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We l c o m e t o o u r w o n d e r f u l Autumn issue... ow that the devastating bush fires in Victoria are finally under control; the isolating northern


floods have abated,; it is time to look towards the future. Forget about the never-ending

media reports on the economic doom and gloom. It is the perfect time to be positive and

start looking towards a brighter future. Australians are resilient - we fight back - we stand together - and we triumph over adversity. Just look at how everyone came together to fight the floods and fires. Everyone helping their fellow man.. Even our friends from America and New Zealand were quick to respond to our needs. And thank you to all of them - Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians - all here to

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Please remember to give generously to the ongoing fire and flood relief charities. I know that we have all dug deep to assist our fellow Australians - but the reconstruction of properties, rebuilding of businesses and lives of those affected will be ongoing for a long time. A little bit from a lot of people can create the difference for so many affected by tragedy. I have always loved the cooler months and eagerly await them throughout the hot, summer season. The cooler autumn and winter months are the perfect time to leisurely contemplate the delights of richer foods, exceptional wines and to anticipate the romance of a warm open fireplace. Of course, you will probably have to travel up to the mountains for that little delight. The cooler months also afford us the opportunity to indulge in some lusciously decadent desserts,

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rich indulgent dishes and yummy sticky wines, because we know that a multitude of sins can be hidden by a well-cut jacket, jumper or cardigan. In our autumn issue we showcase some of the finest fashion available. We even have a glimpse at the Summer 2009 swimwear collections that were on show at Swim Week held at Sanctuary Cove recently. The 2009 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in May, is well underway - with this year once again on target

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to astound visitors with prestige watercraft, brilliant deals and new releases. Autumn is the time that our southern visitors flock to our warm Queensland region. It's the perfect time to look for one of the many accommodation bargains on offer. Now is the time to visit all our region's fantastic natural and man=made attractions. There are new shows at the theme parks, restaurants are offering exceptional new dishes on their menus - indicative of the season; and you can still work on your tan at the beach. Queensland is full of fun events, surfing, food, travel, the arts and historical opportunities. Boutiques are full of the latest international and local fashion and accessories, and many are offering exciting sales and bonuses for eager shoppers. Our autumn issue is full of all the things you love - interesting people, desirable cars, tempting dishes, exciting getaway destinations, affordable designer ideas, fantastic fashion, desirable properties and the latest in books, arts and theatre.

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Luxury Style is published quarterly by Style Living Magazines. Whilst all efforts are made to ensure information and advertising material is correct, no responsibility is accepted for wrong or misleading information contained within. Copyright: All original material supplied by the publisher is copyright and cannot be used or reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Views expressed by contributors are personal views and they are not necessarily those of the Publisher. Indemnity: Advertisers and advertising agents warrant to the publisher that any advertising material placed in Luxury Style is in no way an infringement of any copyright or other right and does not breach confidence, is not defamatory, libellous, or unlawful, does not slander title, does not contain anything obscene or indecent, or does not infringe the Trade Practices Act or other laws, regulations or statues. Moreover, advertisers and advertising agents agree to indemnify their publisher or its agents against any claims, demands, proceedings, damages, costs, including legal costs or expenses properly incurred, penalties or judgements occasioned to the publisher in consequence of any breach of the above warranties.

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RSVP - Style Events A stylish selection of the region's social events, openings, parties and people


Martin Duncan - Freestyle Champion Decadent desserts and a fresh and floral ambience along with everchanging local artwork ensure a dynamic café experience


Dog Trainer to the Stars Cesar Millan teaches aussies how to be calm and become assertive pack leaders

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Tamborine Mountain’s Kickstart Witches Chase Cheese, Tamborine Brewery, Liquid Amber Bistro and Bungunyah Manor


Style food & wine Including some stylish new recipes to try


Tasty News News, shifts, updates and guest appearances


Wine to drink now...


Glorious Zeppelin’s on the Move


“The Zeppelin had a grand place in history”


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Luxury Getaways Fitzroy Island Hunt Resort, the newest resort and jewel in the Great Barrier Reef crown


Design design design...


Upcoming Shows & Musicals


The Arts - profile on artist, theatre


Events around Queensland


Luxury Motoring... Aston Martin - a glimpse of the future

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RSVP Grand Opening of Boutique "Pandora's Temptation".

Pandora’s magnificent designs. People on the street, were in awe of the gorgeous boutique and its collection . Music floated

The event was a dazzling array of colour and pizazz,

into the night air, whilst Blue’s singer Maddison

80 people arrived in an entourage of cars from

Cameron touched everyones hearts. Pandora has

Hummers to a Bentley or two. . Champagne flowed

arrived in Main Beach- as says "Relish in the beauty of

from an ice fountain and beautiful models were

my magnificent Collection".


Artisan board chair Gavan Ranger and Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley, AO, Governor of Queensland

Le Blanc Contemporary Grand Opening...

Boring becomes bold

New gallery, Le Blanc Contemporary in Hastings Street,

A vibrant crowd celebrated the launch of Unleashed 2009: Hand

Noosa opened to a rousing cheer recently, with artists, buyers

Made Strange, the annual emerging artists’ exhibition held at the

and guests eager to view the dynamic and conversation

artisan gallery in the Fortitude Valley. The participants, whether

inspiring works on display. From the entrance the boldly

making objects under the banner of artist, designer or craftsperson

coloured work of collaborative artists Andrew & Martin

approached their material of choice with a willingness to reinterpret

welcomed art lovers to a night of delight and an almost 'Alice in

and each successfully finds new potential amongst common

Wonderland' journey of discovery throughout the rooms

objects and materials.

.Dynamic owner Shane Stephens and wife Johnna welcomed

The show, which puzzled, impressed and entertained all in equal measures, featured artists Elizabeth Willing, Catherine Sagin, Hannah

everyone to explore their gallery and lose themselves in the atmosphere.

Cripps, Helen Rogers, Mila Vasikic and Shane Brazier. Hannah Cripps, a recent graduate from USQ, used stationary in her colourful installation and sculptural works. Biros, paperclips and rulers were just some of the objects which she constructed into colourful crystalline structures, consuming office workspace as they grow.

For One Night Only... Before Belinda Herford packed her latest works for shipping to Melbourne for her upcoming solo exhibition

Elizabeth Willing utilised confectionary as her unorthodox material of

at Kozminsky Level 1 Gallery, she took the opportunity to

choice. The act of sculpting candy by mouth and joining icing sugar

open her Sable Gallery at Quamby Place for an evening of

with artificial nails are both unlikely approaches to craft, and yet the

fine wine and fabulous finger-food, shared with friends

results are strangely beautiful and intriguing.

and customers, so that they had the chance to view her

And if you think these materials are unusual, well that just depends

spectacular new collection before it headed

who you’re asking. Shane Brazier works with chopped up trophy

south.Included in the exhibition was a new

bodies, and recent QCA graduate; Helen Rogers, combines stockings

masterpiece entitled 'King Lake' - painted over the

and ping-pong balls with suggestive results. The highly anticipated show attracted a diverse audience of local artists, architects, sector related workers and artisan’s new patron Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley, AO, Governor of Queensland. The

weekend of the tragic fires ("a painting that took on a life of its own" says Belinda). This painting will be sold at the exhibition by tender and the proceeds donated directly to the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal.

atmosphere was a buzz as Jan Manton, a local commercial art dealer, launched the evening’s event, with the party continuing until late. the turnout for the launch of Exhibition curator Tim Woodward and Molly Poland

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Mirage.On arrival guests were given a key attached to their lanyards, which if lucky, would open the instore

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chest for a Pandora gift.

contemporary abstract art oil on belgian linen

'KINGLAKE' 135 x 1 35 cms.

This piece is available by tender with proceeds going to the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal. To bid, or view the painting please go to or visit the gallery at Level 1 421 Bourke St Melbourne until 18th April.

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Freestyle champion.. DRIVING MARTIN DUNCAN’S EFFERVESCENT PERSONALITY IS AN ENTREPRENEURIAL BRAIN THAT TICKS INCESSANTLY. artin Duncan’s smile lights up a room. He’s a magnet for social snappers and the centre of attention for wannabe restaurateurs and entrepreneurs. Not bad for a Kiwi who hails from Temuka, a tiny pottery town on the South Island and cooked his mother out of the kitchen at the tender age of seven. “My family was either blessed or tormented with me trying different cooking processes but I’ve always had a passion for baking cakes, bread and desserts,” says Martin with a chuckle. “Unfortunately for them I would run with something until I perfected it.” He started a chef’s apprenticeship in a small boutique hotel in North Otago at 16 and it didn’t take long before he’d made his mark and was second in charge. At 21, adventure called and so did Australia. After a stint on Hamilton Island, he settled in Terrigal on the New South Wales Central Coast, managed a deli and this was followed with his first restaurant called the Heaven Beach Café, which he opened with friends. Renowned restaurant critic of the day Leo Schofield visited and subsequent queues were testament to its success. The bright lights of Brisbane beckoned and a new dining/retail concept in Rosalie had the punters totally flummoxed. Freestyle Tout sold desserts, flowers and art. “It took a little while for people to accept the notion of going out for dessert,” recalls Martin whose younger sister and mother followed him to Oz. Customers eventually loved indulging in decadent desserts and the fresh and floral ambience, with everchanging art work by local artists made the café dynamic and interesting.

“The secret to success was that I made all the desserts so they had a homemade feel rather than something mass produced, like most coffee shops serve today. Sticky date and crème brulee were the best sellers and13 years later they sell


just as well.” With the Rosalie site slated for redevelopment, the selfproclaimed dessert king went on the hunt for new premises. He was delighted when approached by the developer of the Emporium in Fortitude Valley. “I could see there would be a cool vibe. Four years later success has prevailed.”

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With his entrepreneurial brain ticking away once again, an innate understanding of staffing issues, the fact that passion plus is a required criteria to get over the hard times, it was time to put an end to boring industry functions and dull networking nights. He initiated FBI, an acronym for Queensland Food and Beverage Industry. It started in Brisbane and was launched on the Sunshine Coast last year: “I saw a serious need for local producers, chefs, restaurateurs, wine companies, media and government departments to actually talk to each other in a more informal environment. Three years on, fresh produce is going direct to restaurants, wines are on lists and the media is more focused on Queensland’s talent and products.” In 2006 the Virgoan had another brainwave. After trawling the hinterland within two hours of Brisbane and inspecting real estate agents’ versions of dream properties, Martin and his very supportive partner Tom, found their slice of paradise at Dulong. “I wanted to build a beautiful space where I could run away to, where guests can relax, create, revive, play and do art classes. Friends and I planted thousands of rainforest trees, 250 exotic fruit trees and native fruit trees and we established a splendid herb garden.” Freestyle Escape is a dream come true. There are two luxury houses: ‘Escape, a contemporary-style three-bedder with a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, European appliances, spacious open-plan living area with log fireplace, outdoor dining area on the main deck plus a plunge pool, sun lounges and beanbags for a complete chill-out. ‘Omaroo’, which is Aboriginal for 'beautiful view' is a stunning five bedder secluded family holiday haven which sleeps eight. Features include a large heated saltwater pool and three open fireplaces.


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Art workshops for budding painters, sculptors and those with a penchant for charcoal drawing are conducted by professional tutors, accommodate eight to ten people and held undercover in the rainforest. Beauty treatments, yoga and cooking demonstrations are also on the agenda if so desired. Breathtaking views of farmlands, rainforest and the ocean extend to Mt Cooroy behind Noosa to Moreton Island and beyond. The property is 25 minutes to Sunshine Coast beaches, attractions and first class restaurants. With another property at Cootharaba near Noosa, Martin’s new found love of painting and sculpting has to be sandwiched between living there, in Dulong or in Brisbane. Whilst it’s great for the mind and soul, he says it’s not so easy on the diesel bill. In addition, the two acreage properties require constant maintenance: “Luckily I enjoy being outdoors. It’s very satisfying to see things grow and there’s a real sense of pride in harvesting your own organic produce. I’m really into cooking ingredients simply, often on the barbecue. In winter I love tagines and casseroles which are great for entertaining and I’m a couscous and mashed potato addict.” At the Noosa Food & Wine Festival in May, Martin will be ‘starring’ on Saturday, serving Freestyle Tout’s current fave rave of delish brioche dumplings filled with white chocolate and raspberries with a dark chocolate dipping sauce. Although Martin loves Brisbane for its people, diversity of cultures, an ever-evolving river scene and being part of the growing food and art scene, it’s the farmers who tug at his heart strings: “I’m inspired by the people involved in bringing food from the paddock to the plate. Wow, we’re so lucky.”


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autumnfashionsty The highly anticipated new 2009 Karen Neilsen Collection “Holidays at the Entrance” “Karen Neilsen Collection” Photo: Paul Broben


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Swim Fashion Week @ Sanctuary Cove is a huge success for swimwear designers

he highly anticipated new 2009 Karen Neilsen Collection “Holidays at the Entrance” is a fifteen piece range that incorporates two pieces, one-pieces and itsy bitsy bikinis. It has a vintage feel of fabrics incorporating spots, stripes and florals that reflect the fond holiday highlights of guest houses, juke boxes, milk bars, outdoor skating rink and an infamous gypsy in a caravan who told fortunes at the popular holiday resort of the 50’s, The Entrance.


Complimentary to the prints a colour palette of lemons, white and corals have been used to express the enjoyable memories of the fun holiday town that reflect through out the range which include camping, catching prawns and cooking them over an open fire down the beach not to mention the real carnival atmosphere of the merry go round and travelling boxing tent. The bikinis feature detailed shirring on one-pieces, elasticised bra straps, cute bows, lace and frills as well as Itsy Bitsy cute Brazilian bottoms with string tie tops are also a key feature. The bikini range reflects the warm hearted memories of Karen’s parent’s favourite holiday spot to whom the range is dedicated to for the good memories and particularly to her father that Karen recently lost. Karen has always loved the inspiration from the 50’s, “The pin up girls and the Varga girls have always

yleautumnfashion fascinated me. So its no surprise that this range is very

much influenced by the 50’s with a touch of the 00’s included.” Karen comments that,

“Supporting Australian

made swimwear has always been a focus of mine. Supporting our economy, the cotton industry and cotton farmers has been a key focus with this range.” “Being a Recessionista I know and understand the hardships. I have had to dig deep to do this range and feel this range is right for our market and our new generation of bikini girls who want to be original.” Says Karen Neilsen. Karen Neilsen has been designing swimwear since 1997 on the Gold Coast where her passion for the bikini began. This is the second range under her exclusive label, ‘Karen Neilsen Collection’ a former winner of several RAQ Swimwear Awards and last years, NRA Swimwear Award Winner 2008.

“Karen Neilsen Collection” Photo: Paul Broben

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SWIM Fashion Week at Sanctuary Cove... Guests, buyers and designers were eager to preview the Summer 2009 collections on show at the inaugural SWIM Fashion Week at Sanctuary Cove. You couldn't have asked for a more ideal location - the Hyatt Sanctuary Cove pool area, with its striking white, purpose-built beach huts for collectors to show their collections privately, and a separate parade arena where seating was at a premium, the event was a highlight for the fashion industry. Designs ranged from simple to artistically elaborate from true swimmers to visual delights for beach goers. With silks, satins, lycra, cotton, mesh, leather, animal prints and solid jewel hues; embellishments that ranged from feathers to gems and precious metals - the audience gasped with delight. I'm sure that many of the buyers in the audience were seriously marking their buyer's cards with next season's hottest designs.


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Chevron NEVER BETTER Simply the best jean on the market. The NYDJ, better known as Not Your Daughters Jeans is still better than ever, proving to be an enormous hit with the discerning shopper. The jean is a stylish product, available in various combinations. Navy with crystal detail on rear pockets,








boot or straight leg to name but a few.


outstanding success of the fabric, offering comfort, yet lifting your butt and controlling the tummy coupled with higher rise is a winning combination. Style on Thomas offers a large selection of the NYDJ range both in long and capri styles available in Australian sizes from 4 – 20. Drop in and try a pair on today. You will not be disappointed. Style on Thomas is located at 56B Thomas Drive, Chevron Island, 4217, Telephone No 07 55 317688.

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HALLE BY HALLE BERRY This Mother’s Day, Academy Award winning actress, beauty and fashion icon, Halle Berry will introduce her first signature fragrance called Halle by Halle Berry. Inspired by Halle’s modern femininity and natural beauty, this new scent captures the spirit of a woman, who is effortlessly sexy, stylish and elegant. Halle by Halle Berry is a modern and sensuous ‘woody oriental’ fragrance capturing Halle’s natural beauty and multi-faceted personality. Eau de Parfum 30ml rrp $29.95

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THE LOVELY COLLECTION BY SARAH JESSICA PARKER... Sarah Jessica Parker captures the magic of the moment. The Lovely Collection of vivid fragrance statements take you from the illuminating, fresh experience of dawn, to the essence of loving every moment passionately expressed in endless, and finally, the tender warmth of twilight. An intimate collection of three timeless fragrances that unfold moment by lovely moment. DAWN - an illuminating scent of sparkling citrus, vibrant orchids and soft musk. Eau de parfum spray 30 ml. $60 ENDLESS - a sparkling, floral scent of luscious plum, radiant florals and fresh ivy. Eau de parfum spray 30 ml. $60 TWILIGHT - a smouldering, sensual scent of starlit citrus, lush florals, warm amber and musk. Eau de parfum spray 30 ml. $60 Available from early May from Myer, David Jones, The Perfume Connection and The Perfume Empire.

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Boots are made for walking WHETHER LACE-UPS, FRINGED OR FOHO, BOOTS ARE BACK BIG TIME. Over-the-knee quilted Chanel boots are so last year, so if you were lucky enough to afford them, the bad new is it’s time to trade up. This year, above the knee boots are most popular in heeled versions, rather than small or flat heels, with suede the material of choice and they’re extra hot if worn over tights, long socks, jeans or pants.

“A girl has to have shoes and handbags!”

Tie-up details and lace-up boots and shoes and are another continuing trend. It’s shades of the Victorian era with sexed-up school mistress heels, lingering laces and options with styles and heel-heights From boho it’s now foho with folk-inspired fringing and an ethnic twist. Fringed boots are the defining feature of the trend, with other details like studs and tooled leather adding to the crafty, bohemian feel. Short fringed ankle-boots in leather or suede can also look sexy with bare legs or tights. They add a ruffian charm to a sophisticated outfit, especially when thrown together with an everyday outfit for casual chicness. Reptile leathers such as alligator, crocodile, lizard and snake are a major trend choice. The feeling is something exotic and luxurious. Use them in the most classic ways - subtle, refined yet bold. Avoid gaudy snake prints and cheap imitations; whether real or faux, it's

“You deserve to be the star at any event whether it’s shopping, lunch, a special dinner or formal occasion”

Come into our shop and experience the sensation of wearing our Stunning Divine Delightful designs!

all about the quality. It's been a while since square toes have been popular but they’re back. And you can stop the nightmares of those awful clunky dramatically-square shoes now! The new squared-off shape as seen on the runways of Calvin Klein and Prada has a tapered-in toe and a short blunt nose - rather than a fully squared toe. It’s the modern alternative to the lady-like round-toe – edgy but not as harsh as a sharp point. From combinations of leather, suede, metallics all in the one piece; buckles and straps; laces and studs; or ankle to knee or over-the-knee boots; it's all there - as long as it’s interesting and different.

Matching shoes and bags is easy at Shoes on Thomas Chevron Island

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Chevron Island deally located alongside the Nerang River at the gateway to Surfers Paradise and Bundall, Chevron Island is a small tree-lined suburb with a wonderful village atmosphere. Chevron Island is also home to a thriving 'café culture' with a multitude of fine dining options, with a selection of cafes, cocktail bars, bakeries and restaurants that cater to all tastes. With its expensive waterfront homes and apartments, and an exciting restaurant and shopping precinct lining the main thoroughfare of Thomas Street , both locals and tourists alike are drawn to the Island. A thriving array of businesses exist on the Island, including an interior design studio, which caters to all areas. The many and varied Thomas Street boutiques present an eclectic mix of styles, tastes and experiences for serious shoppers. This hot summer season the boutiques are overflowing with a wondrous collection of styles and sizes, shoes and accessories, jewellery and art pieces, just waiting for the right purchaser to cross the threshold.


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Remodelling is a great way to make use of all the old jewellery you don’t use. Change it!! Make something modern and new using your gold and gemstones.

Beautiful jewellery created for you from Chevron Jewellery Design Studio

We all have a diamond pendant... but add a row of pink sapphires and you have a whole new look!


Inherited a pearl necklace? Add a gold chain and turn it into a fabulous bracelet

An old blue topaz ring can be transformed into a stunning pendant just by including a couple of diamonds!

Floriental (by Emilie Copperman) This sensual and unexpected scent beckons you to the surprises of love. It has stripped down the slightly heavy construction of its original family to reinvent its identity. More modern and subtle. With ravaging incandescence, it prefers the diffuse heat of the skin. It presents itself with distinction: green, acute, ivy leaves give it structure. And, ever so tactfully, it imprisons you in a fatal accord of violet and black tea leaves. It cannot be accused of lacking elegance. But who can resist its exquisite and languorous beauty?

Aveda supports Earth Day... LIMITED EDITION “Light the Way” CANDLE The Aveda 2009 Earth Month campaign includes the launch of a limited edition Light the Way soy wax candle, to be sold during the month of April to raise funds and awareness for clean water rights

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This year’s candle features a new,

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French-inspired stress-relieving aroma with 100% EcoCert certified organic ingredients, including lavender, lavandin

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and clary sage sourced from the south of France. Light the Way also features award-winning environmentally responsible packaging. Aveda will donate 100% of the proceeds to its global Earth Month partner, Global Greengrants Fund


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Lush lips, Luxe Colour... Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick What do you love about lipstick? Colour, of course! Fabulous, full-on, in-your-face colour! It’s worth remembering one fundamental truth: namely, the everything depends on the condition of your lips. So what you really need is a lipstick that both colours and care. Introducing Moisture Renew Lipstick, only from Rimmel London. With a stunning 12 shades to agonise over, including Electric Plum, Berry Queen, Vintage Pink and Coffee Shimmer. Lush lips, luxe colour. It’s the London look.

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"I rehabilitate dogs, I train people."Cesar Millan


I don’t think I would have ever believed it,” “I rehabilitate dogs and train people,- so to be given the chance to come ‘down under’ and teach Aussies how to be calm and become assertive pack

prah Winfrey, Scarlett Johansson, Will Smith and Nicolas Cage have

leaders with their dogs really helps me fulfill my vision of making the world a

all had their dogs trained and balanced by U S TV sensation Cesar

better place… one dog at a time,” he added.


Millan - and now you’ll be able to witness his undeniable talents

With his gift as an educator and entertainer, and using state-of-the-art

first- hand, as he brings his enlightening and hugely entertaining live show to

multimedia (and some dogs too) to illustrate his unique concepts and ideas,

Australia. Best known for his twice Emmy-nominated hit U S television show 'Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan' (shown here on Foxtel’s bio.) Cesar will wow dogloving audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in his US sell-out show bio presents…Cesar Millan LIVE in June this year. From Sheepdogs to Schnauzers, Poodles to Pomeranians, Cesar Millan will

Cesar will have audiences seeing the world through their dogs eyes and how his 'fulfillment formula' will change relationships with their dogs forever. bio presents…Cesar Millan LIVE will also donate $1.00 from every ticket towards a local dog charity in each city.

For more information go to Dates and Venues:

have audiences spellbound as he shares his amazing insights on dog

Sunday 7th June Burswood Dome, Perth

psychology and how people can inadvertently play a role in their dog's

Friday 12th June Hisense Arena, Melbourne

'behavioural issues'.

Sunday 14th June Acer Arena, Sydney

“What amazing places dogs are taking me to,” Millan says.“If you had told me when I was growing up in Mexico that one day I would be going to Australia

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For the right looks.. Main Beach This stylish and beautiful beachside domain is a mecca for serious shoppers and foodies alike. It is commonplace to see the ultimate in prestige vehicles Ferraris, Mercedes, Lamborghinis, BMWs, Jaguars and Aston Martins parked alongside minis and VW's in this mini metropolis. With its oh-sotrendy al fresco dining precinct running along both sides of Tedder Avenue, showcasing modern cafes, exclusive restaurants and international class boutiques - there is truly something for everyone. This privileged community with its modern apartment towers and $million plus homes, offers a pleasurable plethora of opportunities to fill in your days and nights. Fabulous white sand and bright blue surf beach with its own Surf Life Saving Club; beachfront parklands for a perfect picnic; al fresco dining where you can sit and watch the world go by; a stunning deli and a local bakery; unique shopping boutiques where you can find the latest local and international fashion labels and accessories, and a tantalising day spa where you can indulge your senses after a long day of retail therapy.


Shop on Tedder Avenue at selected stores & you could...

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ADDED ATTRACTIONS When everything seems to be going in a downward trend - girls, its up to us. If you look good - you feel good and it makes people around you feel good too. We all have our own style, and If you need some help - just ask . We have in store CAVALLI, FERRÉ, CNC exclusively for South East Queensland. We also have a new label SINELA from Spain, plus many other. Shoes, Bags, Scarves. We look forward to meeting you in store.. Sheila .Shop 3 14-16 Tedder Avenue Cnr Cronin Ave Main Beach 55 310 833.

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Lava Stone & Shell Pearl Necklace $265 - Bracelet $155 -Earrings $39

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rowing up in historic Brussels, Marc deVos learned to appreciate fine art from an early age. With many skilled craftsmen already in his family, it was only natural for him to follow in their footsteps. At the age of fifteen, now living in Victoria, Australia, Marc was offered an apprenticeship with renowned local sculptor and jeweller, Tony Kean, and so began his journey into the world of jewellery. oday, Marc, together with wife Karin, are proud to announce the opening of their new deVos Jewellery Studio on Hope Island, showcasing a selection of Marc’s own original and exclusive pieces. Using a combination of manufacturing techniques, including wax carving, lost wax casting and hand-crafting, every piece is meticulously designed and brought to life without limitation or compromise.

In the Showroom, two distinct ranges vie for attention. The ‘deVos’ Collection blends classic influences and modern styles, resulting in unique and beautiful pieces of the highest quality. For something with a little more bite, the ‘Bordello’ Label is intrinsically sexy and ranges from the elegantly romantic to more daring pieces. From the fully-equipped workshop on the premises, Marc offers clients the option of a personal custom designed piece. Remodelling and repairs are also part of the service. At their Hope Island Studio, Marc and Karin are choosing to offer customers a more original approach to jewellery. “We enjoy it when clients come in and are surprised by what they find”, Marc says, “Jewellery is the most versatile medium of expression and there are endless ways to explore this. Why limit ourselves when there are so many possibilities?” deVos Jewellery Shop 16, Hope Island Central340 Hope Island Central Ph:07 5530 1755 Hope Island

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Affordable Extravagance Liz Clift International boutique situated at Benowa Gardens shopping Centre, along with The International Shoe store next door, are a one-stop shop. Liz travels overseas constantly sourcing new and exciting designer labels from Europe and U.S.A. Her labels express a unique attitude, modern and casual chic. The elegant and exquisite style of Liz Clift International attracts customers from all over Australia. Liz Clift holds exclusivity to all her labels, and her experienced stylists can work with you to create your individual style.

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Come and Explore Hope Island Central YOUR PERSONAL ONE-STOP SHOPPING DESTINATION AWAY FROM CROWDED CARPARKS AND FRENZIED SHOPPING CENTRES. HOPE ISLAND CENTRAL HAS IT ALL. With cafes and coffee shop, gifts, florist, real estate office, jewellery, boutiques and most importantly a friendly IGA Supermarket, the centre is fast becoming a welcome change for locals. The wide range of restaurants located in the centre ensure diners wonderful choices. Each night can be a new dining experience. With easy access from all the neighbouring suburbs, Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove, Helensvale, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, Sovereign and Ephraim Islands, Coomera, Oxenford, lower Tamborine and beyond. A new store about to open is Amarante Beauty and Nail salon who will be specialising in Lomasi Disposable pedicure systems Young Nails Acrylic and gel enhancements and Dermalogica Skin care treatments. Also coming which will add a air of excitement and colour will be our fantastic Art and Craft markets. With ample village style off-street, as well as undercover parking - and for Hope Island residents, enjoying easy golf buggy access - your shopping adventures will be a pleasure at all times - rain or shine.


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most fastidious of patrons. All the favourites are there - butter chicken, beef vindaloo, pakoras, samosas, dahl, naan bread, mango chutney, raita and salads. All dishes are presented in decorative copper pots which add an authentic touch to the whole dining experience.

ith its intoxicating blend of aromatic

Of course, I chose only Indian dishes - because that is my passion.

spices and fresh herbs - each dish

Our table shared starters of traditional favourites - lamb Samosas and lamb Seekh

becomes a masterpiece to excite the

Kebabs with three tempting sauces, and the Jinga Dilkhush which consisted of six


palate. In my endeavours to find the perfect curry, I have searched far and wide, and was thrilled to find a true exponent of the art of fine

Tantalising Indian delights..

Indian regional cuisine in the popular local dining precinct of Hope Island Central. Randhawa's



Restaurant is owned and operated by experienced restaurateurs, Talwinder

and Nina Randhawa who have created a

modern, upmarket dining destination, that is just perfect for the surrounding

the tandoor; then a smooth and creamy Butter Chicken laden with succulent pieces of chicken;

the Beef Madras with lots of tender pieces of beef; in

onion and coconut; and the Goat Roganjosh cooked in

the true Nth Indian style. We complemented these with a

plain naan bread and saffron rice. We finished the evening

with the sweet rice pudding and succulent little Gulab Jamun milk dumplings. The large L-shaped restaurant easily seats 150 diners, and is

designed to take advantage of its surroundings and seasonal temperatures,

prestige residential communities. Of course, diners have been arriving from far and

with its modern inside dining facilities complemented by outdoor balcony dining

wide to experience the dishes available on the largest menu I think we have ever

- only separated by extensive folding glass walls. When the walls are folded back -

seen. With its full range of Indian and Asian dishes available to share amongst the

the outside and inside blend to take advantage of the surroundings. It has become

table, your dining possibilities are endless.

a popular venue for family groups, corporate dining, parties and romantic lunches

The service is friendly and attentive and the menu offers a wide selection of

or dinners for two. Even weddings.

classic northern Indian favourites, which are not as hot as southern regional dishes

Home Deliveries are a popular service offered by Randhawa's Indian Cuisine. So

(although you can choose the heat you wish - hot, medium or mild). Northern

now, if you find it difficult to get to the restaurant to dine, you can phone for a

Indian dishes are more aromatic and creamier. The menu also includes other Asian,

home delivery. That way you'll never miss out.

vegetarian and Halal additions to give diners enough choices to satisfy even the

Shop 4, 340 Hope Island Rd, Hope Island Central Open 7 days 11am-10pm Licenced / BYO wine only


plump prawns in spicy yoghurt and cashew sauce cooked in

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zucchini slices and fresh lemon juice. For mains, we chose the luscious mussels steamed in a tantalising saffron stew with lots of extras, including grilled king prawns, and accompanied by freshly grilled Turkish bread and chilli aioli; the fresh crispy schnapper cooked to perfection with fresh asparagus and preserved

awrence Griffin is a well-known and respected


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Gold Coast chef, who, since closing his own Broadbeach restaurant, Salty Plum, some

years ago - has been instrumental in the success of several high profile eateries on the Gold Coast. He has also made a name for himself through his successful private catering company and teaching duties at Gold Coast TAFE. Now Lawrence has been lured to the brisk mountain domain of Tamborine Mountain, where he has taken the role of executive chef at Liquid Amber Bistro and Grill, the brasserie-style restaurant, which holds pride-of-place at the entrance to the new multimillion dollar, food lovers' destination - Tamborine Mountain Brewery and Witches Chase Cheese Company. Owners Andre and Meredith Morris have been established on Tamborine Mountain for about eight years, and their Witches Chase Cheese Company has won many hearts along the way, as well as several awards. The Morris's have taken a huge step with their new venture, which happily sits on the old Fuschia Farm site in Long Road. Andre explained that he had to have the 'right' chef to complement the investment that he was placing on the Mountain - and Lawrence Griffin was always the chef that he wanted. He just had to be patient and wait for

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Lawrence to see the light - or smell the fresh mountain was completed over four scrumptious hours.

breeze - so to speak. With Lawrence on-board - nothing will stop them now.

juicy pink, lightly crumbed lamb cutlets, with beans,

The day we decided to visit (a Friday), we were lucky

minted peas and rich tomato chutney.

beer garden and taste the beer sampler of five distinctive

enough to be dining in a foursome, so could sample more

Lawrence has always been famous for his beautifully

of Lawrence's tantalising dishes than normally possible

presented dishes, use of regional produce and exemplary

styles, visit the Witches Chase cheese room to taste test

for two.

culinary finesse. As all the meals were generous, we were

and choose which cheeses you'll be taking home with

We started with a fresh hot, crusty loaf of bread with the

starting to struggle by now. Maybe we shouldn't have

you; and now that Andre is taking a chocolate making

Witches Chase Goats Curd and local olive oil, which was a

scoffed the bread so quickly. But it was so good with the

course to enhance his new skill, you'll also need time to

fitting start to the menu.

fresh goats curd.

To commence our menu choices we chose the beef

Although filled to capacity, we did however endeavour

carpaccio - tender paper-thin slices smothered in a

to taste two of the tempting desserts, one which is a

creamy mustard sauce and lillipudlian capers and fresh

favourite of mine - churros with hot chocolate for dipping

rocket; then the plump grilled quail perched upon

and vanilla bean ice cream; and the yoghurt pannacotta

succulent quarters of baby beetroot, with crumbled

with fresh berry salad and rose granita.

Witches Chase fetta and crisp hazelnuts; the char-grilled

You can never say I don't really try the dishes I write

cuttlefish was superb, with its roasted truss tomatoes,

about! I only have to look in the mirror for confirmation

chorizo, peas, basil and chilli; and finally the hand-cut

of my hard-work.

linguini with fresh spanner crab meat and finely sliced


It is best to factor in a whole day to visit Liquid Amber, so that you can sit in the Tamborine Mountain Brewery's

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With a coffee and teas to finish, it is no wonder that our

decide on the perfect supper treat, before you wander around the grounds for a little post-dining exercise.

Address: 165 Long Road, Tamborine Mountain. The restaurant is fully licensed and open for breakfast (Sat & Sun 8am-11am), lunch (7 days 11am-4pm) and dinner (Thu,Fri & Sat strictly reservation). Phone: 07 5545 2032 For more information visit:


people are), you'll be thrilled to know that you probably won't want Manuel to personally serve your dinner roll.

he trip up from the Gold Coast is only about

We had a FIRE!!! drill mid-dinner. We now know

half an hour, and from Brisbane just an hour.

what a hamster doesn't look like - and we know

And, the drive is well worth it.

where the fish ended up ( pun intended).


Historic Bungunyah Manor has stood proudly on

As Sybil berated the poor bumbling Basil and

the mountain since 1882 and is regarded as one of

Manuel attempted to understand the English

the oldest manor hotels in SE Queensland. It is even

language, guests giggled, chuffled and cringed in

rumoured to have its very own ghost.


Set amidst two acres of lush flowering gardens on

It probably sounds strange not to mention the

the highest point of the mountain, the manor is

dinner itself - the king prawns on walnut and raisin

truly a unique location to enjoy rest, relaxation and

croute with Milawa ashed goats cheese and

good 'old fashioned' hospitality.

Tamborine Mt honey; the escallops of pork lightly

They offer comfortable accommodation in fully-

crumbed in macadamia nuts presented with

appointed Victorian suites, with reverse cycle air-

mashed potatoes and tangy mango sauce, or the

conditioning, and fireplaces for the cooler months.

Atlantic salmon topped with asparagus and

Glass doors open out onto the balcony, so that

hollandaise sauce; creme brulee with poached

guests can sit with a cup of tea or a glass of wine

apricots and gypsy double cream or the chocolate

and admire the gardens, read a book, and listen to

and hazelnut ice cream parfait served with wickedly

the hundreds of brightly coloured parrots who

rich chocolate sauce. So I have. They were fantastic,

venture into the grounds every afternoon.

but I was preoccupied with poor Manuel.

Bungunyah is also home to the fully licensed,

Afterwards guests were entertained by a two hour

Jacques Manor Restaurant, which has gained a great

live performance by singer extraordinaire, Fabian, in

reputation over years for fine French cuisine and

the Manor Bar. With dancing and singing and much

fabulous fun interactive dining events. There is also

merriment enjoyed by all.

the Manor Bar with open log fire, leather lounges,

The next big event will be a Traditional Christmas

and fabulous live entertainment from Thursday

in July through to mid-August. With a Christmas

through to Sunday nights.

menu celebrating the cooler months - mulled wine,

We chose to attend on one of the themed nights,

venison and mushroom tartlet, scallops on smoked

to experience the manic mayhem of a 'Faulty

salmon rosette, champagne ham and roasted

Towers' dinner. Sybil, Basil and Manuel didn’t

turkey breast, all served with local vegetables, as well

disappoint - as they entertained, verbally assaulted

as the all-important Christmas pudding, white

and manoeuvred their way through the appetisers

Christmas and fruit mince tarts.

and champagne on arrival, as well as all four courses of the dinner.

The next Faulty Towers dinner will be on the 16th May and I’m sure more are to follow.

From the outset, we knew that the night would be

Winter Christmas stay and dine package from

memorable - as Manuel attempted to follow a few

$145 per person per night, inclusive of a 7 course

simple instructions. Basil had clearly stated that he

Xmas banquet

was to "give everyone a peanut" - and that is exactly

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what he tried to do. He wouldn't allow any divergence from the plan. NO you couldn't have

top: Goats curd cheese, olive oil & basil Middle: Speciality of the house Mussels Bottom:Cheeses mature in the fromagerie

We don't want to spoil the experience for anyone else, but if you are a fan of the TV series (as most

two - NO you couldn't refuse to take one. With a quick slap to the head - Basil refined the instructions and the interactive action continued.

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French Martini Cocktail Ingredients: 1 1/2 parts Pineapple Juice 1 part Bombay Sapphire Gin Splash of Chambord Liqueur Method: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass. Drizzle Chambord liqueur. The fresh pineapple juice gives a delightful creamy lip on the cocktail. A spectacular favourite for the sophisticated cocktail sipper. Enjoy responsibly and with friends @ LAUXES

McLaren Vale comes to Noosa Springs... FOR AN EVENING TO SATISFY THE SENSES. ward-winning Relish Restaurant at Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort in Noosa, is hosting two signature degustation dinners in the coming months, guaranteed to create a sacred marriage of food and wine. McLaren Vale's Penny's Hill Wines will feature on Tuesday night, 21st April when chief winemaker, Ben Riggs, will annotate the base, middle and top notes of wines from his impressive collection with an informative talk, combined with a fabulous four course degustation dinner prepared by executive chef David Page and his expert team. Ben is keen to explain how the three vineyard sites in Penny's Hill, Goss Corner and Malpas Road, are what makes Penny's Hill wines so special. "We've got the best spots in McLaren Vale and the wine is reflective of that, says Ben. "I'll be talking about the history of the vineyard, where I've been for 24 years, with the philosophy of striving to make good wine while having fun doing it." "Guests are also welcome to ask me about the technicalities, or any other aspects of winemaking in the Q&A session." he said

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Guests will find the evening entertaining and delicious as they experience Ben's perfectly selected wine matches for the night's special menu. Commencing with a selection of canapes accompanied by Penny's Hill Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz; followed by seared local scallops with celeriac and apple puree, crisp pancetta and petit herb salad, accompanied by the Penny's Hill Chardonnay; then guests will enjoy a confit of Victorian lamb with goats' cheese, baby spinach, porcini mushroom braise and white polenta, paired with the Penny's Hill Shiraz; to complete the evening diners will enjoy a pear that has been poached in Penny's Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, with citrus mascarpone and Belgium chocolate, accompanied by Penny's Hill Fortified Shiraz 2005 Where: Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort, Links Drive Noosa Heads When: Tuesday 21st April from 6:30PM Bookings: Noosa Springs Events Dept Ph: 5440 3333. *For those looking to add another hot wine event to their calendar, on the 16th July Relish will host another degustation wine dinner - featuring Hungerford Hill wines from the Hunter Valley, with special guest speaker John Rundel, Hungerford Hill General Manager.


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ORANGES ARE THE BEST KNOWN CITRUS CROP IN THE WORLD, AND QUEENSLAND’S GREEN-TINGED VALENCIA ARE AT THEIR JUICIEST NOW. Whether navel, seville, blood or valencia, look out for Australian oranges that are firm and fragrant. Small blemishes do not affect the quality or taste however valencias have a natural greening on the skin. This is a sign of nature’s sunscreen, ensuring it’s ripe, fresh and bright orange inside. Freshly squeezed juice and grated peel or zest can be refrigerated or frozen. Whole oranges should not be frozen, as juice expands and bursts inside cells, leaving the defrosted orange with a dry pulp and mushy peel. Start the day with a refreshing juice. Squeeze fresh oranges and chill overnight. To retain vitamin C content and colour, cover tightly and refrigerate immediately. Add a few tablespoons of fresh juice to flavour fruit salads; for a fresh smoothie, combine the juice of oranges with other fruits and yoghurt; to create a simple dressing with 1 ½ cups of fresh juice, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, and for a zesty marinade try 1/2 cup of juice, 1 crushed


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garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons rind and ½ teaspoon salt.

with 8 slices wholegrain bread or 4 small rolls. Variation: Replace pumpkin, potato and capsicum with other vegetables e.g. parsnip, swedes, sweet potato Serves: 4

Spiced Orange Chicken

Orange Lamb Tagine

Ingredients: 1 tbs olive oil 4 chicken thigh cutlets, skin removed and trimmed 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm wedges ½ tbs sweet paprika powder 300g piece of butternut pumpkin, peeled, cored and cut into 2 cm pieces 1 red capsicum, halved, deseeded and cut into bite size pieces 1 orange, cut into wedges 30g dried apricots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved juice of 1 orange 1/2 cup reduced salt chicken stock 1-2 tbs parsley leaves, chopped Method: Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat half the oil in a large roasting pan and brown chicken pieces. Set aside. Heat remaining oil in roasting pan, brown potato wedges on all sides and toss together with paprika. Add chicken, pumpkin, capsicum, orange wedges, apricots and garlic to the pan. Whisk orange juice of and stock together. Pour over chicken pieces. If desired, season with a little salt. Close lid tightly and bake chicken for 35 minutes, bake uncovered for a further 10 -15 minutes or until chicken and vegetables are cooked through and golden. Before serving sprinkle with parsley and serve

Ingredients: 800g lamb shoulder, diced 2 tbs olive oil 1 red onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 3 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 2 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp sambal oelek (or red chili paste) freshly squeezed juice of 2 navel oranges 400-600 ml vegetable stock 400g can chickpeas, drained and well rinsed 2 navel oranges, segmented salt 1 tbs pine nuts, toasted 1 tbs coriander leaves Method: Place meat and oil in a large heavy-based saucepan. Add onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, cumin, sambal oelek and toss together over medium heat. Pour in orange juice and 400 ml of stock (a little more liquid may be added later). Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir through chickpeas and cook for a further 15-30 minutes or until meat is tender. Gently stir through orange segments and season with salt. Serve in a traditional tagine dish. Sprinkle with pine nuts and coriander before serving. Serves 4.

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Chocoholics Paradise....


fter years of active campaigning by Queensland chocoholics, who needed to fly to Sydney or Melbourne for their chocolate indulgences, master chocolate purveyor, Max Brenner has finally arrived to open one of his signature chocolate boutiques on the Gold Coast at the newly renovated Marina Mirage.

Luscious cups of hot chocolate served in the chocolate bar's signature 'hug cups', famous Sukao (the espresso of hot chocolate), decadent choctails, and decadent desserts like chocolate fondue with fresh strawberries, chocolate cloud, chocolate brownies drowned in hot chocolate. Yum - the list goes on. “Chocolate is not just about taste. It is a symbol of contradicting emotions and sensations. These aspects are the foundations of my pure holistic

This is his first foray into Queensland, with Robina next on the list. Max Brenner has been creating his personal chocolate culture around the globe for about 8 years, with stores in

chocolate culture”says Max Brenner. Patrons are invited to indulge these emotions by watching, tasting and experiencing the chocolate indulgence.

the USA, Singapore, Israel, Philippines, Victoria and New

Be swept away by chocolate that borders on pure

South Wales. It was only a matter of time before his

fantasy and make room in your life for your new favourite

chocolate culture floated north.

addiction – but only at Marina Mirage.

Max Brenner will no doubt become the favourite

Max Brenner is located on the ground floor near Sacs.

meeting spot for lovers of fine chocolate, with its warm

Opening hours are Monday - Thursday 10.00am to

timber interior, subtle lighting, cosy atmosphere and

10.00pm, Friday to Saturday 10.00am to 12.00 midnight

tantalising array of everything chocolate.

and Sunday 10.00am to 10.00pm

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New manager Clayton Johnston and head chef Michial McQuillan

The ever-popular $5 Gourmet Pizzas are available in the Lounge Bar plus many other special deals, on Sunday to Thursday. The restaurant has also become a popular Gold Coast function destination, featuring affordable restaurant and lounge bar finger food function packages, as well as many

ew manager, Clayton Johnson (previously manager of Sopranos), returning to take on the important role, and with the introduction of creative kitchen genius, Michial McQuillan bringing a wealth of experience to the role of Head Chef- the sky's the limit. Between the two of them, this dynamic team have

businesses. Functions are expertly catered for on an

worked at some of the best Gold Coast restaurants and

individual basis, with 1two3 Restaurant being one of the


extra inclusions, such as complimentary helium balloons, personalised menus, and small & large private areas. They have become a perfect venue for your next birthday or hen’s party celebration. 1two3 hens always receive a special gift from one of their many generous sponsor

bring with them an exciting element of industry

few local venues to employ the services of a specialised

knowledge, innovative ideas and attention to detail.

dedicated Functions Manager with over 20 years

Exciting weekly promotions are planned for the bar,

experience in the industry.

including Wednesday’s Student Night, Thursday’s La

Two newly-installed large screen plasma screens add a

Femme Champagne Party (with gifts for the first 40 ladies

new dimension to 1two3, as a great destination for

through the door), Friday’s Daiquiri Party, and Sunday’s

corporate meetings, VIP dinner presentations and sporting

Kiwi Karma Session - with the live music of sensational

association get-togethers. As all function menus are

Kiwi vocalist, Hellen Gibbons.

designed in consultation with the clients, based upon

Mindful of tough economic times, 1two3 Dining & Lounge Bar is offering amazing menu specials and

their own individual budgets and requirements. – no two function menus are ever the same.

discounts, including their new Twilight Early Dining Offer. When you mention this offer when ordering between 5.00-6.30pm Sunday -Thursday, and 5.00-6.00pm on Fridays & Saturdays, you will receive a massive 30% off your total food bill.

oodies will be treated to a fabulous degustation

These families often suffer financial hardship as a direct

menu at The Five Chefs Dinner on Monday 18th

result of their child's condition, frequently one parent has to

May at Sofitel Brisbane Central, with five courses

give up their job to care for the child at hospital, while the


expertly prepared by five award-

other parent juggles the needs

winning chefs, and superbly matched

of their other children and

with five of Australia’s finest wines. The Five Chefs Dinner is the Starlight Children’s



fundraising event, held annually in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The Dinner will showcase the talents of Chefs David Pugh (Restaurant

The Five Chefs Dinner...


During the current

economic climate Starlight's programs are more vital than ever, and only possible with the generous



Patrice Falantin Sofitel Brisbane


community and our event partners.” The quality of the food and

programs to seriously ill children. The demand for Starlight’s programs continues to grow, with over 600,000 child admissions to hospitals each year

Two), Tony Percuoco (Fellini), Paul

wine, the allure of the auction

around Australia. Starlight currently only reaches ‘1 in 3’ of

McGivern (Manx), Patrice Falantin (Sofitel

items, and the calibre of the

these children and their families. The money raised from The

Brisbane Central ), Javier Codina (Gianni) and Armando

entertainment and guests, sets The Five Chefs Dinner

Five Chefs Dinner will help give more of these children

Percuoco (Sydney’s Buon Ricordo), and will raise much-

experience apart from other fundraising events. More than

access to the magic of Starlight’s programs.

needed funds to help Starlight bring love, laughter and

forty-five first-class silent auction packages will be bid on

support to Queensland’s seriously ill children and their

and tracked by guests from the comfort of their seats using


the latest Hewlett Packard IPAC technology.

Starlight Children’s Foundation CEO Jill Weekes said “The

All of the chefs and event partners have generously

Five Chefs Dinner will help Starlight brighten the lives of

donated their time, goods and services to ensure that all

seriously ill and hospitalised children and their families.

proceeds from the event will be used to deliver Starlight’s

To book tickets please contact Melanie Jefcoate, Ph: 0439 718 713 Email: To find out more about Starlight Children's Foundation visit or phone 1300 727 827.

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Smorgasbord of chefs and more...

Guy Grossi of Florentinos, Melbourne


dream come true. Groups of 16 will chop, mix and prep ingredients alongside chefs from Australia’s top restaurants, then enjoy the fruits of their labours over lunch with wine under the Grand Marquee. The chefs are Guy Grossi, Nick Holloway, Alex Kearns, Paul Foreman, David Coomer, Patrizia Simone, Armando Percuoco and Steven Snow. Italiophiles will be drawn to two very special Italian Lifestyle Lunches. Lucio’s Ligurian Kitchen,

he sixth annual Settler’s Cove Noosa Food &

tours through the beautiful Italian Riviera and

Wine Festival continues to attract the

provides the inspiration for a lunch hosted by Lucio

hottest Aussie talent and over 100 food and

Galletto and co-author David Dale. Amanda


Kate Ceberano is back to entertain

wine experiences, many tailored to the epicurean

Tabberer will discuss her new book My Amalfi

Explore displays of produce, appliances and

enthusiast who wants to get up close and personal

Coast, with a lunch orchestrated by the gifted

cookware; sample dishes from 14 classy local

with the experts. Whether you’re keen to learn new

James Kidman.

tricks in the kitchen or just hang out with inspiring

There are three Food Trails this year. The popular

restaurants, taste and extensive variety of premium quality wines and beer; be entertained by Marcia

foodies, this intimate gathering has something for

Seafood Afloat Trail features David Pugh and Matt

Hines; and watch chefs such as Matt McConnell,

everyone’s taste and budget.

McConnell; the Asian Food Trail features Cheong

Shane Bailey, Philip Johnson, David Pugh and Martin Boetz reveal their secrets at cooking

"In 2008 it was recognised by The Australian’s

Liew, Martin Boetz; and the new Ginger Food Trail

Travel & Tourism Awards as one of the best food

features The Buderim Ginger Cooking School’s

demonstrations. Matt Moran, who opens his

experiences in the country,” says ebullient festival

resident chef Andrew Strange with Philip Johnson

Brisbane version of Sydney’s Aria restaurant at

director Jim Berardo who created the event that

and Geoff Lindsay. Intimate groups are transported

Eagle Street Pier in a few months, will team up with

started with a small forum followed by a lunch for

to idyllic locations where they mingle

James Kidman from Sydney’s Otto to demonstrate

about 200 at the Coolabine goat farm. “The nomination not only serves to reinforce Noosa as Australia's premier regional culinary capital but also indicates the festival’s unique attraction for people to sit, chat and laugh alongside talented chefs, winemakers and producers in a beautiful setting. It’s totally hats off and very relaxed.” Some of the more intimate events that make up


the three day program from May 1 to 3 include: Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes, a food lover’s

over lunch with a few glasses of wine and learn the best way to use luscious local produce. Each day of the festival is capped off with great live concerts including Bjorn Again, Kate Ceberano, Marcia Hines and a host of local acts and roving

Fresh produce has always been an integral part of the festival and provided a springboard for Queensland producers to be noticed nationally. This year the bar has been raised yet again. Previously Noosa Spanner Crabs, Noosa Reds


tomatoes, Maleny cheeses and Pimentos de Padron

Each evening’s nine-course degustations with

were introduced to southern chefs and this year a

matching legendary wines at beautiful berardo’s

marquee will be dedicated to the finalists and

restaurant and bar guarantee to have aficionados

winners of the 2009 Vogue Entertaining and Travel

applauding especially on Sunday night when the

Producer Awards. Queensland finalists are

bellissimo courses will be created by brilliant chefs

Bunnyconnellan Olives, Bauer’s Organic Farms,

such as Armando and Tony Percuoco, Giovanni Pilu,

Vannella Cheese Factory, Stockyard Beef, Barambah

Tony Sassi, Guy Grossi and Patrizia Simone, who hail

Organics and Noosa Spanner Crabs.

from leading Italian restaurants. On Friday and Sunday nights guest chefs star in

The festival finishes on Sunday with a mega party. The Great Aussie Picnic and Live Concert

local restaurants. Not-to-be-missed are Fabulous

includes food and wine tastings; turning the tables

Seafood with Robert Castellani of Donovans who

and you being the judge of the food critics’ dishes;

joins Tony Holland-Bennett at Coconut Grove, and

debating topical issues with industry experts at

Like Naples and Portofino with Tony Percuoco of

Food & Wine Hot Seats; and being entertained by

Fellini who joins Belinda Tuckwell at Ma’Mensa.

the sassy, inimitable Kate Ceberano

Head to the Grand Marquee on Saturday for the

Ristorante Fellini’s Tony Percuoco

‘easy entertaining at home’.

Celebration of Australian Food and Wine Day.

For full program information and online bookings visit: continues over page...


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CANVAS MELBOURNE Be tantalised by the fragrant aromas of tantalising spices from the ‘Melting Pot’ of the Maghreb...

We did, and were rewarded with tantalising offerings of lamb and date tagine; a tagine of duck, oranges and dates; whole filleted schnapper and chermoula tagine; a salad of fresh beetroot and preserved lemon; finely shaved fennel, olive and chilli salad; seared scallops with cinnamon and fruit chutney. And of course - there had to be dessert, we shared

anvas Restaurant is as much about style as it is about


food... Perched above the bustling street, Canvas sits

watermelon with rosewater syrup and a rosewater sorbet;

on the first floor of a large 'curvilinear' building, and

and a trio of brulee - ginger, date and five spice with a

travel... Canvas: Melbourne

features a long, olive tree lined deck, and two large cleverly

sesame seed icecream.

separated open dining spaces - divided by a huge

Then there is the bar/lounge and deck menu, this is more

ornamental curlicue style floor to ceiling screen - a work of

casual food, still featuring the Maghreb flavours, used in

art in itself by sculptural artist Anne Marie May. The screen

quirky ways - such as on pizzas. It is food for enjoying with

separates the bar /lounge space with its communal table

drinks, in a less formal setting.

and long low banquettes, from the spacious main dining

Pierre has a fantastic pedigree having trained in London

area. The dining room overlooks the expansive sun deck,

under the amazing Guy Mouillron at Na Cuisine and also at

through long sweeping windows. It is the perfect venue for a quiet indulgent luncheon,

Roof Garden under chef Remy Frugere. Pierre even had the honour of catering "F" chef Gordon Ramsay's buck's party.

romantic dinner or fully-fledged get together for friends and

He eventually worked under the internationally renowned

relatives. It is also perfect for larger functions and occasions.

(and now Brisbane based) Bruno Loubet at his famous Bistro

The open kitchen is headed by the very accomplished,

Loubet, where he attained many accolades and awards,

personable and friendly chef, Pierre Khodja and his highly

including a Michelin Red M, Three ‘AA’ Rosettes and an

skilled team. Pierre is confident in the kitchen and keen to

Evening Standard ‘Eros’ Award, so it is a privilege to now have

pass on his impressive knowledge to his apprentices.

him call Melbourne home.

Pierre tempts diners with a menu influenced by both The

Luckily, owner manager Suzie Delmo had the foresight

Maghreb and his French upbringing. Stretching from the

and confidence to allow her restaurant to evolve and

Atlas Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea - the food of The

embrace the food of Pierre’s world. She runs the place much

Maghreb is tinged not only with the flavours of Morocco,

as she would a visit to her home, with a warmth and

Tunisia and Algeria, but also by Spain, Portugal and Sicily. The

welcome that you would expect from a host, who is

aromatic and multifaceted flavours of these regions are very

confident in her team and restaurant.

much a part of the ‘melting pot’ food style of the Frenchborn Algerian Pierre. Canvas is proof positive that we are becoming a much more food savvy society, one that is happy to be introduced to new flavours, new textures and colours. And if Pierre has his way - combined dining, where jovial guests combine their menu choices to create an open table of delectable

We loved it , still love it - and will be back in Melbourne as again.

Canvas is open for dinner only on Tuesday and for lunch and Dinner Wed through to Saturday. Level 1 , 302 Burwood Road Hawthorn Ph: 03 9819 2200 Whole filleted schnapper & chermoula tagine

Grazing has always been a favourite dining adventure for me = I love the opportunity to try just about everything on a menu. I love the chance to understand where the chef is 'coming from'. What influences are portrayed in his cooking style - what flavours he has found on his culinary journey through his career. At Canvas, there are two menus - the main dining room menu rewards those who choose the shared table option, with a feast of choices – this option is about entrusting Pierre and reaping the

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A tagine of duck, oranges and dates

soon as possible to indulge in Pierre's delectable dishes

dining options.

rewards of that trust.


a halva parfait with blood orange compote; fresh

Chef Pierre Khodja


Hatsuhana... Cherry Blossom time SEA WORLD RESORT'S AWARD-WINNING, SIGNATURE JAPANESE RESTAURANT, HATSUHANA HAS A LONG HISTORY OF PRESENTING WONDERFUL SEASONAL DINING EVENTS. THE LATEST TANTALISING OFFERING IS THE CHERRY BLOSSOM PROMOTION. Sakura, or Cherry Blossoms as they are known in English, are iconic in Japan for symbolising the beginning of Spring. Sea World Resort’s iconic restaurant Hatsuhana has created a special 'Spring Time' menu which perfectly fits in with our always warm climate. The dining event also pays homage to the Cherry Blossom. The special menu is available for the whole month of April and features a selection of special and unique dishes. Restaurant Manager, Hideyo Yonezawa says, “The Cherry Blossom menu is a fresh and modern twist on Japanese cuisine.” “We have blended traditional ingredients with some unique and French-inspired flavours to create a delightful and delicious experience.” In March and April, the delicate branches of the Japanese Cherry Blossom tree overflow with pale pink buds showering the ground with soft coloured blooms. In Japan, the March spring is a time for celebration. The Cherry Blossom itself provides a colourful garnish to the dishes on the Hatsuhana’s special menu. Menu items include •Seafood Gratin with broccolini and Cherry Blossom, •Pressed sushi with salmon, tuna, broccolini, Shitake mushrooms and Cherry Blossom •Fish Cakes with Japanese bamboo, seaweed, mushrooms, Cherry Blossom and broccolini together with ginger soy sauce and Wasabi soy sauce •Bamboo and Broccolini Tempura with white noodles (Inaniwa Udon) with slices of roast duck and a truffle and duck dipping soup. •Beef Capaccio, wrapped around broccolini with bamboo and Cherry Blossom finished with a balsamic soy and strawberry sauce The restaurant is open for dinner nightly from 6.00pm. For bookings phone 07 5591 0028.

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Legends behind the Hardys name.. homas Hardy was a self-made man of immense character ‘The Chronicles’ celebrates this character and are a fitting tribute to a life rich with intrigue. The three wines each represent a story that helped shaped Thomas Hardy’s life and, in turn, his wines:


Hardys The Chronicles ‘The Gamble’ Chardonnay Pinot Gris 2008 A gamble for some was to become one man’s destiny. With little winemaking experience but barrel-loads of courage, Thomas Hardy packed his kit and sought a future in the New World. ‘The Gamble’ shows how the peachy and creamy flavours of the Chardonnay meld beautifully with the pear, green apple and minerality of the Pinot Gris, creating a wine of rich flavour and length.

Hardys The Chronicles ‘Twice Lost’ Shiraz Cabernet Rosé 2008 One farmer’s loss was winemaking’s gain. Upon arriving in Australia Thomas Hardy’s first job was to mind cattle for a local farmer. After managing to lose them twice, his master sent out two cow bells. The bells worked and ensured the herd was not lost again but, fortunately for us, Thomas’ destiny would be etched in wine rather than beef. The ‘Twice Lost’ Rosé is a twist on the classic. A Shiraz dominant wine, where the round and soft offers fresh red fruit and a rich, warm and soft palate complexed and enhanced by the berry fruit and acidic cut of the Cabernet Sauvignon.

DRINKING A ROSE NOW MAKES PERFECT SENCE... SENCE RARE EUROPEAN ROSE NECTAR. njoyed for thousands of years throughout far off lands, this unique and savoury juice has become one of the newest and most exciting beverage trends in the USA, Puerto Rico, Caribbean Islands, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Asia. Now it is also available in Australia and New Zealand as well. High in Vitamin C, SENCE can be served alone as a refreshing alternative to soft drinks and juice - or be mixed with them. This delicate drop



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Hardys The Chronicles ‘Butcher’s Gold’ Shiraz Sangiovese 2007 Legend has it, Thomas Hardy made his money in the Victorian goldfields - and indeed he did - even though he never owned a miner’s license. Instead, he drove cattle all the way from South Australia, and ingeniously, opened a goldfields butcher’s shop, making a handsome profit feeding the many hungry miners in search of their own fortunes. The ‘Butcher’s Gold’ blend demonstrates how the Shiraz, offering dense sweet fruit, and the Sangiovese, delivering savoury cherry flavours and rustic tannins, can combine seamlessly. All RRP $16.99

can also be used as a cocktail ingredient when combined with vodka, tequila, cognac, rum, gin, sake, champagne and some cordials. A delicate beverage, SENCE is distinctive in flavour and aroma, and has a beautiful light pink colour and allure. Combined with its stylish bottle which has the appearance of cut crystal - and the image is one of class and elegance. The unique rose from which SENCE is made is grown in Kazanlak, Bulgaria - and must be harvested during a three week period from late May to mid June. At this time the blossoms are picked between 3am and 10am, when dew levels are at their highest – obtaining maximum flavour and fragrance. A favourite drink at health spas and treatment facilities throughout the Middle East and South-Eastern Europe, and considered an elixir in Japan where it began being distributed in 2004; we can see this blushing pink elixir becoming a must have addition to special parties, functions, elegant events and luxurious spas around the country. A-Class Imports Pty. Ltd. is the exclusive importer of SENCE Rare European Rose Nectar in Australia and New Zealand. For further information please contact Shonel Balsillie or visit


GORDON RAMSAY to heat up the Gold Coast.... TO HELP PUT A LITTLE SIZZLE INTO SANCTUARY COVE'S 21ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS anctuary Cove will be hosting a series of lunches and dinners at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, and adding the all important ingredient for a devilish good time - worldrenowned, kitchen bad boy Gordon Ramsay.


This will be a rare opportunity for guests to see Gordon in action - up close and personal. Of course, the 'proof will be in the pudding' so to speak, when you then taste his signature dishes, without the need to book an overseas plane ticket. The three lunches and three dinners are being staged at the luxurious five-star Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove Ballroom on the 12th,13th and 14th of June. Ramsay has created an incredible reputation for fantastic food, brilliant restaurants and industry know

how, as well as bad behaviour and even worse language. But, all that aside his passion for serious food and its creation has seen him become one of the mo the opportunity to see Gordon preparing and presenting his recipes live on stage, a three-course meal with wines specially selected to complement each course, and a gift pack which will include a copy of Gordon’s autobiography “Humble Pie”. For those wanting to meet Gordon, there will also be a limited number of VIP tickets to each event that will include a ‘meet and greet’ cocktail

party with Gordon before each event and a signed copy of his book ‘3 Star Chef’. VIP tickets for lunch or dinner are $750 per person. Tickets are on sale at or by phone 13 2849. Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove is also offering special packages from $305 per room per night for visitors to the Gordon Ramsay events. For reservations or more information, call 13 1234 or visit www.sanctuarycove.reg

By George... the Gold just keeps on coming. George Wyndham, the father of Australian Shiraz, added more silverware to its burgeoning cabinet with a trophy for Best Dry Red (Other Varieties & Blends) and a Gold medal for the 2005 George Wyndham Shiraz Grenache at the recent 2008 National Wine Show in Canberra. This brings the tally for this wine to three trophies and five Gold medals. At a presentation dinner held in the Great Hall in Parliament House, the 2005 George Wyndham Shiraz also picked up a Gold medal. This brings the tally for this wine to three trophies and four Gold medals. It has been a terrific year for

Wyndham Estate’s George Wyndham wines, winning trophies at both the first and final shows of the Australian wine show circuit. Firstly, the 2005 George Wyndham Shiraz Grenache collected two trophies at the Sydney Royal Wine Show in February and again at the Canberra Wine Show. The 2005 George Wyndham Shiraz Cabernet has also has claimed its fair share of accolades, and things can only get better with the recent appointment of Nigel Dolan as Wyndham Estate’s Chief Winemaker. Nigel Dolan is overwhelmed with the awards and said, “The George Wyndham range was released less than two years ago, so to receive such overwhelming accolades so early on is an amazing achievement. It is a credit to the winemaking and viticultural teams who have worked together with the combined goal of creating Australia’s best Shiraz.”

STARVEDOG LANE Wins Again... It seems Friday the 13th isn't always unlucky, with the announcement of results from the Sydney Royal Wine Show, where Adelaide Hills winery Starvedog Lane collected its seventh capital city trophy for their outstanding Shiraz Viognier blend. Although in the thick of vintage, winemaker Glenn Barry was thrilled to hear the results, and said "At Starvedog Lane we take pride in the quality of wines from the Adelaide Hills, but the success of our Shiraz Viognier wines has been particularly rewarding. Our ultimate aim is to produce wines showing all the attributes of the Adelaide Hills with complexity and great personality. We are extremely selective in the vineyard and combine new and old world winemaking techniques to ensure maximum fruit and vineyard expression, so it’s great to see these efforts being recognised." "And receiving this result now is particularly pleasing, as we look at the fruit for the 2009 wine. I just hope to continue the fantastic precedent the previous vintages of this wine have set."

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Lisa von Zeppelin


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Zeppelin Europe Tours

“Who knows if it might have a rebirth?” muses Lisa von Zeppelin, Gold Coast-based relative of the man who developed the Zeppelin – Germany’s Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Among the enthusiasts behind a planned Australian chapter of the international Airship Association are Lisa’s two sons, Marius and Andi, also longtime residents of the Gold Coast. “The Zeppelin had a grand place in the history of aviation,” Lisa says.

“English ladies used to board dressed in ball gowns and be wined and dined in the saloon. It was very romantic.”

That romance was born out of the passenger carrying Atlantic crossings that arose from Ferdinand’s original plan for the airship developed after a visit to America. A military man, he was sent to the US in 1863 to work as an observer for the Union army during the American Civil War, later exploring the headwaters of the Mississippi River. While in Minnesota he made his first balloon flight, and returned with a keen interest in such flight to launch an airship company, the Zeppelin Foundation, in Friedrichshafen, and devote himself to the design and construction of airships. Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH is a German company founded by Count Zeppelin which, during the early 20th century, was a leader in the design and manufacture of rigid airships, specifically of the Zeppelin type. By the time Ferdinand died on March 8, 1917 his airships had made regular passenger flights and had been used in the First World War. The Zeppelin project was shut down at war’s end and later began a resurgence under his successor, Hugo Eckener. But the romance of airship travel was dealt a wicked blow with the tragic loss of the Hindenburg on May 6, 1937 as it attempted a mooring at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Fire destroyed the Hindenburg in less than a minute with the loss of 36 lives and shattered public confidence marked the end of travel in rigid passenger airships. Interest in Zeppelins never disappeared, and there are today craft taking passengers on flights over Lake


Modern Zeppelin on the ski fields of Europe

1908 Zeppelin with floating hangar

Constance, bordered by Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and Electric and the family spent six months in Japan – small tatamis airships operating in one form or another in a dozen countries. were the home furnishings - before moving on to the Philippines Even Mercedes Benz is in on the act. The luxury automaker and hopping between the two countries. supplied the V12 engines that powered the famous German Lisa lost her husband and the boys their father in 1964 while he airships, and has relaunched its iconic badge of the 1930s in the awaited a heart operation in San Francisco. A close friend, an form of the Maybach Zeppelin – a super-luxury car starting at a Australian at Universal Pictures, suggested the family move to touch under $1 million. Australia. The flighty Zeppelins, which have been used to survey diamond “We came straight to Surfers Paradise,” Lisa recalls of their arrival leases in South Africa, for day tours in San Francisco in 1971.“I quickly realised money doesn’t grow on and are being experimented with in the UK, the US trees. I never bought furniture until I came to NEW and Russia, may cost more to build but are not quite Australia. I had never known what it was to buy a MERCEDES as costly for travellers. bed or a mattress.” MAYBACH Lisa von Zeppelin, owner of the Lisa Z fashion Speaking several languages, Lisa could have LUXURY SALON boutique on Chevron Island, has probably travelled worked as a translator. Instead she opened with a WILL CARRY ON more miles in her lifetime than the airship whose friend a small boutique in Surfers – Shaky THE ZEPPELIN name she shares. Shetland – alongside other fashion icons, Ivy NAME Born in Vienna and moved with her family to Hassard and Paula Stafford. Argentina before the war, she was schooled there That was followed by and began her working life as secretary to Harro Freiherr von her own Lisa Z at Mariner’s Cove and a Zeppelin, Buenos Aires manager of the US telecommunications move in 1990 to the Oasis Centre as and film company Western Electric. Christopher Skase developed the Harro was a great nephew of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin Sheraton Mirage and Marina Mirage. and, when Lisa married him, she took on the famous name, They were the days of the Keith something that has never been a burden. Willams-inspired Concourse d’ Nor did Juan Peron ever prove a problem personally to the Elegance – “Thea (Williams) was one couple who lived in Buenos Aires during two of the dictator’s three of the models” – and in 1993 Lisa presidencies. moved her boutique to Chevron “It was a terrible dictatorship,” recalls Lisa who loves Argentina. Island. “We were not personally affected but a lot of our friends were.” “I pride myself on selling classy Marius and Andy were born in Buenos Aires and moved with clothes,” Lisa says. “That’s my their parents to the Far East when the first Cinemascope film, the signature. It’s not trendy but classy.” 1953 biblical epic, The Robe, opened in Tokyo. The Zeppelin name lives on. Great strides are under way to Harro was connected with Universal Pictures through Western ensure the flying zeppelin stays aloft as well. Andi von Zeppelin & wife Anne-Maree

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the look we wanted,” said

only 37 years old, Joshua has been in the property business for


20 years, first as a supplier, then in residential and commercial developments in South East Queensland. Joshua formed the Hunt Trading Group in 2005, combining all his

than a blank canvas, because you really have to dig deep to

these enterprises is his concept of, “enjoying life, five star”.

achieve the look you want,” he This broad concept soon

with respected Sunshine Coast architect Peter Conley, oversaw the

became a reality, with the

integrated design, from broad concept down to the high spec interiors


and custom built furniture.

atmosphere reminiscent of

With business interests throughout Asia, Joshua was influenced by constrained by approvals already in place when he purchased the

Luxury holidays


two weeks of Australia’s The Biggest Loser on Channel 10. Joshua, along

the design of resorts in Bali and the Pacific, but found he was

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“Working with an existing design can be more creative

diverse ‘lifestyle’ business ventures into one company. At the core of The island was recently featured as the filming location for the first


pitches and finishes to achieve

37 year-old developer and businessman, Joshua Hunt. Although





Frank Lloyd Wright meets Asian tropical paradise. The profile utilises clean, simple boxy lines with weight

“We took a fairly basic design and worked with it by changing roof

and substance. Anchored to

Water features are a major component in the overall design

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void and central meeting place is the hub of the resort community where guests and visitors can enjoy the dining options and bars. A convenience store, cinema, gymnasium and day spa will complete the resort’s facilities by mid 2009. At Fitzroy Island Hunt Resort, four styles of accommodation are available for

island paradise

guests, the Beachfront Suites, ‘Isola’ Garden and Ocean View apartments, hotel


rooms and a spectacular four bedroom penthouse. During construction of the Beachfront Suites, Joshua gutted the original basic beach shacks and completed an internal and external renovation. The Suites now feature decks literally one step to the beach, as well as marble and glass bathrooms. Tropical timber features heavily throughout the decor, with built in furniture panelling and shutters. Joshua commissioned and designed most of the custom made furniture himself.

Developer and owner Joshua Hunt

“I had all the leather lounges made to my own design,” said Joshua.“We needed

the island with massive 1.5 tonne timber columns and granite stepped walls, to

the flexibility of sofa beds for families, and most of the leather ones on the market

onlookers the resort would appear to have organically grown out of the sand.

look ugly or are uncomfortable.”

The theme is expressed through a classically Asian colour palette, as well as the

The furniture style is an eclectic mix of modern Eames style classics, a touch of art

use of oversized ‘sand’ tiles, shutters and the extensive use of timber. The pitched

deco and minimalism, using timber, chrome, leather and luxe fabrics. “The colour

Bali style roof lines and open spaces complete the picture.

palette chosen is the soft sun bleached neutrals of the island but with bold

“Like many Australians who travel to Asia, I fell in love with the spectacular resort design,” said Joshua. “You walk into these amazing lobbies and suddenly you are in another world,” he said. The wow-factor of the resort on Fitzroy Island affects visitors from the moment they arrive, during their stroll along the beach, then through the floating portecochere, leading you into the paradise world of Fitzroy Island Hunt Resort.

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Like the traditional Asian longhouse, the oversized lobby with its eight metre

dynamic flashes of copper, sienna and turquoise,” said Joshua. “I find many interiors too bland,” he said “The flashes of dramatic colour in a rug, throw or chair lifts the room, but it still has that casual beachy-ness.” The 48 ‘Isola’ apartments are two bedroom, two bathroom, dual key spaces set over three storeys just 40 metres from the beach. Emphasis here is on clever, open plan design, making the most of elevated views over the Coral Sea. All feature private covered decks opening out from the


bedroom and living space. ‘Isola’ has the flexibility to be utilised as a hotel style room, self-contained unit or one large family space. ‘Isola’ is finished to the same high spec details utilising textiles, tiles, carpet, timber, granite and marble sourced by Joshua from the Asia/Pacific region during numerous buying trips. Every building component from nails to the timber trusses had to be sourced, then transported by semi-trailer from Brisbane and Sydney to Cairns, then barged over to the island. “Cairns is a community of only 150,000 people, so access skilled works and tradespeople was also a headache.”

Main bedroom overlooks the beautiful blue water

As the island is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the ecological sensitivity of Fitzroy Island was a major issue. Joshua had to manage the standards and regulations of five government bodies. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Cairns City Council, Department of Natural Resources and Water Queensland, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and the Environmental Protection Agency were all actively involved during the planning, designing and construction phases on Fitzroy Island. The island meets strict guidelines to protect the delicate environment, including its own sewage treatment plant and recycled water supply. Fitzroy delivers all the natural beauty expected in a Barrier Reef island – the pristine clear water, icing sugar beaches and brooding rainforest – which all provide the ideal setting for resort infrastructure.

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HIP HOTELS, THE NEW BIG VIBE IN STAY AND PLAY HAVE EYE-CATCHING INTERIORS GUESTS LOVE TO DEPLOY AT HOME rendy new hotels are throwing open their doors at a rapid pace revealing classic designs mixed with modern high tech to create truly spectacular interiors. It’s all about longevity and quality. Vintage wallpaper, mirror, timber and textured fabrics and big bold canvas art in the new blacks, new navy and new whites create a mono-tone interior. Add bold splashes of colour with accessories and furnishings with timeless curves to complete an elegant and sophisticated modern style. The addition of bright colours stimulate and focus. Geometric shapes work well in accessories as do simple floral patterns. Today’s design expresses social transformations, the shifting balance of nature, changes in our day-to-day lives and our sense of personal responsibility. People are looking at old, familiar things in new ways - and combining them to create innovative designs. Values are being challenged and new


rules for aesthetics established. Even lovers of harmony and balance fall victim to the lure of design. The new technologies and social utopias it promotes turn apartments upside down. But all developments in interior design - the enthusiasm for new and spontaneous forms and efforts to create something innovative without losing a sense of the past, are driven by a passion for meaningful things, or products with a purpose. Arbitrary shapes, the random use of materials and emotionless design have no future. In this context, sustainability and green design are impacting all levels of style and arrangements, in both the material and aesthetic senses. So, it’s simple. If it works for you when you’re staying in a trendy new hotel such as Le Meridien in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, whether wining and dining, sipping a cocktail in the club lounge and lobby, or relaxed in your room, makes notes on what appeals. Combine the latest fashion and function, become a trendsetter and mirror the designs in your sanctuary at home.






SERVING UP A COOL NEW COLLECTION... TABLEKRAFT How you serve your food should be just as sophisticated, and provide as big a ‘wow’ factor as the meal you have prepared. The time and effort you have taken to create your fabulous feast deserves to be complemented by a striking set of serving utensils. Tablekraft has designed and crafted a stunning collection of servers called 'Alaska', that will enhance any dining setting.

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EASTON PEARSON AND DESIGNER RUGS LAUNCH A UNIQUE RUG COLLECTION aston Pearson have collaborated with Designer Rugs to create a collection of


inspiring, eclectic rugs to be launched in April 2009. The collection includes eight

exciting, highly individual designs, including two unique circular rugs.

Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of Easton Pearson have established a global fashion

empire built very much around the idea of textile, shape and colour. Integral to their approach is their passion for textiles, which they create in partnership with artisans in India, Vietnam and Hong Kong for their collections each year. Yosi Tal, Managing Director of Designer Rugs, initiated the project with a very clear focus. “Increasingly, we’ve been exploring the idea of rugs as artworks, and Lydia and Pamela are artists as well as designers. It is a great new direction for Designer Rugs, and the pieces we have produced together with Easton Pearson are extraordinary, colourful, exuberant and yet another fresh approach to the world of design and interiors.” The collection references imagery as diverse as flowers by moonlight (Moon

Furniture is more than wood glue and screws; it is a definition of taste, lifestyle and individuality.

Shadow), a fantasy poppy field (Cosmic Garden), Spanish dancers in a garden (Favorita), fireworks mirrored in a pool

he principle goal at Casa Viva Interiors is to give you the

(Reflection) and

opportunity to express yourself uniquely in order to create

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a place of sanctuary to return to every single day; where

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a pond (Flower Pool). There are eight rugs in

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all, featuring a bold

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Through merging your dream with their exclusive classical and contemporary furniture and soft furnishings from Portugal, Spain and Australia, they can assist you in transforming your residence into your dream home where positive inspiration and feelings flow naturally. In order to create your dream home. Casa Viva Interiors is able to custom make your dream furniture design in Europe. to achieve a truly elegant individuality. Casa Viva Interiors offers unique bedspreads and throws embossed with genuine Swarovski Crystals. Casa Viva Interiors is truly in a world of it’s own. Casa Viva Interiors 118 Brisbane Road Labrador p: 07 5529 2962 w: e:

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Lilies and lotus... A WATER GARDEN WITH PLANTS IN POTS SHOULD USE NO MORE WATER THAN A CONVENTIONAL POTTED PLANT. n decorative architecture, waterfalls and cascades provide a focal point as well as sounds from the water splashing and spilling. Cascades also enhance the perception of a site by providing recreational facilities, an alteration of environmental factors to increase human comfort, a project image, a focal point or captivating views. In interior landscapes, it provides simultaneous tranquility and vitality. The concept of multi-purpose cascades has been re-developed in recent times, for example the grand cascade which surrounded the Olympic cauldron at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony however with water such a scarce commodity, its utilisation on a grand scale has had to be minimalised. So is it possible or even right to have a water garden? In a landscape it has enormous appeal, however a potted version is a style that is not only interesting but practical. One container opens the door to a palette of plants that you would normally only be able to use in a pond and the bonus is it uses far less water than your average potted plant. A large ceramic pot, bathtub, basin or any container that is watertight is ideal. Half wine barrels are a great, but plants and fish don’t like water with an alcoholic residue, so it needs to be thoroughly cleaned before use. Position the container where it gets at least six hours sunlight a day and give each plant its own pot using bricks or paving blocks as stands to adjust the heights. A good way to start is with White Rush, a strappy plant that grows to about 1.2 metres high and creates great habitat for fish and frogs. Others to consider are schoenoplectus lacustris ‘Albescens’, a sedge with vertical variegated foliage; nile grass papyrus which has mop-heads that can grow to three metres high; plus some irises are true water plants. Use iris laevigata elegantissima or the Japanese water iris ensata‘Embossed. Every potted pond should have a lotus or water lily of which there are two types, a hardy or tropical. Nymphaea ‘June Alison’ has bright green and maroon on its leaves and pink flowers; Nymphaea ‘Tina’ has a bright blue flower unique to tropical waterlilies.



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If the pots start to float, weigh them down with gravel or small rocks. Wait for two weeks for chlorine from the tap water to dissipate before adding fish. Australian native rainbow fish are particularly good because they are frog-friendly and won’t eat the tadpoles Azolla filiculoides serves as a nutrient control, keeping the algae at bay and tadpoles are a good sign in a water garden because if the water garden is in balance, they will often come naturally. Tadpoles are algae eaters so they help clean the pond. And when they turn into ‘princes’ they’ll eat the mosquito larvae. Other algae eating animals such as aquatic snails and insects such as 'back swimmers' are particularly valuable because they eat single-celled suspended algae, which if left unchecked will result in a very green pond. Change the amount of light that enters the pond by adding or subtracting the number of plants in both the pond and its surrounding area. Thirty to forty percent of the water surface should be shaded from the sun. Sunnier locations require a higher shade level. Very little needs to be done to maintain a water garden’s fantastic appearance. Just keep growth under control, clean it once a year and forget a pump or any fancy equipment. And let’s not forget you’re also assisting wildlife. When birds drink from the pot, they bring a certain amount of insect control to your garden.

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Imagine being able to cool, store, freeze, preserve and freshen foods by choosing one of five specifically designed temperature controls. With Fisher & Paykel’s multi-award winning Izone CoolDrawer the world’s first multi-temperature fridge drawer, you can. The 900mm wide easy pull-out drawer system with premium quality runners provides smooth and easy entry to food. Ergonomically, CoolDrawer exceeds expectations. No bending to access the freezer or stretching to reach the top shelf of the fridge. Traditionally refrigeration of food required placing it in a large box-like piece of furniture in the corner of the kitchen which locked people into a predefined work triangle. To Fisher & Paykel’s designers, it didn’t make sense to refrigerate or freeze food in fully integrated drawers that could be located close to food preparation, long term storage or cooking zones. “Storing food in several drawers means you can now program individual drawers to optimal temperature for each food type,” says Peter Russell. “Fruit and vegetables can be stored in one, meats and dairy in another and another containing drinks and appetisers can be located closer to the living or eating area in the kitchen. Optimally the drink’s drawer would be positioned on the living room side of the kitchen. The CoolDrawer offers an entirely new design freedom and modular flexibility. A simple electronic control interface makes it easy to choose between different functions. Changing from a fridge to a freezer or to an air-tight pantry is now as simple as pressing a button. The piece-de-resistance is that it is designed for integration. The unit will accept any cabinetry frontage you wish to put on it or optional stainless steel skins should you prefer.” .

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By Susie Theodorou (Murdoch Books rrp $29.95)

By Andrew Carmellini and Gwen Hyman (Bloomsbury rrp $55)

There is a huge range of coffee beans available, all with different flavours and qualities and with more and more

By Peter Kuruvita (rrp: $59.95) Born in London to an Austrian mother and Sri Lankan father, Peter Kuruvita spent much of his childhood in Sri

Aussie coffee drinkers brewing their coffee at home, this

Urban Italian is made up of the recipes that result

Lanka acquiring idyllic memories of family, fun and happy

means that there is a coffee out there for everybody. Coffee

when a great chef has to use the same resources as the rest of us. Covering four distinct courses, plus side dishes and base recipes include lamb meatballs stuffed with goat cheese; veal, beef, and pork ravioli; roast pork with Italian plums and grappa; fennel with Sambuca and orange; and a honey-flavoured pine nut cake. There are hilarious narratives throughout written by Carmellini and his wife/co-author Gwen Hyman) that traces Carmellini's culinary education and a series of outrageous tales that will delight anyone who loved Heat or Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.

hours spent in the kitchen with his grandmother. “One of

& Bites helps you find it and then spices up the developing love affair. There’s a selection of clever and easy-to-prepare recipes, both savoury and sweet, designed to complement the comforting and welcoming aroma of coffee. From chocolate brownies, biscotti, truffles and plum tarte tartin, to croquet monsieur, Roman-style pizza and melting salmon, crème fraiche and flat bread and of course suggestions for coffee to match.


While waiting for his restaurant A Voce to be finished, Andrew Carmellini faced an unusual challenge.


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the beautiful things about all Sri Lankans and their food is that they can rarely agree on the details of any recipe,” explains Peter Kuruvita ” His teenage years in Australia led to career as a chef that has taken him from Sydney to prestigious restaurants in London, the USA, Fiji, Lord Howe and Hayman Islands, Bali and back to Sydney’s impressive Flying Fish.



characteristics would make for an affectionate lap dog, but a Moodle would also have the intelligence and liveliness of a Poodle,” says Emily who also chose Indie because he has a nonshedding coat from a Poodle. “This is important as my fiancé Sam is asthmatic”. ross-breeds, long the underdog in Australia’s pet The PIAS however, cautions prospective pet owners not to populations, may soon be top dogs if the latest trends simply fall for a cute made-up breed name and a bundle of fluff. continue and there’s a growing trend toward so-called “There is no doubt that many of the so called designer dogs ‘designer dogs’ attending pet dog classes. make delightful pets but it is most important to select your pet “Last year about 10 per cent of the dogs that based on the lifestyle you have and the level of attended adult dog training classes were time and commitment you can give your pet,” …cautions designer dogs: says the president of the says Susie. “Any of the ‘oodles’ are part Poodle prospective Australian Pet Dog Trainers Association (APDT), and Poodles are energetic, athletic dogs that pet owners Karin Bridge. ‘This year, around 30 per cent of the make great family pets. If they are crossed with not to puppies in our puppy classes have been a larger dog such as a Labrador or a Golden simply fall designer dogs: ten Cavoodles, seven Spoodles, Retriever, the resulting Labradoodle or Groodle for a cute two Schnoodles, four Moodles and one will be a large, energetic dog that requires lots made-up A verdant Labradoodle.” of exercise, clipping and grooming. Of course, and inviting breed name a n d a Susie Willis from the Petcare Information and this may be just the sort of pet you are lookingpoolside area b u n d l e o f Advisory Service (PIAS) concurs: “There has been for. fluff. an increase in the number of designer dogs in “When choosing a cross-breed puppy, firstly Australia, as people look for pets that they consider whether one or other of their parents perceive will be well suited to their living arrangements and would suit you. Also consider the puppy’s likely temperament, lifestyle. Cross-breeds are popular because they are active, smart exercise needs, grooming requirements, energy levels and dogs and considered easier to care for than some of the purewhether it is mainly going to be an indoor or an outdoor dog. bred dogs. “It is also important to check that all breeding stock has been “Attitudes to dogs that have parents from two different breeds screened for hereditary conditions such as hip or elbow displasia have really changed in the last ten years. They are now seen as as well as eye conditions such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy bringing the best of the breeds together and our research (PRA). indicates that their numbers are on the increase.” “Whether cross-bred or pure-bred, it is important to make sure Emily Croser from Brisbane chose her Moodle Indie specifically that you can provide a lifetime of love and care for your best for his cross-bred characteristics. friend. In return, you’ll get 100 per cent pure companionship.” “I was interested in a Moodle because I thought the Maltese


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the ideal escape to relax and NESTLED IN THE GOLD COAST HINTERLAND, A SCENIC TWO HOUR DRIVE FROM BRISBANE, O’REILLY’S IS AN ESCAPE TO WORLD AWAY - A WORLD OF ANCIENT STANDS OF SUB-TROPICAL RAINFOREST, ENDLESS VISTAS AND A VAST ARRAY OF BIRD AND WILDLIFE. urrounded by World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s is the ideal escape to relax and rejuvenate in stunning natural surrounds; where bird calls replace phone calls, rainforest replaces the urban jungle, open views create open minds and you can climb to new heights, literally. For over 80 years, O’Reilly’s have been sharing their appreciation for nature with guests, while serving up their famous brand of legendary hospitality. And nature is a passion they love to share – especially in their new interactive ‘Reptile Encounter’ show. The show features a range of native Australian snakes including three out of the top 10 most venomous snakes in the world, plus a variety of monitors, lizards and turtles. Afterwards, a ‘chat and pat’ session gives you the chance to get up close and personal with some of these fascinating creatures, under the watchful eye of their experienced handlers. The animal encounter show is just one of their exciting new endeavours, with O’Reilly’s exclusive new $35 million Mountain




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Villas eco-development their most ambitious project yet. Featuring 48 luxury self-contained villas, the Mountain Villas are proving luxury accommodation can be both unobtrusive and eco-friendly. Each villa features an outdoor spa on an expansive timber deck, a gas fireplace, contemporary kitchen, air conditioning, ensuited bedrooms, undercover parking and stunning mountain or rainforest vistas. The Mountain Villas project also incorporates the new Lost World Spa and Conference Centre, which opened in August 2008. The Lost World Spa features seven indulgent treatment rooms, including two sublime couple’s suites, and a relaxation room warmed by a fire and boasting stunning vistas, a welcome respite after a day of bushwalking. Spa treatments utilise all-natural Sodashi products, a West Australian company that supplies the finest natural products to some of the world’s best spas. The Spa also draws on the unique healing properties of vinotherapy, utilising extracts from grapes grown in O’Reilly’s own vineyard, which contain some of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants. The Conference Centre features retreat style conference facilities set against a breathtaking mountain backdrop, with breakout room and large terrace overlooking the infinity edge pool to the mountains. Since opening, the Conference Centre has provided the perfect haven for focused thinking and productive outcomes,

rejuvenate... with teams from top companies like Ecotourism Australia, Telstra, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Nissan, P&0 Logistics and AAMI all having enjoyed new outlooks. At the bottom of the mountain, mornings are now being toasted in style. O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, located at the base of the mountain, is now open for breakfast on weekends between 8:00am – 10:30am. For those wishing to toast the new day, each dish has been matched to one of the Vineyard’s award-winning wine range.

From roving reptiles to ‘roughing it’ in new luxurious villas, O’Reilly’s may have made some changes, but what remains the same is O’Reilly’s legendary hospitality and strong ecotourism ethos. For further information, contact O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Villas and Lost World Spa on 07 5544 0644 or O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards on 07 5543 4011, or visit

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– It’s A Kinda Magic returns to Australia ready to rock the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Lyric Theatre, on Friday 5th June, 2009 Since it’s 2007 Australian tour, the production has electrified audiences in South Africa, France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Germany, Dubai, Canada, United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In 2009, interest in Queen has never been higher, with Queen upstaging The Beatles as the “greatest British band of all time” (BBC Radio 2 poll, 2007). Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic takes audiences back in time to re-live the energy, excitement and theatrics of Freddie Mercury and the greatest ROCK band in the world, QUEEN! With 21st century sound and lighting, and a cast that takes magnetism to new heights, this theatrical attraction creates the 1986 world tour of Freddie Mercury and Queen, taking audiences back in time to experience the passion of Freddie Mercury, the amazing guitar solos of Brian May, the thundering rhythms of Roger Taylor - and all those unbelievable Queen harmonies. Tickets on sale: Monday 6th April - Ph: 136 246 or


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theatre With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and


Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba taking you towards total music overload, this dazzling new production will have the whole audience

BUDDY - The BUDDY HOLLY Story It’s had audiences on their feet in every corner of the globe and now BUDDY - The Buddy Holly

rocking and bopping in the aisles. Star of the show will be Scott Cameron as Buddy Holly, a dynamic young man who performs with the same brilliant musical and vocal qualities that made Buddy Holly a household name. Scott first played the guitar at

Story is back and ready to explode in a brand

age 5. His career has skyrocketed since that

new production of this toe-tapping, hand-

time with him touring and featured alongside

clapping live music extravaganza!

Tommy & Phil Emmanuel, the Late Slim Dusty,

On 3 February 1959, as the world was perched

Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson, Gina Jefferies

on the most exciting musical decade in history,

& Brian Cadd, Glenn Shorrock, and Jade Hurley.

the young genius who made it all possible was

Filling the big shoes of The Big Bopper will be

tragically killed, aged just 22, leaving behind a

Luke Tonkin, with Flip Simmons as Ritchie

legacy of over 30 timeless hits.

Valens, and Laura Bunting as Maria Elena Holly.

With a multi-talented cast, BUDDY, The Buddy Holly Story, tells his story, presents his music and

Seen by more than 20 million people in over 16,000 performances worldwide Buddy – The

features two terrific hours of his greatest hits

Buddy Holly Story is an exciting and enthralling

including -That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, I'm

journey through the life of the man that began

Looking For Someone To Love, Rave On,

an era.

Heartbeat, Maybe Baby, Everyday - songs that

Venue: Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane

inspired the Beatles and helped trigger the whole

Opens Sat 2nd May for 6 weeks.. BookingsQTIX

60's revolution; songs that despite their countless

136 246 or online

cover versions and enduring airplay have never lost their magic.

STOMP UNVEILS NEW ROUTINES, NEW CHOREOGRAPHY AND NEW MUSIC... The British theatrical sensation STOMP returns to Australia and New Zealand in April with their revamped show – fresher, faster and funnier than ever before. From a single drum, hanging around Luke Cresswell’s neck, back in 1991, STOMP has taken on a life of its own. Since those early days, creators and co-directors Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have developed a unique, universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance. With unstoppable energy and toe-tapping exuberance, STOMP takes the clutter and junk of everyday life – everything including the kitchen sink – and transforms it into a pulsating, witty, utterly irresistible theatrical event. To date the show has set feet stamping, fingers drumming, adrenalin rushing and feel-good flooding through audiences totalling 14 million across 43 countries. Now, after an astonishing 6 years in the West End, STOMP unveils ‘STOMP ’09 – inspired by their large-scale Las Vegas version, STOMP Out Loud. New music and choreography join a fresh array of ordinarily mundane objects, onto which the cast work their musical magic. A unique multi award-winning combination of theatre, dance and comedy, STOMP consistently wows audiences and critics alike with its infectious rhythms and “pure stage magic.” Brisbane Shows: Concert Hall, QPAC, Cnr Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Bank Dates: Tue 5th May to Sun 10th May Bookings: QTIX Ph 136 246 or online

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serious artists and high-end contemporary prints. There is no merchandise.” Inventory artists include Damien Hirst, hane Bowden knows how to make an impression. Born in Brisbane he left in Anish Kapoor, Henri Matisse, Pablo 1998 to travel and expand his artistic horizons throughout Europe and the UK Picasso, Julian Opie, Salvador Dali, Tom before settling in the USA to study painting and drawing at U.N.L.V. He later Wesselmann, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons moved to New York in 2004 and 2005 to finish his studies under the Atelier System and Takashi Murakami. Artists represented include Dean Reilly, at N.Y.S.S. Jennifer Converse, The dashing-looking artist who’s also known as a very cool piano bar Yvette Swan, Andrew singer at night, calls himself an “abstract expressionist action painter” Martin, Lindsay and says “I owe a debt to abstract expressionists like De Koenig, Cy A REPUTATION AS Polson, Michael Twombly, Pollock and current contemporaries Damien Hirst, Anish Plumridge, Alan Kapoor and Jonathon Meese.” ONE OF A GROUP Pearson and Alan A New York Times critic said: “His work is immediately engaging, in OF GREAT Shannon whose your face, big bold and brashy, sometimes achingly simple, colourful EMERGING painting of a nude and controversial and sexually playful.” ARTISTS WITH man wearing a Shane is part of a new breed of contemporary artists who wear their LONG TERM colostomy bag has influences on their sleeve and makes no apologies for who they are SUSTAINABILITY attracted much and what their art stands for: “I felt after leaving the protocol and AND ENORMOUS comment. structure of my studies, that my work evolved for me personally and “It’s an exceptional creatively. With no boundaries, I love to paint on a primal level. No INVESTMENT self-portrait of Alan matter whether it’s simple or layered with structure and intensity. It POTENTIAL who lives in Doonan is all purely emotional, and passionately executed.” [near Noosa] and has been a finalist numerous times in the Apart from painting 500 to 600 canvases a year Shane found he has Archibald and Doug Moran prizes,” says Shane, who is a stickler a natural talent for curating, marketing and setting up galleries such for only hanging paintings of artists with credentials, experience and a deep as several he did in the US for Australian photographer Peter Lik. The USA’s loss is now Noosa’s gain. Shane’s gorgeous wife Johnna, a former make- meaning. up artist to stars such as Natalie Portman, Celine Dion and Cameron Diaz, agreed to Shane’s works are also on show of course and whilst he’s still an early career artist move downunder sight unseen so they could follow their dream - own their own he’s quickly gaining a reputation as one of a group of great emerging artists with long term sustainability and enormous investment potential. His highly textural gallery and have their son Seven who was born on 7 July, 2007, schooled there. Le Blanc Contemporary Art, which is all white and has a decadently furnished works on linen, canvas, hessian, board and more are furnished with professional private viewing room, opened recently to an adoring audience in the On The aesthetic brilliance. His expressionism is staged with a raw, colourful, unbridled Beach complex. Shane believes Noosa is ready for an edgy art gallery of the style enthusiasm and totally individual interpretation. found in New York and London and to a certain extent Sydney and Melbourne. “Noosa is the closest thing we have to the south of France and Hastings Street is the perfect place for a full-on art gallery specializing in fine art hangings, full-time




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Gallery 2120 GALLERY 2120 IS A FRESH, NEW, AND EXCITING GALLERY WITHIN THE ART AND JAMES STREET PRECINCTS OF FORTITUDE VALLEY, BRISBANE. This light and appealing space enables us to represent and support a stable of fifteen emerging and mid career artists who are predominantly Queensland (and locally) based . Our artists have been specially selected for their diverse, interesting and unique styles. Their works are constantly on show and are available for collectors and first-time buyers.

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In addition, as part of our Exhibition programme these artists' works will be accompanied by a feature artist or artists' works for two weeks of each month.


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Visit the Gallery, enjoy the artwork, register for our monthly exhibitions, and chat with our friendly art consultants. The Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. You may contact the Gallery on 3254 1192 or after hours on 0400494735.

To register:

The Australian Artist & Talent Register is an internet site especially designed to promote emerging and accomplished Artists,

For further information or to register: Email or Phone 07 38684066

‘Secret Women’ - Orrell Battersby

In May we feature Orrell Battersby an extremely talented thematic artist whose passion is social justice. He was born in the U.K. and moved to Australia in 1993 with his wife and children. Orrell is an ordained minister with a degree in theology and psychology and for many years has been involved in community welfare projects. Orrell now paints full time and has painted a collection of contemporary paintings featuring the faces of Indigenous Australians. The series draws on the artist's own experience of dealing with institutional intolerance and discrimination. The paintings are not portraits; they illustrate an issue rather than an individual. You can be among the first to view some of this series of paintings in the Gallery now (as this is the first time they have been on display). Our April Exhibition features ‘Admiral’ - Ben Stack Sydney based artist Ben Stack. Ben Stack was born in Dublin in 1959. Ben emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1994 where he now lives and works. “My paintings usually start with a colour idea, then evolve into compositions in which colour is the primary subject. Art is a synthesis of my personality, the subject or colours that inspire me and my materials and techniques. Speed and simplicity are my primary goals” says Ben. The Gallery has a number of Ben's current works on display now.


Does mystery play a part? ENJOYING A MARKET THAT INCLUDES, NEW ZEALAND, USA, CANADA, HONGKONG AND EVEN A RECENT SALE TO BERMUDA ENABLES THE GALLERY BENEATH TO CONTINUE TO OFFER REGULAR EXHIBITIONS OF NEW WORKS TO DISCERNING CLIENTS. pril 5th will see the launch of a new collection by Raelean Hall and May 3rd will feature Velia Newman. Both enjoy popular support in the decorative emerging artist category.“We predict both will become very collectable if they aren’t already” says Claire. As for putting the mystery in to focus, Gallery Beneath is going to be representing and releasing details of a highly collectable series of artworks with an already international client list. Securing these works for the Australian market could well be described as the art coup of the year. WHO IS THE LONELY DOG? This highly intelligent dachshund has created quite a stir over the last few years. Spending most of his formative years in the company of a very creative family, he enjoyed the great variety of activities that occupied the family’s busy lives. He soon became an expert in many fields of endeavour including musical band leader, street racer, gigolo and bon vivant. His celebrity soon spread to parts foreign and requests for printed images and pawtographs flooded in. As each new skill became known


further demand for a collectible evidentiary something resulted. There were even calls for an effigy to celebrate the achievement. Secret approaches were made by the international film industry and a LONELY DOG major book publisher was known to be interested in foreign language story rights. A legend was clearly in the making. Seeking refuge from the pressures of such high celebrity the Lonely Dog sought approval to find some peace in Australia. Will he be happy so far from family and will his legendary past be exposed? Can the legend take on a new era from his Queensland retreat? Who is the Lonely Dog? For the inside story and details of the legend contact

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Viridian...the ultimate lifestyle destination...


oosa, and its world famous shopping and dining precinct,

It has been over 20 years since the last five star resort was built in the Hastings

Hastings Street is recognised as one of Australia’s ultimate lifestyle

Street precinct. When Viridian opens next year, holidaymakers and investors will

destinations. It is a location synonymous with laid back luxury, fine

agree that it has been worth the wait.

food, culture, beautiful beaches and natural surrounds.

real estate

Over 1.7 million visitors flock to Noosa each year, keen to experience a touch

Want to know more? • There are currently 16 luxurious, strata-titled three and four bedroom Viridian

of ‘Noosa style’. The new $300million Viridian Resort and Spa will deliver yet more style and

Beach Villas ranging in size from a generous 350 sqm to 586 sqm on offer

luxury to Noosa when it opens for business in April 2010. Hawaii’s largest hotel

through Tom Offermann Real Estate. Price tags range from $3.2 million -

group, the prestigious Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, will manage the resort.

$5.9 million.

Currently under construction, the Leighton Properties and Macquarie Group of Companies Joint Venture project is located on Noosa Hill, just off Hastings Street. The resort will feature144 premium one and two bedroom suites and 54 luxurious villas and penthouses with a total capacity for over 700 guests. Lucky holidaymakers will enjoy access to a deluxe day spa, conference centre, bar and licensed restaurant all just footsteps away from Noosa’s National Park

• Colliers International is marketing the one-bedroom, twobedroom and twin key investment units, which start from $656,000. • For those wishing to purchase at Viridian a 10% deposit is required with settlement not due until 2010. For international buyers, Viridian is also Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approved. • For more information about the Viridian Resort & Spa visit

and Main Beach. Multi-award winning Australian architect, John Mainwaring has or for more information on

designed the resort.

the Viridian Beach Villas on Little Hastings Street, visit

Viridian’s resort suites and villas are currently selling off the plan. The resort has

already attracted a number of astute investors, keen to secure their piece of prime real estate in one of Australia’s favourite holiday locations.

Are you ready to discover one of Noosa's hidden Treasure's?

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Only 50 metres from the picturesque Noosa river wine and dine precinct, Stylish, clean, well appointed self contained 1 & 2 bedroom holiday apartments

Very Central Location set in a quite side street back from the traffic and noise Call us today for your quality family getaway or romantic couples escape. QueenslandLuxuryStyleLiving LuxuryStyleLiving 86 86 Queensland

SEQ Happenings 2009 QUT URBAN COUNTRY FESTIVAL 4 days, 500 artists, 11 stages, 15 free events! Pull up stumps and head to Caboolture on the May long weekend as Australia’s biggest names perform over 9 hours of non stop music. Artists include Australia’s favourite sons Lee Kernaghan and John Williamson joined by Adam Harvey, Jonah’s Road and Travis Collins. Over the weekend you can attend 15 free events including the Beaut Ute Show, Songwriters Cafe, bush poets, clogging, pig racing, a talent search and much more. There are also free concerts held everyday including Urban Blaze on Sunday night where you can enjoy Australia’s finest urban country artists while sitting by crackling bonfires. Dates: Fri 1 May 2009 Mon 4 May 2009 Venue: Caboolture Town Square, 33 King Street, Upper Caboolture

“Blues Roots and all That’s Jazz” starts from midday and features the finest blues and jazz recording artists across three stages. When the sun goes down and it feels like you are ready to party, a more contemporary mainstream pop dance rock vibe hits you and you won’t be able to sit still all night! Dates: Sun 3 May 2009 Venue: Caxton Street, Brisbane CBD www.caxtonstseafoodand

POMONA KING OF THE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL & RACE 26 July 2009 Come along to this free family festival and get involved starting with the famous bush poet’s breakfast at plus enjoy a huge cooked breakfast with Shirley Friend and her ratbag mates. Admission to the Poet's Breakfast is by ticket only and numbers are limited. Enjoy a guided bird walk around Mt. Cooroora with well known local guide Raoul Slater. The Quarter Marathon and

CAXTON STREET SEAFOOD & WINE FESTIVAL It’s that time of year again and the Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival, an iconic Queensland event, is in its 15th year. There is nothing greater than sampling fabulous food while sipping on local wines and listening to iconic Australian feature artists as you enjoy one of the most popular street parties in Queensland.

3km family fun runs are scheduled for 8.00am and 8.30am


registration are taken on the day or visit the web site to download an entry form and all the details

SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW The annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is a leading boat show in the Asia Pacific

region. The 2008 event attracted more than 50,600 visitors, 455 exhibitors and close to 900 boats on display, four kilometres of displays, as well as pavilion and hardstand exhibits. The show has the largest on water boat display in the Asia Pacific region stretching more than five kilometres. Dates: Thu 21 May 2009 Sun 24 May 2009 Venue: Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Casey Rd, Sanctuary Cove www.sanctuarycoveboatsh

AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM AND REALISM The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s most prestigious art museums and its American Wing has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of American art. This exhibition will feature more than 70 impressionist and realist paintings from the Metropolitan, representing some of America’s foremost artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries including James Abbott ONLINE or: McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, William Merritt-Chase, Maurice Prendergast and Mary Cassatt Dates: Sat 30 May 2009 Sun 20 September 2009 met Venue: Queensland Art Gallery, Cnr Grey & Peel Street, South Brisbane Queensland LuxuryStyleLiving



V12 Vantage: Aston Martin’s most exhilarating sports car PURPOSEFUL, STRIKING AND FUNCTIONAL STYLING SIGNALLING PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES ston Martin presented the most potent production sports car in the marque’s 95-


year history at the Geneva motor show recently. Based on the hugely successful V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage will feature a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510

bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque with a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 4.2 seconds. The latest incarnation of the Vantage family has been designed to provide a unique character, appealing to different driver tastes and complementing the other models in the Aston Martin line-up. x Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “This is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range, combining our most agile model with our most powerful engine. It represents the definitive driving package; providing spectacular performance to ensure a dynamically thrilling and everyday useable driving experience.

8800sqm, a 22 per cent increase from 2008. The Super Yacht pavilion has

different people with different tastes, allowing more people to enjoy the Aston Martin

almost doubled in size and will feature glass walls on two sides,


presenting a spectacular view to the marina.

turn concepts and ideas into reality.”

for the boys

This year's S C I B Show has a combined pavilion display of more than

“The V12 Vantage has a unique character, unlike our other cars. This will appeal to

“This also illustrates one of Aston Martin’s key strengths – the ability to act quickly and


21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show... 21st - 24th May.

Designed for the focused driver, every component of the V12 Vantage has been honed

S C I B S General Manager Mark Jensen said the Show had enjoyed a really positive response from the global marine industry, including 25 new exhibitors at the Show for the first time.

with pure driving enjoyment in mind. Benefitting from race-developed materials and

Improvements to transport arrangements would further streamline

components, and featuring lightweight carbon fibre; performance and agility have been

visitor entry. “Recent Shows have attracted more than 50,000 visitors via

tuned to perfection.

park ‘n’ ride, water taxis, ferries and helicopter transfer to the extensive

Visually enticing, the V12 Vantage expresses its performance potential through its

marine site.

purposeful stance created by enhanced aerodynamic and cooling aids optically

“This year we have reconfigured the marina displays to ensure there is

widening the car. Equally inviting, the cosseting interior permits the driver to extract

a spacious water transport drop off area around G and H marina arms

maximum performance ability from the car while also enjoying customary levels of

for the pre-arranged water taxi and ferry transfers.

Aston Martin comfort on longer journeys. High levels of power and torque are available

“To further promote smooth entry, all park ‘n’ ride visitors will be sold

at all engine speeds making the V12 Vantage responsive and tractable in any driving

tickets at their arrival on site, with a new entry statement to the Show

situation. The V12 Vantage will be built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon,

which should impress our international and Australian visitors and buyers.” he said.

Warwickshire joining the DBS, DB9 and V8 Vantage model lines which are built in the

There is no on-site public parking at the Show. Visitors can instead

state-of-the-art production facility combining hi-tech manufacturing processes with

choose park ‘n’ ride, water transport by water taxi or ferry, limousine or

traditional hand-craftsmanship. Production will be limited to between just 300-500

taxi drop off or helicopter drop off. There is no private boat mooring

examples per year, making the V12 Vantage a truly exclusive driver’s car.

however boat owners can moor at the Coomera River with transfers for

Deliveries of the V12 Vantage are expected to commence during quarter three 2009 with prices to be confirmed shortly.

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a gold coin donation by Volunteer Marine Rescue. For further details view:

Contact Sareen for your nearest distributor Queensland Head Office & Showroom Unit 11, 507 Olsen Ave, Southport Qld 4215 Phone 07 5539 2088 Brisbane Warehouse, Unit 1, 63 Parramatta St, Underwood Qld 4215 Ph 07 5539 2088 New South Wales 86 Nirranda Street, Concord West NSW 2138 Phone 02 9736 2260

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