I went to my cousin’s engagement party on the weekend and my aunty told me about her old boss and the unusual gift registry she had on her 50th birthday. She asked each of her friends to give her what they were currently into for a birthday present. For example a book they’d recently read, a TV series they were addicted to, a CD of their favourite songs, a voucher to a great new restaurant they’d discovered. It was such a great way to get to know her friends again and to discover new things she wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

It inspired me to start a new segment of reader recommendations. I often run surveys to get more information on the Smagglets, like how old you are or if you have kids or not, but this time I want to know what your obsessions are. So each month, I’m going to ask you for your top 3 recommendations from that month. It can be anything; a vegetable that’s been a staple in your weeknight dinners, a new workout that you’re loving or a fabulous app that’s changed your life. I’d love to hear about it!

July 2013 Top Three Favourites

1. Nathan For You.




It’s shot in a kind of Ali G style where the main guy, Nathan, approaches real businesses and offers to ‘help’ them. It’s hilarious. You’ve never seen dead pan delivery like this before. Oh and follow him on Twitter.

Just throwing this out there but im in NYC for 1 more week and id love to be invited over to a rich person’s house for dinner.
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2. Gelativo Coffee Ice Cream Cups.

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Totally. Obsessed. They’re a tiny little cup of espresso flavoured gelato. The perfect after dinner treat with the added bonus of being portion controlled so you don’t go all gutsy on a full litre tub. Plus you can hold them and feel like a giant. Double winners.

3. Look At This Instagram.

I’ve literally been making everyone I know watch this on my iPhone… then I watch them watch it because it’s EVERYONE ON INSTAGRAM! I’m pretty sure I’ve done all of them… except maybe the garden gnome. I’ve definitely done a duck though.

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Melbourne Bonus:

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Hooked on Chapel Street and Brunswick Street. It’s a funky little seafood chain where you can get gluten-free salt and pepper squid. We’ve been huge fans for years but in the last few months they’ve had 2 for 1 meal deals on shopper dockets at Woolworths. We’ve eaten there once a week for at least the last two months because one of us eats for free. Highly recommended. Try the grilled fish with 1/2 salad and 1/2 chips. The perfect balance between naughty and nice. 

Tell me… what are your top 3 recommendations from July? A product? A restaurant? A television show? What made July rock for you?