Welcome to another weekend of iso—though before you start to feel that wave of cabin fever hit you—take a deep breath. There’s a light at the end of this iso tunnel, and we’re starting to see it spark and shine a little here in Sydney this week.
As of tomorrow, Friday 1 May, social distancing restrictions will ease, albeit slightly, to allow two adults to visit another household. Yep, it’s another vague-ish rule in a sea of vague rules—but we’ve tried to clear it all up for you guys here.
Otherwise, Sydney is in for some pretty chilly weather—a cold snap is set to hit us on Saturday, sending night temps down below 10C. Perfect weather to stay in and get stuck into any or all of the ideas we’ve stacked up for you below.
Try Sydney’s Newest Restaurant Opening (From Home, Of Course)
It definitely feels like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel when word of a new restaurant opening hits our inbox. Of course, new openings aren’t quite what we’re used to—we won’t be booking a table or checking out the interior design at tenxdining in Bondi. However, tenxdining has popped up at Good One Café on Warners Avenue, and it’s here that husband and wife team Yali Reichental and Emma Edis are plating up some seriously good-looking Israeli street food for your at-home dining pleasure.
The duo met while working at Nolita NYC, and have since spent time in the kitchens at Ester, Sean’s Panorama, Acme, The Apollo and Cho Cho San—just casually. While Reichental and Edis’ original concept was a series of pop-up feats limited to 10, tenxdining has adapted to the COVID-19 retrictions, serving up rustic, hearty Israeli dinners for takeaway and pickup from Good One Cafe every night 5pm - 8.30pm. Head over here for menu details and more.
Order Some Ramen, It's Ramen Weather
No doubt about it: ramen is probably the most popular export from the land of the rising sun behind sushi, Pokémon and giant radioactive monsters. Like most things, it's usually better eaten at the source, but given the large numbers of top quality Japanese chefs who call Australia home, Sydneysiders can get incredible pulled noodles delivered right to their toilet paper fortresses in the era of self-iso.
Here are our top picks for Sydney's best ramen, takeaway and home-delivered.
Tune Into NTS Radio’s Remote Utopias 24-Hour Festival
Need some tunes to see you through this icy Saturday night and into Sunday? NTS have you sorted with a 24-hour live radio and streaming festival they’ve called Remote Utopias—and the line-up is pretty insane. With support from the music and whisky heroes at Jameson, you’ll be able to hear and watch broadcasts from the likes of Tame Impala, Skrillex, Four Tet, Rejjie Snow, Duckworth, Jorja Smith, Jonah Hill and heaps more.
But it’s not just tunes you’ll get to experience, Erykah Badu is hosting a meditation session (amazing), and grime producer JME will present a radio show dedicated to his fave game music. It all kicks off at 6pm on Saturday night, and will wrap up at 6pm on Sunday. Head here for more.
Virtual Cheers With Furphy Fridays
The closest you’ll get to a proper all-in cheers this Friday will likely be Furphy’s Live and Unbelievable virtual pub sesh. Crack open a tinnie and join surrogate bartenders Matt Okine and Aaron Finch for a good old yarn from 5.30pm. Register here and chuck a few dollars in the tip jar for GIVIT, who are lending a hand to struggling hospo workers.
Get Romantic With The Australian Ballet's Free Stream Of Romeo And Juliet
From 5pm on Friday 1 May, you'll be able to stream iconic Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy's stunning reinvention of the classic love story, Romeo and Juliet. It's a part of The Australian Ballet's new "At Home with Ballet TV" digital season, and if you've not tested the waters of ballet appreciation just yet—this is a great spot to start (costumes, pointe shoes, incredible set design, orchestral music—the works). Head here.
Mellow Out With The Elephants And Otters Via Taronga TV
Here's hoping animal live streams are not just a COVID thing and that they are here to stay. Taronga Zoo's super epic Taronga TV features six different live-stream cameras that'll give you a window view into the life and times of Asian small-clawed Otters, baby elephants, Sumatran tigers, seals and—icons of Taronga—the meerkat clan (who are obviously all named Timone). Get watching here.
Bury Your Head In These Epic Books That Will Change The Way You Think
This week, Urban List launched our brand new sustainability vertical—you can read all about it here. And on that note, we think now is a great time to rethink and reset—challenge old ideas and get ready for a brave new world—whenever we do, finally, re-emerge from iso. We miss lots of things right now (restaurants! our friends! gigs!), but some things, we're ready to let go.
This list of books will hurtle you towards new, future-forward thinking on climate change, the refugee crisis, body positivity, institutional racism, sex workers, mental health and politics. Are you ready to challenge your POV?
Treat Yourself To 10 William St's Iconic Pretzel
It was a sad day when 10 William St announced they'd be shutting up shop due to the COVID-19 crisis. Ever the quiet innovators, 10 William St has been peddling super rare vino from their cellar via quickfire Instagram auctions ever since. And this week—praise be—they've revealed they will be reopening in a brand new format. As of Friday 24 April, you’ll be able to visit the Paddington bar, reimagined as a bottle shop with some of their most-iconic dishes ready for takeaway. Yes—we can confirm the pretzel and bottarga dip, ready sliced salumi and prosciutto and tiramisu are all on the menu. Check the 10 William St Insta for more info.
Don't Forget Mother's Day Next Weekend
Mother's Day is just two weeks away—and with everything a little trickier and slower in iso life, you'll want to make sure you've planned ahead. Want to buy her something special? Suss our sustainable and eco-friendly Mother's Day gift guide here or our wine-themed gift guide—we've packed these full of iso goodies guaranteed to make your mum smile. Make sure you lock in any online shopping orders quickly too, as deliveries are a little haywire right now.
Prefer to send flowers? Here's our go-to guide for Sydney's absolute best flower delivery services.
And if it's breakfast in bed you're looking to recreate—the butter heroes at Pepe Saya have you well and truly covered. Firstly, they've created maple butter, which is Pepe Saya butter that's been rolled in vanilla bean and sunk into a jar of 100% pure organic Canadian maple syrup. You'll be able to send mum a "Breakfast in Bed" pack that features said maple butter, as well as a stack of chocolate crumpets from Crumpets by Merna and a huge bouquet of blooms from Mr Cook. This will sell out! Order yours here.
Go On, Get Bingeing
Ok—you think you've watched everything on Netflix, Stan and Disney+. But have you really? Now is the best time to binge without the guilt and—to save you from choice paralysis—we've got fresh lists of all the best things to watch. Behold:
- The best movies on Netflix
- The best feel-good movies on Netflix
- The best tearjerkers on Netflix
- The best comedies on Netflix
- The best TV shows on Netflix
- The best movies on Stan
- The best TV shows on Stan
- The best free-to-air shows
- And a bunch of streaming services that aren’t Netflix or Stan
Need more ideas? Jump over here.
Image credit: Road Trip with Raj