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What’s on: The Botanist Launches Its Spring/Summer Menu

The weathers heating up and so is The Botanist Kirribilli, launching their new Spring/Summer menu designed by recently appointed head chef Mark Williamson (formerly Head Chef at the Bayswater Diner in Kings Cross). The menu is perfect for sharing with friends on long hot sunny days, and includes dishes such as crab hush puppies with Louie sauce; sashimi kingfish crudo with chives, avocado and jalapeno; haloumi with cauliflower tabouleh; Potato gnocchi, braised cherry tomatoes, basil, ricotta and walnuts, and of course the old favourites – taco’s, sliders and pizza’s – remain but with some fresh new flavours to choose from!


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 locally sourced fresh produce, herbs and spices which are available during the Spring/Summer season.

TBK exterior

The Botanist caters to its surrounds perfectly and is Kirribilli’s first small bar and restaurant. Combining the historical with the modern to create a winning formula, The Botanist continues to bring some much needed spice to the local area.

TBK Interior

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** *The Botanist Launches An All New Menu and Website*


The Botanist bar and restaurant has been spicing up the Kirribilli area
since it opened its doors five months ago, and 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, with
food and cocktail menus using abundant offerings of fresh produce, herbs
and spices.


To keep spicing things up The Botanist launched a new innovative cocktail
and food menu last night, as well as a pioneering new website, at a huge
party for celebrities, locals and media. Over 140 guests attended the
packed out Monday night event, including celebrities such as Elka Whalan,
Phil Waugh, Bonny Porter, Hayden Quinn, Hayley Jensen and socialites Simon
Hancock and Becky Boyd-Bais.


Cocktails on arrival included a selection of the new menu constructed by
co-owner Hamish Watts, all of which continue to reflect the Botanist themes
with simple and elegant flower and spiced infusions – The Flower Doctor
made with Botanist Gin and Le Bulleit Bleu a blueberry infused Bulleit
bourbon. Champagne, wine and beer were then served throughout the night.


The global share plate menu, designed by head chef Justin Walshe (formerly
of La Grillade), is made for exactly that, sharing, and a taster of the
new food menu served last night included exciting additions with a Mexican
flare such as soft shell tacos with the choice of marinated beef and chilli
chicken, as well as pulled pork or southern style chicken sliders and two
pizza choices, a veggie mushroom, artichoke and olive, and Italian sausage,
potato and rosemary.


The Botanist’s new responsive web site design is built on WordPress and
uses HTML5 making it seamless to use across desktop and handheld devices.
The Botanist caters to its surrounds perfectly and is Kirribilli’s first
small bar and restaurant. Combining the historical with the modern to
create a winning formula, The Botanist continues to bring some much needed
spice to the local area.

Treehouse celebrates its belated birthday with a Winter Garden Party- July 18

It has been a busy first year for Treehouse. So busy in fact, that their 1st birthday has completely passed them by! The North Sydney dining and drinks destination has become one of the area’s hottest venues – popular not only for its great food, wine and drinks offering, relaxed atmosphere, personable service and quirky design, but for being a place of celebration for colleagues, family and friends.

Now it’s Treehouse’s time to turn up the heat with their own celebration in a ‘Wonderland’ themed Winter Garden Party. To thank its many loyal friends and customers, Treehouse will be holding a mini festival on Wednesday July 18 to commemorate their coming of age.

Complimentary tasting stations will be offering Chandon by the glass, Stone and Wood craft brews and a choice of two mini cocktails from 5-7pm. Taste the culinary delights from Treehouse’s new Winter menu, while watching head chef David Maisey hand roll his renowned gnocchi.

Entertainment for the night will be a five piece jazz group featuring Treehouse’s Tuesday residents, The Mimosa Duo.

Escape the chill and lose yourself in the ‘Wonderland’ that is the Treehouse Winter Garden Party! Thaw out beside the fireplace, the centerpiece in a space of exposed brick walls reminiscent of a New York apartment, leather bound couches and vintage posters; sip glasses of sparkling on the heated balcony garden; or sidle up to the cozy bar where you can warm up with a Treehouse signature cocktail, the ‘Grow Bag Zombie’ – 2 & 10 year old virgin island rum, apricot & orange liqueurs, a dash of lemon juice & tiki syrup topped with pineapple juice and presented in a ‘grow bag’.

Post 7pm, food and drinks can be ordered from the restaurant and bar as usual – dinner reservations are recommended.

Treehouse meets the demand of a wide demographic that appreciates great coffee, great food from quality produce, inventive drinks and interesting design. The venue is open from 7am for breakfast through to late with nightcaps from the extensive and impressive wine and cocktail list.

Reservations: Treehouse
8458 8980 or
60 Miller Street, North Sydney;

Plans for Easter?

As we gear up the four-day weekend (yippppeeee), I’m sure some of you are at a loss of what to do, stay of leave Sydney?

Want to get out of the city?

I too had that same struggle, I love Sydney, but I also hate to not take advantage of a four day weekend. If you want to look at some great properties out of interest/ intrigue, you can check out – a great hub of properties that are let out in the surrounds of Sydney and NSW.

Something to entertain the family or Big kids?

If however you’re looking to do something in central Sydney, it doesn’t have to centre around the CBD and drinking. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is taking place from the 5th – 18th April at Sydney Showground in Olympic Park and is perfect for people of all ages.

Famous for show bags, animals, a rodeo and wood chopping. Kids love it, even big kids in the form of adults! Sydney Royal Easter Show has introduced suggested itineraries to make the whole experience a little easier. The Easter Show features a range of games, entertainment, education and farm animals. Whatever your interests, the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2012 really does have something for everyone.

Further info and tickets can be bought here:

An activity that embraces Sydney and doesn’t involve drinking?

If however you’re looking for other activities that don’t involve drinking, you could always go on a dive in Gordan Bay, Botany Bay or Malabar! Whether you’re a qualified advanced open water diver, or if you just fancy seeing a few Blue Gropers with your snorkel, mask and fins, there are some great locations all over Sydney. A great spot for snorkelling that’s not too far in Clovelly Bay!

Want to get on the beverages and party with likeminded people?

However if drinking is your bag and you want to party hard over Easter (UK styley), Circoloco Sydney featuring Tania Vulcano – Stacey Pullen and- Clive Henry might be just what you’re looking for!

Taking place at the Greenwood Hotel, 36 Blue St, North Sydney, Sydney, 2060 on Sunday 8th Apr, 2012 it is an event not to be missed if you like to dress up, party hard with likeminded people and celebrate the rising of Christ in Style!

Originally taking place in an old airport hanger in Ibiza, CIRCOLOCO, the ‘Crazy Circus’, is undoubtedly one of the most well known club brands in the world. CIRCOLOCO has built its name by playing the most cutting edge house and techno, having the wildest and sexiest crowd and some of the world’s best DJs as residents.

CIRCOLOCO and Finely Tuned have teamed up to bring CIRCOLOCO to Sydney. First setting foot in Sydney aboard the Starship (which is an amazing boat/ super ship!) in 2009 for what is now infamously known as home of the AGWA Yacht Club parties. It was in 2010 that it made a home in Sydney at The Greenwood.

It starts at 12pm and is strictly over 18s only! Tickets can be bought  here

A sneak peak of what to expect here:

Suffice to say there is something to suit everyone’s tastes this Easter Weekend in Sydney! If you have any other suggestions, please share below!

Happy Easter everyone!


L x


I am probably oe of the few girls that doesn’t cry at soppy chick flick movies, the Notebook being one of them. I get that it’s romantic and I do like it as  a film, but cry… no! Same with Green Mile, Titanic etc – However show me a cartoon of a weeping baby lion, well, then I crumble!

Well for those of you that are stuck for something to do this Valentine’s Day, the guys at ME Bank Starlight Cinema have a great suggestion! Cue a retrospective screening of the romantic film favourite, THE NOTEBOOK (Rated PG). Combining a starry night sky with delicious food and wine, the north shore outdoor cinema is the perfect setting for romance.

In THE NOTEBOOK Allie (Gena Rowlands) is in a nursing home suffering from dementia and Duke (James Garner) reads to her from a worn notebook. He is reading the story of how they met, in a bid to trigger some long lost memories. This is their story.

Seventeen year-old wealthy debutante Allie (Rachel McAdams) meets Noah/Duke (Ryan Gosling) while on holidays in Seabrook, North Carolina during the 1940s. They fall passionately in love, with Noah’s father’s (Sam Shepard) approval; but Allie’s snobbish parents John and Anne Hamilton drive them apart. After the war, Allie becomes engaged to Lon (James Marsden), but Noah has never loved anyone but Allie. When Allie sees Noah’s photo in the local paper, she heads to Seabrook to see him again.

Lovers young and old can bring their own rug, cushions and picnic basket or indulge on a bean bed in the Crust Lawn Lounge. For those wanting an extra special treat for their Valentine; the renowned ‘ME Bank Star Class’ includes a deck chair, hamper and waiter service on the Dining Terrace before the film.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a selection of music from Jazz crooner Lana Nesnas, adding to the romance of the night.

Tickets for ME Bank Starlight Cinema are on sale now at


DATE: February 14th, 2012 (Cinema runs until March 4, 2012)

TIME: Gates open from 7.00pm, films commence at sundown

VENUE: North Sydney Oval – Miller Street, North Sydney

TICKETS: On sale now at

Here’s a sneak preview for you, hold the tissues!

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