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Man of Many’s Staff Favourites – 12 November 2022

Another glorious weekend Down Under has arrived and we’re here for it. Who doesn’t love the thought of beers and barbies on the thick Australian heat? My goodness, what a time to be alive. But before we deep dive into the bottom of the esky, we’re serving up goodies of a different kind. Here is Man of Many’s Staff Favourites for this week.

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Hydragun Atom | Image: Hydragun

Hydragun Atom

Nick Hall – Editor-in-Cheif

UP AND ATOM. That’s pretty much been the mantra for me over the past week. As a self-proclaimed former football prodigy (I coulda made it, I swear!) reaching his 30s, I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that I have Old Man Jenkins knees. Which is great, because they perfectly accompany my Old Man Jenkins shoulders, hips and lower back. As a result, I’ve found myself heading to the physio every few weeks for a bit of readjusting and training, however, this week I was lucky enough to score the new Hydragun Atom. Unlike most massage guns, this bad boy is a sleek and sophisticated little number that fits in the palm of your hand. Better yet, it doesn’t sound like I’m jackhammering into my bones every time I use it.

I’ve tried out a few different options before, but I have to say the Atom is probably the only massage gun I’ll return to. I really like the form factor and at just 550g, it’s super light in the hand. Also, as someone who often forgets to charge their electronics, the five-hour battery life is a massive plus. The Atom officially launches in Australia on November 15 and I highly recommend grabbing one when they do hit shelves.

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Brick Lane Brewing

Frank Arthur – Co-Founder

Melbourne-based brewery Brick Lane Brewing is not only making premium craft beer, they’re making it with a conscious. What’s impressive about this business is its commitment to quality and sustainability. The brewery has implemented processes and technologies to reduce energy consumption and water usage, plus a focus on recyclable glass and aluminium with zero plastic used in its packaging. Additionally this year they became B-Corp certified and have made a commitment to become True Zero by 2025.

When it comes to the liquid I highly recommend their signature brew the One Love pale ale. Another notable product from their lineup is their no-alcohol Sidewinder XPA. There are also a number of more adventurous options like a blood orange sour and vanilla porter. And maybe one day I’ll work up the courage to try a can from their imperial stout range which packs a whopping ABV of over 11%.

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Hampton Water Rosé

Denise Barnes – Head of Branded Content

There are so many reasons why I love this rose – firstly, well it’s rosé, and as basic as that may seem, it really is the perfect hot Summer’s day drink (in my opinion at least). The second reason, and perhaps the best reason, is that this rose was created by Jon Bon Jovi and his son Jesse, alongside renowned biodynamic winemaker, Gérard Bertrand. As a big Jon Bon Jovi fan, I am thrilled to say the least. The man can do no wrong. Thirdly, the name – I mean, Hampton Water, what a great name for a rosé? Although according to Frank, the co-founder of Man of Many, it was a real missed opportunity to call it “A Bed of Rosé” – get it? Bare with me as my list continues… The fourth reason is that it’s French and hand-picked by some of the finest wine makers in the South of France. While I love Australian wines, nothing quite beats a dry French rosé. The next reason is the packaging; the bottle and glass bottle stopper = 10/10. The label design & colours = 10/10. Finally, my sixth, and I promise, my final reason is that it’s just a damn good rosé. The wine is a mix of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre grapes aged in French oak barrels. The end result is a beautiful pale pink colour and a wine that is fresh and elegant with a long-lasting finish on the palette. Absolulety delicious and highly recommended.

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Knobby Bamboo Staples | Image: Knobby

Knobby Bamboo Staples

Sam Mangioni – Journalist – Entertainment & Culture

I’ve never been one to obsess over fashion or designer clothes. Boasting a debilitating golf obsession, most of my spare coin goes towards membership fees, clubs and replacing balls I hit over the fence. However, my trouser snake has a taste for the finer things. ‘Princess’, as my ex-girlfriend called it, has a bizarre passion for premium fabrics and high-end design features. So when I heard my favourite underwear brand Knobby launched its latest collection of Bamboo Staples, I decided to gift the little fashionista an early Christmas present. Made from a blend of bamboo and organic cotton, this underwear is soft like butter on the skin. Furthermore, the waistband features a plush inner microfleece that’s ultra-comfortable around the hips. My favourite detail, however, has to be the wild leopard print on the inner lining of each pair – Roaaarrrrr! If your undies have seen better days or you’re looking to upgrade, grab a 4-pack now.

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The “Discover The Realms” Experience

Rob Edwards – Branded Content Writer

If you’ve ever wanted to eat like a Norse legend, here’s your chance. To celebrate the launch of PlayStation’s epic new game God of War Ragnarök, the Norse-inspired restaurant Mjølner has collaborated with our favourite gaming behemoth to craft a unique menu consisting of nine courses (some dishes, others cocktails) that’ll make you feel like the God of War himself.

I tried the menu earlier this week and I can guarantee you that whether you’re drinking mead from a horn or wolfing down delicious bone marrow and scallops, you’re sure to thoroughly enjoy this one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

Available at Mjølner’s Sydney and Melbourne locations, this unique menu will only be on offer until November 20. You’ll need to get in quickly, too, as spaces are very limited, so book here for Sydney and here for Melbourne. And if you’re not lucky enough to secure a seat, check out God of War Ragnarök instead. It’s really rather good.

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The Carter

Harry Parson – Branded Content Manager

The Carter has been on my radar for a while now and when I heard Chef Graeme Hunt (ex Chin Chin, Rockpool Group) was working on redefining and elevating the dining experience, it moved to the top of my list. I got to try Hunt’s new menu on Thursday night and when I say it did not disappoint, I mean it. Everything was fresh and tasty but the highlights for me were the King Prawns with Tomato Tamarind Sambal and Malfada and the Kingfish sashimi splashed with wasabi & black pepper dressing (yes, you may have guessed I’m a seafood fan). Last but certainly not least, if you are keen on a bit of heat, the ‘Hot in Here’ cocktail is a must including delicious chilli salt you aren’t trying to avoid on the glass rim and a miniature bottle of hot sauce to dial it up another level. Now open for lunch and dinner during the week, this is the kind of dining experience you want your friends to know you introduced them to.

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Champagne Pommery Cuvée Louise 2005 Parcelles | Image: Qantas

Champagne Pommery Cuvée Louise 2005 Parcelles

Ben McKimm – Journalist – Automotive & Tech

It’s safe to say that I’ll be the favourite family member come Christmas day when I pop open another bottle of Champagne Pommery – Cuvée Louise 2005 Parcelles. Released just in time for the holiday season, the bottle is a tribute to the matriarch of the Maison and exemplifies the wine-making expertise and techniques of the House.

2005 was considered a great year for the house – one of ‘stillness’ – and offers lustful tasting notes; bold, perfectly balanced, and supremely smooth. On the nose, floral aromas of lime tree and hawthorn are followed by fruity notes of peach and pear. The buttery character is then layered thoughtfully. A few seconds later, spicy notes of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts add complexity. THis is an outstanding Cuvée (possibly my favourite) and a must-have for those looking to impress a few loved ones on Christmas day. The hardest choice will be who you decide to share this special bottle with! Get it today via the link below.

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Nextbase dashcam

Nextbase 622GW 4K Dash Cam | Image: Nextbase

Nextbase 622GW 4K Dash Cam

John Guanzon – Head of Social

This dash cam could one day save your life. Nextbase’s 622GW 4K Dash Cam is packed full of features, such as image stabilisation, super slow motion and cinematic 4k image quality; so if you ever wanted to replay the footage of your late-night Macca’s run on a 4K cinema screen, you probably could, and with crystal clear quality too. The most striking and arguably most important feature is the Emergency SOS function, which uses what3words to provide you with your exact coordinates within a three-metre square that can be shared with friends or family to locate you. In the event of an incident where you may be unresponsive, Nextbase Emergency SOS can alert the emergency services of your location and other crucial details like pre-saved medical data such as blood type, allergies and medical history.

I’ve recently installed the in-demand dash cam in my car and while I thankfully haven’t had to use its emergency features *touch wood*, the suite of other features it packs are seriously impressive. The setup is quick and easy, power consumption is relatively low, so no need to keep it hooked up to a USB charger the whole time and the image stabilisation is effortlessly smooth. My favourite feature is the Intelligent Parking mode, which records any bump or physical movement on your vehicle while it’s parked. As soon as you park and the ignition is turned off, the Dash Cam will automatically switch into Parking Mode by shutting down everything except the G Force sensor. So for anyone that potentially would hit my car while it’s parked, be warned – your mug may very well be played back on a 4k cinema screen.

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