A Malaysian marvel
Welcome Merchant, a social enterprise that highlights and promotes refugee-powered and allied businesses, is hosting a Malaysian feast led by the founder of Sangee’s Fusion, Chef Malar, who came to Australia as a refugee fleeing violence in her home country. At 3 Tomatoes in Ashbury, on December 9, she’ll be preparing a three-course meal with all the aromatic and punchy flavours of Malaysian cuisine. Fifty per cent of ticket sales go directly towards the chef, with a further five per cent going to the National Justice Project, a non-profit organisation that uses legal action, advocacy and education to help eliminate racism and discrimination. Tickets ($90) include a glass of wine from P&V.
High and low
New booze brand Hilo has launched three low-alcohol spritzers that let you enjoy a drink without the next-day sore head. The three options come in easy-to-transport tinnies: a sauvignon blanc, a rosé and a shiraz. Each can contains half a glass of wine and plenty of bubbles for an ideal summer sip. hilodrinks.com
A mecca anniversary
Beauty giant Mecca is celebrating the first birthday of its massive George Street flagship this week. From today until November 26, head in for a range of free workshops. Book now for sessions ranging from expert tips on how to gift fragrances to workshops on styling your hair, perfecting your party eye make-up, and achieving a dazzling holiday look using some of Mecca’s greatest hits. It’s Mecca’s birthday, but you’ll be getting the gifts. mecca.com.au
A taste of Fukuoka in Sydney
From December 4 to 12, five local restaurants will celebrate the cuisine of Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture as part of Japanaroo (December 3–19), a festival which brings the culture of Japan to Sydney. The area’s famous tonkotsu ramen will be a highlight at Surry Hills’ Gogyo, St Leonards eatery Sekka Dining, and Ramen Zundo at Chatswood and World Square. And Sakana-Ya in Crows Nest will be putting its spin on teriyaki chicken. Plus, if you buy a meal from the Flavours of Fukuoka menu at any of the above venues, you’ll get a free glass of sake or Japanese wine. Find out more here.
An immersive garden
Haymarket’s Market City shopping centre has installed an immersive “enchanted forest” in the lead-up to Christmas. Kids can follow a winding path between Christmas trees decked in fairy lights; at the end they’ll find a golden Santa and giant presents nestled in the snow. While the kids play, check out one of the centre’s tasty restaurants, including Dolar Shop, Yayoi or Kogi Korean barbeque. Until January 3. marketcity.com.au