Let’s do Brunch @ the Winston

Are you keen for bottomless brunch in the Hills? Grab your friends and family and head to the Winston Hills hotel for an amazing 2 course meal, supplemented by bottomless Aurelia Prosecco or Mimosas for 2 hours. The Winston hotel is a great function space and really suits these sorts of events. We’ve enjoyed a few before such as the cocktail Masterclass and know they do host a good event!

Food on offer as part of this 2 course brunch includes the ever popular Smashed avocado with smoked salmon, poached egg, homemade hollandaise and pickled capers on toasted Rye.

The second course is a delectable Belgian waffle with honey whipped cream, fresh berries and fruit syrup. A mimosa is perfect to accompany this sweet dish.

The brunch service begins at 11.30am

Bookings are essential and available at a cost of $65 pp via http://bit.ly/thewinstonbrunch

The Winston Hotel
170 Caroline Chisholm Drive
Winston Hills, NSW 2153 Australia

 

Whisky trail western NSW, visit Craft works distillery

Austalia has received world wide recognition for producing quality whiskies. There is also a notable community of Australians enjoying the magic of this incredibly complex distilled elixir. Through this community we have met an aspiring and inspiring individual affectionately known as Crafty. Well known within the Australian whisky scene and well recognised by his trademark brimless docker cap. Aspiring to follow his dream of becoming a master distiller in his own distillery, this self proclaimed apprentice distiller is well on his way. Inspiring others through his determination to achieve his dream, Crafty has chosen to follow his passion and has put in the hard work, surrounding himself with many great mentors from the Australian whisky scene. Sourcing and using quality local ingredients and equipment to craft his product.

Our our way to celebrate world whisky day at Blackgate distillery, we hit the Western NSW whisky trail and stopped in to see Crafty and follow his progress and check out his distillery in the town of Capertee. The distillery in a great location, only 2.5 hrs from Sydney, just beyond the Blue Mountains between Lithgow and Mudgee. Another plus, it is at the back of a pub, the Capertee hotel. Grab a room, stay the night and enjoy a quality pub feed. Oh and there is also a microbrewery at the back of the pub.

Crafty was busily working away as we arrived late on the Friday afternoon and we were happy to throw on some old clothes, offer our assistance and learn about the whisky making process. It was a great experience to help Crafty with his work, which is pretty much beer and the start of producing his spirit. The process is started by milling the malted barley sourced from local producer Voyager, with a secret mix of grain going into the mix. Milling the grain was hard yakka, lifting and pouring multiple 25kg bags into the mill.

Next up, it is a real life version of tetris, re-arranging the distillery to fit the mash ton. When the water hit the right temperature, we worked quickly to pump the water from the still into the mash ton then added the milled malt and began stirring it through. Then ran the liquid through the condensers to cool it down.

A hard earned thirst, our efforts were rewarded with a tasting of his product. The tasting included the just Derek, his independent bottling, the juice aged in a cask coopered in Seppeltfield South Australia, an American Oak barrel, sherry cask. We also tried an Eau de Vie, Crafty had produced in collaboration with a Mudgee winery.

Then we tried some of his tasty new project, the Tyrian Cask, spirit Crafty distilled, 12 months old and well on its journey to become Crafty’s first whisky made from his own spirit. The name Tyrian in reference to his past life in the printing industry. A dram with delicious mocha chocolate notes, salted caramel and spice. We can’t wait to come back to this, once it completes its time ageing in the barrel, a minimum of two years to be called a whisky.

On the way out we also purchased a bottle of his award winning independent bottling: Black soul beast. This dark mysterious dram aged in port cask claiming a few international awards, this fuelling and encouraging Crafty to continue to forge ahead, with his dream well within reach. We encourage you to support this local artisan, pay a visit to Capertee Hotel and the Craft Works distillery. Crafty is a friendly character and will be more than happy to share his dream, show you his craft and share a dram.

Crafty Works Distillery

Gotcha Fresh Tea

At Gotcha Fresh tea, you’ll find super dooper fresh and delicious tea, so fresh, they brew the tea on the spot before making your flavoured selections and they even make their own tea leaves via their own tea plantation in Taiwan. Picking the tea leaves every morning makes them super juicy, and hence why you’re trying such a a fresh drink.

Coming to you from Taiwan and their subsequent success in Melbourne, they’ve just opened in Sydney in China Town at 1 Dixon St and due to open another store in World Square. We headed in to try a range of the fresh teas.

We tried the following:

Black Medlar Collagen – very refreshing! Hopefully we’ll be a bit younger after this!

Gotcha signature fresh tea – another drink great for a hot day or to quench that thirst. Flavoured with fresh fruits like oranges and strawberries

Black sugar fresh milk – this was our personal favourite. Sweet and super delicious with a good amount of bubbles in it

Strawberry macchiato – this was also awesome! Would totally order this again! A nice sweet strawberry drink topped with a creamy milk

There’s so many flavours, like durian, taro, charcoal, matcha, passion fruit and more. It’s quite hard to choose! This can only mean one thing, we’ll be back!

It’s a quality tea experience with lovely staff and a fun vibe to the store.

Gotcha Fresh Tea

1 Dixon Street

Haymarket, Sydney

Vividly Chandon @ love.fish Barangaroo

Right down near the wharf at Barangaroo, it’s an area where it’s easy to catch a ferry, check out the Sydney nightlife and enjoy a meal at the waters edge.

love.fish is a seafood restaurant located at this Barangaroo precinct. It is a casual eatery and has a superb menu celebrating Australia’s quality seafood options. Simple food prepared extraordinarily well.

During the Vivid light display, love.fish have collaborated with Chandon to create an intimate pop-up bar to celebrate. Fitting with the light concept, they have created a range of cocktails, sparkling with bubbles and colour!

They have put together a couple of super interesting cocktails featuring Chandon, including:

GOLDEN WATTLE: Chandon Blanc de Blancs, marionette apricot brandy, castanga Bianca, cucumber and cardamom

LILY PILY: a cosmic royal blend of Chandon S bitter orange, marionette blackberry liquor, Seppeltsfield apera, and a splash of cranberry

DESERT ROSE: a delicious citrus bouquet, floral notes created with Chandon brut rose, marionette orange curaçao, maidenii, sweet vermouth, grapefruit lemon thyme

All the drinks feature a bright lit up swizzle stick in keeping with the VIVID theme.

You can grab a meal from love.fish, whether it be a bunch of snacks which the pop up bar serves or you can have food from the full menu too. We enjoyed oysters, tuna crudo on a betel leaf, salt and pepper calamari and wild red spot crispy whiting and chips over a few of the above mentioned drinks.

A great place to get quality food, refreshing drinks and check out the VIVID lights

We recommend arriving around to take in the sunset before the light show starts. We hope you enjoy!

LOVE.FISH

7/23 Barangaroo Ave

Wulugul Walk

Barangaroo NSW 2000

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Meatstock

Meatstock is held annually around the country and pays homage to all things meat and BBQ. The Sydney event was held at Sydney Olympic Park, which was well suited to this epic meat and BBQ festival.

There were many purveyors of top produce, including meat, sauces, rubs and much more. There was also plenty of quality hardware on display, and for sale including BBQ’s, grills and utensils including some cool Viking inspired gear from the people at Mjolner.

More importantly, there was plenty of mouth-watering food to sample along with refreshments. There were also many demonstrations running throughout the day and also the BBQ competition too.We scored a ticket from the guys at the Whisky List, one of our favourite websites at the moment, check them out! This site helps you find the best priced whisky in Australia.

Anyway, we were lucky enough to have a pass that gained access to the awesome Buffalo Trace installation, complete with plenty of refreshing cocktails and mixers. The guys at buffalo trace also teamed up with Flaming mongrels BBQ who expertly prepared a whole hog on the spit. The hog was cooked to perfection doing circle work above the hot coals, the spit giving the impression it was being turned by the wheels of a ute; the crackling beautifully crisp, the meat succulent and juicy, a definite highlight of Meatstock.We will definitely be back next year, an event not to be missed, add this to your calendar.

Meatstock

VIVID inspiring the Chroma dinner @ Mode Kitchen and Bar

With Vivid Sydney 2019 fast approaching, it is an exciting time of the year to be in Sydney. This gave us great pleasure to be a part of the launch of the Four Seasons Hotel Chroma Dinner Premiere.

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The Four Seasons are getting into the Vivid festive spirit by providing a unique culinary experience at their Mode Kitchen & Bar. The Chroma dinner includes a four course meal, with each dish designed to awaken the senses, and to take you on a culinary journey of colour, scent, sound and light. Inspired by the colours red, blue, green, they have been created to enhance the dining experience.

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As guests enter a newly created white room, you are suddenly transformed into a world of colour and a sensorial awakening. Prior to arriving to this dinner, the evening for us started in the Presidential Suite of the Four Seasons Hotel, and we were greeted with three rooms illuminated with the colours red, blue and green. The highlight room was the blue room with the spa bath filled with bottles of champagne, and glasses surrounding the rim of the tub, and overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House. A stunning hotel room with 360 degrees of the city, and we got to enjoy the room all whilst sipping wine and tasting some canapes.

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Following the walk around the Presidential suite, it was time for the dinner in the white room with the visual projections to enhance the food experience, by transporting guests into the middle of the jungle, under the reef or in a psychedelic world.

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The first course ‘fishing in the jungle’ (green) included the Hiramasa Kingfish with Aboriginal green ants, herbs chlorophyll and stracciatella. This came with a cocktail ‘green savannah jelly’

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The second course, the ‘reef promenade’ (blue), was served a spanner crab risotto, purple cabbage and scampi caviar. Brilliantly blue! Served with the Toji Junmai Ginjo cocktail

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The third course,  ‘The Devil’s Bath’ (red colour) included the ruby snapper with smoked strawberry gazpacho and radish. An absolutley delightful and beautifully presented dish, served with the ‘strawberry fields’ cocktail.

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Dessert, and certainly a highlight was the ‘sweet canvas’ –  this was white chocolate, vanilla and mandarin sphere served with blueberry, raspberry and pistachio which looked literally, like materials to create a work of art on the place, served with the ‘la vie’ cocktail.

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The chroma dining experience is available to try out during Vivid Sydney at the Mode Kitchen and Bar, from May 24th to June 15th at $145 per person

Blog written by contributor @where_do_i_eat_pete

Chroma Dinner

Mode Kitchen and Bar

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 Georges Street, The Rocks

NSW 2000

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Salt Beef Beigel’s @ Slyfox

Salt Beef Beigel has just opened at the SLYFOX in Enmore and they are serving an epic bite to eat using London’s infamous Brick Lane Beigel Bake recipe. If you haven’t been to London and are wanting to know what all the fuss is about, there is no better time than next week! There will be $1 Beigels from the 21st to 25th of May (usually $16) with the kitchen serving Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm onwards. Get in before they sell out!

Trust us, it is worth getting to Enmore to try this mouth-watering serving of classic slow cooked wagyu brisket on a beigel and a side serving of waffle fries along with one of the tasty dipping sauces.

If you are not meat inclined, there is also a chickpea crusted cauliflower beigel for vegetarians and vegans.

If that isn’t enough encouragement, the SLYFOX is also an entertainment venue, that frequently displays live music acts and stand up comedy shows. Enjoy a delicious beigel and settle in with a bevy, perhaps one of their cocktails, beer on tap, wine or something else.

Sly Fox

199 Enmore Road

Trail Hopper Hop on Hop off Tours, Adelaide

Do you plan on visiting Adelaide and are you looking to do some wine tours? We thoroughly suggest you do!

The hop on hop off tours offered by Trail Hoppers is the way to go. They are a great way to see the different regions surrounding Adelaide including; The Barossa Valley, McLarenvale the Adelaide Hills along, with the ever popular Hahndorf.

They run their wine tours a little differently, but this makes them better. The tour has a number of stops, and for the most part, they allow you to choose and provide flexibility.

The crew at trail hopper will pick you up from a city location right in front of the Stamford hotel. All you have to worry about is getting there on time and picking the places you would like to visit. They do run a tight ship so make sure you are ready for pick up at the specified time.

The Adelaide Hills wine tour was a great day out, touring the wineries of the area, with some great wine on offer, particularly Chardonnay. Shaw and Smith, and Petaluma were both highlights.

You will also of course need to eat along the way, with many wineries offering tasty platters of local produce. The tasting platter at Petaluma was particularly good and generously portioned.

If you are all wined out, you can also stop in the scenic German influenced town of Hahndorf. A great spot to stroll the streets, browsing the boutiques, visiting the local artisans or you can pop into one of the German restaurants or bars for a meal and or a drink.

The Barossa tour was also excellent, also with an Adelaide city pick up and also a pick up from the information centre in Tanunda. This tour is also very flexible, allowing you to choose the places you would like to visit. There are so many great wineries producing excellent wine in this region, particularly red varieties. St Hallet was a highlight, the ladies doing the tastings were lovely and very insightful with their product knowledge and the region. The red here was top knotch and what you would expect from the Barossa, a strong offering of shiraz.

On this tour you will also have the opportunity to visit Penfolds and can sample the famous grange for a fee, there is also a gin experience on site, and a craft beer pub, serving American style BBQ. The tour also allows the opportunity to visit Maggie Beer’s shop and sample her delights. A stroll around the heart of the Barossa, Tanunda is also available.

The hop on hop off tours are a great way to see the regions surrounding Adelaide. The flexibility of being able to select your itinerary sets trail hopper apart from the other tours. They have a good list of wineries to visit, with plenty of opportunity to have a nice meal along the way. As such, it is a highly recommended tour experience.
It is also super affordable at just $49 for a McLaren Vale or Adelaide Hills & Hahndorf tour, and $59 for our Barossa tour!

Book now!

Trail hopper

Dining and drinking – The Branksome

The Branksome Hotel, only only 1km from the airport is a great hotel for travellers, families and corporates alike. See our blog here for more details.

If you’re staying here, chances are you’ll need to eat and drink – you do that all here too. You can enjoy a meal at the restaurant, alfresco or order room service if you’d prefer to stay in. They’ve also got a huge rooftop bar where you can go for a few bites to eat and a drink or two.

Restaurant

Th Branksome has a restaurant and bar onsite, “Nate’s: east meets west dining” where we had both the buffet breakfast and dinner here.

The decor is bistro style with marbled tables and some Art Deco influences furniture.

The buffet offered cold and hot options; from fruit, cereal and cold deli items to western hot breakfast options such as scrambled eggs and sausages. You can also make pancakes and try a few baked goodies.

There’s a huge variety of loose leaf tea, coffee and juices to accompany your meal.

For dinner, we tried the new menu. The name of the restaurant is apt, since there are both eastern and western options. The food is quality and nicely presented. We shared three dishes including a Riverina Sirloin steak, Cooked to order and nicely seasoned. It came with a lovely jus and presented with julienne carrots and toast and sweet potatoes. This was a decent portion.

The quail was also a great choice, the tender meat was also flavoured superbly and served with similar sides to the steak.

Miso cod is also a favourite and the one here is particularly good, served with Hainanese rice and edamame beans. We really enjoyed this fish and it’s delicious glaze.

We were pretty full by this stage, but dessert wise, the sticky date pudding or deconstructed cheesecake would be our pick.

They have a good range of drinks on offer st the bar, including craft beer on tap, an extensive wine list and cocktails. The drinks are well priced and there’s also an early weekend happy hour.

Rooftop bar

They also have a lovely rooftop bar and outdoor terrace, perfect for an afternoon drink and you can also order food up there. Catch a glimpse of the amazing sunset with an unobstructed view stretching from the airport to the city skyline.

We enjoyed a networking event, which they have time to time, with heaps of food, drinks and live music.

IMG_6702.JPGThe space is large, so it could certainly host a number of events from parties to weddings or even fashion shows; it has a cool little stone walkway and plenty of tables and lounges to relax.

The Branksome Hotel & Residences

60 Robey Street

Mascot, NSW 202

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The Branksome Hotel and Residences – close to Sydney Airport

The Branksome Hotel and residences is a modern hotel, having been opened only a year, servicing plenty of travellers and corporate guests. It’s a great location as if you’re checking in from a flight, it’s only 1km from the airport. Probably not walking distance, but certainly a cheap cab fare.

If you’re looking for somewhere with plenty of facilities, then you’ve found your place to stay. They have 146 serviced apartments from studio – 3 bedrooms. This makes it ideal for families as well, since there are larger room options and amenities for children. You can find floor plans and images of the rooms on the hotel website.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with a lounge and dining area, fully equipped kitchen, with a coffee machine and an interior laundry. They also provide you with complimentary water.

It has a contemporary feel, with a range of technologies such as a digital concierge, and block out motorised blinds. If you’re working, there’s a study (and plenty of sockets for charging devices). You’ll receive complimentary wi Fi during your stay.

They also have an environmental conscience, encouraging you to re hang towels if you don’t need a new supply, rainwater is used for flushing toilets and there’s also a $10 fee if you don’t return your room key – a very good idea to save plastic!

Leisure

There’s a 25 m indoor heated lap pool and small kiddies wading area. It’s a great pool, super clean and we also loved the Indigenous art on the interior walls. It wasn’t hot weather during our stay, but if it were, you’ll find plenty of deck chairs to sunbathe.

Once you’ve had a swim, hop in the steam sauna to sweat it out and have a good detox. We certainly spent our time in here.

For the fitness enthusiasts among us, there is a fully equipped gym with a huge amount of modern equipment. There’s treadmills, a stepper, exercise bikes, hand weights and incline benches as well as plenty of other weight machines to get an overall workout. There’s TVs to watch during your workout and a water filter to re hydrate. It was a super quiet gym, even when the hotel was at 90% capacity so you might even have it to yourself.

If you’ve got kids, there’s plenty for them – an indoor wading pool, kids meals at the restaurant and even an outdoor park on site.

Corporate

This hotel is ideal for Corporates as there’s a few meeting spaces and a boardroom fit for 14 people. The larger areas can accommodate 120 people and there’s an outdoor space for breaks. The rooms have AV capabilities, screen projectors and white boards.

Restaurant

They have a restaurant and bar onsite, “Nate’s: east meets west dining” where you can enjoy a meal at the restaurant, alfresco or order room service if you’d prefer to stay in.

We had both the buffet breakfast and dinner here. The buffet offered cold and hot options; from fruit, cereal and cold deli items to western hot breakfast options such as scrambled eggs and sausages. There’s tea, coffee and juices to accompany your meal.

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For dinner, we tried the new menu. The name of the restaurant is apt, since there are both eastern and western options. Whilst there aren’t endless dishes to select from, the food is quality and nicely presented. We shared three dishes including a Riverina Sirloin steak, Cooked to order and nicely seasoned. It came with a lovely jus and presented with julienne carrots and toast and sweet potatoes. This was a decent portion.

The quail was also a great choice, the tender meat was also flavoured superbly and served with similar sides to the steak.

Miso cod is also a favourite and the one here is particularly good, served with Hainanese rice and edamame beans. We really enjoyed this fish and it’s delicious glaze.

They have a good range of drinks on offer st the bar, including craft beer on tap, an extensive wine list and cocktails. The drinks are well priced and there’s also an early weekend happy hour.

They also have a lovely rooftop bar, perfect for an afternoon drink and you can also order food up there. Catch a glimpse of the amazing sunset.

Only a short walk from Botany Road Mascot, where you can get a bus to the CBD. Or only 1 km from Mascot train station.

For those driving, there’s plenty of underground on site parking.

The staff are so kind and helpful and really do everything well and beyond to make your stay wonderful.

The Branksome Hotel & Residences

60 Robey Street

Mascot, NSW 202