A luxurious collaboration
Cloudy Bay Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand, has partnered with Sydney Oyster Collective East 33 for a range of experiences celebrating great food and great wine. The most luxurious ($ 1,499 per person; Jan. 7 and 14, 2022) involves a seaplane trip to Lake Wallis on the Barrington Coast, where you’ll decorate and taste oysters in the waters where they’re grown. Savor a three-course feast at a dining table overlooking the marina with assorted Cloudy Bay wines. The Boathouse Group also offers a dozen East 33 oysters with a bottle of Cloudy Bay sparkling wine or sauvignon blanc ($ 120). Or, just brighten up an evening at home with a delivery of two dozen oysters and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc ($ 109). est33.sydney
Bourbon, beard trim and beef
We’re all in desperate need of a haircut right now – and The Cut Barbershop, its sister restaurant Red Lantern, and the Buffalo Trace bourbon distillery are joining forces to make this post-containment cut even more special. For just two weekends (November 4-7 and November 11-14), you can get a haircut or beard trimmed and sip a Buffalo Trace bourbon cocktail, while enjoying a shredded breast sandwich with gravy spicy bourbon. The full package will set you back $ 75, and you’ll also get a mini bottle of Buffalo Trace and Fever-Tree smoked ginger ale to relive the experience at home. Additional sandwiches, cocktails and bottles of Buffalo Trace will be available for purchase in store the same day. Book here.
Fresh is better
When Chef Dan Esfahani was laid off from his job at the start of the pandemic, he decided to make the most of the situation and started delivering fresh and affordable handmade pasta across Sydney under the Dan’s banner. Pasta. It has become a bit of a lockdown achievement, so now it has broadened its reach. During the lockdown, each area in Sydney previously had its own dedicated drop-off day, but now you can get your fix any day Tuesday through Saturday – with an option of next day delivery. Dan’s has also expanded to Campbelltown, Camden and Penrith. Plus, there are new monthly pasta recipe kits that include squid ink spaghetti with roasted shrimp bisque and new pasta every fortnight. danspasta.com.au
Manu in your microwave
Celebrity chef Manu Feildel and his wife Clarissa Feildel have teamed up with the home-cooked food platform Foodst to offer a menu of reheat and eat-at-home meals. The dishes are prepared personally by the Feildels. Choose from Manu’s punchy Moroccan chicken tagine with couscous ($ 30) or Clarissa’s Malay-style beef rendang with rice ($ 32). Each meal serves two people. foodst.com.au
Classic Italian restaurant Otto has teamed up with the extraordinary cocktail Matt Whiley (Reâ) and the alcohol company Diageo to create the Margherita Margarita. Your reading and writing skills have not left you: this is a Margarita inspired by the flavors of a margherita pizza. It is composed of a basil and tomato liqueur, clarified salted cherry tomatoes, Don Julio Blanco tequila and a bread salt made from Otto’s sourdough. He is an easy drinker, perfect for the summer. ottor Ristorante.com.au
New South Wales reopens, but the pandemic is not over. We are entering a new phase of life with Covid-19: some of us will go out like crazy, while others may prefer to stay at home for now. If you want to support your favorite places and businesses, be sure to follow current health advice. The Covid-19 situation is evolving and public health requirements are always subject to change. If you have concerns about visiting businesses or public spaces, or questions about self-isolation or coronavirus testing, check out the latest NSW Government updates.