When Little Flowers launched a few years back, I thought why has no one done this yet? I love sending flowers (and receiving them) but it was never straightforward – too expensive, too many options, too many tacky flowers in the bouquet, ugly packaging. It was all a bit hard. Little Flowers‘ story is simple and clever: ‘Every day we’re up early gathering the best flowers we can find. We follow the seasons and our instincts, offering you one fresh bunch of little flowers to send each day for just $30, and that includes same-day delivery.’ A friend of mine was a worthy recipient today so I sent her some. Her day was brighter, I felt happy and it was all easy. Read about their delivery areas and how it all works here. Do something nice for someone and send a bunch today.
Choice has launched a free augmented reality app, CluckAR, that aims to help consumers navigate the free-range egg market. Very handy given the recent news regarding the misleading claims on numerous free range egg brands in Australia. All you need to do is download the free app for iPhone or Android, point your phone camera at the label and let the 3D chooks tell the story as to whether the eggs live up to the ‘free-range’ claim.
The short story: loved the new French restaurant in Sydney, Hubert, and recommend you go. The slightly longer story… the fit out is seriously impressive. They have done an outstanding job at transporting you to another era. I was less impressed when we were told we could wait for a table but we had to do so without a drink in hand as there was a wait to get into the bar even if you are on the list to dine there. I get the restrictions, the laws but this did not sit well with me. We strategised frantically… to stay or to go? We stayed, we got a table (and a drink) 30 minutes later. The bar menu was not to my husband’s liking given he’s a non meat eater (not their fault obviously and poorly planned by me for a date night) but we had the good sense to convey our frustration about the waiting without a drink issue and the fact we’d decided to go somewhere else. The super efficient and professional staff then completely turned our night around by offering us a massive booth in the bar, allowed us to order from the full restaurant menu and insisted our first drinks be complimentary. The food concept is fun, retro and unlike anything I’ve had before. Be sure to order the Melon en Surprise (Santa Claus melon, finger lime, sorrel jelly, young coconut sorbet $22). Have a game plan going in. See the menu. Book a table. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-1am, 15 Bligh St, Sydney
Stopped here on the way back from Spice Alley in Chippendale to take the Mango Yuzu (pictured) home to devour. It did not disappoint. In fact, my companion Mr “I-Don’t-Like-Desserts” claimed that he would now go out of his way to get one of these. Koi has cakes and coffee on the ground floor and a dining room upstairs if you want the proper dessert degustation experience. Get to Koi Dessert Bar at 42-44 Kensington St, Chippendale.
Best season yet of Broad City. I just finished episode 6 “Philadelphia” and could not stop laughing. Tony Danza as Abbi’s Dad is great casting. If you haven’t seen any Broad City, this is a scene from season 1 that had me in hysterics (language and partial nudity warning) and is a good example of the type of comedy in this show. View season 3 trailer here. Broad City is available on iTunes or watch on The Comedy Channel.
A 15-minute weekly show hosted by Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb where they discuss culture for the chronically time poor. Described by the ABC as “an occasionally shambolic conversation about books, movies, TV shows, cooking and other cultural obsessions.” Each episode is shot around Sydney whilst they’re chatting over something delicious and they never take themselves too seriously. It’s only available to watch on ABC iView. The pair also have a podcast of a similar nature Chat 10 Looks 3.
A podcast hosted by long-distance besties in the U.S. Ann Friedman (journalist) and Aminatou Sow (digital strategist). They’re smart and witty and cover the highbrow to lowbrow in a warm and engaging way, often over a wine or two. Their latest episode (#45) was an interview with Huma Abedin who is Hillary Clinton’s right-hand lady. What I loved about this episode is that Huma has done very few interviews and this was her first podcast so I felt genuinely thrilled for them that she chose CYG. I’ve become quite fond of these girls. Learn more about the podcast or listen.
This Seafood, Tomato and Cannellini Bean Stew is the first dish that comes to mind when I have to think about what to make for guests. I can safely say that anyone that has stayed at our house has eaten it at some stage. It’s courtesy of my dear friend (let’s call her E2) who is a wonderful cook and dietician. Simple, rustic, nutritious, filling, flavour bomb. Get the recipe.