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the Spiny Citrus Bug
Not even the best rains for years has killed this little bastard. It ruins lemons sucking out the juice and is almost undetectable until you cut them open. It stunts their size and virtually makes them useless for anything but pickled lemons.
Just when it looked like we would have a decent crop of lemons for the first time in years they are back again.
Our friend Humphrey Howie, citrus grower and owner of the legendary Riverland Fat Goose Organics has the following advice…very thick rubber gloves [not the type you do the washing up with, but something industrial] plus a rag and squash them. They spray a toxic acidic juice and apparently smell disgusting. This is the only organic way to get rid of them and preserve your crop. I did bat one today but kept my distance, but this week they are all going down it kills me to put lemons in the bin!
Ann Oliver…food editor and publisher
We have all the info now, but of course after rating so highly in Australian Gourmet Traveller 2016 Restaurant Guide you may have to go on a wait list!!!
AO…29 August, 2016
Were else, but the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Restaurant which, we think, is a highlight in the Adelaide dining scene.
And…then we add what we think is the best pho in Adelaide metro.
August 2, 2016
…Kaaren Palmer’s August Champagne News and Galaxy Guides general news… click here
no5. Quinces…$2950.00 AUD gst inclusive
Watercolour and acrylic on paper
1010 mm x 830 mm…framed 2016
To see the full catalogue for galaxy Guides food editor Ann Oliver’s current exhibition at Bar Torino, Adelaide, please
July 18, 2016
…a very, very old argument!
of the perfect pan
Obsessed cooks can never resist the lauded excellence of the ’new’ perfect pan. For the first time in at least 50 years cooks are looking to the past in search of perfect pans for induction cooking… to read the full article please click here
We’ve been eating out a lot
Considered reviews will follow. Establishments we feel are not worthy of review are not mentioned. List below is not in any particular order of favouritsim!
Bread and Bone…fantastic service…food that doesn’t pretent to be more than it is, uncomplicated delicious…great value for money!
Botanic Gardens…best presented and most delicious seafood dishes in Adelaide for a long time! Charming service and so lovely to see a very French FOH not in some shitty corporate uniform!
André’s Cucina and Polenta Bar…best gnocchi is Adelaide it totally depresses me that mine do not come close…in fact not good enough to make a menu!
La Lorientaise…new little creperie on Elizabeth Street Croydon a lot to like! Very modest pricing, great coffee, nice French sparkling $10 glass!
Greek on Halifax…you have to love a restaurant that just keeps doing what it does well. FOH were charming beyond any reasonable expectation to a little fellow who hasn’t yet developed any acceptable restaurant manners. Made me think of living in Greece and in fact made me homesick for the simple food of Athens.
Drinkies…best Negroni in Adelaide Clever Little Tailor!
left…Botanic Gardens, Smoked tommy ruff escabeche, mussel custard, smoked mussels, fennel, squid ink cracker
May 25, 2016
CHAMPAGNE…A TASTING JOURNEY…Kaaren Palmer
The e–Book version will be available from Amazon and ’work tasting sheets’ will also be available to download [without additional charge] from
erudite tome is becoming and international best seller
quoted by the great houses of Champagne as the definitive guide to learning about champagne.
CHAMPAGNE…A TASTING JOURNEY is not just a comprehensive introduction to the world of champagne, but importantly, it is a step by step guide to tasting and appraising champagne. Palmer’s book is the first book of its type about champagne and undoubtedly will be translated into many languages as it becomes well known. A text book in many ways, but, without any of the austerity or incomprehensible language one often finds in such books. Advanced, professional or beginning on your champagne journey this book allows you to select your level of interest at the moment and grow your knowledge over many tastings.
Adoration of champagne encompasses the entire world and the thirst to know and understand more about this precious drop has universal appeal. Palmer’s book will become the definitive source for anyone wanting to learn more about champagne.
Deluxe paperback edition 446 pp in English,
with original maps, illustrations, photos, diagrams and flow charts.
$140 AUD + postage within Australia $15 AUD
April 22, 2016
Read about Kaaren Palmer’s book launch in Reims on the 19th of April. Oh what a night click here for details.
April 11, 2016
Worksheets are now available for CHAMPAGNE…A TASTING JOURNEY… to access all worksheets click here
April 4, 2016
CUTE SHOP FOR LEASE MAIN STREET TANUNDA…Gorgeous, beautifully upgraded small shop in main street Tanunda…great landlords have recently restored this lovely old building…they are looking for the right tenant, a tennant with a commitment to quality food and wine with long term interests...if I wasn't SO OLD it would be tempting!!! Please click here to view the property listing.
food editor and publisher
March 17, 2016
Kaaren Palmer’s March Champagne News
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March 12, 2016
in search of the perfect pan of course, this is nothing new for the obsessed cook (professional or hobbiest cook) and of course one needs a variety…but I have a new love…next week! AO
and…for those who might want to know Richard Gunner’air–aged Limestone Coast grass fed fillet. Worth every cent!!! But the big warning for restaurant diners in Australia is we cannot maintain the price and you need to expect increases of at least 20% to the plate price if you want to eat quality Australian beef with impeccable pedigrees.
February 20, 2016
Adelaide currently Festival and Fringe city…a bit of an update and where to eat, drink and shop click here
January 27, 2016
Victor Pugatschew loves champagne of lean, keen refreshment and, after many years writing the blurbs and selecting the champagnes for the French Wine Centre in Melbourne, has decided to go out on his own. Lucky Melburnians will be able to buy on indent, and the rest of us will be able to enjoy his newsletters and amazing award–winning photography of all things champagne. To read Victor’s latest newsletter please click here and to check out Victor’s stunning photography please click here and, don’'t forget to subscribe to his newsletter for lots of interesting news.
posted by Kaaren Palmer January 27, 2016
January 20, 2016
Melbourne heavenly Melbourne
Stay tuned for some new reviews as we work our way through the old and new of this fabulous Australian city
December 24, 2015
Doesn’t matter which God you go with, or not, as in my own case, but the sentiment of goodwill to all men and peace on earth has to have some value. We wish you a very happy Christmas and an absolutely brilliant 2016.
food editor and publisher
December 14, 2015
Kaaren Palmer's Christmas Champagne News 15
Lots of events, great buying advice to stock your cellar for the Christas holidays and much, much more!
Please click here to go straight to the newsletter.
Only a day in Champagne
A completely revised list. Please click here to read the article.
November 6, 2015
At the Apothecary 1878 Adelaide South Australia
Monday November 30, 2015
Annual Champagne & Sparkling Tasting
$58 per person including canapes
Reservations Essential – telephone +61 8 8212 9099
click here for details
October 31, 2015
Letter from Paris October 2015
Galaxy Guides Champagne Editor
Where to drink Champagne in Paris…a snapshot!
At the top of the Eiffel Tower, in restaurants, bars and hotels, in gardens, parks and galleries, department stores and grocery shops, in boats on the Seine – it’s hard to find a spot without champagne at hand in Paris.
Three star Michelin restaurants boast great champagne lists, and, even without considering the ambience, glassware, sommelier knowledge, and overall experience, the champagnes are definitely the best value fine wines on offer.
Train stations, too, have their share of brasseries with lovely champagnes by the glass (une coupe), half–bottles, bottles or magnums. You might care for a cuvée de prestige, a Pommery Louise, a Dom or a Cristal at the Brasserie Terminus du Nord, for example. This establishment is part of the Flo group, whose loyalty program is well worth joining if you’re in for a longer stay. Their restaurants are all over France (Brasserie Flo in Reims, for example, across from the railway station at the head of Drouet d’Erlon). Champagne specials adorn a tidy list in all venues.
Only time for one bar? It must be Le Dokhan’s at the Trocadero
in the 7th arrondissement. Choose your champagne first, and then the glassware, which is proffered on a silver tray. We found a 1991 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses on the list – not a great year, but a splendid bottle from one of the few vineyards that can produce vintage champagne just about every year, so favoured is its site.
Tired of shopping? Head for the Bar àBulles in the Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann, one of many department stores to have a champagne bar. This one, obviously sponsored by Moët Hennessy, is a great place to sip a generous glass of Moët NV or Dom, Veuve NV through to La Grande Dame, Ruinart NV and the Dom Ruinarts both Brut and the sublime Dom Ruinart Rosé, Krug, even the Krug Vintage Rosé. It’s after midday, the sun is over the yard arm, and you could start with a particularly French, tart palated Mercier, sharply aperitif in style, before a tipple from the top, a luxurious and sensually satisfying Dom Ruinart. Savoury cheese pastries match well.
Une belle liste pour vous
Willi’s Wine Bar opened its doors in October 1980, and it’s still going strong. Don’t forget to buy one of their famous wine art posters while you’re there.
Le Muselet boasts nearly 100 different champagnes, presents thoughtfully arranged flights such as single grape variety or particular region, presents seasonal food well paired with selected bubbles. This restaurant specialising in champagne is rightly acclaimed in the French press.
Bistrot du Sommelier is the obsession of Philippe Faure–Brac, who was world champion sommelier in 1992.
Point Bulles (excellent food–champagne matches here)
Bar 8 in the Mandarin Oriental states its claim to fame on 40 different bottles. My advice is to skip the cocktails and avoid the headache.
Le Baudelaire in the quiet Hotel Le Burgundy, adjacent to the Michelin starred restaurant of the same name.
Ô Château OMG, a few by the glass, and always a flight to be sipped near Les Halles.
The Mini Palais
champagne and piano bar and…not least noteworthy, how about?
Taste at the bar, then shop for champagne. Reserve a table, taste a flight, be delighted, buy some to take away, and read the nice interview with the owner, the passionate and delightful Fanny Heucq, click here
Tired of going out? Want to drink in your apartment?
Here’s a big list of places which carry extensive stocks of champagne
Note that the organic, biodynamic Champagne Fleury offers tastings at their family run outlet.
Still have time and want a drinking project worthy of exploration?
You’ll find plenty of champagne at these bars, ordered for your convenience by arrondissement… click here to read more.
October 11, 2015
Tyson Stelzer’s dairy for launching his Champagne Guide 2016-2017, 20 tastings, dinners and book signings lined up across six Australian states, encompassing 50 houses, growers and cooperatives… click here to see the details for your state. South Australians don’t miss out on a very special Barossan dinner in opulent surrounds… click here to download the details.
October 11, 2015
Vale Chef Paul Prudhomme thanks chef for taking me in when I knew nothing and taking me back again when I knew a little! Always generous, always mindful of the value of work and the dignity it brings, a social innovator who, despite the wealth and fame his cooking skills and restaurant K–Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen brought to him never forgot that he came from dirt poor and what that felt like. And, chef thanks for organising booze in a dry Dallas after 2 x 18 hour consecutive days, the Miller’s beer in the Coke machine, personally making reservations for me in NYC [a bit like God working personally on your behalf], Cajun martini's and everything I learned about cooking and organising large events and running restaurants doing insane a la carte numbers. K–Paul’s remains a worthwhile destination in New Orleans so don’t leave it off your list!
September 12, 2015
Where to drink champagne in Champagne…Kaaren Palmer
Troyes, the ancient capital of Champagne
and in London…Kaaren Palmer
- Chez Philippe Bulles & Douceurs offers ten different grower champagnes from Celles–sur–Ource at 11 Champeaux Street
- Au Cœur de Bouchon, 14 rue Colbert. Closed Sunday & Monday. Other days from 5pm til late
- Aux Crieurs de Vin, 4 place Juan Juarès
- Kettners Champagne Bar, 29 Romilly St., Soho… click here
- The Champagne Room at the Connaught, 16 Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1… click here
and in Hong Kong…Kaaren Palmer
please click here
Ozone Sky Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
image © copyright Rizt Carlton Hotels
September 4, 2015
Kaaren Palmer’s Spring Champagne News please click here
August 25, 2015
absolute genius…when Champagne expert James Smith encouraged his friend, and avid menu collector Darryl Thompson to start researching dining in South Australia, it is unlikely that either knew where this long and intensive journey would take them. But, where it took them is to something quite astounding, TRACES, Where Adelaide Ate Out 1836-1960. I may break this 2+kg tome into three, even four pieces, only because the complete is too heavy to read in bed, but it will not diminish the pleasure I know I am going to have exploring this book. I'll buy another to keep for a first edition and leave it pristine on my shelves and the other three pieces will be tattered, torn and covered with post its for future explorations or dishes I would like to attempt.
This is a self–published book that deserves your dedicated support for the thousands of hours that have gone into Darryl and James scrupulous research…to buy this book contact IMPRINTS BOOKSELLERS +61 8 8231 4454 or use their website to lodge a request www.imprints.com.au
August 16, 2015
highly recommended by Champagne Editor Kaaren Palmer.
Please click here to get full details and make a reservation.
August 8, 2015
on the good ship Marion for Rockford Wines Steamed Powered Cruises
Yes is was a challenge but working with a great wine company, two consummate front of house professionals Brett Lanthois (Sommelier and Manager) and Sam Fryar and my kitchen team Rhiannon and Eiren. Lack of sleep is the easiest part of the challenge for me as a chef the hardest is closing the oven door and not viewing window…the most terrifying challenge is what’s happening inside the oven! Too hot, disaster, too cold another sort of disaster. I take my hat off to the cooks and chefs who worked on this boat in its commercial hey day feeding upwards of 90 pax from a quite remarkably challenging menu. To see our menu and matched wines please click here and the 96 Rockford Basket Press was an absolute stunner. Below a little snippet from our trip.
Last chef for 2015 Tobias Gush Chianti Adelaide
…to read more about these unique trips and for booking details click here
July 17, 2015
depuis 1760…a new label for Lanson that just says it all!
July 16, 2015
latest news Adelaide…well it is our home town! A fabulous Bastille Dinner at Chianti (thank you Frank, Maria and Toby (owners of Chianti) for allowing me to step outside of Italian cuisine, and cook classical French. Astonishing that every young person in our kitchens identified the boned and stuffed pigs trotter as Marco Peirre White and not Pierre Koffmann who is this dish’s real originator. Of course they were corrected and hopefully rushed away to read about one of the fathers of modern cooking. We humbly thank those of you who attend our special dinners and allow us to persue food and techniques not part of our day to day professional cooking. You can subscribe to receive advance notice of these special dinners please click here
Our regular Giro d'Italia dinners are a special treat for our followers and explore the wines and food of particular Italian regions. Our next Emilia–Romagna, a region blessed with fantastic food and amazing wines, Monday August 3, 2015 click here for the menu and click here for the booking form.
Photographer Drajan Radocaj - Engineer John Norris and trainee Eric Wolverson.
This image is the sum of the Rockford Marion Steam Powered Cruises a generational passion for a time long since gone, John Norris has volunteered for the twenty years of these trips as ship’s engineer.
24–26 July we are taking up the challenge and cooking for the Rockford Steam Powered Cruises. The real challenge is the wood oven “Esse” These Cruises have maintained and refurbished the Marion steam powered paddle steamer, which is believed to be the last vessel of its type in the world. Hosted for Rockford Wines by the consummate Brett Lanthois (also general manager 2Kw Adelaide) these cruises will celebrate their twentieth year in 2016. A special event is being planned at Rockford Wines which will bring together guests from the twenty years of cruises… so stay tuned!
To read more about these remarkable trips click here
Food Editor and Publisher Galaxy Guides
July 10, 2015
Kaaren Palmer’s Mid–Year Champagne News… please click here
June 7, 2015
winter cooking…the best of please click here
Frank Ford’s top 10 picks for the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival
The legend responsible for conceiving our Festival, Frank Ford (pictured above) shares his favourites for the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Performing arts visionary Frank Ford AM is the founding father of the Adelaide Fringe and was instrumental in creating our own Adelaide Cabaret Festival. As a lover of Cabaret and Chair of our Festival’s Advisory Committee, Frank’s brain has been picked once again for some guidance in choosing from this year’s jam–packed program, check them out just here.
one – Peter and Jack
Curated by Barry Humphries and dedicated to two Australian musical legends performed by an all–star cast.
two – Pennsylvania Avenue – Starring Bernadette Robinson
Another brilliant Bernadette Robinson’s ’tour de force’ portraying the singers who performed for US Presidents.
three – The Tap Pack
Sing and joke in this sensational tap dancing show inspired by the outrageous capers of the originalVegas Rat Pack.
four – Eddie Perfect – Songs from the Middle
Multi-talented, Eddie Perfect’s original, sparkling, musical cocktail of his youthful reminiscences.
five – Exposing Edith – Michaela Burger and Greg Wain
Michaela Burger is mesmerising; capturing the essence of Piaf’s passion; her lovers and her jour de vivre.
six – Daniel Koek – Bringing Him Home with His West End Story
From Gawler to the West End, the songs and story behind the meteoric rise of this musical theatre super-star.
seven – Michael Griffiths – Cole
The debonair Michael Griffiths seduces us with the brilliant, mischievous songs of the master, Cole Porter.
eight – Meow Meow, Ali McGregor, Storm Large, Lady Rizo are fabulous international stars of the world cabaret scene.
nine – Ray Jessel and Phil Scott Outrageously talented, funny and serious singer/song–writers. True originals!
ten – Trevor Ashley – I’m Every Woman
Trevor Ashley’s long-awaited return with his astonishing, spectacularly-dressed transformations of legendary divas.
May 29, 2015
Champagne tasting and wine auction to benefit UNICEF
Clever Little Tailor, 19 Peel Street, Adelaide…Sunday June 14, 2015
Steve Dundon (LVMH ̫ Moët & Chandon, Veuve
Clicquot, Ruinart, Krug), Brad Hickey (McLaren Vale Brash
Higgins winery) and Alister Robertson
(young sommelier–about–town) team together for this cause. Supported by some very charismatic characters the entire proceeds of this event will go to UNICEF.
Please click here to make a reservation and even if you can’t come make a donation. We’ll see you there!
May 28, 2015
Kaaren Palmer’s Champagne News please click here
May 2, 2015
Subscribe directly to Kaaren Palmer’s Champagne News
We know we are all in the main time poor and the constant deluge of information can be a challenge and we want to make it easy for our readers. Kaaren Palmer’s Champagne section of Galaxy Guides now has its own subscription button. This means, if you only love is Champagne you will only receive Champagne news and events. At times there may be links to other content throughout Galaxy Guides which can just as easily be ignored as it can explored. Please click here to subscribe.
we’re big on preserving and our pickling and preserving section in our recipe index is loaded with tried and true recipes including olives and quinces and much, much more… click here
April 24, 2015
Kaaren Palmer’s April Champagne News…please click here
April 17, 2015
Subscribing to Galaxy Guides is about to change as we migrate to mailchimp services. At some stage towards the end of April you will receive an email asking you to renew your subscription to Galaxy Guides. This will mean a much more efficient contact system letting you know about special events in Australia and new restaurant finds in our favourite cities across the globe.
We’re doing it again...Rebecca Stubbs (Chapel Hill), Tobias Gush (Chianti Adelaide and Bar Torino), Ann Oliver (Galaxy Guides) and the many terrific young people who volunteered their time to make last year’s Barefoot Initiative dinner such a great success. 100% percent of the ticket price going to the initiative paid for 18 months for the training of three community nurses in Addis Abbaba. The course is three years and we want to pay for the rest of this course for all three...so stay tuned for a September event!
This is an Adelaide South Australia event.
Never heard of barefoot…please
March 5, 2015
ADELAIDE South Australia
Champagne Editor Kaaren Palmer puts her support behind a Champagne education event THE WORLD OF CHAMPAGNE AT THE ED CELLARS with James Smith at the Ed…please click here for all details
February 28, 2015
We’ve just loaded up a revised drinks and late night snack guides for Adelaide onto Jareds’ fab guide.
PICK OF THE ADELAIDE FRINGE AND ADELAIDE FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2015
Here we are at the halfway–point of the Adelaide Fringe, and the opening weekend of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, there’s nothing quite like the buzz of excitement that hits Adelaide as Mad March kicks into full swing.
If you haven’t been out and explored many shows yet, don’t let the next two weeks fly past without experiencing at least one 5 star show, one 1 star show (it is the Fringe after all), one late night party with random international visitors and one seedy festival hangover.
Local Adelaide festival–schlepper and all round Fringe–addict Jared Stevens gives us his list of must sees for the 2015 festivals. After working 6 Fringe Festivals over the past 8 years including Edinburgh Fringe, Jared is currently Festivals Programming Coordinator at Adelaide Festival Centre, working with Barry Humphries on Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2015…to read about Jareds’s top picks please click here
Jared Stevens is Festival Programming Coordinator, Adelaide Festival Centre
Hot Brown Honey…image © Hot Brown Honey
February 17, 2015 bars, bars and more bars…opening in Adelaide. Yesterday Bar Torino the sibling child of Adelaide’s Italian machine Chianti. A short while ago Proof a sort of sibling to Press and melt CBD; super stylish with gorgeous casement windows that belong rather than artificially inserted. In fact so many of these new places are bringing some of Adelaide's most distinctively gorgeous buildings back to life. No less so than Bar Torino, where, when the crappy plaster was chipped away exposed the most exquisite artisan stonework. Try Press and Melt with their heavenly deco exteriors and gorgeous interior architecture…and we are told two new places in close proximity shortly to open.
And just to prove there’s quite a bit of hype in Adelaide at the moment we have Magill Estate and Orana doing similar levels of service in very different ways at the high end. Then we have Africola (yet to be visited) and a plethora of small bars and quirky places most often just breakfast and lunch and modestly priced. Can we think that Christine Manfield might be considering a come back in Adelaide and doing the insane thing of opening again? Such an intense look at the Adelaide dining scene might just be market research?
top…Proof, tiny, cute, good wine and cocktail list; interesting Champagne, generous pour and a competitive $19 AUD; food is sensibly simple and their pork brioche toastie is delicious and cheese is at room temperature…bless!!!
bottom…Bar Torino a very fresh newbie, so cut them some slack they only opened yesterday. Chilled out cool is probably the best way to describe Bar Torino. Try the vermouth ’pronounced vermut’ and be very surprised at how well this sweet but dry wine goes with their tapas style food. Off the charcoal ribs and once a night paella add to the show! We did notice that guests arrived around midday and seemed to be still going at 6pm which leads us to think that Bar Torino may well become ’the local’s local!’
in the interest of transparency we need to inform our readers that food editor and publisher Ann Oliver has an on–going relationship with Chianti and Bar Torino
Kaaren Palmer’s February Champagne News please
click here to read more.
Left Anselme Selosse copyright © Vic Pugatschew www.photessence.com
some new finds in Adelaide and gorgeous small and not so small South Australian gifts to take or send home or just indulge yourself…our favourite Adelaide shop… click here to read more.
After many working trips to China I dream of finding authentic Chinese food in Adelaide and this so very suburban find tendon soup fulfilled a memory! AO
we really know where the food we cook comes check out our most recent post on facebook by clicking here
mad about bread?
in NYC next Saturday January 24 try a cool class with master baker Jim Lahey. Hands on many of our subscribers have been to Jim’s classes and just loved every second… click here for full details.
Image right Jim Lahey’s fabulous
“no knead bread”
which, we make all the time!!!
The French so brave in their determination to defend our most precious gift, freedom of speech. Click on the image to like Je Suis Charlie on facebook and add you support!
January 11, 2015
pickled onions it’s been a long time since I have been able to purchase little onions good enough for pickling. Patlin Gardens of course and the best ever recipe, actually my father’s, and his only culinary contribution to our family. The featured in the only two dishes he delivered in winter — toast (always made over the fire) with lashings of butter and his pickled onions or Gorgonzola Metwurst toasties, again, with his pickled onions. Both are still loved by our family. Our Dad was in many ways a man ahead of his time, driven by his search for spice and the unusual… click here to go to his recipe.
And…when you reach the point that reading another cookbook is going to send you to the nearest bridge to jump off of, trust us you need some get down and dirty crime.
January 3, 2015
recipes to beat the heat…and yes we know the abundance of fruit does apply some pressure. Stella Stock’s fabulous jam apricot recipe that we have tweaked to suit all types of fruit and our pesto recipe… click here
December 26, 2014
tough love if you want to eat out over the Christmas and New Year break in any state in Australia but we have a few tips for our home city Adelaide and the very nearby wine regions…please click here
best city lights well we have a feeling Brisbane wins this one. Graceville Avenue, Tennyson…impossible to miss, set aside at least 45 minutes to enjoy the full sequence of this fabulous gift to the community.
please click here to view a snippet.
We’re in Brisbane so stay tuned for some great new Brisbane eats, but last night our friend Renata Roberts
Sichuan Bang Bang hit the spot.
December 1, 2014
Kaaren Palmer receives the coveted Dame Chevalier d’Ordre des Côteaux de Champagne…“A night to remember” click here to read more.
November 8, 2014
Are they native? Are they edible? I’ve got thousands of them and I want to cook with them…only if they’re not going to kill someone of course!!! Yes, I’ll be trying it on myself!!! please email me AO
a pan with providence Mark Henry the founding father of Füri Knives has a new venture with a marvellous cast pan that most amazingly of all is manufactured in Adelaide, South Australia (our home city). As a lover of cast iron, with a collection of many some with 50 years of loyal service to their credit, properly cared for cast iron can see generations of cooks and improve with age…even more amazingly they are great with induction, which is the future of cooking both domestic and commercial.
To read more please click here
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
please click here
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
click here to read more.
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
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
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
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
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
July 6 links to content and imformation from the slider below
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
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
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.
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 week…champagne news from Kaaren Palmer…please
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!!!
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!
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.
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
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!
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