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food editor and publisher
web site last updated 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 click here

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 click here to read more

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 click here

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!!!

  • A work of art in so many ways Milton Wordley'sA Year in the Life of Grange..click on the image for details
  • A great year for strawberriesfor the best ever strawberry ice cream recipe...click on the image
  • KIS KIF...keep it simple, keep it freshAustralian Blue Swimmer, steamed, white wine vinegar, white pepper
  • Smoked duck and pickled cherry saladclick on recipe for pickled cherries..smoking next week
  • Relatively new to Australia Champagne Besserat de BellefonExport Manager Godefroy Baijot.stay tuned for some cool events 2014
  • the young guns of Champagneclick on the image
  • Subcribe to Galaxy Guides Champagneand get invitations to very special intimate Champagne events...click on the image
  • Kaaren Palmer's where to drink Champagne in Parisclick on the image
  • Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurantexciting news for lovers of fine dining too soon to review but we like a lot!!!
  • Adelaide Peel St...Theodoros utterly delicious KIS KIFjust three large pots and pick a punnet a day
  • coming soonHelen Stephan's Hamptons
  • in season Australian Garlicpulled this week
  • Helen Stephan has New York coveredMadison Square...click on the image for the low down
  • If you're in NYC, we highly recommendJim Lahey's University of Bread...click on the image
  • seriously into food and winewe do cooking classes for advanced cooks...click on the image
  • you have to love people who grow thingsjust two weeks till South Australian nectarine times
  • Jaboticatawhere else but The Food Forest...click on the image to go to their web site
  • Jan Bowman's Brisbaneclick on the image...soon to be substantially updated
  • Walk across my swimming pool turn my water into wineJesus Christ Super Star...Magill Estate Restaurant circa 1996..where are they now??
  • true KIS KIFwe have hundreds of fab recipes...click on the image
  • super fast, super easy summer dessertsclick on the image and scroll down
  • a light alternative to the Christmas trifleclick on the image
  • We are in love with good breadcheck out the bread section in our recipe index
  • try something sensational with crayfishclick on the image for more recipes by food editor Ann Oliver
  • RIP OFF say no!!!grow your own and stuff these bastards!!!!
  • Oh..we forgot it's Christmas!!!the best baked ham...click on the image
  • for more tips and ideasclick on the image
  • as for surviving Christmasmight we suggest a Ruinart Magnum or a ticket to somewhere else might just do the trick!!!
  • If I see another 'so called' high profile chefsupport the big supermarket chains I am buying an AK47..AO

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 click here


Marie and Benoit Doyard
image published with kind permission www.champagne-salomon.com

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

  • a revised list for SydneyOscillate Wildly...click on the image to go to the list
  • Buon Riccordo Ristorantestill a great favourite with us some twenty years on..click on the image
  • Oscillate Wildy...divine desserts
  • so much to Syndey
  • the first strawberries of the South Australian season
  • Beerenberg celebrate the season start at their farm this Sunday from 2-4pm free entry for PYO strawberries & free scones with jam & cream..click on image for details
  • fascinating...long leaf coriander
  • fenugreek leaves...powerful exotic flavoureasy to grow and a nouvelle addition to Asian salads
  • A work of art in so many ways Milton Wordley'sA Year in the Life of Grange..click on the image for details
  • THE BODY IN THE GARDEN 25-27 OCTOBERSouth Australian Crime and Garden Writer's Festival - click on image for details
  • Champagne is taken seriously on Galaxy Guides
  • Kaaren Palmer's where to drink Champagne in Australiaclick on the image
  • everyone knows someone who is diabeticAt My Table is a great resource and proceeds go to diabetes research
  • Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurantexciting news for lovers of fine dining
  • open again at last!!!and these pics do not give the new outfit away
  • Huggins food current menuhigh hopes because we love this restaurant images copyright © Penfolds
  • New executive chef Scott Huggins comes with a very fine pedigree
  • Peel Sta fab new addition to Adelaide dining
  • they have hit the ground running...and survived...highly recommended!
  • Theodoros utterly delicious KIS KIFkeep it simple, keep it fresh!!!
  • The Vintage Beata collective crammed with surprises just off Port Road
  • microwaved rilettes...I don't think so!!!The Highway...good wine list, shitty glassware for the price, excellent service....terrible food....not recommended!
  • fresh lotus roota textural crunch still some good quality around
  • a delicious little dinner rollthis week we're into not so rustic..click on the image for the recipe
  • Auntie Mara's Galatabourekothe best ever recipe next week
  • they're back the great Southern Rocklobster
  • so many applications
  • fresh Tasmanian wasabi

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

  • La Forza del DestinoState Opera of South Australia Tuesday 15, Thursday 17 and Saturday 19 October...click on the image
  • A work of art in so many ways Milton Wordley'sA Year in the Life of Grange..click on the image for details
  • THE BODY IN THE GARDEN 25-27 OCTOBERSouth Australian Crime and Garden Writer's Festival - click on image for details
  • Champagne is taken seriously on Galaxy Guides
  • Kaaren Palmer's where to drink Champagne in Australiaclick on the image
  • a revised list for SydneyOscillate Wildly...click on the image to go to the list
  • Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurantexciting news for lovers of fine dining
  • open again at last!!!and these pics do not give the new outfit away
  • New executive chef Scott Huggins comes with a very fine pedigree
  • Huggins food current menuhigh hopes because we love this restaurant images copyright © Penfolds
  • and the winner is?results to be announced this month for the South Australian judging
  • Peel Sta fab new addition to Adelaide dining
  • they have hit the ground running...and survived...highly recommended!
  • Theodoros utterly delicious KIS KIFkeep it simple, keep it fresh!!!
  • How good is this???Australian morels from the Mushroom Man
  • new and we love it!CBD South Australia
  • The Vintage Beata collective crammed with surprises just off Port Road
  • click on the image to go to their web site
  • Buon Riccordo Ristorantestill a great favourite with us some twenty years on..click on the image
  • Oscillate Wildy...divine desserts
  • so much to Syndeyexpect the unexpected...click on the image
La Forza del Destino1 A work of art in so many ways Milton Wordley's2 THE BODY IN THE GARDEN 25-27 OCTOBER3 Champagne is taken seriously on Galaxy Guides4 Kaaren Palmer's where to drink Champagne in Australia5 a revised list for Sydney6 Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant7 open again at last!!!8 New executive chef Scott Huggins comes with a very fine pedigree9 Huggins food current menu10 and the winner is?11 Peel St12 they have hit the ground running...13 Theodoros utterly delicious KIS KIF14 How good is this???15 new and we love it!16 The Vintage Beat17 click on the image to go to their web site18 Buon Riccordo Ristorante19 Oscillate Wildy...divine desserts20 so much to Syndey21

above…the dining room at Buon Ricordo Ristorante,
continuous entry on our list since 2006 — image copyright © Buon Ricordo Ristorante

September 17, 2013
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer Champagne news…Decanter Magazine awards and much more…please click here to go to Champagne news.

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 click here
July 19
Kaaren Palmer reviews Heston Blummenthal’s The Fat Duck…please click here
and Ann Oliver makes some updates to Adelaide…please click here

  • and the tea party beginsThe Mad Hatter Prepares the Fob Watch
  • The Mad Hatter Prepares the Teapot
  • Assembled, ready for the show!
  • Genuine toast sandwiches…..
  • The Tea Party is Ready
and the tea party begins1 The Mad Hatter Prepares the Teapot
2 Assembled, ready for the show!
3 Genuine toast sandwiches…..4 The Tea Party is Ready5

July 13…celebrating all things French and
Kaaren Palmer reviews Heston Blummenthal’s The Fat Duck…please click here

  • Celebrating all things FrenchArtwork Ann Oliver
  • Champagne edited by Kaaren Palmerclick on the image
  • South Australian oyster with ruby grapefruit and shallotclick on the image
  • Shannon Bennett's Parisa good guide to this wondrous city
  • Bread the staple of the French kitchenclick on the image to go to the recipe
  • Champagne Dinner Menu 2011
  • Kaaren Palmer Champagne educationclick on the image to see more
  • Galaxy Guides Cooks' Clubclass cover 2011
  • Our Crème Caramelclick on the image to go straight to the recipe
  • Vue de Monde Melbourne where all things French are celebrated...click on the image
  • La Glace pistachio...click on the imagefor ice cream recipes
  • the tricks of the French kitchen
  • to celebrate Bastille Daya magnum perhaps
  • and to go with.....?blini and caviary??
  • another classic from the French kitchenthe perfect brioche
  • a perfect mussel dishand perfect with Champagne..click on the image for the recipe
  • pigs ears, radish and pursulane salad....divine!
Celebrating all things French1 Champagne edited by Kaaren Palmer2 South Australian oyster with ruby grapefruit and shallot3 Shannon Bennett's Paris4 Bread the staple of the French kitchen5 Champagne Dinner Menu 20116 Kaaren Palmer Champagne education7 Galaxy Guides Cooks' Club8 Our Crème Caramel9 Vue de Monde Melbourne where all things French are celebrated10 La Glace pistachio...click on the image11 the tricks of the French kitchen12 to celebrate Bastille Day13 and to go with.....?14 another classic from the French kitchen15 a perfect mussel dish16 pigs ears, radish and pursulane salad....divine!17

July 6 links to content and imformation from the slider below

  • Barefoot in Ethiopia - community eventclick on the image for details
  • it's the citrus seasonfrom Fat Goose Organics and The Food Forrest..click on the image
  • Hentley Farm...Barossa ValleyReview next week..click on the image to take a look at the property
  • Jan Bowman's Brisbane west endVulture Street, West End...copyright Jan Bowman
  • Paniyiri Greek Fest 2013Brisbane's West End...copyright Jan Bowman
  • at the end of Julyan ecelctic mix of Brisbane's West End...copyright Jan Bowman
  • At My Table...ecipes for diabeticsclick on the image for more details
  • 11 Madison Parkthe ultimate New York guide...contributor Helen Stephan and friends click on the image
  • winter vegetables
  • a simple fish bone stockthat turns into Greek fish soup
  • luscious home-made pastieswith the right amount of pepper...click on the image
  • Kaaren Palmer's Champagne Just love to drink Champagne or want to learn about Champagne...click on the image
  • divine ruby grape fruit from Fat Goose organics
  • South Australian oyster with ruby grapefruit and shallotclick on the image
  • we love Patlin Gardens jumbo olivestry stuffing them, crumb, fry and a good mayonnaise...heaven!
  • a piece of late 50s heaven..working orderclick on the image to visit one of or favourite shops
  • A taste of ChinaAdelaide Central Markets old food court
  • Adelaide's best crispy beef
  • in season lotus rootThuan Phat and some other Chinese grocers
  • new main street Tanundanext to Priceline chemist a treasure trove of just about everything
  • and...right at the rear a cute cafeand if aroma is anything to go by worth a look!
  • rebuilding lives Hutt Street CentreParacombe Wines winter initiative click on the image

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
www.restaurantlebocal.fr
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 night𕢦love 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

vale Howard Twelftree (alias John McGrath)
died Friday 24 May, 2013
Mourned by his many mates who loved his wit, encyclopaedic food and wine knowledge, his wonderful writing and perhaps most of all his unlimited capacity for naughtiness, best summed up by Adam Wynn “What a marvelous mad bastard he was.”

For more wonderful tributes for Howard Twelftree the 400th edition of the Adelaide Review has been devoted to his memory…please click here

A small piece of Adelaide dining history circa 2002, from the left Philip White author Drinkster the late Howard Twelftree (alias John McGrath) and Martin Verryt now with his own wine business Grape Works at a Champagne lunch at the former Nediz Tu…image copyright © Milton Wordley 2002

last week …Champagne Editor Kaaren Palmer writes from Stockholm about the fall from excellence of Mathais Dahlgren and adds some new generation dining experiences for this wonderful city…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

18 May, 2013…Champagne Editor Kaaren Palmer reviews dinner by Heston Blumenthal…please click here to read her review.

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 the original Midland Hotel. Anyway, the whole place is one of London’s “finest restored buildings”. We agree!” Kaaren Palmer

two weeks agoit’s finally here our eclectic New York list…please click here to read Helen Stephan’s fabulous restaurant crawl in the Flatiron district and for dozens of other great suggestions…please click here.

  • New York.....finally!!!the only list for the food and wine obsessed...click on any image
  • Boqueria in the Soho district
  • Marc Forgionea sublime dining experience
  • we love Jim Lahey's recipesand the best news is you can attend a class with Jim...click on the image
  • Eleven Madison Parka dining experience never to be forgotten! image copyright © Francesco Tonelli
  • Le Circwhere classic French heals all disappointments!
  • Marie's Crisis Centrestep off the main stream....experience something different!
  • super posh, super good...the MOMA members' dining roomsuch a clever idea a temporary membership is a must do!
  • Molé...a restaurant that posts it's crewhas, we reckon, a big heart!
  • a well kept New York secret PDT (please don't tell)
  • Eataly..a fab food store with multiple restaurants
  • Junoonforget everything you think you know about an Indian restaurant
  • Cannibalsmeat and beer no place for a vegetarian
New York.....finally!!!1 Boqueria in the Soho district2 Marc Forgione3 we love Jim Lahey's recipes4 Eleven Madison Park5 Le Circ6 Marie's Crisis Centre7 super posh, super good...the MOMA members' dining room8 Molé...a restaurant that posts it's crew9 a well kept New York secret PDT (please don't tell)10 Eataly..a fab food store with multiple restaurants11 Junoon12 Cannibals13

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.

last weekchampagne news from Kaaren Palmer…please click here

 

  • Kalangadoo Organics Applesclick on the image to try our favourite apple recipe
  • divine dolci!Where else Andre's Cucina and Polenta Bar..click on the image
  • you've got to put in the lovewhite bait wrapped in pancetta with a good lime mayonnaise...de'bloody..vine!
  • the perfect open sandwich..starts with....the perfect bread...click on the image
  • it's the olive season...click on the imageor check out pickling and preserving in our recipe index
  • worth the effort....our truly scrumptiouspistachio ice cream...click on the image...we use Food Forest pistachios
  • try this stupendous poppyseed tart withsome wonderfully simple poached pears..click on the image
  • a classic show girlZalzburger Knockerln...click on the image
  • simply soup...use your imagination!!!and use all your bits and pieces!
  • fancy being a cowgirl...or boy???Littlest Vintage...click on the image
  • what a pisser....not enough water and insect damagesolution for non organic is white oil...anyone got an organic solution!!!
  • true believers Nirvana Organicscelebrate 30 years of keeping the faith...click on the image
  • Swinging Bowl James Place Adelaidego early, sambal eggs, rice and gravy is a Malaysian memory relived!
  • very good coffeeat the Spanish deli el choto Port Road
  • and the best toastie anywheregood bread, loads of butter, ham and cheese...yumbo!
  • red dood bakery sausage rolland Croydon store makes excellent coffee
  • Vietnamese coffeeis excellent at our favourites...check out $20 in the Adelaide guide
  • it's the quince seasonsavoury or sweet everyone loves them!
  • add these jewels to your favourite saladshatter pack freeze them for later in the year!
  • Helen Stephan's new york......next weekend!
  • Kaaren Palmer reports from France...next week
Kalangadoo Organics Apples1 divine dolci!2 you've got to put in the love3 the perfect open sandwich..starts with....4 it's the olive season...click on the image5 worth the effort....our truly scrumptious6 try this stupendous poppyseed tart with7 a classic show girl8 simply soup...use your imagination!!!9 fancy being a cowgirl...or boy???10 what a pisser....not enough water and insect damage11 true believers Nirvana Organics12 Swinging Bowl James Place Adelaide13 very good coffee14 and the best toastie anywhere15 red dood bakery sausage roll16 Vietnamese coffee17 it's the quince season18 add these jewels to your favourite salad19 Helen Stephan's new york......next weekend!20 Kaaren Palmer reports from France...next week21

in the past couple of weeks not a lot as we are just flat chat…Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer is travelling in Europe and just been to Noma for dinner (for the second time) and her email is full of praise…“divine, delicious, amazing, consistent and we must also note former South Australian James Spreadbury is now maitre dé” woo hoo!!!

  • chef turned ceramicist Wayne McCarawe dig his work a lot....he’s easy to find on facebook
  • one of our many Chinese childrenLily Wang with food editor Ann Oliver, Shanghai
  • how cool will this bewhen you can have a glass of wine, some bread, sliced meats and condiments.....Lucia's Adelaide Central Markets
  • people always ask me what I cook myself...KIS KIF rice, Cleland Gully free range egg (that don't stink like rotten fish), my chilli white sesame, herbs and greens from my tiny garden
  • Ruinart blanc de blancs magnum
  • don't throw this in the binbury it in some good compost and you'll have enough chilli plants to give to everyone you know
  •  a new place to drink Champage in SyndeyThe Bentley...click on the image
  • Press Food + Winewe like a lot...not too many rules and a great Champagne list
  • Helen Stephan's New YorkCannibals and yes you guessed it no place for a vegetarian!!!
  • More New York...contributor Christopher Menzspecial membership for the dining room at MOMA..a very cool thing to do!
chef turned ceramicist Wayne McCara1 one of our many Chinese children2 how cool will this be3 people always ask me what I cook myself...4 IMGP45235 don't throw this in the bin6  a new place to drink Champage in Syndey7 Press Food + Wine8 Helen Stephan's New York9 More New York...contributor Christopher Menz10

added to Barcelona Foods of Spain give a great run down on Tapas in the San Sebastian region click here to read the full article about tapas and Olivia Stratton’s guide to Barcelona. Foods of Spain is a Spanish government initiative to promote Spanish culture and cuisine and over the years we have found it a very reliable source of information…AO March 26, 2013

couple of weeks ago…easter things to bake and to do, the Barossa Vintage Festival…we tease you with an insight into Helen Stephan’s New York which we will launch in the coming week, we share our crème caramel recipe and much more!

  • the best of Easter dessertsthe Pashka and best of all it's better if it's made a couple of days in advance...click on the image for the recipe
  • too, too divinecheck out where to drink Champagne in Melbourne...click on the image
  • classic Greektrue KIS KIF cinnamon spiced tomatoes with okra...we'll be featuring recipes with okra after Easter
  • Patlin Gardensperfect peppers at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market...click on the image
  • the end of April, a new review for Noma Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer is travelling in Europe for three months expect some great new stories
  • we love Sydney...art everywhereclick on the image to read about our favourites
  • why is our cremé caramel so heavenly???fresh preservative free cream and full cream milk from Jersey Dairy..click on the image for the recipe!!!
  • champagne newsclick on the image
  • so you've made the perfect tomato sauceand now we've given you the perfect pasta...click on the image for the recipe
  • It's finally happeningthe New York list kicks off later this week....with Helen Stephan's Flatiron neighbourhood crawl...expect the unexpected
  • more New York in the worksfabulous farmers' markets....image courtesy Christine Baker
  • love bread, heading for New Yorkwe recommend Jim Lahey's Sullivan Street Bakery university of bread...click on the image
  • we were sick of tomatoes....nowwe're sick of chillies....Olive's chilli sambal
  • a mix a blachan, dried shrimp, fresh and dried chillies
  • a posh Northern Italian shop?no Lucia's Fine Foods Adelaide Central Markets has been given a revamp and we like a lot!!! Bring on the liquor license!
  • green olivesour best recipe...click on the image
  • too much to do downunderyes it's time to pickle limes...click on the image for the recipe
  • black, not burnedbe prepared to start and start again until you get it right...Paul Prudhomme's black roux
  • the fundamental basis of gumboand downunder every ingredient is now in season
  • we're mad about breadand this rye is perfect for an Easter breakfast...click on the image
  • and....keep it KIS KIFbutter, smoked salmon, horseradish cream, a little red onion...bliss!
  • cannibal New Yorklove the name and as you might expect no place for vegetarians....just one of many recommendations from Helen Stephan...image from their web site
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art New York member's dining roomfrom our friend Christopher Menz a New York must do! ...image from their web site
  • The Russian Tea Roomsfrom our international contributor Olivia Stratton...image from their web site
  • in Melbourne for Easterslowed a pace or three at Easter there is still plenty to explore
  • The Melbourne Supper Clubone of Australia's best Champagne lists
  • Ash Grunwald at Rockford WinesBarossa Vintage Festival event Tuesday April 2...contact the winery 1800 088 818....click on the image to read more about the music of Ash Grunwald
  • explore the Barossa and enjoy the Barossa Vintage Festival30 March to 7 April, 2013...click on the image for the program

a dash of international some fabulous pics from the 100th Tanunda Show with kind permission of photographer Dragan Radocaj www.draganradocaj.com and some news of friends far and wide and some great content coming up shortly.

  • the 100th Tanunda Show© copyright DRAGAN RADOCAJ photography..click on the image to go to Dragan's web site
  • it isn't just winemakingthat absorbs the Barossa, footy is also pretty important!!!
  • The Magpie Caféwhere local home cooks show professional cooks a thing or two about dishing up some scrumptious grub
  • Rote Grütze...grape juice and sago puddingcheck out the demographics..so much hope for the future of food
  • knowledge and experiencethe winner of the traditional German cake
  • moved to paradiseif like us you miss the sublime cooking of Ali Cribb and Michael expect some news of their New Zealand venture soon
  • love bread, heading for New Yorkwe recommend Jim Lahey's Sullivan Street Bakery university of bread...click on the image
  • why is our cremé caramel so heavenly???fresh preservative free cream and full cream milk from Jersey Dairy..recipe next week!!!
  • sick of tomatoesof course we are..but we all know we are blessed to have such fab produce!
  • Olive's tomato sauceclick on the image to go to the recipe
  • try Olive's sauce and addPatlin Gardens jumbo olives, roasted and peeled red capsicums, Food Forest zucchini flowers and gorgeous SA squid
  • semi-dried are delicious....butmake sure you put them in EV olive oil and in sterilised jars and seal with sterilised lids
  • gold not just in flavour but pricebut the Australian lamb cutlet remains a heavenly treat....!
  • we love Sydney...art everywhereclick on the image to read about our favourites
  • Thorn Park by the Vinesthe sublime cooking of David Hay, consummate care of Michael Speers...fabulous comfort and style click on the image
  • Athens..the best and worst of foodbut we love this city and we'll be sharing the best with you
  • the end of April, a new review for Noma Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer is travelling in Europe for three months expect some great new stories
  • champagne newsclick on the image
the 100th Tanunda Show1 it isn't just winemaking2 The Magpie Café3 Rote Grütze...grape juice and sago pudding4 knowledge and experience5 moved to paradise6 love bread, heading for New York7 why is our cremé caramel so heavenly???8 sick of tomatoes9 Olive's tomato sauce10 try Olive's sauce and add11 semi-dried are delicious....but12 gold not just in flavour but price13 we love Sydney...art everywhere14 Thorn Park by the Vines15 Athens..the best and worst of food16 the end of April, a new review for Noma 17 champagne news18

Kaaren Palmer has totally revamped where to drink Champagne in Adelaide…please CLICK HERE

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.

previous…an eclectic list this week from Kaaren Palmer reviewing Providence Los Angeles, the start of the 2013 South Australian vintage and much more!

february…Kaaren Palmer’s letter from LA…CLICK HERE, the best of Melbourne and a lot of South Australia where so much fantastic seasonal produce can be found!

end of january…well, it was the Australia Day weekend!



to see and read about sauchin 2011 and our estages please CLICK HERE

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 to right, top to bottom
• David Laris Sinan Mansion the venue for 2011 sauchin, YUCCA cocktail bar
• 12 Chairs…Cherry Chan explaining the wines and menu to guests of the South Australian Tourism Commission
• one of the dishes we presented, sashimi of kingfish
• Lily Wang contemplating one of her many tastings at Lehmann Wines…currently cellar master for a new Shanghai operation after a stint as sommelier manager for the private members cellar at the Roosevelt
• Joyce Guo then with T8, currently studying hospitality and wine in Switzerland
• Liang Tang with the Henscke clan also from T8 now trainer for five restaurants in the Apartment Group






wine education at the winery, working in the vineyards, restaurants, meeting the people behind the brands on their wine lists, having some fun = long–term commitment… READ MORE about or work

the great southern rocklobster…crayfish to us, is in season
Why, we don’t understand, but despite the fact it is highly prized by chefs all over the world, it is disappointingly, hard to find on menus throughout Australia. For some terrific recipes click on the images below.

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


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Adelaide kitchen employment opportunities for Chianti Classico…please click here

Saturday 12 July
Auntie Mara’s divine Galatabourko…click on the image to go to the absolutely best ever recipe.

Tuesday July 8, 2014
Dinner with Olivier Krug at Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, Adelaide…sold out!
click here to read more and download the menu and Krug matches.

Besserat de Bellefon relatively new to South Australia…like to try a glass and enjoyed the mosted favoured food and Champagne match of our recent collaborative Champagne dinner at Chianti Clasico — Kingfish Crudo, slices of kingfish sashimi, Fat Goose Organics grapefruit, salmon caviar, shallot & chervil with a glass of NV Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France.

Keep it simple KIS KIF
pea and ham soup is everyone’s favourite! Winter in the Southern Hemisphere is a time for going slow and pea and ham soup is not just inexpensive but a favourite with everyone…please click here to go straight to the recipe…new 7 July, 2014

May 2014
Riberries (akka Lilly Pilies) and quince with passionfruit curd and Pam Field’s fabulous sponge…not just a showgirl but utterly delicious! click here to read more.

Utterly heavenly and can be made well in advance!
Salacious, fabulous Sydney…pictured one of our favourite Buon Riccordo click on the image to go to our very eclectic Sydney list.
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China
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America
NEW ORLEANS
the very famous restaurateur and chef couple Mary and Greg Sonnier gave us fab list that explores the glitz and the ritz and the humble

NEW YORK
New York contributor Helen Stephan explores the Flatiron district…please click here and Helen Stephan, Olivia Stratton and other friends have compiled a brilliant list of the quirky and the fabulous in New York…please click here

United Kingdom
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LONDON
the fat duck
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dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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LONDON the fat duck 2011

Europe
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DENMARK
COPENHAGEN— noma

FRANCE
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer
PARIS — were to drink Champagne
REIMS
L’Assiette Champenoise
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer
Le Wine Bar By Le Vintage
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer
new February 16, 2014

SWEDEN
STOCKHOLM — Mathias Dalgren
revisited by Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer in May 2013 has been removed from Galaxy Guides. To read Kaaren’s new suggestions for the city of Stockholm please click here
new May 25, 2013

SPAIN
BARCELONAnew 2013
Olivia Stratton’s ultimate guide for Barcelona… CLICK HERE

also Barcelona contributor David Hay Comerç,24

GREECE
ATHENS
contributor Stella Chedari
she’s got the draft we are waiting for the edits and quirky bits! waiting…waiting!!!!

ITALY
VENICE — April 2014

Japan
contributor Rebecca Stubbs
TOKYO — from three stars to tiny noodle bars seating just a few people

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