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Saturday, 29 January 2022

Tesalate towel: PRODUCT REVIEW

Jacky Lam and Volkan Ozbek are the founder of Tesalate, and they say about their clever invention:


"We put a lot of love and passion into making every product great. But we always want to strive to make it better. So we would very much love to hear your feedback (especially criticisms)."


Nothing to criticise here at all!!

The Australian duo started the company less than two years ago, and have resonated with countless customers... including me! (See above for the design I have - yep, a towel for two which I've used as a picnic rug! See HERE for my TikTok video on that).

Tesalate is proudly Australian designed, and the founders add:

"The idea for Tesalate came to us when we were taking a hike to a secluded beach at the Royal National Park in Sydney. When it was time to head back, our towel was wet, heavy, and worst of all sandy. We started questioning if we could make a towel that not only performed much better but looked amazing too."

After 18 solid months of their idea germinating - "researching, designing, stressing, crying and laughing" - they launched Tesalate at Bondi Beach Markets.

The success was immediate and HUGE!

"From those humble beginnings, Tesalate has grown faster than we could have imagined and has sold to over 70 countries in its first 12 months."

You can't wish anything but good luck and good vibes always to these incredible self starters!

Tesalate is so versatile: I keep mine in my car always as they are perfect for picnics, my coverall to keep things in my car cool, my blanket when I am transporting something and I want my car leather seats protected (told you it's versatile@!), even as a blanket for back seat car riders who get cold, and of course... for random beach trips!

Order yours HERE.

And get excited with these inspo pics below:


More benefits of the Tesalate towel, taken straight from their website:


It's actually antimicrobial

When you expose a moist towel to bacteria, for example from your sweat or a yoga mat, it provides an excellent breeding ground for mould, mildew, and bacteria. Tesalate workout towels have a safe antimicrobial additive built into the very core of the fabric. Antimicrobial means they are effective against not just bacteria but also the growth of fungi including mould, mildew and algae.


No more smelly towel


Tesalate have learnt from years of developing their beach towels how to make a fast drying fabric. When you combine this with their new antibacterial features, Tesalate workout towels will remain smelling fresh. Say goodbye to smelly towels in your bag.


Holds up to 1 litre of water

Tesalate beach towels are capable of holding up to 1 litre of water without dripping. How? 200 times thinner than a single human hair, our Absorblite™ fabric can absorb much larger quantities of water than the regular beach towel. It’s the superior choice for your next swim, surf or dip.


Dries in half the time of a regular beach towel

Rapid-dry was a feature high in Tesalate's priorities when it came to revolutionising the beach towel. The functional innovation of their Absorblite™ fabric means that Tesalate beach towels dry in half the time of a regular beach towel.


No more heavy, bulky towels

The Absorblite™ fabric is purpose-built to be compact and lightweight (even when wet) for ultimate convenience. 

Whether you’re opting for the standard or oversized, the Tesalate beach towel can fit easily in your tote, backpack or travel bag. Just roll it up and go!

Love that for you. Love that for me.


Order yours HERE.


Monday, 10 January 2022

Alma's Greenway Wetherill Park: REVIEW

Alma's is a story, not just a restaurant.

It's a culinary journey - it's your local haunt, and your go-to place if you want to indulge in something next level.

You've got standard (but still delicious) Middle Eastern - and then you've got a restaurant that defines what a cuisine can be when imagined in a whole different way. That's Alma's.

Part of the hugely successful Seagrass Hospitality Group - which includes Six Head, Five Guys, Hunter & Barrel, The Meat & Wine Co, Ribs & Burgers, and Italian Street Kitchen - Alma's is located in Sydney's South Western suburbs, and it excludes such a beautiful ambience and warm hospitality, and its uniqueness comes from its chameleon-like quality: it can be your local dinner place for that end of week debrief and relax, a place to impress clients with seamless service and exceptional food, the perfect spot for that old friends catch up.

That food - the love and care in each and every dish! It's so evident. Every morsel is exceptional.

You know when people say a dish is "me on a plate"?

Well this place personifies that. I mean look at these dumplings above.

And that's no accident considering the venue's ethos.

See their 'about us' to tell the backstory:

The story begins thousands of years ago, long before refrigeration.

To ensure the abundant harvests of the Middle East’s fertile land could be eaten in scarcer times like the dormant winter, the art of preservation was mastered and born out of necessity. This seasonality and sustainable way of eating came to influence the way we cook, as you will see and taste in our food.

The region at large is incredibly diverse in history and landscape. This is proudly showcased in the flavours, techniques and dishes which, through migrant populations and diaspora, have found their way around the world and evolved.

Growing up, my home was always perfumed by whatever was in the kitchen. The oils that filled the air were less gardenia and more cumin. It is here that my passion for cooking was born while shadowing my mother. I hold fond memories of watching others cook, smelling with anticipation and savouring what was being prepared lovingly, sitting at tables with family and friends to feast whether it was a weeknight dinner or festive occasion – food is at the heart of these memories.

The earthy and hearty meals occupying the table set off every sense – taste of food, hearing conversation and raptures of laughter, smelling aromas that could transport you to another world. A foreign, far-away land was incredibly familiar, through dishes regarded as being traditionally peasant. 

The ritual and experience of sharing a meal in Middle Eastern culture is what Alma’s Kitchen looks forward to offering you. It is a fulfilling tradition (of the heart and stomach) which I hope you will share too.

Now, onto the dishes. Because we eat with our eyes, right?

That steak! They've evolved into an incredible steakhouse:

Their signature pancake:

Crispy bell peppers - look how delicious on the inside:

This lamb mansaf... no words:

Delicious barramundi, Alma's style:

Below is the Sydney food blogger event, with Spooning Australia:

Heirloom beetroot salad, so delicious:

The BEST fattoush salad ever...

Menus to explore right HERE.


Alma's is open Wednesday to Sunday.

Location details:

Greenway Wetherill Park, 
1187 The Horsley Drive, 
Wetherill Park NSW 2164

Phone: 02 8629 8858 

Email: click here

See more here: almaskitchen.com.au