$38 Eat-All-You-Can Japanese Food At Nijumaru (Glenelg)

$38 Eat-All-You-Can Japanese Food At Nijumaru (Glenelg)

We have all been there: the constant stacking, the incessant counting, and the insurmountable tracking of the blue coloured sushi plates we’ve consumed in the last couple of hours versus the green, yellow, and orange ones. We all wish we can eat so much more, and yet we avoid the most premium ones in order to get the bang for the buck. But what if we tell you, you can dive straight into Jap oishi heaven with all-you-can-eat sashimis, salmon sushis, takoyakis, tempura prawns, karaage, and so much more for only AU$38, won’t you exclaim a big fat AAMEEENN?

This afternoon, we visited Nijumaru Japanese Restaurant at 20 Jetty Rd, Glenelg, and we probably found our new sushi go-to.

If you’re looking for value for money with good quality Japanese food, you should head down to Nijumaru Japanese Restaurant. Practical, excellent service, and value for money. What else are you looking for? Arigato me later.

Despite the potential risks involved in opening a new business during a pandemic, this new Japanese restaurant braved all odds and found a unique proposition to offer to conservative Adelaide: eat all you can sushi Japanese food for 90 minutes. It’s a concept that’s no longer novel, but is still trendy. And we’re loving it!

From their menu, I have several personal picks: Nasu Den Gaku (deep fried eggplant with sweet miso), the plate of Takoyaki, and for dessert, the Black Sesame Panna Cotta.

The owner, Sen, mentioned to us that the word “Nijumaru” in Japanese essentially means “excellent work.” After dining, I gave them my nijumaru too. I don’t think I’ll mind to pay that price again and again.

Event: How Pinoys Can Start A Business In The Midst Of A Pandemic

Event: How Pinoys Can Start A Business In The Midst Of A Pandemic

My friends and I recently started a nonprofit organisation, Spark Community, that aims to empower and inspire future entrepreneurs here in South Australia through forums, workshops, and events.

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Where to Stay at McLaren Vale: McLaren Vale Studio Apartments

Where to Stay at McLaren Vale: McLaren Vale Studio Apartments

My personal experience staying for two nights at the McLaren Vale Studio Apartments was a great introduction to the unique and exceptional offerings of the McLaren Vale wine and dine region. Truth be told, it felt like I was holidaying somewhere far that I almost forgot that I was staycationing just 30 minutes away from my own house.

With the pandemic forcing and encouraging us to somehow stay within our own localities, I almost lost the drive and inspiration to travel elsewhere. Although I still enter a state of wanderlust from time to time, exploring my own backyard and doing domestic travel will do for now. After all, you will never run out of good holiday options here in South Australia.

Last summer, I was invited by the very gracious hosts, Carmel and Paul, to stay in one of their villas, the Wirra Wirra, at the McLaren Vale Studio Apartments. With six beautiful themed villas located within their property, the Studio Apartments offers a combination of not just accommodations, but a complete McLaren Vale experience altogether.

Carmel and Paul, owners of the Wirra Wirra Villa, McLaren Vale Studio Apartments

With two bedrooms, a lounge area, a kitchen, a dining, and a deck, the Wirra Wirra Villa I stayed at was both comfortable and spacious. As an ode to one of the most exceptional wineries in McLaren, our villa was named after one of the oldest and most premium wine maker in South Australia, Wirra Wirra. And as a welcome gift, the Studio Apartments also provided us a bottle of the Wirra Wirra Church Block, a bold fusion of Cabarnet, Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot wine.

As part of the Studio Apartments experience, they also helped arrange an exclusive premium wine tour and personal luxury chauffeur services with the affable Greg of Wine Diva Tours. Aboard his Mercedes van, Greg spent the whole day narrating and presenting to us a brief history of the McLaren Vale region.

Greg of Wine Diva Tours

First Stop: Maxwell Wines

Second Stop: Coriole

Third Stop: Wirra Wirra

Fourth Stop: Darenberg

Fifth Stop: Hugh Hamilton Wines

Sixth Stop: Hardys Wines

By the end of the tour, I was happy-drunk. Migrating and living in South Australia widened my knowledge about the art of drinking high quality wines. I never knew there were so many more variations and fusions you can do with each grape type. Never knew too that the type of soil will affect the quality of the fermented grapes as much as the area’s climate. Living so close to the wine regions is indeed a blessing.

P.S. More videos about this trip will be uploaded soon!

If you are looking for a perfect escape while in the McLaren Vale region, check out the McLaren Vale Studio Apartments.

Website: https://www.mvsa.com.au/. Address: 222 Main Road, McLaren Vale 5171

Hey Paolo Meets: Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac

Hey Paolo Meets: Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac

They’re hot. They’re sexy. And they’re smart. These gorgeous and talented men surely know how to excite and titillate the South Australian crowd.

Hey Paolo: What is Alpha Men?

A diverse group of male performers with the best of the best men in South Australia.

Hey Paolo: What are your future plans for Alpha Men?

To create a group of professionals in the male entertainment industry. They also aim to make a positive change in the community by raising money & awareness to causes such as men’s mental health (Beyond Blue). The boys also have plans of touring around Australia and other countries in the near future. They also wish to solidify their goals of building a multi-faceted group of male entertainers (from modeling, acting, emceeing, etc).

Hey Paolo: How did COVID-19 affect your industry?

The group adapted to the situation and the needs of the market. In more ways than one, it has been a blessing for them too with back-to-back sold-out shows. Also during this period, they found new innovative ways to entertain and engage with their followers through the use of social media.

Hey Paolo: What are the common stereotypes for people who work in your industry?

Being called prawns. People think they have low IQs and that they don’t have day jobs.

Hey Paolo: What are the most memorable performances you’ve had so far?

Watch the video to find out.

Hey Paolo: How do you define “sexy”?

Someone who is passionate and driven.

Hey Paolo: How would you explain Alpha Men to a conservative-traditionalist person?

Alpha Men is a multi-faceted entertainment organisation that can provide many services such as male models, actors, etc. They’re not just strippers.

Follow them on: www.alphamenaustralia.com.au, via Instagram @alphamenaustralia, or via Facebook @alphamenaustralia.

Wowed By Gelista: South Australia’s Premium Gelati

Wowed By Gelista: South Australia’s Premium Gelati

It was one sunny Summer afternoon when the Gelista team came knocking on my front door carrying a box of ice creams which they happily handed out for me to try.

The timing was perfect as I was craving for something sweet and cold that day. They say it’s always best not to expect so we don’t get disappointed, and so I had little expectations about the ice creams I’m receiving from them.

Although I must also admit, I’ve always glanced at Gelista whenever I pass by the ice cream section of any grocery stores. They look really gorgeous, and I always have eyes on anything premium-looking *wink, wink*. Never had the chance to buy one though, so this was a fulfillment of my dreams.

I opened the box they’ve passed to me with gusto and discovered 17 unique gelati flavours inside:

Ricotta, Fig & Honey, Strawberries & Cream, Mint & Dark Chocolate, Lemon Myrtle & Macadamia with Toasted Coconut, Lightly Salted Caramel Macadamia, Salted Caramel with Crunchy Toffee Pieces, Apple & Guava with Salted White Chocolate, Dairy Free Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter with Chocolate & Caramel Swirl, Blood Orange & Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Coffee & Cardamom with Mocha Swirl, Coconut with Raspberry Swirl, Peppermint Double Choc, Classic Chocolate, Chocolate Almond Fudge, and their newest flavour… Durian.

I was beyond delighted as their ice creams look so interesting to taste.

I immediately opened the Durian flavour (aside from the fact that I also miss eating the actual fruit back in Asia) and was pleasantly surprised that it was really smooth and easy to eat. For those who haven’t tried any form of durians yet and are automatically turned off by its potent smell, I’m betting my life that this will be manageable to try. I actually loved it.

As I’m also trying to watch my weight these days, I quickly scanned their product bar code for my macro tracking. It was only 25g of carb, 2g of fat, and 1g of protein per serving. Not bad! Also, I enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t too heavy, not too creamy, and not overly sweet. Just about right.

As I had tons of Gelista ice creams to try, I invited my friends to come over the following weekend to share the fun.

My personal favourite by a mile is the Salted Caramel with Crunchy Toffee Pieces, but hey, they do have tons of flavours to choose from. Whether you want something fruity or chocolatey, you’ll definitely find something that’ll suit your taste buds.

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Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac Play “Would You Rather”

Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac Play “Would You Rather”

Sunset or Sunrise? Top or Bottom? Smart or Sexy? Make out with your ex or make out with your mortal enemy?

Hey Paolo asks the cheekiest “Would You Rather” questions to these two hot lads of Adelaide’s Alpha Men: Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac.

Learn more about these boys and the industry of male entertainment – soon on HeyPaolo.com.

Follow them on: www.alphamenaustralia.com.au, via Instagram @alphamenaustralia, or via Facebook @alphamenaustralia.

Hey Paolo Meets: Adelaide’s Banana Man

Hey Paolo Meets: Adelaide’s Banana Man

As they often say, “you can take the world in a good suit.” For Matt Eberhart, a.k.a. Rundle Mall’s favourite Banana Man, entertainment can come in all forms — even while dressed up as a giant walking Cavendish banana.

Hey Paolo: What’s the story behind the Banana Man?

I was working as a civilian manager in a Japanese-American military base until Dec 2017. With enough money saved up to sustain me for a year of travel, I went around the globe to busk in my yellow jumpsuit with a small amp and a concert ukulele. During a Halloween party back in 2018, I bought a banana costume for a party which I have then since used as my usual get up for all my future street shows. The Banana Man first arrived in Adelaide in 2019. 

Hey Paolo: Where have you performed so far?

Before the Banana Man came about, I have already performed in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Seoul, Korea, Israel, Germany, Poland, Ireland, USA, and Australia. As the Banana Man, majority of my performances have been done in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga, Brisbane Cairns, Perth, and Adelaide) and the USA (Las Vegas, LA, San Diego, Honolulu, Austin, San Antonio, Jacksonville, FL, Saint Louis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, and New York City).

Hey Paolo: What are the most memorable stories you’ve had as a performer?

During the beginning of Adelaide Fringe 2020, a mentally ill man broke and pounded my ukulele on the ground and I injured my head while busking in Rundle Mall. This was the worst I have been attacked. But the upside was, a lot of people in Adelaide came out to support me. I cannot be grateful enough how Adelaide still encouraged me to keep performing after this incident.

Street performances can be dangerous: I have been punched in the nuts while in Hawaii, I have been robbed back in Sydney, and I have been thrown a bottle of alcoholic drink to my face while performing at Hindley Street. 

The most positive memories I have are hearing the stories of people who remember seeing me in a completely different city or country.

While busking in Hawaii, I was performing the song “Fire on the Horizion” by the band Stick Figure when the actual creator of the song walked past by. It was awesome to meet him in person.

Hey Paolo: Who is the Banana Man when he is not wearing his costume?

When the Banana Man is not performing, I do a lot of traveling. I feel most free when I am on the road bringing with me all of my worldly possessions. I was born in Germany and was raised in Japan by American parents. I am conversationally fluent in Japanese and I love to socialise with friends at a bar or in a club. I have a strong desire learn something new from people of different races, backgrounds, and creeds. 

Hey Paolo: What are your upcoming gigs?

For Adelaide Fringe, I have two different shows.

“Around the World with Mozart the Banana Man” aims to educate and inspire children four to 10 year olds about four different countries: Indonesia, India, China, and Ethiopia. My partner, Rich Jay, and I created this show to inform and entertain Australian kids about geography, population, language, and culture with music and dancing as a medium. 

“Musical Improv: The Immature Amateurs Troupe,” on the other hand, is a group of five artists and one multi-instrumentalist who will perform an improvised musical based on audience suggestions. No show will ever be the same; any audience member can suggest a song title and we will perform it.

To catch the Banana Man’s show, visit:

“Around the World with Mozart the Banana Man”: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/around-the-world-with-mozart-the-banana-man-af2021

“Musical Improv: The Immature Amateurs Troupe”: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/musical-improv-the-immature-amateurs-af2021

#BoringAdelaide: Koreena Comes Back For More South Australian Wine

#BoringAdelaide: Koreena Comes Back For More South Australian Wine

Dear Aunt Vicky, let me tell you the story of my friend Koreena.

She left Adelaide for Melbourne 1 year ago in search of greener pastures. But she keeps coming back. 

Well firstly, because of the wines. Secondly, because of the wines. No, she’s not an alcoholic. Just a wine enthusiast. 

Visiting wineries is comparable to visiting museums. It’s an introduction to the arts — the art of being drunk. 

Here in South Australia, we’re not limited to just just your normal Shiraz or Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll be spoilt for choice: Cabarnet Franc, Montepulciano, Grenache, Graciano, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Albarino, Fiano, Viognier, Riesling, Prosecco, and other wines I can’t even pronounce

Yes Aunt Vicky, we have limited choices here in #BoringAdelaide. 

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Hey Paolo Meets: Tiktok Couple Linda Huynh and Alex Huynh

Hey Paolo Meets: Tiktok Couple Linda Huynh and Alex Huynh

Young South Australian content creators, Linda Huynh and Alex Huynh, found their own niche on Tiktok while entertaining over two hundred thousand of their followers from all corners of the world.

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to start producing creative content on Tiktok?

Linda: We discovered Tiktok two years ago. I first uploaded a Tiktok video secretly and I didn’t tell Alex about it because he might think I was lame. I started getting likes and followers. Later on, he joined me and we started creating more proper and serious content.

Alex: I decided to jump on Tiktok because I thought there’s potential for growth. I thought it was really fascinating and fun. It’s like Youtube but in a shorter format.

Hey Paolo: What are your most popular videos?

Linda: I did a dance video where I accidentally stepped on my dog. It might have hit around two million views already at the moment. My dogs have become really famous on Tiktok. They’re Dino and Sora and the hashtag #DinoSora has over four million views. We do weekly vlogs about our dogs because everyone wants to know about them.

Hey Paolo: What are the types of content that you produce?

Linda: We call ourselves lifestyle content creators and we produce a variety: from fashion, vlogs, challenges to dance videos.

Alex: You can follow the journey of our relationship too and seeing things that we enjoy.

Hey Paolo: What is the importance of social media in today’s world?

Linda: I love and hate social media at the same time. I think it’s a very important aspect in everyone’s life especially the younger generation. It’s important that social media can inspire and educate people. We just have to be careful of what we put out and consume.

Alex: It has a big influence on people especially since Tiktok has a younger audience. People can learn more things now compared to what we could have learned when we were younger.

Hey Paolo: What keeps you motivated?

Linda: I’m very lucky to be managed by Born Bred Talent in Sydney which helps me find jobs and campaigns for Tiktok. Other than that, I get motivated by the encouragement from our followers, whether they give comments or likes.

Alex: What motivates me the most is seeing other people’s success while doing what they love.

Hey Paolo: How do you explain Tiktok to a nonuser?

Linda: It’s a 15-second to 30-second video platform showcasing dances, fashion content, or even cooking videos with the sole purpose of entertainment and education.

FOLLOW THIS COUPLE: TIKTOK: @lindarhuynh. INSTAGRAM: @lindarhuynh and @alexander.huynh.