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Appliances Online 8th Birthday: cake decorating class


Disclosure: I attended the event courtesy of Appliances Online.

Why have cake that looks like a cake when you can have a cake that looks like a blender? How cool is this?

(Also, how many times can I say cake in a sentence? Cake cake cake cake cake.)

The other week I attended a cake decorating class at Let Them Eat Cake to help celebrate Appliances Online’s 8th birthday. You might be wondering what cake has to do with appliances – well, AO have launched a cake decorating competition to find their official birthday cake. Entrants have to create an appliance themed cake and can win one of eight Sunbeam food processors (see end of this post for details).

Do you want to see the process behind this blender cake? Of course you do. ๐Ÿ˜€


Taste of Melbourne 2013

Taste of Melbourne

Disclosure: Alastair and I received entry courtesy of Taste of Melbourne and Hothouse Media. We purchased our own crowns.

Taste of Melbourne has returned for another year, and like last year it’s at Pelican Lawn in Albert Park Lake. Alastair and I headed down for a couple of hours tonight to check it out.

As for all previous Taste of Melbournes, you have to buy Crowns as your currency to spend at the event. $1 = 1 Crown. One thing is different this year – they’ve done away with the paper vouchers and you now get a rechargeable card. We found most places told us the balance remaining on our card whenever we bought something, which helped me keep track of how much we were spending.


Taste of Melbourne 2013 preview at Burch & Purchese + giveaway

Burch and Purchese

Disclosure: I attended courtesy of Taste of Melbourne, B&P and Hothouse Media.

Hello and happy end of October! November is rolling in quickly.

November means (hopefully) – warmer weather, more sunlight and also Taste of Melbourne, which is returning to Albert Park on Thursday 14 November – Sunday 17 November. The other week I headed to Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio for a preview event.


Jazz Apple Masterclass


Disclosure: I attended the Jazz apple masterclass courtesy of Jazz Apples and Media Moguls.

I’ve said previously that there’s only three kinds of apples I like. My preference goes: Granny Smiths, Jazz apples, Pink ladies.

Now I wish that Jazz apples were sponsoring me to say this (and you know I’d disclose if it were true) but I actually do buy them and they are my second favourite apple.


Taste of Melbourne 2012: opening night

Disclosure: I attended the opening night event preview courtesy of Taste of Melbourne.

Taste of Melbourne is back over the next few days, and tonight I attended a preview of the event with a group of other bloggers. Over several hours, we were shown a little of what’s happening and available this year.

The biggest change for 2012 is the location – previous years have been held at the Royal Exhibition Building, but this year it’s at Albert Park Lake.


Electrolux Cooking School: Peter Gilmore masterclass

Disclosure: I attended the class courtesy of Electrolux.

If you want to cook like a master, you have to learn from a master, right?

Naturally I jumped at the opportunity to attend a masterclass hosted by Chef Peter Gilmore.

That’s right. THE Peter Gilmore from Quay in Sydney and one of Australia’s best chefs. Yeaaaaah.

I rocked up to the Electrolux Cooking School at the Queen Victoria Market on a beautiful Friday afternoon and was greeted with a cold glass of bubbles. Peter Gilmore was already in the kitchen, prepping away.


Appetite for excellence: Whet your appetite

Disclosure: I attended courtesy of Electrolux Appetite for Excellence.

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence is a national awards program held annually that celebrates the best young chefs, waiters and restaurateurs. The other week I was invited to a dinner – Whet Your Appetite – where the Victorian finalists worked together to create a meal.

Participants for the dinner were:

  • Jake Nicolson, Circa the Prince: 2008 Electrolux Australian Young Chef Winner
  • Kah-wai Lo, Hare & Grace: 2012 Electrolux Australian Young Chef National Finalist
  • Michael Fox, Henry & The Fox: 2012 Electrolux Australian Young Chef National Finalist
  • Michael Demagistris, Sorrento Golf Club: 2012 Electrolux Australian Young Chef National Finalist
  • Damien Byrne, Lot 7: 2012 Electrolux Australian Young Waiter National Finalist
  • Pierre-Etienne Geoffroy, Jacques Reymond: 2012 Electrolux Australian Young Waiter National Finalist
  • Simone Spicer, Pei Modern: 2012 Electrolux Australian Young Waiter National Finalist
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    Jazz Apple masterclass with Fast Ed

    Disclosure: I attended the class courtesy of Jazz Apples and also received apples to sample.

    How do you like them apples? My general preference is for the sour Granny Smiths, but when I feel like a sweeter apple, my general red apple of choice is the pink lady. That is, until earlier this year when I first tried a Jazz apple. These apples are sweet and super crunchy โ€“ theyโ€™re really a very enjoyable apple.