Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!

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I hope your only rocky road is chocolate THE world’s largest and most stylish celebration of chocolate is set to mark two decades of innovative trends in Paris from late October. A vast space of 2,000 sq m will hold Salon du Chocolat which has has grown from one French couple’s love of our favourite sweet, to massive annual events worldwide attracting […]

Sydney Harbour sculptures go green

Sydney Harbour Sculpture

Outdoor art at its best. Sydney Harbour’s foreshore areas around Woolwich Dock and Clarkes Point feature dramatic sculptures from prominent and emerging artists. The 112 entries in this year’s exhibition showcase intriguingly different styles, many making environmental statements, using recycled and sustainable materials. Clarkes Point Reserve – a backdrop of bushland with a harbour view –  has a history of environmental activism. Winter […]

Mystery Box Rally – you’re doing what?

Mystery Box Rally

Only Australia would have a cancer research fundraiser called Shitbox Rally. Shitbox Rally is not a race, rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable – to drive crappy cars worth $1,000 each, across Australia via some of its most arduous roads. Shitbox Rally has raised over $6 million for the Cancer Council. And that’s not all. […]

Noma will pop up in Sydney

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Holy smoked/pickled/cured mackerel, Batman! The much-awarded noma restaurant will relocate from Copenhagen to Sydney for 10 weeks in January 2016, to share the best of Australian produce as seen through the eyes of head chef René Redzepi and his team. Noma will temporarily close in Denmark to open its new waterfront home at Barangaroo on […]

Barcelona battles too many tourists

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Barcelona, I love you. You’re traditional yet so stylish, inspiring and delicious. Oh, the shopping! Oh, Gaudi’s architecture! Oh, the street life!  And therein lies the problem. It has become a victim of its own success. Quality of life is so diminished, residents are fed up and something must be done. “The way of life […]

Whale watching in Australia makes a splash

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Imagine waking up to the spectacular sight of a whale breaching or spotting a whale with her baby calf in tow? Whale watching in Australia is a winter/spring highlight – particularly on Australia’s east coast. About 20,000 whales from Antarctica escape the frigid southern ocean and migrate to Australia to warm up, relax and breed every […]

Between a rock and a hard place for Greece

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Not too far away from where you’re enjoying your Greek vacation, locals may be protesting and lining up half the night to get paltry amounts of cash out of ATMs. They’re also bracing for tough choices in Sunday’s referendum, a climactic vote in the longstanding debt crisis. Banks say they have a €1bn cash buffer […]

Travel tips as Greek debt crisis deepens

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Bring €, don’t panic You’re probably not thinking about much while you anticipate your sexy sunny Greek holiday. But here’s what is really going on behind the caffe freddo on the island of your dreams. Or that cold beer in Glyfada on the “Athenian Riviera”. The protracted Greek debt crisis is coming to a head, […]

Tasting the kapow factor of baijiu

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There’s a few flushed faces in the room as China’s national firewater is downed in tiny gulps. It has a BANG the baijiu virgins aren’t expecting. Bloggers, Instagrammers and the curious are crammed into the elegant Moutai Baijiu showroom in Sydney’s Chinatown. We’re listening to marketing managers Imogen Hayes and Ed Xian explain the 2000-year-old art of […]