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Socially including the ALL NEW MINI PACEMAN

March 18th, 2013

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MINI Garage Sydney celebrated the arrival of the MINI Paceman in Sydney over the weekend to a crowd of socials, MINI enthusiasts and media at Double Bay’s Mrs Sippy.

The Paceman, a handsome addition to the MINI family, is the world’s first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small and compact vehicle segment.

The sun was shining and the drinks were flowing as everyone was greeted with champagne, Pimms and Peroni on arrival. A variety of canapés such as roasted pumpkin tart with goat’s cheese, lemon pepper prawns and a selection of gourmet wood fired pizzas went down a treat. And for the sweet tooth, everyone enjoyed the Mrs Sippy mini mud pies.

Welcomed by the striking Paceman model parked out the front of the venue – all were left impressed with its innovative combination of sporty, extrovert design, hallmark MINI driving fun and its cutting edge interior.

Unique, yet typically MINI, the Paceman opens up a whole new market for the brand’s unique style. Two doors, large tailgate and lounge concept, with two individual seats in the back; celebrity sexologist Dr. Nikki Goldstein cheekily stated, “The spacious Paceman shows that size does count”.

 

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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.

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Taste Of Sydney – SMEG Marquee

March 15th, 2010

Taste Of Sydney wrapped up on Sunday the 14th of March, running over 4 days from the 11th.

Held in Centennial Park, the event was a huge success, showcasing some of Sydney’s best restaurants, wines and suppliers.

I was fortunate enough to have access to the SMEG marquee, where my friends and I were greeted by the lovely host Chad MacKenzie and over-indulged on the tasty food that Pete Evans’ (Hugos Catering and judge on My Kitchen Rules) catering team prepared for us, along with an endless supply of drinks by Peroni and Canella Prosecco.

We got to enjoy this, along with the company of Pete Evans and the team from SMEG, while lounging in the beautiful marquee with stunning SMEG products around the perimeter. The gorgeous lighting was supplied by Euroluce.

The food we were served was plentiful, with the attractive wait staff tending to our bellies constantly. On the menu was a range of fine foods, like the Japanese inspired Sake soaked Sydney rock oyster shots, scallops with oil in coriander, beetroot cured ocean trout with horseradish cream and wild field mushroom tarts just to name a few.

Check out the photos of the SMEG marquee and their beautiful displays.

Visit SMEG and Pete Evans websites here.