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A New Flavour for Neutral Bay

October 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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If you’re looking for small bars and unique restaurants, your hunt wouldn’t typically start in Sydney’s lower north shore. In the past five years however, the backstreets of Neutral Bay have been quietly transforming into a haven for foodies and cocktail lovers alike. Nights can be spent having a quiet drink with friends or grabbing anything from hearty and healthy American style cuisine, to a shared plate of tapas by candlelight. 

Burgers for the ‘Burbs

With the health craze upon us and recipes for sliders cropping up in every season of Masterchef, along comes Grill’d as an antidote to these two conflicting desires. This Melbourne born burger joint has set up a new location in Sydney’s Neutral Bay.

When you and your friends are arguing about a place to eat it’s not often easy to please everybody but it’s true to say we all probably abide by three golden rules: good value, good quality and above all, delicious food. Grill’d is the mouth-watering solution to your problem. Their aim is simply to deliver first-rate burgers, sliders, sandwiches and salads that are healthy and affordable.

In the past few years, Neutral Bay has transformed from a neighbourhood whose only claim to fame was having the busiest Woolies in Australia, to a charming little hub of bars and trendy eateries. Grill’d has already slid nicely into the scene with locals enjoying a free burger on opening day!

The standouts on the menu are definitely the ‘Hot’ Mama, a grass fed beef burger with a spicy hit of harissa which can be washed down with a beer of your choosing . Vegetarians aren’t forgotten either with options like the Wild Field Mushroom Burger paired with sweet potato fries dipped in hot chilli mayo. Every flavour can be thrown onto a freshly baked gluten free or wholemeal bun.

But it’s not all burgers and fries. Despite being a growing franchise, Grill’d’s mission statement promises a connection with the community. Customers have the chance to drop in the name of a community project into a jar so that the projects with the most votes will have a $500 donation split between them.

Generous with taste, quality and local spirit, Grill’d is ready to serve up the goods in Neutral Bay.

 24 Young St Neutral Bay 2089

Opening Hours:

Mon- Sun: 11am-10pm

Fri- Sat: 11am-11pm

Fully licensed wine and beer

 

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Shaken, Not Stirred

If you fancy yourself a bit of James Bond type, then step back in time through the door of Neutral Bay’s Dr. No inspired bar Honey Rider.

For a bar in the suburbs, Honey Rider is not what you would expect. Tucked quietly between a real estate agency and a laundrette is a retro style door that invites you into an atmosphere that is less north shore, more Manhattan.

Whether you pull up a chair at the bar or choose one of the quieter corners amongst the leather furniture near the red brick wall, you will need to give yourself time to peruse the long cocktail list (hint: the menus are hidden in a vintage theatre program). High on the agenda is the Bramble: Tanqueray gin shaken with blackberry liquor, rock candy syrup and topped with fresh blackberries and a squeeze of lemon. If you’re still in the James Bond mood however, the bar staff are more than happy to knock up a classic Lillet martini. Shaken not stirred of course.

The cocktail menu is a little dangerous, with so many flavours to tempt the patrons so if  you’re in need of a little sustenance, Honey Rider’s pizzas are cheap, tasty and have toppings tailored to your wishes.

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If cocktail’s aren’t your game, the wine list is generous, featuring a delicious $7 Prosecco served in 1920’s champagne glasses to keep that retro feel. The beer selection contains the usual Three Sheets and Mountain Goat (the latter served on tap) but also a cheeky list of bitter American ales.

Head through the Honey Rider door for cocktail, a nibble and a taste of the past.

Address: 230 Military Road, Neutral Bay

Phone: (02) 9953 8800

Opening Hours:

Tue- Sat: 4pm-12am

Sun: 4pm-10pm

Tickets disappearing for NYE festivals

October 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm

If you haven’t already, it’s time to decide on a destination for new years 2014/15. Tickets for Falls in Byron and Lorne have already sold out! So, here’s a list of what’s left.

Beyond the Valley

Bringing something different to Australia’s music festival scene is Beyond the Valley. It’s not your typical festival held at a park or warehouse somewhere, rather, its held on an island. Phillip Island that is. Located in the South Coast right next to the sea, your festival experience will be like no other.

With the likes of Aluna George, Dillon Francis, HWLS, Bag Raiders and many more set to play, you’re in for a crazy new years. They provide free camping , or you can pay for luxury camping, or reside in a small section they have created and named as the “Electric City,” which provides a powered campsite and spots for camper-van’s to park up. The decision’s yours.

When: 30 Dec 2014 – 01 Jan 2015

Where: Phillip Island

Cost: $299

Lost Paradise

Held in the picturesque surrounds of Glenworth Valley, about one hour north of Sydney, the festival is being billed as a three day glamping escape of live music, art installations, yoga, food and much more.  The debut lineup features a mix of bands and dance acts, including Boy and Bear, Ball Park Music, The Preatures and Elizabeth Rose.

The three-day event has a capacity of 5000 people and takes inspiration from the UK’s Secret Garden Festival and Bestival. According to organisers, in addition to the musical performances the festival will feature crowd-funded art installations “that’ll blow your freaking mind”; a Shambhala area with yoga, reiki and other healing arts; and luxury glamping – that includes the option to arrive at the festival by helicopter.

When: 30 Dec 2014 – 1 Jan 2015

Where: Peats Ridge

Cost: $259

The Falls Festival

The Falls 2013/2014 lineup was insane, but they’ve come back this year with an even better lineup for 2014/15. Living up to expectations, they’re bringing in some of the best in the music industry such as Jamie XX, Glass Animals, Alt-J and SBTRKT. If you missed out on SBTRKT last year at Field Day, here is your chance to see them play live. Definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Tickets are sold out for Lorne and Byron, but I highly recommend visiting the mellow Tasmanian town of Marion Bay if you get the chance.

When: December 29 2014 – Jan 01 2015

Where: Marion Bay

Cost: $249

Spring adventure to Bulli

October 3, 2014 at 11:23 am
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Bulli Markets

Do yourself a favour this weekend – get out of the city, pay a gold coin donation and receive a pleasant welcome to spring in return.

The sun is warming up, the days are longer, and you need a break from the grey chill of the city. In an attempt to break out, why not venture about an hour and a half down the coast to visit the Bulli foragers farmer’s and artisan markets.

This newbie on the market scene (the first market held in July) has a great mixture of whimsy and practicality. Every Sunday the farmer’s markets pack a warehouse area with rural produce from the South coast. Come and grab your fruit and vegies, sample some honey, bread, and nuts from the friendly stallholders. Indulge in a gelato milkshake from the pines Kiama and as you stroll along at sunday pace.

The second sunday of every month the markets double in size to include a range of artisan stalls. Here you’ll find markets staples like candles, boutique clothes, jewellery and books paired with some unique treats. Don’t miss the Miss Bowerbird caravan shop, a little turquoise caravan which houses a little shop filled with knick-knacks and the most beautiful, sun soaked presentation – reminiscent of an idyllic beach cottage (a little nostalgia for those counting down the days until summer).

A trek down Princess Highway is sure to leave you a little peckish. Vietnamese pho? Easy. Turkish falafel wraps? Done. Food trucks are also around the grounds to provide you with traditional market sausage sizzles. A little gem hidden away is the steep and sip Devonshire tea room. Think white picket fences, little chairs and a milk and sugar station. The perfect place to rest after perusing the markets.

 

What are you waiting for? Get down to the markets this weekend!

Where: : Bulli Showground and Racing Complex

Posse’s Laneway Friday hit list

October 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Seven cities and three countries, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival coming to a city near you and it’s bringing another killer lineup of artists along for the ride.

It’s been a decade since Danny Rogers and Jerome Borazio threw a party and called it a festival down by the ‘colourful’ alley in the backstreets of the Melbourne CBD. In that time, Laneway has hosted some of the world’s best artists before they went on to become major stars.

The 2015 lineup was released today:

Agnes DeMarco – Andy Bull – Angel Olsen – BANKS – Benjamin Booker – Caribou – Connan Mockasin – Courtney Barnett – Dune Rats – Eagulls – Eves – FKA twigs – Flight Facilities – Flying Lotus – Future Islands – Highasakite – Jesse Davidson – Jon Hopkins – Jungle – Little Dragon – Lykke Li – Mac DeMarco – Mansionair – Perfect Pussy – Peter Bibby – POND – Ratking – Raury – Royal Blood – Rustie – Seekae – SOHN – St Vincent – Vic Mensa

The team at Posse is super excited about this lineup and we decided to choose our top ten hits from todays release.

Dates and venues:
Saturday 24 January – Singapore – The Meadow
Monday 26 January – Auckland – Silo Park
Saturday 31 January – Brisbane – Brisbane Showgrounds
Sunday 1 February – Sydney – Sydney College of the Arts
Friday 6 February – Adelaide – Harts Mill
Saturday 7 February – Melbourne – Footscray Community Arts Centre
Sunday 8 February – Fremantle – Esplanade Reserve

The Blessed Bean answers your prayers of hunger

September 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

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If Belinda Carlisle was living in this day and age, her hit song ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’ may very well have been about society’s love of coffee – even more relevant upon wandering into Wagga Wagga’s Blessed Bean.

This is a place so wonderful that it’s food has clearly been cooked at the hands of angels, the chefs who don white aprons only lacking a halo above their heads.

Aptly named, the arrival of this café in southern NSW certainly puts the university town back on the map, and it’s a refreshing delight for travellers stopping off for a quick bite before dashing interstate across the border. For the tired and weary, it’s here that energy is ingested via a new holy trinity – coffee, cake and gourmet sandwiches.

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The Reuben

Worth lunching on include the pulled pork roll (served with fennel slaw and caramelised apple) and The Rueben (slow cooked corn beef, sauerkraut, russian dressing, gherkins and Swiss cheese), both dished up with a side of crunchy chips.

If you’ve got the room following these generous portions, have an afternoon nibble on either a daily made muffin or brownie, absolutely essential as a side to one of their legendary coffees. Think 100 per cent Arabica coffee ground into several heavenly blends.

The local gem not only dishes out fine food and drink – it’s becoming an epicentre for food education with cupping classes (that’s cup tasting for short) this October. An ideal opportunity to become your own coffee aficionado, classes focus on everything from aroma to texture.

The Bean’s community engagement doesn’t stop there. They’ve begun taking expressions of interest for barista and latte art courses online, ready and willing to share some of the best tips for whipping together the perfect blend and topping it off with the finest of coffee art – though I’m aware something I’d create would probably remind you of Picasso or Pollock.

Definitely up there with some of the greatest urban dining spots around, it’s truly wonderful to see what a whole lot of country heart can come up with. Here’s praying that a new joint isn’t far from opening up a little closer to home.

Blessed are those who visit this café, for they will be rewarded with delicious satisfaction.
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Australia’s largest fresh flower market

September 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

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Sydney Flower Market is Australia’s largest flower market for fresh cut flowers. After a recent visit I felt inspired to share my experience and provide some tips that may help you in planning your own visit.

The Tailgate Experience

August 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

The Tailgate Experience is a new pre-game destination for Sydney Cricket Ground events. Borrowing the best parts of a beloved American pastime, the pop up bar aims to create a more social atmosphere around Australian sport. Finals footy is just around the corner and this is the best way to prepare for battle.