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Arthur Boyd – The Poet with the Paintbrush

The 1957 Arthur Boyd painting Shearers Playing for a Bride is the most powerful and emotionally moving work I’ve ever seen – it’s haunted me…

Italian Heroes – Australian-made Italian varietal wines

Offering a wide range of aromas, tastes and textures, Australian-made Italian varietal wines are growing in popularity. Sampling a collection of brands – some well-known, some…

Pissaladière (French-style Pizza)

Featuring a unique, easy-to-digest unleavened kefir pizza dough, this rich in umami French-style pizza will have you coming back for more. Caramelised onions 10 brown…

Scotch Oven Heaven

The old Scotch oven stands behind the old bakery shop in the centre of Eldorado. It was once the focus of this beautiful historic mining…

Inside Luke Mangan’s Warehouse Kitchen

Chef Luke Mangan has transformed his Sydney restaurant headquarters, offering a unique inner-urban neighbourhood bistro that plates up spice-trade influences and modern Australian fare. Essentials’…

Wine Traveller: Made in Japan

A thirst for European wine in the mid-19th century saw the establishment of Japan’s own wine industry. It continues to grow. A blanket of snow…

Autumn/Winter Waffles with poached pears, pecan crumble, salted caramel sauce

Autumn/Winter Waffles with poached pears, pecan crumble, salted caramel sauce and ricotta and crystallised ginger ice-cream Serves 6 Waffle Batter 1 cup plain flour 4 tsp…

Riverside Chef – Ginger Baker Bright, Victoria

It is early autumn and the Ovens River slides quietly over the rocks below the gardens of Ginger Baker. It is one of the long…

Artist/Environmentalist Billy Doolan’s Patterns of Life

Internationally exhibited artist and Palm Island Aboriginal elder, Billy Doolan has exhibited and led cultural programmes across Australian and the world. Sharing inspirational messages and…

Italian Heroes: La Zona

I’ve had the pleasure of following the progress of Chrismont Winery as an ever-growing highly creative business dedicated to continued focus and refinement in delivering…

Hobart Dining – Southern Comfort

It’s time to wine and dine on the Apple Isle Why eat in a bland room when you can dine in an orchard, on a…

Underground Pleasures – Ishizuka Melbourne

A truly excellent new Japanese restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD is quite literally a hidden gem. Melbourne’s newest and most exclusive Japanese restaurant is genuinely hard…

Spirits in the Scrub – The artists of Ngukurr

Maureen Morrangulu Thompson, one of Australia’s most gifted Aboriginal artists, knows how to excite viewers, telling uniquely detailed stories within her paintings. One of my…

Fresh As Retail Range

The unique freeze-dried range of ingredients from Fresh As has finally launched in Australia. Keen to plate up desserts and savoury dishes like an uber-cool…

3 of the Best: Anchovies

These three brands of delicious fishes are a world away from the sharp little hairy strips found on top of suburban pizzas. These are packaged…

Pick Your Own Prosecco

The Dal Zotto family, known for pioneering Australia’s very first prosecco in Victoria’s King Valley, love nothing more than to share their love of food,…

Island Time: Six Senses Fiji

Set off the coastline of Fiji’s main island, the Mamanuca archipelago has long been a sunny playground for winter-white Australians. Its newest, most hotly anticipated…

Sydney: Best 3 Hotels

In a city never shy of flaunting her charms, new hotels flirt with the glittering waterscape through their views, art and locations. We step inside…

Jim van Geet – Light, Composition & Angst

Victorian artist Jim van Geet has a long-term vision – to slowly grow an art business that educates people on their own level and at…

Italian Heroes – Andrew Peace Wines, Swan Hill

Andrew Peace 2015 Shiraz Methode Ripasso 3.5 stars – $24 [view wine ratings info] Andrew Peace Wines is one of Australia’s largest family-owned wineries, though…

The Empire Strikes Back – Empire Hotel Beechworth

North East Victoria has a new fine dining restaurant that cements Beechworth as one of the nation’s best food and wine destinations. The Empire Hotel,…

Maldives: SKY Overwater Observatory

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas (Kihavah Huravalhi Island) have just launched SKY, an exclusive over-water observatory, cocktail bar and panorama lounge perched over the island lagoon,…

Hammett’s Maċina, Malta

As tourism booms in Malta, international guests and their sophisticated palates have demanded finer dining. Drawing on the island’s rich past, Hammett’s Maċina Restaurant opened…

A Tiny Place!

A Tiny Place reminds me of a Lilliputian version of Stephanie’s, the eponymous Melbourne restaurant of Stephanie Alexander who championed local seasonal produce and French technique….

Storytime: MACQ 01 Hotel

It is a most beautiful and dramatic location for a hotel. Perched on the edge of Macquarie wharf in the heart of Hobart is the…

Hola Bar Tini Melbourne!

Melbourne’s MoVida crew launches their latest venture in true Spanish style – welcome to Bar Tini. The greatest bars in Spain are very simple affairs….

Jock Zonfrillo: Australian Food Odyssey

How a Scottish chef is creating a new cuisine using ancient ingredients. One of the Australia’s most influential restaurants is found at the end of…

In Love with Blue Bay Kefir

Andre Kogut is a gentle man with a generous smile and a burning passion for kefir. He has been producing one of the best-fermented foods…

RIP Anthony Bourdain

CNN has confirmed chef, writer and TV host Anthony Bourdain has died on Friday, and has stated that the cause of death was suicide. Rest…

Ricotta and Crystallised Ginger Ice-cream

Vanilla Ice-cream Base Makes 500g 150ml thickened cream 225ml full-cream milk 5 egg yolks 60g caster sugar 1 vanilla pod, halved and scraped Ricotta and…

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Why? Because we love it! - Essentials Magazine Australia for the latest news and reviews on food, wine, hotels and more!

Real journalism, passion for historically significant photography and telling a great story is what we’re about. Visit Essentials Magazine Australia for the latest news and reviews on food, wine, hotels, art and design trends. Take a trip between the covers and you’ll find style with purpose – smart layout, crisp, colourful images and well researched an written articles. Essentials Magazine has a well established, dedicated readership from travel-savvy Gen-Xs to high income Baby Boomers, who enjoy an eclectic content mix of food, wine, arts and culture.

Essentials Magazine Australia was launched in March of 2006, and is the brain child of owner/editor Jamie Durrant, son of renowned Australian photo realist artist Ivan Durrant. Ivan Durrant also contributes to the magazine, writing Australian art features. Essentials Magazine began as a limited release tourism only publication, distributed across High Country Victoria, Australia. Today, the magazine is distributed nationally by Gordon and Gotch into over 2000 retail outlets Australia wide. Content wise, it today features both Australian and international culture, food, wine, art and travel articles..

In May 2012, Essentials Magazine launched a debut iPad magazine internationally. iMonitor, a global app ranking program run by McPheters, that assesses more than 5000 magazine and newspaper apps around the world, is seen as one of the leading ranking programs in the sector. iMonitor judges apps on navigation, stability and rich interactivity. Essentials Magazine was featured by McPheters as the highest-scoring new international magazine app (May, 2012). Essentials Magazine app for iPad scored 13, which put it in the 96th percentile for apps – a rank that includes major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Australian Gourmet Traveller and American Express Food & Wine Magazine. Essentials is currently available on Magzter in device formats including: iOS, Android, Kindle & PC.