Tuesday, June 28, 2011

FIAT 500 by Gucci - London launch

Tolula Adeyemi arrives at the UK launch of the FIAT 500 by Gucci, a special edition FIAT 500 customized by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in collaboration with FIAT's Centro Stile on June 27, 2011 in London, England

The Fiat 500- High style, chic, an icon of design. Now Fiat and legendary Gucci have come together to create the Fiat 500 by Gucci. It is a car that celebrates the best of Italian style, innovative design and creativity.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Variety is the spice of life! And Four Kitchens has plenty of spice.


Lauren Shockey

Published by Hachette Australia, August 2011, $32.99

Life behind the burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv and Paris

Out of uni, Lauren Shockey took an entry level job for a PR company that did a lot of work in the food industry. For a food-obsessed young woman it was a way she could combine her love of food with a career her parents approved of. It wasn't what she wanted so she quit the 9-to-5 grind, took out massive loans, and started cooking school. At the French Culinary Institute, Lauren learned to salt food properly, to cook fearlessly over high heat, and to knock back beers like a pro. She also learned that a real culinary education begins once you're actually working in a restaurant. After a somewhat disappointing apprenticeship in the French countryside, Lauren hatched a plan for her dream year: to apprentice in four kitchens around the world.

Starting in her hometown of New York City, where she worked under the famed chef Wylie Dufresne, she then headed to Vietnam with Didier Corlou, then to Israel, and back to France, each setting presenting its own set of challenges, from language barriers to stronger-than-usual resistance to a woman in a professional kitchen.

Lauren Shockey is now a food writer whose articles have appeared in many print and online publications including The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and The Atlantic Food Channel, among many others. A graduate of The University of Chicago, Lauren also holds a diploma in Classic Culinary Arts from The French Culinary Institute and a Master of Arts in food studies from New York University.

A modern day fairy tale of love, donkeys, dancing and travel.

Bella Vendramini is back!

After seeing the world, and a recent three month road trip that involved blown up cars and late nights, Bella is back home in Sydney.  Bella is a guest at this year's Byron Bay Writer's Festival (August 5-7), see http://www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au for more her session details.

Bella Vendramini knows that any good adventure starts with running away from home, but packing thirty or so cities into just over a year probably went a wee bit overboard…

Brace yourself for a tropical jungle, an exploding building, a Parisian love affair, a life-changing romance (or two), depression, acting in the New York theatre, spanking lessons, a Tarantino blockbuster, a German concentration camp, a New York society wedding (Bella's), a wreck of a marriage (yep, Bella's again), serial burglary, murderous hitchhikers, digging up dead people, champagne on the French Riviera, driving the Monte Carlo Grand Prix circuit (drunk), breaking into the Cannes Film Festival (also drunk), uprooting friendships, fleeing a detention centre in Canada, having an out-of-body experience in a gutter and more than a few sanity pleas... Bella figures she finally knows a thing or two about adventure - and about fortune.

Bella Vendramini believes that your fortune either changes slowly like the melting of a pavlova on a hot summer's day – unhurriedly and dreamily – or in the blink of an eye, with the speed of a whip-tip-flick of a lash wielded by a sexy rodeo cowboy as he straddles his steed and flexes his sweaty biceps. Er, or something like that... Bella is the daughter of author Rosie Scott and filmmaker Danny Vendramini. In her acting career, Bella has also performed on the stage and in various films, including the title role in the Australian independent feature film 'Playing with Piranhas'. She won the audience award for Best Actress at the TAP gallery awards for the short film, 'The Philanderers'. Bella trained at The Actor's Centre, NIDA and The Lee Strasberg Institute of New York.

Praise for Naked in Public:

"After reading this book you might need a little lie down, a neat whiskey, a cup of tea, or whatever it takes to settle your nerves. Vendramini is a whirlwind with a mean line in metaphor and a tendency to risk-taking behaviour and here she takes the reader on a blistering tour of her life since her first memoir, Biting the Big Apple. Vendramini's talent at laying herself bare in public is strangely mesmerising, largely thanks to her self-deprecating sense of humour and sass."—The Sunday Telegraph

"What a story! This fast-paced read takes us from her quickie New York society wedding to a quickie separation, followed by her madcap overseas adventures. Vendramini is a talented writer and sure is entertaining for her readers."—Cosmopolitan

"Brace yourself for the hilarious follow up to Bella's sensational debut. As you'd expect, it's chock-full of love affairs, madcap adventures, plans gone awry and enough champagne to fill a swimming pool."—Famous

"Vendramini does the out-of-control, booze-soaked memoir well."—Sunday Mail Brisbane

"An enjoyable sequel to Biting the Big Apple. Plenty of distractions emerge to launch her on another roller-coaster of madcap adventures."—Sun Herald

Praise for Biting the Big Apple:

"You can't help but love Bella."—NW

"Quirky, funny, enlightening, it makes you want to grab the world by the collar and shake it!"—Cosmopolitan

"Bella Vendramini (an Aussie version of Carrie Bradshaw) will crack you up with quirky quips on life, love and breaking into the biz."—OK

"Bella Vendramini is a larger-than-life personality who falls so in love with the possibilities of moving to New York to be an actress you can't help but be swept along with her. It's a classic gutter-to-the stars princess adventure."—Sun Herald

"You won't be able to put down this intriguing tale."—Famous

"A fascinating memoir."—The Age

"Vendramini takes the bright lights of New York by storm. A great read."—New Idea

"An edgy, witty true story"—Australian Women's Weekly

"Frank and uncluttered and full of endearing down-under brassy-brash swearing… Vicarious pleasure is to be had, so go on, be tempted to take a bite."—Independent Weekly

"A touching, entertaining and often hilarious account of Bella's loves and losses, successes and adventures in New York, drawing comparisons from reviewers with Carrie Bradshaw."—Perth Vita


Thursday, June 16, 2011


Due to the positive response from the locals and the growing number of bands and musicians …

Oscar Letelier and Sugar Lounge introduce the new live music project called "Live at the Jam".A weekly live music event held in the"The Club" downstairs in Sugar Lounge, showcasing live music, quality sound and cocktail bar each Friday night from 9:00 till midnight.

Music promoter Oscar Letelier started the "The Bucket Room" concept a year ago in the same venue. "A structured platform for musicians of all genres, where they can present their work and projects in an intimate and interactive experience for the audience, giving punters the opportunity to donate via "The Bucket" in response of each act" 

Now with the forum already installed and the big demand on live acts around Manly, Live at the Jam includes a bigger band space with great exposure at one of Manly's finest beach clubs.

The objective is provide an excellent opportunity to open an intimate space to over hundreds of Sydney local bands and already established artists to deliver their work and receive feedback from the audience. A place where music lovers can relate and feel part of a unique platform in live music experience in Manly.

This forum enables bands to see the impact their performance has on an audience and a great way to promote themselves in an immediate and definable way giving an interaction with music lovers, mixed with surprise appearances, prizes and no entry fee.

With a big venue, music audience and a good idea, the project is a tool for every band to try. But not only that. It's a movement of growing music and amazing talent…


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