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Welcome to our second regular monthly newsletter and thank you for the support that you have shown Galaxy Guides. Average site usage since launching last month was 22 minutes for the first week, dropped back to 15 at the end of the third week and flattened out at 6.5 this week. We are ecstatic! Of course we are hoping that each newsletter will bring a new spike and new subscribers, so please send it on to like-minded friends and colleagues. The length of site usage is also vindication that diners and restaurateurs want in–depth honest information. Remember just to be included in our selection, literally chosen from thousand of restaurants, is high recommendation and those small criticisms, are just that, small!
Restaurants cannot pay to be included on Galaxy Guides and our reviews are free to users. New reviews are also published weekly in Adelaide’s Independent Weekly Friday paper and on their web site.
Book Reviews received a gratifying hammering and China/Shanghai remains one of the most visited areas of our site.
A huge thanks to friends who have started proof and edit for love and a special thanks to our Beijing friends Campbell Thompson, The Wine Republic, and Reg Newitt, Red Gate Gallery, for helping us compile a Games Guide.

wine dinners and events
Adelaide July Tuesday July 22, Augé Ristorante, Lexus Young Chef of the Year 2008 Champagne dinner $185 pp food and wine. Absolutely exceptional opportunity to try some brilliant and diverse champagnes and a bargain for the price – 7 places remaining as we go to press July 10, 2008 click here for menu
Friday July 25, The Melting Pot last Friday of the month lunch – tail to tongue, for those who eat everything $85 food and wine – email the restaurant for details
Monday July 28, Augé Ristorante, sponsored by Lexus and the Western Australian Manjimup, Wine & Truffle Company
contact the restaurant for details
Other Australian Cities
These sponsored truffle dinners will be held in each state and are especially good value and celebrate the start of the Australian truffle season.– check with the restaurants for details
MelbourneVue De Monde Shannon Bennett
SydneyMarque Restaurant Mark Best
BrisbaneRestaurant Two David Pugh
PerthThe Loose Box Alain Fabregues

Wine Dinner entries are a free service to restaurants and diners – we want to bring diners to these great, and often heavily sponsored dining experiences – Shanghai, Chengdu, Brisbane, where ever email your details to us food–editor@galaxyguides.com

20+ Club
We have decided to make the first of our 20+ Club lunches BYO and are currently looking for a suitable venue. What is the 20+ Club? Well a bit of fun really, but a unique opportunity to have some fabulous food matched to glorious wines that may be either from your own cellars or the restaurant cellar but they must be 20 years old. The second Adelaide 20+ Club will be held at Chloe’s Restaurant in November 2008 and take full advantage of one of Australia’s finest restaurant cellars. So as we don't pester readers not interested in these events we have started a special mailing list - join this list please make the subject of your email 20+ Club

 

Beijing — going to the games?
We have up–to–the–minute dining information provided to us by our friend Campbell Thompson. Food and wine obsessed, Campbell is the managing director of The Wine Republic and specialises in high quality wines from the world’s cooler climate regions. Wines that work best with the diversity of Chinese food. The Wine Republic ships, stores and delivers all of their wine with 100% full temperature control so as to guarantee that the wine tastes as good here as it does at the Chateau or winery that made it.
Go to the complete Beijing Guide

Red Gate Gallery
Contemporary Chinese art is sought out by collectors throughout the world for its beauty and originality. There are many good galleries in Beijing, but we particularly love Red Gate Gallery housed in the last remaining intact watchtower of the old Beijing wall. A spectacular exhibition space Red Gate Gallery represents some of China’s most famous contemporary artists and have an utterly brilliant program that supports emerging artists. Chinese art can be a social history of the changing life in China, it can retain the beauty of the old style of art or it can be political commentary, but it is never boring. Certainly the price tags can range to many hundreds of thousands of dollars, but at Red Gate Gallery there is the opportunity for collectors to buy with in a very broad price range and they have a brilliant print section.
Olympic exhibition details and full details for Red Gate Gallery

COOKING CLASS AND SPECIAL EVENT INFORMATION for Ann Oliver

Thorn Park Country House in the Clare Valley South Australia, Sunday July 27 accommodation is fully booked but a few places remain for the Sunday lunch – full details and booking form

Adelaide Independent Cooks’ Club next class for this year Sous–Vide, a lot of slow, some molecular and no foam Sunday August 17, full class information and booking form will be posted here Friday 18 July

New South Australian restaurant reviews
Georges on Waymouth — great value for money terrific wine list
Mesa Lunga and Sangria Bar – cool and groovy
HÚÓNG PHÚ QUÁN – Vietnamese – well under $20

Restaurant Reviews Next Month
South Australia
Saltbush Bistro at Aldinga Beach, Enoteca, Vincenza’s, New places for breakfast

Shanghai
Laris Shanghai revisited – David Laris has a new head chef and clearly enjoying the collaboration, new inspiration, and quite a new look

Got a suggestion–– please email us food–editor@galaxyguides.com

Celebrate the lives of

left – Brigita Turniski, chef extraordinary and lecturer
right – Allan McFarlane, the patron saint of Adelaide restaurants – see below


Celebrate the lives of Brigita Turniski and Allan Mcfarlane and post your stories on our First Blogg
What a horrible month in South Australia with three deaths in as many weeks. William Page, Australia’s first Michelin star in France flew home to farewell his beautiful (and proud) father the gorgeous Jack Page. Jack never judged anyone and so admired someone who gave their dream a go. A week later Allan McFarlane (Mac), the patron saint of Adelaide restaurants was lost to us in a tragic accident. Another week later the inspirational chef and teacher Brigita Turniski, succumbed to cancer, leaving behind her a devastated husband Tony and two gorgeous children Andreas and Jasna. The life of Brigita Turniski sums the real magic of the culinary 80s in Adelaide. The dining experience was as rich and varied as the people who were industry fledglings at the time. These dining experiences have been replaced with slicker more business like establishments but what they all lack is a pulsing beating heart. That heart made life–long friends of customers who might have been found belly dancing in the small hours at Brigita and Tony Whiting’s first restaurant, Café Istanbul. That Brigita learned this amazing Middle Eastern food by traveling to Turkey and working in a restaurant is how she approached everything. She went to the roots of a cuisine and unraveled its mysteries for everyone. What impressed Brigita’s colleagues most was the humility with which she shared her knowledge, her quiet insistence about the right way of doing things. Her wake at the Adelaide TAFE was a celebration of everything she loved, her family, her friends and colleagues, food and wine. Yet, no greater tribute could be found for Brigita Turniski than hundreds of well traveled and fed industry and private individuals recanting in explicit detail the meals this amazing serene and beautiful woman had fed them.
We apologise that our first blogg excludes our many international subscribers but we have taken the decision to postpone our advertised July Blogg of Genetic Engineered food – yes or no? and instead celebrate the lives of two very special South Australian food and wine people.
Post your stories and memoirs of chef and lecturer Brigita Turniski and Allan McFarlane, the patron saint of Adelaide restaurants and help us start to compile A recent culinary history of South Australia – 1980 until now
August Blogg will be Genetic Engineered food – yes or no?

world food exchange, Adelaide South Australia 21 – 25 September, 2008
Given we have been highly critical (and most likely will continue to be so) of where and on what our South Australian Tourism Commission and government spends its money, we think they have come up with a great idea by organizing the world food exchange, 21 – 25 September, 2008
Priced to be accessible the intention is to open up a dialogue that will take a long hard look, not at just what government does, but what we as individuals can do to promote South Australia in a more exciting and competitive way on a world stage. The intention is to infest the conversations with overseas and local experts who can speak with authority about getting it wrong and getting it right. This means that restaurateurs, tourism operators just anyone with an opinion or a good idea should bring their voice to the table. Let’s stop moaning and do something!
The conversations may even address the neglected high–end of tourism to this country and perhaps even bring out innovative solutions for removing the reputation for boring our state has. For the full information program of seminars and conversations CLICK HERE

BOOK REVIEWS Don’t forget when the newsletter comes out we’ve also loaded this months book reviews as well. Some great new offerings this month and we’ve also expanded our technique section with some of our favourite books – also it’s the mushroom season in Australia and remember that every year people die from eating the wrong one – a very good book with same size images The Ultimate Mushroom Book
For the new reviews go straight to new this month

HOW THE INTERNAL NAVIGATION WORKS On Adelaide click on the $20, $60, $80, $100 plus banners and a menu will drop down indicating the restaurant name and style of cuisine. Click on your selection to go straight to the review. Other topics go straight through to another window. In books click on your topic and go through to the reviews. To go back to the index page click on the top left of the window where it will say return to ……

 

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