Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hurley Cellar Opening with Hentley Farm Wines at Marion Hotel!

Hurley Cellar, Marion Hotel
849 Marion Road
Mitchell Park SA

Hi guys! I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the newly renovated Hurley Cellar at Marion Hotel last week. The premises looks absolutely beautiful, very stylish and spacious. In great news (for me at least, haha) the Marion Hotel is located a short drive from my house. Hubby and Mr 11 had a lovely dinner in the Bistro whilst I attended this event and we met up afterwards. It really was the perfect night! Keep reading to find out what went down!

We were treated to a glass of bubbly on arrival. All the wines on the night were provided by Hentley Farm, so we got to sample a selection of local Hentley Farm wines, made in the Barossa Valley. The bubbly was Blanc de Noir, a Sparkling White that is bottled and labelled by hand in the vineyard. Interestingly, this is a white that's made from red grapes! It's a clean drop with red apple and roasted almond flavours, and it's absolutely delicious. I am biased towards champagne though, it's my go-to! It has a crunchy, dry style with a fine bubble. It's like I'm describing myself!

We were seated and poured a glass of Eden Valley Riesling. I'm going to be honest and say I missed the talk on this wine because I was too busy making and posting Insta Stories, haha. You could say that this is unprofessional, but I'd argue that it's actually very professional and the done thing at these events. Hehe. I liked the Riesling. On the table (set beautifully I might add!) were plates of crusty bread, olive oil, dukkah and balsamic, which was so good! I only wish I'd had more than one piece.

Then we were taken on a tour of the new Hurley Cellar, which was a glorious sight to behold; wines as far as the eye could see, stored on premium wine racks. So. Much. Wine. We were also shown the rest of the showroom, which was one of the classiest I've ever set foot in (and there have been a few!). It's well set out, roomy and the sections are clearly labelled. With a temperature-controlled walk-in coolroom and interesting use of recycled materials throughout, it has a stylish industrial chic feel. I really appreciated the spirits section and the gin section in particular, which boasts 23 local gins in stock. Gin is so hot right now! There's an olive pesto display too, which my husband would have loved (he's not dead, he's just in the Bistro at this point, haha).

Next we enjoyed sampling a flight of red wines. As a red wine lover, this was a fantastic opportunity to taste the flavours of a variety of Hentley Farm reds. And can I just say, four delicious red wines lined up, on repeat, around a beautifully set table is immensely aesthetically pleasing, and as such I had to take approximately 5000 photos, haha. James Halliday, arguably Australia's top wine writer and critic, has rated Hentley Farm the number one winery in Australia. So we were in for a treat! The wines to sample were the Estate Shiraz, Villian & Vixen Shiraz, Tempranillo and The Stray Mongrel GSZ.

The Estate Shiraz has a dark and vibrant colour and is basket pressed on skins for 50 days. I really enjoyed this one.

Villian & Vixen Shiraz was full-bodied in flavour and so delicious! It's very popular and features on a lot of wine lists around Australia. This was my favourite!

Tempranillo was quite different from the rest. I didn't take any notes on this one, but apparently it's an easy drinking wine (aren't they all? haha) and can easily be matched with a wide range of foods.

The Stray Mongrel GSZ is a blend of 59% Grenache, 37% Shiraz and 4% Zinfandel. It's been on skins for 80 days, so it's lovely and soft.

The Entree was a trio of goodness! On the plate was seared kingfish with wakame and wasabi mayo; smoked chicken and mayo on crostini; and haloumi, tomato and basil on a crisp wonton. I enjoyed all three of these little appetisers. The kingfish was melt-in-the-mouth delicious and the accompanying wasabi had just the right amount of heat. The smoked chicken had a tasty smoked (obviously, lol) flavour and the mayo gave it a beautiful creaminess that paired perfectly with the crunch of the crostini. I was excited to see the third morsel, as I've only recently discovered haloumi (I know, sue me). This one was simple, fresh, clean, tasty and basically the perfect little entree!

The Main Course was paired with The Beauty Shiraz. The Beauty Block is at the lowest point of the Hentley Farm vineyard on the banks of Greenock Creek. It's a cooler micro-climate, so the resulting wine is elegant and refined. The main event comprised smoked beef rib steak, braised brisket, roasted potatoes, heirloom carrots, broccolini and jus. This dish was absolutely delicious. The rib eye was slow smoked in a smoker then finished in the oven to medium rare. The meat was so tender and tasty, with the brisket melting in my mouth. I absolutely loved the main course, and appreciated the generous serving size!

You can visit the Hurley Cellar at the Marion Hotel (849 Marion Rd, Mitchell Park) or contact them by calling +618 8276 8888. Visit Hentley Farm on the corner of Gerald Roberts Road and Jenke Roads, Seppeltsfield or call them on +618 8562 8427.

Many thanks to Marion Hotel, Hentley Farm and Girl About Town for a wonderful evening!

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Priceline Skincare Bag Gift With Purchase!

Hi guys! Lately it seems like Priceline are always running some offer or another, so today I'm featuring their current Skincare Bag deal. If you spend $69 or more in-store or online on skincare or suncare across participating brands, you get a FREE Skincare Gift Bag valued at over $200! This offer started on April 26th and runs until May 9, or until stocks run out. I only picked this up on April 2, and there were a fair few bags left in the Myer Centre, Adelaide store, but this will of course vary depending on your state and the store you visit. If you're interested in this Bag, I'd say head in-store toot sweet, before they run out.

The participating brands, in case you want to plan your haul, are: Kotia, Olay, MooGoo, Dr LeWinns, 7th Heaven, Garnier, Skin Physics, Neutrogena, The Base Collective, La Roche-Posay, Palmers, Sukin, Simple and Clear Skincare.

Pictured above is everything I bought to qualify for this offer. Usually the brands you get to select from are also on special, which makes it even harder to reach $69, haha. I got a bottle of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water because I'd nearly run out, then saw the Garnier Purifying Botanical Toner with Green Tea, which sounded calming, so I decided to try it. I needed more scrub so picked up the Garnier Pure Active Daily Pore Scrub Wash. I use wipes like nobody's business, and thus couldn't go past the Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes double pack, and also picked up the Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Cleansing Wipes to try. I needed a new moisturiser since I've nearly finished my Shiseido one, so I decided to try the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Advanced Anti-Ageing Moisturiser. Then to reach the qualifying spend amount I needed a few dollars, so I got two Garnier Hydra Bomb Eye Tissue Masks, which were under $3 each.

OK, now let's look at everything you get in the Skincare Bag!

~ MooGoo Full Cream Moisturiser (120g)
~ Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Baby Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50 (88ml)
~ Simple Anti-Blemish Moisturiser (75ml)
~ Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser (125ml)
~ Olay Regenerist Whip Active Moisturiser (10g)
~ Neutrogena Youthful Boost Sleeping Mask (10ml)
~ La Roche-Posay Toleriane Mascara (4.5ml)
~ Garnier Skin Active Matcha + Kaolin Mask (8ml)
~ Dr LeWinn's Ultra R4 Restorative Day Cream (3g)
~ The Base Collective Magnesium Bath Salts (200g)
~ Palmer's Coconut Water Hydrating Sheet Mask (20ml)
~ 7th Heaven Charcoal + Black Sugar Peel Off Mask (10ml)
~ Kotia Hydrating Day Cream (5ml)
~ Kotia Brightening Eye Cream (3ml)
~ Skin Physics Dragon's Blood Soothing Gel Mask (17g) (unfortunately expired 23/07/18)
~ Voucher for $15 discount off a purchase from the Kotia range
~ Voucher for a Clear Skincare Express Microdermabrasion (valued at $59)

I think this is a great bag, especially if you are going to buy skincare anyway. I usually use the opportunity to stock up on my regular items, then add on a few newbies I'm keen to try to reach the qualifying spend. I'm a bit disappointed the Skin Physics Gel Mask expired last year and I'm not sure what to do about it! Do I take my receipt and try to swap it for a good one? I guess I should, right? Great news regarding the Clean Skincare Microdermabrasion too; they do have two locations in Adelaide! I was expecting their Clinics to be Melbourne and Sydney only, but was pleasantly surprised when I checked.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Max My Movies: 30 Netflix Movies in 30 Days Challenge!

Hi guys! As you may have noticed, there have been less blog posts lately. I'm finding that my focus is shifting towards posting on Instagram, and with two accounts to run (@imhungrymax and @shinyglitterbug), that takes up a lot of time! But don't worry, I haven't given up on the blog, and will be trying a bit harder to blog more frequently.

Recently I had the crazy idea to do another one of my movie challenges. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can check out my previous Max My Movies: March Movie Challenge. It's actually hilarious because I barely get time for Netflix anymore, but when I do I always seem to be catching up on my episodic shows, such as Dynasty, Riverdale and Star Trek: Discovery. I've also watched Titans, Russian Doll and You, all of which I loved. I've had slightly more time lately thanks to a cold that had me collapsed on the couch for the best part of a week. Click here to read about all the shows I've watched on Netflix lately! It saddens me, though, that I never seem to indulge my first love, movies. Which is where this challenge comes in.

This May, I'll be maxxing my movies in an attempt to watch 30 Netflix Movies In 30 Days. Yes, you're right, May does have 31 days, but 30 has a nicer ring to it and I didn't want to go too crazy haha. I've been gradually adding titles to my watch list, and you can read below what I'm planning to see.

The rules of this challenge are fairly simple:
1. All the movies must currently be on Australian Netflix
2. I must not have seen the movies before
3. The goal is to watch 30 movies in the month of May, or as close to this as possible!

There are going to be some days where it's impossible to get a film watched, so this doesn't need to be a one-a-day deal. In fact, I predict I'll be 'catching up' on the weekends when I have more time.

Here's my (not-set-in-stone) Watch List:

1.   Unicorn Store
2.   Get Out
3.   Isn't It Romantic
4.   Tag
5.   Bachelorette
6.   Dumplin'
7.   The Big Short
8.   Birdbox
9.   The Disaster Artist
10.  Captain Fantastic
11.  Dark Shadows
12.  Colossal
13.  Goosebumps
14.  The Revenant
15.  Vacation
16.  Black Mass
17.  Sandy Wexler
18.  Velvet Buzzsaw
19.  Game Night
20.  Midnight In Paris
21.  The Walk
22.  Alex Strangelove
23.  Lovelace
24.  Nymphomaniac Vol 1
25.  To The Bone
26.  In The Cut
27.  The Sweetest Thing
28.  Bad Moms
29.  Get Hard
30.  Equals

I'm so excited for this! Look out for a blog post in June detailing how I went with this challenge and what I thought of the movies I saw!

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