Sandi Sieger’s guide to what’s hot and happy(ning) this week. Eat, drink, buy, try, visit, read, be merry.
EAT: Hendrick’s High Tea at The Waiting Room
Immerse yourself in the dazzling world of Hendrick’s as you enjoy four-tiered gourmet bites and gin-infused delights within the elegant surrounds of The Waiting Room at the Crown Towers Lobby.
This High Tea would not be complete without a selection from the Hendrick’s Gin menu’s five varieties, served with tonic or soda water, or for the ultimate indulgence, choose one of the Hendrick’s cocktails crafted by The Waiting Room’s talented bartenders.
Including cold and warm savoury bites, delicious scones and delectable desserts, treat yourself to this magnificent experience and discover why The Waiting Room is the home of High Tea.
The Waiting Room also has a little surprise for every guest for an even more special experience.
The Hendrick’s High Tea is available for a limited time only, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12pm to 5pm, until Sunday 26 March 2023. Bookings are essential.
DRINK: The Prosecco Festival
Soak up the last of summer with a glass of bubbles in one hand and a bottle in the other at this year’s Prosecco Festival. The one-day prosecco extravaganza returns to Abbotsford Convent on the 25th of February, 2023.
Returning for its sixth year, The Prosecco Festival welcomes everyone – from the everyday vino lover to the sparkling wine enthusiast. While the bottles are chilling, now is the time to gather the girls, guys and pooches for a day filled with wine, incredible food, laughs and an overall good time.
Meet growers, winemakers and importers, and taste some of the best prosecco available in Australia today. Created by Melissa Brauer, otherwise known as the Prosecco Queen, the exclusive masterclasses and VIP experience will see you walking away with all of the nuances of your favourite bubbles and putting your newfound knowledge to the test as you taste your way around the event.
Each ticket includes a beautiful tulip-shaped Plumm sparkling wine-tasting glass that’s yours to keep, festival program and a tote bag that holds up to two bottles of wine for take-home purchases, plus tastings of all wines and brews.
This unique event brings together Italian and local Prosecco producers and Van Di Vino, Australia’s original Prosecco and Spritz Bar! With wines by the glass, beer, delicious food, and great tunes to get you in the mood, there’s a reason tickets sell out each year.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite, starting at $55, with two session times: 11am-3pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm. This event is strictly for 18+, so book that babysitter and pre-order your Uber today.
BUY: Magnolia Lounge Sleep & Loungewear
Magnolia Lounge, an affordable Aussie-designed sleep and loungewear brand, has recently developed an exclusive Viscose Cotton Sateen fabric designed to help women experiencing night sweats have a better night’s sleep. Founder, Linda Yang, has over 20 years experience in sleepwear, manufacturing fabrics for leading retailers such as Peter Alexander and Myer, and knows first-hand what it’s like to experience menopause and look everywhere for stylish sleepwear that allows the skin to breathe.
While the brand is ideal for women experiencing night sweats as a result of menopause, pregnancy, chemotherapy or other health conditions, it is also the perfect alternative for hot sleepers and women with sensitive skin who find it challenging to find garments that keep them warm enough in winter but also allow for breathability.
For more on Magnolia Lounge, please click here.
TRY: Dermaplaning with Finishing Touch Flawless Dermaplane Glow
Regualr dermaplaning has changed my skin. My fortnightly at home ritual of removing peach fuzz and dead skin has drastically improved the health (and glow!) of my skin. My skincare products are better absorbed, I suffer from less breakouts and my skin shines.
The Finishing Touch Flawless Dermaplane Glow is a non-invasive exfoliation tool, designed to instantly and safely remove unwanted facial fuzz and dead skin cells for instantly softer and brighter skin.
By exfoliating the outer layer of your skin, and removing fine facial hair, dermaplaning smoothes the appearance of fine lines and boosts the application of makeup and your favourite topical serums and creams.
VISIT: Samphire Rottnest
Mornings are starting to get darker, and the days a little cooler and shorter. Summer is still here, but we’re starting to notice its gradual farewell.
For anyone not quite ready to say goodbye to the sun and salt, Samphire Rottnest in Western Australia is the perfect getaway. With a collection of drinking and dining options all with expansive views over the bay, guests can relax and unfurl with fresh, seasonal menus.
The Samphire team have curated a collection of incredible booking packages to help guests get the most out of their stay:
Food Lovers Package: Inspired by the maritime spice routes and stories surrounding the food culture of the islands of South-East Asia and enhanced by the quality and flavour of fresh local produce from Western Australia. Start the day of indulgence with two Samphire Rottnest cocktails at Bayside Bar, then spend the day as you please, perhaps snorkeling, cycling around the island and checking out the best swimming spots. End the day with dinner at Lontara, enjoying chef’s specialty ‘Food Lovers Menu’ for two. Indulge in a sleep in or take the morning to have breakfast and relax by the pool, with a late 12pm checkout.
Rottnest Essentials Package: All the essentials you need to explore Rottnest Island, including a bottle of sparkling on arrival and continental breakfast for two overlooking Thomson Bay. This package includes standard bike hire, allowing guests to explore the beautiful landscape of Rottnest Island by pedal.
Bed and Breakfast Package: This package includes accommodation (all room types available) as well as continental breakfast for two at Lontara, giving guests absolute freedom on their island adventure.
READ: The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer
A big-hearted and life-affirming novel that turns the normally taboo subject of death into a reason to celebrate life.
The Collected Regrets of Clover is the burst of hopefulness we need right now. A sparkling debut novel from Australian Mikki Brammer, which reminds us all to live our best life with fewer regrets.In her work as a ‘death doula’, Clover Brooks ushers people peacefully through their last days, collecting their final words into three notebooks: ADVICE, CONFESSIONS and REGRETS.
But Clover spends so much time with the dying that she’s forgotten how to live . . .
Can her clients’ hard-won wisdom – and the inspiring love story of a spirited old woman named Claudia – show Clover the way to a happy ending? After all, what’s the point of giving someone a beautiful death if you can’t give yourself a beautiful life?
The Collected Regrets of Clover is out on May 2, 2023 by Viking.