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Sydney’s Welcome Merchant, a platform promoting refugee-powered businesses, has launched a batch of goodie bags filled with treats from five of the enterprises it works with. The Spoil Me Good Bag ($115) includes a candle, hand and body wash, and a soap bar; a sustainably made mask; maamouls (biscuits); a lavender bag; and a bottle of wine. The Treat Me Good Bag ($75) includes the candle, hand and body wash and soap, as well as the mask and lavender bag. Both come packed into a free Welcome Merchant tote, and with a handmade thank-you card. Profits from every bag go towards skill-building workshops and subsidising Welcome Merchant’s online directory. welcomemerchant.com
Lebanese-wine importer Vins du Liban Wines of Lebanon is hosting two virtual wine dinners to help keep you going through the last legs of the lockdown. The first, on October 8, is in cahoots with Randwick’s Clove Lane. It’s $195 per couple, and includes a three-course meal (including jamon croquettes, barbeque octopus and duck breast) and three full bottles of wine. The second, on October 9, is with Kepos Street Kitchen – you’ll also get a three-course meal and three full bottles of wine for $185. That menu includes a range of mezze, chermoula chicken and sides, and milk-chocolate halva pudding for dessert. Lebanese winemakers will beam in from their vineyards to chat guests through the 7000-year-old winemaking region and local grape varietals. keposstreetkitchen.com.au; clovelane.com.au
Sydney pastry chef Anna Polyviou has teamed up with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore’s first gin distillery, Tanglin Gin, to create a limited-edition honey and coffee gin liqueur ($59). The Honey Bean Coffee Gin Liqueur intends to inspire Australians to keep Singapore front of mind when international travel returns. It uses coffee from both Australian and Singaporean roasters as well as Singapore honey and Australian macadamias. Polyviou was involved in every step of the process – from product to packaging – resulting in a liqueur with the punch of a rich cold brew with a sweet syrupy finish. And there’s only 250 bottles available. danmurphys.com.au
Oat-milk drinkers all have their favourite fail-safe brands. Now there’s a new entrant vying for our attention: Milklab, whose almond and soy milks you’ll have seen in cafes across town. Two years in the making, it’s been road-tested by baristas and is made with Australian oats and has no added sugar. Find out which cafes are using the new milk here.
Lamington disruptor Tokyo Lamington loves a collaboration. Its latest is with roasters Stitch Coffee, on Broadway. The two have worked together to make two lamington flavours: cinnamon coffee and mandarin coffee, using soon-to-be-launched coffee flavours by Stitch. The lamingtons are available in a bundle ($20), which include one of each lamington and two coffee drip bags. Get them at Tokyo Lamington’s Newtown store this Friday to Sunday, and Stitch’s Broadway cafe from Friday to Saturday. stitch.coffee; tokyolamington.com