We're eating… BREAKFAST AT HUXTABURGER
Brekkie burgers are as good for dads as they are for hangovers, and recently Melbourne's Huxtaburger added "Vanessa" to the menu. The bacon and egg bun oozes cheese and is smothered with bloody mary mayonnaise and tomato sauce. Add a potato rosti and/or beef patty and some onion rings on the side. Pick one up this Sunday and treat dad to breakfast in bed without the cleaning up.
The world's first smoked rum, created by Stolen Spirits.
We're drinking... THE WORLD'S FIRST SMOKED RUM
Created by Stolen Spirits, Stolen Rum is inspired by Jim Jarmusch film Coffee & Cigarettes. The United States banned the name, so Stolen Rum it is. Aficionados will enjoy the smoky, toffee aromas of the aged, all-natural spirit. The infusion process – which features Columbian coffee, fenugreek, Madagascan vanilla and smoked American hardwood – takes two weeks. Drink it in an old fashioned way or respect the craft and have it neat. Available at Dan Murphy's and BWS. thisisstolen.com
Designer camping gear: The Escape Kit by Wanderings & Co.
We're cooking with… DESIGNER CAMPING GEAR
It's nearly spring – time to pull out the camping and picnic gear. The Escape Kit by Wanderings & Co. is a classic enamelware range with mugs, tumblers, bowls and plates bundled up in a heavy-duty canvas roll down bag ($165, wanderingsandco.com), while the new Stanley Adventure Happy Hour System features an all-in-one shaker, strainer, citrus reamer, jigger and set of two stainless steel glasses ($79.95, shopstanley.com.au).
Beer Days, a craft beer club that delivers a selection of brews to your door. Photo: Ric McLallen
We're buying… CRAFT BEER DELIVERY FOR DAD
Buying for a bloke who loves beer this Father's Day? Try Beer Days, a craft beer club that delivers a selection of brews to their door. To celebrate dads, limited edition book and beer combos are available, but our pick is the foodie pack with a dozen craft beers, Pornburger recipe book, retro bottle opener and beef jerky. Visit beerdays.com.au/collections/fathers-day.
Sarah Menanix from Snixy Kitchen blog has step-by-step instructions on how to make bacon jam, bacon candy and bacon salt.
We're craving… BACON CONDIMENTS
Everyone knows a good father's day gift is homemade, but this set of DIY bacon condiments is next level. Sarah Menanix from Snixy Kitchen blog has step-by-step instructions on how to make bacon jam, bacon candy and bacon salt – complete with DIY printable labels. Show dad you care; say it with bacon. Go to snixykitchen.com.
Denim aprons from urbanbar.com.au and cargocrew.com.au make a snazzy gift.
We're obsessed with… DENIM APRONS
You've seen waitstaff rocking denim aprons in top cafes and restaurants, but they're readily available to buy for home online. With pockets, buckles, leather straps and designer details, these unisex aprons make a beautiful and affordable gift for avid cooks (and make beginners look like they know what they're doing). From urbanbar.com.au and cargocrew.com.au.
Heart-shaped boiled eggs from annathered.com
We're learning how… TO BOIL HEART-SHAPED EGGS
Ditch pancakes and show dad you love him with heart-shaped boiled eggs. All you need is a length of clean milk carton, a single chopstick, two rubber bands and a boiled and peeled egg. While the egg is warm, lay it lengthways across the crease of the milk carton and firmly place the chopstick on top of the egg so it's parallel with the milk carton crease. Fasten it down firmly using a rubber band on each end. Leave for 10 minutes and cut in half. For easy-to-follow, visual instructions, see annathered.com.
Redgum Smoked Sea Salt, made in collaboration with Piaglligo Estate Smokehouse in Canberra. Photo: Andy Knight
We're loving… FLAVOURED SALTS
It took three years for Olsson's Salt and The Bridge Room's Ross Lusted to sign off on Redgum Smoked Sea Salt, made in collaboration with Piaglligo Estate Smokehouse in Canberra. An old favourite of the Vikings, this modern take smokes salt from South Australia's Eyre Peninsula over native river red gum for 72 hours. Best sprinkled liberally on meat, seafood and vegetables. Visit olssons.com.au.