20 May

Cadbury has released that Vegemite chocolate block – and we tried it


Turns out Cadbury wasn’t really fooling everyone with pictures of a Vegemite-flavoured chocolate after all.

The chocolate/Vegemite mashup is most definitely a real thing, as confirmed by Cadbury on social media last week. It’s a limited-edition flavour, as part of the company’s campaign to encourage social media users to share their own dream chocolate pairings.

While it’s set to “officially” hit the shelves from June, Cadbury is teasing that you may be able to track it down sooner. And because we’re up for all sorts of adventures here at Time Out HQ, we took our sleuthing skills to (a lot) of local supermarkets so we could road test the new flavour.

So, is it oozing with a Vegemite centre? Is it too sweet? Or is it just a massively hyped variation on salted caramel? Read our staffers’ verdicts below:

It’s got that nice, salty umami flavour to it, but really, it just tastes like somebody gave me chocolate right after I had some toast.Read more

7 May

Chin Chin is moving into the Griffiths Tea Building… and these things should, too


Finally! After a year-long search, Melbourne’s beloved Asian fusion playground Chin Chin has announced the location for its impending Sydney outpost: the long-empty Griffiths Tea building in Surry Hills. The historic warehouse has sat dormant for far too long in a prime spot on Wentworth Avenue, and news that Chin Chin will be occupying its ground floor signals a significant sea change for the area. It also got our minds to wondering what else could find a new home inside the vast warehouse. How about…

Sydney enjoys well-structured, minimal European design as much as the next Antipodean city and we are fully prepped to welcome the higher end of H&M to our sunny city. In fact, a timely expansion may just make us forget they chose Melbourne first.

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You know what they say: all you need to get a kitten café in Sydney, is another cat café, or even two.… Read more

4 May

Elton John, Cold Chisel to play final Qantas Credit Union Arena shows

elton-john-2015Sydneysiders, your days of trying to tell a friend you’re going to see a show at the Qantas Credit Union Arena – and almost invariably flubbing your delivery – are finally coming to an end. Over the weekend and this morning, the final homegrown and international performers to play the venue were revealed.

First up: Cold Chisel, who will play a show on the evening of Fri Dec 18. The iconic Aussie rockers have announced their set list will be divided in two: one will be “a diverse mix of songs from the band’s extensive catalogue,” and the second will feature tracks from their 1983 Last Stand tour, which included the band’s original ‘final’ performance at the arena, which had just opened as the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Sir Elton John, who has played the arena more than any other performer in history (45 times!) is the appropriate choice for the real, actual, this-is-it final night show on Sat Dec 19.… Read more

4 May

Swine and Co announces move to Surry Hills


The team behind Swine and Co, that porcine palace dedicated to all things pork that opened last year in the CBD, announced this morning that they’re packing up the trough and making their way to Surry Hills. CEO Thomas Pash of Urban Purveyor Group, which owns and operates Swine and Co, says there are plans for an expanded indoor and outdoor area at their new, as-yet-unnamed location, along with plans to add US-style barbecue items to the menu. (Take that, Surly’s!) The updated drinks menu is expected to feature more than 150 whiskies from around the globe, along with an extensive craft beer list.

Swine and Co is expected to cease operations in its current CBD location imminently, and the Surry Hills location is slated to open within a few months.

Read Time Out Sydney‘s review of Swine and Co.Read more

28 April

Grace Jones announces two shows for Vivid Sydney 2015


Trailblazing multi-hyphenate and disco-era icon Grace Jones is coming back to Sydney. Jones famously headlined a Sydney Festival show in the Domain in 2009 and last played a sold-out show at the Enmore Theatre in 2011. Now she’s set for a two-night stand as part of Modulations at Carriageworks, which is returning for a second year to the Vivid Sydney program.

Jones’ two Sydney shows – to be played on Sun May 31 and Mon Jun 1 – will be her only appearances in Australia this go-round; though she hasn’t released any new music since 2008, Jones remains an enigmatic and much sought-after live performer, renowned for her eye-popping costumes, luxuriant interpretations of songs from her catalog and outrageous onstage behaviour. (If memory serves correct, she whipped a pedestal fan onstage with a riding crop at her 2011 Enmore show and told it to behave.) No word yet on whether the shows will be filmed for Grace Jones – The Musical of My Life, an upcoming documentary commissioned by BBC Films and announced last month.… Read more