Hey Paolo E-Meets: The Filipino Project

Hey Paolo E-Meets: The Filipino Project

From the savoury Adobo (pork/chicken stew) to the trendy Ube dessert, the humble and unassuming Philippine cuisine is always catalpulted by foodies as the next Asian rising star. We chatted with John Viojan, owner of The Filipino Project in Adelaide, about his growing food business and how he flirts the international palettes of South Australians.

Hey Paolo: When was The Filipino Project established?


Hey Paolo: What’s the history and inspiration behind your business?

We used to own another Filipino restaurant here in Adelaide. After closing the restaurant years ago, we found a gap in the market especially when it comes to offering Filipino food during festivals. We were lucky enough to be a part of many large events for the past three and a half years. Our business has since evolved and we now do private catering for intimate events, including birthdays and weddings.

Hey Paolo: What’s unique about your food/services?

We try to offer Filipino favourites with a twist. At present, we are the only business in South Australia offering Filipino Kamayan-style (communal style) grazing tables.

Hey Paolo: What are your main challenges as a business?

Not many people know what Filipino food tastes like. The main challenge will be introducing and describing the flavours to someone who has never tried it before.

Hey Paolo: What’s your most sellable item?

Previously, it was our Tocino-flavoured BBQ Ribs. But ever since we added Lechon (suckling pig) on the menu, everyone has been loving it. It has been a best-seller because we also offer limited quantity per event. People know that they have to come early to be able to order and get one, otherwise they might be able to try it at all.

Hey Paolo: How are you affected by these challenging times?

We’re mainly event-driven, so it has been difficult when our events get postponed/ cancelled. Now, things are starting to change and we’re starting to see more people out and about again. We’re doing a lot of smaller/ home-based catering gigs and we have also started bottling our own bbq sauce to sell to everyone.

Hey Paolo: What’s your personal story?

I’ve always had an interest in cooking. I was born in Illigan City, Philippines, but my parents migrated to Darwin, Australia when I was still a baby.  I grew up with a big family and we always have big gatherings to feed plenty of people. My dad was my first teacher in the kitchen. He has since passed away and his memories constantly inspire me. I just wish he has managed to try my own version of the lechon.

Hey Paolo: What’s your favorite festivals here in South Australia?

Our two biggest food festivals here are the Lucky Dumpling Market and Gluttony during the Adelaide Fringe.  The guys behind Gluttony gave us our first opportunity to work in the festival scene and we’ve been really lucky to grow our business alongside them. We love it when the city comes alive during the festival season. We wish it’s always like that all year round.

Follow THE FILIPINO PROJECT on Instagram: @thefilipinoproject


Hey Paolo Meets: Dr William Peterson

Hey Paolo Meets: Dr William Peterson

With an impressive resume and colourful history, Dr. William Peterson’s professional body of work is as colorful and rich as his personal life story. Born and raised in America, he has worked and lived in various parts of the world but eventually landed here in Adelaide where he discovered his newfound “home away from home” while working as a Drama Arts professor at the Flinders University.

Hey Paolo: How did you start in the field of Drama Arts?

It just started with some acting classes at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco which used to do crazy Stanislavski training and it was badly taught at that time. 

I also lived in England for a year in the early 80s and among many things, I’d also decided to try applying and auditioning at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). As we all know, every other famous person in the UK acting circles has gone to RADA. It was ridiculous to think I’d ever get in — I actually didn’t get in.

When I moved back to San Francisco, my friends and I started a theatre company and we started recruiting people. We did an all-male production of the lonesco absurdist play “The Bald Soprano.” It ran for weeks and I got us reviewed. We also got ourselves a non-profit status as an organization. I discovered that I was enjoying it — it was so fun. That made me think: this is pretty great. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we get paid to do this everyday? 

I got Masters training in acting (M.A., Dramatic Arts, San Diego State University) and eventually received my Ph.D. (Ph.D., Dramatic Arts, University of Texas at Austin). 

Hey Paolo: How did you build a career in Asia?

In 1991, not a lot of people from the West knew much about Singapore. But the National University of Singapore wanted to hire someone from overseas and I was one of probably just a few applicants at that time. I got the job and  spent three years living there.

I looked at the university’s curriculum and there was no Asian content and it was very Western-focused at that time. I asked: “We’re not teaching any Asian content. If you don’t want to teach it and you don’t mind some white guy teaching it, I’ll do it.”

I would travel outside Singapore during the weekends and I’d go to nearby Asian destinations such as Sumatra, Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, etc. where I’d work almost like an ethnographer taking photos, writing notes, and meeting people. I wasn’t trained to do that kind of research but I just started doing it. Eventually, I became educated in traditional Southeast Asian art forms especially in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, etc. I’ve personally experienced all of them as a spectator while most of the time in the West, they are usually taught by people who have never personally seen them. 

From Singapore, I moved to New Zealand for three years and went back to the US. 

I also started doing my research in the Philippines back in 2001. It was at the University of the Philippines (UP) and connected with the People’s Educational Theater Association (PETA) where I met many cool people. I initially started writing about PETA and activism. But I thought, there’s nothing anymore new to write about. I came back to the Philippines a few years later to look at how the traditional Christian-rooted religious Senakulo ceremonies work, specifically the Moriones festival in Marinduque, Philippines. 

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Hey Paolo: Why move to South Australia?

The longer I stay here, the more I say: maybe I’ll just continue staying.

Aside from being headhunted to work here in South Australia, I also come here for the international festivals. Their festivals here are really interesting, challenging, wacky, and eccentric — and I like that. In some ways they’re my lifeline to a more progressive global theatre culture.

When I first started coming here in 2008, Adelaide wasn’t as green and pretty as it is now. It was all brown, flat, sad, and nothing like the present. 

I love living in a neighborhood where I know the people who live here. If I see my neighbours on the street, sometimes I end up talking to them for up to 15 minutes like I used to do when I was a kid growing up in Minessotta. 

Adelaide has really made me feel very much at home.  

Hey Paolo: Why do you love living here in Adelaide?

The most important factor for me is feeling that I’m at home. I didn’t feel that when I was living in Melbourne. I had a great, urban, cosmopolitan, fabulous lifestyle there, but I didn’t feel connected to the place. The built landscape and environment were beautiful, but it didn’t speak to me. 

Adelaide is charming and handsome, especially the big old 19th century commercial buildings. I also had that sense that this is going to be a friendly place especially since I live alone. 

And the connection to the land/country, it’s very powerful here. Plus the wineries and cellar doors here, like the Barossa, are wonderful. 

Hey Paolo: How do you innovate now as a drama professor in light of the pandemic?

My attitude from the very beginning is always to be honest in acknowledging the pain, discomfort, and confusion with what’s happening around us. 

I always tell people that we’ll all get through this emotionally well and healthy. We’ll just survive. How do we do that? A little bit of laughter even if we’re screwing up. 

I teach students who are from different cohorts including: dancers, visual artists, fashion majors, costumers, acting majors, film students, and education teachers. 

Flinders was one of the first universities to move to online classes. 

Even in a city like Adelaide, there will always be people who will have problems accessing the internet. We don’t have equal access to high-speed internet. We definitely can’t compete with the rest of the world if we don’t have proper internet bandwith. 

Hey Paolo: Do you think there’s a creative brain drain happening in South Australia now?

We’re trying to get more and more students to work across different art forms and to deepen their collaborative relationships with filmmakers, dancers, digital media artists, etc. To create work that they can make from here. 

I totally understand that some kids have to go to bigger centers.  But if you are somebody who wants to develop an artistic practice particularly across art forms, Adelaide is a great city to do it. The potential here is absolutely huge, particularly now that this is becoming a center for digital media. 

The city definitely has a strong commitment to the arts. 

My hope is that, those who can stay, I want them to feel they can stay here. 

Hey Paolo: Recommendations for…

Creative Spot: The Arts/State Theatre has a great vibe especially when things are happening there.

Dining Spot: Ding Hao at Chinatown. It’s the real deal. Good and unpretentious. 

Hangout Spot: I think the most powerful place is the Flinders Rangers for me. 

















Hey Paolo Meets: Anthony Pasut of Adelaide Gin

Hey Paolo Meets: Anthony Pasut of Adelaide Gin

Beer and wine are traditionally everyone’s most popular liquor of choice, but undeniably, there’s an emerging contender in the alcohol scene: gin.

Yes, gin is fast becoming the new black.

In Australia alone, there are over 170 gin distillers operating in the market. Here in South Australia, another local distiller, Adelaide Gin, is ready to steal the spotlight with their range of quality products that boast unique flavours of rose, lemon myrtle, and hints of lavender that are locally sourced from Kangaroo Island.

We chatted with Anthony Pasut, Adelaide Gin’s South Australian Account Manager, to learn more about this rising star.

Hey Paolo: What’s the history and inspiration behind the business?

Established in 2018, Adelaide Gin & The Australian Distilling Company was founded by Michael Hickinbotham. The Hickinbothams have a great family history in wine and spirit making. Michael has always been a massive fan of gins. He has always been attracted to its colourful history, flavour profile, and the sophistication of the drink.

Michael’s love for spirits, coupled with his love for his hometown (Adelaide), pushed him to establish Adelaide Gin. Enchanted by the artisanal and handcrafted elements of the entire distilling process, he sought the best advice from international & local producers. And after 12 months, he finally mastered his own gin recipe together with his team which was led by their master distiller, Dr. Graham Jones. The result is a gin that truly embodies the Adelaide spirit.

Graham is an award-winning distiller and one of the few people in Australia who truly understands the intricate art, science, and craft of distillation. Graham teaches distilling at the University of Adelaide for over 30 years now.

To ensure a premium quality product, he distills Adelaide Gin in an elegant 20-year-old Frilli Impianti Italian copper pot still.

Hey Paolo: What’s unique about the Adelaide Gin?

South Australia has a great range of locally made gins. What makes our gin so special is that we source our botanicals from local suppliers. Our premium base spirit comes from the Barossa Valley and the lavender used comes from Kangaroo Island. We create our product at the Waite Campus in Mitcham.

At present, Adelaide Gin has already won four (4) gold medals in international competitions.

Hey Paolo: How do you describe the profile of people who loves Adelaide Gin?

The best part about our gin is that it really brings a wide range of people together. We have people who love to celebrate the dynamic vibe of the city. They enjoy the way our gin captures the botanicals that are sourced from places such as Kangaroo Island and the Barrossa Valley, which hold special memories for most of them. We also have gin lovers who fall in love with the flavour and the story behind it. No matter who they are, they generally enjoy the company of people, they love celebrating life, and they enjoy embracing the fun spirit of Adelaide.

Hey Paolo: What are the main challenges of your business?

Like everyone, the changing liquor landscape is a challenge in itself. So many good products are out there in the market. We try to work with all our local distributors to keep our ear to the ground especially when it comes to new bars and restaurants that are opening up. We work with our new and existing customers in any way possible to help them sell our products and we hope that the people behind the bars also become our “brand ambassadors.”

As an Account Manager, I really value the relationships I have in the trade industry and I try to ensure that I approach every conversation I have with them as if I was the owner of the establishment. I believe 90% of my job is creating and maintaining relationships with my customers to ensure that they trust me to deliver results to their business and that they know that when hard times occur, they can count on me and our company to help them in any way possible.

Hey Paolo: What are the necessary changes you had to adapt during COVID-19?

As a small business, COVID-19 really impacted the plans we had in place for the first half of 2020. We had so many of our customers literally closing their doors overnight. We had such a strong presence in the bars then and we had to change our direction to focus on the bottleshops and retailers instead to give the customers the same experience in their homes. It was all about ensuring the people that wanted to drink our gin were able to do so in the comfort of their homes.

Hey Paolo: What’s the future of the South Australian gin industry? 

That is the great unknown! It is such an exciting industry to be a part of and we are so lucky here in South Australia that we have such an amazing range of local gins. We continue to see more and more varieties of gin come into the market as companies play around barrel ageing or different distilling techniques. It is always a pleasure to go out in the city and try all the new gins that come out and I think we have a really good culture here in South Australia about getting behind the locals. Some of the best guys to work with in the industry are actually those who run their own distilling businesses because the passion we each share is infectious.

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Thoughts: “Love my gin. Love Adelaide Gin. Love supporting local distillers.”

– Hey Paolo

Hey Paolo Meets: “Peak Performance” Advocate Austin Lovell

Hey Paolo Meets: “Peak Performance” Advocate Austin Lovell

Knowing your purpose and setting personal goals might be the obvious pillars of “Peak Performance,” but for 19-year-old marketer, video creator, entrepreneur, and Peak Performance advocate Austin Lovell, the real challenge is applying these learnings consistently and conscientiously in your every day life.

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to become to a “Peak Performance” advocate on social media? 

I genuinely enjoy helping people eliminate distractions, unlock more energy, and skyrocket their outputs and results through the content I share and the insights that I provide. Everything I talk about comes from my own experiences. I live and breathe peak performance every day.

I always push myself to try new things and to attain more in my work, relationships, and life in general. And it comes naturally to help others practice what I have already been doing.

Hey Paolo: Do you think millennials think more maturely now as compared to the previous generations when they were about your age?

I think times are very different now and the problems young people face are quite different from past generations.

I believe we are in a world that rewards “smart work.” We reward people who approach their life, health, and work methodically and purposefully. We reward people who have the drive to push themselves. I think previous generations value pure hard work more. I’m not saying that hard work is no longer valued at present, but people get rewarded more so now for bringing both“smart work” (influenced by productivity systems, environment optimisation, health optimisation, etc.) and “hard work” (day-in and day-out consistency, pushing yourself physically & mentally, high levels of drive, etc.) together. The fusion of both is powerful.

Hey Paolo: What is “peak performance”?

Have you seen the movie “Limitless” starring Bradley Cooper? That’s what peak performance is about: being limitless.

Peak performance is about operating at your very best in whatever you do. It is where your work seems effortless; you have mental clarity; you are alert and focused. For peak performers, no task is too difficult and no challenge is insurmountable. By showing people how to rewire their minds, upgrade their health, and skyrocket their productivity, I give my students the opportunity to become limitless and get the best out of themselves each day.

Hey Paolo: How do you generally achieve peak performance:

At the office:

Build a strong work environment. I think of it as a game of “snakes and ladders.” The snakes are the negative objects in your environment: those that pull you away from your goals and those that distract and push you off track. The ladders are the positive objects: the items that bring you joy, those that push you closer to your goals, and those that help you make the right decisions. By removing the snakes in your environment, you become a step closer to achieving your best.

Simple things can also be done such as: having your phone on airplane mode for most of the day; keeping it stored in another room while you work; using the Focus App to block certain websites on your laptop especially during work hours; and using simple applications like FB Feed Eradicator and ImprovedTube to eliminate the urge to use social media.

All of these can do incredible things for your focus and work output.

At school:

I see a lot of people struggle with “clarity” at school (i.e. why they were doing what they were doing and knowing what the end goal was).

For students who knew what they wanted (e.g. what to take up in university, job/vocation to pursue, where they wanted to go in their professional lives), they usually generally perform so much better in school.

I show people how to gain greater clarity by identifying their “Polaris Star” — their true north, their end goal, and the things they wish to achieve above all else. I help to structure their year/quarter/month/week/each day to move closer to their end goals.

Clarity is essential and it’s a non-negotiable. If I could give anyone a gift, it would be the gift of clarity.

At home:

When I think of peak performance at home, I think of the concept of “presence.”

I respect people who put tremendous amounts of energy and brainpower towards their work while they are working, and when work is finished for the day, they become fully present for their families, friends, and loved ones.

When you can break the constant push and pull of daily work in your life and you give your mind and body the time it needs to relax and refresh, while enjoying some quality time with your loved ones, then you will be able to perform at such a higher level in all other aspects of your life.

With your fitness and financial goals:

It all comes back again to “clarity.” You can have all the best productivity systems in the world, the most rock-solid mindset and health protocols, a good consistent sleep, excellent focus, but if you don’t have the clarity on your goals, then there’s no point.

When it comes to fitness, my goal is to increase mental clarity through exercise. I’m not trying to be Mr. Olympia, and I know that. I structure my fitness programs, nutrition and the way I approach my health accordingly.

When it comes to financial goals, peak performance is the means to reach and exceed your set goals. It’s the vehicle that will accelerate your growth as a person like nothing else.

Hey Paolo: What do you think distract people the most from achieving their peak performance?

Bad habits. Everyone has bad habits. I have them and everyone does. The challenge is how to change them. Not many people are willing to really improve themselves. That’s why for those who are willing to change their bad habits, they achieve incredible things because they were willing to push themselves to be better.

As for other distractions, for some, it could be social media, a diet they’re following that doesn’t give them the energy to focus each day, or even work with a “snakes and ladders” type of environment.

Peak performance is about overcoming all these distractions and being your best every day.

Hey Paolo: Your recommendations in South Australia for…

A good place where you can reflect and achieve peace & quiet:

Running, biking, or even just walking in the city. Having time for myself reenergises me and it allows me to reflect and refocus.

Best spot that makes you feel most creative and energised:

Adelaide CBD. I love the city and it’s the place I call home. The buzz and energy of the city makes me feel most creative and energised.

Dining area you love the most: 

I love Rundle Street and Adelaide’s East End. These ones show Adelaide’s true style and vibe. 

Check out Austin Lovell‘s social media pages:

Youtube page (click here)

Download his free ebook: www.beultramind.com/book

Instagram: @austin.lovell

Thoughts: “In a world where there’s tons of distractions bombarding us every single day, it’s really important to set goals and timelines in order for us to complete certain tasks with a sense of joy, peace, and fulfilment. I personally use a simple whiteboard and marker writing my daily goals and I try to tick off each item one by one. It helps me prioritise the task I need to finish first.”

– Hey Paolo

Hey Paolo Meets: Fitness Trainer Jesse Curkpatrick

Hey Paolo Meets: Fitness Trainer Jesse Curkpatrick

Some might argue that there seems to be a surplus of personal trainers in a heavily contested fitness marketplace such as Adelaide. But for Goodlife Health Clubs Cross Roads personal trainer Jesse Curkpatrick, one must discover his/her fitness niche as a training coach in order to survive in such a cutthroat industry.

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

I like being active overall. When I was growing up, I have always loved playing sports (football) and training in the gym. Although I was a little bit chubby when I was younger, I came to a point where I became more conscious of how my body looked. Hence I started going to the gym.

In my early twenties, I moved and lived in Toronto, Canada as part of the missionary work I was doing for a church. After quitting my church work, I’ve decided to come back to Adelaide and that was also the time when I didn’t really know what I should pursue as a new profession. I’ve realized that since I personally love working out, I should try becoming a gym trainer instead. It has been three years now since then and I’m still enjoying my newfound career.

Hey Paolo: Other trainings offered as a fitness coach…

I’m also part of an organisation called FMA Strength Institute as one of their coaches who train other personal trainers and fitness entrepreneurs with their business goals (such as setting up gyms, etc). It’s a great opportunity to coach others in the industry as well.

Hey Paolo: What are your main challenges as a personal trainer?

The biggest challenge is how I can encourage people to spend and make a full commitment on health and fitness. You really have to do networking, to talk to people, and to find out what they really need before you can sign them as clients.

Hey Paolo: What’s your workout routine like?

At present, I do more upper-lower workout splits. Mondays/Thursdays, I try to do lower body exercises while Tuesdays /Fridays are for upper body workouts. Wednesdays, I do sprints and body conditioning excercises. Weekends, I try to run or do some light workouts. My personal goal is not really to have a shredded body but to become healthy, strong, and active instead.

Hey Paolo: What’s your typical diet like?

I’m following a “fattier” diet at present. For breakfasts, I try to have some eggs, fruits, and some meat. For lunches, I’ll have chicken thighs/steak, rice, and a bunch of veggies. My dinners are usually something light. I keep my food mix pretty basic. I’m more focused on how certain food affects my body (such as bloating) and how I can make healthier food choices.

Hey Paolo: What are the usual fitness goals of your clients?

A lot of them wants to lose weight. Fat loss is usually of one of their biggest goals. But for some, they also want to move better and be generally healthy. While for a few others, they get personal trainers to avoid injuries or they want to work around their present injuries.

Hey Paolo: Do you think there’s an overabundance of personal trainers in South Australia?

There is, but every other trainer has something unique to offer. As a client, you just have to find the right fit.

Hey Paolo: What’s your ultimate general goal for your clients?

I want my clients to chase after performance. I want them to be healthy, happy, and strong.

Hey Paolo: Recommendations for…

Brunch: I love Nature’s Providore (88 Duthy Street, Malvern). Their owners are really friendly. Aside from having great coffee, their scrambled eggs are amazing.

Dinner: My partner and I love the pizzas at Mamma Carmela Cafe and Pizzeria (4 Jetty Road, Glenelg).

Hangout Spot: I like Henley as it’s a really cool area.

Thoughts: “Aside from finding a personal trainer who understands your fitness goals and personal needs, I also believe that it’s important to find someone who can motivate and inspire you as a person.”

– Hey Paolo

Hey Paolo Meets: Dr. Raymund de la Cruz

Hey Paolo Meets: Dr. Raymund de la Cruz

While the entire world is battling an ongoing pandemic, modern day heroes have emerged especially in the field of health and wellness. They continue rising to the challenge as community frontliners with their hearts and souls exposed to the harshness brought about by this cruel virus. Behind the layers of personal protective equipment (PPE) that they frequently wear lie stories of love, hope, and strength.

Meet Dr. Raymund de la Cruz, an emergency medicine consultant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Growing up in the Philippines and migrating to South Australia more than a decade ago has helped broaden his mission to serve an international community especially during this time of health crisis.

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to become a doctor?

I was an engineer before I became a doctor. My high school guidance counsellor in the Philippines suggested back then that since I was good at mathematics and she thought I was not compassionate that I should naturally take up engineering. But after working for two years as an industrial engineer, I got bored. Instead of working with machines, I would rather have human contact and be able to help people. I decided to study medicine. Now, I’m in a career that I love and I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life. It’s a perfect fit for me.

Hey Paolo: What’s the biggest challenge doctors face at present especially with this COVID-19 pandemic?

Emergency doctors are always on the front line regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic. We always see patients at the height of their disease, like in stroke or trauma, where there is a high chance that they might not be able to make it. It is our job to make sure that it doesn’t happen. Apart from trying our best to help our patients survive, we also have to deal with their families. I sometimes feel it’s harder to deal with the families than the patients themselves. Some family members might not even believe what I say or that I haven’t done my best in that particular situation.

Hey Paolo: What are you most scared of in your line of work?

In a pandemic like COVID, what I’m scared about the most is that I might take the virus back home with me. I don’t want my loved ones, especially my partner (Alex) to get infected. I signed up for this; there are risks associated with my job. But I can’t help thinking about the people I love. I don’t want them to get hurt. Other than that, nothing scares me anymore.

Hey Paolo: How do you think South Australia has responded to this pandemic?

I think South Australia, or Australia in general, has responded very well comparing it to the response of other countries like the U.S. We’ve instituted measures to prevent COVID-19 from blowing up quite early. We have enough masks, facilities, and testing kits — and we haven’t run out of it because we use them properly. We’re lucky Australia isn’t hit as hard as the other countries. We’ve somehow prevented it by stopping international flights right from the onset. Particularly in South Australia, we have been very compliant with quarantine rules. Since we have a small population, it made it more manageable.

Hey Paolo: What was your dream profession growing up?

I used to tell everyone that I wanted to become a scientist. My dad was a veterinarian and my mum was a senior Science specialist at the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Science has always been part of my life.

Hey Paolo: Who is Raymund outside his profession?

I belong to an all-male acapella group (Festival Statesmen Chorus). We have won a few competitions and have toured around Australia. It’s one of the best chorale groups in the country. The members of this group are also my best friends. Making music with them is something I look forward to every week. I also like interior design in general and designing my own house (which was already featured on SALIFE magazine). I also love indoor plants — I wish I could have a garden of my own one day.

Hey Paolo: What is the greatest misconception about you?

I’m very polarizing. I don’t talk a lot in social situations. People think I’m either just shy or that I’m a snob. I’m also really bad at keeping in touch with friends. But, I’m just being myself — I’m an introvert.

With the Festival Statesmen Chorus

Hey Paolo: Recommendations for…

Brunch: Every time we go to the Adelaide Hills, we always find brunch places anywhere with fantastic food. I love FRED Eatery (220 Mount Barker) there. If we don’t feel like driving, we like walking around Adelaide CBD, along Hutt Street and Flinders Street. Flinders Street Project is one of our favourites.

Dinner: I like Stem (188 Hindley St.)

Hangout Place: For a day in the beach, we go for quick dips at Semaphore. Sometimes we go to Glenelg as well and then we indulge on oysters afterwards. But on a casual night, my favourite hangout place is our own roof deck. Alex (my partner) is pretty good at making amazing cocktails and we just invite people to join us sometimes.

Alex and Raymund

Thoughts: “I’m personally amazed by Raymund and his drive, dedication, and passion as a person. Must have been tough to have a well-balanced life (juggling both his day job and his other side passions).

ALSO, one big thank you to all our healthcare frontliners. Cue the applause!”

– Hey Paolo

#YourThoughts: Arts & Music Festivals in South Australia

#YourThoughts: Arts & Music Festivals in South Australia

#YourThoughts: We ASK. We LISTEN. We LEARN.

Guest: DR. WILLIAM PETERSON, Associate Professor at Flinders University (Researcher and Professor teaching Drama). Ph.D., Dramatic Arts, University of Texas at Austin. M.A., Dramatic Arts, San Diego University.


“These festivals are incredibly powerful. If you go to these festivals, you can’t wait till the next year for them to experience it again.

What I guess I would like to see more of is the kind of experience we have at festival time happening in places throughout the year.

The issue isn’t that we need fewer festivals. Because festivals fulfill a particular need: they bring us great joy and happiness, and they’re well-spaced through the year (for the major ones). But it’s really more of how can we create the conditions under which the people who can create particularly new innovative work and present it any time of the year or at non-festival times and still have that experience of community and coming together.”

Hey Paolo Meets: Vlada Kazimirchuk of Lunch Bunch Edible Bouquets (Adelaide)

Hey Paolo Meets: Vlada Kazimirchuk of Lunch Bunch Edible Bouquets (Adelaide)

If you’re searching for premium gift items to buy not only for your loved ones but also as a personal treat for yourself, Lunch Bunch Edible Bouquets might be the perfect alternative shop for you. Whether you’re looking for chocolate bouquets, meat & cheese bouquets, veggie & fruit bouquets, and even protein balls bouquets, Lunch Bunch’s same-day delivery services has been setting the trend in Adelaide for beautiful and high quality edible arrangements.

Armed with an interior design background and an eye for style and details, owner Vlada Kazimirchuk brings these beautiful edible bouquets to life. Hey Paolo chatted with Vlada to know more about her business and the inspiration behind it.

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to create Lunch Bunch?

My daughter’s friend was celebrating her birthday last time and she wanted to give her friend a gift. As it was kind of a last minute thing, I told her to create something instead of buying. She started filling a box and a vase with sweets, marshmallows, apples, and chocolates on stick. After bringing the assembled gift to her friends, she phoned me to say: “mom, everyone’s asking where I got it from. You should start selling something like this.”

I started researching more about edible bouquets/arrangements and went online to gather inspiration. I started experimenting with things and I ended up having so much fun. With the help of my daughter, I started putting up photos of the edible arrangements I’ve created on Instagram and that was the start.

Hey Paolo: What are the most requested items in your edible arrangements?

Strawberries, doughnuts, and meat & cheese.

There are quite a few people who love healthy options too, like veggie bouquets and protein balls bouquets, which we also offer.

Hey Paolo: How much customisations can a client request in your edible arrangements?

Lunch Bunch has a custom bouquet option online. So you can say: “can I please have salami, doughnuts, strawberries, but don’t cover them in chocolates? Can I also have white roses and can this be inside a green box with a white ribbon?” We can do all of these.

Customized edible bouquets can be challenging as some items don’t work together. I have a particular eye when it comes to styling and I want my products to look beautiful. I will sometimes spend two hours to make things work, but if it doesn’t work, I have to pull it out.

Hey Paolo: How do you marry your background in interior design with edible arrangements?

Both work with visuals: shapes, forms, textures, colours, balance, and rhythm of objects. If you understand the style fundamentals, then you can do whatever. This is the core of creativeness. And I’ve learned it after studying and working in the industry for a very long time.

Hey Paolo: What is Lunch Bunch for you?

This is where my creativity opens and unfolds. It is my passion. I’m proud of what I create and what I give to others.

The time I spend on each order is tremendous. It’s all hand decorated. I take time to change or add something else. Whatever I make money-wise, I inject the money back to the business so I can buy the best: the best packaging & the best machines. I don’t mass produce and everything is unique and customised.

Hey Paolo: What kind of fulfilment do you get from running this business?

I love doing the deliveries myself. I love it when I knock on people’s door and they open, and I see them really surprised with my delivered items.

I also like adding extra touches of gold in my arrangements or covering the mandarin oranges in pink chocolate because I want it to look amazing. It’s not shown on my website and people don’t expect it from their orders. But when people get surprised and they appreciate these things I’ve added, it makes me feel good.

As an artist, we want to be appreciated. This is how I get appreciated through making something amazing. I get this amazing satisfaction when I make something “wow.” Money is not everything for me. This is what everyone needs: some kind of fulfillment.

LUNCH BUNCH EDIBLE BOUQUETS. Address: 111 Glen Osmond Rd, Eastwood, South Australia. Website: https://lunchbunch.com.au/.

Hey Paolo with Lunch Bunch’s Edible Bouquet

Thoughts: “This edible bouquet from Lunch Bunch definitely shouts quality and luxury. I love how Vlada arranges everything beautifully — from the packaging to the colours, styling, and even the interesting mix of marshmallows, chocolates, and donuts. “

– Hey Paolo

Hey Paolo E-Meets: The HandleBar’s Thomas Watson

Hey Paolo E-Meets: The HandleBar’s Thomas Watson

Ever fancied joining the random fun bunch of people always riding that peculiarly cool, eye-catchy, and ubiquitous “bar on wheels” roaming the streets of Adelaide? If you’ve always been envious to hop on it, then it’s time to join the fun. Meet The HandleBar’s General Manager Thomas Watson (29) as he shares the story behind this unique roving pub.

Hey Paolo: When was the business established?

March 2016

Hey Paolo: What’s the inspiration and history behind The HandleBar?

The HandleBar was originally designed and created in Amsterdam by two brothers. The idea was to create a float that incorporated two of the most popular things in Amsterdam: beer and cycling. Since then, the bikes have been used in cities all around the world as tours for small groups of friends/families (16 seats) to celebrate birthdays, bucks/hens parties, or simple get-togethers! 

The owners of The HandleBar, Steve and Jason, jumped at the opportunity and they decided to start up a business and bring the bikes to Australia, with Adelaide being the first Australian state to approve the concept. 

Hey Paolo: What are some of your most memorable rides you’ve had so far?

Being featured on Travel Guides (9Now). Riding with a Chinese film crew. Doing a cops & robbers dress up themed-tour.

Hey Paolo: Name three of the most sellable drink items on your menu?

Vodka Lemon Lime, Canadian Club Dry, and Coopers Pale Ale.

Hey Paolo: What’s everyone’s most common favourite stopover?  

Gilbert Street Hotel: a great local pub with a variety of craft beer. It has a cool beer garden which has push bikes hanging on the walls.

Victoria Square: the centre of Adelaide. This is our most common stop for photos.

Gouger Street: the bustling street of Chinatown. There’s always something happening here.

Rundle Street: Now included in our new routes, we can travel along one of Adelaide’s busiest streets, Rundle, where there’s plenty of bars and restaurants around and it’s also a spot where our guests feel like celebrities the most.

Hey Paolo: How has South Australia’s wine & dine scene evolved in the last five (5) years?

It has definitely grown. Lots of little places and hidden gems that are popping up all over the city. 

Hey Paolo: What do you think makes Adelaide a fun state?

They gave HandleBar the green light to operate and it’s the first state/city in Australia to say yes to us . Adelaide seems to be the state that is more open to trying and testing new ideas which is great for new businesses. 

Hey Paolo: Dream group of celebrities/personalities to host on The HandleBar?

All the (viral) characters from the social media page Shit Adelaide: Foxy,  Johnny K from St. Bernards Fruit and Veg, Bev “that’s a basket holder,” Goodwood Road’s most solid unit, Johnny Haysman, Digiman, ”slutssss” chick, Pablo, Rundle Mall’s most dapper gentleman Lionel, Bananaman, and Westfield’s inflatable Santa.

The HandleBar Adelaide. Website: https://handlebaradelaide.com.au/

Thoughts: “Been eyeing to organize a HandleBar trip while everyone’s dressed up in ‘Money Heist’ costume for weeks now. It will be an epic weekend for sure! Now, who wants to fill the other 15 seats with me?”


Hey Paolo E-Meets: Hentley Farm National Brand Ambassador Angus Heida

Hey Paolo E-Meets: Hentley Farm National Brand Ambassador Angus Heida

The world-renowned South Australian wine region of Barossa Valley will probably never run short of award-winning premium wine suppliers, but the real challenge is how to create a sustainable business model most especially in this ever-evolving times. Hentley Farm’s National Brand Ambassador Angus Heida gives us a peek into today’s wine industry and shares with us a taste of their estate’s most valued troves.

Hey Paolo: When was the Hentley Farm established?

Situated along the western ridge of the Barossa, the Hentley Farm estate was purchased by Keith and Allison Hentschke in 1997 after discovering the uniqueness of the area from a 1950s soil map found at a local library.

Hey Paolo: What’s the history and inspiration behind this winery?

With the Hentscke family dating back to some of the first European settlers in the Barossa, Keith and Allison were very keen to continue the family tradition and begin their own Barossa story by planting their first vines in 1999. They started with Shiraz and Zinfandel, and now, Hentley Farm boasts a humble 150 acres with a mix of Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and a very small vineyard for our only white variety, Viognier.

Hentley Farm’s Chief Winemaker Andrew Quin and Founder Keith Hentschke

Hey Paolo: Must-tries at Hentley Farm?

The Hentley Farm story always begins in the vineyard and we are so proud to “grow” wines which do not only reflect the diversity and natural style of our location but also the talents of our people. I would always recommend to taste the wines which let you experience this story for yourself: The Beauty Shiraz, The Beast Shiraz, The Old Legend Grenache (The 2018 vintage for this wine won the overall best wine at the coveted 2019 Barossa wine Show), and The Stray Mongrel GSZ.

Not only are these premium wines delicious, but these are also 100% Hentley Farm grown fruits.

We also believe that the second-to-none Hentley Farm wine experience is enhanced by amazing food and a beautiful setting, so I encourage anyone to also indulge in our award-winning restaurant. We are incredibly honoured to say that since opening our restaurant doors in 2012, we have been awarded the best restaurant in South Australia more than once.

Hey Paolo: How has the South Australian wine scene evolved in the last five (5) years?

The South Australian wine scene has continuously changed in the last five years for the better. So many wineries are realizing the changes and adapting their wine experiences for the increased tourism coming from the local community, interstate visitors, and international guests.

There are two key elements in selling wine: a quality product and a quality experience. When you continually do this, then you can build loyalty to achieve brand sustainably. It is fantastic to see many wineries having this mindset.

The South Australia wine scene has also changed in a way that international markets are appreciating our products more and more, such as China. We can see this from the increase in Chinese tourist visits to our cellar doors and winery restaurants, as well as the increase in price per litre of South Australian wine sold to this market.

Hey Paolo: Where do you see South Australia’s wine industry progressing in the years to come?

 The South Australian wine industry has a great foundation for the future with Adelaide standing tall as one of the wine capitals of the world and with the developing competitiveness between wine tourism destinations, producers, and distributors around our state.

Due to the fact that South Australia’s most notable wine regions, including the Barossa, are conveniently located within one hour from Adelaide, I know that South Australia will forever be a place of importance in the international wine community.

Also, as we are first and foremost grape growers, we are so dependent on our terroir and mother nature’s wonders, so climate change is always a topic of discussion when it comes to viticulture. The South Australian wine community can never forget its rich history of wine making and the great strides we have made to set ourselves apart from the rest of the world.

Quite rightly put, “…knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family…” (Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations). With South Australia’s strength of expertise in the wine industry we can always be proud of what we achieve.

HENTLEY FARM WINES. Corner of Gerald Roberts Road and Jenke Roads, Seppeltsfield
Cellar Door open 7 days a week 11am-5pm
Restaurant open for lunch Thursday to Sunday & dinner Friday and Saturday.
Cellar Door & Restaurant Tel: +61 8 8562 8427 / Website: https://www.hentleyfarm.com.au/

Thoughts: “Personally fell in love with South Australian wines and the Barossa wine region ever since I migrated here in 2019. The quality of their products are undeniably top-notch. Plus these winery estates are the perfect weekend hangout spots for tastings and lunches. Can’t wait to visit Henley Farm soon… because, apparently, I haven’t been yet!”

– Hey Paolo