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October 24, 2014
sad news from France Kaaren Palmer joins all Champagne lovers to celebrate the life of the late Thierry Roset of Champagne Charles Heidsieck
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October 11, 2014
they’re back the absolutely fantastic Jasus Edwardsii…to the rest of us mere mortals the Southern Hemisphere crayfish season has begun. The price of course is through the roof because their fishers cooperative marketing team led, in the USA by Matthew Muggleton and the family run South Australian business Ferguson Australia have done a brilliant job bringing our crayfish to the attention of the world’s best chefs. Expect to pay, but if you’re clever and utilise everything including the tomalley and the shell it can be as cheap as chicken!!! For detailed instructions about cooking and handling click here
October 5, 2014
Kaaren Palmer Galaxy Guides Champagne editor is back in Adelaide, book under her arm with just one chapter to revise. Many of you may not know that Kaaren has been living in Reims for the past 12 months whilst researching and writing her book about Champagne. There will be much more about Kaaren’s book in the coming weeks.
It’s been a long cold and sometimes wet winter in South Australia, but atlast we have vinebud and blue skies and the promise of a new vintage…Barossa Valley last week.
September 19, 2014
Harvest in Champagne
Champagne Editor Kaaren Palmer reports on the 2014 Champagne harvest…please click here to read the full report.
above…the dining room at Buon Ricordo Ristorante,
continuous entry on our list since 2006 — image copyright © Buon Ricordo Ristorante
September 17, 2014
Emma Hack exhibition opens in Adelaide Town Hall…please click here to read more
Image published with kind permission Emma Hack copyright © Emma Hack 2014
September 15, 2014
where we have eaten in Adelaide this week…please
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September 5, 2014
It’s back! in the Southern Hemisphere at least and for us it doesn’t come better for us than Darling Street Riverland asparagus…click here to read more.
August 18, 2014
Kaaren Palmer’s August Champagne news…please
Many of you may not realise that Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer has been living in Reims for the past eight months whilst she finishes her book about Champagne. With just eight chapters yet to be written there is already a lot of interest in her book which is the first of its type. Kaaren’s book guides the reader through developing a knowledge base about Champagne, advanced tasting skills and accumulating a deep level of knowledge about Champagne.
August 1, 2014…Ruinart tasting at the Lion, Adelaide…please click here
August 6, 2014…updated 20 August 3 places remaining
Join Galaxy Guides food editor Ann Oliver, chef Anna McCormack and sommelier Duncan Vent (Chianti) for Oliver’s EAT MY ART destroy my art luncheon at Chianti, Friday 22 August, 2014 12.30pm Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 8 8232 7955
August 5, 2014
SALA South Australian Living Artist festival is very special. Expect the unexpected, the quirky…it might be a posh restaurant, a hair dressing salon located in a quirky part of town, a little café in the heart of the Adelaide Central Markets, or a wonderful exhibition in a private home, which in the case of the mightily eccentric Harvey Collins includes a tour of their exquisite garden…get the picture??? Use the official SALA web site to plan your day, then interweave, breakfast, lunch and dinner and a few glasses of Champagne slotted in here and there…sounds like a plan, you’d better believe it! Please click here to go to the SALA web site and we've given you a few links below to some of our perennial favourites. Our favourites verge, well teeter, on the slightly eccentric but we believe Adelaide is great for that and what we especially love about SALA is that the participants range from the vey famous, to those just starting out to those just having their first go…we just love it!!!
Harvey Collins August 2–3, 9–10, 16–17, 23–24, 11.00am – 3.30pm…private home studio and stunning garden, 42 Hardy Street, Millswood…mobile 0424 727 117
Curious Orange hair studio Elizabeth Street Croydon…artist Gerry Wedd, highly famous old friend of the two cool chicks who run the studio click here to see Gerry’s post. Good coffee at Red Door Bakery and two of our favourite Adelaide shops Hype&Seek and One Small Room who also has a SALA exhibition lino cuts by Georgia Cheeseman.
Eat My Art 2
Ann Oliver (Galaxy Guides food editor and publisher) at Chianti 160 Hutt Street Adelaide August 4 – 22…To see more of Ann Oliver’s art please click here
August 1, 2014
Adelaide South Australia if you love Ruinart Champagne (as much as we do!!) this value for money tasting sounds amazing. Just 30 places with half already sold, event starts at 6.30pm…venue The Lion North Adelaide…please click here for details.
July 17, 2014
Kaaren Palmer’s Champagne news
The best bar in the world to drink Champagne…an that is just the beginning of Kaaren’s July news…please click here to read more
July 14, 2014
Bastille Day celebrated by chefs throughout the world for the inspiration French cuisine has given us over many generations. It might be the ingenious tools of Escoffier and the connection to his brilliant documentation of his food...it might be a lunch or dinner at one of France’s fabulous three starred Michelin restaurants, a Napoleon at Fuchon exquisitely embellished with their divine packaging or a simple, but incredible market meal of superb just–baked bread, amazing butter and the best of cheese. And if that isn’t enough, of course, who else but the French gave us Champagne!!
Food and Art…Galaxy Guides’ food editor and publisher Ann Oliver.
From the left bone marrow brioche, bone marrow, foie gras, sauce Madeira and right, one of the many Bastille Day menu covers painted by Oliver since 1981.
in July food editor Ann Oliver will take a fresh look at Adelaide and explain how Magill Estate Restaurant, Orana and Celsius (her top three Adelaide picks) can be negotiated even when you don’t have big bucks to spend but have a passion for the higher end!
last week a very good Krug dinner at Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant. Hosted by Penfolds Senior winemaker Steve Lienert and Olivier Krug (himself) it was an incredible treat for diners and guests. The generosity of the event was appreciated by all…please click here to see the menu and Krug matches.
Krug dinner at Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant…OLivier Krug enchants diners with family stories and annecdotes from the house of Krug!
image copyright Milton Wordley, Adelaide, South Australia
heading for NYC…our New York contributor Helen Stephan’s list ranges from the high end of the likes of 11 Maddison Square to the quirky local, to the Hamptons. There’s nothing like local knowledge to get you where you want to go…to read more click here
Exquisite culinary art at 11 Maddison Square
Image copyright © 11 Maddison Square
Monday 9 June, 2014
Champagne Editor Kaaren Palmer’s Champagne news…a bit of goss and a lot of information from Reims where Kaaren has been working on her book about Champagne for several months…please
Monday April 14, 2014
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer’s Champagne news…please click here
Monday 10 March, 2014
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer sends lots of news from France
…please click here to read Kaaren’s latest news.
OMG…2005 Roederer Cristal divine especially when it got to about 14°C subtle bead, exquisite mild smoke on the nose after 15 minutes…I am thinking lightly smoked oyster with a béchamel blanket embellished with the smoked oyster liquor, a tiny amount of chervil in the béchamel, crunchy crumb with EV, Maldon and black pepper, and a very small amount of finely grated parmesan…makes my mouth water!!! AO
Friday 27 February, 2014
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer explores the house of Dosnon & Lepage
…please click here to read the full story.
Sunday 16 February, 2014
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer News from France …please
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Also Kaaren reviews the little bar in Reims, Le Wine Bar By Le Vintage, that has become their local. Having found good food at the medium end hard to find in Reims unsurprisingly Le Wine Bar By Le Vintage gets a very good wrap…please click here to read the full review.
Esse Avellan one of only 2 MWs in Scandinavia…please click here to read more
image copyright © Esse Avellan 2014
breakfast in Adelaide updated…please
Feburary 3, 2014
from Kaaren Palmer
Michael Edwards reviews the Tom Stevenson update…please CLICK HERE
January 28, 2014
Helen Stephan (NYC contributor) gives us the low down on the Hampton’s…please click here
The Surf Lodge just one of Helen Stephan’s many eclectic recommendations for the Hamptons.
image courtesy and © copyright the Surf Lodge, 2014
Tuesday 31 December, 2014
Greetings from Reims…please click here
Sunday 22 December, 2013
Heaven help you if you are landing in Australia for Christmas! Many of our best restaurants are closed, our best food shops and farmers’ markets are shut and basically the rest is history.
It is impossible for us to log everyone’s Christmas trading hours so we offer this advice. For city locations, ring the restaurant you are seeking to dine at and you might be lucky. Heading out of the city to wine regions is good advice…most will only shut for Christmas Day and possibly New Year’s day. There is plenty of good regional wine country dining to be found throughout Australia.
Wednesday 18 december, 2013
celebrate the South Australian cherry season cick on the image right to go to our favourite cherry supplier…a very cool thing to do between Christmas and New year or this weekend if you have the time!!
Monday December 16, 2013
Kaaren Palmer’s December 2013 Champagne News…please click here
December 8, 2013
Loads of fab information, recipes, social comment and much more!!!
web site last updated December 1, 2013
Lots of new very cool South Australian events, our favourite Adelaide restaurants and the best of local seasonal produce… click here
Best Restaurant Award part one of three parts…please click here — 6 November, 2013
part two Best Chef awards and part three The future of restaurant reviewing have been postponed due to work pressures until early December
the guru of Champagne guides Tyson Stelzer…9 November, 2013
Tyson Stelzer celebrates the launch of his 2014 – 2015 The Champagne Guide
…“The best ever Champagne guide” Huon Hooke, the Sydney Morning Herald
next week…fantastic recipes for the great Southern Rocklobster, NYC contributor Helen Stephan guides you through her favourite haunts in the Hamptons and Thorn Park by the Vines, David Hay shares his letters from NYC
meet the young guns of Champagne
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer guides you through all of the recent awards for the new gene last updated Tuesday October 29, 2013eration of Champagne makers and also a special Adelaide Champagne dinner to launch Tyson Stelzer’s new edition of The Champagne Guide 2013 – 2014…please
Marie and Benoit Doyard
image published with kind permission
last weekend an exciting and brand new festival The Body in the Garden, South Australian Crime and Garden Wrietrs’ Festival… click here for full details
In Adelaide for the festival click here to find eclectic dining, shopping and drinking and other fun information for Adelaide
Champagne news from Kaaren Palmer…take a look at the Champagne and food matches from her most recent Champagne dinner…please click here
and later this weekend New York contributor Helen Stephan gives us the lowdown on another of her NYC stomping grounds The Hamptons and David Hay, Thorn Park by the Vines, sends us two wonderful letters from NYC
Saturday October 5, 2013
An updated list for Syndey…please click here to go straight to the list
September 17, 2013
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer Champagne news…Decanter Magazine awards and much more…please
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Rebecca Stubbs executive chef for Chapel Hill wines will be at 2013 Riverland field days…please click here to read more
Kaaren Palmer and lots of regular Champagne news…please
Kaaren Palmer reviews Heston Blummenthal’s The Fat Duck…please click here
and Ann Oliver makes some updates to Adelaide…please click here
July 13…celebrating all things French and
Kaaren Palmer reviews Heston Blummenthal’s The Fat Duck…please click here
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Friday June 28, 2013
We celebrate a life well lived, but the sad passing of Barossan wine legend Peter Lehmann and our deepest sympathy to Peter’s lifelong mate and legend in her own right the wonderful Margaret Lehmann.
Apart from making exceptional wines for many, many years personally some of the reasons I love these two most…a team, warriors for Barossan tradition, willing to take a risk, generous supporters of youth coming through the ranks but most of all I love them for being the only wine company to my knowledge to have had a wine label banned…yes!!! AO
Image copyright © The Australian
to see a marvellous tribute by The Australian please click here
June 14, 2013
champagne news from
Kaaren Palmer…please click here to read more
postcard from Kaaren Palmer currently in Champagne doing extensive research (and tasting) for her forthcoming book
A Year of Champagne…a journey with friends (click on the title to read a chapter)
Le Bocale, Reims
Which is a tiny fish shop with a few rooms at the back. Grower champagne by the glass. All cheap and good, fabulous fresh seafood – good oysters (Royales Cabanon No.3 and Veules Les Roses), small prawns called ’bouquet moyens’. All excellent, and not expensive. Ate there 2 nights in a row, as so busy just needed something light. Treated self to a teaspoon of caviar €10. Yum!
Plenty of food places and champagne bars nearby, too, absolutely buzzing this morning as it’s just near the Reims market, and every man and his doggie are there. Yes, they are crazy about their dogs. There was a huge woofer in one of the rooms near me in the Porte de Mars Hotel on Thursday nightlove to all Kaaren!
Friday June 8, 2013
Kaaren Palmer shares a chapter of her forthcoming book “A Year of Champagne…A Journey with Friends please click here to read more
today cool stuff to do in Adelaide and nearby wine regions this weekend…please click here and a terrific pastie recipe…please click here
vale Howard Twelftree…oh what a party!
A simple service and the mother of a wake started in two locations, The Duke of Brunswick in Gilbert Street and f Park Lok 130 Grote Street corner Morphett Street. Philip White will be hosting at Park Lok. Karyn Foster hosted at the Brunswick and Philip White the Park Lok with a regrouping to the Duke as numbers dwindled.
Wine poured in and down and food arrived at various intervals. Stories were told and re–told as everyone shared their sadness and love. Funny stories, hilarious stories, naughty stories and sad stories. It was just the type of send off Howard would have enjoyed.
Philip White and Karyn Foster have a way with words and between them so beautifully summed Howard the deliciously naughty, naughty man. Please click here to read Philip’s eulogy and scroll down and here to read Karyn’s ever so apt and ever so funny eulogy!!! Speakers at the service were John Neylon, Kerry Heysen–Hicks, Cheong Liew, Philip White, Charles Gent & Christine Beale.
to read the special Adelaide Review 400th issue tribute to Howard please click here and to read Howard’s final review click here
Champagne news from Kaaren Palmer who is currently travelling in the United Kingdom…please click here
Jan Bowman takes a look at coffee in Brisbane and adds some more of her wonderful photographic insights to her city…later this week!
Image copyright © Jan Bowman
For more wonderful tributes for Howard Twelftree the 400th edition of the Adelaide Review has been devoted to his memory…please click here
Food editor and publisher Ann Oliver adds a fabulous new Gorgonzola, quince and Labeneh tart to the recipe index…please click here and if you love this recipe, you might also enjoy this wonderful persimmon salad published a couple of weeks ago click here
May 14…“Iam still mulling over NOMA and The Fat Duck, both so amazing in their very individual ways. We are sitting in the amazing St. Pancras Station Hotel, in what was
formerly the booking office. Ordering a half of Louis Roederer. It just
arrived, room temp, we have told them off.
Tonight, we are dining in the Gilbert Scott Restaurant Kevin’s choice,
Kevin’s part of the holiday. It’s a Marcus Wareing in a grand part of
original Midland Hotel. Anyway, the whole place is one of London’s
“finest restored buildings”. We agree!” Kaaren Palmer
A very grateful thanks to Helen Stephan, an Australian living in New York for her huge and continuing contribution and Olivia Stratton, Lily Lane, Beverly Phillips, Christopher Menz, Matthew Muggleton, Anne Marie Shin and Milton Wordley for sharing their little New York secrets because this list is the sum of their experience and passion.
It’s the preserving season with so much to be done there isn’t a minute to spare. Our dill gherkins are finished, not quite as good as last year, but still pretty delicious and this week we’re on to sauce…please CLICK HERE to go to our tried and true recipe. Next week it will be prawn and shrimp sambal, glacé chilli and maybe some toffee pears.
2012 was spent contemplating how best to move our efforts in China forward and how we can bring more young Chinese hospitality professionals to South Australia (and Australia) to experience the Australian way first hand. This is an inexpensive concept that creates long–term friendships and loyalties. So…expect to hear more from us this year!
left……Southern Rocklobster and Truffle Ravioli, Rocklobster Sauce, Passionfruit Vinaigrette and Caviar (also on our menu for sauchin 2011) and right, Vanilla Cold Roll with Southern Rocklobster and Porcini Salad
images and recipes © copyright Ann Oliver 2013