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by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

A restaurant lives or dies by its chef. This may sound dramatic but no matter how good your product is, without the expertise in the kitchen to back it up, you have nothing.

4 Food Trends You’ll Be Seeing A Lot Of In 2018

4 Food Trends You’ll Be Seeing A Lot Of In 2018

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

If there’s one thing that never stays the same, it’s what food we are obsessing over. Except for Golden Gaytimes—those things are for life, okay. Per usual, 2018 is set to have some cracking food trends and because we consider ourselves foodie sleuths, we’ve rounded up everything you’ll be bingeing on throughout the year. 

Meat-free meat? Alcohol-free alcohol? Will the madness ever end? Weeeelll, not this year. Food in 2018 is going to be mind-boggling and sometimes a little bit scary but let’s walk this journey together—one strange food trend at a time.  

Alcohol-Free Alcohol 

This is no time to freak out everyone, just take a few deep breaths and listen to what we have to say. With the rise of healthy people who prefer to live that  #cleaneating lyfe, many people are cutting out alcohol completely. It’s only a matter of time before alcohol-free beer, wine and spirits hit the shelves in Australia which means you can still enjoy a gin and tonic on a hot summers day, without ending up in the gutter (we’re definitely not speaking from personal experience). 

Gut-Friendly Food

2017 has seen an increase in people with intolerances to gluten, dairy and pretty much everything fun. We predict that in 2018 there’ll be a huge rise in foods available at cafes and restaurants specifically designed to help the gut—think more ferments, pickled veggies and low FODMAP foods for those gastro-challenged folk. 

Meat-Free Meat 

If you hadn’t noticed, heaps of your mates have probably turned vegan in 2017 that that’ll only increase in popularity through 2018. Instead of a sad grilled mushroom or a chickpea patty on your burger, we think 2018 might be the year for lab meat (LOL what?). Scientists all over the world are working on meat that’s made in a lab and totally vegan—even Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in companies working on plant-based meat substitutes. And y’all know that if it’s good enough for Leo, it’s good enough for you. 

Table Tech

We reckon that 2018 will see a huge number of technological advancements in all things food. At the moment, apps like UberEats are our daily life-savers (literally) but we predict 2018 will be all about technology at restaurants and in delivery—basically, we’re just waiting for drones. TBH though, Melbourne already has a cafe where a robot named Rocky makes a mean coffee #thefutureishere.

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16 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

16 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

by Fran Walker @ The A List | The Urban List

We’re well and truly into the new year and while most of us may have to snap out of holiday mode, there is no need to despair because Perth has got some killer events lined up this weekend. We’re talking beer festivals, rooftop foam parties, Caribbean carnivals and an interactive screening of Rocky Horror. Yes please!

Here are 16 amazing things to do in Perth this weekend.

All Weekend

Kegs By The Quay At Elizabeth Quay

Pictures this—over 20 breweries, 120 beers and six of Perth’s favourite food vendors down by the water. Have we got your attention yet?  Thought so. A new beer and eats extravaganza arrives in Perth tomorrow with an impressive sky-deck at Elizabeth Quay and we cannot contain our excitement. They are onto their final release tickets but don’t stress, you can also get door sales on the day, just make sure you get there early! Get tickets here.

Aperol Spritz Garden Party At Market Grounds

Perth has delivered the goods yet again with a pop up Aperol Spritz garden from 30 December until the end of January at Market Grounds. Highlights of the menu include Market Ground’s charcuterie selection, freshly shucked oysters, and a range of pizzas because sometimes (read: all the time) you need carbs.  For more details, check out this article here.

Thursday 11 January

3D Spray Paint Interactive Art Display At Murray Street Mall

Watching artwork being created is pretty mesmerising, but have you ever watched 3D artwork come to life? Well, now’s your chance. Watch Spectrum Mural Designs create a 3D spray paint artwork in the heart of Perth to celebrate #holidayathomewa and when it's finished, you’ll get the chance to be involved with a little Insta party! The masterpiece will begin at 8:30am today next to the information kiosk at Murray Street Mall. Find out more here.

Scarborough Sunset Markets

Taking over the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre every Thursday night until Thursday 15 March, enjoy delish eats from a variety of food stalls (the food coma will be worth it), a spot of shopping from local retailers and creatives, live music and general good vibes. It’s pretty much the perfect way to spend every Thursday night in summer. Get more info here.

Friday 12 January

Single And Ready To Flamingle At Badlands Bar

Calling all super singles, this Friday is your chance to mingle with a twist. Badlands Bar is hosting a flamingo themed singles party, and yep, that means the dress code is flamingo pink. You’ll want to dress up because the best flamingo outfit on the night wins a $50 bar tab #worthit. There will be RnB tunes all night long so bring your A-game. Book your tickets here.

Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market

Missing the Twilight Hawkers markets in the city? Don’t worry, they’ll be back soon but until then, you should definitely go and check out the Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market tomorrow night! Fresh, tasty, affordable eats and some live music equals the perfect chill Friday night. Click here for more information.

Rocky Horror Interactive Screening At Community Cinemas

Back again for its annual screening at Burswood, this Rocky Horror experience is not to be missed. Come dressed as your favourite character in the film and get involved with a bit of a singalong. There are different ticket packages on offer so you are can choose one that suits you best, but dig deep—all profits go to WA charities that help kids in need. Grab your tickets here.

Saturday 13 January

Oysters And Riesling At Howard Park Wines

If you happen to be living the high life and you’re still down south for summer this weekend, head to Howard Park Wines and do Saturday right with a four-course degustation menu prepared by Fraser’s Restaurant. Think outdoor oyster bar, live music, paella and seafood—our taste buds are tingling already. Bookings are essential and tickets are limited so make sure you get in quick and book here now, what are you waiting for?

Rooftop Foam Party At The Brass Monkey Hotel

Forget going to the beach this weekend to cool off, head to this rooftop foam party instead. Electric Jungle Events is taking over the Brass Monkey's rooftop to bring you a huge pool of foam, tunes playing all day with DJ Pèta & Grizzly taking over the decks for the night, plus plenty of drinks from the rooftop bar. Did we mention it’s free entry?! Click here for the deets.

Jazz In The Park At Bardon Park

If you’re a sucker for jazz, head to Bardon Park in Maylands this Saturday for a free jazz concert. Treat your ears to the sounds of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Jake Dennis Jazz Band. This free event is the perfect way to relax this Saturday evening—just BYO wine and picnic. For more information click here.

Pina Colada Party At Late Night Valentine

Held outside in Late Night Valentine’s amphitheatre, the Pina Colada Party will be the first even of their Din Daa Daa series. Revolving around everything and anything to do with Pina Colada cocktails, you know you won’t want to miss this. Starting at 7pm, entry is free before 9pm and only $10 after so get in and get drinking. Click here for more information.

Summer X Salt Markets At Trigg

Join the team at Summer x Salt Markets for their last market of this summer before they move onto Margaret River in February. With a huge variety of local food trucks, creatives, retailers and more, there's a little something for everybody. For more information click here.

Sunday 14 January

Feast Of The Wild Goose Long Table Dinner On Bannister Street

Celebrate the closing of the Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival with a long table dinner on Bannister Street in Fremantle. You'll get a huge banquet complemented by your choice of fine wines, Guinness, beer and cider. The street will also be closed so that everyone can dance and feast to celebrate the closing the right way. Get your tickets here.

Caribbean Carnival At The Rosemount Hotel

Have you ever dreamed of going to the Caribbean? Well now’s your chance, sort of... The Rosemount Hotel is turning its car park into a tropical wonderland this weekend and we're pretty excited! We’re talking paddling, pools, beach cabanas, street food and much more. This carnival has already been a hit in London, New York, Toronto and Paris so you know you won’t want to miss this. Tickets are on second release to get yours here stat!

Taste Of The Tropics At Long Chim 

Long Chim is having a party this Sunday and you’re invited. Four of Australia’s top rum ambassadors will be coming to Long Chim to mix up some Thai inspired cocktails—yum. Tickets are $100 and include delicious drinks from Bacardi, Appleton, Ratu and Pampero PLUS free flowing beer and wine and loads of Long Chim’s delicious food. It doesn't get much better than that! Click here to get your tickets.

Farmers Market At Mends Street Jetty

With only three dates left of Mends Street summer series, make sure you head to Mends Street Jetty this Sunday for their weekly farmer’s market. Starting at 9am, end your week right and get a taste of local produce while enjoying a spot of live music. For more information click here.

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Why I love Teaching English in South Korea – Video

by Oxford Seminars @ Oxford Seminars Blog

In this video, Oxford Seminars Grad, Mary, joins us from South Korea to talk about teaching English abroad and why she loves teaching English in South Korea. Want to get started teaching English abroad? Attend a Free Information Session Find a Course Near You Read Some of the highlights from the video below: How Mary […]

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Yo! Sushi: a monorail and a futuristic loo

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Perhaps we should start with the loo, not that I want to put you off your food, but it deserves a mention, being so state-of-the-art I had terrible trouble getting my children back downstairs to eat their food.

Plantation Chocolates

by adminonlined @ North Parade Market | Oxfords Finest Food Market on the 2nd & 4th Saturday Every Month

Plantation Chocolates is a new, award-winning, fine chocolate company based in Oxford.  Our delicious hand-made chocolates are created using traditional artisan methods and only the very finest ingredients.  With a little...

Restaurant review: Katherine MacAlister has an overly exuberant night out at Pomegranate on Cowley Road

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

As the number of Middle Eastern restaurants continues to flourish in East Oxford, not even the furthest outposts are managing to withstand the spread of this simple, fresh and satisfying fodder – and its fans.

Review: Zaara, Bangladeshi restaurant @ Bicester: 'A spice revolution'

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Tim Hughes has a Bangladeshi meal with a difference at Zaara in Bicester – where they prefer to do things differently

We find out what happens when La Cucina takes over Fishers restaurant in St Clements and turns it into Sea Salt

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Since La Cucina opened in St Clements exactly ten years ago it has remained among my handful of favourite Oxford restaurants, consistently identified as such when folk ask for a recommendation.

Tonight – Thursday 27th November – Evening Market

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Rolls Vietnam

Vietnamese pork roll in Sydney. Banh Mi in Sydney

10 Reasons Vietnam Should Be Next on Your Bucket List

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Exclusive Theatre Menu at Banana Tree Watford!

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Restaurant review: The Kitchen, Farnborough near Banbury - ''a new concept in country dining'

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

CHRISTOPHER GRAY enjoys a super lunch on a sunny day at The Kitchen in Farnborough

Dom Chapman of Great British Menu fame has taken over at The Feathers. But is his food worth the hype? Katherine MacAlister investigates.

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

"Why would we want to go to The Feathers? Isn’t it full of old people; tourists who don’t know any better and fawning mini-breakers feeding each other asparagus and licking the butter of each other’s fingers before they run back upstairs to bed?”

La Mint | French Vietnamese Restaurant | Sydney

La Mint | French Vietnamese Restaurant | Sydney


La Mint | French Vietnamese Restaurant | Sydney

Take a restaurant from France, add Saigon spice, mix it up with Sydney spunk and you have La Mint - Sydney's only French Vietnamese Fusion Restaurant

Katherine MacAlister pours oil on troubled waters at the wonderful Magdalen Arms in East Oxford

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Did I mention that Mr Greedy has gone on strike? The relentlessness of food critiquing was finally getting to him, poor boy.

A Brill place for Sunday lunch

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

It’s like entering a forgotten world, driving into Brill, framed by its historic windmill, Oxfordshire stretching away as far as the eye can see, it’s quaint higgledy-piggledy houses huddled together, as if frozen in time.

Vietnamese food at New World Manila Bay Hotel: Pho-nomenal!

Vietnamese food at New World Manila Bay Hotel: Pho-nomenal!


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Think Vietnamese food and what instantly comes to mind is a bowl of nice and hot pho beef noodles. I get my fill of this pho-ntastic dish — and a lot more of not-to-be-missed Vietnamese food — at New World Manila Bay Hotel’s Market Cafe, where a Vietnamese food promo is ongoing until Sept. 13.

Teaching English Abroad: How a Year of Vietnamese Dinners Changed the Course of My Life - Oxford Seminars Blog

Teaching English Abroad: How a Year of Vietnamese Dinners Changed the Course of My Life - Oxford Seminars Blog


Oxford Seminars Blog

How a Year of Vietnamese Dinners and exotic food Changed the Course of My Life

What is Khmer Cuisine?

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5 Awesome Things To Do In Perth This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Perth This Week

by Pim Pattanasuk @ The A List | The Urban List

As fun as it is settling right back into work *cough cough* we all need a bit of a mid-week escape every now and then. Whether you’re looking to improve your dance moves, enjoy a culinary cheese journey or have a boogie you can unwind any day of the week.

Here are 5 awesome things to do in Perth this week.

Monday 15 January

Free Dance Classes in Subiaco

Got moves? Put them to the test with Bachata or Tango! The talented team at Juan Rando Dance Academy is hosting free dance classes for y’all to get moving and shaking. Grab your dance partner for an evening of guilt-free fun. Bachata and Tango not your thing? You can sign up for other styles on another night or just try them all! Find out more here

Tuesday 16 January

American Summer Camp Masterclass At Fromage Artisans

Take your taste buds on a delightful journey as the awesome peeps at Fromage Artisans put together a masterclass for you. A night of gold rush cocktails, Applejacks, bourbon and gin, all paired with cheeses with cutesie names like lamb chop and snow white—we can’t even. Find out more here

World Spicy Food Day With Turban Chopsticks

It's world spicy food day tomorrow, so if you think you can handle the heat you might want to head to Kitchen Warehouse for a little cooking demo with Mei Yong from Turban Chopsticks. She will be cooking up some tasty meals and they're so simple that even the worst cooks out there will be able to recreate them at home! Get more info here.

Wednesday 17 January

KLP 5IN5 TOUR AT THE RAFFLES

There’s nothing like a boogie to get rid of those mid-week blues and ease yourself into the weekend shenanigans. Triple J House Party presenter and DJ, KLP is coming in hot with her national tour. Revellers can expect all the hottest hits as they party in one of our beloved riverside venues. Find out more here

JOEY BADA$$ IN NORTHBRIDGE

Yooo Perth, you’re in for a real treat because Brooklyn rap protégé Joey Bada$$ is hitting up our sweet city. With the release of his second studio album ‘ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$’ featuring the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Styles P and J.Cole, this hump day party is sure to be lit. Find out more here

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banh mi | Definition of banh mi in English by Oxford Dictionaries

banh mi | Definition of banh mi in English by Oxford Dictionaries


Oxford Dictionaries | English

Definition of banh mi - (in Vietnamese cuisine) a sandwich consisting of a baguette (traditionally baked with both rice and wheat flour) filled with a var

A foot in the door

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Katherine MacAlister returns to Oxford Kitchen and rediscovers her love for the cheeseboard

Review: Old Swan and Minster Mill, Minster Lovell - 'Timeless quality with honest food and cosy Coswold charm'

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

A picture perfect Cotswold stone hotel surrounded by prim gardens full of clipped topiary on the edge of the gurgling River Windrush, the Old Swan and Minster Mill looks almost too perfect to be true.

18 Hobbies To Start In 2018

18 Hobbies To Start In 2018

by Olivia Atkinson @ The A List | The Urban List

Well, well, well. 2017, has ditched us. Where did the year go?! As 2018 graces us with its presence, we’ve got a whopping 365 days to fill with whatever we choose (apart from the compulsory job, study, family, friend and general life commitments, of course) and what better way to get started than with sussing out a new hobby or two.

Hobbies can often get a bad rap. We get it. Sometimes there’s an underlying pressure to excel at your chosen hobby rather than have it purely for enjoyment, which makes the whole concept of picking up a hobby from scratch kinda intimidating.

Let us remind you, dear readers; having a ‘hobby’ basically means doing something for yourself because you find it really frickin’ fun. Kapeesh?

Without further ado—and without pressure to take any of these on board if they don’t tickle your fancy—here are 18 hobbies to start in 2018.

Start a wine tasting group. Once in awhile, gather some fellow vino-lovin’ friends and partake in a spot of wine tasting. Everyone has to bring a bottle but keep it in a paper bag. You’ll taste all the wines, make individual notes and then all will be revealed. It’s basically a learn-as-you-go wine tasting course and a solid excuse to get on the grape with your mates. More of a beer person? Start home brewing like you said you would in 2017. Get your camp on. If the only time you’ve slept in a tent is at a music festy, you’re really missing out. Our pretty country is home to some of the world’s best camping spots. Bring the marshmallows and get amongst. Keep track of your finances. We can almost see the eye rolls. If budgeting is your worst nightmare, it’s time to trick your brain into thinking that it’s somewhat enjoyable. Avoid those ghastly spreadsheets and download a nifty app. Trust us, you’ll end up having more moolah for the things you actually want to do. Start selling your shit and/or stop buying shit. You probably don’t need half the stuff you own, y’know? Learn how to not kill an indoor plant. Read up on our guide. Good luck. Make quilts. Quilts are just the best. They keep you warm, look great on a bed or couch and make for an excellent gift. Yep, they’ve made a comeback—type ‘hipster quilts’ into Google and you’ll get the idea. Give bullet journalling a crack. Yeah, yeah, we know no one really has time to jot down all their thoughts/feelings/shit they need to do, but most people have also never tried bullet journalling. It’s as if a to-do list, weekly planner and personal diary had a baby. Read all about it here. Try cooking for fun. If you’re one of these people who reluctantly whips up half-arsed meals during the week, we’re going to let you in on a secret. The more you cook, the better the meals will become. The end result? You’ll begin enjoying cooking because you’ll know that the end product will be epic instead of passably edible. Truth. Pick up a couple of disposable film cameras and go silly. Because of the limited number of shots, you’ll really have to think about what moments you capture. 36 selfie retakes ain’t going to cut the mustard. Become a wedding celebrant. Marriage is as trendy as ever so you’ll be in high hobby demand. Learn how to DJ. There’s an 82-year-old Japanese lady who rips up the decks in some of Tokyo’s best nightclubs proving to all of us that you’re never too old to pick up a new passion. Try your hand at pottery...literally. There’s something about pottery that looks so damn therapeutic. Watch these vids and tell us that you don’t want to give it a go. Become a fiercely competitive Scrabble player. You won’t regret it. Become a food mash-up inventor. Cronuts, sushi burgers and pizza cones are, like, ancient now. Just think of the endless food baby possibilities… Take up woodworking. It’s pretty badass and could lead to some awesome pieces of DIY furniture. Get really freakin’ good at stone skipping. Perfect the art of doing nothing. This might just be the best hobby ever.

Want to hang out with your friends while taking on your new hobby? We reveal Who Should Be Your BFF Based On Your Star Sign

The Oxford Hotel

by admin @ Leederville – We Love Perth

The Oxford Hotel is a classic pub, the kind you wish was still present in every suburb, down the end of your street. It has been around since 1906 and has stood the test of time, adapting to what modern punters want, whilst retaining the charm of an old fashioned local. The Oxford is nothing […]

The White Hart at Fyfield's reputation precedes it

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Tapping at the window and crying through the lock are a million other food reviewers all desperate for their opinions to be known. Trip Advisor is alive with them, bloggers bun fighting for a piece of the action.

Restaurant review: Portobello, Oxford - 'Seasonal delights in the heart of Summertown'

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Like his father and mother before him, Jon Ellse has certainly made his mark on the catering scene in Oxford, for which all lovers of good food have cause to thank him.

Why Indochinese Cuisine is a Guilt-Free Pleasure

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Fancy Events and Going Out

Fancy Events and Going Out

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

While Oxford is a ton of work filled with essay crises every week and major stress, there’s also a lot …

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About nature and culture in Sapa

About nature and culture in Sapa

by thecroissantpostcards @ The Croissant Postcards

I’ve been back for 10 days, and keep returning to my photos from Vietnam hoping they will allow me to relive it all over again. I loved taking photos of Sapa, and witnessing the way people live in the mountains. It’s a life which embraces being different and yet is also submitted to change, and … Continue reading About nature and culture in Sapa

Foodie Events Worth Travelling For In WA

Foodie Events Worth Travelling For In WA

by Alexis Donkin @ The A List | The Urban List

Planning a weekend away? What about a weekend away filled with WA's best cheeses, fruits, freshly baked breads and wine, oh you can't forget the wine. But don't worry, we're not just trying to fill your tummies, the events come with plenty of entertainment and some great opportunities to get out on the dance floor and work off those delicious slow-cooked beef rolls and craft WA beers.

That's right, this is your reminder that you don't need to be in the big smoke to enjoy some of the best culinary delights our state has to offer. Make a weekend of it with the girls, a couple of mates, or surprise someone special.

Here are the best foodie events worth travelling for in WA this year.

Taste Great Southern

8—25 March 2018 

Spanning over 18 days and five sensational locations in the Great Southern including Albany, Denmark and Mt Barker, Taste Great Southern will see you enjoying local oysters and seafood, cereal crops, beef and lamb dishes and fresh local vegetables (stock up and take some home with you). There will be celebrity chefs—including Marco Pierre White—cooking up a storm and a huge range of amazing events and banquets to get involved in.

The Karijini Experience

17—22 April 2018

The Karijini Experience is much more than a food festival, but it did start with one exceptional dinner and considering the food on offer, we couldn't leave this celebration off this list! Get yourself tickets to the Fervor degustation or make your way to the bush tucker high tea. While you're there, you won't want to miss the opera in the gorge with the WASO string quartet, the astronomy night or the mountain bike ride from the airstrip to the eco-retreat!

Truffle Kerfuffle

22—24 June 2018

If you're not already excited about Truffle Kerfuffle then we probably can't be friends. Returning for its eighth year, Truffle Kerfuffle in Manjimup is one of the highlights of the year for any serious foodie. The line up is still to be announced for 2018, but last year saw the likes of River Cottage's Paul West, Fervor's Paul Iskov, Jesse Blake of Petition, Amy Hamilton of Liberte and so many more top chefs. Go truffle hunting and then sit back and relax while you enjoy one of the tastiest feasts you'll ever eat. 

Dirk Hartog Island Gourmet Escape

August 2018

Dirk Hartog Island is about 850km north of Perth and is, quite simply, one of the most stunning places you’ll ever visit. Last year they hosted their first ever Dirk Hartog Island Gourmet Escape as part of the Gascoyne Food Festival and it was such a success that it will be back this year. Russell Blaikie of Must Wine Bar fame will be back this year to cook up a seafood paella over the campfire and he'll also be whipping up some seafood delights for the long table lunch. 

Perth Hills Spring Festival

Every weekend in October

If you need to ease into the idea of travelling for food, this one's not too big of a drive. Taking place in the gorgeous hills region, the Perth Hills Pring Festival is the best way to get out of your winter rut! This event played host to an amazing cider festival last year and we are praying it returns for 2018, but there's plenty of other food and wine events to check out, just keep an eye on their website for this year's line up of events. 

Brew And The Moo | Pilbara Beef And Beer Festival 

TBC

Calling all lovers of the two great Bs—beer and beef. Is there a greater combo? Probably not, especially when you can find them combined in one dish. Brew And The Moo has taken place in the Pilbara for the past two years and we've got all our fingers and toes crossed that it will be back this year! There's obviously plenty to eat and drink, but there's also live music and stand up comedy, because everything is better with live comedy. 

Gourmet Escape

15—18 November

There's been a lot of chatter of about the Margaret River Gourmet Escape coming to an end, and while it's true that it won't be held in Margaret River next year, the Gourmet Escape will be back in 2018. After six amazing years in the south west, the Gourmet Escape will most likely be moving to the Swan Valley, which really just means all that foodie goodness is a little bit closer to Perth! 

Want more? Check out these dinners with a difference in Perth.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape | Image credit: Photo Elements

New Menu Coming This Week!

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Domino’s Is Now Serving Vegan Cheese

Domino’s Is Now Serving Vegan Cheese

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

If there’s one thing vegans know a thing or two about, it’s realising you’re three minutes away from being hangry AF because your mates have decided to order pizza. Well, not anymore team, Domino’s have added vegan cheese to their menu and on behalf of these guys—you’re welcome. 

Domino’s ran a survey on their Facebook page late last year and the people (you guys) said they wanted vegan cheese. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s now become a delicious reality #peoplepower.  Their sauces and bases are already vegan friendly so you can just swap out the cheese for an easy win, plus they’ve upped their game even further with a couple of limited edition specials—vegan avocado veg, vegan spicy trio and even a vegan margherita. 

FYI, their garlic bread is also vegan friendly and you better believe we’ll be adding the vegan cheese to this bad boy too (if they’ll let us) because cheesy garlic bread is bae.  

For now, they're saying the vegan cheese will only be available for a limited time but if we prove that we need this in our lives, they'll keep it on the menu. For more deets, head here

Here are all the annoying questions you'll be asked daily if you go vegan. 

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How to Get Paid While You Travel & Teach English Abroad – Video

by Oxford Seminars @ Oxford Seminars Blog

In this video Oxford Seminars instructor, Brent, and graduate, Magda talk about teaching ESL overseas & how you can get paid to travel & teach English abroad. Is teaching English abroad for you? If you’re not sure, watch Magda and Brent talk about their experiences teaching English abroad for info about what teaching English overseas is […]

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Celebrating Vegetarianism with Indochinese Cuisine

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Celebrations: Trashing and my 21st

Celebrations: Trashing and my 21st

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

Most of my English Oxford friends are third years because I was lucky enough to be placed in the same …

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Dating? KFC? How People Celebrate Christmas Around the World

by Oxford Seminars @ Oxford Seminars Blog

In North America the Holiday Season often evokes images of Christmas, Hanukkah, and other religious traditions, as well as presents, food, and time off work. But Christmas and other holiday festivities are not limited to North America. Cultures around the world celebrate Christmas and many other holidays as well. Some cultures have been celebrating longer […]

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Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s a new year, and that means a clean slate. This year could be anything, guys. We know you’re already strategically planning where and when to travel, but before you make any destination decisions, let’s see what the stars have to say. Crack open your diary and make room for one of these epic trips in 2018. Because, obviously, if a city is compatible with your zodiac, you have to go there. 

Here’s where you should travel in 2018, based on your zodiac sign. Bon voyage!

Aries

Queenstown, New Zealand

If anyone is going to bungee jump off in Queenstown or go zorbing down the hills of Rotorua, it’s you, Aries. You’re pretty freaking fearless and we can totally see you renting a kombi and road-trippin' your way through the North and South Islands of New Zealand. You don’t need much—just some comfortable clothes, your confidence and an optimistic attitude. Oh, and make sure you come back alive.  

Taurus

Utah, USA  

Taurus, fly on over the American Southwest and explore the beautiful and underrated state of Utah. You’ll appreciate that it’s pretty easy to travel through—especially if you visit during April-July for glorious weather and Bucket List adventure out the wazoo. Be sure to check out the mind-boggling beauty of Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon and Arches National Park. Pro tip: One of the world’s most epic slip ‘n slides opens on an Olympic ski slope during the (American) summer months. If you don’t do it, we will. 

Gemini

Djibouti, Africa

Oh Gemini, we know that you get bored easily. You can’t be bothered seeing another city with the same old H&M’s and Ralph Laurens. So you need somewhere unexplored. You need to go somewhere like Djibouti, a tiny corner of the world in East Africa. Lonely Planet reckons this is the #4 country to visit in 2018. We know you’re intrigued. And good news, there’s plenty to do in Djibouti. Whale shark diving or hike extinct volcanoes? Visit the salt lakes or the canyons?! You’re curious, like George. Go out and explore.

Cancer

Tokyo, Japan

Take your highly imaginative personality onto a plane, then take that plane straight to Japan. You need to let your creativity soar in a country that’s booming with color. Tokyo moves quick, but you can handle it. You, of all people, lurrrrv food, and Japan is the perfect place to stuff your face with all sorts of goodness. So slurp on ramen and nom on REAL sushi. You haven’t had a modern restaurant experience until your meal slips out of a machine #onlyinjapan.

Leo

Cape Town, South Africa  

Leo, you might not like taking holidays, but if you muster up a speck of wanderlust you're going to go somewhere that’s worth your time. And in 2018, it’s South Africa. (And no, not just ‘cause your star sign is a lion). You’re energetic, fearless and up for anything. Shark cage dive with Great Whites, visit the duck army winery and go on a safari. Simba wants to meet you.  

Virgo

Toronto, Canada

Virgo, step away from the office and onto a plane to Canada. You need a break! Toronto is calling your name. It’s a clean and artsy city, and Drake is from there—so, like, yeah. Go to the top of the CN Tower and splurge on a meal at the revolving restaurant. The city is thriving with music and art, so why don’t you exercise the right side of your analytical brain and let loose. Pro tip: if you can, catch a Raptor game in Jurassic Park (just Google it). 

Libra

Cinque Terre, Italy

Libra, you of all people know that balance equals a lot of walking plus heaps of pizza. That’s why you should go to the Cinque Terre in 2018. Being around friendly and freakishly attractive Italians meshes well with your gracious and social attitude. You like sharing and bringing balance to your surroundings, so gather some peeps and enjoy delicious antipasto and vino, plus a few clifftop hikes. 

Scorpio

Lahaul, India

ALLLL the way in the tip-top corner of India is the remote region of Lahaul and Spiti. If you haven’t heard of this place, look it up. Bet you didn’t think it would look like that! Small villages, large mountains, medieval monasteries and brilliant blue lake water is practically untouched by mass tourism, according to Lonely Planet. Use your resourcefulness to your advantage and navigate your way through this part of the world in 2018. There will be language barriers, exotic food and vibrant culture. Good thing you're up for a challenge, right? 

Sagittarius

Santiago, Chile  

Gear up for an adventure, Sag! You need to visit Lonely Planet’s number one destination of 2018: Chile! This is the year to do it, because the country is celebrating its 200th anniversary of independence, so there will be plenty of festivities to go around, especially in its capital, Santiago. Seriously, this country will keep you on your toes. You can explore one of the driest deserts on earth or freeze your butt off navigating your way through the glacial fields. Raise a glass of pisco sour and let’s go!

Capricorn

Mykonos, Greece

Turn off your emails and give your never-ending to-do list a break. It’s time to let loose in Greece, Capricorn! This country provides a great combination of history, relaxing on the beach and partying till the sun comes up (especially on Mykonos—AMIRIGHT?). Take a load off and come back to the office with an envious Mediterranean tan. You deserve it.  

Aquarius

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aquarius, you’re a humanitarian, and San Juan needs your help. It got hit hard by Hurricane Maria and tourism will only help the country move forward. Go to San Juan in 2018 and explore this beautiful, Caribbean island. Hang out with the locals, eat your weight in Arroz con dulce and dance the night away in one of the crazy-good nightclubs. Heck, we’ll come with you. 

Pisces

Seville, Spain

Get out of bed and put on your dancing shoes, Pisces, it’s time to do the flamenco around Seville. Good thing you're go-with-the-flow (like most Spaniards) because it will be easy for you to make friends here. At home, you like your alone time, so why not challenge yourself and make this a solo trip. Meet people (maybe the love of our life), dance, eat good food and admire Seville's beautiful architecture. Let loose, Pisces, you gentle thing.

Now that you know where to go in 2018, the stars will tell you which dog to get.

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GAF is the new vegetarian heavy restaurant in East Oxford. But will it work for everyone? Katherine MacAlister checks it out

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

A recent documentary by environmentalist and animal rights campaigner Gary Yourofsky had a profound effect on its millions of viewers, the majority young, and keen to make a difference. My son was one, and he, and most of his sixth form, gave up eating meat on the same day.

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Cooking like a local around Asia!

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I tried my hand at Laos, Vietnamese and Thai cooking courses… Southeast Asia is good for many things – beaches, parties and markets to name a few, and while I’m a fan of all three, there’s something I like even more. Eating. I tend to try anything and everything – the more unusual the cuisine, […]

18 Perth Breakfasts You Need To Eat In 2018

18 Perth Breakfasts You Need To Eat In 2018

by Emma Pegrum @ The A List | The Urban List

With a new year comes new cravings, and luckily, new spots to satisfy them too! The Perth brekky scene has been proliferating lately, and we’re sure that 2018 is going to bring many a morning where the home cooked avo on rye just ain’t gonna cut it.

Whether it’s to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in forever, or to pop down for an easy bite with your regulars, here are the 18 breakfasts you need to try in 2018.

1. Chilli Eggs | Springs Kitchen

Rivervale

Never one to look past chilli eggs on the menu, Springs Kitchen will be an absolute 2018 go-to. Located riverside and with a chic fit out, the meals coming out around you won’t be the only thing you’ll salivate over. If chilli eggs with rocket, coriander, avocado, feta and a house-made chilli jam takes your fancy, be sure to check this place out. For something heavier, try the Skirt Steak with chimichurri, fried eggs and hand cut chips!

2. Blended Strawberry & Banana Bowl | Island Market

Trigg

Ever been sat on the beach, craving a fruity smoothie bowl with some crunch? Well, now you can get it, beachside at Island Market in Trigg. The blended strawberry and banana bowl is served with chia coconut pudding and crunchy granola to boot, making brekky by the beach even more enjoyable (if that’s even possible).

3. Chilaquiles Rojas | La Vida Urbana

Leederville

This Leederville newbie has been tickling our fancy lately, and their take on this traditional Mexican breakfast is no exception. La Vida Urbana's Chilaquiles Rojas features crispy tortilla bathed in spicy salsa, topped with a perfectly fried egg—this dish is simple deliciousness at it’s best. You know where to find us.

4. Beef, Bread & Egg | Syd & Phyllis

Midland

Setting up shop in the old Midland Railway Workshops, modern eatery Syd & Phylis is showcasing local produce and doing a damn good job of it. This dish packs in the taste with braised beef brisket, a perfect 63 degree egg topped with lashings of hollandaise, sitting pretty on a bed of southwest apple & fennel salad and wood fired toast. We hear you won’t be disappointed with your coffee, either!

5. Green Bowl | Regular Coffee Company

Carine

Here to ease you back into healthy eating in the new year is the Green Bowl at this new spot in Carine, Regular Coffee Company. Served up with roasted broccoli, pickled mushroom, crispy enoki, poached egg, quinoa, toasted grains, verde and charred lemon, this dish is the one to eat when you want to literally taste health.

6. Tirolese | Trio Cafe & Wine Bar

Mt Lawley

Anywhere that serves brekky until 3pm is ay-okay in our book, and Trio is one of those places. The Tirolese comes with potato, smoked bacon, scamorza cheese, sundried tomato and fried eggs, garnished with chive—delicious, different and definitely on our to-try list.You can also grab Italian style coffees, and maybe a cheeky takeaway homemade baked good… bombolinis, anyone?

7. Muesli Bowl | Mille on Beaufort

Bedford

Mille has had a serious face-lift and so has it’s menu, with the breakfast options kept simple for your ease. The muesli bowl is served with puffed wild rice, pecan, cranberry clusters, cold pressed yoghurt and rhubarb compote, topped with crunchy granola—the perfect combo when you’re after something rejuvenating.

8. Scrambled Eggs | Frank

Northbridge

Frank is the place to hit up when you want your brekky with a side of culture—especially if you’re a late riser. Opening for morning eats from 10am only, suggest this in the group chat if you want a guaranteed sleep in for Saturday’s breakfast date. Scrambled eggs might sound simple, but this one comes with smearings of pumpkin and ricotta, a delicious bacon crumble and freshly grilled bread - yum.

9. Smashed Avo | ATLAS Food + Coffee

West Perth

This place is doing speciality coffee, delicious brunches and vegan smoothies, and doing them well. ATLAS’s smashed avo comes with poached eggs, quinoa, seeds, nuts, fresh, sweet corn, pomegranate, and halloumi, topped with mojo verde and lemon on seeded ciabatta. It’s almost too much to fit into one sentence! You can also feast on things like hotcakes with Sichuan pepper caramel and warm peach, Nutella panna cotta with burnt fig granola or miso scrambled eggs. Get us there now!

10. Ginger Poached Pear Bircher | Lily Bean

Mosman Park

Starting your day off right is made easy by this convenient little spot on a south-siders daily commute, Lily Bean. Their bircher muesli is not only delicious, but a decent size to keep you fuelled all morning, and comes with a beautiful big poached pear for extra flavour! Yes please.

11. Cocowhip Fruit Bowl | Monty's

Scarborough

A breakfast that is reminiscent of ice cream is always a good thing, and that's exactly what you'll get at Monty's. The Cocowhip fruit bowl is the perfect way to finish up a morning at the beach, but they also do a scrumptious French toast if you feel like indulging.

12. Sous Vide Eggs | Cafe DeBretton & Bennet

Fremantle

This beautifully designed and decorated cafe is a taste of France in Freo, and a new favourite. The team at Cafe DeBretton & Bennet is serving up sous vide eggs which are the definition of simply divine, coming out hot with charcoal bread and French butter. Add one of the yummy extras to flesh this dish out and you’ll be on to a winner my friends!

13. Honey Toast Bread | Brown Spoon Cafe

Victoria Park

It’s safe to say this dish is already famous but if you haven’t tried it yet, Brown Spoon's Honey Toast Bread packed full of peanut and matcha butter, Nutella and chocolate will not disappoint for those craving a sweet breakfast. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also dig into a whole host of other Korean dessert favourites!

14. Açai Bowl | The Other Side

Swanbourne

Recently taken over by the crew at Daisie’s Cottesloe, Swanbourne locals’ fav The Other Side is getting a bit of a fresh take. Venturing into the world of açai and smoothie bowls, this lil’ ray of sunshine is going to be a serious go-to and the Açai Bowl is going to be the ushe. Packing in the health with coconut chips, house-made gluten free granola, banana and strawberries, this one’s going to tick all of our ‘new year new me’ boxes. Keep your eyes peeled for their new menu coming soon!

15. Morning Ramen | George Street Quarters

East Fremantle

The latest reason to peruse property listings in the illustrious East Freo precinct, George Street Quarters is dishing up all day brekky and the menu is out of control. Guys, we know morning ramen might sound risky, but this one is seriously good. Served up with chashu pork belly, wheat noodle, broccolini and an onsen egg in tonkotsu brothy goodness, this is a breakfast that is sure to wake up those taste buds. Btw - an ‘onsen’ is a Japanese hot spring, in which the ‘onsen egg’ was traditionally cooked - hence the name. Pretty cool huh?

16. Pancake Stack | Someday Coffee Co

Floreat

This beautiful suburban cafe is inviting locals back into a forgotten pocket of Floreat with their smiling team, smooth coffee and drop-dead delicious menu. Someday Coffee Co.’s pancake stack is packed with everyone’s favourite, caramelised banana, plus summer berries, toasted seeds and nuts and cinnamon, dolloped with greek yoghurt and maple syrup, and it’s damn tasty.

17. Kimchi Burger | Doric Street Cafe + Kitchen

Scarborough

Is it just me, or is everyone loving this Korean-inspired breakfast trend that’s been sweeping Perth lately? Doric Street is arguably leading the way with Chef James Pack (hailing from fine-dining heavyweight Wildflower) serving up some true treats for the people of Scarborough and beyond. The Kimchi Burger is a best seller, and with the perfectly cooked stringy Korean beef, pickles, cheese and god-send sauce Sriracha mayo, we’re not surprised. What a way to start the day!

18. Red Velvet Waffles | The Little Resident

Nedlands

Tacked onto the front of one of our favourite bars in Nedlands, The Little Resident serves up casual brekky, brunch and coffee from morning til late (at least, later than most Perth cafes). These waffles are what brekky’s made of with chocolate brownie crumble and mascarpone, plus a healthy drizzling of maple syrup and fresh berries to bring it on home. 

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Welcome to Thai One On! We’re located at 911 Noble Street in Anniston, Alabama, where we serve up delicious, authentic Thai cuisine and asian fusion dishes. Whatever you're looking for, Thai One On is the restaurant that has it.

London Cheap Eats | Recommended Vietnamese | Banh Mi Bay

London Cheap Eats | Recommended Vietnamese | Banh Mi Bay


London Cheap Eats | Recommended Vietnamese | Banh Mi Bay

Highly popular, Banh Mi Bay is a family run, mini-chain of Vietnamese restaurants serving some of the best authentic Vietnamese food in Central London

The Oxford Night Market 7th of May 2015

by adminonlined @ North Parade Market | Oxfords Finest Food Market on the 2nd & 4th Saturday Every Month

We are pleased to announce another Oxford Night market, scheduled to take place on the evening of the 7th of May in North Parade Avenue from 6pm. These evening...

Oxford Bucketlist: Visit all the Colleges!

Oxford Bucketlist: Visit all the Colleges!

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

So that was the dream. But I only managed to visit 20 or so of the 40+ colleges. The colleges I’ve …

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Bitten Street Market in Oxford

Bitten Street Market in Oxford


The Croissant Postcards

I love street food. There’s something so comforting about an on-the-spot hot dog which can definitely compete with any homemade casserole dish you grew up eating. The thing with street food, …

10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

by Shannon Coward @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to 2018. We bet you're wondering why the hell you're sitting at your desk right now, as your other (some might say, smarter) colleagues took an extra week to lounge around eating the last of the leftovers, or to swan off overseas to top up their tan. We feel you. The real world has rolled back around—and it feels remarkably like work in 2017...

Instead of doing actual work, spend your precious brain space fantasising of the 10 places you wish you were instead at your desk RN. 

#1. Whitehaven Beach

Australia

If there’s anything that screams perfect daydream material, it’s sitting on 98% silica sand while the crystal clear ocean laps at your feet. The incredible Whitehaven Beach, located a short boat ride from Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays Queensland, has all your tropical island dreams covered and then some with its mind-boggling beauty and location on the edge of the Great  Barrier Reef. There’s a reason this stunning natural wonder is plastered across every Australian tourism campaign and it really needs to be seen to be believed. Plus, you could totally combine your trip to Whitehaven with a stay at luxe accommodation on nearby Hamilton Island for the ultimate island escape. Throw in a palm leaf and we’re sold.

#2. Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia

A hidden gem more than worthy of a shout out, Croatia’s Plitvice Lake National Park is a nature-lover’s dream come true. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park marks the point where 16 crystal-esque lakes flow into each through a series of waterfalls and cascades. An 18km wooden footbridge meanders through the water and butterflies do their thing all over the heavily-forested area. The water is so turquoise you’ll find yourself questioning whether they secretly dyed it and if you visit in winter, you might just find an ice-covered wonderland that would make for one sick ‘gram picture. Plitvice Lakes might also be as close as you’ll get to steeping onto the set of a real life Disney movie. Talk about magical AF.

#3. Gion

Japan

Located in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural hub and former capital, Gion is a must-see on any Japanese adventure. Referred to informally as the geisha district, Gion is a gorgeous slice of the Japan of ages past, nestled smack bang in the middle of a bustling, thriving city that effortlessly blends modern and traditional. Think wooden buildings, winding alleyways, traditional gift shops and the chance to spot a geisha or maiko (a geisha’s apprentice) making their way between appointments at the myriad teahouses dotting the district. Gion is also home to a number of sights, including the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple which offers to-die-for views over Kyoto, if you can’t get your fill just by wandering the stone pathways. BRB, looking up when the next flight leaves for Japan.

#4. The Alhambra

Spain

Topping many a “things you have to see before you die” list, the Alhambra is, well, actually something you have to see before you die. Let’s just say, it makes sitting at your desk sound pretty dang boring. Drawing heavily on its Arabic ancestry, the Alhambra is a fortress complex located in Granada that manages to blend historical significance with stunning architectural brilliance in all the right ways. To start with, the Alhambra offers killer views over the city of Granada and the surrounding meadows. It was built primarily in the 13th century when the first king of the Nasrid dynasty decided to make the fortress the royal residence. It’s from this period that much of the architectural elements –including wooden filigree archways and that iconic central fountain – that make the Alhambra so gorgeous are from. Oh and did we mention that the aim of the architects designing the Alhambra was to cover every single space with decoration, no matter how big or small said space was. Leave work early, head to the airport, fly to Spain, go to the Alhambra, thank us later.

#5. Edinburgh

Scotland

Ah Scotland, we might just have a tiny crush on you after binge-watching Outlander on Netflix. Which is why we just had to put Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and voted the most walkable city in the U.K. (take that, London), on this list. Edinburgh is home to many a cultural monument, including the perfectly medieval Edinburgh Castle and the Museum of Edinburgh - which just so happens to be located inside a 16th-century house. If you’re more the type to emerge after the sun has gone down, spend your time exploring the haunted alleyways of Mary King’s Close or hit up the local pub for the best whisky you’ll ever taste. Just don’t forget to head out of town and climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano that also offers gorgeous views over the city below. Ugh, why can’t we be working in Scotland right now.

#6. Skaftafell National Park

Iceland

And here we were thinking that the rock formations of Ireland’s Giants Causeway were impressive when Skaftafell National Park came onto the scene and blew us all away. Located in gorgeous Iceland, Skaftafell is the epicentre of the largest national park in Europe, Vatnajokull National Park, and lies on the southern edge of the breathtaking Vatnajokull Glacier. The park is a land of contrasts, promising you the chance to see everything from active volcanoes to glaciers to flat, sandy plains to glacier rivers – all in the same place. Skaftafell is also home to the Kristinartindar Peaks, a dramatic rock formation from which a waterfall plummets one metre into the lush park below. And that’s all before we get to the variety of hiking trails that wind through the 5000 square kilometres of natural beauty that the park claims as its own. Psh, who needs a job anyway, if you need us we’ll be adventuring in Iceland.

#7. Old Havana

Cuba

Okay, okay, so the pinnacle of chilly northern wandering isn’t really your thing. What about the colourful, bustling, tropical flair of Old Havana, in Cuba? Old Havana is the second most populated borough of modern Havana and is contained within the original Havana city walls. It is also the best placed to be completely immersed in the Havana of long ago. This is a Havana where rumba music floats through cobbled streets, where narrow lanes meander past Cuban-Baroque-meets-Art-Nouveau buildings and where the locals sip coffee and chat like they’ve been doing for many a-year. In other words, it’s pretty wanderlust inducing. Stay in a hotel that once played host to Winston Churchill, explore the brightly hued Plaza Vieja or spend the day exploring Havana’s revolutionary past at Museo de la Ciudad. Whatever you choose, it’s got to be better than staring gloomily out the window at all the not-Old Havana you’re surrounded by. Yes, you can thank us later.

#8. Banff National Park

Canada

Located in the iconic Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and is home to some breathtaking examples of that alpine beauty we all know and love about Canada. Lake Louise, a turquoise pool of pure postcard perfect beauty, serves as the park’s main jumping off point before you move on to the too-pretty-to-be-real Sunshine Meadows (the name, guys, the name) or the jagged peaks of the Icefields Parkway. To help with painting the picture of how freaking incredible Banff National Park is, imagine that scene in The Sound of Music when Maria is singing her heart out to the rolling green hills around her. Banff makes that scenery look like your attempt at Pictionary after a few too many drinks. So, what are you waiting for?

#9. Chiang Mai

Thailand

Chiang Mai is a beacon when it comes to sought after travel destinations at the moment but the temple city of Thailand is attracting so much buzz for a very good reason. Serving as the hub of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the perfect place to kick back and get some much needed R&R while remaining in close proximity to activities galore. Pick from one of the many temples peeking out from behind every corner, thanks to the city’s position as the former seat of the Lanna kingdom, or spend your time wandering the backstreets and sampling the many flavours of Thai cuisine. Did someone say authentic pad Thai and grilled pork in banana leaf? Drool. Uh yeah, you can totally get away with chucking a sickie for a whole week (or four). We’ll see you at the airport.

#10. Ggantija

Malta

An underappreciated hidden gem good for more than just filming locations for a bunch of hit TV shows (Game of Thrones, anyone?), Malta is well-worth an addition to any perpetual wander-lusting daydreams. Malta, an island located between Malta and the North African coast, is home to a number of historic sites that remain as evidence of its former rulers, including the Romans, Moors, French and British. The most famous of these has to be Ggantija, a temple complex on the Mediterranean Island of Gozo that is older than the pyramids of Egypt. They are also the world’s second oldest existing manmade religious structures, losing out only to Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. You can actually wander through the ruins of the complex, marvelling at the ingenuity of construction from before society was really a thing. Getting to explore the almost-oldest structure in the world AND having the chance to live your best life on a Mediterranean island? Sign us the heck up!

Ready to pack your bags and get exploring? Make sure to check out our travel page for all the destinations worth knowing about.

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Halal restaurants around Oxford Street

Halal restaurants around Oxford Street


Halal Gems

A foodie guide to Europe’s busiest shopping street

Emily Watkins almost converts the inconvertible Katherine MacAlister

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

I don’t want to dazzle you with science,” Emily Watkins told us, “by demonstrating some of the more complicated vegetarian dishes on our menu, because I’d rather you learnt something you can actually go home and cook for yourself.”

Why the food hall at The Westgate needs visiting

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

While the hype surrounding the endless restaurant openings in The Westgate continues unabated, much of the acclaim remains sky high, literally.

Where To Find The Best Halal Food In Perth

Where To Find The Best Halal Food In Perth

by Kirsty Petrides @ The A List | The Urban List

Australia. The melting pot of cultures. The good news is that it means we have options a plenty when it comes to dining out. The sometimes tricky news is that we all have differing dietary backgrounds and beliefs. But fret not, because we have found some of the best eateries in Perth offering either full or partial halal menus.

Beiyrut Restaurant

Tuart Hill

If you want some seriously delicious and authentic Lebanese food you'll want to head straight to Beiyrut. We'd suggest taking a fairly large group because the menu is huge and everything is amazing—including the halal options.

Recipe Restaurant

East Perth

If you're after a taste of Persia, Recipe Restaurant in East Perth is all over it like white on rice. And in huge news, they offer halal menu items.

Istanbul Turkish Restaurant

Fremantle

Istanbul Turkish Restaurant, just off the Freo cafe strip, is another certified halal restaurant. The team here have been serving delicious and authentic Turkish cuisine for over 20 years, so they know a thing or two about making delicious food.

Elie’s Tent

Victoria Park

At Elie's Tent you get a halal dinner and a show. Two for one. Result. While you chow down on your delicious authentic Lebanese food, you’ll be entertained by traditional Middle-Eastern belly dancers.

Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant

Perth

If you want a bit of variety, then Sahara is your spot. They blend traditional cuisine from several countries across the Middle-East, giving you a very exotic experience indeed. Our hot tip is to order the mansaf—lamb slow cooked in hot yoghurt, and served with a fresh Arabian salad.

Cairo Cafe

Perth

We probably don't need to clarify that Cairo Cafe serves up authentic Egyptian cuisine. The clues were there, weren't they? What you might not know, however, is that this little suburban gem was founded by a group of classmates who all grew up together in Egypt before relocating to the land down under. We're pretty happy they chose to grace Perth with their fresh, authentic and fragrant Egyptian dishes.

PappaRich

Northbridge

PappaRich in Northbridge is one of Perth’s top Malaysian restaurants, and the place to go if you’re in Perth and looking for some authentic, delicious halal Malaysian cuisine.

Chee Tayeb Restaurant

Perth

Chee Tayeb Restaurant on Murray Street is a family owned eatery providing authentic modern Lebanese cuisine. You’ll get top notch service, a unique Lebanese experience and halal menu items.

Indonesia Indah Restaurant

Perth

This Perth eatery offers an authentic menu of Indonesian favourites, made from the freshest herbs, spices and ingredients. Their menu, which is designed for sharing, has a full halal option for lunch and dinner.

Metro Indian Restaurant

Subiaco

Metro, located in the heart of Subi, is a locally loved Indian restaurant with a wide range of authentic dishes and halal options.

Tamarind Cafe

Claremont

Tamarind is a certified halal eatery, and serves up Asian inspired cuisine specialising in traditional Javanese style satay, grilled to perfection over open hardwood charcoal. They also have unique Asian fusion dishes.

Saffron Fine Persian Cuisine

Middle Swan

The authentic Persian restaurant dishes up mouth-watering food like traditional Persian kebabs, with a side of live music and belly dancing on Friday nights.

The Ajrak

Fremantle

The Ajrak in Fremantle is an authentic Pakistani and Indian spot using traditional recipes - they even mill their spices by hand. That’s dedication. There is a huge selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, as well as a full halal menu.

Want more? Check out our fave Middle Eastern restaurants in Perth.

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A Taste of Vietnam - Vietnamese Street Food in Oxford - Restaurant menu and reviews

A Taste of Vietnam - Vietnamese Street Food in Oxford - Restaurant menu and reviews


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All info on A Taste of Vietnam - Vietnamese Street Food in Oxford - Call to book a table. View the menu, check prices, find on the map, see photos and ratings.

The Argentinian Barbecue has arrived in Oxfordshire and Katherine MacAlister dutifully legs it down to the White Hart in Wytham to find out what all the fuss is about.

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

It was a scene straight out of an Evelyn Waugh novel, the sultry sounds of jazz wafting over the whitewashed walls of the White Hart’s garden, enticing us in like Aladdin’s genie.

What the Pho? Lowdown on Westgate's new Vietnamese restaurant

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Juliette Wall the co-founder of Pho tells us about opening up at the new Westgate

Grad Reviews: Teaching ESL in Thailand & South Korea

by Oxford Seminars @ Oxford Seminars Blog

Teaching English abroad is an experience like no other. It is a truly unique opportunity to travel, gain professional and personal experiences, and immerse yourself in a culture different from your own. Two Oxford Seminars grads, Chasity and Lillian, did all these things while teaching ESL overseas, and made lifelong friendships and memories along the […]

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Chris Gray reviews No1 Ship Street, Oxford's swankiest restaurant

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Just over a month has elapsed since the opening of No 1 Ship Street and discerning diners – to which add lunchers and breakfasters – are already celebrating a valuable addition to the Oxford restaurant scene.

The Hare in Milton Under Wychwood reopens after six years but is it any good?

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Why anyone would take on a restaurant is beyond me. Apart from women’s dress shops they are more likely to fail than any other retail business and much harder work.

Rose’s foodie adventures #3

by Rose @ Where Goes Rose?

Time for me to tell you about my latest gastronomic experiences and the (sugar) highs and lows. I haven’t written an update in a while, actually. That’s because I’ve been on a diet. A very big and very serious diet. #DietLife Kidding. Definitely kidding. Still your same old greedy friend, Rose, telling you about everything […]

TEFL Course Reviews from the Classroom to Teaching ESL Abroad

by Oxford Seminars @ Oxford Seminars Blog

The decision to teach English abroad can be intimidating, but with a little preparation, it quickly transforms from an intimidating decision into an unforgettable adventure that will change how you see the world and yourself in it. Two Oxford Seminars Grads, Terry and Bethany, experienced this firsthand. In their reviews of our in-class TESOL/TESL/TEFL Course, […]

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Restaurant review: Student-parents' favourite Quod Brasserie 'extraordinarily good' after revamp

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Katherine MacAlister checks out the new look Quod Brasserie after a six-week refurbishment

A very saucy affair? Katherine MacAlister visits The Red Lion in Blewbury

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

There must be a memo that goes around predicting what food is going to be trendy, what colours to paint their walls, how to decorate and what ingredients to use.

Finishing the Oxford Bucketlist

Finishing the Oxford Bucketlist

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

Punting. Oxford is laced with several rivers, ponds, and streams where the activity called punting occurs. A punt is a …

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Food on a Crowded Island: Vietnam and the Philippines

Food on a Crowded Island: Vietnam and the Philippines


cultivate

Cultivate member and erstwhile West Oxford resident Joel Lazarus  is away on a year-long sojourn in Singapore with his family. So much is he missing the VegVan that he’s decided to stay in touch in…

What the Pho? Lowdown on Westgate's new Vietnamese restaurant

What the Pho? Lowdown on Westgate's new Vietnamese restaurant


The Oxford Times

Juliette Wall the co-founder of Pho tells us about opening up at the new Westgate

My top Reasons to Teach English in Thailand – TESOL Stories

by Kevin McLaren @ Oxford Seminars Blog

Getting your TEFL Certification equips you with the skills, insights, and credentials you need to apply for ESL teaching jobs in nearly any country in the world. The next step is to make your most exciting decision: With the whole world to choose from, where should you go? There is no simple answer. Choosing a […]

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Put on your Sunday best - The award-winning Thatch is still a big draw

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Amidst these days of fast food, ready meals, technology, smart phones and a time poor/cash rich existence, according to an endlessly depressing list of polls and surveys, families rarely, if ever, sit round a table together long enough to to eat. So you’d think that the tradition of Sunday lunch would be long gone.

The Strangest Foods of Indochina

by bplant @ bananatree

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Oxford Bucketlist: Garden Parties, Museums, and the Sheldonian

Oxford Bucketlist: Garden Parties, Museums, and the Sheldonian

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

Among the many bucketlist items were to attend a garden party, visit the Pitt Rivers and Ashmoleon Museums, and go …

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Central London's top 10 budget restaurants

Central London's top 10 budget restaurants


the Guardian

Visiting London can be an expensive business, but you needn't spend big money to eat well. In the first of a five-part series on budget eats in the capital, Tony Naylor chooses the 10 best restaurants and cafes in central London

The perfect Barcelona itinerary

by Rose @ Where Goes Rose?

If there’s a city that has it all, it might just be Barcelona. Being Europe, there’s loads of history and architecture but there’s also a beach and plenty of food and nightlife options. Oh, and mountains. My friend, Rosie (yes, Rose and Rosie, sorry if that’s confusing for you) has lived in Barcelona for the […]

Thursday 27th November – Evening Market from 6PM

by adminonlined @ North Parade Market | Oxfords Finest Food Market on the 2nd & 4th Saturday Every Month

Just a couple of days away now from the North Parade Evening market.  Lots of regular Saturday traders, a host of food vans selling delights from all over the...

Why Five Guys is a young person's game

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Forewarned is forearmed my friend, and had I received a bit of gentle advice before my trip to the new Five Guys burger restaurant in Magdalen Street, I would be a less traumatised individual.

The Killingworth Castle's new chefs Sonya Kidney and Dale Ventham are making some great food in the kitchens

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Chefs are an itinerant band of fellows, roaming the countryside and pitching up at various hostelries, before packing up their knapsacks and trying their luck elsewhere.

Laotian Larb: The Ultimate Comfort Food [Recipe]

by bplant @ bananatree

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4 Things You Must Do in Tokyo While Teaching ESL

by Matthew Snell @ Oxford Seminars Blog

There’s no time in my life I cherish quite like the years I was lucky enough to call Tokyo, Japan my home. Whether you’re teaching ESL in Tokyo like I was, or visiting on vacation, it really is the ultimate city in which to work hard, play hard, and experience the thrill of being overseas […]

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Low Key Chow House

by admin @ Leederville – We Love Perth

Keeping things fresh and lively in Leederville is Low Key Chow House. The fully licensed restaurant is best enjoyed with a couple of friends with whom you can share lots of the tasty plates on offer. A selection of hot and cold small plates and large plates will keep your bellies satisfied, with all options […]

Restaurant review: Ship shape at the Nelson in Brightwell Baldwin

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

When I think of Lord Nelson I think first of food and how he didn’t get what he hoped for on a visit to Blenheim Palace.

French Foodie Influences in Vietnam

by bplant @ bananatree

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Awareness of nutrition problems among Vietnamese health and education professionals | Health Promotion International | Oxford Academic

Awareness of nutrition problems among Vietnamese health and education professionals | Health Promotion International | Oxford Academic


OUP Academic

Professionals who provide nutrition education and consulting to the public are encouraged to take into account the health, environmental and social contexts that influence health-related attitudes and behaviours in the population. This paper examined the awareness of shifts in population health outcomes associated with the nutrition transition in Vietnam among university nutrition lecturers, health professionals and school education professionals. Most of these professionals held accurate views of the current population health issues in Vietnam. However, they differed in their awareness of the seriousness of overweight and obesity. Although the majority indicated that the prevalence of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) had increased, nearly half believed that the government should complete its attempts to control undernutrition before trying to control obesity. More health professionals believed that food marketing was responsible for the growing prevalence of children's obesity, and more of them disapproved of the marketing of less healthy food to children. In contrast, the university nutrition lecturers were least aware of food marketing and the seriousness of obesity. Of the three groups, the university nutrition lecturers held less accurate perceptions of nutrition transition problems and their likely drivers. There is an urgent need for greater provision of public nutrition education for all three groups of professionals.

Entwined in the Valley 2017: Our Top Picks

by Claire Trolio @ We Love Perth

Entwined in the Valley has fast become one of the most anticipated events on Perth’s gastronomic calendar. Aimed at showcasing the extensive offerings in the Swan Valley, Entwined has a real food and drink focus, but this year a great range of community events have been added to the calendar to encourage everyone to get […]

Upcoming Volunteer ESL Teaching Opportunities Abroad

by Oxford Seminars @ Oxford Seminars Blog

Want to make a difference in the world? Teach English and travel abroad as a volunteer ESL teacher. People volunteer to teach ESL abroad for many reasons: You may want to travel and learn the language of another country, or strengthen your resume with additional teaching experience, or you may volunteer to teach ESL overseas for the pure […]

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12 Health And Fitness Events You Need To Know About This Year

12 Health And Fitness Events You Need To Know About This Year

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

Jumping on the health and fitness bandwagon this year? We’ve got you sorted with all the very best events to book into your calendar now so you can immerse yourself in the #Wellness and #Fitspo world. From the classic Perth races to philanthropic causes and the emergence of holistic festivals that will have you uplifted (instead hungover) the next day, we’ve rounded up the best of the best so you can pencil them in, start training and tick off some of those resolutions in 2018.

Here are the best perth health and fitness events you need to know about.

South West Yoga Festival

The first ever Yoga festival for the South West launches this weekend with a full day festival of conscious celebration going down on a private property overlooking Bunker Bay. Melding the mindful and spiritual, this inaugural festival will reset and refresh your mind, body and soul for the year ahead. From flow classes to drumming workshops, health talks and crystal meditation, even chakra dancing, expect to get downward dogging and syncing to high vibes, all in the name of yogic celebration! 

The Perth Wellness Festival

Bare & Wilde has teamed up with EcoLuxe Events to bring us the first Perth Wellness Festival on 4 Febraury this year. If you like the sound of a day full of yoga, Pilates, wellness workshops, fresh coconuts and nourishing noms then this is one for you. Speakers from Sodashi Skincare, Wellineux and The Modern Day Woman will lead the wellness workshops and will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. 

Melanoma March

When you think of Cottesloe beach, the first image that often springs to mind is tanned bodies baking on the white sand in high summer. Despite everyone knowing that we should fake not bake, melanoma is still on the rise and this year more than 14,000 Aussies will be diagnosed with it. While we’ve increased efforts to slip, slop, slap, we're still without a cure for the most common cancer in young Australians. On 8 April, our beloved Cottesloe beach will play host to the Melanoma March, with either a 5km walk or 10km run to support melanoma research, so you can skip the tanning and opt for fitness and charitable activism instead!

Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust, the world’s only mindful triathlon event, might not reward you with a medal as you cross the finish line, but the intentional activity series will reward you with a heightened sense of wellness (sahhh on trend for 2018). With a reputation for bringing in expert teachers, spiritual leaders and musical masterminds, this is a celebration of all things epic in the mindful movement world. The holistic upgrade on a traditional triathlon includes a 5km run, outdoor flow class and a guided meditation.

Mother’s Day Classic

The largest community fundraising event for breast cancer research will be back again in 2018 so you can walk, run or skip your way around the 4km or 8km course in aid of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Bring family and friends along to honour and celebrate at the Tribute Wall set up in the Supreme Court Gardens before cruising the picturesque route around Riverside Drive in your prettiest of pink outfits!

Bridges Night Ride

Cycling the Swan River may be a classic “middle aged man in lycra” activity, but the Bridges Night Ride is set to change that on 9 June this year. Lighting up the night for the MSWA charity, this night-time ride will have you decking yourself out with reflective gear, strips, glow sticks and even Christmas lights, to join in on a 40km or 70km scenic route of the city. Thankfully, it will be so dark you can almost miss the obscene amount of tight lycra shorts…

Step Up For MSWA

Tackled Jacobs Ladder once and now feel ready to level up? Then meet your next challenge—the towering 1,103 stairs of Perth’s tallest building, Central Park. If you can bear the vertigo, get ready to run, climb, or even crawl if you must, your way to the top in support of MSWA. Super-fitties can go it alone otherwise (us sane folk) can enter as part of a team and face the 53 flights to conquer the vertical challenge on 17 June.

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day

Active Nation Day is fast becoming a staple in the Aussie Workout Calendar. Founded by home-grown activewear label, Lorna Jane Active, with a simple mission of helping us to move more, these events draw in the big crowds for outdoor boot camp sessions and fitspo celebrations, all in the name of sweating, celebrating and supporting healthy, active bodies. Dates are yet to be confirmed for 2018 but we have our fingers crossed!

City To Surf

The city’s most iconic race is set to return on 26 August, leaving you approximately seven months to prepare for that 42km marathon. Not into the long-distance thing? Don’t despair, this community filled event offers varying lengths for all fitness levels, from 4km, 12km to 21km, so you can walk, jog or party with the crowd on your way from the CBD to coast. And all that huffing and puffing won’t just be for your own personal achievement, flex your philanthropic muscle by fundraising for Activ or your favourite charity and put that sweat to good work.

Spartan Race

After the success of the 2017 Spartan Race, we have our fingers crossed that Reebok and Spartan Australia will be bringing the world’s premier obstacle course back to the west. Far beyond your usual race, here you will face obstacles the whole way around the course to challenge your fitness, strength and mobility. From barbed wire crawls, to rope climbs and hoists, get yourself prepared now by not only conditioning your body (beware: burpees) but also your mind to tough it out! If you’re looking to sign up, get prepared with these handy hacks and survival tips and get into the Spartan state of mind!

Flow Festival

Flow Festival, WA’s annual three-day celebration of yoga, music and healing arts is back to unite the community amidst the gum trees of Serpentine. With interactive workshops and yoga sessions, healing meditations and storytelling, it’s a touch woo-woo and whole lot uplifting. The more holistic take on a classic summer festy will feature inspirational teachers, foodies, body workers and healers, so get ready to get flowing, aligned and soulful! Dates are yet to be confirmed, but generally, the event runs near the summer solstice in December.

F45 Playoffs

Are you a member of the F45 cult? Then start prepping now for the ultimate in functional fitness championships with the F45 Playoffs. Testing your agility, endurance and strength, these playoffs will pull out the fittest of the fit through the challenging trials and a chance to win state, national and even world titles. Think you’ve got what it takes to earn the title of fittest in the world? Better start hitting those sessions now…

Want more? Check out all the bucket list fitness events in WA.

Image credit: Spartan Race

Late postcard from Copenhagen

Late postcard from Copenhagen

by thecroissantpostcards @ The Croissant Postcards

It’s nearly December, and everyone asks me if I’m feeling Christmasy yet. The answer this year is “no”. Partly because it’s been Christmas in London since September 30th, partly because I didn’t attend my college Christmas Oxmas dinner this time, partly because I’ve been brooding since I’ve gotten back from Vietnam. Instead, I already count … Continue reading Late postcard from Copenhagen

Is Faringdon the Cotswolds' new foodie mecca?

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Katherine MacAlister visits Faringdon Coffee Shop and Al Roche Lebanese in Faringdon

Jo Robinson tells us how she got The Kitchen in Farnborough up and running, inside and out

by @ The Oxford Times | Reviews

Previously known as The Inn at Farnborough, near Banbury, it was always a popular dining destination. Anthony and I had a vision, though, to make a different mark on the country eating scene – our vision of a village pub the way we felt it should be – a community foodie hub for the 21st century, with contemporary rustic cooking at its core.

All The Best Things To Do In Perth This January

All The Best Things To Do In Perth This January

by Tina Varghese @ The A List | The Urban List

We hope you’re not planning on hibernating this month after a gruelling festive season. The new year is going to go off with a bang and there’s no time for that ham and eggnog hangover. 

From food to festivals to concerts, we’ve lined up a list of fun things for you to do this January to make sure you didn’t get too comfortable with the couch potato life.

Here’s a bunch of things to do in January.

Perth Cup | 1 January 

Ascot Racecourse

There’s no better way to ring in the new year than by honoring an old tradition. Tabtouch Perth Cup returns to Perth on 1 January and promises to be bigger and better than ever. There will be bubbly and conversation flowing throughout the day, along with plenty of equestrian action, so it’d be wise to fish out your pointiest hats and your frockiest frocks ASAP!  Click here for more details.

Falls Downtown Festival | 6 & 7 January

Fremantle

The 25th Annual Music and Arts Festival returns to Freo with an exciting line-up of some of the best artists. Featuring pop-up bars and a fancy beer garden, you can also get a chance to party in prison, as the old Fremantle Jail will be transformed with music and dance including blues, jazz and swing, and equipment designed to transport you back to another time. Click here for more details

Salt x Summer Markets | 13 January

Trigg Beach

Salty is the flavor this season. Scarborough Beach is hosting ultimate surf-style, sustainability-focused community market, with lots of delish summer food, live music, and ocean-friendly products to stock up on to give you all of them #Baywatch vibes. Click here for more details

SouthWest Yoga Festival | 13 January

Dunsborough

Take some time out for your mind, body, and soul, and head to te Southwest Yoga Fest for a holistic celebration of everything Yoga, including music, food (for the soul as well), market stalls, and a whole lot of spiritual healing.  Click here for more details

Irish Cultural Festival | 5—14 January

Fremantle

You might catch some much-needed Irish luck at this one. The Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival honours the 150th anniversary of the arrival of The Hougoumont, Australia’s last convict ship, which arrived in Fremantle with 62 Irish Fenians aboard. The festival will be alive with the lush Irish culture, including vibrant music, film, art, walking tours, poetry & literature! Click here for more details

Electric Gardens | 19 January

Red Hill Auditorium

Head out for an epic EDM night at the Red Hill Auditorium, where FatBoy Slim will return to headline for the second time, performing alongside the likes of Gorgon City, Henry Saiz and much much more!  Click here for more details.

Summerset Arts Festival | 24 January—11 February

Stirling

The award-winning Summerset Festival is back this year, running from January 24 to 11 February, taking over the city’s parks and neighbourhoods, transforming them into creative pop-up venues packed with music, laughter, food, arts, children’s activities and much more! To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Summerset will be hosting a free community event featuring acrobats, trance-inducing mermaids and more at the Scarborough beach amphitheatre. Better save the date for this one! Click here for more details

Fringe Festival | 26 January – 26 February

Various locations  

One of the biggest festivals is coming back for another year and we couldn’t  be more excited! With more than 700 events in over 100 venues around Perth, this year’s line-up looks fringe-tastic! Be sure to book your tickets in advance. Click here for more details

EAT Food Festival | 28 January

Joondalup Resorts

If you have made a new year’s resolution to live off kale and quinoa for the rest of the year, then scroll along. But for those of you have pledged undying allegiance to the food gods, EAT promises to be an explosion of all things grub, including hot food, baked goods, handcrafted gourmet products, gastronomical delights, local produce including WA honey, beer, and much much more! Aside from fresh food, you can also check out some exciting products for your own kitchen to take your culinary skills to the next level. Click here for more details.

Kegs By The Quay |12-14 January

Elizabeth Quay

We couldn’t possibly do a round-up without at least one beer fest sneaking in. There’s no better time to crack open a couple of cold ones than under the warm summer sun with a fabulous view of the Swan. The festival will feature over 20 breweries, 120 beers, lip-smacking food and live music throughout the day. For those in your crew who aren’t into beer bellies, there’s a Champagne & Cocktail Bar, Chandon S Tram and Vinaceous Wine Bar happening as well. Click here for more details

Vintage Collective Markets | 21 January

Dogs West

For all you ol’ skool fanatics, the annual Vintage Collective Markets is back to put the R in Retro! Showcasing stalls of local business selling their vibrant vintage merch which is mostly up-cycled, re-cycled and re-made, you are defo gonna find a neat bargain here! Click here for more details.

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Image credit: Falls Festival Facebook

Indochinese Dishes to Sneak into Your Christmas Dinner

by bplant @ bananatree

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There’s More to Vietnamese Food than Pho

There’s More to Vietnamese Food than Pho


From Oxford with Love

Vietnamese food is low calorie, low sodium, low fat. It’s very healthy, which is why a majority of the Vietnamese people are thin. Portions at restaurants or street markets are considerably smaller…

Video: Our grad answers your questions about Teaching English in Korea

by Oxford Seminars @ Oxford Seminars Blog

Watch the video below to see our TESOL/TESL/TEFL grad, Emily, answer your questions about teaching English in Korea, including salary, traveling abroad, & what teaching ESL is like. Emily taught ESL in South Korea for two years after graduating with her bachelor’s degree and TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification and has spent the last 6 months traveling the world […]

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Our Top Picks At This Year’s Fringe World Festival

Our Top Picks At This Year’s Fringe World Festival

by Emma Pegrum @ The A List | The Urban List

There really is no better time to enjoy everything Perth has to offer than during Fringe, when our sunny Perth days turn into beautiful, balmy nights spent being wowed by entertainers from around the globe. Fringe World is back in 2018 to bring us one blissful month of buzzing bars and pop-up venues, dazzling shows, flowing drinks and good old belly laughs.

We know there’s a tonne of shows on offer at Fringe and, being the stand-up guys that we are (pun intended), we thought we’d put together a handy little list of our top picks so you can hone in on the best shows at Fringe World in 2018.

The Sell-Outs

Club Swizzle

Cabaret/Circus

This brand new show from cabaret extraordinaires La Soiree—who have sold out three Fringe seasons in a row with their sassy cabaret and acrobatics that defy the laws of physics—is coming to light up our new fave pop-up The Ice Cream Factory. You might even get a drink poured from someone who is literally suspended in the air. We think this one’s going to knock your absolute socks off!

Hot Brown Honey

Theatre/Cabaret

This one’s for the women. Hot Brown Honey, touted as one of the most exciting shows hitting this year’s festival, features a host of powerful and talented First Nations women from different international backgrounds who are smashing stereotypes and having a damn good time while doing it! From the producers behind Briefs, you know it’s going to be cheeky yet sophisticated, and include some mind-boggling theatrics.

Briefs: Close Encounters

Circus/Cabaret

If you see nothing else for the entire month of Fringe World, see this. The boys at Briefs blew us away last year with their night of mischief—think disco meets ‘boylesque’ meets circus—and we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store with this brand new show, Close Encounters. Expect crazy aerials, incredible artistry and ‘warped speed strippers’—brace yourselves, people.

Djuki Mala

Dance

Hailing all the way from Arnhem Land, the Djuki Mala boys sure know how to put on a show. Incorporating moves from their traditional culture with contemporary renditions of disco faves, the show was a sell-out last year and we are pretty sure it will be again. Entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny and heartfelt at the same time, this is a must-see!

Club Briefs

Circus/Cabaret

This fast-paced show brings together a selection of guests from across Fringe World for a night of disco dancing, circus and incredible feats of physical theatre. These guys are blowing stereotypes to bits at Club Briefs with their stellar showmanship and we guarantee you’ll have a damn fun night hanging out with them.

Returning Favourites

Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale: Mindfoolness

Cabaret/Comedy

If you want to seriously LOL at a family member or friend, take them to this show and get them up on stage. Alternatively, if you want to walk out of a show feeling like you just slept for a week, take yourself and volunteer to participate! Matt Hale’s ‘Mindfoolness’ is as tasteful as hypnotism shows come and will have you in stitches as well as in awe of the unreal things unfolding before you. Go and see it!

Cabaret Consultations

Cabaret/Comedy

If it’s been a while since you went for a checkup, make sure you go see Dr Ahmed in his follow up to last year’s sold out ’Doctor in the House’: Cabaret Consultations. Looking at the make-up of doctors and the human dilemmas they face, this show’s going to be musical, visceral, and pretty darn funny we assume. You know what they say—laughter is the best medicine, so you’d better book your appointment.

Divas: All Male Revue

Cabaret/Music

Ever wondered what it would be like if Adele, Liza Minelli, Madonna and Amy Winehouse were all alive at the same time? Well, if you go see this show, you won’t have to wonder anymore! Presented by Perth locals Proud Entertainment Group, the superstar divas will dazzle and impress as they impersonate and portray all your favourite celebs from throughout the ages. It’s a no-brainer.

TRIAGE! A Nursing Cabaret: Discharged

Cabaret/Comedy

Back after last year’s blockbuster tour, Triage! is back to translate the secret language that nurses have been speaking for years for our entertainment. Join the medical madness as this brand new show makes a world debut!

F**K Tinder

Comedy/Stand-Up

If you’re single and like to laugh, this show is for you. Let Chris Henry be your wingman with his hilarious jokes and bizarre banter, all in the name of getting single people ready to mingle. He’ll provide the conversation, you just have to take care of the good looks and charm.

(NOT) The Bachelor Live On Valentine’s Day Hosted By Luke Bolland

Comedy/Stand-Up

Fans of The Bachelor/Bachelorette, unite! Join local comic Luke Bolland for this beautifully unscripted hour of goodness where four singles enter and one couple leaves. For a cute date night with bae/current tinder date, or a fun night out with the squad, this is the place to go.

Secret Gems​

Kevin Quantum: And For My Next Trick

Cabaret/Magic/Illusion

Ever wondered about the science behind magic? With more mind-boggling tricks than you can poke a wand at, this show from Scottish magician-scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum will make you laugh and go ‘whaaaa?’ all at the same time. Since this guy’s now referring to quantum physics as his ‘hobby’, you can pretty much bet your life savings on that he’s pretty bloody good at magic. So go see it!

Plumbing The Death Star

Film & Multimedia/Comedy

What began as a podcast network between a group of mates (or, a group of ‘like-minded idiots’—their words, not ours) has turned into a comedy show with a cult following of people the world over.  Reportedly for the ‘geeks and nerds’, go here for a good dosage of pop-culture comedy.

Sediment

Circus/Contemporary

This show from small performing arts company ‘Company 2’ is a chance to see circus redefine itself. If you want to see some something on the deeper side that still includes feats of physical impossibility, this will be the show to catch.

Glittery Clittery: A Consensual Party

Cabaret/Comedy

We are loving the amount of glitter and sequins this show appears to feature, as well as the fact that it stars three female comedic powerhouses who are uniting to bring us a comedy-cabaret club night. Get the girls together, get glammed up and crack the champas, this one’s gonna’ be good.

Comedic Genius

Kosher Bacon

Comedy/Stand-Up

Oh, to write jokes for a living. Anyone who can crank out punchlines on request has got to be funny, right? Michael Shafar’s Kosher Bacon is dedicated, as the name suggests, to hilarious contradictions. If you are looking for a show that’s clever and quick-witted, as well as downright funny, this could be it!

Josh Glanc: 99 Schnitzels (Veal Ain’t One)

Comedy/Interactive

Well, this guy won Best Comedy Award at last year’s Fringe festival, so say no more. 99 Schnitzels (Veal Ain’t One) is reportedly ‘bizarre, provocative, random and clever’—again, say no more. It’ll be one of those show’s that leaves you uncontrollably laughing while shaking your head and looking around at your mates going ‘ohh-ma-gaaahd’. Get a ticket, period.

All The Rage

Comedy/Stand-Up

Visit the funny side of anger with Claire Hooper as she returns to Perth to deliver this comedy show inspired by the irrational and unjustified anger we all have in common—that which is directed at our mothers. Go and laugh along as you pretend you’ve never broken anything while raging with anger—that includes your mother's heart. Yeah, we thought so.

Luke Bolland: Name Dropper

Comedy/Stand-Up

Who doesn’t like a good name-drop? If you love celebrity gossip, or just love a good laugh, be sure to catch our very own Luke Bolland spinning uncensored yarns about his time spent among the A-listers at this unmissable stand-up show. We’re most looking forward to his stories about Will Smith, and anything that’s advertised with redacted information…

A Different Class

Comedy/Stand-Up

Ah, Perth people love a bit of good ol’ fashion class warfare—the humorous kind, of course. Catch this show to see it at it’s finest, as the world’s of Grant from rural Scotland and Nic from Leafy Leederville collide in what’s sure to be a spectacularly funny display of banter.

Lewis Garnham: The Smartest Idiot You’ll Ever Meet

Comedy/Stand-Up

If you love to see people cracking jokes about their parents, this is the show to catch. Watch as Lewis defames his vastly well read and articulate father who’s a qualified lawyer/geneticist in a comedy show that’ll stroke your funny bone.

Interactive Experiences And Free Events

The Showman’s Dinner

Cabaret/Interactive

Taking over the Urban Orchard this year is The Showman’s Fair, a wild Dutch mini-festival with all sorts of things going on—one of which is this long table dining experience which is happening literally every single night in February for a doable $20.

WTF Renaissance

Visual Arts & Design/Comedy

We were all thinking it, they’ve just said it. All those visits to grandiose museums in Europe are about to pay off when you get the humour behind these ‘old as f*ck paintings’ that are paired hilariously with ‘modern as f*ck captions’ by WTF Renaissance. We’re just sad they beat us to it. Obviously go check it out.

Noodle Palace

Free & Community Events/Events

The series of free events that need no introduction, Noodle Palace is back again and this year it's at Elizabeth Quay. There’s roaming entertainment, live music, DJ’s, drinks and food—and there’s also two Fringe venues with shows happening throughout the festival. You know what to do!

Chinese New Year Fair

Free & Community Events/Events

This cultural extravaganza is easily one of the best nights of Fringe, with a parade, food stalls, lion dragon dancing, games and rides all hitting Northbridge for a whole day of ringing in the Chinese New Year. Stuff your belly full of delicious Chinese delicacies while you’re at it.

The City of Perth Buskers Weekender

Free & Community Events/Events

The first weekend of February is going to see Perth City streets light up as street performers and entertainments from all over the world are given timed slots across seven pop-up stages. This weekender will see Guinness World Record attempts, flame juggling acrobats and a whole host of other feats of impossibility. Remember to take some cash to flip into these guys’ hats!

Blue Water Vaudeville

Cabaret/Burlesque

Guys, this is a literal after-dark underwater cabaret show where mermaids wow you with moves (as if mermaids needed to do more to wow us…) It’s the first time Fringe has seen a show like this, and it’s the perfect thing to catch between shows, on your way to a show, between drinks… you get the message. Just stop by and see it!

The Big Splash WA

Free & Community Events/Street Art

We’ve been waiting for this moment. The moment where we could announce to you that a pod of wildly colourful dolphins is coming to Perth streets and you can spend a whole day looking at them! The kicker is that this project is raising awareness for children's mental health, and when it’s all over you can even take one of the dolphins home via auction with all proceeds going toward the same cause!

Under The Sky Sessions

Free & Community Events/Music

If you’re anything like us, you probably always forget that Fringe also happens outside of Northbridge. Like, it happens everywhere. So branch out this year and hit up the Under the Sky Sessions at the Sunset Veranda (Brighton Reserve) right on the beach. Local and live acoustic music with drinks and eats on offer at sunset? Get us there now! 

Leedypalooza—Unfair Day

Free & Community Events

A place where everyone is ‘most unwelcome’ to ‘not enjoy’ this very ‘unfair day’ in Leederville. Featuring ‘unlucky dips’, ‘bad family portraits’ and ‘misfortune cookies’, this is a street party with a twist. Perfect for introducing the fam to Fringe or perusing the shops while enjoying the buzz of Fringe all around. 

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How I Found a Job Teaching ESL Abroad – Placement Reviews

by Oxford Seminars @ Oxford Seminars Blog

When you’re planning on teaching English abroad for the first time, starting your job search can seem like a confusing process. But it doesn’t have to be, especially if you have some guidance along the way. Our grads Isabele and Tricia used our Job Placement Service to find their English teaching positions abroad. Isabele found […]

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10 Travel Destinations To Put On Your 2018 Bucket List

10 Travel Destinations To Put On Your 2018 Bucket List

by Sarah Joanna Pope @ The A List | The Urban List

Glaciers, thermal baths, island vibes, majestic mountains, exotic frankincense and kitschy K-pop—there are so many reasons to take to the skies and go exploring this year.

So stop travelling vicariously via an Instagrammer’s thigh gap and add these travel destinations to your 2018 bucket list.

Seoul, South Korea

In Seoul, the ancient coalesces with ultra modern design, high-speed Internet and catchy K-Pop to create something truly unique. Here, temples sit alongside high-rise buildings and neon, all under the watchful eye of its surrounding mountains. Hang at the Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit temples and shop yourself silly at the traditional Gwangjang markets or Myeongdong Shopping Street. Re-fuel after long days exploring with some stuffed chicken in broth at Tosokchon Samgyetang or with a session at one of the city’s tent bars. Steam and soak your hangover away in a jjimjil-bang (sauna and spa) and visit the fascinating Demilitarised zone, which splits North and South Korea.

Iceland

Iceland is the Promised Land for bibliophiles, nature lovers and those who just love a good chunky knit. Spend time exploring the country’s devastatingly beautiful landscapes—glaciers that cut through mountains, active volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls, gushing geysers and impossibly green hills alongside dark volcanic sands. Settle into the 5 Million Star Hotel for front row seats to the electric skies of aurora borealis, soak in the steamy blue waters of the Blue Lagoon and behold the eerie Midnight Sun. And Iceland’s cultural life is just as rich in its offering—the city of Reykjavik is a hub for artists, authors, epicureans and musicians. Expect lots of live music, book festivals, art and crafts. Bliss.

Budapest, Hungary

Hungary’s capital city is a wondrous mash-up of history, natural beauty and grand architecture—from neoclassical to baroque to art nouveau. It’s pretty much the stunt double of Paris. Walk through this exciting city and see the reminders of it’s past at every turn, including Roman ruins and bullet holes from WW2. Visit Millennium Underground, the 100 year old train station and UNESCO World Heritage Site, walk the cobbled streets of the charming Castle Hill, learn how to say ‘cheers’ in Hungarian (Egészségére) at ruin-style bar Szimpla Kert or unwind in one of the city’s many thermal baths and spas. And of course, no visit to the ‘Queen of the Danube’ would be complete without a sunset stroll along its namesake river.

Myanmar

Myanmar, formerly Burma, has tradition and culture in spades. This sacred land is a fresh breath of air for the soul, even for the world-weary traveller. Here there is a reverence for Buddhist history and tradition that can be seen at the city’s many temples and effigies. Hop on a steamer or luxury cruiser through the Bay of Bengal, kick back at the pristine Ngapali Beach, see the standing fisherman on Inle Lake, grab a snack at the colourful Nyaung U market, hike through the small villages in Shan Hills and visit the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. And don’t forget to stop and meet some of the famously friendly locals, who are not yet weary of finding a traveller on their doorstep.

British Columbia, Canada

There are few places where you can feel like the only person on this earth but this slice of land between the Pacific Coast and the Rocky Mountains may well be one of them. Hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, canoeing, zip lining—BC offers ever kind of off-the-beaten path adventure. Just bring your bear spray.  Here, the green mountain ranges and ice fields are teeming with wildlife—orcas, moose, sea otters, humpbacks and grizzlies. Kayak with orcas on the frigid waters of Canada’s West Coast or explore the Great Bear Forest and mirror-like lakes. You could hop in a float plane and visit Lake Lovely Water, rent a cute lakeside cabin and finish off that novel or discover remote islands like a true explorer.

Havana, Cuba

Since the economic embargo was lifted, the doors to Cuba have swung wide open, and travellers have been enticed in by the promise of white sands, island rhythms, mojitos and hot, steamy nights. Take a trip back in time to Habana Vieja (Old Havana), where vintage cars rumble by colourful buildings, saunter down the El Malecón Boardwalk for spectacular ocean views or the buzzing Calle Obispo for live music and souvenirs. Of course, nighttime is when the city really comes to life. Get things started with a few Cuba Libres from art/live music bar Fabrica de Arte Cubano before dancing the night away at one of the city’s many salsa bars.

Lisbon, Portugal

The Mediterranean sun, bleached limestone buildings, cobbled streets and the haunting sounds of Fado music – Portugal is a juicy fruta that’s ripe for the picking. Here, tourists are welcomed to the city by the open arms of the Cristo-Rei Monument, where you and giant concrete statue Jesus can enjoy impressive views. Visit the Hieronymites Monastery in Belém and say to a passerby ‘you know, this is a great example of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style.’ Then hightail it to the water for a sunset cruise on the Tagus River.  Spend your nights being a little bit wild as you street-drink sangria down cobbled lanes, hopping in and out of tapas bars – or dance until dawn at the salacious cocktail bar Pensao Amor.

Oahu, Hawaii

Still, clear waters, tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, hippie shacks, watering holes and palm trees—it’s hard not to feel like you’re in a postcard in Oahu. There’s so much to do on land or in water in this tropical paradise.  Explore the turquoise waters of the islands many beaches or settle into the sand at North Shore to witness world famous surf. Get your thrills cliff jumping at Waimea Bay, swim with turtles in Hanauma Bay or snorkel in Sharks Cove (for free!). Sunset cruises and Pina Coladas in Waikiki are a good time too. Head for the hills and hike to Lulumahu Falls, passing through verdant rainforest and the King Kamehameha Summer Palace Ruins along the way.

New York, New York

They don’t call it the centre of the universe for nothin’. NYC still offers a plethora of big city delights, and there’s always something exciting happening on every corner of this concrete jungle. Stay high above the High Line at the iconic Standard Hotel, snag some tickets to see Book of Mormon on Broadway (they’ll be harder to lock down than your flights), line your stomach at Crif Dogs before entering the phone booth to undercover cocktail bar Please Don’t Tell (oops). Frequent local live-music venues like Rockwood Music Hall as well as museums and galleries. Shop in stylish Soho or cruise by Lady Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry. Head to Brooklyn to hang with the hipsters at McCarren Park or Let the good times roll at Skee ball bar Full Circle. Catch a Yankees game at Yankee Stadium or karaoke on St. Marks – GAH! There’s just so freaking much to do and not enough money time. Most importantly, walk around—because NYC is a living, breathing movie set.

Oman

Located just south of Dubai, Oman is by turns cosmopolitan and ancient. It’s a treasure trove of natural wonders—seas, mountains, natural springs, sinkholes, hot springs, coral reefs and stunning dessert landscapes. But the wild and diverse terrain is also part of a rich culture that can be explored within its ancient forts, colourful mosques and art. Take a camel ride through Wahiba Sands, kick back poolside at Luxury resorts like Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, explore the majestic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, swim in the aquamarine waters of the Bimah sinkhole, dive into the coral reefs of Muscat and fall in love with this magical place.

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Pixel Coffee Brewers

by admin @ Leederville – We Love Perth

Found up the northern end of Oxford Street in Leederville, Pixel Coffee Brewers is a beautiful space, filled with fresh flowers, crisp and clean decor… and the delicious smell of freshly ground coffee. The girls have created a welcoming environment, with both the interior design and their cheerful personalities! The petite café also serves up […]

15 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

15 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

by Fran Walker @ The A List | The Urban List

After a rough start to the week (has it ever rained that hard in January before?) things are looking up for the weekend. We’ve got the return of Noodle Palace, a gin masterclass, twilight markets, séances and more.

Here are 15 amazing things to do in Perth this weekend.

All Weekend

Noodle Palace Launch At Elizabeth Quay

That’s right ladies and gents, Noodle Palace is back again for another year. Think rooftop sky decks, a hanging lounge garden and city views—could it get any better? There will be heaps of events on each week and it all kicks off tomorrow night with Sydney musician Basenji. Doors are open from 4pm with free entry until 8pm so make sure you get in early. For more information click here.

Séance at Noodle Palace

As part of Fringe Festival, Noodle Palace is hosting a séance... kinda. It's more of a theatrical séance which is held in a 40ft shipping container in complete darkness—there's nothing like a bit of sensory deprivation to get your night started. Expect some pretty amazing audio trickery and a whole lot of fun. Grab your tickets here.

Giselle At The Quarry Amphitheatre

We can all agree that the story of Giselle is an all-time classic and now’s your chance to watch it under the stars. Perth City Ballet will be performing this masterpiece at The Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach so bring your picnic blanket, a basket of food and relive the tale of Giselle. Tickets are almost sold out so get yours here now!

Thursday 18 January

Gin Blending Masterclass At Daddy Long Legs

Calling all gin lovers, Daddy Long Legs Bar has teamed up with the award-winning distillery Limeburners to bring you an evening all about gin, yep that’s right. The masterclass includes tasting samples of the range that Ginversity currently has on offer, along with the chance to create your own gin, say whaa?! Get your tickets here now.

Walking Cocktail Tours In The City

From the same guys that brought us the Fromage Tours, you can now get a bit of exercise while sipping delicious cocktails around the city. With venues including the new Market Grounds, COMO The Treasury and Bob's Bar, you'd be mad to miss this. If you can't make it tonight, the tour will be running each Thursday for the next six weeks. Get more info here.

Friday 19 January

Terrace Nights In Claremont

Terrace Nights is bringing twilight markets to Claremont’s Bay View Terrace tomorrow night from 6-9pm. The road will be closed as restaurants, cafes and bars spill out on to the streets so take a stroll down the main strip, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the atmosphere. You'll also have a chance to win three nights’ accommodation at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Yes please. Find out more here.

BYO At The Fremantle Markets

No need to get your eyes checked, you read that correctly. Every Friday, The Yard Traders in Fremantle markets are inviting you to BYO while enjoying the best food that the markets have to offer. Live music, alcohol and food, what more could you want on a Friday night? Click here for more information.

Drift Tasting Series At Drift Kitchen

Drift Kitchen is teaming up with Nail Brewing to bring all you beer lovers together for their next instalment of their tasting series. Tickets are $30 and include three tasters of different Nail Brewing beer, accompanied with a tasting plate! Tickets are limited to grab yours here now.

Saturday 20 January

David Spencer 13th Solo Exhibition At Robert Oatley Winery

If you’re a sucker for abstract art, or just art in general, then you need to make your way down south this weekend. Formerly Laurence Winery, Robert Oatley Winery is showcasing David Spencer’s 13th solo exhibition, Long Days / Fast years. A collection of his curated artwork and new abstracts will be on display throughout summer, with the VIP opening this Saturday. And yes, David Spencer will be there as well. For more information click here.

Funk ‘N’ Cider Music Spectacular

That’s right, Funk Cider is hosting a music spectacular every Saturday night. Taking place outside on their green grass underneath the Perth sky, enjoy live music kicking off at 6pm while drinking refreshing cider and a delicious variety of meals. This event is dog-friendly and free so what’s stopping you?! Go here for more information.

Get Chunky Mount Lawley Grand Opening

This is not a drill. We repeat, this is not a drill. The grand opening of Get Chunky’s Mount Lawley store is finally here. Drooling already? Because same. Our fave  New York style cookie joint will be opening the doors of their second shop at 9am and are giving the first 100 customers a free chunky cookie. Make sure you get there early because well all know our fitness new years resolutions have already failed right? Click here for more information.

Rosè All Day At The Royal

Free flowing rosè. Have we got your attention yet? Thought so. The Royal on the Waterfront is hosting a luncheon with two hours of free flowing rosè! Um yes please! But wait, it gets better. While you’re getting your rosè on, all funds raised will go to The McGrath Foundation, which funds Breast Cancer Care Nurses. Tickets are $79 which includes two courses, rosè, soft drinks, tea and coffee, what are you waiting for?! Find out more here.

Foo Fighters At NIB Stadium

The moment has finally come. The Foo Fighters will be playing at NIB Stadium this weekend and we cannot contain our excitement. It's the first stop on their Australia and New Zealand leg of the tour, so it's sure to be a goodie. Get your tickets here now before they all sell out!

Sunday 21 January

Cider And Pork Summer Series At Carmel Cider Co

A drive to the hills is just what the doctor ordered and it will definitely be worth it for this! Think mouth-watering free-range pork, salads, bread rolls and a pint of apple cider on entry, so be sure to go on an empty stomach. After their success of their previous pork and cider event, we reckon this could sell out so grab your tickets here.

Noodle Sundays At Noodle Palace

If you can't make it to the Noodle Palace launch on Friday you're in luck. Noodle Sundays will be kicking off this weekend with Triple J legend Alex Dyson. Pair that with $8 tins from Feral Brewery and menu specials from Bao Wow and What The Cluck and you've got yourself a killer Sunday.

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Thank you Oxford. Thank you JYA.

Thank you Oxford. Thank you JYA.

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

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60 Thoughts And Feelings We All Have On New Years Eve

60 Thoughts And Feelings We All Have On New Years Eve

by Sarah Joanna Pope @ The A List | The Urban List

2017, the end is NYE.

New Years Eve, the countdown to disappointment. Second worst only to Valentine’s Day and it’s empty set-menu promises.

With expectations set to an all-time high, what starts off with so much potential quickly deteriorates into a scene from the Walking Dead—as you join the throng of glassy-eyed zombies lumbering around the dance floor.

But don’t worry because next year will be better, right?

Probably not.

But at least you’re not alone! Here are 60 things everyone will be thinking and feeling at this year peters out in unspectacular fashion.

Tonight is going to be #thebestnightoftheyear. I’m so glad I got tickets before it sold out! I’mma gonna kiss someone tonight! This outfit was so worth every single hundreds of dollars Oh, Uber is charging 10x its normal rate, that’s cool. Woah ok, this line is a little long to get in, but that’s cool. My pre-drinks have worn off. My feet hurt. Let’s get a seat and drink! Oh shit. I just spent $200 dollars on a drink. That’s cool. Where did all my friends go? Why doesn’t my phone have reception? Shiiiit, I just spent another $300 on some wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli. Tra-la-la-la-la. Must write #blessed post for Instagram and tell people how much I’ve grown, like, emotionally, during the year. What time is it? My feet hurt. I need to get drunker. Who is going to kiiiss me?? I just tripped into a stranger. I should make out with him so he doesn’t think I’m too drunk to stand. I’m too drunk to stand. Oh god, how am I going to get home? I don’t know if I can stay awake until midnight. I fucking hate New Years, why am I out? Everyone here is feral. OMFG—this is ma song! SOMEONE JUST WIPED THEIR SWEATY ARM ON ME! If I leave now it’ll cost me $1200 to get home. How do I public transport? Why am I wearing heels? Whyyyyyyy? Must write #bringon2018 Facebook post to let everyone know about all the bad things that have happened to me this year. And how I’m a SURVIVOR. The line to the girl’s toilet hasn’t moved for an hour. When it’s my turn to pee, I’m going to exact my revenge by taking twenty minutes. I wonder what my cats are doing right now? I’m going to see what my ex is doing on Instagram. HehasanewgirlfriendIwanttomurderthemboth. I’m going to text all my exes and wish them a Happy New Year. In 45 days I’ll be alone on Valentine’s Day too. I’m going to drink less next …. Hahahaha. Lol. I’m going to save more and be better with my mo–pfffttt bahaha. What time is it? Where’s Kelly? None of my exes have messaged back. I want to eat McDonalds and DIE. I’m a really ordinary person who’s always going to live an ordinary life. What time is it? Everyone here is younger than me. One day I too shall die. What time is it? OMG they’re playing Peter motha flippin’ Aaandre! I wish I studied harder in school, that’s where it all went wrong. I’m going to make better decis–‘Let’s do a shot!!’ I want to go home and stalk people online while I cry. I’m going to start lining up now for a drink in case I finish this one. I’m going to start lining up now for the toilet in case I have to go. I think I could pee in a urinal. I can do anything a man can do. Let’s line up in the taxi queue now and do the countdown there. I wish someone would touch me. Ew, not you. Maybe you … I’ll go home with you if you pay for the Uber. Is it acceptable to take my shoes off? Too late. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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