The Gallery Edition – Idea Bombing Sydney

Bring creative and innovative design concepts for Sydney’s future was Idea Bombing Sydney’s ‘The Gallery Edition’ at Object Gallery on July 23 and August 22, 2014.

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“Idea Bombing gives us the opportunity to stop, listen and think. Part meetup, part popup bar, talk series and community brainstorm, it’s a new way to engage, surface creative ideas and promote ways of turning those ideas into reality”.

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Ok, I have to admit that the only reason I came to these sessions was because I liked the name: ‘idea bombing’. It is what a few of my close friends and I do when we have our nerdy sessions/catch ups. #geeksftw #actuallynotreally

Going up the stairs, the steps were chalked with inspiration.

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Object Gallery isn’t too big, but it had enough space for a few installations such as these potted plants.

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Amongst the middle was also a table with paper where you could write your ideas to share. Once you had written it down, pin it up on the canvas wall!

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Someone had drawn a funky version of the streets of Sydney on a canvas. It was amazing to see how much it had been filled up with hanging paper from its first days towards the end.

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There were also blackboards where you could scribble your thoughts. Cake Wines was a sponsor of this event and asked for a gold coin donation from every wine glass. Smart move and I would’ve done the exact same if I had a gallery event!

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Heading upstairs, there was artwork thanks to Art Pharmacy. “Art Pharmacy is an online gallery that hosts regular pop-up exhibitions around Sydney. Our aim is to make affordable art accessible to everyone, while supporting local Australian artists”.

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It was a great little space and I definitely support Australian emerging artists.

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At around 6:30pm, we squeezed into the main space of the gallery. The first session had nice room filled with people, but the second session it was jam packed. I’m not going to estimate numbers (I’m bad at estimating!) but the floor was pretty much covered with people sitting and standing. You could tell that people had been telling others, and more and more people are hopping on the band wagon!

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Part 1 talk series included:

Kym Lenoble, ARTBAR Coordinator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Diana Palmer, Director, Palmer Art Projects
Juliet Rosser, Director, Platform 72
Alex Light, Head of Content, Vice Australia

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The main points I got out of it was that were:

– When doing something creative, be ready to take risks and argue a lot

– With events, consider the event AND social/online app experience

– Artwork is a living entity- its a living voice and engages the artist and the audience

– Can being online ever replace physically being somewhere?

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Part 2 talk series included:

Tim Carr, Lighting Designer, Arup
Liane Rossler, artist, designer, curator, creative advisor and ambassador for issues relating to design and the environment
Christopher Skyner, Director, Authority Clothing and
Jonathan Knapp, Director, Urban Design, SJB Architects

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The main points I got out of that were:

– Turn a problem into a solution

– Architectural lighting adds to the #environmental impact and #city #architecture #energyconsumption

– “Design is everywhere”

– Don’t hesitate but go for it

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Again, I was honestly immensely surprised at how bit it got at the second session. Well done @IdeaBombingSyd/John.

Rating Review: (1-5, with 5 being exceptional)

Product (The Object Gallery and talks): 4/5

Ambience: 4/5

Service: 4/5

Value: 4/5

Would I recommend going to Idea Bombing Sydney? If you are creative with ideas and want to contribute to the growth of Sydney in a design aspect, this is definitely a great place where you can connect and learn.

Highlight: For me, it was very inspiring to see so many people come and hearing how the speakers have used their fun/bizarre ideas to come to what they are today.

Suggestion of improvement: The topics were a bit general and I’m not sure if it was industry-specific in some cases. It would’ve been better if there was a specific topic. It may be design with events, or design with architecture, or design with urban planning.. I mean it was really good to hear from a broader perspective, but it would’ve been better if they asked us what interests we had and gather into smaller groups to discuss further ideas.

Official hashtag: #ideabombingsyd

Link: http://www.ideabombingsydney.com/

Angela Bee

Free ferry to Glebe Island – Sydney International Boat Show

Anyone heard of Glebe Island? Free entry to Glebe Island from Darling Harbour for the Sydney International Boat Show on July31- August 4, 2014 was pretty cool.

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Funny story. I was casually walking to the Growers Markets Pyrmont from Townhall, passed through Darling Harbour, and saw this.

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Yup, this got the ball rolling and so my friends and I decided to hop on board. Where was Glebe Island? Does Glebe Island exist? How come I’ve never seen heard of it before? We decided to line up and find the answers.

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“While the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre undergoes a major upgrade over the next three years, the Sydney International Boat Show will move its undercover exhibits to the interim facility that has been specially built at the historic working port known as Glebe Island”.

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OK. So it is something according to the Sydney International Boat Show website.

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We lines up in the massive line and only waited for 5 minutes before boarding a Captain a Cook Cruise ship. Today was very windy and if you were in the sun, it was a nice spring day. The double decker boat was huge and everyone filed in pretty quickly.

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A ferry ride to normally costs around$12 return. Leaving the harbour, it was perfect.

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It was calm and relaxed and everyone seemed to enjoy the ride. It was really windy at the top but we weren’t going that quickly.

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We sailed under the Pyrmont bridge..

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…I love calling this city my home.

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Thank you big red boat!

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and arrived at Glebe Island.

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We walked past the Life Jacket Lounge, where there were lounges, meals, a bar..

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and ended up at the entrance of the temporary Sydney Exhibition Centre!

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Oh $21 adult admission fee no thank you! I do like an occasional ride on a boat but no super keen to own one.

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Here’s a glimpse of it inside before we jetted back.

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Thanks for the unexpected ride and wow! The line was pretty long towards the afternoon! #partycrashers #festivalcrashers

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Rating Review: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (free ferry ride to Glebe Island): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =D

Value: =D

Would I recommend going on the free trip to Glebe Island? If you’re going to the boat show, this is the best way if transport. I mean, how often do you get somewhere via boat? Normally it is quite pricey and if you’re here in Sydney for the first time, then this would’ve been the perfect opportunity to see more of the harbour! It’s stunning!

Highlight: #datview #enoughsaid #mysterytrip

Suggestion of improvement: it would’ve been nice if we received some brochures about where we were going and what it was specifically for!

Ends: August 4, 2014, occurs annually

Link: http://www.sydneyboatshow.com.au/

Angela Bee

Aroma Festival 2014 – The Rocks

The smell of coffee is by far one of the best aromas we love on a day-to-day basis. The Rocks held their annual Aroma Festival on 10am-5pm Sunday 27 July, 2014 and the turnout was definitely a reflection of the popular scent.

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“See it all and much more as roasters grind, baristas pour, milk froths, machines whirr, music drifts and thousands of cups are filled, sampled and sipped at the main event on Sunday 27 July”.

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How brilliant was the sun on Sunday? Even though there was trackwork on my line, I still managed to head out to Sydney’s biggest coffee event.

Walking from Wynyard station, I was shocked to see the amount of people lining up at the white tents walking towards MCA to meet my friend. It took me a good 5 minutes to get there though.. the crowd..

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And.. of course, the obligatory Opera House photo needs to be taken!

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One good thing about The Rocks is that they always have signs where you needed. We decided to do a full circle of the area and we started close to the MCA.

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Tea, tea and lots of tea! Sleepy, relaxing, cooling.. all the tea you wanted! There were little cups of samples and what a perfect way to start drinking caffeine! I must admit, you did have to battle the crowds though.

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As we made our way through the tea stands, we headed towards the grassy area if you walk towards the station. Breville were making fresh waffles to go along with the free coffee made by their machines.

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Tea cups!

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The grassy area was packed! Firstly, there were some strips of stalls towards the left hand side selling chocolate, cake, and sweet goodies! My friend suggested putting these a-mazing chilli chocolate covered coffee beans in banana ice cream. Let me tell you, they are one big hit!

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To the right, there were lines and lines and lines of people waiting for coffee. Stalls included The Paramount Coffee Project, The Fine Food Store, The PlayFair Cafe and much much more. It would’ve been at least 20 minutes wait behind all your fellow coffee-lovers.

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We then made our way up the stairs, coming up at George Street. Again, here were more cafés but the lines were shorter. Delano Espresso was my pick of the day.

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All the cafés had $2 tasting coffee cups. Such a. Good price because you think it’s a small cup of coffee and you end up trying more than a couple of samples then feel slightly dizzy because you realise you hadn’t eaten much.

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We lined up and then those little cups were named by our orders.

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We all know that this festival is not only about the coffee beans but the baristas..

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And we only had to wait 10 minutes to sip on these lovely cups!

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We then made our way towards the food market, where on the way there was a chai stall with only chai! Thought you hated dandelion tea? I give you dandelion chai to try!

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Also, just saying that daily milk chai exists.

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Ps. How good can rocky road get? Loving the colours!

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Getting to the food markets is a headache, especially if you dislike crowds.

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The food stalls were pretty much the same as the ones that are normally there on weekends including kebabs delicious kebabs, gozleme ladies, German hot dogs, sushi, gyoza, skewers…the lot!

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I just bought like a lamb baguette thing? It was alright.

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We ended up going around the back loop and heading towards the coffee garden. There was a lush garden filled with coffee and bush tucker plants and one massive massive line for coffee.

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There was a little band playing in the courtyard area where there were some seats available.

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The Bean to Cup exhibition was also in the same alleyway. It was a simply exhibition with just a product life cycle of coffee bean plants to how they end up as coffee beans we see at the shops.

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This picture was #instaworthy!

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There was also tea leaf readings which was pretty hilarious but nice and then we walked around to the music areas to get the vibe of the festival.

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Live music was more towards the water with the gorgeous backdrops

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And there were seats to chill. Tent area was definitely required for this.

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We sat at the SmoothFM picnic area and we can’t wait to go to the Smooth Chocolate Festival in October!

May the finest blend win!

Rating Review: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Aroma Festival, The Rocks 2014): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I recommend going to The Aroma Festival to a friend? If you’re a lover of coffee and know your beans, then this is the best place to be! The weather was a wonderful sunshine and this was where the coffee lovers lingered..

Highlight: stamping the coffee! Coffee Haven, Double Roasters, Paramount Coffee Project, Mayan Coffee and Xocolat were all in one place! Saves me from hopping from place to place! Loved the passion.

Suggestion of improvement: there honestly needs to be an ATM around the place. We had to walk back to Circular Quay station. There were 4 ATMs and 4 huge lines.

Ends: Sunday 27, 2014 and occurs annually.

Link: http://www.therocks.com/whats-on/aroma-festival.aspx

Angela Bee

Eat Think Save Sydney event by OzHarvest

Using produce that would’ve been wasted, OzHarvest served up free hot meals to thousands at Martin Place during lunch time on Monday 21 July, 2014 thanks to VirginMobile.
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OzHarvest is the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it, direct and free of charge, to more than 500 charities providing much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and the Gold Coast“.
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This was my ultimate challenge: I had a 1 hr lunch break so I had to get from North Sydney to Martin Place and this is what happened.

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I waited for 2 minutes for a train, hopped on, waited 2 stops, got off at Wynyard and power walked to the top end of Martin Place. There was a massive panel going on talking about food and its wastage.
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There were so many people (and totally did expect this because this is 100% office zone).

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I spotted some delicious lemon cups supplied by Cocos Table so I had a sip before I headed to the long line.

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Apparently it was absolute chockers when it hit noon but I was there at around 1 and it went quite quickly! Loved the little decorations even when we were lining up!

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Guess what? For all the Masterchef lovers, Matt Moran was here and serving up the delicious vegetarian curry.

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Just before getting the meal you were also reminded to hashtag #mealforameal so that for every photo taken,  meal will be provided to someone.

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After getting the curry from the enthusiastic yellow shirted volunteers, we headed towards the chapati station where we got our chapati and dips!

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Here’s my #mealforameal photo!

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There was even a cute station to add a wedge of lemon and garnish.

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For dessert, Brasserie Bread used their leftovers to make apple/fruit crumble and there was even cream to go with it!

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What a fancy meal!

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After getting all my food and taking these photos, I listened to the panellists for a bit. On the way, I passed the OzHarvest tree

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And OzHarvest shop

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What a great cause and I’m so glad I got back to North Sydney within 45 minutes of leaving the office #winning. Use leftover produce and don’t waste food! Thanks Richard Branson for such a great initiative!

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Rating Review: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Think.Act.Save Sydney event by OzHarvest): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =D

Value: =D

Would I recommend going to volunteer/going to an event for OzHarvest? It was crazy busy but seeing everyone excited and willing to learn about food was amazing. You honestly don’t need to do much so get on your phones and hashtag #mealforameal to fill a belly!

Highlight: walking up Martin Place and seeing the huge crowd! I didn’t think there would be so many people coming down, the media, the amount of food…yum! It was so tasty and it reminded me of India and Nepal.

Suggestion of improvement: it would’ve been awesome if the queue to the food went past some of the stalls that were there because I didn’t have enough time to have a proper look at everything but then again I was rushing through it. It was such a relaxed vibe and well organised.

Ends: Monday, 21 July 2014

Link: http://www.ozharvest.org/events/think-eat-save/

Angela Bee

Fresh Food Market Opening – Macquarie Centre

The opening of the Fresh Food Markets at Macquarie Centre from July 17-20, 2014 was the most jam packed experience I’ve ever had in my life in a shopping centre (excludes Boxing Day sales).

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“The first stage of the development—the Fresh Food Market—opened on 17 July, ahead of schedule and on budget. It includes 37 food and specialty stores including Coles, ALDI and a refurbished Woolworths”.

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When you walk from Event Cinemas, past the cute gozleme ladies, down the escalators, past the Chinese takeout eateries, towards Woolies, you’ll notice one big change. Bam. There are a million people packed in the same area, checking out the new shops and food markets- just like yourself.

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Since December last year and up until over a month ago, I used to work at Macquarie Centre. It was dead silent and there were the rare days we hit our targets but this, THIS was insane. You would’ve needed to triple your work staff. Kudos to the Macquarie marketing team for putting this on and all the new stores.

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As you walk inside, you’ll see a Chinese butchery, Tokyo Ramen and a few other stores on your right.

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On the left there’s a modern take of the popular Asian grocery, Miracle, and ‘$2.80 for everything’ at Daiso. It’s spacious, it’s gorgeous and Macquarie is definitely heading in the right space.

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There’s a queue to go up the escalators! But look upwards! The long screen advertising genius is on top of you!

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To the left is Aldi and to the right is Toys for Tales. They even had some life size characters and balloons floating around for the kids.

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Next to Aldi is Pancetta Markets. Did anyone else notice the guy who was holding a massive pancetta sign when you were driving to the centre? Must be a boring job but the dude was flipping that sign inside out! The produce there was a bit pricey but they did have some nice specials. The vintage, yet brand new look certainly helped with the sales and it’s actually pretty big!

The Moroccan lamb and I think cranberry sausage was my favourite at the butchery heading straight forward, but how about the dry meat that was hanging up on display? Would vegetarians be comfortable?

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There was a little aisle with Habitana, National Geo and stuff so that was quite nice.

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On the other side there’s Bakers Delight, a very very fancy version of a cafe which I don’t think anyone would’ve guessed as Michel’s Patisserie..and even a sushi train, Soul Origin and Nuts Galore and a few other stores bundled in the middle.

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There was also a greenery set up with food demonstrations at 10am, 1pm and 3pm. My brother and I went to the salmon one supplied by Costi’s and Healthy Life and those chunks were literally a snatch away.

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Heading towards Coles, Uel and Shannelle from last year’s My Kitchen Rules had cooking demonstrations. There was constantly a crowd around them and you had to be fast to grab their steak salad San Choy bow!

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Luckily I snagged one haha! I looooved the dressing and I hope they’re online somewhere!

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Coles also had tons of FREE SUSHI SAMPLESSSS! The Coles ladies were so passionate about giving free food!! I took advantage if this moment and got 3 pieces. I loved the crunchy onions and the mayo was spectacular!

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There was also pizza and all their salads on trial for us.

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I would that there are some nice cafés around. Greenery seems to be trending this hipster season and this one breathed it. They also had a deli and cakes which was lovely!

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I also loved the charity aspect oh giving a gold coin donation and receiving a little fortune cookie in return from OzHarvest.

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My brother and I spend so much time checking every aisle of every shop. For lunch we had the miso soup noodle at Tokyo Ramen for $8 and ordered extra ramen on the side for $3. It was sooooo busy and average.

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We also tried out the Snag Stand where there were was quite a line!

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If you’re coming here soon, don’t forget to check this place out because it’s going to be one of the biggest shopping centres in the Southern Hemisphere! Rumour has it that H&M will start up here, too!

I now leave you with the funky watermelon carvings from Woolworths.

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Rating Review: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Fresh Food Market opening at Macquarie Centre): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I recommend going to the Fresh Food Market at Macquarie Centre? Can you believe how much competition there is amongst the shops? You have Woolworth, Coles and Aldi on the same level! That’s insane. That’s absolutely insane. Great place to grab your bargains and everything is new and top notch – yessssss!

Highlight: this might not be a highlight for everyone, but the crowd. It was so quiet when I worked the the Centre and now it’s full of people! It kinda sucks for North Ryde Shopping Centre but food here is good. I can’t wait until they release the fashion section in October! I also loved how much staff they had on the floor and helping everyone out. I must say that their marketing team needs a special thumbs up because the amount of people who came over the weekend was enormous!

Suggestion of improvement: there needs to be more signs..for the toilets, shops, rubbish bins..I’m actually now not too sure where the toilets are. I went back to the food court ones near the ice rink. Ohwell.

Ends: never

Link: http://www.macquariecentre.com.au/be-involved/whats-on/events/new-fresh-food-retailers

Angela Bee

Gourmet Tasting Platter for Two – Le Pain Quotidien, The Rocks

$25 for a sharing platter for two at newly opened Le Pain Quotidien through Groupon is a cheese and bread filled deal.

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“Alain Coumont learned about bread  as a small child, standing on a chair every Sunday watching his grandmother  bake bread. As a young chef in Brussels, Alain could not find the right bread  for his restaurant.
Passionate about quality, he  returned to his roots and opened a small bakery where he could knead flour,  salt and water into the rustic loaves of his childhood.
He called his bakery “Le Pain Quotidien“.

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With all groupons, deals, coupons, etc I have a habit of calling and booking before I buy the deal. I’ve had a situation where I have organised a time with a friend, bought the voucher, and it turns out the time we wanted to go was not available because the day had exceeded the ‘voucher limit’.

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Anyways, I called and booked, bought the voucher and when my friend showed up it was not in the system. Thankfully I called from my phone so I had a record of who I talked with but keep that in mind!

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We got a table anyway and our red wines came straight away.

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This restaurant is pretty interesting. It has several small rooms whereas the one at Sydney Westfield is a pretty wide space. I overheard that you had to book for the rooms but it would be be quite cute and vintage to dine in the old cells of Sydney Town.

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I’m not sure if this black dog could be the iconic thing here but here it is!

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The space we sat in was pretty nice and cosy. The brick walls was a charm.

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Then our gourmet tasting platter came out. Cold meats included salami, prosciutto, pate, salmon and it was weaves through the shredded cheddar, brie and blue vein cheese. It was delicious, nothing spectacular, not bad, could be fresher. I guess I used to work in a deli so it was quite average.

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The bruschetta was on a crispy baguette and the lamb slider was more like a mini lamb sandwich with mustard. It was all topped with a few leaves and a couple of very sun dried tomatoes although I’m sure that the voucher came with pumpkin and beetroot salad? I was missing my greens!

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The bread basket was huge! I don’t know how people can eat so much bread in a sitting so this was generous! The bread was fresh but not morning-fresh but the walnut bread was my favourite. Just an FYI that Le Lain Quotidien means the bread expert! I was still satisfied because who expects anyone to make fresh bread at night?

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The outside street view is the MCA so it’s close to Circular Quay. #lovesydney

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Rating Review: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Gourmet Tasting Platter for Two at Le Pain Quotidien): =)

Ambience: =)

Service: =D

Value: =)

Would I recommend buying an antipasto platter to a friend? If you love your cheese, bread and wine, this is a good one for it! A block of cheese at Aldi is $5.99 so this deal is pretty sweet!

Highlight: looking through the little rooms at the restaurant! It got us excited  and I’m glad there wasn’t anyone inside. The ambience  and feel of the place is great and chatting over food is the best.

Suggestion of improvement: it would be fabulous if they had a better booking system so there isn’t a mix it. It was quite embarrassing asking for our table again! Also, we were missing our pumpkin and beetroot salad and I didn’t notice until we saw the menu. I don’t think I would normally pay full price of $35 for the two but it was pretty good for what we paid and that included the much needed wine!

Ends: October 19, 2014

Link: here

Angela Bee

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$8 crepe and drink – The Crepe and Pancake Place

Grab a sweet or savoury crepe at The Crepe and Pancake Place at Broadway Shopping Centre for $8 and enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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The Crepe and Pancake Place “offers Savoury & Sweet Crepes, Pancakes, Waffles, Omelette along with Barista Coffee. We also serve milkshakes and fresh fruit smoothies”.

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What a brilliant name. It brings me back to the crepe days we had at FRESS (French Speaking Society). Such fun times making stacks of crepe cakes ahaha. Anyways, this place is at Broadway Shopping Centre at the Level 2 food court, opposite Soul Origin.

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Well it wasn’t super fancy place but there are tons of specials on display. I can’t help but wonder why someone would not come here to buy $4 pancakes instead of Maccas? What a bargain!

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You could see yeh ladies make the crepes on hot plates and the goodness was made nice and hot!

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There was an extensive menu but because we were coming for brekkie I went with the Florentine with spinach, mushrooms, ricotta, feta and white sauce.

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Service was pretty quick so in no time I got my medium skimmed cappuccino for my morning wake up drink. I was surprised it tasted really good because I find that places which specialise in non-cafe -style food tend to be quite crap. This was good!

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The crepe came very quickly as well with plastic knife, fork and tissue. This was gigantic!! No joke. I could’ve shared this between two people but I kinda ate most of it..whoops!

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No, I mean check this out. I love cheese (didn’t use to until a couple of years ago) but this hot filled crepe was sooooooooooo good. I’m glad I had a coffee to go with this but alternatively you could get a smoothie or milkshake. I’m not a fan of vanilla ice cream so I was quite disappointed that they don’t use a yoghurt base for their smoothies. At least they use real fruit!

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Nomnomnom. My friend and I sat down for our famous long catch up sessions at Victoria Park. Let me encourage everyone to sit in the sun and enjoy nature. It’s beautiful.

Rating Review: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product ($8 crepe and coffee at The Crepe and Pancake Place): =D

Ambience: =)

Service: =D

Value: =D

Would I recommend purchasing a $8 crepe and drink voucher from the Crepe and Pancake Place? If you don’t know how to make a crepe or you feel like something deliciously savory or sweet this is the place to be! It’s pretty awesome considering there’s heaps of eateries around the place. They’re big portions so go for it!

Highlight: the crepe! They were generous with the fillings and super cooper yummy. They are normally $7.50 for a Florentine crepe and I would buy one even if I was on a deal!

Suggestion of improvement: I would totally love a juice option on the menu or even a $10 meal deal could be a crowd pleaser.

Ends: 90 days from purchase

Link: here

Angela Bee

Studio Audience – The Full Brazilian

Irish comedian, Jimeoin, gives an opportunity for soccer fans to be part of a LIVE audience at TV show The Full Brazilian at SBS studios in St Leonards.

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“It’s World Cup time. Viva Brazilia! We’re cheering on the Socceroos, getting up far too early, shouting at the TV, calling the ref a one-eyed cheat, and marvelling at the player’s skills. Making sense of it all is The Full Brazilian, a prime-time, slightly anarchic entertainment program celebrating the 2014 World Cup.”

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Sign up with your availabilities on their website a couple of days before you want to go. Just be careful of putting which days you’re free because you might be going everyday!

You’ll receive a confirmation email with details so please don’t chuck this in your trash because it will be really handy, especially if you’ve never been to SBS studios in st Leonard’s before.

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My brother and I had an epic dinner (I gobbled down a Moo Burger thanks to Paypal in 5 minutes) and ran to get there by 6:30pm. The email said it was a 10 minute walk from the station but it felt like it was longer! There are also buses in the “Artarmon Loop” from Herbert St every 10 minutes but we just missed it.

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We got there all puffed and at reception they took our bags into the cloakroom. Yes, we got to keep our phones. Normally they discourage photos if the show is pre-recorded. The waiting room was filled with World Cup vibe.

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Check out those funky soccer seats! I would love LOVE to work at SBS!!

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We waited until around 7:10 before letting us in. Alright, we all want to know the hot spots to get on screen, right? The floor is actually ‘moveable’ because the cameras need to walk around.

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There are two sections: floor and seats.

Floor: you get to move around and the presenters encourage those at the back to come forward. It sucks when you’re short and you need to look up on the screens to watch the show but it’s totally worth it when you’re at the front and get to see all the action. At first it’s a tad weird because it’s a ‘standing audience’ but everyone’s in the same boat! You also see the band close up.

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Seats: your only camera opportunity is when you sit in the second or third row on the left side when you’re facing the ‘stage’. I was there for a bit but the cameras were definitely in my way. The bright side is that you don’t have to break a neck by looking upwards towards the screen?

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It was pretty cool to see Dicko and Archie. Photo ops with the comedians are available afterwards! Also loved the vibe from the enthusiastic Brazilian drummers and dancers.

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Verdict: Being part of a studio audience for a LIVE show is so much better. You get a laugh here at The Full Brazilian and time passes quickly. Stay on the floor to get up close and personal with the celebs.

Review Rating: =D =) =| =(

Product (Studio Audience at The Full Brazilian): =D

Ambience: =)

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I recommend being part of the studio audience for The Full Brazilian to a friend? If you’re a soccer fan, yes. Over cheering is what they love so get on it. As mentioned before, I prefer LIVE shows. I was at another show quite a while ago and it honestly took more than three hours to film! That’s longer an a movie!

Highlight: standing in the first row and watching the whole thing live. It’s not everyday you get to see it all up close! Most LIVE TV shows such as Q and A have designated seats (but great discussions). Here, it’s more fluid so everyone’s a winner!

Suggestion of Improvement: shower us with more lollies! Haha I’m kidding but sometimes it helps the crowd! The cloakroom line was quite long afterwards by that can’t be helped and there were three girls helping out so they were pretty quick!

Ends: July 13, 2014

Link: http://www.sbs.com.au/programs/the-full-brazilian/join-our-studio-audience

Angela Bee

$5 for $10, or $10 for $20 to spend at Movenpick – Bondi

Pay half price for ice cream, waffles, pancakes, shakes, sundaes, desserts at Movenpick Bondi thanks to Groupon- winter days can get much sweeter, even in the cold!

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“Since creating its ice-cream concoctions in the kitchens of Swiss restaurants more than 60 years ago, Mövenpick Ice Cream has crossed oceans and expanded across the globe to deliver frozen treats to those with a sweet tooth. The ice-cream is still made in Switzerland using local cream, and contains no artificial flavourings or colours. ”

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This whole purchase was totally accidental. I remember flicking rough my emails in the morning and thinking that I would never go to Bondi any time soon but expect the unexpected! Yes. We chose Movenpick over Ben and Jerry’s, New Zealand Natural and others at Bondi. #datview

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What attracted me to the shop itself was the beautiful display of ice cream at the shop front. The flavours are exactly the same at the back so the front is neatly displayed with barely any scoop holes.

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The simplicity of red-ish pink and white made the store look nice and clean.

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The posters on the wall make ice cream seem so refreshing!

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It took so long browsing through the menu. The vouchers available were $5 for $10 worth, or $10 for $20 worth.

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This is what we bought:
Caramel and hazelnut waffles: $12.95. The waffles were very soft and didn’t have that crunch you would expect to have at Max Brenner’s. The ice cream combination was delightful and the waffles came out larger than what was expected from the photos of the menu.

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Deluxe Tasting Menu was a selection of 6 chosen flavours: $12.95. If you’re a sorbet person, mango was divine with little pieces inside and grape and orange gave a lovely citrus aftertaste. Chocolate and coconut gave a little separation from the normally hectic chocolate. Caramelita and Rum n Raisin were the standards. Pannacotta was a little creamy and my favourite was the maple and walnut flavour. All delicious and you can never go wrong! Don’t forget to taste test before you pick your choices!

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I had $4 leftover so I grabbed a much needed large cappuccino with a swirl of chocolate. So much sweetness and not bad coffee either! I was also looking at he Iced Shakes and there were some epic drinks with ice cream in them.

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The lady who served us was very patient and oh so friendly. She gave us knives, forks , spoons  and napkins and even some water at the end just in case!

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If I lived in Bondi I would love an (everyday) treat here…as long as I work it off later!!! #whatexcercise #imissblogilates

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Review Rating: =D =) =| =(

Product (Movenpick ice cream): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =D

Value: =D

Would I recommend Movenpick to a friend? It was my grandma’s last weekend in Sydney and my dad was willing to spend anything for the best ice cream for someone who must eat ice cream before going to bed. If you love ice cream and you’re in Bondi, definitely come here! Super cheap and half the price you would normally pay in Ben and Jerry’s, for example.

Highlight: Sampling all the ice creams! We were there for one reason: ice cream. I love trying a bit of everything. The waffle was pretty good too and but softer than most other dessert bars. Everything was beautifully presented and staff were amazing.

Suggestion of Improvement: Can you please stop tempting me to go all the way to Bondi again? The voucher says it’s only valid in three locations – two in Melbourne and one in Sydney. Just be careful.

Ends: September 22, 2014

Link: https://www.groupon.com.au/deals/sydney/movenpick-ice-cream-1/718541539

Angela Bee

$29 Chocolate High Tea with Cocktails – Swissotel

Chocolate High Tea with Toblerone cocktails for $29 at the Swissotel was money well spent for a fancy day out.

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Crossroads Bar is located within the 5-star Swissotel Sydney. A place where traditional ideas and impeccable service unite with modern designs. Vibrant blues, purples and oranges pop against the dark wooden floor boards and elegant beige couches. Intimate pods provide exclusive entertaining spaces and an atmosphere of sophistication is evoked with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Market Street allowing natural light to flood the area.”

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Let the doorman tip his hat and salut you at the entrance before hopping on the escalators to level 7.

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It felt extremely clean and spacious and the restaurant and bar is cleverly closed in with the grey and red pods of seating – making it slightly romantic and secluded.

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The big red lanterns hanging from the ceiling definitely stood out.

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I showed my voucher and even requested for some candles for a friend’s birthday! The area was just simple and classy and I felt like a real lady sipping on my water in my (normal) cup.

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Our Toblerone cocktails came first and they were delicious. They tasted like chocolate milkshake with a tad of alcohol. Yuuuuum. Highly irresistible and I could’ve gulped it all in one go but no, I savoured it one sip at a time!

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Then the waitresses came with the high tea sets in a very professional manner. Ie professional attire and etiquette. However, I requested for a vegetarian option both in the email and I even double checked at the counter when I gave my voucher to them and still, there was no offer of replacement when we asked if there was supposed to be no meat not the tiers. All that effort for nothing! Urgh!

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Anyways, on the bottom there was a nice salmon bagel, cucumber sandwich, egg wrap, and the best was the mayo chicken on multi-grain baguette. Creamy and delicious! The savory was amazing.

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Scones should be the highlight of every high tea. There was a plain and chocolate one. Although I took the plain one, I thought it was very tasty, a bit fluffy and the jam was a very nice compliment. I loved how the top rises- let’s just say I love muffin tops!

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On the top, it was absolutely jam packed with chocolate. The chocolate cake was sooooooo chocolatey. It was like eating a block of soft chocolate. I’m not a fan of cream but the profiteroles were a nice touch with crushed pistachios on top. Again, the chocolate tart was dense and extra sweet with the cream and white chocolate flake.

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The best was the berry compote with the layer of chocolate mousse! A mixture of slightly sweet and sweet n soft textures!

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Girls love to talk and indeed we did until the coffee came. We were choc-ed it and could not order a hot chocolate haha! I had a skimmed cappuccino and by the way, you get a bigger glass if you get the latte. I don’t know why.

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One of us ordered the T2 tea and got a large fancy teapot.

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Loved the high tea here and it was definitely worth it’s money!! Chocolate high tea and cocktail for the chocoholics out there is like living a dream at Swissotel!

Review Rating: =D =) =| =(

Product (Chocolate High Tea and cocktails at Swissotel): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =D

Value: =D

Would I recommend going to Chocolate High Tea with Cocktails at Swissotel to a friend? Straight out- Yes. How can you refuse high tea AND cocktails for only $29? Normally a cocktail at a cocktail bar is around $20 and a high tea could be up to $50pp. This is crazy amazing so if you like chocolate this is definitely where you should be heading!

Highlight: Oh the toberlone cocktail was such a sweet treaat!! I wish we could’ve ordered more!! Who says you can’t drink in the middle of the day? The place was really cute.. shame there weren’t any pods available to sit in so we had a spacious table and couch.

Suggestion of improvement: I was quite disappointed with the vegetarian option not coming out. I always take care when people have dietary requirements and in this case it was my vego friend’s birthday. Communication needs some improving!

Ends: July 25, 2014

Link: http://www.groupon.com.au/deals/sydney/swissotel-2/718443774

Angela Bee