Eveleigh Uncorked – Wine and Cheese Fair

Eveleigh Uncorked

A few weeks ago, the first edition of “Eveleigh Uncorked” took place at Carriage Works in Eveleigh/Darlington.

According to the organisers of the event, this Wine and Cheese Fair attracted “over 4,500 wine and food loving people coming down to support over 45 family run independent wineries and 10 artisan cheesemakers, olive producers and bread makers.”

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Gabriel Gate – Taste le Tour 2013

Gabriel GateGabriel Gaté at the Alliance Française of Sydney

JULY really is the “French month”.

Every food magazine releases their special French issue, all the restaurants prepare their Bastille Day menu, and every night for 21 days, people settle comfortably on their couch to watch Le Tour de France and treat themselves to a bit of vicarious sightseeing via the helicopter shots of gorgeous French regional scenery.

I am still amazed at how much Australians love “Le Tour” and, even though I don’t adore cycling (or sports in general), I have taken to the general enthusiasm surrounding the Tour over the years.

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Le Concours des Vins du NSW – FACCI

flowersWhere NSW Wines meet the French palate…

A few weeks ago I attended the NSW Wines competition organised by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce at the Doltone House in Pyrmont, and had the opportunity to talk to Master Sommelier Franck Moreau from the Merivale Group, and Florent Bouvier from the Travers Wines. I wrote a little article for the Sydney edition of Le Petit Journal, an online publication in French for expats all over the world.

I’m going to try to adapt it to the blog, in English, in the version below :)

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Things to do for Bastille Day 2013 in Sydney

july-wallpaper-1280x800Paper art by Sydney-based French artist Marine Coutroutsios

Have you guys already planned your Bastille Day this year?

More and more exciting things happen in Sydney for the occasion, and it’s great to see Bastille Day so wholeheartedly embraced by Australians & French expats alike every year!

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Interview with Jon Dee about Food Waste

Hello dear readers,

Just thought I’d republish here an interview I did for the South Sydney Herald following the World Environment Day on June 5th. I had the opportunity to talk with Jon Dee, Author, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Do Something! and Planet Ark, about an increasingly worrying issue: food waste.

Read on… and feel free to leave your own tips on how to avoid food waste in the “Comments” section!  :)

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Waking up to food waste

World Environment Day is celebrated annually on June 5 to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. This year’s theme was “Think.Eat.Save”, as the amount of food wasted all over the world is growing, while millions of people go to bed hungry every day. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted, the equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. In Australia alone, 4 million tons ($8 billion worth) of food per year is thrown out, most of which ends up in landfill. Australians waste about 20 per cent of the food they buy.

JON DEEJon Dee (Photo: Supplied)

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Anna Polyviou’s Dessert Degustation at Shangri-La, Sydney

Adriano Zumbo - Anna Polyviou - Daniel TexterAdriano Zumbo, Anna Polyviou and Daniel Texter

An energetic and passionate pastry chef, award-winning Anna Polyviou‘s had a career spanning 13 years that’s taken her around the world from Melbourne to London, Paris (working for Pierre Hermé), Chicago and now, Sydney.

After five years running the pastry and baking operations at Bathers Pavilion, Anna has recently been appointed to her new role as the Executive Pastry Chef at the Shangri-La Hotel in The Rocks.

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Four Frogs Creperie – Mosman

Crepe making

It’s not that often that I venture across the Bridge, I know it’s still Sydney, but to me Mosman feels like the other side of the world. However, when one of the Four Frogs owners, Florian Guillemard, invited me to visit their crêperie, the prospect of authentic Breton galettes and crêpes was enough to lure me to that part of town.

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Valrhona Dulcey launch at Establishment

Dulcey blondeNew Valrhona chocolate: Dulcey, a “blonde” chocolate (32%)

Valrhona is a name I grew up hearing about, as my hometown Romans-sur-Isère was not far from their headquarters in Tain l’Hermitage (Drôme), an area better known for their Syrah wines, made by Chapoutier, Jaboulet et al. I knew at the time it was supposed to be a fine chocolate, but I wasn’t aware of their international reputation, which is pretty much that of being one of the best chocolates in the world.

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Pinot Noir tasting at the Sydney Wine Centre – Annandale

Maya & MilesMiles and Maya in that famous scene from “Sideways”

Maya: “Why are you so into Pinot?”

Miles Raymond: “Uh, I don’t know, I don’t know. Um, it’s a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It’s uh, it’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s, you know, it’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and… ancient on the planet.”

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“The Pastry Battlers” documentary

Team dinnerTeam Pastry Australia at Le Cordon Bleu, Ryde, March 2013

Hello there!

Some of you might know that my partner and I have been following the Australian Pastry Team for two years in order to document their journey to Singapore for the Asian Pastry Cup, and then France for the World Pastry Cup.

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