Boss Hunting’s Favourite Things: May 2021

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Each and every month in the Boss Hunting office we’re lucky enough to sample, find, taste, and curate some of the coolest stuff the world has to offer. From golf courses and cocktail bars to good reads and new garments, these are Boss Hunting’s favourite things for May 2021.

Curated by Jack SladeJames WantGarry LuJohn McMahonChris SinghSera Bozza & Brad Hutchins

Barnbougle

I was lucky enough to make my third visit to Tasmania’s iconic golf resort, Barnbougle, a few weeks ago – and the place just keeps getting better and better each time I go. To truly solidify it as one of the world’s great golf resorts, the team at Barnbougle just added a third course to the facility, a 14-hole short course named ‘Bougle Run’ which is a cracking way to spend two hours. Pair that with outstanding food, stunning views, and a uniquely Tasmanian convivial atmosphere and you’ve got a bucket-list golf destination that you’ll keep coming back to for years. – Jack




Trudon’s The Alabasters Abd El Kader

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The world’s oldest candlemaker, Trudon (formerly Cire Trudon) has arrived in Sydney at Paddington’s ‘The Intersection’ touting a collection of candles and fragrances fit for King – literally. Founded in 1643, Trudon became a Royal Manufacture in 1719 supplying candles to Louis XVI and the Versailles castle until the end of the monarchy. Their latest candle releases arrive in Alabaster, sculpted in Spain out of a single block, with the containers and tops entirely unique due to each piece’s veins. Not only does it look and smell incredible, but it’s also an objet d’art, ready to elevate any home. – James


‘The God of Small Things’

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No, this isn’t the title of my sex tape. It’s the heartbreakingly beautiful debut novel of acclaimed author Arundhati Roy – which actually won the Booker Prize back in 1997. The God of Small Things tells the story of how twins Rahel and Eshappen’s lives were destroyed by the ripple effects of their childhood circumstances. It’s one of those things where it’s best to leave a mystery and explore yourself. If I had to describe the whole experience cover to cover, I’d compare it to having your throat slit by the world’s most attractive woman. – Garry


Il Bacaro, Melbourne

Moreton Bay bug spaghettini Credit Kristoffer Paulsen
Moreton Bay bug spaghettini. Credit: Kristoffer Paulsen

The weather seriously turned in Melbourne, which meant it was time to part with my money at Il Bacaro to drown my sorrows. I’m a fan of any Italian with white table cloth service and a wine glass bigger than my head, but I chose Il Bacaro for their infamous bugs – and they didn’t disappoint. At $48, the spaghettini Moreton Bay bugs – “olio visadi”, garlic, chilli and rocket – certainly isn’t cheap, but it is simply quality. This place is an institution for a reason, and you’re guaranteed a night of good eating and drinking, perfect for a special occasion. Fortunately, I snuck it in before lockdown, so I can spend the next week trying to recreate how bloody good that deceptively simple sauce was. – Sera


Grand Seiko GMT SBGJ211

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After almost 18 months of contemplation, I finally made a decision on a watch and I couldn’t be happier. Grand Seiko is a brand that has appealed to me immensely, for some time, and should be top of your list if you’re looking for an understated class, with unrivalled finishing for the money. I wanted a GMT watch I could daily, so opted for high-intensity titanium, which is 30% lighter than steel, and perhaps Grand Seiko’s most understated dial, in a crisp white with vertical accents. Not only will I never see another person wearing it, even so watch enthusiasts don’t really know what it is and that gets my dick hard. – James


Suit Supply’s Navy Drawstring Ames Trousers

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Clocking in at six foot five, I’ve not only struggled to find shoes that fit me (that I actually like) but pants, too. When I dropped into Dutch brand Suit Supply for a quick refresh of my casual suiting wardrobe, these Drawstring Ames Trousers absolutely nailed the brief – both in style and length. I bought them to wear with a sand linen blazer and open white shirt, but I can already tell you now that I’ll be rocking these with a grey sweater in winter or a fitted white t-shirt in summer. The pleat gives it some structure, while the elastic waistband and drawstring offset the look for a more casual finish. The soft, pure S120’s wool by Italy’s Vitale Barberis Canonico mill also makes them super comfortable. – John


J Cole ‘The Off-Season’

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J Cole doesn’t really have anything left to prove. He has already given hip hop three classic albums -KOD, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, 4 Your Eyez Only – and now he can add a fourth. The Off-Season, his sixth studio album, highlights the rapper’s strengths as a supremely expressive, witty, inventive writer that has just as much bite as he does empathy. Most importantly, it’s consistent. I haven’t been this impressed by a hip hop album since, well, his last album (KOD). And the fact that he pops in unexpected guest verses that are equally as strong, overproduction that is just as tough, shows how much detail he puts into his music. – Chris


iFLY

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Ever wondered what that final scene of Twister would feel like? With iFly’s space-age tech and talented coaches, you’re in for a wild taste of weightlessness. These legends run a smooth operation that makes a challenging new venture safe and fun. Once you’ve finished an orientation video, you simply throw on your jumpsuit, pop in your earplugs, and slide on your full-face helmet and then it’s time to look (and act) like a real-life Power Ranger. Winds up to 200km/hr buffet you into an airborne position where you can’t really help but giggle. We highly recommend you finish a session off with a high fly, where the coach takes control and tandems you into a whirling series of ceiling-high boosts guaranteed to get the heart rate up for adventure seekers. – Brad




Calibre’s Short Tech Coat Navy

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I’ve forgotten about every other jacket I own since making the rash decision to fork out $719 for Calibre’s Short Tech Coat Navy. It’s not exactly the warmest choice for an increasingly cold Sydney, but it’s a perfect alternative to a blazer for work and casual events with its sharp look and navy hue. – Chris