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Little Jean, Double Bay Review

Little Jean, Double Bay Review

Double Bay is not only a stunning little village, it’s also offers a mecca of great dining options. One notable cafe in the area is Little Jean. Since 2015 it has been delighting Eastern Suburbs residents with great fare in a casually sophisticated environment. The […]

Bibo Wine Bar, Double Bay Review

Bibo Wine Bar, Double Bay Review

What could be better than enjoying a wine in a cute, cosy little wine bar that overlooks a leafy, European inspired street… especially on a rainy day! Well, if that sounds like heaven to you, then we have just the place for you to frequent. […]

The Boathouse Group Sydney Review

The Boathouse Group Sydney Review

Isn’t it just dreamy to enjoy fish & chips with a cold drink in a beautiful setting beside the sea? It makes you feel like you’re on holiday, even if it’s just down the road from home. Well, The Boathouse Group in Sydney have made that dream a reality for Sydneysiders.

Incepted in 2008 with a Palm Beach cafe by Pip Robb and Andrew Goldsmith, The Boathouse Group currently offers three flagship Boathouse cafes/restaurants, a local cafe bakery concept called Whale Beach Deli, a collection of wedding and event venues, as well as a homewares and interiors store called The Boathouse Home, located near their first site in Palm Beach.

With their trendy, beach inspired interiors, The Boatshouse’s are all places to delight. We recently paid The Balmoral Boathouse a visit and loved every bit of it.

It was a stunning autumn day and we had a table on the deck in the sun overlooking Balmoral beach. The atmosphere is relaxed coastal with trendy hues. The menu offers a selection of fresh seafood, and also some more hearty meals such as burgers and salads that cater to all. We couldn’t go past the signature Fish & Chips and what a delight they were. The beer battered fish was crunchy and fresh tasting, whilst the thick cut chips were fluffy and cooked to perfection. We thoroughly enjoyed them with a glass of white wine as evidenced below.

The food menu is reasonably priced ($29 for the fish & chips) with the wine menu being even more reasonable, with all bottles being $45 and glasses just $10.

One tip, these venues get very busy, so finding a table can be a challenge as they don’t accept bookings. Be sure to get there before 12noon if you’re having lunch, or opt for a late lunch and arrive around 2:30pm and you should be alright then.

Overall, The Boathouse Group offers stunning venues, great food and wine, in an atmosphere that is relaxed and able to be enjoyed with friends. Be sure to check them out!

The Boathouse Group

Images: The Boathouse Group and Never Enough Lifestyle

What’s golden on the Gold Coast

What’s golden on the Gold Coast

One place that we love to visit for a weekend away is the sunny Gold Coast, Queensland. This famed beachside city has been undergoing a transformation that has seen an abundance of fantastic restaurants, cafes and bars popping up all over the place. With its […]

Langkawi, Malaysia – a tropical paradise

Langkawi, Malaysia – a tropical paradise

If you’re looking for a tropical island getaway where it’s clean, easy to get around, cheap and the people are extremely friendly, look no further than the beautiful Langkawi in Malaysia. We were fortunate enough to recently enjoy a very relaxing holiday in this fascinating […]

Chin Chin Sydney

Chin Chin Sydney

Chin Chin Melbourne is an institution and when we heard it was coming to Sydney, we were tres excited… and it didn’t disappoint!

Located in the iconic Griffiths Tea Warehouse in Surry Hills, the interior has the warehouse charm with modern accents and super funky branding throughout. The furniture is fairly neutral in colour, creating a very stylish and open dining environment.

Owner Chris Lucas, with an impressive team of executive chef Benjamin Cooper, wine director Philip Rich and new head chef Graeme Hunt (from Spice Temple), has created a masterpiece of Asian fusion that Sydneysiders are sure to love. Split over two levels, the upper level features the main dining room and also a fabulous cocktail bar call Go Go. Downstairs features a private dining space where cooking classes may also be offered. Nothing has been overlooked with the design of the space, with patron’s convenience and comfort in mind at every turn.

Chin Chin Sydney

Now, onto the food. From the Miang of scallops and corn & coriander fritters, to salt and pepper silken tofu, BBQ ora king salmon with coconut red curry paste, twice cooked BBQ beef short rib (that fell off the bone), rotisserie pork belly with fennel and a green curry with crab, we absolutely LOVED the food at Chin Chin. It was flavoursome with beautiful spices and fresh ingredients, and the side sauces complemented the dishes perfectly.

Not only was the food world-class, Chin Chin has an extensive drinks menu and some very creative cocktails, with a killer espresso martini that we have a soft spot for. The services was also faultless, with the staff all being very helpful and knowledgeable.

Overall, we think this place surpasses the hype and would highly recommend checking it out and allowing your taste-buds to be tantalized.

Location: 69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Hours: 11am-11pm, 7 days per week
Images: Chin Chin Sydney

Corporate shorts need to be a thing

Corporate shorts need to be a thing

With the recent heatwave in Sydney giving us a taste of what is to come in summer, one trend that we would like to see embraced in the conservative corporate world is corporate shorts. There is nothing worse than being a guy having to wear […]

Grain Bar

Grain Bar

It’s no surprise that the Four Seasons, one of Sydney’s premier 5-star hotels, is home to a striking bar that is an institution in the corporate world. Exuding elegance from top to bottom, this bar is perfect for those wanting to have a quiet drink […]

Lads – how to dress for the Spring Racing Carnival

Lads – how to dress for the Spring Racing Carnival

Ah, it’s that time of year again – the iconic Spring Racing Carnival. There’s so much excitement around the races, from the thrill of a win, to socialising and checking out the fashions on the field. It’s a time of year that means you can dress up and have some fun with fashion, whilst having a bloody good time at a special event. We have a few tips for you, as there’s nothing more embarrassing than being inappropriately dressed at the races and it could even mean you aren’t permitted to enter.

The races are built on tradition, so it’s important that you respect them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t express yourself and be slightly daring.  In fact, this year, the Victoria Racing Club has lifted the mandatory requirement for men’s socks to be worn, so you could do a sock-less number if you fancy it!

Another accessory that is often overlooked are your shades. Sunglasses are a crucial part of an outfit and can add a trendy twist to even the more formal days.

For each of the racing days during the Spring Racing Carnival, there are different dress codes and flowers and we have broken them down below for your convenience:

Derby Day

  • Derby Day is the most formal day, so it’s important to stick to a stylish one-colour look in regards to your suit.  A black or grey suit and white dress shirt is the call of this day. You can look to jazz up your outfit with some interesting accessories in the form of a pocket square and sunglasses. The official flower for Derby Day is a cornflower, so you will have a splash of purple if you accessorise with one.

Melbourne Cup Day

  • The most watched day of the Spring Racing Carnival is Melbourne Cup Day, and this day allows you to be a bit more adventurous. Don’t be afraid to add some colour to your outfit by wearing either a beige or blue suit. Some guys even pair these colours with contrasting or bright dress shirts or waistcoats and accessories such as pocket squares, hats or tan coloured dress shoes. The flower for Melbourne Cup Day is the yellow rose too, so if you plan on accessorising with one, try to consider that colour in your attires palette as well.

Spring Racing Carnival Flemington

Oaks Day

  • Traditionally ladies day, Oaks Day has become increasingly popular and allows you to experiment with softer colours and even some prints, meaning you don’t need to be as traditional or masculine on this day. The official flower of Oaks Day is the pink rose, so we’re thinking this could go nicely with a grey suit that is patterned, white dress shirt and potentially dark tanned dress shoes.

Stakes Day

  • Stakes Day is the more relaxed of the Spring Racing Carnival days in terms of attire and with the red rose being the flower of the day, you don’t need to be as conservative, meaning you can wear mix-matched jackets and trousers and even play with stripes or tartan patterns. And if there is a day you’re planning to leave the socks at home, this would be the day to do it.

Well there you have it, a quick guide for what to wear during the Spring Racing Carnival. Giddy-up!

Images: Spring Racing Carnival Website and Dmarge.com

 

The Wilmot, Primus Hotel

The Wilmot, Primus Hotel

We were excited to try The Wilmot in the newly refurbished Primus Hotel. Walking in through the grand entrance of the hotel and across to the restaurant, the interior of the hotel has a striking art deco feel to it. The Wilmot restaurant has hints […]