Collins Bar: Summer Cocktail Menu Launch

“With over 15 years of bar experience working in Tokyo, London, New York and having been named one of the Worlds Greatest Bartenders, Grant will exclusively create a new summer menu for The Collins Bar that is most definitely out of the ordinary.”

I was recently invited to a very special cocktail mixing masterclass with the owner of Collins Bar; Grant Collins, who is known as the Heston Blumenthal of cocktail mixing.

Collins Bar is located within the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, and is a high end, yet relaxed bar which has an amazing menu of cocktails.

This masterclass was  held in celebration of the launch of their new summer cocktail menu, available from the 19th of January 2015. The new menu is truly spectacular, from bubble baths to doughnut inspired cocktails, it’s a feast for the senses.

Grant Collins is an expert in what he does and works different flavours together to create an experience rather than just another plain old drink.

You’ll see below the variety of cocktails available, not only are they instagram ready but they actually taste delicious also!

 

Couture+Love+Madness AW15 Show ‘Silk Road’

Last Sunday I was invited to attend the Couture-Love-Madness AW15 show, which showcased the ‘Silk Road’ collection. Held at a carpark/warehouse location, I loved the juxtaposition of  the location and lux fashion on show.

My friend and designer Cristina Tridente welcomed guests, along with channel 7’s Amelia Mulcahy. Cristina shared her inspiration for the collection, coming from her trip to Qingdao in China, the oriental theme showed through in the luxurious fabrics and the overall decor of the space.

Below are some of my favourite looks from the show. You will also see some photos of the amazing head pieces worn by the models, aswell as the delicious food and fortune cookies guests were treated to.

 

What’s in my Makeup Bag?

So these are all the beauty products I carry around with me in my handbag. For those of you who know me well, you would know that I do not wear makeup everyday, I only wear makeup if I am going somewhere special. You’re probable thinking, “then why do you carry around makeup?!” Well I often have events to go to in the evening, so if I’m at work or out of the house during day, I keep my makeup with me so I can put it on after. I also have items which are not necessarily makeup but come in handy, such as hair ties.

As you can see in the photo my makeup bag is a small black Revlon pouch, which I received as part of a birthday present. The size is great for me because I don’t have a very big handbag so it fits in really well, and it fits all my stuff which is the main thing.

The makeup items in my pouch include a sample size of Benefit’s porfessional (which everyone knows about and loves), a mini Hello Flawless foundation from Benefit in hazelnut (I love this foundation, you only need the tiniest amount and it gives amazing coverage), another Benefit product; Gimme Brow (another cult favourite), a Rimmel black eyeliner (eyeliner is the only product I where on a daily basis, so this is a must have for me), the Australis neons and neutrals palette (I mentioned this one in a favourites post, it is the most perfect travel palette), a Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in grapefruit (this is great to keep in your handbag because not only is it moisturising but it also has a little bit of colouring in it) and the final makeup item is a Rimmel lip balm from the Rita Ora collection (I love how easy these are to apply!).

The ‘other’ items I have in my makeup pouch include cleansing wipes by Murine (these are special wipe for the eyes, I always get itchy eyes, especially around hay fever time, so these are perfect to have with me at all times), a Revlon role-on perfume called Splendid (this also came with the makeup pouch, it’s a great size to carry around, and because it’s role-on there’s no spillage), the Kosmea hydrating Rose Mist (because I tend to do my makeup at the end of the day, I like to spray this on my face before, it makes my skin feel so much cleaner), two hair ties and a clip (there’s always a day when I will need a hair tie and/or a clip!) and finally two makeup brushes in two different sizes (one for the face and one for the eyes).

So that’s everything I carry around with me, let me know if you have any of the same things, or if you have any suggestions of things I should add to my makeup bag.

The Loft wine and oyster Bar: Dinner Menu Launch

The Loft oyster and wine bar has launched their very first dinner menu, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first to try the new menu. Each dish was served with the matching cocktail and Mosquito Hill wine.

The dinner started of with a mixed plate, including a whole prawn, a baby squid and pork belly. This was my favourite dish of the night, it was so tasty! This dish was served with an  East 8 Hold Up Cocktail, Sherry Cobler and Mosquito Hill Pino Blanc. I really enjoyed the East 8 Hold Up Cocktail, I’m not a big drinker at all, but I found this cocktail very refreshing and not too strong.

Next we were served poached chicken with ginger broth and wild rice, along with the 20th Century Cocktail and Mosquito Hill Sauvignon Blanc. The chicken was so tender and flavoursome, it just melt in my mouth. The 20th Century Cocktail was also to my taste, it was nice and sweet.

We were then served duck breast with beetroot, brussel sprouts and calve nero. This dish was accompanied by the White Rabbit Cocktail and Mosquito Hill Pinot Noir. I’m not a big fan of eating duck but I did try it, it was really tender, and tasty, the serving size was quite filling and the vegetables went along with it really well.

The next dish was beef sirloin with mushrooms and chorizo. I don’t eat beef, so I offered my piece to another guest, who enjoyed it very much. I did eat the mushrooms and chorizo, which were really delicious. This dish was served with a Garfield and Thomas Cabernet Merlot. I’m not really sure how to comment on the wines because I’m not a wine drinker at all, allthough I did take a sip of each wine offered. From what I was hearing from other guests, each wine went really well with each dish

Finally we were served dessert; Filipino banana and cinnamon sugar pastry with chocolate sauce. The flavours in the dish were delicious, although the banana had the texture of plantain (green banana), which feels quite dry when eating it, so I would have preferred if the banana was moist. Along with dessert we were entertained with a DIY cocktail palette. We were given a glass of vodka and tonic water with a board of different flavoured purees, which we could mix and play around with to suit our own taste. The idea was so cool!

I had an amazing evening, The Loft truly knows how to entertain their guests. I seriously suggest checking out The Loft on your next dinner out, you won’t be dissapointed!

 Thankyou to The Loft and Be young PR for a lovely evening.

http://www.loftbar.com.au/

The launch of Pirie & Co. Social Club

I was invited to attend the official launch of Adelaide’s newest Bar; Pirie & Co. Social Club

Upon arrival we were given some special Social Club money to spend at the bar

As we went down the stairs we could hear the live music playing and the chatter of guests enjoying the space. The atmosphere was just how I like it….warm, lounge like, inviting and styled perfectly.


We were treated to some delicious signature tapas……these chicken drumsticks were to die for….I could have eaten that whole plate if I had the chance!!! I’m definitely going back to eat those! :)

 I had such a great night catching up with friends and enjoying the space…..definitely check out Pirie & Co its a great place for after work drinks!