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Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Ah, Father’s Day – the time of year when the shelves are stocked with novelty mugs, barbecue tongs and tool kits. When a hardware store voucher or pair of socks just won’t do, what do you get for dad? 

Don’t worry,  JR/Duty Free have compiled this handy guide to help you find the perfect gift. Step away from the ordinary and spoil dad with something he’ll truly love this Father’s Day!

 

 For the stylish Dad:

For the dad who always looks his best, classic accessories and fresh scents are the perfect choice to complement his style.

Giorgio Armani – Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme

Inspired by the Mediterranean island Pantelleria, this iconic fragrance has been the number one best-selling scent for men across the USA for years.

With top notes of jasmine, rosemary and Hespiradic notes, middle notes of persimmon fruits and marine notes, and a base of cedar, patchouli, white musk and rock rose, this fragrance is masculine, light and perfect for the warmer seasons.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme EDT 100ml

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme EDT 100ml

 

Davidoff – Cool Water

One of the most popular and best-selling fragrances for men since its release, Cool Water for men is a fresh scent with a hint of spice and musk.

With top notes of peppermint and lavender, middle notes of spicy coriander, jasmine, oak moss and geranium, and a base of amber and musk, this fragrance is a guaranteed winner.

Davidoff Cool Water for Men EDT 125ml

Davidoff Cool Water for Men EDT 125ml

 

Calvin Klein Men’s City Chronograph Watch

Made from stainless steel and powered by a chronograph quartz movement, this elegant men’s timepiece is water resistant up to 50 metres and includes a date function. The genuine leather strap in classic black and sophisticated dial make this watch perfect for any outfit and occasion.

Calvin Klein Men's City Chronograph Watch K2G271C3

Calvin Klein Men’s City Chronograph Watch K2G271C3

 

 

For the modern dad:

For the dad who loves the catching up on his favourite shows and blasting his Spotify playlist, portable speakers and TV on demand are the perfect gifts to keep him entertained.

Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker

Lightweight and totally wireless, the ‪Beats Pill‬ ‪speaker‬ is the most convenient portable sound system yet. Fully ‪smartphone‬ integrated, dad can change tracks from his phone from up to 30 feet away, or take a call thanks to the built-in microphone. Just tap the phone to your Beats Pill to create an instant connection. Small in size but big in sound.

Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker

Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker

 

Apple TV

Kick back, relax and cure that day-after-Father’s-Day Mondayitis with Apple TV!  Apple TV gives dad access to heaps of great HD content in a tiny package. Play YouTube and Vimeo clips, enjoy blockbuster movies, TV shows, live sports and news, access music and photos through iCloud, or stream from your iOS device through AirPlay.

Apple TV

Apple TV

 

 

For the ‘big-kid’ dad:

For the dad who loves playing with toys more than the kids do, remote control replica cars and cameras to capture his adventures will earn you major cool points.

GoPro Hero 4

The most advanced GoPro yet, this sleek and ultra-convenient camera is so simple to use – just view, tap and swipe the screen!

With a rechargeable battery, mounting hardware, quick release buckles and USB cable included, dad will have everything he needs to make some memorable videos.

GoPro Hero 4, Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 4, Silver Edition

 

Give dad his  very own Ferrari! This 1/10th scale rechargeable remote control Ferrari replica is a highly detailed, licensed product.
Equipped with fully functioning LED headlights that light up as it accelerates and illuminate the brake lights when you reverse. Finished in Ferrari Racing Red, it comes with a digital proportion pistol grip remote control and matching independent front and rear suspension for sharp and responsive steering.
The shell is made of impact-resistant Lexan, so this remote control car not only looks great on display, but performs very well on road/track. Supplied with a rechargeable battery pack, mains charger and 9V battery, it comes complete and ready to race.
TechBrands Ferrari F430 GT Remote Control Car

TechBrands Ferrari F430 GT Remote Control Car

 

 

For the dad who appreciates tradition:

You can’t go past a good old-fashioned bottle of red or spirits. Perfect for sharing over long dinners or good conversation.

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

Ripe, vibrant, robust and full of flavour. Matured for 15 months in older American hogsheads and fermented in stainless steel fermenters with wooden header boards.

Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

 

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz

A South Australian Shiraz ripened to create more complete and complex flavours. Matured for 12 months in new (20%) and aged (80%) French hogsheads and fermented in stainless steel fermenters with wooden header boards.

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz

 

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century is the rarest limited edition Jack Daniel’s whiskey ever produced. This 100 proof whiskey gains its rich oak character and smooth delicate finish from 100 carefully selected grooved ‘Sinatra barrels’. Along with this wonderful whiskey, 14 never before released recordings from Sinatra at the Sands in 1966 and a commemorative book honouring Sinatra’s 100th year are included.

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century

 

 

Please contact your most convenient JR/Duty Free metro or airport store to check stock of products listed here. Alternatively, you may contactour customer service line on +61 1300 DUTY FREE outside Australia, or 1300 DUTY FREE within Australia.

What’s In My Bag? 5th June 2015

What do glamorous jet-setting JR/Duty Free girls have in bag their today you ask? Lancôme winter makeup essentials of course!

From left: Lancôme Teint Miracle Powder, Lancôme L'Absolu Nu Lipstick 106 Voile De Rouge and UV Expert GN-Shield SPF 50 PA+++ Sun Protection.

From left: Lancome Teint Miracle Powder, Lancome L’Absolu Nu Lipstick 106 Voile De Rouge and UV Expert GN-Shield SPF 50 PA+++ Sun Protection.

The colder season doesn’t mean you can put away your sun protection! UV rays are still prevalent in winter, and are contributors to aging and skin cancers. Approximately 80% of rays make it through cloud cover, so be sure to look for sunscreens or makeup bases that offer UVA and UVB protection.

A bold lip is great for winter when our fashions tend to run darker, so don’t be afraid to try red, plum, wine and berry shades.

Lastly, don’t forget to set your makeup with some loose powder for a smoother, more even finish that will prolong the wear of your foundation and concealer and help disguise some dry winter skin.

Check out our Lancôme range at JR/Duty Free online or in-store today!

Weird Travel Tips

Tourists beware! You may not be aware of some of these interesting laws from around the world, but you can end up with a nasty fine if you’re not careful.

 

Don’t eat on church steps in Italy.
It’s an offense in Florence to eat or drink while sitting on church steps or within a church courtyard. The same law applies to eating near public buildings.

Thanks to Readers Digest.

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Wear a shirt and underwear in Thailand.
Though we’re unsure how this would be checked, it is technically illegal to leave your house if you aren’t wearing underwear in Thailand. Motorists are also required to wear a shirt while driving a car, so if you’re picking up a rental, be sure to be appropriately clothed!

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Don’t feed the pigeons in San Francisco!
It’s illegal to feed pigeons on the streets of San Francisco. The city famous for the Golden Gate Bridge blames the birds for spreading disease and damaging property. If you’re caught providing food to San Francisco’s pigeons, you could face a hearty fine. Citizens are even encouraged to report pigeon feeders to the city’s police department.

Thanks to Readers Digest.

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Turn that frown upside down in Milan!
A city law mean you can be fined for frowning or not smiling in Milan. Thankfully, those attending funerals or making hospital visits are exempt from the happiness rule.

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Pack a breathalyzer in France.
In France, drivers are legally required to carry a portable breathalyzer in their vehicle. If you’re caught without this gadget in your car, you’ll be fined 11 Euros. Tourists, this law applies to you too.

Thanks to Readers Digest.

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Don’t die in Longyearbyen, Norway.
In the remote Arctic town of Longyearbyen, dying is against the law. This is because it was found that bodies didn’t decompose in the permafrost. The graveyard stopped accepting newcomers 70 years ago; so if you fall gravely ill there now, you will be hastily dispatched by plane to the mainland, where you can end your days without getting arrested.

Thanks to the Telegraph.

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No photos in airports in Kazakhstan.
In Kazakhstan, it’s against the law to take photographs in airports. Photography in and around airports is illegal, and taking pictures of military and official buildings is frowned upon as well.

Thanks to Readers Digest.

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Eat Up or Don’t Pay in Denmark!
When dining at a restaurant in Denmark, you don’t have to pay for your food unless, by your own opinion, you are ‘full’ at the end of your meal.

Thanks to the Telegraph.

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Don’t Build Sandcastles in Eraclea, Italy!
That’s right, building sandcastles on the beaches in Eraclea can net you a hefty fine as it ‘obstructs walking on the beach’. It’s also illegal to collect shells, so don’t expect to see any ‘she’s’ selling seashells by the sea shore.

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No smoking and watch where you chew in Singapore!
You’ll earn a fine in Singapore if you light up in public – this includes restaurants, on the street and in parks. Gum chewers aren’t in the clear either. It’s illegal to chomp gum while riding on Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit system, and like smoking, this offense is punishable with a fine.

Thanks to Readers Digest.

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Don’t wear high heels while touring historic sites in Greece.
If you show up to an ancient Greek site in high heels, you’ll have to tour barefoot. In order to preserve the sites, the government has banned shoes that could injure the monuments.

Thanks to the Huffington Post.

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Don’t try to offload your change in Canada.
If you’re shopping in Canada, don’t expect cashiers to accept stacks of coins as your sole method of payment. According to Canada’s Currency Act, stores can legally refuse excessive amounts of coins. With pennies, for example, a customer’s payment may be rejected if they try to use more than 25 one-cent coins at one time. Make sure to have other forms of payment!

Thanks to Readers Digest.

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No Durian in South East Asia!
In South East Asia, the durian fruit has a smell so strong that it is banned from many hotels and public places. I’m sure some of you are thinking if only we could do that with tuna here…

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‘Melbourne Cocktails’ Recipes – Velvet Kisses

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Velvet Kisses cocktail, courtesy of Mel – creator of ‘Melbourne Cocktails’ and Saveur Award nominee. Find the original recipe here: www.melbournecocktails.com/2015/02/recipe-velvet-kisses/

Perfect for lazy, indulgent Sundays, as what could be more indulgent than chocolate? Take your time and savour this creamy mix of chocolate, vanilla, berry and coconut. Even better shared with someone special.

Ingredients

2 tbs coconut cream
1 x 20 gm chocolate
30 ml Chambord raspberry liqueur
30 ml Absolut vanilla vodka
Desiccated coconut for rim – only do half
Garnish: 3 fresh raspberries on a cocktail pick

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Method
Gently warm coconut cream and chocolate together to melt chocolate into a smooth rich mixture. Cool to room temperature.
Prepare coconut rim rub a wedge of lime around half the rim of the glass. Pile desiccated coconut onto a small plate. Then dip the glass upside down into coconut.
Add Chambord, vanilla vodka and chocolate mixture to cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake to chill. Strain into martini glass with coconut rim. Garnish.

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Imagery courtesy of Mel at Melbourne Cocktails.

Republished with permission.

Find the original recipe here: www.melbournecocktails.com/2015/02/recipe-velvet-kisses/

Check out melbournecocktails.com for great recipes, bar information, reviews and more!

‘Melbourne Cocktails’ Recipes – Vanilla Espresso Martini

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The perfect Friday after-work cocktail to get you revved up for the night ahead! Give yourself a caffeine kick to get your evening going with a Vanilla Espresso Martini.

Try with Absolut Vanilla Vodka.

Ingredients
45 ml Vanilla Vodka
30 ml Mr Black’s coffee liqueur
10 ml Galliano Vanilla liqueur
15 ml shot of espresso
Garnish: 3 coffee beans

Method
Add all ingredients to shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish.

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Imagery courtesy of Mel at Melbourne Cocktails.

Republished with permission.

Find the original recipe here: www.melbournecocktails.com/2015/02/recipe-vanilla-espresso-martini/

Check out melbournecocktails.com for great recipes, bar information, reviews and more!

‘Melbourne Cocktails’ Recipes – The Passionista

Passionaista-Ingredients-1075x605The Passionista Recipe, courtesy of Mel, creator of ‘Melbourne Cocktails’ and Saveur Award nominee. Find the original recipe here: http://www.melbournecocktails.com/2014/11/mason-jar/

Looking for an excuse to try a Mason Jar cocktail? It doesn’t come much better than this. Try with Hendricks Gin.

Ingredients

45ml gin

5 slices lemon

½ lemon, juiced

20 mint leaves

4 tbs passionfruit pulp

Ice cubes

100ml diet tonic water

Garnish: 1 sprig of mint and 1 slice of lemon

 

Method

Add lemon slices, lemon juice, mint leaves, passionfruit pulp, ice cubes and gin to a tall mason jar. Seal tightly. Shake rigorously. Open jar and add tonic water. Top with extra ice cubes and garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon. Serve with a drinking straw.

Note: for a slightly sweeter, less tart version, use canned passionfruit pulp in syrup as available in supermarkets.

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Imagery courtesy of Mel at Melbourne Cocktails.

Republished with permission.

Find the original recipe here: http://www.melbournecocktails.com/2014/11/mason-jar/

Check out melbournecocktails.com for great recipes, bar information, reviews and more!

‘Melbourne Cocktails’ Recipes – Killing Thyme

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Killing Thyme Recipe, courtesy of Mel, creator of ‘Melbourne Cocktails’ and Saveur Award nominee. Find the original recipe here: www.melbournecocktails.com/2015/03/recipe-killing-thyme/

An amazing twist on an classic pairing.  Try with Australian distilled Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin!

Ingredients
40 ml gin
20 ml dry vermouth
20 ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed & fine strained
10 ml sugar syrup (see note)
Sprig of thyme
Note: to make sugar syrup, add 1/2 cup caster sugar to 1/4 cup boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Cool and refrigerate til ready for use.

Method
Add ingredients to shaker with ice cubes. Shake well to chill. Strain into cocktail glass. Add sprig of thyme and top with crushed ice.

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Imagery courtesy of Mel at Melbourne Cocktails.

Republished with permission.

Find the original recipe here: www.melbournecocktails.com/2015/03/recipe-killing-thyme/

Check out melbournecocktails.com for great recipes, bar information, reviews and more!

‘Melbourne Cocktails’ Recipes – Berry-tini

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Berry-tini Recipe, courtesy of Mel, creator of ‘Melbourne Cocktails’ and Saveur Award nominee. Find the original recipe here: melbournecocktails.com/2014/12/recipe-berry-tini/

Try with Absolut Raspberri for an amazing cocktail:

Ingredients
30ml chilled raspberry vodka
30ml Chambord raspberry liqueur
100ml strawberry purée, strained
5ml lime juice
Ice
Fresh raspberries & a slice of lime to garnish

Method
Add vodka, liqueur, lime juice and strawberry puree to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a skewer of raspberries &/or slice of lime.

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Imagery and recipe courtesy of Mel at Melbourne Cocktails.

Republished with permission.

Find the original recipe here: melbournecocktails.com/2014/12/recipe-berry-tini/

Check out melbournecocktails.com for great recipes, bar information, reviews and more!

Food and Wine Pairings – Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon makes up some of the most highly prized wines in the world. Noted for its bold flavours which can include blackcurrant, cedar and mint, this red wine is full bodied, rich and complex. So with such an abundance of flavours in just the wine, what do you pair it with?

Cabernet Sauvignon contains large amounts of tannin (tannin is what creates that bitter taste, and can either come from ‘fruit tannin’ caused by the skin of the grape, or ‘wood tannin’ from the oak barrels the wine is aged in) and thus can be overwhelming to more delicate dishes. Steer clear of oily fish, sweet dishes, or watery vegetables. Such full flavours require a counterbalance to the bitterness of the tannin and the richness of the wine.

Full of bold, complex flavours, this elegant red is one of the most sought after varieties in the world.

Full of bold, complex flavours, this elegant red is one of the most sought after varieties in the world.

For vegetarians: Look for bitter vegetables, preferably grilled or roasted. Think roasted eggplant and Brussels sprouts, vegetable medleys with mushroom, onions and / or garlic, or arugula salad greens.

For fish fans: Fish is generally not a good match with Cabernet Sauvignon, but grilled tuna or swordfish can pair well. Good quality shark meat is an another option.

For poultry pairings: Opt for game birds such as duck or squab.

For meat matches: You’re in luck – red meat is the perfect accompaniment. Choose from slow cooked or braised pork, lamb or beef dishes, barbecue ribs, strip steak, beef stew, Morrocan spiced lamb, rack or leg of lamb, even venison or rabbit.

Sauces and spices: Add rich sauces such as red wine, peppercorn or mushroom. Fruitier options could include plum, huckleberry or black cherry. Try spices such as cinnamon, cumin, or coriander, while rosemary and thyme are classic herb choices. Onion and garlic are common yet satisfying flavour combinations.

For dessert: Stick with cheeses such as sharp cheddar varieties, aged Gouda or Comté (also known as Gruyère de Comté). If you must have chocolate, choose bitter flavours such as dark chocolate. A rich, semi-sweet dark chocolate cake with blackberry, raspberry or boysenberry elements can work as long as you limit the sugar.