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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Bonnie Lythgoe – Episode 3 – Part 2

November 7th, 2013

You just can’t help but fall in love with Bonnie Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance).
This effervescent, always smiling and kind hearted lady is the next amazing guest on Adrian Can’t Cook.

Enjoy.

Adrian

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Venuti La Vita – Maria Venuti 70th Birthday Party & 50 Years In Entertainment

March 22nd, 2011

Maria Venuti celebrated her BIG 70th birthday on the 13th of March in opulence and elegance – with a hint of cheekiness!

The 450 guests arrived at Doltone House, Pyrmont for Venuti La Vita with Variety, the Childrens Charity on an evening of perfect weather and stunning city backdrop. With a red theme for the party, the guests were greeted with the Maria Venuti signature Campari red cocktails with either blood orange or POM Wonderful Juice, Yellowglen Sparkling, De Bortolli wines and canapés to enjoy before the life of the party arrived.


But how on earth does a person with 50 years of entertainment experience and an exuberant personality arrive with a grand entrance? In a Carabinieri (Italian Police Car) of course! Sirens blazing, as the car came speeding down the wharf. The guests in amazement and hysterics as the larger then life Maria Venuti is escorted from the car by Dancing With The Stars dancer, Carmelo Pizzino.

Covered head to toe in red sequins, feathers and diamantes, Carmelo and his Dancing With The Stars friends liven up the mood while dancing and posing around Maria, as she waves to the guests, smiles for photos and sprawls herself over the Carabinieri.

“Welcome to my boudoir” Maria said to the guests, inviting them inside the  absolutely breathtaking red and black room, suitable for a King and Queen, complete with chandeliers, candelabras and a red baby grand piano on stage. With table settings fit for royal guests, chocolate gift boxes from Dolci D’oro and platters of Adriano Zumbo macaroons are waiting to be enjoyed.

To the back corner of the room, stylist and emcee for the night Glenn T created a phenomenal display of Maria’s dresses, right back from the start of her career – it was like stepping into the museum of a drag queen! Feathers, sequins and diamantes splashed around all over the place. Outrageous outfits and colour, colour, colour!


With some of Australia’s biggest names in entertainment, politics and business – the stars came out to play and celebrate a fabulous 50 years of entertainment and 70 years of life with Maria. Some of the guests included Alan Jones AO, Michael Caton, Barry Crocker, Vince Sorrenti, Trevor Ashley, John Foreman, Peter Everett and Susie Elelman just to name a few.


Glenn T, the emcee for the night conducted himself in nothing but a 10 out of 10 manner, with class, humour and nothing but love and admiration for Maria.

Maria started off the evening, in a fabulous gold number with “Let’s Get My Party Started” and the jazz classic, “Almost Like Being In Love”… To finish off with an emotional standing ovation.

To continue on with the night entertainment was the wonderful John Paul Young singing his world famous 1978 track “Love Is In The Air”. Getting the room intimate and in the mood, all of the guests young and old got into it – every person in the room had a smile from ear to ear.

Three chefs chosen from three of Maria’s favourite Italian restaurants, each course was specifically designed for the 450 guests. To start off the Italian culinary feast, the gorgeous entrée is served. Luca Ciano, executive chef of Casa Barilla whips up Orecchiette pasta with goat ragu, chestnuts and baked ricotta. Delicious! Both Michael Yabsley and Alan Jones were sitting beside me and raved on about how delicious it was!

Alan Jones AO made an outstanding and heartfelt contribution to the evening, speaking beautifully about Maria’s life, about the book she recently launched and about the wonderful mark she has embedded in the entertainment industry and how Maria is a true Australian icon. And that she most certainly is.


Lucio Galletto of Lucio’s prepares the main, fish with cuttlefish and silverbeet. As this is being served, Carmelo and Alana from Dancing With The Stars dance for everybody.

The entertainment just doesn’t stop. It’s now time for Barry Crocker to get up and do his thing. Sounding tremendous, he brought Maria up on stage to sing with him – both creating a very special moment for all.


Vince Sorrenti. I am laughing as I write this. This man is a master at making people laugh. He had the room in stitches and there were tears running down faces from being in hysterics. He is a very funny man, with alot to say and had every person in that room completely in the moment with him – including Maria laughing away at our table.


The sole purpose for Maria’s birthday is to raise money for the charity she has long been an ambassador for – Variety. Up came Variety Vice President Penny Docherty along with Glen Wheeler to do the auction and raffle which guests spent many dollars on buying tickets for and bidding. Thousands of dollars were raised, with several luxury packages including a trip to New Zealand and other goods such as a face lift from All Saints Cosmedical, Catherine Manuell designer luggage (won by John Foreman), 14 vouchers of Sydney’s best Italian restaurants, a Carla Zampatti dress, a John Serafino suit, Master/Slave shoes tickets to the Opera and Hairspray, products from Troy Thompson hairdressing, pearls from Nader Jewellers, a Rachel Gilbert dress, Fashion Identity company package, Chrissy L jewels, a couple of nights at The Cullen Hotel, Top3 by Design, Social Royalty, NathanPaul Swimwear (won by Vince Sorentti), V Club Gym membership a luxury Hunter Valley package plus much much more!


There is even an extra auction thrown in there by Glen – the chance to see Michael Caton from Packed to the Rafters sing to all 450 guests! Raising $700 for Variety, Michael sang “Volare”, an Italian love song. (Stay tuned for the footage!)

Dessert is served. Darren Simpson of La Scala on Jersey serves guests his divine pannacotta with whole figs stewed in Vin Santo. Perfect in taste and perfect in texture – I ate both my dessert, and Alan Jones’.

Everybody knows the event is coming to an end. But there is still a vital part missing. The cake.

Now this isn’t just any cake. This is a birthday cake so fabulous, so over the top, so Maria Venuti it’s not funny! Designed by Antony Bullimore from Planet Cake in Balmain, this magnificent 3 tier cake, each tier a different animal print, covered in diamantes, with stars and a diamante encrusted microphone protruding through the top of the cake! But wait, there has to be a candle right? Seventy candles to be exact! Maria blows out her candles and cuts the cake, with her astonishing daughter Bianca beside her, wearing an jaw-dropping Patrîcia Nascimento gown.

As cake is prepared for the guests (as if the dessert wasn’t enough!), there is yet another surprise in-store. Trevor Ashley who stars as Edna in musical ‘Hairspray‘ spent the remainder of the evening trying to upstage Maria, coming on in drag as Maria, with one of the most hilarious routines I’ve ever seen. This time, every single guest was laughing uncontrollably, with tears streaming down their faces.

It’s clear that Trevor Ashley has a close relationship with Maria as he was able to do mannerisms, voice pitches and other little Maria-isms perfectly. This was most certainly the highlight of the event, I’ve never laughed so much!

It has come to an end – a night that I had hoped would go on for much longer, but was over with in what seemed 30 minutes. A truly successful evening for both Maria and Variety. Glenn T gave Maria a gorgeous bunch of flowers from Merci Bouquet which were wrapped in leopard print. Maria said her thankyou’s and sang one final time with a medley of her favourite tunes, dedicating them to everyone that was there to share her special night.


The big band played a few songs to dance to, by this time people started to leave with their substantial gift bags in tow – containing pasta, pasta sauce and Grissinni from Barilla, Coast To Coast magazines, a bottle of Lindemans Pink Chardonnay, Cocolo Chocolates, Pukka Tea, vouchers for ParaMedical Skin Clinic, Master/Slave, Survivor Fitness and to top it off, a cute thankyou card from Maria with a cartoon of herself by Brett Willis Cartoons.


A magical night, a rollercoaster of emotions and a mutual love for a very special lady. I have no doubt Maria Venuti will never forget her night, as it was made for her and all about her.


Happy milestones Maria. Love Adrian xox

Sexy, Sultry, Talented, Kind – Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders

December 6th, 2010

Interview by Adrian Erdedi. Photos by Paramount Studios Sydney.

A little while ago I met a very sweet girl, at an event at Piano Room in Sydney. She introduced herself, she asked me how my day was, what I did and what my plans for the rest of the night were. She took interest in me, when she didn’t even know me. And she continued to do this to so many others. Her name is Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders.

Since then, getting to know Mindi has been nothing but an absolute pleasure. She is so talented, she knows her stuff. She is so god damn sexy, and wears the most fabulous outfits. She is kind, generous and very intelligent. She is everything female artists (or females overall!) wish they were.

Below is an interview I did with Mindi, she is just fantastic!

EVENT: If you are one of the lucky people invited to the Romel Model Management and Paparazzi; Celeb 4 A Day Christmas Party this Tuesday the 7th of December at Piano Room, you will get to see the stunning Mindi perform onstage.

MINDI ON WORK AND LIFE

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

Right now we’re smack bang in the middle of the festive season, so we’re busy doing gigs and events and things which is fun. Any spare time I spend writing and recording as much as I can and I’m also spending some time in the studio getting into production which I’m loving.

In February 2009, you joined the Rogue Traders, replacing Natalie Bassingthwaighte, how were you told that you were going to be part of such a well known band and what was your first reaction?

Well originally James Ash from Rogues approached me on Myspace and asked me if I was interested in auditioning. Initially I didn’t believe it was really him! Very excited when I discovered it actually was.

I was totally into it and we moved forward from there. I went to their studio in Melbourne then they came to a gig of mine in Sydney and a few weeks later I got the official call. I was in Newtown eating gelato and James called me with the news. I was so pumped I wanted to get started straight away. Such exciting times! It was the beginning of a whole new chapter for me.

How did you find it settling into the band?

Really easy, the guys are great and were always all about me bringing who I am to the table musically and stylistically. So that made settling in really easy. James and I have very similar musical influences and we both have quite a warped sense of humour as well, so we hit it off from the get go.

You’ve been singing since the age of 5, so what advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Sing and play as much as you possibly can, practise your craft. Get out there on stages and perform in front of people. Listen to lots of music, old and new and see what floats your boat, it helps you learn who you are as an artist. And, always remember that persistence pays off.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

This year I did some work with the Sony Foundation for ‘You Can’. ‘You Can’ are raising much needed funds to build long term care centres for 15 – 30 year old cancer sufferers. By donating old and unwanted phones Australians can help this cause.

A staggering 1 in 100 people in Australia are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 30, and in the last 25 years there has been next to no improvement in survival rates for this age group. ‘You Can’ aims to build specialised cancer centres for this age group and give them the services they need and deserve, and help them survive. It is a great cause, and so easy to make a contribution. Check it out at www.sonyfoundation.org.au

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I make sure I spend lots of time hanging with my partner, family and friends. I love spending time outdoors going to the beach as well. Music is one of those things that’s all encompassing, you could have it going through your head all day and all night. I just make sure I switch off sometimes and zone out….even just couch time in front of the tv is like heaven.

My Mother and Father always told me…

To turn the music up.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Haha I’m useless….I can get teary watching Beauty and the Geek for goodness sake!

MINDI ON FOOD

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

My number one is Shanghai dumplings…top of the list….steamed veggie with soy sauce and chilli. Yum! Wine and Cheese is one of my favourite indulgences. I find it decadent and completely relaxing. I love Indian and Italian food.  I also can’t live without my soy mocha hit on most days.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

My favourite meal to eat out is breakfast, which I do a couple of times a week. I love breakfast down by the beach. Dinners I eat out a few times a week too. I love going out to eat with friends, but I also love to cook. I’ll cook at home most nights. I really enjoy creating my own ‘spin off’ recipes.

Signature dish?

Probably a spicy Arrabiatta sauce with olives and fresh basil over Kamut spaghetti, topped with shaved grana padano cheese. Simple and fresh.

What is one of your best cooking tips?

My food philosophy is simple and fresh ingredients, organic where possible as it makes all the difference with flavour and with nutritional value.

MINDI ON FASHION

Being in a great Australian band, you need to look the part, wearing the best threads. Who or what influences you most in Fashion?

I love quirky and bold fashion and I love being able to incorporate quite theatrical elements into the mix. I also love vintage shopping and finding rare and interesting pieces from years gone by.

A few of my all time favourite music and fashion icons are Deborah Harry, I’m a big Blondie fan, and David Bowie. And I love what artists like Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have brought into the pop music arena of today. Big fan.

In terms of designers, some of my faves (to name a few) are Ellery, Romance Was Born, By Weave, Justine Davis, Alex Perry, Balmain, Ginger & Smart, Tovah, Anthony Capon and Surafina.

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg.Hyper-colour shirts!)

Jelly sandals. they make your feet too sweaty.

Fashion must-have’s?

Bold accessories, a GHD, black nail polish, a killer set of lashes, some statement heels, red lipstick, Oyster magazine.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

David Bowie’s in the 70′s because just imagine what you’d find! Goldmine.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

At this moment (and it changes daily) it’s a cream ankle boot by PeepToe.

MINDI ON HER HOME

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

I have to say my house is a little quirky. I like bursts of colour and interesting pieces. There’s a few themes running through my house. We have music – the studio…it’s organised chaos. Lots of gear and instruments, and a mirror ball for inspiration.

I have a retro dressing room which is basically a room full of clothes, shoes and vintage decor. I don’t like everything to be perfect, I like a bit of character.

Home must-have’s?

At  home….. lots of music, good speakers, a comfy couch, an acoustic guitar, a big & full bookshelf, interesting art, herbal tea and good pillows.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

I don’t really have rules. My design approach is a little experimental.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Probably my studio.

What is your kitchen like?

The kitchen itself is quite simple but the oven and stovetop is a big shiny stainless steel monster! I love it.

MINDI ON LIFESTYLE

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a leafy suburb called Hornsby Heights in Sydney.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia?

The Hunter Valley. I love going up and renting a big house with a group of friends. We drink wine and play board games.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

Ford Escape. I love going for big drives and I love to have lots of room.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Probably my shoe collection.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

France. I’ve never been, but I’m going this year and I can’t wait!

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

Coffee money.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Prince. I’d fly around him and try and soak up some of his musical genius.

Three pet hates?

1. Rude people

2. Bad food

3. Ignorance

ONE GOOD, ONE BAD

(One good thing and one bad thing about each)

FAME

good: Hearing your song on the radio!

bad: Having to think twice about leaving the house in trackies.

AUSTRALIAN FASHION

good: Australian fashion is amazing. Most of my favourite designers are Australian.

bad: I want too much of it!

SYDNEY

good: the beaches

bad: the traffic!

TRAVELING

good: I love a ‘make it up as you go’ holiday adventure. It’s fun not knowing what’s coming next.

bad: unpacking

KYLE SANDILANDS

good: he’s naughty

bad: he’s naughty

Sleek And Sexy Peugeot RCZ – The Faux Super Car

December 3rd, 2010

Test driven and written by Adrian Erdedi for www.AdrianErdedi.com

As I walked out of The Riverview Hotel in Balmain after an amazing lunch, I saw the Peugeot RCZ drive past me on the street, with a halo around it’s roof and the scene in slow motion. There was an angel passing me.

One of the most stunning cars I’ve seen on the road in a long time, I couldn’t help but stare and see in real life the car that has been advertised on more billboards, magazines and newspapers then the Mitsubishi 380 when that came out a few years back. Almost impossible to escape.

A mix of the Nissan 370Z, the new Audi TT and I can even see a little bit of the Daihatsu Copen in there. The Peugeot RCZ looks like some extra terrestrial Supercar, powerful, sexy, fast and super luxurious. Till you get in it.

To the Peugeot dealership I went to discover this amazing vehicle and see what all the advertising was all about… Boy was I disappointed.

Exterior – The Great And The Not So Bad.

Approaching this outstanding car, the first thing I find on the exterior to criticise are the exhaust pipes. Two steel exhausts on the left hand side of the car. All the engineering, styling and money that goes into creating such a spectacular looking car, they have done nothing minutely different with the exhaust. Perhaps two on either side, or even one on either side, or in the middle. But I can get over it. The rear is very beautiful, you could almost mistaken it for an Audi TT at a glance. An electronic rear spoiler can be deployed manually or automatically. Once you reach 85 km/h it will raise 19 degrees. Once you reach 155km/h (which I hope you don’t?!), it raises up to 34 degrees. It is concealed neatly within the boot lid, but a little flimsy when the boot lid is lifted, the spoiler can be moved around on the sides of the lid.

The smooth and stylish lines are simply delightful. The cabin sits low and sunken in between the 4 wheels. The mirrors are gorgeous, similar to the Citroën C4. There is heaps of glass, the use of glass is phenomenal. Every single panel of this car is simply perfect.

The front of the car had this enormous badge, a massive grille which remind me of a Whale Shark, ready to scoop up and swallow anything in it’s way. The badge which and the surrounding grille is made out of plastic, but not even a good plastic. It’s flimsy, cheap and tacky. The entire front bumper and grille is completely flimsy – like a cheap little Suzuki Swift.

But the most striking feature of this car is most definately the roof. There is a double-bubble roof, that protrudes from the top of the windscreen, to the back of the roof, then the rear window is moulded to carry the convex bubble through to the base of the window. There are two aluminum arches which stand out in the most blissfully peculiar way – a vision of almost perfection.

Interior – The Not So Good And The Bad.

Pathetic. There is almost nothing in the interior that does this car justice. After having a complete eyegasm with it’s utter sex appeal on the outside, getting into the car is one of the biggest anti-climaxes I’ve ever had.

From the moment I got in, the only thing I could really say is beautiful… Are the front seats. That’s it.

The dashboard, the buttons, the stereo, the doors, centre console, the handbrake, the gears, the EVERYTHING looks like it’s come straight from a Peugeot 206. Simply boring and dull. There is nothing technologically advanced (specification wise), and nothing anywhere close to reaching the levels of luxury you’d expect when you see it from the outside.

Flimsy plastic climate control knobs. A basic stereo supplied by JBL has adequate sound, but is just a basic looking facia from one of the entry level 206′s – it just has no character. There is an analogue clock, to add a touch of ‘class’. Too bad that class was lost when they put the filthy looking numbers all over it. The clock in the Ford Fairlane’s (which are now Silver Service cabs in Sydney) from the early 2000′s even looks better!

I also don’t like the handbrake. In this day and age, an electric brake would be more suitable for this car, with a simple touch of a button to engage the park-brake. The Peugeot 3008 has it, why doesn’t the RCZ?

The biggest thing that got me was the back seat. Ok admittedly you wouldn’t really want to take people around, a car packed with 4 people, but in the occasion that you do need to, you may need to remove either their head, or their legs. One or the other. I am 184cm tall, and sitting in the back of this car was simply impossible. Yes there is leg room – but it’s the head space. My head was literally laying on my shoulder to one side just so I could fit in. The rear window comes down over the rear seat so much, it cuts off a large portion of the head room. The rear seats are cheap and tacky, just like in the Porsche Carrera’s. It’s definately a 2 seater car with a parcel shelf – which happens to have 2 seatbelts.

But I need to stop being so negative. I should discuss the great things about the interior.

Back to the front seats – stunning. They are absolutely beautiful, from any angle you look at them. They are embossed with the Peugeot logo. They are sumptuous and supportive.

Oh, there’s also a rather large boot which I was quite impressed with, at 384 litres. But how? There is no spare tyre. No, they aren’t run-flats either. There is simply no spare type – full size or space saver. You get a little can of glue to patch up a hole long enough to get you to a service station. Ridiculous!

That’s it.

Engine & Drive – The Fairly Alright And The Bad.

Using the common style key to start the car was the first of my criticisms. Again, a stunning car which should have technological advancements such as keyless entry and start. Nothing more pleasurable then starting your faux-Supercar with a START/STOP button if you ask me.

But that aside, this is about the engine and the drive.

Handling is sublime. Absolutely excellent as expected. It glues itself to the road. Push it as hard as you can, and still it sticks to the road with each and very little fuss.

The Australian range has three variants. A 6-speed manual 1.6-litre, 147 kW petrol turbo; A 6-speed automatic 1.6 litre, 115kW or the 6-speed manual 2.0 litre Hdi turbo-diesel. They are all fairly good engines, but the way of choosing basically comes down to preference. What you would prefer to drive. It’s no super-car. It’s no powerhouse of muscle and torque, but it’s definately got guts and can definately be pushed without it sounding like it’s struggling.

Gear changing is easy and guided – again it comes down to it not being a pure-bred sports car, where you put your heart and soul through the gear stick and drive it the way it was made… This is smooth and guided. It’s just a normal road car at the end of the day.

Safety – The Good.

The safety bar has been set high. There are two front airbags as well as two side airbags. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is by Bosch, ASR, EBD, ABS, EBA and Hill Assist. A heap of letters that mean one thing – crashing this car is pretty damn hard!

An interesting feature is the active bonnet system. It assists with minimising physical impact to pedestrians in case of an accident by raising the bonnet 55mm, avoiding hard contact with engine components.

Likes: Not too many of them. But the obvious one is the exterior styling. Second to none. The front leather seats, both comfort and styling. The leather clad dashboard and stitching. Handling. Drive. Smooth. Clean. Fun. Price.

Dislikes: The entire interior styling. Everything from the centre console lid/armrest to the instrument cluster and the ugly small screen at the top center of the dashboard. Rear seating and head space. The flooring carpet is atrocious – something you’d expect in a 1990 Mitsubishi Nimbus.

Would I buy it? If I could swap the interior for an Audi TT or BMW Z4, and also change the bubble roof from aluminium to glass, I would buy it in a heartbeat. It needs to have a stylish cockpit – with inclusions such as satellite navigation, touch screen functions, a superior branded stereo (like Bose did with Mazda or Bang & Olufsen did with Audi – even Marcel Wanders!).

Price: From $55,000. There is a Special Edition coming out this month with prices starting from $62,490.

Final say: What a stunning car from the outside. The inside is very disappointing. I guess the price of the car coincides with the level of luxury and the technological features. You are basically paying for superb exterior styling with the interior level of a 206, with beautiful front seats.

Cupcake Queen Paris Cutler Creates a Planet For A Cupcake Queen

October 27th, 2010

Paris Cutler’s highly anticipated second book Planet Cake Cupcakes provides a chic and contemporary take on the cupcake phenomenon. Following on from the incredible success of her first book Planet Cake – A Guide for BeginnersPlanet Cake Cupcakes sets a new standard for decorating, appealing to aspiring sugar crafters and cake decorators as well home cooks who are past the simple iced cupcake and want to tackle a more quirky, fun, challenging design.

Planet Cake Cupcakes includes 20 different cupcake designs, all beautifully photographed, and features all of the icing and decorating techniques that have made Paris an internationally recognized name in sugar craft. From stenciling and cut-outs to three-dimensional character modelling, there’s a funky design for every occasion.

Featuring a comprehensive basics section with photos and trouble-shooting tips, the cupcakes In Planet Cake Cupcakes range from simple yet stunning designs to more complex ones for all occasions, including birthdays and weddings. The methods are explained step-by-step and are enhanced by colour illustrations.

Today, Paris has evolved Planet Cake into a commercial kitchen operated by 10 staff; specializing in couture cakes for high-end weddings, birthdays and all types of celebrations. A regular on MasterChef and a favourite with the stars, Planet Cake has numerous celebrity cakes to their credit including Nicole Kidman, Rihanna and Celine Dion.

In line with her business philosophy – share everything and hide nothing – Paris also operates a world renowned national cake decorating school, attracting students from all over the world.

Purchase Paris’ book by visiting her website: www.planetcake.com.au

To read more about Planet Cake my review and other related articles, please click HERE

Take Me To A Planet Of Cakes!

October 1st, 2010

I have been to a few birthdays and a wedding recently, all which had the most amazing cakes. They were all ornamental and detailed edible creations, obviously made by people of skill and artistic flair.

Each of these cakes had one thing in common. They were all from Planet Cake in Balmain.

Planet Cake is definately Australia’s best in cakes. Their cakes are moist, delicious and seem to leave all the people who eat it asking one question – “Where is this cake from?”

When I had my amazingly decorated slice of chocolate cake, at first I was a little sad that the spectacular creation was being savaged by the knife of the bride and groom, but when I saw the interior, I didn’t care! The icing is fresh and sweetened to perfection. There is nothing I can fault on the cake. The looks and the taste!

Hearing the name Planet Cake so much from all the people I know who have used them, I decided to investigate the company for myself and I was pleasantly suprised.

We all read magazines, and when we see a hot celebrity wearing a gorgeous pair of jeans or shoes, we automatically know it’s going to be great – especially if they are wearing it. Well it is much the same for Planet Cake. Nothing C or D list about the cakes they have made for celebrities. Planet Cake celebrity cakes include the likes of Rihanna, Celine Dion, Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban, Cate Blanchett, Megan Gale, Anthony Del Col (Celebrity Wedding Planner) and also provided cakes for Master Chef and Grazia. The list goes on and on… So if there is anything to go by, hopefully the celebrity clientele will be something to sell it to you!

It wasn’t just that, they also have cake decorating classes The Planet Cake Decorating School, the largest school of it’s type in Australia. They provide courses for Basic, Novelty & Specialty decorating, which a full outline of the course on the website for you to look at. With formal qualifications, you can take it further if you wish.

There is an online store for cakes which you don’t want to customise, but if it’s for a big occasion like a wedding, there’s no doubt the bride will want something unique and something to make every single person green with envy when they see it. Whatever it is you imagine, Planet Cake will most likely be able to create it. These guys are so skilled, it would be more appropriate to call them artists rather then decorators.

I could go on and on about their cakes, but it would be better if you just tried them for yourself. What I suggest is purchasing one for your next event, birthday, funeral, christening, wedding etc. I assure you will be so impressed, you will thank me!

Have a look at the celebrity cakes below… Like nothing you could ever imagine!

Planet Cake – 106 Beattie Street. Balmain – (02) 9810 3843

www.planetcake.com.au

One Of My Favourite Blue Cheeses

June 7th, 2010

I love blue cheeses, but many people think it is one of the most disgusting cheeses available. The strong off smell and the mouldy look of it turns people right off, but I really don’t think there is a type of cheese out there that contains so much flavour, and so much varied flavour depending on the brand and origin.

One of my favourites of all is the Mauri Bontazola Dolce Latte from Jacobs Delicious in Balmain. Instead of writing about the cheese in my own words, I am using the deseciption Jacobs Delicious have provided for me, because it couldn’t be more spot on.

“This is one of the most famous cheeses and comes from Lombardy in Italy.

A healthy Gorgonzola is a vivid, glistening ivory-to-straw colour, set against liberal striations of greenish-blue mould. It should be moist and not too crumbly. The flavour gets stronger as the cheese matures. The cheese is marketed in two styles: sweet (‘dolce’) and sharp (‘naturale or piccante’), the latter being older and more assertive.

A mould is introduced into the cheese and its growth is enhanced through a method of piercing the cheese with copper or stainless steel needles to produce fissures or air passages. This enables oxygen to enter and nourish the mould. Bacteria are mixed into the curd earlier in the cheesemaking process and the piercing speeds up the blueing process.”

There’s nothing more delicious then using blue cheese in a salad with pear, walnuts, pine nuts and lettuce. Trying adding tuna or salmon for something a little different.

128/85 Reynolds Street, Balmain – (02) 9555 5434

www.jacobsdeli.com.au

Is It Concrete? Is It River Stone? Is It Granite? No, It’s Bio-Resin!

April 8th, 2010

Danny Sheiner is quite a clever designer, who is inspired by the modern architecture of South America. I’ve never been to South America, but I can definately see his inspiration in his jewellery after looking at the concrete forms of Paulo Mendes de Rocha – a place where he found this inspiration.

The new CASA collection is made of bio-resin, which is a very unique non-toxic water based resin with the look and feel of river stone. The pattern and character of concrete/river stone is evident in the resin and is contrasted perfectly with recycled sterling silver. The bangle above is the favourite of mine in the collection, but I do advise you check out his entire range, because he has so much to offer for every person, every mood and every budget.

You can view the CASA collection at Mrs Red and Sons in Surry Hills, MCA Store at The Rocks, Punch Gallery in Balmain or on the website:

www.loopdesign.com.au

There’s Nothing Like A Beautifully Scented Space

April 7th, 2010

Each day when I leave work (usually with a headache), I drive home, drive into my garage, hop in the lift, get to my floor, where I instantly smell my apartment. It’s pleasant, soothing and I love opening my big front door to find my personal and private space being infused by my Magnolia fragrance diffuser by Scented Space.

It’s a calming, but bodied scent, which has abit of an old world cottage charm to it, but fits in nicely with my eclectic décor. I have found that finding a scent to match a home is a hard thing to do. You don’t want coastal scents in a quaint cottage in Balmain, or the scent of vanilla in a clinical and polished concrete apartment in Darlinghurst. Matching is important to complete a space.

Scented Space have a range of 20 scents to choose from and are exclusively sold at Myer for $34.95.