Chocolate Truffles | Fifty Shades of Bay

 

CONFESSION: We love a man who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty! Tempt your temptress this Valentines Day with your own two hands…

We’ve had Chef James Dorton getting down and dirty in the kitchen, tempering chocolate and hand rolling deliciously smooth and decadent Chocolate Truffles. Because we’re good Samaritans, and want you to get lucky this Valentine’s Day, we’re here to share with you the deadly easy recipe – so you too can impress your lover!

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Ingredients
- 300g dark chocolate, chopped (minimum 65% cocoa solids)
- 300ml double cream
- 1 tsp salt
- cocoa powder

Method
- Place cream in a pan over a medium heat and bring to a simmer
- Melt the chocolate in a large bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
- When the cream is simmering, remove the pan from the heat, add the salt, and add to the melted chocolate in three batches, making sure that the cream is thoroughly incorporated after each addition. Allow to cool slightly
- Pour the chocolate mixture onto a lined tray and leave to stand at room temperature for 4 hours, then place in the fridge for 5-6 hours or until set
- Using a spoon, scoop small amounts of the ganache then roll into  a ball before rolling in cocoa power
- Serve on a silver platter, in a box with ribbon, or off your bare chest…the choice is yours

These decadent truffles will feature as the dessert in our Fifty Shades of Bay picnic. With limited availability, we suggest you reserve your picnic now. We’re also hosting an intimate candle lit Feast for Two. Click here for all the details.

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WIN a weekend away to Millamolong Polo, Orange

 

In need of a country getaway? Us too!

We Heart Orange…together we share a love of good food, good wine and great experiences! To celebrate, we’re giving you and a lucky winner the chance to WIN a weekend away in the picturesque Orange region in country NSW.

-THE PRIZE-
- a 2 night weekend away for 2 (Friday 13 & Saturday 14 March) at The Millthorpe Motel, Millthorpe
- 2 x VIP tickets (Saturday 14 March) to the 2015 John Davis Volvo Polo Carnival, Mandurama
- $250 voucher at Union Bank Wine Bar & Dining, Orange
- $50 Byng Street Local Store voucher, Orange
- Wine tasting at Angullong Cellar Door, Millthorpe

The competition winner will make their way to the picturesque historical village of Millthorpe (20 minutes from Orange) on Friday afternoon where they will check in to their boutique accommodation at The Millthorpe Motel. A quick freshen up before heading into Orange and the legendary Union Band Wine Bar & Dining for some supper washed down with a plethora of wines from the region and beyond (taxis are recommended!). A day at the Millamolong Polo field awaits on Saturday with heart-racing high-goal polo, delicious food and wine, people watching and divot stomping, followed by a long sleep and lie-in (the polo is action packed so you you” need some zzz’s). The weekend finishes with a tasty breakfast at crowd favourite Byng Street Local Store in Orange before heading back to Millthorpe via award-winning Angullong Cellar Door in Millthorpe to pack the car and head home (hopefully with some bottles of Angullong clinking merrily away in the boot!).

Winner will be drawn at 12.00PM Wednesday 11 February

Enter here

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Let’s Brunch!

Last December, we launched The Bay Brunch – a celebration of the in-between feasting time that’s not quite breakfast and not quite lunch.

Now that we’ve got Boxing Day Brunch, New Years Day Brunch and Australia Day Brunch under our belts, we wanted to share with you some delicious photos of the buffet spread! Our Executive Chef has hand selected an array of his favourite fare – including some seriously mouthwatering experience stations: banana flapjack pancakes with salted caramel sauce & chantilly cream, spicy mexi-style eggs with warm tortillas & salsas and churris and hand carved honey glazed ham sliders!

Let the photos do the the talking and feast your eyes on these!

Be sure to follow us @watsonsbayboutiquehotel on instagram for more #foodporn #thebaybrunch

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Aussie Beach BBQ | Aus Day Long Weekend

It’s Aussie. It’s sizzling. And it’s gigantic! Our Exec Chef John Pye has put together a sizable plate of his favourite Australia fare to create our infamous Aussie Beach BBQ plate that will be available for $35 this Australia Day Long Weekend. Get stuck into Junee lamb cutlets, gourmet rosemary & garlic lamb sausages, grain fed beef minute steak, marinated prawn cutlet, chargrilled corn cob with chipotle butter, whole baked potato with sour cream and chives, house spicy slaw served with bush tomato relish! Pair with an ice cold beer or our specialty cider cocktail Orchard Rose made with James Squire Orchard Crush.

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Australia Day | Every Man & His Dog | Official Sponsors

HERO 2lowAustralia Day Long Weekend is just around the corner and we are counting down the days until WATSSUP present the hugely anticipated Every Man & His Dog SUP event. Local families, paddling enthusiasts and Beach Club loyals alike will be heading down to Watsons Bay Beach to paddle it out with some amazing prize packs up for grabs!

We are thrilled to be supporting this true, blue Aussie event again for the second year in a row and this year we have TV personality and local Watsons Bay girl Laura Csortan and border collie Abbey on board as the official #everymanandhisdog ambassadors.

Paddlers will be competing in Women’s, Men’s, Kids, Dash for Cash and of course, Man & Dog categories, and thanks to our incredible sponsors, paddlers will be competing for some super prizes.

Burton Contractors 6km SUP race will disburse a prize purse of $800 to place getters in the 14ft Male & Female contestants. Burton Contractors are the leaders in digging and you’ll have to dig deep in the 6km SUP race to be in for the cash prize!

The crowd favourite race Dash for Cash is this year sponsored by ECS Boards who are generously providing cash prizes for the fastest male and female…the race is on for the ECS Dash for Cash. ECS will also be throwing in one of their infamous ECS Surf Boards and SUP paddle.

Now the fastest growing premium polarized sunglass maker in the world, Hawaiin company Maui Jim have generously provided $4,500 worth of world-class sunglasses!

Drift Paddleboards are giving away a beautiful 11ft Americano Oak Limited Edition paddle board to one very lucky entrant of #everymanandhisdog. All you have to do is enter a race category to be in the running. For the little ones, up for grabs in the Ben Buckler Kids race are two world class paddles, thanks to Ben Buckler Boards. Another draw card for the Kids races is an Adventure Paddleboard kids flat water SUP and Trident kids paddle as a double prize!

We’d like to give a major shout out to all of our amazing sponsors for supporting this awesome Aussie event:

The Aromatherapy Co.
The Beach People
Boat Shed Towels
Bondi Bather
Botani Skincare
Cellar Masters
De Lorenzo Haircare
Dr Lewinns
ICE Watches
Gelatissimo
Global Surf Industries
GHD
Kommunity Project
Lifeproof
Loving Earth
O’Neill
Palm Beach Candles
Paqua
Quickblade
Sambora Beach Toes
Solar D
Scunci Hair Accessories
Soludus
Waggle
Werner Paddles

WIN | Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema

What better way to kick of Sydney’s awesome outdoor event lineup for summer 2015…

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is a quintessential outdoor event (and one of our personal faves), with music by day and movies by night set to light up Bondi Beach from January 22 – March 1, 2015. Summer is all about getting out and enjoying this amazing city we live in,while celebrating our incredibly beaches, weather and views – Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema allows just this!

To celebrate their upcoming launch, we’re giving away SIX double passes to the opening night, which means you and a friend could be going along to join in the festivities! To win, simply follow our instagram page @watsonsbayboutiquehotel , find the competition post (which will be posted Thursday 15 January 2015) and comment on the photo by tagging who you would take if you won, and say why! Get creative with your responses, better yet make us laugh and you could be a winner!

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are also offering Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel customers an exclusive offer with $3 off all GA tickets (excluding special events). To secure your tickets visit openaircinemas.com.au, choose your film and enter the code WATSONSBAY when purchasing. Be quick though as they’re selling out fast.

Remember, you have to be in it to win it and there’s not long to enter (winners to be announced Monday 19 January 2015) so be sure to get cracking and commenting! Good luck.

Click here for Terms & Conditions: Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema Instagram Competition Terms & Conditions
TPL: LTPM/14/01355

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Every Man & His Dog | Australia Day

It’s one of our favourite days of the year, as we celebrate in true blue style in the sun, sand and surf! For the second year running, this Australia Day we are proudly supporting the local WATSSUP‘s Every Man & His Dog stand up paddle boarding event.

EVERY MAN & HIS DOG – AUSTRALIA DAY SUP EVENT
Monday 26th January 2015
WATSONS BAY BEACHFRONT
7:30AM – 11.30AM

Growing on the success of last year, Every Man & His Dog will be bigger and better this Australia Day and WATSSUP invite you (and your pooch) along for the ride.  Situated in the picturesque Sydney Harbour with views of this beautiful city and the iconic Harbour Bridge, Watsons Bay poses a fantastic site for paddle enthusiasts with elements for all abilities.

The event is open to all, from amateurs to hardcore paddlers, including those without a four-legged furry friend! Categories will include Long Distance, Sprint, a Dash for Cash, Kids (U13s & U18s) as well as the Man and Dog races (our personal favourite!) Please see the website for further information on the categories and race options.

For those who haven’t paddled before, or need to brush up on their strength and skills, WATSSUP are hosting introduction to SUP sessions and youth clinics to inspire and encourage you to partake in the world’s fastest growing sport!

REGISTER NOW

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WONDERLUST NYE – Win a Moet Magnum!

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If you’re joining us for WONDERLUST NYE in partnership with LoveCloud, you could be in the running to win a Moet magnum! We’re running a live instagram competition on New Years Eve and we want you and your crew to get involved! We want to see your hottest party snaps – whether it’s a killer shot of the fireworks, a snap of our specialty NYE cocktail, your friends carving shapes on the dance floor or a stellar selfie – be sure to tag @watsonsbayboutiquehotel @lovecloud and hashtag #wonderlustnye for your chance to win!

We’ll be picking out our favourite insta pics and announcing one winner every hour on the hour from 6pm til midnight. The winners’ insta pics will also be reposted on @watsonsbayboutiquehotel with winners invited to collect their Moet magnum from the bar to enjoy with friends.

Remember – you have to be in it to win it so don’t be shy, snap your experience at WONDERLUST NYE and be sure to tag @watsonsbayboutiquehotel @lovecloud and hashtag #wonderlustnye for your chance to win. Good Luck!

Summer of Cider

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We are celebrating the most refreshing beverage of the season – cider! Come down to Watsons Bay and experience our brand new cider bar stocked full of crisp and fresh varieties. We are now offering Somersby Buckets, perfect for sharing on a warm afternoon with 4 for $30 or 6 for $40. Our mixologist Mikey has proudly created our very own cider cocktail “Orchard Rose” – a secret concoction of James Squire Orchard Crush, gin and fresh juice to create a tantalising mix that screams summer!

Our new cider menu includes some old favourites, as well as new kids on the block. Whatever your preference, we strong suggest you work your way through the menu. Be sure to ask our friendly staff for recommendations and food pairings.

Orchard Crush Cider Cocktail available as a cocktail or sharing carafe
Sippin’ on gin and juice…with James Squire Orchard Crush Cider
A tantalising mix that screams summer!

Crafty Cider
James Squire Orchard Crush
Pipsqueak Cider
Bilpin Cider
Somersby Cider
Monteiths Cider

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Kirin Cider
Thatchers Cider
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What’s Your Flavour? 500ml
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6 Tips for Christmas Entertaining

 

By John Pye – Executive Chef

1. Keep It Simple

Great flavours will always be great flavours. Just because there’s a special occasion doesn’t mean you need to throw every herb, spice and condiment into a pan and create a special suace or puree. Remember to keep it simple and combine flavours that bring the best out of your dish

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2. F is for Fresh!

Christmas lunch only happens once a year. As much as hitting the over-crowded seafood markets and shops can cause anxiety, blisters and an awkward sweaty lip, it’s worth investing a few hours of torture and purchasing some great fresh produce. it really does make a difference and your guests will appreciate your efforts.

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3. Pick a Concept & Nail It

Hot meats and veggies, cold meats and salads, seafood with fairy bread…whatever you choose to go with, commit to it and pay attention to the smaller details. It shows you’ve thought it through and want to put on a show.

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4. Styling is Everything

…and I’m not talking about popping green and red alternate napkins one the place settings. Think about who you’re catering for and really make it special. At Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel we create and style each event to attract who we’re entertaining – it’s part of the experience and shouldn’t be forgotten.

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5. Four Course Rule

Again, don’t over complicate your meal. Four courses are more than enough – we stick to this concept for any of our events. Canapes on arrival, starter, main and dessert…don’t over-do it. You want your guests to enjoy each course, not feel stuffed to the brim.

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6. Drink It Up

You don’t need to be a sommelier to know that some beverages match better with some foods and flavours. Google it! Read the tasting notes on the back of the labels. Research and show your guests you’ve covered all bases and are doing everything you can to create a wonderful experience.

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