Category: LIFESTYLE

Levelling up your run could be as simple as investing in the right tech

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A simple scroll of your socials will cast no doubt that running fever is sweeping across the nation. Whether you’re a newbie or an old timer, technology advancements mean we know more about how to get the best out of a run, and how to support post-run too. From gearing up for the race to ensuring proper recovery, Withings offers a range of smart tech designed to support every step of your running journey. Here are some of our top picks from Withings to enhance your training and recovery: ScanWatch 2 ($599 AUD) Don’t be fooled by its sleek appearance; the ScanWatch 2 is a powerhouse hybrid smartwatch perfect for both your daily jog and a day at the office. This next-generation device features a suite of advanced sensors, including 24/7 body temperature tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep and activity tracking, atrial fibrillation detection, and blood oxygen level measurement. These insights help you optimise your training and monitor your recovery post-run. Body Scan ($799 AUD) The Withings Body Scan is a revolutionary connected health station. It provides detailed metrics like segmental body composition, allowing you to measure fat and muscle distribution precisely. This is invaluable for tracking how your body adapts to your training regimen. Additionally, the Body Scan offers comprehensive cardiovascular measurements, including a 6-Lead ECG, Vascular Age, and standing heart rate, making it ideal for runners focused on improving their cardio fitness over time. Sleep Analyser ($199 AUD) Recovery is a critical component of any training program, and the Withings Sleep Analyser ensures… Read More

Best place to watch theatre in Athens: discover the city of Athens Lycabettus theatre

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Nestled atop the majestic Mt. Lycabettus, overlooking the enchanting city of Athens, lies a cultural gem that has captivated hearts for decades – the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre. This summer of 2024 marks a momentous occasion as this iconic venue reopens its doors after years of anticipation, beckoning both locals and tourists to experience the magic of open-air performances in a setting like no other. A legacy of musical splendour For years, the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre has been a cornerstone of Athens’ cultural scene, hosting legendary concerts that have left an indelible mark on the city’s musical history. Imagine the thrill of witnessing performances by renowned artists such as Radiohead, Björk, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, and many more against the backdrop of the starlit Athenian sky. It’s a venue steeped in history and melodies that resonate through time. A grand revival Originally envisioned by the esteemed architect Takis Zenetos in 1965, this architectural marvel has recently undergone a grand renovation, breathing new life into its hallowed stage. Following a spectacular reopening in September 2023 with a magnificent concert by Greek composer Stavros Xarchakos, this summer heralds the true debut of the theatre’s renaissance, promising a lineup that will set the city abuzz with excitement and anticipation. Summer extravaganza Operated by Technopolis Athens, the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre is set to dazzle audiences with a vibrant program of over 50 nights of concerts catering to diverse musical tastes. The summer season kicks off with collaborations with esteemed music festivals like Plisskën Festival… Read More

Mister Bianco doing special chicken this Melbourne winter

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Are you ready to tantalize your taste buds and warm your soul this winter season? Look no further than Mister Bianco in Kew, where culinary excellence meets exceptional value in the form of Mangia – Book Your Chook. This enticing three-course dining experience, starting from Tuesday, 11th June, is a celebration of flavour, elegance, and pure indulgence. A culinary journey awaits Dive into a sumptuous meal that begins with a glass of Italian sparkling Contratto, setting the perfect tone for what’s to come. Indulge in a shared entrée featuring gnocchi with hazelnuts and guanciale, paving the way for the star of the show – the rotisserie chicken paired with a refreshing fennel salad. Conclude your feast on a high note with Mister Bianco’s renowned Tiramisu, a decadent dessert that promises to leave a lasting impression. Rotisserie chicken delights Prepare to be spoilt for choice with two delectable rotisserie chicken options: Exclusive offer The excitement doesn’t end with the exquisite dining experience. By pre-ordering Book Your Chook before Saturday, 13th July, you automatically enter a draw to win a truffle drive in a MINI, courtesy of MINI Doncaster. It’s an extra sprinkle of magic to elevate your dining adventure! Booking info There are no minimum booking requirements for Book Your Chook, making it ideal for both individual diners and groups who wish to savor a variety of dishes from the menu. Secure your spot by visiting the Mister Bianco website, where you can choose your preferred date and time, and pre-order the tantalizing Mangia – Book… Read More

High Cheese at the Westin Hotel Melbourne

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Embark on a culinary journey like no other as The Westin Melbourne presents a delectable offering that promises to delight your taste buds and elevate your dining experience. Featuring exquisite creations that blend artistry and flavor, the High Cheese experience at Allegro Restaurant is set to captivate cheese connoisseurs and food enthusiasts alike. Culinary Delights to Savour Indulge in a symphony of flavours with the El Esparto cave-ripened Manchego cheese bavarois paired with candied pineapple, a combination that promises a harmonious marriage of textures and tastes. Complementing this, immerse yourself in the luxurious Vanilla bean and goat’s curd panna cotta, accompanied by a house-made rhubarb compote and fresh raspberry, offering a medley of sweet and tangy notes that dance on your palate. The Creators Behind the Feast Apoorva Kunte, Sam Studd, and Ellie Studd, the culinary maestros behind this gastronomic journey, have crafted a menu that embodies creativity, passion, and a deep appreciation for fine dining. Their dedication to delivering an unparalleled dining experience shines through in every dish, ensuring that each bite leaves a lasting impression. Personal Recommendations Ellie’s love for the playfulness of the El Esparto Manchego sets the tone for an evening filled with delightful surprises. Meanwhile, Sam Studd’s endorsement of the Le Conquerant baked camembert, adorned with lemon thyme, promises a tantalizing blend of ooey gooey goodness with a touch of winter warmth and irresistible flavours. Reservation Details The High Cheese experience at The Westin Melbourne’s Allegro Restaurant will be available from 19th June until September. To partake in this culinary… Read More

Flamenco dance show comes to Sydney

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The Royal Opera of Madrid and Fever, known for their successful collaboration on a world tour last year, are back together. If you’re heading to London, don’t miss the Flamenco Festival there at Sadler’s Wells! They will present the critically acclaimed traditional flamenco dance show, Authentic Flamenco, in Sydney this June for a limited engagement. This captivating live performance will enchant audiences with the soul-stirring artistry of flamenco, a beloved Spanish cultural treasure celebrated worldwide. Tickets for Authentic Flamenco are now available for purchase starting today. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the magic of flamenco brought to life on stage in Sydney. Authentic Flamenco has garnered praise and admiration across continents, drawing in over 124,000 attendees globally. This year, the show promises to dazzle spectators at Sydney’s Seymour Centre on Friday, June 28, 2024 and Saturday, June 29, 2024. Prepare to be mesmerized by a 65-minute live presentation by SO-LA-NA Entertainment, renowned for creating exclusive and captivating performances. Experience a display of raw passion and emotion showcased by a talented lineup of artists: Event information For more details and ticket purchases, visit Authentic Flamenco Show. In London, there’s only one place you need to go for more Flamenco; Sadler’s Wells!

Legendary Sydney nightlife icon Cargo reopens

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Almost 24 years since its inception, Sydney’s beloved clubbing hotspot, Cargo, is set to make a grand return to King Street Wharf. Following an extensive four-month transformation. With a rich legacy spanning over two vibrant decades, this waterfront gem, renowned for its Wharf side beer garden and iconic club nights, will unveil a fresh new aesthetic across its expansive two levels, featuring significant enhancements to the Ground Floor Main Room and Level 1 Lounge. From dawn to dusk, Cargo promises an unrivalled experience as the premier waterfront destination for indulging in drinks, culinary delights, and dancing against the picturesque backdrop of Darling Harbour. Since its inception in August 2000, Cargo has been a hub for the best party crews in Sydney, hosting live music nights, headline DJ sets, and its legendary annual Halloween extravaganza. Elevating the Experience Ground Floor Main Room Embracing the spirit of Cargo’s legendary dancehall, the Ground Floor Main Room exudes renewed high-octane nightclub energy with a sleek LED-lit bar and a state-of-the-art DJ booth equipped with advanced AV technology and LED screens. The new decor strikes a balance between sophistication and playfulness, with neutral tones and hints of green accentuating the light timber furniture to create an inviting ambiance. Dynamic LED lighting cascades above the central dance floor, casting a mesmerizing glow over the revellers below, while upgraded sound systems deliver a world-class, immersive 360-degree audio experience. A captivating mural painting by artist Justine McAllister sets the tone as visitors transition to the Level 1 Lounge, capturing the vibrancy and excitement… Read More

New gin ‘Rockpools of Sydney’ by Manly Spirits Co.

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There’s a new gin from Sydney for your collection. Manly Spirits Co., the esteemed artisan distillery renowned for its exquisite Australian whiskies, gins, liqueurs, and botanical vodkas, has unveiled the inaugural gin from its exclusive four-part collection titled ‘Rockpools of Sydney’. This innovative range pays homage to Australia’s coastal lifestyle and iconic rockpools. The exquisite ‘Fairy Bower Gin’, priced at $90 per 700ml bottle, boasts a delightful citrus and lime-forward profile, crafted from a distinctive blend of sustainably sourced Australian native botanicals and fruits. Featuring Rainforest lime, Finger lime, Ribery, whole lemons, and limes, this limited edition offering stands out for its unique production process. Unlike previous gins from Manly Spirits Co., the creation of ‘Fairy Bower Gin’ involves a revolutionary method. Fresh whole lemons and limes are steeped in the still for 24 hours to extract maximum flavour, and then distilled along with other botanicals to encapsulate their essence fully. This approach not only guarantees a vibrant and fresh taste but also underscores the distillery’s dedication to sustainability by minimizing waste. Vanessa Wilton, Co-founder and Creative Director of Manly Spirits Co., expressed her excitement about this venture, stating, “Crafting limited-release gins that embody the essence of small-batch artisan production is truly gratifying. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of our aquatic surroundings brings me immense joy. Whether in the sea or by its shores, it never fails to uplift my spirit.” Continuing her reflection on the project, Wilton remarked, “Sydney’s ocean pools are unparalleled in their charm and beauty, and I wanted to honour these… Read More