Betty’s Burgers is Giving Out A Year Worth of Burger Supply

How would you like a year of free burgers? You might want to check out this competition this weekend.

To celebrate National Burger Day on the coming Monday, Betty’s Burgers will give one $30 meal for free every week for a year to a lucky winner.

Want to enter? Upload a picture of your Betty’s Burger on Instagram between April 25-27, give it a proper hashtag (#yearofbettys) and tag and follow Betty’s Burgers account. The most creative image will get the coveted prize!

This offer is available from all Betty’s stores across Australia. For more information, visit Betty’s Burgers website.

Melbourne’s 8bit Burger is Coming to Sydney

Sydney’s burger enthusiasts rejoice – another franchise is coming to town.

Melbourne’s video game-themed burger joint 8bit is opening in Darling Harbour’s new eatery street, Steam Mill Lane. Chef Shayne McCallum, who co-founded the joint in 2014 in Footscray with Alan Sam, said the new outpost brought 8bit to a new level. “This is our biggest and baddest store,” McCallum told Broadsheet. “It’s massive compared to Footscray and I think it’s looking pretty fantastic.”

The Sydney store maintains the 8bit blue, yellow and orange pixel design, added with thematic décor that pays attribute to the final level of Super Mario Bros. It boasts 130 seats as well as two arcade machines for fun times all around.

In terms of food, expect to see 8bit’s classic burger menu, such as Zelda (chickpea, corn and quinoa patty), Golden Axe (fried chicken, cheese, sriracha mayo and slaw) and Fatal Fury (hotdog with a chilli and cheese kransky, cheese sauce, chilli beef and jalapeños).

8bit opens daily from 11am-11pm.

Ben & Jerry’s is Giving Free Scoops This Monday

To celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, beloved ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s is giving away free scoops.

A long-time supporter of marriage equality, the company said in a statement: “It’s a history-making decision on an issue that has divided our nation for far too long, and we couldn’t be happier for our friends and family in the LGBTIQ community … We want to celebrate and we can’t think of a better way than with free ice cream!”

The Free Cone Night will take place on Monday, December 11 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm at participating shops across Sydney, including Hoyts Broadway, Hoyts Blacktown, Hoyts Chatswood, Hoyts Penrith, Ben & Jerry’s Manly, Ben & Jerry’s Chatswood and Ben & Jerry’s Bondi.

Oh, and the company also lifted the ban on getting two scoops of the same flavour, which is more apt than ever.

Black Star Pastry Opens A New Branch in Sydney’s East

Black Star Pastry has opened its fourth branch in Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, complete with two-level café and an open kitchen.

The 500-square-metre factory floor will house all of the cakery’s production, with high end tools such as an ultrasonic robot cake cutter and an egg splitting machine.

The upgraded infrastructure will enable the team to increase production and expand the menu to include a new range of savoury pies and other items. “Up until now if I wanted to do any creative work I’d have to get in at four in the morning and get out before the main guys turned up; it’s been very restrictive on our creativity,” said Christopher Thé, director at Black Star Pastry. “We have this back log of all these things we want to do.”

More new stuff are expected to arrive at this location soon, including a café menu consisting of salad bowls and bento boxes as well as dessert-wine matchings.

Black Star Pastry Moore Park opens every day at 210 Bent Street, the Entertainment Quarter.

Event: Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, Sydney

For a week this month, you can enjoy scrumptious Taiwanese food from some of Taipei’s best chefs.

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney presents Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, where you can enjoy authentic Taiwanese cuisine at their Café Mix.

Guest chefs from Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei will be presenting their signature dishes such as Gua Bao, spicy hotpot, and oyster omelette. Taiwan’s signature sweets will also be present in the form of fruity bubble teas and a traditional Taiwanese dessert station.

Taste of Taiwan Food Festival menu will be available at lunch and dinner from October 20-28 for $55 per person.

For more information, visit Shangri-La Hotel’s website.

October 20-28 | Café Mix, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

How to Make the Most Out of Small Kitchens

Living in a big city is great, but it often comes with small living space and, consequently, tiny kitchens. The limited room for appliances and people can make it difficult to do proper cooking; however, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeve to make cooking in your small property more comfortable, effective and efficient.

Clean as You Go

In a small kitchen, dishes can pile up quite fast, taking up more space than necessary. Clean your equipment as you go rather than pulling out new ones – fewer utensils used, fewer things to wash!


Invest in Suitable Appliances

Other than getting the small version of your common appliances (e.g. microwaves, cooktops), you can also get special tools that can either perform multiple different tasks and/or help you make the most out of the space, such as over-the-sink cutting boards, slow cookers, and immersion blenders.


Be Strategic on Storage

With a small kitchen, every centimetre square is important. Keep regularly-used items in sight and rarely-used ones in the storage, so they won’t take up the countertop space. You can also invest in magnetic strips to store your most-used metal utensils – such as ladles, blades and pot lids – and make use of your vertical space.


Installation and Reno Solutions

If conditions allow, you can start from the beginning and redesign your kitchen in some ways. There are a lot of things you can install to give your kitchen more storage space, including deep drawers (instead of regular cupboards), tall faucets (to allow more dishes in the sink), mirrored splashbacks (to give the illusion of bigger area size), open shelves (to create more vertical storage), ceiling-high cabinets, fold-up table, and more.

Event: Gluten Free Expo, Sydney

Are you gluten-sensitive and tired of carefully deliberating on what (not) to eat? Well, don’t miss out on this event in Sydney.

Next weekend, Rosehill Gardens is hosting a two-day Gluten Free Expo where visitors can watch cooking demonstrations, hear from expert dietitians and medical practitioners about diet and coeliac disease management, and most importantly, taste test and buy gluten free foods ranging from cookies, cakes and puddings to tea, beer and pasta.

Tickets start from $15 for adults, and $10 for concessions. For more info, visit Gluten Free Expo’s website.

August 5-6 | Rosehill Gardens