Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Throwback February - Shanghai and beyond (It's a long one!)

Woke up this morning to the realisation that this time last year, the whole THRD EYE crew were in the the fast-paced metropolis known as Shanghai, downing $1.00 beers and  smashing through as many xiaolongbao as our hearts desired. 

Alas February does bring back some withdrawals and Shanghai was an experience not quite like any other. In a short description Shanghai was like China's New York, the orients answer to the city that never sleeps.
If you were out and about at practically any time of the day, the streets would be bustling with people making their way to work, shopping centres and restaurants, you name it people were going to it!

Of course all the hustle and bustle was with good reason, especially when it came to the food. We probably spent about 85% of our trip hitting up restaurants and street food stalls all around the City and boy did it deliver. From some of the tastiest (and well price) chinese cuisine to possibly the best french and italian food that we'd had in our lives, Shanghai showed our taste pallets an amazing time and we'll forever be greatful.

The food was some next level ishhh and the nightlife proved  to be on par, with the party never really ending. Whether it was a Tuesday or Saturday night you'd always find yourself at a bumping venue, from a the mix of classic, blues or wine bars to the many clubs that are open all night throughout the city serving a variety of your favourite bootleg liquors. If you were a tourist you'd definitely find it hard not to have a good night, every night of the week.

This city never slept, so much so that we ended up traveling down south to Guangzhou where we had a chance to slow it up a bit and of course get a hold of some of the tastiest goose that we'd ever eaten.
The very special thing about this Chinese city is that it was where we met the most hospitable people that you may or may never meet, a kind hearted couple who ran a small "restaurant" in the market around the corner from where we were staying. I emphasise restaurant, because there were no chairs or official tables, they invited us into a small space and made room for us to sit at. We shared drinks, ate to our hearts content (to which  they refused to take no more that $5-$10 AUD for) and partook in much banter. As we left Guangzhou we wanted to leave the lovely couple with a token of our gratitude and since it was around Chinese New Year we gave him a red pocket that he couldn't refuse and made our departure.

Anyway, this was just something that hit home for me as I sit here thinking about our time in the orient last year and here's to more THRD EYE adventures in 2015.

PS. Little known fact is that the lady on our Bento Box Tee is the woman who'll simply be known as Guangzhou's finest goose chef. 

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Why we should all take a bite for the Cornerstone

As mentioned in our last post, we've collaborated with the Dandenong Pavillion to help raise money for the Cornerstone Contact Centre.
But why the Cornerstone? Well these holidays wanted to make a difference to the lives of those most and need and figured why not start with the local community of Dandenong, which led to the Cornerstone.

The Cornerstone has been offering a safe haven with access to material aid and crisis assistance to those in need since 1992, and have continued their work of goodwill since. Some of the great and consistant work that they do is offer a nutritious meal to those less fortunate every Wednesday and Friday between 09:00am - 1:00pm. During these times they also welcome people disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill, so that they can be somewhere sheltered from street violence, intimidation and feel safe in their surroundings.
By welcoming those of the community the Cornerstone then aims to assist these people to rejoin society through employment and/or providing adequate coping skills.

After personally going down and getting a glimpse of the goodwill and selfless work of the good people at Cornerstone, it was an easy decision to make and we hope to raise as much as possible for this great charity.

As mentioned, its simple too! Go to the Dandenong Pavillion, grab a Merry Burger, post and hashtag #MerryBurger on instagram and help a great cause. On-top of our initial donation, THRD EYE will donate  $1.00 to the cornerstone for every #MerryBurger post.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

This Christmas, let's make it #Merry for everybody

With Christmas being just weeks away we wanted to do something to help those who need it most, so this month we decided that we'd help raise money for The Cornerstone Contact Centre in Dandenong who provide meals and crisis assistance to those in the municipalities of Casey and Greater Dandenong.

So how are we doing this?! We've come together with the Dandenong Pavilion to bring you the "Merry Burger" burger special. For every Merry Burger post on instagram that's hashtagged #merryburger, THRD EYE will donate one dollar to the Cornerstone, Simple.
To sweeten our cause and embrace the giving nature of the season, we'll be giving away $500 worth of THRD EYE gear to one of the many who hashtag #merryburger in their post.
 So you can donate to a good cause, go in the draw to win a whole new wardrobe and you get to enjoy a delicious burger, sounds like a Christmas miracle to me.
Get down to the Dandenong Pavilion and help spread the Christmas Cheer

Monday, 17 November 2014

It's that time again...November's Top 5

It's already November, which means the holiday season is practically upon us, but we won't jump  on the bandwagon just yet! So here's our top five favourite non-seasonal things of the month.

1. Lupe Fiasco's "Mazinger", ps: If you're not fond of cheesey anime intro's skip to 1:44.

2. Bee Line for Billionaire Boys Club X Timberland's latest Brogue collaboration.
Photo Credit: http://www.bbcicecream.com
3. Gelato Messina, the aestetics is excuse enough to get yourself down to 237 Smith St, Fitzroy.

Photo Credit: Gelato Messina Facebook page

4. Our Aloha 5 panel being featured in the latest issue of Jetstar Magazine (available @ http://www.thrdeye.com/#!shop/c123b).

5. Movember, that wonderful time of the year when male's across the country grow a bit of lip fuzz for a great cause (au.movember.com).

Movember Australia Facebok Page

Friday, 24 October 2014

Food for the Soul...and the belly! THRD EYE @ Soulfest

So last Sunday was Soulfest, and you know the good people at THRD EYE weren't gonna miss it for the world! With a line up including Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Common, Maxwell and many more, it was  expected that it was going to be a good day and Soulfest surely delivered. First things first, we had to find sustenance and fortunately the Gumbo Kitchen food truck was amongst the many establishments serving up the goods, to which we managed to get seconds of their delicious Po'Boys (deep fried shrimp Po'Boy pictured below).

Next up, the actual performances, particularly from boy Mos Def, Common and Maxwell who knew exactly how to connect with the crowd and make the day what it was, absoulutely phenomenal! Mos really represented with a lot of soul, Common brought the hype and Maxwell finished off the night perfectly with one of the best live performance that we've ever seen.
Soulfest 2015, you have very high standards set for your self!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

October's Top 5

It's been a hot minute since we did one of these and October seems to be delivering the goods, so here's our top 5 favourite things of the Month

1. Mr. Scruff's Bar....Club...Eatery
Photo Credit: Mr. Scruff's Facebook page

 2. Butter Goods Navy Track L/S Jersey
Photo credit: @buttergoods instagram


3. Pharrell Williams: Gust of Wind Music Video

 4. Ebbetts Fields 1945 Osaka Tigers fitted Baseball Cap

Photo Credit: www.strictlyfitteds.com
5. Zyrtec... nuff said.