Penny Grant, Sommelier, Blackbird Bar & Grill Brisbane

Penny Grant, whose passion for wine started as a kid, picking and stomping grapes with close family friends at BlackJack wines in central Victoria, decided…

Noosa National Park No.#14 – Essentials Top 100 Travel 2015

A motley, well camouflaged lace monitor lizard slowly crawls through the leaf strewn forest floor, the white flecks on its skin mimicking the sunlight, the…

Miss Clara – Stockholm, Sweden

High ceilings, expansive windows and grand rooms have been preserved in one of Stockholm’s most treasured buildings: the former Ateneum girl’s school, built in 1910…

Confit Duck Leg – Recipe

Confit Duck Leg with pommes de terre sarladaise (potatoes cooked in duck fat), butter lettuce with fresh herb vinaigrette Serves 4 Confit duck & roasted…

Eugene Von Guérard ’s Kosciusko: The Real Story

The sky had a ‘threatening look’ about it when Georg von Neumayer and his party reached the summit of Mount Kosciuszko on the morning of…

Saké Restaurant and Bar Melbourne

Essentials dropped in to Saké Melbourne to explore menu items and premium sake presented by Chef Shaun Presland. Saké is easy to find: just aim for the cool…

[Sombre] Lust for Lana

With the release of her addictive, awesome new album – Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey has no intention of glossing over her troubled psyche –…

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…