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Written by Jo Hombsch
As I write this we’re on our last remaining days of Winter and the end of 2021 is feeling insight.
Winter came and left us in what feels like a blink of an eye, but for most of us, we’re still here, fingers crossed we wake up in 2022 with everything back to normal again. However, with that said and done, there are still a lot of things for us to look forward to in the meantime this month including those longer, warmer days and a summer of freedom almost within reach.
Hopeful for our last month of lockdown, here’s our round-up of things to Eat & Sip over the month of September to get you through, enjoy!
Virtual Friday Night Drinks With Maybe Sammy and Fever-Tree
This one is for those who miss a cocktail (or four) at their favourite bar and for everyone else looking for Friday night knock-offs on the couch.
Join mixer brand Fever-Tree and Martin Hudak, co-owner and bartender at Maybe Sammy ( the world’s 11th-best cocktail bar), for an online whisky masterclass.
You’ll learn to mix some seriously good whisky highballs and mixed drinks with guests from 78 Degrees, Starward and Johnnie Walker making an appearance to share their tips & tricks.
Since masterclasses have become the new ‘going out’, message a friend and book tickets to this virtual event.
The masterclass takes place on Friday 17 September and tickets are $50. Be sure to book your tickets by 5 pm, Wednesday 8 September to be sure your package gets to you on time.
Scapegrace Black X Box Bar Masterclass
Whilst a drink at a bar is out of reach for most of us across Australia, that doesn’t necessarily mean our cravings are any less (possibly, even more, am I an alcholic? Not sure).
Thankfully, Box Bar and The Fox Hole have come together to develop Australia’s first dedicated digital bar, having recently announced their exclusive partnership with Scapegrace.
Gin fans will be familiar with Scapegrape as the worlds first naturally black gin. To learn all about Scapegrace Black, join an exclusive BlackBox masterclass this Saturday, September 4th August at 4 pm, hosted by James (Box Bar’s Chief Experience Officer) and Mikey (Scapegrace Ambassador and Creator).
See here for other Box Bar experiences here.
FISHBOWL’S Japanese Inspired Salad
As we welcome Spring, FISHBOWL introduces a Japanese inspired salad. The PUMP N’ PROTEIN bowl includes chicken with miso pumpkin, kale, radish, beets, ginger, red onion, lemon olive oil and spicy shoyu dressing topped with tamari almonds.
The best part, FISHBOWL has included complimentary avocado on FISHBOWL COLLECT use code PUMPINAVO.
Available in-store from Wednesday 1st September and delivery from 6th September from $16.90.
Katie Choi’s Dark Chocolate Brookies
Katie Choi aka @fizzysbread Dark Chocolate Brookies – need I say more? I had one the weekend that just passed and O.M.G I haven’t stopped thinking about them since.
Katie describes them as a Demeter Farm Mill organic whole rye flour and Callebaut dark chocolate brookies with whipped peanut butter and salted dark caramel.” Life-changing! It’s the combination of salted caramel, dark chocolate and peanut butter for me. See you next weekend!
Mould Cheese Subscription Cheese Box
Get artisan cheese delivered to your door each month with Mould Cheese’s Subscription Cheese Box. Each month you’ll receive a curated selection of four Australian cheese’s delivered straight to your door.
It’s a chance to try something new and break away from your usual supermarket camembert (we know you all have a go-to). Inside each box, you’ll find between 150-200gm of each cheese, enough for you and your housemates with a mix of styles, milk and regions to keep you satisfied each month.
The Mould Cheese Collective is $75 each month. Find out more here.
Two Good Co.
With so many doing it tough during these difficult times, we need to remember businesses such as Two Good Co. more than ever.
Two Good employs vulnerable women at risk of homelessness to create these beautiful gifts and food allowing them access to a pathway out of living in crisis. With each purchase, you’re not only helping to keep vulnerable women employed, but also ensuring another gift or meal is donated to a woman in a shelter.
Two Good Co. Make an order. Make a difference.
ChefPrep, a revolutionary new online marketplace and eco-conscious meal delivery service that ticks all the boxes for us.
But what makes it different to so many other food delivery services in the market? ChefPrep allows you to order frozen ready-made meals from premium, award-winning restaurants at an affordable price every week. This model allows us to support restaurants that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic by allowing chefs to prepare ready-made meals at off-peak times.
Recently launched, there is already a long and impressive lineup of restaurants from Maybe Frank, STIX, Delhi ‘O’ Delhi, Huxton’s at Bronte, Olio, Albi’s Taverna and Bondi Hardward to name a few. Coming soon are Butter Sydney, LODE Surry Hills (by LuMi), Bare Wholefoods and Long Chim, with more partnering every week!
ChefPrep currently services Sydney Metropolitan, NSW Central Coast, NSW Newcastle, NSW Blue Mountains and NSW Wollongong Coast.
Being trapped at home with nothing else to do but eating and drinking every evening has got us slightly worried about our health. If you too have been sipping on one too many vino’s every evening – well there are plenty of non-alcoholic options out there for you.
Transporting you to a much-needed journey to Spain, the team at Edenvale Wines have produced three new Spanish varietals. The Spanish Expedition Series range includes three varietals: a Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon, a Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc, and a Spanish style Sparkling Cuvee.
Seltzers take us back to the summer of 2020 and it’s undoubtedly going to be the drink in everyone’s hands this year. With dizzying ‘Seltzer’ options available at your local bottle shop we know it can leave you slightly paralysed when standing in front of the fridge.
One brand we’re seeing everywhere is FELLR, like many start-up stories, Co-Founders and seasoned drinks marketers Andy Skora and Will Morgan inspired by the Australian summer and laidback lifestyle, they soon launched Fellr to the market in July 2020.
This month we can expect a fourth flavour addition – Passionfruit Seltzer. Reminiscent of family barbeques and nostalgic summer beach days. The fresh taste is complemented with crisp hints of citrus ending with a smooth, dry finish.
Carbon Mexcian Bondi Takeaway Packs
The boys from Milpa Collective get their Mexican cuisine right every time, and Bondi Carbon eatery is no different. This weekend turn your Saturday night into a Mexican fiesta with Carbon’s do it yourself taco flight.
The flight includes 26 corn tortillas with all the ingredients you need to make their delicious best sellers. Or, why not mix and match to create your very own taco just the way you like it. When it comes to preparation, there are no rules, anything can go when you taco.
Order yourself a flight of tacos here.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, Moon Mylk is the nightcap you didn’t realize you needed. Moon Mylk is Naked Harvest’s all in one natural solution for all those who suffer from insomnia.
Moon Mylk hero ingredients include Magnesium which helps you crank out those zzzz’s, there’s Organic Ashwagandha Root to help reduce anxiety and stress and zinc which is necessary for the metabolism of Melatonin.
Designed to help unwind and relax from the day – the combination of unique herbs, vitamins and minerals will help you feel calm just by simply adding the Mylk powder into a glass of water or milk of your choice and relax.
Patrick of Coonawarra rebrand
There’s a shift in direction happening over at Patrick of Coonawarra. The 17-year-old family business has just announced the launch of its rebrand through the unveiling of its new Méthode Range.
The new Méthode Range consists of two styles of Cabernet Sauvignon and a Riesling, inspired by a love of these two varieties and a willingness to “Move beyond any preconceived ideas of what these varieties could do.”, says Chief Wine Maker Luke Tocaciu. Both challenging wine tradition with their modern interpretation of the classic.
The rebrand and the new Méthode Range, in particular, celebrate Luke Tocaciu’s fresh influence and innovative edge, outlining the shift in direction and style originally introduced by Luke’s late father, Patrick.
Omnom Cheese Virtual Masterclasses
Come out of lockdown and impress your friends with some new cheese making skills. With over a decade of cheesemaking experience, Marly Badia of Omnom Cheese has developed a series of online masterclasses to become the cheese guru among all your friends.
Each virtual masterclass includes a video tutorial and in-depth instructions, along with access to cheese making support. There are three to choose from: a feta class, a halloumi class and one dedicated to mozzarella, burrata and bocconcini.
Each class costs $19.95, which gives you a year’s membership and access to the content. All three classes are available for just $39.95.
See here for more information.
It’s a spirit that can take our cocktail game to the next level, although many of us have never even considered Rum when stocking our bar carts. In recent years, Rum has seen a rise in popularity, it is, however (for us) very unfamiliar territory.
Next time you’re looking at rum options, look no further than Diplomatico. A rum that’s highly regarded throughout the world by rum lovers and connoisseurs. The super-premium Venezuelan Rum is made from sugarcane honey and has aged for 12 years. Serve neat (without or without ice) honestly, it’s just a good bottle to have on hand when you’re making cocktails.
Not only famous for its taste (and awards), Diplomático is one of the only liquor companies, globally, to have earned the ISO 14001 certification, a prestigious recognition for companies delivering on their environmental responsibility.
Diplomático is available from $104.99 at all major bottle shops and all good independent liquor retailers.
The Everleigh Co Classic Cocktail Range
We’ve seen pre-made cocktails pop up as opinions from all of our favourite bars during this time, but one bar that’s been doing it for years is in Melbourne’s world-class bar, The Everleigh.
Treat yourself to a premium range of bottled cocktails including classic cocktails like the Martini, Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, Negroni and Coffee House. Available here in 500ml for $79.
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