Maggie in Japan Premieres August 2 on Foxtel's Lifestyle

Australian culinary icon Maggie Beer takes viewers on a gastronomic journey across three stunning locations in MAGGIE IN JAPAN, an exclusive new special premiering on Wednesday August 2 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle.

Produced by Lingo Pictures for Foxtel, MAGGIE IN JAPAN follows the celebrated cook as she travels from Tokyo to Noto Peninsular and finally Osaka, inspired by her love of learning and the exciting new challenge of producing a Japanese-inspired feast for her friends back in her hometown of the Barossa.

With the help of both traditional and new wave chefs, Maggie immerses herself in the local food and lives of her culinary guides, experiencing the essence of Japanese cuisine and some of the unique cooking techniques found across the country.

In Tokyo, Maggie joins Koji Fukuda, a former head chef at Luke Mangan’s Salt and now owner of two restaurants in Tokyo. Koji invites Maggie in to his home during her Tokyo visit, preparing her an everyday family meal that provides inspiration for Maggie’s own Japanese feast.

She also meets Kanejiro Kanemoto of Nodaiwa, who is a revered shokunin. A shokunin is a craftsman who devotes his entire life to mastering one dish, and Kanejiro has been cooking eel for the past 60 years.

Finally, keen to get a feel for the younger and more modern chefs of Tokyo, Maggie visits Hideki Ii of Shirosaka, where she experiences food that is a creative interpretation of both Japanese and Western cuisines – including a Japanese-influenced pate’ to rival her own.

Next, Maggie travels to rural Noto Peninsula where she meets Australian chef Ben Flatt and his wife Chikako who run a typical Japanese inn, upholding the ancient traditions of Chikako’s family. Here, Maggie finds a land which has so many similarities to the Barossa, and yet the flavours are so different.

Once again, in Ben’s cooking Maggie finds an amalgamation of cuisines, with Ben’s Italian background cleverly influencing the dishes he makes.

Finally, after crossing the country and going south, Maggie arrives in Osaka.  Here, she enjoys a “Kappo” style meal at a Michelin-star restaurant, run by second generation chef Osamu Ueno.

After her whirlwind tour, Maggie heads back to the Barossa where she adapts her newfound knowledge to create her own Japanese feast.

The unique dishes Maggie creates clearly illustrates that her search to understand and perfect Japanese flavour techniques has paid off – and has made its way into her own stunning food creations.

MAGGIE IN JAPAN premieres on Wednesday, August 2 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle.   Following its broadcast on Lifestyle, the 60-minute special will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s newly announced streaming service, Foxtel Now.

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Hennessy Collaborates With Marc Newson


Hennessy is proud to reveal Hennessy X.O 2017 limited edition by Marc Newson.

In the hands of the world-renowned designer, a dynamic, streamlined variation on the decanter’s iconic shape breaks with conventions and propels Hennessy X.O toward exciting new horizons.

Starting in July and through September 2017, Hennessy will present Marc Newson’s bold reinterpretation of the Hennessy X.O decanter in markets worldwide.

As distinctive as a work of modern architecture, the design amplifies the blend inside –unchanged since 1870 – while placing Hennessy X.O on a modern aesthetic frontier.

Says Marc Newson, “It’s both an honor and a little daunting to approach an icon like Hennessy X.O. Clearly, this blend has transcended time and continues to exist in a very contemporary way.

As a designer it’s important to me to create things that will likewise stand the test of time. The Hennessy X.O decanter has a wonderful fundamental shape.

What I wanted to do was use design to magnify the blend – its color and sensorial qualities – as much as possible.”

Marc Newson’s limited edition design gives the signature Hennessy X.O decanter a wholly unexpected twist. Once he had pared the bottle’s shape to its purest form, the designer chose to reprise its traditional decorative motifs – grapes and leaves – in a corrugated relief.

These striations are perhaps the most daring design elements ever incorporated on the iconic Hennessy X.O decanter.

“Straight lines seemed to me a more modern interpretation of what already existed,” explains Marc Newson. “To me, the stripes really emphasize the strength of the decanter’s shape.

When they catch the light, they highlight both the bottle and the contents, making the whole feel warmer and more tactile. Taken together, all of these design elements are meant to convey the unique, immersive experience of X.O.”

A universally admired talent, Marc Newson joins an elite stable of visionaries, among them Arik Levy, Tom Dixon and Nicolas Winding Refn, who have each brought a unique perspective to Hennessy X.O.


To reinforce the modern spirit of the new Hennessy X.O decanter, Marc Newson and Hennessy reached beyond the usual confines of spirit bottle design to create a modern gift box presentation.

To dramatize the fusion between the blend and the glass, Marc Newson designed a clear transparent gift box in injected plastic, requiring cutting edge manufacturing.

The outer packaging’s design perfectly conveys Hennessy X.O’s forward-looking spirit, yet its apparent simplicity belies the technical challenge it presented.

Its clear, ergonomic shape is molded in a complex plastic more typically used for perfume bottles.

The Hennessy X.O 2017 limited edition marks the first time this kind of plastic has been scaled up and transposed to the world of spirits.

It will be available in select retail and travel retail locations worldwide as of July 2017.

Source: Hennessy

H&M Announces New Stores in Townsville and Rockhampton

H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), the international fashion retailer known for fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way, is proud to announce further expansion into regional cities in Queensland with stores launching at Stockland Townsville and Stockland Rockhampton.

Both stores are set to open later this year. More information on the stores will be provided further on, prior to opening.

H&M entered the Australian market in 2014. Today there are 21 stores nationwide, including the following stores in QLD; Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Westfield Garden City, Pacific Fair, Gold Coast, Grand Central Toowoomba, Westfield Chermside and Queen Street, Brisbane.

Through its stores H&M offers a broad product range including the latest trend and inspiration for customers to create a personal style.

Source: H&M

Hana Tajima for Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2017

UNIQLO Australia has announced HANA TAJIMA FOR UNIQLO Fall/Winter 2017 will launch this Wednesday, June 28.

This designer collaboration line for women was very well received after its debut in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand in fall winter 2015, and the latest collection will be available in 15 countries.

The thoughtful drape and tuck designs of the new range will add a touch of grace to the wardrobes of women everywhere.

New York-based, British-born Hana Tajima created the collection in keeping with UNIQLO’s LifeWear commitment to reflect the lifestyles of wearers so they can enjoy better lives.

She notes that, “The range is popular for adapting to diverse individual and cultural settings and offering elegance, comfort, and contemporary styling.”

The Fall/Winter 2017 collection offers an extensive range of chic colors that also simplify coordination.

It includes fabrics that are even gentler on the skin, as well as fabrics with different textures, with tweed featuring for the first time.

Another refinement is the fabric drapes and tucks that improve design depth.

A belted long coat is new to the collection, which also comprises skirts, dresses, and tunics, as well as several AIRism pieces, notably stoles, a hijab, and a headband.

Source: Uniqlo

Art News: As 'the pool' Makes a Splash at the NGV

An 11m long pool will be transported to the National Gallery of Victoria for The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity, an exhibition that celebrates and explores one of Australia’s greatest cultural symbols.

A multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs, that reveals the connection between landscape, culture and architecture through a singular architectural form.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘Whether natural or manmade, inland or coastal, pools are undeniably linked to the Australian lifestyle and our national psyche.

We encourage visitors to dangle their feet in the water or relax poolside as they reflect on the idea of the pool as a place of cultural exchange, socialising, competition and reminiscence.’

The exhibition holds its Australian premiere following a successful showing at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale where it received more than 100,000 visitors.

It was presented by the Australian Institute of Architects and curated by Aileen Sage Architects (Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday) with Michelle Tabet.

The installation also includes a series of eight ‘lanes’ that present audio excerpts from eight prominent Australian figures who share their personal stories to further reveal the relationship between the pool, its architecture and Australian cultural identity: Olympic gold medal winning swimmers Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould; environmentalist and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery; fashion designers Romance Was Born; writer of best-selling book The Slap Christos Tsiolkas; winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Prize Anna Funder; Indigenous art curator Hetti Perkins and Australian rock musician Paul Kelly.

The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from 18 August 2017 to February 2018. Entry is free.

Source: the NGV