5 Foodie Finds – new Tim Tams, raw vegan genius and a wine giveaway

Discovering ever new and better things to eat and drink is a passion of ours. In our latest Foodie Finds, we’ve also got an exciting competition for you to win wine! There are also new Tim Tam flavours, a Sydney-based coffee roaster, a tasty vegan café and Merivale’s 2015 festival!

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It’s been a while since our last 5 Foodie Finds, but we think it’s been worth the wait. We’ve got a voucher for one of Australia’s most cutting edge design stores and two magnums of wine to give you. Not bad, ay?

Magnum Wines

Mr and Mrs Romance - Foodie Finds - Magnum Wines. Image by Dominic Loneragan.

Magnum Wines have developed a new type of cask wine – or wine in a box – that’s actually drinkable. I know, it’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? But it’s true.

They’ve sourced some top Aussie and NZ vino and have put them into their stay-fresh packaging. It’s perfect for that time when you just want to chill out with a glass of wine but you don’t want to worry about the rest of the bottle going off.

Magnum wine stays fresh for weeks. And each box holds 2 bottles’ worth!

So when you feel like that glass to take the edge off a bad day or that perfect glass to go with dinner, there it’ll be waiting for you.

Win with Magnum Wines. Image by Dominic Loneragan.

So it’s competition time!

The prize: a $50 voucher for Top3 By Design and 2 magnums of Magnum Wine – – sorry, we can only post to people within Australia.

The challenge: tell us in 25 words or less what your Magnum at Home moment looks like then sign up to our newsletter here.

You’ve got until Friday week when we’ll announce the winner via the newsletter on 6th March.

Email your answer to jimbutcher [at] romance-media [dot] com with ‘Magnum Competition’ in the Subject line.

Good luck!

Leftfield Coffee

Mr and Mrs Romance - Foodie Finds - Leftfield Coffee Marrickville

We love coffee. I seem to be drinking more and more of the stuff recently. Especially since finding this new local, Sydney-based roaster. Leftfield source and roast all their own beans and should be available in shops very soon.

We’ve tried their Old Fox blend – their latest – and it’s great. Sweet caramel with a beautiful nuttiness and extremely smooth.

Leftfield also have single origin beans. Their Burundi beans from Africa are citrusy and full of life. The Salvador beans are mellower but also well worth a go.

Keep your eyes out for this stuff. We’ve tried it in our stovetop and French press percolators and it comes out beautifully. It also works well in cocktails… watch this space for more of that too!

Raw Lab Kitchen

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Given a choice between a regular meat burger and a raw vegan one, it’s usually a no-brainer for me. But this new Bondi-based outfit might just change that.

Focused on vibrant, fresh, filling food that’s also good for you, they’re doing some pretty unconventional things with raw veggies. I tried their burger and was blown away.

Mrs R had Raw Lab Kitchen’s pizza and was equally impressed.

Raw Lab Kitchen will be setting up shop in Bondi in the coming weeks serving lunch and dinner to punters interested in intense flavour, bright colours and a completely different way of thinking about and eating healthy food.

Check out the Raw Lab Kitchen’s Instagram feed to keep up to date with them and their mad raw food science!

New Tim Tam flavours

Mr and Mrs Romance - Foodie Finds - New Tim Tams

That’s right, Adriano Zumbo’s at it again. And this time he’s nailed it.

The new Tim Tams Zumbo’s created are nothing short of amazing. The dark choc raspberry is a stroke of biccie genius.

And then there’s Mrs Romance’s new true love: the coconut cream Tim Tam. Imagine a Bounty in Tim Tam form and you’re half way there.

And to make three for the win, the most excellent salted caramel Tim Tam is now available in full size packets (I could eat my own bodyweight in salted caramel Tim Tams).

March into Merivale 2015

March into Merivale 2015

Every year for the last 6 years, Merivale have set out an amazing food and drink festival in the heart of Sydney. And for its 7th birthday, March into Merivale is looking like the best yet.

Tickets are already on sale for all the events and for individual festivals.

Check out March into Merivale’s website for all the details. The whole thing goes from 23rd February to 29th March this year.

March into Merivale 2015

Have you discovered any amazing new food or drink recently? Tell us in the comments! And don’t forget to enter our wine giveaway competition!

Magnum Wines images by DL Photography. Merivale images supplied, other images by Mrs Romance.


  • Reply February 24, 2015

    Steph @ Lipstick & Cake

    Cor blimey! Arnotts always wait until I’m on the other side of the world before they release new Tim Tam flavours. I am absolutely frothing about the coconut flavour! Describe it to meeeeee, in Cookie Monsters voice.

    • Reply February 24, 2015

      Mrs Romance

      It is THE BEST. Jim described it as eating sunscreen in the middle of your biscuit but it’s more delicious than that 😉

  • Reply March 1, 2015


    I recently discovered kale chips! THey’re wonderful

    • Reply March 1, 2015

      Mr Romance

      How good are kale chips, Rachel?! Really easy to make, a superfood and really tasty too. Adding it to the list for next Foodie Finds for sure!

  • Reply March 3, 2015

    Trish MLDB

    I came via Sammie.
    I love the new Tim Tam Coconut cream – they are my favourite ever (tried one at 11pm last night and one today – the packet is empty thanks to my family or I’d stash them in the safe)
    I must go and buy the other 2 flavours today.
    It was the Box wine anniversary the other day – the Aussie inventer didn’t make much $ from it but it really took off once they prevented the O2 getting in.

    • Reply March 4, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Hi Trish (how cool is Sammie?! Love her). The coconut Tim Tams are superb, aren’t they? I’d definitely keep the salted caramel in a safe if I were you. They’ll disappear just as fast!
      Didn’t know that about the box wine. Very interesting. I think when it’s done well – like the Magnum guys – it’s a great product. Ironically, the wine that comes out needs even more time to breath than the bottled type – though I suppose that makes sense if you think about it.

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