Explore Sydney restaurants with Wong Ah Yoke and more in The Life

THE fourth edition of digital magazine The Life is out today and promises to be a tantalising read.

For the cover story, Straits Times food critic Wong Ah Yoke checks out restaurants in Sydney and Southern Highlands - two hours away from the city by car - which use the freshest produce.

The eateries - Chiswick Restaurant, The Potting Shed, Three Blue Ducks, Bendooley Bar & Grill (located in a bookshop), Biota Dining and Eschalot Restaurant - serve up an impressive array of fresh food.

Cultivating small patches of land, or ingeniously enough, using a wheelbarrow filled with compost, they grow edibles such as kale, parsley and oregano.

The founder and senior director of Stamford Law Corp Lee Suet Fern is known for her prowess in the legal field. In an exclusive interview and video shoot with The Life, she reveals another talent - quilting.

Mrs Lee discovered that she can do wonders with a needle and thread when she was an undergraduate at Cambridge University - she wanted to knit a jumper for her then boyfriend, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, who is now her husband. He is chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The lawyer eventually picked up other styles of sewing, and her home is now filled with quilts. Two of her creations have made it to the finals of a prestigious annual quilting competition in the United States, to be held next month.

Prominent Hong Kong-born gallerist Pearl Lam, 45, spices up the issue by sharing her story on how she rose to become a powerhouse in the art industry. Named one of 25 top women in the industry by global art market news wire Artnet News, the pint-sized lady is hard to miss with her bouffant tinted hair, bee-stung lips and colourful personality.

Also in the issue, famed Japanese photographer and artist Hiroshi Sugimoto reminisces about the best present he ever received.

The Mamiya Six camera, a high-end camera in the 1960s which his father gave him, is still functioning.

The Life is a monthly e-magazine which has features on style, travel, food, pursuits and design. It can be downloaded free on The Straits Times Star mobile app for iPad and Android devices.

Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play to download it. The magazine is best viewed on an iPad or on Android tablets. More information on The Straits Times Star app is also available at www.straitstimes.com/ST-Star-app

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