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  • What is French Romance? Oh L'Amour...

    Firstly, why do we call Paris the city of love?

    Paris is called the "City of Love" for a number of reasons, including its sights, its native language and its popularity as a honeymoon destination. Although other cities sometimes claim the same moniker, Paris earns its name as a place where romance blossoms. Paris is so well-known for its romantic walks along the Seine River, sidewalk cafe dining and, of course, the Eiffel Tower all aglow at night. The other beautiful architecture, lovely hotels and fine art also help earn the city its name and reputation. Couples in love also enjoy being where they hear French, the "language of love," spoken all around them.

    What is it to be a romantic?

    romantic

    rə(ʊ)ˈmantɪk/

    adjective

    1. 1.
    2. conducive to or characterized by the expression of love."a romantic candlelit dinner"
    3. synonyms:amorousintimatepassionateinformallovey-dovey"a romantic candlelit dinner"

    Many famous French authors have long lists of romantic sayings extracted from their writings. The sayings below are from various centuries of French literary talents, but all of them are sure to make a big impression when uttered at the right moment or perhaps written inside aValentine's Day card.

    • Le prix d'Amour, c'est seulement Amour, ... Il faut aimer si l'on veut être aimé. This famous quote, written by Honoré d' Urfé, can be translated as follows: The price of love is only love, ... one must love if one desires to be loved.
    • En sa beauté gît ma mort et ma vie. Written by Maurice Scève, this quote literally translates to: In her beauty rests (both) my death and my life. You can make this into a phrase to tell someone directly that you love them by replacing the "sa" (her) with "ta" (your) so that it reads "in YOUR beauty."
    • L'amour fait les plus grandes douceurs et les plus sensibles infortunes de la vie. This line by Madeleine de Scudéry is less of a direct romantic saying and more of an abstract line about love. It translates to: Love is responsible for the greatest pleasures and the worst problems in life. This quote is a good one to use at a melancholic moment, such as when being separated from a loved one.
    • Je serai poète et toi poésie. This line from François Coppée is a very romantic and simple line. It means: I'll be a poet, and you'll be poetry. This is a great inscription for a card or on another gift. Alternatively, say it in person at a heartfelt moment.

    Aimer, ce n'est pas se regarder l'un l'autre, c'est regarder ensemble dans la même direction. This famous quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is almost as famous as his quotes from Le petit prince. This quote means: Love does not consist in looking at each other, but rather in, together, looking in the same direction.

    Today, French Romanticism remains difficult to define because it is so diverse. Baudelaire’s comments from the Salon of 1846 may still apply: “romanticism lies neither in the subjects that an artist chooses nor in his exact copying of truth, but in the way he feels.”

    What is what we call Le Coup de foudre?

    The French expression le coup de foudre has a literal and a figurative meaning, though the latter is a bit more common. Literally, un coup de foudre is a "bolt of lightning" or "thunderbolt."

    Figuratively, it indicates "love at first sight," which I think makes perfect sense, as that feeling is like a huge a shock to the system.

    The two verbs you can use with the figurative meaning give it slightly different nuances:

    être le coup de foudre - to be love at first sight

       Quand je l'ai vu, ça a été le coup de foudre. When I saw it/him, it was love at first sight.

    Avoir le coup de foudre (pour) - to fall in love (with) at first sight

    J'ai eu le coup de foudre pour Thomas / pour Paris. I fell in love with Thomas / Paris at first sight.

    To fall in love (not necessarily at first sight):

       tomber amoureux (de) [not "tomber en amour avec"]

       avoir un coup de cœur (pour)

       (literary) s'éprendre (de)

       (informal) flasher (sur)

    To become infatuated (with):

       s'amouracher (de)

       (formal) s'enticher (de)

       (informal) se toquer (de)

    Some french important vocabulary for Valentine's Day:

    Joyeuse St. Valentin or Bonne St. Valentin Happy Valentines Day

    Je t'aime I love you

    Je t'adore I adore you

    Je pense à toi I'm thinking of you

    Sois mon valentin Be my valentine (to a boy)

    Sois ma valentine Be my valentine (to a girl)

    Les fleurs Flowers

    La rose Rose

    Le chocolat Chocolate

    Le Coeur Heart

    Le baiser Kiss

    Cupidon Cupid

    Mon amour My love

    Mon ange My angel

    Mon chéri My dear (to a boy)

    Ma chérie My dear (to a girl)

    Mon trésor My treasure

    Mon petit chou My little cabbage

    Les bijoux Jewelry

    L'amour Love

    Tomber amoureux I'm falling in love

    Grosses bises Big kisses

    Embrasse moi Hug me

  • CHRISTMAS IN BRISBANE

    “ The happiest person is the one who makes others happier"' Denis Diderot

    Santa Claus: Père Noël.
    Christmas tree: Sapin de Noël.
    Presents: Cadeaux.
    Merry Christmas: Joyeux Noël!

    CHRISTMAS IN BRISBANE

    WHAT'S ON THIS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT SOUTH BANK

    Le Réveillon de Noël is Christmas Eve dinner. At around midnight, French families eat a special meal to celebrate the very beginning of Christmas Day. May your Christmas holiday be filled with cheer, warm memories, and happiness. 
    From 9 December, the Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular will see a magical story beamed on to City Hall every night through to Christmas Eve. And don't miss the Enchanted Garden and Christmas Movies in the Park at Roma Street Parkland, Christmas Beach Cinema at Streets Beach, free carols in The Courier- Mail Piazza, as well as The Christmas Markets and four nights of Christmas Fireworks at South Bank!

  • ELITE GYM LAUNCH

    On Tuesday December 6, Sofitel Brisbane Central’s General Manager, Hayden Hughes, opened the doors to Australia’s first in-hotel high performance sporting and recovery facility.

    The brand new ‘ELITE’ Gymnasium was designed in conjunction with a number of respected sporting names including Alex Corvo, High Performance Coach of the Brisbane Broncos & Kangaroos, Andrew Symonds, former Australia Cricket Player and Marcus Wagner, Football Operations Manager of Collingwood Football Club.

    The resulting facility is a combination of exclusivity and unrivalled excellence featuring state of the art cardio, strength and conditioning equipment, a multi-use outdoor area and two dual temperature, climate controlled baths for optimum performance recovery.

    The multi award winning Sofitel Brisbane Central is the city’s home for sport, catering for athletes across a range of codes and disciplines. The resulting expertise and knowledge of requirements has resulted in a facility unlike anything Brisbane or Australia has ever seen - a dedicated, exclusive space formulated for excellence. ELITE heightens the Sofitel Brisbane Central experience and is combined with a range of services and facilities that are second to none.

    General Manager, Hayden Hughes, looks forward to welcoming athletes to the facility, ‘As a hotel, we are proud to have a long tradition of being a ‘home away from home’ for elite athletes and sporting teams. I see the opening of ELITE as a milestone moment for continuation of that tradition. With this facility, we are aiming to better cater for the very specific needs of our sporting guests, welcoming them to Brisbane and to our hotel, cementing this great cities reputation as the ‘home of sport’ on a national and international level’.

  • GOMA’s turning 10 – get ready to party!

    GOMA Turns 10 – 2 Weeks to Go!

    Our GOMA Turns 10 celebrations kick off with an amazing range of free exhibitions, interactive Children's Art Centre projects, unique Cinémathèque programs, a new public artwork and an opening weekend packed full of spectacular performances, hands-on workshops and more.

    Can’t wait for the weekend celebrations? Join us on Friday 2 December for a party to celebrate GOMA turning 10!

  • November Newsletter

    An abundance of experiences awaits you in Brisbane from cultural and sporting events to a vibrant restaurant and bar scene and all of the natural local attractions. With this in mind, your Brisbane concierge team has developed this bulletin to provide you with ideas for your time in the riverside city. Please do not hesitate to ask us, if you have any questions.

    Pericles Yiannakis
    Concierge
    Les Clefs d’Or Australia

    HOTEL EVENTS NEWS - MAKE YOUR STAY MAGNIFIQUE WITH SOFITEL
    The festive season is approaching and what better way to celebrate than with a Magnifique dining experience at the luxurious Sofitel Brisbane Central. Exquisite Christmas dining is available from November 4th until December 30th. Along with feative season, planning a magnifique Summer escape is also top of mind. Visit www.accorhotels.com to take advantage of the incredible packages and exqusite offers available this coming holidays.

    CITY EVENT
    BBC British Film Festival - Palace Barrack Cinemas - 1 - 16 November 

    Now in its fourth year, exclusively at Palace Cinemas, the BBC First British Film Festival 2016 program features a spread of international award-winners, crowd favourites, and Australian premieres. For full session and film information visit http://britishfilmfestival.com.au/

    CITY EVENT Supanova Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre - 11 – 13 November Supanova Pop Culture Expo, since 2000, is where the adoring public comes face to face with Supa-Star celebrities and the creative talent that inspire their imaginary worlds under one big roof.Gathered from and surrounded by the wonderful worlds of comic books, animation/cartoons, science-fiction, pulp TV/movies, toys, console gaming, trading cards, fantasy, entertainment technology, books, internet sites and fan-clubs. The result is an amazing atmosphere tailor made for expressing your inner geek and where getting into cosplay (cos-tume role-play) is the obvious thing to do! It’s Comic con AUstralian Style !

    CITY EVENT Land Rover Polo in the City Dorrington Park - 19 November Land Rover Polo in the City’ is a rare opportunity to witness Australian, and international, polo stars in high speed action in a capital city near you. A perfect day out with friends, or an unrivalled corporate Christmas function, ‘Land Rover Polo in the City’ allows you to enjoy the excitement of the world’s fastest growing spectator sport from within the festive atmosphere of the

    ‘Somersby Polo Lounge’. This chic and vibrant event (a state winner at the Australian Event Awards in the ‘Best Sporting Event’ category), is taking Australia by storm, so don’t miss.

    EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCE DISGRACED - Until November 6 QPAC Prize-winning drama fearlessly puts contemporary attitudes towards politics, race and religion under the microscope. Exploring freedom of speech, political correctness and the prejudices towards Islam that still persist even in the most progressive cultural circles.

    Sunday Sessions on the Green 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November 2-5pm - River Quay Green Southbank Parklands
    The sun is shining and the weather is great – there's no better way to enjoy Queensland's famous climate than with a relaxing Sunday Session at Brisbane’s most spectacular riverfront destination, River Quay Green. Finish your weekend on the right note with live music performances, lawn games and funky chill-out seating on the lush River Quay Green every Sunday afternoon.

    STEPHANIES SPA OFFER ON THE 3RD FLOOR
    Spring Glow - 100minutes - Rose Petal Foot Immersion | Exfoliation | Massage
    Your Spring Glow begins with a rose petal and lavender scrub foot immersion. Breathe and enjoy our la Vie élixir® lavender 20 minute back exfoliation to deeply cleanse your entire back area, bliss out with a 30 minute orange & lavender nourishing balm back massage then gently turn over and enjoy our 50 minute spring renew French facial include including cooling beauty globes massage finishing with a heavenly scalp massage.

    LIFE IS MAGNIFIQUE… IN BALI
    FOCUS ON SOFITEL Bali Nusa Dua
    Nusa Dua's only French heritage instilled luxury 5-star beachfront resort with 8 hectares of tropical gardens, modern
    architecture and sophistication in every detail. The resort offers a collection of 415 well-appointed rooms including 39
    suites and villas alongside complete resort facilities: 2 restaurants, 3 bars, Nikki Beach Bali, So FIT, So SPA, Vietura Bali Aesthetic Clinic, outdoor and indoor kids club and 12 function rooms including one Grand Ballroom and one Beachfront Ballroom.
    Located within the exclusive and serene five-star beach resort enclave of Bali's famous southern peninsula, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is a sumptuous retreat within close reach to Bali's tranquil eastern coastline of Nusa Dua. Nusa Dua is home to the Bali Collection shopping, dining & entertainment centre, Bali Nusa Dua Theatre, and the Bali National Golf Club. It's 30 minutes' drive from the airport and a short-drive north to the water sport coastal area of Tanjung Benoa. Lot N5 Nusa Dua Tourism Complex 80363 NUSA DUA BALI INDONESIA /

    www.sofitel-bali-nusadua.com

  • Melbourne Cup tips

    This Melbourne Cup Day, build an outfit of unsurpassed glamour at QueensPlaza. From top to toe, including hair and beauty, we have everything you need to stand out on the big day. Take a look at our race day ready items at http://bit.ly/qpmelbournecup2016.

    Plus, be sure to visit our Millinery Pop Up on Level One for inspiration, styling advice and the perfect headwear from the talented Felicity Boevink Millinery and Martina McGrath Millinery (until 1 November).

    2016 Melbourne Cup Update:

    The 2016 Melbourne Cup is set to run on Tuesday November 1 and the Melbourne Cup field is starting to take shape. 

    Some last Fashion Tips:

    ■ Interesting textures like lace and pleats; expect to see lots of white lace on Derby Day this Saturday.

    ■ Black and white metallic, with splashes of silver and gold in bags, shoes and headwear. Check out styles from queen crown-maker Viktoria Novak, hat guruNerida Winter and talented milliner Hatmaker.

    ■ A fit and flare shape, tighter around the top and flared out at the waist is the preferred shape of the racing season.

    ■ According to the Myer style peeps, long or midi and cap sleeved dresses, as well as detailed high neck pieces will be popular this season.

    WHAT NOT TO WEAR

    ■ Shorts: even of they are smart “walk” shorts, a day at the races is not the time to look like you are about to step out onto the golf course.

    ■ Don’t wear brand new shoes. You want to make sure you can walk comfortably all day and not be part of the shoes over your shoulder brigade at the end of the day

    ■ Don’t wear an outfit that is too revealing or one where you can see your midriff: leave that for the beach. Races are about elegance and sophistication.

    ■ Don’t wear millinery that is SOO over the top that it gets in the way of other racing guests.

    Vogue Australia at the Races

    Kate Waterhouse's Cup Carnival Fashion Blog

    2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival - Fashions on the Field:

    There are four key criteria that the judges will be looking for when it comes to the Myer Fashions on the Field competition:


    Style - your dress needs to meet the style standards expected of entrants in a leading fashion competition - outdated styles will not impress!
    Originality - meaning your dress offers something new and unseen in the competition's history and has hopefully anticipated - or better yet SET - the latest trend!
    Attention to detail - this alludes to the importance of every single detail from head to toe
    Adherence to the dress code - to stand any chance of winning your outfit must conform to the dress code and fashion brief for the given day of the Carnival (yes, the three main days each have a theme!)

    The Emirates Melbourne Cup 2016 is the most important race on the Australian horse racing calendar. It isn’t called “The Race That Stops A Nation” for nothing – Australia really does come to a halt for an afternoon to watch the Melbourne Cup, which is the world’s richest handicap.

    Held each year on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup is a real test of staying power. The Melbourne Cup is raced over a distance of 3200 metres, far longer than any other major event in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, so it is certainly not a race that is easy to prepare for. Two miles is the traditional cup race distance and few races in Australia are still contested over these meters.

    Every year the Melbourne Cup captures the attention of race fans around the country and abroad. It has now become a truly international affair too with nearly half of the 2016 Melbourne Cup field being raiders trained outside of Australia and New Zealand. Each year the international raiders are well-fancied in the Melbourne Cup Odds as they are bred to go the distance.

    The Melbourne Cup is one of the few remaining genuine, two-mile races held in Australia each year. The only other 3200m race at Flemington Racecourse is the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, while in New South Wales the Sydney Cup is the country’s other Group 1 over the distance. Australia isn’t known for breeding genuine stayers and that is one of the reasons why every year the Melbourne Cup field features more and more both internationally-bred and trained horses.

    The race goes for roughly three and a half minutes with the Melbourne Cup race record held by the Bart Cummings-trained Kingston Rule who won in 3:16.30 minutes back in 1990.
    The 2016 Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 1st November 2016 at 3pm local time.



  • Events in October in Brisbane

    Cindy Sherman
    GoMA – South Bank
    Until 3 October Cindy Sherman is renowned for her mastery of masquerade — her own image is at the centre of an inspiring array of character studies created over decades.
    “Wasteland”

    Johnny Romeo
    Mitchell Fine Art
    Until 15 October
    A raucous and rollicking journey through the wild frontiers of Pop culture, this exhibition offers a fresh new spin on Romeo’s signature brand of bombastic Neo-Expressionist Pop.

    Craft and Quilt Fair
    Merivale St, South Brisbane
    5-9 October
    Heralded as THE home of craft, the fair is a fixture in the diary of crafting enthusiasts and has everything under the one roof to be inspired and get creative.

    Singin’ in the Rain
    QPAC
    Until 23rd October
    This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and Tinseltown glamour of one of the world's best-loved movies. It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies - and some of its stars - behind.

    Hamlet
    Spring Hill Reservoirs
    7, 8, 11-15, 18-21 October
    HeartBeast Theatre have transformed the Spring Hill Underground Reservoirs into a war bunker for its exciting immersive production of Hamlet.

    Suitcase Rummage in Brisbane City
    266 George St, Brisbane
    October 2 & 16
    Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market with giant rewards; it promises to be everything that is a market without the hassle. Its about bringing a suitcase (or two!) filled to the brim with your goods and treats.

    Oktoberfest Brisbane
    RNA Showgrounds
    7-9, 14-16 October
    It’s time to don your dirndl and lederhosen and get ready to celebrate Australia’s biggest German Festival when Oktoberfest Brisbane lands in 2016.

    Brisbane Fashion Weekend
    RICC, Bowen Hills
    22nd – 23rd October
    Brisbane Fashion Weekend is the ultimate Brisbane fashion event featuring designer catwalk shows coupled with an on-site designer and boutique pop-up shopping experience, featuring exclusive designer offers and discounts on current and past collection

    SPORTS!

    Brisbane Roar V Victory
    Suncorp Stadium 7 October

    Brisbane Roar V Glory
    Suncorp Stadium 30 October

    Cricket @ the Gabba
    13 Oct 10:00 AM NSW Breakers v SA Scorpions
    14 Oct 10:00 AM NSW Breakers v Tasmanian Roar
    16 Oct 10:00 AM QLD Fire v NSW Breakers
    25 Oct 02:00 PM QLD Bulls v NSW Blues

  • ARTISAN

    L' ARTISAN 

    FROM JULY 18TH TO SEPTEMBER 25TH 

    A range of sublime, gastronomic delights that are locally sourced, handcrafted and entirely unique.

    ‘‘An Artisan (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates things by hand that may be functional or strictly decorative.’’ See a watchmaker creating mechanical mechanisms such as the handmade clockwork movement. Artisans practice a craft and may through experience and aptitude reach the expressive levels of an artist.

    Enjoy one of our Magnifique Experiences at:

    Cuvée Lounge Bar

    In partner with Ink Gin, we created beautiful cocktails: The Ink Fizz would be Ink Gin, lemon juice, lime juice, cream, orange blossom, whites & the martini is Ink Gin & vermouth.

    Venture to Privé249

    Where modern, innovative French inspired cuisine from Chef de Cuisine James Gallagher will take you on a Magnifique journey to our local produces.

    Continue to Thyme²

    Our chefs expertly create a selection of gourmet dishes and desserts inspired by our region. Discover Le Cellier, a range of local red, white and sparkling wines as an accompaniment to your dining experience. 

    Thyme2 Interactive buffet restaurant will have it decorated thanks to some of our local partner:ARTISAN

  • AUGUST IN BRISBANE

    Magnifique experiences await you in Brisbane from cultural and sporting events to a vibrant restaurant and bar scene and all of the natural local attractions.

    Royal Queensland Show - Ekka
    600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills 5-14th of August
    The Royal Queensland Show, or Ekka as it's most commonly known, is Queensland's largest annual event. Held over ten full days, Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State, bringing visitors from all across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane. 2016 marks the 139th show and brings with it a variety of best talent, culture, produce, fun and entertainment.

    Brisbane Marathon Festival Park Road, Milton 6th & 7th of August
    Set your sights on discovering what Brisbane has to offer, by foot. Brisbane Marathon Festival events, tour famous city streets and take you on a journey of the beautiful Brisbane river. The marathon event will cross several bridges and multiple landmarks along the way, in what will be one of the most picturesque courses Australia has to offer. The Brisbane Marathon is one of the fastest growing marathons in Australia with participants flocking from over 35 countries and representing every state of Australia.

    L’ARTISAN HIGH TEA FEATURING INK GIN
    As a part of L’Artisan, we invite you to experience our exquisite high tea paired with a bespoke cocktail using locally sourced Gin from Byron Bay Distiller, Ink Gin. Choose from either The Ink Fizz comprised of Ink Gin, lemon juice, lime juice, cream, orange blossom, whites, or a classic Ink Gin Martini $65 per person. 

    Visit our website landing page HIGH TEA for more information, pre bookings required

    CINDY SHERMAN Until October 3rd GOMA | GALLERY 1.1 

    Cindy Sherman is renowned for her mastery of masquerade — her own image is at the centre of an inspiring array of character studies created over decades. Sherman expands on contemporary society's fascination with aspiration, narcissism and the cult of celebrity, and explores the resulting emotional fragility. Focusing on large-scale photographs made since 2000, this exhibition charts the artist's return as the central model in her artworks, for which she is also costume designer, make-up artist and photographer. The exhibition includes two series made with high fashion houses Balenciaga and Chanel, and an entirely new body of work shown for the first time outside New York.

    STEPHANIES SPA OFFER ON THE 3RD FLOOR
    Spa Indulgence – 5 Hours - Rose Petal Foot Immersion | Skin Brushing | Body Scrub | Massage 60mins Spa Lunch | Classical Facial | Classic Manicure & Pedicure 

    When only the best will do, the occasion calls for excellence! Embark on this amazing journey with an intensive dry body brushing, full body exfoliation for complete skin renewal, then let us soothe away the stresses of the outside world with an aromatic one hour essential massage. Drift gently back into consciousness in time for a sumptuous spa cuisine lunch served to you on the sundeck. Enjoy a lazy swim or simply doze until it is time for us to welcome you back to enjoy a classical facial where we will revitalise your skin with a customised treatment to uncover a new you. A scalp and hand or foot massage provides the perfect interlude before we further indulge you with our hand therapy manicure and foot therapy pedicure.

  • JULY IN BRISBANE

    Concierge Tips – July 2016

    Sacre Bleu  at Sofitel Brisbane Central - French Theme until 17th July

    Cuvée Lounge Bar
    Selection of French wines, Barrel-Aged Settlers Gin Negroni
    Sidecar French Martini twist cocktail, French sparkling or glamourous Champagne by the glass, Iconic Kir Royal made with Crème de Cassis.

    Venture to Privé249
    Where modern, innovative French inspired cuisine from Chef de Cuisine James Gallagher will take you on a Magnifique journey to Paris & beyond.

    Continue to Thyme²
    Our chefs expertly create a selection of gourmet dishes and desserts inspired by the classic flavours of France and its regions. Discover Le Cellier, a range of French & local red, white and sparkling wines as an accompaniment to your dining experience.

    Display in Thyme² with Le Comptoir & La Vieille Branche

    Le Comptoir Français is an online boutique offering a selection of clothing and home linen from iconic French brands. With a range of women’s and men’s clothing from Saint James, Arthur and Vicomte A, baby clothes from Cyrillus and home linen from Garnier Thiebaut, there is something French for the whole family. 

    Le Comptoir Français also distributes for two of these brands:

    Saint James, that manufactures the classic marinière and woollen jumpers in Normandy, 20 minutes from the Mont Saint Michel.Garnier Thiebaut, manufacturing jacquard linen since 1833 in the Vosges region.

    INSTAGRAM 

    WEBSITE

     ''Le Comptoir Français to bring to Australia a vision of my youth, in the form of classic French linen and clothing.

    As a young boy I was surrounded by iconic French products from the kitchen to the table, from bathroom to bedroom and from the streets of Caen to the beaches of Normandy – brands that to me represent the quality of everyday French living and are an integral part of every French family’s daily life''

    Thibaut

    Vieille Branche

    is a concept shop in a backstreet warehouse at 10 Fox St, Albion, Brisbane.

    The name, Vieille Branche, directly translates to ‘the old branch’. It is a colloquial way of saying ‘my old friend’ in French.They want people to feel that way when they come to see us, we want to create a space where people start talking and meet new ‘old’ friends.

    We eat, laugh, share, learn, create, find, sell & make but scroll down to see a little more of what we do!

    7.30am - 4pm Tuesday - Friday, Saturday 7:30am - 2pm
    Sunday + Monday Closed

    WEBSITE

    INSTAGRAM

    Le Festival – Brisbane French Festival (8-10th July, South Bank Cultural forecourt)
    Entry fee: $5 (free for children under 12)

    The Brisbane French Festival returns to South Bank’s parklands from 8 - 10 July and invites you to discover the best of French culture.

    Traditionally celebrating Bastille Day, join us for our annual gourmet fair and celebration of French heritage.

    From an exclusive selection of design and handicraft products, to culinary delicacies, wines and champagnes and hours of French entertainment on stage, the Brisbane French Festival plays host to Australia’s most traditional French experience.

    WEBSITE

    INSTAGRAM

    Winter Festival (Until 10th July, King George Square)
    Free entry

    Get set for some true winter magic at Winter Festival Brisbane. Enjoy open-air ice-skating, tobogganing and powder snow with traditional European culinary delights and captivating entertainment for the whole family.

    In the hub of bustling Brisbane King George Square stands next to the stunning City Hall providing an imposing backdrop for the large outdoor Winter Festival ice skating rink.

    The ice skating rinks are wheel chair accessible and there are special skates for tiny tots.

    WEBSITE

    Colombian street Festival (July 16th, Ballow Street, Fortitude Valley)
    Entry Fee: $15

    Join us again this year for a traditional street party featuring exotic food, drink, arts and entertainment that will tantalise your senses to an extraordinary cultural experience right here in the heart of Fortitude Valley.

    Traditional Colombian food, beverages (including Aguardiente, Aguila), performances, bands, artists and DJs will be performing throughout the festival. The official after-party will continue at GPO.

    Sunday Sessions on the green (Every Sunday from 10am, South Bank – River Quay Green)
    Free entry

    The sun is shining and the weather is great – there's no better way to enjoy Queensland's famous climate than with a relaxing Sunday Session at Brisbane’s most spectacular riverfront destination, River Quay Green.

    Finish your weekend on the right note with live music performances, lawn games and funky chill-out seating on the lush River Quay Green every Sunday afternoon. This weekly event showcases the soft and smooth tunes of some of Brisbane’s best musicians, all set against the backdrop of the sparkling city skyline.

    Regional Flavours ( 16-17th July, South Bank Parklands)
    Free entry

    Maggie Beer, Matt Preston, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and more - Australia's best-known chefs and cooks are coming to Brisbane. Head to the South Bank Parklands on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July to see them whip up gourmet treats and simple, scrumptious eats at Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail.

    Regional Flavours is completely free to attend and includes something for all ages, including a producer market with more than 80 stallholders from across Queensland, live music, craft beer, regional wines, kids' activities and more.

    For more events or day-trip ideas, go on http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/

     

  • CONCIERGE TIPS  IN JUNE

    An abundance of experiences await you in Brisbane from cultural and sporting events to a vibrant restaurant and bar scene and all of the natural local attractions.

     

    With this in mind, your Brisbane concierge team has come up with some enchanting ideas for your time in the riverside city. Please do not hesitate to contact us before or during your visit for any additional suggestions!

     

    Pericles Yiannakis

    Concierge

    Les Clefs d’Or Australia

     

    Disney on Ice presents The Magic Ice Festival

    2/06/2016 – 17/07/2016

    Boondall – Brisbane Entertainment Centre

    A must for families. The hugely popular FROZEN comes to life on ice.

    For Information Click HERE

     

    City2South Fun Run 2016

    Sunday 5/6/2016

    5km start @ Brisbane Corso,Dutton Park, adjacent to Goodwin Park

    14km start @ William St, between Elizabeth St & Margaret St

    $40-$60 entry

    For Information Click HERE

     

    Yoga Day Festival

    19/6/2016

    Roma St Parklands

    This FREE event follows the success of last year's inaugural festival, which saw over two-thousand yoga lovers come together in the heart of Brisbane City to celebrate 'International Yoga Day'.

    For Information Click HERE

     

    Out of the Box Festival

    21-28/6/2016

    Out of the Box is a biennial festival for children 8 years and under, held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and surrounding venues.

    For Information Click HERE

     

    West End Film Festival

    24 & 26/6/2016

    Boundary Hotel West End

    Launch Party and 2016 Music Video Awards

    For Information Click HERE

     

    Sunday Session on the Green

    Every Sunday from 5pm

    Southbank Parklands

    The sun is shining and the weather is great – there's no better way to enjoy Queensland's famous climate than with a relaxing Sunday

    Session at Brisbane’s most spectacular riverfront destination, River Quay Green.

    For Information Click HERE

     

    RESTAURANT HIGHLIGHT - GERARD'S BISTRO

    14/15 Jamest Street, Fortitude Valley

     

    Gerard’s Bistro is the latest of the stylish restaurants in the James Street precinct. This one-of-a-kind culinary destination has earned many praises from critics since it opened in July of 2012.

     

    Its modern décor features a textured yet relaxing environment and is a masterwork of the Moubarak Brothers. They are the avant-gardes that brought West End’s Lychee Lounge and Fortitude Valley’s Laruche Bar to life. The restaurant’s intelligent and simplistic structure and layout, which create a flow through chains of interconnected areas, promise to give guests a unique dining experience.

     

    The remarkable thing about Gerard’s Bistro that sets it apart from other popular dining destinations is its enticing menu. The man behind its delightful creations is Head Chef Ben Williamson—one of the elites of the restaurant scene in Brisbane for his widely-recognised work with Cha Cha Char and Urbane. The menu has great influences from some of the most flavourful cuisines in Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East.

     

    The restaurant also has an extensive list of wines and drinks to complement its hearty and mouth-watering offerings. Gerard’s Bistro serves lunch from Tuesday through to Sunday and dinner seven days a week, while breakfast is also available on weekends mornings.

     

    FOR BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

  • Pistachio Macaron Recipe

    A classic macaron flavour loved by our guests, now you can create these delicate bites of heaven in your own home with this recipe created by Executive Chef, Patrice Falantin.

    Ingredients:

    200g Egg Whites                     

    60g Caster Sugar                     

    250g Almond Meal                            

    450g Icing Sugar                      

    Green Food Colouring

    Crushed Pistachios

     

    Pistachio Filling Ingredients:

    200g Soft Butter

    150g Caster Sugar

    100g Almond Meal

    Pistachio Paste or Pistachio Nuts

     

    Pistachio Macaroon Process:

    1. Preheat oven to 150°c

    2. Mix almond meal and icing sugar together in a food processor for approximately 4 minutes.

    3. Sift and set aside.

    4. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form and add half the sugar.

    Continue whisking until stiff peaks form and add remaining sugar.

    5. Whilst whisking, add green food colouring until the desired colour forms.

    6. Using a spatula, gently fold in the sifted icing sugar and almond meal until just combined. Do not over mix.

    7. Pipe the mixture onto baking trays 5cm apart. Sprinkle with crushed Pistachios.

    8. Leave the Macaroons to rest for approximately 15 minutes before baking.

    9. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until set and lift off the tray.

     

    Pistachio Filling Process:

    1. Cream the butter and castor sugar until pale.

    2. Add in the almond meal and mix until combined.

    3. Add in pistachio paste to taste or alternatively finely grated pistachios.

     

    Assemble by placing filling between two macaron biscruits

    Bon Appétit!

  • INSPIRED MEETINGS & EVENTS

    Sofitel Brisbane Central’s iconic MICE spaces have been given a modern update with stylish, understated carpeting being installed throughout all 15 flexible event spaces and onsite staging company, AV Partners, taking technology to thrilling new heights. 

    The addition of two new venues, Bercy Room and Soiree Terrace now provide organisers with even more choice with the Soiree Terrace offering a stunning outdoor option for breakouts, cocktail functions or dinners featuring sweeping views over Brisbane’s city.  The upgrades to the AV facilities have been extensive with the 1,100 capacity Ballroom Le Grand now boasting a 9M Mega Blend Screen, 90 intelligent table lights, 120m drape track to cover the entire space with black, white or star cloths and a Flown Meyer Audio Array. All other venues including boutique restaurant space, Privé249 have been given a total technology refresh to ensure clients have a seamless audio visual experience. 

    Director of Sales & Marketing, Abbey Madden says that the refresh has given the hotel’s MICE facilities an entirely new feel. ‘The Sofitel brand embraces elegance and femininity with a modern edge, this new look certainly encapsulates that’ she says. ‘The state of the art technology has also been instrumental in ensuring we continue to provide our clients with leading product and service’. She continues by mentioning the Sofitel brand’s ‘Inspired Meetings’, which highlight exceptional experiences for conferences and events. ‘It’s about exceeding expectations, providing those memorable, ‘once in a lifetime’ moments that takes an event to the next level. It could be anything from a specially curated culinary experience within the hotel kitchens or a behind the scenes opportunity with one of our luxury partners… the sky is the limit and we embrace the chance to create these moments for our clients.’ 

    With Sofitel Brisbane Central taking the coveted ‘Best Deluxe Hotel’ award in the Queensland Hotel Awards and Bronze in the highly prestigious Queensland Tourism Industry Council awards within the ‘Luxury Accommodation’ category, it is obvious that their dedication to excellence flows from their MICE spaces to their 433 stunning guest rooms and suites and throughout the four multi award winning dining outlets. 

    To highlight their recent refresh, Sofitel Brisbane Central is currently offering new events 1 for every 10 delegates complimentary on both accommodation and day delegate packages. They are also including an 'Inspired Meetings' experience on each day of the conference. 

  • INSPIRING TALENT AT SOFITEL BRISBANE CENTRAL 

    Jerome Magisson, one of our fabulous chefs in the Privé249 kitchen has been awarded 'Most Outstanding Pastry Chef 2016' by the Australian Culinary Federation this week with a bronze, silver and gold in different categories. 

    Jerome works at Privé249 with James Gallagher our Chef de Cuisine and is passionate about creating modern, inspired and truly sublime dishes for Prive249 guests.

    This Masterpiece is now on display at the Privé249 Maitre D desk situated on the lobby level. This represents more than a month of preparation and 30 hours of work. Fresha Mardira from Pastry also won a silver medal for her entry in the 'static dessert' – same competition. 

    Bravo Team!