Boss Hunting’s Favorite Things: February 2022

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Every month in the Boss Hunting office, we get the chance to sample, find, sample, explore and curate some of the coolest things the world has to offer. From tequila and coffee machines to watch straps and movies, these are Boss Hunting’s favorite things for February 2022.

Organized by Nick Kenyon, James Want, Garry Lu, John McMahon, Chris Singh and Jack Slade

Strange Culture, Newtown

There are plenty of new restaurants in Sydney worth checking out, but Odd Culture in Newtown is easily one of the most unique. The progressive restaurant-bar hybrid is a perfect match for Newtown, focusing on wild fermentation with both food and drink. Two weeks later, this blood pancake with pork jowl, fried egg and maple syrup is still on my mind, as is the chicken liver pate served swimming in a fish caramel sauce with apple crisps of fine grounds (hint: get extra beer bread and use it to mop up the remaining caramel sauce). The wine list is also top-notch, with a massive emphasis on natural, skin-to-skin contact. –Chris


The Batman

Boss Hunting's Favorite Things: February 2022

Unlike the Christopher Nolan trilogy, director Matt Reeves made a stunning crime film in The Batman in collaboration with Australian cinematic extraordinaire Greig Fraser, who owes much to the work of David Fincher. Specifically, the thrilling neo-noir sensibilities of Seven, The Game, and Zodiac with philosophical overtones from Fight Club, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Mindhunter. It’s slow-burning – like three hours of slow-burning – cerebral, and above all, unwavering. Robert Pattinson knocks it out of the fucking park – full review coming soon. –Gary




Tawny from Starward #2

Boss Hunting's Favorite Things: February 2022

Another month, another whiskey – and I promise it won’t be a regular occurrence in the future in 2022, but I only had to mention Starward’s latest Special Projects release, Tawny #2. I was lucky enough to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Melbourne Distillery the other week where we got an exclusive glimpse of the limited last drop, which is an evolution of their first Tawny cask whisky, Tawny #1. Historically, these cult classics sell out across the country faster than you can say “single malt.” The ballot is now closed and the winners are notified as we speak, but if you’re lucky enough to own one, embrace the notes of raisins, brown sugar and tropical apricot in one of the best versions of Starward to date. . Now in a 700ml bottle compared to the old 500ml. – John


Breville Touch Oracle

Breville Touch Oracle

The latest addition to our office is Breville’s flagship coffee machine, the Oracle Touch. As someone who enjoys the manual grinding and tamping process – not to mention products that do one thing well, not two on average – I was initially hesitant about the built-in grinder and digital display, but after a week of use I can confidently say it’s nothing short of fantastic. It offers the theater of a manual machine with modern conveniences and little to no mess. You can adjust the grind manually in the hopper and then fine-tune it further on the machine, making transitions between different beans and types of coffee absolutely seamless. Full review to come. -James


PlantWater

PlantWater

The Sydney-based team at Plant Water sent us a case of their Nutrient Enhanced H2O, and to be honest, we were skeptical at first. Until we drink the thing. Packed with over 17 vitamins and minerals, Plant Water tastes a bit like a mix of water, cucumber and celery (not in a bad way) and the whole team – myself included – is hooked. –Jack


Watch strap Joseph Bonnie 1953

Watch strap Joseph Bonnie 1953

The only thing better than a new watch is a new strap, and this month I took advantage of a strap from the France-based team at Joseph Bonnie. While I generally prefer wrist or rubber strap watches, there is something incomparable about the feel of a quality leather strap on the wrist, offering both suppleness and sturdiness. Executed in grained calfskin, the strap cut tapers fairly quickly from 20mm to 14mm at the buckle, meaning it will fit any watch with 20mm lugs (it there are thousands) while adding a feeling of sophistication when on your wrist. So if you’re thinking about a new watch, but might actually need a new strap for the watches you already have, consider Joseph Bonnie as a quality option.


Amouage Interlude Man

Amouage Interlude Man

Anyone who’s read my weekly Fragrance Friday column should know that we’re pretty big on Amouage at the BH office. The historic Oman-based perfume house is highly regarded for producing some of the strongest, biggest and loudest fragrances in the industry. Last year, Enclave was a favorite of mine, but I’ve slowly passed it because my personal favorite is Interlude Man. That zesty bergamot on top is a knockout, but when it starts to dry down to those sweeter, almost chocolaty notes of amber, incense, and patchouli, that’s when this scent draws. really into something special. The price tag is punchy, but I would highly recommend this pleasant scent to anyone who is tired of the more typical leather and oud scents. –Chris


Braun Series 9 Pro Wet & Dry Electric Shaver

Braun Series 9 Pro Wet Dry Electric Shaver

Much to my partner’s chagrin, it’s been a long time since I’ve had a clean shave on a regular basis. Getting shaving cream out every morning was just too much of a hassle for someone who is definitely not a morning person. Opting for a change though, I bought the Braun Series 9 shaver earlier this month, and I’m loving it so far. Considered “Braun’s best shaver”, the Series 9 allows me to enjoy my shave again and get a close cut the first time every time. As a bonus, it can be used wet or dry, comes with a charging case for travel, and has a self-cleaning charging stand so I don’t have to spread hair all over the bathroom. It’s not cheap, but the quality is there. –Jack


Tequila Reposado Organic Solento

Tequila Reposado Organic Solento

If I’m being perfectly honest, sipping tequila over ice is not something I would have done a few years ago. Not only was I more interested in whiskey, but there’s a part of me that just didn’t think I would appreciate agave spirit like that. Now, there’s nothing quite like sipping on quality tequila after a day at the office, and Solento Organic Reposado Tequila is up there with the best of them. The brainchild of American filmmaker Taylor Steele and Australian actor Dan MacPherson, Solento’s Reposado is made from certified organic agave from a single estate and aged in American oak barrels for nine months. It offers light notes of homemade caramel and a breath of citrus, rounding off on a sweet finish. – Nickname



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