Patrón Tequila hosted International Margarita Day event at The Bucket List, Bondi

Patrón Tequila, the world’s first ultra-premium tequila has celebrated International Margarita Day  honouring the iconic cocktail for the global day of margarita appreciation.

With countless variations of the iconic cocktail since, the first margarita is said to have been created in 1938 by Carlos ‘Danny’ Herrera. From spicy concoctions to fruity variations, Patrón Tequila continues to perfect the classic cocktail, inspiring confidence and creativity when creating or ordering your next margarita.

Nationally, eight Patrón Worthy destinations shook up a variety of Patrón Margaritas from the time honoured classic to the contemporary twist, highlighting the versatility of one of the world’s most popular and enduring cocktails. Each destination across Australia transformed into Patrón tequila homes, with signature glassware and flair starting in Sydney at The Bucket List.

Loved and consumed by millions globally, Australia once again will be one of the first countries to lead celebrations of this tequila, citrus and salted beverage.

Join the festivities say ‘salud’ and enjoy one or all of these delicious margarita recipes from Patrón Tequila at home.

Source: Patron Tequila

ROCKETMAN: Taron Egerton is Elton John in Brand New Featurette & Poster

Photographer David LaChapelle has photographed Taron Egerton as Elton John for the first official poster for ‘ROCKETMAN’. Visionary David LaChapelle has created some of the most iconic imagery in Elton John’s career, and now turns his lens on the ‘ROCKETMAN’ film poster, with Taron Egerton as Elton John.

‘ROCKETMAN’ hits cinemas in May, but here is the first behind the scenes look at Taron Egerton recording ‘Tiny Dancer’ for the soundtrack of ‘ROCKETMAN’. The featurette also includes comments from Music Producer, Giles Martin, (son of legendary producer George Martin) and Director, Dexter Fletcher.

“Elton said I don’t think I have heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron.” Giles Martin, Music Producer

“Taron is actually singing in the film and he’s so convincing. His voice is incredible.” Dexter Fletcher, Director

ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of  transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.

This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.


A festival celebrating female winemakers, brewers & distillers is coming to Sydney

Want to celebrate International Women’s Day with a bevvy (or two) made by fearless females? 

Wine retailer Cellarmasters and liquor retailer BWS have joined forces to create Australia’s first drinks festival with an all-female lineup. The inaugural Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits is taking place in Sydney, and drinks lovers can meet some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s finest female brewers, winemakers and distillers. 

“We want to shine a well-deserved spotlight on women in winemaking, distilling and brewing, which are traditionally male dominated industries. But thanks to these trailblazing women, this is now changing, “said Christine Ricketts, Cellar Director at Cellarmasters.

The number of women employed in wine making is estimated to be 38 percent. However, when it comes to leadership and senior roles, female representation has been estimated at 10 percent or less.

According to Australian Distillers Association, women make up approximately 15% of distillers in the industry. There are no official stats on the number of female brewers in Australia.

“Although the industry is changing, there’s still a long way to go. This event is all about celebrating women in beer, wine and spirits and giving customers an opportunity to meet these incredible women and try their products,” said Vanessa Rowed, BWS Head of Marketing.

Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits is taking place at Australian Technology Park in Sydney, and kicks off with a session on Friday 8 March, International Women’s Day, and two more sessions take place on Saturday 9 March.

Up to 30 winemakers, distillers and brewers will be serving samples during the festival. Winemakers include Gwyn Olsen from Briar Ridge and Pepper Tree Wines, Sarah Pidgeon from Wynns Coonawarra and Elena Brooks from Dandelion. Brewers and distillers include Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen from Two Birds Brewing, Laura Carter from Applewood Distillery, Harriet Leigh from Archie Rose and Jaz Wearin from Modus Operandi.

Tickets start from $45 per session, and include complimentary tastings from all producers, a branded glass to keep, a booklet and entertainment. Masterclasses are also available at an additional cost.

Source: Cellar Masters

General Chao restaurant opens in Chatswood

It’s the spicy, umami, seafood sauce from Hong Kong that packs a punch. 

Now XO sauce, the Asian condiment made from premium dried scallop, chilli, garlic and onion that global foodies obsess over will be elevated from a side to centre stage at Chatswood’s soon-to-open General Chao.

The brand new Modern Australian Asian restaurant will bring a new level of premium hospitality to the lower north shore when its doors officially open in District Dining at Chatswood Interchange on February 13.   With high end dining districts popping up in central pedestrian hubs across the globe, General Chao is set to become a leader in this space for Australia.

Inspired by the diverse flavours and rich tapestry of modern Asian cuisine, General Chao will offer Sydneysiders and visitors alike an unforgettable modern Australian-Asian sensory journey.

With a rich fine dining background, Head Chef & General Manager Son Sewoo (The Sovereign Room) has crafted a diverse and approachable menu featuring the finest fresh Australian produce such as Spencer Gulf prawns, Queensland mud crab, Valenca free range pork, Jack’s Creek Wagyu and bio dynamic lamb.

His contemporary take will offer the perfect blend of Australian-Asian cuisine with culinary creations including sushimi grade Hiramasa Kingfish, Jasmine Tea Smoked Duck Dumplings, 24hr Braised Pork Belly in Masterstock and General Chao’s modern take on the classic Prawn Toast.

“A highlight of the menu, our special house-made XO sauces featuring abalone, truffle and gold leaf, is the most decedent XO sauce range in Australia, and the perfect accompaniment to any Asian meal that will take diners from the traditional to the luxurious,” Sewoo said.

Multi-award winning mixologist Michael Chiem (PS40) has handcrafted an inspired cocktail list, guaranteed to get any party started and fuel guests long into the night. Try the Barely There Spritz, Mandarin Oriental or Bloody Navy or share the signature XO Cobbler with Plantation XO sauce, Oloroso Sherry and bitters.

The restaurant’s extensive premium wine and champagne cellar represents varietals from Australia and New Zealand’s leading wineries and regions, including Seppelt from Great Western Victoria, Chaffey Bros from the Barossa Valley and Church Road from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand, all of which have been meticulously selected and paired with dishes.

General Chao’s relaxed up-beat atmosphere will provide a versatile setting for a range of engagements, whatever the occasion from a quick mid-week lunch to a corporate event, after-work drink to a cosy table for two.

Completely refurbished, the 187-seat restaurant will feature an open kitchen, neon signs, an Instagram worthy XO display and two private dining rooms for that extra special group celebration.

Source: General Chao

YESTERDAY movie: here’s the trailer

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

Featuring new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, Yesterday is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Love Actually, About A Boy, the Bridget Jones series) alongside Matthew James Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Curtis and Boyle also produce. Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers.

Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Richard Curtis
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Bernie Bellew, Matthew James Wilkinson, Richard Curtis, Danny Boyle
Executive Producers: Nick Angel, Lee Brazier

Source: Yesterday