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Biota Dining Chef James Viles Southern Highlands

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In the Southern Highlands of NSW sits the small sophisticated township of Bowral, about one and half hours drive from Sydney CBD – and home to the epitome of excellence in NSW regional dining – Biota Dining.  Two-hatted Biota sits unassumingly on a corner block of land attached to a motel of only 12 small rooms, where you can stay the night – perfect really.  Chef and part owner James Viles’ philosophy for his restaurant is very simple – ‘it’s about …

11 Madison Park NYC -chef Daniel Humm

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Dining at 11 Madison Park in NYC is one of those food experiences that you never forget – perfect dining, where the food reigns supreme and everything else is excellent – this is just as it should be at this level of restaurant. When you dine at 11 Madison Park, you’re aware by everything they do that this is one of the world’s 50 best restaurants.  In 2014 – 11 Madison Park was ranked at no 4.     As …

wd~50 New York City- Wylie Dufresne

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Wd~50 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side is the brainchild of chef Wylie Dufresne. One of the pioneers of modern food in NY – he’s worked in some of NY’s top restaurants like Jean Georges and 71 Clinton Fresh Food.  Occupying what was used to be a bodega, wd~50 has been at the forefront of NY dining for over ten years.   We knew of Wylie’s place in the NY food scene – he was recently accoladedby his peers, like Rene Redzepi …

Artist Tehching Hsieh – Carriageworks Sydney

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Carriageworks Sydney presents the first major solo art project by celebrated New York based Taiwanese born artist Tehching Hsieh to be shown in Australia.     One Year Performance 1980–1981 (known as the Time Clock Piece) is on at Carriageworks Sydney until 6 July 2014. In this amazing work, Hsieh punches a time clock in his studio, every hour on the hour, twenty-four hours a day, for an entire year. This is such a body of work to see – the purity of …

Kim -Korean Restaurant Modern

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Kim Restaurant in Llankelly Place, Potts Point , Sydney – is a modern Korean restaurant  that mixes it up and delivers a lighter, creative take on dishes like bossam and flavours like kimchi.       Chefs Tae Kyu Lee from Quay and Ms. G’s and David Ralph also from Quay, Flying Fish and Kakawa Chocolates – joined forces to give us a exciting Korean eating experience.     Starting the night, paper thin, jewel coloured sheaths of deep fried vegetable – …

19th Biennale of Sydney

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“You Imagine What You Desire” – the name itself evokes the 19th Biennale of Sydney  on now at Cockatoo Island, Art Gallery of New South Wales AGNSW,  Museum of Contemporary Art Australia MCA , Carriageworks and Artspace with works from more than 90 artists.   The Biennale of Sydney is the world’s third oldest biennale and today it ranks as one of the leading international festivals of contemporary art and continues to be recognised for presenting the freshest and most provocative art …

Taste of Sydney 2014 – Centennial Park Sydney

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Taste of Sydney is on again for 2014 – from 13th to 16th March.  This year, there’s a line up of Sydney and NSW restaurants and some of sydneycool’s favourite chefs as well the chance to sample some pop-up restaurants. Read on for sydneycool’s guide to Taste of Sydney 2014. First sydneycool’s restaurant picks – Porteno in Cleveland St Surry Hills,   4Fourteen and Four in Hand, Bloodwood in Newtown and from the Southern Highlands – Biota Dining.  Also keep an eye out for …

Momofuku Sydney – the bar

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Momofuku Seiobo – The bar – walk-ins only.  Smooth and friendly service – effortlessly done – a reinvented menu at the Bar, interesting food like a katsu sandwich – some food traditionalists would be wondering.     We started with a couple of glasses of a Mark Angeli ‘La Lune’ chenin blanc from Touraine – love the way you get to taste when doing by the glass.  The bar menu is a compact version of the full degustation menu, sort …

Hong Kong Contemporary Art Best Food

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Hong Kong is one in a handful of global cities that has built a reputation for contemporary art as well as great food. There are a multitude of Michelin starred restaurants, international galleries like White Cube and Gagosian and so many good local ones as well as the Hong Kong art fair,  which sits alongside Basel and Miami.     White Cube Gallery Hong Kong   The main art exhibition we were in Hong Kong for was The Chapman Brothers …

Cranky Fins Holidae Inn at Palm Beach

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After the Palm Beach crawl, which is pretty much bumper to bumper from the city, it’s time for some sustenance.  And what better way than taking the opportunity to try out the latest beachside place and have lunch at Cranky Fins Holidae Inn. Cranky Fins has just opened in Beach Road at Palm Beach north opposite the Golf Club. It’s a beachside /island life themed diner/bar – the design, like the non Cape Cod version of The Fish Shop in Potts Point Sydney. …