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Moon Dog Wild West in Footscray opens on April 12 | Image: Moon Dog

Feel-Good Friday: 5 April 2024 – A Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Time

When I was a kid, I always enjoyed rainy days inside. Something about sleeping in and listening to the sound of the rain pattering against the windows gave me a sense of calm. It was a great excuse to tune out from the world and absolve myself of all responsibilities, which I now realise was probably an early indicator of the crippling adult anxiety that was headed my way, but what can you do?! Anyway, enough about my problems, with Sydney set to be drenched by a month’s worth of rain this weekend, I vote that we all retreat indoors and make the most of the excuse while we’ve got it. In the meantime, here’s some Feel-Good Friday reading to get you feeling all warm and fuzzy.

Taco bell x shapes collab

Taco Bell Drops New Limited-Edition Burrito with Shapes

If you haven’t had a chance to taste Taco Bell’s classic Beefy Cheesy Burrito then now’s your chance because they’re being taken to new heights with layered Fully Loaded Ultimate Cheese Shapes (warning: they’re incredibly cheesy, like seriously cheesy). Yes, you read that correctly. You can now get your hands around a few of these babies and it doesn’t stop there because this collaboration is turning things up to an 11/10 with a side of Taco Bell’s famous Lava Sauce and crushed Fully Loaded Ultimate Cheese Shapes for an essential double dipping experience.

When these came through our office earlier this week for a taste-test they lasted about 30 seconds. The team absolutely demolished these burritos. Personally, I was a bit nervous to dip my burrito into the sauce, but I gave it a shot and didn’t look back and I reckon you should do the same. Seriously tasty people.

Run, don’t walk because these are available for a short time only nationwide from Thursday April 4th – Wednesday 10th April, while supplies last. As for pricing, pick them up for $5 and $10 as a meal. Bargain!

L’Occitane’s new sets for Mother's Day are sustainably sourced | Image: Supplied
L’Occitane’s new sets for Mother’s Day are sustainably sourced | Image: Supplied

L’Occitane’s Big ‘Thank You’ to Mum

With Mother’s Day around the corner, iconic skincare brand L’Occitane is reminding us all to give back to the people who mean the most. The label has dropped 14 new sets designed to “celebrate the blossoming seed of joy” and nourish meaningful connections, not simply with those who receive them. 

Each set contains fair-trade and organic products sourced from women’s collectives in Burkina Faso and Ghana, helping the local ecosystem and supporting workers in those communities. As a certified B Corp, L’Occitane has made a commitment to improving the materials it selects for both its products and gift packaging, and it’s nice to see that come to fruition.

From the Cherry Blossom Hugs & Kisses and the Immortelle Hand & Body Duo to the Divine Youth Collection and the Reset x Precious Duo, L’Occitane’s new set offers a touch of luxury that is good for the planet and its people.

Four Pillars Martini Collective Returns | Image: Four Pillars
Four Pillars Martini Collective Returns | Image: Four Pillars

Four Pillars Martini Collective Returns

Aussie gin merchant Four Pillars knows a thing or two about throwing a good party and it’s putting its money where its mouth is. To celebrate the start of the cooler months, Four Pillars is teaming up with some of the best bars and restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne for the second iteration of its revered Martini Collective activation. 

For the month of May, a number of venues will be serving up delicious snacks with a signature aperitif-style Martini, using the iconic Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin. In Sydney, you can cop cocktails at venues such as Le Foote, Shell House, Aalia, and more, while in Melbourne, hot spots including Reine, Bar Bellamy, Cutler & Co. will be participating. Guests can enjoy the mini apéro hour drink alongside a paired snack dish, unique to each venue. Ushering in the month of May with a tasty little treat? Don’t mind if we do.

Moon Dog Wild West in Footscray opens on April 12 | Image: Moon Dog
Moon Dog Wild West in Footscray opens soon | Image: Moon Dog

Moon Dog Wild West is Opening Soon

If Beyonce’s new country twang has got you feeling some kind of Western way, there is good news. Footscray’s highly anticipated Moon Dog Wild West venue is set to open in the near future, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in a little hootin’, some rootin’ tootin’ and a whole lot of hollerin’.

Located at 54 Hopkins Street, Footscray VIC, Moon Dog Wild West spans three levels and fits up to 800 patrons, boasting a rooftop with a view of Melbourne cityscape. But the star attraction? A bucking bull. According to the owners, Moon Dog Wild West will be introducing the Western Bull Riders Club; a buckin’ bull riding league that’s all about a buckin’ good time. You can sign up as a foundation member to snag a loot of goodies (valued at $150), an invite to their pre-opening event & of course, all the perks of being a bull rider. 

Of course, the new venue also houses a drool-worthy Tex-Mex and Western-inspired menu, 100+ taps and a cocktail/shot menu carefully curated by three-time Australian Bartender of the Year, Chris Hysted-Adams. Keep an eye out for when Moon Dog Wild West will open to the public.