This week, we're delving into new food fusions including beer tea and a condiment-inspired martini. We also explore a tech fail for a Chinese vlogger, how to keep cool on the go, and a new tourism boost for Bali's north coast.
1. A HARD EARNED CUPPA
Ahead of the Ashes Test series, VB is helping Aussie cricket fans stay up into the wee hours of the morning with a brand new brew, a beer-infused tea. Made with Ceylon black tea leaves and VB Super Pride Hops, the Victorian Bitter Tea is non-alcoholic, but could make an interesting hair-of-the-dog remedy.
2. SOY MARTINI
In further foodie news, the Northern Territory's Berry Springs Tavern has added an interesting new cocktail to its menu, the Soy Sauce Martini. Made with Grey Goose vodka and shaken with soy sauce, sesame oil and Sriracha, the martini is garnished with a crispy dim sim. Those with dietaries will be pleased to know there is a vegetarian and gluten-free version.
3. MYSTERY VLOGGER
A technology fail has outed a popular Chinese vlogger as a middle-aged woman, and not the picture of youth she claimed to be. Using a face filter during her online appearances, vlogger 'Your Highness Qiao Biluo', faced a glitch during a live-streaming session, which revealed her true appearance.
4. POCKET AC
Sony has announced a pocket-sized portable air-conditioning unit, perfect for keeping you cool on the go. Still in the crowdfunding stage, the Reon Pocket uses small electrical currents to absorb or give out heat and is capable of cooling users down by 13 degrees Celsius. Slated for release in March 2020, unfortunately Aussies will have to do without this summer.
5. BALI TOUCHDOWN
In a bid to ease congestion at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Indonesian officials have announced a new airport for Bali to serve low-cost carriers. Set to open in 2022, the new airport in the north of the island will boost tourism in the less popular Singaraja region. We'll take this as an excuse for a visit.