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Melbourne’s Famous Hotel Windsor Presents Historic Feast as Part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

February 28th, 2012

Melbourne really is one of my favourite places to visit in Australia. A melting pot of culture, beauty, history, restaurants and shopping, it really is a city that has it all.

But it is the 2012 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival that brings thousands of people to Melbourne each year because it is fact that some of the countries best chefs and restaurants are in Melbourne – making it a culinary haven for any foodie.

I think one of the finest ways to enjoy this Food & Wine Festival is by indulging yourself at one of Victoria’s true landmarks. The famous Hotel Windsor is one of the world’s oldest grand hotels and the city’s choice as the destination for important events and celebrations for almost 130 years and it is serving a feast inspired by Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee banquet at Windsor Castle in 1887.

“Queen Victoria’s Feast” is part of the Festival’s Umbrella Events programme. A six-course banquet created by the hotel’s executive chef Jérôme Trémoulet, the feast will be a unique and modern take on what might have been served to British royalty more than 120 years ago.

“We sourced Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee menu and Jérôme has taken inspiration from that banquet, with all its Victorian-era flourishes, grandeur, heady spices and French flair that was so popular at that time, to produce a modern-day version of a truly spectacular feast that will be served with some outstanding French wines,” Hotel Windsor food & beverage director Michael Mangan said.

The dinner will be held in the hotel’s famed Grand Ballroom, with its seven original ceiling domes glazed with stained glass and gold leaf, on Friday, March 9.

The hotel also appears on the festival programme with a special high tea celebration. Renowned for its magnificent afternoon teas which it has served since opening in 1883, the hotel is offering a special “High tea With a Sip of Manners” as part of the festival.

Guests will enjoy the hotel’s traditional afternoon tea delights while learning everything they want and need to know about modern-day etiquette. The special afternoon tea will be held on March 16 and 17, with sittings at 1pm.

There is so much to enjoy when visiting Melbourne, and if you are there on the 9th of March for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Banquet – this is a must for you. But if you are after something equally as royal, but a little more relaxed, then be sure to book yourself in for a memorable after  at High Tea With A Sip Of Manners.

For further information visit www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au or www.thehotelwindsor.com.au. Tickets are available from The Hotel Windsor on 03 9633 6004.

Adrian Erdedi

Oishi-m’s Funky Baby Jeans Proudly Supporting Jeans for Genes

July 1st, 2011

Throughout the month of July Oishi-m will be donating $10 from every pair of their über cool baby jeans sold on www.oishi-m.com to Jeans for Genes.

Victorian children’s label Oishi-m are proud to be supporting the worthwhile work of Jeans for Genes in raising funds and building awareness for the Children’s Medical Institute.

The super cute kiddies brand is renowned for their little jeans that fit nappy bottoms and cater for growth.

“Specialising in denim for busy nappy bottomed little people, it’s a natural fit for us to support the research for the same little people who wear our little jeans.” Says Fi McPherson the mastermind behind the ingenious designs and fabric hoarder behind this little brand.

‘As parents of young children ourselves we’re know too well the debilitating impact disease and birth defects can have on a young life and that of it’s family. We’re hoping our small contribution can help not only raise awareness but funds to Jeans for Genes and the Children’s Medical Institute.’ as expressed by Miyo Fallshaw the marketing and sales mastermind behind the fun little label fronted by a ‘doo doo pickle’.

Oishi-m’s functional range of jeans, trackpants, skirts and bottoms are indestructible and come equipt with the original ‘Tummy Toastie’ to keep bub’s tummy comfortably warm and covered. Our tops including shrugs and t’s are versatile for layering and growth spurts. Made in Victoria with love and are proud to support Jeans for Genes.

About Jeans for Genes – www.jeansforgenes.org.au
Jeans for Genes is a major fundraising event for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. It’s held every year on the first Friday of August, this year held on Friday the 5th of August. Each year more than two million Australians wear their favourite jeans and donate much needed funds to support vial genetic research to advance the prevention and treatment of disease, leading to healther generations of children. www.jeansforgenes.com.au


Noble Wine Of The Week – Best’s Wines – 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

September 13th, 2010

I was fortunate enough to have been sent the new range of Best’s Great Western release which includes their 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Great Western region in Victoria. I actually cannot recall having had a Cabernet Sauvignon from Victoria so I was keen to see how it would fare up against those regions better known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, such as Coonawarra, South Australia, and Margaret River in Western Australia. Best’s are already producing some of the premier Shiraz in Australia, such as their ‘Thomson Family’ Shiraz. It quickly became apparent while drinking this wine that Best’s Cabernet Sauvignon may, one day, also be regarded as one of the best Cabernet’s in the country.

The Best’s Great Western 2009 Cabernet has a deep cherry red colour with a hint of purple. The aroma is pleasant and interesting in that it is neither fruity or savoury to me. The official tasting notes that came with my sample pack say it should smell like a cigar box but I am fresh out of cigar boxes at my place and would have little idea of what that would smell like for a proper comparison. The flavour is full of berry fruit, subtle oak and a hint of spice.

An easy drinking Cabernet that was enjoyable from start to finish!

Best’s Great Western – 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Price - $25 from www.bestswines.com and selected retailers
Region - Great Western – Victoria
Recommended? Absolutely and while it is a lovely wine now it will be fascinating to enjoy in 5+ years alongside its Coonawarra and Margaret River comparables.


Where Would I Rather Be?

September 3rd, 2010

Where would I rather be? I’d rather be at The Stables at Highbank B&B owned by Tonia Todman in Kyneton, Victoria.

Now the name Tonia Todman will ring a few bells to you no doubt – remember Healthy, Wealthy & Wise? Well the décor and kitchen Queen of the 90′s has headed for the country, now residing in Kyneton and running this beautiful bed & breakfast.

A few days at Highbank is the perfect way to see out the Winter chill and enjoy the early Spring sun in one of the most glorious districts in Victoria. This historic 160 year old bluestone building includes the original Clydesdale stable, the groom’s attic quarters and the blacksmith’s room. It is now a beautifully comfortable and welcoming self-contained apartment, with two queen sized bedrooms, a bathroom with a deep bath and shower, large sitting room with wood fire, fully equipped kitchen with a dining area and two veranda areas, one with a BBQ. All this is private, with your own driveway and walled garden.

Highbank is a quiet and serene town, with gardens and thousands of roses (Tonia Todman roses!) to walk amongst. Twenty minutes from the famous spa country, Daylesford. There are many vineyards, farm gate offerings from local producers and numerous day spas.

You are welcomed with a little gourmet treat, freshly baked by Tonia. This place is absolutely charming.

The Stables at Highbank B&B – 03 5422 2308 - www.toniatodman.com