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Flip Flops On The Runway

We at Slappa’s Thongs have always felt flip flops were catwalk worthy but this year they were officially debuted on the runway at New York Fashion Week!

Marie Clare stylist Monica Russell predicted in July this year;
According to our fave street style stars the casual footwear once reserved for the dash from the car to the beach has now made it’s way to the fashion circuit!

Then just this month InStyle’s Senior Digital Fashion Editor, Isabelle Truman, confirmed it in online article. She wrote; “Despite thongs (flip flops, sandals, slip-ons) being a wardrobe staple Down Under, the humble rubber shoe is often reserved for beach days or quick dashes to the supermarket. But when fashion girls Olivia Palermo and the Olsen Twins were spotted wearing flip flops with every day outfits it was clear a trend was born. Of course it was only a matter of time before thongs would hit the runway with Dion Lee taking it upon himself to ensure an Aussie Designer was first.

We for one are so excited that our fashion-forward footwear are gracing the feet of celebs.

Recreate The Look

With flip flops having made the successful transition from streets to runway we thought we’d take a closer look at the catwalk models and celebrities who are blazing the path and show you how to recreate their style with clothes and accessories from local and online retailers. Enjoy!

The Look: This gorgeous colour-pop look featuring the former fashion faux pas was shown off at Dion Lee’s New York Fashion Week show, where the designer’s spring/summer 2019 collection was revealed to homegrown attendees such as Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Jess Gomes.

To Recreate: Pair a bright blue jacket like this one from ebay.com.au (great options also available from luulla.com and dhgate.com) with a black leather backpack – we love this one from Kate Spade – and a pair of Black Slappa’s Thongs.

The Look: This is another striking look from Dion Lee who said of the collection; “The Australian lifestyle has always been a strong source of inspiration for me. We integrated such a quintessential Australian footwear style in with the overall collection. They are such an iconic Australian look, we loved being able to include them in our NYFW show.”

To Recreate: You’ll need a classic white summery dress such as this gorgeous Chantilly Dress from ShowPo then add a few elegant jewellery pieces like a bracelet or necklace from The Pearl Galleria. Finish with a pair of White Slappa’s Thongs.

The Look: Straight from the streets of  New York this funky modern animal print look features bold yellow accessories with a subtle splash of colour in the form of a clutch.

To Recreate: Any eye catching animal print will work; we love this stylish Leopard Print Wrap Front Maxi from The Iconic for example, add a pair of yellow sunglasses, a “moc croc” embossed clutch from Pearl Galleria and pop on a pair of Yellow Slappa‘s to complete the look.

The Look: We love the way fashionista Hillary Duff pulls off this effortless look while out and about in between filming her latest show. Navy is a popular colour this season; try mixing it up with statement pieces in bold colours like red or yellow.

To Recreate: Find a 3/4 sleeve navy dress you love (this one pictured from The Iconic) then add a black oversize crocodile bag like this one from David Jones. Finish with a pair of Navy Slappa’s.

No matter where you’re headed this Spring/Summer season slip on a pair of Slappa’s and make every street your own personal runway!

And don’t forget all orders over $100 get FREE express post shipping Australia wide.

Thongs on!

After the success of My Magnificent Chilli Mud Crab recipe  I thought I’d share one of the easiest recipes, an all time favourite with all my family and something to warm up your tootsies in winter.

Growing up in a family with 8 kids you soon learnt a few survival tricks and one of these was to be able to cook. Perhaps this is why most of my family are all great cooks in our own special way.

As much as I love foods of today I have a soft spot for good old home cooked country style food.

My Mum always had a veggie garden and we had many fruit trees. Being on a farm we also had free range cows milk, eggs, chickens, cows, sheep and pigs. Not a bad pantry to have on hand and fresh ingredients at your door step.

I loved watching my Mum cook and it was the best way to learn. My mum did give us recipes however we all learnt to cook most dishes without one, as most of the time the recipes had to be doubled to feed our family.

Fridays were our opportunity to display our talents in the kitchen, it was Mum’s night off! Plus you never knew who was going to be home and how many people would turn up. One of my all time favourite dishes to whip up was chicken noodle veggie soup. The beauty of it is you can use whatever vegies you have and you can use cooked chicken or any part of the chicken.

This recipe is plenty for 4 people and left overs for the next day.

For the best result and if you have time make your own chicken stock from chicken carcass:

Chicken Stock

Step One: Put all ingredients into a large stock pot and cover with water.

Step Two: Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer partially covered for 2-4 hours.

Step Three: Skim off any foam that comes to the surface.

Step Four: Remove carcass and vegetables with a slotted spoon and then strain through a fine sieve.

You now have your stock base!

My Family Favourite Chicken Noodle Veggie Soup Recipe

You can use any vegies but the root vegies do taste best. I sometimes other vegies such as broccoli, zucchini, snow peas, red capsicum. Or just use up what is in your fridge or the veggies you like.

Step One: Chop chicken and veggies – if making as a main meal I chop chicken and veggies chunky, if as a starter then chop finer.

Step Two: Place stock into stock pot.

Step Three: Add veggies, (save the celery leaves we will add later), salt and pepper. If using softer vegies add when almost cooked so they don’t become too mushy.

Step Four: Bring to boil and add chopped chicken and noodles then reduce heat to a simmer. Keep cooking until chicken and noodles are cooked and make sure veggies don’t get too soft.

Step Five: Taste to see if you need to add more salt, pepper or chicken stock.

Step Six: If adding broccoli, snow peas, capsicum or zucchini they just need to be added at the end for 2-3 minutes. Finely chop the celery leaves and add with soft vegies.

Your soup should now be ready to eat! Serve as is or with buttered toast to dip.

A quick, healthy, hearty meal that all the family will love. Recipe can be changed to suit your families tastes. You can also use low salt stock.

You can also make this soup Asian style by adding fresh chilli, chopped coriander, spring onions and whisking in a beaten egg.

For an Italian version add red kidney beans, lentils or chickpeas, chunks of potato and replace the noodles with pasta.

I hope you enjoy as much as we do.

Thongs On!

Cheers Denise

 

 

 

 

 

National Family Week

This week is National Family Week in Australia; an annual celebration of families that aims to recognise and appreciate the vital role that families play in Australian society. They ask us to take time this week to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children, especially as they grow.

Since Slappa’s Thongs is a proud family owned and run business, I thought I’d take time this week to do just that; reflect on how our family unit supports and encourages each other and those in our community.

A Family Business

Our family consists of myself (Denise), my husband Roger, and our two children Bernie (13) and Kaylee (11). Then there’s our gorgeous little daschund Frankie who is nearly 8 now.

When I first started Slappa’s Thongs I never imagined how much a part of the family it would become, but over the years it has not only played an integral part in our family’s livelihood but in our growth as individuals and a family unit.

It began in 2010 with me juggling a new business and two small children. By 2015 the business and workload had grown so much that Roger joined the company full-time as well. And as they got older Bernie and Kaylee began helping out in small ways to earn a bit of pocket money, usually so they could save up and buy things for their bike.

Even our doggie Frankie joined the crew as head of security!!!

Bernie and Kaylee are now on the payroll working a few hours a week learning how the business runs, getting vital skills and understanding how employment works.

They both now have their own Tax File Number which will be with them for life. They are learning how to fill in a time book, read their payslip and best of all learning how to save their money. The biggest learning curve for them both is the commitment they need to make, being responsible, time management, making sure they do the job efficiently and correctly.

They really enjoy being a part of the business and we love being able to share the ups and downs with them and provide so many opportunities to grow and learn. In fact we’ve often found that they are even able to teach us a few things!

It’s a great feeling having us all involved and working towards a common goal making it truly a “family business”.

Our Family And The Cycling Community

As a family we all love cycling. We all ride socially and race road and mountain bikes. Cycling is our way of doing something together, exercising and having fun. We have all made many new friends and our cycling groups are like one big extended family.

Now that the kids are older and at competition age it’s become quite common for us to travel for cycling and the kids race interstate a few times a year. Recently we had a family holiday in Queensland to see the Track Cycling at the Commonwealth Games it was extremely exciting and the kids learnt a lot from watching the athletes from all other Commonwealth countries.

Last year, Roger participated in the Tour de Timor which was a gruelling race through East Timor mountains. Roger needed to train 4-5 times a week for 12 months to be fit enough to compete. As a family we needed to make some allowances so he had the time to be able to work and get his training done. While he was there he donated hundreds of Slappa’s Thongs to Encouragement House.

The Cycling community is a fantastic group to be involved with and it is great for us to know the kids will be looked after well when they go away for racing. Bernie (aged 13) competed in a Road Race in the Barossa Valley, South Australia this April. It was the first time he had flown on his own, and he handled it very well. A lovely family in Adelaide picked him up from the airport and he stayed with them for the 4 days of competition. They made him feel like one of their family and made sure he felt comfortable and supported. As a mother it meant a lot to me that my son was being well cared for while away from his family. It was a good opportunity for him to learn to do things on his own without Mum and Dad’s help. These trips have definitely boosted his confidence and prepared him for when he leaves home for work or further studies.

My family’s next challenge will be to help me make time to train for the Katherine to Darwin Ride I am doing soon! And in October I will be walking the Inca Trail in Peru.

Teaching Family Values

Growing up in a big family and in a country town my parents always had extra kids staying over and they were always the first ones to put up their hands to take someone in.

Roger and I have always done the same and have offered a place to stay for many people over the years (include Terra Roams; the first woman to walk solo and unsupported around Australia, and 18 year old Jack Totino; who rode around Australia in 2017 raising money for FightMND).

We’ve made some amazing friends doing this and it gave us an opportunity to instil the value of helping others in Bernie and Kaylee too.

National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life.

Take some time this week to reflect on your family. Thank you for reading about mine.

Thongs on!

Denise

 

 

The opening night of Mindil Beach Sunset Markets 2018 Season is fast approaching! Slappa’s Thongs can’t wait to be back where it all began for us 8 years ago and we thought we’d share some interesting history and facts about the iconic markets that have long been the heart of Darwin’s dry season .

Where it all began

During the mid 80s, six entrepreneurs shared their vision to bring a taste of Asia’s night markets to the tropical town of Darwin

In 1987 their vision became a reality as the first stalls set up shop in Darwin Mall. It wasn’t long before the city’s mainstream retailers began voicing their objections so the market moved to its new home under the coconut palms of Mindil Beach Reserve; and so the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market was officially born!

A modern day market

Today, Mindil Beach Sunset Market supports over 300 small businesses, provides employment for more than 1000 locals and contributes more than $15 million to the Northern Territory economy annually. Committed to preserving the natural environment, plastics bags are banned, and extensive recycling and environmental sustainability measures are in place across all aspects of the markets.

Their motto is to LIVE THE LIFESTYLE. To give each and every visitor a taste of the carefree, relaxed, creative lifestyle that typifies Darwin – especially once the sun sets in the dry season and everyone comes out to play.

Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a truly iconic and unforgettable experience. As Darwin’s number one, most visited attraction it has won numerous awards for tourism, multiculturalism and was officially accorded national icon status by the National Trust in 2000.

Slappa’s at Mindil Beach

Mindil Beach Markets was the perfect place to launch Slappa’s Thongs back in June 2010. Coming into our 8th year our customers keep coming back for more and bringing their family and friends with them. We never tire of hearing how our customers have traveled long distances to Darwin to see us and enjoy the market experience.

And the experience only gets better each year; we have watched not just our own business grow but many stall holders around us go from tiny stalls to international brands and products. We get excited every year to see what our “market family” have been up to. We’re blessed to be in such good company with businesses like Embella, Natural Wonders, OM Designs, Louise Denton, Psycus, Mick’s Whips, Ken’s Crepes, Roast Shack, Sprial Spuds, The Potato Man, The Roadkill Café, and Wow! Sushi Burger.

A great place to pick up some food and sit and watch the beautiful sunset, listen or watch talented local, interstate and overseas performers the Mindil Beach Markets run from 26th April to 26th October 2018.

You will find us down the High School End along the main drag near the community strip. We are easily spotted with our bright coloured Thongs, operating out of our very cool VW kombi van.

We hope to see you there!

 

Thongs On,

Denise

 

Post Exercise Recovery Tips

What you do before and after any form of exercise seriously impacts the speed and quality of your recovery. While training may seem like the most important aspect, aches or pains caused by incorrect recovery can be just as crippling as any injury caused during exercise. Here are some easy tips to ensure you recover correctly.

Foam rolling

Self-stretching or myofascial release, also known as “foam rolling”, is a form of self-massage used to release muscle tightness or target trigger points which can be performed using a foam roller. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function.

Compression

Compression garments are designed to increase blood flow to areas of your body and can improve performance as well as shortening recovery time. Studies have shown that wearing compression garments post exercise reduces pooling in extremities and can increase the oxygen uptake in muscles and reduce blood lactate levels.

Correct Footwear

Following any form of exercise that places pressure on your feet, supportive footwear is crucial. The muscles, plantar fascia and ligaments that make up the arch of your foot work hard during running or any weight bearing exercise. During the hours after exercise these tissues may be fatigued and will benefit from extra support and cushioning. To avoid overloading of these structures, correct support can assist your feet to relax and recover. If you can’t wait to kick your runners off, consider an orthotic designed sandal or Thongs for comfort combined with therapeutic support.

For more information, contact your health care professional.

These great recovery tips have been provided by our guest blogger Jessica and the team at Lara Physiotherapy Health Network.

For any free advice you can follow them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/laraphysiotherapyhealthnetwork/?rf=197853906916070

or check out their website http://laraphysiotherapy.com/

Slappa’s Thongs are available from Lara Physiotherapy Health Network or you can buy online https://www.slappasthongs.com.au/buy-slappas

 

Please don’t strike me down with a lightning bolt for misquoting the bible!  I’m not getting a God complex.  Promise!

I’m just a humble thong creator.  All things thongs are my passion though.  You know this because you kindly follow my blog, and/or the Slappa’s Thongs newsletters and many of you are with us on Facebook.  Thanks for being there, reading, commenting and sharing ❤

So, yes, we all know Denise is thong-mad, but maybe you don’t know why …

Many people think I got this way because Slappa’s Thongs is my business.  And that after years and years of thong immersion, I’ve become an incurably thong-manic.  I’m not denying that’s the case, though the truth, about my condition, is embedded in my sole (yes that’s spell-checked correctly).

And it’s why I started Slappa’s …

Years ago, I was selling a brand of thongs which looked good – and for those with no feet foibles – felt good enough, so long as you didn’t expect Birkenstock comfort.

By feet foibles, I mean everything from soles that needed arch support, to feet with serious issues like Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain, or just tired feet.

People started asking me for a thong that could really deliver.  Something that anyone could wear, each, and every day, with the comfort of a Birkenstock (except if you wear your Birkies in the water the cork gets waterlogged!), the support of a podiatry product and of course, it had to look great too.

Hmmm, I thought, the thongs I’m selling don’t do any of that, they’re just thongs.  And I couldn’t find any other thongs that met that wish list.

Plus, I had a motivation of my own to find a solution to what thong lovers were asking for.  I needed arch support too, but couldn’t find an affordable product that looked and felt good.  After having my children and not having good footwear, I also started suffering from sciatica.

There’s nothing that puts you in your customers’ shoes faster than sharing your customers’ pain!

So, I started designing and producing the thong of all thongs.  It’s still an Australian owned family business.  I don’t just stand by my product, I literally stand on my product! Every day.  The arch support in Slappa’s has been so good that I only really notice my sciatica when I am not wearing Slappa’s.  They keep me aligned.

Why do you need to know about Other Thongs?

What I really want you to know, is that some Other Thongs can easily be mistaken for Slappa’s Thongs.  They may look just as pretty.  Exact same colours sometimes.  But the good looks are only skin deep.

If you want an affordable, good looking pair of thongs that will last and love your feet to their soles (and back), make sure to check that they’re Slappa’s Thongs. Does it really matter? Hell yes! And here’s why it matters for you …

The material Other Thongs are made from can be too soft, so they flatten and lose their support and are more prone to shrinking.  If you’ve ever worn Other Thongs to walk across stones and felt them (the stones not the thongs!), you’ll know what I mean.  This can also lead to spreading the foot.  I’m not a fan of any part of my body spreading.

If thong material is too soft they won’t support the arch enough, allowing your foot to roll in.  Which is bad for your feet, posture and over-all body alignment and will need correcting.  Wearing a pair of Slappa’s will help 😉.

 

In my profession as a physiotherapist I am concerned about the “foundation” of my patients. In other words their feet, the arches and the surface on which they stand and walk. Slappas thongs are ideal in the tropics where many people walk bare footed on tiles in the heat. Collapsed arches are very common under these environmental conditions and many patients complain of foot pain from the hard tiles. Slappas thongs are soft yet supportive of both the medial and transverse foot arches. The outer raised edge of the Slappas thongs keeps the foot exactly where the arch support is required. I love the fact that they are made of recycled material. Slappas thongs are approximately a third of the price of other orthopedic sandals and they are perfect for the very wet weather we have in the top end of Australia. I recommend Slappas thongs to many of my patients and I wear them myself.

Alice Thorn Acupuncture & Physiotherapy 

After having your Other Thongs a while, have you ever found your feet flapping around in them? Not a good look unless you’re a penguin in Happy Feet.  That’s because the toe piece is not as strong as Slappa’s material, so it can easily stretch – and break!

Other Thong straps can be made too loose to start with, giving your feet another lack of support issue.  Like falling flat on your face maybe … ☹.

A firmer material to start with, like Slappa’s, is better for the feet, posture and your whole body alignment. Plus, your Slappa’s Thongs will last longer. Better value for money. Better quality.

I first came across your product in Darwin at the Mindil Markets. I can’t remember the actual price at the time, but I do remember thinking it was unrealistic – way too expensive! You could go to K Mart and get a set of thongs for $5.00, what were Slappa’s thinking?

As my darling and I wander around the markets, I started to reconsider. The product must be better than the original Japanese Safety Boot. It has arch support, the straps can’t pull out, it is just a matter of how well they last?

I bought a pair; I have not been more impressed with a single product for a long time. It has the extra support and it works, they are much more comfortable than a simple safety boot. The colour combination was/is good. They have lasted – (better than I would ever have believed) – I live in Alice Springs and 2 years later they are thin as, but still working. For anything to survive 2 years in Alice Springs is a statement in itself. I wear them everywhere and I mean everywhere! For anyone who is into Japanese safety boots (and even if you are not) Slappa’s are hard to beat!

Wonderful product.  –Rick | Customer (NT)

Some Other Thongs have the soles glued onto the thong, so if you get them wet the glue perishes and they fall apart. I’m shocked at some leading brand name thongs and ortho products that do this. Especially the price they charge for them. You’d have to have rocks (ooh, does that rhyme with something …?!) in your head to part with that much money for that kind of ‘quality’.

Check out what some of our Stockist say

April 1 at 11:04am ·

What an ethos and a stockist of Slappa’s Thongs. Sole Therapy Podiatrists believe that through the correct support and treatment of your feet you will transform your life and live at your greatest potential.

Home | Sole Therapy

At  SOLE THERAPY, we teach you ways to love your body from the sole up.

WHAT WE DO

We are experts in biomechanics and believe that through the correct support and treatment of your feet you will transform your life and live at your greatest potential.

What’s next at Slappa’s Thongs

Exciting new stuff! Yay!! When? What? My lips are zipped. For now.  But here’s a heads up:

If you have a favourite in the current Slappa’s range, grab an extra pair now, before they run out the door!   Check out the specials on now until 26th April.  You might be able to snare your Slappa’s size.

Have a Happy Slappa’s Easter!

Thongs On!

Denise

Who’s spending November in a pair of Slappa’s Thongs?

If you’re a lover of foot fashion, then this is the time to thong-up for summer!

A great spin-off to wearing Slappa’s Thongs is that not only do your feet look pretty, but they’re also happy feet :).

Many of our customers tell us how much they love Slappa’s Thongs for their good looks and their great arch support. A big bonus if you need that extra support and comfort.

Why shouldn’t you have stylish, fashionable, footwear in fun colours, just because you need support? At Slappa’s we don’t buy in to the idea that special needs feet have to be encased in clunky, ugly orthotic shoes and sandals.

When I designed the first Slappa’s Thongs, it wasn’t with the intention to set up a range of orthotic thongs. I certainly don’t market my thongs that way, although some orthotic retailers do stock Slappa’s Thongs. I just wanted to create a thong which looked great and felt great.

I think most of our customers are initially attracted to the Slappa’s Thongs range because they look fantastic, with loads of zany, fun colour choices. Plus, you can see right away that they are high-quality, robust thongs – a big differential from most other fashion thongs.

What makes them so super comfy?

Here’s the techy bit …

Slappa’s Thongs are super comfy because they are made from Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam. Made in a closed-cell injection mold means Slappa’s Thongs are all one piece, unlike most rubber thongs which have a plug – have you ever been booby-trapped by a thong plug coming out?

Not a good look. Or feeling!

Slappa’s are designed to stay on and mold to your feet, obtain your personal foot shape, have great arch support, are extremely light, very durable, relax tired feet and are orthotic-friendly footwear.

That’s why when you slipped on your first pair of good-lookin’ Slappa’s, your feet sighed with happiness.

That’s why Slappa’s lovers post comments like this “just glad I bought 2 pairs. With Plantar Fisciitis and now odeama, they truly are my life saver,” on our  Facebook page – thanks Rachel Higgs for sharing your Slappa’s experience with us.

You don’t have to be a fashion victim just because your feet need some extra TLC.

Give your feet a treat this summer!

Warmest wishes,

Denise

PS – Need Slappa’s for Christmas?The weather is hotting up and it’s the perfect time to break out some new thongs! Order your Slappa’s Thongs online  and choose from our fabulous range of colours to suit every member of the family.

In Darwin one of the lucky things we get to do is to take the tinny out into the rivers just off the Darwin Harbour to catch some giant mud crabs. There’s nothing better than coming home with a feast of Darwin “Muddies” to cook up and enjoy.

Darwin mud crabs have a very sweet, delicious taste and can be enjoyed many different ways. Most times we just eat them fresh straight from the pot. Spread out plenty of newspaper over the outdoor table, a few water bowls, hammers and go for it.

But for a special occasion and when we have time we all love “My Magnificent Chilli Mud Crabs.” The flavours just explode in your mouth and if you can’t eat it all it just gets better the next day.

There are a few fishing charters in Darwin who can take you mud crabbing or you can buy them live from MR Barra or sometimes at Parap and Rapid Creek markets.

So when visiting Darwin, take the opportunity and experience catching, cooking and eating delicious Darwin Mud Crabs. As a special gift to readers of my blog, here’s my secret recipe which is easy to make and can be changed to suit your taste buds.

4 mud crab, cut into sections

6 tablespoons peanut oil or any oil you have

6-8 cloves garlic, chopped

4 tablespoons ginger, julienned or crushed (use to your taste)

2 tablespoons coriander root

4-6 red chillies, chopped

1 red capsicum sliced

2 tablespoons fish sauce to suit your taste

Juice of 2-3 limes

2 tablespoons sugar

Sprinkle of sea salt to taste

½ cup of your favourite sweet chilli sauce or chilli sauce

1-2 cups chicken stock

4-6 whole green spring onions chopped

1/2 cup chopped coriander

Coriander sprigs, for garnish

METHOD

For this recipe we use live mud crabs which we freeze to kill them humanly. You can use crabs which have been cooked but the flesh will not be as juicy.

Remove the top head shell and gills and throw away.

Rinse lightly to clean out

Cut crab in into 4 pieces and pull off big claws.

Crack the claws slightly with a cleaver or hammer so they allow the sauce to get in.

Heat wok and add oil.

Add garlic, ginger, coriander root and chilli. Be careful not to burn ingredients.

Add sliced red capsicum

Add crab tossing for 1-2 minutes

Add fish sauce, chilli sauce, lime juice, chicken stock, sugar and salt

Toss ingredients then cover with lid and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Toss spring onions and coriander through.

Serve straight from the wok
I hope you all enjoy my magnificent chilli mud crab recipe as much as we do and feel free to share it with your friends and family.

chilli mud crab jan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warmly,

 

Denise

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In Darwin, our kids get four weeks holidays in the dry season in the middle of the year and six weeks holidays for the Christmas break.

You’ll understand why Darwin is the home capital to the best thongs in the world, when you learn that during our dry season the temperature is a glorious 30-32 degrees Celsius every day and the wet season is hotter.

In the Slappa’s Thongs household, we exploit this to the full – and plan a few school holiday days – by chilling at the Darwin Waterfront.

Surrounded by lush, green parkland, the Waterfront has a fantastic wave pool lagoon, along with a safe recreation beach that is free from crocodiles and stingers (jellyfish).

The beach is half natural and half man-made and it’s my preferred choice when I’m entertaining four kids.

The Waterfront features a large hotel car park where you get two hours free or pay $2 for three hours.

However, when its school holidays and our plan is to stay as long as possible, my tip is to park under the Darwin Convention Centre which costs $5 for the whole day. Bargain!

There are restaurants, bars and cafes all around the parkland but you can also bring your own provisions and have a picnic.

In my experience, this is the easiest way to organise school holiday days, get some peace of mind, keep the kids occupied, and road test some new Slappa’s Thongs out under the glorious Darwin sky.

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Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a great supporter of home grown music. Every Thursday and Sunday from the Sound Shell you can sit down at the tables set up by the markets, enjoy your dinner and a few drinks while listening to something different each week ranging from Reggae, folk, rock, jazz and country. Some of the local bands and musicians that have performance this year are Bridey Rose, Dave Garnham and his band The Reasons to Live, Reggae Dave, Skarett, Kormilda College Band, Darwin Army Band, After The Rain and recently brother’s Livi & Aaron VanderAa who have just returned from 2 years touring overseas.

min music korIt was great to listen to The Kormilda College band which was only created this year and is made up of talented junior music students, performing modern, classic soul and r’n’b inspired songs. Featuring upcoming diva Stevie Kyriacou, winner of the Darwin Schools Pitch Perfect singing competition, the band exhibits some of the most exciting young musicians in Darwin. So great to see so many young talented people in Darwin!

Performances from the Australian Air force Jazz Band, Darwin Army Band and the Australian Army Band draw in the crowds and are always extremely popular.

But the music which is best known at Mindil Beach is eMDee who play each week at the Casino End of the markets. You will experience the amazing sounds of extremely fast drum and didgeridoo laying at its best. They have even performed at the Sydney Opera House!

So if you are coming up to Darwin for a holiday or moving to Darwin this is just a taste of what is on offer when it comes to live music.

To see where all the live music is happening, you can look up the local Gig Guide either in the NT News on Thursday or the website www.darwinlive.com.au or their face book site.

Pictures courtesy of Mindil Beach Sunset Market

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Mangoes are a delicious exotic fruit which remind us of summer and perhaps holidaying on a tropical island.

Their flesh is a rich yellow and orange similar to Darwin’s memorable sunsets and the skin often has a red tinge.

Mangoes are a great comfort food as they smell great and their flesh is soft and silky.

A big part of farming in Darwin, and it is great to hear the mango season is on its way. Predictions are for a successful season as conditions have been perfect this year with a lot of fruit almost ready to pick.

Darwin’s mangoes mature earlier than other parts of Australia and the main two varieties are KP’s (Kensington Pride or Bowen) and B74 (Calypso).

Each year we stock up on a few trays of mangoes which we cut the cheeks off and freeze. Nothing is wasted with the seeds also wrapped individually in glad wrap as the kids love sucking the flesh off like it’s an ice block. This way we have the luxury of mangoes all year round.

It is tradition that every year the annual Sydney Markets at Flemington auction off the first tray of 20 mangoes to raise money for charities. This year Moustapha Obeid won the bid purchasing the first tray for $26,000 or $1,300 per mango donating the money to Save our Sons.

A versatile fruit which can be used in cooking, drinks, cosmetic and medical products. Mangoes can be eaten green usually grating the flesh and using in a salad or green mango chutney is the perfect accompliment with Indian. When ripe it is great to eat fresh, with prawns and avocado or on cheese cake or pavlova. Mangoes are also common in cosmetics as they are full of anti oxidants, commonly used in body creams and hair products. Medically mangoes aid in prevention of prostate cancer and lower cholesterol due to high mounts of pectin. Rich in potassium and magnesium so are great for lowering blood pressure and the enzymes add digestion.

It is great to relax outside near the pool with frozen Mango Daiquiris, always a favourite here in Darwin; our blenders get a great work out through the Wet season.

In Darwin we are extremely lucky as the fruit is readily available as many friends’ have trees in their gardens.

So look out for Darwin’s delicious tropical mangoes from your local markets, fruit grocer or supermarket you must try them they are heaven.

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