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Get away at Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali

Get away at Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali

 

The supremely secluded Belmond Jimbaran Puri hotel sits in prime position on one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, Jimbaran Bay. Nestled amongst a tropical enclave ,  beach dining beckons for lunch and dinner at the Puri Bar where shoes are not required as you sit with your feet in the sand and the water lapping at the shore in front of you!   COCOM invited a small group of travel and lifestyle media to enjoy an extended long weekend escape Boutique Bali style , where they had the opportunity to experience all that Belmond has to offer.

The weekend began with a swim in private villa pools and breakfast at Tunjung Restaurant overlooking lush lily ponds and across the sweeping beachfront followed by a fun and interactive cooking class at the Bamboo Pavilion where 4 courses were created and served for lunch under the tutelage of the resorts best chefs.

The evening saw some Seminyak action with sunset drinks and dinner at hotspot, Mamasan before a good night’s rest in private villa beds to start all over again for a weekend where the group had the opportunity to participate in private yoga classes in the beach gardens, and spa treatments at the Beach Spa. They were also involved in an exclusive perfume making class and private Balinese dancing lesson and sipped some of the largest coconut drinks ever seen!

As each day drew to a close, evening activities included dinner at the exquisite Nelayan Restaurant, a champagne sunset boat trip along Jimbaran Bay to the Uluwatu cliffs and seafood dinners on the beach, all in all an authentically luxe and boutique Bali experience.

 

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Oktoberfest Launch at Bavarian Bier Cafe, Eagle Street Pier

Oktoberfest Launch at Bavarian Bier Cafe, Eagle Street Pier

To celebrate the launch of Oktoberfest, COCOM partnered with Bavarian Bier Café Eagle Street Pier, to host a media preview event and bring in Oktoberfest in true German style. With waitresses in dirndls and the launching of an Oktoberfest specific menu, the evening was a night of cultural celebration.

In attendance were Brisbane’s most influential foodies, bloggers and media personalities, who indulged in the authentic Bavarian cuisine of German pretzels, pork knuckle, pork belly, and steins of pure German biers as a preview to the official public launch keg tapping event on Friday 18 September 2015.

For the festival, Bavarian Bier Café is offering five Oktoberfest biers, which have been brewed within the city limits of Munich since the 1300s. These are five of the six Biers officially served at Oktoberfest in Munich, uniquely brewed for the festival each year.

The night was topped off with a spectacular keg tapping, displaying the finest of German traditions.

The Oktoberfest celebrations will be on at all Bavarian Bier Café restaurants for the whole month of October.

For more details about Oktoberfest, visit www.bavarianbiercafe.com

Brisbane, it’s time to get Oktoberfested!

 

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Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian

The first luxury rail experience of its kind in Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian traverses the sprawling countryside, dramatic coasts and fascinating cities that define this captivating land.

 

Belmond brings together an exceptional range of luxurious travel experiences in some of the world’s greatest destinations. Belmond Grand Hibernian joins our iconic rail collection, among such legends as the Eastern & Oriental Express and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

 

Grand tours of Ireland aboard Belmond Grand Hibernian, the new Celtic sister to Belmond Royal Scotsman, are now open for reservations. Ireland’s first luxury touring train will offer a four-night ‘Legends and Loughs’ journey of the Republic of Ireland from Cork to Killarney, Galway and Westport and a two-night ‘Realms of Giants’ journey north from Dublin to Belfast and Portrush, stopping at the award-winning Titanic Experience in Belfast on the way. These two journeys can also be combined to create a six-night ‘Grand Tour of Ireland’.

 

Take a seat, with a glass of fine Irish whiskey or a pint of local stout, and watch the enchanting scenery from the comfort of your cabin as you glide past the countryside in style.

 

 

 

Good Food Guide Awards 2016

Good Food Guide Awards 2016

COCOM was excited to work with Brisbane Times, Fairfax Media and Liquid Ideas for the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards held on Monday 29 June.

 

Editor of Brisbane Times Good Food Guide 2016 Natascha Mirosch explains the Good Food Guide:

 

“Brisbane really has embraced the Good Food Guide and now, in its fourth year, it’s firmly entrenched as the go-to guide for unbiased, reliable reviews.”

 

A total of 61 chef’s hats were awarded to Queensland’s leading dining establishments. A total of 14 prestigious awards were presented on the night, recognising the talent, contribution, depth and diversity of certain individuals and restaurants.

 

The event was held at Lightspace, Fortitude Valley where guests enjoyed the elegant surroundings whilst indulging in the amazing catered options expected when serving the most renowned chefs in the state. Such options included an oyster stand where guests could experience the delight of freshly shucked oysters with their choice of garnish, an entire table laden with the finest cheeses and cured meats sourced from around the country and an array of creatively delicious horderves.

 

COCOM were thrilled to be involved with the event that highlighted the wealth of highly talented, inspired restaurateurs in Queensland and the guide that shines a light on the State’s best and brightest.

 

The Salvation Army celebrate 50th anniversary of Red Shield Appeal

The Salvation Army celebrate 50th anniversary of Red Shield Appeal

COCOM provided their PR services to the Salvation Army this year as they celebrate the marking of their 50th anniversary of the Red Shield Appeal. This iconic annual campaign sees thousands of ordinary Australians improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people through their generous donations of time and money. Australia has gone through countless changes in the past 50 years however people’s need for a helping hand is just as prevalent as it was when the first doors were knocked on in 1965.

 

Queensland Salvation Army spokesperson, Major Neil Dickson, says

“Without the help of the Brisbane community, The Salvation Army would struggle to continue its strong history of support, care and assistance to society’s most vulnerable.”

 

In this 50th year of the Red Shield Appeal, the Salvos have launched a virtual doorknock to complement the efforts of volunteers who collect door to door in the suburbs. With more secured apartments and gated communities, the Salvos realise they can’t reach everyone on the traditional doorknock.

 

“The virtual doorknock is an innovative online fundraising challenge enabling supporters to raise some funds on our behalf. This year the theme is “state vs state” and we are encouraging some friendly competition – all in the name of a good cause,” Major Dickson explained.

 

The funds raised from the Red Shield Appeal helps The Salvation Army to assist more than one million people a year – providing food vouchers for families in crisis, education for youths at risk, supported accommodation for the homeless, recovery programs for people battling addictions, emergency services when disasters strike and telephone counselling for people in distress.

 

Create Your Taste Kitchen Opens @ McDonalds Annerley

Create Your Taste Kitchen Opens @ McDonalds Annerley

 

McDonald’s Annerley is set to become the first Queensland restaurant to offer a brand new way to experience the burger building process, through the new Create Your Taste kitchen. As part of a bold plan to transform the experience for Australians, McDonald’s is bringing the kitchen to the dining room in select restaurants enabling customers to experience the theatre of their burger being made in front of them.

 

The Create Your Taste kitchen at Annerley is a modern and engaging space featuring customer-facing kitchen equipment and food on display. It’s been designed so that each step of the burger making process is visible – from the fresh, quality ingredients to the cooking procedures. This concept is an extension of Create Your Taste, which is already available in a number of Queensland locations, and will be rolled out in all Australian McDonald’s restaurants by the end of June.

 

The Annerley restaurant now has a fresh and contemporary look with an urban feel. Customers will place their order at a digital kiosk, then can sit down, relax and wait for their order to be brought to their table. Inspired by the nostalgic spirit of a traditional diner, the new look interior at Annerley boasts a refined pallet of textures and finishes by Otto Design Interiors.

 

COCOM was engaged for the official launch held on the 28th of April as well as a special VIP Blogger Event hosting food bloggers around Brisbane. Peter Burchard, McDonald’s Market Director Queensland, says the innovations at McDonald’s have been driven by customers.

 

“Through new technology, customer service approaches and menu options, decisions about how McDonald’s will serve Australians in the future are being placed fully in the hands of our customers. We look forward to welcoming our regular customers as well as new visitors to enjoy our new facilities,” said Peter.

Cartier Brisbane Launch

Cartier Brisbane Launch

Last night, Cartier officially stamped its presence on the Brisbane landscape with a style and an elegance synonymous to the name Cartier.

 

Guests arrived at the boutique that sits pride of place on the corner of Elizabeth and Edward streets and discovered the two storey heritage building flooded in a glorious red glow, a homage to the iconic Cartier red box. Bellboys were positioned along the red carpet welcoming guests and bringing a flair, style and elegance to the start of the evening. Once inside the boutique guests admired the glimmer of precious gems, discovered iconic watch designs and movements and appreciated the iconographies that made reference to the Maison’s rich heritage with modern aesthetic sensibilities.

 

Show piece of the evening, the stunning Boreale bracelet was exhibited for the first time in Australia, flown in from Paris the previous day. The exceptional 42.91 Australian black opal is set within a constellation of sapphire, emerald and diamond beads. Guests were marveled by the exquisite craftsmanship achieved in the Maison’s historical Parisian high jewellery ateliers.

 

After an official welcome from Gregoire Blanche, Cartier’s Regional Director for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, guests were driven in style to a secret dinner location to enjoy a celebratory evening. The Lightspace in Fortitude Valley was bathed in Cartier red light and transformed into a chic, understated and elegant dinner space.

 

The long dining tables, bespoke creations custom made for Cartier, were contemporary sleek, their finish accented by inset golden brushed metal runners that reminded the soft bronze interior tones of the boutique.  From above the crystal chandelier encased in a gilt cage wowed while rich red florals, floating candles and gold cutlery added elements of distinction and warmth. An exquisite four course gala dinner was served with matching wines and the renowned Cuvee Louise champagne imbued with flavors that delicately balanced the poached lobster and lamb dishes and ending with a chocolate and caramel opera gateaux. The 150 guests enjoyed a special harpist performance by Jake Meadows and once seated Australian music curator, Johnny Seymour filled the air with a soundtrack that embraced touches of contemporary French chic and flair.

 

Several surprises punctuated the evening. At the beginning of the dinner, the Maison’s celebrated short film L’Odyssée de Cartier directed by French filmaker Bruno Aveillan, appeared out of the darkness.  The cinema epic narrates the Maison’s history, its artistic influences and universal inspirations. The powerful panther, who holds the lead role mesmerized the guests with its legendary beauty. As the evening progressed, the lights dimmed and one of Australia’s leading dance companies, Expressions Dance Company, dressed by Australian designer Gail Sorronda, performed highly artistic and captivating romantic dance pieces, created especially to celebrate the Brisbane official launch. Shadows from the performers were cast across the exposed brick walls and the dramatic choreography transported the guests with its ethereal flavour.

 

It was indeed an evening of opulence and elegance and firmly stamped Cartier’s arrival into Brisbane.