Tried & Tested Snacks: February Edition

With new products on the market almost every week, it can be overwhelmingly difficult to decide which to try first. To help make the decision process slightly easier, i’ve tried and tested five products this month, find the verdict below.


1. Mars Frozen M&M’s Peanut Sticks

It’s about time Mars brought out a frozen version of their best-selling chocolate. These individually wrapped ice-cream bars contain a creamy milk chocolate ice-cream encased in a hard-chocolate outer layer with crushed m&m shell throughout with the perfect hint of peanut butter.

Verdict: So good I could eat the whole four.

Where to find: Woolworths & Coles freezer isle.

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2. Gelato Messina Tim Tams: Ice Coffee

Australian biscuit brand Arnott’s have collaborated with Gelato Messina for their second Tim Tam range. This time the concept behind the three flavours was to store them in the fridge and eat them cold. The flavours included Choc Cherry Coconut, Iced Coffee and Turkish Delight.

Verdict: Personally I’m a Tim Tam Slam fan, so eating my Tim Tams straight out of the fridge was entering new territory. That said, the flavours were pretty true to their name. Ice coffee was hands down the crowd favourite.

Where to find: Woolworths & Coles biscuit isle.

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3. Salted Caramel Almond Milk

Australia’s Own Foods Salted Caramel Almond Milk is nutty, sweet and (slightly) salty all at once. It slides down your throat with ease, exciting even the bleakest of taste buds. Best enjoyed ice cold.

Verdict: Free from gluten, dairy and soy, you’d be surprised at how good this milk tastes. Get creative and add it to a smoothie. Breakfast never sounded so good.

Where to find: IGA & Specialty Food Stores.

 

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4. Fantastic Rice Mini’s

For an alternative to Arnott’s Shapes, these mini rice wheels are the perfect bite-sized snack. Flavours include Chicken, Honey & Soy or Chilli Salt & Pepper. For a mini wheel of rice, the flavour sure does pack a punch, and the texture is almost Twistie-like, making them hard to put down. Arguably Honey & Soy was my favourite of the two, although the Chicken was a close first. 

Verdict: Ate the entire box on the car ride home from Woolworths.

Where to find: Woolworths biscuit isle.

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5. The Golden Gaytime Sanga

Ditching the stick, the Golden Gaytime has been transformed into the most epic ice cream sandwich you’ll want to get your hands on ASAP. It boasts a sweet carmel-ey honey cream on the inside, and a classic biscuit cover on the outside. The biscuit has been ramped up by ‘improved crumb technology’, with a higher crumb density, so your tastebuds may go into serious shock.

Verdict: This is one serious game-changer in the ice-cream department. The perfect balance of ice cream and biscuit, I don’t know why you’re still reading this and not getting your hands on one.

Where to find: IGA freezer isle.

 

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UNIQLO Is Coming To Perth

About to open their fifteenth store in Australia, Japanese fast fashion giants Uniqlo are finally bringing their everyday basics to Perth.

Famed for its innovative and affordable basics, Uniqlo’s range will include men’s, women’s and children’s clothes in a plethora of materials like Suprima Cotton, Heattech and Extra Fine Merino to name a few.

The clothing retailer will be setting up shop in Plaza Arcade on the Murray Street mall by mid-year 2018, and will house over 1290sqm of floor space. It’s safe to say there will be no shortage of duck-feathered puffer jackets or long-sleeve thermals.

Following this news, the Japanese retailer announced a special collaboration with Finnish design house, Marimekko. The womenswear capsule will be available in Australian stores and online from March 29, and there promises to be plenty of polkadots. Until then, you can browse their website here and formulate your winter wardrobe shopping list!

Your Fathers Day Gift Guide

He’s your personal ATM, your late night taxi driver and the teller of cringe-worthy jokes. But let’s face it, dad’s (as dorky as they may be) are never given enough recognition. So this father’s day ditch the old ‘socks and jocks’ present and celebrate your old man by giving him something he’ll actually use.


For the HIPSTER dad: Barber Shop Voucher

Treat dad to a fresh cut this father’s day with a trip to an old-school barber shop. They’re popping up all over Perth (some even offer complimentary beers). For details on where to find Perth’s Best Barber shops click here.


For the TRADITIONAL dad: Pyjamas

If it’s one thing dad’s always seem to need it’s definitely pyjamas. And what better time to get dad kitted out in the latest ‘Super Dad’ pj set from Peter Alexander.


For the BEST FRIEND dad: Brewquets

Nothing says ‘best mates’ better than cracking open a beer with your old man. This father’s day shout dad to a bunch of beers from Brewquets. The guys here are swapping pansies for pints, wrapping up locally sourced Australian craft beers and delivering them straight to your door. Check out the brewquets available here.


For the TECHY dad: Noise Cancelling Headphones

A pair of noise cancelling headphones can go a long way for dads with large families. With 20 hours of unmatched battery life, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones will let dad tune in and drop out this fathers day.


For the QUIRKY dad: Keep Cup

Keep dad sane this year and design him a Keep Cup for his morning coffee. You’ll have endless fun picking out the colour combinations, and he’ll get discount at cafes around Perth when he goes to get his coffee. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving.

 

48 Hours At COMO The Treasury

We’re officially into the second half of 2017, and I think it goes without saying that we’re all in need of a little getaway. But with most of Perth having used up their annual leave to experience that European sun, some of us can only afford a two-day weekend escape. Thankfully, I’ve come up with the ultimate not-so-getaway that will have you returning to work on Monday feeling refreshed and relaxed. All you need to do is cancel your weekend plans and pack your overnight bag.

Nestled in the heart of Perth’s CBD is COMO The Treasury. This urban hotel was awarded Gourmet Traveller’s Hotel of the Year in 2016, and you can certainly see why. Taking over what was formerly a post office and treasury, the hotel is housed in the 19th century state buildings. It contains over 40 rooms and suites all boasting a serene retreat away from the hype of the city, giving off that ‘home away from home’ vibe.


DAY 1

9AM

Leave your car in the hands of the hotel Valet and head over to the 24-hour concierge to grab the keys to your very own suite and begin your mini holiday. Once you’ve unpacked that overnight bag and tested out the custom-made king beds draped in Egyptian cotton bed linen, head downstairs to Post for brunch.

10:30AM

Treat yourself to some lemon scented pancakes with banana, berries and cashew maple cream, or opt for something light and healthy like the egg white and kale omelette with mushrooms and roasted tomato.

12PM

It’s time to unwind and be selfish. Check yourself into the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape for some ‘me time’. Specialising in hands-on-healing and holistic treatments, they offer a variety of different massages as well as facials and hydrotherapy. Once you’ve finished being pampered, take a dip in the 20m heated indoor pool to cool off.

2:30 PM

Replenish your energy levels and fuel up on caffeine downstairs at Telegram Coffee. The head barista here has spent 20 years perfecting his brew, so you can expect a nice smooth latte. If you’re feeling peckish, they’ve also got a few treats on offer like Honest Goods coconut bread – 100% guilt free.

4PM

Head back to your room, roll up those Roman blinds and take in the view of Perth city through the oversized windows before running yourself a nice long bath in a German deep-form Kaldewei free standing tub.

6PM

It’s been a long day, you deserve a drink (or two). Head up to the fourth floor and order yourself a signature cocktail from Wildflower. The Wildflower Martini with West Perth Vodka, Gerladton wax and Victorian vermouth goes down nicely while admiring the view of both the city and the Swan River.

8PM

After you’ve quaffed down a few cocktails, it’s time you fill that hunger in your stomach. The menu at Wildflower boasts dishes that revolve around the indigenous six seasons, and is driven by farmer and forager style. For entrée you can expect dishes like salt baked heirloom beetroot with whipped goats curd and native thyme, and for main there’s options aplenty, from line caught wild fish to wood grilled Arkady lamb. Finish off your feed here with something sweet like the Whipped Bahen and Co Chocolate with wattle seed cream and Geraldton wax sorbet.

10PM

Head back up to your room and get comfortable in that king bed, taking full advantage of the Samsung LED television with endless movie options.


DAY 2

10AM

After that sleep in you’ll need something satisfying for breakfast. Get dressed and head down to Petition Kitchen for their signature baked slow eggs with beans, ham hock and kransky sausage. If that’s too much for 10am, their oatmeal porridge with mandarin and rhubarb is light and warm and perfect for those cold wintery mornings.

12PM

Now you’re out and about check out some of the little boutique shops within the building. Lust over some of the amazing luxury jewellery at Rohan Jewellery where they specialise in working collaboratively on bespoke pieces for their clients. Once you’ve picked out some of your favourite pieces, stroll over to Ginger B where you’ll find gifts aplenty (in case you needed even more reason to spoil yourself). From gourmet hampers, to facial and body products and even gifts for friends with newborns. Everything here is locally sourced, organic and eco friendly, so you can feel good about your purchase. The next stop is Sue Lewis Chocolatier aka coco heaven. Here you’ll find some of the world’s finest coverture chocolate all handmade with care and passion. The salted caramel block is a must try. With 70% Valrhona dark chocolate encasing a soft buttery caramel flavour throughout and pink Murray River salt flakes sprinkled on top, it’s hard not to finish the whole block.

3PM

It’s time to take a wander around the historic building and check out some of the art. The white sculpture standing before St George’s Cathedral is an abstract interpretation of St George and the dragon and was created by artists Marcus Canning and Christian de Vietri in 2011. The name it takes has an interesting history that you can read more about when you head over there. Another interesting piece of art is Dirty Deeds. It illustrates exactly where the two holding cells for the Police Court used to stand, and shows the kind of people who spent time there.

5PM

After experiencing some old history and culture, it’s time to fill your belly. Head over to Long Chim for an early dinner and be prepared to eat your body weight in Thai food. Long Chim means to come and taste, and that’s exactly what you’ll end up doing here. Indulge in dishes like a coconut and turmeric curry of chicken, deep fried squid with garlic and peppercorns and fried rice with roast duck. Wash it all down with a Thai inspired cocktail like the Pomelo Spritz, made up of pomelo, grapefruit sherbet, Aperol, vodka and bubbles, then finish off the night with a palm sugar pudding topped with grated coconut.

8PM

If you’re feeling up to it, head over to the Treasury Lounge and Bar for a nightcap. Located on the ground floor, it spans three interconnected rooms with high ceilings, timber shuttered windows, and a drinks menu that’s available until late. Order yourself an old fashioned Cosmo before heading up to your room to pack your bags and run yourself one last bubble bath.


DAY 3

9AM

It’s time to check out, but before you go make sure you book yourself in for another stay, because chances are you’ll be needing another inner-city getaway in a few months!

For more info and details on COMO the treasury check out their website.

 

 

 

 

The Best Online Stores In Australia

Online shopping has evolved immensely over time. After being associated with “unsafe” sites and credit card scams, the internet sensation has come a long way. It’s now considered a hobby to sit around in your pyjamas and make impulsive purchase decisions, buying that dress you really don’t need, or another pair of shoes to add to your collection. There really is no denying that the digital age has changed the way we find and purchase items. Here are some of the best online stores in Australia. Get clicking.


Mr & Mrs Smith

A staple store amongst the Manly fashion scene, Mr & Mrs Smith have recently taken their unique concept lifestyle store online, offering a mix of local labels as well as emerging designers. The store combines functionality with design and fashion, catering for men, woman and smaller persons. Mr & Mrs Smith offers a wide range of brands such as Current Elliot, Bensimon, Bassike, Status Anxiety, Superga and Petite Grand just to name a few. You definately won’t have any trouble filling up your shopping cart!


Etsy

There’s no denying that Etsy is queen of online boutiques, hosting over one million online handcraft and vintage stores from all over the world. Etsy offers an online community marketplace where you can shop for crafty, vintage, handmade and unique items. It’s safe to say you can buy almost anything on Etsy these days. With almost 900,000 active shops, Etsy is a becoming a breeding ground for Australian small businesses who are selling their wares all over the globe. But even at the best of times Etsy’s treasure trove can be daunting, so I recommend taking a look at the Etsy Design Award Nominees, showcasing those designers that stand out a little more than the rest.


Sorry Thanks I Love You

Sorry Thanks I Love You is an online store that aims to reignite the culture of gift giving (that is of course if you manage to proceed to the checkout without adding in a few extra’s for yourself). The founders of this online boutique have lived and worked together in Paris, New York, Melbourne and Sydney, and have sourced luxury gifts from all over the globe, so whatever you stumble upon is sure to be unique. You can find almost anything here, from handmade accessories, to homewares, gourmet foods, craft beers and even fresh flowers. And if you’re shopping for a gift, you can take a personalized shopping quiz based on the person in mind to help you find the perfect present.


Better Read Than Dead

Better Read Than Dead is an online bookstore that will make you feel as if you’re the most knowledgeable book worm on the planet. This online bookstore is home to so many books; it would be impossible not to find the perfect read. Browse through categories of books, or recommendations and reviews from members, and if you’re still stuck on what to read, try the book title search or go for one of the top 10 bestsellers. Happy reading!!


Hunting For George

Hunting for George has been making homes awesome since 2010. Founded by Melbourne-based sisters Jo Harris and Lucy Glade-Write, the duo aimed to create an inspiring shopping destination that now features their own signature collection of lifestyle products for your home. With a mix of hand-picked local and international pieces, the pair place a large importance on quality and originality. Whether you’re after a rug, pot planters or a new wooden pastel coloured stool, their online store will make you feel as if you took your best friend out for a homewares shopping date.