Monday, October 15, 2018

Restaurant Review: Spaghetti Meatballs




Spaghetti Meatballs
47 O'Connell Street
North Adelaide


Hi guys! Today I'm bringing you another restaurant review, namely one-dish North Adelaide restaurant Spaghetti Meatballs. You may remember my piece on Spaghetti Crab, well thats finished up and in its place we have Spaghetti Meatballs, featuring a brand new dish to try, you guessed it, the iconic Italian classic, spaghetti and meatballs. Brought to us by Ruby Red Flamingo, but showcasing Vittorio's recipe instead of Carmela's this time!

I'm glad we were seated inside this time, because it provides a point of difference to our last visit. I can report our table for two against the wall was cosy and felt private even as the night wore on and the place got busier. We sat on stools but they were comfortable and not too high up (trust me, this can be a problem if you're short like me!). On the other side of the restaurant were booths that accommodated larger parties. In the middle is a strange bus-like bar situation that I'm still trying to work out!




We started off with a couple of Lemonatas which went down a treat. So refreshing and tangy! We got a bottle of table water, ordered our meals and before long were brought a basket of bread with a little pot of chilli. I knew this was potent from our last visit to Spaghetti Crab but lived on the edge and put way more chilli on my bread this time. A wise decision, because as it turns out I can handle more than I give myself credit for. This just prepped my tastebuds for what was to come!





Let's talk balls! When you order Spaghetti Meatballs for two it comes out on a large silver platter with a huge pile of spaghetti in the middle and eight gigantic meatballs, four on each side. Included is a set of tongs to lift the pasta from the platter to your plate. And lift I did! I honestly wish I could cook pasta this way, guys. It is cooked perfectly so that it's firm to the bite, or 'al dente' as they say in the business. I always overcook mine, which is why it's such a pleasure to eat spaghetti that's been cooked properly. The big balls of meat were juicy, tender and full of flavour, and pretty much the highlight of my night. I would definitely go back for the meatballs, time and time again. We also got a pot of extra sauce to dollop on our pasta, which was good because you can never have too much pasta sauce! And they don't forget the parmesan, as your waiter will sprinkle on as much as your cheese-lovin' heart desires. I ordered a glass of Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, a delicious red wine which was the perfect accompaniment to our Italian feast.









The service, once again, was super friendly and helpful. The food, along with the amazing service all contribute to a homely feel and a really nice, comfortable atmosphere that gives you the warm and fuzzies. If you love authentic Italian food, that's as hearty as it is delicious, I recommend you try Spaghetti Meatballs!


Spaghetti Meatballs are open Thursday-Sunday, from 5:30pm-late. You can reserve a table by calling 08 8361 8714.
Don't delay, because like Spaghetti Crab, they won't be around forever!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Top 5 Beauty Faves!




Hi guys! I haven't blogged about my Beauty Faves for a while so I thought I'd let you in on my top five products I've been loving over the past few months. I try not to repeat Faves, so hopefully I haven't written about these ones before. I would love to know your product raves too, so let me know in the comments!

Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Pen 030
I believe this is one of three products in a new range from Revlon. This one corrects dark spots and circles, there's one that corrects dullness (which I also bought to try out in the recent Priceline Big Brand sale) and the third one corrects redness. Interestingly, a lot of the shops I visited only stock the redness and dullness pens and not the dark spot pen, my fave! I apply this product after my eye cream as a first makeup step; the formula is creamy and light and the product blends in perfectly, not caking or emphasizing fine lines. I find it really helps correct my dark under eye circles and would recommend it if you have the same problem. Look out for the half price sales at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse, as there's no need to pay $24 for this!

Maybelline BROWprecise Micro Pencil
I keep on adding steps to my brow routine (I honestly think they are what I spend the longest on!) but this is one product thats really come in handy. I always use the sales to pick up new products to try, and I'm glad I got this super fine pencil. If you're after definition or a little help on the outer edges, this baby is reliable and effective. I only really use it to lightly define along the bottom line of my brows, because I find if I use it along the top as well everything starts looking too unnatural. I'm impressed the pencil hasn't broken off at any point either, because it's really tiny, so I was worried it would happen!

John Plunkett Collagen Eye Lift Firming Eye Cream*
When my BeautyHeaven Beautorium haul arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of freebies included with my order, and this was one of them. This eye cream is so good! I started using it and saw immediate firming and lifting results and legit use it every morning now! I love how much this cream improves my under eye area, and if I had to pick one product out of my five faves to insist you try, it would be this one. I will definitely be buying this once my current tube runs out.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming Makeup
This foundation contains broad spectrum SPF 18, caffeine and goji berries. So my all-time favourite foundation was Revlon Colorstay, but this has now taken its place. There are a few different things I love about it, along with the fact that Maybelline just flat out make fantastic foundations, in my opinion. Firstly, the shade 120 Creamy Ivory is probably the best match for my skin I've ever come across. It suits me perfectly and as a result, it just looks so natural. Also, the formula is the perfect consistency, it blends like a dream, stays put all day and provides such a flattering finish, especially if your skin is showing signs of ageing. I love this base!

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme*
The first time I used these I was iffy on them. Cut to recently when I kindly received them in a curated beauty box from Priceline Pharmacy, and now I love them! I'm so glad I gave them another chance. These are exfoliating pads that contain glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids, which basically work to weaken the bonds holding dead skin cells together, unclog congested skin, exfoliate and refine the skins texture. I use these around four nights a week before bed, and my skin has really cleared up and is looking more radiant. I'm getting addicted to their fragrance too! I have a little mini pack of these that I can't wait to take away with me over Christmas!

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Monday, October 1, 2018

GIVEAWAY: WIN a $100 Good Food Gift Card!




Hi guys! I'm so excited to let you know I'm running a fantastic Giveaway to WIN a $100 Good Food Restaurant Gift Card! You can use this gift card on food and beverages at hundreds of restaurants across Australia! Who doesn't love eating out, and it's even better when it's free, right? This is being run on my foodie Instagram page @imhungrymax to thank you, my wonderful followers, for all your support. I appreciate every single one of you and really enjoy connecting with the amazing Aussie foodie community. If you're not already following me on Instagram, please hop over, follow and join in the fun!

If you'd like to see all the participating restaurants you can feast at using the Good Food Gift Card, you can do that on their website here. Restaurants include Lenzerheide (SA), Public (QLD), Icebergs Dining Room & Bar (NSW) and hundreds more, across every Aussie state (don't worry, I checked. I don't want anyone to be left out!).


PRIZE
~ 1 x $100 Good Food Restaurant Gift Card



Entering is super easy! Head on over to my foodie Instagram account @imhungrymax and enter now!

The Winner will be picked randomly and notified via Instagram DM and on the Instagram Giveaway post. This Giveaway is open to Australian residents only. This Giveaway will run until 11:59pm Adelaide time on 8 October 2018. GOOD LUCK!

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Mani Monday: Nail Polish Loves!




Hi guys! I wanted to tell you about a couple of nail polishes I've been loving lately. Namely, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in Expresso* and Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Steely Serene.*

I've been switching between these two shades over the last few weeks, and it's been kind of interesting. I started off applying the brownish-nude Expresso because I was short on time and needed something that would dry fast. I love this shade! It's super-flattering and the wide, flat brush means application is speedy and easy.


Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Expresso (the rest of my nails are a different shade!)

For my next mani I tested Sally Hansen's Steely Serene from the Color Therapy Argan Oil formula range. Now this is not normally my type of shade at all, but it looks a lot prettier on the nails than in the bottle! Again, the reason I chose this hue was because I was rushed and needed to paint my nails quickly. Therefore reds and bold shades were not an option, as mistakes would stand out and I wouldn't have time to fix them.


Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Steely Serene

Over the weekend I knew only my thumbnails would be featuring in an Instagram photo; the grey shade was wearing off and I was in a rush again, so I just painted my thumbs with Expresso, over the top! Ever done that? One coat covered the Steely Serene shade perfectly and I was good to go! (see the KIN movie pass photo above - the nails behind the pass were a different colour).


#beautybloggersecrets ;P


Then for my son's Birthday Party on the weekend, I thought, let's fix this two-toned madness and painted over the rest of my nails with Expresso again! So now I was back where I started! LOL. Except I'm currently rocking layers of different shades. You'd never know though!



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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Restaurant Review: Spaghetti Crab!




Spaghetti Crab
47 O'Connell St
North Adelaide
08 8361 8714

Hi guys! Recently, my family and I dined at Spaghetti Crab, a unique one-dish restaurant located on O'Connell Street, North Adelaide. Today I'll be sharing my thoughts on the service, food and ambience, so sit back and get ready for my Spaghetti Crab experience!

The Story of Spaghetti Crab....



Service
I feel compelled to start off with the service, because it was simply outstanding. Our 5:30pm reservation was for two adults, but our babysitting fell through at the last minute, meaning we had to take our ten year old son. I felt terrible! But the staff went out of their way to accommodate us, pushing two outside tables together and turning on the heaters. All staff were super friendly, some explaining the dish, others asking if the heater was too hot and even fixing up our table so it didn't wobble! This was honestly the best customer service I've experienced in a long while, leaving me very impressed and with a big smile on my face.




Ambience
Spaghetti Crab, brought to us by Ruby Red Flamingo, is located along busy O'Connell Street in North Adelaide, an area I have very fond memories of. A few years ago I used to regularly watch movies at the Wallis Piccadilly cinema just up the road, and loved walking up O'Connell Street and checking out all the exciting eateries. So I experienced a cosy surge of nostalgia as I sat outside with my family, taking in the night-time atmosphere. I usually don't like sitting outside at restaurants, but I think this experience has turned me! The inside seating area is much larger than I anticipated, and the decor was fun and on trend.

Drinks
We were provided with a bottle of water for the table (always welcome, and something I never turn down) and looked over the menu, which essentially was a drinks menu as there only was one dish! I ordered a glass of Prosecco (Italian white wine) and my husband opted for a Lemonata. Now of course I tried both, and I must say even though the Prosecco was yummy, I loved hubby's sparkling lemon juice drink more, probably because it was super refreshing and tangy. Mr 10 had only table water during our visit, but don't feel bad; we fed him dinner beforehand and took him down the road for dessert straight after, so he was all good! 

Hot Tip: letting your kid play Clash Of Clans on your husband's mobile when eating out is a damn good way to keep them busy. Not on your phone, that's for photographing the food!



Food
We were pleasantly surprised to be served a complimentary basket of bread, which came with a hardcore potent little bowl of chilli. Every time my Dad goes to a restaurant, he complains they don't give him any bread, and from what I've experienced, it's rare these days, so I love it when places include bread. It's the little things! Hubby was piling the chilli on, but I played it safe and applied the tiniest of amounts (thank God!). It was yummy, but it sure packed a punch!





The crab crackers and plastic bibs on the table are a good indication that diners at Spaghetti Crab are in for quite the experience! Personally, I loved the idea of cracking the crab open myself, because I'm always eager to learn new things, and I just think it adds to the whole adventure. We ordered Spaghetti Crab for two, which comes out as a generous serving on a large share platter. The waitress advised we start eating the spaghetti first, as the crab would continue to cook. The spaghetti was expertly cooked al dente, which I'm sure hubby appreciated, because he's used to my overcooked pasta. Even though I should have 'embraced the mess' I was determined not to get this dish all over my face, and I was successful! Hubby, not so much (but that's what the bib and the refresher towel are for!). I had fun cracking open the blue swimmer crab and extracting the meat, which was tender and delicious. The flavour was mild and perfect to try for someone who's not super keen on seafood. We definitely made use of the pot of extra spaghetti sauce, heaping it on our food and savouring the flavours. After we finished, we spotted the long wooden skewer undoubtedly provided to assist in removing the crab meat from the shell. Haha, oh well!

We thoroughly enjoyed our Spaghetti Crab experience and would highly recommend giving them a visit!







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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: What I've Been Loving!




Hi guys! Here's everything I've been loving lately, in photos!

The Glow Box* from the recent Priceline GWP offer!

Binge-watching Love Island UK on Nine Now.  A bit addicted!

San Churro's free coffee every Wednesday in August offer! Winning!


Collaborating with Holey Moley Adelaide and giving away prizes to Giveaway Winners!

These two lazy furballs

Eating at this one dish restaurant* ~ Blog post coming soon!

Stacking these bracelets!


This waffle stack dessert from Chocolatree

Trying foods for the first time, like this Pho from Roll'd


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Saturday, August 18, 2018

GIVEAWAY: WIN Holey Moley Golf Club Vouchers!




Hi guys! Just a quick blog post to let you know I'm having a GIVEAWAY over on my foodie Instagram! This is for Adelaide residents only, so if you're in my neck of the woods, you're in luck! Sorry to everyone else, but this is for a specific location in the city. Hopefully I can run a more inclusive promotion next time.

I've teamed up with Holey Moley Golf Club to GIVE AWAY a bunch of Free 9 Holes games and ‘pay once putt twice’ mini golf games! Holey Moley is located on Pulteney Street in Adelaide, and it’s such a fun place to hang out, have a few drinks and play some games. While you’re there you can try their delicious cocktails, like the zesty and potent Hook Lime & Drinker (pictured above) or the yummy Sugar Caddy (pictured below), which comes with a candy kebab!

PRIZES
~ 4 x Free 9 Holes Games vouchers (2 Winners will win 2 x 9 Holes Games each)
~ 8 x Pay Once Putt Twice vouchers (4 Winners will win 2 of these vouchers each)




There will be SIX WINNERS in this Giveaway and entering is super easy! Head on over to my foodie Instagram account @imhungrymax and enter now!

The Winners will be picked randomly and notified via Instagram DM and on the Instagram Giveaway post. This Giveaway is open to Adelaide residents only and the vouchers are only valid at the Adelaide location. Vouchers are valid until 30 November 2018. This Giveaway will run until 11:59pm Adelaide time on 24 August 2018. GOOD LUCK!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Holy Cannoli, Adelaide!




Hi guys! Recently I had the opportunity to sample some delicious cannoli* from Holy Cannoli, a local Adelaide business, and today I'm here to tell you all about it! I love supporting local companies, and Holy Cannoli is a brand new venture owned and run by Emmalee, a Lawyer, and Nick, a Chef, who have a passion for all things Italian and delicious. Emmalee has Italian heritage so these recipes have been lovingly passed down through her family for generations. Emmalee and Nick make the desserts together and have recently had to buy a new fridge to keep up with the demand! Look out for the official launch of Holy Cannoli, coming at the end of August.

Holy Cannoli's vision is to take the old Nonna classics and bring them into 2018. (Just don't tell Nonna!).




I shared a box of Cannoli with my husband, and I can say we both thoroughly enjoyed these Italian treats! It's not hard to work out why these are their best sellers! The cannoli are filled with whipped ricotta, with the light, flaky pastry coated in sugar and the ends rolled in chopped pistachios and a Tim Tam Crumb. The combination of flavours works so well together. It provides just the right amount of sweetness and you're left with a mouthful of light, fluffy deliciousness! I'd highly recommend giving these cannoli's a go, they're so yummy!

Holy Cannoli also make two other dessert lines; creamy White Chocolate and Vanilla Galliano Pannacotta and their version of the classic Tiramisu which features a tempered chocolate dome. I didn't try those two, but they sound absolutely amazing and the prices are really affordable too. Cannoli are just $2.50, with Tiramisu at $4.00 and Pannacotta at $5.00.




Do yourself a favour and check out the goodness on their Facebook page or Instagram, and if you'd like to place an order, it's just a matter of sending an Instagram DM. I've met Emmalee and she is super friendly, so these guys will look after you and your tastebuds!








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Monday, July 30, 2018

Mecca Beauty Loop Box: Level 1




Hi guys! It's Mecca Beauty Loop box time again, and after thinking I'd endured a fairly long, boring period of joyless unqualification, I was astounded to discover I'd actually received the previous box (and blogged about it), I just had zero memory of it! I have bought a few things from Mecca Maxima recently, and I think my impulsive Urban Decay Born To Run palette purchase must have kept me in the realm of qualification. I performed this sneaky purchase in the school holidays, whilst with my 10 year old son and let's just say, after the initial excitement of swatching every motherloving eyeshadow shade in Mecca onto his body had worn off, he was not a very fun shopping companion. Nor did he provide me with any decent or useful advice re proposed makeup purchases. Honestly I thought he could have tried harder. Hahaahaaaa. So I was forced to rely on my life mantra: 'when in doubt, buy the makeup'. Anyhoo, here's what's in my Beauty Election Edit Level 1 Loop Box!



Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
Honestly, I just don't have it in me to get excited about a tiny 1ml sachet of argan oil. I feel like they include Josie Maran argan oil in nearly every BL box? I know I've received this product before in Beauty Loop boxes, albeit in slightly bigger sizes. I will probably use this on the ends of my hair or perhaps to moisturise my cuticles.

REN Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Priming Serum
Funny story. I opened my BL box in a city food court to check out the contents, lifted this sample out and the glass vial fell to the floor and smashed! So I did what any sensible person would do and rubbed the remaining product into my arm (along with miniature shards of glass probably) to test what I could. It actually felt really nice, but who knows how this actually performs as a priming serum because mine is GONE FOREVER!

Too Faced Hangover 3-In-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray
This is a multitasking mist designed to both prime the skin and set your makeup, and I'm keen to see how I go with it. It contains coconut water so it smells tropical and amazing. This is the one I should have inspected as it's in a plastic tube, not a smashy glass one!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Let's Go Crazy
The pamphlet tells us this is a cult favourite. So if I ever join the Church of Scientology, I will fit right in with all my fellow NARS Let's Go Crazy wearing cult friends. LOL. But seriously, this is hands down the most exciting box inclusion for me. It's a decent sized sample (1.8g) and the colour is bold, fun and pretty. I don't own much NARS makeup either, so it's a double win for me! Fun Fact: when you put the lid back on this pencil, it 'farts' its way off again when the air gets trapped! Hehe.



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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Mani: Rimmel Port-A-Loo Blue + #Truthbombs Galore




Hi guys! Today I'll be dropping #truthbombs left, right and centre. You will know each one is a truth bomb by the handy #truthbomb hashtag immediately following each nugget of truth. Firstly, I am experiencing exactly zero motivation to blog lately (#truthbomb). You may have noticed posts have been a tad on the light side, and that's why. I don't know where my desire has gone or when it will return. I'm definitely not throwing in the towel though! We've also just started two weeks of school holidays here in SA, so there will be less time to blog, even if the desire strikes.

I picked this Mani post to write because it's the quickest thing I can blog about and I was starting to feel guilty about not blogging enough and honestly just wanted to 'get a post up' (#truthbomb). I picked this particular shade of polish because I knew I already had a few photos I'd taken recently of when I'd painted my nails with it but couldn't be stuffed blogging it. (#truthbomb). So basically I found some photos I could use of this shade from a few weeks ago, then painted my nails with it afterwards to match (#truthbomb). I did take a few new photos of my mani though, to add to the post.





Now hold on to your knickers, because I'm about to blow your mind with the biggest #truthbomb of all! Not everything is perfect when it comes to beauty blogging. Insane, right? Everything looks perfect on Instagram with the perfect angle, the clear-cut focus, the gorgeous colour, the perfect highlight, the perfect everything. Well those photos have usually been edited to within an inch of their four-squared lives. Case in point: I totally stuffed up and smudged one of my nails during this mani (#truthbomb). And normally I wouldn't show the stuff-up, but you know what? Fuck it. Let's keep it real, this shit happens. You just normally don't see it. I now wish I'd gone 100% rogue and not even edited these photos so you could see what they look like in real life, but I'm a creature of habit and I'd already edited them before I decided how truthbomby I'd get. Besides, I need something perfect to post on Instagram, right?

Products Used:
Sally Hansen Diamond Shine (two coats, 1 base + 1 top)
Rimmel Port-A-Loo Blue from the Rita Ora collection (1 coat)




Stuffed up my pinky nail!
My attempt to fix it


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