With the weather taking a decided turn for the worse of late, Lyndey Milan’s latest series Taste of Ireland could not be better timed! It’s currently airing on 7TWO every Sunday at midday until the 17th March. Whilst home-cook hero Lyndey Milan has a knack for making foreign cuisines accessible, if you’re keen to get a taste of simple Irish peasant food without getting your hands dirty, head in to eat Colin Fassnidge’s colcannon at Four in Hand. After all who needs Paris mash when you can combine potatoes, leeks and cabbage into something that tastes so glorious?
Turns out The Victoria Room’s head bartender, Luke Hanzlicek, is nuts for Gelato Messina. I don’t blame him – I am too and my two favourite flavours are salted caramel and white chocolate, and salted coconut with mango. Crazy coincidence is, those are the same two flavours that have inspired Luke to create cocktails! His Messina Pickford is an indulgent concoction of white rum, pineapple juice and pomegranate grenadine, topped with salted caramel and white chocolate foam; while the Salted Coconut & Mango Daiquiri takes Mount Gay Eclipse Silver Rum and mixes it with homemade salted coconut syrup, mango liqueur and freshly pressed lime juice. Drink either for just fourteen bucks at The Victoria Room until the end of March, and load up on take-home ice cream while you’re in the neighbourhood…
Hopefully we’ve still got a few balmy nights left, because King Island is set to take over Sydney on Saturday 9th March with the King Island Long Luxe Dinner. Starting with canapés on The Endeavour and progressing to five courses at a long table outside the Australian National Maritime Museum, they promise a plentiful bounty of King Island Beef, King Island Oysters, deep sea fish and crustaceans followed by fruits, berries and King Island Dairy’s cheeses. Just a hundred and fifty guests will pay $110/head (with wine included) to scope out what this windswept Tasmanian isle has to offer…
It seems the Chinese Year of the Snake has slid into the QVB, with an array of activities running until the 24th February. I popped in myself last week to take in the colourful decorations and hanging dragons, as well as a spot of yum cha at Fat Buddha. Over a steamer of plump prawn dumplings I was able to glean that they’re running a special banquet deal that includes $5 parking after 5pm. If you’re heading in during the day, why not time your visit to also check out the traditional Ribbon Dances on Friday 22nd February between 11am – 2pm.