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Cocktails and charity – What’s not to love?!

On the 23rd February 2011 Dating101Sydney was invited along to an event to celebrate the start of Parched March – ( surely not another event or initiative to stop us drinking – why do they feel the need, why?! ) No, I was wrong! Go on, read on, I know you want to…

YUM!!!

After the great event that was the second birthday of Fat Yak in a bottle, I was dubious about how this next event could possibly even come close. Well my friends, let me just say that it was just as great an event and it was for a good cause. Sydney-based bar, beverage and beer lovers turned out in force to celebrate the official kick start to ‘Parched March’.

The event was arranged by the great guys at Sara Bray PR & Events, flawless from start to finish as always!

The launch event was held in the stunning Argyle Bazar, the lighting was decedent red and the drinks were flowing throughout! (We like this) My lovely friend Jenny and I (along with our fellow guests) sipped on Absolut Pear and Patron Manzanero cocktails, we also mixed it up (classy aren’t we!) with Saint & Sinner wines – delicious!

Tapas were served and we were completely spoiled throughout the event. The menu was of course prepared by resident chef, Miguel. A Spanish cooking fiend, who never fails to deliver a taste explosion. I highly recommend you to go and savour the tapas at Argle Bazar, you won’t be disappointed. To whet your appetite: croquettes, brochette with a twist, prawn and chorizo skewers and the meatiest meatballs you’ve ever tasted. This selection only slightly dents the array of amazing food on offer!

We of course weren’t just there to eat food and drink cocktails, no , no, no! We were of course there for a fantastic cause as we toasted the launch of ‘Parched March’ – an initiative led by Sun-Herald columnist Amy Cooper and bar and drinks writer Simon McGoram.

As they put it: Parched March, Sydney’s only month-long celebration of bar culture.

“If you’re over Ocsober, Fed up with Febfast and want to say goodbye to Dry July, March brings you the perfect antidote to abstinence – and a chance to raise money for charity while enjoying great bars and drinks. Good times for a good cause!

During Parched March you can show your support by

  Sponsoring our teams as they embark on their fun odyssey of 30 Bars in 30 Days

  Visiting our participating venues and contributing to the cause by buying a Parched March special cocktail

  Forming a team of your own and taking up the 30 bars in 30 days challenge – (or do it alone if you dare!)”

Bars that are involved include:

Bavarian Bier Cafe

Eau de Vie (we’ve spoke about here)

Grandma’s Bar (yup we’ve also spoke about here)

Rum Diaries Bar & Restaurant

There is also a host of other bars involved in this great initiative! Log on to parchedmarch.com to get involved!

Parched March is not all about the socialising, there’s actually a worthwhile cause behind it all!

Parched March uses the misadventures of their teams and ambassadors to raise funds for the Sydney Dogs & Cats Home & the Animal Welfare League Queensland.

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The event was a great start for what is sure to be an exciting month celebrating Sydney’s unique bar culture. Visit http://www.parchedmarch.com for info.

Get involved people – you know you want to! Drinking and charity – what’s not to love!?

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

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