Foxtel premieres more exclusive new drama

Foxtel is set to premiere even more high quality, exclusive new international drama content in 2020, all available to watch on Foxtel’s premium drama channels and to stream On Demand on Foxtel NOW. This stellar line-up of international drama rolling out over the coming months includes:

 

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE – Starts Monday, May 11 at 11am & 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX SHOWCASE

Starring Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo and based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, the six-part series follows Dominick Birdsey, as he struggles to care for his troubled twin brother, Thomas, while discovering the truth about his own family history. Ruffalo appears in the double-role of the identical twin brothers and is joined on screen by an outstanding ensemble cast: Melissa Leo, Archie Punjabi, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathryn Hahn, Imogen Poots and Juliette Lewis.

THE A WORD – Series Three – Starts Wednesday, May 13 at 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on BBC FIRST

Starring Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie and Christopher Eccleston, the story follows Joe, 10, who is living in two places at once, processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism. Alison and Paul are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicole has moved to London. Eddie lives with his dad. Rebecca is pregnant. Only Maurice is holding it together. A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape.

 

BAD EDUCATION – Stars Sunday, May 17 at 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX SHOWCASE

Inspired by true events, the feature length film stars Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman and Academy Award winner Allison Janney. The story follows Frank Tassone (Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Janney) who reign over a popular Long Island school district on the verge of the nation’s top spot, spurring record college admissions and soaring property values. But when an embezzlement scheme surfaces, Frank is forced to maintain order, by whatever means necessary.

FLACK – Season Two – Starts Monday, May 18 at 7.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX ONE

Starring Academy Award winner Anna Paquin as Robyn, a talented celebrity publicist whose personal life is spiraling out of control. Season Two sees Robyn discover she’s pregnant, before throwing herself in to managing her new super-client, a model. Meanwhile, Robyn’s sister, Ruth (Genevieve Angelson) is convinced Robyn’s sobriety is just a front. Guest stars Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Martha Plimpton, Daniel Dae Kim and Lydia Wilson.

 

BELGRAVIA – Starts Sunday, May 24 at 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on BBC FIRST

Starring Tamsin Greig, Philip Glenister and Harriet Walter and written by Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, this six-part series is a story of secrets and scandals amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th century. When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful eve of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come.

PERRY MASON – Starts Monday, June 22 at 11am & 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX SHOWCASE

Executive produced by Robert Downey Jr. and starring Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow, the eight-episode detective drama is set in 1932 Los Angeles and focuses on the origin story of famed defence lawyer, Perry Mason (Rhys).  Living as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage – but a kidnapping gone wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city, as he uncovers the truth.

 

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – Season Two – Starts Thursday, June 25 at 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX SHOWCASE

The ten-episode vampire mockumentary series follows vampire housemates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) and their familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillen), who have lived together for hundreds of years, as they return to give insights into their ‘nightly’ lives on Staten Island, NY. Season two sees Guillermo, discovering he is a descendant of famed vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing.

THE UNDOING – Coming Soon to FOX SHOWCASE and streaming on Foxtel NOW

Premiering in the second half of 2020, written by David. E. Kelley and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, this highly-anticipated six-part thriller focuses on Kidman’s Grace Fraser, a successful New York City therapist, her devoted husband, Jonathan (Grant) and her young son. A chasm opens in Grace’s seemingly perfect life: a violent death, a missing spouse and a chain of terrible revelations. Co-stars esteemed actors Donald Sutherland and Edgar Ramirez.

 

THE THIRD DAY – Coming Soon to FOX SHOWCASE and streaming on Foxtel NOW

Premiering in the second half of 2020 and starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, the six-episode series is divided in to two parts: “Summer” and “Winter”. In Summer, one man (Law) visits a mysterious island off the British coast and discovers a group of inhabitants intent on preserving their home at any cost. In the second half, Winter, a strong-willed outsider (Harris) comes to the island seeking answers – but instead causes a battle to decide its fate. Co-stars Emily Watson, Paddy Considine and Katherine Waterston.

All of the content listed is exclusive in Australia to Foxtel. It will be available to watch on Foxtel and to stream for Foxtel subscribers On Demand via internet connected IQ boxes, on smartphones and tablets using the Foxtel GO app and via Foxtel NOW.

Source: Foxtel


Mother's Day: even the kids can create, courtesy Pomelo in the kitchen

After an incredibly successful first month of tradingnPomelo Online launches another delectable and affordable meal box to their offering – this time encouraging families to enjoy Mother’s Day in a super special way while in “ISO”.

Available to order from Monday 27 April, the Mother’s Day Roast Dinner Box includes a succulent braised lamb shoulder with pomegranate molasses, homemade-style quinoa tabouleh, roast chat potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, a Pomelo cheeseboard, baked berry cheesecake and Patriarch Pinot Noir NY. The bountiful meal box has been created by the expert Pomelo chefs as a feast fit to feed 4 – 5 people at $179 and has been created due to popular demand by eager customers.

As a father of three, Kaz Derbas, Group Operations Manager and Owner says, “Mother’s Day is such a special calendar event and we wanted to create a feast that our customers families create for their Mum’s and/or carers especially in the time of COVID!”

Pomelo Online was launched at the height of the COVID-19 crisis by the team behind the popular, Bowery Lane in Sydney’s CBD and corporate catering and event companies Pomelo+Co and Catering Project. Shedding over 130 staff and with no market for their usual corporate clientele, a swift and effective business pivot was erected to remain relevant and stand a chance in the rapidly changing hospitality landscape.

In seven days, the team forecast the overall impact of COVID-19 and took action to transition the business from a corporate caterer into a family focused restaurant-quality meal delivery service, delivering to Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and the Central Coast.  Within one week, Pomelo Online had its own viable ecommerce site, in bound marketing and communication, a solid logistics plan and wholesome, delicious food ready to be delivered to customers doors throughout wider Sydney.

Derbas acknowledges that while they are still in the early stages of their business reinvention, their nimble and dedicated staff are to be commended for what they have achieved in just four weeks of trading under the Pomelo Online brand.

The ethos behind Pomelo Online is simple – to deliver wholesome restaurant quality meals to families at a great value. Five different meal boxes are available with five dishes that have been designed to feed a family of 4-5 people. The meal boxes start at $175 and equate to $7 per serve providing real value for money for local families who are looking to avoid huge supermarket shops or simply are looking for a choice and affordable dining options while at home.

The ‘5 Night Value Meal Box’ is the most popular at $175 and consumers can expect to see dishes such as luxe beef lasagne and Moroccan lamb tajine included.

The ‘5 Night Family Faves’ includes all the crowd pleasers (braised beef cheek and lamb moussaka to name a few).

Vegetable Korma and Vegetarian Risotto are just two of the five dishes incorporated into the ‘Vegetarian Meal Box’.

For gluten intolerant households the Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Thai Fish Curry are just two of the dishes included in the ‘Gluten Free Meal Box’.

And for those who are missing the true restaurant experience a ‘Fine Dining Meal Box’ works out to be $11 per serve (total of $275) and will include Confit duck leg and Roasted Salmon among three other premium meals.

A ‘7 Nights Couples Dinner Box’ for $175 has been added to the offering and ensures a different meal can be enjoyed each night. Options to individually order meals for two people are also available and start from $11 per serve.

A unique licence means that Pomelo Online can serve a variety of wines and beers individually or in bundles to pair with their meal packs. Pomelo Online is also delivering fresh produce including a meat pack sourced from local Australian farmers, seafood from Sydney Fish Markets and fruit and vegetables from local farms.

Pomelo Online is servicing Greater Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong. Each region in Greater Sydney has two delivery days a week, Wollongong is once a week on Tuesday and Central Coast/Newcastle is once a week on Thursdays. Delivery cost is a flat fee of $20 and cut off time for orders is 3pm.

Source: Pomelo Online


Create A Luxe StayWell (cocktail) Experience From Home

Whilst we all continue to stay at home, life’s simple luxuries such as dining-in at a nice restaurant, or enjoying drinks with friends at our favourite cocktail bar are seemingly out of reach. With that said, many of us are quickly adapting and looking for ways to re-create these luxe experiences at home.

Luxury five-star hotel Prince Akatoki London celebrates the art, ritual and elegance of Japanese hospitality. The hotel is also home to The Malt Lounge & Bar, offering a relaxed ambience where guests would usually gather to enjoy a wide selection of Japanese and international whiskies, as well as signature cocktails. Whilst we are unable to visit and experience this for ourselves right now, Head Barman, Simone Forconi, has shared recipes for some of their famed cocktails for those at home to create their very own luxe experience.

Providing a much needed distraction during this isolation period, the opulent cocktail recipes are easy to follow with options that include; Lemon Pie Martini, Gin O’Clock Sour, Black Forest Julep, and Japanese Iced-Tea

LEMON PIE MARTINI
Glass- Martini o coupette
Method- Shake and double strained
Ice- Neat
Garnish- Basil leaf and orange grated zest

Ingredients
50ml Vodka
25ml Lemon juice
20ml Simple syrup 1:1
1 spoon lemon curd
3 basil Leaves

Preparation-
Add all ingredients in a shaker, mix all together and then shake well with ice. Strain it into a chilled martini glass and garnished with a basil sprig.

GIN O’CLOCK SOUR
Glass- Rock/tumbler
Method- Muddle, shake and double strained
Ice- Cubed ice
Garnish- Cucumber slice

Ingredients
50ml Gin
15ml Lemon juice
1 big tsp of honey/agave syrup
2 muddled cuccumber slice
1 egg white
35ml aloe vera water

Preparation
First muddle the cucumbers slices and then add all ingredients in a shaker.
Dry shake well (without ice) and then shake wet (with ice). Pour strained all into a rock glass filled with ice and garnished with a cucumber slice.

BLACK FOREST JULEP
Glass- Rock/tumbler
Method- Muddle built and churn
Ice- flakes ice (crushed)
Garnish- mint spring and blackberry

Ingredients
50ml Bourbon
7.5ml Balsamic Vinegar
15ml Fresh lemon juice
2 Backberries muddled
10ml Simple syrup 1:1
35ml Cloudy apple juice
4 mint Leaves

Preparation
First gentle muddle in a shaker the mint Leaves and blackberries then add all the ingredients in it. Shake hard with ice and strain into a rock glass filled with cubed ice and garnished with a Blackberry and mint spring

JAPANESE ICED-TEA

Glass- Highball
Method- Shake and top up
Ice- Cubed
Garnish- none

Ingredients

50ml Single Malt Whisky
7.5ml Lemon juice
5ml maraschino cerries juice
Top up cold brew cherry blossom green tea

Preparation

Add the first 3 ingredients in a shaker filled of ice then pour in a highball glass filled with ice and top up with the cold cherry green tea.

To make sugar syrup:

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Preparation

1.Gather the ingredients.
2.Bring the water to a boil. Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water, stirring constantly.
3.Once the sugar is dissolved completely, reduce the heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes (the more sugar, the less simmering time).
4.Once the sugar is dissolved completely, reduce the heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes (the more sugar, the less simmering time).

Source: The Malt Lounge & bar


Bras N Things Mother's Day collection - She's my mum, she's my everything - featuring Chelsea Scanlan and her son Rueben

Mother’s Day might be a little different for us all this year, but there are still so many ways you can show the special women in your life just how much they mean to you.

Whatever Mother’s Day means to you, now is a great time to honour the strong women in your life with something heartfelt whether that person is your mum, your partner, best friend or even yourself.

Nothing beats a warm hug, but you can get close with Bras N Things’ new range of snuggly sleepwear sets, robes, and slippers featuring fleecy fabrics and luxe liquid satin. Whether she likes to be cosy or enjoys the lush feeling of satin – there is something for everyone.

The new range also features fun novelty print sleepwear from sleeping panda bears with the quote, ‘Inhale… eat. Exhale… sleep’, to a cute cream set with the phrase, ‘Head in the clouds’. Motifs to match any mood.

Chelsea Scanlan, along with her son Rueben, star in this campaign which is all about celebrating simple pleasures.

Bras N Things’ National Marketing Manager Natalie Chalmers said: “This campaign is all about embracing the little things that make us feel good and showing the special women in our life how much they mean to us. With many of us now physically separated from our extended family and friends we’ve all embraced virtual ways to connect, but there is still something deeply special about receiving a little gift in the mail or sending something to brighten your loved one’s day. Whether it’s fleecy and cosy, fun prints, lush satin or snuggly slippers – this range is all about making the important women in our lives, feel as special as we know they are.”

For a full list of stores or to shop online visit http://www.brasnthings.com/

Source: Bras N Things


Introducing Saké @ Home

Looking to luxe up your iso-life? Craving a super-fusion Saké fix from the comfort of your own home? Saké Restaurant & Bar Double Bay has sharpened its sushi knives, oiled the robata grill, and powered up the stove tops to reopen for curb-side pick-up via its new Saké @ Home service and website: shop.sakerestaurant.com.au.

Saké chefs heard customers’ iso-cries for Saké classics such as Hiramasa Kingfish, popcorn shrimp, miso-glazed Toothfish and karaage chicken; they’re all on the Saké @ Home menu.

Saké @ Home wouldn’t hit the mark without signature sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls, so they’re in plentiful supply too, crafted from the finest sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, kingfish, snapper, cuttlefish and scallop.

There are cold starters, including tuna and kingfish tostadas, oysters with ginger dressing, finger lime and tobiko, and new-style sashimi; and hot starters which span edamame, miso soup, steamed prawn dumplings and grilled eggplant with den miso.

Main dishes include chicken teriyaki with steamed choy sum and renkon chips; Wagyu fried rice with poached egg, shichimi and aonori; and Rangers Valley Wagyu skewers with sesame glaze and bok choy. Crispy Brussels sprouts with kimchi vinaigrette and house salad of radicchio, gem lettuce, wakame, endive and ginger soy vinaigrette are side-dish options.

Saké Double Bay’s Uber Eats delivery service has also recommenced, after a short hiatus.

The Saké @ Home pick-up menu can be paired with drinks, including an exceptional range of Japanese beers by Hitachino and Asahi, as well as local and other international craft brews that are available as six-packs. Seven wines are available by the bottle, as well three wine-pack options

  • #1 Jim Barry ‘Lodge Hill’ Riesling’, Samuel Smith & Son Opawa Rosé, Place of Changing Winds Heathcote Syrah No 2
  • #2 Bianca Vigna Prosecco, St Hugo Chardonnay, Airlie Bank Pinot Noir
  • #3 Moët & Chandon Vintage Champagne, William Fevre Petit Chablis, Yalumba ‘Paradox’ Shiraz

A selection of sake and umeshu are also available. Rockpool Dining Group Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash said Saké @ Home was a fabulous, premium addition to restaurant pick-up services in the Eastern suburbs. “Our new Saké @ Home pick-up service nicely complements our Uber Eats delivery option, which has just restarted after a short break,” Mr Pash said.

“We are thrilled to be bringing some of our Saké Double Bay team back to work, to be re-connecting with our suppliers, and offering local customers vibrant home-dining options to see them through the continued period of self-isolation and restrictions on full restaurant operations.”

Saké @ Home is available for pick-up Monday-Wednesday 4pm-8pm, Thursday-Saturday 12.30pm-8pm, and Sunday 12.30pm-7.30pm.

Saké Double Bay is located next to the Intercontinental Hotel at 33 Cross Street, Double Bay.

Source: Saké