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What’s on: The Cottage Bar & Kitchen Launches Its Spring Menu

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The weather is warming up and The Cottage Bar & Kitchen in Balmain has launched its new spring menu just in time – it’s perfect for sharing with friends and family on long, hot, sunny days. Designed by head chef Ellen Young, dishes include baby corn with lime oil, parmesan and micro coriander; arancini with lemon, mint, pea & haloumi; snow pea salad with red onion and cabbage, carrot, and orange oil; seared scallops with rocket, fresh fruit vinaigrette and prosciutto; and pork ribs with guava BBQ sauce and jicama salad. The menu also boasts an extensive selection of the finest cheeses from the UK, France, Spain and Italy.

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The restaurant is a wine bar that feels like grandma’s farmhouse, with a mismatch of kitsch and vintage furniture and a newly opened courtyard for alfresco dining. The menu is inspired by ‘share-style’ food and pizza’s cooked in the huge pizza oven – one of the centre pieces of the venue – and an extensive wine list is comprehensive yet approachable with some quirky twists, along with top notch cocktails and craft beers on offer.

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Working with renowned designers Luchetti Krelle (of Momofuku Seiobo, Hinky Dinks and Sake fame) the owners put together the concept for the venue, creating a warm and friendly space which complements Balmain’s rustic heritage. The Cottage Bar & Kitchen is a charming venue which food and wine lovers will relish, and locals will want to make their regular hangout.

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SOCIAL SPY** City Tattersalls Cup Day Royal Randwick

 Avid horse racers, Sydney socialites and race goers enjoyed the final day of the Sydney Spring Carnival on Saturday.
City Tattersalls Cup
And luckily Sydney Social was invited along to enjoy the festivities!
Gates opened at 11am in time for the first race at 1.07 and guests soaked up the sun and the buzzing atmosphere – as well as placing a few bets – until the last race at 5.02pm.
Highlights on the day were, the Go Racing Real SMS competition, where participants were able to watch from the Winning post and those with winning ticket were able win $2000! Musical entertainment from the Smooth FM Relaxation Station, Clinique make-up touches and Chandon pop-up bars were also dotted around the venue.
Attendees didn’t get to miss any of the action at Melbourne’s Caulfield Cup either – as a big screen was put up at the Randwick races, so guests could enjoy both races at the same place! Talk about getting two for the price of one!
Unfortunately, we didn’t win anything – but we still had a great time!
The City Tattersalls Cup Day was attended and reviewed by Jennifer Shelley Fletcher.
Pre-purchase and save $5 on general admission tickets, discounts were available until 11.59pm the day prior.
For all race information check out


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The Bucket List, chef Tom Walton and Fishtales are throwing on a Seafood Festival to highlight local seafood purveyors. As part of Good Food Month, it is a chance for locals to taste and eat their way through mini stalls whilst talking with the purveyors. Pepe Saya butter and Brasserie Bread will be served to complement all the seafood dishes to complete the experience.


“This festival is an exciting opportunity to showcase some of our producers in the local seafood industry. There’s nothing better than a weekend of great food, sharing a few of my favourite seafood preparation methods and dishes in the Masterclass so that people can walk away with new inspiration to add to their repertoire,” says Chef Tom Walton.

A family friendly festival, food aficionados and aspiring mini masterchefs will equally get their fix with Tom hosting two Masterclasses a day over the festive weekend. Choose to learn how to cure and smoke seafood or how to create delicious seafood salads, just in time for summer. If that’s not enough, the Godfather of hand churned butter, Pepe Saya will be joining the class and showcasing the secrets behind his famous hand churned butter.


WHAT: Seafood Festival Extravaganza & Masterclass, free face painting and live music.

WHERE: The Bucket List, Shop 1, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Pavilion WHEN: Saturday 26th October & Sunday 27th October from 12PM WHO: Chef Tom Walton & Pepe Saya

HOW: Taste tickets sold at the door $10 each or buy 6 tastes for $50


SOCIAL SPY** Official launch of Artisan Wine Storage


Sydney Social 101 was invited to a brand new $2million 12°C wine storage and tasting lounge Artisan Wine Storage last night – .

The event encapsulated a mood of glamorous ambience and great vibe.

Jackets at the ready, the event was held in its unique 12°C facility in Sydney’s North Shore.

The evening also featured artworks by Art Equity to delight not only wine collectors but also art lovers.

More than 100 specialised media and VIP guests had also the chance to discover the Methuselah’s Cellar and private dining room complete with the only dual vertical public display of Penfolds Grange bottles (1951-2008) and magnums (1979-2008).

A must-see for wine fans visiting or living in Sydney!

SOCIAL SPY VLOG** Highlights from the 2013 ARIA Nominations Event

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With less than seven weeks until the 27th ARIA Awards, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) today announced the nominees in all categories, with the winners to be announced at The Star Event Centre, Sydney on Sunday, December 1, 2013.


Harley Streten, aka FLUME, accepted his first ARIA Award as the 2013 ARIA PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, and he is leading the way at the 2013 ARIA Awards with 8 nominations in total.  The nominations for Flume’s self titled #1 debut album include ALBUM OF THE YEAR, BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – RELEASE, BEST MALE ARTIST, BEST DANCE RELEASE, the publicly voted SONG OF THE YEAR category for ‘Holdin On’, BEST AUSTRALIAN LIVE ACT, and Joe Nappa has picked up a nomination for Flume’s ‘Holdin On’ in the BEST VIDEO category.




SOCIAL SPY** Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar


Hosted by Michelle Leslie at the Bellevue Paddington


Sydney Social, VIP and celeb guests indulged in oysters, canapés and Piper-Heidsieck bubbles at The Bellevue in Paddington for the VIP Launch of the Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar last night.

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On a perfect balmy evening guests arrived early, and stayed late, at the beautifully-designed Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar at the Bellevue Hotel in Paddington. The Piper bubbles were free flowing with Bellevue co-owners Ned Kelly and Paddy Coughlan set to order another pallet of Piper well ahead of schedule to re-stock the bar. 

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Located upstairs at the Bellevue the bar is decked with blooming spring flowers, fun murals and a turfed outdoor terrace embodying a fresh floral feel. Michelle Leslie, Ambassador for the Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar welcomed familiar faces beautifully dressed in Steven Khalil (who designed her wedding dress).  Guests ranged from actors to DJs, designers to presenters including Michael Caton, Alyssa McClelland, Kate Peck, Roy Billing, Justine Schofield, Martin and Michelle Walsh, Courtney Roulston, Alvin Quah, Penne Dennison, Sylvia Jeffreys, Georgia Sinclair, Mieke Buchan, Amber Renae just to name a few. Michelle shared her excitement at being the ambassador for the new Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival bar that is located in the upstairs space at the Bellevue that she personally styled and designed.  Saying, “I’m really looking forward to spending more time here over the coming weeks, and to enjoying more Piper-Heidsieck bubbles.  Marilyn Monroe once said that every night she went to bed with a drop of Chanel No.5 and woke up with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck so I think it’s my duty as a Piper ambassador to uphold her mantra.”

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The French bubbles were a huge hit with guests, with the canapé menu matched and including freshly shucked oysters with eschalot vinegar, char grilled sirloin steak with mushroom sauce and fries and warm salad of grilled polenta with cumin roasted beetroot, Persian feta & salsa verde.


Filled to capacity the gorgeous crowd bought all the fun and glamour of the spring carnival to the bar, creating an amazing vibe. Set to continue as a spring carnival racing season hot spot, the Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar will host a ‘Ladies Luncheon’, Saturday October 26 (limited spots still available) with Melbourne Cup day celebrations a sell out within days of going on-sale.   

Located upstairs at the Bellevue Hotel

159 Hargrave Street, Paddington NSW 2021

Social Spy: The Club ‘Studio 54’ 4th Birthday Party


Sydney Social 101 was thrilled to invited to The Club’s 4th birthday party, which was executed in true decadent style. With the theme Studio 54, the night was guaranteed to be an extravaganza of excess. The night started off in the new front bar area of The Club aptly titled ‘The Courtyard Bar’. Gold painted girls and boys mingled amongst Sydney’s elite crowd, pouring drinks and serving canapes from the newly opened kitchen. Disco music set the scene and guests were dancing amongst a sea of balloons, a fire breather and playboy bunny dressed girls.


The party continued well into the night, with original DJ’s from the early days invited back to spin tunes for the adoring crowd. VIP Booths were spilling with celebrities (appearances were made by the cast from Home & Away and The Bachelor), new and old clientele alike.


The 4th Birthday was one of the biggest and best parties The Club has seen all year and left everyone talking about the re-invigorated energy, look and feel The Club is now possessing.




There are few films that have you hooked in from the first five seconds of the trailer alone! This my friends is one of those few!

It seems that audiences worldwide are in agreement as Alfonso Cuarón’s dramatic thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney cleans up at the box office.

Only five days after its record-breaking launch, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Gravity” has flown past $100 million at the worldwide box office. The film has earned an estimated $68.5 million domestically and $35.8 internationally for a global total to date of $104.3 million. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Internationa l Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Following weeks of enthusiastic critical acclaim and huge anticipation from moviegoers, the Alfonso Cuarón-directed dramatic thriller exceeded all expectations on its opening weekend. Taking in $55.8 million domestically, “Gravity” broke a number of box office records, including those for the biggest October opening for any film, the largest IMAX opening in October ($11.8 million), and the highest opening weekend ever for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “We are all thrilled by this start—from the tremendous critical acclaim to the fantastic response from audiences. Alfonso Cuarón and his brilliant collaborators crafted a groundbreaking film that succeeds on every level, both creatively and commercially. Word of mouth has been amazing and we expect it only to grow, keeping ‘Gravity’ strong at the box office in the weeks and months ahead.”

Kwan Vandenberg noted, “‘Gravity’ is a riveting and relatable human drama that has struck a chord with moviegoers in countries around the globe. We are excited by these numbers and know this is just the beginning, with much-anticipated openings coming up in major markets such as the UK, France, Japan, Korea, Brazil and Mexico.”

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Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. Pictures President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, said, “The buzz on ‘Gravity’ began building when we unveiled the film at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Critical raves and screening audience reactions reinforced what we already knew—that the combination of thrilling drama, breathtaking visuals, and powerfulperformancesmadethisafilmthathadtobeexperiencedonthebigscreen.” President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production Greg Silverman added, “Sue and I join everyone at Warner Bros. in congratulating Alfonso Cuarón, producer David Heyman, screenwriter Jonás Cuarón, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and all the other talented artists who worked to make ‘Gravity’ an unequivocal cinematic achievement.”

Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”) star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuarón (“Children of Men”).

Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone— tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.

But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

“Gravity” was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” films). Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes multiple Oscar®-nominated director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki (“Children of Men,” “The New World”); production designer Andy Nicholson (art director “Alice in Wonderland”); editors Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (VFX editor “Children of Men”); and costume designer Jany Temime (the “Harry Potter” films). The visual effects were handled by Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Tim Webber (“The Dark Knight”). The music was composed by Steven Price (“Attack the Block”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents an Esperanto Filmoj/Heyday Films Production, an Alfonso Cuarón Film, “Gravity.” The film is being released in 3D and 2D and IMAX®, and is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.


We’re very excited about some of the acts that are coming up at The Star!!! Read on to find out more info:

The Star Event Centre is fast becoming the ‘must play’ venue for both local and international acts visiting Sydney, as stars line up to perform at the $100 million state-of-the-art venue. From international singers, such as Alicia Keys and Ricky Martin, to Chinese superstars and local entertainers including Cosentino and Trevor Ashley, there’s something on offer for everyone.

Ricky Martin – 14th October

Sydneysiders will have the chance to see The Voice judge, Ricky Martin, perform for the first time in ten years! He’ll be shaking those famous hips to his smash hits including Livin’ La Vida Loca and She Bangs, as well as performing some of his newest material in an intimate live performance.
Tickets from $119 – $229 via Ticketek.

Gym Class Heroes – 23rd October

New York hip-hop outfit, Gym Class Heroes, will take to the stage for an exclusive live performance at The Star. The band behind the hit single, Cupid’s Chokehold, shot to fame in 2005 with their album, The Papercut Chronicles, offering a unique blend of hip-hop, rap, funk and reggae. Since then they have collaborated with some of the industry’s best, including Darryl Hall (of Hall & Oates), Estelle, Busta Rhymes and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

Tickets $61.50 via Ticketek.

Australian Independent Music Awards – 7th November

Australia’s powerhouse of musicians come together to celebrate their talents at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards. On arrival, guests will enjoy the Deck Pre-Show from the Event Centre rooftop overlooking Sydney, with exclusive live performances. The main show will feature a number of performances and 22 genre awards. Tickets from $50 – $150 via Ticketek.

Trevor Ashley’s Star Struck – 8th November

Back by popular demand, luck will be a lady once again when Trevor Ashley returns in true style to Sydney’s most fabulous and exciting new venue. Fresh from his hit run on London’s West End, Trevor will transform into some of the world’s greatest loved divas in a show featuring new and old hits. Expect the high energy of Tina Turner, the madness of Bette Midler, the elegance of Shirley Bassey and the anthems of Cher – all channelled with the inimitable Ashley spin.

Tickets from $82.50 – $132.50 via Ticketek.

Olly Murs – 9th November


British pop star, Olly Murs, hits Australian shores this November for his first official tour. Performing with his full band, Murs will be playing hits such as Troublemaker, Army of Two and Dear Darlin’. Murs’ third album, Right Place, Right Time, saw first single, Troublemaker feat. Flo Rida, reached the Top 5 on the ARIA charts, was a #1 Airplay hit, and is now certified triple platinum

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One Republic – 12th November

American Pop Rock Band, One Republic, led by recent The Voice Australia mentor and high profile hit maker, Ryan Tedder, will perform a single show at The Star Event Centre, rocking a swag of songs from their hugely successful three album repertoire, including Apologize, Native, Counting Stars and current chart topper, Something I Need. Tickets $99.90 via Ticketek.

Jessica Mauboy – 15th November

Jessica Mauboy is hitting the road with her national To the End of the Earth tour which will see her visit all major metro and many regional centres across the country. She will be performing her biggest hits including songs from The Sapphires, as well as unveiling brand new songs from her forthcoming album, including current hit single, To the End of the Earth.

Tickets from $89 – $199 via Ticketek.

Cosentino – 16th & 17th November

Australia’s own world-renowned, award-winning Cosentino, the Grand Illusionist, will take his spectacular The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness Tour on the road to audiences this October and November. Fans can expect to witness Cosentino’s uniquely original and innovative performances brought to life, packed with mind-blowing illusions and death defying stunts.

Tickets from $79.90 – $279.60 via Ticketek.

Alicia Keys – 17th December

Alicia Keys _photo credit Michelangelo di Battista

Alicia Keys _photo credit Michelangelo di Battista

Alicia’s intimate performance at The Star Event Centre is part of her Set the World on Fire Australian tour. She will be performing hits from her fifth studio album, ‘Girl on Fire’ along with songs from her other albumns including Songs in A Minor and The Element of Freedom. Alicia Keys has sold more than 1.7 million units in Australia and more than 30 million albums worldwide. She also holds the record as the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 album debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Tickets from $139 – $239 via Ticketek.


Join in the fun at Royal Randwick for the final day of the Sydney Spring Carnival, City Tattersalls Cup Day. The day features the $100,000 City Tattersalls Club Cup and the Lightning Stakes, the racing is great and the atmosphere is even better! Plus, you won’t miss a second of the action in Melbourne as Caulfield Cup Day is broadcast live on the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere. The feature race, The City Tattersalls Cup is the last chance for horses to sneak onto the Melbourne Cup field.

WHEN: Saturday 19 October 2013

Gates Open: 11.00am First Race: 1.07pm Final Race: 5.20pm

at the Australian Turf Club Spring Launch at Royal Randwick Racecourse on September 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

at the Australian Turf Club Spring Launch at Royal Randwick Racecourse on September 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.


WHERE: Royal Randwick

Alison Rd, Randwick

TICKETING: For all ticketing and hospitality information and purchases please visit
Pre-purchase and save $5 on general admission tickets, discount available until 11.59pm the day prior. Alternatively tickets are available at the gates on the day.


  • Go Racing for Real SMS competition: winners allocated a feature race horse and invited to watch from the Winning Post. The participant allocated the winning horse wins $2000
  • Free General Admission entry for TAB Shareholders, Number One Club Members and TAB Rewards Members
  • Members Early Bird Reward course admission & members reserve vouchers accepted on this race day
  • Musical entertainment, spring photo wall
  • Clinique Lounge – makeup touch ups and gifts on the Octagonal Lawn
  • Gentlemen Here to Help: offering race day essentials, unique race day experience
  • Chandon pop-up bar
  • Moët & Chandon pop-up bar available to members on the lawn
  • SmoothFM Relaxation Station
  • Free bus service back to The Star, the official post-race venue will depart ongoing from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • View the entire race and interviews on the largest LED screen in the southern hemisphere

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