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Things to do in Sydney this week
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Things to do in Sydney this week

It's a mega week with the return of the Night Markets at Carriageworks, a feast of controversial talks at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Fringe Festival kicks off, and we give a rib-crushing hug to spring.

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The best high tea in Sydney
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The best high tea in Sydney

Sydney is obsessed with high tea, and with good reason – we do some seriously good baking in this here city. Here's our hotlist of venues for tea, scones, petits fours and civilised conversation. 

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The best healthy breakfasts in Sydney
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The best healthy breakfasts in Sydney

When you go out for breakfast it can be hard not to go straight for the brisket waffles. But for those days when you’re not nursing a hangover, here are the breakfasts you order that won’t make you feel guilty for the rest of the day. Here are Sydney’s eight best healthy breakfasts, none of which, you’ll be glad to hear, compromise on flavour.

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The best first date bars in Sydney
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The best first date bars in Sydney

No one is saying first dates are easy – there’s the reasonable fear you might insult them, bore them or that they may turn out to be secret racists. And it’s worse still if you think you might like them – so many expectations to manage. Do yourself a favour and pick a location for that first meeting that matches your vibe, be it low key and local or a litmus test for how they feel about the things you love best – namely wine.

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The best desserts in Sydney
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The best desserts in Sydney

We don’t know about you, but dinner ain’t dinner for us without dessert. Sometimes it’s a bowl of silky, melting gelato, or it could be a maple syrup-drenched pudding or a good old fashioned passionfruit pav. Damn it, sometimes it’s an ornate plate of food made to look just like the brittle twigs on the forest floor (that’s when we’ve got the coin to get into Sepia). Regardless, it’s the traditional way to finish a meal, and we intend to keep up that tradition for as long as our waistbands can take it.

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The best burgers in Sydney
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The best burgers in Sydney

What could be more perfect than finely ground meat placed between two sweet slices of bread with cheese and pickles? Nothing, that's what. Whether you like them stacked to the nines, fat-rich and salty, veggie or vegan, here are the best burgers in Sydney.

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Competitions and announcements

Vote in the Food Awards People's Choice

Vote in the Food Awards People's Choice

It's time to get your critic's hat on! Our People's Choice Awards are back and bigger than ever.

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Who won the Sydney Battle of the Burger?
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Who won the Sydney Battle of the Burger?

Sydney, you guys take your burgers very seriously. We've seen pitched battles all over the internet over whose patties are juiciest, whose buns are fluffiest and whose condiment selection trumps whose? And so we decided to settle the question of who is making Sydney's best burger once and for all with the inaugural Time Out Battle of the Burger in association with Tooth's Pale Ale.  Who would go head to head in a mighty cook-off came down to you, dear readers. You nominated your favourite burgermeisters in the city and then voted for the top four. Those ground beef grillers then gathered at the Public House Petersham for the showdown where 200 Time Out readers gathered as the judging panel. It was a sold out event and each of those precious tickets meant you got half a burger from every contestant (you needed to be really hungry for this event) and an open bar pouring glass steins of refreshing Tooth's pale ale. There were sweet tunes from Sydney's AUX JAX, selfies and personalised gifs from Fotobox and live street art demonstrations from Work-Shop.  In the first round Pub Life Kitchen went head to head with Burgers by Josh. Pub Life were grilling their specialty salt-aged beef patties that they make from beef they've farmed themselves. They went for the classic cheeseburger for their battle burger. Burgers by Josh were using two different cuts of beef for their patty, along with house-pickled jalapeños, extra-crisp bacon and a potato bun.  Round two saw Bar Luca bring the

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Short getaways

Guide to Wellington
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Guide to Wellington

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Fleurieu Peninsula travel guide
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Fleurieu Peninsula travel guide

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Staycations in Sydney
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Staycations in Sydney

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Things to do in Uluru
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Things to do in Uluru

 

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Short weekend getaways from Sydney
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Short weekend getaways from Sydney

 

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Gloria

Gloria

Writer and director Benedict Andrews (The Maids; The War of the Roses) is premiering his new play at Sydney's home of new writing, Griffin Theatre Company.  Reuniting Andrews with stage and screen actress Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King), Gloria follows a famous actress as she prepares for her latest role: playing the survivor of a sadistic crime.  Dusseldorp will lead an ensemble of eight that includes Meyne Wyatt, Chloe Bayliss and Huw Higginson, wrangled by Griffin's artistic director, Lee Lewis. 

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Mercy

In collaboration with Bell Shakespeare and commemorating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, FODI (Festival of Dangerous Ideas) presents Mercy – a panel and performance inspired by the iconic playwright’s The Merchant of Venice. In a reimagination of the 16th century courtroom scene, Mercy brings together both performers and academics to discuss the contemporary relevance and timelessness of human dilemmas such as mercy, justice and the law. By exploring these universal concepts, the panel will question whether our obsession with ‘justice’ blinds us from realising the potential for something better. The esteemed panel includes philosopher and author A.C. Grayling; South Sudanese child soldier-turned-lawyer Deng Adut; Shakespeare scholar and renowned feminist Germaine Greer and former High Court judge and human rights activist Michael Kirby. Performers include John Bell, James Evans, Andrea Demetriades, Brian Lipson, Damien Strouthos and Jacob Warner.

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The Bank Hotel gets a charcoal barbecue
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The Bank Hotel gets a charcoal barbecue

The Bank in Newtown has been a drawing crowds to the Inner West for decades. These guys know how to throw a party. Now the Bank is unveiling a new charcoal barbecue to have pride of place in the venue’s famous beer garden. It will be operated by a new head chef, Zac Smart (SoCal in Neutral Bay), who has devised a fresh menu based around the flavours emparted by barbecue techniques. But don’t expect the American style of barbecue that’s all too familiar to Sydney pub goers. Smart is more interested in the Latin American side of the equation, with flavours like house-made chimichurri and romesco sauce, chancaca and chillies. The menu features dishes such as cauliflower and spiced yoghurt; octopus and romesco; and half chicken and ancho, which are all cooked over charcoal. Small plates such as barbecue corn, tomatillo salsa and manchego, and the piquillo peppers with mushrooms and pinto beans, round out the dining experience. Try the new menu at the open launch party in the beer garden on Wednesday August 31, 6-8pm. Cocktails and food samples will be available and DJ Gonzo will be spinning the tunes. It’s also an opportunity to check out the beer garden’s design tweaks which channel a back-lane party vibe, with art by Sydney artist Lauren Webster.

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Corbett & Claude opens at Rhodes Waterside
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Corbett & Claude opens at Rhodes Waterside

Brisbane pizza and cocktail legends Corbett & Claude have opened their first Sydney restaurant at Rhodes Waterside shopping centre. The newly opened restaurant joins the ever-growing list of cuisine retailers in the centre’s emerging food precinct. Focused on shared food in a relaxed atmosphere, Corbett & Claude serve delicious small plates (think grilled haloumi with peach-muscatel chutney and crisp chicken with chipotle aioli), gourmet pizza (all the classics and many more), pan-fried linguine and gnocchi, salad and of course, dessert. They’re also the first on-site bar at Rhodes Waterside, so you now have a place to drink away your buyer’s remorse and put your feet up after shopping til you drop. Choose from 12 on-tap craft beers (including C&C’s very own house lager) and an impressive selection of cocktails including C&C’s Winter Elixir (pampero blanco rum, peach and pear liqueur, ginger, mint and fresh lemon) and Mr Claude Espresso Martini (allpress espresso, liqueur 43, Kahlua and Ketel One vodka). Corbett & Claude join Lilly’s Espresso and Cucina, Mama’s Wok, Rhodes Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, Ribs & Burgers, Smokkim Korean BBQ, and many more.

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