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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

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.

BenCarroll, Hamish Wash

BenCarroll, Hamish Wash

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.

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

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.

Sydney Social's Editor: Lisa Hollinshead with Adriano Zumbo

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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Yuuummmmm!

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*.

SOCIAL SPY** Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining Turns One Year Old!

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Tucked away at basement level beneath the hustle and bustle of Elizabeth Street, Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining is one of Sydney’s premier bar and dining experiences in the CBD. Last night the restaurant and bar celebrated turning one year old with a birthday party for 120 invitees, with guests including top media, local customers and celebrities such as Justine Schofield, Nacho Pop, Sam McMillan and Brittany Cairns.

Chocolate Skulls, firm spicy pirate cream, coconut cake, rum & fire

Owned and run by Doug Laming, an avid and passionate molecular mixologist turned bar owner, the Rabbit Hole cocktail list for the night was compiled using ground breaking, pioneering techniques and flavour combinations that Australia is yet to experience. “Molecular mixology” means the process of creating cocktails using a physical and chemical modification of ingredients. Cocktail guru Doug’s experimentation last night translated into the use of house-made spices, powders and jellies in unique cocktails available exclusively at the Rabbit Hole, such as Torrontes and Pomme Verte layered agar apples, Powdered Rum with flaming passionfruit and Jellied G&T’s with fizzing tonic powder and flamed orange oils.

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Newly appointed Executive Chef Jeremy Metivier, who has worked in numerous Michelin star restaurants, showcased his new modern French fine dining menu, and Michelin styled food. Guests enjoyed a selection of dishes such as goats cheese and beetroot apples, scallops on beetroot shortbread with mango and beetroot emulsions, mini wagyu sliders with brie cheese and house made relish, slow roasted lamb with artichoke puree, coriander and wine jelly, and the pièce de résistance – chocolate skulls, with firm spicy pirate cream and coconut cake – served on a flaming bar in front of awed guests.

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Sam McMillan, Beth Tudehope, Justine Schoefield, Sean Widera

The Rabbit Hole successfully balances what’s current in the kitchen with what’s trending behind the bar. You’d be mad not to escape the city…and hop down The Rabbit Hole!

Website: http://www.rabitholebar.com.au

Social Spy** FANCY A VALENTINE’S DAY DATE?

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Fancied, an Australian based dating App, has been moving in quickly on the dating scene and hopes to make it easier for Australians to find a date this Valentine’s Day! Having only launched in September last year, the App already boasts thousands of mutual ‘fancies’ nationally, and was nominated as Top 10 finalist for Startup of the Year by Shoestring Media, and for a MOBI Award in the Nightlife category.

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Entrepreneur Christie Sharpe, the Founder and CEO of Fancied, stated “We are thrilled with the results and have 60% engagement on the app, this is mainly because users are getting matched by people they mutually fancy.”

Thanks to the rise of mobile dating, Gen X and Y users have now ‘opened their hearts’ (#boomchh) to testing out the market and have made it socially acceptable. Sharpe adds, “Fancied is about finding mutual connections made easy in a social environment – We don’t just show you who you can meet, we also show you where the best places are to meet based on your location.”

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There are two ways you can find your perfect match on Fancied. Firstly, by searching through singles profiles, and secondly, by checking into a local venue listed as a Hot Spot.

The geo-location gives the user a safer opportunity to meet their match at a recommended bar, or alternatively, motivates singles to step out of the house and socialise as they can see which ‘Hot Spots’ to saunter over to.

The Fancied team have launched a new blog (www.blog.getfancied.com) which explores all aspects of dating and meeting people online. This light-hearted blog is perfect for dating advice, lists funny dating experiences and different ways to approach your love life. The step-by- step guide to the perfect New Year’s Kiss helped ease users into 2014 and is set to help singles navigate through the Aussie dating scene.

Fancied is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at:

http://bit.ly/16MgPjC

Socialising made simple, download the app and Get Fancied!

Android version coming soon!

Social Spy** Pop Up bar to bring the Spirit of Mexico to Manly

 

Cantina del Sol at the New Brighton Hotel in Manly

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FIESTA! Last night Sydney Social was invited to Manly’s iconic New Brighton Hotel for Cantina del Sol’s pop-up fiesta.

 

The venue was transformed into a Mexican escape, with exotic decorations including scatterings of fresh fruit, flowers and candles. VIPs were greeted by Frida Kahlo skulls and a huge Cantina Del Sol wall canvas. Guests sampled authentic Mexican street food and sipped Sols to Mexican vibes by musical trio, Kallidad.

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The pop-up bar brings the colourful spirit of Mexico to Manly’s beachside and will run for ten whole sun-soaked days. The cantina will sit alongside the bustling Australian Open of Surfing and is open for the duration of the festival.

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Surfers and spectators alike will find the Cantina Del Sol offers comfortable seating options both inside and out—making it the perfect place to kick back and enjoy some delish Mexican grub. Menu options include the Kingfish Ceviche Toastada ($10), Pulled Pork Tacos ($6) to Chicken Quesadilla ($10) and a refreshing Watermelon Salad ($10).

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Live music will be held every night from the likes of Kallidad, Hein Cooper, James Englund and Dax Goulding followed by DJs and fun times until midnight.

 

Dos cervezas por favour!

 

Cantina del Sol at the New Brighton Hotel, Manly

Open 6-16 February

Valentines 101** Bucket List Loves Tinder

With Christmas, New Years and Australia Day celebrations all safely behind us, just when we thought our social lives were back to normal, Valentine’s Day comes up to pinch us on the behind.

 

No date? Don’t worry! The Bucket List is teaming up with Tinder to host a Valentines Day party on Friday 14th of February. Patrons will receive a complementary glass of champagne on arrival when they present their Tinder App at the Door, and $10 ‘It’s a Match’ cocktails will be available all night.

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For those of you who have been living under a rock (or are in a relationship). Tinder is a location-based dating app which highlights fellow singles in your area. The Bucket List will become

Tinder destination, with a push notification prompting users to head to the Bondi, beachside venue.

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Social spy** Major Lazer tear up Sydney Harbour for [V] Island Parties

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Sydney Social 101 had the privilege of being invited to a pretty impressive party that was being held by Channel [V]. Major Lazer came, they saw, then blew the whole joint up in the most raucous Channel [V] Island Party in history. With banging tunes, dancers, backflips and a whole lot of party, the dance heavyweights took over Sydney Harbour for an exclusive DJ set last night.

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The Major Lazer crew are notorious for their explosive, mind-blowing shows, but no one had any idea just what was in store for them when Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire got on the Channel [V] Island. From the moment they hit the stage, they commanded the crowd, tearing through a ferocious set of Major Lazer tracks, remixes and sure-fire bangers that had everyone working it low.

The boys, flanked by their trademark dancers, came to party and it wasn’t long before the shirts were off (crowd included) and Diplo was in the water after backflipping off the island. The debauchery was next level, minds were lost and it was all over far too soon.

This is the summer of [V] Island Parties – exclusive gigs on Channel [V]’s very own floating island. Coming to you direct from Sydney Harbour, we have some of the world’s best artists lining up to party with you

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It doesn’t stop here, friends. The next [V] Island Party will be announced next week. Stay tuned to vmusic.com.au to find out how to score tickets.

Highlights from [V] Island Parties: Major Lazer will be on-air from next week.

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!

Social Spy** Flickerfest Opening Night – Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach

Last Friday Flickerfest Opening night was held at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach. The who’s who of film and TV filled the room, including award winning film director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover), Matilda Brown, Rachel Ward, Mirrah Foulkes, Miranda Tapsell, Henry Roth and celebrity trainer Luke Hines.

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A balmy night and the beachside amphitheatre proved the perfect setting for guests to be treated to a selection of short films. Talk of David Michôd and the much anticipated release of his latest film The Rover which stars Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce also filled the room. At the after party, guests enjoyed a selection of Crystal head Vodka cocktails, Phoenix Organic Juices, Rosnay Organic Wines and Little Creatures beer.

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Flickerfest 2014 Opening Night - Luke Hines

 

Flickerfest 2014 Opening Night - Michael Cody, Mirrah Foulkes, David Michod,

GUESTS: Luke Hines (trainer Luke), Matilda Brown, Rachel Ward, David Michôd (Director – Animal Kingdom, The Rover), Mirrah Foulkes (actor), Michael Cody (Producer), Jeff Lack (stylist), Dr Nikki Goldstein, Alyssa McLelland (actor) and her partner Adrian Mazzaferro, Bronwyn Kidd (Flickerfest festival director) and Gillian Armstrong (Director – Little Women, Oscar and Lucinda).

 

 

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