From truffle-centric dinners to vineyard day spas to weekend handbags, here are five things on our radar at the moment in the T Australia office.
Dinners built entirely around new season truffles
With truffle season looming, the Bentley Group have curated a series of dedicated truffle dinners at each of their venues: Bentley, Yellow, Cirrus and Monopole. Highlights include Bentley Restaurant + Bar’s potato damper with truffle cream and urchin (pictured); Yellow’s roasted oyster mushroom with borlotti bean and truffled broth; Cirrus’s scallop and truffle dumpling with sweet onion milk; and Monopole’s french onion and truffle vol-au-vent. Reservations can be made directly through each restaurant.
A new day spa with a side of pinot
Adelaide Hills vineyard, Longview has recently opened a luxury day spa – a first for a South Australian cellar door. The team has crafted an exceptional offering, true to the existing Longview ethos of flipping traditional concepts on their head to create the ultimate experience. The purpose-built day spa offers a range of treatments designed for guests to indulge in, including hot stone massage, organic facials and pregnancy packages.
Most products used in the day spa are made locally in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills including Swiss Wellness organic skincare range manufactured in Flaxley, Kindred self- essential oils crafted in Port Adelaide and the signature Longview scented Etikette candles made in Bridgewater. Following a treatment, guests can replenish on the day spa balcony (overlooking the Pinot Noir vineyard) with a choice of two grazing platters and a selection of Longview wines. Learn more at longviewvineyard.com.au
A new weekend clutch from Max Mara
Weekend Max Mara’s Pasticcino Bag, Modello Venezia was launched in Venice last week. This edition is crafted with sumptuous Fortuny textiles and colourful glass beads made in Murano – an homage to history, artisanship, and uniqueness of Venice. Its proportions are purposefully exaggerated and playfully attenuated, while its shape is vaguely vintage-inspired. The bag is completely unstructured save for its large metal spheres that clip together like giant gumballs.
Launched in 1983 as a casual outdoors weekend collection, Weekend Max Mara has evolved into an authentic Italian lifestyle brand with a unique identity and relevant personality. The Pasticcino Bag is no different – an instant mood-booster perfect for easy weekends, off duty moments, spirited parties or a spontaneous evening. Learn more at maxmara.com
Following Danielle Alvarez wherever she goes
This August, renowned chef Danielle Alvarez will take residence at Kittawa Lodge for her first culinary collaboration since departing as head chef at Fred’s Paddington. With six three-night packages for two people, Kittawa Lodge and Alvarez have curated the ultimate food and luxury experience, with Alvarez personally cooking for guests in their lodge.
A secluded, ocean front 96-acre property on King Island, the award-winning Kittawa Lodge offers refined boutique accommodation, with panoramic views of the untouched rugged coastal landscape. Alvarez will cook private dinners for guests in their lodge as well as a dinner offsite in an exclusive and unique location. A selection of Tasmanian wines, beers and spirits are included throughout guests’ stay and matching Tasmanian wines will be served with each dinner.
Alvarez’s cooking focuses on using small scale organic producers for seasonal cooking, which aligns well with Kittawa Lodge’s ethos of storytelling through championing local produce. With just six packages available, experience intimate private dinners by Danielle Alverez while encountering the beautiful and spectacularly remote Kittawa Lodge. Learn more at kittawalodge.com
A limited edition collab tote bag perfect for airport lounges
The limited edition STATE OF ESCAPE X Nigel Scott collaboration reflects the synchronicity between Scott’s artwork and the painterly colour repertoire of State of Escape. A renowned artist and photographer, Scott’s paintings reflect his reverence for the ocean and fascination with deep blue.
The STATE OF ESCAPE X Nigel Scott collection will be available online and at the Ron Herman Sendagaya store in Japan from 11 June 2022. It consists of three distinct expressions from Scott: Blue Dark Blue (pictured), Blue Electric Blue and Blue Mid Blue, available in both the large Escape tote ($459) and medium Flying Solo tote ($419). Learn more at stateofescape.com