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Learn the art of cocktail making at Rice Paper Scissors

Learn the art of cocktail making at Rice Paper Scissors

Always wanted to be one of those smug dinner party hosts that has a tray of Espresso Martinis ready and waiting for when guests appear, but just have no idea where to start when it comes to making a half-decent cocktail? Never fear, because Rice Paper Scissors in Fitzroy has got you covered. You can now book one of the popular restaurant’s signature cocktail-making classes – a 90-minute workshop that will teach you everything you need to know to make a perfectly mixed drink. Run by an expert bartender, you’ll go through a couple of fail-safe recipes, plus learn some useful tips and tricks that are guaranteed to impress even the most discerning cocktail connoisseur. This hands-on, interactive experience also includes a glass of bubbles and a canapé upon arrival, all the ingredients to make (and drink!) two cocktails, your very own personal bartender, and a five-dish, sit-down banquet to enjoy when the class is over. Now we’ll cheers to that! So if you’re looking for a fun activity for a hens party, birthday celebration, corporate function or even your next catch-up with mates, a cocktail-making sesh in Rice Paper Scissors’ private Fitzroy function room is a seriously good time.  Classes start at $125 per person. For more information and to book, head to the website.

The four best things to do at Casey Cornucopia

The four best things to do at Casey Cornucopia

Got your diary handy? You’ll need it, because Casey Cornucopia kicks off on June 24, and there’s going to be plenty to see, do and experience. A collaboration between Bunjil Place in Narre Warren and London-based creative studio Bombas and Parr, this weird, wild and wacky festival will showcase the Casey region’s local growers and rich produce in a way that’s never been done before. Expect giant sculptures, epic parties, guided tours, live demonstrations and even edible fog. Buckle up, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Save on your next Bali holiday when you stay at this chic hotel

Save on your next Bali holiday when you stay at this chic hotel

Been dreaming of a Bali getaway? Us too – especially after the recent launch of Aloft Bali Seminyak, a brand new lifestyle-focused lodging aimed at digital nomads and influencers. Nestled strategically between Seminyak and Canggu, this super-cool hotel is located within easy walking distance to all the main attractions, including beaches, cafés, shops and clubs. Not that you’ll ever want to leave though, with Aloft Bali Seminyak offering everything from an epic rooftop infinity pool to a fitness centre, walk-in rainfall showers and a variety of dining and social areas.  But wait, there’s more. Every corner of this 80-room hotel is just screaming out to be featured on the ‘gram. Boasting an industrial-inspired aesthetic – think a loft-style layout and high ceilings – that blends seamlessly with some distinct Balinese touches, it’s clear this vibrant space has been designed to cater for tech-savvy travellers who love to document every aspect of their lives. And best of all, if you book and stay at Aloft Bali Seminyak before October 31, you’re eligible for the This is Bali package: an exclusive deal that includes daily breakfast for two people, daily resort credit of IDR 150,000, early check-in and late check-out, access to the pool and gym, a 20 per cent food and beverage discount at Kahuna Rooftop Restaurant and flexible cancellation up to one day prior to arrival. What more could you want? For more information and to make a reservation, head to the website or send an email to

HelloFresh has just launched its new winter menu

HelloFresh has just launched its new winter menu

Is there anything worse than coming home after a long day at work, looking in the fridge and realising there’s nothing to eat for dinner? No way. And especially so on a chilly winter’s night, when the last thing you want to do is head out to the supermarket and push a trolley up and down the aisles.  Enter HelloFresh – your go-to meal kit provider when you're after simple, affordable and delicious dishes delivered straight to your door. Renowned for offering an extensive range of flexitarian, family friendly and calorie smart recipe options, HelloFresh has also just dropped a new seasonal winter menu. And yes, it’s loaded with all of your favourite comfort foods – including a new range of slow cook recipes. Expect to see exciting options like slow-cooked chicken and risoni soup with sweet corn, basil pesto and parmesan or Indian plant-based mince and veggie curry with garlic rice on rotation. These easy-to-make meals are also packed full of tasty additions like sauces, spices, cheeses, nuts and herbs that make each bite just that little bit more flavourful.  So say goodbye to sad, uninspiring dinners, and hello to, well, HelloFresh! Staying in and cooking up a winter's feast has never been more appealing – or this easy. Best of all, sign up now to receive $130 off your first four boxes – now that’s a deal too good to refuse. For more information, head to the website.

Things you can only do on the Mornington Peninsula

Things you can only do on the Mornington Peninsula

It’s the boot-shaped stretch of idyllic coastline that so many of us know and love: the Mornington Peninsula. Flanked by Bass Strait, Western Port and Port Phillip, this little slice of paradise is considered Melbourne's most enticing playground. Why? Because there are world-class wineries to discover, gourmet goodies to gorge upon, fabulous boutiques to shop up a storm in and art-filled galleries to marvel at. Oh, and did we mention the beaches? From wild ocean waves to quiet, sun-drenched coves, they are all pretty spectacular. Now, grab your overnight bag and hit the highway – the Mornington Peninsula is calling your name. Think you know everything there is to see and do on the Mornington Peninsula? We've teamed up with Visit Mornington Peninsula and Visit Victoria for their 'Stay close, go further' campaign to bring you a fresh take on what makes this region so special. Here are the experiences that drive visitors to return year after year, and have cemented the Mornington Peninsula as a must-visit destination.

More ways to use your Dine & Discover NSW vouchers before they expire

More ways to use your Dine & Discover NSW vouchers before they expire

There’s no denying we’re emerging from what’s been a pretty tumultuous two years, but if there’s been one silver lining, it’s a renewed enthusiasm to see, do and experience as many of the fun things we missed out on due to Covid restrictions.  And something that's making it much easier to do so is the NSW Government's Savings Finder program – which is helping ease the cost of living by offering more than 70 different rebates and vouchers for all eligible NSW residents. These cover off everything from dining, recreation, hospitality, household costs, transport, activities for the kids and much more – there's really something for everyone! You can use the Savings Finder on the Service NSW website or phone 13 77 88 to find out how much you can save. Within this program sits the Dine & Discover NSW vouchers, which (in case you needed a refresher) were launched to encourage the community to get out and support dining, arts and recreation businesses. It’s essentially an invitation to have a good time – and best of all, you don't have to pay full price.   Photograph: Anna Kucera   Every NSW resident aged 18 and older is currently eligible to receive vouchers with a total amount on offer of $150. That's $75 towards dining and $75 towards discovering. They can be used seven days a week (including public holidays) at participating businesses and restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and wineries. Dine & Discover NSW vouchers are redeemable until June 30, 2022. So hurry, you don't want to mi

Eight unexpected ways to entertain the whole family at Sydney Opera House

Eight unexpected ways to entertain the whole family at Sydney Opera House

So you’ve taken the kids to every park, playground and beach in the city – now what? If you’re on the hunt for somewhere that will excite, inspire and entertain your little ones, look no further than the Sydney Opera House. There’s plenty on offer that will appeal to kids of all ages. So gather the family and make a beeline for the famous sails, there are unforgettable adventures to be had. We're bringing you guides to the lesser-known sides of the Sydney Opera House. For a look at the coolest ways to rediscover the iconic venue check out our guide to its most surprising experiences. For a big, bold, night out like no other check out our guide to the Opera House's most epic events.

Sydney Olympic Park’s sporty school holiday program returns this July

Sydney Olympic Park’s sporty school holiday program returns this July

It can be super tempting for kids to want to spend their entire school holidays (especially in the depths of winter) playing video games or watching TV. Thankfully, Sydney Olympic Park’s school holiday program is back with a fun line-up of sports and activities to prevent this from happening. From July 2-17, three of Sydney Olympic Park’s major venues – the Quaycentre, Aquatic Centre and Archery Centre – will transform into active hubs where children of all ages can have a crack at sports like soccer, netball, archery and diving. They’ll learn new skills, sharpen their techniques and even train with professionals – many of the lessons are taken by elite coaches and athletes. The Quaycentre is where much of the ball-related action will take place. Table tennis, basketball, soccer and netball are just some of the sports on offer, while kids can also give gymnastics a go as part of the multi-sports program. In the pool at the Aquatic Centre, a team of qualified instructors will run diving and water polo workshops, as well as intensive swimming lessons. Not only will basic water safety procedures be covered off, but kids will also get to develop skills like moving the ball through the water or jumping from the three-metre platform (depending on the class they’re in). The Aquatic Centre – including Splasher's Playground and the whirlpool – is also open for recreational swimming with the whole family. For something completely different, the Archery Centre will hold sessions that go

Things you can only do in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

Things you can only do in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

Have you ever wondered what heaven on Earth would look like? Well, we reckon the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges would be pretty close. Blessed with natural beauty round every bend and cool-but-quirky attractions, plus a crisp climate and fertile soil for churning out world-class wines and gourmet produce, it’s a destination well and truly deserving of its glowing global reputation. So if you’re looking for a sign to visit the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, this is it. We’ll see you out in the vines. Think you know everything there is to see and do in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges? We've teamed up with Yarra Ranges Tourism and Visit Victoria for their 'Stay close, go further' campaign to bring you a fresh take on what makes this region so special. Here are the experiences that drive visitors to return year after year, and have cemented the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges as a must-visit destination.

Enjoy late-night cocktails and a new winter menu at this Camberwell establishment

Enjoy late-night cocktails and a new winter menu at this Camberwell establishment

Look for the glowing neon lights on Burke Road in Camberwell, and you’ll find Mongkok Tea House. The concept for this newish (it opened in February 2021) fine diner-cum-cocktail bar is inspired by cha chaan teng – a type of Hong Kong café that grew in popularity during the post-World War II era and was best known for serving up a fusion of traditional Chinese and Western cuisine. This nostalgic culinary style has been reimagined and refined at Mongkok Tea House, where the menu is laden with dishes that boast a certain level of comfort and familiarity, but also pack a surprising punch in the flavour and texture department. Do yourself a favour and order the buttermilk pineapple buns with char-siu and pork floss (the dough is made in-house, of course), or the dry-aged duck roasted with honey and osmanthus. Executive chef Jack Tsai (formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Attica) is the main man in the kitchen, and he draws upon his Taiwanese heritage and time spent working in some of Europe’s most illustrious restaurants to really nail the blend of cultural influences – the Scotch egg/prawn toast hybrid being a perfect example of this. The cocktails are pretty fancy, too – and highly theatrical. Van Gogh’s Sweet Dream is an absinthe-heavy beverage that comes in a smoke-filled cloche, while the Sloe Rose Sling is garnished with actual rose petals. Open late Tuesday through to Sunday, consider Mongkok Tea House your new go-to for fun, fancy feasting. For more information and to make

Top picks at this year's Ballarat Winter Festival

Top picks at this year's Ballarat Winter Festival

It’s that time of year again, when hibernating on the couch beneath a mountain of blankets starts to sound pretty appealing. But if you’re searching for a way to beat the winter blues, we’ve got just the remedy: a trip to the town that does winter supremely well. The Ballarat Winter Festival takes place from June 25 through to July 17 with a soul-warming line-up of family-friendly activities, epic light shows, markets, huge flying creatures and more. If you didn’t already have plans for this winter, you do now.

Applications are now open for the 2022 Melbourne Awards

Applications are now open for the 2022 Melbourne Awards

Do you know of an inspiring person or forward-thinking organisation that is dedicated to helping shape the future of our great city? Are you that person making a difference? Then you need to apply or put forward a candidate for the 2022 Melbourne Awards. Now in its 20th year, the Melbourne Awards are considered the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade. They are free to enter, and there are eight key categories: Sustainability, Arts and Events, Hospitality, Knowledge and Innovation, LGBTIQ+, Aboriginal Melbourne – ganbu gunjil, Urban Design and Community. These classifications have been curated to accurately reflect the many ways in which talented Melburnians are successfully contributing to the community. Last year’s winners included Farmer’s Daughters (in the Hospitality category) and Little Dreamers Australia (in the Community category), while Peggy O’Neal AO – president of the Richmond Football Club – took out the 2021 Melburnian of the Year Award. Farmer’s Daughters is a three-level diner at the 80 Collins Street precinct that honours Victoria’s great food bowl: Gippsland. With a paddock-to-plate ethos, it celebrates the region’s farmers, growers and makers via a menu that is entirely dedicated to showing off fresh Gippsland produce. On winning the Hospitality award in 2021, executive chef and owner Alejandro Saravia says it was “very special” for Farmer’s Daughters to be recognised by the City of Melbourne. “When we set about creating the concept for Farmer’s Daughters a

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Jim Beam Welcome Sessions

Jim Beam Welcome Sessions

Live music is officially back, baby! And to celebrate, Jim Beam is bringing its world-renowned Welcome Sessions back to Australia with three one-of-a-kind, intimate gigs that are set to thrill and unite Aussie music devotees. As the first family of bourbon, Jim Beam’s history and heritage has been going strong since 1975. The Welcome Sessions have been designed to celebrate the unrivalled power of live music, and to transcend space, time and culture. And no matter the genre or the artist, it's no secret that music innately brings people together. Local sensations The Veronicas, Client Liaison and Flight Facilities star in Jim Beam’s 2022 Australian Welcome Sessions, with fans invited to come along and see their favourite artists in a uniquely intimate setting, enjoy a delicious drink, soak up the good vibes and praise the power of live music. The Melbourne iteration will take place at the Hop Bar in the prime spot of Beer Deluxe at Federation Square on August 20. The Veronicas – the beloved pop queens behind dancefloor bangers such as ‘4ever’, ‘In My Blood’ and ‘Untouched’ – will take to the stage with a rousing set that is sure to get the crowd hyped up. To complement the tunes, there will be refreshing Jim Beam drinks – best enjoyed while soaking up the afternoon rays with your mates. If an arvo of beats and bevs with one of Australia’s hottest live music acts sounds like your type of thing, then you’re in luck – you can score one of 75 double passes to this exclusive event

Jim Beam Welcome Sessions

Jim Beam Welcome Sessions

Live music is officially back, baby! And to celebrate, Jim Beam is bringing its world-renowned Welcome Sessions back to Australia with three one-of-a-kind, intimate gigs that are set to thrill and unite Aussie music devotees. As the first family of bourbon, Jim Beam’s history and heritage has been going strong since 1975. The Welcome Sessions have been designed to celebrate the unrivalled power of live music and to transcend space, time and culture. And no matter the genre or the artist, it innately brings people together. Local sensations Client Liaison, Flight Facilities and The Veronicas star in Jim Beam’s 2022 Australian Welcome Sessions, with fans invited to come along and see their favourite artists in a uniquely intimate setting, enjoy a delicious drink and soak up the good vibes.  The Brisbane iteration will take place at Buffalo Bar on July 16. Client Liaison – the indie pop duo behind dancefloor bangers such as ‘World of our Love’ and ‘Off White Limousine’ – will take to the stage with an energetic DJ set that is sure to get the crowd hyped up. To complement the tunes, there will be refreshing Jim Beam drinks – best enjoyed while soaking up the afternoon rays or admiring the epic views. If an arvo of beats and bevs with one of Australia’s hottest live music acts sounds like your type of thing, then you’re in luck – you can score one of 85 double passes to this exclusive event by going to the website and sharing in 25 words or less your most memorable live music mome

NAS NEO and Freshflix present: Killer Shorts

NAS NEO and Freshflix present: Killer Shorts

In case you were wondering, NAS NEO is a weekly after-hours program that takes place every Thursday at the National Art School. It brings together critical and progressive arts practices across inclusive and diverse platforms, and encourages collaboration with the next generation of change-makers, innovators and creators. And this week on June 30 is the final session, which calls for one helluva party. The action kicks off at 6pm with an industry shmooze sesh and short film showing. NAS NEO has partnered with the indie film team from Freshflix, so expect to see plenty of executives from the funding agencies, streamers, broadcasters and production companies. You’ll get to take part in a 60-minute Gatekeeper Campfire workshop – where you can find out what it takes to get your projects made and seen by the right people – before a 45-minute screening of some fab comedy, thriller and horror short flicks.  Following on from that, Fijian/Australian pop star Florian will hit the stage to show off her vocal chops and catchy hooks. Since bursting onto the music scene in 2017, she has quickly gained the respect of her peers and become a regular on Triple J. In 2018 her first single even landed her a spot as a finalist in the Vanda and Young Global Songwriting Competition. Rainbow Chan – a vocalist, producer and multidisciplinary artist – will perform after Florian for a glorious 45-minute set. Having built a reputation as one of the most innovative musicians in the country, Chan melds c

The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair

Between July 21 and 24 at the Cutaway in Barangaroo, discover some extraordinary art, meet emerging artists and raise a glass (or two) to curious encounters as the Other Art Fair returns to Sydney. This four-day fair invites you to absorb the unpredictable and enjoy unexpected performances, immersive installations, art giveaways, food trucks and DJ sets. And if you're feeling brave enough, you may even want to get a hand-poked tattoo.  The world-renowned art fest has been curated for people across the globe to collectively experience something a bit different. Think less pretentious art snobbery, and more a place where art feels accessible and everyone is welcome. Plus, all the art is for sale, and with prices starting from just $150, purchasing a piece isn't going to break the bank. Held twice a year, the fair offers a rare opportunity to buy yourself some very affordable and cool art, attend whimsical workshops and sip on a couple of cocktails. Independent thinkers and experience seekers, this one’s for you. Book your tickets to the Other Art Fair here.

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

It’s true that Shakespeare tackled the biggest and darkest themes imaginable. Is life worth living? (Hamlet.) Is love a self-destructive impulse? (Romeo and Juliet.) Is everything just doomed to go to arse-up? (King Lear). But then, that’s why those ones are called the ‘Tragedies’.  There’s another side to Shakespeare that’s altogether more upbeat, life-loving and silly – and that’s the Shakespeare of comedies like Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and most of all The Comedy of Errors. A thigh-slapping farce with a premise so ludicrous you can almost see Will winking at you between the lines, The Comedy of Errors is getting a brand new production from Bell Shakespeare with a two-week season at the Arts Centre Melbourne this July.  How ludicrous you ask? Try this. Shipwrecked and separated 33 years earlier, two sets of long-lost twins find themselves in the same city on the same day. To make matters worse, the two pairs are both called Antipholus and Dromio. Are you keeping up? What follows is a series of arrests, attempted seduction, plus accusations of theft, madness, infidelity and possession by demons. Among the mayhem there's also an old man’s chaotic search for his lost children.  Directed by Janine Watson, the production features a ten-strong cast. When first staged in the 1590s the players would have been all male – this company thankfully offers gender parity and diverse casting.   Life’s been a bit of a comedy of errors lately, so what better tonic than an eveni

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival

Circus, theatre, music, dance and magic – the beloved Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival is back to spark your child’s imagination this winter school holidays. The action kicks off on June 28, with more than 30 workshops and performances taking place at Chapel On Chapel. Highlights from the interactive program include a production of Beauty and the Beast by the Victorian State Ballet, the circus and comedy extravaganza Chores by Hoopla Clique, a sensory-based storytime session for the littlies and, for the older kids, a choose-your-own-adventure story workshop with 100 Story Building. Many of the events are ticketed, but there is also plenty of free fun to be had, like trying a puppet-making workshop or checking out Reflection at Prahran Square – an immersive installation that features a landscape of colourful reflective surfaces. And while Chapel On Chapel will act as the main hub for the festival, there will be exciting activities happening right across the City of Stonnington, like the NICA Circus Holiday Program in Prahran or a claymation workshop at Duldig Studio in Malvern East. The festival takes its name from an Irish phrase meaning ‘boisterous fun’ – and that’s exactly what it delivers on. So if you’re looking for something to entertain the kids these school holidays, consider your plans sorted. Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival is suitable for children aged 12 and under. For more information and to view the entire program, head to the website.

The Quizzical Mr Jeff

The Quizzical Mr Jeff

Computer screens may exercise a mesmeric power over kids, but there isn’t a child alive who’s immune to the mystery of an old fashioned live magic show – or the thrills of old-school circus. Combine the two, and you’ve got a sure-fire crowd pleaser. The Quizzical Mr Jeff demonstrated this at his recent appearances at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival, and now the debonair Melbourne-based performer is bringing his jaw-dropping and fun-filled show to the Melbourne Magic Festival these school holidays. In the evocative surrounds of the The Houdini Theatre at The Arrow Hub, Mr Jeff will entrance your little ones with his ability to levitate crystal balls, juggle hats, to make extraordinary things out of hula hoops, and inflate a six-foot tall balloon.   Boasting a flamboyant array of costumes and a flair for physical comedy, The Quizzical Mr Jeff is a visually arresting show that promises to have audiences of all ages spellbound. Adult tickets are $26, children and concession $20 and a family of four can get in for $78. There are also group and special admission prices available. Book in and find out more here.

Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers

Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers

Have you heard the news? All around the world Roald Dahl’s words are disappearing not only from books but from the minds of children, too! And now, it’s up to Terry Tibblestick and his assistant Brenda Bogg from the secret organisation known as the Ancient Guild of Taletenders to save the day and restore the words to their rightful books. Starring Josh Burton and Madi Savage in the title roles, Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers is an immersive and interactive production designed for children aged six and older and their families. The show features games, audience participation and imaginative play, all while exploring some of Dahl’s most famous stories, including the BFG and the Twits. Directed and produced by Rob Wilson with the support of a hugely talented creative team, this is a delightful and engaging piece of theatre that successfully honours the magic of Dahl while also keeping young audiences well and truly captivated.  So if you’re looking for a fun school holiday activity, this is it. Tickets for Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers at Riverside Theatres are on sale now, and prices start at $26. Discounted member and concession tickets are also available. For more booking information, head to the website.

Jurassic Lounge: Heroes

Jurassic Lounge: Heroes

Hands up if you’re ready to let loose and have a good time? Of course you are! After a three-year hiatus Jurassic Lounge is back on June 18, bigger and better than ever before. And this year’s theme is a goodie: heroes. It’s officially time to dust off your Buzz Lightyear outfit, pull out the Superman cape or freshen up your Elsa dress. But the hero theme doesn’t necessarily mean you need to look like you stepped off the set of a Marvel film, it can also include sporting legends (think Ash Barty) or everyday heroes like frontline workers. Get creative and have fun with it! The line-up of performers include Soul of Sydney DJs (who will be spinning funk, jazz and roller boogie tunes well into the night), plus some of Sydney’s most fabulous drag queens. Scientific illustrator Celia Curtis will be on-hand to teach you how to sketch specimens from the museum’s very own collection, while a team of leading scientists from Improv Theatre Sydney will be attempting an autopsy of a T-rex – you know, normal party shenanigans. There will also be face painting, sideshow antics, immersive experiences, a pop-up bar and plenty of dancing. The exclusive Jurassic World by Brickman® exhibition will be open to explore, and if you’re feeling particularly daring you can brave the Mutant Barnyard – Australia’s largest collection of authentic freak animals. This is an 18+ event and tickets are $25, or $20 if you’re an Australian Museum member. Purchase your ticket online and you can also use your Dis

Australian Made Week

Australian Made Week

Following on from the huge success of last year’s inaugural campaign (which prompted more than 70 per cent of Aussies to increase their efforts to prioritise local product purchases), Australian Made Week is back to support makers and growers from around the country, as well as safeguard against access and supply issues highlighted by the pandemic. Running from June 6-12, Australian Made Week is the only initiative of its kind, and is especially crucial in this post-pandemic world where buying locally sourced products is more important than ever. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the hardworking and interesting people behind the 4,200-plus businesses that consider their Australian Made certification as a badge of honour. There’s a feel-good factor involved too, that comes with the knowledge ​​you’re making socially, economically and environmentally responsible purchasing decisions with far-reaching benefits. This year’s ambassador is cook, lawyer, TV presenter and author, Adam Liaw. He’s incredibly passionate about encouraging consumers to seek out and buy genuine products bearing the trusted green-and-gold kangaroo logo. “We are absolutely spoilt for choice in Australia as we have the best products in the world, manufactured and grown to the highest standards right here in our own backyard,” he says. “COVID reminded all of us that we need to think and buy local – and move away from reliance on imported goods – if we’re going to have manufacturing self-sufficiency and rel

Jim Beam Welcome Sessions

Jim Beam Welcome Sessions

​​Live music is officially back, baby! And to celebrate, Jim Beam is bringing its world-renowned Welcome Sessions back to Australia with three intimate gigs that are set to thrill music lovers.  Local sensations Flight Facilities, Client Liaison and the Veronicas will star in Jim Beam’s 2022 Australian Welcome Sessions, with fans invited to come along and see their favourite artists, enjoy a delicious drink, soak up the good vibes and praise the power of live music. The Harbour City iteration will take place at the Rooftop Sydney on June 11 (that’s the Saturday of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend – the perfect weekend for a live music sesh with your mates, if you ask us). Flight Facilities – the electronic duo behind dancefloor bangers such as ‘Crave You’ and ‘Clair De Lune’ – will take to the stage with an electrifying DJ set that is sure to get the crowd hyped up. To complement the tunes, there will be refreshing Jim Beam drinks – best enjoyed while soaking up the afternoon rays or admiring the epic views. If an arvo of beats and bevs with one of Australia’s hottest live music acts sounds like your type of thing, then you’re in luck – you can score one of 50 double passes to this exclusive event by going to the website and sharing in 25 words or less your most memorable live music moment. Easy, right? You bet. And because live music is something to be enjoyed by all, the Jim Beam Welcome Sessions will also travel to Brisbane on July 16 (with indie pop duo Client Liaison pl

Walking Through a Songline

Walking Through a Songline

Songlines are navigational tracks that map the routes of ancestral spirits as they travel across Australia, creating the land and its people. They carry stories, laws, values and knowledge, and are central to the world view of Aboriginal Australians. Open now at the Museum of Sydney, Walking Through a Songline is a spectacular digital art installation with deep cultural connections. Featuring swirling beams of light set against a chorus of sound, the work invites you to immerse yourself in a space where paintings come to life, stories are visualised and ancient knowledge is shared in a striking and artistic way.  As you follow in the footsteps of the Seven Sisters – a Dreamtime story of forbidden love, daring escapes and familial bonds – the culturally charged display will recreate the feeling of walking through a songline. You’ll surrender your understanding of time and space, and watch on in wonder as this ancient narrative comes to life through new technology. Walking Through a Songline is open Thursday through to Sunday until July 17 at the Museum of Sydney. You can enjoy free entry to the museum (including admission to this exhibition) on Fridays 5pm-8pm and every weekend until June 30. For more information, head to the website.

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Today it begins: Tel Aviv's Ferrarelle Pizza Fest 2019 is underway

Today it begins: Tel Aviv's Ferrarelle Pizza Fest 2019 is underway

Five days, five chef-made pizzas: Tomer Agai, Yuval Ben Neriah, Avi Biton, Haim Cohen and Tom Aviv will fly you to Naples without ever moving off the couch. We're here to help you choose what to eat Prepare some space in your bellies, gear up your WOLT apps, and get ready for a delicious chef pizza session as part of the first virtual pizza fest - beginning today. You don't have to dress up, get out of the house or pretend you're having fun at a meaningless social event. Ferrarelle Pizza Fest, in collaboration with the WOLT app, is launching the first urban and virtual version of the traditional Naples pizza festival. Tel Aviv's pizza lovers and their friends will be able to order any of the special pizzas available in selective, limited batches each day starting at 6 p.m. In addition to a gorgeous delivery person with a blue T shirt and a hot pizza tray with bubbling cheese, you will also receive a bottle of fresh Ferrarelle water to enhance the experience for only NIS 59. So what's on the menu? Avi Biton (Cafe Popular): A Fricassee pizza with tuna toppings, arisa, hot peppers and mozzarella cheese. Avi Biton © Shani Brill Tom Aviv (Coco Bambino): White pizza with sugary figs, caramelized leeks, arugula leaves, mozzarella, pine nuts and balsamic sauce. Tom Aviv © Shani Brill Haim Cohen (Yaffo Tel Aviv): Şanlıurfa Pizza that is a kind of Lahmacun with a Neapolitan upgrade of kebab chips, eggplant, tomatoes and caramelized onions. Haim Cohen © Shani Brill Tomer Agai (

HaTahinia is a new eatery dedicated to the humble sesame paste we all know and love

HaTahinia is a new eatery dedicated to the humble sesame paste we all know and love

Head to Levinsky Market for your tehina fix Advertorial Content This recently opened gem of Israeli and kosher home-cooking is helmed by Chef Yonatan Berrebi, who puts the normally humble staple of tehina at the forefront of his dishes. After graduating from the Cordon Bleu in Paris, Chef Berrebi went on to work at the famous Jules Verne Paris located at the Eiffel tower, before he decided to return to his beloved city of Tel Aviv. On his home turf, he ran kitchens from FauchonTLV to Liliyot, and more. Although studying classic French cuisine, Chef Berrebi was always more fascinated with simple food, spices, casual serving style and a general laid-back atmosphere. So it is not surprising that he fell in love with the Levinsky Market, where he opened HaTahinia. © Natali Issahary With the opening, his hope of walking out from behind the kitchen doors and creating a place where the cooking and preparation happen in front of his guests, creating a conversation between cook and guest, is already expected from his regulars. It is not uncommon to find Chef Berrebi preparing an off-the-menu dish for a guest. At HaTahinia, patrons will find no tables, only a wide bar surrounding the place, with an open kitchen in the middle, above a neon sign that states ‘Be Joyous’ because the atmosphere is an integral part of the place (and that is also why it will probably only be a few moments from the time you sit down to the time you will be offered a shot of the house ouzo or Arak). The menu

Tailored to Perfection: Tailor Made is One of Tel Aviv's Nightlife Gems

Tailored to Perfection: Tailor Made is One of Tel Aviv's Nightlife Gems

Promotional Content Hidden behind a small passageway, this unexpected resto-bar is a complete secret to most of the passersby bustling through the chaos of Allenby Street, one of Tel Aviv's main thoroughfares. © Idan Razon     Celebrataing its 6th anniversary, Tailor Made was one of the first cocktail bars to open in the city, ushering in a trend that shows no sign of stopping. With an interior that harkens back to the old school 1950s, including vintage décor and tasteful detailing lining the walls with colorful, well-preserved ceramic tiles from the British Mandate to spice up the flooring, Tailor Made is as well-kept as its patrons - a constant stream of classy Tel Avivians, dressed to the nines. Complete with an outdoor courtyard lit up with twinkling lights, and several indoor spaces, each a world of their own, Tailor Made is the place to sit back with an upscale cocktail and a delicious meal. The bar’s owners keep a low profile, ensuring a word-of-mouth  clientele – that only adds to the exclusivity of the place. Boasting two comprehensive bars and a private VIP area, the weekends are full to capacity, but nightly DJs and weekly live performances keep the regular days of the week just as happening. Be forewarned, Tailor Made is not the place for a vodka Red Bull. Appealing to both male and female night owls, the bar specializes in creating artisanal cocktails. With all syrups made in-house, fresh garnishes and incredible fruit-infused drinks, the bar offers a host of

This gastrobar is one of Tel Aviv's best-kept undercover gems

This gastrobar is one of Tel Aviv's best-kept undercover gems

Promotional Content   One of the hidden gems of Tel Aviv is the all-encompassing rooftop experience of Suramare which begins from the minute you walk into an unassuming building’s industrial sub-level and take in the mini-exhibitions and video art on the walls, leading the way to your elevator ride up to the 10th floor.   © Amnon Horesh Here, you will discover a true culinary bar experience with an olive tree in the middle of a sophisticated urban garden, surrounded by a buzzing evening scene and gorgeous 360 views of the entire city. A live DJ every night sets the tone, whether you’re seeking a fun-filled night hanging with friends – or a romantic date coupled with innovative cocktail crafting and food that is always on point. © Amnon Horesh   The menu has fresh seafood, meat dishes, vegan options, and more, all made of the freshest local fare. Opt for the hot pizzas made on the spot from the wood-burning ovens or fish tacos, calamari a la plancha, or the unmissable Panzanella salad with fresh mozzarella and juicy cherry tomatoes. The bar reveals a super imaginative and detail-oriented cocktail list with options like the Cinco De Mayo with El Jimador, passion fruit, and triple sec, the Tropic Spice cocktail with chili-infused vodka, mango, and lime, or the Charlie Chaplin with Jack Daniel’s,  cloves, honey, and lemon. © Amnon Horesh It’s an ideal spot for a night on the town filled with fun, energy, excellent food, and cocktails to match! In the spirit of keeping this

A scenic atmosphere and hand-crafted cocktails? Esperanto is a Tel Avivian summer haven

A scenic atmosphere and hand-crafted cocktails? Esperanto is a Tel Avivian summer haven

Promotional Content   This summer fling shows up during the sunny months to serve up magical cocktails with a stunning view of the coastline and the sunset as your backdrop. Located next to the Carlton Hotel, this is the place to take in the beach from every angle while sipping on crafted cocktails with a sexy vibe – whether in casual beach wear or dressed to the nines.   © Amnon Horesh Packed with beautiful people, a live DJ at peak hours, and with the lingering aroma of the sea, Esperanto will keep you smiling as you nibble on creative kosher bites derived from local, seasonal ingredients. Order a selection of mezze like the tahini with spicy salsa, the house-made tzatziki, or the beetroot soaked bulgar with herbs and feta cheese. Don’t miss their version of arancini, crispy risotto balls filled with creamy labneh or the ceviche with goat’s milk yogurt. The cocktail list is always creative with options like Popsea, adult popsicles made of sauvignon blanc, Tanqueray gin, cinnamon pears, and berries all served on a stick or the Havier Pina made of Captain Morgan Black spiced rum, coconut, fresh pineapple and roasted caramelized pineapple. © Amnon Horesh   The scene is always happening with a dynamic, effervescent vibe and a friendly staff to welcome guests, but those in the know start the evening at 6:30 pm to witness the magical view while taking in the bustling beats and the exceptional vibe of Tel Aviv by night. Esperanto is a bonafide hotspot that hits all the hig

Go Cuckoo for this lively gastrobar at the intersection between art, culture, and gastronomy

Go Cuckoo for this lively gastrobar at the intersection between art, culture, and gastronomy

Promotional Content   Located in Shuk Hapishpeshim, Jaffa’s hip, bohemian flea market, discover this gastrobar that is an intersection between art, culture, and gastronomy – and a must-see spot for a night out in Jaffa. At its entrance, guests are greeted by a vintage shop with a plethora of knick-knacks and gems that can’t be found anywhere else, reminding patrons of their childhood days. This bar and food hub is made up of several different rooms, each representing a piece of the puzzle in this intersection between creativity and curiosity. On each floor guests discover another scene, so you can tailor your visit to your mood – from a spacious and rustic gallery to a roomy bar to a lively urban rooftop or a second hand shop functioning as a hub for art, live shows, poetry slams, and more. © Tamir Davidov Art lovers will love the exhibits, shows, and interactive workshops along with the pleasure of a new discovery with every visit. Take in the live DJ sets and Jaffa's eclectic party scene as you indulge in an incredible selection of local, seasonal fare inspired by both local culinary traditions and global delicacies alike – all paired with an extensive cocktail list brimming with creativity.   © Tamir Davidov On the menu, you’ll find a vast selection of dishes for sharing: grab the must-try crunchy labneh balls with tomato and eggplant or the fish knafe, an Arab pastry made of intricate noodle threads, broccoli cream, and pistachios. The adrenaline-pumping atmosphere, d

Istria-based Alpha Luxe Group is pioneering luxury real estate in Croatia

Istria-based Alpha Luxe Group is pioneering luxury real estate in Croatia

With "Luxury in all things" as its slogan, Alpha Luxe Group not only talks the talk, but walks the walk - right down the well-landscaped pathway of any one of the luxury properties on its impressive repertoire. Founded in early 2019 and based in Istria, Alpha Luxe Group is a real estate agency offering high-quality services to sellers, buyers and renters alike. The agency is helmed by dynamite brother-sister duo, Robert Budimir and Marijana Budimir.   Courtesy of Alpha Luxe Group   Robert Budimir is the CEO of Alpha Luxe Group.   Courtesy of Alpha Luxe Group   Marijana Budimir is an agent and legal expert at Alpha Luxe Group. This first-rate brokerage company offers an A-Z range of real estate services, its team consisting of agents, attorneys, architects, marketers and other experts. Whether you're a foreign or Croatian citizen, expect an approach tailor-made to your needs. How does Alpha cater to foreign citizens? If you're not a citizen but have or wish to obtain property in beautiful Croatia - no one blames you there - Alpha is here to ensure you make the most of your time while avoiding unnecessary costs. Services personalised for foreign citizens include: Consultation on your action plan, with analysis of your needs and budget Showing your property to potential buyers Providing certified court interpreter translation services Providing expert lawyer-led management and preparation of all documentation - including legal registration of property rights with the Croa

Croatia's 'island of vitality' opens itself to restorative weekends aimed at men

Croatia's 'island of vitality' opens itself to restorative weekends aimed at men

Losinj Hotels & Villas' award-winning Hotel Bellevue is launching a restorative weekend getaway aimed at men. The five-star hotel is the brand's principle wellness resort and holds the famous Bellevue Spa Clinic, which was just renovated in 2018. Located in Čikat Bay, the complex will play host the men's health and wellness weekend between October 4 and 6. In addition to the usual wellness treatments available from Bellevue Spa Clinic, the weekend offers a specially constructed calendar of event and activities specially designed to interest, destress and relax a male clientele. There will be a welcome dinner at the hotel's fusion restaurant Matsunoki, which combines Japanese and Mediterranean foods. On the weekend's second day, attendees will be offered the chance to experience some of the natural beauty of the island with a selection of outdoor activities including FootNet, SUP, kayaking and much more in the natural embrace of the island. Lunch will be served by the waterside and will be comprised of local wines and Mediterranean specialities. In the afternoon, guests will take their pick of treatments at the Bellevue Spa before that evening's seafood-based dinner at the hotel's sister property, the nearby Boutique Hotel Alhambra which will have a theatrical cabaret theme and will be followed by cognac and cigars at Villa Augusta. On Sunday, a hiking tour around Čikat Bay concludes the weekend. The two-night Gentlemen's Getaway Weekend starts from EUR 351.00 per person (appr

Lošinj's Hotel Bellevue celebrates art and beauty at an exclusive pop-up exhibition

Lošinj's Hotel Bellevue celebrates art and beauty at an exclusive pop-up exhibition

Lošinj Hotels & Villas has announced an exciting new pop-up exhibition at the five-star Hotel Bellevue, a collaboration with leading galleries and curators Josip Konta Art Studio, Galerija Libar Gallery and Patrizio Contemporary Gallery. This autumn season, from September 28 to October 5 2019, guests at the luxurious hotel can experience the rejuvenating 'Art & Beauty' package which offers exclusive access to a curated collection by iconic artists including pop-art icon Andy Warhol and a visit to the Croatian Apoxyomenos, one of the world's best-preserved ancient Greek statues - plus art-inspired treatments at the Bellevue Spa Clinic. Launching on September 28 with an opening reception, the gallery open daily from 10am until 6pm for one week and offers guests the opportunity to meet with prominent curator Goran Margeta and international art dealer and historian Dr. Marco Antonio Patrizio. The pop-up exhibition is the collaboration between academic sculptor and painter Josip Konta, one of the most prominent names of the contemporary Croatian art scene; Croatian art gallery Galerija Libar and art advisor and collector Dr Marco Antonio Patrizio. Visitors can see works from domestic and international artists Julie Knifer, Getulio Alviani, Piero Gilardi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Bernard Aubertin, Giorgio de Chirico, Andy Warhol, Edo Murtic, Ivan Picelj and many more. The hotel's award-winning Bellevue Spa Clinic will also feature a dedicated menu of pampering treatments inspired by famou

Hotel Bellevue celebrates Lošinj's indigenous plantlife with new aromatherapy retreat

Hotel Bellevue celebrates Lošinj's indigenous plantlife with new aromatherapy retreat

Lošinj Hotels & Villas’ flagship Hotel Bellevue has launched a hands-on aromatherapy workshop retreat, teaching guests about the therapeutic benefits of Lošinj’s fragrant plants. The retreat offers a rare glimpse into the art of essential oil distillation to the extraction of oils to create beautifully scented aromatherapy products to take home. Guests also enjoy detox treatments at the Bellevue Spa Clinic; prepare gourmet delicacies using the finest Mediterranean ingredients; go on hiking expeditions around the island and visit Lošinj’s Garden of Fine Scents.  The island of Lošinj has long been recognised for its restorative properties. For over 120 years, visitors have enjoyed its Mediterranean microclimate and abundant nature. This reputation owes much to the vision of Croatian Professor and Botanist Ambroz Haračić, who planted over 80,000 Aleppo pines and 500 Avenue trees in the first year of a major afforestation programme in 1886, and 300,000 seedlings every year to follow.   The islands are home to over 1,200 herb species; 939 of these are indigenous, while about 80 were introduced by the islands’ famous globetrotting sailors - including Mexican cacti and agave, Indian figs, Japanese medlar and eucalyptus. 230 of the plant species are noted for their medicinal benefits. The new four-day retreat encourages guests to harness the therapeutic properties of the island’s natural bounty. The journey begins at local pine forests of Čikat Bay. Back in the gardens of the Bellev

Advertorial: a taste of timeless Zagreb

Advertorial: a taste of timeless Zagreb

ADVERTORIAL Experience bygone grandeur and contemporary comfort at Palace Hotel. A city of one million inhabitants, as with any metropolis, the face of modern Zagreb changes year after year. But deep in the heart of the capital, time moves more slowly. The grand facades of Austro-Hungarian architecture found here were built to last. They offer a flavour of Zagreb as it was when the city was a key cultural and administrative hub of the Habsburg empire. Having welcomed the upper echelons of Habsburg-era society since 1907, the Palace Hotel offers a luxurious taste of Zagreb as it once was. Located in the prettiest part of the city, overlooking the splendour of the three glorious parks which have impressed visitors for over 200 years, you couldn't be better placed to discover the delights of Zagreb, both old and new. Hotel Palace © Ivan Zovko Fully renovated and containing everything you'd expect from a modern premium hotel, each of the Palace's bright 123 rooms carefully balances the old and the new, where modern facilities complement the antique-style furniture. Elaborate stairways and walkways bridged by stained glass concave roofs provide a visual theatre as impressive to today's city break visitors as it was to the high society of yesteryear. Lit by chandeliers, the ornate wooden flooring of the hotel's cafe and bistro are perhaps the best place in the city to sample Zagreb as it once was. There you can relax on antique furniture after a meeting in one of the hotel's confe

Konoba Didov san: from Imotski with love

Konoba Didov san: from Imotski with love

Everyone recognises Croatian cuisine from holiday snaps; excellent, simply cooked fish like sea bass and sea bream, grilled squid oozing with cheese, delicate scallops, cuttlefish risotto coloured black with squid ink and juicy prawns, all served with lemon and the freshest salads before a sea view. What could be better? Well, in truth, few things could be better than the traditional seaside menus of Dalmatia and Istria. But that doesn't mean there isn't any room for improvement. And the menu of inland Dalmatia might just be the next step up. Preparing peka  Travel a few kilometres inland, breaking the back of the Dinaric Alps which run down the coastline, and you'll enter a part of Dalmatia which is completely different to the shoreline. Greener, with an at-times slightly cooler climate, spectacular mountain views and freedom from the noise, rush and bustle of tourists, inland Dalmatia is one of the regions of the country least discovered by international visitors. Its cuisine is similarly overlooked, which is regrettable because inland Dalmatia has one of the richest and most varied menus in southern Europe. Why should the food of this little-visited region be so good? Well, its close proximity to the sea ensures that all of the freshest seafood you can get on the coast is also available here. But, in addition to the traditional offer, inland Dalmatia also has the terrain and links to continental Croatia to make some very special additions. Peka Dishes cooked with wild meat