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Hot Plates – Terre at Dromana Estate

Down on the Mornington Peninsula, in what was once the homestead to a cattle stud, husband and wife team Rowan and Janine Herrald have opened…

LA Story – Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont has a presence like a film canister harbouring a 35mm motion picture reel – it’s not just an object or a building, it…

Tonka Melbourne CBD

Taking the headline Hot Plates quite literally we present these two dishes with kick from Melbourne CBD’s Indian hot spot, Tonka. This popular city restaurant…

Finches of Beechworth – Edgy, Modern-Meets-Baroque

Salvaged from a near death-by-doily demise, Victorian-era B&B Finches of Beechworth has recently been given a new lease on life – re-imagined, redesigned and fully…

French Onion Soup

Serve 6 2kg brown onions, finely sliced 100g unsalted butter 1 head of roasted garlic 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped 3 tbsp chopped thyme…

Ester – Best new, two hats

It was no surprise to the urban chic brigade when the latest SMH Good Food Guide awarded two hats and its coveted ‘Best New Restaurant’…

Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy – The One-woman Wrecking Crew

She’s played an alien (Under the Skin), a disembodied operating system (Her), and a porn addict’s girlfriend (Don Jon), but that’s nothing compared to the…

Epicurian Ecology – Tahbilk Winery and Wetlands

Spring has arrived at Tahbilk and the place is buzzing. At this winery on the banks of the Goulburn River near Nagambie, not only have…

Sisko Sister – Christina Tantsis of Sisko Chocolate

Christina Tantsis of Melbourne-based Sisko Chocolate is best known for her elaborate edible chocolate sculptures. We quizzed her on the origins of Sisko and her…

Melbourne’s own Spectablend

Together they make perfect life, fitness and business partners: three-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Josiah Ng and award-winning Cirque du Soleil-styled uber-cool aerialist…

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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.