Monthly Archives: July 2012

Australia’s French bistro revolution

Damien Pignolet knows French food. In 1981 the fourth-generation Australian of French descent took over Claude’s restaurant in Woollahra, which epitomised French cuisine in Australia. Later he introduced possibly the first Parisian-style bistro to Sydney with Bistro Moncur.

When asked about traditional French food in Australia, Pignolet waxes lyrical about a fricassee of chicken at the original Bécasse, which opened a decade ago in Surry Hills. Read the full story here.

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Discover the flavours of the Eyre Peninsula seafood trail

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Tony Ford from Boston Bay Winery shows off some of the Eyre Peninsula’s premium seafood.

South Australia has a growing reputation as a gastronomic destination, with its coastline a treasure trove of deep sea delights. Think Cupid (baby) oysters straight from the sea, fresh Kinkawooka mussels, rock lobster, and sustainable Spencer Gulf king prawns. With the help of a sensory scientist the region has now set out to prove that its seafood tastes different — maybe even better — than that sourced anywhere else in the world. Read the full story here.

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A taste of Afghanistan at Sydney spice spot, Bamiyan

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Bamiyan Afghan restaurant is a spice hit

I used to think that a square of white butcher’s paper atop a restaurant table cloth was a sign of sheer tackiness, but after dining at Bamiyan Afghan restaurant i understand it can also be a necessity.

Our white square of paper was dribbled with so much curry and splatters of rice that it looked like a work of modernist art — a three-year-old’s, that is. But those food smatters were testament to the extent to which we relished our first foray into Afghan cuisine. Continue reading

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Pollan: GM debate will be dead within the decade

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Food activist Michael Pollan says the GM debate will be dead within a decade.

The discussion about genetically modified crops – a lifeline for sustainable agriculture and the world’s swelling population, or a poisonous invasion of the food chain led by greedy, multinational seed monopolies, depending on who you listen to – will be dead in ten years, according to journalist and food activist Michael Pollan. Continue reading

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Delicious discount gnaws at future of food magazines

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Delicious magazine discount raises questions about viability.

I had to stop myself from snapping up a heavily discounted one-year subscription to Delicious magazine that was recently offered through the LivingSocial whopper deal site.

I love a good bargain. And at $32 (normally $65) for a year’s subscription, the 51 percent saving on a magazine that i’ve previously subscribed to and enjoyed was a bargain alright.

In agreement were 9310 other food lovers. That’s how many had bagged the deal by the time it expired on Wednesday morning. Continue reading

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