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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
Two of my favourite recipes click on the images…AO
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
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
Kaaren Palmer reviews Heston Blummenthal’s The Fat Duck…please click here
and Ann Oliver makes some updates to Adelaide…please click here
July 13…celebrating all things French and
Kaaren Palmer reviews Heston Blummenthal’s The Fat Duck…please click here
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Friday June 28, 2013
We celebrate a life well lived, but the sad passing of Barossan wine legend Peter Lehmann and our deepest sympathy to Peter’s lifelong mate and legend in her own right the wonderful Margaret Lehmann.
Apart from making exceptional wines for many, many years personally some of the reasons I love these two most…a team, warriors for Barossan tradition, willing to take a risk, generous supporters of youth coming through the ranks but most of all I love them for being the only wine company to my knowledge to have had a wine label banned…yes!!! AO
Image copyright © The Australian
to see a marvellous tribute by The Australian please click here
June 14, 2013
champagne news from
Kaaren Palmer…please click here to read more
postcard from Kaaren Palmer currently in Champagne doing extensive research (and tasting) for her forthcoming book
A Year of Champagne…a journey with friends (click on the title to read a chapter)
Le Bocale, Reims
Which is a tiny fish shop with a few rooms at the back. Grower champagne by the glass. All cheap and good, fabulous fresh seafood – good oysters (Royales Cabanon No.3 and Veules Les Roses), small prawns called ’bouquet moyens’. All excellent, and not expensive. Ate there 2 nights in a row, as so busy just needed something light. Treated self to a teaspoon of caviar €10. Yum!
Plenty of food places and champagne bars nearby, too, absolutely buzzing this morning as it’s just near the Reims market, and every man and his doggie are there. Yes, they are crazy about their dogs. There was a huge woofer in one of the rooms near me in the Porte de Mars Hotel on Thursday nightlove to all Kaaren!
Friday June 8, 2013
Kaaren Palmer shares a chapter of her forthcoming book “A Year of Champagne…A Journey with Friends please click here to read more
today cool stuff to do in Adelaide and nearby wine regions this weekend…please click here and a terrific pastie recipe…please click here
vale Howard Twelftree…oh what a party!
A simple service and the mother of a wake started in two locations, The Duke of Brunswick in Gilbert Street and f Park Lok 130 Grote Street corner Morphett Street. Philip White will be hosting at Park Lok. Karyn Foster hosted at the Brunswick and Philip White the Park Lok with a regrouping to the Duke as numbers dwindled.
Wine poured in and down and food arrived at various intervals. Stories were told and re–told as everyone shared their sadness and love. Funny stories, hilarious stories, naughty stories and sad stories. It was just the type of send off Howard would have enjoyed.
Philip White and Karyn Foster have a way with words and between them so beautifully summed Howard the deliciously naughty, naughty man. Please click here to read Philip’s eulogy and scroll down and here to read Karyn’s ever so apt and ever so funny eulogy!!! Speakers at the service were John Neylon, Kerry Heysen–Hicks, Cheong Liew, Philip White, Charles Gent & Christine Beale.
to read the special Adelaide Review 400th issue tribute to Howard please click here and to read Howard’s final review click here
Champagne news from Kaaren Palmer who is currently travelling in the United Kingdom…please click here
Jan Bowman takes a look at coffee in Brisbane and adds some more of her wonderful photographic insights to her city…later this week!
Image copyright © Jan Bowman
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