Streets of Barangaroo: a Christmas gift guide

Barangaroo is named after a leader of the Cammeraygal people and wife of Kenneling of the Wangal people, ancestral elders of the First peoples. The transformation from a disused container terminal on the edge of Sydney’s CBD into a spectacular 22 hectare waterfront precinct will see the streets of Barangaroo come to life in an action packed stroll. A number of special menus, events and shopping experiences themed to the festive season will be taking place.

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Anason

Celebrate Christmas lunch by the water with a five-course feast at Anason in Barangaroo. Feast on a selection of Turkish mezes and sweet treats. Think pasha meze with creamy goat’s cheese and slivered pistachio; slow cooked octopus with curly peppers and heirloom tomatoes; and Ottoman donuts with pistachio ice cream.

When: Tuesday 25 December from 11.30am
Gift Ideas: $95pp for five-course (lunch)
Address: 5/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Bookings: anason.com.au

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Bel and Brio

Bel & Brio Bel & Brio is a food and wine-lovers’ emporium, with a marketplace, restaurant and cellar with over 2000 wines, headed up by Jon Osbeiston. For the festive season the team has the perfect collection of gifts to please everyone; wine for the connoisseur, cookbooks for mum, candles, cosmetics, and don’t forget the Italian fine food of course. Think handmade pasta, olive oils, truffle oils, chocolates and cheeses. Bel & Brio can also create bespoke hampers with the goodies of your choosing.

Gift Ideas: 2016 Head the Brunettes Shiraz $59, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook $50, Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Whisky $250, Staple Hamper $250, Tea-Mania Hamper $179, Indulgence Hamper $220
Website: www.belandbrio.com.au
Address: 300 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

The Barber Shop

The Barber Shop is a continuation of the classic, premium brand created by award winning barman Mike Enright. The Balvenie Shave Experience is the ultimate grooming gift this Christmas – this includes a haircut, followed by a hot and cold towel shave with a Balvenie cocktail.

Gift Ideas: Mujle Shaving Kit $250, The Balvenie Shave Experience Gift Voucher $140
Website: http://thisisthebarbershop.com/
Address: 3, 33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Courses

Christmas Wreath Making with Flowers for Everyone:
Learn some handy skills directly from the experts just in time for the party season. Senior floral designers at Flowers for Everyone are here to work with you and lend a hand in creating your very own Christmas wreath. Enjoy a glass or two of prosecco as you practice your creative skills and master a beautifully bespoke design you can take home and show friends and family, just in time for the festive season.  Known for their farm fresh seasonal bouquets, indoor plant arrangements and a curated selection of ready-to-go gifts.

When: 12 December, 5.00 – 6.30pm, Gift Ideas: $40 pp=
Book tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2208100069449531/

Gift Ideas: Bellaberry I Love You Chocolate $11.95, Marble Pot with Succulent $39.95, Hampers from $150 – $195
Website: https://www.flowersforeveryone.com.au/contact/barangaroo-shop.shtml
Address: 6/3, Sussex St, Barangaroo

Devon cafe

A two-course set menu at Devon Barangaroo and Devon North Sydney is available the whole month of December. Feast on a selection of entrées including prawns with a tom yum mayo; chargrilled sourdough with olive oil and Christmas baked ham with beetroot and apple relish. Mains include a choice of roasted pork belly, pasta or the breakfast with sakumas.

Mon-Fi 7am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4:30pm, public holidays 8am-3:30pm Bookings: devoncafe.com.au

Gift Ideas: $50pp for a two-course menu, bookings are essential, minimum of eight people.
Address: Shop 19, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Whisky Making with Shirt Bar

Ever wanted to make your own whisky? Well this Masterclass is a must for you. With your very own blending kit, create a whisky just the way you like it! With the choice of 5 single malts of distinct flavour profiles (floral, fruity, creamy, citrus, & smokey), and under the guidance of a master blender, be tutored by the pros in the craftsmanship of blending your own perfect whisky.  Shirt Bar Shirt Bar successfully pairs perfect-fitting business shirts with coffee and dark spirits. Design your ideal shirt from scratch with a whisky or wine in hand for the ultimate tailor-made experience.

When: 17 December, 6.30 – 9.30pm, Gift Ideas: $65 pp (includes a cocktail on arrival, tasting of grain whisky & the 5 distinct single malts, and creating your own personalised whisky)
Book tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/224447418305685/

Gift Ideas: Cudworth Cufflinks $70, Ganton Floral Shirt $150, Bowtie $65, The Bespoke Corner Tailors Pocket Square $50
Website: https://shirtbar.com.au/
Address: 7, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Christmas Cocktails with Untied

Let the Untied cocktail experts show you how to shake, stir and whip up drool worthy drinks for your Christmas lunch. Make, drink and take-home recipes for three festive drinks at this fun and interactive masterclass. Get the inside knowledge on how to make the best cocktails without specialised equipment using everyday items, and show off your new skills anywhere, anytime. Package also includes some complimentary nibbles.

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When: 18 December, 5.30 – 7.00pm, Gift Ideas: $49 per person (includes 1 single shot cocktail, 2 double shot cocktails and shared plates of nibbles). Book tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/296946597619019/

The Butcher’s Block, Barangaroo

Several set menus have been created for Christmas. Enjoy a four-course menu designed by the team, starting with house drinks on arrival and wood fired flatbread with white bean hummus and chilli oil.  Entrées can include crispy Queensland calamari with black garlic aioli and lime; duck parfait with pancetta jam, house pickles and grilled sourdough; and seared khiramasa kingfish with charred witlof, pomelo lime and jalapeno dressing. Mains provide choice with the classic wagyu beef burger; panko chicken; pork ribs; pan roasted ocean trout or the BBQ swordfish loin. Dessert brings with it a traditional Christmas pudding that will give your nan a run for her money.

Gift Ideas: $102pp
Address: 2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Bookings: http://butchersblockgroup.com.au/contact-us.html
Website: http://butchersblockgroup.com.au/

BELANCÉ BELANCÉ

A luxury men’s tailor and retail concept, combining the best international men’s lifestyle brands and a world-renowned made-to-measure service.

Gift Ideas: Baxter of California Water Pomade $32, Tommy Rough Tie $129, Von Routte Lyon Sneakers $240, Bang & Olufsen Portable Speakers $379 Website: https://www.belancetailoring.com/suits/
Address: Shop 1/3 Sussex Street, Barangaroo

Collector Store

Collector Store Collector Store combines fashion and home. Think Herbivore Botanicals for your bathroom routine, a Binchotan charcoal eye mask, cheese boards, tote bags, P.E. Nation activewear and more.

Gift Ideas: Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Toner $60, Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask $40, Redecker Dry Massage Brush $15, Hunter Lab Pinot Grape Skin Bath Soak $54, P.E. Nation Forecourt Crop Top $129, Becksondergaard Lauren Bag $279.95
Website: https://www.collectorstore.com.au/
Address: Shop 13/T2, Shipwright Walk, Barangaroo

Born by Tapavino

Born by Tapavino presents a Spanish feast and banquet set menu featuring marinated olives, croquettes del dia and Serrano jamon with spiced cherries, goats curd and mint; to seared scallops, sweet corn puree and fennel.

Gift Ideas: $80pp
Address: 9/23 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
Bookings: bookings@borntapavino.com.au
Website: https://www.tapavinobarangaroo.com/

Title Store

TITLE store is Australia’s largest independent retail collection of music, books and film, all under the one roof.

Gift Ideas: The School of Life: how to think about exercise $20, The School of Life: how to stay sane $20, Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (vinyl) $50, Joni Mitchell – Ladies of the Canyon (vinyl) $45, Audio- Technica Headphones $150
Website: https://www.titlemusicfilmbooks.com/
Address: 400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

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Somedays

Somedays stocks a balanced list of Scandinavian, European, American and local fashion and accessories. Offering a unique and personal shopping experience, by presenting handpicked wearables that are not only stylish and of high quality, but which are at the forefront of international design and innovation.

Gift Ideas: 19-69 Purple Haze EDP $259, State of Escape Neoprene Tote Bag $229, Reliquia Hope Necklace $170
Website: https://somedays.com.au/
Address: 14, 200 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

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12 Micron 

A festive three-course menu overlooking the harbour that starts with a glass of champagne on arrival before digging into polenta chips with whipped cheddar, bush tomato and marinated olives. First course explores the sea with choices from kingfish with native limes, wasabi and apple; oysters with finger lime dressing; king prawns with lemon aspen and sea herbs; or lobster with crab consume, fennel and daikon. Enjoy some heartier dishes of rotisserie pork with caramelised apple, muntries and cider jus; roast wagyu with onions and pepper berry jus; or barramundi with fennel, citrus and native fruikake. Finish on a sweet note with a Christmas pudding, white chocolate and rosella, some mince pies and eggnog, and mini coconut roughs.

When: Monday 25 December, 12pm or 2.30pm sittings
Gift Ideas: $155pp
Address: Tower 1, level 2, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
Website: 12micron.com.au/

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Peter’s of Kensington

Peter’s of Kensington stocks the biggest brands in homewares, kitchenware, dinnerware and more in a boutique setting.

Gift Ideas: S’well water bottle $47, Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade Dessert Plate $78, E+M Mechanical Graphic Pencil $79, Viski Flask $50, Ted Baker Accessory Box $79, Redd Leather Watch Box $129
Website: https://www.petersofkensington.com.au/
Address: 6, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

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Oh! Boo

Oh! Boo Chocolates Oh! Boo Chocolates creates artisanal hand-painted chocolates using chocolate from Peru and Venezuela. The range includes pralines (their signature creations), rocher, brittle, nougat and fruits. For Christmas indulge all the chocolate lovers with an Oh! Boo Chocolates hamper.

Gift Ideas: Chocoholic small hamper $45, Chocoholic large hamper $60 Website: https://ohboo.com.au/
Address: 1, 33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Opique Boutique

Optique Boutique is a sleek destination for designer frames and sunglasses sourced from around the world.

Gift Ideas: Celine Cat Eye Sunglasses $629, Kirk & Kirk Glasses $469 Website: http://optiquebarangaroo.com.au/
Address: 6, 300 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

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David Jones

David Jones’ boutique department store.  There’s no need to venture into the city for Christmas shopping when all your gifts can be found just around the corner from the office. From make-up gift packs, clutches, and hampers, to perfumes, shoes and designer clothes, all are available at David Jones Barangaroo.

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Gift Ideas: MAC Christmas Gift Pack $89, Foreo Luna 2 Face Cleanser $279, Acqua Di Parma Perfume $110, Marc Jacobs Backpack $289, Mimco Clutch $99.95, Just Add Cheese Hamper $69.95
Website: https://www.davidjones.com/stores/barangaroo
Address: 20/300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

And there you have it, our gift guide and dining guide this festive season at one of the city’s premiere destinations.

Joseph Lloyd, Freelance Writer
Photo Credits: The Streets of Barangaroo, Oh Boo Chocolates, Optique, Ryan Linnegar, The Butchers Block Group

booking.com – Christmas in the Shire

Research conducted by Booking.com reveals half of Australians feel they’re missing out on a magical Christmas by living in Australia. More than a third saying we don’t have the same level of decorations ( ie. lights, tree and mistletoe) compared to other countries, which they feel creates a genuine Christmas atmosphere.

So, Booking.com is bringing the ultimate Christmas experience to you at North Cronulla Beach – a destination site representing the epitome of what an Australian summer Christmas is!

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Featuring a life-size ‘White Christmas Snow Globe’ with all the Christmas trimmings, including snow and a real Santa Claus inside, experience Cronulla Beach in a whole new way this festive season.

A white christmas is something out of the movies for us down under while the other side of the world rugs up fighting the cold, we’re soaking in those scorching rays!

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? On the beach, sand is glistening, thanks to Booking.com Sydney we’ll be walking in a Winter wonderland!

Joseph Lloyd, Freelance Writer
Photo Credit: booking.com

Date: Friday, 14 December
Time: 9am – 12pm
Where: North Cronulla Beach
Cost: Free of Charge

Festive Destination @ Pier One, Walsh Bay

Pier One’s hotel waterfront location under Sydney Harbour Bridge makes for the perfect spot to celebrate during the upcoming festive season.  Limtied places are still available for their upcoming holiday soirees, and it’s also in prime positioning for the fireworks spectacular come New Year’s Eve.  The destination also provides accommodation if you’re also considering a short staycation.

1. The Gantry Christmas Luxe Lunch Buffet

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When: Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Time: 12:30 pm

Inclusions: All you can eat buffet and a 3-hour drinks package that includes beer, wine, sparkling wine, soft drink and juices

Price: Adult (13 years and over): $295 per person

Child (12 years and under): $205 per person

Relax and enjoy Christmas Day with friends and family overlooking the stunning waterfront location close to Sydney CBD is the perfect place to indulge in the festive spirit.

Christmas Luxe Lunch is an all you can eat affair offering all the traditional Christmas favourites at its carvery station.  Enjoy a smorgasboard of turkey breast, maple ham, roast pork and lamb at the live carvery station. However it wouldn’t be an Australian Christmas without showcasing some of our finest seafood including Sydney Rock Oysters, Balmain Bugs and Blue Swimmer Crab just to name a few!

All will be accompanied by a selection of salads and sides with Australian beer, wine, and soft drink to wash it down. For those who can squeeze it in (let’s face it, who can’t on Christmas Day?) a decadent dessert buffet will be the perfect finish.

Best of all, you can leave the washing up to them!

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2. The Gantry Christmas Lunch Degustation

Experience a decadent seafood grazing station followed by a delicious four-course tasting menu showcasing Pier One’s love of Australian ingredients. Your lunch will be accompanied by three-hours of unlimited pour beverages, including wine, sparkling and beer.

First release pricing is only $250 per person.
3. Gantry NYE Degustation Dinner

Ring in the New Year with a harbourside dinner at one of Sydney’s favourite restaurants situated right on the south end of the Harbour Bridge.  Enjoy a delicious six-course tasting menu with unlimited pour beverages, including wine, sparkling and beer.

Tickets include access to the NYE @ Pier One Party where guests can watch the fireworks with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge dancing their way into 2019

First release pricing is $699 per person.

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4.NYE at PierOne

NYE @ PIER ONE PARTY

When: Monday, December 31, 2018

Time: 8:00 pm to 1:00 am

Inclusions: Entry to the event, entertainment, and unlimited food & drink

A destination in itself, it’s one of the prime vantage points for the sky filled illuminations of the annual fireworks spectacular.

For only $499, the all-inclusive ticket will give party goers access to all you can eat street-food style stalls and drinks all night from the selection of pop up bars. With some of Sydney’s best live acts providing the soundtrack to your night, NYE @ Pier One Party is going to be the party, to end all parties!  Discounts are available for larger groups of 10 or more.

(Dietary requirements can be accommodated – please let their staff know when booking. Pier One Sydney Harbour practices the responsible service of alcohol. Terms and conditions to ticket purchases apply.    Bookings taken through the reservation page will require a credit card guarantee, and upon confirmation charged within 24 hours (non-refundable).   The NYE @ Pier One Party is an 18+ only event.

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Reservations:
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection
11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  NSW  2000
Phone: +61 2 8298 9999

https://www.thegantry.com.au/whatson/

                                                         

Music to your ears: a Christmas Wish List

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?  On your bookshelves these treats will get them glistening!
Walking through a music wonderland, we uncover these limited edition books giving us a deeper insight into some of our most favorite musicians, making for the perfect Christmas gift.

Chrissie Hynde – Adding The Blue
“I always thought I would get into painting, but I got waylaid by rock ’n’ roll. Finally, I thought, ‘Now’s the time.’ As soon as I was in a situation where I could be alone and paint without any interruptions, I just couldn’t stop.” says Chrissie Hynde, the founding member of The Pretenders.   A selection of paintings were unveiled in a special exhibition at the After Nyne Gallery in London’s Notting Hill and is currently on its way to Franklin Bowles gallery in Soho New York from Saturday the 1st December.
 

The Limited edition book and fine art print set, and a hard book store addition are now available for you to enjoy the complete series of 200 original artworks ranging from oil canvas, still life studies and abstract compositions with her own personal account and interpretation of each thought provoking piece.

HardCover available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Adding-Blue-Chrissie-Hynde/dp/1905662548 

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Eric Clapton – Sunshine Of Your Love

A legend in his own right being the sole artist to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame three times, Sunshine Of Your Life is the official limited edition book and vinyl box set of the Crossroads.
The book’s manuscript has been created from new and previously unpublished interviews with Eric Clapton and artists who appeared at the Crossroads Festivals such as J.J. Cale, Robert Gray Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Robert Randolph, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Derek Trucks, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and many, many, more. “One by one, my heroes would eventually be in the same room with me. What do we do? We just play our hearts out.” – Eric Clapton.   The collector’s items are handcrafted in Milan, quarter bound in leather with foil blocking and silver page edging with the very rare print run individually signed by at least two Crossroads musicians.

Exclusively available at Ariel Booksellers, Paddington:
https://www.arielbooks.com.au/

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Ringo Starr – Another Day In The Life

The world renowned drummer of The Beatles, presents a private collection of unpublished photographs as he reflects back on his career and adventures with personal thoughts and commentary. ““I love taking photos of random things, and seeing how they all fit together. Whether it is at home or on the road, certain things catch my eye – and when I see something that interests me, that’s the emotion of it, and I want to capture it. I am a photographer as well as a musician.” says Ringo Starr.   Die hard fans will be able to re-experience some of the bands historic tours, and landmark moments including his return to the New York Plaza Hotel 50 years after The Beatles first visited the USA and the day he received his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.

Pre-Order the Collector Edition here:
https://www.genesis-publications.com/book/9781905662586/another-day-in-the-life

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Ronnie Wood – The Rolling Stones Set Lists

One of the most iconic rock musicians, songwriters, multi-instrumentalist, artist, author and radio personalities of all time, we all know him as one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones. Over the last two decades, each song the Rolling Stones have played in rehearsals has been recorded by Ronnie Wood in a series of hand-painted set lists. The result is a unique collection of canvases that document sell-out tours across the globe, such as the band’s landmark 50 & Counting tour, historic concerts such as 2016’s performance in Havana, as well as closed-door sessions from their latest album, Blue; Lonesome.

Bound in burgundy leather, it’s limited to 1000 copies:
https://www.genesis-publications.com/book/9781905662555/the-rolling-stones-set-lists

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Can’t get enough of the Rolling Stones?   The band’s private archive has just landed in Sydney in a magnificent show of over 500 pieces, in the biggest exhibition of its kind at International Convention Centre.  On until February – secure your tickets: 

https://premier.ticketek.com.au/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=ROLLINGS19

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Joseph Lloyd, Contributor
Photo Credit: Genesis Publications

Continuing to impress – New Christmas menu @Meet Mica

 

Meet Mica is our top café pick for 2017,  with tasty innovative cafe items on the menu which that also display fine dining technique. What a better way to celebrate than popping by for another visit, this time to sample the new Christmas menu – for a limited time only!

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The décor remains the same, and why would this change when it is simply sophisticated. Using the same coffee, (little Marionette), which we love,  but there are some new innovative and just as delicious items on the menu, just in time for Christmas!
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Not only do all of these new items display amazing technique and presentation, they are also ridiculously tasty. We had four dishes and loved every one of them. 
Meet mica have tweaked one of our favourite breakfast dishes, making it more appealing for the masses. The brioche lava french toast, ordinarily a matcha flavor has had a change! Spoiler alert, their new version now it is a salted caramel sauce inside a thick charcoal brioche and is served with a condensed milk foam and seasonal fruit. OMFG are you kidding me, amazing!! Although I do miss that viscous condensed milk syrup of the original, this meets the mark and Sarah’s new favourite.
There is also mango sushi, made up of black sticky rice, topped with finely sliced mango and strawberry and served with a coconut foam and popping candy, a fun and playful dish which perfectly suits it being Christmas.
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All sweet so far, however to mix it up they have added the matcha-soba tree salad. A tasty combination of cha-soba, rocket, duck breast, onion, cherry tomatoes and cheddar snow. A fresh and healthy dish, popping with colour and very pleasing to the palate.
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Back to sweet and left until last as this is the piece de resistance to the visit. A dish called snow mountain, a breakfast item comparable to a bombe alaska. This show stopper arrives at the table, a little white mountain of yoghurt foam topped with some glimmering gold leaf. There are many layers to this dish, inside is a raspberry sorbet dome atop of matcha sponge cake and it is served with a little mound of matcha crumb. An amazing breakfast option, that is innovative, with fine dining technique on display.
We are again impressed with what is being served up by Meet Mica. Be sure to stop by to sample their new menu items that are being served for a limited time.
Thank you to Meet Mica and Ompty for the invitation to revisit.