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Celebrating New Born Oxen!

Marina Square’s Lunar New Year celebrations are continuing all year as we honour our customers’ new born oxen!

Each month we are saying “Welcome to the World” to one lucky new born Ox in our main trade area.

Parents must reside in Wentworth Point, Rhodes, Sydney Olympic Park or Newington to be eligible.

All you have to do is email marketing@marinasquare.com.au to let us know about your new bundle of joy.

Coins will be awarded in March for babies born in February, in April for babies born in March etc.

Winners will be drawn at random and parents will be required to show a birth certificate to claim the prize.

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Justice of the Peace

On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, Marina Square will have a Justice of the Peace set up on Level 1.

They will be able to help out Wentworth Point residents looking to have documents witnessed, or to certify documents.

What is a JP?

Justices of the Peace (JPs) are volunteers appointed by the Governor of New South Wales. Their primary role is to witness a person making a statutory declaration or affidavit, and to certify copies of original documents. JPs come from all sections of the community and are available across NSW.

Dates

The Justice of the Peace service will be available on the following dates:

PLEASE NOTE THE JP WILL NOT BE IN EASTER SATURDAY

  • Saturday 15 May
  • Saturday 5 June
  • Saturday 19 June
  • Saturday 3 July
  • Saturday 17 July

 

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Margaret Fulton’s Gingerbread

Nothing says Christmas in Australia quite like the iconic Margaret Fulton. Here we share her famous Gingerbread People Recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 125g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
  • currants and glacé cherries, to decorate

ICING

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot water

 

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line 2 baking trays. Combine the golden syrup, sugar and spices in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. When the sugar has dissolved, stir in the bicarbonate of soda. Remove from the heat as soon as the mixture bubbles.

Mix the butter and the warm golden syrup mixture together in a large bowl. Stir until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool.

Add the egg and 1 cup of the flour to the bowl and mix well. Add the remaining flour and bring the dough together using hands. Knead gently on a lightly floured board, until the dough is soft and smooth. Halve the dough and wrap each portion in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.

Roll a portion of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper to 5 mm thick. Using gingerbread cutters, cut out 14 people shapes. Arrange on the baking trays. Re-knead the dough scraps and chill before rolling out again. Repeat with the remaining dough.

To decorate the biscuits, press in currants for eyes and buttons, and a sliver of glacé cherry for a mouth. Bake for 10–15 minutes, until starting to colour and firm to the touch. Cool on racks before decorating further.

To make the icing, beat the icing sugar and hot water together in a bowl until smooth. Using an icing pipe with a fine point (or make baking paper triangles into cones for piping), ice the biscuits.

TIP

If the dough is very soft and difficult to handle, place on a baking tray in the refrigerator until firm.

 

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Healthy Recipes with Anytime Fitness

The countdown to summer is on. Are you ready to kickstart your health and fitness journey? Anytime Fitness Wentworth Point recently opened their brand-new space on Level 1 with more room for fitness classes, new equipment and the same smiling team.

The experts will tell you that exercise is just part of the wellbeing equation. It’s also about how you fuel your body. So are you wondering where to start with nutrition and healthy eating? We’ve picked a couple of our favourite healthy recipes for you. Try these simple meals from the Anytime Fitness playbook and you’ll be ready to train in no time.

Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Capsicum

For an explosion of flavour, try the Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Capsicum. With a mix of cumin, garlic and fajita seasoning, this recipe is the perfect crowd-pleaser.

Makes: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients:
6 to 8 capsicums
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of corn, drained and rinsed
250 grams of cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup of spring onion, diced
1 cup of quinoa (dry)
500 grams of chorizo
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of cumin
2 teaspoons of fajita seasoning
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons of fresh coriander, coarsely chopped
½ lime juice
¾ cup of low-fat shredded cheese
Optional garnishes: avocado, salsa, plain Greek yogurt

Method:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a saucepan with 1 cup of quinoa. Once boiling, cover the pot and turn down the heat to simmer until all water has been absorbed. This takes approximately 15 minutes.

Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Cook the chorizo and season with cumin, fajita spice and garlic. Cook until meat is uniformly brown.

Add meat, quinoa and veggies to a large bowl. Sprinkle with coriander and lime juice, stirring until combined.

Cut the tops off the capsicum. Remove hearts and seeds.

Place capsicum in greased pan. Stuff with the mixture. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Top with cheese and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and capsicums have softened. Garnish and serve.

Greek Veggie Pasta Salad

If you’re looking for a lunch that is quick and easy to put together, this Green Veggie Pasta Salad is the perfect recipe. It is full of healthy fats and an array of tasty veggies. All you need to do is cook the pasta, drain and mix all the ingredients together.

Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:
12 ounces whole-wheat rotini (or other medium-sized pasta), cooked and drained
1 small red onion, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red bell pepper, diced
½ cucumber, diced
½ cup black olives, halved
½ cup fresh parsley, minced
2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2/3 cup Greek salad dressing
Salt and pepper to taste

If you try these recipes, make sure you tag @marinasquarewp and @anytimefitnesswentworthpoint on Instagram.

For more recipe ideas, visit Anytime Fitness nutritional blog and sign up to their 7-day free trial today.

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Spring Trends at Marina Square

As the sun sets a little later, the birds chirp a little earlier and the flowers start to bloom, we know that spring has arrived. Stay up to date with the latest trends in all thing’s beauty, accessories and hair at Marina Square.

Miss Specs Appeal

Miss Specs Appeal has the latest in chic and trendy eyecare. If you want to express your personality and feel confident in your own skin, the team at Miss Specs Appeal will help you find the perfect eyewear for you. Shop the latest trends in sunglasses as we move into sunnier days, like a round shape to soften your face or aviators which will always have a timeless feel and look.

Le Beaute

2020 hasn’t been the year we thought it’d be. Your best friend’s wedding was cancelled, and you didn’t get to attend that work event you are always looking forward to, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel great. Le Beaute offers a range of styling options that will leave you feeling better than ever, from classic loose curls to a modern sleek ponytail. Pamper yourself with a styling session from the leading experts in the latest hair trends at Le Beaute.

Hair Icon

Hair Icon hasn’t been at Marina Square for long, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what hair colours are trending in 2020. If you’ve been waiting to make a dramatic statement, this spring is your chance. With bold, strong tones trending in 2020 let Hair Icon transform your hair from a boring brown to a dark chestnut brown with chocolate tones. No matter what you decide you will leave Hair Icon feeling fresh and fabulous.

ProfessioNail

One of the hardest decisions you will make this spring is the colour of your nails. With nail salons being closed for a part of 2020 your nails are probably feeling bare and boring. The spring trends will bring you abstract nail art that is fun and out-going. Say goodbye to your bare nails when you step into ProfessioNail, now under new management, who will transform them into a pop of fun.   

Australian Microblading and Spa

Treat yourself to a list of services at Australian Microblading and Spa. If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it’s that self-care is extremely important in maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. Australian Microblading and Spa will offer the ultimate relaxation experience to leave you feeling revitalised. From high-end DMK beauty skincare to bespoke microblading, advanced permanent makeup and luscious spa manicures, say goodbye to your 2020 stress.

Priceline

Priceline is your one-stop-shop for all thing’s beauty. Whether you’re looking to get a head start for the warmer weather with their self-tan range or lighten up your mood with a new fragrance, they have your beauty needs covered. Elie Saab Le Parfum combines orange blossom notes with soft rose, making it the perfect spring fragrance. Add an extra splash of glam with their make range and keep an eye out for weekly specials from big brands like Maybelline, Cover Girl, Revlon and more.

Rose Espresso Florist

Nothing says spring like a fresh bouquet of flowers from Rose Espresso Florist and having a bunch in your home can really transform the look and feel. Right now, it’s all about daffodils, poppies and tulips. If you want to learn how to look after flowers, or you want something that matches your room, talk to the team at Rose Espresso Florist and they’ll make something special just for you.

You can always rely on the retailers at Marina Square to stay up to date with the latest trends no matter the time of year. Shop, Live or Dine at Marina Square today.

 

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Winter Hair Tips with Le Beaute

Winter is here which can mean tired, dry and frizzy hair. Keep your locks luscious with local hair and beauty experts, Le Beaute.

What’s on trend?

It’s winter, so think new colours, surprising accessories and glamorous styles. A change of season is the perfect excuse to change up your look.

Forget cold colours. Think of warm tones and beautiful ombre toning. We’re loving cinnamon spiced chestnut brown, shiraz red and golden brown balayage. Talk to your hair stylist about colours that will compliment your eyes and the natural undertones of your skin for a subtle and natural look.

As for style and length, whether you’re a long-haired Lucy or a short-haired Sarah, waves are in. Book yourself in for a glam blow dry if you’ve already got type 2 or type 3 curly hair. For those of us with type 1 or straight hair, you can call on the fantastic talent at Le Beaute Marina Square.

If you’re looking to fix-up your current style, then turn to accessories. Think pearl barrettes, beautiful bows and silk hair scarves. Mix-up monochromatic colour palettes for a bold look to offset any outfit.

Hair saviours

With the cold breeze, artificial heat and constant styling, our hair can get really tired and limp. Save yourself from a bad hair day with proper hair care solutions. This means starting with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. In terms of styling swap out harsh hairspray for voluminous powder and get that lift without drying out hair all over.

Make a charcoal mask your new weekly ritual. It hydrates your scalp and hair without leaving oil residue. Perfect for soft cleansing during winter or after using lots of product. It will leave you with

For special occasions or weekend hair, add flexible hairspray and serum. It will give you that strong hold without being too damaging.

Give me some more inspiration!

We’ve all been guilty of getting stuck down the Instagram rabbit hole. Try looking at some overseas bridal accounts by following #bride for wedding and glamour inspiration. Keep up to date with the latest wave looks on #curlyhair or #waveyhair. If in doubt, follow some classic celebrity handles for red carpet styles.

Le Beaute love the versatility and bold choices from Kylie Jenner. She’s a risk taker. Looking to shake-up her latest fashion looks or collaborations with wigs for a last-minute style or colour change.

You can catch Le Beaute’s latest looks and inspiration highlights on their Instagram profile @lebeautemarinasquare.

Fix me up

Book an appointment or consultation with Le Beaute today. You can find them on Level One of Marina Square shopping centre, online or on social media.

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Tea Time

English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Russian Caravan, Oolong, Matcha, Jasmine, Rosehip, Chamomile, or Rooibos. You’ve guessed it. We’re talking about tea.

After water, it’s the most widely consumed drink in the world. Most of us love it in some flavour or another. Many turn to its comforting warmth during autumn and winter or pair it with sympathy in times of distress.

Tea culture varies around the world. Depending where you’re from, you’ll expect different things from a cup of tea.

India is famous for its Assam and Darjeeling tea. You can expect it to be served almost everywhere in the sub-continent on a daily basis. It’s typically made with milk, can be served with additional spices and is usually sweetened. Indian Chai has gained popularity in Australia in recent years. In India, Chai specifically refers to a sweet milky brew filled with delicious spices and black tea. It’s also known as Masala Chai, Spiced Tea or Spiced Chai.

If you’ve enjoyed tea in China or Japan, you’ll be familiar with the idea of the tea ceremony. In Japan, a tea ceremony is a choreographed ritual. You’ll find traditional Japanese sweets alongside Matcha tea. The ceremony is not about drinking tea, it’s about the practiced movements and mindfulness of preparing a bowl of tea. Tourists will often take part in a tea ceremony with a Maiko or trainee Geisha.

Tea can be used in many special circumstances in China. In traditional Chinese society, the younger generation show respect by offering older generations a cup of tea. Inviting your elders to restaurants for tea is a traditional holiday activity.

When sons and daughters leave home for work or marriage, they may spend less time with their parents. Going to restaurants and drinking tea becomes an important activity to connect at family gatherings.

During a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony the bride and groom kneel in front of their parents and serve them tea, symbolising gratitude and the joining together of the two families.

Aside from family bonding and respect, tea can be used as a formal apology in China. Misbehaving children might make their parents a cup of tea to acknowledge their guilt and regret.

Over in Turkey, it’s very common to find a young boy dashing through the streets with a silver tray full of small tea-filled glasses. There, the fragrant liquid is not traditionally drunk with milk or lemon, only sugar cubes.

Friends and families will gather at the local tea garden to discuss their lives and enjoy each other’s company while sipping fresh tea. Although everyone goes to the tea garden, typically only men gather inside the teahouse. They play board games while sipping on a variety of teas; very secret men’s business.

The British are another tea loving nation. Originally imported to Europe by Portuguese and Dutch traders, England was a latecomer to the tea trade.
Tea is now a national staple in England. Enjoyed formally at afternoon tea, sitting outside and enjoying cream and scones or in the lounge room on a rainy day. In true British style, tea can cause outrage with many arguments about the correct way to make a cup of tea; are you a milk or teabag first person?

The comfort of a cup of tea is hard to beat. The healing powers of the humble cuppa are pretty tea-riffic.

Grab a dose of relaxation at Marina Square. We’re rewarding our shoppers with collectable tea diffusers this autumn. Collect one every time you spend $100 in Coles or $50 in any other Marina Square store while stocks last. Click here for details and full terms and conditions.

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Make the most of your Autumn School Holidays

Keep it local, make it fun. Marina Square is bringing you our top ten things to do in Wentworth Point, Newington, Sydney Olympic Park and Rhodes these school holidays.

Find the Easter Bunny

Hunt for the Easter Bunny at Marina Square and maybe you’ll find chocolate eggs. The Easter Bunny will be joining us on Thursday 18 April and Saturday 20 April 11:00am – 2:00pm. Click here to see Marina Square’s full Easter Program.

Try out Blaxland Riverside Park

Blaxland Riverside Park is a children’s paradise. Check it out for some serious outdoor fun. It’s home to a double flying fox, mega-swing, tunnel slides, scramble wall, spinning play disc, Viking swing and a multi-level tree house!

Learn more

Make an Easter Decoration

Drop in to the Interactive Play Space and decorate your own sequinned foam egg. Perfect for any Easter basket or even an Easter egg hunt. This free activity takes place on Tuesday 23 April 10:00am -2:00pm. Find the Interactive Play Space on Level One of Marina Square.

Visit Newington Armory

Open daily during school holidays. Here you can take a step back in time to ‘Ride the Rails’ of the historic railway once used to move missiles and torpedoes around Newington’s Armament Depot.

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Easter Scratch Art

Make the most of Easter with free Easter Scratch Art. Kids can etch out cool patterns in scratch paper to reveal colourful Easter designs. Try it for free on Wednesday 24 April, 10:00am at Level One at Marina Square.

Stained Glass Art Workshop

Local arts and crafts are easy to find at Marina Square. This is your opportunity to try your hand at glass art. Made safe for kids with acrylic plastics, this workshop lets kids work out the visual tips and tricks of glass art. Take a beautiful stained window as inspiration and make a colourful window hanger or ornamental piece. This free activity takes place on Friday 26 April, 10:00am at Level One at Marina Square.

Test Your Senses

Rhodes Park 5 Senses Garden is a fully fenced playground and garden with plenty of nature play elements. Balance nature and learning here with fun play and education opportunity. You’ll find wet play area, sandpits, rock pit, musical instruments, balance beams, tightrope and a birds nest swing here.

Learn more

Support your local team

It’s footy season folks. We know this one is a little one out of the way, but footy is worth it! Local heroes, Greater Western Sydney take on their cross-town rivals, the Sydney Swans at the SCG. Let’s see if the Giants can continue their winning streak against the Swans. It’s sure to be a great match.

Do something special

You know the drill Sydneysiders, it’s show time. Get yourself down to the Royal Easter Show. Pet a goat, eat a Dagwood Dog, jump on some fairground rides and buy a showbag. Check out the agricultural events at The Woodchop Stadium, hang out at Pet Pavilion and catch the fireworks before heading home. It’s a day full of fun, family and farmers.

Eat something delicious

Make a family lunch date at Marina Square. With a taste of global cuisine, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone. Drop in for brunch at Leaf Café, LAB Kitchen, Smelly Cheesecake or Bosphorus Turkish Street Food. Make a dinner date at Masuya Suisan, Pho Joy or Bulpan Korean BBQ. Treat yourself to dinner and a cocktail at Hiew Thai. Got to dine and dash? Grab quick eats from Akira Sushi, Griddle King, Roll House or Burger Point.

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Easter Activity at Marina Square

Check out Marina Square’s Easter program. We’ve got the Easter Bunny, an interactive play space and art sessions for the kids. While there’s food tasting and shopping rewards for the adults. Plus, pet caricatures for your furry friends.

Tea-riffic Spending

Easter shoppers reward. Purchases over $100 at Coles or $50 at any other Marina Square store are eligible for a free tea diffuser while stocks last. With 4 cute designs to choose from, don’t forget to collect them all. You can read more about the guil-tea pleasure here. Tea diffusers will be available from Monday 15 April and full terms and conditions can be found here.

Interactive Play Space and Art Sessions

This Easter we’ll have an interactive play space up on level one. It will be decked out with toys and interactive puzzles from Monday 15 April until Wednesday 17 April. After that, we’ll be running drop-in art session in the space. Join us from on Tuesday 23 April for sequin egg decorating, Easter scratch art on Wednesday 24 April and stained-glass art on Friday 26 April. All kids’ drop-in art sessions run from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Easter Bunny

Look out for the Easter Bunny on Thursday 18 April and Saturday 20 April. He’ll be at Marina Square handing out chocolate eggs and available for photos. Drop in between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Pet Caricature

Immortalise your furry friend in caricature. Pick up the perfect piece of personalised wall art on Saturday 20 April. Sessions are available between 9:00am and 11:00am and must be booked in advance. Please book your session here.

More Fun

We’ve prepared a list of the best local activities to keep the kids entertained these school holidays. Read our blog here.

Easter Trading Hours

Good Friday: Centre Closed. Lab Kitchen open 8:00am – 3:30pm.

Saturday: Centre open as usual.

Easter Sunday: Selected restaurants and stores will be open. Coles will be closed.

Easter Monday: Centre trading as usual.