Morocco: Did you know?

Did you know that on this day (March 2) in 1956 negotiations for full independence of Morocco from the French was signed in Paris? By April 7, France had officially relinquished its protectorate in Morocco and later that year Spain also recognised Morocco as an independent state. #themoreyouknow

Culture

Morocco has a rich culinary heritage and it is usually one of the reasons many are attracted to the region and guests invited into a Moroccan home are treated most hospitably, often expressed with food.  Tasty Moroccan cuisine translates with the subtle play of flavours that combine spicy, savoury and sweet, while techniques such as marrying meat, poultry, or fish with fruit are unforgettable to the palate.  

Rosewater Ice Cream ~ Credit Sarah Renard 

Recipes

Want to investigate Moroccan a little further? Try your cooking skills with Moroccan Beef Tagine followed by Rosewater ice cream.

Dining

If you rather be immersed in a restaurant setting, explore the traditional world of Moroccan cuisine at Marrakech Restaurant in the heart of North Adelaide. Enjoy dishes such as bestella, a Moroccan meat pie covered in flaky layers of crispy crepe-like pastry or perhaps a traditional Afrah tagine, lamb cooked until tender with cinnamon, honey, prunes and roasted almonds is more your taste. 

Enjoy Moroccan tapas in Mosman with scenic views over Middle Harbour at Afous Restaurant where you can share an assortment of dishes such as Moroccan meat balls, Lamb brochette (marinated in cumin, paprika, garlic and herbs) as well as a marinated eggplant salad. For something a little more modern try the saffron chicken cooked with preserved lemon, onion, tomatoes and olives. 

For more Moroccan restaurants around you see our guide here. 

March - What's Coming Up

The month of luck! This month we're coming to you with some great specials, tantalising recipes and a bucket list of travel adventures.  

March at a glance: 

March 1: Melbourne Tomato Festival. More info: here

March 2: Independent Morocco - recognises the negotiations for independence. 

March 6: WOMADelaide. More info: here

March 7: Sydney Mardi Gras. More info: here

March 8: International Woman's Day. 

March 12-15: Taste of Sydney. 

March 17: St Patrick's Day. 

March 20: International Happiness Day. 

March 22: International Mother Earth Day. 

March 23: International Pizza Expo.

March 25: Greek National Day. 

March 28: Earth Hour. 

Top 4 Driving Routes in South Australia

Does the Clipsal 500 get your heart racing? Are you itching for a drive, whether it be cruising at 40km or speeding through the hills at 100km? Well Adelaide is the place for you. We’ve put together the top 4 driving routes around Adelaide that will make for an unforgettable driving holiday.

4.  McLaren Vale 

When driving through the McLaren Vale you will be surrounded by vines as the area is home to 42 wineries and cellar doors. Explore 150 years worth of heritage in one great drive, with wineries offering quality aromatic whites and robust reds. After tasting, enjoy the surrounding hills, pristine beaches and rustic coastal scenery.

Our winery suggestions:

Angas Plains Estate Wines

Woodstock Wine Estate

Anvers Wines

If you’re hungry you can’t go past these exquisite restaurants.

3.  Mt Lofty

A picturesque drive to the summit of Mt Lofty awaits you, stretch your legs and appreciate city views before wandering through the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens with displays of native and exotic plants. If you’re into trails, there are plenty walking trails as well as the exciting exploration of Cleland Conservation Park. Love waterfalls? Well the scenic Waterfall Gully is within reach and is just as popular at the Cleland Wildlife Park.

2.  Victor Harbor 

The birthplace of South Australia’s tourism is set in the wide sandy arc of Encounter Bay, explore beaches, shopping arcades, horse drawn trams and Urimbirra Wildlife Park. If animal encounters have you a bit tense, you could visit the Wild Rose Cottages or Greenhills Adventure Park instead.

Glacier Rock, discovered in 1859, is just nearby through Inman Valley where you will be met by a roadway lined with majestic gum trees. From here you can double back to Adelaide Road and head to Mount Compass for wine tasting and seasonal roadside berries.

Hungry? We suggest Nino’s of Victor Harbor.  

1. Hahndorf to Birdwood via Woodside and Lobethal  

A visual and culinary feast awaits you on the drive from Hahndorf to Birdwood. Along the way you will be able to sample cheese, wine, beer, chocolate and fruit from abundant orchards. Traditionally made wursts and German small goods are another pleasure to indulge in on the journey and if art is your interest make time to visit The Cedars, it’s on the outskirts of town but is home to famous Australian landscape painter Hans Heysen.

What’s worth a detour? The Lane Vineyard.

Staying the night? Check out Amble at Hahndorf B&B.

Information gathered from www.southaustralia.com along with www.fleureupeninsula.com.au

News: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Feb 27 – 15 March

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is back this year, bigger than ever with a Festival Artisan Bakery and Bar. The blank canvas of Queensbridge Square will become a working bakery, workshop space, and wine, brews and coffee bar tempting passersby and festival goers with the aromas of freshly baked bread.

Don’t miss their signature long table lunch event on Friday, February 27 where 1500 foodies will feast on a three-course menu designed by Shane Delia and Adriano Zumbo – supported by Peter Rowland Catering.

Various venues across Melbourne CBD will be taking part in the festival’s global chef and wine dinners, starting from February 27 through to March 14. See dates and times here.

This weekend (Feb 28 & March 1) is Open Kitchen weekend where ten unique events will spring up along the river including Crown’s Alfresco Kitchen, Food Truck Jam, a Pirate and Pimm’s Adventure and fiesta at Southgate. Cooking demonstrations from Shane Delia, Matthew Evans, Adam Liaw and Poh Ling Yeow will be on the big red stairs. 

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au

News: Clipsal 500 Race Begins

February 26 - March 1.  

As you read this the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series practice round 1 is over and you’ll be well on your way to watching the newest addition to Clipsal: the Toyo Tires Super Trucks.

It wouldn’t be supercar racing without the prancing horse as Ferrari celebrates its return to Clipsal 500 this year where it will display its dynamic F1 show featuring international drivers, along with the world’s rarest Supercars: the 288 GTO, F40, F50 and ‘LaFerrari.’(Ferrari Parade Saturday & Sunday morning at 8:30am).

Ferrari has specially designed a Ferrari kidszone, where it will host a special series of Ferrari ‘Drive for Kids’ Cavalcade for charity.

Clipsal 500 runs from Feb 26 to March 1, it’s the perfect day out for the family, race enthusiasts or even the Cold Chisel fans as the remaining members will be welcomed to the Clipsal 500 starters grid on Pit Straight before the commencement of the race. 

From Friday, Channel 10 will be covering Clipsal 500 from 12pm each day, commentary includes Mark Webber, Rick Kelly, Matt White and Mark Larkham. 

For more information head to www.clipsal500.com.au

Tomato Fun Fact

Buring's Tassie Venture a Smart Move

Leo Buring did a smart thing when it moved into Tasmania around a decade ago, with its top-notch Leopold label from the cool climate Tamar Valley in the island’s north which is stunningly rewarding for Riesling buffs. 

After evaluating the potential for Riesling in Tasmania and setting itself a goal “to make the best Riesling in Australia,” it planted grapes in the Tamar Valley, Upper Derwent and Southern Coast, with each area contributing its own particularly unique characteristics to the style of the wine. 

For Buring’s just-released 2014 Leopold DW R20 Riesling it used fruit purely from one vineyard, its White Hills in the Tamar Valley around 20km south-east of Launceston. The use of the fruit from the highest, coolest section of White Hills has resulted is a wine that’s all about brilliant fruit flavour intensity – with predominantly zesty citrus to the fore – and a beautiful back-up of palate-pleasing acidity.

A rewarding drop to match with seafood or roast pork and apple sauce, it’s certainly well worth the $40 recommended price. 

Watch this one: Western Australia’s Margaret River got a good dose of rain for the 2013 grape growing season just before the hottest-ever and wetter than average summer, which allowed fruit to ripen gradually for excellent flavour and with smooth, ripe tannins. 

Winemaker at Devil’s Lair, Ben Miller used all this to a great advantage with the company’s label: The Hidden Cave Cabernet Shiraz 2013.  A wine with lovely aromas and moreish blackberry and blueberry fruits on the palate, nice spicy characters and refined tannins.  

At $23 this is foremost a beef or lamb barbecue wine, but one that’ll go equally enjoyably with a good cheese platter in the late afternoon.

News: Ben Greeno leaves Momofuku Seiobo

Current as of 24/02/15

Ben Greeno leaves Momofuku Seiobo in April and starts with the Merivale group in May. A project built around Greeno's cooking is also part of the deal sweetener.

Petri dish plum creation by Queensland Government scientists is said to be the new superfood on the market, rich in antioxidants and in reversing the effects of obesity-related health problems. - ABC.

In London, a pop-up bar called Annie the Owl Bar will let customers sip drinks while hanging out with the nocturnal birds. - Eater

Burch & Purchese will be popping up across Melbourne in March, take to Sweet Alley at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival to see them or QVM Seasonal Stars. - B&P. 

Early peanut exposure may reduce allergies, says a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. -ABC. 

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Readers Choice Awards

 

AGFG Readers' Choice Awards are designed to give the Australian public the opportunity to vote for their favourite establishments throughout the year.

Why do a Readers' Choice Award?

The Readers' Choice Award allows genuine interaction for our readers. They recognise hard working establishments and they provide AGFG editors with invaluable data on what’s popular.

How does the award work?

Each establishment listing has a ‘Vote Now’ button. The establishment with the most votes in their respective category and region will win a Readers' Choice Award. The award is broken up by establishment type and region. Each region has a maximum of six Reader’s Choice Award winners, one per establishment type: Restaurants, Accommodation, Wineries, Bars, Attractions and Providores. Where insufficient data is collected for a particular category, no award is allocated.

How long is the voting open for?

The duration of the voting is one calender year from 1st of January until the 31st of December.

When are the winners announced?

Winners are announced at the start of January. Establishments are notified by email and receive a certificate by mail.

An establishment isn’t listed on the AGFG website!

Simply submit a listing request by clicking hereOnce the establishment is added a ‘Vote Now’ button will automatically appear on the listing. 

Here is the list of all Readers Choice winners. 

Discover Adelaide

It’s all happening in Adelaide at the moment, enjoy Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide. 

Adelaide Festival February 27 – March 15. 

Launching in 1960, the Adelaide festival has wowed Adelaide crowds with inspirational performances from a diverse selection of artists across Australia and around the world. 

With an array of theatre, music, dance, writers’ week, visual arts, and film you can’t pass the chance to enjoy Adelaide festival. 

The Writers’ Week includes a kids day, comics, information on religion, philosophy and even physics. There will be something for everyone with a sense of curiosity. 

For music lovers, enjoy Danny Elfman's music from the films of Tim Burton, Richard Tompson, Vampillia and many more. 

For more information visit their website here. 

Looking for a place to stay? Check out our Adelaide accommodation. 

WOMADelaide 6-9 March, Botanic Park Adelaide. 

The world of music, arts and dance will be brought to you this year by WOMAD, one of the nation’s favourite outdoor festivals, serving Aussie’s since 1992. 

At WOMAD you will be drawn into a world of traditional and contemporary musicians, dancers and DJs as well as street theatre, visual artists and even the Taste the World cooking program. 

For more information visit their website here.

Adelaide Fringe February 13 – March 15. 

Featuring anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event, the Adelaide Fringe festival is perfect for those seeking out new talent that hasn’t been seen before. 

Artists from around Australia and the world participate in front of awed crowds. Taking over the city of Adelaide with 900 events stage in pop up venues in parks, lane ways and empty buildings, it will be your opportunity to escape the day-to-day drag. 

Make sure you head over to their website for more information. 

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