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Sydney’s Financial Hubs Get An Injection Of Rustic Italian Cuisine

March 20th, 2012

‘JANUS’ is Sydney’s answer to two brand new contemporary CBD bistro’s known for their delectable house made, rustic Italian cuisine and Apertivi cocktails. Located within Sydney’s newest CBD financial hubs, one JANUS venue is located within the lobby of the prestigious and ‘green’ No 1 Bligh Street building with bar located alongside the green wall outside, the other within Darling Quarter underneath the new Commonwealth Bank building.

You can enjoy a wholehearted breakfast, lunch and after work or anytime drinks within these authentic yet contemporary Italian inspired venues. The Michael family own JANUS (ex Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, Chifley Plaza) and they believe in ‘enjoying life to its fullest as you only live once’. This philosophy is evident not only in their delicious food but the uplifting and energetic atmosphere you will experience when visiting these prestigious locations.

JANUS’ stand out pizzas each made of house made ingredients are the creation of Melbourne chef, Kaz Derbas (ex Hugo’s Pizza, pictured above) and his delicious cakes and pastries such as the Italian baked ricotta tart, strawberry celina and everyone’s favourite, Tiramisu, are all made fresh daily in Janus’ on site pastry kitchen. For breakfast you can enjoy simple favourites such as ‘organic five grain porridge’ or an ‘Italian omelette with Persian feta, Tomato Confit & basil’ or for lunch, small plates such as ‘Caprese di Bufala’, ‘Fiori di Zucca’. For something more substantial the ‘Zuppa Di Cozze’ (South Australian mussels in tomato, basil, garlic & white wine broth), ‘Linguine con cozze e Gamberetti’ or the ‘Pappardelle Al Ragu Di Angnello e Pecorino Sardo’ are stand out dishes.

The No 1 Bligh Street building, owned and developed by the DEXUS property group has a huge commitment to sustainability , 1 Bligh has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 Certified rating, the highest Green Star rating score in Sydney/NSW. This rating has achieved the maximum allowable five points for innovation in categories such as environmental design initiative and exceeding Green Star benchmarks. JANUS also contributes to this by operating sustainable practices involving recycling throughout their daily set up.

So whether it’s a 1 meter timber board, Antipasto platter and bottle of Italian vino with friends, coffee and a Tiramisu catch up with your sister or after work Negroni’s with colleagues, JANUS has it covered for a modernistic Italian culinary experience on the fly!

For more information visit www.janus-sydney.com.au, opening hours are Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 7pm.

JANUS Bligh St is located at Retail 1 & 2, 1 Bligh St, Sydney and JANUS Darling Quarter is located at 15/1-25 Harbour St, Sydney.


The Ultimate Wedding Planing Party is Back in 2011 – Bigger and Better!

June 1st, 2011

It’s that time of year again… To relax, rest easy and know that planning a wedding can be as much of a party as the wedding itself!

The Ultimate Wedding Planing Party is back in 2011, on Thursday 25th of August 2011. Starting at 6pm at Opera Point Marquee, Sydney Opera House, this year it’s bigger and better!

Get up close and personal with the industry’s leading experts. See this season’s designer bridal collections while enjoying Champagne and canapés. Learn stylish tricks and top tips from those in the know, to help plan your fairytale wedding.

What you’ll experience at The Ultimate Wedding Planning Party…

• • New-season bridal fashion on the runway by celebrity designers Colette Dinnigan, Lisa Gowing, Velani by Nicky,

• • UK rising star Sarah Janks and PeepToe Shoes. Honeymoon attire by Camilla

• • Celebrity wedding planner Anthony Del Col from Staging Connections shares his styling and planning tips

• • The iconic and picturesque venue of the Sydney Opera House enhanced by an exceptional catering experience courtesy of Opera Point Events

• • Inspiring flower displays by celebrity florist Susan Avery

• • Make-up workshops and one-on-one advice from the Bobbi Brown team and Simona Janek

• • Maya Medispa will provide an insight into beauty and lifestyle in preparation for your upcoming wedding

• • Stunning wedding photography by gm photographics and Inlighten Photography

• • Cinematic wedding videography by Untitled Films

• • Couture wedding cake inspiration by Planet Cake and wedding-worthy cupcakes by Sparkle Cupcakery

• • Honeymoon know-how and locations to swoon over by Tourism Noosa

• • Wedding registry and gifts by Sydney Wedding Registry and Riedel glassware

• • Gorgeous wedding stationery by le bonbon and De La Mod Designs

• • Wedding entertainment by Sweethearts Music and The Press Club

• • Trend report by the editor of The Knot wedding website and magazine

• • Celebrity MC

Tickets $80 Standard,  $100 VIP.

Purchase tickets through the website www.ultimateweddingplanningparty.com.au or phone (02) 9328 5333

LotForty Launches The Sangria Club!

January 31st, 2011

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.