Dining Out

Latin American Flavours Festival: Hyatt Canberra

Latin America Flavours Festival opening Gala at Hyatt Canberra

The Hyatt Canberra, a Park Hyatt hotel, always know how to dazzle their guests and to live up to their mantra that Luxury is Personal. On Wednesday evening last week I was fortunate enough to join a full house of Canberra’s Latin American community in celebrating the launch of the Latin American Flavours Festival in the Federation Ballroom.

Now in its third year, the festival sees thirteen of Canberra’s Latin American embassies joining forces with the amazing chefs at Hyatt Canberra to provide Canberran and inter-state diners with a taste of their culinary treasures this June. For the next three weeks Hyatt is hosting a series of buffet dinners featuring six to eight dishes chosen by each embassy to showcase their country, prepared by executive chef Nitin Kumar and his team in the hotel kitchens. (more…)

Sage Dining Rooms Taste & Test Event

Taste & Test dinner score card - Grant Heino, author Ink & Leathers Blog - Sage Dining Rooms, Canberra Australia

Being given the reins to a restaurant is as fun and as thrilling as it sounds. I can’t believe that it took me so long to get myself to a Sage Dining Rooms Taste & Test event!

 

Sage Dining Rooms Taste & Test events are legendary in the Canberra food scene, and most people have dined at Sage at some point in their lives. A gorgeous courtyard restaurant tucked away in the Gormon House arts precinct, Sage has been in Canberra for as long as I have and continues to wow patrons with their delectable meals and impeccable service. I have dined at Sage Dining Rooms many times while I have lived in Canberra, and I have loved every meal. It is strange then, that I have never gotten myself organised to attend one of the Taste & Test events that the restaurant holds to gauge public opinion of potential dishes for the next season’s menu.

Honestly, I don’t have a valid excuse. I’ve just never got my act together in time to go. The Taste & Test events are held over a very short period of time and have a cult following, so places sell out fast. This year I was determined to get along to the event, and so with some foresight and planning I booked into the Taste & Test event for the upcoming Autumn/Winter menu not once, but twice.

On Thursday last I picked my friend up and we headed to an early dinner with big appetites and high hopes. The excitement at getting five mystery courses is enough to whet the appetite alone, but then being given free-reign to let your inner critic run rampant all over one of Canberra’s best-loved dining venues was something else. We’re all armchair critics at heart. Who among us doesn’t love to drape themselves across their lounge in their rattiest pair of track pants screaming admonishments at starlets as they walk the red carpet? Or to belittle the technical skills and prowess of Australians aspiring to their culinary dreams in a cooking competition?

If you don’t, you’re dead inside.

Before you proceed – a word of warning. If you are going to attend the Sage Dining Rooms Taste & Test event this year STOP READING RIGHT NOW! Seriously, the surprise is a hugely important part of the evening, so bookmark this post for later and wait until after you have dined. Trust me, you will thank me for this advice later. (more…)

Valentine’s Day at Hyatt Canberra

Cytrus Belvedere vodka, Monin rose syrup, muddled cucumber, Aperol and pink grapefruit juice – The Rosie is the perfect tipple to toast to love this Valentine’s Day only, at Hyatt Hotel Canberra

 

Valentine’s Day is one of those occasions in Australia that rolls around with little to no fanfare until a week or two before the event, making it easy to forget to plan for. Unlike Christmas and Easter, Valentine’s Day is largely ignored by Australians, leading to a lot of last-minute bookings at restaurants and rushed purchases of un-inventive (although begrudgingly beautiful) red roses.

The truth is that it is less than 24 hours until Valentine’s day and I know across Canberra there are a number of you sitting there needing to make some sort of plans, but not knowing where you can turn at this last minute. Maybe you want a romantic evening to spend with a new beau, or maybe you and your partner want to actually do something this year rather than your standard take away and Netflix? Maybe you’re single like me, but you still want to do something to celebrate?

Thankfully, Hyatt Hotel Canberra are offering two unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, as well as a signature cocktail designed for the day. (more…)

fashionXhyatt – A truly personal afternoon of luxury at the Hyatt Canberra

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I was excited to be able to attend one of the Hyatt Canberra’s famous afternoon teas this Saturday past, for the launch of a very special event hosted by the Hyatt; fashionXhyatt

As someone who has lived in Canberra for over a decade now, I have heard of and attended afternoon teas at the Hyatt multiple times. It is the benchmark, or the golden standard if you will, for what an afternoon tea should be. Held in the impeccably styled Tea Lounge, afternoon teas are a decadent affair with sweet and savoury options beyond your wildest dreams, and of course a glass of bubbly here and there.

So, being invited to attend an afternoon tea that would also feature fashions from the latest collections of Fashfest allumni designers Zilpah Tart, Sovata, Karen Lee and Braddon Tailors; I was very quick to jump at the opportunity.

Fashion and food – does it get any better?

In fact, it does. (more…)

QT Canberra Media Night

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Last night I had the the great pleasure of attending a QT Canberra exclusive event to celebrate the launch their new Cocktail and Dinner menus; held at the QT Lounge, Capitol Bar & Grill, and Lucky’s Canberra. The evening was an opportunity to sample the fresh new menus from Capitol and Lucky’s, and to see just what the August updates would bring.

The QT Canberra team put on a hell of an evening for Canberra Media and Bloggers alike, showcasing new menu items and their already great service. We kicked things off with the Cocktail presentation in the gorgeous QT Canberra Lounge, located on the 15th floor of the hotel and ordinarily reserved for a very exclusive members list. The stunning panoramic views of Canberra are breathtaking and such an unexpected treat for someone who has lived here for the past ten years. The presentation was expertly handled by Jared Thibault, Beverage Manager for AHL Group and the mastermind behind the QT Canberra cocktail menu revamp. (more…)

Staycation: QT Canberra

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Fashfest is over for another year, and while I had a blast covering the event for my Blog and I’m already looking forward to and planning for Fashfest 2016; what most people don’t realise about an event like this is that it is hard work. As a Blogger attending a fashion show you’re expected (and rightfully so) to cover the event in sufficient detail, which means being present pre-show for traditional Media coverage, engaging with the collections shown while simultaneously capturing them on camera, battling all the other Bloggers for best picture, best post, best outfit; and of course to actually write, edit and post Blog posts, instagram pictures, and anything else you might feature.

Don’t get me wrong, I love every minute of this, but this doesn’t change the fact that it is hard work.

As such, it was a delight to be treated to a night of accommodation at QT Canberra for the final night of Fashfest 2015, meaning that I could turn the last 24 hours of Fashfest into a staycation while I devoted my time to covering the event.
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Daily Outfit: Saturday Casual

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Today was all about getting ready for the week ahead. 

Most people, I imagine, use their weekends to relax and rewind and not to run around like a madman getting their lives sorted for the following week. I am unfortunately not such a person, and while I did find time today for one or two moments of relaxation, the majority of my time was spent running errands, doing chores, and generally getting my life sorted out for the following six days.

I didn’t really get a chance to stop until I headed out to dinner tonight with the boyfriend.

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It was a beautiful Spring day here in Canberra, but there was still a mild chill in the air this evening, and so I decided to play it safe, and wore the following to dinner:

Grey cotton sweater with raised argyle pattern – Reserve, Myer
Black cotton t-shirt – Puma
Black leather belt – repurposed from wedding outfit
Straight leg stretch denim jeans – Calvin Klein, gifted by friend
Black cotton canvas espadrilles – ASOS

Delightful GM bag in monogram coated canvas – Louis Vuitton, pre-loved

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I like to dress down on weekends, and this outfit was really perfectly suited for what I was doing all day anyway. I feel like if I am spending the majority of my weekend getting my Blogging life sorted, as well as doing chores and preparing meals for the week ahead; that at the very least I can forsake being impeccably dressed and at least be super comfortable.20140920_d