Fish Shop. Tickets are on sale Wednesday 22 January from http://www.merivale.com.au

This year’s March into Merivale theme, ‘Born to Cook’, draws on the chefs’ first, favourite and funniest food experiences, inviting diners on a delicious trip down memory lane. Their memories are as diverse as the chefs themselves and reveal the variety of influences and talent that lead Merivale’s award-winning kitchens. Dan Hong, for example, owes his cooking prowess to the early influence of his mother Angie who would often spread newspaper and sit on the kitchen floor, cutting up whole chickens with a cleaver. For Palings’ Christopher Whitehead, it was the ‘Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook’ that first inspired his love of food and he remembers smuggling a torch into bed to pore over the pages of recipes. Felix’s Nathan Johnson recalls the English Summer and the unmistakable sound of the local ice cream van while fellow Brit Jeremy Strode reminisces about his daily childhood job of collecting milk straight from the source. Papi Chulo’s formidable duo, Patrick Friesen and Christopher Hogarth, might be joined at the hip now but their childhood food memories couldn’t be further apart – Tasmanian raised Chris loved to fish with his brothers and throw the catch straight on the BBQ while Canadian born Patrick had an unusual taste for butter, eating chunks straight from the fridge and earning the nickname Phat Pat as a result.

March into Merivale will officially kick off on Wednesday 12 February with the annual Launch Party at ivy. Showcasing the best food and drinks from over twenty Merivale venues, the Launch Party will see more than 3,000 food lovers take over Paling’s Kitchen & Bar, The Den and Terrace, Ivy Ballroom and Ash Street. Guests will be able to meet their favourite chefs, bartenders and sommeliers as they’re served up signature dishes, cocktails and wines, all while enjoying the roving entertainment. The event ticket, priced at $35, comes with eight tokens to redeem at the various stalls, with top-ups available on the night.

Turning kitchens and bars into culinary playgrounds, Merivale has created over sixty amazing events to tantalise the tastebuds. ‘Around the World with Eighty Whites’ will take guests on a global expedition of white wine discovery, curated by Merivale’s Master Sommelier, Franck Moreau, on Wednesday 5 March. Dessert lovers can keep their sweet tooth sugary with ‘Just Desserts presented by Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD’, a dessert extravaganza at Establishment on Monday 10 March. Manly’s hotly-tipped Papi Chulo crosses the bridge for the ultimate urban barbeque party ‘Where There’s Smoke’ at ivy on Wednesday 19 March before Ash Street is again transformed into a twilight street fair for ‘European Laneway’ on Wednesday 9 April. est. is ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ with an elegant high tea, Uccello embraces Frank Sinatra with a special ‘mafioso’ dinner and London’s Brick Lane comes to Bistrode CBD for a one-off Indian feast.

Cocktail devotees can be taught how to shake and stir by Merivale’s Group Bars Manager, Paul Mant, with ‘Mixology 101’ at Palmer & Co throughout March. Beer enthusiasts can indulge their love for a ‘cold one’ at ‘Beer at Beresford’ on Saturday 8 March and those with a penchant for Pinot can taste eight international Pinots in a master class at ivy Bottle Shop on Tuesday 8 April.

It wouldn’t be March into Merivale without the incredibly affordable $33 meal deals. Available for lunch or dinner, Monday to Friday, a meal and a glass of wine or beer can be enjoyed at all eleven Merivale restaurants throughout the festival. Merivale pubs have their own take on the $33 deal, offering two meals and two drinks for only $33. The menus will change frequently, leaving no excuse not to try them all.

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Justin Hemmes, Merivale CEO, said: “Now in its sixth year, March into Merivale continues to grow bigger, better and more delicious than ever. This year, our talented chefs have taken a step back in time with the memories that first ignited their passion for cooking. Along with our wonderful sommeliers and bartenders, they have created over 60 amazing events that prove exactly why they were born to cook”.

March into Merivale Food and Wine Festival
12 February to 11 April 2014
For tickets and bookings, visit http://www.merivale.com.au

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