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EAT > Carlton Wine Room, Melbourne (16/20)
There is something so completely Melbourne about the Carlton Wine Room. I cannot imagine a bar or restaurant quite like it anywhere else in the world. The…
DRINK > Above Board, Melbourne
A serious cocktail bar. Only 16 seats and no standing permitted. That is the message for the now widely acclaimed Above Board. Located off Smith Street Collingwood it…
DRINK > Pearl Chablis and Oyster Bar, Melbourne
Melbourne loves to hide its bars and restaurants away down laneways, underground and on top of building roof tops but Pearl is not easy to find. The Midcity Centre…

SKI > Alpe d’Huez

MENU Getting There > Where To Stay > Where To Eat > Where To Drink > Where To Ski > Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Alpe d'Huez is a ski resort that offers an unparalleled experience for winter sports enthusiasts. Known for its extensive ski terrain, vibrant après-ski scene, and stunning alpine views, this resort is a must-visit for anyone looking to carve through fresh powder or simply soak in the breathtaking surroundings. Alpe d'Huez, often referred to as the "Island of Sun," was established in 1936, making it one of the oldest ski resorts in France. Its development was spearheaded by the visionary entrepreneur Jean Pomagalski, who also invented the first modern ski lift. The resort gained international fame through its association with the Tour de France, serving as a legendary climb that has tested the mettle of countless cyclists. Today, Alpe d'Huez is renowned not only for its rich history but also for its expansive ski area and modern amenities. Image Credit | Alpe d'Huez Resort Alpe d'Huez was the site of the very first Pomagalski surface lift, built in the mid 1930's (for Australian's that means a Poma). The resort really took off as the host of the bobsled event for the 1968 Winter Olympics. The resort has over 249 kilometres of on piste runs and 84 ski lifts, making it one of the largest in the world. Pic Blanc glacier sits at 3,300 metres, which is the highest lifted point…
CAFE > Turret, Tokyo
It doesn’t seem that long ago that finding a decent espresso in Tokyo was quite a difficult thing. There…
CAFE > Common Well, Kyoto
Common Well opened to provide ‘Melbourne Style’ coffee experience in Kyoto and they are doing just that (in a Japanese…
CAFE > Goodman Roaster, Kyoto
Goodman Roaster opened in Kyoto in 2019, it is a small cafe and coffee roaster with 85 different coffees from…

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DRINK > Above Board, Melbourne
A serious cocktail bar. Only 16 seats and no standing permitted. That is the message for the now widely acclaimed Above Board. Located off Smith Street Collingwood it is not easy to find but this is an area where cocktail bars are serious and Above Board take that…
DRINK > Pearl Chablis and Oyster Bar, Melbourne
Melbourne loves to hide its bars and restaurants away down laneways, underground and on top of building roof tops but Pearl is not easy to find. The Midcity Centre arcade on Bourke Street is not a place you would normally associate with fine dining or fine drinking, but make…
DRINK > Wine Bar Fleur Parf, Kyoto
It is a quiet street in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto where we found Wine Bar Fleur Parf, it is hidden at the end of a long passage (lit by lamps on the ground), past a beautiful courtyard garden to the bar at the back. There you find a sanctuary…
DRINK > Bar INC, Shibuya
INC is only a few streets away from the chaos of downtown Shibuya but it is in a quiet district with only a few bars and restaurants in the otherwise residential neighbourhood. Bar INC is a brand new (opened in Feb 2024) stylish underground oasis mixing…
DRINK > Mikkella Bar, Shibuya
Sharing the same space as the About Life Cafe (read our review here) in the evening they pull down some venetian blinds that cover the coffee shop and pull up the venetian blinds that open the bar. The rest of the space is the same… It is tucked…
DRINK > Bar Soul B, Tokyo
Bar Soul B is a bar we have walked past more than a dozen times, each time thinking we must go down and check that place out, never doing so. But last night we decided it was time, a rainy night in Shibuya and we wandered down in…

DRINK > WINEWine & Spirit Reviews

WINE > Domaine Joblot – Clos Du Celliers Aux Moines – Givry 1er Cru, 2019 (90/100)

Givry is located in the centre of the Côte Chalonnnaise, just south of Mercurey, the terroir there is largely composed of a rocky limestone, some clay and sandstone. Clos du Celliers is a Premier Cru sub region of Givry and was a vineyard originally established Cistercian Monks the…

DRINK > François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru ‘Crausot’ 2020 (94/100)

Crausot is a relatively recent premier cru, established in the 1990's, the vineyard sits at the southern tip of the appellation. Soils are very calcareous driving complexity and minerality. The Lumpp family originally come from Baden, Germany and emigrated to France in the late 1800's. Two…

DRINK > Marqués De Riscal Riserva 2017 (94/100)

Herederos Del Marqués De Riscal is a wine broadly recognised by fans of Tempranillo the world over. It is a "go to wine" see it on a wine list and you know that you are safe, this is going to be a nice bottle of wine, impress your friends…

Fliteboard Series 3

You might have seen one, racing across water, surfing without waves, gliding or racing, it is clear that there is a new and exhilarating to get your water adrenalin fix and that the e-Foil. Australian company Fliteboard are making the most popular e-Foil on the market and gaining acclaim all over the world.

The new model (Series 3) is a full of innovations and new features and new technology. The propulsion has been redesigned and is scalable and interchangeable, this allows the rider to change from propeller to jet and back as best suits the conditions.

The new battery is lighter and last longer, there are new foil wings with lower drag and enabling higher performance, this is more than enough to get you whipping across the bay, comfortably carrying a rider weighing up to 120 kg…!!!

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Origin of Flite

The founder of Flite is former kite-surfing world record holder David Trewern, was at a kitefoiling event in 2016 when he had the thought: ‘What if I didn’t have to wait for the wind. What if I could just attach an electric motor to my foil?’

In the workshop he sketched out his designs and ideas, built prototypes until he found the right mix, now Flite boards are all over the world and has created its own new category of water sport.

Trewern claims about that first ride ‘It was magical. The feeling of freedom was like nothing else.’ And that has translated to global success with more than 330 authorised partners selling boards, Fliteschools across the world, and offices in three countries: Australia, The Netherlands and The United States.

Fliteboards come in five different models that best suit the riders experience with the boards available in fibreglass and carbon fibre and a modular and upgradable range of customisation that starts at $15,495 AUD up to $20,995 for the Ultra L designed to be ultra light and highly responsive in varied surf conditions.

LINKS

https://au.fliteboard.com/

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