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Creative Conscience (even those that claim not to have one will love it!)

One of my lovely friends is hosting an event for the charity she works tirelessly for, Sir David Martin Foundation, she’s a good egg and I heart her.

They describe the event as the charity art event that breaks the mould and introduces you to a dynamic mixture of art and urban culture. This event is to raise awareness to the plight of many young people in crisis, and to give them a helping hand in the right direction. (sounds fancy doesn’t it!)

This is your chance to be part of the 1st annual Creative Conscience showcasing some of the most talented artists and street performers from around Australia. I don’t know about you but I love edgy events that really break the mould, I have a feeling this is going to be one of them!

If you’re intersted and fancy coming along, tickets are on sale now for $50 which includes entry to the event,
beer, wine and soft drinks and a gourmet hot pie. (All ticket purchases are tax deductable). Tickets can be purchased from http://www.gofundraise.com.au/page/CreativeConsciencetickets

Tickets for this event are limited so book early to guarantee your spot!

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to make a donation to the Sir David Martin Foundation, head to: http://www.gofundraise.com.au/DonationPage.aspx?cid=132

I really believe it’s going to be a and fab event for a great cause and I will be in attendance for sure! Please get in touch with her, or head to the Facebook page if you’d like to show your support!

There will be a great crowd there and you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit for the greater good!

New to Australia? Newly single? There will be lots of lovely outgoing people in attendance, you never know, you might even make some new friends.

Like I said, I’ll be in attendance too, so if you decide to partake in the charity-tastic (new word for you there, you like?!) extravaganza – drop me a note and come and say hey!

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What do you call the Grinch of Valentine’s Day? Spinch? (Cross between a spinster and a Grinch?) No, not cool?! Never mind…

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not a complete anti-Valentine’s Day ogre, I have had many loved up Valentine’s Day dates that have been just… lovely! Don’t you think though that forced fun is just nauseating? I get the concept, it’s a great way to show the one you love that you care, blah blah blah. How about we try this for a concept, it shouldn’t just be on one day a year that this happens because a well-known card company can cash in on GFs guilt trips and un-spontaneous other halves.

Us girls like to be surprised and wooed – it’s a long time since I’ve been wooed let me tell ya! The past four Valentine’s Days I’ve spent with the girls, hiring a fun fest film, cooking an amazing dinner and putting the world to right. Honestly – the best Valentines Day’s ever!

For those of you that are loved up however (how about you get a room so you can show each other how much you care, rather than parading it in front of the rest of the human race?) Just kidding of course…

I had a particularly sickening dinner with my family last week, my mum has arrived in Sydney after not seeing her for 12 months. We went for dinner at The Spot in Randwick, a cool place with a number of fantastic restaurants. We headed to Chao Praya, a lovely BYO Thai restaurant (not make sure you let the chef know how spicy you like your dishes, they can go slightly overboard on the chilli front if you’re not careful!). There was a couple sat next to us eating their dinner whilst holding hands and eating with one hand, I mean COME ON! That’s just silly!

So this Valentine’s Day I will again stick with tradition and have a great girly night in with my bessies, we will be making sure we have the best of the best chocolate. (FYI the chocolate over here SUCKS compared to chocolate in the UK – they put a substance in it to stop it melting at room temperature, which results in a not nice consistency! I miss Galaxy!!) SO with this in mind, when you do find a good chocolate, you tend to stick with it and buy it by the shed load! Ha!

I’m impartial to the odd Cherry Ripe – big fan! They’re my main chocolaty downfall I tell ya! Kind of a cross between a Bounty and a Raspberry Ripple, if you can imagine such a thing, yum!

However, I recently received some AMAZING chocolates from one of my friends to sample, I have to say, the crown for the ‘Top Aussie Chocolate’ is under stiff competition. I had the immense pleasure of sampling the  GUYLIAN Belgian Chocolate Sea Shells, each filled with a delicious, roasted hazelnut praliné made to the original signature recipe. Unbelievable, they literally melt in your mouth!

If you’re in a  relationship and go for all that mushy, gushy stuff, Guylian’s ‘I love you’ gift box is the perfect gift. They show that you care and then you can munch them all yourself! It’s the thought that counts right?!

 They’re made from West African cocoa beans apparently and are 100% cocoa butter (with no vegetable fats – great not a big fan of fats are we now??).

 Whether it be a little treat for yourself other half, a delightful after dinner chocolate or something delicious to share with friends (actually scrap that I don’t do sharing of the food type variety) when entertaining, Guylian products suit every occasion.

 Guylian offer the following core products throughout Coles, Woolworths and other selected retailers across Australia.

  • Guylian Sea Shells 65g, RRP $3.59
  • Guylian Les Exclusives 315g, RRP $18.29
  • Guylian La Trufflina 90g, RRP $7.99
  • Guylian Sea Shells 250g, RRP $13.99

 

The ‘I Love You’ 100g gift box is stocked nationally in Woolworths with an RRP of $7.99.

 Guylian supports the Project Seahorse charity with every box of Guylian Sea Shells purchased across Australia and the globe. Project Seahorse is an organisation dedicated to preserving seahorses (who doesn’t’love seahorses ey?! Do your bit and reward yourself with a chocolaty treat!) and other marine life worldwide. For further information, visit www.projectseahorse.org.

 However if you are loved up this St Valentine’s Day and you want to woo your senor, I can highly recommend Sydney tapas hot spot Argyle Bazar. Famed chef Miguel Maestre (interview with Miguel to follow, I heart that name FYI!) and his team have designed a set menu to fire hearts and fuel romance – Spanish style!

If you’re a fan of booze and Spain, they have really hit the nail on the head as the dining experience will begin with a ‘Lover’s Sangria’ on arrival, followed by yummy tapas dishes to share and finally Miguel’s endorphin-releasing ‘Trilogy of Chocolate Mousse’.

 St Valentine’s set menu $75 pp

Glass of Lovers Sangria on arrival
3 tapas dishes
“Triology of Chocolate Mousse”

(Belgium White Chocolate Mousse with toasted Cardamon, Milk Chocolate Mousse with Goji Berr and Valhrona Dark Chocolate Mousse with Black Cumin)

In case there’s more than one Valentine to woo (you know my thoughts on playing the field people!!)… Dine at Argyle Bazar between Wednesday 9th and Sunday 13th February and receive a complimentary ‘Lover’s Sangria’.

 More info: Argyle Bazar, 18 Argyle St, The Rocks, NSW

Reservations: (02) 9247 5500 or reservations@argylebazar.com

www.argylebazar.com

A final note:

Me bitter, no you have me misunderstood - I'm funny ha ha...

Adventures of an e-bacheloress, instalment #2

I recieved another email request shortly after ‘Bob from Paddington’. This time it was a nice email to say ‘hi’, an opener according to the author, who claimed my profile caught his eye.  

As I’m sure most of you will understand I didn’t have time to reply for the next four days – between work, working late and more work, coming home and responding to emails was the last thing on my mind (get in line, behind wine, dinner and a bit of telly!).

So, in the absence of my reply, I receive the following….

My head says say something funny, my heart says say something sweet, but my fortitude says, say something daring. The truth is I know not what to say to someone whom I don’t know. In any case, the communication lines are open, and I’ve made the tumultuous first move, riddled with disaster and uncompromising fear. Your move my dear. 🙂

Good god! How full on is this? Did he write an email in normal speak and then run the thesaurus through it?  Two days later I get this…

This is my last ditch effort to try to communicate with you. Nothing lost nothing gained. I guess I’m a little confused, cause I got an email confirmation from you confirming the lines of communication were opened, but then nothing. I’m not even sure if this will find you well. I’m about to press send…here goes.

Am I being too harsh or is this just starting to get creepy?

Are you too an e-bachelor or e-bacheloress?  If so, I’d love to hear your stories by leaving a comment below.

The Mixer

So this weekend I went to a “Mixer”. What the heck? I hear you say.
 
A single girlfriend of mine invited me along.  She’s smart, successful, over thirty and single – sound familiar?
 
Her mum, along with her mum’s friends, are sick of hearing their 30+ year old ‘kids’ moan about how hard it is to meet people.  Still sound familiar?
 
So the parents took matters into their own hands and arranged Saturday’s ‘Mixer’ party at one of their homes in Manly.  The plan was for each parent to come along with their single ‘child’, we would ‘mix’ over wine and snags from the BBQ then the parents would retreated to the neighbour’s house leaving their now intoxicated ‘children’ to mix further…
 
On the ferry to Manly my friend and I nervously giggled as we realised exactly what we were going to.  She invited me last week and for the sake of getting through 101 dates I agreed but it wasn’t until the ferry to Manly I realised what exactly we were going to.  Do we throw our keys in a bowl on arrival?  Are my knee-high boots inappropriate?  Should I be wearing a twin set and pearls? 
 
We were first to arrive and wasted no time before tucking into the champagne acquiring some Dutch courage along the way.
 
Before I knew it the room was filled with parents and their single offspring.  The bizarre thing was that not only were you looked up and down by the bachelors, you were also inspected by their mothers who were no doubt considering if you’d make a suitable daughter-in-law!
 
There was plenty of mingling, chatting, small talk and then after we’d consumed enough wine the furniture was moved to the side and a dance floor was created.  Wine was ‘acquired’ from the host parent’s cellar and the girls were singing ABBA into invisible microphones.  It felt as though I was back in High School but in a fun nostalgic way, not a tragic adult singletons-match-made-by-parents way.
 
The men huddled together (for safety no doubt) as the girls bonded on the dance floor, hugging each other and promising to catch up again soon.
 
All in all, it was a fun night but no matches were made much to the parent’s disappointment!  And much to my relief no keys were thrown into any bowls!