October 13, 2013
Sandra Tiltman with Lord Mayor Clover Moore & The Hon. George Souris, MP Minister for Tourism

Sandra Tiltman with Lord Mayor Clover Moore & The Hon. George Souris, MP Minister for Tourism

Eating great Asian food with all the variations of flavours, no longer means a trip overseas.  Sydney now has an enormous range of restaurants and take-aways covering every price bracket, offering cuisine from China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and the regions within those countries.  Sydney food lovers are spoilt for choice.

DSC00121Almost any Asian food item is now available in Sydney at specialty Asian supermarkets and small shops.  Even many of the mainstream supermarkets have large Asian sections offering a wide range of products.

At Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday evening, Lord Mayor Clover Moore launched Asia On Your Doorstep, a special initiative designed to celebrate the fabulous feast of flavours on our doorstep during Sydney Good Food Month.

The Lord Mayor commented the Festival gave Sydneysiders the opportunity to visit one of the city’s most popular cultural precincts and to taste their way through Asia without leaving the city.  “People will be able to see some of Chinatown’s best chefs at work and try out some of their offerings” said the Lord Mayor.

The annual City of Sydney backed Festival runs until 31 October and helps diners discover the secrets of top chefs and also enjoy some of Chinatown’s signature dishes.

A Festival highlight is the one night only ‘Little Eat Street’ night markets which will be held in Little Hay Street on Friday, 25 October, where more than a dozen restaurants will bring their best street food and snacks to Haymarket.

Students from the City of Sydney’s inaugural International Student Leadership and Ambassador program will act as Festival Ambassadors, helping businesses in Chinatown, Thai-town (Campbell Street), Korea-town (Pitt Street) get involved in the event.

MC Lee Lin Chin of SBS with Adam Liaw

MC Lee Lin Chin of SBS with Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw, MasterChef Australia winner and SBS TV chef, will demonstrate some of his favourite dishes at lunchtime from 10-13 October at Market City. He will also judge an Asian cooking competition between TAFE students, with the winner taking home a $1,000 prize.

More than 70 restaurants across Haymarket will create signature dishes for the Festival, using their five favourite and most interesting ingredients, all for $10-$20.

By enjoying a meal at a restaurant participating in Asia On Your Doorstep, diners will be able to enter a competition to win a trip to Thailand.

Another foodie event currently underway is the Macau Food Festival in Feast Restaurant at Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park, running until 20 October.

The lunch and dinner buffet features a selection of new dishes, along with Macau food specialities of Macanese curry prawns, Caldo Verde (a Portuguese potato based soup), a casserole of bacalhau (cod), and Minchi (mince topped with a fried egg), plus the traditional Serradura and Macau egg tarts for dessert.

As part of the Macau Festival, family friendly events will be held in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park over the weekend of 19-20 October.

Sandra Tiltman  Photos:  John Pond.


October 13, 2013

IMG_2100Melbourne medical student Olivia Wells, who was recently crowned Miss Universe Australia 2013, is studying a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery at Monash University and has hopes of assisting underprivileged countries that require medical assistance.

Miss Universe Australia is a national beauty pageant of Australia that selects the representative to the Miss Universe pageant.

Olivia will soon be heading to Russia, where she will be Australia’s representative at Donald Trump’s International Pageant, to be held in Moscow on 9 November 2013, where hopefully she will win the coveted crown.

Miss Universe Australia in conjunction with Face of Australia Cosmetics staged the “Face of Australia Cosmetics National Costume Competition” for emerging designers to create and design the Australian National Costume to be paraded by Olivia in Moscow.  Queensland Designer, Jason Chectcuti, was announced as the winner with a design that was inspired by the curves of the female form, the blue incorporating our beach culture and the feathers on the dress representing Australia’s wildlife.  Jason studied in Paris and has worked on Project Runway Australia.

The National Costume Launch Presented by Face of Australia Cosmetics held an exclusive Runway Show in Sydney recently at L’Aqua, which showcased a sneak preview of Jason’s winning design, which was paraded by Olivia Wells.

The runway show also featured Adelaide designer Paolo Sebastian’s beautiful handcrafted evening gown that Olivia will wear in the contest.  The parade also included a collection of dresses that will Olivia will take with her to Moscow as part of her wardrobe.

Miss Universe is the second most watched event in the world with over 3 billion viewers, following the World Cup.

Sandra Tiltman  PHOTO:  John Pond  



October 13, 2013

Coast S6Neil Oliver, historian, archaeologist and presenter of acclaimed BBC TV series such as Coast, Vikings and A History of Ancient Britain, is coming to Sydney for a fascinating live show at the State Theatre on Wednesday, 4 December at 8 pm, presented by Lateral Events and BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ). Neil Oliver – History in the Making will coincide with the broadcast of Oliver’s new series Coast Australia on Foxtel in December.

In History in the Making, Neil will bring British and Australian history to life and will give a unique insight into the intriguing and turbulent Dark Ages era in Britain, when King Arthur was rumoured to have held court and the Saxons and Vikings invaded.

“For me, the characters and events of the past are every bit as exciting as breaking news today. I want everyone to feel the same excitement about these stories as I do, even a sense of personal connection to them, so I am very much looking forward to presenting History in the Making live on stage in Sydney and Melbourne,” said Neil Oliver. “We’ll be evoking some of the most exciting periods of history and bringing them to life. If you’ll excuse the pun this will be a ground breaking experience!”

Neil will also discuss his new series Coast Australia, in which he has gathered stories, amazing facts and revelations about Australia’s own history, people, archaeology, geography and marine life. Neil has recently completed filming Coast Australia for The History Channel which starts Monday, 2 December at 7.30 pm.

Trained as an archaeologist and journalist, Neil made his television debut in the BBC’s Two Men in a Trench which featured Neil and close friend Tony Pollard visiting historic battlefields and recreating the battle situations using state of the art archaeological techniques.

Sandra Tiltman 


October 13, 2013

Abor. Makeup

LI’TYA, meaning ‘Of the Earth’ is Australia’s leading five star spa beauty range for skin, hair and body products.  Based on Indigenous Australian plants and healing principles, with a commitment to ethical and sustainable manufacturing, LI’TYA uses sustainably wild harvested, pure Australian botanicals and organic ingredients.

Using Indigenous plant knowledge and healing principles, pure essential oils and botanical bases with no synthetic fragrances, LI’TYA products are Australian made and owned.  They use responsible biodegradable recyclable packaging, natural and organically sourced ingredients and are never tested on animals.  Their products are used and stocked in a number of international and local leading day spas.

The native Australian ingredients and active extracts in the range are some of the most potent botanicals available. The Wild Rosella, Lemon Myrtle, Kakadu Plum, Cherry Alder and Quandong are exceptionally high in Vitamin C, exfoliating fruit acids and natural antioxidants.

Springtime for northeastern Aboriginals is known as “Kakkaba” the coming of the rains and the Bogong moth. This Kakkaba, LI’TYA is featuring a number of its best Spring products including Boronia Absolute Eye Serum, Wild Rosella Mist, Cherry Alder Hydrating Cream, Lillypilly Gel Cleanser and Mother of Pearl facial Polish.

LI’TYA’s tips for Spring health include:  Begin to refresh your body, emotions and spirit by using fresh foods grown above ground, preferably clean, organic produce.  Flush and hydrate your body with water, juices and herbal teas.  Create a daily routine of meditation and contemplation to help remain focused and clear on intentions.  Use hydrating, nutrient rich skin and hair care based on marine collagen, macadamia oil, plant based blends for cellular renewal and strength. Strengthen energy through activating pressure points and energy centers through the feet.

Sandra Tiltman