In France, we are treated to some lovely fixtures, as Ibrahimovic’s Sweden face off against Italy, Belgium will be looking to bounce back against Ireland and the Spanish giants face off against a very talented Turkey in what should be an ever intense second round of Euro 2016. 

Across the globe, Copa America has reached the quarter-final stage, and the USA will be looking to serve as more than just a host when they look to upset a fiery Ecuador. History-making Peru face off against a giant Colombia, Messi’s Argentina play Venezuela and Mexico stand up against Chile.

Good Vibes

In winter, a good vibe is a warm vibe, and the Belgrave Lantern Parade in Melbourne will deliver just that. Brisbane will be warming up at their Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice Festival, so if you love bonfires, definitely check it out. For all you students of witchcraft and wizardry, the Blue Mountains will be home to this year’s Winter Magic Festival; nothing like a good old fashioned Expecto Patronum to warm up the occasion, aka, Bale’s free kick.

What’s On Around Town?

The Nishi Gallery in Canberra is hosting a Martini party this weekend, using premium craft spirits from Australia, with an assortment of canapés and some Jazz; I’ll have mine straight up with a tangelo peel please. In Melbourne, the Meat Market will be hosting Game of Rhones, exhibiting a wonderful assortment of wines from the Rhone Valley; well, wine-not? After some street food? Marrickville in Sydney will be showcasing The Addison Road Street Food Market, with cuisine from Africa, Europe, South America and Asia, well, everywhere really, and an awesome opportunity to get your cultural street food fix.

Sunday Sessions

In Melbourne, Monk Bodhi Dharma is a chic, warm and friendly little eatery that serves outstanding vegetarian dishes along with a very good cup of coffee; I recommend the Indonesian Gado Gado, which comes with an awesome chilli chutney. Interested in an exotic bakery to start your Sunday? Sydney’s Brickfields bakery/cafe will deliver just that, and their coffee is astounding also. In Adelaide, A Mother’s Milk cafe in Unley not only serves up wonderful specialty coffee, but a very warming green chilli eggs that will warm up any winter Sunday.