Here are some of my favourite photos from the Adrian Can’t Cook shoot with Bianca Venuti and Maria Venuti.
This is Part 2, Episode 1 of ADRIAN CAN’T COOK!
My special guest is Bianca Venuti, teaching me how to make an easy Italian specialty.
Check out what fun and games we get up to and who the special guest may be…
This is the first official Adrian Can’t Cook video.
The first special guest is Bianca Venuti teaching me how to make an easy Italian specialty.
Check out what fun and games we get up to and who the special guest may be… There may even be a little performance!
ADRIAN CAN’T COOK will officially launch this week, but there needs to be a Kitchen Quickie to get you in the mood… Are you ready?
THE APARTTMENT, a stunning new clothing and furniture concept store, is set to launch at ivy’s coveted retail laneway in May. Inspired by a chic Parisian boudoir, THE APARTTMENT is a charming new retail experience offering a range of quality brands and products suited to the many aspects of a woman’s lifestyle and personal living space from home furnishings to fashion and beauty.
I went to the media launch so i could smell, taste, touch and experience the store in all its glory.
The beautiful store is the brainchild of Claire Coppins, the creative force behind fun and rebellious Australian fashion label, Tighttigers, known by many simply as TT. Infused with Claire’s innate creative flare and penchant for soft fabrications, sensual silhouettes, natural tones and understated luxury, THE APARTTMENT is designed to feel as if you are strolling into a stylish apartment of chic friend in Paris. The boutique is filled with gorgeous products from an array of complementary fashion, home furnishing and beauty brands, carefully selected by the talented young designer to reflect an effortless sense of luxury and aspiration at an incredibly accessible price point.
Everything in the store is available for purchase – from Tighttiger’s signature range of blazers, silk dresses and jersey basics, shoes from directional footwear brand Senso and beauty products from Bloom Cosmetics to key furniture pieces from online furnishing brand Max Sparrow, luxurious handwoven rugs by Cadrys and innovative lighting installations from Zaffero.
THE APARTTMENT will also stock high end leather jackets by Paris-based luxury label Nour Hammour, gorgeous silk scarves by Yassin Lahmar and stunning jewellery from the girls at SFLitter. Keeping with the intrinsic French theme, the store also offers a relaxing space for those special tête-à-têtes where shoppers can sit back and enjoy teas from T2 and gorgeous treats from Merivale’s own Lorraine’s Patisserie.
Claire’s vision for the store was to create a retail space that looks and feels like you have just walked off the streets of Paris into her home – “I wanted to offer a unique shopping experience, a boutique where you can come in, take some time out, explore the treasure trove of charming products, sit back with a cup of tea and relax. The brands have all been individually chosen to offer something special for a woman’s personal life”.
THE APARTTMENT joins a host of Australia’s leading retailers that call ivy’s fabulous lifestyle precinct home including celebrity and editorial hair maestro, Brad Ngata, sleepwear king Peter Alexander, multi-brand fashion boutique Elsewear, the yoga-inspired athletic apparel company LuluLemon Athletica, the sartorial craftsmanship of Zimma Tailors, the delicious Cupcake Bakery and boutique wine retailer, The Bottle Shop
An authentic trip around Sicily with the fabulous mother and daughter duo, Maria and Bianca Venuti. Eating at amazing restaurants and spending time with local families. Drinking fine local wines and eating the best cheeses.
This sounds like the perfect holiday to me. Who’s in?
It’s Venuti’s Sicilia Foodgasms – the ultimate food and wine tour!
Join Australian/Italian showbiz icon Maria Venuti AM and her beautiful ‘buongustaio’ (food connoisseur) daughter, Bianca Venuti, for a once in a lifetime tour of their Sicilia.
The Venuti’s will share with an exclusive group of 14 guests their passion for the best local food and wine. The experience includes stays at luxury Sicilian hotels; stunning sights such as Mt Etna, the Aeolian islands, and Agrigento Valley of the Temples; cooking lessons and fresh ricotta making; winery visits; and nightly fine dining, including a special 12 course degustation dinner at two Michelin star restaurant, Il Duomo. The final evening will see Maria entertain guests at a gala dinner with the Venuti family in Messina.
The 12 night tour starts from Palermo: 22 June to 4 July 2013, priced at $8,900.
For bookings and enquiries, phone Catarina at ATI tours on (02) 9798 0588 or see HERE!
WHAT AN EVENT!
This was definately the one of the week… Perhaps the one of the month!
Sydney based basketball team, The Sydney Kings, threw a star‐studded cocktail event to celebrate the launch of their up‐coming season. My oh my, what an event it was!
‘The Night Parrot’ on William Street glowed to the passing traffic and pedestrians, as the exterior of the heritage‐listed building was lit with the Kings colours, purple and yellow with light installation projectors. As we came down William Street, we knew exactly where the party was at.
The path outside the building was lined with large white plinths, leading to the front gate and venue entry where the vibe was electric. Through the gate and down the ‘purple‐carpet’ we were greeted by a media pit that had every celeb, A-list to D-list getting interviewed.
As we left the purple‐carpet and moved inside, we were greeted by welcoming wait‐staff serving incredible hand crafted canapés and drinks. The large space was decorated with floating purple lights hanging from the rafters, elegant purple and gold tablecloths over high cocktail tables and music flowing from the resident Sydney Kings DJ, Jordan. The ambience was that of a sophisticated cocktail party, and every single one of us were immediately impressed.
The delightfully gorgeous NATARSHA BELLING greeted us as the official host, announcing the give‐away of two, business class return tickets to Los Angeles from UNITED AIRLINES. As soon as I found my spot with my friends, the gorgeous wife of LARRY EMDUR, SYLVIE, ran over to me asking what I was going to tweet for the chance to win the business class airfares. Why do I love The Sydney Kings and what I would do in LA, with the hashtag #UnitedHoops was all I had to do to enter! But sadly, I didn’t win. Natarsha announced the very lucky winner of the return tickets to Los Angles. Tweeting, ‘@TheSydneyKings Go shopping JuliaRobertsPrettyWoman style and see if they’d serve me in the Lion suit #UnitedHoops’, the lucky winner was Holly Kagis!
After the formalities were concluded, Natarsha announced the performance of COSIMA DEVITO, the first independent Australian artist in history to have a debut number one single, ‘Right Here, Right Now’. Cosima put on an outstanding, rock-solid performance, proving she is going to be a come-back! Following Cosima was the new talent from Sony Music MIRACLE performing his new single ‘Party of the Year‘, and then finishing the night off with WHAT ABOUT TONIGHT performing ‘Year 3000’ and ‘Pay Phone’, contestants from the current season of the X FACTOR on Channel 7.
After an evening of great Alizè cocktails, champagne and delicious food, my group left very happy with a heavy gift bag containing a heap of treats to spoil myself with. You can never leave feeling empty when you’re leaving with a bag this full!
Other guests included the very sweet SKYE LECKIE, JOHNATHAN NOTLEY from Bliss n Eso, Editor ROS REINES, singer and dancer TIMOMATIC, ‘I Will Survive’ contestants TOM SHARAH and STEPHEN MAHY, Model and DJ ROCHELLE FOX, ‘The Morning Show’ on Seven co‐host LARRY EMDUR, DR NIKKI GOLDSTEIN, gorgeous SHELLEY HORTON, Home & Away star DAN EWING and his delightful fiancé MARNI LITTLE, Breakfast on Ten co‐host MAGDALENA ROZE, BARRY DU BOIS and my favourite Spaniard MIGUEL MAESTRE from Channel 10’s The Living Room, Home & Away stars LINCOLN YOUNES and NIC WESTAWAY, star of ‘Underground’ ALEX WILLIAMS, JORDAN FINLAYSON and JIMMY REILLY from Channel 7’s Beauty and the Geek, actor and model JUSTIN MELVEY.
This was a star studded, food flooded, cocktail covered event which had the biggest and whitest smiles on everyone’s faces. A truly memorable time…
I must give a huge credit to the fantastic effort Running Romeo PR put in to make this event a success. It’s not often the people who actually organise and run these events on the night get a mention or credit, but these guys did an AMAZING job! Well done!!
I have always wanted to visit a yoga retreat, and with a week free just for me at the end of a wonderful European vacation – I booked in for a dynamic yoga retreat at Kaliyoga in Orgivy near Malaga, Spain. The week has been everything I wanted and so much more.
From the minute we walked in to stunning mountain scenery and beautifully welcoming people – you could feel yourself letting go. I was fortunate to have booked when there were only five of us as guests, which meant we really had a great opportunity to bond as a group, but to also get to exposed to so many more people (around 20!) from Kaliyoga and the nearby multicultural village.
Not only did we have two amazing yoga teachers for our morning and afternoon classes, but we were greeted by amazing staff, helpers, chefs, experts on nutrition, and had the options of so many different treatments and workshops. This really made the week – from acupuncture, reiki, quantum and biomagnetic therapy to thai yoga, swedish and aromatherapy massages and raw food cooking workshops – there were some highly talented and friendly people – all there to help us take time out for ourselves, open our eyes internally, and encourage us to relax and rejuvinate.
Olga (a gorgeous Portuguese chef) ran workshops for us on her passion – sexy raw food and raw chocolate – which were a real highlight. Going from eating ham, cheese, and wine around Europe to this amazingly delicious and nutritious food sent my body into total bliss.
We learnt how to make different flavours of chocolate from the superfoods cacao butter, cacao powder, and coconut sugar – our picks being chcolate with fresh mint, orange zest, a hazelnut and date filling, lemon & ginger, and fruit & nuts. We also made a scrumptious take on lasagna – with marinated zucchini as pasta layered with marinated spinach, mushrooms, a walnut paste, and uncovered the secrets to a non cooked tomato sauce.
The week was nothing short of divine. I had more depth in my yoga then ever before, was able to really let go – and left having had amazing mind, body, spirit, (and food!) experiences. I could have stayed for so much longer and I can’t wait to go back for more – perhaps for one of the detox weeks, or even for a bit longer as a volunteer helper (they have a fantastic program where helpers can take part in yoga and activities while doing a few jobs to assist with meals and maintaining the property).
It’s not often enough that we take time out for ourselves, and our wellbeing, and once experienced – your body just wants more. No wonder they have so many repeat visitors!
It was the party to be at, and to be seen at. Maria Venuti‘s book launch for A Whole Load Of Front.
Also falling on her actual birthday, March the 7th saw many young and old celebrities, politicians and wealthy socialites fill the famous corporate fat cat hang out, Machiavelli on Clarence Street in Sydney.
It was truly a celebration of the fabulous, vivacious and exuberant life of Maria Venuti – which is now all documented in an entertaining rollercoaster of emotion, struggle, fame and secrets which are out on the table for all to read.
Draped in leopard skin ruffles and with her best assets to the fore, Maria’s book took centre stage next to a massive cake designed exclusively for Maria by Planet Cake. ‘It’s a bushfire darling’ said Maria as she blew out the 70 candles.
The honorary Alan Jones began the proceedings, to an audience including the contender for NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey, Marie Ficarra, Max Markson, Henri Szeps, Peter Everett, Glenn A Baker, the delightful actress Lorrae Desmond, gorgeous Melissa Hoyer and Mary Lopez.
Alan Jones talked up Maria’s humble beginnings as an Italian living in Australia before revealing the moment that changed Maria’s life forever. Stood up by her date and standing on a Kings Cross sidewalk, Maria was invited by the legendary Ron Roman to one of his smoky jazz lounges. One coffee later and Maria had landed the singing role she was destined for.
Maria laughed, cried and shrieked with delight as Alan broke into song, “I just met a girl called Maria!”
But there was a serious tone to the evening, as Alan goes onto say, “For years, Maria has entertained the world, bringing happiness to everyone. Tonight those same people, from the highest level of politics like Barry O’Farrell and Joe Hockey and entertainment, made it their business to salute Maria. It is rewarding for Maria but gratifying for everyone as they had a chance to pay a long overdue tribute to an Australian icon.”
Stay tuned for a review and excerpts from the book – I promise this will be one you’ll be hanging on for!
On the 25th January, Sydney’s socialites including Shelly Horton, gorgeous Bianca Venuti, James Duffell, Chloe Duffell (Sabatini), Daniel Sofo (Firefly), amazing Elle Halliwell (The Insider) and many more, gathered in Darlinghurst to celebrate the launch of Lotforty Tapas Restaurant’s “Sangria Club”, sponsored by Square One Organic Vodka & Jed Wines.
“Sangria Club” allows locals to enjoy jugs of sangria for $10 or two tapas plates and a jug of sangria for $30 every Wednesday & Thursday from 5pm-11pm. Ladies and gentlemen, adorned with Spanish fans, mingled over icy jugs of red wine sangria and drooled over the refreshing white wine sangria while the live Spanish guitarist’s smooth tunes surrounded the courtyard, creating a truly festive Spanish vibe .
Two lucky girls gave the piñatas (a chilli and guitar piñata) a good beating, only to be showered with prizes such as a voucher for Lotforty’s “Sangria Club” and fabulous Valentine’s Day bracelets from Santos Wish. The night was a success, and a great way to kick off the Australia Day Eve celebrations.
A brilliant crowd of 200 turned up to celebrate the grand opening of Bacco QVB on Tuesday night and enjoyed themselves eating all house made Italian delights from the Bacco kitchen, there was a Charcutterie and fresh pasta tables and Bacco’s house made pastries and cakes where plentiful. It would have been impossible to count the trays of delightful food coming out to the guests – there was just so much food and drink, it was like it never stopped!
The night was a celebration of all things Italian with the Songsmiths performing live, Italian Vespas on show in green/red and white plus all the very gorgeous authentic Italian barstaff all dressed by Voi Fashion (Roberto Cavalli). Everyone invited was asked to wear a splash of red, which naturally I did. But who was voted best dressed? Yes – yours truly! My stunning partner Bianca Venuti was subtly capped off with a pretty red rose.
With all the food, drinks, entertainment and great company, it was hard to make everyone leave and the party kicked on till 10pm to celebrate the opening of Bacco’s sister venue, 2nd floor of the QVB building where they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, also serving Italian styled high tea as something a little extra to Bacco’s Chifley Tower venue.
Check out the review on Bacco HERE
Well dressed, witty humour, charasmatic and quick in his responses, it’s no wonder Ricardo Goncalves is a popular guy.
A Presenter/Reporter for SBS World News Australia and also coming from Sky News, Ricardo is an educated man, growing up on the South Coast of Sydney. He is a heavily researched reporter who knows his job inside out and takes pride in himself and the work he does.
I met Ricardo at a mutual friend’s dinner party, where he instantly charms both the men and women in the room. He is warm and approachable. He listens to people as much as you listen to him and as any educated communicator does, he asks questions about you and want’s to know what you have to say.
A very funny guy, who has substance, presence and charm, I’d like you to get to know more about him. This is Ricardo Goncalves…
What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?
Right now I’m enjoying working as a presenter and reporter for SBS World News Australia after a long stint with Sky News Australia and Nine News Melbourne. It’s been a dramatic learning curve taking on the big global issues after years of business journalism.
I’m also very keen on the public speaking/MC circuit.
Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?
When it comes to fashion, I’m known for being quite conservative, love my blacks, although I’m most comfortable in my Adidas gear. Let’s just say I’m very thankful for the wardrobe department at SBS. When it comes to the apartment, I’m very much a minimalist. I love clean lines and surfaces.
What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?
When it comes to dressing up, I’m a big fan of Farage, and a mate of mine, Donny Galella, does some great evening wear which I like also. Again though, show me something with the Adidas logo, and I’ll wear it.
Do you have one feature in your home you love most?
Does FOXTEL IQ2 count?
Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?
I’m very much a vodka, lime and soda kind of guy, but when the sun is out and the heat is on, then it’s a Hahn Super Dry. There’s also nothing better than that sound a can of Coke Zero makes when you open it.
What is your greatest extravagance?
iPhone. It’s one of those things you buy that you don’t really really need, but really really want.
Greatest lesson learnt?
Never write anything you don’t understand. As a junior reporter working for David Koch almost 10 years ago, I wrote a couple of financial terms in an article I thought I should include, because they sounded right, even though I didn’t know what they meant. Kochie then called me to ask me to explain to him what those terms were. I didn’t know. He then told me what he thought of that. From then on, I never wrote something I didn’t understand 100%
What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?
Persist and persevere. My UAI wasn’t high enough to get into a well regarded Journalism degree, so I wrote dozens of letters to well known journos asking for their advice. Again, dozens actually wrote back and a couple suggested I do a business degree because there was a demand for business journalists. They were right. Also, getting work experience and learning on the road is in my opinion the best way to do it. When I was 17, I called WIN TV Wollongong once a fortnight asking for work experience. After six months, they eventually let me come in. I worked one day a week there, for free, putting stories to air, for two years before getting paid. Finally, don’t expect to start at the top. Get a good grounding about what journalism actually is and practise the craft of telling a story. I first started by holding a flecky board for another journo’s piece-to-cam. Don’t know what a flecky board is? Then you haven’t started at the bottom….
How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?
I am a news junkie, so I’m constantly flicking between the news programmes to compare their stories and presentation even at home. However, I’m keen on the gym and my shift work means I have my mornings free to have a bit of a life. I’m also very lucky to have weekends off, so I’ve always got time for myself, family and friends.
My Mother/Father always told me…
It’s not ok to spend your money frivolously, but it’s ok to spend money on good food.
Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?
I’ve got a couple of favourite breaky spots in Surry Hills and Potts Point that serve amazing coffee, brilliant breakfast and enough room on the table to have all of that, plus the newspaper spread out to read.
How often do you eat out and cook at home?
I haven’t located the stove at home yet….
Does cereal count?
The one thing I can’t leave home without is…
My white gold neckchain and crucifix. It’s a gift from mum.
What frustrates you most about Sydney?
Peak hour traffic.
If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?
Pushing the State Government for better transport infrastructure.
Favourite beach in Sydney and why?
North Bondi. Great place to chill and swim after doing the Bronte to Bondi walk..
Three pet hates?
1. Dog hair
2. People that stand at the end of an escalator
3. Selfish drivers
Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?
Anywhere on a beach in the Mediterranean or on the island of Madeira.
What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?
Getting the balance of work, family and friends right.
When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?
Watching Toy Story 3. The bond of a good friendship. Amazing.
What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?
Flouro colours. Enough said.
What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?
A black Honda Civic Sport. Added a spoiler and blue lights to the interior of the car. Why did I buy it? I needed something a bit meatier than the green Suzuki Swift I had for years after being a poor University student.
If you were in a position where millions and millions of children globally admired you, what would be the one thing you would want to be a role model of?
What is one of the most embarrassing moments you’ve had?
At Sky News presenters don’t often have time to pre-read and check scripts. One day, I read “paradigm” as “para-didg-im”. My colleagues have never let me forget that since.
Your best grooming tip?
With all the make up we use in the studio, getting it off is most important and moisturise…..well that’s what the make up girls at SBS said, so I just do what I’m told.
Keep an eye for Ricardo on SBS Evening News at 9:30pm.
For more information on Ricardo, contact email@example.com