The shortest month of the year has arrived, bringing with it the 2022 Winter Olympics, Super Bowl LVI and presumably some other sports-related shenanigans (professional pillow fighting anyone?), but there’s more to February than just athletic endeavour. The second month of the year is all about love and with Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, it’s time to get sorted. Here’s a little Man of Many Staff Favourites inspiration for you.
Meals By Cug
Nick Hall – Editor-in-Chief
I love watching cooking videos. Whether it’s taking a journey through Parts Unknown or simply diving into the questionable recipes that have infiltrated that TikTok recently, I can’t get enough. But there is something oddly mesmerising about Meals By Cug. The self-proclaimed KING of DC (Diet Coke), Cugine aka Meals By Cug’s videos aren’t groundbreaking or innovative, in fact, most of the time, he gives little to no insight about the food at all, and yet it all works. From the token Staten Island accent to the constant remarks about your sister, these clips are entertaining in the strangest way. Take Care Brush Ya Hair.
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Solento Organic Tequila
Scott Purcell – Co-Founder
The award-winning Solento Organic Tequila has finally arrived down under and I was lucky enough to get my hand on two of the bottles last week. As a spirit crafted in incredibly small batches and from a single estate, this is a premium tequila that’s been made to be sipped and savoured rather than shotted. But what does ‘organic’ actually mean? Well, organic spirits must be made without residues that may harm the water, soil, or air. By growing agave without harsh chemical herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, the resulting tequila is bursting with natural flavours.
he new drop is available in two flavours: Blanco, which is bursting with notes of vanilla and citrus; and Reposado, which is aged in American Oak barrels for nine months giving the tequila hints of caramel and citrus.
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@mikeymaybeme ‘Stunt Powerlifting’
Frank Arthur – Co-Founder
Social media is a great place to find people doing strange things for no apparent reason. Mikey Mac Obrien is one of those people. His account @mikeymaybeme, could be described as ‘stunt powerlifting’. There, you’ll witness him ollie a skateboard while holding a 185-pound barbell. You’ll also find him lifting 410 pounds of weights on a barbell, suspended by a chain from his head and waist while playing Für Elise with his feet on a giant keyboard. Or you can watch a near tragedy when he attempts to deadlift an ungodly weight while he balances himself on top 4 energy drink cans. @mikeymaybeme makes content that absolutely no one ever asked for, but I’m glad it exists.
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Belvedere Organic Vodka Soda RTD
Denise Barnes – Head of Branded Content
Nothing better than an ice-cold beverage on a sunny afternoon and even better if it’s low in calories. The Belvedere “Organic Infusions” Vodka Soda Ready-to-Drink range of premium RTDs is the brand’s first step into the organic world. They are super refreshing and all three flavours are absolutely delicious. These innovative flavours include Lemon & Basil, Pear & Ginger, and Blackberry & Lemongrass. It’s true indulgence, without the guilt and the perfect addition to your next afternoon sesh.
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Howard Park “Flint Rock” Collection
Tim Fernandes – Senior Sales & Partnerships Manager
The Great Southern Region in WA is Australia’s largest wine hub, an area approximately 200x100km with almost 50 different vineyards. Due to the size and location, the climate ranges from Mediterranean, maritime, and continental which makes for some very diverse grape varietals and some unique and delicious wines. Howard Park Wines has unveiled a selection of new vintage releases in its “Flint Rock” regional collection: A chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and riesling, all using grapes from the Great Southern’s three primary sub-regions (Mount Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River).
The four new releases champion the family winery’s dedication to producing elegant, cellar-worthy wines while highlighting the very best of the Great Southern wine region. My personal favourite was the 2021 Flint Rock Riesling. Although they’ve recommended cellaring for up to seven years, it was a fantastic drop enjoyed on a hot summer’s evening earlier this week – Think citrusy, fruity but not sweet, and extremely refreshing. At $28 each, I’d suggest buying some for both now and cellaring, especially the 2020 pinot and 2018 shiraz.
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MiHIGH Infrared Sauna Blanket
Sam Mangioni – Journalist – Entertainment & Lifestyle
Last week, I was about to pull the trigger on a 100k sauna cabin from Finland, but a colleague introduced me to MiHIGH. Their infrared sauna blanket has given me all the benefits of a good sweat without the cost or space of a traditional box sauna. Looking back, where would I even fit a traditional Finnish firebath in my apartment? Anyway, what makes MiHIGH’s product a game-changer is its portability. All you need is a heatproof surface like a bed, and you’re ready to go!
Whether you want to improve muscle recovery, reduce stress, burn calories or detox from a weekend of sin, this blanket offers numerous health benefits, with the added perk of being able to watch Netflix or listen to a podcast while you do it. I’ve been using the MiHIGH Sauna Blanket roughly 2-3 times a week and feel like a completely new man, both inside and out. Do yourselves a favour and get a little steamy with MiHIGH this weekend. You won’t regret it. – AUD$699.00
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Clelia Niyikiza – Branded Content Assistant
This one is for seafood lovers. After finding myself at Calita Bondi multiple Sundays in a row when it first opened at the end of 2020, it’s safe to say I’m hooked. Calita is located across the beach, providing a beautiful scenic view perfect for taking a romantic partner for a sunset dinner, an elegant seafood family dinner, or brunch with friends as I recently did for my birthday, where the service was excellent.
They’ve joined with local suppliers to maintain an incredible selection of fresh, sustainably sourced seafood ingredients. You can find a selection of house-made tacos, shared plates, and various drinks choices, including a refreshing mango margarita. I would also recommend the Governor’s taco, which is packed with flavours. It still doesn’t beat Mexico or anywhere in the Northern hemisphere, but it sure does the trick for now until travelling is back on in full swing.
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