How To Cook Satay Chicken – Ethan and Margaux’s Cooking Show (with Foodee Grocer)

How To Cook Satay Chicken – Ethan and Margaux’s Cooking Show (with Foodee Grocer)

Learn how to cook this all-time favourite Southeast Asian dish (which is almost similar to your typical chicken bbq), but of course with a special Asian twist.

What made this even more special is the addition of the delicious WARONG PEANUT SAUCE.

Yes, that’s right. Foodee Grocer now has a special collaboration with Warong (which currently has branches at Rundle Place, Westfield Marion, and Findon).

To order your Asian food pack today, visit http://www.foodeegrocer.com.au or check out @foodeegrocer’s Instagram page.

**Enjoy a 15% DISCOUNT when you order. Use HEYPAOLO15 code upon checkout.**

Foodee Grocer is Adelaide’s first online Asian grocery delivery service packed with the easiest and yummiest recipes.

ALSO, if you’re a brand and you wish to collaborate with Ethan and Margaux too, make sure you contact us so I can link you to their parents. (Again, aren’t they the cutest?) Hahaha!

Float Your Stress Away at the Blue Lagoon Float and Spa

Float Your Stress Away at the Blue Lagoon Float and Spa

Adelaide is now home to Australia’s largest luxury floatariums with the opening of Blue Lagoon Float and Spa’s second branch at Hyde Park.

I’m a big fan of spas and I don’t think I’ll survive a single month without getting my deep tissue massages. For some, going to spas is nothing but leisure and luxury. But for me, it’s more of a routine of wellness. As I always say, if I don’t get my monthly massages, I’ll probably fall sick. Like, seriously.

I’ve been to various types of spas including luxury wellness resorts, but a couple of months, I’ve tried something for the very first time: “floatation therapy” at the Blue Lagoon Float and Spa (132 King William Rd, Hyde Park SA 5061).

It was something unorthodox for me: a new age form of relaxation, floating in a pool filled with magnesium sulphate, aka pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salts. The therapy aims to help relieve stress, anxieties, insomnia, and body pain among others.

I came to their spa with my friend, Kyzeen. We were greeted by their very gracious owner, Trina Tramarchi, who ushered us to our floatation room. While walking inside, I was simply amazed by the general vibe and interiors of Blue Lagoon — it was clean, cosy, and stylish.

The floatation room itself was quite spacious with a couple of showers and a pool designed for a maximum of two floating people. Read: floating, not swimming.

I didn’t get it at first. What do you do once you start floating?

My friend, Kyzeen, enjoying her float.

Kyzeen and I spent about 45 minutes in the pool with some relaxing music in the background. We were meant to be silent while floating, but both of us, chatterboxes, couldn’t.

Although I needed to moisturise my skin too after getting marinated in a pool of salt, fascinating enough, I felt “lighter” in every aspect of the word immediately after the session.

On the Blue Lagoon Float & Spa’s website, they’ve listed these floatation therapy benefits:

  • Relieve pain from injuries, arthritis, tension, fibromyalgia, migraines, pms, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy tension, bursitis
  • Improves skin conditions such as eczema & psoriasis
  • Improves blood circulation and the distribution of oxygen and nutrients
  • Reduces blood pressure, pulse and heart rate
  • Balances your metabolism and hormones
  • Accelerates recovery from strenuous exercise and sports
  • Decreases production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Epsom salts have a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the body
  • Boosts immune function

Aside from floatation, Blue Lagoon also offers other spa treatments such as massages, facials, spray tans, sauna, and crystal floats.

To learn more about them, visit: www.bluelagoonfloatandspa.com.au.

I’ve briefly interviewed Trina right after our session. Watch the video here:

Other photos supplied by Blue Lagoon Float and Spa and Mercy Me Marketing.

Celebrating my 35th in Adelaide

Celebrating my 35th in Adelaide

Whoever said it’s hard to make friends when you’re older surely hasn’t tried hard enough. Well for one, they should try living in Adelaide.

When most people get contented circling around the same set of friends as they mature, I just keep collecting new ones along the way.

I get it: small circle of friends solidified over time = quality, solid connections.

But I wanted to try and prove a different theory. For the sake of metaphor, let’s like our story to a fisherman: the more you fish, the more mouths you can feed. More chances of winning.

Lucky to have been blessed with new, good friends in the past one year and half here in South Australia. Give me a few more years, and I’ll probably need a park to host my birthday parties. I won’t mind that.

Event: The General Wine Bar & Kitchen, McLaren Flat

Event: The General Wine Bar & Kitchen, McLaren Flat

What a fantastic weekend it was — my heart’s full.

Aside from the fact that I turned 35 recently and celebrated with good friends last Saturday (26 September 2020), I was also invited that same day to an exclusive VIP lunch by Adelaide-based celebrity chef, Helen Mouneimne (The Greek Vegetarian), at The General Wine Bar and Kitchen, Home of Zonte’s Footstep.

Gorgeous Helen will be joining The General Wine Bar & Kitchen team offering regular kitchen collaborations, cooking demonstrations, and exciting workshops for kids. Follow @thegreekvegetarian for regular updates on Helen’s latest projects.

Helen (The Greek Vegetarian) with me

Owned by Brad Rey and Anna Fisher, The General was established in 2016 and is currently the home of the authentic and locally sourced Zonte’s Footstep wines. Aside from Helen, The General also features another amazing chef, Gabriel’s Kitchen, with his special menu every third Friday of the month for a “Friday Wine Down.”

Wine maker Brad Rey
Ana Fisher (left)

Spoilt that day sipping beautiful wines and indulging on a culinary feast (three course meal), we also had the privilege of experiencing their “Dine Around The World” offering, a unique program where The General whips a special menu inspired by cuisines from around the world.

That day, we were “transported” to Morocco. Kudos to the team for a well prepared program, complete with cabin crew, in-flight entertainment, and a stylishly decorated Moroccan-inspired venue. I was personally impressed.

The “Dine Around The World” program is an innovative initiative to recreate the experience of traveling to a destination especially during this time when we’re stuck in our little South Australian bubbles. Designed for a group of eight to 20 people, the menus are normally offered AU$99 per pax (Premium Economy: three course meal + four glasses of Zonte’s Footstep wines), AU$110 per pax (Business Class: three course meal + four glasses of Limited Release Zonte’s Footstep wines), and AU$125 per pax (First Class: three course meal + four glasses of Limited Release Zonte’s Footstep wines + Anna Fisher or Brad Rey providing your in-flight entertainment).

Our chef for the day, Gabriel’s Kitchen
Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini and Dates + Zonte’s Footstep 2019 Shades of Gris Pinot Grigio
Chicken Kefta with Chermoula, Green Olives and Basmati Rice + Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Love Symbol Grenache

The team also launched an interactive and educational game perfect for parties called “Taste The Regions.” This blindfold wine challenge features bottles sourced from Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, and the Barossa.

Special mention to The General’s passionate owners, Brad and Ana — they were fun and extremely generous. Loved both of their vibes! Loved this place! I wish them continuous success with all these initiatives.

The General Wine Bar & Kitchen. 55a Main Rd, McLaren Flat SA 5171.

#ChooseYourCharacter: Australian States Edition (featuring Zachary Steele)

#ChooseYourCharacter: Australian States Edition (featuring Zachary Steele)

 

#ChooseYourCharacter: Australian States Edition

WAIT TILL THE END 🤣 Model: @zachary.steele13

If you could choose your preferred video game character based on these various #AustralianStates ~ who would you choose?

The preppy South Australian? #southaustralia
The cosmopolitan guy from #NewSouthWales?
The tropical lad from #NorthernTerritory?
The beach hunk from #Queensland?
The chill Tassy dude? #Tasmania
The serious bloke from ACT? #AustralianCapitalTerritory
Or the creative dude from #Victoria (before and during isolation?)

#HowTo: Bouldering at Beyond Bouldering Adelaide

#HowTo: Bouldering at Beyond Bouldering Adelaide

Have you ever tried bouldering before?

It’s probably the most challenging sport I’ve done ever. It’s almost like wall climbing, but without any harnesses, ropes, or even helmets. The walls are a bit shorter compared to wall climbing, but it’s also steeper and more angular.

Spoke to Jasper of Beyond Bouldering Keswick to learn a few basic bouldering tricks:

Finding Your Personal Brand: Learnings from Asia’s King of Talk, Mr. Boy Abunda

Finding Your Personal Brand: Learnings from Asia’s King of Talk, Mr. Boy Abunda

Summary: Find your core and speak from your own truth.

Did you manage to listen to the Part 1 of my 5EBI103.1 FM radio interview with Tito Boy? Here are tidbits of some of the most amazing insights he has shared with me as a premiere TV Host (30+ years in the showbiz industry!), talent manager, book author, celebrity endorser, newspaper columnist, and public relations guru.

Here’s the link to the interview: LINK

Otherwise, look for Radyo Pilipino on Spotify. Title: Barkada Radyo: Hey Paolo with Boy Abunda (uploaded 03 July 2020)

Spotlight: Young Adelaide Visual Artist H. Fleming

Spotlight: Young Adelaide Visual Artist H. Fleming

Did you know that there’s an amazing yet somehow inconspicuous art display located at one of the back streets of Rundle Mall? H. Fleming’s paintings are on display and are on sale at @galleryflaneur, a small glass display art showcase attached to one of the red brick buildings at Fisher Place, a street adjacent to the Rundle Mall Plaza / H&M store.

H. Fleming’s arts are surreal, abstract, and imaginative.

Hey Paolo on Australian Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow

Hey Paolo on Australian Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow

So delighted to see that my little blog site HeyPaolo.com (Blogging About Adelaide, South Australia) has been listed as one of the Australian Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow on Feedspot.

I only started my page last year, September 2019, and the slow but progressive growth and massive support I receive from friends day by day has been extra phenomenal. It was mostly an awkward beginning as I struggled with creating content, finding my voice, and understanding my personal branding. It took a lot of positive criticisms from my dear friends before I knocked my head and came to my senses.

I’m a blogger who will continue to spark conversations with people I meet here in Adelaide, South Australia. I’ll ask them tons and tons of questions (it can be serious or it can be trivial) with the objective of creating insightful dialogues for me to learn more about them, their stories, and their life learnings.

If you wish to see the other bloggers on the list, here’s the link: https://blog.feedspot.com/australian_lifestyle_bloggers/ 

I’ll Be LIVE on Adelaide’s 103.1 FM Radio

I’ll Be LIVE on Adelaide’s 103.1 FM Radio

RADIO DJ DREAMS.

So STOKED to join the passionate radio team of Ethnic Radyo Pilipino Incorporated on 5ebi 103.1 FM Radio Station (Multicultural Radio).

Catch me and the #BarkadaRadyo team LIVE every Friday, 9pm-930 on 103.1 FM.


On 05 June, Friday, I’ll be joined by a few friends discussing our favourite #BATANG90S memories (aka “Growing Up in the 90s” in the Philippines, with pop cultural references). From playing piko (hopscotch) with our neighbours to listening to pop rock band Eraserheads and pop vocal group Smokey Mountain on cassette tapes, we’ll try to get you reminiscing and entertained while reliving the glory days of the 90s.

P.S. If you haven’t heard of Adelaide’s 103.1 FM station yet, you need to start tuning in especially if you’re interested to learn about varying international cultures! 🙌🏼 They’ve got shows hosted by people from around the world — from Austria to Slovenia, Russia, Indonesia, Greece, Ukraine, Malta, Italy, Garmany, Scotland, Ireland, etc. You name it, they probably have it! 😍 40+ years on air. 40 languages. 200+ media volunteers. 🙌🏼 Of course I would love to be part of this 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Bring the NEW back to the OLD. #RadioIsNotDead.