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Best restaurants to visit in SA this winter

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Winter’s chill often makes it hard to leave the comfort of home, even on weekends. But what if you could step into a world of cosy atmospheres and dishes that not only warm your body but also your soul? Here are some of the best places in SA to hit the winter mark. Chianti Inspired by Tuscany’s Chianti region, this restaurant is a nostalgic haven where generations return for authentic Italian fare. The warm interior, featuring bluestone, dark timber panelling, and immaculate white napery, is complemented by contemporary touches. Chianti’s menu blends classic Italian flavours with innovative touches, using the finest Australian ingredients sourced from trusted local producers. Winter warmers on the menu: Rozelle’s With panoramic windows overlooking the gardens, the city, and the ocean, Rozelle’s offers a warm, inviting interior perfect for a lazy long lunch. Located at Carrick Hill, it serves a taste of northern Italy amid historical elegance. Enjoy dishes like artichoke fritti, baked rigatoni alla vodka, and signature limoncello cannoli while taking in views from the estate’s lush greenery to Adelaide’s vibrant cityscape. Winter warmers on the menu: Magill Estate Set against the historic backdrop of Penfolds, this restaurant combines modern architecture with the picturesque Adelaide foothills. The warm and elegant interior, along with the finest collection of wines, creates one of Australia’s premier food and wine experiences. Enjoy contemporary cuisine and exemplary service in this cozy setting. Winter warmers on the menu: The Alchemists’ Kitchen The Alchemists’ Kitchen combines the past with a modern twist, featuring unique wines, magical cocktails,… Read More

Aloha Freshie: celebrating Hawai’ian culture in Freshwater NSW

Hawaiian food bowls

This August, the newly established Freshie Precinct is bringing a taste of the sandy shores of Waik?k? to Freshwater with Aloha Freshie – from Friday 2nd August to Sunday 4th August. Featuring the very best of Hawaiian food, drinks, music, and entertainment, Aloha Freshie celebrates the special link between twin cities Waik?k? and Freshwater – thanks to the legacy of Hawaiian Olympian and surfer Duke Kahanamoku, whose surfboard demonstration at Freshwater Beach in 1914 put Freshwater on the map as the birthplace of Australian surfing. At Aloha Freshie, Sydneysiders will be treated to a series of pop-ups at Harbord Diggers’ Ocean Terrace, as Freshwater’s most loved businesses come together to celebrate the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Freshwater’s two-hatted fine-dining restaurant, Pilu at Freshwater, will be serving up piping hot shrimp scampi with their take on Hawai’i’s famous ‘Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck’. This will be led by Pilu’s own Executive Chef and owner, Giovanni Pilu. Husband and wife duo, Barry and Lucy Jones from Mrs Jones The Baker, have worked as pastry chefs around the world — from stints at Harrods in London to working in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, as well as being on call to the Sultan of Brunei. They will be presenting their delectable take on Leonard’s Bakery’s famous Malasadas (Hawaiian and Portuguese doughnuts). Harbord Hotel will be also dishing out fresh tropical poké bowls and pork rolls. To top it all off, there’ll be live Hawaiian music and Hula dancers. Aloha Freshie kicks off on Friday, August 2nd with a special outdoor screening… Read More

National Gallery’s Bicentenary gets a huge funding boost

National Gallery archway

The National Gallery is delighted to announce that it has reached its Bicentenary fundraising campaign target, thanks to a generous grant of £5m from the newly established Julia Rausing Trust. Launched in 2022 with a goal of £95m, the campaign is the largest in the Gallery’s history. The grant from the Julia Rausing Trust has enabled the campaign target to be reached two months after the Gallery celebrated its 200th birthday and the start of a year celebrating creativity, great art, and the history of the National Gallery. The Trust, founded by Julia’s husband Hans Rausing following her death in April 2024, will grant funds to organisations and causes which were important and meaningful to Julia Rausing, reflecting her significant philanthropy over a number of years. Many of the Gallery’s Bicentenary programmes are currently underway, with Art Road Trip’s travelling art studio bringing an experience of the Gallery to communities with particularly high barriers to arts and culture; and National Treasures, where 12 of the Gallery’s most famous paintings are spending the summer on loan to museums and galleries in cities around the UK. Work is also in progress on a suite of capital projects at the Gallery’s home in Trafalgar Square, improving the welcome visitors are given at the Sainsbury Wing and the facilities for learning and research at all ages and stages. The grant from the Julia Rausing Trust will be put towards aspects of the capital project, in particular a new underground link between the Wilkins and Sainsbury buildings, in the space… Read More

Why see Tosca this summer at the Royal Opera House London

Tosca Royal Opera House

With a rich history dating back to 1732, this iconic institution has flourished as a premier venue for opera and ballet. The Royal Opera House serves as the home for both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, with its grand auditorium renowned for its superb acoustics and opulent architecture.

‘The unsaid says a lot’ campaign making Trans visible

Trans couple

The Victorian Government is proud to announce the launch of The Unsaid Says a Lot, a groundbreaking campaign aimed at raising public awareness about the everyday discrimination faced by trans and gender diverse communities and driving systemic change. This campaign is the first government-led initiative of its kind in Australia and is a crucial part of Pride in our Future: Victoria’s LGBTIQA+ strategy 2022-32, which is dedicated to promoting equality and inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ communities across the state. The campaign highlights the often overlooked, non-verbal cues and microaggressions that contribute to a culture of discrimination and exclusion for LGBTQIA+ communities and takes place alongside the blatant physical expressions of discrimination and reduced opportunities that these communities endure. The campaign is supported by research revealing that discrimination, stigma, and unequal treatment are commonplace for trans and gender diverse Victorians. Findings from a national survey by La Trobe University show that more than three in four trans and gender diverse people were treated unfairly because of their gender identity in the preceding 12 months. This discrimination contributes to higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide among LGBTIQA+ people compared to the general population. Leveraging a series of creative campaign materials such as videos, posters, social media initiatives, and community engagement activities designed to foster empathy and inclusivity, the campaign aims to emphasise the significant impact that seemingly minor moments can have on the well-being and mental health of trans and gender diverse individuals. Creative inclusive communications specialist agency Think HQ led the co-design approach, which included input… Read More

Allta does good Korean cuisine in Sydney

Allts Sydney Korean

Sydney is bracing itself for a culinary revelation as Allta, a degustation restaurant, is set to grace the dining scene on July 10th. This new addition promises to whisk guests away on a gastronomic adventure like no other, blending traditional Korean flavours with a touch of modern flair. At the heart of Allta’s allure is a meticulously curated 15-course menu that reads like poetry on a plate. Each dish, lovingly crafted and personally served by the esteemed Executive Chef Jung-Su Chang, is a testament to the culinary expertise behind Allta. As part of the esteemed Firestone group, helmed by Jangho So and Sunyoung Kim, Allta aims to redefine the perception of Korean cuisine in Sydney while offering patrons an unparalleled dining experience. Prepare your taste buds for a symphony of flavours with creations like the Tuna Bite, a marriage of cured tuna, grilled vegetables, and nori, or the tantalising Beef Tartare, featuring crispy taro, barley Doen-jang, and kimchi. Not to be missed are the exquisite Sweet Prawn, elevated with perilla oil, cured yolk, and capsicum, and the divine dessert, Makgeolli & Rice, a harmonious blend of makgeolli sorbet, rice granita, and pear. In the words of Chef Jung-Su Chang, “Allta transcends mere dining; it embodies a celebration of Korean culinary artistry and culture. Each dish narrates a tale—a fusion of tradition and modernity, a tribute to the kaleidoscope of flavours that define Korean gastronomy.” Beyond its culinary prowess, Allta exudes an ambiance of refined simplicity, where minimalism meets sophistication. The decor, awash with monochromatic tones… Read More