Cricket World Cup Final

A TV, antenna, generator and plenty of petrol. These were the ingredients for a World Cup Final viewing party on Sunday. Darwin Style.

A group of friends thought it would be a good idea to watch the game on Nightcliff Foreshore and they were right. There may have been a record 90-something-thousand at the MCG but these seats went okay too. Hot sun, cold beers, beach views, an Aussie win and a pretty damn good sunset made for a pretty damn awesome day.

Some even called it one of the best Sunday Seshes ever.

The Darwin Style Facebook page certainly agreed…there was a whole lotta love for the unique set-up with our pic of a few of the boys watching the game on the (not so) big screen going ballistic.

So Melbourne you can keep your MCG.

We’ll take our cricket with a drink in hand, on a picnic chair by the ocean under the palm trees with a side of slacklining.

**Special shout-out to Reggie and Amanda who organised the gig, brought basically their entire apartment block across the road and provided pool access for essential drink-break cool-offs.

Impressions of Paris

Oh la la there’s a new art exhibition in town! Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier opened last week at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT in Darwin and oui oui – it was quite the party.

To celebrate the opening of the major exhibition, direct from the National Gallery of Australia, hundreds packed into MAGNT for a free concert by “La Mauvaise Reputation” – who are a French gypsy swing band.

The band created plenty of hot jazz swing vibes and transported everyone to a little, imaginary corner of 1930s Paree. Perfect preparation for the exhibition upstairs.

Impressions of Paris features the work of three artists: Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808–1879), Edgar Degas (1834–1917) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901). According to MAGNT: “… each was a consummate draughtsman whose innovative compositions and embrace of modern subject matter played a significant role in artistic developments in France over the nineteenth century.”

The drawings show-off a little of the “naughty” side of Paris society at the time … think drinking, dancing, cabaret, prostitutes etc etc and offer a little window into what life was like back then… a little bit wild, a lot bit fun.

This exhibition is something really different for MAGNT – a Museum renowned for its stuffed crocodile ‘Sweetheart’ – and you notice it as soon as you step into the room … so big thumbs up to the MAGNT team for bringing it to Darwin.

Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier features over 150 prints, posters, drawings and monotypes drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, with Darwin the first stop on a national tour of the exhibition.

Impressions of Paris is open from 27 March – 8 June 2015, entry is free.

Sadly, the toe-tapping, sweet gypsy jazz sounds of La Mauvaise Reputation were a once-off.

Pictures: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Meet Po Pia

This is Po Pia. Po Pia is your frand.

Quite possibly the best thing ever invented, we have these babies for breakfast/brunch/lunch every Saturday from the Parap Markets. Without fail. And when the Mindil Beach Markets start up in the Dry Season (April-Oct) we have them on Thursday and Sundays too.

They are hot delicious-ness wrapped in a deep fried parcel dipped in oh-so sweet goodness.

They are so good, they’re bad. That’s bad-ass.

Do not come to Darwin without devouring Po Pia – it’ll be the best decision you’ll ever make, and they’ll be your new best friend. We promise.

#DStakeover – Eva’s Botanical Gardens Cafe

For our first ever Instagram take over we were delighted to taste-test the new menu at one of our fav hangouts – Eva’s Botanical Gardens Cafe.

Surrounded by the beautiful Botanic Gardens, it was easy to find plenty of inspo for our 24 hours in charge of Eva’s Insta account.

The new menu also takes its cue from the Gardens with lots of fresh fruit and flavours and we loved that it was all #healthyliving.

Think ingredients like chia, bee pollen and kale.

For breakfast, we had the new Chia Pot and Coconut Bircher both of which come with a generous helping of fresh fruit. Kudos for the almonds in the Bircher – love that added crunch!  Another new item on the menu that looked fab and would be a perfect brunch for two was the Eva’s Breakfast Board which comes with ham off the bone, avocado, tomato salsa, basil pesto, labneh, sourdough, boiled egg, rocket, olive oil.

We’ll be back to try that one fo sure.

As for the coffee … the regular brew has always been great but let’s talk about something new.

The V6o Pour Over Filter coffee.

Apparently, this style of coffee is all the rage overseas and according to Eva’s master barista, Jag, a first for Darwin. It takes a little longer than a normal brew and is made with hot water through a sci-fi looking filter thingy. (See pics above for a little of the process).

The New York Times has described Pour Over as “coffee’s slow dance” and even labelled the experience as: “…picking up a drafting pen after only writing with Magic Markers.” Not a bad rap.

You don’t have the drink with milk so it is lighter than the regular deal and you can taste more of the flavours. We found it quite refreshing and according to Jag – it’s the perfect afternoon drink as it’s lower in caffeine.

But enough about coffee… back to the fooooooood. There are a number of new items on the menu for lunch that’ll have you drooling including a range of new sandwiches available on either sourdough or multigrain and salads. We had the Pulled Pork sandwich and Detox Kale salad – which was THE BOMB.

It comes with a “lemon and agave” dressing …. now, not sure what agave is but boy! It has zing!

We had great fun taking over Eva’s Insta and trying all their yummy food. Hope you like the pics.

xx DS

P.S The puppy in the pic above is Gizmo. A customer’s French Bulldog (Eva’s is dog-friendly). Isn’t he just the cutest?!!!!