BOOZE

Foodies’ Diary

The silly season can be hard on more than just your wallet – if you’d like brighter eyes, clearer skin, and a happier liver, drop into the week-long community detox in the About Life stores (Bondi and Rozelle) from the 15th-21st February. With school, study and work coming back with a vengeance, it’s the perfect time to learn a little, drink a discounted juice of the day and revel in the fact you won’t be the only one detoxing!

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Tickets are flying out the door for the Cuisine NOW Gala Dinner on Sunday 17th January held at the water’s edge in the green-friendly surrounds of Doltone House.

The Winery by Gazebo

The owners of Gazebo have taken what they pioneered at their first venue, polished it; refined it and given it an extra, quirky edge in this beautifully renovated Surry Hills pumphouse – jammed on the Monday night I dined.

Jah Bar

The warmer weather has driven me further afield, and after enjoying a day at Manly beach, I was delighted to avoid the usual food traps in favour of this funky tapas hideaway!

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Give me the chance to give you the latest list of must-gives as we head into the giving season.

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Benevolent Boon Stepping over bags as I entered Boon Chocolates in Darlinghurst struck me as a little odd until proprietor Alex Chan explained they were donations for the disaster-struck Philippines: “Without the country, there is no culture and without culture there would be no us. Boon Chocolates would not exist.”

Cantina Bar & Grill *UPDATED*

Walking along Oxford Street with a powerful thirst, I was tempted back here by an another easy-drinking jug of Margaritas Espana ($35/carafe). The delightful citrus-vanilla flavour comes courtesy of Licor 43 and complements a well-presented Scallop and Prawn Stuffed Piquillo Pepper ($5/piece) rather nicely.

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Moreton Bay Rocks Moreton Bay oyster grower Tim Dumbrell (pictured here with Wade McFadgen) says it’s the “clean, crisp water of the marine park where the oysters are grown” that give his oysters “a real taste of the sea.” His home turf is the furthest north a Sydney Rock oyster can be commercially harvested, but you’ll only have to travel to Manta at Woolloomooloo to try one.

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Baking and Dancing If you fancy a little help keeping the balance between dietary concerns and exercise for your youngsters aged between 4 and 10, why not take them along to a Baking & Dancing Workshop on Sunday 25th October, 2009.

Foodies’ Diary

My last few weeks were spent lapping up the sun, sand and fruits of the sea in the beautiful Cook Islands. Between serves of the best battered fish and chips I’ve had for a very long time, I did manage a spot of fine dining at Windjammer Restaurant. From their cellar selections I chose the 2005 Felton Road Chardonnay from Central Otago, New Zealand. It was, quite simply, astounding.