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Monday Munchies: May 16th – Cucumber Handbags Take Over AAFW

Welcome back to another edition of your favourite food round-up, Monday Munchies. This week we’re bringing you some seriously tasty food meets fashion news as one of our favourite gin brands takes Australian Fashion Week by storm with a literal cucumber handbag, but that’s not all. Topping the news this week is another favourite, Saintly, who’s bringing us some seriously delicious canned cocktails – let’s get it started!

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Izz feature

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Saintly Launches Low-Sugar Cocktail Company iZZ!

Australia’s biggest independent seltzer brand, Saintly Beverage Co, has just launched a brand new low sugar cocktail in a can under the label, iZZ! Created to accompany laid back moments, the brand has launched two mouth-watering options based on Australia’s favourite cocktails.

The two new sparkling cocktail recipes include:

  • Watermelon Margarita – inspired by Aussie’s adoration for Margaritas and watermelon, this cocktail combines both to create a mouth-watering, sparkling vibe.
  • Passionfruit Mojito – a deliciously tantalising, natural blend of rum, passionfruit, lime and mint.

Available in Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores around the country, cocktail enthusiasts can slip into the vibe wherever they are, and unlike other traditional cocktails, this flavoursome sparkling refreshment has a lower alcohol volume at 4% than a standard cocktail, which allows iZZ! lovers to take a little more control of their weekend sessions.

“With the global canned cocktail market having grown significantly in the last two years and forecasted to increase dramatically, we are so excited to launch iZZ! into the cocktail mix. We are proud to have created such a delicious tasting drink that is perfect to accompany a laid back session, and is lower carb, lower cal and low sugar,” said Saintly Beverage Co co-founder Kieron Barton.

Find the new delicious cocktail in a can flavours from iZZ! in all Dan Murphy’s and BWS across the country, available in a four-pack for $25.00 AUD or a 12-pack for $65.00 AUD. For more information, check out the link below.

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A Ballsy New Eatery is Coming to Tramsheds

A new eatery is bringing some cheek to the Tramsheds of Sydney’s inner west; Palle is both a meatball joint and a meatball movement, with Italian roots and a global outlook. Boasting bright interiors, a buzzing atmosphere and a short, dynamic menu dedicated to doing one thing well, Palle is where the meatball magic happens.

The star of the Palle story, the meatball, is inspired by more than just a Maiale family recipe, it’s the start of a global movement, a coming together of friends and family over humble recipes. The menu is succinct, with balls of salt cod and potato with aioli and tender lamb with tangy tzatziki or mushroom, rice with almond skordalia packed with flavour, each served as a set of two, a bucket of 12, atop house-made spaghetti or as a classic meatball sub. These are complemented by cheesy garlic bread, crisp salads, loaded fries and a dessert menu that celebrates the sweetest ball of them all, the bombolini.

Eugenio Maiale is the highly acclaimed chef heading up Palle, much like its sister venues, which thrive off his authentic Italian touch. Driven by his Abruzzese heritage and a culture centred on the art of feeding and entertaining, Eugenio’s food is life and life is food.

“Mum’s recipe was basic, but it was full of sustenance and love. It took a pandemic to make me wonder why the meatball has taken a backseat in the dining scene. Palle is all about bringing back comfort, nostalgia, and love, in a fun and playful way. Mixed with a caring hand, rolled with intention, and baked or fired ready for the grand finale – meatballs spark joy and they scream love and good times,” said Chef and Founder of A Tavola, Flour Eggs Water, and Palle, Eugenio Maiale.

The restaurant brings some welcomed excitement and fun to the dynamic dining precinct that is Tramsheds, whether you decide to dine in with friends or family, take out, or indulge in delivery. More information can be found via their Instagram below.

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Hendricks gin x nicol ford cucumber couture collection

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Hendrick’s Gin Shocks AAFW With Cucumber Handbags

The humble cucumber is tipped to be the latest trend flaunted by the fashion elite following an unusual collaboration with Hendrick’s Gin and Sydney-based demi-couture designers Nicol & Ford. The avant-garde design duo turned heads at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week last week when three cucumber-inspired handcrafted handbags walked the runway at their debut surrealist show – La Pouffe.

In partnership with the gin brand, the pair used their skilful eye for contemporary aesthetics to dream up three eccentric handbags. Inspired by the unusual world of Hendrick’’ Gin, the designs captured the curiosity of onlookers with three prominent designs.

Picnic Sip Pack; a chic netted picnic pack complete with a cucumber-filled crystal bowl and bottle of Hendrick’s Gin. Couturier’s Cucumber Clutch; Taking the form of an oversized satin and diamanté embellished clutch. Titillating Tuft Tote; is a renaissance-style tufted tote bag inspired by the iconic Hendrick’s diamond logo.

“For Hendrick’s, the unusual and the luxurious are mutually intertwined, choosing to see the extraordinary as the everyday. ‘La Pouffe’ brings the unusual to the forefront to celebrate decadence with a difference,” said Nicol & Ford.

“Our fantastical collaboration with Nicol & Ford has seen Hendrick’s reach peak eccentricity. We love Nicol & Ford’s whimsical, wonderful and one-of-a-kind style – we knew they’d be perfectly placed to create a show-stopping spectacle with Hendrick’s Gin at the heart,” said Luke Sanderson, Brand Ambassador at Hendrick’s Gin.

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Roaming gnomes

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Roaming Gnomes Hit Chatswood

Willoughby City Council has enlisted the expertise of eight leading food bloggers as it seeks to re-engage the community and reinvigorate local businesses affected by the pandemic with its new CBD activation, Chatswood Nights – Roaming Gnomes. The event takes place from now until the 26th of May thanks to the NSW Government’s CBDs Revitalisation Program which encourages visitors from across Sydney and regional areas to discover Chatswood’s vibrant food precincts.

So where do the gnomes come into play? Well, the event has enlisted the help of bloggers who have reviewed more than 50 restaurants, seven market stalls and over 80 meals and drinks to highlight the rich diversity of Chatswood’s food scene (yes, we’re jealous). These reviews will be matched to one of the gnomes located around key precincts in the CBD and visitors are encouraged to scan the QR code on the gnome to read their reviews and suggestions.

“Chatswood certainly seems to be a melting pot of many cuisines – not just Asian – and you don’t have to walk far to find a good feed, from cheap and cheerful to something a bit more upmarket; for a solo eat or a large family gathering to celebrate a milestone. Chatswood is certainly a drawcard for the locals and foodies from afar,” said Food blogger Simon Leong (Simon Food Favourites).

“The food bloggers’ reviews really showcase the buzzing food scene within Chatswood, from incredible culinary spots nestled in shopping centres to the Chatswood Mall Markets, to world-renowned Asian restaurant chains and independents. We have it all, and we are looking forward to more people accessing our vibrant food culture,” said Willoughby Mayor, Tanya Taylor.

Throughout May there will be world music performances and a world-class 3D light show, alongside the food trail and giant inflatable gnomes. For more information on Chatswood Nights visit the link below.

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You’ll also like:
Monday Munchies: May 9th – Have Your Say
Monday Munchies: May 2 – $5 Fried Chicken Burgers
Monday Munchies: April 11 – Seafood Sundays and Live Sessions