LITTLE BLACK BOOK
ADAMD’SYLVA is owner-chef at Coda Restaurant in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and in 2008 was named The Age Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year. His respect for Asian and European cuisine, fostered during his Indian-italian upbringing, has expanded during overseas travels. More: codarestaurant.com.au. Local indulgence: Dinner at The European followed by drinks at the rooftop Supper Club and Siglo Bar, all at 161 Spring St. Memorable holiday splurge: Alla Wolf-tasker’s Lake House in Daylesford has a lovely country location, delicious food and fantastic service, and is worth every dollar. DEALS OF THE WEEK Relaxing retreats: Book a threeday yoga getaway at Peppers Anchorage Port Stephens on the Nswmid-north coast with television yoga host Kris Mcintyre; from $536 a person twin-share for two nights, six classes, breakfast daily and selected meals. Sessions March 23-25 and August 17-19. More: (02) 4984 0350; peppers.com.au. Must revisit experience: Melbourne’s Movida, to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon grazing on authentic Spanish food. 1 Hosier Lane. Favourite shopping haunt: Casa Iberica, a one-stop shop and deli Capital savings: There’s more than 35 per cent off a stay at Canberra’s Burbury Hotel, close to the government and heritage hub of Barton’s National Circuit; from $260 a night twin-share for weekends (until August 26), including full buffet breakfast. Long-stay apartments also available. More: 1300 887 979; wotif.com/hotelw134099. for authentic Spanish produce. 25 Johnston St, Fitzroy. Stand-out bar experience: Trunk Bar & Restaurant, which boasts the largest beer garden in Melbourne. 275 Exhibition St. Inviting culinary destination: Supermaxi, my local pizza place, for Italian food. 305 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy. Best action experience: Soaring over Victoria’s Yarra Valley with Go Wild Ballooning. Distinctive hotel: The Westin Melbourne for the complete package — great guestrooms and a central location. 205 Collins St. Favourite travel app: Tourism Victoria’s Play Melbourne reveals places to eat and drink. Island idyll: Hayman Escape packages at this five-star Whitsundays haven start at $885 a person twin-share for three nights, including breakfasts, beach watersports and activities from golf and tennis to nature walks. There’s 25 per cent off bookings for a second family room. More: 1800 075 175; hayman.com.au.